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.
Testimony will continue in trial of a lawsuit alleging that Adam Shacknai, the brother of millionaire Jonah Shacknai, killed Jonah Shacknai's girlfriend, Rebecca Zahau, at the Spreckels Coronado mansion in July 2011.
The Fred Hall Show is dubbed The Ultimate Outdoor Experience, featuring the hottest trends in outdoor recreation. Boating, fishing, camping, hunting, scuba diving and international travel with over 700 exhibits and interactive displays at Del Mar Fairgrounds.
Two more schools face threats Thursday morning in Vista and city leaders are taking new action to stop them.
Rain showers are expected to reach San Diego County Thursday, but the brunt of a big storm impacting much of Southern California will miss San Diego County and instead hit north of here.
A San Diego County sheriff's deputy was free on bail Thursday following his arrest by Riverside County authorities on suspicion of lewd acts with a child.
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.
The debate over dockless bikes rolled into Pacific Beach as the Town Council held a panel Wednesday night with bike and scooter sharing companies: Bird, LimeBike, ofo and Mobike.
Tieray Jones walked out of jail a free man Wednesday night just hours after a judge decided to not re-try him in the death of his stepson nearly 16-years ago.
DMV officers were out Wednesday, looking for people abusing the system. One woman was in tears as she was caught using a handicap placard issued to her adult son - who wasn't with her on the shopping trip.