SAN DIEGO (CNS) - San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer was tapped Wednesday to be one of five California mayors to join a White House initiative to end homelessness among former members of the armed forces.
The Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness was announced by first lady Michelle Obama and Shaun Donovan, secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
The program involves leaders with HUD, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness and National League of Cities. The purpose of the mayors' challenge is to work at ending homelessness nationally by implementing strategies locally, according to the White House.
"Over the years, I've worked locally with many San Diegans to help homeless veterans create a better life," Faulconer said. "I'm proud to take this issue head-on and join the national initiative to find more ways to get our nation's heroes off city streets and back into a decent home."
A count in January found more than 8,500 homeless people in San Diego County, around 17 percent of whom were veterans. The figure for ex-military members was up 2 percent from one year earlier.
Other California mayors participating in the White House initiative are Ashley Swearengin of Fresno, John Marchand of Livermore, Jean Quan of Oakland and John D'Amico of West Hollywood.
San Diego Fire-Rescue Department officials are increasing staffing levels in anticipation of increased fire activity.
An early morning vegetation and trash fire at a homeless encampment threatened nearby condos and resulted in at least one injury Sunday.
A major construction project at the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry will be completed ahead of schedule, officials said Sunday.
After a fall-like and mild weekend, temperatures are expected to heat up around San Diego throughout the week.
The city's search for the next top cop is underway as police chief Shelly Zimmerman prepares to step down in March.
More than 200 surfers paddled out for a daunting day-long challenge Saturday inspired by young men in the community facing a far bigger one.
A semi-truck ran over a fire hydrant Saturday afternoon in Grant Hill causing a huge geyser to spray into the air. Luckily, firefighters were just minutes away at a community event and were able to put a stop to the water quickly.