Although $390,000 has been raised to help save the center, that is far from enough. Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox said the center still needs to find a way to operate without tapping into the city's general fund.
The 316-acre zoo and aquarium refuge is still in danger of closing because of the city's $20 million budget deficit.
Local events raised $140,000, and the Sempra Foundation and a private donor contributed $125,000 each.
Organizers said the money raised so far would allow the center to keeps its doors open for about six months.
The next city council budget meeting is scheduled for Jan. 6. Council members will decide then is the nature center will be spared or not.
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.
A woman accused of driving drunk and causing head-on crash that killed her passenger changed her plea on Tuesday.