SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) - A local faction of disgruntled drivers participating in a statewide protest of a new gas tax imposed last week showed up to demonstrate City Heights on Saturday.
The 12-cent hike, which went into effect in the state last Wednesday, has been the center of criticism from Californians unhappy with Gov. Jerry Brown's decision to go against a campaign promise that he wouldn't pass new taxes without voter approval.
"Governor Brown promised the people that there would be no taxes without a vote," San Diegan Sally Smith said. "Governor Brown didn't keep his promise and he's hurting all of us."
Now, a movement to get a gas tax repeal bill on the ballot next year is building up steam and protestors are hoping demonstrations like ones held Saturday all over the state will help.
The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County rose 4 cents Saturday to $3.215, one day after rising 3.4 cents.
The average price is 16.3 cents more than one week ago, 14.3 cents higher than one month ago and 34.4 cents greater than one year ago, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service.
"The tax hike's effect at many, but not all, gas pumps was immediate on Wednesday," said Jeffrey Spring, the Automobile Club of Southern California's corporate communications manager.
"While we believed the switch to the cheaper winter blend of gasoline could have canceled out some of the tax increase, higher oil prices and lower inventory have instead pushed underlying fuel costs higher. The tax increase plus these additional issues make the usual fall price decline less likely going forward."
An ex-con who allegedly killed the proprietor of an East Village flooring-materials store at the victim's downtown business during a robbery pleaded not guilty Friday to a murder charge that could lead to the death penalty if he's convicted.
A light plane occupied by a flight instructor and a student pilot made a safe emergency landing Friday amid late-morning traffic on Interstate 8 in El Cajon.
The San Diego Yacht Club will welcome the International Masters Regatta back to the city Friday for the start of a three-day sailing competition.
UTC Aerospace Systems plans to wind down manufacturing at its Chula Vista aircraft plant beginning early next year, eliminating around 300 jobs, it was reported Friday.
Defined as a person who behaves badly, but in an amusing way, a scallywag does not mean to cause harm, but to have fun. The same kind of mischief will be happening on Saturday, October 20 at Waterfront Parki in downtown San Diego as the day long Ye Scallywag music and beer festival takes place.
Residents in El Cajon are sounding the alarm on what they say are growing problems related to increased homelessness in the area. Some neighbors say they feel unsafe in their own yards because of drug use and nearby encampments.
Strong and gusty Santa Ana winds, low humidity and warm temperatures prompted the National Weather Service to issue a red flag fire warning Friday denoting a strong risk of wildfire in San Diego County.
San Diego State University students who were recently vaccinated for meningitis may need to receive the vaccine again, the school and Walgreens warned on Friday.
A man who allegedly murdered the proprietor of an East Village flooring-materials store at the victim's downtown business while wearing a Halloween-style old-lady mask is in custody, facing charges of murder and robbery. San Diego police reported Thursday.
A pedestrian was rescued from underneath a vehicle Friday after she was struck near an Interstate 805 on-ramp in the Mountain View area, authorities said.