Southwestern's governing board unanimously approved a plan in January to allow the company to use college classrooms in exchange for the company allowing its nearby shooting range to be used by the college's police academy. Both facilities involved in the deal are located in Otay Mesa.
Rep. Bob Filner, D-San Diego, said Friday that he intends to send a letter to the college board asking it to rescind the deal because of the company's past actions as a private security firm in Iraq, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.
Blackwater changed its name to XE last month. It also renamed its training facility near Southwestern's satellite campus in Otay Mesa from the Blackwater Lodge and Training Center to the U.S. Training Center Southwest.
The company has provided security for the State Department in Iraq. It drew sharp criticism after six of its employees shot and killed 17 Iraqi civilians in Baghdad in 2007. They said they thought they were being fired on.
Five of the employees involved in the incident recently pleaded not guilty to manslaughter charges while a sixth pleaded guilty.
Brian Bonfiglio, an XE vice president, told the Union-Tribune that the college approached his company with the deal and that XE is only trying to be a good neighbor by agreeing to it.
The San Diego Rescue Mission opened its doors to the homeless community on Saturday for its annual Thanksgiving celebration.
A man died after his body caught fire, police said Saturday. At 11:30 p.m. Friday, police received a call regarding a person on fire in a field near 5200 Pacific Highway in Mission Bay Park, according to the San Diego Police Department.
Hoping for the best but preparing for the worst, local business owners and first responders teamed up for an all-to-real feeling hazard drill on Saturday.
A 5-year-old girl who was abducted from New York by her 32-year-old mother, who does not have custody of the child, was found safe Saturday in San Diego, police said.
Before Saturday, Marine veteran Joshua Ray, his wife and six children had just one vehicle to use for all of their family business, and Ray had to take the train from Oceanside to San Diego every day to get to work.
A sea of pink will travel through San Diego starting Friday for the Susan G. Komen San Diego 3-Day. The 60 mile journey kicks off early Friday morning and ends Sunday evening at the final destination – the celebratory Closing Ceremony.
A man arrested on suspicion of committing a murder in Imperial Beach earlier this week remained jailed Saturday.
Spencer Abbott had two goals and two assists after missing two games and Eric Fehr scored twice in his debut with the San Diego Gulls in an 8-3 victory over the Tucson Roadrunners Friday night.
On Friday, a fourth woman came forward with disturbing allegations of sexual assault by a San Diego County Sheriff’s Deputy.
Malcolm Young, the rhythm guitarist and guiding force behind the bawdy hard rock band AC/DC who helped create such head-banging anthems as "Highway to Hell," ''Hell's Bells" and "Back in Black," has died.