SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The San Diego County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday backing the Port of San Diego's bid to host the 2017 America's Cup yacht races in San Diego Bay.
San Diego and Bermuda are the two finalists for the 35th America's Cup. The event was held in San Francisco Bay last summer.
San Diego hosted the event in 1988, 1992 and 1995, but those regattas were held out at sea off Point Loma. This time, the yacht races would be held in the bay to make the America's Cup more spectator-friendly.
"I just think this is a win-win," Supervisor Dave Roberts said. "We don't have to build any stadium -- we don't have to build anything, and the economic impact to our region would be tremendous."
The America's Cup would further enhance a series of improvements that have taken place along the city's waterfront recently, including the park at the County Administration Center and renovations of the Embarcadero, Supervisor Greg Cox said.
The San Diego City Council is scheduled to consider a similar resolution at a special meeting Thursday.
Meanwhile, the supervisors also changed the official name of the county-run women's jail in Santee, which is completing renovations.
The East County facility had been called the "San Diego County Women's Detention and Reentry Facility." With approval by the supervisors, it will now be dubbed the "Las Colinas Women's Detention and Reentry Facility."
The jail has been informally associated with the "Las Colinas" moniker for many years.
Shoppers were out before dawn in the U.S. for fun and for deals, as retailers that have had a tough year were hoping to bring customers to their stores and websites for Black Friday, one of the biggest shopping days of the year.
A charity run, meals for the needy, a long-running music festival and -- shhh! -- holiday shopping were on tap for Thanksgiving Day in San Diego.
The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County was at its highest amount on Thanksgiving since 2013 Thursday, despite dropping for 10 consecutive days.
Shoppers are hitting the stores on Thanksgiving as retailers under pressure look for ways to poach shoppers from their rivals.
The California Highway Patrol arrested 15 in San Diego County on suspicion of drunken driving, during the first night of its annual Thanksgiving "maximum enforcement period."
The always-heated topic of whether to begin holiday shopping on Thanksgiving Day will be raised again Thursday, as many chain stores will open their doors around San Diego one day before the so-called "Black Friday."
A charity run, meals for the needy, a long-running music festival and holiday shopping are on tap for Thursday's Thanksgiving Day in San Diego.