<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - San Diego News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.comen-usMon, 22 May 2017 22:29:46 -0700Mon, 22 May 2017 22:29:46 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Convention Center Expansion Continues to Stall]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 20:12:01 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/web_vo_convention_center_1200x675_950143043599.jpg

The City Council heard from many public speakers Monday about a plan to finance the expansion of the Convention Center by raising hotel room taxes.

In the proposed ballot measure, voters would be asked to raise hotel room taxes to fund a $685 million expansion of the Convention Center.

Backers say the plan would raise $900 million to $1 billion, earmarked for addressing the city’s growing homeless problem. But the Deputy Director of the Independent Budget Analyst told the City Council on Monday that money won’t be available for many years.

“It’s important to note these figures represent projections only over a very long period of time,” said Jeff Kawar.

Backers of the plan to expand the Convention Center said the need remains urgent.

They say, every year, the organization turns away more than 400 conventions due to a lack of space, leaving millions on the table.

The project requires that two-thirds of voters agree to hike the hotel tax, which they have already rejected twice before. The prior proposals did not include funding for an expansion of the Convention Center or for the homeless.

But that’s not the project’s biggest hurdle.

Right now, it’s Fifth Avenue Landing, a superyacht dockage company that controls some land along the San Diego Bay. The company has control over the property rights and wants to build a hotel on the exact same land where city leaders would like to expand the Convention Center.

Incredibly, the city doesn’t even have access to the land where it wants to expand the Convention Center.

The mayor is currently negotiating with the Fifth Avenue Landing corporation.

NBC 7 spoke with the projects' backers Monday about what might happen if the city and the company fail to reach an agreement.

Hotelier Mike McDowell said the industry is keeping a positive outlook that the negotiations will be successful.

“We think as community partners, the folks at Fifth Avenue Landing understand their position in terms of allowing a very important civic project to go forward,” McDowell said.

At the meeting, City Council members asked staff for more answers on how the project could move forward or what would happen if Fifth Avenue Landing hangs onto its leasehold to build a new hotel on the site.

City Council members listened to both perspectives on the issue from several dozen people Monday, with more than 80 public comment slips turned in. In the public comment forms, more than 60 people listed that they were opposed to the financing plan and about 15 indicated that they wanted to speak in support of it.

“It is not an urgent need to expand the Convention Center when you have people dying on the streets,” said Susan Morse, one opponent of the project.

McDowell said the industry contributes hundreds of thousands of jobs to the local economy.

“We believe that the expansion of the Convention Center is primary to the growth of the tourism economy, and we’re prepared to tax ourselves basically and work with the community to get that done,” McDowell said at a news conference before the City Council meeting.

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<![CDATA[Local Music Teacher Claims Principal Trying to Kill Program]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 21:16:53 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Southwest+Middle+School.JPG

A local music teacher claims his school principal is trying to discontinue an award winning music program for students.

“I've built incredible Mariachi, steel-drum, African-drum program,” said Keith Ballard, an award winning teacher with the Sweetwater Union High School District since 1998. “I probably have the most diverse program in America."

Ballard told NBC 7, he has taken the music program at Southwest Middle School to a new level. He said, in part, that is due to donations from parents that are needed to pay for instruments, an instructor and activities.

He said he raises about $8,000 to $10,000 a year.

Ballard said, on Friday, his principal gave him a letter of reprimand, accusing him of creating a culture where everyone has to pay to be part of the program.

But he argued that the principal had been fully aware how he was raising money.

“He’s claiming he went to parent meetings, but he didn’t know I was following up with the kids. That's all I was doing--following up with kids on the donations, gently telling them to remind their parents to send it in, based on what parents wanted to do. I don’t believe that's illegal at all,” said Ballard.

George Edward Cuevas, who has a daughter in Ballard’s music class said, the music teacher “never forced money out of them."

"Never said directly 'You have to give,'" Cuevas said. "This it was all through donations.”

He added that no student was ever left behind on an activity or anything else for lack of a donation.

“I had to pick things up, beg, borrow, whatever I needed to do for the kids," Ballard said. "For me, it’s always about the kids.”

Ballard added he is more upset that the principal is accusing him of illegally raising funds for the band, even though the principal was aware of his efforts.

Manny Rubio, a district spokesperson, said he could not speak specifically about this case because it is a personnel issue.

But he told NBC 7 that parents cannot be pressured to pay for any program at school.

“There are definitely allowable donations, but we want to make sure we are following the letter of the law because it is about access," Rubio said. "If a student has a desire to be part of an activity, they have access.”

Rubio said it is a good reminder for parents--no one should pay to play.

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<![CDATA[Gate Fire 95 Percent Surrounded, Burned 2,056 Acres]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 20:29:26 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/gatefire+aerial.jpg

The so-called Gate Fire, which forced hundreds of people to evacuate a popular campground and small community southeast of San Diego, remained at 2,056 acres and was 95 percent surrounded as of 6 p.m. Monday, confirmed Cal Fire.

Early morning fog and cooler temperatures helped firefighters overnight as they faught the wildfire.

"The overnight temps and humidity levels allowed firefighters to make progress overnight although we are expecting another warm and dry day in the fire area," said CAL FIRE Fire Captain/Information Officer Issac Sanchez.

On Sunday, Cal Fire confirmed that the Gate Fire was under a criminal investigation.

Investigators spoke to a witness who posted an Instagram video that appears to show people starting the fire. The witness cooperated with officials and is not under investigation, Cal Fire said. 

As of 6 a.m. Monday, the Gate Fire had burned 2,056 acres in the remote area near Pio Pico RV Resort and Campground in San Diego's East County. At the time, Sanchez said the fire was 75 percent contained.

All evacuation orders and warnings have been lifted. 

As of 10:33 a.m., the Pio Pico campground was reopened, according to a campground representative. Anyone who paid for two nights at the campground will be reimbursed for the days they were forced to relocate.

The blaze broke out Saturday south of Jamul and spread rapidly through grass and brush.

Campers and residents of nearby Dulzura were evacuated. An evacuation warning remained in effect for that community, but residents were allowed to return.

At least two dozen RVs were parked in the Wal-Mart parking lot in Eastlake because of the evacuation warning issued over the weekend.

Authorities initially kept the campgrounds under evacuation because of infrastructure damage. They did not reveal the extent of the damage.

Officials would not confirm if they had any suspects or any other details of the investigation. 

Cal Fire investigators and Bureau of Land Management are handling the investigation.

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<![CDATA[Padres Offer Unique Ticket Deal]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 17:46:04 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/184*120/Petco+Park+Home+Opener+2017.JPG

The Padres are having a little trouble winning games these days but that’s not stopping them from keeping hope alive. In fact they’re willing to gamble on having plenty of success at home soon.

The Friars have a new ticket offer on the table called the Padres Five-Win Pass. For $99 fans can see the first five wins in June. Not the first five games in June; the first five WINS in June.

The Padres play 16 games at Petco Park in June. That means if they hit the last one, on June 30 against the Dodgers, at 4-11 you will get to see all 16 games for $99. This offer is good for left field sections 226, 228 and 230 right underneath the giant scoreboard and will be on sale until June 9.

But what if they go nuts and win five straight to start the month? Is it still a good deal then?

As an example, a seat in Section 228 for the Saturday, June 3 game against the Rockies is up for sale on the Padres website for $24.50. Quick math tells us $24.50 x 5 = $122.50. So even if the Padres miraculously sweep Colorado to start the month then win two straight against the Royals the following weekend the $99 deal would be less than buying tickets to five separate games.

The Padres are 9-14 at Petco Park this season. The 16 games they play there in June are against the Rockies (3), Royals (3), Reds (3), Tigers (3), Braves (3) and Dodgers (1).

If you purchase the Padres Five-Win Pass the tickets will be delivered to your smartphone via the MLB BallPark app. You can purchase up to eight seats and each pass includes a $20 credit towards a seat upgrade.

For more information on the promotion visit www.padres.com.

<![CDATA[Images: Brush Fire Sparked at Mission Trails]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 17:48:47 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/MissionTrailsFire8.JPG Smoke billowed from a brush fire sparked in Mission Trails Monday afternoon, according to Heartland Fire.

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<![CDATA[Brush Near Big Rock Rd in Mission Trails Park Burns 13 Acres]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 22:27:56 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/05-22-17+Mission+Trails+Fire.gif

A brush fire sparked on Big Rock Road and Shantung Drive in Mission Trails Monday afternoon, confirmed San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (SDFD).

Santee Fire crews responded to a vegetation fire at 4:10 p.m. No evacuations were ordered. Hikers and cyclists were told to leave the park for their own safety.

Crews are actively responding to the scene, included units from Cal Fire, SDFD and Heartland Fire.

After four hours, firefighters had the fire contained to 13 acres Monday night.

Residents of Big Rock Road near Rancho Fanita Drive, took pictures and watched from outside their homes as the fire crept up the east side of Cowles Mountain.

" I just want to keep everybody safe I have kids . Looks like the fire fighters are doing a really good job."

"I just want to keep everybody safe. I have kids. Looks like the firefighters are doing a really good job,"  resident Kasey English said.

Firefighters were working to box in the fire with continued retardant drops.

It was a fire primarily fought by air--crews used three helicopters and two air tankers. 

"We can see our firefighters doing drills. I have lots of confidence. I feel pretty safe," English added.

There were no injuries reported, and it is not yet known what caused the fire.

While some homes on Mesa Road were threatened by the fire, none were damaged.

SDFD Battalion Chief Dan Froelich told NBC 7, hand crews will dig a perimeter around the fire Monday night and into Tuesday to stop the fire from rekindling.

No other information was immediately available.

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<![CDATA[After Viral Video, Experts Say Don't Feed Sea Lions ]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 18:20:59 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/sealionfeuerherd.jpg

A video that has now gone viral, which shows a little girl being pulled into the water by a sea lion in British Columbia, is being looked at by local experts as an example of what not to do near marine mammals.

The video appears to show tourists feeding a California sea lion bread crumbs. Moments later, the sea lion jumps up, grabs a small child by her dress and drags her into the harbor water. A man jumps in to save her. The little girl appears to be uninjured afterwards.

“With wild sea lions, especially, you don’t want to feed them, you don’t want to interact with them and you definitely don’t want to turn your back on them," said Eric Otjen, who works at Sea World to help rescue injured sea lions and re-release them back into the wild.

Otjen said it is possible the sea lion thought the little girl might have more treats. He added any parents with small children should not let them near sea lions, seals or other wild animals.  

"[When you feed them], it builds an expectation with the animal that they’re going to get something from you," added Otjen.

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<![CDATA[SDPD Identifies 2 Men Found Dead in Otay Mesa]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 06:49:15 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Otay-Mesa-Bodies-051717.jpg

Homicide investigators have identified two men found dead outside a store in an Otay Mesa strip mall.

Curtis Murray, 56, and Albert Stringer, 61 were found by a police officer on patrol at the intersection of Palm Avenue and Beyer Way just before 3 a.m. on May 17. The men appeared to be sleeping in front of a business that was closed, police said.

Police are investigating their deaths as a double homicide, as both men were found with significant injuries to their upper torsos.

Both men were from San Diego, police said.

Officers are actively looking for potential suspects in this case, said SDPD Lieutenant Mike Holden with the SDPD Homicide Unit.

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<![CDATA[Man Dies After Deputies Use Tasers]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 22:04:50 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/deputy-fatal-taser-052017_adkins.jpg

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department (SDSO) has identified the man who died following the deployment of two deputies' Tasers Saturday.

Mark Roshawn Adkins, 54, of Lemon Grove died hours after the confrontation with deputies in a condo complex on Lemon Grove Way. The neighborhood is south of State Route 94 and west of State Route 125 about 10 miles east of downtown San Diego.

Deputies were called after several people reported seeing a man jumping fences into the backyards and attempting to gain entry into the townhomes.

When deputies found Adkins in a common patio area of the complex, they ordered him to get down on the ground.

Deputies say Adkins refused to comply.

The department issued this statement regarding what happened next:

"Both deputies deployed their Department issued Tasers, striking the suspect. The suspect went to the ground but continued to ignore commands to comply and attempted to stand again. A second round of Taser was deployed with the same minimal effect."

Paul Brown, a resident who recorded the incident on his cell phone, told NBC 7 Monday that he and his wife heard the commotion and he came outside to see what was going on.

"We were in the bedroom and at first I thought it was the TV and she said 'No, that's not the TV.' So I looked out the window and I saw the sheriff's and so I said 'Let me get my phone and go and see what's going on.'" Brown said.

Brown said he heard the man being tasted at least three times.

Once deputies were able to handcuff Adkins, they called for medical personnel to evaluate him. The department said this is routine protocol when Tasers are deployed.

"He seemed like he was okay," Brown added. "He was still moving."

Adkins became unresponsive while being treated by paramedics. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly before noon Saturday.

The death is now a use of force investigation. The cause of death has not been released.

"The results of the autopsy have not been completed and are pending toxicology results," Lt. Kenneth Nelson said in a written news release.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Homicide Detail at (858) 974-2321/after hours at (858) 565-5200. You can also remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

<![CDATA[40 Bundles of Crystal Meth Found in Hidden Compartment ]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 14:14:48 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/5-22-17-Border-Patrol-Nabs-40-Pound-Meth-Seizure_photo-4.jpg Images of smuggling attempts at their finest.

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<![CDATA[Padres Prospects Winning Awards]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 14:11:22 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Fernando+Tatis+Jr..jpg

With a 16-30 record, sitting 12.5 games out of first place, we know the 2017 season is not the best version of the San Diego Padres. ALTHOUGH it is worthy to note that on this day in the 2003 the then-Florida Marlins were 13.5 games out of first and ended up winning the World Series so stranger things have happened.

But, back to reality. The Padres have given us no illusions that they are in building mode. I can’t call it a rebuilding mode because “rebuilding” implies there was something good that existed and needs to be resurrected. A franchise that has won exactly one playoff game in the last 19 years is NOT rebuilding.

They’re laying the foundation for what should be a bright future. On Monday a pair of Padres prospects earned awards. One of them could very well be their starting shortstop for a decade. The other is a guy most of you probably didn’t even know was in the system.

Fort Wayne Tincaps shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. was named the Midwest League Player of the Week. All Tatis did was hit .462 with a 1.533 OPS, hit three doubles, a triple, three home runs, drive in six runs and score nine more. That’s a pretty nice week, especially when you consider he’s only 18 years old.

Tatis, as you may recall, is the son of former big league slugger Fernando Tatis, the only man to ever hit two grand slams in one inning. He did it with the Cardinals in 1999, hitting both bombs off then-Dodgers starter Chan Ho Park. (Don’t ask me why Park was still in the game for the second one, that’s a question for Davey Johnson).

He was part of the 2016 trade that sent James Shields to the White Sox. At the time not much was known about Tatis because he was a 17-year-old who had not entered affiliated baseball in the United States yet. Now he’s one of San Diego’s top-10 prospects.

At 6’3” and 185 pounds Tatis Jr. is not a small kid so scouts have long projected him to develop power. Most of them just didn’t see it developing quite this early. It was a little advice from his pop that helped unlock the … well, pop.

"I tried to get stronger and bigger and did a lot to work on that [in the offseason]," said Tatis in an interview with www.milb.com. "Now, I'm just trying to put the ball on the barrel. I was talking with my dad, and he told me that I'm big enough to hit for power and average, so he told me to try to do both. Just swing hard."

Tatis is already on the MLB radar. That’s a place Christian Villanueva is trying to come back to.

Villanueva was named the Pacific Coast League Player of the Week for his performance with El Paso. The 3rd baseman hit .480 with a 1.399 OPS, three home runs, seven runs batted in and eight runs scored. While everyone was waiting for Tatis to show up some folks were waiting to see if Villanueva would return.

In 2013 the 3rd baseman was a top-10 prospect in the Chicago Cubs system. Yes, the system that had guys like Javier Baez, Jorge Soler and Albert Almora in it. He was always regarded as a very good defender but his bat was a little slow to develop. After missing the entire 2016 season with a broken leg the Padres signed Villanueva to a minor league contract.

In El Paso he seems to have found his swing. At the age of 25 and after eight years in the minor leagues the Jalisco, Mexico native may be putting it all together, giving the Padres even more organizational depth than they probably knew they had.

One more Monday note, the Padres are expected to recall infielder Carlos Asuaje from El Paso and option a relief pitcher TBD back to Triple-A. Asuaje should join the club in New York for a three-game series with the Mets starting Tuesday.

<![CDATA[Woman, 81, With Alzheimer's Disease Missing]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 13:50:52 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/MissingWomanMariaElenaHernandezDelRio.JPG

An 81-year-old woman considered at risk with Alzheimer's disease has been reported missing, San Diego Police confirmed Monday.

Maria Elena Hernandez Del Rio was last seen on Sunday, May 21 near 16th Street and Palm Avenue, police said. She needs medication for her medical condition, they said.

Del Rio often takes walks and rides the trolley, according to SDPD. She is 4-feet, 7-inches tall and weighs 160 pounds. Police said Del Rio has black hair, brown eyes and a dark spot on her chin.

In her last appearance, she was seen wearing a blue sweater, yellow shirt, blue skirt and black shoes.

If you have any information on Del Rio's whereabouts, call San Diego Police at (619)531-2000 or the Missing Persons Unit at (619)531-2277.

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<![CDATA[Shark Sighting Closes Beaches in San Clemente]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 19:13:41 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/San-Clemente-Shark-Sighting-Sign-0522.jpg

San Clemente's beaches were off limits to swimmers Monday following the sighting of more than two dozen sharks.

A two-mile stretch of beach surrounding the pier will remain closed for the rest of the day. Lifeguards had planned to reopen the beach at 12:15 p.m.

That was before they spotted 20 more sharks swimming in the area, in addition to 25 sharks that were seen on Sunday.

Lifeguards plan to re-evaluate the risk posed to beachgoers by the sharks on Tuesday morning.

A sign was posted on the sand warning beachgoers of the recent sighting; one of several reported this month along this stretch of the California coast.

Fishermen on the pier reported seeing several Great White sharks Monday. One shark, described as approximately 10 to 12 feet was reeled in. They told NBC 7 it was released because it was determined to be a Great White. The species is protected.

Another shark spotted by the fishermen was 16 to 20 feet long.

An NBC 7 news crew witnessed a fisherman hooking what appeared to be a six-foot Soupfin Shark from the pier after noon.

Lifeguards first closed the city's beaches around 10:30 a.m. Sunday after an eight to nine-foot shark was spotted off the San Clemente Pier. Another shark was spotted off the pier at 1 p.m.

The closure was extended at 4 p.m. after an Orange County sheriff's helicopter spotted more than two dozen sharks within 25 yards of the beach between Cotton's Point and Capistrano Beach, some up to 10 feet long.

San Clemente's beaches were closed in April when a shark bit a woman in the thigh and earlier this month when 15 sharks were observed swimming offshore.

Leeanne Ericson survived the attack on April 29 but suffered major injuries to her right leg. She is still hospitalized and will undergo several surgeries, according to physicians at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla.

Ericson was attacked in the waters off San Onofre State Beach, near Camp Pendleton, in San Diego's North County.

Long Beach has issued shark advisories this month warning swimmers of the sightings of juvenile white sharks, some as long as six feet, near Belmont Shore.

San Clemente beaches may reopen Tuesday. Lifeguards will re-evaluate the situation in the morning.

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<![CDATA[Students Help Build New San Diego Art Center]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 12:42:57 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/May4ArtConstruction.JPG

After years of planning, construction is underway for a new Space 4 Art center at its future location in Logan Heights with help from some students and volunteers.

Students from King-Chavez Community High School in downtown and High Tech High in Chula Vista have been an instrumental part of the development project, from helping to design the new facility to building it. 

The half-acre property is located on Market Street, between 25th Street and 26th Street. The small, hillside lot will eventually become an affordable artists' colony. The hope is that it will house 55 artist studios with space for 35 artists to live.

"It might feel a little crowded, but our goal is to create it in the same view of a tiny home," said Regina Kruglyak, a teacher at High Tech High. "It might feel really small, but the way that you design it, it feels roomy on the inside."

Space 4 Art, a non-profit organization, has been leasing property on 15th Street in East Village for the last several years. 

Since the building is being redeveloped, the group is losing about a third of its space. Ten of the 42 artists who worked on projects at the Space 4 Art center were forced to move to another studio.

"We lost our stage, we lost our classroom, we lost our tiny home, we lost our outdoor work area. It's all becoming a high-rise," said Bob Leathers, co-founder of Space 4 Art. "So that means, this is where we're going to have our permanent home." 

For the last few weeks, students, volunteers and architects have been building a temporary amphitheater with an indoor/outdoor gallery and a place for artists to work and host events at the Market Street location. 

"We're taking out the trees, but we're leaving the hillside," explained Kruglyak. "We didn't want to level out this entire land. We want to mostly focus on working with the land."

One student was surprised by the work.

"This is not at all what I expected. I thought we would be working indoors, possibly making small frames," said Elizabeth Aguilar, a ninth grade student at High Tech High.

"But once we got to work out here, everything was hands-on. It's definitely not something I would assume we'd do in ninth grade, but it's been a great experience."

On June 2, the center will hold a public event to celebrate the project's completion. You can also donate to the project here.

For Leathers, who is overseeing the entire project, the work is far from over.

His biggest challenge is raising enough money to finish the new facility, which he estimates will take about $10 million to build. 

Even with bank loans, tax credits, private grants and donations, Leathers estimates Space 4 Art still needs about $1.5 million. 

That's why it'll be at least a few years before a permanent facility is in place, and artists can move in.

"What San Diego needs is something that is created by the artist for artists," said Leathers.  

He's very grateful for the help of volunteers and the community's support, and he's especially impressed by the students' hard work. 

"Even though we're making it [as] affordable as possible to build, the kids are making it affordable," said Leathers. "They've already built 8 houses, all the modular units."

The project, which is part of the students' STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) education, is also helping some with career goals.

"I know I really want to go into architecture and design," said Drake Prince, a ninth grade student at High Tech High.

"This had a big influence on me. Just being out in the field and being able to work with so many cool people. It changed my perspective on this line of work."

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<![CDATA[San Diego City Council to Consider Hotel Tax Increase]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 07:33:09 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/downtown+convention+center.JPG

The San Diego City Council will take a closer look Monday at a plan to expand the San Diego Convention Center.  The council is considering the approval of a 3-percent tax increase for hotels near the convention center. NBC 7's Gaby Rodriguez reports.


<![CDATA[Stabbing Reported in Balboa Park: SDPD]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 06:39:00 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Balboa-Plaza-Existing.jpg

San Diego police are investigating the report of a stabbing in Balboa Park.

Police were told a man was stabbed in the neck on Park Boulevard near the World Beat Center at 10 p.m. Sunday.

The victim was transported by medics to a nearby hospital, police said. They described the victim as a 60-year-old man who was in critical condition.

No other information was available.

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<![CDATA[Video May Show Start of Gate Fire Near Jamul ]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 06:25:48 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/gate+fire+instagram+video.PNG

“It was a normal Saturday,” Chris Carvalho, who shot video of what may be the literal first spark of the Gate Fire, told NBC 7 Sunday. “We were just having fun … Someone yelled fire.”

Carvalho and a friend were at the Pink Gate Shooting Range near Jamul Saturday when they saw flames shooting up and quickly spreading - after a group of friends fired their guns in some dry brush.

“We went out there, we shot off a couple hundred rounds between new pistols, my AR, my shot gun,” he said.

He said a group of people started dumping water and kicking dirt on the fire. “I thought they had it handled,” he 7.

But when the group started to leave, “I see them walk away and then all of sudden I see a huge flame start happening,” He said. That’s when it started to spread.

“I did hear them call the police at first describing where they are at, that there was a fire,” he explained. “The people, the guys just casually walk away like nothing happened, grab their stuff and just leave.”

Since it began Saturday morning, the Gate Fire had burned 2,056 acres and was 70 percent contained by Sunday evening. Many residents in the area have evacuated to a shelter at the Otay Ranch High School in Chula Vista.

“It really sucks for the people just living around there they have to suffer because some irresponsible gun owners,” Carvalho added.

Investigators have started a criminal investigation and said they are aware of the video.

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<![CDATA[Funeral Held for Pregnant Mom Killed in Mother's Day Crash]]> Sun, 21 May 2017 23:44:33 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/ramona+mother%27s+day+funeral.PNG

Family and friends met at the New Hope Church of Penaquitos on Carmel Mountain Road Saturday to remember a pregnant woman killed in a crash on Mother’s Day.

Jessica Foderingham, who was eight months pregnant, was rear-ended last Sunday, sending her car spinning head-on into a tree on San Vicente Road in the San Diego Country Estates community.

Andrew Milonis, 44, fled the scene and later took a Lyft ride to a bar, police said. He pleaded not guilty to two murder charges last week.


“My little one, he still doesn’t believe it’s true. He asks me every night, ‘when’s mommy coming home,’” Christian Foderingham, who married Jessica last August said at Milonis’ arraignment. The 29-year-old mother had two children from a previous relationship.

Her husband said he was driving in front of her at the time of the crash because they were going to her grandmother's home.

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<![CDATA[Local Muslim American 'Impressed' With Trump's Islam Speech]]> Sun, 21 May 2017 19:21:43 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/lazzouni+trump+speech+riyadh+islam.PNG

Tehseen Lazzouni, a Muslim American living in San Diego, was impressed with President Donald Trump's speech to more than 50 Muslim leaders in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Sunday. She says she likes the new, softer tone he struck toward Islamic communities.

“I thought it was so ironic that here he is now, he is in a Muslim audience and now he's speaking so gently and kindly and moderately. There’s none of that extremist rhetoric we heard on the campaign trail,” Lazzouni told NBC 7.

The speech was a sharp departure from Trump’s harsh words during the campaign where he constantly referred to “radical Islamic terrorism” and called for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States” in 2015. He also told CNN in March of last year he believed “Islam hates us.” As president Trump has made two attempts at an executive order that aimed to ban people from multiple Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States – seen by some as the realization of his Muslim ban proposal. Both executive orders have been knocked down by the courts.

His Riyadh speech, which was said to have been largely written by aide Stephen Miller, took a much more measured tone.

"A better future is only possible if your nations drive out the terrorists and drive out the extremists,” Trump said in the speech Sunday. “Drive them out, drive them out of your places of worship, drive them out of your community, drive them out of your holy land and drive them out of this earth."

Lazzouni agreed with the President that we should work with Muslim countries to combat terrorism.

“I think ISIS needs to be fought on several different fronts and one of them should be finance,” she said.

Lazzouni said she liked how the president recognized the headway some Muslim countries have already made, and said she’s cautious about the future but thinks this is a good first step.

Trump called on Muslim leaders to help combat a 'crisis of Islamic extremism' from the region.

"There is still much work to be done,” Trump said in his speech. “That means honestly confronting the crisis of Islamic extremism and the Islamists and Islamic terror of all kinds."

His visit to Saudi Arabia was the first part of a nine-day tour that includes stops in Israel, the Vatican and Belgium. This is the president’s first trip abroad since taking the oath of office in January.

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<![CDATA[Gate Fire Now a Criminal Investigation: Cal Fire ]]> Sun, 21 May 2017 23:55:02 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Gate_Fire_Otay_Lake_1200x675_949147715731.jpg

The Gate Fire, which started Saturday morning and quickly spread to 1,500 acres is now a criminal investigation, Cal Fire Confirmed Sunday. 

Investigators spoke to a witness who posted an Instagram video that appears to show people starting the fire. The witness cooperated with officials and is not under investigation, Cal Fire said. 

Officials would not confirm if they had any suspects or any other details of the investigation. 

Cal Fire investigators and Bureau of Land Management are handling the investigation. 

Check back on this breaking story for updates. 

<![CDATA[Crews Extinguish 5-Acre Brush Fire in Escondido]]> Sun, 21 May 2017 21:54:20 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2017-05-21-17h33m43s772.png

The Escondido Fire Department (EFD) put out a 5-acre brush fire near 11th Avenue on Sunday.

According to EFD, the fire started at around 2:15 p.m. at 2066 Lemon Avenue when sparks from a person using a grinder during vehicle repair set fire to dry brush.

The fire was spreading at a medium rate, but firefighteres were able to contain it at 5 acres.

An outdoor garage and a stretch of vinyl fencing were damaged, according to EFD Emergency Preparedness Manager Jeff Murdoc, but no one was injured.

"Even though we requested a helicopter, there was enough defensible space around the homes that we were able to stop the forward spread of the fire and cancel the helicopters," Murdoc said.

Nearby resident Travis Costelloe was watching TV when a neighbor started banging on his front door to warn him of the fire.

"I just heard a bunch of knocking on the door," Costelloe said. "I was kind of suspicious, then I opened the door and she was like, 'Fire! Fire!'"

Costelloe said he ran out and gave the woman one of his hoses from his backyard so she could spray a fence.

Costelloe grabbed another hose for himself, and as the fire moved closer, he and his neighbor were able to douse the flames and protect their properties.

The flames closer to his property, Costelloe said, were about a foot tall. but he saw bigger flames on other neighbors' properties.

Neighbor Kristen Buehler was alerted to the fire when she heard crackling outside her window. She told her husband who grabbed a fire extinguisher and ran outside.

"By the time we got out on street, you could see the palm trees were engulfed in flames and it just spread on the hill very, very quickly. It was very, very frightening."

Buehler thankd the Escondido Fire Department which she credited with working hard to save the surrounding homes and structures.

Murdoc said firefighters from EFD, Cal Fire and San Marcos responded to the fire.

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<![CDATA[Campers, Families Take Refuge at Gate Fire Shelter Site]]> Sun, 21 May 2017 20:44:32 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2017-05-21-12h32m33s160.png

The parking lot of Otay Ranch High School in Chula Vista was packed full of trucks and RV’s Sunday as evacuated families awaited returning to the Pio Pico campground.

The Red Cross set up an overnight shelter at the school for evacuated campers and residents of Dulzura, a community that was under an evacuation warning well into Sunday, after the Gate Fire sparked on Saturday.

Juan Valdivia and his family live in their RV traveling the continent and chasing experiences for his five children, but he calls Pio Pico home base at the moment.

He said that a lot of the RV’s at the campground house families living the same lifestyle-- They're known in the community as full-timers.

Valvdivia said that he wasn’t too concerned at the first sign of smoke, but then about a half-hour later, Cal Fire and law enforcement officers came to the campground and told them about the evacuation.

The Valdivias were packed and ready to leave the grounds within about 10 minutes of initial warning. They left the kids’ bikes behind and other replaceable items, focusing on the important things.

The family has suffered through two separate house fires and has lived in their RV since the second. Juan said his wife had an evacuation plan ready for this exact situation.

Cal Fire officials told Valdivia that there isn’t immediate danger to the campground and that they believe the fire has moved in the opposite direction. However, there is concern with the grounds’ infrastructure—potentially damaged wells and water pipes and a busted water hydrant impacting water supply.

“We’re just going to hang out,” Valdivia said. “Make sure that other people that aren’t as fortunate as us, that didn’t bring stuff over, are OK.

Valdivia serves as a part-time Ranger at a nearby park and said that his chief concern was making sure that everyone was safe and that their needs; food, water and pet care, are being met.

Valvidia's daughter Kaitlyn was celebrating her 18th birthday with friends on the grounds when the family had to pack up and leave.

"I think we were all a little bit panicked," Kaitlyn said. "But we knew were going to be safe and we were going to get out. I was concerned with helping other people."

Kaitlyn's attention turned toward an elderly woman camping nearby. She said she knew the woman's husband wasn't around to help her pack up, so she gave her a hand.

She even had time to go inside another neighbor's RV-- she knew her neighbors were away from their vehicle at the time-- and grab their dog. The two families met up later and so the pet could be returned.

Jennifer Cerutti, a full-timer and traveling artist, was resting at her camp site when she looked up and saw a big pillar of black smoke. After asking around and finding out little information other than a rumor that a warning had been issued, she called 911.

“Actually, before I called 911 I stopped a couple of people that worked in the park and they didn’t really know what to do,” Cerutti said. “They didn’t know if we were going to be evacuated or not.”

Her call to emergency dispatchers confirmed the park was to be evacuated, and that deputies were on their way to notify people in the campground.

“I was shaking the whole time,” Cerutti said, describing her own frantic evacuation process. “Somehow my adrenaline got me moving really fast. Normally it takes me a couple of hours to get ready to go, but I got ready in, like, 40 minutes or less.”

A good chunk of her time was spent hitching her trailer to her truck solo.

“It’s really hard to back up a truck and hitch a trailer by yourself.”

Cerutti credited the Red Cross for being “Right on the scene,” and helping evacuees any way they could.

One evacuated camper told her that Red Cross volunteers showed up at a nearby Walmart where campers had gathered, keeping them updated with potential refuge site information and providing other assistance.

“I’m really happy for the Red Cross,” Cerutti said. “This just feels safer than camping in a Walmart parking lot.”

Cerutti hopes that she can return to Pio Pico to resume her project, but may have to carry on in the L.A. area if the camp is closed. She said it’s a waiting game for now.

Otay Ranch High School is located at 1250 Olympic Parkway in Chula Vista.

Cal Fire San Diego officials said the fire began around 11:20 a.m. Saturday off SR-94 and Otay Truck Trail, near Otay Lakes Road, in an area called Pink Gates near a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint station. The area is south of Jamul and northwest of Dulzura.

As of 7:20 a.m. Sunday, the fire stood at 1,500 acres and was 30 percent contained, according to Cal Fire. Officials said that overnight temperatures and increased humidity allowed firefighters to make progress in fire containment.

Otay Lakes Road between Wueste Road and State Route 94 is closed, and all closures along SR-94 in the area of the fire have been lifted.

The next update from Cal Fire is scheduled for 6 p.m. Sunday.

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<![CDATA[Local Bobsledder Races for Olympic Gold]]> Sun, 21 May 2017 12:36:44 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/elana+meyers+taylor.PNG

San Diego, a city known for its ice sheets and passion for cold weather sports, is the place that one Olympian calls home.

OK, only part of that is true.

Two-time Olympic bobsledder Elana Meyers Taylor was born in Oceanside and is training for the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

She captured a gold medal at the World Championships in February, likely earning herself a spot on Team USA for her third straight Olympic Games. Meyers Taylor won bronze in Vancouver in 2010 and silver in Sochi in 2014, and is looking to add gold to her trophy case come February 2018.

She’s recognized as one of the sport’s most dominant athletes, and her physical abilities give her a clear advantage over other competitors.

“Number one, it's my speed and my strength,” Meyers Taylor said. “I'm one of the best pushing drivers in the world and that really helps get the sled going as fast as possible.”

The bobsled track at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, like tracks in other parts of the country, has gone dormant with rising temperatures. Meyers Taylor migrated to the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center to perfect her craft under the sun.

There, she got to know her husband, Nicholas Taylor, a Team USA bobsledder. The couple can now call themselves teammates, too, thanks to recent rule change allowing women to compete in the 4-man sled discipline.

This past winter, The Taylors helped drive their mixed gender sled to better results than some high profile all-male teams.

"It’s been such an amazing experience,” Meyers Taylor said. “I have a lot of disadvantages competing in the 4-man discipline, but he makes sure my disadvantages are minimized. But in a two person, if it was us competing against other couples, especially, we'd crush it."

You can catch Elana Meyers-Taylor and the rest of Team USA when they compete in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics in a short eight and a half months on NBC 7.

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<![CDATA[Circumstances Unclear in Deadly I-15 Motorcycle Crash]]> Sun, 21 May 2017 09:58:13 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/CHP-Generic-0115.jpg

A motorcyclist was killed in a crash on Interstate 15 Saturday night, California Highway Patrol (CHP) confirmed.

CHP said the driver of a passing vehicle reported seeing a motorcycle down in northbound lanes near Miramar Way at around 10:40 p.m.

Officers responded to the scene and confirmed the motorcyclist had died.

CHP did not confirm further circumstances of the crash or the motorcyclist’s gender.

No other information was available.

Please refresh this page for updates on this story. Details may change as more information becomes available.

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<![CDATA[10 Years Later Jamul Woman Fears Losing Home Again]]> Sun, 21 May 2017 14:23:35 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/pat+pendleton.PNG

As firefighter worked to extinguish the Gate Fire in Jamul on Saturday, evacuated residents were left wondering when they would be able to go back home, and even worse, if they would still have a home to come back to.

Wildfire season threatens the San Diego area every year, and for some, like Pat Pendleton, the 2007 fire season is still a fresh memory.

Every square inch of Pendleton’s 9-and-a-half-acre Jamul property was destroyed in a wildfire 10 years ago. Pendleton and her husband were safe from the scorch— they were in town when it started– but their dog, photo albums and family mementos all perished.

“It's a feeling I haven't had for a while, and now it's back.” Pendleton said.

She was parked in her car on Honey Spring Road for hours Saturday waiting to see if she could drive to her home near Dulzura.

It’s the same road where she parked 10 years ago on a Sunday waiting to learn her home’s fate. When she finally saw the damage for herself that Thursday, she said her property looked “like a moonscape.”

“I can’t,” she said in a semi-broken voice, trying to explain the emotions brought about her when she saw the flames roaring in the dry grass. “It’s very emotional. It’s a feeling that you tuck away and you don’t ever want to feel it again.”

She was confident that firefighters would have the Gate Fire under control sooner rather than later, but was understandably fearful given her past experience.

“I think they have a handle on things a lot faster than they had in 2007,” Pendleton said. “So they're doing a great job."

An evacuation warning for the Dulzura are was issued Saturday and some evacuees were escorted back to their homes overnight. Others took refuge at a Red Cross shelter site at Otay Ranch High School in Chula Vista.

As of 7:20 a.m. Sunday, the fire stood at 1,500 acres and was 30 percent contained, according to Cal Fire San Diego. Officials said that overnight temperatures and increased humidity allowed firefighters to make progress in fire containment.

Otay Lakes Road between Wueste Road and State Route 94 is closed, and all closures along SR-94 in the area of the fire have been lifted.

Cal Fire officials said the blaze began around 11:20 a.m. Saturday off SR-94 and Otay Truck Trail, near Otay Lakes Road, in an area called Pink Gates near a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint station. The area is south of Jamul and northwest of Dulzura.

The fire had swelled to more than 100 acres within the first hour, according to Cal Fire. By 5 p.m. the fire was reported at 800 acres and 10 percent containment, and by 9:30 p.m. it had grown to 1,000 acres and was 20 percent contained.

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<![CDATA[Time Lapse From Mt. Miguel on Gate Fire]]> Sat, 20 May 2017 19:48:11 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/MtMiguelGateFireTimeLapse_1200x675_949277763787.jpg

A view of the brush fire burning near Dulzura in the southern portion of San Diego County from Mt. Miguel on Saturday, May 20, 2017.

<![CDATA[Problems at Petco for the Padres ]]> Sat, 20 May 2017 23:43:38 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*122/GettyImages-684320418.jpg

The Padres reached a season high in Saturday’s game, but it wasn’t the good kind. The Friars fell to the second place National League West Diamondbacks 9-1. This marked a season high five-game losing streak for the Padres.

The Friars were coming off of Friday night’s far from perfect pitching performance by Jered Weaver, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list Saturday afternoon. Right handed pitcher, Luis Perdomo started on the mound for the Padres in game two of their three game series, and his pitching performance wasn’t much prettier.

The right handed pitcher recorded his first loss of the 2017 season, and he did so by allowing a career-high 8 runs and 11 hits in just 3 innings. This was the 24 year olds shortest start of the season.

While the pitching on the Padres end wasn’t ideal, it didn’t help the situation that the D-backs offense is just explosive. They drove in 5 runs in the first inning alone, to take an early 5-0 lead against the Friars. This marked the first time in franchise history that Arizona has scored five or more runs in the first frame of consecutive games.

Yasmany Tomas extend Arizona’s lead in the second inning when he powered a two-run single to make it a seven run ball game.

In the mist of all the madness, Jose Vladez of the Padres Triple-A El Paso team was called up on Saturday; he made his debut and managed to lock down 3 scoreless innings for the Padres, and only allowed two hits off the D-backs.

The “diamond in the rough” came for the Padres in the 9th inning when Allen Cordoba reached on an infield single to shortstop, this scored youngster Hunter Renfro, and prevented a Friars shut out.

The Padres will look to redeem themselves on Sunday when they face Arizona for the Final game of the 3 game series.

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<![CDATA[Crews Put Out Brush Fire Off North I-5 Near Grand ]]> Sat, 20 May 2017 22:09:22 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/clairemont+fire+traffic.PNG

All lanes on north Interstate 5 are now open after two briefly closed due to a brush fire in an embankment between the railroad tracks and the freeway near Grand and Garnet, Caltrans confirms. 

The fire started around 3:30 p.m. Saturday. 

Firefighters tackled the fire from above and inside the brush and were able to put out the fire quickly.

No one was injured, and the cause is under investigation.

Train service has been restored.

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<![CDATA[SR-94 'Gate Fire' Spreads Fast, Dulzura Evacuation Warning]]> Sun, 21 May 2017 23:52:02 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Gate-Fire-CalFire-1.jpg

A fast-moving brush fire sparked off State Route 94 south of Jamul Saturday morning and grew to 2,056 acres by Sunday afternoon. 

As of 7:20 a.m. Sunday, the fire stood at 1,500 acres and was 30 percent contained, according to Cal Fire. Officials said that overnight temperatures and increased humidity allowed firefighters to make progress in fire containment.

By 5:15 p.m. Sunday, the fire had grown to 2,056 acres but was 70 percent contained with 665 fire personnel at the scene, Cal Fire said. Shortly after Otay Lakes Road was reopened to all traffic. 

The fire sparked Saturday at around 11:20 a.m. and grew to 1,000 acres in its first 10 hours.

The fire is now under criminal investigation, Cal Fire officials said. They would not elaborate on the details of the investigation, but said they have talked to a witness who posted an Instagram video that appeared to show people starting the fire. 

A voluntary evacuation warning was issued for Dulzura, meaning residents should be prepared to leave if there is a mandatory evacuation order.

Residents in the Dulzura area will be allowed back in under escort. Residents from Pio Pico campground  will not be permitted to return Saturday due to infrastructure damage.


The Red Cross has set up an overnight shelter for evacuees of both areas at Otay Ranch High School at 1250 Olympic Parkway in Chula Vista. 

Otay Lakes Road between Wueste Road and State Route 94 is closed, and all closures along SR-94 in the area of the fire have been lifted.

“The wind is always a factor when it comes to fires like these,” Cal Fire PIO Issac Sanchez said Saturday. “It’s a fuel-driven fire right now. It’s the heavy grass load that we’re seeing that’s a direct result of the heavy rains we received this winter.”

Sanchez said the heavy grass allowed the fire to grow quickly and very early in its life. He added that the grass load is something firefighters are dealing with throughout the state.



Pat Pendleton’s Jamul home was destroyed in the 2007 wildfires. She parked her car on Honey Spring Road for hours Saturday waiting to see if she could drive home. It’s the same road where she parked her car 10 years ago. She said being parked in the same spot gave her chills.


“We've done this before, ten years ago in October, October 21st our home burned. It's very emotional, it's a feeling I haven't had for a while, and now it's back, but I think they have a handle on things a lot faster than they had in 2007 so they're doing a great job."


Cal Fire San Diego officials said the blaze, dubbed the "Gate Fire," began around 11:20 a.m. Saturday off SR-94 and Otay Truck Trail, near Otay Lakes Road, in an area called Pink Gates near a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint station. The area is south of Jamul and northwest of Dulzura.


At 11:45 a.m., Cal Fire reported the fire had ripped through 10 acres of vegetation, and it was spreading rapidly.



About 15 minutes later, the area scorched by the wildfire had swelled to 100 acres. An hour later, the fire had grown to 300 acres. By 2 p.m., the Gate Fire had scorched 425 acres and was 5 percent contained, Cal Fire officials told NBC 7. By 3:30 p.m., the Gate Fire had burned 500 acres; containment remained the same.


By 5 p.m., Cal Fire said the blaze had spread to 800 acres and was 10 percent contained. By 6:45 p.m. the fire had burned 850 acres but was 15 percent contained. By 9:30 p.m. the fire had grown to 1,000 acres and was 20 percent contained. 

No homes were threatened, officials confirmed.


By 12:30 p.m., however, fire crews began evacuating the nearby Pio Pico Canyon Campground and RV Resort as a precaution. The campground, a 180-acre preserve, is located at 14615 Otay Lakes Road, a few miles away from the scene of the Gate Fire.



Four helicopters were en route to help battle the blaze, Cal Fire said, and an air tanker was also coming. Soon, those aircraft began to make water drops on the fire.


Just after 1:30 p.m., Caltrans San Diego said traffic on SR-94 would be shut down in both directions, from Otay Lakes Road to SR-188 due to the fire. Cal Fire later said SR-94 would also be closed at Honey Springs Road, and Otay Lakes Road closed at Wueste Road. At this point, it is unclear how long those road closures will remain in place.

Issac Sanchez, of Cal Fire San Diego, said the fire sparked near a shooting range in the area. The cause remains under investigation. Sanchez said no one had been hurt in the fire.


However, the Chula Vista Police Department (CVPD) later confirmed that a police officer who was directing traffic around the fire area at Otay Lakes and Wueste roads was hit by a car Saturday afternoon. The officer suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to a hospital. He has been with the CVPD for 2-and-a-half years.

Heavy smoke generated by the Gate Fire was seen by San Diego residents in areas like Chula Vista, Otay Lakes, Santee, San Miguel and more. People also reported seeing smoke from the fire lingering near Jamul's new Hollywood Casino.



The temperature was around 88-degrees in Jamul Saturday when the blaze began. In NBC 7's First Alert forecast Saturday morning, Liberty Zabala noted that temperatures across San Diego County were expected to be between 10 to 15 degrees above average.

This marks the first hot, dry weekend this month, as San Diego has experienced its typical "May Gray" over the past few weeks and even some rain.



Zabala said Saturday's forecast included temperatures in the 90s in our inland valleys, with deserts reaching temperatures as hot as 95 degrees. Alpine and El Cajon were each expected to hit around 89 degrees.

In other parts of California, including Los Angeles County, the National Weather Service said temperatures are also expected to climb throughout the weekend, leading to increased wildfire danger. Gusty winds and low humidity could add to the problematic conditions.


As crews battled the Gate Fire south of Jamul, they were met with those windy conditions, as predicted.

"Relative humidity remains low in the area and that’s concerning because the drier the air the more prone the fire is to growing," NBC 7's Llarisa Abreu said Saturday evening.

"Winds at the moment are contained and calm, but by tomorrow winds will change in direction; moving in from the west at around 5-15 mph gusting near 20 mph. With winds changing from North to West, that poses the threat for the fire to start spreading into eastern areas."

"Temperatures tomorrow will once again be well above average for this time of the year also making conditions hazardous and dangerous for residents and first responders," Abreu said. "Lastly, despite the rain we received during the winter, the landscape is dying, which adds more fuel for fires."


Calfire will update road closures again at 6 a.m. Sunday. 


NBC 7 has crews in the field, gathering the latest details; check back for updates on this developing story.

CallFire PIO Issac Sanchez

“Thewind is always a factor when it comes to fires like these,” “It’s a fuel-drivenfire right now. It’s the heavy grass load that we’re seeing that’s a directresult of the heavy rains we received this winter.”

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<![CDATA[Father Shot Dead in Alpine Home ID'd]]> Sat, 20 May 2017 11:43:32 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Alejandro+Rodriguez+Lorenzo+Alpine+Homicide+Victim.jpg

A father of two shot dead inside a home in Alpine earlier this week was identified by investigators Friday as new details emerged in the homicide case.

The San Diego County Medical Examiner (ME) said the victim of the shooting was Alpine resident Lorenzo Alejandro Rodriguez, 42. The ME determined Rodriguez was a victim of homicide; he suffered a gunshot wound to his torso.

On Tuesday just after 6:30 p.m., homicide detectives with the San Diego County Sheriff's Department (SDSO) found Rodriguez's body inside a home on Viejas Grade in Alpine, on the Viejas reservation. There, deputies arrested Angela Meza, 47, in connection with the killing of Rodriguez.

No further details about the suspect or victim have been released by investigators.

NBC 7 spoke to the victim's girlfriend who said Rodriguez and Meza were not close friends, and she doesn't know what could've possibly provoked the deadly shooting.

Rodriguez's roommate told NBC 7 he leaves behind two sons.

"He had a big heart and would help anyone that needed it," the roommate said.

Rodriguez's roommate told NBC 7 the victim lived in the home where the shooting occurred.

Meza appeared in court on Friday and pleaded not guilty to one count of murder. She's being held in jail on a bail of $4 million. She's due back in court on May 25.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information related to this case can call the homicide detectives at (858)974-2321 or after hours at (858)565-5200. In order to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at (888)580-8477. If details help lead to an arrest, you may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.

<![CDATA[Arrow Tears Through Window of North County Home]]> Sun, 21 May 2017 10:46:38 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Encinitas+Arrow+through+window.JPG

It's not every day that a stray arrow comes racing through your bedroom window. That's exactly what happened to one North County couple shaken up when an arrow ripped pierced their window panes.

Gretchen Schmidt and Steve Baker told NBC 7 they were in the kitchen of their Encinitas home when they heard a loud thud coming from their bedroom.

“It was like a loud clunk on the floor,” Schmidt explained.

When they walked into the bedroom they discovered something very alarming: an arrow in the middle of the room, and their window damaged.

“It went about 6-feet into our bedroom," Schmidt said.

The couple was grateful they weren't in their bedroom when the arrow came flying in. If they had been in there, things may have turned out differently.

Every morning, Schmidt said she stands in front of the exact location where the arrow pierced the window panes. It’s a daily routine for her to open up the blinds.

“It could have hit my husband or I in the face, in our eye, and it could have killed us," she added.

The couple doesn't know where the arrow came from or why it came into their home. Schmidt told NBC 7 they were alarmed that someone in the neighborhood would even own something like that.

The couple has filed a police report; they said they hope whoever was behind the incident understands the potential dangers and is not so careless.

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<![CDATA[Southern White Rhino Gives Birth After 16 Years of Infertility]]> Sat, 20 May 2017 09:06:42 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/southern+white+rhino+calf+san+diego+zoo+safari+park.jpg

After 16 years of infertility, a southern white rhino gave birth to a calf in April, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park announced Friday.

First-time mother Kiazi and father Maoto became parents on April 30.

San Diego Zoo Safari Park released videos and pictures of the calf taking a walk with her mother.

Southern white rhinos born in zoos tend to be infertile, according to researchers at the San Diego Zoo Institute of Conservation Research.

Researchers discovered that compounds called phytoestrogens found in soy and alfalfa fed to southern white rhinos at the zoo impacted the fertility of the females.

Two years after the diets were changed in 2014, two female southern white rhinos became pregnant, the zoo stated.

“The birth of Kiazi’s calf gives us a great deal of hope that by feeding low phytoestrogens at our institution and others, we can once again have a healthy, self-sustaining captive southern white rhinoceros population,” said Christopher Tubbs, Ph.D., a senior scientist in Reproductive Sciences at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research.

The issue was not found in other species of rhinos at the zoo.

But Tubbs said phytoestrogens might be affecting reproduction of a number of other species living at the zoo.

According to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Kiazi's calf is the 96th southern white rhino calf born at the zoo since 1972.

She weighed around 125 pounds at birth and could weigh between 4,000 to 5,00 pounds at 3 years old.

Southern white rhinos is listed as Near Threatened on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (ICUN).

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<![CDATA[Motorcyclist Hurt in Suspected DUI Hit-and-Run]]> Sat, 20 May 2017 10:58:33 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/05-19-17+Sabre+Springs+hit-and-run.jpg

A DUI suspect struck a young motorcyclist in the Sabre Springs area Friday night and then fled the scene of the crash, police confirmed.

The hit-and-run happened just before 9:30 p.m. at 13400 Evening Creek Dr. N, near Sabre Springs Parkway. San Diego Police Department (SDPD) Officer Robert Heims said a 21-year-old man was on his motorcycle stopped at a red light when a woman driving a white minivan made a right turn onto Evening Creek Dr. N and crossed into the opposite lanes.

The woman – identified as Maria Ramirez, suspected of driving under the influence – struck the motorcyclist head-on. She then drove off.

The motorcyclist suffered bone fractures and other injuries. He was taken to Palomar Medical Center and is expected to recover.

Police said Ramirez’s minivan sustained major damage to its front and its windshield in the hit-and-run crash. The car was discovered by police a short time later, deeper inside the Sabre Springs Business Park area.

Ramirez was arrested by police shortly thereafter. She’s facing charges of felony DUI and hit-and-run, Heims said. The crash remains under investigation.

No one else was hurt. Evening Creek Drive N. was closed in both directions and southbound Sabre Springs Parkway was also closed at Carmel Mountain Express Drive for two hours following the collision.

Photo Credit: NBC 7]]>
<![CDATA[South Park Residents Get Their “Hands Dirty” for Cleanup]]> Sat, 20 May 2017 17:42:39 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/clean+up+south+park1.jpg

South Park neighbors and local business worked together and got their “hands dirty” to help make their cozy community sparkle.

The Clean Up South Park event is aimed at bringing value to South Park by giving neighbors and businesses continuing pride in the community, while creating an opportunity to come together and make a difference.

Volunteers of all ages donning green t-shirts helped picked up trash, paint over graffiti, clean up sidewalks and streets, pull gnarly weeds and sweep up street curbs.

Recycle stations were also available for residents to dispose trash, electronic-waste products and even tires.

The goal for South Park residents is to make the Clean Up South Park event part of a sustained awareness campaign which would include two community clean up events each year.

The cleanup event is important to South Park locals who wish to focus on drawing more businesses and visitors, reducing crime, increasing property values and adding beauty to their charming neighborhood.

Photo Credit: NBC 7
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<![CDATA['Gate Fire' Flames Push Through Brush Off SR-94]]> Sat, 20 May 2017 17:27:09 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GateFireRawGroundWeb1_1200x675_949271107966.jpg

Raw footage shot by NBC 7 of the flames pushing through hundreds of acres of brush during Saturday's "Gate Fire" off SR-84, south of Jamul.

<![CDATA[clairement brush fire traffic tweet]]> Sat, 20 May 2017 17:25:11 -0700 ]]> <![CDATA[Deputies Investigate Suspect’s Death After Taser Deployed]]> Sat, 20 May 2017 23:35:37 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/tasing.PNG

San Diego County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating the death of a man who was involved in an altercation with authorities at a townhouse complex in the 8100 block of Lemon Grove Way.

The man was reportedly seen jumping fences into residents’ backyards to try to break into homes.

After making contact with the suspect in the common patio area around 8:15 a.m. Saturday, deputies said the man refused multiple orders to get on the ground.

Two deputies deployed department-issued Tasers, striking the suspect. The suspect went to the ground but still refused to comply, deputies said.

The deputies used the Tasers on the suspect again, with minimal effect, according to the SDSO. Eventually they were able to subdue the suspect and place him in handcuffs.

The deputies called for paramedics because a Taser had been used. The suspect was alert and still struggling with officers when the paramedics arrived, but once they began to evaluate him he became unresponsive, according to the sheriff's department.

The suspect was taken to the hospital. CPR was initiated en route to the hospital, but he was pronounced dead just before 12 p.m., officials said.

The suspect’s name is being withheld pending notification of family.

The Medical Examiner has not yet determined the cause of death.

Photo Credit: Paul Brown]]>
<![CDATA[Locals Unite for San Diego River Days Event]]> Sat, 20 May 2017 15:09:47 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SD+River+Days.jpg

Locals pitched in Saturday to help clear trash at the San Diego River, taking part in one of the many events that make up the annual San Diego River Days celebration.

Hosted by the San Diego River Park Foundation, River Days aims to inspire locals to work towards preserving the historic San Diego River and the San Diego region.

Sarah Hutmatcher said River Days is an important part of helping to restore beauty to the San Diego region.

“River Days is all about celebrating what the river has to offer and all the ways you can enjoy it, and be a part of the solution to help deal with some of the issues it’s facing,” Hutmachter told NBC 7’s Ramon Galindo.

The two-weekend celebration includes environmental education events for kids, hiking, service projects and more.


Also, locals can take tours of places that usually are not available to the public.

The San Diego River runs 52 miles from the mountains near Julian to Ocean Beach and offers many opportunities for nature exploration, recreation and discovery.

California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (District 78) participated in River Days events last weekend, on May 13, when the festivities officially kicked off.


Over the last 15 years, the San Diego River Park Foundation has taken out two million pounds from the river.

Photo Credit: NBC 7
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<![CDATA[Gate Fire, As Seen From Otay Lake]]> Sat, 20 May 2017 13:24:22 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Gate_Fire_Otay_Lake_1200x675_949147715731.jpg

In this video shot by NBC 7 near the Otay Lakes area, smoke billows from the fast-moving Gate Fire. The blaze sparked around 11:35 a.m. off State Route 94 near Jamul and quickly grew to 300 acres. 

<![CDATA[Fast-Spreading 'Gate Fire' Burns Off SR-94]]> Sun, 21 May 2017 17:11:23 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Gate-Fire-CalFire-2.jpg Photos of the fast-spreading "Gate Fire" that sparked off SR-94 near Jamul on Saturday

Photo Credit: Cal Fire San Diego/Twitter]]>
<![CDATA[Gas Grills That Sizzle]]> Sat, 20 May 2017 11:10:48 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Barbeques+01.jpg

Grill season is in full swing at Consumer Reports headquarters.

Testers are busy putting gas grills through some tough temperature tests, measuring how hot the grill is after ten minutes - that’s your typical pre-heat time. We also look at how even the heat is across the cooking surface and we test how well a grill can handle the task of indirect heating which is that low temperature you need to slow cook something like ribs.”

The tests found you may want to reconsider how big of a grill you buy. The $3,200 Napolean Prestige Pro (665RSIB) is the ONLY large gas grill that earned a recommendation. 

Consumer Reports says you’ll get more bang for your buck with a recommended midsize grill. CR’s tests find that grills in that mid-size range can typically hold about 18-28 burgers at once. That’s plenty of space to cook for a crowd.

The $1,200 Weber Genesis (II LX S-340) earned a spot on the recommended list. It offers an add-on module called the iGrill3 - it connects to an app that tells you everything from your food’s temperature and when it’s done to how much gas remains in the tank.

But Consumer Reports tests found you don't need to spend nearly that much. The Nex-Grill (720-0830H) from Home Depot costs just $270.  It’s ready to grill in ten minutes and holds an even temperature.

And if you’re short on space consider a smaller Char-Broil (463675517.) It costs about $300, heats up evenly and offers a wide temperature range so you can cook a variety of foods.

If you’re a fan of charcoal grilling Consumer Reports also took a look at the 18-inch Weber Kettle Grill. For about $80, you get even heating and a good choice for grilling up basics like burgers and hot dogs. 

Photo Credit: NBC 7]]>
<![CDATA[It's USD's Turn as Graduation Season Continues in San Diego]]> Sat, 20 May 2017 10:06:27 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/USDcommencement1.jpg

It’s that time of year again: graduation ceremonies will be taking place all over San Diego, including some this weekend.

This time, it's the University of San Diego's (USD) turn to take the spotlight.

USD students will graduate over the next two weekends: one group on Saturday and the others on May 27 and May 28. The ceremonies will be held at the university's Jenny Craig Pavilion, located at 5998 Alcala Park.

On Saturday, students graduating from USD’s School of Law will walk toward their futures in 9 a.m. ceremony. Grads and their families are welcome to attend the School of Law Commencement Reception held immediately after the graduation ceremony at the Hahn University Center.

One week later, on May 27, USD’s graduate students from multiple schools will have their ceremonies from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

On Sunday, May 28, some of USD's undergraduates will get their turn in the graduation spotlight. The College of Arts & Sciences will have its commencement ceremony from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Then, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., students from the Undergraduate School of Business & Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering will take that walk to receive their degrees.

USD said guests may enter campus from the east or west entrance to campus.

Parking personnel will be at each entrance to direct guests to parking areas located in the Mission Parking Structure just inside the east entrance. Parking will also available on the west side of campus in the West Parking Structure.

Guests are encouraged to arrive at least one hour before ceremony start-time to avoid traffic congestion. USD tram service will shuttle graduates and guests to and from the Mission and West parking structures and the Jenny Craig Pavilion.

USD will also be broadcasting each of the graduation ceremonies on their website.

The last major San Diego-area university to close out graduation season will be the University of California San Diego.

On Saturday, June 17, the class of 2017 will gather at RIMAC Field for the All Campus Ceremony, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. The Keynote address will be given by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.

Following the All Campus Commencement ceremony, all of UC San Diego’s six colleges will hold their individual ceremonies on RIMAC Field as follows:

Warren College
Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 2:30 p.m.

John Muir College
Saturday, June 17 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Thurgood Marshall College
Sunday, June 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Eleanor Roosevelt College
Sunday, June 18 at 8 a.m.

Revelle College
Sunday, June 18 at 3 p.m.

Sixth College
Sunday, June 18 at 6:30 p.m.

UC San Diego says parking passes are required to park on campus or at the off-site parking location at Qualcomm Stadium for the All Campus Commencement ceremony.  

Warren, Muir, and Graduate Division graduates will receive an on-site permit for parking on Saturday.

Eleanor Roosevelt, Marshall, Revelle and Sixth graduates will receive an off-site permit for Saturday morning.

For those with limited accessibility, UC San Diego says attendees who have an officially issued handicap placard or license plate will be allowed to park in Hopkins Parking Structure, located on Voigt Drive.

They must enter the campus from Campus Point Drive and follow the direction of the parking attendants. A motorized cart service will be available for individuals requiring assistance and one guest, according to UC San Diego. Others will be asked to walk and meet their party at the entrance to RIMAC Field nearby.

Last weekend, San Diego State University (SDSU) students were the first group of local grads to kick off the season in San Diego. More than 10,000 Aztecs walked across the stage at the Viejas Arena over several ceremonies.

Photo Credit: University of San Diego/Facebook]]>
<![CDATA[Things to Do This Weekend: May 18-21]]> Sat, 20 May 2017 08:21:56 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Tommy+Dubs.JPG

Welcome to your weekend, San Diego. Free outdoor festivals, concerts, movies under the stars, and more -- it's another wonderful weekend in America's Finest City. Enjoy!

Thursday, May 18

Eat. Drink. Read. A Culinary Event for Literacy
5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., San Diego Air & Space Museum
The San Diego Council on Literacy (SDCOL) will host its annual foodie fundraiser Thursday at the San Diego Air & Space Museum in Balboa Park where attendees can savor drinks and tasty bites from top-notch local chefs – each dish inspired by the chefs’ favorite books. Tickets cost $75; the event raises money to support the SDCOL’s programs, which provide free literacy assistance to more than 170,000 children and adults in San Diego County annually. Attendees will enjoy dishes from hot spots like Waypoint Public, 608 Oceanside, Galaxy Taco and Solare, to name a few, and drinks from places like Monkey Paw Brewing Co., Port Brewing Co., Cutwater Spirits and many more.

Fermented Pairings Series Vol. 17: Small Plates From Around the World
6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., White Labs Tasting Room
The White Labs Tasting Room will host another installment of its Fermented Pairings Series, this time focusing on four small plates using combination of fermented foods, from brie-style cheese to kefir ice cream. Executive Chef Chuy of Urge Gastropub will be spearheading the food portion of the evening, while Eric Fowler of White Labs helps pair the plates with craft beers. Tickets cost $30.

Burgers & Brews
6 p.m. to 8 p.m., San Diego Museum of Man
The San Diego Museum of Man will host this fun summer cookout Thursday with the 21+ Burgers & Brews tasting event featuring exotic sliders (ostrich, wild boar, wagyu beef) from Crazee Burger and sips from craft breweries (Aztec Brewing Co., Stone Brewing Co., Border X Brewing). As attendees munch and mingle, they can also play giant lawn games and explore the museum’s exhibits after hours. A $20 to $30 admission ticket gets you two sliders, a salad and beer samples.

Chris Stapleton, Brothers Osborne & Lucie Silvas
7 p.m., Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
Musician Chris Stapleton, who just released a new album earlier this month, brings his “All-American Road Show” tour to San Diego, hitting the Mattress Firm Amphitheatre in Chula Vista Thursday night. The show includes special guests the Brothers Osborne and Lucie Silvas. Tickets start at $62.

Flavors of Capitol Hill in San Diego
7 p.m., Purdy Lounge at the Quartyard
Elysian Brewing Company will show off its Capitol Hill series of beers – new and old – during this little sampling session at the Quartyard (1102 Market St.) in downtown San Diego. This includes “Said in Zest,” the second of six beers in this series to be released this year, which boasts five pounds of freshly-grated grapefruit zest and is described as having an aroma of citrus and pine with banana, clove and bubblegum flavor.

Deaf Poets
8:30 p.m., Soda Bar
Fresh off dropping a new album, “Lost in Magic City,” Miami Beach-based alt-rock duo, Deaf Poets, take the spotlight at Soda Bar Thursday night. The music of Sean Wouters and Nicolas Espinosa has been described as “the starkness of garage rock combined with the eagerness of ‘80s punk, and some bluesy melancholy mixed for good measure.” Tickets are $8.

Latin Thursdays
9 p.m., Harrah’s Resort Southern California
Enjoy live Latin music at Harrah’s Resort Southern California every Thursday night this month at this 21+ fiesta. The shows cost $10 and are available at the door.

Friday, May 19

Health & Resource Fair 2017
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., La Jolla Community Center
This health and wellness festival will aims to provide information and resources on living a healthy, balanced life to adults, seniors and their families. The free event includes health screenings, seminars and fitness demos like Zumba and line dancing.

Salsa Under the Stars
6 p.m. to 9 p.m., The Headquarters at Seaport
Throw on those dancing shoes and cut a rug Friday evening when Salsa Under the Stars returns to the courtyard at The Headquarters at Seaport. Manny Cepeda and his orchestra will perform the tunes; no partner or experience necessary for this fun, free event.

Meet the Brewer: Karl Strauss & La Gran Terraza
6 p.m. to 9 p.m., La Gran Terraza
This 4-course dinner at La Gran Terraza (5998 Alcala Park) will showcase the talents of Karl Strauss’ head brewer, Paul Segura. Each course will be expertly paired with a Karl Strauss beer; for example, Spicy Green Curry Scallops with Thai Sofrito and Crispy Rice Noodles will be paired with Tower 10 IPA. Reservations are required; call (619) 849-8205. Tickets are $40.

InBloom Movie Night: “Sing”
7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Flower Hill Promenade
Del Mar’s Flower Hill Promenade will be the stage for the outdoor movie screening of “Sing” Friday night. Bring the family, grab a blanket and enjoy a free flick as the sun sets.

Norm Macdonald
7:30 p.m., The American Comedy Co.
“Saturday Night Live” alum Norm Macdonald brings his talents to the stage at The American Comedy Co. in downtown San Diego this weekend. Tickets are $32; he performs twice on Friday and Saturday (7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.), and again on Sunday night (7 p.m.).

Chris Brown
7:30 p.m., Viejas Arena
R&B singer Chris Brown will perform Friday night at Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl at San Diego State University. Tickets start at $31.

Yoga Stretch + Massage
7:30 p.m., Carlsbad Village Yoga Co-Op
Part of its Fun Friday Community Nights series, the Carlsbad Village Yoga Co-Op will host this one-hour “Yoga Stretch + Massage” class in which yogis can meditate while surrounded by lasers slowly circling the room. The class includes light stretching, calm breathing exercises and oil rubs. If you drop-in, tickets are $10.

Saturday, May 20

Fiesta Del Sol
9 a.m., Fletcher Cove Park in Solana Beach
Fiesta Del Sol is back for its 38th year! The popular free event, right off the shore in Solana Beach, will take place on Saturday and Sunday. Stop by the stretch of street by the beach for two days of local bands and talent, shopping specials, food trucks, a wine and beer garden, rides, games, a climbing wall and more! This family-friendly event has something for everyone. Parking for the event is free and have been expanded since last year. From the parking lots, catch a shuttle to the event. Admission to the event is free.

Pirate Days
10 a.m., Maritime Museum San Diego
Grab your kids’ favorite pirate costume and head down to the Maritime Museum for this two-day festival for kids of all ages. Kids can enter a costume contest, watch cannon firings, weapon demonstrations, sword fights and listen to scary stories. Plus, hunt for a Pirate’s Treasure in a scavenger hunt! Tickets start at $9.

Del Mar Plaza Saturday Market
11 a.m., Del Mar Plaza (1555 Camino Del Mar)
More than 30 unique boutiques will showcase artisanal baked goods, fine art, fashionable clothing, handmade products and more at this Saturday market. Additionally, the Mar Dels will provide live entertainment from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

SDCCU Festival of the Arts
11 a.m., North Park Main Street
This free art and live music festival spans several blocks in central North Park, and the expansive festival has something for everyone. More than 40,000 attend this popular annual event to enjoy live entertainment, activities, booths and dozens of tasters from 30 local craft breweries, several of which are ranked as some of the best new breweries in San Diego. Pair your tasty sips with food from some of North Park’s best restaurants featuring locally-crafted food. Plus, there’s plenty for the kids to do here as well. The Kids Art Block will have interactive activities for kids and more. All proceeds benefit the non-profit North Park Main Street, an organization committed to the development of the North Park Business Improvement District. Admission is free.

San Diego Taco Fest
11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Waterfront Park
Tacos. Beer. Music. Head over to Waterfront Park for this ultimate San Diego-style sampling event featuring – what else – tasty tacos, in all of their glory. Attendees can snack their way through tacos from 30 of San Diego’s top-notch eateries, plus sudsy samples poured by local breweries. The music lineup includes performances from Vanilla Ice, Mix Master Mike and more. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door; the event is known to sell out, so think ahead for this one.

San Diego Sights and Sips
5:30 p.m., Hornblower Cruises and Events
Sunshine, sailing and cocktails come together on this Hornblower cocktail cruise. Hope on board for a two hour cruise with champagne, light Hors d’oeuves and more as you enjoy a beautiful view of the Bay during sunset. The boat leaves at 6 p.m. Tickets start at $37.50 per person.

Sunday, May 21

Grand Avenue Festival
9 a.m., Downtown Escondido
More than 500 vendors, children’s rides and activities will line the streets of Escondido Sunday as residents come out to enjoy the sunshine, live music and children’s games. The festival crosses seven historic blocks of the city and marks the second largest single-day fair in California. Admission is free.

The Old Man and The Old Moon
2 p.m., Old Globe Theatre
Cinematic shadow puppetry meets exuberant folk music and fantastical fables in “The Old Man And The Old Moon.” PigPen Theatre Co. comes sailing into San Diego with this imaginative new production, fresh off award-winning runs in New York, Chicago and Boston. When The Old Man's wife unexpectedly leaves home one day, The Old Man leaves his post refilling The Old Moon's light that spills out each night and goes on a journey to find his love.

2 p.m., Diversionary Theatre
The world premiere production of Ballast continues this weekend at the Diversionary Theatre. The imaginative play, written by Georgette Kelly and directed by Matt M. Morrow, explores two relationships between trans and cisgender partners. The show runs from May 4 to June 4. Tickets start at $15, though discounts are available for students, military, educations, seniors and groups.

truTV Inpractical Jokers, Starring The Tenderloins
5 p.m., San Diego Civic Theatre
The cast of TruTV’s “Impractical Jokers” comes together with acclaimed comedy troupe The Tenderloins for this multi-city tour, stopping in San Diego this weekend.

Chucho Valdes
7:30 p.m., Copley Symphony Hall
Pre-eminent Cuban jazz pianist Chucho Valdes comes to San Diego this Sunday, fresh off his 2017 Grammy win for Best Latin Jazz album. The musician is known for creating melodic, rhythmic music inspired by Afro-Cuban culture. Valdes will play the piano, solo.

Escape to Margaritville
2 p.m., La Jolla Playhouse
The world premiere of “Escape to Margaritaville” continues its run at the Playhouse this weekend. The production features some of Jimmy Buffett’s best-known hits, in addition to new songs written especially for the musical. The story follows a part-time bartender, part-time singer on a Caribbean island who falls for a beautiful tourist, a woman who makes him question the life he thought he had figured out. Playwrights Greg Garcia ("My Name Is Earl", "Raising Hope") and Mike O'Malley ("My Name Is Earl", "Justified", "Glee") blend a story in the works for years with Buffett classics, under the direction of award-winning director Christopher Ashley. Read more about how the cast and crew paid tribute to Buffett’s music here.

Free or Cheap Things to Do in San Diego
Times and locations vary

Looking to save some, but still enjoy the city? In San Diego, there are still plenty of activities to enjoy for free or on the cheap. Go for a hike at Torrey Pines State Park or Cowles Mountain, stroll Balboa Park, try a new craft brewery, admire the murals of Chicano Park or read a book at a downtown park. Get out there and explore America’s Finest City.


Photo Credit: Gwendolyn Jackson]]>
<![CDATA[2017 Preakness Stakes: How to Watch]]> Fri, 19 May 2017 11:33:00 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_17137818364144.jpg

The 142nd running of the Preakness Stakes is on Saturday, beginning at 3:48 p.m. PT on NBC 7 San Diego.

Coverage of the race kicks off at 2 p.m. PT and you can watch it all live at home or on the go via NBC Live. Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming is the favorite to win the second leg of the Triple Crown.

You can live stream the Preakness on NBC7.com on your desktop or laptop computer or your mobile device by clicking on this link. You can also watch the coverage on our app (download the NBC 7 app on iTunes here or via Google Play here). All you need is your TV service provider’s username and password.

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<![CDATA[Padres Lose 10-1 in Series Opener Against Diamondbacks]]> Sat, 20 May 2017 10:29:14 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-685579350.jpg

Jered Weaver was looking for his first win of the season when he took the mound against the Arizona Diamondbacks Friday night. Instead, the righty was pulled out of the game in the top of the first inning. Weaver allowed seven runs including a three run homer by Jake Lamb and a two run bomb by Brandon Drury, all earned in two-thirds of an inning. Weaver has given up two or more home runs in seven of his last nine starts this season. 

By the end of the first inning the Diamondbacks had a strong 8-0 lead over the Friars. But why stop there? In the sixth inning the hole got even deeper for San Diego.

Craig Stammen was on the hill for the Padres when David Peralta hit a solo shot to left field. A few batters later, Jake Lamb sent his second home run of the night to center field. Still, Stammen finished with seven strikeouts before Kevin Quackenbush came in to relieve him.

In the ninth inning Padres third baseman Ryan Schimpf stepped up to avoid the shut out. His RBI single to center scored Allen Cordoba, but that’s the only offense we saw from the Padres. The Diamondbacks won the first game of the series 10-1.

The NL West showdown continues Saturday night at 7:10 p.m. at Petco Park.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Weekly San Diego Sports Preview]]> Fri, 19 May 2017 22:59:34 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/RenfroeWalkoff.jpg

Here’s a look at what is going on in San Diego sports for the week of May 22nd-28th.

PADRES: The Friars are on the East Coast this week. After a travel day Monday they’re in New York to face the Mets Tuesday-Thursday. After that the Padres head to our nations’ capital for a three game weekend series against the Nationals.


-MEN’S TENNIS: Wednesday at the NCAA Singles Championships in Athens, Georgia.

-BASEBALL: Thursday-Saturday TBD.

-WOMEN’S ROWING: Friday-Sunday at the NCAA Championships in Lake Mercer, New Jersey.


-BASEBALL: Monday at the NCAA West Regional in Azusa and Friday-Sunday at the NCAA Championships in Grand Prairie, Texas.

-TRACK & FIELD: Thursday- Saturday at the NCAA Championships in Tampa, Florida.

-WOMEN’S ROWING: Friday-Sunday at the NCAA Championships in West Windsor, New Jersey.


-BASEBALL: Thursday and Friday TBD.

-WOMEN’S TRACK: Thursday-Saturday at the NCAA Preliminary Rounds in Austin, Texas.


-TRACK: Thursday-Saturday at the NCAA Championships in Bradenton, Florida.

-BASEBALL: Friday-Sunday TBD.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Are Grades Inflated at Gompers Charter School?]]> Fri, 19 May 2017 23:19:26 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Gompers+Prepatory+Academy.JPG

A recent report has accused the Gompers Preparatory Academy of inflating students' grades and failing to truly prepare them for four-year colleges.

Once a traditional school plagued by inner city problems, Gompers Charter School broke from the San Diego Unified School District and was founded in 2009 with hopes of changing the culture of education.

The school has frequently been hailed as one of San Diego's biggest educational success stories, with anywhere from 80 to 99 percent of graduating seniors attending four-year colleges, according to the school.

But now questions are being raised about its grading system.

NBC 7 spoke with Brad Racino, the iNewSource reporter who first broke the story.

"On the record and on background, we've had more than 25 teachers and students come forward," said Racino. "What it's doing is setting these kids up for failure when they get into college. They step foot on college and they're not ready."

Although the students are frequently getting A's and going on to attend college, there's concern that they are not performing successfully at college once admitted.

Racino discovered underwhelming SAT, ACT scores and Standardized Test scores that ranged towards the bottom of California' grading curve.

According to Gompers' data on its 2014 class of graduates, nearly 60 percent of those graduates went onto a second year of college after completing their freshman year. That's below the national average of about 73 percent.

Many of the students come from challenging backgrounds with the school located in Southeast San Diego, an area known to be one of the lower-income neighborhoods of the city, according to the Voice of San Diego's poverty map.

In response to the iNewSource report, Board Chairman Cecil Steppe wrote in a letter to parents, "I assure you that there has been no falsification of grades at Gompers."

Eighth grader Brisa Rivera told NBC 7 that her teachers routinely spend time after class working with them.

"There's like some schools where they don't care if you fail. They tell you that's on you. But here, they help you understand things -- they actually care," said Rivera.

Racino's investigative report suggests Gompers graduates hit a wall in college.

"It just does not line up when you have six kids that have passed or become proficient in the SAT based on their scores. Yet 60 kids are getting straight A's -- that just doesn't jive," said Racino.

<![CDATA[Transition Age Youth Face Daunting Challenges]]> Fri, 19 May 2017 19:48:00 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/FosterKidsEvent051917.JPG

Foster youth explained the immense challenges facing teenagers who age out of the foster care system at the University of San Diego Friday.

"Right now, this time of year is a very difficult time for foster kids that are transitioning out of foster homes and into the real world. I know how scary it is and I was there," said San Diego Councilmember Lorie Zapf at the event.

"We call them kids – [ages] 18 to early 20s – but when you’re just aged out of foster care and you’re scared, you don’t have a place to live or job skills, you don’t have a plan B, you don’t have parents to go back to, it is a very difficult time."

Half of the young adults who age out of foster care upon turning 18 won't receive a high school diploma, leave foster care without employment and are left homeless, according to a representative for Zapf. 

Sixty percent of the girls who leave foster care become pregnant within two years.

Raul Enciso, a former foster youth, explained how without the support of foster youth programs such as Promises to Kids and Just in Time, he would have been left without a place to live.

"About four years ago I was a freshman at UCSD, and after my first year and summer I actually was homeless, because once you hit summer there’s no housing for all the resident’s halls. They kick you out," said Enciso.

USD's Children Advocacy Institute (CAI) shared a proposal at the meeting to provide transition age foster youth with a transitional life coach, according to the representative. The life coach would take on the role of a parent by giving personal guidance and career advice to a foster youth.

About 300 foster children must try to become self-sufficient adults as soon as they turn 18 every year in San Diego, according to the representative. Often they lack the job skills, financial savings and support system necessary to overcome many hurdles to gain employment.

Zapf says San Diego is way ahead of other cities regarding the number of resources and caring individuals who support foster youth. But one of the problems that still remains is the kids don't always know what's available to them.

Some of the foster youths at the event explained that by the time they learned of the available resources it was too late to use them.

A Price Professor in Public Interest Law at USD, Robert Fellmath, explained that the median age of self-sufficiency is 26, and most parents still contribute some financial support to their children well after they reach age 18.

"These are our children, in a very real legal, direct sense," said Professor Fellmath. "And so we have to parent them in a responsible way."

"We haven't been doing that. We've been abandoning them at [age] 18 or 21," said Fellmath.

The effort to raise awareness of the daunting challenges facing foster youth was spearheaded by Zapf and USD's CAI. According to the representative, the event followed a morning roundtable with foster organizations serving the Transition Age Youth (TAY) population.

"We’re trying to bring awareness to the situation and ask for people to step up and help these kids," said Zapf.

Professor Fellmath also mentioned that it's been well-documented that supporting these youth until they reach self-sufficiency saves the state money. That's because it reduces the likelihood that foster youth will end up in the prison system, where it is more expensive to maintain them.

The meeting was located at the Warren Hall Law School Front lawn on the 5000 block of Alcala' Park.

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<![CDATA[30-Acre Fire Reported on Camp Pendleton: Cal Fire]]> Fri, 19 May 2017 20:54:58 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Cal-Fire-Badge-generic.jpg

Cal Fire crews are assisting Camp Pendleton for a 30-acre fire north of India Training Camp Area.

Dubbed the Deluz Fire, it is approximately three quarters of a mile away from De Luz Road, according to North County Fire Department.

There is no threat to Fallbrook at this time.

No other information was available.

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