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Race is On to Raise Money for Chula Vista Nature Center

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Those who love it say the Chula Vista Nature Center is priceless, but the price of running it could place it on the chopping block.

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.

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