SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The San Diego County Board of Supervisors Tuesday unanimously approved an 8 percent raise for sheriff's deputies over the next four years.
The agreement, given tentative approval by the 2,300-member Deputy Sheriffs Association last week, will provide a 2 percent raise in June, a 1 percent hike next year, 3 percent more pay in 2016 and another 2 percent in 2017.
The deputies will also receive a $750 payment in July. The deal also increases flex credits to eligible employees and adds two steps to the salary scale.
In exchange, the county, which had been picking up some of the employees' side of the payments of their retirement plans, will reduce that expenditure beginning this year by two-thirds, and eliminate it entirely in 2018. The deal also ends a $1,500 annual payment to employees who have worked for 30 years.
The agreement is projected to cost the county an extra $13.9 million in the 2014-15 budget. The supervisors approved the raises without comment.
A Pacific storm that promises to heavily douse much of Southern California this week will deliver a considerably less dramatic infusion of precipitation in the San Diego area, according to the National Weather Service.
The National Weather Service is predicting rain around San Diego County this week, potentially heavy rain on Thursday. People in unincorporated areas can get free sandbags at numerous locations to help them protect their homes, properties and communities.
An increased police presence is expected Wednesday at Serra High after a threatening message was written on a school wall.
A Mexican woman in the U.S. illegally who was dragged away from her daughters by authorities in a widely viewed video was being released on her own recognizance Tuesday by an immigration judge in Southern California.
After a nearly three-hour public hearing, the City Council voted 8-1 Tuesday to approve a facility that would allow homeless people to store their valuables.
Kevin Towers, the former San Diego Padres player, scout and executive, will be posthumously inducted into the Padres Hall of Fame in a pre-game ceremony on May 12, the team announced Tuesday.
A flamingo that mysteriously appeared in the South Bay last month - like most people - seems to not want to leave San Diego.
Authorities Tuesday released the name of the 27-year- old victim who was fatally injured while playing a "punching game" with an acquaintance in a Gaslamp Quarter sports bar.