<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - San Diego News]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.com en-us Sun, 29 Nov 2015 15:07:02 -0800 Sun, 29 Nov 2015 15:07:02 -0800 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Car Hits Storage Unit, Causes Possible Explosion]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 12:37:19 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/police-stock-breaking-119818994.jpg

 A car that hit a storage unit may have caused some sort of explosion, officials confirmed to NBC7. 

The incident happened at 12:17 p.m. Sunday on the 10100 block of Mission Gorge Road in Santee, San Diego Sheriff's deputies (SDSO) and Heartland Fire officials said. 

Heartland Fire said there was some sort of explosion on scene and they are trying to figure out what happened. They asked Sheriff's officials to assist. 

One patient suffered burns to his back. 

No further information was immediately available. 

Refresh this page for updates on this breaking news story. 

<![CDATA[Freeze Watch, Frost Advisory in Effect for Parts of County]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 13:52:26 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Borrego-Palm-Canyon.jpg

 Temperatures in San Diego's deserts are expected to drop near freezing Sunday, Monday and Tuesday night as chilly temperatures sweep across parts of the county. 

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a freeze watch for late Sunday night through Monday morning. The NWS also issued a freeze warning for San Diego late Saturday night through Sunday morning.

Areas impacted by this freeze warning include the lower deserts, including Borrego Springs, the NWS said, and the region will experience “several hours of sub-freezing temperatures.”

Those temps will likely be between 26 and 32 degrees.

A frost advisory for the San Diego County Valleys has also been issued for overnight Sunday and overnight Monday, midnight to 8 a.m., by the NWS. 

Locations affected include the Inland Empire and San Diego County Valleys, including Borrego Springs, Ramona, Valley Center, Rainbow, Alpine, Coachella, Mecca, Indio, Corona, Hemet, Perris, Lake Elsinore, and Temecula. During this time, cold wind may drop temperatures below 32 degrees. 

After Tuesday morning, the NWS said, there should be a slight warmup ahead for the affected areas. 

The chilly weather can harm unprotected crops, sensitive plants and pets who are outside, so the NWS said locals should take precaution to protect their crops and bring their pets indoors in a house or barn.

Get weather updates from NBC 7 here, plus track the rain with our interactive radar and map tools.

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<![CDATA[San Diego Airport Busy as Travelers Fly Home]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 11:07:47 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/airportholidaytravelsecuritylinepic-PIC_0.jpg If you're one of the many heading home today after the Thanksgiving holiday, be ready for the crowds. The Sunday after Thanksgiving is supposed to be the second busiest travel day of the year. NBC 7's Diana Guevara has a live report with how busy the airport is.

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<![CDATA[Chargers Ride Rivers to Road Win]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 14:02:20 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/170*120/GettyImages-499186382.jpg

 The enigma that is the 2015 San Diego Chargers continues to confound. The Bolts snapped their 6-game losing skid with a 31-25 win in Jacksonville thanks in large part to the feet of Philip Rivers.

Yes, I said the feet. Not the arm, the feet. In the fourth quarter the Chargers faced a 4th and 7 just inside Jaguars territory. Jacksonville had just scored a TD on a 4th and 7 okay of its own when quarterback Blake Bortles hit tight end Julius Thomas for a 21-yard score to cut the San Diego lead to 24-19.

Perhaps inspired by that success, head Coach Mike McCoy decided to go for it and Rivers, who had 10 rushing yards for the entire season, scrambled for 8 yards, diving out of bounds for a first down to sustain the drive. He finished it with a short touchdown pass to wide receiver Stevie Johnson to put the game away.

It was the final touch on a tremendous day for Rivers, who threw four touchdown passes, two to tight end Antonio Gates and one to wide receiver Dontrelle Inman, without a turnover.

The Bolts took control of the game late in the second quarter when Rivers hit Gates for a 9-yard touchdown. A few plays later linebacker Manti Te'o intercepted Bortles to set the Bolts up at the Jags 22 yard line. Just three plays later Rivers hit Gates again from 12 yards out to put San Diego up 21-9 at halftime.

San Diego's defense gave up its share of yards but played well close to the goal line. The Jaguars got in to the Red Zone three times but only came away with nine points.

Of course, in true Chargers fashion the Jags made it a lot closer than it should have been. A blocked punt with less than two minutes to play set up a Bortles TD pass to wide receiver Allen Robinson to make it 31-25 and give Jags fans hops for a miracle finish but their onside kick attempt was unsuccessful.

Jaguars kicker Jason Myers, a Chula Vista native, made all four of his field goal attempts for the Jaguars.

The Chargers improve to 3-8 while the Jaguars fall to 4-7 on the season.

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<![CDATA[Crazy Eights: SDSU Beats Nevada for 8-0 MW Record]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 00:28:25 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Pumphrey.jpg

Despite an injury to their starting quarterback, the San Diego State  Aztecs won their regular-season finale 31-14 over Nevada to cap off a perfect run through conference play.

It's the first time the Aztecs football team has finished 8-0 in the Mountain West.

The Aztecs lost signal-caller Maxwell Smith midway through the first quarter.

It happened on a short pass play when he was hit low in the pocket. Smith fell to the ground and clutched his left knee in pain. He had to be helped off the field and did not return.

Smith was replaced by redshirt freshman Christian Chapman, who hails from Carlsbad. Chapman did a good job taking care of the football in relief and the Aztecs didn't miss a beat.

They mainly let their offensive line and running backs do most of the work and Nevada had no answer for the SDSU ground game.

Rashaad Penny scored a 14-yard rushing touchdown by rushing to the left side minutes after Smith was injured to help SDSU take the lead 14-7.

Running back Donnell Pumphrey scored twice - including on a 72 yard touchdown run to eclipse 4,000 rushing yards for his career.

Pumphrey is second only to Marshall Faulk in that category in SDSU history.

He finished the game with 154 yards on 23 carries. 

Chase Price also racked up 114 rushing yards as the Aztecs gashed the Wolfpack on the ground. In all, five different SDSU players combined to carry the rock for a total of 320 yards against Nevada.

San Diego State (9-3, 8-0)  will play the Air Force Academy (which was upset by New Mexico 47-35 Saturday) in the MW Championship game on Saturday, December 5th. The Falcons fell to 8-4 overall after losing to the Lobos on the road in their regular season finale.

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<![CDATA[Hood Sisters Help USD Go 6-0]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 00:12:20 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/215*120/MayaHood.jpeg

Only 17 women have scored at least 1,000 career points as basketball players at the University of San Diego.

USD senior Malina Hood joined that select group Friday in her team's win over Valpo.

Then against Akron on Saturday, she tallied 16 points to help lead USD to a 86-65 victory.

Apparently it runs in the family because her younger sister Maya wound up with a game-high 23 points against the Zips.

USD is 6-0 and off to the best start in team history.

The USD men's team also beat Drexel 62-59 on Saturday.

It's the first win for the Torreros under new head basketball coach LaMont Smith.

<![CDATA[Group Protests Officer Shooting of Lamontez Jones ]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 23:55:25 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/protest1.PNG

A group gathered in downtown to protest the shooting of Lamontez Jones, a 39-year-old man killed by officers in the Gaslamp.

“The last time I checked when somebody murdered somebody they were out in jail,” protester Xaviar McGregor shouted through a bullhorn Saturday night.

“We’re here primarily to raise the cry that Africans are being killed in the streets indiscriminately across this entire country,” McGregor told NBC7. “Here specifically the San Diego Police Department has a very high rate of murder in the streets and we need to address it on a citywide level and so we have to get the community involved."

McGregor said economic development in underprivileged communities is the real issue more than police body cameras, sensitivity training or anything else. “When we see our children in schools failing and budgets being cut…we need to invest in education not building more prisons."

Moments before his death, Lamontez Jones ran into the middle of the street, pulled what appeared to be a large caliber handgun from his backpack and pointed it at the officers, according to police officials. The gun later turned out to be a steel replica.

Officers did not turn on their body cameras before the shooting something Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman defended.

"Things happened so very quickly, I think everyone will understand it's reasonable that officer safety and public safety will take precedence over an officer's ability to record," she said last month in a press conference.

“On October 20th SDPD took the life of Lamontez Jones on this very corner that we’re standing on,” McGregor exclaimed to fellow protesters and passersby.

Authorities say Jones had a history of violence. A suspected armed robber from Virginia, court records showed he pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of his roommate.

“Justice for Lamontez Jones!” they cried in unison.

The protesters made a list of demands, which included the indictment of the officers who shot Jones, the release of the police report, and for local media outlets to revise their stories with the protesters' sources instead of the police.

"This is just another case where a young man was killed, where's there's not enough evidence and the community is really out here crying for more," McGregor said.


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<![CDATA[Dog Who Fought to Live Looking for Adoptive Family ]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 09:51:17 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/rocky1.PNG

Rocky Balboa has survived a hole in his skull, a heart murmur, serious intestinal complications, and now it’s been determined he’s deaf – hence the fighter’s name.

The three-month-old Chihuahua, being cared for at the Helen Woodward Animal Center, was found by a Center partner with two other puppies and their mother who was struggling to care for them.

At three weeks old Rocky, his siblings and mother were brought to the Center to get medical care. Within a week Rocky’s weight had dropped to less than a pound, but care staff couldn’t figure out what was wrong with him because his tiny frame made his organs hard to see on an X-ray. After being placed on full-time medical foster care with a staff member, he began to heal.

For a month staff member Christina Bartlett fed Rocky with a syringe dozens of times a day, and slept with him on her chest so she would know when he struggled to breathe.

“He’s a very special dog,” stated Bartlett. “He just refuses to let life knock him down. I have no doubt that he will have an amazing life and teach everyone he meets something about never giving up.”

Rocky is now looking for a forever family – hopefully people as strong willed as him. Since he is deaf he will need to be trained with hand commands.

If you would like to adopt Rocky, please contact Helen Woodward Animal Center Adoption Department at: 858-756-4117 ext. 313, visit the Center’s website or stop by at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe.

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<![CDATA[Bicyclist Suffers Life-Threatening Injuries After Hit-And-Run]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 10:45:09 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/hit+and+run.PNG

A bicyclist suffered life-threatening injuries after she was injured in a hit-and-run crash in Escondido late Saturday. 

Escondido Police and Fire responded to the call at Grand Avenue and Broadway around 6:50 p.m. When they arrived, the woman was lying in the eastbound lanes of Grand Avenue, unconscious. 

Police said witnesses and physical evidence at the scene showed the woman had been riding northbound on Broadway when she was hit by a car heading east on Grand Avenue. 

"The car never stopped and fled the scene," Escondido Police Department Officer Stephen Braucht said in a statement. 

The woman was taken to transported to Palomar Hospital with significant, life-threatening injuries at the time. 

A witness may have seen the crash and may have further information involving the car involved, police said. Police initially said the suspect was believed to have been driving a Toyota Corolla. 

The victim's identity is unknown at this time. Traffic Division is investigating.

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<![CDATA[Ahead of Expected El Nino, Sandbags Handed Out]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 18:40:21 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/sandbaggiveaway1128-PIC_0.jpg

 As San Diego heads into what could be a wet winter, a lot of San Diego County residents may be unprepared for a strong El Nino.

Clean Earth Restorations, a company that specializes in disaster cleanup after flooding, handed out free sandbags in the mission Gorge area for residents.

Mark Esquivel with Clean Earth Restorations said many homeowners call them in hindsight, wishing they had the resources ahead of time.

“We get a lot of clients that call us up and say I wish we would've had this. I wish we would've done that,” said Esquivel. “So, we're just trying to get the word out there to have people be prepared."

The company had about 1,500 sandbags to give away.

The majority of Californians who live in high-risk flood areas do not have flood insurance, according to FEMA.

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<![CDATA[3 Men Who Burglarized Midtown Home Still Missing ]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 17:37:34 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/police-tape-shutterstock_5628043315.jpg

Three suspects broke into a home in Midtown, north of Little Italy just before 10:30 Saturday morning.

Police say the suspects were armed with weapons when they entered the home in the 3500 block of Jackdaw Street – one had a gun and the other two had Tasers.

One of the men is described as about 18 years old wearing a red hat and a gray hooded sweatshirt. There is currently no description of the other two men.

Police said the suspects took some cash and a laptop. No one was injured.


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<![CDATA[Small Business Saturday Getting Big ]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 17:11:41 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/small+business.PNG

As big as Black Friday is 'Small Business Saturday' has become a profitable day for local businesses as well.

For many shoppers the day is more about supporting local than finding bargains.

"I'd just like to say spend your money on something local, locally made, support a local person. We have enough big screen TVs out there," Brian Beever of Simply Local said.

At Simply Local in North Park there are no big boxes or big crowds – just products with purpose selling everything from organic honey to artwork.

“We're a great alternative to the malls,” Becki Kaplan of Kaleidoscope told NBC7. “We have completely different types of assortments than any place else and that's true of many of the stores in North Park."

Kaleidoscope, also in North Park, sells colorful kitchen and home products as well as gifts.

"It's incredible; I mean it was overwhelming the support the last year. I mean that sincerely,” Kaplan said of Kaleidoscope’s first Small Business Saturday in 2014.

American Express started Small Business Saturday in 2010 as a way to help small businesses get customers during the Recession.

"We like to support our local neighborhood and we can walk instead of drive and have a cup of coffee," customer Julie Cline said.

For merchants it's a viable platform during the most critical time of the year.

"These are the days that allow us to be around the rest of the year, “Kaplan explained.

For local companies and customers shopping small is just good business.

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<![CDATA[At Least Dozen Sickened by 'Spice' near Petco Park]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 12:38:29 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SDPD+Spice+Calls+1128+2015.jpg

 At least a dozen people were treated after smoking synthetic marijuana known as 'spice' in downtown San Diego, San Diego Police (SDPD) said. 

The incident happened at 2:52 p.m. on the 1200 block of Imperial Avenue near Petco Park, though the first call came in at 10 a.m., the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (SDFD) and San Diego Police (SDPD) said. 

The patients were treated after they were suspected of smoking or overdosing on a "bad batch" of the drug, police said. Those officials treated suffered varying symptoms, including collapsing, respiratory distress to seizures and a loss of consciousness.

David Gerboth Battalion Chief, San Diego Fire-Rescue 1:48:00  "We have seen everything from mild status just anxiety, to patients unconscious, actively seizing, having difficulty breathing, that have been in life threatening situations that were transported to local hospitals," said David Gerboth Battalion Chief with SDFD. 

Two patients were taken to the hospital, while others were treated at the scene. Medics at the scene are looking for more patients at the scene. 

"We're still trying to work through this, trying to find out exactly where it's coming from and more importantly get some of it, sample see if we can do a toxicology on it," said Sgt. Edwin Garrette with SDPD. 

Police have not said if the 'spice' came from a singular bag or not. 

The drug, a hallucinogenic, consists of dried plant material sprayed with laboratory-produced cannabinoids and is used as an alternative to smoking marijuana. Synthetic marijuana is popular among teens and young adults and has been linked to altered mental status, increased heart rate and acute kidney injury, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Synthetic marijuana or spice can cause hallucination, psychosis and agitation.

Last week, medics received 13 calls related to spice. This week, they received 20. 

The reports come approximately a week after more than a dozen, the youngest victim 13-years-old, were treated and some taken to the hospital after consuming a tainted batch of 'spice'. 

The SDFD said recent incidents have shown how prevalent spice use is right now across the county. 

No further information was immediately available. 

Refresh this page for updates on this breaking news story. 

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<![CDATA[Community Park Set to Open in Logan Heights]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 10:11:01 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/logan+heights+park.JPG

A much-needed park long in the works for San Diego’s Logan Heights community is just about ready to open to the public -- a safe space to be enjoyed by local families.

The idea for the Gilliam Family Community Garden and Park came about more than a year-and-a-half ago.

Organizers with Bame Community Development Corporation (CDC) in Logan Heights found a vacant space on Imperial Avenue, between 28th and 29th streets. They contacted the owner of that space, Derrick Gilliam, and asked to transform the site into a safe place where people who live in the area could meet up, and feel like they belong.

Gilliam donated the 5,000-square-foot space to the community for five years.

But there was much work to be done.

“It was all covered with trash. It was really like an eyesore. So basically we're turning it into a neighborhood beautification project,” explained Paige Newman, Community and Economic Development Coordinator with BAME CDC.

Bame partnered with Space 4 Art and asked for input from the community on how to best utilize the space.

Newman said those planning meetings brought the community closer together.

“[They] brought people together, by collecting input from children, adults, residents, and non-residents as to what everybody wanted to see in this space,” she said.

Now, residents, including Elizabeth Rodriguez, are looking forward to seeing the end result.

Rodriguez said she moved to Logan Heights for its affordable housing and sense of community. She thinks the park will improve the quality of life in the neighborhood.

“There's a diverse race of people here, and ages of people here,” she told NBC 7. “The sense of community when you're here, you really feel like part of a family. People walk the streets, they talk to each other. They get to know each other.”

Rodriguez, who also volunteered to help with the project, said money to build the park came from grants, private donations, businesses, and even tip jars placed at local businesses.

Hundreds of people, from students to community groups to neighbors, have helped to clean up the abandoned space and built the fixtures.

The centerpiece is a three-story treehouse.

It was designed by artists at Space 4 Art and built by students at King-Chávez Community High School in downtown and High Tech High in Chula Vista.

“It ties to the horizontal maze, which is the only way you can enter into the treehouse,” explained Space 4 Art co-founder Bob Leathers. “This is unique to Logan Heights.”

The artists and students are also building shade trees, using recycled materials like bicycle wheels and telephone poles.

“They have learned how important recycling is and have learned what it means to be resourceful when you can't afford to buy the big shade trees that cost over $1,000,” said Leathers.

Leathers said the students learned a lot about structure and design while working on the project, and also something else that's equally important.

"Old-fashioned stick with-it-ness,” he said, “That they in fact had the perseverance to do the whole thing and put all those together.”

They also built an outdoor amphitheater, with seating for 120 people and picnic tables on the side.

Over the next several weeks, volunteers will finish up the teaching gardens, where families can learn about drought-tolerant plants and how to grow vegetables.

“The key is to empower residents,” said Newman. “They can learn how to garden and then they can take that into their homes, and if they like to, design a small garden in their homes, and possibly sell the produce.”

Leathers said because the space is on private property and all the fixtures are temporary, they were able to bypass some of the city permits that would be needed for permanent structures.

Also, everything inside the park can be taken apart and moved after the lease expires in five years.

The Gilliam Family Community Garden and Park is set to open in January 2016.

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<![CDATA[At Gunpoint, Woman Forced to Drive to ATM]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 12:00:20 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/generic-police-lights5.jpg

Police are searching for a man accused of kidnapping a woman at gunpoint in Mission Valley East, forcing her to withdraw money from an ATM and take him shopping at a liquor store.

The San Diego Police Department (SDPD) said the victim was at 4404 El Cajon Blvd. at around 10:30 p.m. when she got into the driver’s seat of her car, leaving the door open for a moment.

Just then, a stranger approached the 23-year-old woman’s car and tapped a gun against the frame of the vehicle. The suspect then hopped into the backseat of the victim’s car and ordered her to drive to an ATM.

Once at the ATM, police said the woman was forced to take out an unknown amount of cash from her bank account.

But the suspect was still not satisfied.

Police said he then made the victim drive to a nearby liquor store where she was ordered to go inside and buy several items from the store for the suspect. After the victim handed over the items, the suspect fled on foot in an unknown direction.

The victim was not harmed, police said. The suspect was only described as a man with curly hair wearing a dark-colored jacket.

No further details were released. The investigation is ongoing, and police are considering this case a kidnapping and robbery.

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<![CDATA[Chargers at Jaguars: Who to Watch]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 11:34:54 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/169*120/Bond+Photo.jpg

If you’d have told me before the season started that the Week 12 game between the Chargers and Jaguars would feature a team in the playoff hunt and a team in the mix for the number one overall pick in the draft I’d have probably believed you.

If you’d have told me the Jags are the ones looking for a post-season spot and the Bolts have one of the NFL’s worst records I’d have probably had you committed. However, seeing the way this season has gone it makes perfect sense.

Jacksonville is trending up. This young team finally has enough pieces in place to win games consistently and sits just a game out of first place in the AFC South. San Diego is trending down. This team with a whole ton of talent has pieces in place to be contending in the AFC West but has been the single biggest disappointment in the NFL this season.

Here are three players to keep an eye one Sunday at EverBank Field, for they hold the keys to victory or defeat:

Ryan Carrethers, DT

Sean Lissemore is a question mark with an injury so there should be a lot of snaps for Carrethers. He’s showed signs of being a solid player but has also been a non-factor in games. The Jags have handed the keys of the offense to 2nd-year QB Blake Bortles, who has already nearly doubled his touchdown output from a year ago. But, Jacksonville also has a rookie running back that’s shown signs of being a good one. T.J. Yeldon has become their feature back, averaging 4.0 yards per carry. Carrethers will be counted on to get a push up the middle and pressure Bortles while also slowing Yeldon. If he can do that the Chargers defense that’s 31st in the NFL against the run will have a chance to stay in the game.

Melvin Gordon, RB

While we’ve been saying for a couple of months now that Gordon needs a breakout game to help QB Philip Rivers out, he’s on the list this week because he’s going to be needed in pass protection. The Jags have not been able to generate a fantastic pass rush with their front-seven. In fact, their sacks leader is Aaron Colvin, who has dropped the quarterback 4.0 times … and he’s a cornerback. So the Jags will blitz a lot to generate pressure and that means the running backs MUST be up-to-speed on picking up the pressures. We know Danny Woodhead does that. Gordon will have to be up to par to keep the defensive backs from teeing off on Rivers.

Bond … James Bond, MI6

I honestly could not thing of anyone else for the final spot in our three guys to watch and since I saw SPECTRE on Friday I figured the world’s greatest spy might be the only one who can save the Chargers season, and possibly Head Coach Mike McCoy’s job. I’m expecting a roster move to announce the signing of Bond some time on Saturday.

Derek’s Prediction

The Jags are playing meaningful games late in the season for the first time in years. The Chargers are playing out the string. The team with something to play for plays like it and gets its 3rd straight victory, handing the Chargers their longest losing streak since 2001 when they lost nine straight to finish the year (by the way that was the last season under Mike Riley, who was replaced in 2002 by one Marty Schttenheimer).

Bond will not arrive in time to save the day on this one. Perhaps next week.

Final score: Jaguars 20, Chargers 16

<![CDATA[Aztecs Fall To West Virginia In Las Vegas]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 23:47:05 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*124/GettyImages-499008378+%281%29.jpg

The Aztecs needed a lot more than some Vegas luck against West Virginia in the Intercontinental Tire Invitational Championship. The Mountaineers defense crushed the Aztecs, to claim the tournament title with a 72-50 win.

It was a tale of 21 turnovers for the Aztecs that lead to 30 West Virginia points. The Aztecs had just seven points off 15 Mountaineer turnovers. But turnovers were not the only problem. SDSU shot 34.2 percent, making just 13 field goals. None of which came from their nine attempts from beyond the arc. 
Freshman Jeremy Hemsley was the only Aztec to reach double figures in scoring with 14 points. He also led in rebounds for the Aztecs with four and tied for most assists with one. That’s right, just one assist was needed to lead the Aztecs. The Aztecs had three compared to the Mountaineers 12.
What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, and the Aztecs may want to leave this loss there as they prepare to travel to Long Beach State on Tuesday. The Aztecs drop to 4-3 on the season. 

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<![CDATA[Target Groping Victim Discouraged From Calling 911]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 20:14:03 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Target-Balboa-Ave-Suspect-11041.jpg

A local woman groped at a Target said Friday she had been dissuaded by store employees from reporting the incident to police.

She was so bothered by the ordeal that she later called police from her car.

“When I called dispatch … they were appalled that they weren’t called to the scene,” she told NBC 7.

Now the woman’s case rests in the hands of prosecutors at San Diego City’s Attorney Office, who have received investigative tips from police about the assailant’s identity.

The woman, who did not wish to be identified out of fear for her safety, spoke to NBC 7 on Friday about the incident.

She said she was shopping at the Target store in Clairemont on Halloween night when the man approached her, asking for a date.

She politely declined, but he persisted.

“I said, ‘Excuse me. Enough.' And he kept coming at me and he grabbed me and groped me,” she said.

He then rushed away, she said. And what happened next was also upsetting: Store employees discouraged her from calling 911.

“When I was in the store, you know, I wasn’t in my right mind. I was hysterical,” she said. “But I did not know what constitutes a sexual assault. I knew it was wrong what happened to me and it was scary and wrong and awful and I felt violated.”

After local TV news stations ran the story, which include surveillance footage of the suspect, a number of people called police with tips of his identity.

As she waits for the investigation process to unfold, the woman says she has important message to other women:

“If anybody touches you in any way, it is not OK,” she said. “And you immediately need to call 911 from your cellphone … The appropriate action is to call authorities immediately because sadly someone isn’t going to do it for you.”

Attempts to reach Target on Friday were unsuccessful.

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<![CDATA['Spice' Use Prevalent in San Diego: SD Fire Rescue ]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 23:59:05 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/bad+spice1.PNG

A community emergency erupted after a bad batch of the drug spice was distributed earlier this week.

San Diego Fire-Rescue said its sign of just how prevalent spice use is right now locally.

But there was one aspect emergency responders didn't expect - the challenge of teens ending up victims of toxic spice.

“We had some young people that were impacted, which is kind of unusual as far as the severity and the number of young people,” said Mike Finnerty, Battalion Chief, San Diego Fire Rescue.

Emergency responders were not only faced with getting five kids to the hospital, one of whom was only 13 years old, but because some of the teens were high on the drug, they actually created a problem for first responders.

Synthetic marijuana or spice can cause hallucination, psychosis and agitation.

“A lot of times they don't really understand, because of the impact of the substance, what's happening to them,” Finnerty told NBC7.

Finnerty explained that's what happened as firefighters rushed to help a teenage girl. Other teens, also on Spice, wouldn't let firefighters get to the teen.

“The crew had to call for police back up in order to be able to access that patient,” said Finnerty.

Teenagers fall under implied consent because they are not adults.

“We're obligated to care for the patient,” Finnerty explained. “You have to balance as far as how far you push in to try to gain access to the patient versus your own safety and backing away and calling in for police to assist.”

Right now firefighters call Spice use the middle of a trend and say the community needs to be aware of it.

Photo Credit: NBC7]]>
<![CDATA[Beloved Restaurant in Carlsbad Closing ]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 13:01:13 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/armenian+cafe.JPG

When he was 21 years old, Eddy Shakarjian’s family fled Lebanon during the war and made a home in north San Diego, opening a family business, The Armenian Café. Now, after 27 years in business, the beloved restaurant plans to shutter its doors.

“We’re gonna miss this location. It’s unique,” Shakarjian, the owner, told NBC 7. “There are a lot of memories.”

The restaurant is family-owned and operated in every sense. Shakarjian's daughter, Leah, is the manager. His sons, Matthew and Andrew, also work there.

But soon, all of this will change.

A hotel, a Springhill Suites by Marriott, is being built at the site of the restaurant, and Shakarjian said his business has to be out by the start of the New Year.

In 2007, the Carlsbad City Council approved plans for the 104-room, three-story hotel. The new hotel will take over the site currently occupied by The Armenian Café, the 28-room Surf Motel, and a single-family house.

A fixture in Carlsbad for the last three decades, Shakarjian is determined to keep his family business going -- some way, somehow. He's hoping the restaurant can perhaps take up shop inside the new hotel.

“I’ve been here 27 years,” Shakarjian said. “My kids were raised here and it's gonna be a tough one, but we're gonna do it and hopefully the landlords will come through and we'll be in the new building down the road. There’s no restaurant in there right now, but we hope we can do it."

If this plan doesn't pan out, Shakarjian said he's also looking into other locations for his restaurant, including a site near his home in Vista.

For more information on The Armenian Café, visit this website. For now, the café, will remain open through the end of 2015.

Photo Credit: NBC7]]>
<![CDATA['Black Lives Matter Not Black Friday': Protesters ]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 17:14:06 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/black+lives+matter1.JPG

As part of the nationwide movement, protesters gathered in downtown San Diego Friday because ‘Black Lives Matter not Black Friday.'

“I felt it was important to support the movement because just so many black lives are being wasted – not only black lives – but all lives. All lives matter. I felt it was important for my children to be a part of it,” mother Sindhu Sadhaka told NBC7.

During the press conference at the Hall of Justice, the group called for Black Friday to be permanently renamed 'Black Lives Matter' Friday.

“We are asking that our people hold back their money on Black Friday, which is today up until after January 1,” David Muhammad of Justice or Else said at the press conference. “Once we pull back economically from the corporations – corporations dictate to politicians what must be done. So the corporations will feel it and they in turn will tell the politicians to give the people justice.”

After the press conference protesters marched through the streets of downtown amid the Black Friday shoppers.

“These are my sons and they’re twelve and statistically they could be like right there in the mix,” Sadhaka said. “I don’t want them to become another statistic. I want somebody to care about their lives as much as I do.”

The group was created in 2012 after the controversial death of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman.

Photo Credit: NBC7]]>
<![CDATA[Pet Predictions: Chargers at Jaguars]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 16:44:59 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Todd_Chargers_McCoy_Monday_pkg_1200x675_572912707972.jpg

The Chargers aren’t taking the holiday weekend off as they head out east to face the Jacksonville Jaguars this Sunday at 10 a.m. local time.

Since the pets of San Diego were in holiday mode, I put tortoise Voldetort to the test to see who will come out victorious Sunday. We also got a must see video from our friends at the Helen Woodward Animal Center (AnimalCenter.org) with alpacas Kuzco and Kronk.

Does your pet want to be featured next week? Just send a video of them predicting the AFC West showdown between the Chargers and Broncos by December 4th to Becki.Schildhouse@nbcuni.com or tweet/intagram it to @BeckiSSD.

*NBC 7 will not use any video where it appears an animal is being forced to do something it does not want to do.

<![CDATA[Search Continues for Named Suspect in Teen's Killing]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 11:10:08 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Daniel-Flores-Anna-Hernandez.jpg

A juvenile has been arrested on suspicion of accessory to murder charges and another suspect is being sought in connection to the killing of 14-year-old San Diego resident Anna Hernandez.

News of the suspects came Friday night, hours after Nelly Espinoza, a 12-year-old friend of the homicide victim, was found safe in Tijuana.

Nelly was found in Tijuana by her grandfather. Her grandfather notified Baja California State Preventive Police and then brought his granddaughter to the border, police said in a news release. 

Officials then escorted Nelly to meet U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and San Diego police officers at the San Ysidro Port of Entry on Friday afternoon, officials said. There, she was reunited with her mother after being interviewed by San Diego police.

Just before 10 p.m., San Diego police issued a news release, stating that a minor was booked in juvenile hall in connection to Anna Hernandez's murder. Police would not release the minor's name.

Meanwhile, police said a second suspect, 19-year-old Daniel Flores, is being sought by investigators.

Nelly and Anna were last seen together in Grant Hill on Nov. 13. Anna’s body was found five days later wrapped in a blanket in a canyon at 29th and Market streets – just behind an apartment complex in the Grant Hill area where the girl lived.

SDPD investigators said the body was decomposed and homicide detectives launched an investigation, but did not immediately identify the body as the teenage girl.

San Diego police said Friday afternoon that Nelly was not the victim of any crime, nor was she injured during her disappearance.

Further details on her case were not yet released on Friday afternoon.

The whereabouts of a third girl tied to this case, Janeth Mendoza, 16, are still unknown. She has not been seen by her loved ones since Oct. 28, police said.

Janeth is described as 5-foot-5 and 160 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. She has several tattoos, including a Chargers bolt on her neck, the word "Bella" on her right forearm and "Perla" on her left forearm.

Police characterized the disappearances of Nelly and Janeth as runaways and said they were interested in talking with them, as the teens could have information about Anna because they were the last people to be seen with her.

Police confirmed Saturday morning that the case against the unnamed juvenile suspect has been handed over to the San Diego District Attorney's office.

Photo Credit: NBC 7 San Diego]]>
<![CDATA[Thanksgiving DUI Arrests and Fatalities Up ]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 20:55:10 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/dui+checkpoint2.JPG

Traffic fatalities and DUI arrests on Thanksgiving were up this year from last year statewide, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Across the state, officers arrested 372 drivers for DUI, up from 334 last year, and there were twice as many fatalities in 2015.

There were 14 fatalities across the state in 2015 while last year there were 7.

In San Diego, DUI arrests were slightly down -  22 this year compared to 23 last year, but fatalities were up. There were two this year and none last year.

Five of the people killed weren’t wearing seat belts and one was a pedestrian fatality.

The statistics are from Wednesday at 6 p.m. to Friday at 6 a.m.

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<![CDATA[Loaded Semi-Truck Crashes on Railroad Tracks]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 11:57:34 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Semi-Train-Tracks-1127.jpg

A semi-truck loaded with a large shipment of televisions overturned on southbound Interstate 5 near Friday morning, landing on railroad tracks and causing delays in Amtrak train service for Southern California commuters and major traffic on the busy freeway.

California Highway Patrol (CHP) officials said the driver of the semi-truck fell asleep at the wheel just after 12:30 a.m. on I-5 just south of the San Onofre truck inspection facility. Nodding off, the driver made an unsafe move at the wheel and the semi drifted down an embankment before it overturned and landed on nearby railroad tracks.

No one was injured in the collision, and no other vehicles were involved, investigators said.

Transit officials shut down Amtrak service in the area while crews worked to get the semi off the tracks. Because the truck was filled with televisions, CHP said special equipment was needed to properly move the vehicle off the tracks and tow it.

The CHP issued a SigAlert along southbound I-5 at Basilone Road around 10:15 a.m., saying traffic was very slow all the way from Highway 74. At 11:50 a.m., traffic along the I-5 was at a standstill, backed up for miles and miles due to the accident and subsequent clean-up process. Get traffic updates here.

It was unclear, as of 10:30 a.m., how long the Amtrak service delays in the area would last.

Photo Credit: NBC 7 San Diego]]>
<![CDATA[Locals Shop on Black Friday]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 09:31:02 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Shopping-generic-0509.jpg San Diegans woke up very early to hunt for bargains on Black Friday 2015. For some, its an annual tradition that bonds them. NBC 7's Liberty Zabala reports.

Photo Credit: NBCSanDiego]]>
<![CDATA[Photos: Rain, Snow, Chilly Temps]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 21:24:46 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/229*120/Mount+Laguna+1127.jpg Rain, snow and chilly temps swept San Diego County on Thanksgiving weekend 2015. Here are some images of the weather.]]> <![CDATA[Rain, Chilly Temps Sweep San Diego]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 09:32:02 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Rain-1126-SD.JPG

Showers and chilly temperatures swept San Diego County amid the Thanksgiving Day weekend.

Locals woke up to slick roadways and rainfall Friday as many headed out to malls for Black Friday shopping. NBC 7’s Whitney Southwick said scattered showers were moving throughout the county, bringing steady, heavy rainfall.

“We’re seeing the rain become more scattered through mid-morning and isolated showers this afternoon,” Southwick explained. “Snow continues to fall in our mountains, down to 4000-feet, in fact, so places like Julian and maybe even Pine Valley could see some snowmen pop up.”

He said coastal, inland and mountain regions would continue to see rain throughout Friday, with temperatures in the lower-60s at the coast, breezy highs in the upper-50s inland and highs in the upper-30s in the mountains, plus snow flurries there. The deserts will experience a mix of broken clouds and a few sprinkles, with temps in the upper-50s, Southwick said.

At night, Southwick said the storm will move out, leaving behind clearing skies and very cold temperatures. He said snow will continue to fall in our mountains into Friday evening and possibly early Saturday morning.

As of 9:25 a.m., Southwick said between a half-inch to four inches of snow had fallen in the mountains. Laguna Mountain and Palomar Mountain saw much of that fresh powder.

He forecasted temps in the mid-40s for the coast, mid-30s inland, upper-20s in the mountains and lower-30s in the deserts Friday, and said it should be even colder Saturday night throughout the county – though a bit warmer during the day.

To that end, the National Weather Service (NWS) issued a freeze watch for San Diego Friday in effect through Saturday morning. Another freeze watch will be in effect from late Saturday night through Sunday morning, the NWS confirmed.

Areas impacted by this freeze watch include central and eastern San Diego County valleys, including Ramona, Jamul, Alpine and other country regions. Valley Center and Rainbow Valley would also be affected, the NWS said, by “several hours of sub-freezing temperatures.”

Those temps will likely be between 26 and 32 degrees.

The chilly weather can harm unprotected crops, sensitive plants and pets who are outside, so the NWS said locals should take precaution to protect their crops and bring their pets indoors in a house or barn.

Get weather updates from NBC 7 here, plus track the rain with our interactive radar and map tools.

Photo Credit: Monica Garske]]>
<![CDATA[Sisters Hugged Before Dying in Crash: CHP]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 20:34:25 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Chula+Vista+sisters+1127.jpg

Two sisters were killed in a crash on Interstate 805 in San Diego early Friday morning and one witness said he saw the pair hug moments after their car spun out, just before another vehicle hit their stalled car.

The accident happened on slick roadways as rain fell around 1:30 a.m. on southbound I-805 in National City, just south of State Route 54.

California Highway Patrol (CHP) officials said the two sisters – identified as  20-year-old Veronica Moreno and 27-year-old Monica Moreno, both of Chula Vista – were together in a truck when the slippery roads caused their vehicle to spin out and hit a center divide.

After the truck carrying the women struck the median, their car stalled out in the fast lane. Investigators said the two women got out of the car and that’s when a red sedan drove up behind them and accidentally hit the truck and then hit the sisters.

Both women died at the scene.

The sisters were described by family members as"best friends." Veronica Moreno had attended Southwestern College and enrolled in the U.S. Air Force, but an injury cut short her training, according to a GoFundMe page set up by the sisters' cousins.

Monica Moreno attended Castle Park High School in Chula Vista and worked as a register clerk at Concorde College.

"Both of the girls had so many goals and dreams for their futures and they were taken from (family) way too soon," the GoFundMe page stated.

CHP investigators said one witness told them they saw the sister who was driving get out of the car and run to the passenger side just before the collision. Both women got out of the car and gave each other a hug seconds before the sedan fatally struck them.

Investigators said the driver in the red sedan remained at the scene and told officers that he didn’t know he had hit anyone until he walked over to the sisters’ truck and found nobody inside.

There were four people inside the red sedan and no one in that vehicle was injured in the crash.

The CHP said officers had been responding to multiple spin-outs on slick roads across San Diego County overnight. Officials want to remind drivers to slow down on the streets when it is raining.

On Friday afternoon, the sisters' family members said the two were best friends and the only children of their parents.

"These two beautiful sisters will be missed! They knew how to brighten up a room! Inseparable these two. Now angels in heaven," said cousin Jason Gutierrez.

The GoFundMe page had been set up to help the sisters' family members.

<![CDATA[Black Friday Shoppers Get Thanksgiving Start]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 07:15:29 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/best+buy+black+friday+2.JPG Has it officially become Black Thursday? Shoppers packed into San Diego stores that offered doorbuster sales on Thanksgiving.

Photo Credit: Candice Nguyen]]>
<![CDATA[K Sandwiches Owners Survey Rubble, Vow to Rebuild]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 13:22:19 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/tran+family+k+sandwiches.PNG

For the first time in a decade, K Sandwiches -- a staple of the Linda Vista community -- won’t be selling its popular French loaves for Thanksgiving dinner.

The business burned down in August, and the site that once held the Vietnamese sandwich shop is still covered in rubble nearly four months later.

On Thanksgiving Day, the Tran family, who owned the eatery, walked through the ruins and looked back on Aug. 4.

“It’s sad. We put so much hard work,” said Jennifer Tran. “We work every day, sometimes for 10 hours.”

That night, a fire started in the back corner of the shop when an oven malfunctioned. Everyone was able to get out, but the building was a complete loss. The Trans were forced to shut it down.

Just recently, the family received the proper permits to begin cleanup. They plan to rebuild and be open for business sometime next summer or fall.

Still, they couldn’t help looking back on past years and wishing they were in the same situation.

“Last year we would have people lined up from here to the outside of the door just waiting for our bread, and this year after the fire….” Man Tran said, trailing off.

Despite the sad sight before them, the Trans remained positive this Thanksgiving.

“I’m still thankful for my community and all the people around here who supported us,” said Mike Tran.

Jennifer said when they rebuild, they’ll be better than before.

<![CDATA[Great-Grandma, 102, Plays Ball With MLB Family]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 11:33:57 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/102-year-old-grandma-baseball.gif

“Keep your eye on the ball.”

A San Diego cul-de-sac has been transformed into a concrete baseball diamond, home to the Zimmer family’s annual Thanksgiving game for about 22 years.

The instruction comes from the team’s oldest and feistiest player, 102-year-old Ann Sellaro.

But she’s not satisfied with acting as batting coach. Putting aside her walker, the great-grandmother steps up to the imaginary plate with a blue, plastic bat in hand.

One, two, three swings at bright yellow wiffle balls and Sellaro strikes out. But for her family, the misses don’t detract from her baseball chops and a love of the game that helped inspire two of her great-grandsons to become Major League Baseball players.

"I taught them everything they know," Sellaro says.

Kyle and Bradley Zimmer, La Jolla High School graduates, were both first-round draft picks out of the University of San Francisco. Kyle now pitches for the Kansas City Royals, and Bradley plays center field for the Cleveland Indians.

But long before they were playing in the big leagues, their training began in a quiet La Jolla cul-de-sac. Sellaro was there dealing out advice “since the first time we picked up a bat, I think,” said Bradley.

“I think that was about two days after we started walking,” quipped Kyle. "It’s been a long time."

Back then, the Zimmers and their friends would keep the wiffle balls within easy reach. However, as they grew, the balls soon started flying across streets, over fences and into neighbor’s yards.

“We've had to extend the home run line,” said Eric Zimmer, the players’ dad. “It used to be the curb, and then it was the sidewalk, then it was the neighbor’s roof.”

The annual Thanksgiving game has become less competitive with fewer rules, but their favorite part remains the same.

“Anytime you can say you have a grandma who's 102 years old and showing you how to hit a wiffle ball in the backyard, it's pretty special,” said Bradley. “So having her down here has been awesome. It's something that we really cherish and look forward to every year."

Sellaro used to travel long distances to watch her great-grandsons play, but as traveling becomes harder, she shows her support by watching their games on TV or online.

In person, though, the batting coach instincts kick back in.

“Keep your eye on the ball,” she says, pointing at Kyle. “And that goes for you, too.”

Photo Credit: NBC 7]]>
<![CDATA[Suspected Fake Immigration Attorney to Face Judge: Police]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 13:54:12 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Micallela+Aguilera+Coleman.JPG

A woman accused of posing as an attorney so she could take advantage of immigrants was transferred to San Diego jail this week. She is scheduled to begin pre-trial hearings Dec. 3 on suspicion of fraud charges, according to a National City fraud detective.

Police in three counties credit NBC7 Investigates with the suspect’s arrest.

Micallela Aguilera, aka Michelle Christine Morales, was arrested in Huntington Beach in April 2015 following a series of NBC7 stories.

A detective told NBC7 that Morales has now been convicted on similar charges in Tulare County and Orange County. San Diego County’s “Who’s In Jail” website indicates Morales is facing two counts of unauthorized practice of law, two counts of grand theft and one count for allegedly writing a bad check.

South Bay resident A.J. Aguirre, an alleged victim, told NBC 7 her family gave the woman $3,000 because she offered them legal help and immigration services. Some of Aguirre’s family members are not legally allowed to live or work in the U.S.

"It's just horrible,” Aguirre said. “It's a horrible feeling because you lose your money, your savings, your trust. You feel ashamed because you think you did something wrong."

Morales is also wanted in Michigan on state fraud charges, according to Michigan state police.

News reports from WWMT-TV, a local TV station in Grand Rapids, Michigan, highlighted Aguilera's medical telemarketing company in July 2014 after 15 employees told the news station she hadn't paid them, but she had collected a $65 background check fee.

Individuals targeting immigrant families like Aguirre’s are rampant in California, according to state lawmakers and the Attorney General.

“This has been going on for decades,” State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-80th District) Gonzalez said. “We have a bunch of scammers out there who know this is a vulnerable population, who are not likely to report it to the authorities, and the scam artists can simply take their money and run.”

San Diego Deputy District Attorney Gina Darvas said her office has a memorandum of understanding between Homeland Security Investigations and the DA's office, protecting immigrants who report alleged crimes.

"When a victim comes forward to report this crime, if they are undocumented, they will not end up in deportation proceedings as a result," said Darvas.

Despite that understanding, Darvas says her office only prosecutes about four cases of immigration fraud a year because she said victims are reluctant to come forward.

<![CDATA[World War II-Style Bunker Burns to the Ground in Chula Vista]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 15:40:21 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Chula_vista_fire_pic_1200x675_574911555834.jpg

A shed that looked like a World War II-style bunker became engulfed in flames in Chula Vista Thanksgiving Day, according to Chula Vista Fire Battalion Chief Sean Lowery.

Flames were seen shooting from the shed, which sat in front of a three-unit apartment building in the 600 block of G Street. 

Chula Vista, National City and San Diego fire crews quickly responded to prevent the fire from spreading to nearby homes. However, the bunker was burned to the ground.

"This is actually an out-building that kind of resembles an old World War II-style bunker, and it's been here in the city as long as any of us can remember," said Lowery. 

He told NBC 7 the building has had some incidents in the past, but he did not detail what those incidents were.

Witnesses said there was a potential person of interest seen leaving the scene of the fire.

Police helped to block off the area to traffic as fire crews extinguised the flames. 

No further information was immediately available.

<![CDATA[Eater San Diego: New Winery, Top Tequila Bars]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 12:39:58 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Eater-Vinavanti-1126_edited-1.jpg

Amid Thanksgiving week, Eater San Diego shares the most recent stories from San Diego’s food and drink scene, including the debut of Vinavanti Urban Winery in Hillcrest, the local expansion of Ike's Place sandwich shop and the best places to drink agave-based spirits.

Vinavanti Urban Winery Uncorks in Hillcrest
Now pouring on University Avenue, this local winery recently transplanted its wine-making facility into a newly-remodeled space that's serving its natural wines by the flight, glass or bottle along with perfectly paired, wine-friendly bites.

San Francisco's Popular Ike's Place Debuts Sandwich Shop
Slotting into The Hub in Hillcrest is the first local outpost for this Bay Area-based concept that's developed a fervent following for its overstuffed sandwiches; its signature menu now includes sandwiches named for San Diego icons Tony Gwynn and Junior Seau. 

Where to Drink Tequila, Mezcal & More
The ever-expanding spotlight on Mexican cuisine in San Diego also means a growing thirst for tequila and mezcal. This week, Eater rounded up a list of dedicated bars and restaurants with strong drink programs featuring the best collections of agave-based spirits.

Carlsbad's Campfire Scores Former CUCINA enoteca Chef
Coming to North County next spring is this concept based on live-fire cookery and craft cocktails; helming the kitchen will be newly named executive chef Andrew Bachelier, who last worked at Del Mar's CUCINA enoteca.

Old Harbor Distilling Launches Campaign for Expansion
New legislation means that local distilleries will soon be able to serve cocktails, sell spirits on-site and host events; Old Harbor Distilling in downtown San Diego's East Village is currently crowdfunding to construct a cocktail bar and expand the barrel-aging of its small-batch spirits.

Photo Credit: Vinavanti
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<![CDATA[Proposed CA Bill Calls for Double Pay on Thanksgiving]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 11:23:03 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/6PM_PKG_GONZALEZ_HOLIDAY_PAY--RASCON_1200x675_574513731562.jpg

 A proposed California state bill would require big retailers with at least 500 employees to pay their workers double on Thanksgiving.

The bill, by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), was originally introduced a year ago and would have required double time pay for employees working specific “family holidays,” with a few exceptions.

The legislation passed two committees, but failed 34- 29 on the assembly floor in June.

Gonzalez now wants to change the bill to include only Thanksgiving and require paying retail employees double pay if they have to work the holiday. The bill would include large employers like Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Macy’s, Old Navy, Toys R Us, JC Penny, and more.

The idea behind the update is that, if stores want to open up and start their Black Friday sales early on, Gonzalez said those retailers should share their holiday profits with those employees.

“It is clear we are targeting an industry that can choose to do more, that if mandated it will not drive them out of California. It will not drive them into the red,” Gonzalez said.

Opponents argue the bill would increase costs and put brick and mortar stores at a competitive disadvantage to online retailers. They also say this kind of bill forces employers to recognize certain days as a holiday by paying workers double pay.

Mickey Kasparian, with United Dood and Commercial Workers, said union members already get double pay on holidays, but this proposed bill would require double-pay for all big retailer employees on Thanksgiving.

“In California, of course workers don't have the right to not show up to work,” Kasparian said. “They don't have the right to any sort of holiday pay. They can of course lose their job if they refuse to work on a major holiday.”

California law as it is allows employers to mandate scheduled overtime.

<![CDATA[Longtime North Park Little League Coach, 88, Dies]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 11:11:29 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Joe-Schloss-Obit-1.jpg

An 88-year-old man who coached youth baseball in San Diego for the past 60 years passed away Wednesday following a brief illness, North Park Little League confirmed.

The organization announced the passing of Joe Schloss on its Facebook page, posting this heartfelt message:

“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing today of Joe Schloss, who managed youth baseball in North Park for 60 years, the last 57 years at North Park Little League. Joe was 88 years old. He died following a brief illness.

A World War II veteran, and the longtime owner of A-B Sporting Goods in North Park, Joe was a loving husband and proud father. He touched the lives of all those he knew. Generations of baseball players played for Joe, and all who knew him appreciated his love for the game, his passion for teaching and his friendly manner. Joe was one of a kind. Our thoughts are with Joe's family at this time. We will update with more news as we receive it.”

Many people took to Facebook to express their condolences. One person wrote: "The legend will live on" while another posted, "RIP. North Park will miss you."

NBC 7 spoke with Schloss this past May. At 88 years young, he was vibrant and happy, and deeply dedicated to his career as a coach with North Park Little League.

On May 16, 2015, leaders from the City and County of San Diego held a special ceremony at Morley Field to declare May 16 “Joe Schloss Day.” The coach was honored for his dedication to the sport and players.

That day, Schloss attended the ceremony alongside his wife, Barbara. Some of his former players – many of them now adults – were there to cheer him on, and even former players from other Little League teams showed up.

Schloss said he was overwhelmed and a little embarrassed by the attention, but thrilled to be there.
“It's a great honor,” he said at the May ceremony, humbled.

Schloss said his longevity as a coach had been a team effort helped along by many co-coaches over the decades.

“Sixty years have just flown by. I feel the same way. Time just flies away and what you've taught these kids, you hope they understand and learn,” he told NBC 7.

Schloss, a Navy veteran who served in the Pacific during World War II, coached his first team in 1956, which made 2015 his 60th season. He said he had no plans of hanging up his clipboard anytime soon.

“I still enjoy it and I still can stand coming to the ballpark, meeting the kids and having some fun with the children and when it ceases to be fun, I’m not coming back,” said Schloss.

In the time since his coaching streak started we’ve seen the invention of the internet, a space shuttle land on the moon and the rise of Martin Luther King Jr.

Some of Schloss’ first players are now in their 70s.

He was a founding member of North Park Little League and has a field named in his honor, but some say another remarkable streak is held by another Schloss – the coach’s wife – who attended every single game, watching intently from the bleachers.

“Most coaches coach when their children are playing and when their children are no longer playing they get out of the program,” Barbara told NBC 7 in May. “He coaches for the love of coaching.”

Photo Credit: North Park Little League/Facebook]]>
<![CDATA[Clouds, Light Rain Roll in on Thanksgiving]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 19:04:03 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/thanksgiving+rainbow.JPG

Downtown San Diego saw some light rain Thanksgiving morning as thousands of runners took part in 5K and 10K runs during the holiday.

At around 9:30 a.m., participants in the Run for the Hungry at Horton Plaza Mall experienced some wet streets and drizzle, but that didn’t stop them from keeping the pace.

The rain picked up again at about 3:30 p.m. as many San Diegans made their way to Thanksgiving dinners.

NBC 7’s Whitney Southwick said most spots across the county could see a few tenths of an inch of rain, but higher amounts could be seen at local mountains.

“Don’t be surprised if you find yourself under some spotty, wet weather,” said Southwick, adding that light rain may stick around through Friday night.

San Diegans will experience partly cloudy, cool and breezy conditions throughout the holiday weekend, with a bit of a warm up by Sunday that will last through early next week, Southwick said.

Thanksgiving Day will bring temps in the high-60s for the cost, high and low-60s inland and mid-40s with gusts and lingering showers for our mountains.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service (NWS) says a coastal flood advisory remains in effect for San Diego beaches Thanksgiving Day through noon Friday due to the highest tides of the year, the King Tides, and a storm that may cause lower-lying areas to flood. Impressive, large waves are also expected, some measuring 7.5-feet at their highest on Thanksgiving and 7.3-feet on Friday morning. Strong rip currents are also possible.

The NWS says areas especially susceptible to flooding include Imperial Beach, south Mission Beach, La Jolla Shores, Cardiff and Oceanside, particularly during those morning high tides.

Photo Credit: Michael Tillyer]]>
<![CDATA[Photos: Thanksgiving Run for the Hungry]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 10:03:34 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*170/Run-for-Hungry9.JPG Thousands of San Diegans got movin’ early on Thanksgiving morning for the 2015 Run for the Hungry. The 5K and 10K run through downtown San Diego started at Horton Plaza Mall on Broadway. Families showed up with kids and pups in tow. All profits from this run benefit the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank and hunger-relief programs such as the JFS Food Mobile and HandUp Food Pantry managed by Jewish Family Service of San Diego. For each registered runner’s fee, at least 185 meals will be provided to San Diegans in need.

Photo Credit: Marianne Kushi]]>
<![CDATA[Family Seeks Answers in Tree Trimmer’s Death]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 12:13:15 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Luis-Hernandez-1125.jpg

The family of an Escondido tree trimmer struck and killed by a car while pulling branches out of a roadway during a work shift wants answers as they grieve the sudden, tragic death of their loved one.

“We want answers. We want to know what happened,” said Oscar Hernandez, referring to the death of his brother, Luis Hernandez.

“From what I heard on the news, they’re saying the [driver] was going 30 mph. If you look at the truck – just imagine if the truck ended up like that – what would my brother end up like?” Oscar added.

According to California Highway Patrol (CHP) officials, Luis, who worked for Davey’s Tree Service, was trimming trees along the shoulder on Cole Grade Road at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. Just as Luis was pulling branches out of the roadway, a 34-year-old man behind the wheel of a 2004 GMC Sierra struck him. The car was traveling between 35 and 40 mph at the time of the collision.

Luis did not survive the impact and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The accident is under investigation, but CHP officials said alcohol and drugs were not factors in the deadly crash. Investigators said Luis walking into the path of the vehicle in the southbound traffic lane and the driver could not avoid hitting him. The driver remained on scene and cooperated with investigators.

It is unknown, at this point, whether that driver will face charges in the fatal accident.

For Luis’ heartbroken family and friends, the pain of the accident is too much to handle.

In an exclusive interview with NBC 7, Oscar said his brother, who was 26 years old, leaves behind a girlfriend and a 1-year-old daughter, as well as devastated parents and two siblings.

On Wednesday night, in a powerful show of solidarity, the family crowded together at a home to show exactly how many people are impacted by Luis’ tragic death.

The family believes the driver who hit him was traveling at much higher speeds than reported by the CHP. Oscar told NBC 7 he feels there should’ve been more safety measures on the roadway that day to keep his brother and other workers safe.

Luis’ co-worker, Francisco Lopez, spoke with NBC 7 Wednesday and described the horrific accident. Lopez was standing just feet away from Luis when he was hit by the GMC.

“I’m going back and I hear a big noise and I called his name, and [I hear] screaming. And I look, and my friend is over there,” Lopez recalled.

NBC 7 reached out to Davey’s Tree Service Wednesday for a statement but did not hear back. Previously, just after the accident, the company issued this statement:

“At this point, our primary concern is for the family and other employees working in that area. This is a tragedy for the entire Davey family and our thoughts and prayers are with employee’s family, co-workers and loved ones.”

Luis’ family is pleading for more answers as to how, exactly, this accident happened. They said they were told the driver was distracted because he was swatting away a bee at the time of the crash.

Photo Credit: NBC 7 San Diego]]>
<![CDATA[Restaurant Hands Out Free Food on Thanksgiving]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 13:49:49 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/huapangos+hillcrest.PNG

A popular Hillcrest hangout is getting into the giving spirit, offering free food to anyone who wants it on Thanksgiving Day.

Huapangos Mexican Cuisine is handing out meals until 5 p.m., or until supplies last, the owners say.

The restaurant is located at 3693 5th Avenue in San Diego.

The Salvation Army also offered free food to those in need Thursday morning. At Golden Hall downtown, they served about 1,800 San Dieagans.

Photo Credit: Google Maps]]>
<![CDATA['Russian Roulette With Loaded Gun': Couple's Spice Warning ]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 07:45:56 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/210*120/CONNOR+eckhardt+12.jpg

Hawaiian Haze, Scooby Snax -- playfully colored packages with catchy names don’t reflect the danger of the synthetic drug known as Spice.

“Spice and synthetic drugs truly are playing Russian roulette with a loaded gun," Devin Eckhardt told NBC 7 Wednesday.

Eckhardt knows that painful reality all too well. Last July, he and his wife spent the month praying over their 19-year-old son Connor.

But the San Clemente teen never woke from his coma after his parents say he took one hit of Spice while they were away on vacation.

“It’s been 498 days since Connor passed,” remembered his father. “That's 16 and a half months. There’s not a moment of the day that goes by we don't think of him."

San Diego Fire-Rescue officials said crews are seeing a rise in Spice use downtown.

Just this week, 14 people were hospitalized after police say they overdosed on what they're calling a bad batch, packaged in black with a blue dragon.

Spice is often referred to as synthetic marijuana, but experts say the mix of chemicals sprayed on leaves or other substances is anything but natural.

“This is underground chemists that are constantly trying to stay ahead of any legal reform by altering the molecular chain, introducing new chemicals,” said Eckhardt.

2011 was the highest year on record for synthetic cannabinoid calls to American Association of Poison Control Centers: 6,968 nationwide.

This year that record could be broken. Only 19 more calls would break the record, and there’s a month left in the year.

The alarming numbers and death of their son are reasons why the Eckhardts started the Connor Project Foundation.

“If that could impact one young person to change how they think, decisions they make, the friends they hang out with, we thought it would be worth it,” said Echkardt.

It is illegal to sell Spice in California, but it’s still sold in some gas stations and smoke shops as potpourri and incense.

To find out more about the Connor Project foundation click here.

Photo Credit: Eckhardt Family ]]>
<![CDATA[Power Poles Repaired, I-8 Reopens]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 06:48:41 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/I-8+pole+1125.jpg

Both directions of Interstate 8 in San Diego's East County reopened Thursday following a lengthy shutdown after crews had to repair several downed power poles damaged one day prior.

As of 6:40 a.m. Thanksgiving Day, Caltrans officials confirmed all lanes of westbound I-8 at Greenfield Drive and the westbound I-8 on-ramp from Greenfield Drive in El Cajon had reopened to traffic.

At approximately 1:20 a.m. Wednesday, a large cylinder was being towed on eastbound I-8 near 2nd Street and Broadway. Investigators say the cylinder snagged on a power line, causing several power poles to snap in half south of I-8.

The downed power poles led to some outages in the area, including a power outage at a nearby grocery store.

Following the accident, officials temporarily shut down the freeway from 2nd Street to Greenfield Drive, but later reopened the road to let small cars and trucks through.

By 1 p.m. Wednesday, a portion of I-8 had been reopened, officials said. However, the freeway be completely shut down starting at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday until 6 a.m. Thursday as SDG&E crews completed repairs to the lines. El Cajon police asked driver to avoid the area.

As of 3 p.m., there were no restrictions on travel on I-8 when all lanes and on and off-ramps were reopened.

During the midnight closure, CHP officials said eastbound I-8 traffic would be diverted to 2nd Street and Greenfield Drive. To re-enter eastbound I-8 from that detour, turn right on Greenfield Drive.

Meanwhile, those who come up on the closures while traveling on westbound I-8 can exit Lake Jennings Park Road, turn right and take southbound State Route 67 to get themselves to either westbound State Route 52 or westbound I-8. Westbound I-8 drivers could also opt to take the Greenfield Drive exit, turn right to 2nd Street and then left on 2nd Street to re-enter westbound I-8.

<![CDATA[Tiger Matriarch at Alpine Exotic Animal Rescue Dies]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 22:25:40 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/210*120/natasha+tiger.jpg

Exotic animal rescue Lions, Tigers and Bears announced Wednesday that the matriarch of their clan, a 19-year-old tiger named Natasha, has died.

Natasha and her late mate Raja were the first to be adopted by the Alpine-based shelter more 13 years ago, caretakers wrote in a Facebook post.

"Natasha was the epitome of the old saying 'that's one tough cookie', as she had more than her fair share of struggles over the course of her life, but always came out on top," the leaders said.

In 2002, the two young tigers were rescued from an owner in Texas who was keeping them in a 6-foot by 12-foot, chain link cage with no shade or protection from the elements.

One month after arriving in Alpine, an area in east San Diego County, Natasha gave birth to two cubs, Sitarra and Tabu. Thanks to a grant given to Lions, Tigers and Bears, the rescue’s leaders were able to build the Tiger Trails habitat with grass and a waterfall pool for the big cats.

Because she was declawed by her private owner, Natasha suffered from arthritis for most of her life, and in 2011, she was diagnosed with uterine cancer. However, she made a full recovery after surgery.

Age continued to wear on the large cat. Earlier this year, Natasha had surgery to treat her glaucoma, but veterinarians soon realized they had to perform an enucleation, which meant the tiger’s right eye had to be removed, according to the caretakers.

Then two months ago, vets found a lesion in Natasha’s mouth during an oral exam. They discovered the lesion was noncancerous, but blood tests revealed signs of chronic renal disease — a common problem among aging cats.

The matriarch’s health continued to decline until Wednesday when she passed away.

“Natasha’s passing is the end of an era for LTB, but one that will live on in her remaining daughter, Tabu — and forever in our hearts,” caretakers wrote in the Facebook post. “Natasha — you will be missed by so many, our precious girl. Rest easy and run free.”

The rescue is planning a memorial, open to LTB members, family and friends, to honor the tiger.

Photo Credit: Lions, Tigers and Bears Facebook]]>
<![CDATA[SD Explained: Hotel Room Tax Debated]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 20:25:43 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/san+diego+bay+hotel.JPG Once again, the city of San Diego's hotel-room tax is being debated and possibly headed to the ballot. NBC 7's Monica Dean and Voice of San Diego's Scott Lewis have more on why the mayor wants to see it go up and how a lawyer-- who's been a thorn in the city's side for many years-- has put together a ballot measure to also push it higher.]]> <![CDATA[MasterCard Program Uses Selfies for Security Screening]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 20:17:09 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/mastercard+selfie+program.PNG How far are you willing to go to protect your credit card information? Would you be willing to send in a selfie? NBC 7's Consumer Bob has more on the latest step in financial security. ]]> <![CDATA[Police Release Photos of Suspect in Oceanside Car Thefts]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 22:23:08 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/210*120/oceanside+car+theft+suspect.PNG

Oceanside police are searching for the suspects who carried out a number of car break-ins near the city's northern beach.

Investigators released surveillance images of a man who may be involved, and they are asking for the public to help identify him.

The suspects have been targeting vehicles in a parking lot near the 1500 block of North Pacific Street. Most had valuables or personal items sitting in plain sight inside.

"Some people have witnessed their cars being trashed and nothing being taken," said Devan Halford, an owner of a nearby boat slip. "Some people have actually had their windows broken into."

He said visitors and mariners at the marina lots are targets because they leave their cars unattended for days at a time.

And with warm weekends bringing more people to the sea, the thieves have seen an opportunity.

Police have not said how many complaints they are investigating, but Jackie Arding, who works at the Nautical Bean in Oceanside, said she has heard of a dozen in the last month.

"From what I can tell it's been a few tourists that run in and people who have had their car out for a while," she said.

Police recommend that you remove all personal items from your car to prevent becoming a victim of a similar theft.

If you know anything about this series, call the Oceanside Police Department at 760-435-4911.

Photo Credit: Oceanside Police]]>
<![CDATA[CHP Officers Pursue Pickup Truck]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 18:20:19 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/chp-generic-night.jpg

California Highway Patrol officers are chasing a suspected DUI driver on Interstate 8 in El Cajon Wednesday evening.

The CHP says an officer tried to pull over the driver of a black Toyota pickup, who they believe is driving under the influence.

However, the suspect refused to stop and continued westbound on I-8. Other CHP units soon joined the chase.

At about 5:40 p.m., the driver was going 50 to 60 miles per hour on the freeway near Fletcher Parkway, the CHP says.

The driver was taken into custody about 15 minutes later at 59th Street and El Cajon Boulevard.

Photo Credit: NBC 7]]>
<![CDATA[WATCH: McCoy Walks Out of News Conference]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 10:31:30 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-498702480.jpg

NBC 7's Derek Togerson takes a look at Chargers head coach Mike McCoy's dealings with the media in this commentary

Chargers head coach Mike McCoy has never had a deft touch with the media. In fact he's handled most of his news conferences with the delicacy of a bull in a china shop.

McCoy does not like to share information about anything. He has a standard script of answers he goes to when he does not want to touch on certain subjects. One of his absolute favorites is, "We'll do what we think is in the best interest of the football team."

On Wednesday afternoon we reached a new level of absurdity. McCoy was addressing the media with his usual deflections. Eric Williams, a reporter for espn.com, asked about Javontee Herndon and his job as a punt returner. Here's how the exchange went:

Let me tell you that I know Eric and he is one of the most measured, level-headed, kind people I've met on the Chargers beat, so this was not in any way expected. McCoy simply did not want to answer the question and he didn't like being pushed on something. I took to Twitter to share the incident and received an email from Chargers Director of Public Relations Bill Johnston. Here's how that exchange went:

Bill: "Derek, Asking what player may or may not play a specific role or position is a question about strategy.  Mike is not going to divulge strategic information that could be helpful to our opponent."

Me: "Bill, he has told us multiple times that Philip Rivers is the starting quarterback. Wouldn't that be a question about strategy that Mike has no problem answering?"

Bill: "A starter is a starter until he is not.  Mike is not going to say if he is or is not considering a change. Rivers is our starting QB and Herndon is our starting punt returner until there is a change made."

Now, that would be fine if he would have confirmed that Herndon is the starter. Which he didn't. Had he even said what Bill wrote, a starter is the starter until he's not, that would have been an answer since it at least implies Herndon is still their guy. Plus even when Philip was on the injury report last year McCoy was saying he's going to be out there.

If it really was a strategy concern he would have dangled the possibility of Clemens starting out in the open to give teams something else to prepare for. So using it as an excuse now just rings hollow.

A lot of people ask me about McCoy's job security beyond this season. To that I'll just say this: The head coach is the head coach until he's not.

<![CDATA[Expect More King Tides as Oceans Rise: Scientist ]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 18:58:30 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/king-tides-marine-room.gif

As King Tides crash up against San Diego businesses and cause coastal flooding, scientists say these scenes could become much more common in the future.

“There’s no doubt the sea level is rising,” said Dr. Roger Hewitt, a director at NOAA’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center.

On Wednesday, King Tides – a term for an especially high tide – lashed against the Marine Room and Children’s Pool in La Jolla. It also pushed water onto Point Loma streets and parking lots.

The extreme tides happen only a few times a year. But Hewitt warns as oceans rise, we’ll see more and more king tides.

The highest of them could cause flooding in places we haven’t seen yet.

“We know the sea level is going to rise. We know the sea level has already risen. So the effect of these extra high tides is going to be more pronounced,” said Hewitt. “So obviously we need to put more time or effort into protecting the portions of the shoreline that are most vulnerable."

Sarah Mattinson, the owner of Olive Café and Bakery, is already bracing for a bad winter. Her restaurant sits on Santa Clara Place in Mission Beach – a street known for flooding as high tides and storms collide.

The pump station near her business kicked on automatically Wednesday to hold the King Tides at bay, but she remembers and dreads repeating the strong El Nino of the late 1990s.

“I did get to see El Nino with people kayaking down Mission Boulevard here,” Mattinson said. “Hopefully that’s not happening this year, but we’ll see.”

The owner told NBC 7 she would like to stay at her current location until she is 80 years old – if the tide allows it.

“If it does flood or the sea level does come up, I lose a couple businesses,” she explained. “So I hope that doesn’t happen.”

A city spokesperson said there was no flooding in Mission Beach or in the Midway area, where another pump station turned on automatically.

Photo Credit: NBC 7]]>