<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - San Diego News - [SAN DIEGO] Breakfast Buzz]]>Copyright 2019http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/localen-usFri, 20 Sep 2019 11:20:25 -0700Fri, 20 Sep 2019 11:20:25 -0700NBC Local Integrated Media<![CDATA[Dry Lightning Could Spark Wildfires Monday: NWS]]>560478061Mon, 16 Sep 2019 07:36:20 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/dry-brush.jpg

Dry lightning could pose a wildfire risk for San Diego County's coast, mountains and deserts on Monday. 

Thunderstorms were expected to develop into the evening but were not expected to bring much rainfall. The storms would likely produce gusty winds a few dry lightning strikes, according to the National Weather Service. 

The combination of gusty winds and low humidity is elevating the chance for wildfires, especially in the mountain foothills and deserts. 

"Any strikes would likely be isolated, but with dry vegetation and lack of rain, could pose an increased risk of fire starts," the NWS said in a tweet. 

Fire weather was expected to be elevated on Wednesday as well. 

Overall, weather in San Diego this week was expected to be cooler and more humid than last week, NBC 7 weathercaster Ashley Matthews said. 

No watches or warnings were in effect. 

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<![CDATA[What Should Happen to Horton Plaza Park? Owners Want Input]]>560259381Fri, 13 Sep 2019 14:00:21 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SDCC-2016-Garske+005.JPG

The company slated to redesign the outdated Horton Plaza shopping center wants San Diegans to share what they think should happen to the park at the corner of their property. 

Stockdale Capital Partners (SCP), a commercial real estate firm based in Los Angeles, plans to transform their million-square-foot property into "The Campus at Horton," a high-tech office space and lifestyle center with new stores and restaurants. 

But, while renderings released in April indicate the developers know what to do with the commercial space, SCP encountered "design and operational shortcomings" with the design of Horton Plaza Park.

SCP has asked San Diegans to come to a two-hour public input session at the park next Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. to share what they envision for the space at the corner of Fourth Avenue and Broadway.

The community will be shown preliminary sketches created by design firm Rios-Clementi-Hale Studios and be given the chance to weigh in. 

The goal of the workshop is to find a design that meets the community's need  and the real estate firm's goal to make the park the "front door" to their new high-tech hub. 

The Campus at Horton will include 700,000 square feet of modern office space and 300,000 square feet of retail space. Construction is slated to begin later this year and is expected to wrap up by the end of 2020.

Stockdale Capital said the space would be able to house 3,000 to 4,000 tech jobs and an estimated $1.8 billion boost in annual economic activity with the first phase of development alone.

Stockdale Capital boasts that its company has experience transforming failed shopping centers into high-tech office hubs. 

Released renderings show the exterior of a glass, multi-level building at the corner of First and G streets in downtown San Diego, what was once a Nordstrom at the shopping mall. 

The interior of the building has an open-space concept, with multiple levels opening up to one central point, while an outdoor deck acts as a gathering space for tech employees and visitors. 

On top of creating a modern office space, the Campus at Horton will be transformed with high-end restaurants and retail spaces that will serve both employees and community members, according to the firm. 

Horton Plaza opened in 1985 and was once considered the crown jewel of downtown but it became something of an eyesore in recent years.

When it first opened, it was considered a landmark of urban design, according to The Los Angeles Times.

Before the property's sale was complete, empty storefront littered the property and the halls were lined with more homeless people than shoppers.

Photo Credit: Monica Garske
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<![CDATA[This Fix to Public Service Loan Forgiveness Hasn’t Helped Very Much]]>559560901Fri, 06 Sep 2019 04:58:26 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/student-loan-forgiveness.jpg

Even after a significant infusion of cash, the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program is doing little in the way of forgiveness.

Just 661 out of about 54,000 applicants, or roughly 1%, of loans have been discharged under the expanded program, a government report has found.

“It’s not surprising,” said student loan expert Mark Kantrowitz. “The process is too complicated.”

Public service loan forgiveness (PSLF) allows certain not-for-profit and government employees to have their federal student loans canceled after 10 years of on-time payments.

However, many public servants didn’t qualify for one reason or another — sometimes even after they’d finished their decade of payments.

Last year, Congress authorized a $700 million fund to shore up the troubled program. The temporary expansion aimed to include more borrowers and offer some who had been denied loan forgiveness simply because they had been repaying their debt in a disqualifying plan a second chance at having their debt canceled.

Although the Department of Education processed 54,184 requests for loan forgiveness from May 2018 through May 2019, 99% of temporary expanded public service loan forgiveness requests were still denied.

In that time, the Education Department spent less than $27 million of the $700 million, according to data released by the Government Accountability Office, which was tasked to review the expanded program.

Most applicants were rejected because they didn’t properly submit the application, had not yet made 120 payments or their loans did not qualify, the GAO said in its report, which was first obtained by NPR.

In addition, the government watchdog found that many borrowers may not know about the temporary program because the information was not included on most loan servicers’ websites and applying is a confusing multi-step process.

The GAO recommended combining application steps to make the process less confusing for borrowers, as well as providing more information on the program.

For now, the Education Department has an online help tool and Kantrowitz has put together a one-page checklist to help borrowers with public service loan forgiveness.

These are the public service loan forgiveness requirements. Often, if you don’t meet one of them, you can make changes so that you do.

  • You must have federal direct loans.
  • Your employer must be a government organization at any level, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization or some other type of not-for-profit organization that provides public service.
  • By the end, you need to have made 120 qualifying, on-time payments in an income-driven repayment plan or the standard repayment plan.

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<![CDATA[Severe Thunderstorm Warning Issued for East County]]>559461551Thu, 05 Sep 2019 22:12:07 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Severe+Thunderstorm+Warning.jpg

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for the area of Pine Valley and Mount Laguna. 

The storm was nearly stationary just before 2 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. 

There was flooding reported along Sunrise Highway. 

Damage from hail and winds is possible in communities like  Mount Laguna, I-8 Between Pine Valley And Boulevard, Pine Valley, Hwy S1 Between Lake Cuyamaca and Mount Laguna. 

As of 2:20 p.m., the storm was 2 miles northeast of Julian and moving northeast at 10 mph.

San Diego has not seen relief from the mugginess as a flow of monsoonal moisture hovers over the region. 

"There is a slight chance that those storms could sweep into our inland valleys; much lower chance though of them trying to head to the coast," NBC 7 Meteorologist Sheena Parveen said. 

The NWS said at least isolated flash flooding is expected. Residents should be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued. 

Meanwhile, the inland valleys to the coast will be under a heat advisory until 8 p.m. The heat index, which combines temperatures and relative humidity to give a "feels-like" temperature, was predicted to be in the 90s. 

The NWS said during the hours of the heat advisory, dehydration, heat cramps and heat exhaustion are possible. People are urged to drink plenty of water, to stay out of the sun and to check on others. San Diego County has dozens of "cool zones" where people can go to escape the heat

A similar weather pattern brought late afternoon showers, dark clouds and lightning strikes to some parts of the county on Wendesday. 

More than an inch of rain fell in Pine Valley, and about a third of an inch had doused Alpine, Escondido and Mt. Woodson by 4:30 p.m.

The NWS reported 396 cloud-to-ground lightning strikes in the county by 6 p.m. There were 22 reported in Riverside County, one of which sparked a fire near Murrieta that had ballooned to 1,000 acres by 9 p.m. and forced evacuations.

Southern California's muggy weather is due to a blast of monsoonal moisture from the Gulf Coast. That monsoonal moisture was also bringing stormy weather to the eastern parts of the county.

Conditions were expected to improve by the weekend; though temperatures would remain hot, humidity levels were expected to decrease significantly, finally bringing some relief to the region. 

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<![CDATA[Storm Brings Lightning, Rain and Dangerous Conditions]]>559356821Wed, 04 Sep 2019 23:21:52 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Lightning+El+Cajon+090419.jpg

A late afternoon stormed wiped over San Diego County Wednesday bringing a blanket of dark clouds, spot showers and even lightning to some parts of the county.

More than an inch of rain fell in Pine Valley, and about a third of an inch had doused Alpine, Escondido and Mt. Woodson by 4:30 p.m.

The NWS reported 396 cloud-to-ground lightning strikes in the county by 6 p.m. There were 22 reported in Riverside County, one of which sparked a fire near Murrieta that had ballooned to 1,000 acres by 9 p.m. and forced evacuations.

A flash flood warning was issued following a severe thunderstorm warning Wednesday for southeast San Diego County as a storm moved through the region.

The National Weather Service in San Diego issued the flash flood warning at 3 p.m. through 4:45 p.m. 

The flash flood warning spanned these areas: Alpine; Mount Laguna; Cuyamaca Rancho State Park; Lake Cuyamaca; Lake Morena; Potrero, Highway S1 between Lake Cuyamaca and Mount Laguna.

A severe thunderstorm warning was issued until 4:15 p.m. for Riverside County and north central San Diego County.  The area affected included Temecula, Highway 70 between Warner Springs and Oak Grove and Highway 74 between Hemet and Mountain Center.

Rain was pouring in places like Mira Mesa, Santee, East Village and National City before the evening commute.

San Diegans may see "weird" cloud formations at the base of thunderstorms but that is normal, NBC 7's Dagmar Midcap said.

"We don't have any super cells happening," Midcap said. "Those are the kind that create tornadoes. But we do have severe thunderstorms in effect. That means hail, that means downbursts, strong winds, horizontal winds, the possibility of lightening, potentially some flash flooding."

Southern California's muggy conditions are due to a blast of monsoonal moisture from the Gulf Coast. That monsoonal moisture was also bringing stormy weather to the eastern parts of the county.

The NWS said during the hours of the heat advisory, dehydration, heat cramps and heat exhaustion are possible. People are urged to drink plenty of water, to stay out of the sun and to check on others. San Diego County has dozens of "cool zones" where people can go to escape the heat

On Thursday, expect more widespread showers, possibly stretching to the inland valleys, and an increased chance for flash flooding. 

Photo Credit: Derek Togerson
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<![CDATA[Permanent Change Made to NB SR-163/EB Friars Road Interchange]]>557700751Wed, 21 Aug 2019 11:41:02 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/211*120/SR-163+interchange.jpg

The City of San Diego just changed how commuters will get from State Route 163 to Friars Road.

The ramp that used to take drivers from northbound SR-163 to eastbound Friars Road was closed permanantly Tuesday night. 

Starting at 5 a.m. Wednesday, all motorists will use the the westbound Friars Road off-ramp and continue to eastbound Friars through a newly installed traffic light.

Construction crews have been working on the SR-163 between Interstate 8 and Genesee Avenue since 2017. Phase 1 of the SR-163/Friars Road Interchange Project costs $40 million and is funded by the city of San Diego.

Caltrans is working the project, which is meant to improve traffic in the area, provide better access for bicyclists and pedestrians and ease the interchange between SR-16, Friars Road and I-8. 

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<![CDATA[Temps Surge, Excessive Heat Warning Issued for Deserts]]>556991961Sat, 24 Aug 2019 10:20:51 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Sun+and+hot+weather+generic.JPG

Another burst of hot temperatures is expected on Wednesday, prompting the National Weather Service to issue an excessive heat warning for Southern California deserts. 

The warning will go into effect at 11 a.m. Wednesday and last until 8 p.m. During that time, high temperatures in the Borrego Springs desert are expected to be between 114 and 118 degrees, the NWS said.

High temperatures elsewhere are expected to be in the low-90s for the inland valleys and mountains, and in the mid- to high-80s along the coast. 

A heat warning is issued when dangerous heat is expected. Prolonged hot temperatures could lead to heat illness and, in some cases, heat stroke.

The NWS says during periods of high heat, people should never leave children or pets alone in hot vehicles; limit sun exposure by taking plenty of breaks when working outside, should stay hydrated and should check on others who may be affected by the heat.

San Diego County provides dozens of "cool zones" where residents can get out of the sun and into an air-conditioned room. For a list of locations, visit here.

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<![CDATA[Things to Do This Weekend: Sept. 19 to Sept. 22]]>204328381Fri, 20 Sep 2019 06:51:59 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Crystal-Pier-Sunset-Garske-091419-1.jpg

TGI Weekend. It’s the final weekend of summer in San Diego (can you believe fall starts on Monday?!), so soak in those outdoor events. Art, farmers markets, a car show, live music, and craft beer await. Get up. Get out. Play.

Thursday, Sept. 19

'Black Life: Images of Resistance and Resilience in Southern California'
All Day, San Diego Museum of Art’s Fleming Sr. Gallery in Balboa Park
On display at Balboa Park now through Dec. 1 is “Black Life: Images of Resistance and Resilience in Southern California,” a photo exhibition presented by the San Diego Museum of Art. The exhibition focuses on the works of photographers Harry Adams, Charles Williams, and Guy Crowder, who were prominent members of the African American community in Southern California. The images span 50 years, documenting political events and daily life during the second half of the 20th century, including photos of newsmakers like Muhammad Ali, Sidney Poitier, and Malcolm X. This exhibition is free and open to public viewing; it’s located in the San Diego Museum of Art’s Fleming Sr. Gallery (Gallery 14/15), located off sculpture court adjacent to Panama 66 at Balboa Park.

The Cado: A Pop-Up Museum
10 a.m., 250 North City Dr. in San Marcos
Love avocados? Of course, you do! This is your final weekend to check out The Cado, an interactive pop-up museum celebrating the beloved pitted fruit. The museum is located on North City Drive, just a few blocks away from Cal State University San Marcos. There, guests will get a thorough look at the power of the avocado – from seed to skin – and everything that makes it such a special fruit. Six large-scale art installations make the pop-up museum especially selfie-worthy, so make sure your phone is fully charged before you explore. The Cado has been in San Marcos all summer, but it wraps up its run this Sunday, Sept. 22, so get your hands on those tickets ($19 for adults, $14 for kids age 12 and under).

Jail Mini-Museum at The Headquarters
10 a.m. to 9 p.m., The Headquarters at Seaport (between Kitson and Madison San Diego)
The Headquarters at Seaport is a solid place to shop and eat but, if you’re a San Diego history buff, you may want to pop into a free mini-museum located at its core, between the Kitson and Madison San Diego stores. There, you’ll find a fully-restored, 8-cell jail block housing historical photos and San Diego Police Department memorabilia. You see, The Headquarters – built in 1939 – sits in the very complex that served for many decades as the SDPD’s headquarters. The site is listed on The National Register of Historic Places. It was restored and reopened as The Headquarters and Seaport shopping and dining complex in 2013. Read all about the site’s rich history here.

North Park Thursday Market
3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., North Park Way & Granada Avenue (North Park)
North Park is known for its interesting small businesses and, on Thursdays year-round, local vendors and artisans are showcased at this popular farmers market located on the corner of North Park Way and 29th Street. On the shopping list: farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, eggs, sauces, bread, and even handcrafted gifts from local, small businesses. The free event also features live music.

Oceanside Sunset Market
5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Main Street Oceanside
Each Thursday, year-round, the Oceanside Sunset Market brings about 200 local merchants together for this sunset marketplace spanning four blocks in downtown Oceanside. Shoppers can expect vendors showcasing homemade goods and tasty grub, plus live music and, of course, an incredible ocean view. The family-friendly weekly event also features Dorothy’s KidZone filled with activities for the little ones. The free market is located on Pier View Way, west of Coast Highway. Rain may cancel the event, so check the weather before making your plans.

Zac Brown Band: The Owl Tour
7 p.m., North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
American country crew, the Zac Brown Band, play the North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre in Chula Vista Thursday night. The show also features the talents of Caroline Jones. General admission lawn seats cost $40; other tickets start at $63.

Luis Fonsi
8 p.m., Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay
If you’re a fan of Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi (ahem, “Despacito,” anyone?), head over to Humphrey’s Thursday night as he headlines this concert by the bay. Tickets are still available, with some starting at $49.

'Kiss My Aztec!'
8 p.m., La Jolla Playhouse
“Kiss My Aztec!” a comedic musical by Tony Award winner John Leguizamo and writer/director Tony Taccone debuted at the La Jolla Playhouse earlier this month, and will run at the venue through Oct. 13. Leguizamo wrote the play nearly two decades ago; over the years, with the help of Taccone, the production was dramatically reshaped and turned into a musical for its La Jolla Playhouse premiere. The story explores Leguizamo’s history with a fresh, irreverent vibe. The musical will run daily, except for Mondays. Showtimes vary, so check the Playhouse calendar for details. Tickets range from $25 to $85. Taccone spoke with NBC 7 last month about “Kiss My Aztec!” and its rewrites, revamps and final adaptation. Read all about that here.

Friday, Sept. 20

SDUSD Art Gallery at Seaport
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Friday through Sunday), Seaport Village
Seaport Village and the San Diego Unified School District have joined forces to launch a student-led art gallery located within Seaport Village. The 640-square-foot SDUSD Art Gallery at Seaport is in the easternmost area of the waterfront landmark, closest to the San Diego Convention Center. The gallery will showcase a rotating selection of artwork curated from more than 12,000 San Diego students in Pre-K to 11th grade. The gallery is open each week, Friday through Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Entry is free.

Shoes & Chews: Carla & Linda’s Walking Food Tour
1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., South Oceanside
Oceanside is experiencing a bit of a restaurant renaissance, and these “Shoes & Chews” walking food tours allow you to taste what’s cooking in the waterfront city in San Diego’s North County. Friday’s three-hour foodie tour – led by locals Carla and Linda – will span south Oceanside, with stops at PCH Bar & Grill, URGE, Privateer and Wrench & Rodent. Tickets cost $59 per person (foodies 16+ only) and include tastings of specially chosen items, plus a little history lesson on each restaurant, chef and the surrounding area. Shoes & Chews started in 2015; today, the tour hits the streets of Oceanside every weekend, usually Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Food Truck Friday
4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Balboa Park
Balboa Park’s “Food Truck Friday” rolls into the landmark for its penultimate installment of the season. A weekly summertime series centered on tasty local eats and laid-back family fun, this event has been bringing a rotating selection of about a dozen food trucks to Plaza de Panama and El Prado Walkway every Friday from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. As visitors grab food from vendors, they can also enjoy live musical performances, dancing, and activities for the kids hosted by various Balboa Park organizations. Bonus: some participating museums in Balboa Park have been hosting special evening hours and programs on Fridays, too. The last Food Truck Friday of 2019 will be on Sept. 27. 

Cruisin’ Grand
5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Downtown Escondido (Grand Avenue, from Orange to Ivy streets)
Gearheads, this one’s for you: Escondido’s long-running car show – Cruisin’ Grand – hits the streets of downtown Escondido, specifically Grand Avenue, from Orange to Ivy streets. The car show has been happening here every Friday since April, but will wrap up its 2019 run next Friday, Sept. 27, so, get there already! The event features a parade of pre-1973 cars slowly cruising up and down Grand Avenue, from vintage American hot rods and classics to custom rides. The event is free and often includes live music; awards are given weekly to five show-stopping cars.

Salsa Under the Stars
6 p.m. to 9 p.m., The Courtyard at The Headquarters at Seaport
Cut a rug under the stars at this free, monthly Salsa dancing session in the courtyard at The Headquarters at Seaport. San Diego music man Manny Cepeda and his orchestra will provide the toe-tapping tunes. No partner or experience is necessary to partake in this fun event.

Summer Movies in the Park: 'Coco'
6 p.m., Pantoja Park (Downtown San Diego)
San Diego’s ongoing, free event, “Summer Movies in the Park,” presents this screening of the cute Disney flick, “Coco,” Friday night at Pantoja Park on West G Street in downtown San Diego. The movie will start 15 minutes after sunset; attendees are welcome to bring a picnic or buy concessions on site. Bring a blanket, and you’ve got yourself a nice little set-up at this free event.

Hidden City Sounds: Daring Greatly
6 p.m., California Center for the Arts Escondido
Each Friday through Oct. 4, the California Center for the Arts in Escondido hosts “Hidden City Sounds,” a lively event at Lyric Court featuring live music, DJs, food trucks, activities, and a cash bar. The event tries to highlight a different style of music each time. This Friday, family rock/soul band, Daring Greatly, will headline the event: a Canadian group consisting of a dad, his two adult sons, and their two best friends. Think Woodstock, 1960s and 1970s vibes, for sure. The event is free, but organizers recommend reserving your spot ahead of time online.

Dinner & A Concert
6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Prescott Promenade (Downtown El Cajon)
El Cajon’s recurring “Dinner & A Concert” series returns to Prescott Promenade Friday night with live music by the Mighty Untouchables Band, a group known for its dance party-style jam sessions. While you’re in downtown El Cajon for the free concert, grab dinner at a local restaurant and make a whole evening of it. The series aims to highlight what’s happening in the community’s restaurant and small business scene. If you’re wondering where to park, use this handy map to get you there.

Stars at Mission Trails
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., West Sycamore in Scripps Ranch (Mission Trails)
Members of the San Diego Astronomy Association will lead this stargazing excursion at the West Sycamore area of Mission Trails Regional Park Friday night. The group will meet in the parking lot at the far east end of Stonebridge Parkway in Scripps Ranch and, from there, head to the viewing area to look at the twinkling sky through telescopes. The event is free; cloudy skies and/or rain cancels it.

Hops on the Harbor: Coronado Brewing Co.
7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Flagship Cruises & Events
Enjoy a cruise around the San Diego Bay featuring sights, bites, and craft brews. Every month, Hops on the Harbor highlights a local brewery and, this time, it’s the best from Coronado Brewing Co. The brewery, which opened its doors in 1996 on the island, is well-known for its Islander IPA, which earned a gold medal at the World Beer Cup Championship. This month’s Hops on the Harbor menu will feature four 6-ounce tasters of Coronado Brewing beers, expertly paired with four courses. For example, Tequila Chicken Penne with Serrano cream sauce will be paired with the brewery’s Orange Avenue Wit, while Blackened Shrimp with dirty rice is paired with Leisure Lagoon, the beer brand’s Hazy Pale Ale. Coronado Brewing’s Mermaid’s Red (a hoppy red) and Weekend Vibes IPA are also on the menu. The dinner cruise boards at 7 p.m. from 990 North Harbor Dr. and sails past the San Diego skyline, USS Midway, Star of India and other Maritime Museum ships and the Coronado Bay Bridge. Tickets cost $79.50 for adults and $47.70 for children ages 4 to 12; kids 3 and under are free. Reservations are recommended.

Florida Georgia Line: 'Can’t Say I Ain’t Country' Tour
7 p.m., North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
Country music hitmakers Florida Georgia Line bring their “Can’t Say I Ain’t Country” tour to this Chula Vista venue Friday night. The concert lineup includes several other big names, too: Dan + Shay; Morgan Wallen; Canaan Smith; Hardy. There are still tickets left, starting at $95.50.

San Diego Padres vs. Arizona Diamondbacks: Game 1
7:10 p.m., Petco Park
The San Diego Padres swing into a 3-game series at home against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Friday’s game at Petco Park will include a “First Responder Salute,” where the Friars and fans will honor the good work of the American Red Cross. Tickets start at $17. Before the game, head over to Park at the Park for a “Fiesta in the Park” party celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. There, from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., you can snag $5 drink deals and enjoy live music.

8 p.m., Harrah’s Resort Southern California
American rock icons Chicago headline the Events Center at Harrah’s Resort SoCal Friday night. Fans can expect the hits here – from “You’re the Inspiration” to “Saturday in the Park” – which tend to inspire ballad-like belting, and that’s okay. Tickets cost $70.

'The Blues Brothers'
8 p.m. (Friday through Sunday), Cinema Under the Stars
With their toe-tapping tunes and sharp suits in the 1980 classic, “The Blues Brothers,” John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd will fill the screen this Friday through Sunday at 8 p.m. at Cinema Under the Stars in Mission Hills. Watch as the duo – “on a mission from God” – try to round up their old band to help save the orphanage where they were raised. Since the theater on Goldfinch Street is outdoors and it can be a bit chilly at night, the venue offers blankets, space heaters and other amenities to keep patrons warm and cozy. Admission is $18 at the box office, or you can reserve your seat in advance for $20.

Teo Gonzalez
8:30 p.m., Balboa Theatre
Beloved Mexican funnyman Teo Gonzalez (also known as “The Pony Tail Comedian”) brings his act to the stage at Balboa Theatre. Tickets start at $40.

Saturday, Sept. 21

25th Annual Pacific Islander Festival
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday), Ski Beach (Mission Bay)
The 25th annual Pacific Islander Festival will take over Ski Beach this Saturday and Sunday with food, live entertainment and activities for the entire family showcases Pacific Islander culture. NBC 7 and Telemundo 20 will have a booth at this event; drop by and say hello to our team!

47th Annual BonitaFest
9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Bonita Vista High School
This performing arts festival at Bonita Vista High School celebrates the South Bay’s top show choirs and stage bands. Attendees will also enjoy food vendors, arts and crafts, and other family-focused fun.

Walking Tour: 15 Most Important Trees in Balboa Park
9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Bea Evenson Fountain in Balboa Park
The Balboa Park Heritage Association hosts this two-part walking tour focusing on the landmark trees that line the Central Mesa at Balboa Park – the site of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition. The group will meet at the Bea Evenson Fountain between the Natural History Museum and the Fleet Science Center. The event is free, but donations for the Balboa Park Heritage Association will be happily accepted. The second part of this guided walking tour returns to the same spot on Sept 29.

38th Annual Adams Avenue Street Fair
10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Adams Avenue
For the past 38 years, the Adams Avenue Street Fair has brought live music, food vendors, beer gardens, carnival rides, and arts and crafts booths to Normal Heights. This free street fair – a favorite among locals – will span seven blocks and feature 100 musical acts across seven stages. The event goes down from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and returns Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Get details on how to get there here.

Happy Hens Farm Tour
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Happy Hens Farm in Ramona
Visit this working farm in Ramona and learn all about its pasture-raised hens and eggs, plus a demo about the difference between “free-range,” “cage-free,” and “truly pasture-raised” products. Attendees can bring a packed lunch and enjoy a picnic on the farm after the event while watching the chickens frolic. This tour costs $15 for adults; kids age 12 and under get in free. Tickets are only available ahead of time, online.

Legendary Tour: Hotel Del Coronado
10 a.m., Hotel Del Coronado
San Diego history buffs, this one's for you. The iconic Hotel Del Coronado is currently offering a daily tour at 10 a.m. dubbed the “Legendary Tour,” which explores the landmark’s rich 130-year-old heritage. Learn about the celebrities, royalty and beach-loving families who have gravitated toward The Del over the decades, and the hotel’s most notorious guest, Kate Morgan, who checked into the hotel in 1892 whom some believe never really checked out. The 90-minute tour costs $40 for adults; kids 5 and under can join for free. You must register ahead of time. By the way, The Del is currently undergoing the first phase of a $200 million revitalization project called the “Master Plan.” It includes the preservation of historic sites and a new History Gallery. Read all about that here

ArtWalk Carlsbad
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Armada Drive in Carlsbad
The 2nd annual ArtWalk Carlsbad takes over Armada Drive near the Carlsbad Flower Fields this weekend, where it plans to showcase 175+ artists, activities and live music, including a 2:30 p.m. Sunday performance by A.J. Croce. The ArtWalk will feature 50 chalk artists who plan to create temporary masterpieces on the asphalt, plus a KidsWalk activity area for the little ones, street food vendors and 21+ beer and wine pavilions. Tickets range from $10 to $15, depending on if you want to visit one day or both days of the art festival.

Cook With an Italian Chef & Market Tour
11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Little Italy
This weekly event in Little Italy gives you a chance to cook alongside a trained chef while discovering the community’s charming open-air farmers “mercato.” Here’s how the tour works: a chef-guide will walk with you through the market, pointing out local vendors specializing in fresh ingredients. Together, you’ll taste-test items and buy what you need to create your meal before heading to the guide’s home to partake in a cooking lesson. You’ll cook three dishes – an appetizer and two main dishes – and also enjoy a glass of wine and panna cotta for dessert. This cooking tour costs $79 per person and is usually available every Saturday.

Taste of South Park
12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Fern Street (South Park)
Sip and savor your way through samples from more than 20 of South Park’s top-notch eateries on this self-guided foodie tour of the community. The Taste of South Park’s eclectic lineup this year boasts restaurants, bars and pubs, coffee houses and family-friendly dining spots, including Buona Forchetta, Communal Coffee, Del Sur Mexican Cantina, Station Tavern, and The Rose Wine Bar, to namedrop a few. Tickets cost $40; organizers say South Park retailers and services will also offer deals during the event. Enjoy!

IB Artisan Market
2 p.m. to 7 p.m., 829 Seacoast Dr. (Imperial Beach)
Vendors specializing in handmade crafts, art and more will make up this Artisan Market Saturday afternoon in Imperial Beach. It’s free to attend, but bring money to shop local.

Mexico’s Alt-Rockers Kinky Play Free Show for Friars Fans
5:40 p.m., Petco Park
Music fans, get this one on your calendar: SoundDiego is partnering with NBC 7, Telemundo 20, and the San Diego Padres to present a cool concert Saturday night at Petco Park. Mexico’s alt-rock band, Kinky, will headline a free show on Sept. 21 at Park at the Park in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. The concert takes place before the Padres take on the Diamondbacks that night and is free with your ticket to the ballgame. That night, game tickets start at $18.

Stand-Up Comedy
7:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m., American Comedy Co. and The Comedy Store
Looking for a good laugh? Try a stand-up comedy show at two prime San Diego venues: downtown’s American Comedy Co. or The Comedy Store in La Jolla. This Saturday night, viral sensation Trae Crowder brings his stand-up tour to The American Comedy Co. with 21+ shows at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. This bill also includes Drew Morgan and Corey Ryan Forrester. Admission costs $25. Meanwhile, over at The Comedy Store, actor and “MADtv” funnyman Amir K will headline 21+ shows at 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.; those tickets cost $20.

Rooftop Cinema Club: 'Dirty Dancing'
7 p.m., Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
Nobody puts Baby in a corner. But, they'll put her on the big screen. The coming-of-age 1987 Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey classic, “Dirty Dancing,” will fill the outdoor movie screen Friday night on the scenic rooftop at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. The 18+ screening is part of the hotel’s ongoing Rooftop Cinema Club – movies shown under the stars, set alongside stunning views of the San Diego skyline. Tickets start at $17; you can self-park in the hotel’s garage for four hours for free if you buy food (other than popcorn or candy) or drinks at the Rooftop Cinema Club. Sounds like the time of your life, right?

Sunday, Sept. 22

Yoga + Mimosa Mornings
9 a.m., Windmill Food Hall (Carlsbad)
Enjoy a Sunday morning yoga session at the brand-new Windmill Food Hall in Carlsbad led by a certified instructor. Afterward, 21+ participants can enjoy a mimosa at the foodie-friendly attraction. This class costs $5; bring your own mat.

Hike at San Dieguito River Park (Del Dios Gorge Trail)
9 a.m. to 12 p.m., San Dieguito River Park
This 4-mile beginner hike led by “Canyoneers” – volunteers with the San Diego Natural History Museum – will explore the Del Dios Gorge Trail along the San Dieguito Riverbed. Along the way, hikers will see scattered willows, oaks, and the 1918 Lake Hodges Dam. The group plans to meet at 9 a.m. at a parking area located off a road marked “SDRP.” That road can be accessed by turning in at the fruit stand on the right after passing Calle Ambiente on Del Dios Highway. This hike includes an elevation gain/loss of up to 500 feet; the group plans to return by 12 p.m. As usual, this Canyoneers-led event is free.

Guided Nature Walk
9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Mission Trails Regional Park
Start your Sunday with a little nature walk at Mission Trails Regional Park. A trail guide will take visitors through one of three trails – the Oak Grove Loop, the Visitor Center Loop or the Riverside Grinding Rocks – while talking about the plants, animals, geology, history, and ecology of the park. These weekly guided walks are free and open to the public and begin at the Visitor Center. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water, a hat, and sunscreen. Rain cancels the walk.

Lane Field Park Market
10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Lane Field Park (Downtown San Diego)
Every Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., a group of vendors sets up shop at Lane Field Park in downtown San Diego for this open-air market focusing on our city’s creative food, drinks, art, and craft scene. The family-friendly market typically includes live music, lawn games, pop-up installations, and other lively entertainment. It is located at 1009 N. Harbor Dr., near West Broadway, opposite of the Broadway Pier.

Gaslamp Artisan Market
10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Gaslamp Quarter (Fifth Avenue)
Peruse more than 30 local artisans offering carefully-curated, handmade products at this weekly outdoor market in the Gaslamp Quarter. The Gaslamp Artisan Market sets up shop every Sunday on Fifth Avenue, between Market Street and Island Avenue.

Live Music: Backstage Pass
1 p.m., Liberty Public Market
Backstage Pass, a band that covers hits of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, performs this free lunchtime concert on the patio at Liberty Public Market Sunday. To make a day of it, patrons might want to grab a bite from one of the vendors inside Liberty Public Market, take their food to the patio and eat while enjoying the live music.

San Diego Padres vs. Arizona Diamondbacks: Game 3
1:10 p.m., Petco Park
The third and final game of this series at home includes a lot of highlights at Petco Park: Military Appreciation Day (with a special salute to the U.S. Army and Army National Guard); KidsFest (a bounce house and other kid-friendly activities in Park at the Park starting at 10:30 a.m.); Kids Run the Bases (a postgame running of the bases in Park at the Park); Friars Family Day deals ($20 for adults and $15 for kids age 14 and younger, and each ticket includes a hot dog and soda, but you have to buy these online ahead of the game). Regular tickets to Sunday’s game start at $17. 

Sunday Spreckels Organ Concert
2 p.m., Spreckels Organ Pavilion at Balboa Park
Enjoy a free, hour-long organ concert Sunday at Balboa Park’s famed Spreckels Organ Pavilion. At the keys, the audience will typically find Raul Prieto Ramirez, the city’s San Diego Civic Organist and Artistic Director of the Spreckels Organ Society. Prieto Ramirez hails from Spain and, as he told NBC 7 last year, hopes to keep the program interesting – from Bach to Queen – at the historic Spreckels Organ. Pets are welcome, and so are picnics.

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

Looking to save some cash, 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.

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<![CDATA[Beat the Heat at These Cool Zones]]>511065491Wed, 04 Sep 2019 06:38:35 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Heat-Generic-Photo.jpg

Prolonged hot weather can be dangerous when residents don't have access to air conditioning. That's why San Diego County has designated more than 100 cool zones around the county - locations that will be open and available to anyone looking for shelter from high temperatures.

The county's official list of "Cool Zones" for 2019 include community centers, recreational centers, libraries, senior centers and museums.

These places help residents keep cool while saving the added cost of air conditioning when temperatures are unusually high.

While the cool zones are open only during regular business hours there are several that have weekend hours.

To find one near you click here for a listing that includes times and addresses.

If you cannot get to a Cool Zone, county officials suggest you stay indoors as much as possible, avoid using the oven and stay on the lowest floor with shades down and blinds closed. Windows should stay slightly open.

Wear light, loose clothing and drink more fluids than usual even if you do not feel thirsty.

Never leave children or pets inside vehicles at any time, even with the windows cracked.

For more information call the county at 800-339-4661.

<![CDATA[SDSU Bans Electric Scooters, Bikes From Campus]]>554637081Tue, 20 Aug 2019 07:11:02 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Meningitis_Outbreak_at_San_Diego_State.jpg

San Diego State University has taken a stand against electric scooters and bikes.

The university's Senate voted this year to prohibit what they call micro-mobility devices like dockless scooters, bicycles, roller skates and hoverboards from the campus starting in the fall. 

The dockless bicycle craze first reached San Diego in early 2018 and dockless scooters were close behind. A report from SDSU's Parking and Transportation Services (PATS) found that between 2017 and 2018, there was a 22 percent increase in scooter, bicycle and skateboard incidents.

PATS Director Debbie Richeson said the school recognizes students' need to use alternative transportation but must also ensure the safety of those on campus. 

There will be eight designated parking areas on the outskirts of the campus to allow students to use dockless devices to get there. But, once on campus, riders will need to dismount.  

SDSU said geofencing will ensure riders comply with the new rules. 

Similar technology was enacted in popular San Diego locations like the Mission Beach boardwalk in July, though some locals question its effectiveness. 

At SDSU, the device's app will send a rider an alert as they approach campus grounds and will slow if the rider continues into the geofenced zone.

The app will not allow a user to end a ride unless it is at one of the designated parking locations, according to SDSU. 

Personal electric bikes, scooters and skateboards will be required to follow the same rules and anyone in violation faces a $75 fine, the school says.

SDSU also limits the use of non-motorized scooters and bicylces to designated pathways on the campus but the university said their use in accordance with those rules will not be affected. 

<![CDATA[NBC 7 Launches Padres 'On Friar' Podcast]]>506848941Wed, 27 Mar 2019 05:37:26 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Sportswrap+Podcast+On+Friar+Logo1.jpg

For the first time since they went to the World Series in 1998 the San Diego Padres are a big deal.

The Padres signed Manny Machado. The Padres have some of the most exciting prospects in Major League Baseball. The Padres need to be talked about.

So at NBC 7 SportsWrap we’re going to do just that. We’re thrilled to introduce the On Friar Podcast. Each week Darnay Tripp and Derek Togerson will discuss the team that fully expects to contend for a World Series championship by the 2020 season.

We’ll have in-depth player interviews, analysis of moves, information on prospects, and the occasional bit of breaking news. Our goal is to entertain and inform you, to give you something fun to engage with while helping you better know the only major professional sports franchise left in San Diego. In fact here's our latest episode that includes a chat with catcher Austin Hedges:

While we’re excited for the potential of this franchise we are journalists first. When the Padres do well we’ll say it. When they mess up we’ll say it. No apologies, just honesty and a heaping helping of fun.

We want this to be interactive, too. If you have ideas or questions feel free to reach out to us on social media:


Darnay Tripp NBC 7
Derek Togerson NBC 7 San Diego

You can find us on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify (click on links to get to the show), and of course right here on www.NBC7.com/OnFriar. The first two episodes (along with the pilot) are up. Oh, and sometimes we'll even be giving you video on Facebook Live:

Thank you for giving it a listen and we hope you enjoy it!

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<![CDATA[Kayakers Report Seeing 2 Sharks Near La Jolla Cove ]]>554647101Tue, 20 Aug 2019 05:28:43 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SDSUStudentProjectLa-Jolla-Coves.jpg

Kayakers reportedly spotted two sharks near La Jolla Cove Monday, officials said.

San Diego Lifeguards received the tip just before 1 p.m. and began patrolling the water near the Cove. Lifeguards were in the process of interviewing witnesses and letting people in the area know about the possible shark sighting.

The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (SDFD) said the beach remained open. No further details were immediately released.

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

Photo Credit: Photo by Nicholas Baltz
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<![CDATA[App-Based Shuttle to Connect Coaster to Carlsbad Offices]]>554137221Mon, 19 Aug 2019 13:09:31 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/carlsbad+connector.jpg

The city of Carlsbad has launched a new rideshare-like program that will help connect Coaster passengers to their final destinations via shuttle.

The Carlsbad Connector will utilize to transport people from the Carlsbad Poinsettia Station Coaster Station at 6511 Avenida Encinas to their workplaces in the Palomar Airport area on 12-passenger shuttle vans. 

Riders will be able to use an on-demand app to book a ride during prime commuting hours -- between 7 and 9 a.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. -- and during lunch hours from noon to 3 p.m.

The program aims to improve convenience and timeliness for working commuters; Shuttles will drop employees off within a five-minute walk from their workplace, according to the city. 

Kirk Leopoldo was one of the first people to use the app when it launched on Monday. He uses the Coaster a few times a week from his home in San Diego but, once in Carlsbad, struggled to get the last mile to his job at WalMart Labs. 

Before the app, he would walk for 25 minutes from the Carlsbad Poinsettia Station or book a rideshare for a few dollars each way. 

"It connects me from home to work pretty seamlessly with the app and just not having to worry about getting a Lyft, an Uber or walking," he said. 

As a recruiter, Leopoldo said a question many candidates have is about the commute. He feels Carlsbad Connector is something new he can promote to prospective employees. 

"Talking to candidates about their commute, if they do live near downtown or in that area, you know, they really would prefer not to drive to Carlsbad and the commute's just not attractive," he said. "So when they have something like this I can talk about, it makes a lot of sense for them."

The ride is free for those with a daily or monthly Coaster pass. Those without can purchase a one-way ride on the shuttle for $2.50. There is also an option for businesses to partner with the Carlsbad Connector program to cover the cost for their employees. 

The app developed by RideCo and operated by WeDriveU is available on both Android and iPhone and those that without a smartphone can call (760)407-6080 to book a ride. 

According to the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce, the idea for the app came after they heard from businesses in their city that it was difficult to retain or recruit employees that wanted to live downtown. Existing commuters often said they found the existing transit system insufficient. 

The program, in partnership with the North County Transit District and the San Diego Association of Governments, is part of the city of Carlsbad's goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 by reducing the number of solo drivers. 

The city contributed $250,000 to the project and NCTD and SANDAG contributed $200,000 each. The program is in its testing phase for one year but the plan is to make the Carlsbad Connector a permanent transportation option in the city. 

 More information on the Carlsbad Connector program can be found through their website

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<![CDATA[3,330 Shelter Animals Adopted During NBC 7 & T20's Annual Clear the Shelters Event]]>547263281https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/CTS+Dagmar.jpg

San Diegans answered the call Saturday to help hundreds of shelter animals find loving homes during NBC 7 and Telemundo 20's fifth Clear the Shelters event.

About 3,330 of dogs, cats, rabbits and other shelter animals have a chance at a new life thanks to the love of residents from across San Diego County, who showed up hordes at more than a dozen shelters for the annual adoption event. 

In San Diego, an additional 1,000 animals found loving families this year compared to last year's Clear the Shelters. Across the nation, more than 90,000 pets were adopted. 

Golden retriever puppy Nala was the first animal to be adopted Saturday from the San Diego Humane Society's Gaines Street location when the doors opened at 10 a.m.

Her new owner, Meg Taylor, lined up outside the facility at 4:30 a.m. and waited hours because she knew Nala was the one for her, she told NBC 7.

Dozens of other San Diegans were right behind her, eager to find a new addition to their family. By 3 p.m., nearly 800 pets had been adopted at the nine participating shelters across the county.

Telemundo 20's Mar Gonzalez couldn't even wait for the doors to open to give a pet a loving home. Before the event officially launched, Gonzalez had adopted Silvi.

"She’s very friendly. She’s a Pitbull and we just bonded right away," Gonzalez said. "I saw her and I was like 'I need to take her home.'"

While pet owners were rescuing dogs from their time in the shelter, adopted animals would also serve larger purposes for their new owners. Katelynn Cappy, for example, adopted Trix, a Blue Heeler-Australian Shepherd mix, to become a support animal.

"She’s going to become a companion dog for abused women. All of the sexual assault and domestic violence cases, she’ll become kind of the ease of mind," Cappy said.

Ahead of the event, dozens of rescue pet owners, like Phoenix resident Chamila Northum, encouraged others to adopt by sharing their heartfelt stories with NBC 7 reporters.

"If people haven’t tried, you know, adopting a dog, they should go out and do it, because it will change your life," said Northum, who was visiting San Diego ahead of the Clear the Shelters event.

Her and her 10-year-old pups -- Doberman, Rami, and German Shepherd-Rottweiler mix, Brody -- hit Del Mar's Dog Beach during their trip.

Northum was a reporter when she met Brody. She was covering a tornado in southeast Missouri that left Brody homeless.

"He followed me around the entire time," Northum said, so she adopted him.

Every year, millions of companion animals end up in shelters across the country. And while shelter adoption rates have been steadily rising since 2011, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, approximately 1.5 million animals — 860,000 cats and about 670,000 dogs — are still euthanized each year due to overcrowding.

The number of euthanized animals could be reduced dramatically if more people adopted pets instead of buying them.

NBC and Telemundo began partnering with local shelters in 2015, and since the launch, have helped 256,688 pets find forever homes. Last year, more than 1,200 shelters participated nationwide.

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<![CDATA[Help NBC 7 & T20 Clear the Shelters]]>489254931https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/20192363+CTS+ENG+2019.jpg

Help us Clear The Shelters, San Diego!

NBC 7 and Telemundo 20 are joining forces with San Diego County animal shelters and rescue centers on Saturday, August 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  to find as many animals as possible their forever homes. 

Shelters across the county will waive adoption fees for one day only for the fifth annual Clear the Shelters initiative, a national partnership between NBC, Telemundo and animal shelters across the country. 

Twelve local shelters participated in Clear the Shelters last year, which helped 608 animals find new homes. More than 100,000 pets were adopted from over 1,200 shelters across the country and, since 2015, Clear the Shelters has helped 256,688 pets find forever homes.

To find a shelter this year, use the map above! 

Every year, millions of companion animals end up in shelters across the country. And while shelter adoption rates have been steadily rising since 2011, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, approximately 1.5 million animals — 860,000 cats and about 670,000 dogs — are still euthanized each year due to overcrowding.

The number of euthanized animals could be reduced dramatically if more people adopted pets instead of buying them. 

Dozens of local shelters will take part this year in Clear the Shelters. Refer to the interactive map above to identify a participating shelter near you and help us Clear The Shelters!

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<![CDATA[Dangerous Heat Grips San Diego for 2nd Day]]>544337741Thu, 15 Aug 2019 20:43:25 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/san+diego+heat+2.jpg

San Diegans dealt with dangerous heat for the second straight day as a heatwave gripped the region Thursday.

The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning for the deserts and a heat advisory for inland valleys through 9 p.m. Thursday due to soaring temperatures.

NBC 7 Meteorologist Brooke Landau said in some inland valley areas were still experiencing 96 to 98-degree heat at 4 p.m.

Thursday's heat marked the end of the heat wave, but another one is on its way quickly, according to Landau.

Landau said there's been high pressure aloft that brings along atmospheric compression which dries out the air and boosts temperatures. The NWS said fire danger on Friday would be minor, and Landau said wind speeds the heat advisorya reas would be calm.

A low pressure system heading our way from the Pacific Northwest will bring the region a reprieve from the heat, but only for a couple of days.

Another heat wave is expected to hit San Diego County next week, according to NBC 7 Meteorologist Sheena Parveen. 

A heat warning is issued when dangerous heat is expected. Prolonged hot temperatures could lead to heat illness and, in some cases, heat stroke. 

The temperatures in the deserts and inland valleys were considered dangerous because little relief was expected overnight.

NBC 7 Meteorologist Sheena Parveen said people should stay in air-conditioned rooms, stay out of the sun, check on relatives and neighbors and never leave pets or children in cars. 

San Diego County provides dozens of "cool zones" where residents can get out of the sun and into an air-conditioned room. For a list of locations, visit here

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<![CDATA[Free or Cheap Things to Do in San Diego]]>69191782Tue, 17 Sep 2019 15:07:52 -0700full list of Canyoneer hikes here. Happy trails, San Diego.]]>full list of Canyoneer hikes here. Happy trails, San Diego.]]>https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Canyoneer-The-Nat-Alan-King-3.jpgYou don't need to spend a fortune to have fun in this city.

Photo Credit: Alan King/The San Diego Natural History Museum]]>
<![CDATA[Extreme Heat Warning, Advisory Issued as Temps Soar]]>541981391Wed, 14 Aug 2019 17:50:27 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/san+diego+heat+3.jpg

Dangerously hot temperatures are expected in the deserts and inland valleys where an excessive heat warning and advisory went into effect Wednesday afternoon. 

The deserts are expected to see temperatures climb into the mid 110s while inland areas could see temperatures in the upper-90s. Along the coast, expect temperatures in the mid-80s.

The extreme temperatures expected Wednesday prompted the National Weather Service to issue advisories for both areas. At 11 a.m., an excessive heat warning went into effect for Southern California deserts, including Borrego Springs, and an excessive heat advisory went into effect for the inland valleys.

There will be little cool-down overnight; temperatures in the deserts will likely stay in the 80s. The advisories will remain in effect until 9 p.m. Thursday. 

A heat warning is issued when dangerous heat is expected. Prolonged hot temperatures could lead to heat illness and, in some cases, heat stroke. 

NBC 7 Meteorologist Sheena Parveen said people should stay in air-conditioned rooms, stay out of the sun, check on relatives and neighbors and never leave pets or children in cars. 

San Diego County provides dozens of "cool zones" where residents can get out of the sun and into an air-conditioned room. For a list of locations, visit here

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<![CDATA[Temps to Rise Before Peak of Heat on Wednesday]]>537148671Tue, 13 Aug 2019 12:10:37 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/205*120/heat+wave+generic+sd.JPG

Searing temperatures are expected in San Diego County this week, prompting the National Weather Service to elevate an excessive heat watch to a warning.

Temperatures are expected to jump about five degrees between Monday and Tuesday, but the peak of the heatwave is expected mid-week, NBC 7 Meteorologist Sheena Parveen said.  

"Just wait until the middle of the week; there's going to be a big warm-up," Parveen said.

Dangerous heat is expected Wednesday, when temperatures are expected to soar into the mid-110s in the deserts and into the mid-90s for inland areas, Parveen said. Along the coast, expect temperatures in the mid-80s.

During that time, an excessive heat warning will go into effect for Southern California deserts, including Borrego Springs, and an excessive heat warning will go into effect for the inland valleys. Both will remain in effect from 11 a.m. Wednesday to 9 p.m. Thursday. 

There will be little cool-down overnight. Temperatures in the deserts will likely stay un the 80s. 

A heat watch is issued when dangerous heat is expected. Prolonged hot temperatures could lead to heat illness and, in some cases, heat stroke. 

The NWS says people should stay in air-conditioned rooms, stay out of the sun, check on relatives and neighbors and never leave pets or children in cars. 

San Diego County provides dozens of "cool zones" where residents can get out of the sun and into an air-conditioned room. For a list of locations, visit here

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<![CDATA[Infant Is 1st Measles Case Confirmed in SD County in 2019]]>526107571Thu, 08 Aug 2019 20:09:40 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/measles+resized.jpg

The first case of measles this year in San Diego County has been confirmed in an 11-month-old infant, county health officials said Wednesday.

The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency said the unimmunized infant recently traveled to the Philippines and is currently hospitalized.

The county said the baby may have exposed others while seeking care at the following locations:

  • Kaiser Permanente Otay Mesa Medical Offices, 4650 Palm Ave., San Diego, CA 92154 on the following dates and times: July 29 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Pediatric Clinic; Aug. 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Pediatric Clinic, Urgent Care and Pharmacy; and Aug. 5 from 4:45 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the Pediatric Clinic.
  • Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center, 9455 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA 92123: Aug. 5 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Emergency Department.

HHSA is working with Kaiser Permanente to identify and follow up with patients and staff who may have been exposed at those locations to check if they have been vaccinated and their potential for developing measles.

"Measles is a very contagious disease that can be spread easily by coughing, sneezing or being in the same room with an infected person," said Wilma J. Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. "Anyone who was at any of these specific locations at the dates and times listed above should watch for symptoms and call their health care provider if they show any signs of the disease."

People with symptoms are asked to telephone their doctor’s office in advance, rather than visit an office directly, so that infection control measures may be activated to prevent exposure to others.

According to California Center for Disease Control and Prevention website, measles symptoms can appear seven to 14 days after contact with the virus. A measles rash can appear three to five days after the first symptoms.

If by August 26th there are no new cases of measles then we would be in the clear. The incubation period for measles is up to 21 days and the toddler was diagnosed on the 5th, say officials. 

County Health Officials say there are about 100 patients that need to be contacted, plus anyone who accompanied those patients. 

“I’m very worried because more likely than not, sorry to say, there was someone in those waiting rooms or the emergency room that the health department will not be able to contact,” said Doctor John Bradley, Medical Director of Infectious Disease at Rady Children’s Hospital.

HHSA said complications from measles are more common in children younger than 5 years old and adults 20 years and older.

Complications can include diarrhea, ear infection and pneumonia. Death can occur from severe complications and the risk is higher among younger children and adults. There is no treatment for measles. Bed rest, fluids and fever control are recommended. People with complications may need treatment for their specific problems.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated the number of reported measles cases in June. They reported it had surpassed 1,000 cases, the highest in 27 years. 

Just last month Los Angeles had reported 16 measles cases in county residents just this year. 

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<![CDATA[Region Gets New Firefighting Black Hawk Helicopter]]>525522121Thu, 08 Aug 2019 04:58:39 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/sdge+black+hawk+helicopter.jpg

A new Black Hawk helicopter will be added to San Diego County's fleet of firefighting equipment in time for the peak of wildfire season, officials announced Wednesday. 

The UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, secured through a joint partnership between the county and San Diego Gas & Electric, will be available to Cal Fire crews for dispatch across Southern California.

The helicopter can fly at 140 miles per hour, and can hold 850 gallons of water for drops three times faster than a traditional firefighting helicopter. 

With the addition of the Black Hawk helicopter, the county now has more than a half-dozen firefighting helicopters in their arsenal, including SDG&E's "SkyMaverick" aircrane heli-tanker.

The aircrane was added to San Diego's fleet in 2018. It can hold about 2,650 gallons of water and can be filled in less than a minute.

“Safety is our highest priority. The new wildfire prevention assets will complement SDG&E’s decade-long fire risk preparedness program, which is aimed at identifying and better managing the effects of extreme weather and making our region more resilient,” said Caroline Winn, SDG&E’s chief operating officer. “We are committed to continuing our work with the best and the brightest in our region so that together, we can make every day safer than the last for the communities we are privileged to serve.”

Other wildfire equipment unveiled Wednesday includes an internet and phone service-equipped tactical command vehicle and evacuation map books for first responders.

The tactical command vehicle is a high-clearance off-road vehicle that can host full internet and satellite phone connectivity in remote places.

The vehicle can travel into challenging terrain, allowing SDG&E to deploy its team faster and closer to the wildfire while maintaining full communication. 

In addition, SDG&E will add two new information centers to Ramona where residents can charge phones and receive updated information in the event of an emergency. Nine Community Resource Centers are already available throughout the county, and have been activated during power outages.

While Cal Fire officials warn there is not "wildfire season" anymore, the best conditions for wildfires -- low humidity, high temperatures and dry fuel -- traditionally occur from mid-summer to the fall. 

The county recommends that all residents be prepared for wildfires by ensuring their homes have a defensible space and preparing an emergency plan in case they need to evacuate at a moment's notice. For more information, visit readysandiego.org

<![CDATA[Walgreens to Shut 200 US Stores as Part of Cost-Cutting Plan]]>523993591Wed, 07 Aug 2019 06:04:21 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Walgreens14.jpg

Pharmacy chain Walgreens plans to close 200 stores in the United States as it seeks to cut costs.

The company said in a regulatory filing Tuesday the closings are part of its previously announced plan to trim costs by $1.5 billion in a few years. In May, the company announced plans to close 200 stores in the United Kingdom.

The Deerfield, Illinois-based company operates over 18,000 stores worldwide. In June it reported a 24% decline in quarterly net income and predicted that annual earnings would be roughly flat with the prior year. Walgreens has been hit by challenges including reimbursement cuts and lower price increases for branded drugs.

In the year to date, Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. shares are down nearly 25% while the broader S&P 500 is up 13%.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 7 San Diego

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<![CDATA[Thunderstorms Possible in East San Diego County]]>525325561Wed, 07 Aug 2019 09:41:11 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/206*120/august+7+wednesday+thunderstorms.JPG

Storm clouds developing south of the U.S.-Mexico Border could bring thunderstorms to San Diego's mountains and deserts Wednesday.

NBC 7 Meteorologist Sheena Parveen said NBC 7's Doppler Radar was capturing storms pushing their way north into the Southern California region at about 8 a.m. 

Light and scattered rain was falling in the mountains south of Julian and near state Route 79. Fast-moving rain will likely stay east as the day progresses, Parveen said. 

No watches or warnings were in effect during that time, according to the National Weather Service. 

Mostly, the monsoonal moisture from the south will bring heavy cloud cover to the area. Parveen said those clouds will be slow to clear. 

The deserts can expect temperatures in the mid-100s, while the mountains and inland valleys will see temperatures in the mid-80s. The coast will be about 10 degrees cooler, according to NBC 7's First Alert Forecast. 

The NWS said dry and cooler weather was expected Thursday and Friday.

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<![CDATA[Take Advantage of These Student Discounts]]>521608171Tue, 06 Aug 2019 05:17:15 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/School+Xing+Sign.JPG

No question—buying everything a college student needs is expensive. But Consumer Reports says you can take some of the sting out of it by taking advantage of student discounts. From laptops to clothes, even cars and a late-night burger binge, the discounts are there. You just have to know where to find them. And of course, you have to prove that you’re a student, either by producing a student ID at the register or an email address that ends with “edu.”

Apple computers rarely go on sale, but the company offers a discount for students, faculty, and staff. And for mobile phones, ring up savings at Sprint and AT&T, which offer students from certain colleges special savings.

Of course, students have to eat! Chain restaurants typically don’t offer student discounts. But a local franchise might, so it doesn’t hurt to ask.

Students can also save on transportation: 15 percent or more off on Amtrak for students 13 to 25 traveling on certain lines like the Pacific Surfliner which includes Los Angeles and San Diego.

And don’t forget apps and memberships like Amazon Prime Student, Unidays, and I-D-me. Some are free to join, and careful research on their sites can uncover some gems.

And here’s a discount for students with the purchase or lease of a car. General Motors offers thousands off on a new-car purchase, reduced lease prices, and deferred payments for 90 days on Chevrolets, Buicks, and GMC vehicles.

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<![CDATA[Disney, Eddie Bauer Baby Sleepers Recalled on Safety Fears]]>513485321Thu, 01 Aug 2019 06:47:40 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Sleeper-Recall-4.jpg

About 24,000 Disney and Eddie Bauer baby sleepers are being recalled on concerns that infants could roll over and suffocate on them.

The products being recalled are the Eddie Bauer Slumber and Soothe Rock Bassinet and the Disney Baby Doze and Dream Bassinet. Both were sold for $60 at Target, Kmart and other stores nationwide from November 2014 to February 2017.

No injuries have been reported for the sleepers, but similar ones by other brands have been linked to deaths after infants rolled over to their backs while unrestrained. In April, Fisher-Price recalled 4.7 million infant sleepers after more than 30 babies died in them over a 10-year period.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says anyone who owns the Disney and Eddie Bauer sleepers, which were both made by Dorel Juvenile Group, should stop using them and reach out to Dorel for a refund.

For more information or to request a refund, consumers can reach the company by calling 877-657-9546 or texting at 812-373-6673 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or email at inclinesleeperrecall@djgusa.com.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 7 San Diego

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<![CDATA[Pups Go Pop-up During Tacotopia's New Doggie Hours]]>513350831Mon, 29 Jul 2019 13:40:13 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Dogs+of+Tacotopia+2-side123.JPG

It's fair to say that Fido fans love, love, LOVE taking photographs with their furry ones, in every setting, at any given moment. (Please do throw in a few more "loves" there, if you feel we didn't go quite far enough.)

But here's something that's also true: For the most part, the photo-ready, super-colorful pop-ups that have flowered around town over the last half decade or so haven't thrown the doors wide to dogs.

Give a woof, and not a whine, as that reality is changing on Monday, July 29. For Tacotopia, the savory Santa Monica snapshot-oriented pop-up, will welcome canines, for free, every Monday afternoon through Labor Day.

Well, your tail-wagger gets in gratis, let us clarify, but people will still need tickets to the adorable weekly event, which will find pooches posing in a variety of settings devoted to tacos, guacamole, salsa, and such.

There'll be Barkaritas, too, for the four-footed guests, courtesy of Healthy Spot. And margaritas for purchase, both mock and not, for those Tacotopia visitors who are not among the canines in the house.

Where will be some of the pose-able places for people and their pups? There is an Extra Guac Pit, oh yes, as well as a teeter-totter rocking a taco theme.

Tacotopia is not, repeat, is not a restaurant, but there will be a Jarritos soft drink for you to sip, and a coupon from Azule Taqueria (good for a free taco).

Does your little one love to crunch on a taco, now and then? Without the hot stuff on top, of course?

Surely he's a fan of the meat and cheese and a little corner of a tortilla, too.

If so, make for Tacotopia on a Monday afternoon, from 3 to 7:30 p.m., before Labor Day trots this way, and take a few piquant pics of your favorite little in a lively array of taco-themed rooms.

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<![CDATA[Save the Date: Help Clear the Shelters on August 17]]>509226831Mon, 12 Aug 2019 05:21:58 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/petdaygettyimage.jpg

The dog days of summer are here and as the mercury rises, so does the spirits of shelter animals around the country. 

That's because Clear the Shelters is back. NBC and Telemundo stations' are teaming up with shelters nationwide on Aug. 17 for the fifth annual animal adoption drive. 

More than 1,400 shelters and rescues have already registered to participate in this year's campaign. 

"Clear The Shelters is a summer tradition that communities everywhere look forward to," said Valari Staab, President, NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations. "We’re proud to join with animal shelters and rescues, as well as our affiliate station partners and sponsors, [Cat's Pride, Hill's Pet Nutrition and our digital media partner The Dodo] to present this annual event that celebrates animals and helps shelters match families with their new furry best friend,”

This year, Grammy award-winning artist Kelly Clarkson will host the 30-minute program recapping the Clear the Shelters campaign. "The Voice" coach and host of her own daytime program, "The Kelly Clarkson Show," which premieres this fall, said she's excited to recount the stories of cats and dogs who have been waiting for "A Moment Like This" to find their forever home.

"I am a huge animal lover and can tell you from personal experience that when you open your heart and home to a rescue animal, your pet will thank you every single day of its life. It’s the most beautiful and purest form of unconditional love you can ever have. I’m so excited for people to discover this feeling when they find their perfect pet on August 17, and to tell all the amazing pet adoption stories from this year’s Clear The Shelter’s campaign,” added Clarkson. 

Every year, millions of companion animals end up in shelters across the country. And while shelter adoption rates have been steadily rising since 2011, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, approximately 1.5 million animals — 860,000 cats and about 670,000 dogs — are still euthanized each year due to overcrowding.

The number of euthanized animals could be reduced dramatically if more people adopted pets instead of buying them. And, by adopting a shelter animal, you actually save two lives.

"Every single pet that is adopted frees shelter staff up to work with and prepare the next pet for potential adoption," said Kenny Lamberti, director of strategic engagement and companion animals for the Humane Society.

Last year, more than 100,000 pets were adopted from over 1,200 shelters across the country. Since 2015, Clear the Shelters has helped 256,688 pets find forever homes.

So if you’re thinking about taking home a new furry friend, consider heading to a local animal shelter to adopt during Clear the Shelters on Aug. 17 when hundreds of shelters will waive or discount fees as part of the one-day adoption drive. 

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<![CDATA[Sheriff’s Department Spends $53 million in Overtime in 2018]]>513361361Tue, 30 Jul 2019 05:11:57 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Generic+Sheriff+Logo.jpg

San Diego County’s Sheriff’s Department spent more than $53 million in overtime pay last year.

Annual compensation data, obtained by NBC 7 Investigates, shows 12 department employees made more in overtime pay than their annual salary.

One San Diego Sheriff’s Sergeant made $152,034 last year in overtime, nearly $39,000 more than his $113,039 salary. Another deputy took home $134,413 in overtime pay. His salary: $96,214.

In all, 12 Sheriff’s deputies cleared more in overtime pay than they did in base pay. The amounts ranged from as high as $38,995 in overtime pay to $508.

To see examples of Sheriff overtime pay, look below or click here for mobile users.

NBC 7 Investigates filed a public records request to obtain the pay records, which are reported in an annual compensation report to the State of California.

In a statement to NBC 7, a spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Department said it is “committed to providing the highest quality public safety services to the communities that we serve. We continually evaluate our staffing, and carefully manage our responsibility to be fiscally responsible with government monies.”

The spokesperson added, “While $53 million is a large amount of money the explanation of overtime staffing is complex. Unplanned emergencies and disasters cannot be staffed for in advance. Incidents such as managing public safety during the border wall protests incur costs associated with staffing on overtime, while we manage the variety of other responsibilities that are not abandoned during those times.

But the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department is not the only public safety department in the county to pay millions in overtime.

In May, NBC 7 reported that the city of San Diego paid $72 million in overtime in 2018 to the police and fire departments, the bulk of which, $47 million, went to city firefighters. 

Other cities throughout San Diego County also showed high overtime pay.

In Oceanside, as we reported, the city’s police department doled out $3.66 million in overtime. The most lucrative overtime recipient took home $160,000 in overtime pay on top of his annual $91,000 salary. 

In Poway, the city’s fire department paid $1.6 million in overtime to employees. In that city, more than 50 firefighters received more than $10,000 in overtime pay last year. One fire engineer and paramedic pulled in $62,584 last year alone.

The City of El Cajon paid a total of $3.58 million last year to police and fire employees. One fire captain there made $74,603 in overtime pay.

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<![CDATA[Artificial Reproduction Shows Hope for the Endangered Northern White Rhino]]>513373531Tue, 30 Jul 2019 05:10:13 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/N11PM+BABY+RHINO_KNSD90K5.jpg

The birth of a southern white rhino at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park may allow scientists to save the species on the brink of extinction.

On Sunday, a southern white rhino named Victoria gave birth to a healthy calf through hormone-induced ovulation and artificial insemination.

San Diego Zoo Global explained that the birth lasted 30 minutes and that both Victoria and the calf are doing well. It was the first successful artificial insemination birth of a southern white rhino in North America.

This scientific victory is important because it may help researchers save other species on the brink of extinction or nearing that status.

San Diego Zoo Global’s goal is to potentially utilize the southern white rhinos as surrogates to northern white rhinos, and to use “assisted reproduction” in order to save the species. Unfortunately only two northern white rhino females remain alive, impeding the survival of the species. The last male northern white rhino, Sudan, died earlier this year.

In order to achieve this goal there are many steps that need to be taken. From sequencing their genome to converting cells to stem cells and developing sperm and eggs. The process has already begun in the laboratory of Jeanne Loring, Ph.D., of The Scripps Research Institute. The researchers optimistically speculate that this could happen within 10 to 20 years.

As for Victoria and her newborn, they will be kept off exhibit to allow their bond to grow. Eventually they will join the other five female rhinos who are also under the care of the San Diego Zoo.

Additionally, another southern white rhino is pregnant through assisted reproduction and is due to give birth later this year.

The white rhino is classified as Near Threatened, and around 18,000 remain in the wild. The decline of the population is due to poaching and illegal trafficking of their horn. A rhino dies every eight hours in South Africa as a result of poaching, according to San Diego Zoo Global.

The public can help support San Diego Zoo Global’s rhino conservation efforts through the San Diego Zoo Global Wildlife Conservancy.

<![CDATA[Expect Beach Weather With a Dash of Muggy ]]>513239851Fri, 26 Jul 2019 05:46:20 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/lifeguard-generic-san-diego-2019.jpg

San Diegans may be excited to hear that not only are we in for a weekend of great beach weather but conditions will be a lot less humid than we've experienced this week.

“That tropical air mass, that’s retreating,” NBC 7 Meteorologist Sheena Parveen said Friday.

She said not only will our inland valleys see lower tempeatures Friday but there will be drier conditions in the mountains and deserts.

“I’m not seeing that rain chance as high as it has been just because that monsoonal moisture has moved out for the most part,” Parveen said.

There were no weather warnings or advisories issued Friday, after several days of severe thunderstorm and flash flood warnings from the National Weather Service.

But don’t despair if you’ve got a beach day planned this weekend, temperatures will remain high.

Photo Credit: Danny Freeman, NBC 7
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<![CDATA[Navy Veteran Remembers Apollo 11 Retrieval Mission 50 Years Later]]>513179571Thu, 25 Jul 2019 10:45:06 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/N6PW+PKG+APOLLO+11+VETE_KNSD8Z4X.jpg

A San Diego U.S. Navy veteran recalls the small role he played in the Apollo 11 moon landing, 50 years after the historic space mission.

“You know I think that is me in the helicopter,” said Abram Dominguez as he looked through scrapbooks and military memorabilia Wednesday.

The 83 year old helped to retrieve the three American astronauts from the Pacific Ocean on July 24, 1969.

“I was right there, I was working the hoist,” said Dominguez as he pointed to a picture of him flying inside helicopter 66 with the Black Knights HS-4 Squadron. That squadron is now called HSC-4. “You’re kind of proud, taking part in that.”

Dominguez was a Navy Chief, but before he earned that rank he was selected to fly out to several Apollo missions to retrieve the astronauts after they re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere, including Apollo 11’s crew.

Dominguez now lives in Rancho San Diego, but has been staying at a physical rehab facility in National City, called Friendship Manor, for the last two months after suffering a small stroke.

Dominguez admits he was worried he might forget some of the history after the stroke that affected his speech.

“It did not affect my long range (memory),” said Dominguez.

His daughter has kept everything together from dad’s naval career.

“My mom saved it all, I just put it together here,” said Celeste Shenas. She even had one of his Navy jackets.

Shenas was only 6-years-old at the time but she still remembers Apollo 11, and it helped that her dad was a part of it.

“I remember the excitement and the teachers telling the first graders or kindergarteners about it,” said Shenas.

She even saved the stamped letters he wrote to her while he was serving on Apollo missions.

“’Dear Lovey,’ that’s what he called me,” she laughed as she started to read one out loud. “’… Only about two more weeks before I see you all again. Remember to take care of mamma and the rest of the kids and Patsy. Take care. Love always, Papa.”

She has several letters saved in their original envelopes inside her father’s scrapbook of pictures and documents including his assignment orders for the Apollo 11 mission that cite her father and all the other names who were included in the order.

She said he did not boast about his time working on the Apollo missions. When the 50-year Apollo 11 anniversary came up last weekend, July 20, Shenas wanted to share with her friends how involved her father was in that mission, and share how proud she is of him.

“Because he was always so humble about it and never really talked about, aside from just in passing. It just seems like it is a part of him. I feel like it is his story and our country’s story,” she said.

As far as more moon exploration, Dominguez would like to see the U.S. soar a little deeper into space.

“I would like to see travel to Mars,” said Dominguez. “I think that is the next frontier, too much moon already, we are mooned out.”

Dominguez also helped retrieve astronauts from Apollo, 8, 10, 12, and 13.

<![CDATA[Severe Thunderstorm and Flash Flood Warning Issued]]>513151711Wed, 24 Jul 2019 16:20:22 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Thunderstorm072419_1.jpg

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning and a flash flood warning for Julian as well as areas near Alpine, Potrero and Interstate 8 between Pine Valley and Boulevard.

A powerful storm system was bringing 60 mph wind gusts and penny-sized hail. 

At the time the warnings were issued just before 3:30 p.m., the storm was located near Highway 78 between Banner and S2 and moving west at 5 mph. 

Another storm was located just west of Julian, the NWS said. 

Just before 4 p.m., the severe thunderstorm warning was extended through 4:45 p.m.

The areas that could be impacted included Alpine, I-8 between Pine Valley and Boulevard, Lake Morena, Potrero, Campo, Tecate, Barrett Lake, Skye Valley, Japatul Valley and Dulzura. The storm was slowly moving to the northwest.

As the warnings were issued, two inches of rain had already been recorded in the area, the NWS said. 

The heavy rain could cause flash flooding or cause damage to roofs and trees. Residents nearby were urged to move indoors and to the lowest floor of a building. 

The summer downpours were caused by a high-pressure system over the southwest that was pushing tropical moisture to the San Diego region, creating hot and muggy conditions.

Temperatures were expected to reach into the mid-90s in areas like Alpine, Poway and Escondido with the coastal communities like Oceanside and San Diego hovering near 80 degrees. 

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<![CDATA[SeaWorld Extends Free Admission for Military Families Through Veterans Day]]>512860881Thu, 18 Jul 2019 06:41:22 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/020414+seaworld+generic.jpg

SeaWorld San Diego announced Wednesday it will extend its free admission program for military families into November.

The Waves of Honor program will last through Veterans Day, November 11, the park said. It was originally scheduled to end July 15.

Active duty military members and veterans can verify their proof of service online and recieve etickets that they can present at the park's entrance.

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<![CDATA[Drivers Met With Dense Fog on San Diego Roadways]]>512777091Tue, 16 Jul 2019 05:54:55 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/dense+fog+south+bay.JPG

Morning commuters in the North County and the South Bay were experiencing dense fog on the roadways Tuesday. 

A dense fog advisory was issued through 8 a.m. Tuesday for San Diego's coastal areas, including the cities of Carlsbad, Encinitas, Chula Vista, National City and San Diego.

The advisory is issued when visibility is reduced to less than a quarter-mile. The National Weather Service said there will be pockets of fog along Interstate 5 and I-805 that will have low visibility. 

Drivers are encouraged to slow down and to use low-beam headlights. 

Flights from San Diego International Airport may also be affected though no delays were reported before 9 a.m. Check flight status here

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<![CDATA[Deserts Remain Under Excessive Heat Warning]]>512726131Mon, 15 Jul 2019 12:24:26 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Heat-San-Diego-Santa-Ana-0926.jpg

San Diegans expecting to beat an inland heat wave at the beach will be met Monday with big waves and strong rip currents, the National Weather Service said. 

Surf will be above average and strong rip currents will develop at San Diego and Orange County beaches  through Tuesday. Waves will average 2 to 5 feet with some swells reaching 6 feet, though no warning was issued. 

Meanwhile in the deserts, an excessive heat warning was still in effect until 8 p.m. Monday.

NBC 7 Meteorologist Sheena Parveen said temperatures would reach nearly 115 degrees during the day in the far East County. 

A cool down was expected to begin Wednesday, bringing more comfortable temperatures through the weekend. 

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<![CDATA[San Diego Pride 2019: How to Watch the Parade]]>512305522Fri, 12 Jul 2019 08:37:58 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Security_Measures_at_San_Diego_Pride_Festival.jpg

San Diego Pride weekend is upon us, which means the colorful Pride Parade will soon take over the streets of Hillcrest.

The annual parade goes down on Saturday, July 13, at 10 a.m., starting at the Hillcrest Pride Flag at 1600 University Avenue and Normal Street. The 1.1-mile route proceeds west on University Avenue, turns south on 6th Avenue, turns left on Balboa Drive and ends at Laurel Street.

Approximately 250,000 spectators are expected to turn out for the free parade, which includes lively floats, music and dancing all in support of the LGBTQ community.

Spectators line the route year after year, waving at those aboard the floats and dancing in the spirit of unity, inclusion, and diversity. NBC 7 and Telemundo 20 will partake in this year’s Pride parade with a float, so be sure to wave “hello” if you see us.

This year, the theme of San Diego Pride is “Stonewall 50: A Legacy of Liberation,” marking the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots – a turning point in the LGBT community’s fight for equality.

On Thursday, local leaders including Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Councilmember Chris Cate and San Diego Pride executive director Fernando Lopez gathered to reflect on the importance of Pride, and this year's "Stonewall 50" theme.

"This year, we’re really taking intentional time to reflect on the Stonewall generation – their hard work and sacrifice – that gave us everything that we have today and the work that we still have yet to do so that the next generation of our LGTBQ youth are safe and protected," Lopez said. 

In addition to the big parade, Pride weekend in San Diego features many other events including highlights like the Spirit of Stonewall Rally (Friday at 6 p.m. at the Hillcrest Pride Flag) and the San Diego Pride Festival (Saturday and Sunday at Marston Point in Balboa Park).

NBC 7 and Telemundo 20 will have a booth at the San Diego Pride Festival from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, so drop by to say hello to us there, too.

San Diego Pride attracts big crowds, and parking will be at a premium in and around the parade and festival areas. Pride organizers suggest attendees park in the Old Naval Hospital parking lots at Park Boulevard and President’s Way near Balboa Park, and then take a free shuttle into the parade and festival areas.

Those shuttles will run continuously to the Pride Parade from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, dropping passengers off at Essex and Richmond Street, about a block south of University Avenue. The shuttles will also take attendees to the Pride Festival area, dropping off at Sixth Avenue and Juniper Street. The free shuttle returns Sunday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. to take attendees to the festival zone. Get more information about parking here.

In addition to the rally, parade and festival, the San Diego Pride celebration features several other events. For additional details on those, visit Pride’s website here.

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<![CDATA[Excessive Heat Warning Expected for Deserts East of San Diego]]>512600791Sat, 13 Jul 2019 16:28:54 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Borrego+Park+Swings-11-2018.jpg

Dangerously hot temperatures are in the forecast Friday for the desert areas east of San Diego. 

An excessive heat warning will be in effect beginning 10 a.m. Friday, according to the National Weather Service. 

Temperatures for the Coachella Valley and the Anza Borrego Desert will reach highs from 112 to 117 with overnight lows in the 80s. 

Those not prepared to experience that type of heat are in danger of developing heat exhaustion. 

Anyone planning on being outside in those areas are advised to plan ahead and wear lightweight clothing while drinking plenty of water. 

The warning is expected to extend until 8 p.m. Monday.

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<![CDATA[New Bike Lanes Cause Confusion Downtown]]>512615821Thu, 11 Jul 2019 23:32:48 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/BEECH+STREET+CHAOS.jpg

Confusion and chaos are how some people are describing driving and parking in Little Italy on Thursday after crews began adding new bike lanes downtown.

“A mess -- nobody knows what’s going on,” said resident Corry Candland.

The bike lanes located on Beech Street have a row of cars parked next to the curb, and next to those cars is what looks like a bike lane, and next to that is another row of parked cars.

“I think it’s a new bike route. I mean, there is a little bicycle emblem down on the ground,” said Candland. “But there’s cars parked in it.”

City officials announced the first of three plans to improve lanes for cyclists and scooter riders in downtown last year, according to Jose Ysea, a spokesperson for the City of San Diego.

Known as the Downtown Mobility Plan, it called for 9.3 miles of two-way tracks on major roadways for bike and scooter riders.

“It’s really confusing because a lot of people used to park on the bike lane, but now they’re not supposed to park on the bike lane,” said Candland.

Ysea said crews should be done next week with this stretch of the Downtown Mobility Plan.

“It’s going to be much better defined. We’re going to have some bollards up that are going to separate the two areas,” Ysea said. “This area where we are right now is going to be a two-way bike lane.”

That two-way bike lane will be where the cars are parked next to the curb, which will be painted red, and a few parking spots will be pushed towards the middle of the street.

“And it touches on, of course, the climate action plan: Getting people out of vehicles and onto bicycles,” said Ysea.

This project is the first phase of the plan that will add bike lanes to Beech St. from Pacific Highway to Sixth Avenue.

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<![CDATA[San Elijo Hills Town Center to Get Needed Retail Space]]>512637031Fri, 12 Jul 2019 10:02:46 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/elijotowncenter1_t670.jpg

After several false starts, a redesigned retail portion of San Elijo Hills Town Center that will include the final pieces of the more than 3,500-home community covering 1,920 acres in southwest San Marcos is nearing completion.

Ambient Communities based in Encinitas tore up plans for what would have been a fairly typical, cookie-cutter strip shopping center, replacing it with a collection of stand-alone buildings of varying designs with walkways weaving among them.

“This is a community that is very young, very active. They love the outdoor trails, they love the outdoor walking aspect of San Elijo,” said Duncan Budinger, director of retail development for Ambient Communities.

'Distinct Personality'

The goal was to produce a commercial center with a mix of retail shops and restaurants that would better reflect the community.

“We said we need to build a unique center that has a distinct personality from what is out there,” Budinger said. “The idea is that each one of these buildings and taken together create a unique character. They’re not your typical retail design, which would be everything straight on. Every one of these buildings has angles. They’re four-side architecture. They have an architectural character to them that kind of talks to different times in the development of San Diego.”

Where one building has what Budinger said is a “Philadelphia-type of stone” façade, another was designed with what he described as “more of your ’50s architecture, art deco-type of thing” with roll-up doors.

“None of it is completely out of character with San Elijo. It’s not like we went and painted a building pink,” Budinger said. “Overall, it’s going to create a timeless sense of place. It just feels like something ‘Back to the Future,’ the movie, ‘Back to the Future.’”

Chris Orlando, who’s lived in San Elijo Hills for 17 years, said the redesigned center is “a definite improvement” over what was first proposed.

Orlando said that the revised center “integrates well” with the community that surrounds it.

“The way they set the buildings kind of angular toward the street and made them accessible by foot with parking in the rear created a really different look than if they had gone for a traditional center,” Orlando said. “It also creates some interesting walkways and places for people to sit outside.”

When finished, the San Elijo Town Center will have about 90,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space.

Construction will cost about $17 million.

The architects were Summa Architecture and Benson and Bohl Architects.

Centre Builders Inc. was the general contractor.

“We’re trying to create something that’s sustainable, that the community is going to embrace, that the retailers are excited about,” Budinger said.

Most of the project is on an oval portion of the site bracketed by San Elijo Road North and San Elijo Road South divided by Elfin Forest Road with a 19-acre park in the middle. Traffic flows around the oval in a one-way pattern.

Sense of Place

“One of the things that had been missing in San Elijo Hills was that sense of place. Everybody loved where they lived, but they didn’t have that last piece that creates that sense of place,” Budinger said. “For these young families, this is what they’re looking for. They don’t want to drive long distances and they love their community. They’d rather stay in their community.”

So far, about 90 percent of the buildings that are finished have been leased, Budinger said.

The leasing brokerage is Newmark Knight Frank.

Demand for retail space was strong in San Diego County in the first quarter of 2019, according to CoStar, a real estate listing service.

For North County including San Marcos, the vacancy rate was 4.2 percent at the end of the quarter, according to CoStar.

The commercial brokerage firm CBRE reported that retail ended 2018 with overall leasing rates countywide the highest on record at $2.44 per square foot.

Retail Demand to Remain Strong

In addition to the retail shops and restaurants that Ambient Communities is building, the Town Center includes townhomes, an elementary school and a middle school.

The overall San Elijo Hills community was developed by The San Elijo Hills Development Co. and managed by HomeFed Corp., with the firms homes sold in 2000.

The community includes 28 single-family neighborhoods, five neighborhoods of attached homes and 276 affordable apartments.

Home prices range from about $250,000 to nearly $2 million.

Besides Ambient Communities, the builders with projects in the development included Davidson Communities, Richmond American Homes, Lennar, D.R. Horton, California Cove, Pulte Communities, John Laing Homes, Standard Pacific, Greystone Communities, ColRich Communities, Ryland Homes and Shea Homes. 

Photo Credit: Ambient Communities
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<![CDATA[Disneyland's 'Rise of the Resistance' Gets an Opening Date]]>512592201Thu, 11 Jul 2019 11:54:36 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/riseresistancegalaxysedge.jpg

Knowing where things are at?

It's a good skill to possess in this frenetic world, because knowing where things are at means you have a handle on what's coming up.

Knowing where things are AT-AT?

That's a different topic, of course, but, in the end, not too dissimilar.

For if you know where things are AT-AT, then you're probably up on Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, the upcoming attraction set to stomp, stomp, stomp into Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland park.

For there will be AT-AT walkers, and lots more to see once you're inside "the most immersive and advanced attraction ever imagined in a Disney Park."

And that attraction's opening date, which was announced on July 11?

Be ready to be where it is AT-AT on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. That's the attraction's debut date for Disneyland park, while Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will open at Walt Disney World Resort on Dec. 5, 2019. 

Indeed, that date just happens to be the birthday of one Walter Elias Disney.

As for the focus of this thrilling, you're-in-the-middle-of-it milieu?

Tell your droid to hold onto the nearest generator: It's "a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance."

Which means that, yes, All Terrain Armored Transports will be there, and Storm Troopers, too, and a host of well-known "Star Wars" figures and foes ready to square off, space-style.

This state-of-the-art attraction has got more buzz than a Wookiee has fur, but you'll need to wait just half a year more to enter this heart-pounder of a happening.

Details? Find them on the official Disney Parks blog now.

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<![CDATA[San Diego Takes Step to Linking Airport to Public Transit]]>512527181Wed, 10 Jul 2019 23:29:33 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/San-Diego-Airport-generic-Lindbergh-Field-2018.jpg

An agreement has been signed for the possible redevelopment of the Naval Base Point Loma Old Town Complex, public officials announced Wednesday.

"Today is a very important step forward in our effort to finally make it easier to get to the airport by using public transport," Mayor Kevin Faulconer said. 

This agreement is a step toward creating a framework for the U.S. Navy, SANDAG and public officials to look into building a transportation hub, Faulconer said.

The Old Town Complex, used to manufacture aircraft in World War II, is located approximately 2.5 miles from downtown San Diego and 3.6 miles to San Diego International Airport's Terminal 2.

The Navy needs to redevelop the OTC site for NAVWAR and other tenants and if it benefits the region with its transportation needs, that is a wonderful opportunity said Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southwest Commanding Officer Capt. Mark Edelson.

The main tenant is Naval Information Warfare Command known as NAVWAR with about 5,000 people on the 70-acre site. 

"We want to put something on the street that benefits the Navy and if at the same time, we can benefit the transportation infrastructure of the whole area, that is fantastic," Edelson said.

The agreement makes it clear that the Navy will do what it needs to do with the site first and then see if what the Navy needs also fits in with what SANDAG needs, the Navy captain said. 

The mayor said there is a lot of work ahead but the agreement is a good starting point.

Connecting passengers to trains at a one stop shop is a vision the executive director of SANDAG, Hassan Ikhrata, is advocating for.

“Imagine if you could access that site from anywhere in the county with a high speed rail system,” said Ikhrata. “I believe it's a two way street. We want the Navy to stay here, thrive here and have their needs be met here.”

Ikhrata said he's confident SANDAG would help the Navy and they in turn could host the perfect spot for this transit vision.

“You couldn't have it more ideal, 2.2 miles from downtown, a mile straight shot from the airport and a place where the Navy already has 5,000 employees working,” he said.

Some commuters said they would do away with their car and incorporate public transit into their lives.

“I definitely feel like it be a great asset for here,” said commuter Andrew Cervantes. “I’m sure a lot of people would consider taking the train or bus than their car.”

Others feel the way mass transit is run is already good enough.

“Between ridesharing and the train we had no problems whatsoever,” said commuter Darcey Diamond.

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

Photo Credit: NBC 7
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<![CDATA[Scripps-Led Effort Receives $129M Grant for HIV Vaccine]]>512584461Thu, 11 Jul 2019 08:24:31 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-587169665.jpg

An international partnership led by Scripps Research on July 10 pulled in a $129 million grant to bring a potential HIV vaccination into clinical testing.

The HIV virus is difficult to target and rapidly evolves, scuttling past attempts to develop a vaccine.

Scripps’ vaccines are designed to induce the immune system to produce virus-fighting antibodies. Animal studies showed the vaccines protected against multiple HIV strains — an important factor because one person over the years can carry hundreds of thousands of variants, per Scripps.

The work can be traced to 2009, when Dennis Burton and others at Scripps Research discovered two antibodies in a woman living with HIV that were capable of neutralizing HIV strains.

This sparked the Scripps Center for HIV/AIDS Vaccine Immunology and Immunogen Discovery, or CHAVD, formed in 2012 with a $77 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

The same NIH division — the National Institute of Allergy — provided the $129 million in funding to build on earlier work.

“Previous NIH support for this international collaboration allowed us to lay the scientific foundation for developing an unprecedented and highly promising approach to HIV vaccination,” said Burton, director of the Scripps CHAVD and co-chair of the department of immunology and microbiology at Scripps Research.

“This new award provides critical funding to refine this approach and bring it into human clinical testing.”

Despite HIV medication and prevention measures, it’s estimated that 1.8 million people became infected with HIV in 2017 and 36.9 million people were living with it, according to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS.

Before moving into human testing, researchers will have to develop scalable manufacturing methods, among other hurdles.

Over seven years the $129 million will fund eight principal investigators at Scripps Research and 18 principal investigators at 13 other CHAVD-affiliated scientific organizations.

Photo Credit: Ian Cuming/Getty Images/Ikon Images
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<![CDATA[Rose Canyon Bike Path Offers New Option for Cyclists]]>512571222Thu, 11 Jul 2019 06:29:22 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Rose_Canyon_Bike_Path.jpg

There's a new bike route in town that could save you some time on your ride to work. NBC 7's Ashley Matthews explains.]]>
<![CDATA[Doctor's Apple Watch Helps Detect Friend's Off-Beat Heart, Possibly Saves His Life]]>512562372Wed, 10 Jul 2019 18:35:13 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/apple+watch+Afib.png

A San Diego ophthalmologist said his Apple Watch may have saved his friend’s life.

“We’re at this really popular Asian noodle shop on Convoy [in San Diego],” said Sharp Rees-Stealy ophthalmologist Tommy Korn. “As he’s eating, he’s just grabbing his heart.”

“I said, ‘Let me feel your pulse.’ I’m an ophthalmologist. I’m an eye doctor. I’m not an expert on the heart but I’m feeling it and it doesn’t feel like a normal pulse at all,” Dr. Korn remembers from the lunch a few weeks ago.

That’s when Korn remembered his Apple Watch has an ECG app that can detect abnormal heartbeats. He said he put his watch on his friend.

“Lo and behold it comes up as atrial fibrillation. You gotta be kidding me!” he thought.

Atrial fibrillation is an abnormal heart rhythm that could suggest someone has an increased risk of heart failure. Dr. Korn said the reading on the watch encouraged his friend to go to the hospital.

“He gets checked out. It’s atrial fibrillation,” said an astounded Dr. Korn. “Does it ultimately save his life? Who knows?”

Dr. Korn said his friend was visiting from overseas and that flying with atrial fibrillation can be very dangerous.

“Who would have thought that in 2019 you’d have something on your wrist that can actually watch over you?” he said.

Dr. Korn said the app is also just scratching the surface for do-it-yourself technology.

“The football game hasn’t even started. We’re just in the, not even preseason,” he said.

Dr. Korn said his friend spoke to his own doctor and received a prescription before flying home. The friend is now getting treatments for his condition, which was first found on an Apple Watch.

“The funny thing is the next thing he wanted to do was go to the Apple Store before he flew back to buy an Apple Watch,” Dr. Korn said.

<![CDATA[Job Fair for US Military Veterans Heads to San Diego]]>512553211Wed, 10 Jul 2019 15:38:19 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/212*120/060809+military+generic+p1+.jpg

More than 62 employers will take part in a job fair Thursday in San Diego geared toward U.S. military veterans looking for a new career path.

DAV and RecruitMilitary will host the San Diego Veterans Job Fair from 11 a.m. to 3p.m. at the Scottish Rite Event Center at 1895 Camino del Rio South.

According to RecruitMilitary, the event is free for veterans, military spouses, transitioning military, members of the U.S. National Guard and reservists. Employers that will partake in the job fair include Orkin Pest Control, Intel Corporation, the Chula Vista Police Department, and Southern Utah University, to name a few. You can see the full list of exhibitors here. 

The job fair’s website says more than 430 job seekers are expected to attend the San Diego event including more than 160 U.S. Navy sailors and 100+ U.S. Marines. As of Wednesday afternoon, the website said 20 military spouses were also signed up to attend the job fair.

In addition to helping veterans land jobs, RecruitMilitary is currently focusing its efforts on the more than 600,000 military spouses in the U.S. who are unemployed or underemployed, a spokesperson said. 

In addition to job fairs like Thursday’s event in San Diego, RecruitMilitary runs an online database of jobs that may be of interest to U.S. veterans and military spouses. At last check, the database offered 235,090 active jobs.

<![CDATA[By Train, Plane or Car: How to Get to the 2019 Del Mar Races]]>512241502Tue, 16 Jul 2019 12:05:23 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Del-Mar-Racing-2017-NBC7.JPG

"Take a plane, take a train, take a car" down to Opening Day of the 2019 Del Mar Racing season. The seaside track in San Diego's North County is set to be overtaken by big hats and powerful horses for the summer and we want to help you get there.

Tens of thousands of horse racing enthusiasts are expected to attend this year's Opening Day on Wednesday, July 17, which will kick off a month-and-a-half of racing and other events at the track.

Gates open promptly at 11:30 a.m. on Opening Day for a day filled with festivities, including the Del Mar Races long-standing tradition, the famous Opening Day Hat Contest.

From public transportation to rideshares, we have all the information for what you need to know before heading to the races. 


Whether you're heading northbound or southbound, take Interstate 5 to Via De La Valle and head towards to coast to get to the Del Mar Racetrack, which is just west of the freeway. 

If you plan to take your car to the Del Mar Racetrack, you'll need to know where to park. Only cash will be accepted at the track's only parking lot, located just in front of the facility on Jimmy Durante Boulevard. 

Each vehicle will be charged $10 to park or $15 for preferred parking. Valet parking is $40 on opening day and $25 for regular racing days. Cars will not be allowed to exit and repark. 

Gates open two hours before post each day, which is on most race days at about noon. For more information visit here.

Ridesharing and Taxis:

Rideshare vehicles are an option for those that don't want to deal with driving their own car. Just use your rideshare app to navigate to the racetrack.

Your driver can then drop you off or pick you up at a specific rideshare lot located on the outskirts of the grounds close to San Dieguito Drive. 

Taxis will line up just west of the stretch run entrance during the races.

Public Transportation:

The racing venue is situated along the Pacific railroad tracks, making both Amtrak and Coaster transit a convenient choice for race day attendees. 

Both services stop at the nearby Solana Beach transit station and the City of Del Mar provides a complimentary shuttle service to and from the track. The double-decker buses will run every 30 minutes from 9 a.m. to 30 minutes after the final race. 

To see the Amtrak schedule, click here and to see the Coaster schedule, click here

Del Mar Racing has partnered with the North County Transit District to offer "The Pony Express," which includes admission to the track and a round-trip on the Coaster for $12. Tickets can be purchased on the NCTD app or at each Coaster station. 

San Diego's Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) will also take people to the Solana Beach transit station where they can hop on a shuttle bus to the racetrack. For more information be sure to visit their website.

For more information on the 2019 Del Mar Racing season, including what concerts, events and dining to look forward to this year, visit here

Photo Credit: NBC 7 San Diego
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<![CDATA[No Badge Required: Things to Do Outside SD Comic-Con 2019]]>511403061Fri, 19 Jul 2019 18:58:19 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SDCC-2017-41.jpg

Let's face it. Each year it gets increasingly difficult to secure the coveted San Diego Comic-Con badge.

But there's good news, superhero apprentices! During SDCC, the Gaslamp Quarter becomes a wonder-filled arena of immersive experiences, events and photo-ops to coincide with the convention -- and many don’t require a badge. 

Sometimes these outside activations become the best part of the convention. For example, in 2017, both "Blade Runner 2049" and "Stranger Things" brought experiences to the Gaslamp Quarter that were free to attend.

Of course, you'll have to pay with time. Some of these activations have lines that span entire blocks and take hours to get through. If you're willing to wait though, these off-sites can be just as good as being on the convention floor. 

From scavenger hunts to augmented reality experiences, and even a party or two, here are just a few ways to celebrate your fandom without a ticket to the main event. And, be sure to keep checking back as the con approaches; this list will be updated as experiences are unveiled. 

The Gathering: Inaugural Comic-Con Museum Event
Wednesday, 5 p.m., The Comic-Con Museum (Balboa Park)
This event celebrating one of pop culture's most popular superheroes comes with a hefty price tag ($250 for the main event), but if you're a Batman fan, it may be worth it. DC is making The Dark Knight its inaugural inductee into the Comic-Con Character Hall of Fame and hosting a party to celebrate. The event is a fundraiser for the not-yet-open museum and will provide a host of special experiences for fans.  

For those that want to check out the experiences without the price tag, The Batman Experience Powered by AT&T at the museum will be open to the public from 10 a.m. Thursday to Sunday and no badge is required to attend this free! exhibition. "The Dark Knight Dive" will combine skydiving with virtual reality for a unique experience. "The Batcave" will give guests a chance to experience generations of Batman video games. Plus, hundreds of pieces of DC memorabilia will be on display. You won't want to miss this one. Click here for a full look at The Batman Experience from DC's Jim Lee. 

Sherlock DCC Scavenger Hunt 2k19 Family Friendly
6 p.m. Wednesday to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Gaslamp Quarter
Anyone with a mobile phone can participate in this scavenger hunt a la Sherlock Holmes. Competitors will use a mobile app to complete a range of tasks throughout the convention, from easier tasks, like snapping a photo with Iron Man to more challenging endeavors, like meeting a celebrity in an elevator. Each task gets a participant a number of points, which will be used to calculate a winner when the hunt ends at noon on Sunday. Participate in as few or as many as you want! Entry to the hunt costs $10 and can be purchased here

WB's Detective Pikachu and Shazam! ExperiencesFree! 
Wednesday to Sunday, times vary, Outside The Omni Hotel
Warner Brothers is bringing two of their 2019 motion pictures to the Gaslamp Quarter -- "Detective Pikachu" and "Shazam!" Both are free and open to the public outside The Omni Hotel at 6th Avenue and L Street. The Detective Pikachu and his pals will be on-site for photo-ops with fans at this walk-through experience. Meanwhile, experience a carnival filled with games at the Shazam! activation. The activations are open on Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m., on Thursday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ready Party One Adult Only
Wednesday, 8 p.m., Fluxx Nightclub
The Great And Powerful Og invites Comic-Con-goers to The Oasis' hottest party. Taking the stage will be a lineup of DJs and live bands, including The Flux Capacitors. General admission to the event costs $35 with VIP options available. This event is 21-and-up only. 

Doug Loves Movies
Wednesday, 8 p.m., American Comedy Company
The name says it all. Comedian Doug Benson hosts a podcast where he shares his love of, what else, movies. That podcast is coming to the mecca of pop-culture, San Diego Comic-Con, for a special taping that fans can attend for $20. 

Rooftop Cinema Club: "Labyrinth"
Wednesday, 8:30 p.m., Manchester Grand Hyatt
Directed by Jim Henson, starring David Bowie... What else do you need? Maybe spectacular views of the San Diego Bay? On Wednesday, the 1986 cult classic "Labyrinth" hits the screen at the Rooftop Cinema Club's outdoor theater on the fourth floor of the Manchester Grand Hyatt, just a short walk from the convention center. There are a variety of ticket options available, starting at $17, for this 18-and-up screening.

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” ExperienceFree! 
Thursday to Sunday, times vary, Tin Fish (The Gaslamp Quarter) 
Brooklyn takes San Diego for the first of three NBC experiences taking over the Gaslamp Quarter this year. NBC is again taking over Tin Fish at the intersection of all Comic-Con happenings, right across from the famed Gaslamp Quarter sign. Guests will be given a variety of tasks to complete before they can become a true member of the 99th precinct. All three experiences will be open for fans from Thursday, July 18 to Sunday, July 21. NBC is also bringing "Superstore" to the Hard Rock Hotel lobby and "The Good Place's" IHOP (Interdimensional Hole of Pancakes) outside the con. For more information on all three experiences and how to RSVP, visit here

Comic-Con International 2019 Art Show Free!
Thursday through Sunday, times vary, Manchester Grand Hyatt
Hundreds of art pieces will take over the first floor (lobby level) of the Manchester Grand Hyatt for the annual CCI Art Show. Both amateur and professional artists put their work on display (and for purchase). The public is invited to check out the drawings, paintings, sculptures and other pieces on Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Sunday from 12 to 7 p.m.

"American Horror Story: 1984" Face the Darkness Free!
Thursday to Sunday, times vary, Hilton Bayfront Park
FX is bringing horror back to SDCC with their "Face the Darkness" activation. Little info has been released on what fans can expect but an online registration will open ahead of the event so keep your eyes glued here. The FX Fearless Forum at Hilton Bayfront Park (1 Park Blvd.) will also have "Archer," "What We Do in the Shadows" and "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" experiences. Hours for the activation are: Thursday 12 to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday 10 to 2 p.m. 

“South Park Bigger Longer Uncut” Mini-Golf Free!
Thursday to Sunday, San Diego Wine & Culinary Center
Round of mini golf, anyone? South Park is bringing a full nine-hole mini golf course to San DIego Comic-Con, an homage to the classic South Park movie. The activation at San Diego Wine & Culinary Center (200 Harbor Dr.) is free and open to the public starting at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday.

FutureTechLive! Free! 
Thursday to Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. (5 p.m. on Sunday), Omni Hotel
If you're looking for immersive experiences, you'll find them at FutureTechLive!  Walk on the moon during a virtual lunar mission, enter a pop-up planetarium from UCSD’s Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences, and experience the International Space Station in VR. It's all in effort to introduce the latest tech experiences from innovators. To get to the experience, enter the Omni at the main entrance and take the escalator up to the second floor. All the activations are free and open to the public. 

HBO’s The "Watchmen" Experience
Thursday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., 6th and Island avenues
HBO is bringing not one, but TWO activation sites to the Gaslamp Quarter in anticipation of their new show “Watchmen,” based on the comic series of the same name. One activation site will be reserved for VIPs but the other, in a parking lot at the corner of 6th and Island avenues, will be open to the public and will not require a badge. Little details are provided about the activation, other than it will be an augmented reality experience. 

Step Into "The Twilight Zone" Experience Free!
Thursday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., The Lexus Lot at Petco Park
You're traveling through another dimension and your next stop is The Twilight Zone thanks to this immersive experience coming to the Gaslamp Quarter. Little is known about the experience that will be held in Petco Park's interactive zone, other than it is free for guests and general admission is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Online registration is at capacity but CBS All Access says guests can still pre-register at the both each day until 2 p.m.

Ripley's Believe it or Not! Car Lot Free! Family-Friendly
Thursday to Sunday, 10 to 6 p.m., The Lexus Lot at Petco Park
In search of a new ride? How about the world's smallest street legal car? Or a Humvee made out of lotto tickets? These cars may not actually be for sale but Ripley's Believe it or Not is bringing the best parts of a car lot (inflatable tube men, anyone?) to their activation, which will feature some of the most unusual and unbelievable cars. Guests can expect some fun surprises and giveaways at this activation just outside of Petco Park. 

Jean-Luc Picard: The First Duty Exhibit Free!
Thursday to Sunday, times vary, Michael J Wolf Fine Arts Gallery
Welcome back to the Enterprise, Patrick Stewart. This special exhibition in the Gaslamp Quarter (363 5th Ave.) is celebrating the actor's return to his "Star Trek: TNG" role. Original props and costumes from the fictional Jean-Luc Picard's life, including the Ressikan flute, the legendary Picard family album, his Starfleet uniforms. There will also be props for the upcoming "Star Trek: Picard" series. Check out the exhibit from 11 to 9 p.m. Thursday to Saturday and until 5 p.m. on Sunday. 

Epix ‘Pennyworth’ Experience 
Thursday to Saturday, times vary, Oxford Social Club
Get to know Alfred Pennyworth, the beloved butler from Batman, before his time with Bruce Wayne. Epix’ “Pennyworth” Experience at the Oxford Social Club at the Pendry Hotel (435 5th Ave.) will transport guests back to 1960s London, when Alfred was 20 years old, for a night of fun in a high-society lounge. The experience is based on a new show premiering on EPIX on July 28 and will be open on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

Panda Express' Hot Stop
Thursday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Somewhere on J Street
Find this speakeasy-style pop-up restaurant in the Gaslamp for free samples of Panda Express' newest dish, Sichuan Hot Chicken. Inside the eatery will be a mobile experience that allows guests to help bring Pep-Pep the Sichuan Wonderpepper from China's Sichuan Province to San Diego. 

Amazon Prime Video Experience Free!
Thursday to Sunday, 12 to 6 p.m., MLK Promenade and 1st Drive
Amazon Prime's Comic-Con activation will take over a whopping 60 thousand square-feet of the promenade across from the San Diego Convention Center as it introduces the world to the upcoming Prime Original series "The Boys," "Carnival Row," and the next season of "The Expanse." On top of the interactive experiences, the Prime Video activation will provide relaxation zones, beverages, bites provided by Carl's Jr. and more. Anticipate heavy lines at this one. 

Adult Swim on the Green
Thursday (4 to 10 p.m.) Friday and Saturday (12 to 10 p.m.), Convention Way and 5th Avenue Pier
Adult Swim is once again overtaking the lawn behind the San Diego Convention Center, this time for a carnival! During the day, Adult Swim on the Green will be loaded with games, character meet-and-greets, show screenings and more. After hours, the lawn becomes Nighttime at the Green, where a host of free events will be held but pre-registration is required. Get tickets here. For the full lineup of what to expect from Adult Swim's activation, click here

Her Universe Fashion Show 2019 Free!
Thursday, 6 p.m., Manchester Grand Hyatt
While most wouldn't think pop culture fandom and fashion go hand and hand, actress and Her Universe founder Ashley Eckstein is here to tell you that it does. Back for its 6th year, the Her Universe Fashion show has become an annual tradition for both professional and amateur designers who dazzle the runway with pieces flaunting their fandom. The winner gets a chance to join Eckstein in creating a new collection for Hot Topic. Fashion and pop-culture fans line up for hours for this free fashion show in the Harbor Ballroom of the Manchester Grand Hyatt, which may even include a celebrity sighting or two. Seating is first come, first served (but there are 1,500 seats!) and the line opens at 1 p.m. 

Hop Con 7.0
Thursday, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Stone World Bistro & Gardens (Liberty Station)
Each year, only one event can connect the worlds of beer fandom and pop-culture geekery into one perfect night: Hop Con 7.0. Stone founder Greg Kock, Fark.com creator Drew Curtis and actor Wil Wheaton will debut a special batch of brew, the famed w00tstout, at the suds-filled event. A $75 ticket to this year's Hop Con gets attendees 15 three-ounce pours (five are w00tstout), three specialty casks of w00tstout, a commemorative glass and unlimited access to gourmet food tastings. Non-drinker tickets cost $35. There will also be a special Quiz-O-Tron show and a costume contest. Of course, the highlight is the 2018 version of w00tstout, an Imperial Stout made in a pecan, rye and bourbon-soaked barrel. This year's bottle will come with a special wrap featuring a Gargoyle-esque superhero by artist Alan Davis. 

The Upside Down
Thursday, 8 p.m., Fluxx Nightclub
Things are getting strange in San Diego. Enter the Upside Down at Fluxx Nightclub where a lineup of DJs and live bands, including The Flux Capacitors, will take the stage for a party hosted by Nerdist. General admission to the event costs $35 with VIP options available. This event is 21-and-up only. 

Deep Blue Shark
4:30 p.m. Friday and all day Saturday, Streets of the Gaslamp Quarter
The largest shark ever recorded on film will be swimming through the Gaslamp on Friday and Saturday. Dubbed Deep Blue, the 20-foot great white shark will be a replica of one seen by photographer Kimberly Jeffries and deep-sea diver Mark Mohler. Catch a glimpse of this marine mammal along Market Street and Harbor Drive.

"Galaxy Quest" in Concert
Friday, 7:30 p.m., Copley Symphony Hall
Even the San Diego Symphony is getting in on the Comic-Con action. Academy Award-nominated composer David Newman will lead the symphony through the score for "Galaxy Quest," as the sci-fi spoof plays on the big screen. It's the first time the 1999 film, which features a star lineup of Tim Allen Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman and others in what has become a cult classic, will be screened as part as a concert. Tickets to the event start at $26. 

Animaniacs in Concert
Thursday, 7:30 p.m., Balboa Theatre
It's time for Animaniacs! The songs used to get stuck in your head; now relive them live on stage! This musical revue-style show features characters singing live on stage while Emmy-winning composer Randy Rogel plays some of those memorable tunes you love, all for a $29 ticket. 

Kristian Nairn at Omnia Free! Adult Only
Thursday, 9:30 p.m., Omnia Nightclub
He may be known for holding the door but this actor can also hold a beat. Kristian Nairn, who plays Hodor on Game of Thrones, is also a house DJ and he'll be spinning at Omnia Nightclub in the Gaslamp on Thursday. Register to get on the guest list for free access before 10:30 p.m. 

The 'Orville' Experience Free! 
Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., The Carnation Building
Check out some props, costumes and even creatures from Fox's show "The Orville" at this pop-up experience. Special guest star costumes, including Charlize Theron and Rob Lowe's) will be on display at the experience at the Carnation Building. The entrance is located at 1051 J Street at 11th Ave. There may even be cast drop-ins! 

Awesome Mixer Vol. 2
Friday, 8 p.m., Fluxx Nightclub
Pop in that 80s mixtape for this Comic-Con after party. The 21-and-up event themed to "Guardians of the Galaxy" will have musical performances from Run-DMC's Darryl "DMC" McDaniels and "Fantastic Beast's" Dan Fogler. General admission tickets will start at $35. 

Middleditch & Schwartz
Friday, 9:30 p.m., The Balboa Theatre
Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley) and Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation) make things up on the spot for this improvised comedy show that starts with audience suggestions. The duo brings their show to San Diego during SDCC 2019 but few seats are left, and tickets start at $25. 

Johnnie Walker A Song of Ice and A Song of Fire
Saturday, 12 to 6 p.m., Volcano Rabbit
Get a free sampling of two new blended whiskies before they hit store shelves. Johnnie Walker is debuting two new limited edition spirits to Volcano Rabbit (527 Fifth Ave) for Game of Thrones fans. Guests will be admitted to the event on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Impractical Jokers: Jokers IslandFree! Family-Friendly
Saturday, 12 to 9 p.m., Park at the Park (Petco Park)
The Impractical Jokers are bringing gifts, giveaways and gags to Park at the Park following their first-ever panel at SDCC. This day-long event will be hosted by NSYNC's Joey Fatone and will feature a live DJ, Tru-TV show screenings, autograph signings, photo experiences, free food and more. The line for this event may start forming early, but entrance  to the venue, from 7th Avenue and K Street, won't start until noon. 

13th SDCC Zombiewalk 
Saturday, 7 p.m., Gaslamp Quarter
It’s the end of an era for the Zombiewalk, according to organizers. This year’s walk, the 13th, will be its last. Registration to participate in the free event is at capacity, though more may become available. Keep your eyes peeled to their Facebook page for more information. If you merely want to catch a glimpse of the horde instead of becoming one of the undead yourself, line the streets of the Gaslamp Quarter at 7 p.m. 

"Back to the Future" in Concert
Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Copley Symphony Hall
When this baby hits 88 miles per hour, you're going to see famed conductor David Newman ("Anastasia," "Matilda," "The Sandlot") take the reigns to Alan Silvestri's "Back to the Future" score for this concert perfect for San Diego Comic-Con. Meanwhile, Steven Spielberg's classic film will screen behind the orchestra. A half-hour before the concert, both Alan Silvestri and David Newman will discuss the memorable score and its impact. Tickets range from $26 for balcony seats to $80 for the main section. 

Pacey-Con 2019 Free!
Sunday, 6 to 8 p.m., The Dubliner (The Gaslamp Quarter) 
All year long, the San Diego Comic-Con Unofficial Blog keeps us updated on all things SDCC. But once the convention is over, it's time for these bloggers to cut loose and they've invited us all to join! This year's post-con party is themed around Dawson's Creek‘s Pacey Witter. Convention-goers get a chance to mingle with their fellow nerds at this free, first come, first served event at The Dubliner in the heart of the Gaslamp.

We will continue to update this list as Comic-Con approaches. If you have an event you'd like to be considered, please email Christina.Bravo@nbcuni.com. 

Photo Credit: Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images
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<![CDATA['End of an Era:' Beloved Escondido Dino Museum to Shutter]]>509584081Fri, 21 Jun 2019 16:50:00 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/roynon+museum+Fighting+Dinosaurs+thumbnail.jpg

A beloved North County San Diego museum that has for two decades been a source of knowledge on paleontology for children and adults alike will soon go the way of the dinosaur. 

The founders of the Roynon Museum of Earth Sciences and Paleontology in Escondido announced that June 30 would be their last day open to the public, calling their closure the "end of an era" in a heartfelt message on their website.

"Starting in 1937 and still going strong today the Roynon Era is not coming to an end anytime soon," the message read. "But one of the Periods within the Roynon Era is ending. It is the Period we refer to as the Museum Period."

Museum Director Jeannie Nutter said the reason for the closure is two-fold: Founder Keith Roynon is retiring after years at the educational helm of the museum, where he provided tours and three-hour classes to children the majority of every week; and the museum cannot afford to pay someone to fill the void that would be left without him. 

"This has been a very difficult decision and more than a few tears have been shed. But as they say, it is best to go out on top and we all feel that is where the museum is right now," Nutter wrote in a statement. 

The museum itself was founded in 2000 as a non-profit but it began to form decades earlier thanks to Roynon's passion for acquiring fossils -- a collection that has grown since his childhood to include thousands of specimens.

"Mr. Raynon, when he was growing up in Santa Cruz at about five or six started collecting sharks teeth and then he found a few bones and that just kind of led him," Nutter said. "Of course as he got older it kind of ballooned into a hobby that kind of, he says, got out of control," she said with a laugh.

Among the finds at the Ronyon Museum are an estimated more than 10,000 specimens -- of fossilized ferns, real dinosaur eggs, meteorites, even fossilized dinosaur waste. Only about 15 percent of the museum is made up of replica fossils, Nutter said. 

The collection, some of which belong to the museum's educational foundation, will, for the most part, be donated to another museum. Roynon's personal artifacts will be put up for sale or donated but he hopes only to sell to new owners who will appreciate them. 

Visitors of the museum will embark on a tour of time from the Precambrian to the Pleistocene time periods. Nutter said it is hard to determine how many kids have been through the museum but has heard stories of the museum's impact. 

"I think the hardest thing is to know that this isn’t going to be there anymore for the children, that there isn’t going to be a class like this, they aren’t going to be able to hold things in their hand," she said. 

Guests are encouraged to give the fossils a proper send-off by visiting the museum, located at 457 East Grand Ave, Escondido, one more time before it is closed for good.

Tickets are free for children under two, $5 for children up to age four, $8 for kids and teens and $12 for adults.  

The Roynon Museum is open 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday except for May 10, 13, 14, 16, 17, 20 and some holidays. Management urges anyone planning a visit to check their website first since their volunteer staff can affect their operating schedule. 

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<![CDATA[Almost Ripe: Avocado Museum 'The Cado' Opens This Month]]>511141631Fri, 14 Jun 2019 10:15:14 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/tlmd-archivo-avocado-peligro-1234.jpg

We have awesome-cado news for you, San Diego. A new pop-up museum in North County will revel in all things avocado this month.

The Cado, an interactive pop-up museum celebrating everyone’s favorite green pitted fruit, will take guests on a journey through the avocado, from seed to skin, when it takes root in San Marcos on June 27. 

The museum is meant to be interactive and full of Instagram-worthy moments, but sisters Anne Buehner and Mary Carr, who conceptualized The Cado two years ago, want the museum to provide guests with an "appreciation for all that goes into bringing the avocado from tree to toast."

"The purpose is to show that there's more to avocados than trendy toast on Instagram, in a way that is delightful and encourages conversation," Buehner said. 

The museum will feature six large-scale art instalations. For example, the walls of the Ripe Room will be lined with the signature bumpy skin of an avocado that provides the perfect backdrop for snaps.The Ripe Room will teach visitors how to determine when an avocado is a peak ripeness. 

In another room, musician and local farmer Jason Mraz, who made a name for himself within the San Diego coffee shop circuit, will take guests through the avocado growing process via old-school Walkman. 

As guests make their way through the museum, they will pass through the Ombre Enclave where shades of green will lead them to a dramatic art installation at the museum's "pit." 

The Cado was first slated to open in 2018 but Buehner said the museum needed more time to "ripen." 

The sisters have partnered with the California Avocado Commission to create the museum. Several local companies, including Rubios, Urge and JuneShine also helped bring the museum to life.

They want guests to be a part of the museum, too. People can donate their avocado pits to The Cado to be used in a few of their art installations. Just drop off your washed pits at any Union Cowork through the week of June 10. Union Cowork offices are located in San Marcos, East Village, North Park and Encinitas.

The museum will only be in North County for a limited time -- Thursdays through Sundays from June 27 to Sept. 22, excluding July 3 and 4. 

A time slot reservation must be made in advance. Guests can purchase up to ten tickets total for $19 each or $14 for kids 12 and under. Click here for tickets. 

The Cado is located just blocks from Cal State University San Marcos, at 250 North City Drive, Suite 9, and will be open Thursday through Sunday.

For more information, visit here. 

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<![CDATA[California Governor, Lawmaker Alter Proposed Vaccine Rules]]>511464991Tue, 18 Jun 2019 18:47:13 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Calif-Lege-Pan-D-Vaccines.jpg

California public health officials would have oversight of doctors and schools with high numbers of medical exemptions for vaccinations under a legislative compromise announced Tuesday.

Gov. Gavin Newsom and the bill's author disclosed the deal aimed at cracking down on fraudulent exemptions issued by sympathetic doctors.

The updated measure by Sen. Richard Pan removes a provision that would have required health officials to consider every exemption requested and expands the criteria for granting exemptions.

The California bill is aimed at deterring "doctor-shopping." Proponents said some doctors have been selling immunization exemptions since California ended non-medical exemptions in 2016.

The proposed bill would bar doctors from charging for filing out a medical exemption form and conducting a related medical examination.

Health officials would take a targeted approach on exemptions, concentrating on doctors who write five or more exemptions each year and schools with a vaccination rate below 95 percent.

Newsom, a Democrat, said he supports immunizations but has expressed doubts about giving state officials the authority to decide which children can skip their shots before attending school.

He said he will sign the bill if it reaches his desk as amended.

"This will make it workable and I think addresses some of my bureaucratic anxieties," he said.

California lawmakers are considering the changes as the nation attempts to stem the highest number of measles cases in decades. Lawmakers in Oregon defeated a bill that would have made it harder for families to opt out of immunizations, while Washington state ended most exemptions for the measles vaccine. Maine eliminated religious and philosophical exemptions, while New York legislators eliminated a religious exemption.

California Health & Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly, speaking for Newsom's administration, said the bill "protects the doctor-patient relationship, strengthens the state's ability to target doctors who abuse the medical exemption process and gives state public health officials the tools to identify and protect schools and communities where herd immunity is in danger."

Proponents said the amended measure would still allow exemptions for the less than 1 percent of students who should avoid vaccinations because they have a severe allergic reaction or impaired immunity from a liver problem, HIV virus, chemotherapy or other conditions.

Pan, a Democrat from Sacramento, agreed to the changes as the Assembly Health Committee prepares to consider the bill on Thursday. Busloads of opponents again plan to crowd what have become raucous public hearings.

The previous iteration of the bill cleared a Senate committee and the full Senate, riding on Democrats' overwhelming legislative majorities. It had no Republican votes.

Pan has cited new annual immunization figures showing the rate of kindergartners with permanent medical exemptions has quadrupled in the three years since the state banned personal exemptions. The figures also show more than 100 schools have medical exemption rates exceeding 10 percent.

Under the changes, California Department of Public Health doctors or registered nurses would review exemptions issued by local medical providers. The state public health officer, who is a doctor, could revoke any that don't meet national guidelines. The earlier version of the bill was not as specific on who would make the decisions.

It also gives parents a chance to appeal to an independent panel of doctors.

Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron of Escondido, who sits on the health committee, the bill still allows "unaccountable bureaucrats in Sacramento" to interfere with the doctor-patient relationship.

The group Educate. Advocate. said it remains opposed to the bill in part because it now calls for using an existing state immunization registry instead of creating a separate, expensive, medical exemption database.

The group also objected to a provision requiring doctors to sign exemptions under threat of perjury, potentially subjecting them to prosecution if the state disagrees with their reasoning.

"It's the same only nastier, but it's going to get the same result," said attorney Rick Jaffe, who represents some of the doctors writing exemptions.

He agreed with Pan's office that broadening acceptable exemptions beyond U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines won't significantly increase the number of children approved to skip vaccinations.

The amendments allow criteria developed by the CDC, the federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and the American Academy of Pediatrics. They also permit "other contraindications or precautions, including consideration of family medical history" if they are "consistent with the relevant standard of care."

"It's extremely limited," Jaffe said even of the broader criteria. Most exemptions are written for siblings of family members who have had a previous bad reaction to a vaccination, he said, and those would be rare even under the amendments.

Associated Press Writer Andrew Oxford contributed to this story.

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<![CDATA[SD Airport's Innovation Lab Seeks New Ideas]]>510333111Fri, 14 Jun 2019 05:00:33 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP+RAW+AIRPORT+SLEEP+POD+TESTING%2820%29.jpg

High-tech sleeping pods, an autonomous robot guide and a foldable guitar are among the traveler-friendly innovations being tested at San Diego International Airport’s (SAN) Innovation Lab

A second group of innovators are participating in a 16-week program that helps them develop products and services aimed at improving the overall airport experience.

"It is very competitive to get into the lab and we are selective to make sure that the companies who come in can help meet the goals of the lab, which are improving the passenger experience, operational efficiency and increasing revenue or decreasing costs," SAN spokesperson Rebecca Bloomfield said.

The Airport Innovation Lab is accepting applications for its next round of ideas to test. They’re specifically looking for "interactive children’s entertainment options that are mobile, pop-up and/or temporary." The deadline to apply is July 5. To learn more, click here

Five ideas are currently in development in the Airport Innovation Lab.

The high-tech sleeping pod, created by San Diego-based HOHM, Inc., offers airport travelers the comforts of home. Inside each 45-square-foot pod is a bed, a vanity, blackout curtains, Wi-Fi and charging ports.

The pods would provide an alternative to napping in the airport seats or getting a hotel room during a long layover.

"It’s definitely more cost-effective than taking a taxi, going through security, going to a hotel, taking another taxi, coming back." said Jonathan Wisner, HOHM, Inc.’s Director of Business Development and Partnerships.

Each pod would have a deadbolt lock for security and would be monitored by an attendant. The attendant would also be in charge of changing the linens between users.

Wisner said the HOHM pods could be placed in underutilized space inside an airport terminal and, in addition to napping, people could reserve them to get some work done or to meditate.

"We want this to be somewhat of a retreat, in a way," Wisner said. "I find that people in office space, people in airports, universities, (there's) a lot of stimulation. We want to be able to kind of block that out with sound, light, and then give a nice comfortable place for people to recharge."

The HOHM pod and the rest of the products in development will be evaluated at the end of the 16-week program and those with high enough scores will be offered contracts with the airport.

All but one of the ideas from the first group of innovators was invited to move forward.

One of the services developed at the airport, the mobile app called "At Your Gate," is being used at six airports across the country. The app allows guests to order from a number of different shops and restaurants throughout the airport and have items delivered, as the name implies, at your gate.

<![CDATA[Your 4th of July First Alert Forecast]]>512165921Thu, 04 Jul 2019 05:43:42 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/N11PW+VO+4TH+beach+weather+rip+currents.jpg

Big waves and strong rip currents could create dangerous swimming conditions at San Diego County beaches as hundreds of thousands of people take to the ocean for the Fourth of July holiday. 

The National Weather Service issued a beach hazards statement that was extended through Sunday due to the elevated southwest swells from a hurricane in the Pacific Ocean. The warning was set to expire on the Fourth of July.  

While the warning is in effect, waves are expected to average three to six feet and could cause coastal flooding, especially at Cardiff Beach and Imperial Beach, NBC 7 Meteorologist Sheena Parveen said.

Rip currents also have the potential to pull swimmers out to sea, the NWS warns. The agency said swimmers should obey posted warning signs and flags and talk to a lifeguard before getting in the water.

For temperatures and other weather conditions tailored to your zip code, visit here

The NWS says the large swells are due to Hurricane Barbara, a Category 4 storm in the eastern Pacific moving towards the Hawaiian Islands. 

Parveen also reminded beachgoers to watch out for stingrays. The sea creature tends to gravitate towards warm, shallow water, especially during the summer. 

Last week, dozens of beachgoers were stung by stingrays at San Diego beaches, particularly at La Jolla Shores

Stingrays will bury themselves beneath the sand while they hunt. When a beachgoer unwittingly steps on or near one, a ray will react by using their barbed tail to puncture the threat.

Experts advise beachgoers to do the so-called "stingray shuffle" by dragging their feet through the sand to scare away stingrays and avoid getting stung.

The lifeguard group said if a beachgoer is stung by a ray's venom-covered barb they should do the following:

  • stop the bleeding
  • seek out a lifeguard
  • soak the area in hot water (110 to 115 degrees Fahrenheit) to deactivate the venom
  • clean the wound to prevent infection

<![CDATA[CEO Announces Last Pour for Gordon Biersch in Mission Valley]]>511227371Thu, 13 Jun 2019 05:45:07 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/gordon+biersch+mission+valley.jpg

Bad news for beer lovers: Gordon Biersch Brewery in Mission Valley will close its doors next month.

Twenty years ago, before you could find a brewery on what seemed like every corner, the first of 25 Gordon Biersch brewpubs nationwide opened its doors in San Diego.

“You know there's lots of breweries in town but this one is kind of unique,” regular customer Dan Uglietta said. He said he’s been enjoying the restaurant and brewery for the last 10 years.

The CEO of Gordon Biersch’s parent company, CraftWorks Holdings, said that the influx in local competition forced him to close the doors at the Mission Valley location. It was a decision he says was anything but easy.

“An especially difficult aspect of the tough but necessary decision to close restaurants is the impact it will have on the locations’ wonderful employees, who were informed of the news personally and are being supported with other CraftWorks brand location opportunities, severance payments or other assistance," said Josh Kern, Chief Experience Officer, Craftworks Holdings. "Gordon Biersch and CraftWorks Holdings has fully complied with all federal and state employee notice requirements.”

The brewery’s last day of business is July 16. Employees will have a job until then and will get severance pay plus job opportunities at other restaurants owned CraftWorks.

"This is like the original place and I feel like it's such a great spot. You can't really mimic that so it's just, it sucks that's it's being closed down,” Uglietta said.

<![CDATA[Relief Ahead From San Diego's Extreme Heat]]>511178692Wed, 12 Jun 2019 05:44:33 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/santee-splash-zone-generic.jpg

Temperatures will begin to drop in Southern California on Wednesday leading to a typically "72 and sunny" weekend in San Diego.

Temperatures were expected to drop by about 10 degrees between Wednesday and Friday, bringing temperatures to average levels for this time of year, the National Weather Service said.

San Diego County coastal and inland areas were expected to see a slight cool down on Wednesday before a more substantial drop through the rest of the work-week. 

Temperatures in the deserts would remain above average, though. A NWS excessive heat warning remains in effect for the lower deserts, including the Anza-Borrego Desert, until 8 p.m. Wednesday. 

Extreme heat and high humidity in San Diego County created dangerous conditions for San Diegans on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. 

An excessive heat warning is issued when there is a risk for heat illness. The NWS advises people to drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room and out of the sun. 

A less severe heat advisory for inland areas expired Tuesday evening. 

The NWS said daily heat records for June 11 were broken in at least three communities. 

Campo's high of 102 beat its previous record set in 1979 by two degrees. Thermal reached 116 degrees, beating its previous record of 112 and setting a daily heat record for the second straight day. 

Thermometers in Borrego reached 115, three degrees up from its 1985, and in El Cajon, the 91-degree high tied its record set in 1995. 

By 12:30 p.m., the hottest temperature recorded was 98 degrees in Campo, according to the NWS. Ramona and El Cajon were close behind with 97 and 91 degrees respectively.

Mountain regions saw triple-digit heat and Ocotillo Wells and Borrego saw highs above 110.

An NBC 7 crew canvassed an area between the shoreline and Lakeside to see how San Diegans were beating the heat.

At La Jolla Shores, thermometers read a pleasant 87 degrees.

"Good winds, nice and cool, the water's pretty great. Solid day for the beach," one happy beachgoer said.

At the library in University City temperatures stopped just short of 90 degrees, and down State Route 52 and into Tierrasanta, NBC 7 found school children frolicking in the 90-degree heat.

"It's so hot!" one child exclaimed.

"I've been sweating at recess! I want to get out of school now because it's so hot!" screamed another.

Over in Santee, you guessed it, it was even hotter -- 107 degrees at the trolley stop. But where there's a will there's a way, and in this case that way was ice cream.

The hottest reading our crew found Tuesday was 109 degrees at the Lakeside rodeo park. That heat didn't stop a squad of El Capitan High School football players were gearing up for a summertime game. They told NBC 7 they've been staying hydrated.

The County of San Diego is offering residents several indoor locations where they can beat the heat this week. For a list of Cool Zone locations, visit here

Amid extreme heat on Tuesday, a fire erupted in the area west of Interstate 15, north of State Route 56 and east of Interstate 5. The vegetation fire that sparked at around 2 p.m. was burning near Avenida Cuatro Vientos, north of San Dieguito Road.

As of around 4 p.m., it was stopped at 3 acres and was 50 percent contained, according to Cal Fire.

The NWS said the risk for wildfires in San Diego County on Wednesday and for the rest of the week was was minor. 

San Diego County has tips on how to prevent wildfires, how to protect your home from wildfires and more emergency preparedness information here

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<![CDATA[Beekeepers Notice Busier Swarm Season This Year]]>510974681Fri, 07 Jun 2019 11:03:38 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/bee+season+3+swarm+hive.jpg

Recent swarm sightings have San Diegans buzzing.

February through August is considered swarm season in San Diego and beekeepers say this year has been even busier than usual because of all the rain the region has seen.

"The more rains, the more lush, the more green everything is full of life," said Dan Luong of Bee Man Dan bee removal. "So you have more bee activity, just in relation to what went on with the environment." 

Luong specializes in bee removal and relocation. In his 15 years in the business he has helped to relocate 3,000 colonies, each with roughly 30,000 bees, he said.

"I call them my boss and I think that’s probably most appropriate because they run the show and I’m just kind of there to help facilitate the process," Luong said.

Swarms are usually gentle and rarely sting unless directly provoked. They occur when there is overcrowding in a beehive and act as temporary homes for bees until they fly away looking for a permanent one.

If you spot one on your property, Luong recommends you leave it alone. 

"For the most part, swarms -- when they park on a bush or a tree, side of a wall -- if they’re not underneath something, there’s a really good chance they’re gonna fly away anyways," Luong said.

If you choose to remove it, don’t try to do it yourself; call an expert. Luong asks that you choose someone who specializes in rescuing and relocating bees rather than exterminating them. The San Diego Beekeeping Society has a list on their website

"We’re all interconnected and we have a place in the world and my place is, for right now, to rescue them and save them the best that I know how and the best that they’ve shown me how," Luong said.

For those interested in learning more about beekeeping, "Bee Man Dan" will be hosting a workshop this Sunday at 2 p.m. at Hawthorne Country Store in Escondido. 

<![CDATA[Rain and Clouds for 1st Day of Summer in San Diego]]>511621382Fri, 21 Jun 2019 11:21:36 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/1-12-17-San+Diego+Rain+Umbrella+Generic.JPG

Friday may be the start of summer but it doesn't feel like it in San Diego, where a dense marine layer is cooling temperatures and bringing light showers to the region. 

The marine layer moved into San Diego overnight, providing enough moisture for heavy mist, drizzle and even light showers, NBC 7 Meteorologist Sheena Parveen said. 

While the chance of rain diminishes as the day progresses, clouds and cool temperatures were expected to last throughout the day. 

Temperatures along the coast will remain in the mid to upper 60s, inland will be near 70 degrees, the mountains in the low 60s and the deserts near 90 degrees, Parveen said. 

The mountains and deserts will experience gusty winds up to 50 miles per hour throughout the day. The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory for those areas until 9 p.m. 

Overnight showers dampened roadways and created poor visibility, especially along the coast and inland valleys, during the morning commute Friday. 

NBC 7 Traffic Anchor Ashley Matthews reported some minor traffic collisions but it was unclear if any were weather related. 

Parveen said the weekend should see warmer weather and more sunshine as the dense marine layer breaks apart. 

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<![CDATA[Ancient Whale Bones Accidentally Discovered in Oceanside]]>510838341Wed, 05 Jun 2019 04:55:51 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/195*120/morewhalebones1.PNG

Construction workers in Oceanside accidentally made a whale of a discovery: ancient whale bones. 

They were unearthed in May near North Pacific Street. A large hotel is being constructed there. 

"They were digging and at the last cut into the Earth, there they were," said Todd Wirths, Senior Paleontologist at Brian F. Smiths & Associates in Poway. "The fragments of a prehistoric whale." 

Wirths said it is rib bones, possibly from a gray whale, that lived during the Ice Age. 

"The bones are about 120,000 years old," said Wriths. "We can tell because of  the sedimentary deposits they were found in." 

Wirths said sea levels were higher back then. The whale died, and its ribs were washed ashore onto the beach, where they stayed for hundreds of thousands of years. 

"This adds to our knowledge of prehistoric life on the planet," said Wriths. 

Wriths is now tasked with gluing the rib bones together in the correct order. They will then be sent to San Diego's Natural History Museum to be preserved. 

<![CDATA[National Doughnut Day Deals: Here's Where to Score Free Doughnuts]]>510958861Fri, 07 Jun 2019 05:57:59 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/doughnuts3.jpg

There are few snacks out there more satisfying than a fresh-from-the-fryer doughnut. 

Friday, June 7 is National Doughnut Day and there are a bunch of national chains sharing sweet deals and freebies to celebrate all day long. 

Ready for some fun freebies and delicious doughnuts? We are, too. 

Cumberland Farms

Cumberland Farms is offering customers a free doughnut with the purchase of any dispensed beverage from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on June 7. Customers at this regional chain, which has locations in New York, New England and Florida, may choose between a Farmhouse Blend (hot or iced) coffee or a beverage from the Chill Zone and grab a free doughnut. 


The chain formerly known as Dunkin' Donuts is offering customers one free doughnut (any flavor) with the purchase of any beverage on the store's menu. 


Entenmann’s is searching for its next doughnut flavor with its Fan Flavor Challenge and Sweepstakes. While this doesn’t translate to free doughnuts on National Doughnut Day, those who enter will have a chance to turn their own custom creation into a nationwide offering during the upcoming holiday season, plus $5,000 and free doughnuts for a year. 

Krispy Kreme 

On June 7, customers can select any one doughnut for free and, if 1 million are given away across the country, then the chain will also give away its newest doughnut creation for free later in the month. Two free doughnuts are absolutely better than one. 


Kroger grocery stores will be offering a dozen glazed doughnuts for $2.88 (with a Kroger store card) and will also highlight two seasonal flavors: blueberry glazed and strawberry-lemonade glazed. Both flavors are available by the half dozen. 


On June 7, visit any LaMar’s location for a free doughnut, no purchase necessary. LaMar's has 26 stores in Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. 

Stop & Shop

All Stop & Shop stores are offering an assorted selection of a dozen glazed doughnuts for $3 from May 31 through June 7. There are over 400 Stop & Shop store locations in the U.S., primarily in the northeast and New England. 

Tim Hortons 

This National Doughnut Day, Canadian cafe chain Tim Hortons is launching a churro-inspired doughnut at many of its U.S. locations. The Honey Cruller Donut is filled with gooey caramel and topped with a cinnamon-sugar mix. It will be available starting June 7 at participating cafes then, starting June 12, it will be available nationwide. 


This year, Walmart says it plans to give away a whopping 1.2 million glazed doughnuts on Friday. All you have to do is head to the bakery section of your local Walmart store. Over 4,000 stores across the U.S. are participating, too. There is a one doughnut-per person limit but who says you can't visit multiple locations? 

This story first appeared on TODAY.com. More from TODAY.

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<![CDATA[SD Staple Churns Out Treats for National Doughnut Day 2019]]>510920741Fri, 07 Jun 2019 11:03:56 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Marys-Donuts-Garske-040719-3.JPG

Whether you prefer glazed, old-fashioned, jelly or chocolate covered, June 7 is the day to indulge without guilt because it's National Doughnut Day.

The beloved Mary's Donuts in Santee knows how to celebrate the unofficial holiday; the doughnut shop has been baking one of America's favorite pastries for 35 years.

It has become a staple for locals, who cover the walls of her store. Mary has lined the shop with photos of her customers since the 1980s.

One of those customers, 10-year-old Tyler of La Mesa, can devour a maple bacon bar in about a minute.

"On a scale of one to ten, I like them ten," he told NBC 7's Marianne Kushi. 

Mary's Donuts in Santee is located at 8959 Carlton Hills Blvd. and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The shop also has locations on Main Street in El Cajon and on Maine Avenue in Lakeside.

National Doughnut Day was created to honor the Salvation Army "Donut Lassies" who served along the front lines during WWI and WWII, giving soldiers free coffee and doughnuts in the trenches.

The exact origin of the doughnut is somewhat murky; some form of the doughnut can be traced to Native Americans and the Dutch who called them oliekoecken, or oil cake.

But according to the Smithsonian, the doughnut by that exact name was invented by a New England ship captain's mother who made a deep fried dough to ward off sickness and wrapped it around a nut, hence the literal dough-nut.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau in 2012 -- the last year data was available -- the country's 8,700 doughnut shops contributed to $4.86 billion in revenue.

Photo Credit: Monica Garske
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<![CDATA[Excessive Heat Warning, Heat Advisory in Effect for San Diego]]>511120301Tue, 11 Jun 2019 22:00:12 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/santee-splash-zone-generic.jpg

Extreme heat and high humidity in San Diego County created dangerous conditions for San Diegans on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

An excessive heat warning was issued for the lower deserts, including the Anza-Borrego Desert, from 10 a.m. Tuesday to 8 p.m. Wednesday, the National Weather Service said. 

A less severe heat advisory was issued for inland areas, including Escondido, El Cajon, San Marcos, La Mesa, Santee, Poway, Santa Ana, Anaheim, Garden Grove, Orange, Fullerton, and Mission Viejo.

An excessive heat warning or heat advisory is issued when there is a risk for heat illness. The NWS advises people to drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room and out of the sun. 

The NWS said daily heat records for June 11 were broken in at least three communities. 

Campo's high of 102 beat its previous record set in 1979 by two degrees. Thermal reached 116 degrees, beating its previous record of 112 and setting a daily heat record for the second straight day.

Thermometers in Borrego reached 115, three degrees up from its 1985, and in El Cajon, the 91-degree high tied its record set in 1995.

By 12:30 p.m., the hottest temperature recorded was 98 degrees in Campo, according to the NWS. Ramona and El Cajon were close behind with 97 and 91 degrees respectively. 

Mountain regions saw triple-digit heat and Ocotillo Wells and Borrego saw highs above 110.

An NBC 7 crew canvassed an area between the shoreline and Lakeside to see how San Diegans were beating the heat.

At La Jolla Shores, thermometers read a pleasant 87 degrees.

"Good winds, nice and cool, the water's prety great. Solid day for the beach," one happy beachgoer said.

At the library in University City temperaturs stopped just short of 90 degrees, and down State Route 52 and into Tierrasanta, NBC 7 found school children frolicking in the 90-degree heat.

"It's so hot!" one child exclaimed.

"I've been sweating at recess! I want to get out of school now because it's so hot!" screamed another.

Over in Santee, you guessed it, it was even hotter -- 107 degrees at the trolley stop. But where there's a will there's a way, and in this case that way was ice cream.

The hottest reading our crew found Tuesday was 109 degrees at the Lakeside rodeo park. That heat didn't stop a squad of El Capitan High School football players were gearing up for a summertime game. They told NBC 7 they've been staying hydrated.

The County of San Diego is offering residents several indoor locations where they can beat the heat this week. For a list of Cool Zone locations, visit here

Fire crews were sent to the area near Avenida Cuatro Vientos, north of San Dieguito Road, in the area west of Interstate 15, north of State Route 56 and east of Interstate 5 for a vegetation fire that sparked at around 2 p.m.

As of around 4 p.m., it was stopped at 3 acres and was 50 percent contianed, according to Cal Fire.

The potentially dangerous heat was expected to continue until Wednesday. A big cool down is expected during the latter half of the week, Parveen said. 

On Monday, record highs for June 10 were broken in at least four communities, according to the NWS.

Thermal reached 113 degrees, breaking its previous high of 111 set in 2008. El Cajon's 104-degree high was 10 degrees hotter than its record set in 1993. Residents of Ramona felt 103-degree heat which was 5 degrees warmer than its record set in 1979, and Idyllwild beat its 1973 record of 88 degrees by one degree.

Campo's 98-degree high tied its record temperature for the day set in 1994.

San Diego County has tips on how to prevent wildfires, how to protect your home from wildfires and more emergency preparedness information here

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<![CDATA[After Weeks of June Gloom, San Diegans Feel Record Highs]]>511067141Mon, 10 Jun 2019 23:26:06 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/212*120/Dog+drinking+water+social.jpg

After weeks of unseasonably cool weather in San Diego County, temperatures  skyrocketed Monday and even reached record highs in some regions.

According to the National Weather Service, record highs for June 10 were broken in at least four communities.

Thermal reached 113 degrees, breaking its previous high of 111 set in 2008. El Cajon's 104-degree high was 10 degrees hotter than its record set in 1993. Residents of Ramona felt 103-degree heat which was 5 degrees warmer than its record set in 1979, and Idyllwild beat its 1973 record of 88 degrees by one degree.

Campo's 98-degree high tied its record temperature for the day set in 1994.

The NWS issued an excessive heat warning from 10 a.m. Tuesday to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

NBC 7 Meteorologist Dagmar Midcap said temperatures along the coast on Wednesday would fair in the mid to high 70's, while inland communities could see highs in the low 90's.

Midcap said it wouldn't be a shock for mountain regions to see triple digits. Ocotillo Wells and Borrego were expected to see highs above 110.

The potentially dangerous heat was expected to continue until Wednesday, but according to Midcap, highs are expected to trend cooler as the weekend nears.

"We're going to be sitting in an unseasonably hot weather pattern today and tomorrow so we have a weather alert," NBC 7 Meteorologist Sheena Parveen said Monday.

Parveen said the UV index is extreme for Southern California, meaning it is possible to sunburn in 10 minutes or less. 

Most San Diegans who spoke with NBC 7 appeared to welcome the return of the sun.

"I love it, I’m from Texas; Ive been here for 11 years, I love the heat," Jodie Flores said after an early morning hike at Cowles Mountain. "Yeah, it’s [been] too gloomy around here it makes me sad. When I see the sun it’s better for me."

She said she took extra water to prepare for her hike on Monday -- when temperatures were expected to be in the 90s inland.

Miles Van Guilder and his daughter, Jenna, frequently hike the East County San Diego mountain. 

He said to prepare this time, "We came a little earlier and we didn’t bring the dogs." 

At the mountain peak, the two spotted what appeared to be a rattlesnake, which tend to prefer the warmer temperatures from April to June, according to the County of San Diego

"We got to the top and we were going to do some pushups and my daughter saw a stick and it turned out not to be a stick," Van Guilder said. 

Temperatures will continue to climb into the low to mid 110s in the deserts on Tuesday. The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning for the lower deserts including the Anza-Borrego Desert from 10 a.m. Tuesday to 8 p.m. Wednesday. 

An excessive heat warning is issued when there is a risk for heat overexposure that can cause heat cramps, heat exhaustion and can lead to heat stroke. The NWS advises people to drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room and out of the sun. 

"If you're in our inland valleys or foothills, even the mountains and of course the deserts, you need to stay hydrated and have the SPF 30 or higher because we're not going to have much of a marine layer today," Parveen said. 

Temperatures inland are expected to be in the 90s while the coast will see temperatures in the mid- to upper-70s with plenty of sunshine. 

The County of San Diego is offering residents several indoor locations where they can beat the heat. For a list of Cool Zone locations,  visit here

A big cool down is expected during the latter half of the week, Parveen said. 

NBC 7 weathercaster Llarisa Abreu said the fire risk in San Diego County remained low because humidity in the region was high. But powerful wind gusts in prone areas does not entirely rule out the possibility for wildfires. 

Several brush fires erupted across the state over the weekend, including a small wildfire in Rancho Peñasquitos Canyon. The fire's progress was stopped before it could scorch more than a half-acre. 

In the Los Angeles area, amusement park-goers were evacuated from Six Flags Magic Mountain due to air quality as a brush fire in Valencia sent smoke billowing above the park. The fire burned 40 acres before its progress was stopped. 

A brush fire in Yolo County in Northern California scorched more than 2,000 acres and was still burning as of Monday morning. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said the fire was 20 percent contained. 

San Diego County has tips on how to prevent wildfires, how to protect your home from wildfires and more emergency preparedness information here

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<![CDATA[Rescan Day Is March 14, 2019 in San Diego]]>503064121Wed, 27 Mar 2019 06:25:44 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/212*120/rigo+live+madre+liberada.jpg

Rescan day is approaching. NBC 7 KNSD, Telemundo 20 KUAN will move frequencies on March 14, 2019.

Viewers who watch TV for free with an over-the-air antenna will need to rescan their TVs on March 14 to continue watching these stations.

The Federal Communications Commission recently held an auction of broadcast airwaves to provide more channels for wireless internet broadband services.

As a result of the auction, the FCC is requiring nearly 1,000 stations nationwide to move to new frequencies.

Viewers do not need to purchase new equipment or services to rescan their televisions.

Individuals can simply use their TV, remote control or converter box to rescan. Rescanning is when a TV finds all of the available channels in an area.

Viewers who watch KNSD or KUAN through a cable or satellite service or through digital platforms do not need to rescan their TVs.

Our stations' current over-the-air channel assignments/numbers will not be affected. Audiences can continue to watch NBC 7 (KNSD) on 39.1 and Telemundo 20 (KUAN) on 48.1.

Instructions on how to rescan your television are often found using the "set-up" or "menu" buttons on the remote control.

    For more information visit TVAnswers.org, a viewer resource provided by the National Association of Broadcasters which offers advice on how to rescan several popular brands of televisions.

    <![CDATA[Friends Raise Taco Tuesday Funds for Mother Battling Cancer]]>510849051Wed, 05 Jun 2019 04:56:17 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/TACOS+FOR+A+CAUSE_KNSD8L3O.jpg

    Taco Tuesday took on greater meaning at Mexipino Craft restaurant in Chula Vista Tuesday night. Dozens of people gathered to raise money for a San Diego mother fighting cancer.

    Twenty-nine-year-old Maria Buhain might consider this Taco Tuesday the most important one of her life. Flanked by her husband and 3-year-old daughter, she talked about her unwavering faith and her motivation to fight for her life and for her family.

    "I feel so blessed. I’m so happy to see the huge support system I have. I’m thankful. I’m thankful for everyone that’s coming here," said Buhain.

    Every dollar raised will help her fight lung cancer with what she calls her last hope: a holistic treatment.

    She told NBC 7 she has survived breast cancer through surgeries, including a mastectomy. But when the cancer returned, it spread to her lungs. Eight rounds of chemotherapy and radiation later and she said nothing has worked. Now, doctors aren't sure she’ll recover.

    "He’s saying there's no cure for my cancer, but my husband and I don't want that for an answer, so we are gonna seek treatment elsewhere," said Buhain.

    The holistic treatment Buhain is targeting will cost $50,000 because insurance will not cover it. She’s now relying on the kindness of the people that showed up in full support giving her the motivation to fight for her life.

    "I want to show her that her mom is strong. That her mom can do this. You know that she’s gonna have me here and we will have a happy life together," Buhain said about her young daughter.

    Tuesday's event raised more than $7,000. Anyone interested in donating to Buhain’s medical fund can do so at this GoFundMe page

    <![CDATA[San Diego Restaurant Earns City's Only Michelin Star]]>510815151Wed, 05 Jun 2019 04:55:26 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Fairmont+Grand+Del+Mar_San+Diego_CA.jpg

    The San Diego restaurant Addison earned the city's only Michelin star this week. 

    The Michelin Restaurant guide released its first-ever California edition on Monday night.

    Only one San Diego restaurant made the list. In constrast, Los Angeles and Orange County have 25 Michelin star restaurants and the Bay Area has 16. 

    The anonymous Michelin inspectors consider a single star restaurant to be a "very good restaurant in its category," two stars a worthy detour and three a special journey. 

    William Bradley's Addison, located at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar, is one of San Diego's most expensive and most formal restaurants.

    Chef Bradley is a native San Diegan; he's been nominated for the prestigious James Beard Award four times. Bradley's chef de cuisine is Stefani De Palma. 

    “We are just honored as a restaurant and a city to be included in such a prestigious guide and look forward to the future," Bradley told Eater San Diego.

    Eight San Diego restaurants received Bib Gourmand status last week, a category that recognizes hidden gems. Campfire, Cucina Sorella, Cucina Urbana, El Jardin, Juniper & Ivy, Kettner Exchange, Lola55, and Solare received that honor. 

    For more, click here.

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    <![CDATA[New Wonderfront Music & Arts Festival Announces Acts]]>510808991Tue, 04 Jun 2019 07:25:30 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Wonderfront-generic-music-festival-logo.jpg

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    <![CDATA[Back in Blue: Bioluminescent Glow Returns to SD Beaches]]>510670731Sat, 01 Jun 2019 19:32:49 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/181*120/bioluminescence+2019+dhumphrey77.JPG

    San Diego oceans turned an electric shade of blue this week thanks to the return of an unpredictable "red tide" of tiny glowing organisms. 

    The bright blue light, created by phytoplankton through a process called bioluminescence, can only be spotted from the shoreline on rare occasions and is not yet entirely understood by scientists, according to the Scripps Institution of Oceanography

    Thursday's bioluminescent glow sent photographers flocking to the shoreline from Solana Beach to Torrey Pines State Beach to capture a glimpse. 

    Scripps said, "While it's hard to know for sure, our scientists predict the event will occur through the weekend."

    A red tide is created by a massive number of dinoflagellates, a type of algae that moves through the sea, Scripps scientist Michael Latz said.

    The organisms have a color that makes the ocean appear red in the daylight, hence the term red tide. But, the organisms glow as a natural defense mechanism that becomes visible in breaking waves or when approached by other swimming organisms, especially at night.

    "The algae makes a light when a fish or little shrimp tries to eat it, said Scripps researcher Dimitri Deheyn. "That light attracts a bigger fish that can eat whatever is trying to eat the algae."

    Dinoflagellates may increase at certain times because of nutrients or hydrographic conditions in the ocean. Though, scientists can't predict when a red tide will occur or how long it will last, Latz said. 

    The last time there was a red tide in San Diego was in May 2018; that occurrence was the first time since Sept. 2013, Latz said. 

    The best time to capture the dramatic glow is at night. According to Deheyn, the idea time is two hours after sunset in a place with no lights, such as Torrey Pines, Carlsbad or Encinitas.

    "Here in California these blooms of dinoflagellates are usually not toxic," said Deheyn. "So feel free to go swimming in the bioluminescence, it's an awesome experience. Or you can take the algae and smear it around the sand to watch it glow." 

    Do not bring a flashlight or shine your camera light because the algae will not bloom. 

    "If you are a parent and you can't get out at night go down to the ocean with a water bottle and scoop up some water near North County," said Deheyn. "Leave it in a completely dark room for a few hours and then swirl the bottle around. You'll be able to see the bioluminescence." 

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    <![CDATA[This is the Bidi Bidi Best: Selena Cruise Set to Depart From LA to Ensenada]]>510592401Thu, 30 May 2019 07:27:22 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1147420951.jpg

    You may know her as the Queen of Tejano Music, La Reina de Tex-Mex, or just as Selena. Whatever you call the queen, you're going to want to grab a bestie and bustier, and start packing for a three-day cruise from California to Mexico.

    The "Como La Flor" cruise is due to set sail September 25, 2020 out of Long Beach, California, and will head to Ensenada, Mexico.

    Some of the featured acts include her former husband, Chris Perez, and his band Grupo Metal, among dozens of others.

    The site boasts that Selena loving fans only need to put $100 down initially. Cruisers will pay $999 per person per cabin overall, and can space out payments.

    Among entertainment and pool parties, there will also be Selenaoke where you can show off your singing skills and belt out your rendition of "Amor Prohibido."

    So grab Selena merch from Forever 21, and starting packing. 

    And find more information here on how to get tickets.

    Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
    <![CDATA['Star Wars'-Themed Attraction Unveiled at Disneyland]]>510599691Thu, 30 May 2019 08:26:58 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Star-Wars-galaxys-Edge-May-28-2019-unveiling.jpg

    When it came to designing Disneyland's "Star Wars" themed attraction, the first order of business was coming up with something new, something beyond what fans have seen in the movies, books and cartoons over the past four decades, a panel of designers said Wednesday.

    To get a unique feel for the fictional futuristic planet Batuu, an outpost for the "resistance," the designers looked to the past for inspiration.

    Disney's Scott Trowbridge, who moderated a panel discussion during a media sneak peek of the attraction that opens Friday, said when the project was announced at a 2015 annual fan convention, the aim was "to build a new place... not a place from someone's memory" of "Star Wars."

    The emphasis when conceptualizing it was on creating an interactive experience "so you can live your own 'Star Wars' story and be an active participant in it," Trowbridge said, adding the new attraction was "probably the most ambitious we've ever done."

    Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is a universe unto itself, with restaurants and bars featuring food and cocktails not served anywhere else. It also features an interactive ride on the Millennium Falcon that has multiple storylines depending on how Disneyland guests "pilot" Han Solo's "hunk of junk."

    Doug Chiang, who designed the land and worked with "Star Wars" creator George Lucas for seven years beginning in 1995, noted that movie sets "are false, make believe," so the challenge was to create actual structures in the attraction that have been seen in the movies, but also new locations.

    For "location scouting," the team went to Istanbul and Marrakesh for inspiration because many of the original designs for the first film in 1977 echo that type of architecture, Chiang said. Chiang showed reporters classic paintings of Istanbul market scenes that provided some inspiration for the design.

    "George always considered it not science fiction, but historical drama," Chiang said of the films. "Going on location, there is so much you can mine, just smell the air. And it gives you a real distinct layer of history."

    Chiang noted, for example, how merchants adapted ancient structures for electricity and creature comforts like air conditioning.

    "You don't want to design out of thin air," Chiang said.

    For the planet Batuu itself, the team was inspired by the topography in Arizona, Chiang said.

    Asa Kalama, who designed the Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run attraction, said the ride starts with Hondo Ohnaka, a character from the animated TV series, being loaned the ship by Chewbacca. From there, guests work as a team to pick up cargo needed by the resistance.

    When Trowbridge asked if the ride has a "happy ending," Kalama replied, "It's really up to you how much fire the Millennium Falcon is on when you return."

    The new "Star Wars" land will also feature a variety of merchandise, including opportunities for visitors to create their own light sabers and droids.

    When it came to food and drink, Michele Gendreau, Disney's director of food and beverage product development, said that while everyone had seen blue milk in the movies, there was no real direction on how it tastes. She said the drink will come with a cookie and is something of a combination of rice and coconut milk with "tropical flavors."

    There's also "green milk," which is a "little citrus, a little floral," she said.

    Adults can buy cocktails at Oga's Cantina, which has a droid spinning tunes, such as golden oldies from the first film. Coca-Cola also features a line of soft drinks, but the soda names are in an original "Star Wars" language.

    Also contributing to the interactive nature of the attraction is a smartphone app. Visitors will be able to download an app that will "transform" their phones into a "Star Wars Data Pad," Kalama said.

    With the app, guests can "hack" into a droid, "overhear" conversations between Stormtroopers and translate alien languages, Kalama said.

    "It's a fun and engaging way to interact with the story," Kalama said.

    For instance, if your crew did a lot of damage to the Millennium Falcon, you might be told by a barkeep later that Hondo is upset with you and has "put a bounty on your head," Kalama said.

    The attraction opens to the general public Friday. A similar attraction will open Aug. 29 at the company's theme park in Orlando.

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    <![CDATA[Soar, Sip at the Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Fest]]>483346151Thu, 24 May 2018 14:55:43 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/MorninglaunchChipMorton.jpg

    SOME PEOPLE... see a bird or a butterfly and imagine that they're flying alongside, up high, free as, well, yeah... a bird. Or a butterfly. Some people feel the same thing upon spying a plane, but there are other fly-high buffs that are all about colorful envelopes, wicker gondolas, and the world-famous, oh-so-big parties that have sprung up around such fanciful flights. It's the hot-air balloon fan we speak of, and while they may be found around wine countries all year long — balloon rides and an area that grows grapes are as tight as a bottle and cork — sometimes the whole balloon-person love thing really steps it up. And one of those times arrives around the beginning of June, at the Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival. It has been around for three decades, plus another half decade on top of that, which makes it as venerable and as widely known as big balloon bashes come. And the 2018 dates are on the near horizon, the same horizon that will soon be full of balloons.

    JUNE 1 THROUGH 3... is the window for fest, a Friday through Sunday, and planning how you want to spend your time around Lake Skinner Regional Park is essential before you arrive (you might find yourself deliciously overwhelmed if you don't). Sugar Ray, Spin Doctors, The Wallflowers, Lifehouse, and Tyler Farr are just a few of the major acts playing the festival, so you could spend the bulk of your time near a stage, rocking out or dancing with glee. As for the rides in the hot air balloons? Those are available, yep, and the balloon glow action, after sundown, will draw people eager to be wowed (and plenty of photographers). Food and wine pairings, dozens of vendors, chances to try wine, chances to try beer, a place for kids to play, and other elements of this out-sized affair may be found around the grounds. 

    BUT, OF COURSE, "grounds" isn't a word that gets much play when so much is happening in the sky. Eager to soar like a bird, or, a butterfly, or, yes, a balloon? Here's where you start, at one of the best-known balloon times on the West Coast.

    Photo Credit: Chip Morton Photography]]>
    <![CDATA[Cold and Gray Memorial Day for San Diego]]>510467911Mon, 27 May 2019 05:25:39 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/san+diego+weather+rain+clouds.jpg

    Memorial Day, what is typically considered the unofficial start of summer, was off to a soggy start in San Diego during an unusually rainy month for the region.

    Heavy downpours fell on San Diego County overnight but NBC 7 weathercaster Llarisa Abreu said the chance of showers would diminish as the holiday went on. 

    Skies were expected to remain partly cloudy and temperatures would remain unseasonably cool throughout the day. 

    Temperatures would be in the high 50s in the inland valleys and the low 60s along the coast.

    The cooler weather also had the potential to create snow at the highest mountain peaks. The NWS said 1 to 4 inches of snow is expected in areas above 6,500 feet – with as much as 8 inches of snow above 7,500 feet.

    A wind advisory was in effect for the mountains and deserts until 7 p.m. Monday. The strongest gusts were expected to be in the 40 to 50 mile-per-hour range. 

    There is a slight chance for thunderstorms to return late Tuesday and Wednesday but the storm will likely be centered on the mountains, the NWS said. 

    Below are some rainfall totals for Sunday, as of 19:45 p.m., provided by NWS:

    • Palomar: .74 inches
    • Julian: .36 inches
    • Poway: .19 inches
    • Kearny Mesa: .16 inches
    • Alpine: .11 inches
    • Valley Center: .10 inches
    • Miramar: .07 inches
    • Del Mar: .07 inches

    For more on weather, check out Landau’s daily forecast.

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    <![CDATA[Crowds Gather for OB Pier Reopening After Lengthy Repairs]]>510376351Fri, 24 May 2019 17:33:22 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Ocean+Beach+Pier+damaged+4.jpg

    After more than four months closed, the popular Ocean Beach Pier reopen Friday to a swarming crowd just in time for the Memorial Day holiday.

    The pier underwent about $309,000-worth of repairs and upgrades after high surf from a winter storm in mid-January ripped off a portion of the railing, forcing the nearly 2,000-foot-long pier to close.

    Mayor Kevin Faulconer and members of the San Diego Fire-Rescue lifeguards, the Public Works Department and the Ocean Beach Mainstreet Association were on hand to officially reopen the pier on Friday. 

    Eager crowds were waiting to walk through the iron gate that has for months blocked pedestrians from accessing the pier. 

    "We're very excited. We came down here early so we could see the opening," Ocean Beach resident Jeri Gonzalez said. "My kids have fished off the pier when they were small. It's a big deal. It's important to the community. It's important to my family."

    On Jan. 18, ten to 12-foot King Tide waves tore a chunk of the pier's railing off and damaged the wood paneling.

    A series of storms that followed prevented crews from quickly assessing the pier's damage. Weeks later, there was still no time frame for when the pier, which is frequented by about a half-million people each year, would reopen.

    Once the assessment was completed, though, the city of San Diego's staff determined they needed to replace 2,200 feet of railing and fix electric, water and sewer lines.

    The repairs, which began in March, were estimated to cost $430,000 and were completed with about a quarter of the budget remaining, the city said. The funding came from city's budget. 

    The pier was also scheduled to undergo a long-term assessment by a structural engineering firm to determine how to rehabilitate the pier, according to City of San Diego Deputy Chief Operating Officer Johnnie Perkins.

    The city said in March they would analyze the results once completed and consider launching a rehabilitation project for the pier. 

    At more than 1,970 feet, the Ocean Beach pier, which opened in 1966, is the second longest on the West Coast and the longest concrete pier in the world.

    <![CDATA[2nd Phase of San Diego's Styrofoam Ban Takes Effect]]>510339321Fri, 24 May 2019 23:24:35 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/styrofoam+band+1.jpg

    Even more restrictions were placed on the types of products San Diego restaurants can use as the city rolled out the second phase of their Styrofoam ban on Friday. 

    Restaurants within the city are no longer allowed to hand out plastic foam egg carton and food containers under an ordinance passed on Jan. 8 that made San Diego the largest in California to ban Styrofoam products. 

    The city of San Diego's polystyrene foam and single-use plastics ordinance was passed in a 6-3 council vote to move the city away from non-biodegradable products and towards a goal of zero waste by 2030. 

    The first phase of the city's ban went into effect in February. At that time restaurants were prohibited from giving out plastic utensils and straws unless a customer requested them.

    The second phase adds even more products to the list of prohibited items. The ban was rolled out in phases to allow small businesses time to obtain acceptable plastic foam and single-use plastic alternatives, the city said.

    Acceptable alternatives include recyclable plastics, aluminum and recyclable paper products.

    Fines for violating the law will be $200 for the first offense and $500 for subsequent offenses. 

    Restaurant owners argued the alternative, environmentally-friendly containers would cost them nearly twice as much and would force them to pass the additional cost on to their customers.

    "In the short run, consumers need to realize this is going to cost them more. Everyone is going to have to raise their prices," said Damien Devine, owner of Torpasta.

    Businesses with an annual income of less than $500,000 are exempt from both phases until Feb. 23, 2020.

    Restaurants can petition the department for a hardship waiver, which will be awarded on a case-by-case basis for restaurants that would have financial difficulty making the switch to alternative products. 

    For Mandy Johnson, owner of Palmier Espresso, the alternative to plastic is three times more expensive she said.

    "It’s going to be very hard for us to keep up," said Johnson.

    Any restaurants that currently have a contract with styrofoam companies can petition the Environmental Services Department for a waiver so that agreements are not broken.

    Three San Diego restaurant owners, the California Restaurant Association, and Dart Cardboard Corporation of California filed a lawsuit in March against the city of San Diego seeking to block the city’s ban on Styrofoam containers.

    The suit claims the City Council adopted the ban with "zero environmental analysis" and violated the California Environmental Quality Act.

    <![CDATA[How to Get to the SD County Fair]]>510150691Fri, 31 May 2019 05:29:48 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SD-Fair-2019-Generic-Oz-Theme-3-mts.jpg

    It's going to be an “Oz-some” summer, San Diego!

    The San Diego County Fair returns to the Del Mar Fairgrounds May 31 through July 4. Expect to skip down the yellow brick road to an eventful fair season that includes the beloved concert series, plenty of tasty treats and of course, rides and lots of fun.

    But how can you avoid traffic getting to the fairgrounds? And how much do you have to pay for parking? Don’t worry because we broke it down for you.

    Let’s start with public transportation, and options to avoid traffic.

    North County:

    The North County Transit District (NCTD) serves North San Diego County with its Coaster train, Sprinter train, and Breeze bus system.

    If you are taking the Coaster, the San Diego County Fair recommends getting off at the Solana Beach Station, then ride Special Route 408 to the fair’s west gate.

    If you’re taking the Sprinter, the San Diego County Fair recommends connecting with the Coaster in Oceanside or connecting to Special Breeze Route 408 from Escondido.

    To see more options for NCTD visit the fair’s website.

    South County:

    The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) serves South San Diego County with the Blue Line, Orange Line, Green Line trolleys, and the MTS bus system.

    The San Diego County Fair recommends riding these trolley lines to the Santa Fe Depot where you’ll be able to transfer to the Coaster until you get to the Solana Beach station, then connecting with Special Breeze Route 408 dropping you off at the fair’s west gate.

    To see more options for MTS, visit the fair’s website.

    Parking and costs:

    General parking this year at the fairgrounds costs $17, and preferred parking $27. Cash and credit cards are accepted. On-site parking lots will open at 9 a.m., two hours before the fair gates open, and close one hour after the fair closes. Tram service will run continuously from those fairground lots.

    Free off-site parking is offered at Torrey Pines High School and MiraCosta College. These lots will be on a space-available basis and will have a free shuttle running continuously to the main fairground’s gate. Or for closer parking Horsepark will be available for $5 per car.

    Please see the San Diego County Fair website for more information as some lots will be closed on certain days.

    The San Diego County Fair is the largest annual event in San Diego County. Each year, it draws approximately 1.6 million visitors.

    The fair will be open Wednesday through Sunday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. It’s closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, except for the final week of its run – July 2 and July 3 – when it opens from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

    Tickets cost $20 for adults and $14 for children ages 6 to 12 and seniors 62 and up. Kids under 5 get in free. For ways to score deals and discounts on fair tickets, click here.

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    <![CDATA[Few Dry Days Ahead But San Diego Not Clear From Rain Yet]]>510320771Thu, 23 May 2019 08:06:42 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/san+diego+weather+rain+storm.jpg

    San Diego isn't in the clear yet. A storm system is expected to bring more showers Thursday before moving out of the region to give San Diegans a few dry and sunny days. 

    Some light showers would linger through the early afternoon Thursday but not to the extent of the heavy and sporadic downpours seen throughout the county on Wednesday, NBC 7 Meteorologist Sheena Parveen said. 

    Once the storm passes, San Diego can expect to see a few days of sunny and dry weather before another system brings a chance of showers for the Memorial Day holiday,  Parveen said. 

    On Wednesday, San Diego saw anywhere from a few tenths-of-an-inch of rain along the coast to more than an inch of rain in the mountains, according to the National Weather Service. Here are some of the heaviest rainfall totals in each area:

    Mountains and Deserts: 
    Lake Cuyamaca: 1.6 inches
    Pine Valley: 1.11 inches
    Palomar Mountain: 1.09 inches
    Descanso: 1.09 inches
    Julian 1.01 inches

    Coastal Areas:
    Linda Vista: .2 inches
    Fashion Valley: .19 inches
    Sea World: .17 inches
    San Ysidro: .16 inches

    Inland Valleys:
    Alpine: .69 inches
    Otay Mountain: .59 inches
    Lemon Grove: .27 inches
    La Mesa: .26 inches
    Lakeside: .21 inches

    At higher elevations, like Mount Laguna, a light dusting of snow fell throughout the evening. You can watch snow fall outside of the Laguna Mountain Lodge on its live camera position right above its porch.

    No weather watches or warnings were in effect for Thursday. 

    Frequent May showers are unusual for San Diego at this time of year due to an "unsettled" weather pattern, Parveen said.  

    The rare systems are due to upper air patterns that allow for multiple cold fronts to sweep through the area with enough moisture and instability for continuous showers, the NWS said. 

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    <![CDATA[Congrats on Retirement, Whitney Southwick!]]>509710881Wed, 22 May 2019 04:54:18 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Whitney-Southwick-Lei-Facebook.jpgSoon, NBC 7's Whitney Southwick will not be answering that early morning alarm. He's planning on retiring May 22nd! Here's a look at some great images of our friend and colleague Whitney Southwick through the years. ]]><![CDATA[Whitney Southwick Is Retiring!]]>510174301Wed, 22 May 2019 07:15:34 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Whitney-Southwick-relaxing.jpg

    You are watching a livestream of NBC 7 News Today in the player above. Join us as we say goodbye to our longtime colleague, Whitney Southwick! 

    NBC 7's Whitney Southwick is retiring, 43 years after he got his first paying gig in broadcast television. 

    San Diegans have been listening to Whitney tell them the traffic or the weather since 1996 on NBC 7. That's quite an accomplishment! 

    As part of his work, Whitney also helps out too many charitable groups to mention here. With NBC 7, he has presented our weekly "Bikes for Kids" segment with the Salvation Army and hawks newspapers for the "Kids' News Day" every fall. He also loves to help collect toys for underprivileged kids by working alongside the U.S. Marines in the annual "Toys for Tots" toy drive! 

    We will miss our dear friend and colleague. His last day on the air will be Wednesday, May 22. 

    Whitney welcomed me to San Diego with open arms. He has been so fantastic to sit next to every morning, with tons of knowledge about the local weather and wildfires. He’s basically an encyclopedia for San Diego! Every morning he turns the fan on in the studio because he gets hot, and I end up freezing, and I will miss that. -- Sheena Parveen

    It’s hard to think of anyone more generous with his time than Whitney Southwick. For as long as I’ve known him he’s always given back to so many groups that if I were to start to name them I would be afraid I’d leave some out. I remember even going to his home to drop off toys for kids at the holidays because he wanted to make sure they had enough. He’s always been there for me whether I needed a last minute ride to the airport or whenever I was sick at home, he’d offer to drop something off if I needed it. -- Marianne Kushi

    One of my favorite memories of Whitney will be his memory. Every time we talk about anything related to San Diego, he’ll me the history, and all the people involved (most of them I’ve never heard of). This week I was going through a bunch of old video dating back almost 40 years, and realized the reason he knows all that history is not just because he’s lived here for decades, but because he was at those places, telling their stories. My favorite though, is a personal story, about the day he got his big break. He was an overnight producer and writer, and the anchor overslept. Whit told me he always kept a tie at the station just in case, and it paid off that day. What I’ll miss most about Whitney will be hearing those stories, and learning a little every day. Now, we’ll just tell stories about him. -- Greg Bledsoe

    My fondest memory of Whitney was when I went along with him for Bikes for Kids. We visited a school in Chula Vista and as soon as Whitney walked into that classroom, he was in his element. He was so animated and thoughtful with the kids; they couldn’t get enough of him! They loved his jokes and stories, and were so well-behaved through the whole presentation. And that’s another thing- Whitney didn’t have to do a presentation. He could have just congratulated the child getting the bike and been on his way; but he sat there, listening to stories from all the kids and showing just how much he cared about each and every one of them. It was a beautiful thing! - Ashley Matthews

    Whitney was Google + Google maps before those were a thing..You won’t find a consistently nicer guy but one can’t overlook Whitney’s insanely precise knowledge of San Diego county’s geographical features, tendencies and history.Here’s when it mattered most: On those tough days over the years when a huge wildfire would prompt our doing continuous live tv coverage. Whitney was remarkable in pointing out how a fire would behave based on climate and conditions -and on the fly, he could reference what another fire did in the same area decades before- even naming canyons and residential streets that had been affected and still could be with the new fire. In the times we worked together when our schedules overlapped on breaking news days, I always admired his knowledge and ease. -- Mark Mullen

    I worked with Whitney Southwick at NBC7 as a much-younger journalist from 2002 to 2004. I remembered him fondly for being the ray of sunshine on most days. 15 years later, Whitney was one of the first people to welcome me back to NBC7 with open arms and incredible support. He offered me advice but also encouraged me to be myself. It was incredibly powerful to have the newsroom veteran put his arm around you and say, “You belong here.” I will never forget that. I will miss seeing that ray of sunshine. -- Joe Little

    Not only is Whitney a trusted news man he is beloved in the community, especially in the community of Scripps Ranch, a neighborhood we both call home. I will never forget walking in the Scripps Ranch Fourth of July parade with Whitney behind the wheel of our NBC7/T20 “Drone Ranger.” Everyone knows and loves Whitney. The parade was lined with fans who were also his friends - even those people he’s met only a handful of times, at the grocery store or Starbucks. He’s captured their hearts because he takes time to connect and really see people. He shares that same degree of energy, sincerity and passion that jumps out of the TV when he is on, in person, with everyone he meets and it makes them feel valued. I know, because I am one of those people. I’m grateful that no matter how busy or tired Whitney was, when I saw him he would stop and take time to ask me how I was doing. His heart for community and people is represented in the legacy he has created through the relationships he has built on and off the air. We will miss the sunshine Whitney has brought to our newsroom and to our viewers for decades. See you in “The Ranch” Whit. Love ya! - Monica Dean 

    I credit Whitney for jump starting my career! It’s a story most people don’t know about. I was about 14 years old! Whitney worked with my mother at the Bali Hai restaurant. At the time, he also worked at the old Channel 39. My mom introduced us and Whitney was kind enough to give me a tour of the station. I knew right then, this is what I wanted to do. Whitney was (and is) the nicest man you’ll ever meet. He encouraged me every step of the way!Oh how I wish I would have taken a selfie with him all those years ago. Because he looks exactly the same! Best wishes Whitney and thank you for being such an important part of my career. Best wishes and enjoy your retirement!I love you man! --- Artie Ojeda

    As a co-worker, I will always remember Whitney for his outgoing personality and his way of putting people at ease. I love watching him interview people, live on TV. He greets every person with enthusiasm and makes them feel like an old-time friend. On a personal level, I will miss chatting with Whitney in the make-up room before and after newscasts. If I was ever having a rough day, Whitney would greet me with a smile and encouraging words. He is exactly the way he appears on-camera – warm and full of the “aloha spirit.” I will miss Whitney greatly! - Mari Payton

    What can I say about the man who can do it all? Serious news, reporting on the havoc caused by rain. Light news, reporting on Toys for Tots and Bikes for Kids. Both covered with warmth and wisdom. Whitney – What can I say about the man who is a great colleague? Serious discussions, always adding a wise perspective to the conversation. Light discussions, always making us laugh at ourselves as we talk about becoming more “veteran.” Whitney – What can I say about the man I have known and worked with for so many years – so many I can’t remember all the fun times we’ve had together? What can I say, except thank you for all you have contributed. I will really, really miss you. Love Rory Devine

    When I think back to my time working on the morning show, every memory I have includes Whitney. No matter if it was 2am or noon, Whitney always had a smile on his face and he always thought of those of us behind the scenes. Whitney helped me grow both professionally and personally throughout the 18 years I worked with him. I will miss him immensely. Congrats on your retirement!! Executive Producer Sage Pierce

    Share your memories of Whitney Southwick with us on the NBC 7 San Diego Facebook page.

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    <![CDATA[Storm Brings Off-and-On Showers, Chance for Snow in May]]>510257771Wed, 22 May 2019 23:43:09 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/san+diego+umbrella+walking.gif

    An "unsettled" weather system brought off-and-on showers with breaks of sunshine to most of the county Wednesday, and showers were expected to continue into Thursday.

    NBC 7 Dagmar Midcap said the morning commute would be again be slick thanks to widespread, light showers starting at around 7 a.m.

    Those widespread showers are expected to give way to pockets of moderate to heavy rain by noon before the skies clear just like they did on Wednesday, Midcap said.

    Lake Cuyamaca and Palomar were at the top of the 24-hour rain totals at 7:30 p.m. with 1.6 inches and 1.09 inches, respectively. But coastal zones didn't see as much precipitation.

    At higher elevations, like Mount Laguna, a light dusting of snow fell throughout the evening. You can watch snow fall outside of the Laguna Mountain Lodge on its live camera position right above its porch.

    La Jolla, Mission Beach, the Tijuana Estuary and Del Mar each saw less than a tenth of an inch.

    The storm was predicted to bring up to a quarter-inch of rain to San Diego's coastal areas with more significant amounts further inland over 48 hours, NBC 7 Meteorologist Sheena Parveen said.

    The system moved in late Tuesday and brought spotty overnight showers across the county, making for a soggy commute for the early birds, NBC 7 Meteorologist Sheena Parveen said.  

    The brunt of the storm reached the county by Wednesday afternoon. Thunderstorms were a possibility but none were reported.

    Meanwhile, the tops of Palomar Mountain and Mount Laguna could see up to two inches of snow, Parveen said. 

    The National weather Service issued a beach hazards statement through Wednesday night with waves and surf between 4 and 7 feet.

    Parveen said Friday and Saturday will be much drier before another storm system moves into the region. 

    Frequent May showers are unusual for San Diego at this time of year of according to forecasters. 

    The rare systems are due to upper air patterns that allow for multiple cold fronts to sweep through the area with enough moisture and instability for continuous showers, the NWS said. 

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    <![CDATA[Gusty Winds Remain Despite Brief Break From Showers]]>510209751Tue, 21 May 2019 11:48:37 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Storm_Brings_Gusty_Mountain_Winds_Across_County.jpg

    San Diego will see a brief break from the rain, though gusty winds will remain Tuesday, before a cold front bring another bout of showers to the region this week.

    The first of two storm systems to move through the area this week had, for the most part, broken apart but some light, passing showers continued to move east Tuesday morning. 

    The rest of the day was expected to be mostly dry, though the chance for rain increases as the day progresses, NBC 7 Meteorologist Sheena Parveen said. 

    Strong winds and choppy waters will remain a problem through Tuesday. 

    A wind advisory was issued until 11 p.m. for San Diego's mountains and deserts. During that period, winds are expected to average 25 to 35 miles per hour with some gusts reaching 65 mph.

    The storm was also churning coastal waters. The NWS issued a beach hazards statement through 9 a.m. Tuesday due to high surf and dangerous rip currents. 

    A similar weather pattern -- overnight and early morning showers with dry but cool and cloudy conditions in the afternoon -- is expected to continue through the work-week, Parveen said. 

    Friday and Saturday will be much drier before another storm system moves into the region. 

    Frequent May showers are unusual for San Diego at this time of year of according to forecasters. 

    The rare systems are due to upper air patterns that allow for multiple cold fronts to sweep through the area with enough moisutre and instability for continous showers, the NWS said. 

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    <![CDATA[Off-and-On Showers to Last Through Work-Week]]>510158211Mon, 20 May 2019 13:10:21 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/allied+gardens+rain+san+diego.jpg

    Unseasonably rainy weather swept through San Diego County Monday from the first of two storm systems expected to bring off-and-on showers, gusty winds and choppy waters to the region at least through the work-week. 

    The band of showers brought scattered but at times heavy showers as it moved inland across San Diego County. Downpours started overnight along the coast and affected the inland valleys and mountains before sunrise.

    By noon Monday, coastal areas had already receieved up to half-inch of rain and the some of the valleys had received more than three-quarters-of-an-inch.

    The mountains had received significant rainfall by noon. Palomar saw nearly an inch-and-three-quarters and Julian saw about one-and-a-half inches. According to the NWS, some Southern California mountains with elevations above 6,000 feet saw up to two inches of slushy snow.  

    Just before midday, some pockets were bringing showers across Interstate 15 and the El Cajon area but they were getting smaller as the day went on, NBC 7 Meteorologist Sheena Parveen said. 

    "The afternoon will be a lot drier than the morning, still could see a stray shower," she said. 

    Winds will be a bigger problem as Monday progresses, Parveen said. 

    A wind advisory was issued until 11 p.m. Tuesday for San Diego's mountains and deserts. During that period, winds are expected to average 25 to 35 miles per hour with some gusts reaching 65 mph. The NWS warned strong winds may make driving difficult. 

    The storm was also churning coastal waters. The NWS issued a beach hazards statement through 9 a.m. Tuesday due to high surf and dangerous rip currents. Some waves may reach up to 7 feet, especially in southern San Diego County, the NWS said. 

    A similar weather pattern -- overnight and early morning showers with dry but cool and cloudy conditions in the afternoon -- is expected to continue through the work-week, Parveen said. 

    The heavy May showers are unusual for San Diego at this time of year of according to forecasters. 

    Before this most recent storm system, San Diego had already received nearly four times more rain in the first half of May 2019 than it usually does throughout the entire month.

    The rare systems are due to upper air patterns that allow for multiple cold fronts to sweep through the area with enough moisutre and instability for continous showers, the NWS said. 

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    <![CDATA[4x More Rain This May Than Usual With More Showers Ahead]]>510067721Fri, 17 May 2019 12:09:09 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/san+diego+beach+rain+chopper.jpg

    San Diego has received nearly four times more rain in the first half of May 2019 than it usually does throughout the entire month.

    The month of May sees on average .12 inches of rain, according to the National Weather Service. In the first two weeks of May 2019 alone, San Diego has received .42 inches of rain with even more storms expected before the month ends. 

    "Were only in mid-May and were already over our rainfall [average], what we would normally see for the entire month; we’re already at about three-tenths-of-an-inch above that," NBC 7 Meteorologist Sheena Parveen said.

    Parveen said a May with that many consecutive rainy days is not typical for San Diego. It has rained for 8 out of May's first 17 days, though only five of those days saw measurable precipitation. 

    "What’s unusual about our weather pattern right now is that we’re seeing multiple days of showers and the fact that weather systems are able to make it into Southern California and hold their moisture content as they approach," Parveen said. 

    The unusual rainy season is due to a larger number of storm systems approaching the West Coast this year with little interference from upper-level winds, Parveen said. 

    "We’re just in kind of a wet pattern here, which is unusual for this time of the month," she said. 

    NBC 7 Meteorologist Dagmar Midcap noted that the showers, while at time heavy, are not part of an atmospheric river, a column of vapor that pulls moisture from the Pacific Ocean to dump showers across the West Coast. 

    Midcap said the NWS is classifying the systems as cold pacific storms with winter season characteristics.

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    <![CDATA[Storm Passes, Winds Remain]]>510062561Fri, 17 May 2019 05:48:07 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/san+diego+storm+clouds.jpg

    Some breezy conditions were expected Friday from a quick-moving storm system that brought periods of heavy rain to San Diego County the day before. 

    Showers had, for the most part, cleared out of the region by Friday morning and sunny skies were expected to break through clouds by midday, NBC 7 Meteorologist Sheena Parveen said.

    But the storm system was still elevating wind speeds in the mountains and deserts. 

    A wind advisory for those areas was in effect until 11 a.m. due to possible wind gusts of up to 45 miles per hour, the National Weather Service said. The coast would also experience windy conditions throughout the day. 

    The next chance for showers comes late Saturday when another weather system moves into the region. 

    "This will give us a good shot at showers through Sunday, possibly starting in the morning," Parveen said. 

    A May with consecutive rainy days is not typical for San Diego, Parveen said. 

    "What’s unusual about our weather pattern right now is that we’re seeing multiple days of showers and the fact that weather systems are able to make it into Southern California and hold their moisture content as they approach," Parveen said. 

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    <![CDATA[Council Vote Key to Transformation of 'Fortress' Horton Plaza ]]>510023651Thu, 16 May 2019 12:05:23 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/horton-plaza-future-051619.jpg

    Architects working on the reconceptualization of Horton Plaza liken it to a mall built as a fortress in a different time that needs to be transformed once again to engage the current downtown resident who wants to live, work and play in the same neighborhood.

    The Campus at Horton is the brainchild of Stockdale Capital Partners, a commercial real estate firm based in Los Angeles, that wants to turn the million-square-foot shopping center into a mix of retail and office space that could appeal to Silicon Valley technology companies.

    “We want to reconnect this 9-block area to its neighbors,” said developer Jimmy Parker. “In 1984, when they opened the doors, it was a fortress. You drove in and drove out – it wasn’t designed to be a walk-up mall."

    Parker wanted to dispel any idea of retail being removed from the area and likened the project more to a reconceptualization rather than a renovation.

    Parker spoke with NBC 7 on Wednesday, ahead of the City Council meeting that will determine the fate of the project. Developers are asking to reduce the current retail space connected with the deed in exchange for more office space.

    The current deed to Horton Plaza mandates that 600,000 square feet of the property be leased as retail space. If city officials approve the proposal, the square footage geared toward retail would be cut in half. 

    More office space will mean more jobs, Parker said.

    “We are not tearing the building down. We’re actually working with the building to use the great playful items that are here and then expanding on that thought and bringing it into the 21st century,” he explained.

    One building adjacent to Horton Park, for example, the Bradley Building will be turned into a food hall, opening into the park and bringing people into that space.

    He said they are working with current tenants to reimagine their space within the mall. For example, 24-Hour Fitness is considering moving from where they are and may add new amenities like a swimming pool and a basketball court, according to Parker.

    Another potential idea would be a doggy daycare, he said.

    The LA-based real estate investment firm said the space would be able to house 3,000 to 4,000 tech jobs and an estimated $1.8 billion boost in annual economic activity with just the first phase of development alone.

    Horton Plaza opened in 1985 and was once considered the crown jewel of downtown.

    When it first opened, it was considered a landmark of urban design, according to The Los Angeles Times.

    Before the property's sale was complete, empty storefronts littered the property and the halls were lined with more homeless people than shoppers.

    If the proposal passes, Stockdale Capital plans to begin construction this year and complete the Campus at Horton in 2020. 

    Photo Credit: Stockdale Capital Partners
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    <![CDATA[NBC 7 and T20 Host Bike to Work Day Pitstop at Studios]]>469772783Sat, 13 Jul 2019 16:48:57 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/162*120/NBC+7+crew+at+pride.jpgDid you attend an NBC 7 and Telemundo 20 event in the community? Find photos from the events here.

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    <![CDATA[You’ll Sleep Like a 'Pea in a Pod' (Literally) in Proposed Coastal Hotel]]>509934811Wed, 15 May 2019 07:14:46 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/205*120/hotel+port+pod+7.jpeg

    A new kind of low-cost lodging that features “sleeping pods” and communal bathrooms for as little as $35 a night could soon be built just a few blocks from San Diego Bay.

    Port Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to negotiate with the Stay Open development company for the construction of a 33-room hotel on under-used Port District property across the street from the Lindbergh Field airport.

    Most of the rooms in the proposed hotel will be “sleeping pods” -- small, self-contained, separate sleeping areas that resemble high-tech bunk beds.

    The capsule-style pods can be completely closed for privacy. Each temperature-controlled pod would have a queen bed, light, mirror, charging station, free Wi-Fi and secure luggage storage.

    Stay Open’s proposal was praised by Port Commissioners, one of whom predicted that demand for the pods will be so intense the operator might have to hold a lottery for spaces.

    If a deal is reached, the low-cost hotel would include 33 rooms, with a total of 226 pods and beds. Most rooms would have between eight and 12 pods, each costing $35 per night.

    Families or groups could reserve all the rooms in a pod, or chose a suite, which would have a private bathroom and mix of twin and queen beds. The nightly rate for a suite would be about $100, the developer said.

    The low-cost hotel would also have common areas for guests to mingle, and a roof-top restaurant serving coffee, beer and wine, pizza and other food and snacks.

    If the Port and the developer reach an agreement, construction could start in about two years, a Port staffer said.

    <![CDATA[ Outrageous, 'Oz-some' Eats at the San Diego County Fair]]>509925791Fri, 31 May 2019 12:24:14 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SD-Fair-Food-2019-8.jpgIt's fried, it's flavorful, it's "Oz-some." Here's a peek at some of the food being offered at this year's San Diego County Fair.

    Photo Credit: Monica Garske]]>
    <![CDATA[City Council Votes to Re-Establish Ban on Sleeping in Cars]]>509912371Tue, 14 May 2019 20:39:47 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/living+in+cars+vans+ordinace.jpg

    The San Diego City Council voted 6-3 in favor of re-establishing a ban that restricts people from living in their vehicles on city streets, with the exception of certain designated lots.

    The new ban on vehicle habitation prevents people from staying in their vehicle where overnight parking is not allowed, including outside businesses, near the beach and on city streets.

    San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer proposed the ordinance just over a month after city council voted to repeal its first ban on vehicle habitation -- a 1983 law that was found by a federal court to be "vague" and overreaching.

    The ban's overturn prompted an influx of complaints to the city from residents, especially near the beaches and bay, who said the repeal meant an increase in car dwellers in their neighborhoods.

    The mayor's proposal was meant to address the federal court's concerns but some opponents say the new version is not different enough from the old law it would replace.

    The ordinance has also been criticized by people who, while technically homeless, are financially secure but choose to save money by living in a vehicle.

    “It's a balance between being compassionate for people who really need help and need a place to be and that is why the city is setting up lots that have sanitary conditions,” said Ocean Beach Town Council President Mark Winkie.

    A rally was planned ahead of the meeting by those who criticize the ordinance for criminalizing homelessness. The grassroots opposition group, San Diego Housing Emergency Alliance (HEMA), said the law would lead to fines for people who can’t afford them and arrests.

    Faulconer said the proposal was meant to help homelessness in San Diego while not allowing "conduct that takes advantage of San Diego’s generosity and destroys the quality of life in our communities."

    Part of the plan includes a "safe parking program" that would designate certain lots in the city that car-dwellers could stay at overnight. The lots would link homeless San Diegans with resources to help get them into more stable, long-term housing through partnerships with other organizations.

    The city opened one of these safe parking lots at SDCCU Stadium's overflow lot near Friars Road and Mission Village Drive in April. The space was the third of its kind to open through a partnership with Jewish Family Services.

    Last month, the San Diego City Council's Public Safety and Liveable Neighborhoods committee reviewed the ordinance and decided to move the proposal forward with no recommendation on how the full council should vote.

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    <![CDATA[Gas-Powered Leaf Blower Ban Considered in Encinitas]]>509856911Mon, 13 May 2019 11:15:53 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/DC_Considers_Banning_Some_Noisy_Leaf_Blowers.jpg

    The city of Encinitas is exploring whether to ban gas-powered leaf blowers in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions but wants community input before a vote. 

    The Gas-Powered Leaf Blower Ordinance would eliminate the use of two-stroke engine leaf blowers and is currently on the docket for consideration by the Encinitas City Council on June 19. 

    Ahead of the vote, residents are encouraged to attend a community forum where presentations will explain the details of the ordinance and the timeline for implementation.

    The meeting will be held at Encinitas Community and Senior Center (1140 Oakcrest Drive) at 6 p.m.

    The proposed ordinance is part of Encinitas' Climate Action Plan, which was adopted on Jan. 17, 2018 and outlined ways in which the city could reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 13 percent below 2012 levels by 2020 and 41 percent below 2012 levels by 2030. 

    The city has three main actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions -- establishing a community choice energy program, implementing a zero-waste program and improving transportation -- each of which are composed of smaller strategies. 

    The Climate Action Plan says eliminating gas-powered leaf blowers alone can reduce the emission of 128 metric tons of carbon dioxide by 2020. 

    Residents who cannot attend the in-person forum may email their opinions to the city via email here

    <![CDATA[I-5 to Close Overnight for San Ysidro Border Crossing Expansion]]>509713431Tue, 14 May 2019 04:49:45 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/san+ysidro+border+closure+map+0509.jpg

    In an effort to make the border crossing faster in San Ysidro, wait times may temporarily go up Monday when crews will close down all southbound lanes on Interstate 5.

    Four new lanes are being added to the I-5 just south of the Camino De La Plaza Bridge, according to General Services Administration (GSA).

    Crews will close the southbound I-5 lanes from 10 p.m. Monday to 7 a.m. Tuesday. Additionally, the Camino De La Plaza southbound I-5 freeway on-ramp and “two to three” southbound I-805 lanes will be closed at this time.

    During construction, drivers will be re-routed to the opened I-805 lanes via the State Route 905 connector.

    Southbound traffic through the San Ysidro Port of Entry into Mexico will remain open to vehicular and pedestrian traffic during the detour.

    The GSA advised travelers to expect potential delays and to follow all posted signs.

    Beginning Tuesday, the four new lanes will then open, and an additional six lanes will open by June 2019.

    Monday’s closure is part of the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry Modernization and Expansion project. The project, which began in 2016, will modernize and expand the existing crossing, the GSA said.

    The next part of the project will provide improvements to the historic Custom House and Southbound Plaza this summer and expand I-5 north and southbound inspection facilities this winter.

    The GSA is an independent agency of the federal government, which provides assistance, such as construction and planning, to other federal agencies, according to its website.

    Photo Credit: General Services Administration]]>
    <![CDATA[Spring Rain From El Niño That Could Last Until Fall: NOAA]]>509743231Fri, 10 May 2019 12:14:16 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/215*120/san+diego+rain.PNG

    Despite being in the midst of what should be considered San Diego's dry season, showers drenched San Diego County Friday morning.

    The region's dry season typically begins around April 1 but a weak El Niño is bringing rain well into the spring, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

    On Friday, heavy showers were creating slick roadways across the county.  Light showers and a chance for thunderstorms were expected to continue throughout the day and into Saturday, NBC 7 Meteorologist Sheena Parveen said. 

    The heaviest rain is expected Saturday morning with the best chance of thunderstorms Saturday afternoon. 

    Parveen said the "mess of a weather system" bringing rain to the region is not following any standard pattern. But it will begin to break apart by Mother's Day. 

    NOAA said the reason for this year's unusual rainfall pattern is that San Diego is in the midst of a weak El Niño pattern.

    An El Niño develops when the Pacific Ocean water temperature rises .9 degrees Fahrenheit for three consecutive months, causing atmospheric conditions and rainfall patterns to shift.

    Typically across the southern United States, that means more rain during the winter.

    But in San Diego, it means an unusual rainy season that could stretch through early fall with several chances of measurable precipitation if Pacific Ocean water temperatures remain above average, NOAA said. 

    The last time San Diego experienced a strong El Niño was in 1998 when rainfall averaged at 188% above normal.

    Twenty-four-hour rainfall totals as of 7:15 p.m. Thursday were low across the county. Only Del Mar, Carlsbad, and Fashion Valley saw more than a tenth of an inch.

    Midcap said the rain would continue through Sunday, with the heaviest and most unstable coming on Saturday.

    The coast, valleys and mountains could see between a half-inch and an inch-and-a-half of rain by the end of the weekend.

    The National Weather Service urged drivers to use caution on the road during this weather period but no watches or warnings were in effect as of Thursday. 

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    <![CDATA[Sporadic Showers Expected During Evening Commute]]>509688921Thu, 09 May 2019 23:09:52 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Thunder_and_Lightning_Follows_Morning_Rain_Across_San_Diego.jpg

    Gloomy and rainy weather on Thursday slickened roadways for the evening and morning commutes, and conditions are expected to worsen through the weekend.

    NBC 7 Meteorologist Dagmar Midcap said the same drizzle that soaked the counties coast and inland valleys would continue through the night into Friday, The mountains were expected to see overnight precipitation too, while the deserts would be seeing clear and dry skies.

    Midcap said Friday temperatures would lean towards mild, two to three degrees below where we typically see them this time of year.

    Twenty-four-hour rainfall totals as of 7:15 p.m. Thursday were low across the county. Only Del Mar, Calrsbad, and Fashion Valley saw more than a tenth of an inch.

    Midcap said the rain would continue through Sunday, with the heaviest and most unstable coming on Saturday.

    Wet weather will really pick up on Saturday, bringing heavier showers through Mother's Day. NBC 7 Meteorologist Sheena Parveen said though this is not a heavy rain event for the region, thunderstorms are a possibility.  

    The coast, valleys and mountains could see between a half-inch and an inch-and-a-half of rain by the end of the weekend.

    Showers were sporadic throughout the day Thursday but cloudy skies hovered over the region throughout the day. By the evening commute, rain left the ground damp.

    The National Weather Service urged drivers to use caution on the road during this weather period but no watches or warnings were in effect as of Thursday. 

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    <![CDATA[Sprinkles Continue as 2 Storm Systems Hit San Diego]]>509526311Tue, 07 May 2019 05:20:21 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/san+diego+rain+chopper.jpg

    Some light and scattered showers are expected to continue for two more days as a storm system slowly pushes out of the San Diego region, but a second system is close behind. 

    Sprinkles were expected to last through the morning commute Tuesday, causing some isolated spots of slick roadways, NBC 7 Meteorologist Sheena Parveen said.

    A break in cloudy, wet weather could come around midday Tuesday but won't last long, NBC 7 Meteorologist Dagmar Midcap said. Cloud coverage will remain throughout the day. 

    Evening showers are expected to last until Wednesday morning.

    The first storm system brought rainy weather back to San Diego on Monday with some light rainfall in North County on Monday. Light showers touched down in areas like Fallbrook, Bonsall, Oceanside and Escondido before the storm moved south as the day progressed.

    The slow-moving storm system would linger through Wednesday before pushing towards Arizona. A second weak storm system was expected to bring showers to the coast and inland valleys Thursday through Saturday. 

    The mountains and desserts are expected to remain dry and sunny or partly cloudy until the weekend, according to Midcap.

    No watches or warnings were issued for the week. 


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    <![CDATA[New Grocery Store Opening at Otay Ranch Town Center]]>509490671Mon, 06 May 2019 05:11:57 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/otay+mesa+mall+grocery.jpg

    There is a new shopping trend starting in the South Bay. A family-owned grocery store, Barons Market is opening up at Otay Ranch Town Center in Chula Vista.

    Barons Market provides its customers with a selection of organic, natural, and specialty foods. The grocery store, which is already under construction, will be located between Chili’s and Party City.

    Some residents explained that the location of the store will be very convenient for them.

    "A one-stop shop, you can do everything here, go over there get some shoes, go to Party City, there's food here, everything. Everything in one place,” said Kristy Ferguson an Otay Ranch resident.

    Ferguson explained that she is a busy mom and lives near the mall, and as of now has to drive further away to do grocery shopping.

    The supermarket will cover around 20,000 square feet with a large parking lot right outside.

    "It would be cool to have a real supermarket here because I could just be going to the mall. I come to Barns & Noble a lot to read so I can see if I need groceries, bread, milk. And it's cool because there's not one here,” said Adrian Gutierrez, a frequent shopper at the mall.

    Barons Market has other San Diego County locations, North Park, Point Loma, and Rancho Bernardo.

    Construction for Barons Market will finish by the end of the year. 

    Photo Credit: NBC 7]]>
    <![CDATA[Help NBC 7 & T20 Give Kids 'Fuel For Summer']]>509598201Mon, 10 Jun 2019 13:43:59 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/20174092+FSFin+Fuel+for+Summer+2019.jpg

    NBC 7 & Telemundo 20 are teaming up with Ralphs, Food 4 Less, and Feeding San Diego to help feed children and families facing hunger through the “Fuel For Summer” campaign from May 13th to June 9th.


    Monday, 5/13:  Food4Less at 644 N. Broadway Escondido CA 92025 / 4a-10a

    Tuesday 5/14: Ralphs at 1020 University Ave. San Diego CA 92103 / 10a-12p

    Wednesday 5/15: Food4Less at 7420 Broadway Lemon Grove CA 91945 / 3p-7p

    Friday, 5/24: Ralphs at 8657 Villa La Jolla Drive La Jolla CA 92037 / 10a-12p

    Saturday, 6/1: Ralphs at 3011 Alta View Drive San Diego CA 92139 / 6-9am

    Friday, 6/7: Food4Less at 660 Palomar St. Chula Vista CA 91911 / 3p-7p

    To find a store near you, visit Ralphs.com and Food4Less.com or donate at give.feedingsandiego.org

    Be sure to also follow NBC7 at @nbcsandiego on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for live updates. 


    <![CDATA[Study Names San Diego Shortest Commute by Car]]>509435021Wed, 08 May 2019 14:29:14 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Trafficgeneric.png

    San Diegans are proving that it pays to live in close proximity to work.

    A recent study by Geotab explored commuter trends across 20 cities in the United States and it showed San Diego held the top spot for the lowest average commuter time by car, about 26 minutes.

    That number makes sense for Belinda Vasquez, who commutes to work just a few miles and is able to take the back roads to San Diego State University.

    However, before she got that job at SDSU, she was commuting from the Mission Valley area to UC San Diego, and felt the struggle every single day.

    "I had to get up at five in the morning get to the campus, get to the campus at six just to find parking, but on top of that I had to deal with bumper to bumper traffic just to get to campus," said Vasquez.

    San Diego did great with commuting by car, but commuting by public transit is a different story.

    The average time for that category was 52 minutes in San Diego, much higher than several cities like Minneapolis, Portland and Orlando.

    For a full link to the study: https://www.geotab.com/time-to-commute/

    <![CDATA[Peter Mayhew, Chewbacca of 'Star Wars' Films, Dies at 74]]>509403611Fri, 03 May 2019 08:16:32 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/peter-mayhew-1944-2019.jpg

    Peter Mayhew, the actor best known for his role as Chewbacca in the Star Wars series of science fiction films, died April 30 at his North Texas home, according to a statement from his family.

    Mayhew, who was born in London on May 19, 1944, died Tuesday evening with his family by his side at his home in Boyd, Texas. He was 74.

    Mayhew, who stood 7 feet 2 inches tall, was the giant man inside the furry suit portraying the Wookiee Chewbacca in five Star Wars films beginning with the original trilogy released from 1977 to 1983. Mayhew put on the suit again for  2005's Revenge of the Sith and then again most recently for 2015's The Force Awakens, when he was reunited with Harrison Ford and their iconic spaceship the Millennium Falcon.

    In addition to films, Mayhew voiced the character in a number of cartoons and video games and appeared at countless conventions.

    Mayhew was expected to appear Friday, Saturday and Sunday at FAN EXPO Dallas. The booth where he was to sign autographs will now hold a memorial where fans can leave messages for Mayhew's family.

    Mayhew developed lifelong friendships with the other "Star Wars" actors and spent three decades traveling the world to meet his fans, the statement said.

    "He was the gentlest of giants -- A big man with an even bigger heart who never failed to make me smile & a loyal friend who I loved dearly," actor Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker opposite Mayhew, wrote on Twitter. "I'm grateful for the memories we shared & I'm a better man for just having known him."

    Mayhew, who lived in Boyd northwest of Fort Worth, is survived by his wife Angie and three children.

    His family said he was active with various nonprofit groups and established the charity Peter Mayhew Foundation, which is devoted to alleviating disease, pain, suffering and the financial toll from traumatic events, its website says.

    There will be a memorial service for friends and family on June 29; details of that service have not been released.

    According to IMDB, Mayhew has written two books, "Growing Up Giant" and "My Favorite Giant" and is the purveyor of chewbacca.com.

    Check back and refresh this page for the latest update. As this story is developing, elements may change.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 7 San Diego

    Photo Credit: Getty Images/NBC 5 News
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    <![CDATA[Forecast Calls for Busy Wildfire Season Along West Coast]]>509376731Fri, 03 May 2019 05:34:35 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/wildfire-AP_19015737542650.jpg

    Most of the country can expect a normal wildfire season but residents along the West Coast of the United States should be ready for another busy season, the National Interagency Fire Center said Wednesday.

    California experienced its deadliest and largest wildfires in the past two years, including a fire in the northern part of the state last year that destroyed the town of Paradise, killing more than 80 people. It was the nation's worst death toll from a wildfire in a century.

    The Boise, Idaho-based center said a heavy crop of grasses and fine fuels has developed across California and should elevate fire potential as it dries through the summer.

    The terms "normal" or "above normal" refer to a formula that involves drought, precipitation and fuel conditions in each region, projected on a 10-year average, said Jennifer Smith of the fire center.

    The Pacific Northwest has entered a period of moderate drought, which could mean an early fire season in the Cascade Range and the Okanogan region. The potential for significant wildfires is above normal west of the Cascade crest in Washington and Oregon through August, the report said.

    Some high-elevation portions of the Great Basin and the central Rocky Mountains could experience below-normal wildfire potential, the agency said. It also said that below average fire activity continued in April across the nation, thanks to moist conditions from the winter.

    "Precipitation received was above average across the northwestern quarter of the nation and across a majority of the east," the agency said.

    While the wildfire season might be delayed in higher, timbered elevations of the Northwest because of a slower melt of the snowpack, "an exception to this could be along the Canadian border in Washington, Idaho and western Montana," the agency said. That's because those areas have a below-average snowpack and are suffering from moderate drought.

    "These areas can expect an average start to the season with a potential for above normal activity," the agency said.

    In the southwest, below normal fire potential was expected across northern Arizona, northern New Mexico and west Texas in May and June, the report said. Above normal fire potential was expected in southern Arizona in those months.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 7 San Diego

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    <![CDATA[Cloudy Water on Monte Vista HS Campus Poses No Risk: GUSHD]]>509353741Fri, 03 May 2019 05:35:04 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Monte+Vista+High+School+white+water.jpg

    The Grossmont Union High School District said the water at Monte Vista High School poses no health risks despite its whitish color.

    A mother of an MVHS student sent NBC 7 a picture taken of the water in one of the bathrooms on campus. The water appears cloudy and bubbly, and white in color.

    GUHSD spokesperson Catherine Martin said the apparent discoloration was caused by construction on campus and said the water should resume its normal appearance soon.

    Martin said water on campus was shut off during construction allowing air to enter the line. As it was turned back on, the water was filled with tiny air bubbles which Martin said is what's causing the "white appearance.

    Martin said the bubbles will disappear as people on campus continue using the water.

    The water was quality tested by the district's construction management team and it passed with no issues.

    "At this time there is no health risks to staff or students," Martin said.

    According to Martin, the bubbles are a common occurrence when the water is shut off and turned back on.

    <![CDATA[Red Cross Hosts Week of Shelter of Hope Events]]>509295282Wed, 01 May 2019 05:13:38 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/American_Red_Cross_Offers_Amazon_Gift_Card_For_Blood.jpg

    Shelter of Hope provides local natural disaster relief to those in need. NBC 7's Monica Dean talks to the regional CEO of Red Cross in San Diego about a week of events aimed at raising money for the program.]]>
    <![CDATA[Ordinance to Again Ban Sleeping in Cars Faces 1st Hurdle]]>508711581Wed, 17 Apr 2019 13:01:50 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Mayor-Kevin-Faulconer-San-Diego-April-2019.jpg

    A proposal to reestablish a ban that restricts people from living in their vehicles on city streets, with the exception of certain designated lots, will face its first hurdle Wednesday. 

    Mayor Kevin Faulconer last month proposed a new ban on vehicle habitation that would prevent homeless people from staying in their vehicle where overnight parking is not allowed, including outside businesses, near the beach and on city streets.

    The ordinance must be approved by the San Diego City Council but first will face the San Diego City Council's Public Safety and Liveable Neighborhoods committee at a Wednesday meeting. 

    The mayor's proposal came just over a month after city council voted to repeal its 1983 ordinance banning habitation in cars or vehicles on city streets as a result of a federal court ruling which called the ordinance "vague" and overreaching.

    Residents near the beaches and bay, however, soon complained that repealing the ordinance opened the doors for more and more car and van dwellers in their neighborhoods. 

     But the mayor's proposal is criticized by people who, while technically homeless, are financially secure but choose to save money by living in a vehicle.

    The ordinance is also criticized for not being different enough from the old law it is meant to replace. 

    Faulconer's plan includes a "safe parking program" that would designate certain lots in the city that car-dwellers could stay at overnight. The lots would link homeless San Diegans with resources to help get them into more stable, long-term housing through partnerships with other organizations. 

    Ahead of the committee meeting Wednesday, the city opened one of these safe parking lots at SDCCU Stadium's overflow lot near Friars Road and Mission Village Drive. The space was the third of its kind to open through a partnership with Jewish Family Services. 

    Faulconer said the proposal was meant to help homelessness in San Diego while not allowing "conduct that takes advantage of San Diego’s generosity and destroys the quality of life in our communities."

    Photo Credit: NBC 7]]>
    <![CDATA[Kohl’s Launches 'Military Mondays' 15% Discount Deal ]]>508664411Wed, 17 Apr 2019 07:46:56 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Kohls-hiring-seasonal-workers.jpg

    Big box retailer Kohl’s has launched a new weekly deal for active and former military personnel, veterans and their families: 15 percent off, every Monday, year-round.

    The retailer announced "Military Mondays" earlier this month, an in-store discount meant to thank U.S. service members and their families “for their selflessness and service to our nation.”

    The discount is valid every Monday when customers show a valid military or veteran ID, or military dependent ID at the point of purchase.

    “Through Military Mondays, we are proud to strengthen our support of our military families who have made sacrifices to ensure the safety of our communities,” said Doug Arnoldi, Kohl’s vice president, district manager, and a champion for the military discount, in a press release. “We saw a need to better serve our brave military families, and this discount is our way to give back, and lighten the load, for families who have given so much.”

    The offer cannot be combined with any other discounts and excludes gift cards, beauty and fragrance, premium athletic items, sporting goods, toys, and select brands. More details on exclusions can be seen here.

    In San Diego County, Kohl’s operates 10 stores, from south to north, east to west, including locations in Chula Vista, Santee, Poway, and Encinitas.

    Kohl’s isn’t the only retailer to offer discounts to military personnel.

    Home improvement retailer Lowe’s offers a 10 percent discount every day to active duty military, veterans or immediate family members. To receive that discount, service members must enroll for the Military Discount program via the Lowe’s website.

    Meanwhile, other department stores – including Walmart,Target and Macy’s – each support the U.S. military through different programs, resources, and fundraisers.

    Also, a website called ID.me helps verify the identification of military service members so they can redeem military discounts across retailers. Learn more about that here.

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    <![CDATA[How to Protect Against Mosquitoes in San Diego ]]>508659501Wed, 17 Apr 2019 07:39:31 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/168*120/mosquito-generic.jpg

    Warmer days across San Diego County mean mosquitoes are starting to make their presence known and the insects may find your backyard – and any little pocket of stagnant water – an especially comfortable place to breed this season.

    “Even the small little sources that show up in backyards can produce a lot of mosquitoes when you add it all up,” Chris Conlan, Supervising Vector Ecologist for the County of San Diego Department of Environmental Health, said.

    “The bottom line is anything that can hold water for a week or longer is a potential mosquito breeding source – whether it’s that saucer under your plants, an old bucket, kids toys that are getting filled up every time the sprinklers go off – the list is endless, really.”

    Conlan, along with San Diego County Supervisor Greg Cox and other environmental health officials, held a news briefing Tuesday to remind locals to protect themselves against mosquitoes and mosquito-borne illnesses.

    According to Conlan, in San Diego County, mosquito season is really year-round due to the mild climate. However, he said its peak is April through October.

    Conlan said the county’s vector control department closely monitors mosquito populations across the region and, already, they can see mosquito populations are on the rise. Those populations will only increase as the weather gets warmer and spring turns into summer.

    On Wednesday, vector control officials will begin conducting larvicide drops by helicopter over thick, swampy areas. Conlan said officials will continue those treatments every three to four weeks over the course of the summer.

    In the meantime, officials said there’s a lot that locals can do in their own backyards to prevent mosquitos from breeding. The insects are attracted to standing water and could even breed in something as little as a bottle cap filled with water.

    Conlan said San Diegans should scour their yards for any traces of stagnant water and dump all of that water out.

    “Flowing water doesn’t bring mosquitoes,” he added.

    Mosquitos can carry a number of potentially deadly diseases that can be transmitted to people, including West Nile Virus. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, West Nile Virus is the leading cause of mosquito-borne disease in the United States. It is most commonly spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito.

    So far this year, Conlan said only one bird in San Diego County has tested positive for West Nile Virus. Thus far, there are no local cases of humans contracting the disease.

    Last year, a 91-year-old San Diego man was hospitalized after being bitten by a mosquito infected with West Nile Virus. He survived. The CDC said about one in 150 infected with West Nile Virus develops serious, sometimes deadly, illness. There are no vaccines to prevent the virus or medications to treat the disease in humans.

    Conlan said vector control monitors for West Nile Virus in San Diego through the testing of dead birds. Anyone who sees a dead bird in the region can call the county’s vector control office at (858) 694-2888 to report the dead bird; officials may be able to pick it up and test it for the virus.

    The county’s campaign during mosquito season is fittingly dubbed “Fight the Bite.” You can learn all about mosquitoes as they pertain to our county here.

    In addition to getting rid of standing water around one’s home, Conlan said locals who have ponds, fountains or birdbaths in their yards can get something called “mosquito fish,” for free, from the county. Mosquito fish are small, freshwater fish that eat mosquito larvae. They can be picked up at different locations around San Diego.

    Of course, insect repellents are also good tools against mosquitoes.

    According to the San Diego County Department of Environmental Health, there are 27 types of mosquitoes in San Diego County and at least nine of those types are known to carry diseases that can be passed to humans. Native Culex mosquitoes are likely to bite during dawn and dusk.

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    <![CDATA[Abandoned Puppy Turns Out to Be a Coyote]]>508659361Wed, 17 Apr 2019 05:14:42 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Coyote+Pup.jpg

    A man found an adorable newborn puppy in a Southern California canyon. But that pooch was no puppy -- it was a coyote.

    The San Diego Union-Tribune reported on Monday that San Diego Humane Society officers received a call from the Tierrasanta resident who found the abandoned newborn while walking his dog in a nearby canyon.

    The man scooped it up, took it back to his house and summoned the officers.

    Upon examination, the officers discovered that the newborn animal was a coyote.

    The Humane Society delivered the animal to Project Wildlife for care before transfer to a Ramona animal sanctuary, The Fund for Animals Wildlife Center, which rehabilitates and releases native wildlife.

    If all goes well, the coyote will be released in the same general area when it is old enough.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 7 San Diego

    Photo Credit: San Diego Humane Society
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    <![CDATA[Chargers Make Powder Blues Primary Uniform]]>508668071Wed, 17 Apr 2019 05:14:26 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/215*120/Powder+Blue.PNG

    A familiar - and popular - look for the Chargers will now be the team's full-time uniform.

    The team announced today that they will now wear powder blue as their primary home uniform, beginning in the 2019 season.

    The franchise wore the color during their inaugural season in 1960. They used powder blue as an alternate in 1994, and it has since become a regular part of their jersey rotation. 

    Another change in their uniform will be a gold facemask, something they used in 1974. The Chargers also used them with their color rush uniforms beginning in 2016.

    Head Coach Anthony Lynn has a 4-0 record when his team dons the lighter shade of blue. 

    Photo Credit: Los Angeles Chargers]]>
    <![CDATA[City Opens 'Safe Parking' Lot for People Living in Their Cars, RVs]]>508645261Wed, 17 Apr 2019 00:14:25 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Mayor-Kevin-Faulconer-San-Diego-April-2019.jpg

    The city of San Diego opened a new parking lot to homeless people living in their vehicles Tuesday in an effort to provide resources to car dwellers while keeping them off of city streets. 

    The parking lot, SDCCU Stadium's overflow parking lot in Mission Valley, will be able to accomodate up to 80 recreational vehicles or 200 standard cars. 

    Those living on the lot will also be linked with resources to help get them into more stable, long-term housing through a partnership with Jewish Family Service of San Diego, according to the city. This is the third lot to open with the organization. An additional two lots are run by private, non-profit organizations.

    The opening of the lot is part of Mayor Kevin Faulconer's push to expand a "safe parking program" while restricting people from living in their cars in other parts of the city, including outside businesses, near the beach and on city streets. 

    “The cost for this expansion will come from the city’s $14 million allocation from the state homeless emergency aid program which we fought so hard for last year,” Faulconer said.

    The mayor outlined the details of his proposed ordinance in an April 11 staff report. A committee is scheduled to discuss the proposal on Wednesday. 

    A law that prohibited people from living in their cars was repealed by city council with a unanimous vote on Feb. 10 after a judge last year ordered San Diego police to stop ticketing people living in their vehicles because the law was too vague to enforce. 

    The revocation of the law allowed anyone to legally live in their car or RV as long as they follow the posted signs and do not park in the same location for more than 72 hours.

    "For those folks who are truly looking for help, there's a safe parking lot," the mayor said. "For those folks who are just looking to come to San Diego and live in their cars. That's why we need an updated ordinance that will be before the City Council later this week." 

    The city said once the law was repealed they were inundated with hundreds of complaints from residents regarding people living in their cars on residential streets and in parking lots, prompting the mayor to propose the new ordinance.

    The ordinance would establish new rules for car dwellers, limiting the locations where they can stay overnight to certain designated lots, including the Mission Valley site. 

    The mayor's proposal is criticized by people who, while technically homeless, are financially secure but choose to save money by living in a vehicle.

    The safe parking program has been around since 2010. The nonprofit organization Dreams for Change opened the first lot along State Route 94 at 28th Street and a second location on Balboa Avenue, according to the information service 211 San Diego.

    Photo Credit: NBC 7]]>
    <![CDATA[50 MPH Gusts Recorded Amid Wind Advisory, NWS says]]>508637011Tue, 16 Apr 2019 06:19:40 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/san+diego+beach+rain+chopper.jpg

    A storm system sweeping across Southern California is expected to bring no more than an inch of rain to San Diego County but will cool temperatures and create gusty winds Tuesday.

    Showers are expected to be at their heaviest from mid-morning through the afternoon but the quick-moving storm system will be short lived. 

    A few-hundredths-of-an-inch are possible at the coast with anywhere from a quarter-inch to an inch possible in the mountains, the National Weather Service said. 

    "This isn’t a huge weather event it’s just going to be breezy for the coast and inland valleys, windy for the mountains and deserts with a little bit of rain mixed in as well," NBC 7 weathercaster Ashley Matthews said.

    For the most part, the storm system would be creating strong winds in the mountains and deserts, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a wind advisory in the area through 9 p.m. Tuesday.

    Before 3 a.m., the NWS said a few gusts in the low-50 mph were recorded in the peaks near Mount Laguna and desert near Jacumba Hot Springs. 

    Winds will likely average 25 to 35 mph with some gusts reaching 45 mph. The NWS said some isolated gusts may reach 65 mph. The strongest winds were expected to hit in the afternoon, the NWS said.

    The wind event means drivers may have difficulty driving in the deserts where visibility may be reduced due to blowing dust and sand. Winds may also effect high-profile vehicles on east county roads. 

    Temperatures will also be cooler Tuesday due to the storm system. Daily highs are expected to be in the low 60s along the coast and inland and in the upper 40s in the mountains and the low 70s in the deserts. 

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    <![CDATA[Drivers Make Sacrifices Due to Gas Price Spikes]]>508598951Tue, 16 Apr 2019 08:24:19 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/rising_gas_prices_photo_for_web_1200x675_1483526723695.jpg

    As gas prices climb, drivers are having to make sacrifices to afford fuel. 

    "I'm kind of shocked right now coming to fill up," said Christina Standifird who stopped to refuel in Mission Valley Monday. "It was something I was not expecting today. It's way higher than last week even." 

    According to AAA, average gas prices in San Diego hit the $4 a gallon mark over the weekend. They are at $4.04 on average as of Monday morning. 

    Gas prices in San Diego are up 20 cents since last week and 80 cents since last month, AAA said.

    Shell stations and 76 gas stations in downtown San Diego, Pacific Beach and Fashion Valley were sitting around $4.39 per gallon Monday. 

    Gas price increases are primarily due to increased crude oil prices, ongoing refinery issues in California and summer-blend fuel in the marketplace. 

    Summer-blend fuel costs more than winter-blend fuel because there are extra ingredients to prevent it from burning off in the heat. It costs an average of 15 to 20 cents more a gallon, which is felt by consumers. 

    Of the major 10 oil refineries in California, six of them have closed recently due to scheduled or unscheduled maintance issues. 

    "I'll have to travel less because the prices are so high," Standifird added. "I'll be watching gas prices more closely." 

    But the price increases are being felt not just in California but all over the country. The prices are exceptionally high for this time of year, AAA added.

    Although it is only spring, consumers have "summer-like demand." 

    "People are traveling for spring break and the economy is good," said Doug Shupe, Program Manager for AAA in Southern California. "So there's been a higher amount of travel compared to previous years." 

    AAA has some tips conserve fuel and make your dollar go as far as possible. 

    "Take the extra weight out of your car like those boxes of paper from the office or the golf clubs from last weekend," said Shupe. "It will help you get more gas miles the lighter load you carry." 

    Shupe also suggests easing onto your gas pedal when the light turns green. 

    AAA offers a free app for smart phones that gives local gas prices comparisons to consumers so that they can find the most affordable prices nearby. 

    <![CDATA[Family Hears Father's Heartbeat Years After His Death]]>508629351Tue, 16 Apr 2019 06:37:22 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/ES_RAW+BOY+HEARS+DADS+HEART+-+DONATE+LIFE%2898%29.jpg

    Two years after a South Bay father passed away, his mother and young son were able to listen to his heartbeat once again.

    David Rivera died from a rare blood clotting disorder in 2017 when he was just 30-years-old. On Monday, his family got to meet the woman who received his heart for the very first time.

    Rivera enjoyed teaching his son his love for the outdoors, and spending family time with his fiancée.

    “Everywhere he went, everything he did was about getting people together and making them feel special,” Rivera’s mother Susan Amador said.

    Amador was not at all surprised her son was at the heart of Monday’s special, hug-filled meeting.

    Sandra, the recipient of Rivera’s heart, says the gift saved her from years of trouble from heart disease that nearly took her life also.

    She placed the chest piece over her heart and gave the ear tips to Amador first.

    “It's strong. That's for sure. Very strong,” she said, listening to the heart that used to drum inside her son’s chest.

    “He got us all together too, now we have new friends,” Amador added. “They're pretty much going to be our family because we’re connected.”

    Next it was Rivera’s son’s turn, 4-year-old Josiah. And when they tried to take the stethoscope away from him the toddler politely let them know he wasn’t done and wanted to listen for just a moment longer.

    And since Sandra can’t be with little Josiah all the time, she gifted him a teddy bear that plays a recording of his father's heartbeat so he can listen in whenever he wants.

    “He's going to come to realize his dad is a hero. That's very important,” Amador said.

    Amador says her family also received a letter from the patient who now lives with the lungs her son once used to breathe.

    Sandra and Rivera’s family live a mile apart and they say they plan to keep in touch.

    <![CDATA[Bill Aims to Expand California's Free Community College Program]]>508569791Mon, 15 Apr 2019 10:04:21 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/free+tuition+mira+costa.jpg

    California lawmakers are considering a new law that would expand a tuition program to help thousands of community college students graduate without debt.

    The California College Promise (CCP), signed into law in 2017 by then-California Gov. Jerry Brown, waives first-year tuition fees for eligible full-time community college students.

    But a new bill, Assemby Bill 2, could expand the program to waive fees for two academic years, potentially saving full-time students about $1,350 dollars in tuition and fees a year.

    The proposed legislation will add $160 million into the state's community college districts to help fund the second year of free tuition, based on the number of students who would have been eligible to receive the subsidy during the 2017-2018 year.

    AB 2 also expands the pool of students who are eligible for free tuition. Previously, the fee waiver was only available to first-time students. Under the new bill, anyone who doesn't already have a degree would be eligible.

    San Diego County has nine community colleges. All of them have some form of the CCP.

    In 2018, Mira Costa College used its funding from CCP to cover tuition for about 500 low-income students. Stephanie Rivera was one of those students. 

    "I grew up in Encinitas and being lower income, I didn't have any SAT prep or I couldn't stay after school because I had to help my mother with another job," said Rivera.

    She attends Mira Costa College's Encinitas campus and plans on becoming a doctor.

    "It definitely did level the playing field for me because I didn't have to worry about textbook costs. I didn't have to worry about food rationing. I didn't have to worry about holding a 9-to-5 job," explained Rivera.

    What colleges want students to walk away with instead is preparation for advanced education and training for the many middle-skilled jobs in fields such as automotive, accounting and child care, which are in constant need of qualified workers.

    "We know that's a barrier for students even looking at higher education," said Kristen Huyck, Director of Public and Governmental Relations at Mira Costa College. "They don't even want to start college because of the debt that they know that they could walk away with."

    Assembly Bill 2 would have to pass the state Senate and state Assembly and be signed by the governor before it can be enacted.

    <![CDATA[Surf's Up: NWS Warns of Elevated Waves]]>508499121Fri, 12 Apr 2019 11:17:35 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/High_Surf_Expected_to_Increase_Overnight.jpg

    High surf at San Diego County beaches prompted the National Weather Service to issue a beach hazards statement through Friday evening. 

    During the advisory period, waves are expected to average three to six feet with some swells reaching 7 feet, particularly along west-facing beaches, the NWS said. 

    A beach hazards statement is issued when elevated surf and strong rip currents create dangerous swimming conditions. 

    The NWS warns beachgoers to obey posted warning signs and lifeguard orders while the advisory is in effect. 

    <![CDATA[Qualcomm Says 5G Will Lead the Way to Self-Driving Cars, Better VR and More]]>508458931Thu, 11 Apr 2019 18:17:35 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_19054094342552-Lyft-IPO.jpg

    As San Diego marches towards a 5G wireless, Qualcomm says it will lead to innovation in the automotive industry, virtual reality, and wireless communications. 

    Thursday, the company unleashed new technologies for smart watches, gaming, computers and other sectors that will be improved with 5G at the Sorrento Valley office. 

    5G will deliver speeds approximately 20 times faster than what is possible with a 4G system.

    To put it in perspective, 2G allowed us to send text messages, 3G connected us to the Internet, 4G made that practice faster. Developers say 5G will change our world. 

    A faster network will also allow for autonomous driving in San Diego. Smart cars will rely on sensors around the city to pick up on someone running across the street or another car turning the corner. 

    In cities, there will be enough intersections for small towers to be integrated into current light poles. 

    More towers will have to be built along highways to accommodate autonomous vehicles. 

    "You'll have many towers on the freeway," said Maged Zaki, director of technical marketing for Qualcomm. "Some of the towers will be used to talk to the cloud and the cars and others will be just for car-to-car communication." 

    The exact number of towers needed will depend on transmitters and receivers along with antennas put inside the cars that will talk to the towers. 

    Qualcomm has also developed real-time technology allows the car to read the driver's eyes to determine if he or she is too tired to drive. 

    Another industry that will be greatly improved with 5G is augmented and virtual reality.

    Currently, signals are delayed by 20-25 milliseconds on average in virtual reality. That is why people often get nauseous when they walk with headsets on. 

    But with 5G, a faster connection will eliminate this problem, engineers said. 

    "In order for this to work, you need a lot of data to come through the VR headset device," said Guilherme Brighenti, an engineer with Qualcomm. "Not only that, the time it takes this device to talk to the serve needs to be very low, we're talking 5 or 6 milliseconds." 

    Other major companies like AT&T and Verizon are gearing up for 5G. Verizon just announced a partnership with the City of San Diego to help make it a smart city. 

    Qualcomm said they have other exciting projects happening too. For example, customers can purchase a laptop with hardware in it that allows the battery to last up to 22 hours. 

    Photo Credit: Gene J. Puskar/AP, File]]>
    <![CDATA[City Testing New Parking Zones for Dockless Scooters and Bikes]]>508475001Fri, 12 Apr 2019 15:51:32 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/EH_RAW+SCOOTER+PARKING+ZONES%281%29.jpg

    Mayor Kevin Faulconer's proposed rules of the road for dockless bikes and scooters go before the City Council later this month, but their pending approval isn’t stopping the city from making changes.

    The city is creating what it calls parking corrals: designated zones stenciled on the roadway for riders to park their scooters and bikes. They are small spaces carved out of red zones where cars are prohibited from parking.

    The city just started stenciling them in Cortez Hill and other downtown neighborhoods.

    The corrals are 150 square feet. The intent, of course, is to get them off the sidewalks and out of other pedestrian spaces where they are often left.

    Some say there are too many reckless riders, too many riders moving in car and pedestrian traffic, and too many parked in the way of too many.

    "Sometimes they are everywhere. They are on your sidewalk or right in front of your door,” Cortez Hill resident Sabrina Kaiser said.

    The parking corral is the city's answer to the clutter. So far, reviews are mixed.

    "It's not taking up parking spaces and it keeps the scooters and the bikes all in one area, " Sabrina Kaiser said.

    The city tells NBC 7 parking corrals are for dockless vehicle companies to use for staging instead of the sidewalk.

    "I don't see a problem with at least making the attempt to make it better," Cortez Hill resident Brennan Quigley said.

    Eventually though, the expectation is that riders will use them for drop off as well.

    “When people use them I think they'll just leave them where ever they want. You are relying on people having good manners,” Quigley said.

    The corrals come without consequences for bad etiquette, but there are penalties for riding in prohibited areas.

    "It can be affective because a lot of times you have to drive on the sidewalk to park and you're not supposed to drive on the sidewalks," Eric Grecco said.

    Grecco loves the ease of dockless transportation and uses it all the time. He did, however, fail the first test of the corrals’ effectiveness, which is noticing them in the first place.

    "I didn't notice that spot . You saw me pull up and come right here, so who knows," Grecco said.

    The city is planning to make approximately 330 of the designated spaces across the city. The cost comes out of the current budget.

    If you are looking for a map of these zones they are still working on that.

    Besides the parking zones, the Mayor's proposed regulations call for reduced speeds in certain areas and parking and staging rules, as well as fees and permitting for scooter and bicycle companies.

    <![CDATA[SDUSD Makes Ethnic Studies Course Graduation Requirement]]>508474231Thu, 11 Apr 2019 21:46:16 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/sdusd+ethnic+studies.jpg

    Students at San Diego Unified School District high schools will soon be required to take a new course to graduate.

    It’s called "Ethnic Studies," and it's a different way of looking at U.S. and world history.

    Hoover and Lincoln high schools are the only high schools in the district that currently offer ethnic studies.

    Both schools are in very diverse neighborhoods; Hoover’s student-body is almost 100 percent minority, with hundreds of immigrants from Asia and Africa.

    The Mid City high school first offered the ethnic studies course last semester.

    Freshman Evelyn Soto said she learned new information about the history of race and immigration in the United States.

    “And we learned about how special each culture is,” Soto said. “And I think especially in this century, at this time, it's important for us to know about different cultures and how we can show respect for them.”

    Sharon Apple, a Hoover High teacher who is qualified to teach Ethnic Studies, said students learn lessons that benefit them long after they graduate.

    “If you know about other people and other people's cultures, then you'll be able to work with them, because our world is not individualized, you always have to collaborate," Apple said.

    The school district’s board of education apparently agrees with that assessment.

    Board members voted 4-0 Tuesday night to make Ethnic Studies a required class for high school graduation, starting in the 2021-22 school year.

    <![CDATA[Coronado Considers Off-Leash Dog Park, Wants Public Input]]>508428841Thu, 11 Apr 2019 05:29:51 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/dog-park-Pacific-Beach-2019.jpg

    Your furry friends may be getting a new park in Coronado but first, the city is asking citizens to weigh in on potential locations.

    While there’s dog beach at Coronado Cays, there is currently no off-leash dog park within the city of Coronado.

    But the city says it's been getting a lot of feedback from dog lovers who want a park in the heart of the village. So they’re asking people to weigh in on where they would like to see a dog park through an interactive map.

    The map allows residents to mark locations in Coronado where they’d like to see the park. They can also fill out an online survey to voice wants and needs at the dog park.

    On top of the survey, residents can voice their opinions at a public meeting at 1019 Seventh Street on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. 

    The meeting is the second hosted by the city and results will be presented to the Parks and Rec committee.

    Photo Credit: NBC 7]]>
    <![CDATA[Full Closure of I-5 in La Jolla to Allow for Construction]]>508383931Wed, 10 Apr 2019 11:18:00 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/mid-coast+trolley+project+1.JPG

    Motorists may want to plan an alternate route through the La Jolla/University City area while Interstate 5 is closed for overnight construction this week. 

    The planned closures are part of the $2.17 billion Mid-Coast Trolley construction project that will extend a Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) trolley line another 10.9 miles from the University City area to Old Town. 

    All lanes of southbound I-5, from the I-805 split to La Jolla Village Drive, will be closed from 9:30 p.m. on Thursday to 5 a.m. on Friday.

    Motorists will be rerouted along southbound I-805 to westbound state Route 52, where they will rejoin I-5. 

    During this same time, two northbound lanes of I-5, from La Jolla Village Drive to Genessee Avenue, will also be closed. 

    Crews will pour concrete to build a bridge deck for the trolley overpass at Voigt Drive during the closures.

    Construction on the Mid-Coast Trolley Project began in 2016 and in late-March reached a milestone with half of the project completed. Full completion is expected in late 2021. 

    The blue line extention will add nine stops, linking communities to University City, Mission Bay Park, the VA Medical Center, UC San Diego and University Town Center. 

    A large chunk of the funding for this project came from TransNet, the half-cent sales tax approved by voters. TransNet will also provide operating funds for the Mid-Coast Trolley through 2048.

    Construction on the Mid-Coast Trolley Project has led to some large-scale road closures in the University City area. Earlier this month, the work shut down Nobel Drive west of Interstate 5 in La Jolla for a weekend.

    Photo Credit: Google Maps/NBC 7]]>
    <![CDATA[SD County Fair Announces 2019 Concert Lineup]]>508392721Thu, 11 Apr 2019 06:52:04 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/201*120/Pitbull+Alex+Matthews+Web+Cropped.jpg

    How 'Oz'-some is this? On Wednesday, the San Diego County Fair announced its 2019 summer concert series lineup -- and it features Smokey Robinson, Lindsey Stirling, Air Supply, Toby Keith, Trace Adkins, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, Los Tigres del Norte, the Wailers, Blood Sweat & Tears and many others.

    The beloved annual event (with its 2019 theme of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz") runs from May 31 through July 4 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. With 27 nights of entertainment on deck, the fair promises something for nearly everyone with shows taking place at its Corona Grandstand, Paddock, and Solid Gold stages.

    Perhaps the year's biggest attraction is none other than Pitbull, "Mr. Worldwide" himself, who is scheduled to take the Grandstand Stage on Saturday, June 29. The last time the Grammy-winning international superstar performed in town, he sold out the then-named Valley View Casino Center in 2017.

    While concerts held on the Paddock and Solid Gold stages are free with paid admission to the fair, tickets for individual Corona Grandstand Stage shows go on sale on Friday, April 12, at 10 a.m. PST here (a few are already on sale).

    Check out the full lineups for the three stages below, and visit the San Diego County Fair website for more information.

    The 2019 San Diego County Fair Corona Grandstage Stage lineup

    • May 31: Justin Moore, tickets are $31-$49
    • June 1: Jim Gaffigan, tickets are $28-$69*
    • June 2: La Adictiva; GA levels 3 and 5 are included with fair admission; reserved seats are $34-$49
    • June 5: Banda El Recodo; GA levels 3 and 5 are included with fair admission; reserved seats are $39-$54
    • June 6: Fab Four; GA levels 3 and 5 are included with fair admission; reserved seats are $32-$44
    • June 7: Jeff Dunham, ticket prices are $29-$69*
    • June 9: Christian Nodal; GA levels 3 and 5 are included with fair admission; reserved seats are $39-$57
    • June 12: Jake Owen, ticket prices are $29-$54
    • June 13: Creedence Clearwater Revisited; GA levels 3 and 5 are included with fair admission; reserved seats are $33-$44
    • June 14: Toby Keith, ticket prices are $44-$127*
    • June 15: Smokey Robinson, ticket prices are $28-$54*
    • June 16: Mariachi Del Sol at 6 p.m.; GA levels 3 and 5 are included with fair admission; reserved seats are $32-$44
    • June 20: The Tenderloins/Impractical Jokers, ticket prices are $34-$84*
    • June 21: AJR; GA levels 3 and 5 are included with fair admission; reserved seats are $51-$59.
    • June 22: 15th annual Gospel Festival: The Walls Group and the Clark Sisters at 7 p.m.; GA levels 3 and 5 are included with fair admission; reserved seats are $33-$44
    • June 23: Grupo Intocable; GA levels 3 and 5 are included with fair admission; reserved seats are $32-$44
    • June 27: Lindsey Stirling; GA levels 3 and 5 are included with fair admission; reserved seats are $49-$64*
    • June 28: Air Supply; GA levels 3 and 5 are included with fair admission; reserved seats are $33-$44*
    • June 29: Pitbull, ticket prices are $67-$89*
    • June 30: Los Tigres Del Norte, reserved seats are $39-$54; GA levels 3 and 5 are included with fair admission
    • July 2: Trace Adkins, ticket prices are $34-$49*
    • July 4: Brad Upton, 9:30 p.m. (opening act at 7:30 p.m., fireworks at 9 p.m.); GA levels 3 and 5 are included with fair admission; reserved seats are $32-$44
    * dinner packages available

    The 2019 San Diego County Fair Paddock Concert Series lineup (free with paid fair admission)

    • June 5: The Family Stone
    • June 6: Chuy Lizarraga
    • June 12: Big Brother & the Holding Company
    • June 13: Ivan & The Parazol
    • June 19: Blood, Sweat & Tears
    • June 20: Banda Machos
    • June 26: Bowzer and Johnny Contardo (formerly of Sha Na Na)
    • June 27: Who’s Bad
    • July 2: The Wailers
    • July 3: Canned Heat
    • July 4: Liquid Blue

    The 2019 San Diego County Fair Solid Gold Concert Series (free with paid fair admission)

    • June 6: Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals
    • June 13: Charo in concert with special guest John Davidson
    • June 20: Tribute to Aretha Franklin & Friends
    • June 27: Rickie Lee Jones
    • July 4: Micky Dolenz

    Photo Credit: Alex Matthews]]>
    <![CDATA[Renderings Released of Proposed Horton Tech Hub]]>508389671Wed, 10 Apr 2019 21:07:01 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/208*120/Campus+at+Horton+Rendering+1+0410.jpg

    The new owners of the now-defunct Horton Plaza shopping center have released the first images of what they hope will become a high-tech office space and lifestyle center, though it must be approved by the city first. 

    The Campus at Horton is the brainchild of Stockdale Capital Partners, a commercial real estate firm based in Los Angeles, that wants to turn the million-square-foot shopping center into a mix of retail and office space that could appeal to Silicon Valley technology companies. 

    Before the project can become a reality, though, the project must get approval from the San Diego City Council. It will first be presented to the city's Economic Development and Intergovernmental Relations on Thursday. 

    The committee will consider revising the deed to Horton Plaza, which currently mandates that 600,000 square feet of the property be leased as retail space. The mandate would be cut in half if the deed is approved. 

    In return, Stockdale Capital would provide two security guards for Horton Plaza Park and redevelop the adjacent Bradley Building. The firm will also extend the Lyceum Theatre's lease, though the number of years was not specified. 

    The images released Wednesday by Stockdale Capital show the exterior of a glass, multi-level building at the corner of First and G streets in downtown San Diego, what was once a Nordstrom at the shopping mall. 

    The interior of the building has an open-space concept, with multiple levels opening up to one central point, while an outdoor deck acts as a gathering space for tech employees and visitors. 

    The LA-based real estate investment firm said the space would be able to house 3,000 to 4,000 tech jobs and an estimated $1.8 billion boost in annual economic activity with just the first phase of development alone.

    On top of creating a modern office space, the Campus at Horton will be transformed with high-end restaurants and retail spaces that will serve both employees and community members, according to the firm. 

    If the proposal passes council, Stockdale Capital plans to begin construction this year and complete the Campus at Horton in 2020. 

    According to the company’s website, Stockdale Capital owns a variety of properties in the southwest including medical and corporate plazas, hotels and apartments.

    Horton Plaza opened in 1985 and was once considered the crown jewel of downtown but it became something of an eyesore in recent years.

    When it first opened, it was considered a landmark of urban design, according to The Los Angeles Times.

    Before the property's sale was complete, empty storefront littered the property and the halls were lined with more homeless people than shoppers.

    Stockdale Capital boasts that its company has experience transforming failed shopping centers into high-tech office hubs. 

    Photo Credit: Campus at Horton
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    <![CDATA[Could Mead Be the New Craft Drink Trend in San Diego?]]>508405361Thu, 11 Apr 2019 07:56:11 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/220*120/MEAD029384.PNG

    An old-fashioned drink based on fermented honey and water is finding new life in San Diego's adventurous craft beverage market.

    Lost Cause Meadery is a tasting room that's been in business in San Diego's Miramar area for about a year-and-a-half. The spot offers a unique and historic alcoholic beverage known as mead, which is made by fermenting honey with water and adding spices and fruit to create different flavors.

    San Diego residents Billy and Suzanna Beltz run Lost Cause Meadery. Billy is the lead mead maker. Coming from a beer brewing background, he said he fell in love with the art of making the perfect mead. 

    Lost Cause is an award-winning meadery, with gold, silver and bronze medals from various brewing competitions. 

    Lost Cause is the only meadery within a 20-mile radius. There are some in North County, but the spot is hoping to bring the drink to locals at the southern and central parts of San Diego. 

    "We named this place 'Lost Cause' because we thought it was a lost cause to start a meadery around here in San Diego," Billy said laughing. "But it's a reminder to never give up on your dream." 

    <![CDATA[130K San Diegans to Have Library Fines Wiped Clean]]>508360811Wed, 10 Apr 2019 11:25:43 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/5-1-17-library-books.jpg

    Just like that, library fines for more than 130,000 San Diego residents were wiped clean Tuesday in a push by the city to launch a new chapter in the way locals access public libraries.

    Amid National Library Week, the San Diego Public Library Foundation and city leaders – including San Diego City Councilmember Chris Cate – announced the forgiveness of library fines totaling a “couple million dollars,” according to Library Director Misty Jones.

    Of the 130,000 people with fines, nearly 74,000 of them were barred from using their local public libraries because their overdue fines exceeded the $10 limit.

    In San Diego’s low-income communities alone, roughly 40 percent of library cardholders were not allowed to check out materials from local branches due to outstanding fines, according to the San Diego Public Library Foundation.

    “We don’t want to penalize people. We want them to bring the materials back, but we’re saying, ‘It’s OK. We understand if you’re a little bit late,’” Jones said.

    The Library Foundation expects the pardon of those fines to improve library access to locals in those communities.

    “Libraries are known as the 'great equalizers' because we provide equal access for all patrons, regardless of their socio-economic status,” said Jones. “Wiping the slate clean of outstanding fines means welcoming back many of the underserved patrons who most need our services.”

    Cate said libraries play a critical role in transforming communities. He, too, was happy to announce the fine forgiveness efforts across the city.

    “I feel that banning a child from our public libraries due to an overdue book fine is unreasonable and contradictory to the mission of our libraries,” said Cate at a news briefing Tuesday afternoon.

    This process comes just nine months after the San Diego Public Library eliminated late fees for overdue books and resources. Materials and books checked out before July 1, 2018, were subject to a daily overdue fine ranging between 10 cents to $1, with maximum fines ranging from $5 to $100. If a fine surpassed $10, the library cardholder would be barred.

    While the forgiven fines allowed those barred to return to their local libraries, people who don’t return items will still be charged the price to replace them.

    “Now, moving forward, we don’t charge overdue fines. We want you to bring the item back. If you don’t bring it back, you have to pay for it. But we don’t charge you that late fee every day,” Jones said.

    The public libraries have automatic renewals where books may be renewed up to five times. If the book isn’t returned by then, Jones said the cardholder won’t be able to check out new books in the meantime.

    “But you actually have another 30 days to bring it back before you’re going to have to pay for it,” Jones said.

    According to the city, a deep-dive into the process of collecting library fines showed that it costs the city more in staff time to collect those overdue library fees than the fees collected. The library collected $675,000 in fees each year, but spent nearly $1 million to collect those fees.

    Cate said having library staffers dedicate their time to “chasing minuscule library fines with little to show for it was a waste of taxpayer dollars.”

    The city’s analysis also showed overdue fees were preventing locals from using library services, a press release from the city said.

    “We knew we needed to do something about that,” Jones added. “Officially, today, I can say that no one has a library fine, anymore, which is very exciting.”

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    <![CDATA[How to Participate in the Fund the Shelters Challenge]]>506157301Wed, 10 Apr 2019 05:47:53 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Fund+the+Shelters.jpg

    To celebrate the five-year anniversary of the Clear the Shelters, NBC and Telemundo stations are teaming up with the Michelson Found Animals Foundation, a leading animal welfare non-profit organization, to present the first-ever Fund the Shelters Challenge.

    Every year, thousands of animal shelters and rescues partner with their local NBC- and Telemundo-owned television stations to offer low or waived adoption fees to help families and individuals adopt a pet.

    Ahead of this year's pet adoption initiative on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, the Fund the Shelters Challenge will offer shelters and rescues an opportunity to raise money to help offset the cost of offering reduced or waived fees during Clear the Shelters and to support their day-to-day operations.

    The Fund the Shelters Challenge kicks off on April 9 and runs through May 9. It is hosted on the Crowdrise by GoFundMe platform.

    The challenge is open to shelters and rescue groups participating in Clear the Shelters and to animal welfare organizations all across the country. Organizations do not need to participate in Clear the Shelters in order to take part in the challenge. Interested shelters and rescue groups must have a minimum annual operating budget of $25,000 and a maximum annual operating budget of $20,000,000 to participate.

    Michelson Found Animals will award a total of $200,000 in prize money to organizations that participate in the challenge. The top six groups that raise the most money during the month-long challenge will be rewarded with cash grants totaling $135,000. There will also be weekly Bonus Challenges totaling $65,000 to encourage groups to participate participation and give all organizations a chance to win money.

    Grand prize winners will be announced in May.

    Interested groups can visit crowdrise.com/fundtheshelters to register for the Fund the Shelters Challenge and to read additional program rules and eligibility information.

    Since 2015, more than 250,000 pets have been adopted through NBC and Telemundo stations’ Clear the Shelters nationwide pet adoption campaign. Last year alone, over 100,000 pets were adopted during the month-long initative.   

    The Fund the Shelters Challenge borrows the successful model of the Michelson Found Animals Saving Pets Challenge, which it replaces for 2019. Since 2014, this pioneering fundraising effort has generated a cumulative program impact of over $7.2 million across over 600 participating organizations. To learn more about Michelson Found Animals, visit foundanimals.org.

    Groups interested in participating in Clear the Shelters 2019 can visit cleartheshelters.com or contact their local NBC and Telemundo stations directly, to sign up. To access information about Clear the Shelters in Spanish, please visit DesocuparLosAlbergues.com.

    <![CDATA[High Wind Warning in Effect for San Diego County]]>508311661Tue, 09 Apr 2019 11:57:07 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/gusty_winds_for_web_2_1200x675_1148036163995.jpg

    A high wind warning is in effect for parts of San Diego and Riverside counties, according to the National Weather Serrvice.

    San Diego's deserts will experience winds in the 25 to 35 miles per hour range with some gusts reaching 60 to 70 mph, the NWS said.

    Winds like those forecasted are strong enough to make driving difficult for high-profile vehicles.

    "These are damaging winds to tree limbs and power lines. When we get that 60 mile-per-hour range that's when we see things happening," NBC 7 Meteorologist Sheena Parveen said. 

    The high wind warning lasts through 2 a.m. Wednesday. 

    During the same period, the NWS issued a wind advisory for coastal areas, where winds are expected to average 15 to 25 miles per hour with some gusts reaching 35 mph.

    Parveen said the winds are not considered Santa Anas but do have the potential to create driving hazards or cause property damage.

    Winds will begin to increase after 10 a.m. and the strongest gusts are expected during the afternoon and evening hours. 

    The NWS said the cities of Vista, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Chula Vista, National City, San Diego and Julian will be affected. 

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    <![CDATA[San Diego Announces Deal With Verizon to Prep for 5G Wireless System]]>508266141Tue, 09 Apr 2019 04:33:17 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/san_diego_skyline_chopper_1200x675_1441291843796.jpg

    A multi-million dollar deal between San Diego and Verizon will lay the groundwork for 5G technology, the mayor announced Monday.

    San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, City Councilmember Chris Cate and San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit joined Verizon executives to discuss a partnership that will expand Smart City capabilities. 

    Faulconer said the expansion would be at no additional cost to taxpayers while mentioning that permit times will be reduced to allow Verizon to install technology faster.

    “We can’t yet announce 5G for San Diego but [this deal] will build the foundation for a 5G network here,” Verizon Senior Vice President of Engineering Ed Chan said.

    Verizon first launched its "5G Home" service in certain areas of Houston, Sacramento, Los Angeles and Indianapolis in October.

    Then, just last week, the company rolled out its 5G wireless network in Chicago and Minneapolis. Residents in those market with a compatible phone could download movies in seconds instead of minutes, according to Verizon. 

    One model phone works with the network currently with another model phone expected to be released later this quarter, CNBC reports.

    The company estimates 5G will deliver speeds approximately 20 times faster than what is possible with a 4G system.

    To put it in perspective, 2G allowed us to send text messages, 3G connected us to the Internet, 4G made that practice faster. Developers say 5G will change our world. 

    “We are together laying the foundation for a smart city and a smarter city for generations to come,” Faulconer said.

    The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department will receive 50 new tablets with the San Diego Police Department getting 500 new smart phones in the deal.

    "Just about everything we do has to do with wireless technology," Nisleit said. "That's what allows us to get there quickly and provide that piece of public safety that is needed."

    Nisleit said during a critical incident more communication through the new smart phones will increase public safety. 

    Verizon is going to be installing new technology at 5 of the city's most dangerous intersections to help the city better assess those problem areas.

    "5G provides traffic analyzing capabilities for us to make traffic flow better in San Diego," Chan added. 

    A faster network will also allow for autonomous driving in San Diego. Smart cars will rely on sensors around the city to pick up on someone running across the street or another car turning the corner. 

    "If that information comes to the car a little too late that's a problem," Chan added. "But with 5G the car will get the signal quickly on a reliable network." 

    NBC 7 reported on the technology for 5G being developed by Qualcomm in 2016.

    <![CDATA[City Council Votes to Block Sale of Skateworld, Will Restart Bidding Process]]>508293971Mon, 08 Apr 2019 19:01:39 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Skateworld_Enthusiasts_Rally_to_Stave_off_Sale.jpg

    The San Diego City Council voted 6-3 Monday against the sale of the city's only roller rink to a developer, a deal the operator of the rink said was orchestrated in secret.

    SkateWorld, operating in Linda Vista for more than four decades, was to be sold to Pacifica Development and the developer planned to put a big-box retailer in its place.

    Civic San Diego, a city-owned non-profit that guides neighborhood planning and development, recommended the sale to Pacifica following a bidding process that SkateWorld operator Brett Stang called "shady."

    "They took some bids, they weren't sharing at all who was bidding or what the prices were," Stang told NBC 7 in March.

    Linda Vista Town Council Vice President Blake Hofstad said the council wasn’t even aware the non-profit was taking bids until after bidding closed.

    "No, we were not informed by Civic San Diego that it was accepting bids,” Hofstad said. “On August 9 (2018), the town council became aware only after a community leader, on behalf of an investor, reached out to Civic San Diego about the property. We found out the deadline for bids expired in June."

    Word of the rink's potential sale spread quickly, and community activists and Skateworld enthusiasts staged several rallies at the property including a demonstration hours before City Council took up the vote.

    “People are passionate about this skating rink. We’re the last remaining roller rink in the City of San Diego,” Stang said at a rally the day before. “When I first opened up Skateworld, there were some 10 roller skating rinks in San Diego, and slowly and surely they’ve gone away -- not because people don’t skate, it’s just because retailers and box stores and various kinds of businesses have taken the properties.”

    Supporters rolled to City Hall Monday to let their voices be heard one final time.

    Supporters chanted "Save SkateWorld" while others demonstrated the tricks they pull in the rink on the asphalt in front of council chambers.

    "It's a huge part of my life," young skater Lilly Arnold said. "It's my second home. The community there is part of my family. It's just a place where I can feel safe going there with my friends."

    Arnold's mother frequented the rink when she was a kid, too, and agreed that the sale of the property would be a disservice to the community.

    "It feels unacceptable to me. I think that it is our civic leaders' responsibility to listen to the voice of the community and we have nearly 20,000 signatures on a petition that state that they don't want the SkateWorld city-owned land to be sold to a big developer to put a big-box store there," she said.

    The efforts from supporters paid off, for now. The City Council's vote only blocks the previously-arranged sale of the land to Pacifica. The council said it will restart the bidding process next year, and the only guarantee for SkateWorld operators is that they will be allowed to participate in the bidding.

    After Stang found out about the first round of bidding, investors put together a late bid of over $5 million which Stang said was right in line with Pacifica's and was one of the top three.

    But Pacifica edged them out.

    “$5.43 million? That's the winning bid? Awe, man. You are going to tell me I lost by just a couple thousand? Get outta here," Stang said.

    Stang criticized Civic San Diego for recommending the sale to Pacifica. He called the planning group's practices shady.

    "Skateworld and its investors would not only match what they are offering but I would add $5,000 on top of that," Stang said.

    <![CDATA[NBC 7 Investigates Launches New Podcast: INSIGHT]]>508143921Mon, 08 Apr 2019 20:12:26 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/INSIGHT_logo1200x675.jpg

    NBC 7 Investigates is launching INSIGHT: a podcast that will dive behind the stories and investigations making headlines in our community. 

    INSIGHT Episode One centers around the team’s exclusive story about a secret border surveillance program that monitored journalists, attorneys, immigration activists, and “instigators” tied to the migrant caravan. 


    Senior Investigative Reporter Mari Payton and Executive Producer Tom Jones give insight into how they broke the story, the government's response, and subsequent fallout. 

    In future episodes, INSIGHT will inform listeners by giving them a behind-the-scenes perspective on NBC 7 Investigations. 

    INSIGHT is produced by Payton, Jones and Matthew Lewis. Lewis also serves as Audio Engineer and Editor. 

    The team also wants to hear from you. If you have ideas or questions, feel free to reach out to us on social media: 


    You can find us on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or Spotify (tap on links to get to the show), and of course right here on www.NBC7.com

    And if you enjoyed INSIGHT, please rate and review us on your favorite podcasting platform.

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    <![CDATA[Some Light Showers Possible But Sunshine Ahead]]>508102691Thu, 04 Apr 2019 05:45:34 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/215*120/san+diego+rain.PNG

    The next few mornings could start with some light scattered showers before conditions clear for a mostly sunny weekend, forecasters say. 

    A few weak storm systems will bring clouds and low temperatures with a chance for showers on Thursday and Friday, particularly in the morning or late evening hours, NBC 7 Meteorologist Sheena Parveen said.

    Areas that do see rain during this time period aren't expected to see more than a quarter of an inch of rain. The best chance for rain is in Julian, where up to a half-inch is possible, according to the National Weather Service. 

    No weather watches, warnings or advisories were in effect during the rest weak storm system. A NWS wind advisory expired on Wednesday. 

    Mostly, this storm will bring some cloudy skies to San Diego through the weekend. But warmer temperatures and more sunshine are expected by Sunday. 

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    <![CDATA[Yabba Dabba Don't: California Town Rejects Flintstones House]]>508096381Thu, 04 Apr 2019 07:29:52 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/flinstone-AP_19093596445342.jpg

    Towering dinosaurs stand among fanciful mushrooms in the sloping backyard. A life-sized Fred Flintstone welcomes visitors near the front door. And by the driveway on the lawn is a giant "Yabba Dabba Do" sign in orange, purple and red.

    The latest battle in the war between government rules and property rights is playing out in a posh San Francisco suburb, where a retired publishing mogul has installed an elaborate homage to "The Flintstones" family. The bold, bulbous house is surrounded by Stone Age sculptures inspired by the 1960s cartoon, along with aliens and other oddities.

    The controversy has sparked international media coverage and an online petition signed by thousands to preserve the attention-grabbing property, visible from a nearby highway.

    The 2,730-square-foot house itself is not at stake, but the town of Hillsborough says Florence Fang's multimillion-dollar property is a public nuisance and an eyesore. Officials filed a lawsuit in state court last month to make her remove the unpermitted garden installations. Fang does not live in the house but uses it to entertain.

    An attorney for the 84-year-old says snobby officials want to squelch Fang's constitutional right to enjoy her yard, and promises a vigorous fight.

    "Mrs. Fang has made people smile, she's giving them joy. What's not to love about Dino, who acts like a dog?" said Angela Alioto, a former San Francisco supervisor. "What is wrong with these people?"

    The oddly shaped house, currently painted red and purple, was designed by architect William Nicholson and built in 1976. Fang, a prominent philanthropist who once published the San Francisco Examiner, bought the property in June 2017 for $2.8 million.

    The whimsical front yard has statues of Barney and Betty Rubble, along with Fred and Wilma. A sign reads "No Dino Allowed" and features a purple cartoon dinosaur. Colorful mushroom sculptures dot the front and back. A steep staircase, deemed unsafe by town officials, leads to a garden of giant metal prehistoric animals.

    Mark Hudak, an attorney for Hillsborough, says the town prides itself on its rural, woodsy feel, and rules are in place "so neighbors don't have to look at your version of what you would like to have, and you don't have to look at theirs."

    The case is simple, he said.

    "Whether she is building a project with amusing cartoon characters or Rodin statues or anything else, she still has to go through the process like everyone else," he said.

    Government has the right to enforce public safety codes, and to ensure property owners don't impinge on the rights of other property owners, said Tim Iglesias, a property professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law. Private property has been regulated in the United States since colonial times, he noted.

    But Iglesias says it's unusual for a homeowner to ignore three work-stop orders issued by the city, as the March 13 complaint states Fang did. She also ignored an administrative order to remove the installations by Dec. 5, 2018, although she paid a $200 fine.

    "This is a situation where a very wealthy, sophisticated homeowner has basically thumbed her nose at the city consistently," he said. "If they let her get away, then all the other wealthy people in Hillsborough can say, 'Hey, I can do whatever I want with my property. Who cares about the planning department?'"

    At a media tour of the property this week, Alioto said Fang will respond to the lawsuit with a counter-claim, but she declined to discuss specifics. She said Fang's constitutional rights to free speech and religion were violated. Fang was not made available for an interview.

    "They want everything removed. They want the dinosaurs removed," Alioto said. "They wanted her to put a tree in front of the dinosaur, so you couldn't see the dinosaur."

    David Levine, who specializes in civil litigation and remedies at the University of California Hastings College of the Law, said property owners flout permit regulations all the time. Usually, they pay a fine and correct any safety issues.

    And as for which party might prevail in court?

    "You have to figure out: Who's the twit? They're going to rule against the one that's being a twit," he said. "Is the twit the homeowner that ignored all the orders or the twits saying, 'We don't like Wilma and Betty?' "

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 7 San Diego

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    <![CDATA[Port Chairman Wants Coronado Ferry Landing Transformation]]>508013241Wed, 03 Apr 2019 19:44:59 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/coronado+ferry+landing.jpg

    The Port of San Diego's new chairman sees a "Renaissance on the Bay" and wants the Coronado Ferry Landing to be a part of it, though some residents are apprehensive. 

    Port Chairman Garry Bonelli, who represents the city of Coronado, has only held his new position for a few months but has already held an informal meeting with Coronado residents to explain his idea to transform the ferry landing into a retail and dining oasis.

    "Coronado is just a magical place; it’s a place maker’s dream," he told NBC 7. "Doing this right, doing it early, engaging the folks -- don’t wait until the last minute. Let’s get a robust discussion. What do we as Coronadoans want this Ferry Landing to be?"

    Bonelli knows Coronado. He is a retired Navy SEAL who spent 45 years in active and reserve service, according to the Port of San Diego. He also knows business and development, spending time with both the San Diego Association of Governments and the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. 

    In his swearing-in speech in January, Bonelli shared four priorities to improve the San Diego Bay -- one of which was to transform the old Coronado Ferry Landing through a partnership with the city, the port and leaseholders. 

    Residents are hesitant to accept more development, though. 

    "We locals have a little joke that the island’s going to sink, there’s so much development here," Coronado resident Susan Ryan said. "We like it quiet and we like it quaint. We like it safe for our children."

    At the same time, Ryan says she wouldn't mind seeing some new restaurants -- specifically a burger joint on the landing. 

    "The shops are good, everything’s good. I’m not quite sure what more they could do down here but put a really good hamburger place," she said jokingly.

    Bonelli understands why residents are hesitant.

    "It’s change -- change always worries people, but again, understated elegance," he said. "We’re not going to put a gigantic hotel here, make this into a strip mall. This is gonna be Coronado."

    The changes wouldn't happen for several more years; the current leaseholder, the Ferry Landing Associates, holds the lease for seven years. Another portion of the landing is under lease for a decade more than that.

    Bonelli said the first step to making an updated ferry landing a reality is to talk to the leaseholders. Next, architects would look at the property and come up with ideas for the space. 

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    <![CDATA[Overnight Showers Leave San Diego's Roads Soaked]]>508047091Wed, 03 Apr 2019 05:07:53 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Thunder_and_Lightning_Follows_Morning_Rain_Across_San_Diego.jpg

    San Diego's roadways were soaked Wednesday from overnight sprinkles, prompting NBC 7's First Alert Weather team to issue a Weather Alert. 

    Light showers were scattered across the county overnight but were mostly confined to the South Bay, NBC 7 Meteorologist Sheena Parveen said. 

    Rain was expected to taper off by about 9 a.m., but until then, it was creating wet roadways that could cause potential driving hazards for early morning commuters, Parveen said. 

    So far, rainfall has measured a few hundredths of an inch, the National Weather Service said.

    A NWS wind advisory also remained in effect until 11 a.m. Wednesday for San Diego's mountains and deserts. During the advisory, winds would average 20 to 30 miles per hour with some gusts reaching 50 mph. 

    The gusts could make driving high-profile vehicles difficult and may create blowing dust and sand, limiting visibility on some desert roads. The NWS urged drivers to use caution on Interstate 8 east of Alpine.

    A similar weather pattern can be expected through the rest of the week -- light, overnight showers that stretch into the morning before tapering off for the rest of the day. On Sunday, conditions were expected to dry out. 

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    <![CDATA[Plan Brewing for Mecca of Beer Museums in East Village]]>508041261Wed, 03 Apr 2019 10:11:22 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Plan_Brewing_for_Mecca_of_Beer_Museums_in_East_Village.jpg

    Beer lovers, rejoice! Plans are brewing for the mecca of beer museums to land in San Diego.

    The founders say this isn't your parents’ museum. The San Diego Museum of Beer will be Instagram-able and interactive, all in an effort to promote San Diego's craft beer industry.

    While enjoying beers at Amplified Aleworks in the East Village, Ashley Wyzykowski and her buddies toasted news of plans to build the museum in America's Hoppiest City by 2020.

    “I think that would be wonderful in a city that's so beer-centric," said Wyzykowski.

    Renderings show what the proposed 12,000-plus square-foot museum could look like. To get things rolling, co-founder Mike Kociela says it’ll cost them about $2 million.

    Founders plan to use a mix of their own money along with investors’. They’re also crowdfunding on Indiegogo and are offering a wide variety of perks to donors.

    Kociela, who’s also a co-founder of the National Blues Museum in St. Louis, is just one of the hop heads behind the Museum of Beer.

    He’s teamed up with Anthony Ridenhour, executive director at the San Diego Model Train Museum.

    “Five to 10 years from now I want it to be the gathering place for everyone to come together and learn and have a good time," Kociela explained.

    For people looking to quench their thirst for beer knowledge, the museum will have eight core exhibits. Many of them interactive, paying homage to the history of San Diego's billion-dollar-plus craft brewing industry.

    “You’ll learn how to pour, taste and smell beer,” Kociela said.

    Want to be a virtual brewmaster? There will be an exhibit for that. And if you're a museum traditionalist, it will also spotlight artwork from the canvas to the can.

    Interested in beers from around the globe? There will be a sensory map to teach you regional colors and flavors. And of course, there will be 66 beers on tap from micro and macro breweries from the San Diego Brewers Guild.

    “San Diego is by and far the number one craft beer city in the world. We are the mecca. You want to come experience it, that’s what we’re doing. We’re hoping to elevate everybody and put them out to a worldwide audience,” Ridenhour said.

    Sipping on a beer, Francisco Uriah said he couldn’t wait to tap into what’s brewing once the museum opens.

    “I think it will be great. I'm always a student so it’s a great way to learn about different types of beers and to pair them with different foods I eat," Uriah said, referring to the beer and food pairings the museum plans to have.

    The museum project still has to go through the licensing and permitting process.

    While the founders have decided on East Village as a general location, they’re still deciding between three specific locations. And, the project still has to go through the licensing and permitting process.

    Once it opens they plan on charging $28 per ticket. Yes, that will include tastings. A 50 cent surcharge will be tacked on to support California State University San Marcos’ brewing program, the San Diego Brewers Guild and a college scholarship the museum plans to start.

    <![CDATA[Alliance of American Football Suspends Operations]]>508008721Tue, 02 Apr 2019 19:53:30 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/San-Diego-Fleet-Door-Closure.jpg

    When the Alliance of American Football started, one question many people had was, 'How long will it last?' It appears the answer is eight weeks.

    According to multiple reports the AAF has decided to suspend operations. Pro Football Talk broke the story Tuesday morning.

    Majority owner Tom Dundon, who invested $250 million into the league earlier this season, has reportedly pulled funding in light of the AAF’s financial struggles. According to Pro Football Talk, the league needed $20 million to last through the end of its first year of existence. 

    Dundon had the option to pull funding, and reportedly did so after putting $70 million into the league.

    League co-founder Bill Polian released a statement, published by ESPN and multiple other outlets stating his frustration with today's decision. Polian said in part, "I am extremely disappointed to learn Tom Dundon has decided to suspend all football operations of the Alliance of American Football".

    Polian and Charlie Ebersol hoped to generate momentum over the course of two to three years in hopes of creating a partnership with the NFL. Dundon made headlines a week ago when he said the league would fold if the NFL did not provide young players to bolster the AAF's rosters. 

    There has been no official statement from the San Diego Fleet. When NBC 7 arrived at the team's facility at SDCCU Stadium a note was posted on a door saying the team was closed for the remainder of the day.

    Team President Jeff Garner told XTRA 1360 that the league has ceased football operations, meaning they will no longer play their final two regular season games.

    The AAF brought professional football back to San Diego in the form of The Fleet. Mike Martz went 3-5 with three straight losses heading into week nine. The inaugural season was scheduled to last 10 weeks. 

    Last week Martz and Fleet General Manager Dave Boller downplayed a report that the league could soon fold, saying bonuses were included in last week’s paychecks. 

    The Fleet players were scheduled to practice and make Martz and the team available to the media this afternoon. That practice has been officially canceled.

    After the news broke reporters in San Antonio were moved out of practice and off of team property. In Orlando, head coach Steve Spurrier addressed his regrets over the league ending and players losing their opportunity to pursue pro football careers.

    San Diego was scheduled to visit Orlando Saturday, before wrapping up the season week 10 at SDCCU Stadium April 14 against Arizona. 

    Fans received an email Tuesday afternoon announcing the April 14 game has been canceled. 

    Photo Credit: NBC 7
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    <![CDATA[Summer Camps for Teens in San Diego]]>507944711Fri, 12 Apr 2019 08:50:40 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/OB+Pier+Jump+0814+%2814%29.JPG

    It's a challenging time for parents and children who are too old for daycare and too young for a summer job. Where do they spend the summer? 

    Once you've shipped them off for a week or two with the grandparents, you may be considering a summer camp. 

    Here's a look at some of the camps that cater to teenagers here in San Diego County. 

    Art Camps for teenagers

    San Diego Museum of Art has its Teen Summer Studios program running this summer beginning Aug. 5. Students in grades 9 through 12 can work in printmaking or study history, expand their portfolio or learn new painting techniques. 

    The La Jolla Playhouse offers theatre training programs up to 12th grade including an intensive five-week experience for those teens in 10th to 12th grade. Applications are due in April with auditions scheduled in May for the July session.

    With The Lux Art Institute in Encinitas, artist Susan Wickstrand teaches a class in encaustic, mixed media and painting Monday – Friday. Students can register for weeks beginning June 24. Older teens are able to register for a ceramics camp. Hand building, wheel throwing, and glazing will be practiced. No experience required. Camps begin June 24 and go weekly through the end of August. 

    What teenager doesn’t love to take photos? MOPA – San Diego Museum of Photographic Art offers two 8th- to 12th-grade intensive programs over the summer. During the week of June 17, artist Jessie McIntyre will teach the students how to use experimental techniques thought to “ruin” photos that will instead, make unusual and beautiful works of art. The week of July 22, teens will use the MOPA space to learn studio lighting and different camera functions.

    High schoolers are welcome at San Diego Junior Theatre summer camps for a June session on the works of Lin-Manuel Miranda, a July session on current Broadway productions and an August session revolving around Monty Python classics. See info here.

    Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls San Diego is a weeklong day camp where girls up to age 17 use music as a powerful way to communicate and collaborate while being guided by inspirational female mentors. Prior experience is not required. Learn about this year's camp here. 

    Your teenager could also train to be in the circus with a special summer camp geared toward children up to age 15. 

    STEAM Camp Opportunities

    High school students have a chance to spend the summer studying science through the Junior Academy with Sally Ride Science at UC San Diego. Sessions focus on astrobiology, Python programming, engineering with wind power or robotics and making movies or photographic negatives. There is also the option of doing one week to four weeks of workshops. 

    SDSU offers a science camp for students 13 to 14 years old called “Quarks.” This summer, there’s a session on biomimicry beginning with the week of July 29. Other campers will design their own science-themed escape room beginning August 5. 

    iD Tech Camps offer sessions on cybersecurity and encryption, artificial intelligence, VR design and coding for gaming beginning July 1. There is also an all-girls camp for ages 10 to 15 called Alexa Café. 

    Any high school student interested in aviation may be interested in the AeroSummer 2019 program at the San Diego Air & Space Museum. The session for students grades 5th through 12th is 9 a.m. to noon the week of July 29. Pilots will instruct campers on the basics of flight, navigation and instrumentation. 

    Teens interested in medicine can enroll in the Summer Medical Academy through Rady Children’s Hospital. The two-week program is not inexpensive but it allows students 15 to 19 years old learn from medical professionals in hands-on scenarios.

    High school students ages 14 to 18 who have previously taken high school biology may apply for a special camp offered by the Rosetta Institute of Biomedical Research. The curriculum will offer a heavy emphasis on how to identify, analyze and solve problems using the scientific method, and learning how these skills translate into diverse professions within the field of biomedicine. Applications were due in mid-March but if this is something you think your child would be interested in next year, mark your calendars for 2020!

    Sports Summer Camp Opportunities

    UC San Diego offers camps for high school students interested in softball, soccer, crew, basketball, baseball, swimming, and volleyball.

    Teens up to ages 13 to 15 (depending on location) can take part in Junior Golf camps provided through Nike. 

    The YMCA of San Diego offers a traditional day camp for kids up to age 17 and Leaders in Training, skate, water and sports camps for kids up to age 13 or depending on location. Call and check with your local YMCA or go to this link to search for one near you. 

    The Nike Swim Camp at San Diego State University is open to teenagers up to age 18. It's a co-ed camp that teaches a complete stroke technique. Get info here. 

    Also at SDSU are the girls' lacrosse camp for ages 13 and up, football camp, women's basketball camp for teens 12 to 18, soccer for young men high school age and older, soccer for young women 8th grade and older, and baseball camp.

    REI offers day-long sessions on skills like mountain biking, rock climbing, kayaking, backcountry navigation, trail running and more. 

    The University of San Diego offers the San Diego Rowing Camp for ages 15 to 18 beginning July 16. There's also a boy's soccer camp offered in June for ages 14 to 18 along with a girl's basketball camp for the same age group. 

    Camps working with animals

    The San Diego Zoo offers high school students camp experiences ranging from sketching baby animals to shadowing the organization's staff to learn what they do and how they got their job. Sessions begin June 17. 

    SeaWorld San Diego has Career Camp sessions for students in grades 10 to 12 interested in a zoological career. The theme park says a typical day will involve waking up early, spending the morning and early afternoon learning about an animal area and spending the late afternoon and evening enjoying all SeaWorld has to offer.

    The Birch Aquarium offers summer camp opportunities for children up to age 15. Their sessions include "Surfing into Science" and "Be an Oceanographer." Find more information here. 

    The San Diego Humane Society offers two camp opportunities for high school students. One, in July, is Farm Camp in Escondido for students through grade 11. The other is Career Camp offered in San Diego the week of August 19. Get more information here.

    The Rancho Coastal Humane Society has July sessions geared for ages 11 to 14 giving campers direct access to shelter pets and animal care professionals.  The camp is ideal for students interested in working in animal care and those who have a passion for animal welfare.

    Ivy Ranch Park in Oceanside offers equestrian camps beginning in July for teenagers in age groups 11 to 13 and 14 to 17. 

    At Hidden Fox Farm, there are equestrian camps for beginner riders, intermediate riders and advanced riders. Camps begin June 17 for beginners age 5 and up. 

    Public Safety camp opportunities 

    The San Diego Junior Lifeguard Program offers youth up to age 17 an opportunity to learn from professional lifeguards. See the tryout dates for Summer 2019 here.

    The San Diego County Sheriff's Department has an Explorer Program for teenagers and young people between the ages of 16 and 20. The basic class includes learning about criminal law, court procedures and physical fitness. 

    Teens interested in taking part with the FBI Youth Leadership Program may apply in December 2019 for next summer's program. 

    Did we miss your favorite camp experience for the high school student? Please drop us a line at limsandiegonewstips@nbcuni.com! 

    <![CDATA[Last Call at 4 a.m.? San Diego Authorities Say No Way]]>508022571Tue, 02 Apr 2019 23:22:05 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-980583384.jpg

    Warning that the change would pose serious threats to public health and safety, the San Diego County Police Chiefs' and Sheriff's Association Monday announced its opposition to a state bill that proposes extending California's daily alcohol sales cutoff time from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m.

    Chula Vista Police Chief Roxana Kennedy, president of the law enforcement group, asserted that Senate Bill 58 -- which calls for allowing bars in 10 cities throughout the state to keep serving drinks for an extra two hours a day as part of a pilot project -- would have negative effects on communities "that are within driving distance of the cities where the bars (would) stay open later.''

    "Extending alcohol sales means more drunk drivers during early-morning commutes, more DUI crashes, more injuries and more deaths,'' Kennedy said, adding that the change would "impact our ability to respond quickly to other emergencies.''

    Under SB 58, bars in Cathedral City, Coachella, Fresno, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Oakland, Palm Springs, Sacramento, San Francisco and West Hollywood would be cleared to remain open two hours longer each night.

    The change would affect more than three-quarters of the state's population, according to a letter sent from the police association to the author of the bill, Sen. Scott Weiner, D-San Francisco.

    Weiner introduced the proposed legislation in December, three months after outgoing Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a similar bill.

    Proponents contend that the change would be an economic boon for areas with vibrant night-life scenes and high tourism levels.

    Alcohol-related problems cost California more than $37 billion annually, including expenses related to public safety, crime, street collisions, injuries and illnesses, the San Diego-area law enforcement agency stated, citing studies by the nonprofit Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation.

    That fiscal hit would increase dramatically under the proposed extended alcohol-sales hours, resulting in an estimated 230 percent increase in fatalities and a 179 percent increase in injury traffic crashes, according to the association.

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    <![CDATA[MLB FoodFest Pitches Other Teams' Eats to LA]]>507956141Mon, 01 Apr 2019 14:11:31 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/sandiegocincytexas.jpgEver wanted to stadium-hop around the country, all to try different regional tastes? You can, in DTLA, in late April.

    Photo Credit: San Diego Padres, Cincinnati Reds, Texas Rangers]]>
    <![CDATA[Gusts Up to 60 MPH Possible Under Wind Advisory]]>507962001Tue, 02 Apr 2019 05:11:04 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/High-Winds-Generic-102417.jpg

    A wind advisory will be in effect Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday morning for parts of San Diego County.

    Isolated gusts of 60 mph are possible, according to the advisory issued by the National Weather Service.

    The wind event will begin around noon Tuesday and could produce west to southwest winds between 25 and 35 mph at the coast and inland valleys and 45 to 55 mph for the mountains and deserts.  

    The gusts could make driving high-profile vehicles difficult and may create blowing dust and sand, limiting visibility on some desert roads.

    The NWS urges hacks to use caution on Interstate 8 east of Alpine. 

    Residents in Julian and other mountain communities may be affected, according to the NWS. 

    Along with gusty winds, some sprinkles are possible overnight for areas west of the mountains and all areas will experience cooler temperatures. 

    Temperatures are expected to be in the mid-60s along the coast, the upper-70s inland, the mid-50s in the mountains and the upper-80s in the deserts. 

    <![CDATA[Local School Breaks Guinness World Record for Most Sandwiches Made in Three Minutes]]>507959681Mon, 01 Apr 2019 23:48:02 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Guinness+World+Record+Sandwich+Challenge.jpg

    This is no April Fools joke.

    Students from the San Diego Jewish Academy broke the Guinness World Record for the most sandwiches made in three minutes.

    They managed to make a total of 868 sandwiches, beating the previous world record set at 490.

    The students are doing more than just setting a world record, though. They’ll also be feeding the homeless.

    After the record-setting, the sandwiches were going to be donated to San Diego's Alpha Project, an organization dedicated to helping the homeless.

    “It’s going to be very special because we are donating these sandwiches to homeless people.” Said SDJA fifth grader, Isabel Vann “When I see them on the street it makes me feel really sad and I just want to help them.”

    Representatives from the Alpha Project attended the event to inform the students about the challenges of homelessness in the community.

    "Alpha Project will be distributing these to our homeless residents in the temporary bridge shelter as well as to our clients living on the streets." Said, Bob McElroy, President, and CEO of the Alpha Project.

    <![CDATA[Will the US Run Out of Avocados If the Border Closes?]]>507970601Tue, 02 Apr 2019 07:15:10 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/cms1531.jpg

    As President Donald Trump threatens to shut down the U.S.-Mexico border, farming and food distribution industries are bracing for a significant impact. 

    Due to a poor season for California avocados this year, virtually all of the avocados in U.S. stores are coming from Mexico. 

    According to distributors and growers, Americans would run out of avocados in three weeks if Mexican imports were halted. 

    "More avocados are being consumed in the United States than ever before," said Mike Hillebrecht, an avocado farmer in Escondido. "Mexico grows so much more and has such a bigger industry." 

    Hillebrecht also predicts that the price of avocados could go up significantly if the border closes. 

    Trump said Friday that there was a "very good likelihood" he would close the border this week if Mexico did not stop immigrants from reaching the U.S. 

    "I eat avocados almost daily," said Omar Zuniga of Point Loma. "That would be very upsetting." 

    According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, nearly 50 percent of all imported vegetables and 40 percent of imported fruit in this country are grown in Mexico. 

    The majority of limes, cucumbers and tomatoes in the U.S. also come from Mexico.

    Photo Credit: Paul Sakuma/AP]]>
    <![CDATA[Here Are 16 April Fools' Jokes to Make Your Day]]>507950841Mon, 01 Apr 2019 12:29:06 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AprilFoolsComposite.jpg

    It’s that time of the year again when popular brands' “new” product announcements may dupe the gullible and give others a good laugh.

    Here’s a list of April Fools’ Day pranks to look out for as you scroll through social media today. 

    Google Tulip

    If you’ve ever wanted to know what your plants are thinking, a new Google translator has got you covered. Yesterday, the technology company unveiled the software that will allow users to communicate with their tulips. A preview of the translator demonstrated that tulips love water and they’re willing to listen to you describe your grandchildren. The Dutch university in charge of much of the project's research is also trying to communicate with cacti, but the plants’ personalities are just as prickly as their spines.

    The service is only available on April 1, which is Google’s kind hint that the service is an April Fools’ joke.

    Duolingo’s Real-Life Aggressive Reminders

    Anyone with the language app knows just how aggressive its reminders to continue lessons can be. There are many Twitter meme threads devoted to making fun of the app’s notifications. At least the company knows how to laugh at itself. In honor of the pranking holiday, the app announced a new notification service that would take “notifications out of your phone and into the real world.” Duo, the company’s owl mascot, will appear before you to give a “subtle reminder” to continue practicing so you don’t break your learning streak. Talk about taking aggressive notifications to an all new level.

    Tinder’s Height Verification Update

    The popular dating app hopes to bring “the honesty back to online dating,” with an update that will verify users’ height information. The fictional update, announced two days before April 1, would put an end to “heightlying.”

    Some commenters figured out the update was fake because the sample height detector skipped from 5’9 to 6’0.

    Reactions to Tinder’s prank have been mixed.

    Many Twitter users hoped the company would actually implement a height verifier while others called for a weight verifier, too.

    The company has been so inundated with inquiries regarding the stunt that its chief managing officer, Jenny Campbell, issued a statement revealing it was all a hoax. Campbell said the company wanted to use the joke to raise awareness that “only 14.5% of the US male population is over 6’ despite the many Tinder bios claiming otherwise.”

    “This caused quite a stir among our users, and while we aren’t really verifying height, we do encourage people to stand proudly in their truth when filling out their bios,” Campbell wrote. “And conversely, we encourage all Tinder users to keep an open mind while swiping. Sometimes your most unexpected match can lead to amazing things.”

    McDonald’s Shake Sauce

    For those who love to dip their fries, nuggets and even apple pies in their shakes, the fast-food chain plans to launch four shake sauce dips matching its milkshake flavors.

    If only it weren’t an April Fools’ Day joke.

    The prank reminded some Twitter users, like MSNBC’s political correspondent and “Kasie DC” host, Kasie Hunt, of their own dipping habits.

    “This might be a joke but some of us have been literally going to Wendy’s for years instead so we can dip fries in our chocolate Frostees,” Hunt tweeted.

    Fresh Direct’s Cauliflower Milk

    Fresh Direct, a grocery delivery company, announced the launch of Caulk, its brand of cauliflower milk. The YouTube video describing the new type of milk drops clues that it might still be in the inventing stage. Each cup of Caulk has “100% of the daily requirement of vitamins A, C and D.” The voice-over announces a plethora of Caulk’s other health benefits before finally wishing viewers a happy April Fools’ Day. Watch the video to see what other jokes you can find.

    Amazon’s Tiny Food Delivery Service

    Good things really do come in small packages. From bite-sized burgers and “donuts too tiny to share,” Amazon will deliver your miniature food order for free today only.

    This might be a joke, but you can, in fact, get free delivery on a regular size order today if you use the promo code TINYFOOD at checkout.


    Burps are useful after all. SodaStream, the sparkling water maker brand, partnered with retired U.S. astronaut Scott Kelly on a new water bottle that can turn your burps into water. The International Space Station’s carbon dioxide removal system inspired the made-up invention.

    Starbucks’ Pupbucks cafes for dogs

    Now, here’s an April Fools’ prank that all dog owners wish was true. Starbucks unleashed plans for a cafe chain for dogs. Even if you’re not a fan of April Fools’ Day pranks, watch the video for the stampede of puppies and dogs frolicking through the set.

    Honda’s New Pastport model

    Who said you need a time machine to travel back to the ‘90s? To give drivers’ that blast from the past they’ve been yearning for, Honda outfitted its 2019 Passport mid-sized SUV with your favorite ‘90s relics. Coin holder, beeper mount, fold-out maps, disco lights and CD player included.

    Toyota Water Cruiser

    Toyota posted a single photo of an SUV cruising through water on its Facebook page in celebration of April Fools’ Day. The new vehicle is part of the company’s goals to take its cars off-road and off-shore.

    Shuttershock Brick-and-Mortar Library

    If you only read books for the pictures, this new library might just be for you. The stock photography company announced the opening of a "massive" library to put its photos backs in the people's hands. The library will feature collections like “Happy Millennials Holding Sparklers,” “Tube Sock Vectors: An Anthology” and "Portriats of Disgruntled Ostriches.”

    U.S. Open Tennis’s new furry employees

    In a breaking news announcement, the United States Open Tennis Championships announced that the 2019 tournament would be the first to add puppies to the ballperson team. Ballpersons retrieve and supply balls to players and officials. The ballperson teams are now accepting applications, and all breeds are welcome.

    Hasbro’s Mr. Potato Head Replacement

    Potatoes are so last year. Hasbro must have thought so, too, when they decided to replace the iconic Mr. Potato Head children’s toy with Mr. Avo Head. The new toy even comes with headphones, black frame glasses, a topknot and a full beard in true millennial fashion.

    Chicago Bears’ Triple Digit Jerseys

    In celebration of its centennial season, the Chicago Bears football team will be sporting new jerseys that add a one in front of every number.

    Tom Brady’s Hour-Long Retirement

    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady joined Twitter today to announce his retirement from professional football to his fans’ sadness and his rivals’ glee. The announcement came more than a week after former teammate Rob Gronkowski retired from the team.

    But after about an hour, Brady tweeted again asking if that was “a bad joke.”

    Los Angeles Times’ Disses New York Food Culture

    In an article titled “For cramped New York, an expanding dining scene,” an L.A. Times food reporter describes New York as a “culturally bereft island.” The article also said that New York’s “scrappy culinary scene” is gradually changing the city into a “legitimate dining destination.” Before you start sending the author angry emails in defense of New York, be advised that this is a satirical commentary on a real article. In a 2018 article, The New York Times claimed Los Angeles had an “absence of strong institutions to bind it together” and that the city’s news media lack the “different voices and the kind of competition that can ensure a live civic debate.” You reap what you sow.

    Would any of these April Fools’ Day pranks have fooled you?

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    <![CDATA[It’s Not You. Allergy Seasons Are Getting Longer and Worse]]>507943651Mon, 01 Apr 2019 10:25:26 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/pollenGettyImages-168997935.jpg

    If it feels like the annual allergy season is getting longer and worse, it’s because it is.

    Climate researchers say rising temperatures and higher concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are prolonging the pollen production seasons and increasing the amount of pollen that plants produce.

    For the more than 26 million Americans who suffer from seasonal allergies, also known as allergic rhinitis, or "hay fever," that means a longer span of irritated eyes, sneezing, a runny nose and congestion. Healthcare professionals also believe that the combination of longer growing seasons and an increase in pollen production is linked to a spike in patients developing allergy symptoms, an American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (AAAI) survey found.

    Leonard Bielory, a physician at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and professor and allergy specialist at the Rutgers University Center of Environmental Prediction, said that "we're seeing increases in both the number of people with allergies and what they're allergic to. Should warming continue, then more people will be exposed to seasonal allergens with subsequent effects on public health."

    In North America, seasonal allergies begin with tree pollen in the spring, followed by weeds and grass in the summer and culminating with ragweed in late summer into early fall.

    As more heat-trapping carbon dioxide is released, the warming climate is increasing the number of frost-free days, thus extending the growing seasons for plants that trigger seasonal allergies, the nonprofit research organization Climate Central reported.

    Across the U.S., fall's first frost is happening on average about a week later compared to 30 years ago, while spring's last frost is occurring a week earlier, according to analysis by Climate Central. In parts of Oregon and New Mexico, researchers found the freeze-free season grew by at least two months — among the biggest increases in the country.

    And across the southwest region, the length of the frost-free season increased by two to three weeks since 1970, according to the 2014 U.S. Climate Assessment, the latest data collected to include the San Diego area. 

    Lewis Ziska, a research plant physiologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), said data shows northern areas of the country are experiencing the most drastic increases in environmental allergens. Ziska explained that in the more humid, rainier southern region, water vapor boosts cloud coverage and suppresses warming while CO2 is accelerating warming in drier areas to the north.

    In studies of the effects of CO2 on ragweed, the third-most common allergen in the U.S., Ziska's team found that plants exposed to warmer temperatures and higher levels of carbon dioxide grew more vigorously and produced more pollen.

    "Carbon dioxide is food for plants. It can make good plants grow more, but it also makes bad plants grow more," Ziska told NBC in a phone interview, citing ragweed as an example.

    What's more, the pollen produced under higher CO2 conditions were more allergenic, or more potent, according to the 2016 U.S. National Climate Assessment report. Ziska cautioned that while there appears to be a link between pollen intensity and health impacts, an official connection is less well established.

    Still, over the past few decades, the prevalence of hay fever among Americans has increased from 10 percent of the U.S. population in 1970 to 30 percent in 2000, the National Climate Assessment reported.

    For some people, seasonal allergies can also trigger symptoms of asthma — which has become more common, too. Asthma rates have increased from approximately eight to 55 cases per 1,000 persons to around 55 to 90 cases per 1,000 persons over that same time period. Asthma rates are even higher among African-Americans, low-income households and children.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, asthma is the third-ranked cause of hospitalization among children under the age of 15 and accounted for 1.8 million emergency room visits in 2015. In 2016, it killed 3,518 people in the U.S.

    Seasonal allergies and asthma not only impose significant health burdens, but are very expensive, too. According to the CDC, Americans spend $18 billion a year on managing their allergies and asthma costs the U.S. $56 billion each year.

    And unless emissions of heat-trapping gases start dropping dramatically, experts predict things are going to get worse — not just for those who suffer from pollen allergy, but also for those who never had allergies before.

    Dr. Kim Knowlton, deputy director of the Science Center at the Natural Resources Defense Council and assistant clinical professor at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, warned that the northward shifts in the distribution of some tree species, including oaks, could alter the type and quantity of allergenic pollen to which people in different geographic areas are exposed.

    "It is likely to mean a continuing trend toward longer pollen production seasons, which could mean symptoms over more of the year, possibly more people sensitized to pollen allergen, and more intense symptoms among those already allergic to pollen," Knowlton said.

    The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology advises people who suffer from hay fever to stay indoor when pollen counts are at their peak, usually during the midmorning and early evening, in order to reduce exposure to the allergens that trigger symptoms.

    Here are some other tips from the group:

    Outdoor Exposure

    • Avoid using window fans that can draw pollen and mold into the house.
    • Wear glasses or sunglasses when outdoors to minimize the amount of pollen getting into your eyes.
    • Wear a pollen mask (such as a NIOSH-rated 95 percent filter mask) when mowing the lawn, raking leaves or gardening, and take appropriate medication beforehand.
    • Don't hang clothing outdoors to dry as pollen could cling to towels and sheets.
    • Try not to rub your eyes; doing so will irritate them and could make your symptoms worse.
    Indoor Exposure
    • Keep windows closed, and use air conditioning in your car and home. Make sure to keep your air conditioning unit clean.
    • Reduce exposure to dust mites, especially in the bedroom, by using "mite-proof" covers for pillows, comforters and duvets, and mattresses and box springs. Wash your bedding frequently, using hot water (at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit).
    • To limit exposure to mold, keep the humidity in your home low (between 30 and 50 percent) and clean your bathrooms, kitchen and basement regularly. Use a dehumidifier, especially in the basement and in other damp, humid places, and empty and clean it often. If mold is visible, clean it with mild detergent and a 5 percent bleach solution as directed by an allergist.
    • Clean floors with a damp rag or mop, rather than dry-dusting or sweeping.

    Since most allergens that trigger hay fever are airborne, it's not easy to avoid them. If symptoms can't be mitigated by simply avoiding triggers, your allergist may recommend medications that reduce nasal congestion, sneezing, irritated eyes and an itchy and runny nose. Some medications may have side effects, so discuss these treatments with your health care provider before taking them.

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    <![CDATA[Parts of County Feel Warmest Day of 2019 So Far]]>507916221Sun, 31 Mar 2019 13:56:18 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Carslbad+Double+Rainbow+Weather+0331.jpg

    After a cold start to the year, San Diego may hit its warmest day of 2019 so far Sunday.

    Sunshine returned to America’s Finest City thanks to high pressure and a weak offshore flow, according to NBC 7 Meteorologist Brooke Landau.

    “The high pressure is bringing us a drying out of the atmosphere, and it’s bringing those temperatures up for us. So, today will be the warmest day of the year (so far) in many spots,” Landau said.

    Low pressure will return in the middle of the week, bringing a slight chance of showers, according to Landau.

    It’ll be breezy for the coast and inland valleys Sunday and into the early week.

    “By tomorrow and Tuesday, we’re going to see those winds kick up for our inland areas,” Landau said.

    Sunday afternoon highs from Landau's forecast:

    • Borrego Springs -- 85 degrees
    • Chula Vista -- 83 degrees
    • Escondido -- 82 degrees
    • El Cajon -- 82 degrees
    • Fallbrook -- 81 degrees
    • San Diego -- 78 degrees
    • Oceanside -- 75 degrees
    • Imperial Beach -- 75 degrees
    • Campo -- 75 degrees
    • Julian -- 67 degrees

    San Diego had a chilly and wet start to 2019, with conditions that brought flooding, damage, and toppled trees in some parts of the county.

    The more-than-usual rainfall brought an explosion of wildflowers along San Diego's hillsides -- and with it, an increase in allergy sufferers.

    Photo Credit: John Newton]]>
    <![CDATA[Teen's $500 Bike Stolen Outside Mira Mesa Bookstore]]>507921061Sun, 31 Mar 2019 19:58:14 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/miramesa+stolen+bike+thumbnail+0331.jpg

    A Mira Mesa teen went into a bookstore Thursday afternoon to work on homework over spring break, but when he came out hours later, his $500 bike was gone.

    The 17-year-old student locked and parked his unique bike outside Barnes and Nobel in the Mira Mesa Market Center at around 4:50 p.m.

    “He called me in tears. I think that was the worst part, is he was just so upset,” said Jessamyn Patterson, the teen’s mother.

    The Mira Mesa student bought the bike himself, his mom said, and was his first big purchase.

    “My 17-year-old kid slaved all summer long. He did everything from mowing lawns to working for a local catering company, picking up trash after parties to -- he babysat, dogsat and all sorts of good stuff for neighbors,” Patterson said.

    The bike is a light blue Diamondback Trace Dual Sport Bike. It has “Diamondback” in neon green letters along the bottom bar. It also has blue accents in the tires.

    The teen bought the bike from Bicycle Warehouse in Carmel Mountain Ranch less than a year ago.

    “It is a noticeable bike. This is something you would see when someone’s going by,” Patterson told NBC 7.

    Now, Patterson is asking for the community’s help in finding the missing bike.

    “I know the chances of getting this bike back are slim, but I know I want to get the message out there that this is happening, and it is so unfortunate,” she said.

    Patterson took to Facebook less than an hour after the incident to try and find answers.

    Patterson said she hopes this serves as a lesson to encourage others to speak out if they ever do see something wrong happening before them.

    “This is something that, if in the middle of the day at a very busy shopping center, you see someone cutting a bike lock, you have to say something. You know, if you don’t want to confront the person, call the cops,” she told NBC 7. “Say something. Do the right thing. Be vocal about it.”

    The shopping center did not have surveillance video outside of the bookstore.

    Patterson said her son told her, “His bike was more important to him then his phone, and we all know how they’re all attached to that phone.”

    “He’s a good kid, doing good things in a good place, and it was taken from him,” she said. “I know that there is so much negatively in the world, but we want to protect our kids from that as much as we can and for as long as possible.”

    Mall security staff and police have no leads, though the bike has a serial number on it that could help identify and locate it, Patterson said.

    Photo Credit: Jessamyn Patterson
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    <![CDATA[What's Closed, Open on Cesar Chavez Day 2019]]>507744591Sun, 31 Mar 2019 08:17:08 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Cesar+E.+Chavez.jpg

    Monday is Cesar Chavez Day, and in honor of the civil rights and labor movement leader, multiple local offices will be closed.

    Here’s a look at what is closed and open around our region for this state holiday:


    • County of San Diego administrative offices, libraries, and animal shelters will close Monday.
    • Public buildings at Balboa Park are closed, including the Botanical Building, Casa Del Prado, the Municipal Gym and the War Memorial Building.
    • San Diego County Superior Court will close.
    • County parks, campgrounds, and neighborhood day-use parks will remain open, with exception of the following: Fallbrook Community Center, Lakeside Community Center, Spring Valley Community Center, Spring Valley Gymnasium, 4S Ranch Recreation Office, Community Teen Centers.
    • All county essential services such as law enforcement and emergency animal control response will remain open.
    • Mission Trails Regional Park’s visitor center and Cabrillo National Park will be open.
    • The Miramar Landfill will be open.

    Parking meters and time restrictions for parking on the streets will not be enforced.

    <![CDATA[Elon Musk Releases Rap Single About Harambe the Gorilla]]>507913801Sun, 31 Mar 2019 14:56:40 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/musk+harambe+song.jpg

    Idiosyncratic Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk released a surprise rap song about Harambe, the gorilla that was killed by zookeepers after a toddler fell into his enclosure in 2016.

    Musk tweeted a link to a Soundcloud page for the song titled "RIP Harambe" on Saturday along with the message "I'm disappointed that my record label failed." The song was released through an account called Emo G Records.

    The song features the chorus "RIP Harambe, sipping on some Bombay, we on our way to heaven, Amen, Amen. RIP Harambe, smoking on some strong, hey, in the gorilla zoo and we thinking about you."

    The decision to kill Harambe by Cincinnati Zoo officials sparked controversy in May 2016, with many arguing it was unnecessary. The incident also led to a variety of popular internet memes, which have kept Harambe's image in the popular online consciousness long after the news cycle of the inciting event ended.

    Photo Credit: Associated Press/Cincinnati Zoo
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    <![CDATA[Bonjour: Parisian-Inspired Bistro Planned for Coronado]]>507891921Sat, 30 Mar 2019 22:03:43 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Little-Frenchie-Coronado-Blue-Bridge-Hospitality.jpg

    For many, San Diego’s Coronado Island already feels like a world away. Now, a new restaurant debuting this spring in the seaside community will take the vibe even further and whisk patrons off to the far away land of France.

    Coronado-based Blue Bridge Hospitality, which already operates various popular restaurants on the island (Leroy’s Kitchen & Lounge, Stake Chophouse, Mootime Creamery, to name a few), announced it would debut “Little Frenchie” in May, a Parisian-inspired bistro.

    The 1,600-square-foot restaurant will replace Blue Bridge’s former West Pac Noodle Bar at 1166 Orange Ave., which will shutter on April 13. It is the site of the historic Pacific Western Bank building, built in Coronado in 1911.

    After West Pac Noodle Bar closes, the property will be redesigned, Blue Bridge said, and Little Frenchie will eventually emerge with its own look and identity. The space will include a renovated garden for al fresco, European-style dining.

    The French bistro will run as a full-service restaurant with traditional dishes, an ambitious cheese program and a wine list brimming with varietals from both France and California. The fromage – served atop an area at the eatery dubbed the “cheese altar” – will feature an extensive, rotating selection of imported and domestics cheeses from France and California.

    Meanwhile, in the kitchen, Blue Bridge said executive chef Matt Sramek would take the reins. He is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu and Thomas Keller’s Bouchon.

    Blue Bridge Hospitality said patrons can expect French classics on the menu like steak frites, niçoise salad and escargots on the shell, sourced direct from Burgundy, France. Sramek will also explore “lighter” adaptations of dishes like cassoulet and short rib pot au feu.

    But, really, what’s a French bistro without patisseries?

    Little Frenchie, with the tasty talents of executive pastry chef Lori Sauer, will also roll out a selection of sweet treats like housemade mille-feuille, crème brûlée and soufflé.

    Blue Bridge said Little Frenchie offer lunch and dinner service daily to start. Later in the spring and summer, Sramek plans to offer a seasonal breakfast menu Friday through Sunday.

    Blue Bridge Hospitality is owned by Coronado native David Spatafore. The group currently runs 11 eateries, including the foodie emporium, Liberty Public Market at Liberty Station.

    Photo Credit: Blue Bridge Hospitality]]>
    <![CDATA[Rooftop Cinema Club Returns With Music-Filled Movie Lineup]]>506835911Sat, 30 Mar 2019 08:22:16 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/San_Diego_Rooftop_202.jpg

    Cinephiles rejoice! After a brief hiatus, the Rooftop Cinema Club has released tickets for the month of April, and it's filled with opportunities to hand jive with the Thunderbirds, sing along with Freddie Mercury or strike a pose with Derek Zoolander.

    The UK-based Rooftop Cinema Club, with franchises in Los Angeles, New York, Houston and more, debuted last year with an outdoor movie screen on a rooftop of downtown San Diego's Manchester Grand Hyatt.

    Their goal: to be a social movie-going experience. 

    Each season, the Rooftop Cinema Club selects a handful of cult films for their big screen under the stars -- from 80s treasures like "Dirty Dancing" to new blockbusters like "Bohemian Rhapsody." 

    All screenings for the month of April start at 8 p.m. but the rooftop opens at 6:30 p.m. so guests can arrive early for some cocktails and food while they take in the sweeping views of San Diego at sunset. 

    Once it's time for the film to begin, movie-goers will take a seat on a reclining deckchair and be given a pair of wireless headphones to best be able to soak up every memorable moment playing on screen. 

    This month, The Rooftop Cinema Club is bringing back some of last year's popular screenings as well as adding some new hit films to the list, including Oscar-award winning "A Star is Born." 

    Here's the full lineup for April: 

    April 3: "Grease" Sing-a-Long
    April 4: "Bohemian Rhapsody" Sing-a-Long
    April 5: "A Star is Born"
    April 6: "The Greatest Showman"
    April 9: "10 Things I Hate About You"
    April 10: "Dazed and Confused"
    April 11: "Top Gun"
    April 12: "Dirty Dancing"
    April 13: "Love Jones" 
    April 16: "Mean Girls"
    April 17: "Pulp Fiction"
    April 18: "Selena"
    April 19: "Pretty in Pink"
    April 20: "The Big Lebowski"
    April 23: "Pretty Woman"
    April 24: "Zoolander"
    April 25: "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy"
    April 26: "Bohemian Rhapsody" Sing-a-Long
    April 27: "A Star is Born"
    April 30: "Casablanca"

    Seats come in individual or "love seat" styles. A lounge seat ticket starts at $17 and a love seat, meant for two people, costs $24 per person and comes with a bottomless bucket of fresh popcorn to share.

    Student discounts are also available but movie-goers must be 18 years or older to attend. 

    Guests who purchase food or drink at Rooftop Cinema Club get four hours of free parking in the Grand Hyatt's parking garage. 

    Rooftop Cinema Club at the Manchester Grand Hyatt is located at 1 Market Place, San Diego. For more information, visit here

    Photo Credit: Rooftop Cinema Club
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    <![CDATA[Torrey Pines HS Alum's New NBC Show ‘Abby’s’ Set in SD]]>507782541Fri, 29 Mar 2019 14:42:03 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/abbys+1.jpg

    The characters on "Abby's" are upset that the Chargers left San Diego. They know what birds fly in the canyon behind their South Park homes and they hit up Sombrero's Mexican Food.  

    NBC's newest multi-camera comedy, which premieres Thursday at 9:30 p.m., is set in San Diego's South Park neighborhood and promises to be filled with familiarity for locals, even while the rest of the world may not be in on the joke. 

    "I learned of the existence of Mission Gorge Road. Is that a real thing?" said Neil Flynn, who plays Fred, the older patron of Abby's bar and father figure to the title character, portrayed by Natalie Morales

    The series -- co-created by Torrey Pines High School alumni Josh Malmuth -- centers around Abby (Morales), a Marine veteran who decides to open an illegal bar in her San Diego backyard after her return from serving two tours in Afghanistan.

    The neighborhood spot draws an unusual cast of characters, from the neurotic landlord Bill (Nelson Franklin) to less-than-intimidating bouncer James (Leonard Ouzts). 

    In the pilot, Bill discovers the illegal bar but with some coaxing from the bar patrons, agrees to let Abby keep the bar, as long as she makes a few changes.

    'Abby's' Star Natalie Morales Shines Spotlight on Diversity

    Malmuth, whose previous credits include Fox's "New Girl" and NBC's "Superstore," grew up in the Del Mar area and thought that this wonderful, albeit at times "strange" city, would be the right location for his cast of characters. 

    "He has made sure that San Diego has become one of our co-stars at the bar," said actress Jessica Chaffin.

    None of the actors on "Abby's" are from San Diego, or even have much knowledge of America's Finest City but they're learning, actress Kimia Behpoornia said.

    "We also are mad about the Chargers," she adds.

    "Furious about the Chargers," Franklin agreed. 

    San Diegans can relate. 

    The comedy is the first multi-cam show to be shot outdoors and in front of a studio audience. The show is filmed on Wisteria Lane in the Universal Studios Backlot; Abby's backyard-turned-bar used to be part of the "Desperate Housewives" set -- Eddie Britt's (Nicollette Sheridan) home.

    Franklin said it's because of San Diego's laid-back vibe that a show set entirely in a backyard works so well. 

    "The vibe there is what I think lends itself so well to the show," he said. "Everybody’s relaxed, this is like true Southern California and there’s no judgment at this bar." 

    Malmuth said that the characters in "Abby's" will be relatable to everyone but hopes that the show's authentic San Diego style especially appeals to locals.

    San Diegan's can watch Abby's 10-episode run every Thursday at 9:30 p.m. PST on NBC 7

    Photo Credit: NBC]]>
    <![CDATA[Your 2019 San Diego Padres]]>507781941Thu, 28 Mar 2019 10:04:08 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Austin_Hedges_2019_GettyImages-1026583448.jpg

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    <![CDATA[Adorable Zoo Babies: Meet White Lion Cubs Nala and Simba]]>26343834Mon, 12 Aug 2019 07:17:20 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1160958922.jpgSee all the newest arrivals at zoos around the world. Baby lions, tigers and bears step into the spotlight.

    Photo Credit: Lou Benoist/AFP/Getty Images]]>
    <![CDATA['It Just Feels Different,' Fans Fired Up For Opening Day]]>507793461Thu, 28 Mar 2019 17:10:29 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/PetcoPark2019-032819.jpg

    It was the best of new beginnings. The San Diego Padres shut out the San Francisco Giants, 2-0, Thursday at Petco Park.

    Fans filled the stands for the home opener of what many truly believe — in their heart of hearts — will be a new and different and winning San Diego Padres.

    “This year, it just feels different,” one Friars faithful said as he walked toward the ballpark. “It feels like we can go further into the season and, you know, have a chance to at least make the playoffs.”

    The weather couldn’t have been better. The breeze gently moved the massive American flag that was rolled out for the anthem on the bright, green field while fireworks sent a light trail of smoke into the air.

    Teammates smiled at each other. Fans roared for the newest hometown heroes Manny Machado, Fernando Tatis, Jr. and Chris Paddack. 

    At his first at-bat, Machado took a couple of rips. If he was trying to impress us, there's no need. One glance around at the jerseys in East Village, it was obvious he is already in our hearts. 

    It's no secret San Diego hopes to see more wins out of this year's team. It's been eight straight years of losing baseball for us. Our last winning season for the Petco Park crowd was 2010. 

    Even so, fans said on opening day they always had a little hope. 

    "Deep down in you, you knew it was false hope," one fan told NBC 7. "This year it's legit, man. We're ready." 

    "It's gonna be our year," another fan chimed in.

    Photo Credit: SkyRanger 7
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    <![CDATA[Drivers Feeling Pinch at the Gas Pump]]>507810951Fri, 29 Mar 2019 04:58:36 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Gas+Tank+Hose+01.JPG

    Carlos Reyes says it is hard to ignore the increase in gas prices at his neighborhood station.

    "It hits your wallet pretty bad," he said. "So you got to be looking around town to find the best gas prices.

    Reyes found the best price at the Supreme Gas station at the corner of Broadway and E Street in Chula Vista. Prices there were $3.39 which is 18 cents lower than the San Diego average.

    Still, prices are higher than they were last week and Jerome Gurule noticed.

    "You got to deal with, you got to get to and from work, you need the gas," he said.

    Problems at three California refineries are being partially blamed for the increase. Some are performing their annual switch from the winter blend of gas to the summer blend and that is also taking a hit on supply and prices.

    The price at the pump has gone up 27 cents a gallon in one month according to the Automobile Club of Southern California.

    While prices are higher, when compared to prices from a year ago, however, the price at the pump is only up 6 cents a gallon. 

    Diego Nicasio wishes there was more he could do to find cheaper prices.

    "There's not much I can do like wait till it comes down, but that's not an option," he said.

    Photo Credit: Bob Henson/NBC 7]]>
    <![CDATA[Longtime Padres Fan Wins Prime Game Seats From Manny Machado]]>507805351Fri, 29 Mar 2019 08:22:42 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Machado-Fan-Seats-Jorge-Santiesteban.jpg

    A San Diego resident and lifelong Padres fan got to watch the home opener at Petco Park Thursday in seats fit for a king – seats given to him by a man now known as Padres royalty, No. 13 himself, Manny Machado.

    Through a contest on Instagram Wednesday night, Machado gave away a pair of field-level seats behind 3rd base to one Friars faithful. That lucky man was Jorge Santiesteban, who enjoyed the prime location with his wife during Thursday’s game, where the Padres beat the San Francisco Giants.

    Santiesteban sported a Tony Gwynn jersey, while his wife wore Machado gear.

    The couple had already planned to go to the home opener. Although, Santiesteban said Machado’s giveaway certainly upgraded their Opening Day experience.

    Santiesteban told NBC 7 he won the tickets purely by chance.

    “It was kind of crazy. One of my friends, actually, tagged me on Instagram saying, ‘Hey, you know what, they’re giving away two free tickets, personally, from Machado,’” he explained. “And I started tagging a whole bunch of my friends. And then I started getting a bunch of messages telling me I won.”

    “I’m so surprised,” he added. “We were wondering how they randomly picked us. He (Machado) personally messaged me telling me I won. I’m happy. I wasn’t going to sit there – they were upgraded seats!”

    Santiesteban told NBC 7 he’s been a San Diego Padres fan since 1986. Over the decades, he’s weathered the emotional ups and downs of being a true fan.

    “We’ve been through rough times; you know what I mean? I’m not one of those people who’s just going to jump on the (band) wagon and get all happy,” said Santiesteban.

    He said he first noticed Machado on the MLB scene when Machado played for the Baltimore Orioles. Santiesteban thought he was a great player, but confessed he wasn’t a die-hard Machado fanatic.

    After winning the tickets from Machado, Santiesteban joked that he likes him a little bit more, but, as a Friars faithful, the fan just wants to get on with baseball season and see what Machado can add to his favorite team.

    “You know what? I’m glad he’s with our team. Hopefully, he’ll start doing his thing with the Padres. Once we start winning, once he starts doing what he does, we’ll see what happens,” he added.

    Photo Credit: NBC 7 San Diego
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    <![CDATA[Play Ball: East Village to Host Opening Day Block Party ]]>507370451Tue, 26 Mar 2019 11:53:12 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Padres+Opening+Day+2014+Block+Party+%2820%29.JPG

    The San Diego Padres are returning to Petco Park for what sports enthusiasts believe will be a spectacular season and Opening Day will include a block party dedicated to those with unwavering faith in the Friars.

    The annual East Village Opening Day Block Party goes down from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday (March 28) and 12 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Friday (March 29) along J Street, between 6th and 10th avenues, just outside the ballpark. For the past nine years, the free, all-ages community street fair has signaled the beginning of baseball season in San Diego.

    As usual, the celebration will feature live entertainment, family-friendly games, baseball-themed drinks, food vendors and a craft beer and spirits garden. Little sluggers will enjoy a fun zone filled with activities. On Friday, the block party includes a pet expo and pet fashion show where fans are encouraged to bring their furry companions.

    As fans enjoy the street festival, the Padres will take on the San Francisco Giants at Petco Park. First pitch is at 1:10 p.m. on Opening Day; Friday’s game is at 7:10 p.m. The Padres will also play the Giants on Saturday and Sunday, at 5:40 p.m. and 1:10 p.m., respectively. Tickets to the games can be purchased on the Padres website.

    Parking in downtown San Diego will be at a premium on Opening Day and into the weekend, so fans may want to rely on public transit, including the trolley, to get to the ballpark and block party. The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System typically boosts service around opening weekend; you can keep an eye on the trolley and bus schedule here.

    The Opening Day Block Party is hosted by the East Village Association, a nonprofit organization that works to support businesses in the neighborhood and keep the East Village vibrant with arts, culture, education, and entertainment. The East Village spans 130 blocks in downtown San Diego, where more than 700 businesses operate daily, including restaurants, hotels and, of course, Petco Park.

    By the way, NBC 7 SportsWrap will be following the Padres’ every move this season, with NBC 7’s Derek Togerson and Darnay Tripp talking baseball weekly on their new podcast, “On Friar.” We’ll also bring you coverage of the team on NBC7.com in our special San Diego Padres section here.

    Photo Credit: NBC 7 San Diego
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    <![CDATA[Can You Catch a Padres Game on a Budget?]]>507754761Thu, 28 Mar 2019 10:47:17 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Man_Dies_After_Brutal_Beating_Near_Petco_Park.jpg

    Can you bring a family to a Padres game on a budget? The answer is yes... but you'd better have a big budget.

    Game are not cheap, but there are ways you can go to the ballpark and save a few bucks.

    First, choose your game wisely. The Padres use a "dynamic pricing" plan where the more popular the game the more the fans will pay. So a Friday night game against the Dodgers will cost more than a Wednesday night game agains the Pirates.

    "If you wait till the day of the game and come out and buy a ticket for that day, you are going to pay a little bit more," said Padres President of Business Operations Erik Greupner.

    The same seat will cost more based on popularity.

    The way to avoid the same day increase is to buy one of the Season Ticket packages or buy single tickets ahead of time. The Padres do offer discounts at various times for military, first responders and families. There are also group discounts and the Park at the Park with seating on hill beyond right field.

    Greupner says they have no plans to raise the base ticket price this season but that will change in the future.

    "Until we're playing winning baseball," said Greupner, "we are not going to raise season ticket prices."

    Food prices can also impact a family budget. Greupner says in some areas food prices will go up and stay flat in other areas. But he says a hot dog will cost a little more than last year.

    The Padres have a policy that allows families to bring food and drink to a game but there are restrictions, you can read them on the Padres' website.  

    And while no one want to pay higher prices, a competitive team costs more and has created higher demadn for those tickets. According the StubHub, sales are up 44% compared to this time last year.

    <![CDATA[Padres Name Opening Day Starter]]>507597191Mon, 25 Mar 2019 06:38:20 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Eric+Lauer+Ball.JPG

    They waited a good, long while, but finally the Padres finally let us know who their Opening Day starting pitcher is going to be.

    For a while it looked like it could be rookie Chris Paddack. Then it seemed almost a lock it would be 2nd-year lefty Joey Lucchesi.

    So it's a mild surprise that the Padres are going with another left-hander. Eric Lauer is going to get his first Opening Day nod, which is a big deal for him because he's never even been on an Opening Day roster.

    Lauer was called up about a month into last season. He's just 23 years old, making Lauer the 2nd-youngest Opening Day starter in Padres history behind Clay Kirby, who got the nod in 1972. It's hard to argue with the numbers the southpaw put up.

    Lauer only allowed 2 hits and no runs in three Cactus League appearances but also impressed the club with his back-field appearances. Manager Andy Green said Lucchesi will start game two but after that, the Padres did not commit to anything.

    It's likely that Paddack and another lefty, Matt Strahm, have earned spots in the rotation. The 5th starter job is still to be determined with a pair of exhibition games left this week in Seattle.

    <![CDATA[$768M Powerball Winner Bought Ticket in Milwaukee Suburb]]>507718641Thu, 28 Mar 2019 12:52:21 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/powerballGettyImages-504805806.jpg

    A single ticket that matched all six Powerball numbers to win the estimated $768.4 million jackpot — the third-largest jackpot in U.S. lottery history — was sold in a Milwaukee suburb, Wisconsin Lottery officials said Thursday.

    The ticket, worth a cash option of $477 million, was sold at a Speedway gas station in New Berlin, a city of about 40,000 people roughly 14 miles southwest of Milwaukee, lottery officials told reporters at a news conference. The winner has not come forward yet, Wisconsin Lottery Director Cindy Polzin said.

    The gas station will receive $100,000 for selling the winning ticket. That award will come out the state general fund, not from the winnings, Wisconsin Lottery spokesman David Brauer said.

    New Berlin residents expressed excitement about the possibility the winner could be from their area.

    "It is amazing. Amazing," said New Berlin resident Jacqueline Walderyera. "New Berlin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Opening day for the Brewers. It's all falling into place just perfectly and it's my day off work."

    Under Wisconsin law, the winner or winners can't remain anonymous and have 180 days to claim the prize. Otherwise the ticket is worthless.

    The win comes almost exactly two years after Wisconsin hit its last Powerball jackpot, when a Milwaukee resident won $156.2 million on March 22, 2017.

    Although the prize grew steadily since the previous jackpot winner on Dec. 26, the odds of matching the five white balls and single Powerball remained a dismal 1 in 292.2 million. The winning numbers were 16, 20, 37, 44 and 62. The Powerball number was 12.

    The latest jackpot is the third-largest behind the world record $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot shared by winners in California, Florida and Tennessee in January 2016, and the $1.537 billion Mega Millions jackpot won in South Carolina last October.

    "It's going to be a very green spring for our first Powerball jackpot winner of 2019," David Barden, Powerball Product Group chairman and New Mexico Lottery CEO, said in a statement. "A jackpot of this size can make many dreams come true - not just for the winner, but for all Lottery beneficiaries and the lucky state of Wisconsin."

    The $768.4 million estimated figure refers to the annuity option, paid over 29 years. Nearly all grand prize winners opt for the cash prize. Both prize options are before taxes.

    Wisconsin Department of Revenue Secretary Peter Barca said at the news conference that if the winner or winners take the cash prize, the state would claim $38 million of the winnings as tax revenue. He didn't know how much the state would receive in taxes each year if the winner or winners choose annuities.

    Seven tickets matched all five white balls, but missed matching the red Powerball in Wednesday's drawing to win a $1 million prize. Those tickets were sold in Arizona, two in California, Indiana, Missouri, New Jersey and New York. Two other tickets, sold in Kansas and Minnesota, matched all five white balls and doubled the prize to $2 million, because the tickets included the Power Play option for an additional $1.

    Powerball is played in 44 states, plus Washington, D.C., the U.S Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 7 San Diego

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    <![CDATA[Ballast Point Brews San Diego Padres-Themed Beer]]>507360631Tue, 19 Mar 2019 14:24:07 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Ballast-Swingin-Friar-Ale-3.jpg

    San Diego’s Ballast Point is ready for baseball season: the brewing giant has just released a hoppy concoction inspired by the Padres and the club’s golden anniversary in America’s Finest City.

    Ballast Point officially released a Padres-themed beer Tuesday dubbed the “Swingin’ Friar Ale.”

    The brew – created in partnership with the home team – is described by Ballast Point as a 100 percent Simcoe-hopped brew with aromas of citrus, peach, mellow berry, pine and grapefruit with a “biscuity malt backbone and crisp finish.”

    The company said the beer’s profile makes it an “easy drinking” brew perfect for a day at the ballpark but also boasts the hops synonymous with San Diego’s brewing scene.

    The beer’s package pays homage to the Padre’s 50th anniversary season in San Diego and includes the team’s anniversary logo and iconic brown and gold colors. Ballast Point said Tuesday the brew would be available on tap around the San Diego area – including at Petco Park – and in 6-pack bottles in stores. It’ll be marketed as the “Official Craft Beer of the Padres.”

    Fans will be able to order the Swingin’ Friar Ale at Petco Park on Opening Day next week.

    Erik Greupner, President of Business Operations for the San Diego Padres, said the team’s 50th anniversary is a “meaningful time” to launch this Friars-inspired brew. Greupner said it made sense for the team to collaborate with Ballast Point, since the brewery has had its roots in San Diego for more than two decades and, like the Padres, is part of San Diego’s identity.

    Ballast Point Brewing Company was founded in 1996 by a small group of San Diego home brewers and has grown into San Diego’s largest brewery.

    In addition to several San Diego-based tasting rooms, Ballast Point has expanded to include a brewery and restaurant in Daleville, Virginia, a brewery and restaurant in Chicago, and, most recently, a brewery and restaurant at Disneyland Resort's Downtown Disney District.

    Photo Credit: Andy Hayt/The San Diego Padres
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    <![CDATA[Sycuan Casino Unveils Resort Expansion, New Restaurants]]>507679731Wed, 27 Mar 2019 07:44:02 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Sycuan_Casino_Property_t620.jpg

    A pricey, ambitious expansion project two years in the making, Sycuan Casino in San Diego's East County will unveil its new look Wednesday, which includes a 12-story resort, a lazy river, and a lineup of fresh restaurants.

    Sycuan Casino, located at 5469 Casino Way in El Cajon, has completed its 500,000-square-foot, $260 million expansion. The upgrades include a 12-story, 300-room, 57-suite hotel and resort adjacent to Sycuan's existing casino, new gaming space, meeting and conference spaces, a full-service spa, a fitness center, a 4-acre pool complex, gardens, a lazy river, a swim-up bar, and lots of new eateries.

    The casino first broke ground on the project in March 2017. Since then, much work and anticipation have followed to position the property as a heavyweight contender amid the ongoing casino construction boom happening throughout San Diego County.

    San Diego County is considered the most crowded market for Indian casinos in the nation, with 10 to the region’s name.

    Sycuan Casino is hoping these additions will help it stand out as a destination resort and place the casino at the top of traveler’s minds, whether they’re considering a staycation or if they’re visiting from out of town.

    “Whether you’re here from the San Diego region, you can come here and feel like you almost went to Vegas for the weekend,” Sycuan Tribal Chairman Cody Martinez told NBC 7. “That’s definitely the experience we’re trying to have for each and everyone.” 

    In January, Sycuan announced the hotel and resort would feature several new restaurants, many of them housed in a fast-casual dining hall called The UnCommons. The dining area boasts five San Diego-centric eateries offering everything from pizza, barbecue, and hamburgers, to tacos and Mediterranean food. Those restaurants are Hodad’s, Phil’s BBQ, Lucha Libre Gourmet Taco Shop, The Hangry Slice and Luna Grill.

    The expansion also features three new upscale dining and drinking venues overseen by Las Vegas-based Clique Hospitality, a group that operates swanky San Diego spots Lionfish, Oxford Social Club and The Pool House at the Pendry in downtown’s Gaslamp Quarter.

    Those high-end spots are the Bull & Bourbon steakhouse, the cocktail bar Rank & File and Viewpoint, located poolside.

    In January 2018, Sycuan Casino said it would look to fill more than 700 new jobs as part of this expansion. The casino has been hosting job fairs over the past few months to add to its team, hiring for every position, from game room dealers and pool lifeguards to massage therapists.

    Sycuan Casino – which opened as a small “bingo palace” in 1983 – underwent another major renovation in 2012.

    Prior to the expansion, the casino featured 2,000 slot machines, more than 40 gaming tables, a buffet, a sports bar and grill, and the 452-seat entertainment venue, Sycuan Live & Up Close. After the expansion, it’ll feature 2,500 slot machines and 80 table games.

    Sycuan’s expansion was fueled by a new pact with the state of California allowing casinos to increase their number of slot machines from 2,000 to 2,500. Thus, similar build-ups are happening at casinos around San Diego County.

    “Sycuan definitely wanted to keep up with the competition. With our new product today I believe we’re not only keeping up, but we’re jumping ahead some of our major competition,” Martinez said. “We’re very excited.”

    Photo Credit: Rendering Courtesy of Sycuan Casino
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    <![CDATA[Man Behind Panda Exhibit Doubts Return of Beloved Animals]]>507703341Wed, 27 Mar 2019 05:08:25 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/panda+expert+donald+lindburg.jpg

    The man previously behind the San Diego Zoo’s famous panda exhibit said he doubts the beloved bears will ever make a return to the city following the zoo’s announcement that its last two giant pandas are headed to China.

    Dr. Donald Lindburg represented the San Diego Zoo in negotiations with China that eventually allowed pandas to come to San Diego, becoming one of the first U.S. zoos to house them. He went on to serve as the head of the giant panda team for a decade when the animals first came to the city in September 1996.

    Lindburg still remembers the moment Bai Yun arrived at it to her new home.

    “She came bounding out of her cage, you know, and she did a summersault on the hillside, and everybody was going, ‘Oooh, aaah,’” he said.

    Now, more than two decades later, Lindburg fears it might be the end of an era for the San Diego Zoo.

    “I rather doubt that this will happen again,” Lindburg told NBC 7. “It will be difficult to outdo what the pandas have done for us. They were very unique and drew huge crowds -- lots of publicity, lots of financial support. That, I think, is an era, more or less, ended.”

    As for a replacement animal to the pandas, Lindburg doesn’t think they can be beat.

    “I don’t know if there is another animal that will be adored and loved as much as the pandas were. There might be,” he said. “The pandas have always been popular, and, in fact, if you were to go to the zoo today, you might have to get in line.”

    Lindburg said the love for the pandas came from the community following each moment of their journey in San Diego.

    “Every step of our work was publicized, the community really supported us, and it was just a wonderful episode in recent years to have all of this happen. It’s sad to me that it’s all going to end,” Lindburg told NBC 7.

    Lindburg said San Diego Zoo CEO Douglas Myers put him in charge of the incoming pandas in the 1990s because Lindburg had success getting cheetahs to breed in the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

    “In a career sense, it couldn’t have been better,” Lindburg said. “Once I was given a position of responsibility, I thought, ‘How lucky can I get?’”

    Though, Lindburg said it was a somewhat difficult start with the first two pandas that came to the San Diego Zoo, Bai Yun and Shi Shi.

    “When we did get the pair, we were delighted with the female (Bai Yun),” Lindburg said.

    However, Lindburg said the male panda, Shi Shi, was “totally disinterested in anything but feeding.” Lindburg noted that Shi Shi was also “very old” when he arrived in San Diego.

    The panda expert said he wanted to replace Shi Shi, but the contract between China and the San Diego Zoo said a replacement could only be offered if a panda dies.

    “Why don’t we declare him dead?” Lindburg said. During meetings with officials in Beijing, Lindburg brought up this idea to declare Shi Shi dead to provide a second male panda to San Diego.

    “They were scratching their heads, laughing a little bit, looking at each other, and finally they said OK,” Lindburg told NBC 7. “That was a big moment for us, you know, that we could count on having a male that knew what he was supposed to do.”

    Enter Gao Gao, who would go on to spend more than 14 years at the zoo.

    At that time, it showed a growing relationship with China, Lindburg said. Another moment that strengthened their bond, he said, was when the San Diego Zoo developed a formula to help abandoned panda cubs.

    When pandas have twins, the mother tends to abandon one, Lindburg told NBC 7. So, to help both cubs survive, the San Diego Zoo developed a formula that would keep baby pandas alive when they’re in the incubator state.

    “That changed everything. The Chinese were very happy with us, because they were no longer losing every second twin,” Lindburg said. “It helped greatly to improve our relationship with the Chinese. They realized we were serious.”

    On August 21, 1999, Hua Mei was born, marking the first time a panda cub survived in captivity in the U.S. She was the product of artificial insemination between Bai Yun and Shi Shi.

    “Being the first one, this baby was a real celebrity,” Lindburg said. “The national interest to the birth of the first baby panda in the United States is mind-boggling.”

    Since then, the San Diego Zoo saw five more cub births, all born by Bai Yun and Gao Gao. Many of Bai Yun’s cubs only stayed in San Diego’s exhibit for a few years.

    Hua Mei stayed for nearly three and a half years, Mei Sheng stayed four years, Su Lin stayed five years, Zhen Zhen stayed three years, and Yun Zi stayed nearly three and a half years.

    Xiao Liwu was Bai Yun’s last cub. Born in 2012, Xiao Liwu would have almost been at the San Diego Zoo for seven years, but he and his mother will leave for China at the end of April. They were the last two giant pandas at the zoo.

    “It’ll be a sad day when we don’t have pandas anymore,” Lindburg said.

    The last day residents and tourists can see the beloved pandas will be April 27.

    <![CDATA[Golfer Has Thank You Message for Good Samaritan Who Returned His Wallet]]>507712131Wed, 27 Mar 2019 06:20:20 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/good+samaritan+golf+mart+wallet.png

    A good Samaritan saved the day for a San Diego golfer who lost his wallet, and now that man and his wife just want the chance to say thank you.

    Escondido's Golf Mart prides itself on knowing its employees, but manager Craig Buckley, who has 24 years of service with the company, couldn't figure out which of his customers was responsible for the good deed.

    Buckley showed NBC 7 his surveillance video from Sunday afternoon. The cameras picked up customer Eric Detamore making his final purchases before he lost his wallet.

    Eric Detamore was shopping at the store on Sunday afternoon when he put his wallet in the front pocket of his Chicago Cubs sweatshirt.

    He made his purchases and walked out to the store to drive to another store about 15 minutes away. That is when he realized his wallet was gone.

    The footage proves Eric Detamore didn’t leave it on the checkout counter at Golf Mart or drop it inside the store.

    “When I got in the car it probably fell out,” Detamore said. “It had to have fallen out when I got to the car.”

    Eric Detamore said he became “stressed to the bone" when he realized his wallet was missing, not because of what was inside the wallet, but because of the wallet itself -- it was a Chicago Cubs-themed wallet given to him by his kids as a gift.

    Detamore called his wife Carol, and she immediately started making calls to cancel his at-risk accounts.

    "He sounded composed, but he was stressed because he had been searching for at least twenty minutes for it," said Carol Detamore. "I was in the middle of cancelling his cards when the doorbell rang."

    Standing at the door was a man she had never met before. The man handed her husband's wallet to her.

    Carol Detamore said she was so excited by the kind act, she forgot to grab the man's name before he took off. 

    “How am I going to thank this person or at least let him know how important that was and what a great example he is setting for my children?” Carol Detamore said.

    Detamore's wife said the Good Samaritan went 20 miles out of his way to make the in-person drop-off.

    Eric Detamore said he is just grateful to have the special wallet back in his possession, due to the kind act of a stranger. 

    “It’s a special wallet. That Good Samaritan went above and beyond. It’s good to see there are still good people out there."

    <![CDATA[Clouds Increase Over San Diego, Some Sprinkles Possible]]>507720501Wed, 27 Mar 2019 06:05:58 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Rain-San-Diego-0120-5.jpg

    San Diegans will see an increase in clouds Wednesday and may be met with some sprinkles, though little rain is expected, according to forecasters. 

    "The best chance I think is going to be a sprinkle as we go through the day today," NBC 7's Sheena Parveen said. 

    Clouds will linger throughout the day with a slight break in the afternoon. The coverage was expected to create mild temperatures across the county Wednesday. 

    Temperatures in coastal areas will hover around the mid-60s, inland areas will stay in the low 70s, the mountains will be in the upper 50s and the deserts will see temperatures near the 80-degree mark. 

    Gray skies are expected to clear in time for the San Diego Padres season opener at Petco Park on Thursday.

    Parveen said the morning may start with some clouds and a chance of sprinkles, but by the time first pitch is thrown, at 1:10 p.m., sunny skies are in the forecast. 

    Photo Credit: NBC 7 San Diego
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    <![CDATA[Paul Simon, Childish Gambino to Headline Outside Lands 2019]]>507675421Wed, 27 Mar 2019 04:21:24 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/gambinopaulsimon.jpg

    There's something for everybody at this year's Outside Lands.

    Legendary singer-song writer Paul Simon and multi-talented Childish Gambino are slated to headline Outside Lands 2019 in August at San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.

    Lil Wayne, Twenty One Pilots, The Lumineers, Blink-182, Leon Bridges, are just some of the other big names in music scheduled to perform at the annual music festival, which is slated to take place between Aug. 9 and 11.

    Three-day passes for the event are available for purchase Thursday at 10 a.m. Interested concertgoers are encouraged to buy their tickets when they go on sale due to the fact that the festival has sold out ahead of time for the past years, according to organizers.

    Three-day general admission tickets are priced at $385 plus fees. Three-day VIP tickets will cost concertgoers $815 plus fees.

    Concertgoers do now have the option of paying for their pass in installments, according to organizers.

    Click here for the complete list of the Outside Lands 2019 lineup.

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    <![CDATA[Mayor Aims to Again Restrict People From Living in Cars]]>507618211Thu, 28 Mar 2019 12:50:16 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Rapidly_Growing_Fairfax_Co_Rethinks_Free_Street_Parking.jpg

    Just over a month after the San Diego City Council repealed a law that made it illegal for people to live inside their vehicles, the mayor on Monday announced a new proposal to again restrict it. 

    Mayor Kevin Faulconer said that since the law was repealed with a unanimous vote on Feb. 10, the city has been inundated with hundreds of complaints from residents regarding people living in their cars on residential streets and in parking lots. 

    The mayor's proposal would once again make it illegal to live in cars within the city of San Diego with the exception of certain designated lots. Part of his proposal would expand an existing "safe parking program" to give people living out of their cars more options. 

    The safe parking program has been around since 2010. The nonprofit organization Dreams for Change opened the first lot along State Route 94 at 28th Street and a second location on Balboa Avenue, according to the information service 2-1-1 San Diego. 

    The city added two lots in Kearny Mesa through a partnership with Jewish Family Service last year. An additional three lots, sheltering about 100 cars would be added through the mayor's proposal, though where those lots would be located was not specified. 

    The safe parking program not only provides San Diegans with a safe space to stay in their cars but also connects them with employment, family wellness, and other basic services, according to the city.

    Faulconer said the proposal was meant to help homelessness in San Diego while not allowing "conduct that takes advantage of San Diego’s generosity and destroys the quality of life in our communities."

    But there are some that say for them, living in their vehicle is not about homelessness but about living minimally. 

    "I am stoked to live out of my car,” said international yoga instructor Adrianna Peters. "For some people, they think that living out of your car means that you are homeless or don’t have money but my bank account is looking good right now."

    The mayor's proposal is criticized by people who, while technically homeless, are financially secure but choose to save money by living in a vehicle -- people like Jessy Tenant, a "hot shot" firefighter in Arizona, who fights destructive wildfires for about six months out of the year and hits the road in his camper truck when the season ends.

    "As soon as I am done I just travel and surf," he said.

    Sunset Cliffs resident Peter Jenson says the neighborhood's sidewalks should be open to hourly visitors who want to enjoy its scenic beauty, not occupied for days by vehicle dwellers.

    "We see people out here in $100,000 camper vans, these new Mercedes Benz things, there is a million of them. They park out here, get up on top of their vans and they are living it up," Jensen said.

    Pacific Beach resident Sergio Lysboa also supports the proposal, and says the situation has worsened since the ban was repealed.

    "They pee in my yard and throw trash in my yard," Lysbosa said.

    The proposal will officially be introduced at an April 17 Public Safety and Liveable Neighborhoods committee meeting. 

    Last summer, before the ordinance was overturned, a judge ordered San Diego police to stop ticketing people living in their vehicles because the law was too vague to enforce. 

    The revocation of the law allowed anyone to legally live in their car or RV as long as they follow the posted signs and do not park in the same location for more than 72 hours.

    Faulconer was joined by San Diego police Chief David Nisleit, Council member Jen Campbell and other city leaders to outline the plan. 

    <![CDATA[Panda Portraits: A Look Back at San Diego's Beloved Bears]]>507629781Sat, 06 Apr 2019 10:33:53 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Bai+Yun+and+Xiao+Liwu+2.jpg]]><![CDATA[How To Spot Potentially Dangerous Avocados At Your Store]]>507649311Tue, 26 Mar 2019 14:01:20 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/bad+avocado+stickers.jpg

    The Henry Avocado company in Escondido is voluntarily recalling whole avocados that might be contaminated with the listeria bacteria at the company's North County packing facility.

    Henry Avocado said the recall covers conventional and organic avocados grown and packed in California. The company said the avocados subject to recall were in stores before March 22. The questionable fruit was sold in bulk to retailers in California, Arizona, Florida, Wisconsin, North Carolina and New Hampshire.

    Phil Henry, president of the avocado company, told NBC San Diego that avocados imported from Mexico are safe to eat and are not being recalled.

    The types of Henry avocados can be easily identified by the small stickers on their skins (Pictured Above).

    One sticker has the words "Organic" and "California" and the number 94225.

    The other has the words "California" and "Bravocado" and the number 4770.

    There have been no reports of any illnesses associated with the avocados.

    The company says it issued the voluntary recall after a routine inspection of its packing plant revealed samples that tested positive for listeria.

    The company says avocados imported from Mexico and distributed by Henry are not being recalled and are safe.

    Listeria is a bacteria that can cause fever and diarrhea, and more dangerous complications in pregnant women, and the frail and elderly.

    "This voluntary recall is being conducted and overseen by a third party expert," company president Phil Henry told NBC San Diego. "Henry Avocado is focused on thoroughly cleaning and sanitizing our Escondido facility. This will be followed by comprehensive environment sampling before we begin packing there again." 

    The San Diego Farm Bureau said the avocado recall is a good reminder of the importance of washing all fruits and vegetables -- including avocados -- before eating.

    "Because the concern with an avocado is very simple," said Farm Bureau spokesman Eric Larson. "You peel the skin off, so people assume that it's completely safe (to eat). But if you put a knife through it, you can take whatever's on the skin and put it onto the fruit."

    <![CDATA[Giant Pandas to Leave San Diego Zoo]]>507626611Tue, 26 Mar 2019 08:25:24 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/010810zoobabies02.jpg

    Two giant pandas who have been a favorite of San Diegans for decades and a star attraction for visitors will no longer be a part of the San Diego Zoo, officials announced Monday. 

    Bai-Yun, 27, and her son, Xiao Liwu, 6, will leave at the end of April for China. They are the last two giant pandas to live at the San Diego Zoo, one of only a few zoos where giant pandas can be found in the United States. Zoos in Washington, D.C, Atlanta and Memphis also have the animals.

    The news, while shocking to many who love to visit and follow the lives of the giant pandas, was not unexpected as a long-term conservation agreement was ending, according to the San Diego Zoo officials. 

    “Although we are sad to see these pandas go, we have great hopes for the future,” Shawn Dixon, chief operating officer for San Diego Zoo Global said in a written release.

    The zoo’s giant panda conservation program began more than two decades ago when the species was threatened with extinction.

    "This is a Chinese program and we feel fortunate that we were the first foreign zoo to be invited to participate with a new conservation, a new model of conservation," said Carmi Penny, director of Collections Husbandry Science at the San Diego Zoo. "The threat to the giant panda is less than it was when we started this program."

    The zoo's work with Bai Yun and her cubs have helped to boost the wild population of pandas in China to more than 2,000, according to the zoo.

    In 2016, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's Red List of Threatened Species changed pandas from endangered to vulnerable.

    Now, researchers will work to redefine what panda conservation and research will mean in the future. Zoo officials plan to maintain their exhibit and keep it in place in case they are able to negotiate a new agreement that could ultimately bring pandas back to the zoo. 

    Bai Yun's longtime mate Gao Gao was returned to the Chinese Center for Research and Conservation for the Giant Panda (CCRCGP) in October. 

    The father of five cubs born at the San Diego Zoo, Gao Gao had been living at the zoo for 15 years as part of the long-term loan agreement with the People’s Republic of China.

    Guests to the San Diego Zoo will be able to say goodbye to Bai Yun and Xiao Liwu up until April 27.

    Don Heffern, a visitor Monday from Costa Mesa in Orange County, said his reaction to learning that the two giant pandas would be leaving in a month was "sadness." 

    "Obviously, it's the highlight of the zoo. It's something that you don't find everywhere. There's so few zoos in North America that have pandas so I was completely shocked to hear it today," he said. "Hopefully, they're able to work out something to do it again. Of anything in the zoo this is the one thing that has a line -- that's a big attraction."

    COO Shawn Dixon said for the first time in the park's 100-year history, the San Diego Zoo surpassed 4 million visitors in 2018. And, while he did admit the pandas are a big draw, he is not worried about the ramifications of losing one of their main attractions.

    "We know our community is concerned about what that looks like, and we feel like we are so much more," Dixon said. "We are a zoo we are a safari park, we have thousands of animals to come visit, so we have so much more to see."

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    <![CDATA[California Grower Recalls Avocados Over Possible Listeria]]>507587941Sun, 24 Mar 2019 12:30:13 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/avocadosAP_19083661130158.jpg

    A Southern California company is voluntarily recalling whole avocados over possible listeria contamination.

    Henry Avocado, a grower and distributor based near San Diego, said Saturday that the recall covers conventional and organic avocados grown and packed in California. The company says they were sold in bulk across California, Arizona, Florida, Wisconsin, North Carolina and New Hampshire.

    There have been no reports of any illnesses associated with the avocados.

    The company says it issued the voluntary recall after a routine inspection of its packing plant revealed samples that tested positive for listeria.

    The company says avocados imported from Mexico and distributed by Henry are not being recalled and are safe.

    Listeria is a bacteria that can cause fever and diarrhea, and more dangerous complications in pregnant women.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 7 San Diego

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    <![CDATA[Free Community College Bill Passes First Legislative Hurdle]]>507568371Sun, 24 Mar 2019 11:03:07 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/207*120/college-tuition-generic.PNG

    A bill that would make the first two years of school free for many of California's 2 million community college students has passed its first legislative hurdle.

    The state Assembly Committee on Higher Education passed AB-2 by an 11-1 margin on March 19. The bill is an extension of the California College Promise, a program established in 2017 that allowed community colleges to waive fees for the first year. This new bill would waive fees for a second year as well.

    The bill was written by Assemblymember Miguel Santiago, who represents areas of Downtown Los Angeles.

    "When college degrees are unaffordable, our economy suffers," Santiago said. "If we're going to tackle income inequality and empower the next generation to succeed, we need to release the pressure on young people to take out loans they can't afford."

    Adding a second year would mean students can earn a two-year associate's degree or transfer to a university without having to pay any tuition.

    The new bill also expands the pool of students who are eligible for free tuition. Previously, the fee waiver was only available to first-time students. Under the new bill, anyone who doesn't already have a degree would be eligible.

    The bill will have to pass through the main legislature and be signed by the governor before it can be enacted.

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    <![CDATA[Local Teen Helps Kids in Need Through Nonprofit]]>507566031Sat, 23 Mar 2019 21:30:07 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Kenan-Pala-032319.jpg

    A San Diego teenager and hundreds of volunteers were hard at work Saturday making gift boxes for local kids in need.

    Kenan Pala, 15, started a nonprofit in 2017 called Kids4Community. As its name suggests, the organization is all about kids finding ways to help others in their communities.

    During Saturday's efforts, children of every age -- and their parents -- helped make gift boxes for low-income and homeless children throughout San Diego County. The boxes were filled with toys, candy, bracelets, letters, and candy -- basically, things that would bring happiness to children who need it most.

    Pala’s passion to help others comes from a very personal, special place.

    "My parents have always loved to give back. They immigrated from Turkey way back when, and they've been so grateful for what America has done for them," Pala told NBC 7. "This is truly the land of opportunity. So, I grew up in this environment, where volunteering was just a normal part of my life."

    Kids4Community has partnered with Interfaith Community Services who will pick up all the gift boxes, and hand them out to the kids all over the county over the next couple of days.

    To learn more about the nonprofit, click here.

    Photo Credit: NBC 7 San Diego]]>
    <![CDATA[Proposed Bill Would Ban Smartphone Use in California Schools]]>507490891Fri, 22 Mar 2019 00:31:51 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/getty+images+generic+phone+classroom+0321.jpg

    Classrooms across the state may soon be required to restrict or ban smartphones under a new bill making its way through the California State Assembly.

    The bill, introduced by Assemblymember Albert Muratsuchi of Torrance, was sent to the State Assembly Education Committee for the second time Wednesday.

    “Cell phones can be a distraction in the classroom, and there are social and emotional consequences to too much use,” said Muratsuchi.

    While California school districts currently have the authority to prohibit or not prohibit smartphones in their schools, the new bill would require districts to adopt a policy that limits phone use in some capacity.

    The smartphone restriction or ban would be in effect when students were “under the supervision and control” of teachers or staff.

    Though, there would be instances that students would be allowed to use their phones, including in cases of emergencies, if a teacher gives permission, or if a licensed physician decides a phone is “necessary for the health or well-being” of a student.

    The proposed ban stated that when students use their phones during classes, it “interferes with the educational mission of the schools, lowers pupil performance, particularly among low-achieving pupils, promotes cyberbullying, and contributes to an increase in teenage anxiety, depression, and suicide.”

    In a released statement, Muratsuchi’s office said 95 percent of families with children as old as eight years old have smartphones. In 2013, that number was 63 percent.

    The number of 14- to 17-year-olds who experience clinical levels of depression jumped more than 60 percent, according to the assemblymember’s office.

    “According to studies, kids who are heavy users of social media are showing signs of depression and other mental health problems in greater numbers,” Muratsuchi said. “Studies have also shown that restricting cell phone use improves pupil performance.”

    The assemblymember pointed to France, which in September 2018, adopted a nationwide ban on smartphones in elementary and middle schools.

    Muratsuchi also referenced a study published in May 2015 by the London School of Economics and Political Science that showed test scores reportedly improve when schools banned smartphones.

    Lastly, the bill discussed the 2017 book iGen by San Diego State University professor Dr. Jean Twenge. The proposal cited Twenge’s work, saying eighth graders “who spend 10 or more hours per week on social media are 56 percent more likely to describe themselves as unhappy than those who devote less time to social media.”

    Under the bill, schools would be reimbursed for any costs associated with the restriction or ban, according to Muratsuchi’s office.

    The bill was read for the first time on Jan. 24. It was referred to the State Assembly Education Committee on March 18, where it was amended and re-read over the following two days.

    The bill’s next scheduled committee hearing is April 10, where if approved, it would move to the Appropriations Committee. If approved there, the State Assembly would then vote on the bill.

    To read the bill in its entirety, click here.

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    <![CDATA[Kaaboo Announces 2019 Lineup]]>507449951Thu, 21 Mar 2019 08:12:42 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/KAABOO2017_0917_193348-5636_ALIVECOVERAGE-ATW.jpg

    On Thursday morning, Kaaboo Del Mar -- San Diego's largest music and entertainment festival -- officially dropped the lineup of its upcoming Sept. 13-15 event, and it features Kings of Leon, Dave Matthews Band and Mumford & Sons as main headliners.

    This year's annual festival, which is held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, is Kaaboo's fifth. It kicked off in 2015 and has always billed itself as "everything a typical music festival is not." Described as "an adult escape," Kaaboo's amenities and attractions, aside from tons of music and comedy, include artisinal cuisine, craft libations and beers, spa services, contemporary visual art, Vegas-style pool, cabanas, dance clubs, plenty of seating, and its pleasantly surprising claim to fame, luxury bathrooms. Various weekend pass ticketing options, starting at $259 (plus fees), are currently available for purchase at kaaboodelmar.com.

    As always, the Kaaboo lineup seems to offer something for everyone: There are several artists that appeal to a slightly more seasoned demographic like Squeeze, REO Speedwagon, the Bangles, Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul, Edie Brickell & the New Bohemians and Duran Duran; a few acts that might be new to some such as Maren Morris, Keuning, Cheat Codes, Con Brio and Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness; and big names all around like the Cult, Black Eyed Peas, Sheryl Crow, Snoop Dogg, Wu-Tang Clan, Sublime With Rome, OneRepublic and Mark Ronson, among many others. 

    Over the past four years, the fest has featured huge music acts like Foo Fighters, Muse, Robert Plant, Post Malone, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers (sadly, one of Petty's last performances before his untimely passing), P!nk, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ice Cube, Aerosmith, the Killers and many, many more. It's expected to draw more than 100,000 people over the upcoming mid-September weekend.

    The multi-day event has grown so popular (it reportedly sold out last year), organizers have branched out with the brand -- producing a Kaaboo Festival on May 10-12 in Arlington, Texas with the Killers, Kid Rock, Sting and more; as well as a Kaaboo Cayman Islands that took place last month on Feb. 15-16 with Duran Duran, Blondie, Zedd and others.

    Kaaboo Del Mar 2019 lineup

    • Kings of Leon (Friday's headliner)
    • Dave Matthews Band (Saturday's headliner)
    • Mumford & Sons (Sunday's headliner)
    • Duran Duran
    • Black Eyed Peas
    • OneRepublic
    • Maren Morris
    • Sheryl Crow
    • Snoop Dogg
    • Wu-Tang Clan
    • Mark Ronson
    • The Revivalists
    • REO Speedwagon
    • The Bangles
    • The Cult
    • Sublime With Rome
    • Boyz II Men
    • Colbie Caillat
    • Silversun Pickups
    • Squeeze
    • Lifehouse
    • Switchfoot
    • Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul
    • Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
    • Cheat Codes
    • Cash Cash
    • Xavier Rudd
    • Alec Benjamin
    • Toots & the Maytals
    • Edie Brickell & the New Bohemians
    • Keuning
    • Plain White T’s
    • Vintage Trouble
    • Badflower
    • Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes
    • Blind Melon
    • Mix Master Mike
    • Con Brio
    • Grizfolk
    • Perta
    • Walden
    • The Artisanals
    • Des Rocs
    • The Goons
    • J. Human
    • Suckerbox
    • Kate Usher & the Sturdy Souls
    • Sir, Please
    Comedy lineup
    • Bert Kreischer
    • Pete Holmes & Friends
    • Wayne Brady
    • Bob Saget
    • Kevin Smith
    • Jimmy O. Yang
    • Tig Notaro
    • Tom Green
    • Jen Kirkman
    • Cristela Alonzo
    • Cameron Esposito
    • Taylor Tomlinson
    • MK Paulsen

    Photo Credit: Courtesy of Kaaboo Del Mar]]>
    <![CDATA[Images: Manny Machado Through the Years]]>507479051Thu, 21 Mar 2019 14:00:13 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-952516454.jpg

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    <![CDATA[Salt & Straw Ice Cream Opens 2nd Scoop Shop in San Diego]]>507409741Thu, 21 Mar 2019 07:36:46 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/salt-and-straw-ice-cream-handout1.jpg

    Salt & Straw – a Portland-based cult favorite among ice cream fanatics – is opening its second shop in San Diego this week, bringing along custom flavors that scream America's Finest City.

    Salt & Straw will open up shop Friday at 3705 Caminito Court, Suite 0580, within the new One Paseo development in San Diego’s North County. The multi-use complex houses many new eateries.

    The family-run ice cream company is known for its handcrafted, small-batch scoops, in interesting, gourmet flavors like Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbons, Honey Lavender, and Almond Brittle with Salted Ganache. The recipes are made with local, organic and sustainable ingredients, including cream from Southern California-based farm, Scott Brothers Dairy.

    The menu also features seasonal flavors, which rotate monthly.

    At the One Paseo scoop shop, patrons will also find feature custom flavors inspired by San Diego’s artisans, such as the Peanut Butter Stout with Chocolate Chicharrón made with peanut butter milk stout from Belching Beaver Brewery. There’s also the James Coffee and Bourbon ice cream, built with ingredients from San Diego-based coffee artisan, James Coffee.

    The Salt & Straw location will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

    Back in December 2017, after much anticipation, Salt & Straw opened its first San Diego location along India Street, in the heart of Little Italy. Long lines quickly followed.

    The company was founded in Portland by cousins Kim and Tyler Malek, getting its start in 2011 as a red-and-white striped ice cream cart. Today, Salt & Straw operates scoop shops all along the West Coast in Portland, Los Angeles, Orange County, San Francisco, Seattle, and, now, San Diego.

    Photo Credit: Salt & Straw
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    <![CDATA[1st Spring Storm Lingers, Brings Gusty Winds and High Surf]]>507457871Thu, 21 Mar 2019 18:54:32 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/1-12-17-San+Diego+Rain+Umbrella+Generic.JPG

    A lingering storm system will continue to sweep San Diego County with light and scattered showers, gusty winds and high surf Thursday before moving out of the region.

    The storm system had already dumped more than a half-inch of rain on Ramona, nearly a half-inch of rain on Chula Vista and a quarter inch of rain to Carlsbad, the National Weather Service said.

    On Wednesday, thunderstorms over the county's coastal waters could have brought lightning strikes to San Diego's beaches from about 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

    This caused a 40-minute airport weather warning, NWS said, from 2:40 p.m. to 3:20 p.m. as the storms were within a 5 mile radius of the San Diego International Airport.

    Rain on Thursday would be less significant with the brunt of the day's rain falling in the late afternoon.

    An NBC 7 First Alert Weather map showed showers increasing at about 4 p.m. At that time, showers spanned inland from Escondido to El Cajon with heavy showers moving into the coast of La Jolla and passing over Julian and Pine Valley. 

    Showers would continue to move eastward before clearing out of the region by the late evening. 

    Meanwhile, the storm system was increasing winds in the mountains. 

    A National Weather Service wind advisory is in effect until 11 a.m. Thursday, bringing a chance of westerly winds reaching up to 30 miles per hour and gusts of up to 50 miles per hour.

    The mountains may also see some light snowfall from this storm system but no more than an inch is expected at elevations above 5,500 feet. The best chance for snow was Wednesday night into Thursday, though NWS had not reported any snowfall so far. 

    The storm was also creating high surf at local beaches. NWS issued a high surf advisory from 1 p.m. Wednesday to 1 p.m. Friday.

    Waves may reach up to 5 to 8 feet tall, hitting its highest stride in Del Mar, NWS said. The high tides will peak Thursday, according to Parveen.

    “The beaches -– beautiful – don’t go in the water –- too much pollution. Wait 72 hours, we’ve had too much runoff,” NBC 7 Meteorologist Dagmar Midcap said.

    On Thursday, the high surf blocked access to a staircase entrance to Torrey Pines Reserve.

    The tall waves can bring beach erosion along the coast. Though, it can also bring excited surfers to the area.

    Sarah Kliegman broughout her five-and-a-half-month-old to Torrey Pines for the first time Thursday.

    “We just came out for a walk and to check out the beach and were surprised to see how big the surf is. We thought we could walk down the beach and I guess not,” Kliegman told NBC 7.

    Parveen said there will be strong rip currents during this time that present a higher risk of dangerous swimming conditions.

    San Diego will be dry Friday once the storm clears out of the region, but there is a slim chance of rain on Saturday. Expect temperatures to be cool through the weekend.

    Photo Credit: NBC 7 San Diego
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    <![CDATA['It's Amazing': Navy SEAL Interpreter Sworn in as US Citizen]]>507444091Thu, 21 Mar 2019 05:48:11 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Military_Interpreter_Becomes_US_Citizen.jpg

    The Navy SEALs called him by his code name -- Johnny Walker -- and they vowed the military interpreter from Iraq would one day be able to call himself an American.

    And on Wednesday, that promise came true.

    Watching Johnny Walker being sworn in as a U.S. citizen may have been the end of a long mission for this elite group of U.S. Special Forces.

    As he raised his hand during the ceremony in San Diego, Walker said all of the emotion from his countless missions more than a decade ago came flooding back.

    “Memories, sweat, blood, everything -- everything came in the same second,” said Walker.

    Retired Navy Capt. Steve Wisotzki felt similar emotions as he watched Walker take his oath.

    “It was pretty powerful. We waited a long time for this,” Wisotzki said. He and Walker worked together in Baghdad, Iraq.

    Wisotzki told NBC7 that Walker had special skills to find high-valued targets for U.S. Special Forces, making him a target too.

    “He's extremely, extremely gifted, so we were able to pile a lot of missions, a lot of things onto him, and he performed them almost always flawlessly,” Wisotzki said.

    Pete Turner served in the army and conducted missions with Walker in Mosul, Iraq.

    “I have tears right now that I'm barely holding back on. It means so much -- I never thought he would live to see this day,” Turner said.

    Walker’s work with U.S. Special Forces began shortly after the start of the Iraq War. While the U.S. military rotated in and out of Iraq, Walker remained for whichever team needed him -- wherever they needed him.

    “He's as much an American as anybody I know,” retired Navy SEAL Ed Hiner said.

    Walker had a bounty put on his head for his service to U.S. Special Forces. He lost loved ones, including his brother. And a decade ago, Walker was allowed to come to the U.S.

    But the military interpreter could never really call America home, as his immigration case was wrapped in red tape for 10 years. But that didn’t stop retired Navy SEAL Jason Tuschen and others from fighting for the man they called their brother.

    “It's hard to quantify in words but, yeah, we're tight, so excited to see him finally get what he earned,” Tuschen told NBC7.

    Now they could finally exhale. Mission complete.

    On Wednesday, Walker said all of his sacrifices were worth it.

    “I dreamed of living in this country. Now I'm living here with my family, my brothers -- it's amazing,” Walker said.

    Walker’s daughter and son also became citizens alongside their father in the swearing in Wednesday.

    <![CDATA[Tony Hawk, Trevor Hoffman Front New SD Music Festival]]>507426411Thu, 21 Mar 2019 06:16:56 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SD+Bayfront+Trevor+Hoffman+Tony+Hawk.png

    San Diego's wonders never cease: On Nov. 22-24, the inaugural Wonderfront Music & Arts Festival makes landfall along the waterfront of America's Finest City.

    On Tuesday, festival organizers announced the new three-day event set to take place at seven-plus stages spanning the Port of San Diego with 70-plus bands, gourmet food, craft beer, games, activities, and immersive art experiences.

    Presented by current Pechanga Arena general manager and partner, Ernie Hahn, and Tag Presents' Paul Thornton (who combined have more than 50 years experience producing large-scale live-entertainment events in San Diego), the fest has drawn big-name locals Tony Hawk, Trevor Hoffman and Rob Machado into the fold as official brand ambassadors.

    Various bayfront venues involved include Broadway Pier, Bayfront Park, Embarcadero Marina Park North and South, Ruocco Park, and Seaport Village -- complete with ferries to take attendees between the two ends of the event. According to organizers, capacity for the festival will be 30,000, with single-day and weekend passes, VIP access, yacht parties, hotel packages, meet-and-greets, and other ticketing options available in early May. Three-day passes will be $225. Go here for more information and to sign up for first access to tickets

    Mum's the word on which acts will populate the festival's lineup, but, according to a news release, it will feature "major mainstream talent, including rock, indie rock, EDM, reggae, hip-hop, alternative, country and Americana, popular Latin programming, and emerging breakout artists from all genres." Sounds like it should appeal to pretty much everyone; a full lineup is expected to be announced in late April.

    Tim Mays, the Casbah's owner/talent buyer and long-time San Diego music scene figurehead, is contributing in programming at least some of the to-be-announced artists (along with bookers from the Belly Up and Music Box). During a Wednesday morning phone call, he enthused about the prospect of contributing to a San Diego-centric festival -- spearheaded largely by locals, for locals.

    "I've been wanting to be involved in a local festival for a long, long time," Mays said. "So this gives [the Casbah] a good opportunity to be in on something and hopefully help shape it into what we would do if it were our own. I've known Ernie Hahn for quite a while; he's definitely a local booster and a local guy who wants [Wonderfront] to be all-inclusive. I think it's going to be a good thing."

    In contrast to Del Mar's annual Kaaboo music festival, Wonderfront seems to be more closely aligning itself with the spirit of the long-defunct Street Scene fests that took place in San Diego between 1984 and 2009.

    "[It] is definitely a progression [from Street Scene] because of the fact that it's taking place close to where most of [those festivals] were downtown," Mays explained. "Wonderfront, taking advantage of the Embarcadero parks and the waterfront area, I think it's pretty cool.... There's going be a lot of different areas with different focuses for people to explore and walk around, and go back and forth and try different things."

    Wonderfront will also distinguish itself from Kaaboo due to the new festival's lack of radius clauses -- which prevent performers, headliners and undercards alike from playing other shows in the area in the months before and after the fest. A likely 10 p.m. curfew will allow Wonderfront to book artists at surrounding clubs after the festival winds to a close each night.

    "They're going to include [smaller shows] at Casbah, Music Box, maybe the Belly Up, at night after the festival's over," Mays said. "So they'll book bands into clubs to provide extra experiences for people who maybe can't afford or don't want to spend the money on the big tickets for the fest but can go see bands in a smaller setting. That's something that's great. When you go to Lollapalooza in Chicago or Austin City Limits, there's always opportunities to see the bands -- at least the smaller bands -- in more natural habitats. That's a great thing."

    While a lot of concrete details about Wonderfront are still forthcoming, Mays concluded our conversation by reaffirming his faith in the new festival and highlighting its San Diego-centric ideology, pointing to the involvement of Hawk, Hoffman and Machado.

    "I think that's a unique angle there," Mays said. "I guess somebody's gotta finance it, and if you're gonna get people involved -- again, from San Diego or with longtime ties to San Diego -- why not? Tony Hawk's a big local music supporter, Rob Machado is, too. So that makes sense. Trevor Hoffman's an iconic sports figure, who I'm a huge fan of. So I think it's good to have local people backing it, that'll go out in the community and support it, rather than investor types from out of town. We're happy to be a part of it because it's paying respect to the roots of the San Diego music scene."

    For more information on the 2019 Wonderfront Music and Arts Festival, visit its official website.

    Dustin Lothspeich is a San Diego Music Award-winning musician, an associate editor at NBC SoundDiego since 2013, talent buyer at The Merrow, and founder of the music equipment-worshipping blog Gear and Loathing in San Diego. Follow his updates on Twitter or contact him directly.

    <![CDATA[San Diego Considers Cannabis Cafes]]>507375311Sat, 23 Mar 2019 21:32:50 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Democrats_Lay_Out_Plans_to_Legalize_Marijuana.jpg

    City officials are considering whether or not cannabis cafes should be allowed in San Diego. 

    Some cities have Cannabis lounges- a restaurant-like setting where patrons can pick pot from a menu, sit down and chat with friends. 

    The San Diego Economic Development Committee heard proposals for pot lounges last week. The meeting was for information purposes only and no vote was taken. 

    During the committee hearing Councilmember Chris Ward asked the city's independent budget analyst to conduct a study of consumption lounges and provide the results to the committee. 

    “When we have a cool place like this where people can gather and participate in the legal market, that’s ultimately going to take people away from the illicit market and bring revenue back to the city,” said Dallin Young, a board member with the Association for Cannabis Professionals.

    There are cannabis lounges in the Bay Area, Eureka, West Hollywood and Palm Springs. Most close by 10 p.m. 

    Many local businesses have come out with new pot products since legalization. Everything from marijuana-infused craft beer to cannabis coffee

    Young said there is not currently a place to enjoy these products. California law says that recreational cannabis can only be consumed in an owned home. He believes pot cafes could give people a safe place to consume. 

    "There's a big concern with drug-impaired driving," said Scott Chipman of San Diegans for Safe Neighborhoods. "The economic benefit would be far outweighed by the cost." 

    Chipman gives the example of the state of Colorado. 

    "They're spending way more on pot enforcement, impaired driving, medical bills and other things than the economic revenue and taxes coming in," said Chipman. 

    A study by the National Transportation Safety Board found that crashes are up as much as 6 percent in Colorado, Oregon, and Washington compared with nearby states that have not legalized recreational cannabis. 

    According to Forbes, California has had over $2.75 billion in cannabis sales since recreational marijuana was legalized. 

    Do you think there should be cannabis cafes in San Diego? 

    <![CDATA[San Diego Installs More than 3,000 Cameras and Sensors Along Streets ]]>507383571Tue, 19 Mar 2019 23:40:46 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/street+sensor+melissa+Adan.jpg

    Across the City of San Diego, more than 3,000 City IQ nodes equipped with cameras and sensors have been installed to collect data that the City or developers can use for future infrastructure and sustainability projects.

    “The information will give us great insight into how people move through the urban environment,” said Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Erik Caldwell of the Smart and Sustainable Communities Branch. “This information is critical to planning and making good decisions.”

    The cameras are located on top of street lights or inside lamp posts. The sensors can count cars and people, and can also keep track of the climate while the cameras record public property.

    “For developers to be able to gain that information and track us and our every move kind of freaks me out,” said San Diego resident Emma Hall Bilsback.

    Caldwell said the video and data can help city engineers and even software developers work to solve problems at certain intersections.

    “I think it's a great idea, especially if there was an accident or something then at least they’d have something,” said North Park resident Pat Snovel. “I don't think at all it be any invasion of privacy whatsoever.”

    Caldwell insists this is not a surveillance system. No one is sitting or watching the video in real time.

    The video is only made available to police and it is not stored permanently, it only lasts for five days before it is erased.

    Some residents are happy to see these cameras and say this is what will help police solve crimes and bring justice for victims.

    “For me it’s about my safety,” said Rina Guansing. “The protection is for everybody.”

    The cameras also have an audio feature, but Caldwell said it's not currently being used. Another 1,200 cameras and sensors are expected to be installed by next year.

    Residents like HallBilsback worry that these good intentions can get into the wrong hands.

    “And it's the internet so anyone can just hack into it,” said HallBilsback. “At the stage we're in that technology is advancing so quickly, but the laws are not advancing anywhere as quickly.”

    <![CDATA[Once an Eyesore, City Transforms Graffiti-Covered Corner]]>507361701Tue, 19 Mar 2019 11:16:06 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/chula+vista+mural+1.jpg

    A once-blighted street corner in Chula Vista has been transformed into a colorful reflection of the community.

    For years, the bus stop at the corner of Palomar Street and Orange Avenue sat next to an empty dirt lot. There were no sidewalks, and the large wall separating it from a mobile home park was a frequent target for gang-related graffiti.

    "The community has always reached out to the City and said, 'Hey, you’ve gotta do something about this,'" said Chula Vista City Councilmember Mike Diaz.

    The City listened and received funding through the Community Development Block Grant Program to create a park-like area on that corner, adding landscaping, a walkway, benches and 1,700 feet of sidewalks.

    For the mural, the city turned to MAAC Community Charter School, a nearby alternative/continuation school that serves students ages 14 to 24.

    "I’ve worked at the school in this area since 2001," said MAAC Director Tommy Ramirez, "So driving to work every day, I always told myself, we should do something about this issue. We should do something about this area."

    When it came to designing the mural, the students reached out to the community, to get a range of ideas and perspectives. As a result, the community has thrown its support behind the project.

    "Through social media, people have been supportive and telling us, we’re gonna protect that wall, we love that our ideas are there, we love what you’re doing there," Ramirez said.

    Councilmember Diaz said a lot of people even honk their horns as they pass Palomar and Orange.

    "People feel like there’s a little bit of ownership here now. There’s a little bit of pride in this area," Diaz said.

    Diaz is hoping the City’s new Right of Way (ROW) program will help spread that pride to other areas of Chula Vista as well.

    The 3-person ROW crew will respond to reports of blights throughout the city, prioritizing the major entryways. Residents can make requests through the "ACT Chula Vista" mobile app.

    "Whether it’s graffiti, whether it’s weeds in the medians or debris that people leave out different places," Diaz said.

    The Councilmember said boosting the city’s image will also help to boost its bottom line.

    "One of the things I’m trying to do here is try to get good business into Chula Vista and if we make it look nice, if we can reduce the crime, I think that we can bring more business here."

    <![CDATA[Spring Starts With Thunderstorms, Possible Snow, Bugs]]>507403691Wed, 20 Mar 2019 19:18:55 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/san+diego+rain+chopper.jpg

    A storm churning over the Bay Area brought off-and-on showers to San Diego for the first day of spring. 

    The brunt of the storm will pummel the Northern California region while less powerful rain bands from the same system sweep through San Diego County starting Wednesday.

    NBC 7's Doppler 7 Radar picked up storm cells off the coast of North County San Diego at about 5 a.m. Wednesday but rain was not expected to make land for several more hours. 

    By about 7 a.m., light showers were wetting windshields and saturating the ground. Showers were expected to be light and spotty throughout the day.

    Not every area would experience rain but those that do can expect less than a quarter-inch of rain over the storm's two days over San Diego, NBC 7 Meteorologist Sheena Parveen said.

    The National Weather Service said thunderstorms over the county's coastal waters could have brought lightning strikes to San Diego's beaches from about 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

    This caused a 40-minute airport weather warning, NWS said, from 2:40 p.m. to 3:20 p.m. as the storms were within a 5 mile radius of the San Diego International Airport.

    Thrasher Termite and Pest Control Senior Inspector Alex Jaimes said the consistent rain will lead to more mosquitos and bugs this spring.

    The county is urging people to report dead birds, green pools and mosquitos.

    Mosquitos carry viruses that spread through bites, so preventing mosquito breeding is important, Jaimes said. Make sure to dump standing water and use insect repellent to ensure the community’s safety.

    The storm was creating high surf at local beaches. NWS issued a high surf advisory from 1 p.m. Wednesday to 1 p.m. Friday.

    Waves may reach up to 5 to 8 feet tall, hitting its highest stride in Del Mar, NWS said.

    The high tides will peak Thursday, according to Parveen.

    Parveen said there will be strong rip currents during this time that present a higher risk of dangerous swimming conditions.

    A wind advisory is in effect until 11 a.m. Thursday, bringing a chance of westerly winds reaching up to 30 miles per hour and gusts of up to 50 miles per hour.

    The possibility of rainfall in San Diego increases Wednesday evening and scattered showers are expected to move inland Thursday, Parveen said.

    Mountains may see some light snowfall from this storm system but no more than an inch is expected at elevations above 5,500 feet. The best chance for snow is Wednesday night into Thursday. 

    San Diego will be dry Friday once the storm clears out of the region, but there is a slim chance of rain on Saturday. Expect temperatures to be cool through the weekend.

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    <![CDATA[Stingrays Out in 'Full Force' in Warm San Diego Waters]]>507302481Tue, 19 Mar 2019 09:46:15 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/san+diego+beach+2.jpg

    As ocean temperatures rise, so do the number of stingrays along San Diego's coastline and lifeguards are asking those flocking to the beach to be cautious. 

    "The stingrays are out in full force!," the unofficial San Diego Lifeguards group noted on their Facebook page on Sunday. 

    While the group did not specify why stingrays, specifically the California round rays, were increasing their presence at local beaches, National Geographic notes the marine animal loves shallow, warm water. 

    Water temperatures on Sunday were nearing 60 degrees, SDFD lifeguards said. 

    Stingrays will bury themselves beneath the sand while they hunt. When a beachgoer unwittingly steps on or near one, a ray will react by using their barbed tail to puncture the threat. 

    Experts advise beachgoers to do the so-called "stingray shuffle" by dragging their feet through the sand to scare away stingrays and avoid getting stung.

    The lifeguard group said if a beachgoer is stung by a ray's venom-covered barb they should do the following: 

    1. stop the bleeding
    2. seek out a lifeguard
    3. soak the area in hot water to deactivate the venom
    4. clean the wound to prevent infection 

    The California round rays are typically found as far south as Panama and as far north as Humbolt Bay, California but are most frequently spotted in southern and northern California, according to the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife

    Last summer's drastically warm ocean temperatures sent the number of stingray stings soaring. SDFD lifeguards noted at the time that the department was responding to about 80 stings a week. 

    In Huntington Beach, nearly 75 people reported getting stung by stingrays in a single day in January 2018

    Editor's Note: A previous version of this story said San Diego Fire-Rescue Lifeguards shared the warning about stingrays on their Facebook page. The information was shared by an unoffocial page dedicated to San Diego lifeguards.

    <![CDATA[Carlsbad Parking Meters Spread Kindness]]>507305761Mon, 18 Mar 2019 19:58:58 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/carlsbad+kindness+meters+1.jpg

    There are no regular parking meters in Carlsbad yet residents seem happy to be dropping their spare change in a meter of a different kind. 

    The "kindness meters" are part of one man's mission to spread kindness.

    It has been a labor of love for longtime Carlsbad resident, Carlton Lund, who spent 15 years working to get the meters up and running in his city.

    Kindness meters look just like regular parking meters but the money collected, either through coins or by credit card, goes to local charities.

    There are two meters along the heavily trafficked Carlsbad Boulevard.

    All the money put into the meter on the right is split between seven different charities, the main being the Carlsbad Charitable Foundation.

    The meter on the left raises funds to light the sprawling "Carlsbad" sign that hangs over the city's main intersection.

    "Every time someone puts a quarter in, that’s an act of kindness," Lund said. "So I don’t want to talk money, but there have been thousands of acts of kindness over the last few years and the person that gives actually gets as much benefit as the person who receives." 

    Lund's Kindness Meters Project has already helped install a dozen meters across North County San Diego and one in Hillcrest. Visit here to find a kindness meter in your area. 

    Lund’s next goal is to make an addition to the Carlsbad sign. He's working to raise enough money to adorn the sign with American Flags on each holiday.

    <![CDATA[The Princess Project Teams Up With Libraries for Dress Drive]]>507109891Mon, 18 Mar 2019 16:31:16 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/donaciones-vestidos-prom-eagle-pass.jpg

    For some teens, it would be a dream come true to wear a beautiful gown to prom, but most of the time those gowns come with a hefty price tag.

    That's why county libraries are teaming up with The Princess Project to collect gently-used gowns to donate to teenagers in need.

    Until April 15, nearly three dozen county libraries will be accepting dress and accessory donations. The organization said that any donated dresses should be dry-cleaned, no more than five years old and come with a hanger.

    The dresses can be any style, size, and length but must be stylish and appropriate for young women. Accessories like jewelry, evening clutches, and bags are welcomed too, but not shoes.

    “It’s not a true gown giveaway until mom cries,” said El Cajon Youth Services Librarian Fumiko Osada. “We’ve had a lot of moms cry and thank us through their tears.”

    The dresses will be given away from April 5 to April 27. Any teen from any high school across the county can sign up on The Princess Project’s website.

    To sign up, participants must fill out an online waiver and book their appointment online ahead of time. All teens will also need to show their high school ID.

    The giveaways will take place at The Princess Project’s following locations: the Mission Valley Boutique, the South Chula Vista Library, the Vista Library, and the El Cajon Library.

    To learn more about this event and to sign up, visit The Princess Project's website.

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    <![CDATA[County to Offer Relief for Caregivers of Alzheimer's Disease]]>507099451Mon, 18 Mar 2019 14:33:58 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/24+PERSONAL+CARE+AND+SERVICE.jpg

    A new county program is now offering relief to those caring for local residents with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia.

    The program, called Respite Voucher Program, provides family members who need a break with a voucher to cover half the cost of hiring a fill-in caregiver, according to San Diego County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Dianne Jacob.

    Jacob started the program.

    The initiative is run by two local groups, Southern Caregiver Resource Center and Coast Care Partners, which provide respite services, support, and counseling.

    “As the number of San Diegans with Alzheimer’s disease grows, so does the strain on many families as they struggle to help their loved one deal with this devastating illness,” Jacob said. “Caring for a mother or father with dementia takes its own mental and physical toll, and this new initiative is one way we can help them recharge.”

    The purpose is to provide relief to caregivers who are not eligible for in-home care and don’t have the means themselves to pay for respite care.

    “This public/private cost-sharing respite partnership will afford family caregivers with an opportunity to obtain new and/or additional respite care at a reduced cost – only paying for 50 percent of the service unit cost; thus, providing financial relief that will help offset the stress of caregiving,” said Roberto Velasquez, executive director of the Southern Caregiver Resource Center.

    According to the County of San Diego, more than 84,000 county residents have Alzheimer's or another type of dementia, making it the region’s third leading cause of death.

    For more information on the new voucher program, visit the county’s website.

    <![CDATA[Photos: After Winter's Rainstorms, It's Wildflower Showtime]]>506781091Mon, 01 Apr 2019 08:10:22 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/b885b2e90e134f19a4ac63b2ce500ab0.jpeg.jpgSouthern California's wildflower fields are bursting with spring color after a winter of persistent storms that soaked the region.

    Photo Credit: Scott McReynolds]]>
    <![CDATA[Gray Whale Swims Near Newport Beach Pier]]>507273932Sun, 17 Mar 2019 15:39:12 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/215*120/Newport+Beach+Whale.JPG

    Crewmembers from Davey's Locker Whale Watching spotted a gray whale taking a pause on its annual migration from Alaska to Mexico just a few feet from the Newport Beach Pier (Photographers Chelsea Mayer and Mark Girardeau)]]>
    <![CDATA[Teen Discovers Rare Heart Condition After Collapse]]>507212341Fri, 15 Mar 2019 17:38:40 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/mekhi+lewis.png

    Mekhi Lewis is living life a little differently Friday than he was less than a month ago, before a sudden collapse brought awareness to an underlying heart condition. 

    The Spring Valley teenager was in gym class at Morse High School when he collapsed on Feb. 25.

    An ambulance rushed Lewis to Rady Children's Hospital, a harrowing journey where his heart stopped twice. Both times he was revived by medics.

    "It's something that you see on medical television dramas and movies but it's not something that you can ever fathom experiencing," his mother Tia McWilliams told NBC 7.

    McWilliams and Lewis's father Mario watched doctors resuscitate their son.

    "It was something that I wouldn't wish on anyone. No one," Mario Lewis said.

    At the hospital, a cardiology team discovered signs of Myocarditis, a rare inflammation of the heart muscle. 

    Myocarditis can affect your heart muscle and the heart's electrical system, reducing your heart's ability to pump and causing arrhythmias. 

    Dr. Rakesh Singh, a Pediatric Cardiologist at Rady Children's Hospital, said Myocarditis attacks the heart "for reasons we don't understand."

    Both Lewis and his family were completely unaware that the teenager, who lived an active lifestyle and was otherwise healthy, had an underlying heart condition. 

    Lewis spent two weeks on life support before finally recovering enough to be able to walk and talk again. But the teen did miss his 15th birthday while connected to tubes.

    For the next few weeks, Lewis will wear what's called a life vest which is a special medical device that will serve as a defibrillator if his heart were to stop again.

    What Lewis is grateful for, though, is that he is now aware of his debilitating heart condition and able to share his story with others. He hopes what he has to say will be able to help other children and teenagers.

    <![CDATA[Climate Change Impacts Key Beer Ingredients]]>507230662Fri, 15 Mar 2019 21:28:38 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Climate_Change_Affects_Beer_Ingredients.jpg

    Climate change it putting key ingredients used in beer, such as barley, hops and water at risk. Belen De Leon reports for the NBC4 News at 4 p.m. on Friday, March 15, 2019.]]>
    <![CDATA[Birch Aquarium's Green Flash Summer Splash]]>507051311Wed, 13 Mar 2019 12:20:09 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/GreenFlash2017-337+by+Birch+Aquarium.jpg

    It's easy to take San Diego's year-round pleasant weather, scenic coastal views and vibrant music scene for granted, but there are few better ways to take it all in at once than Birch Aquarium's annual Green Flash Concert Series.

    On Monday, the aquarium announced its 2019 concert season and it features national artists in five shows from May 22 to Sept. 18. The series, now in its 14th year, boasts concerts held on every third Wednesday of the summer months and are presented in partnership with 101.5 KGB and Belly Up Entertainment.

    Hosted at the beautiful Tide Pool Plaza at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, the "Green Flash" concert series is named "after the rare optical phenomenon caused by the refraction of light as the sun sets on the horizon -- which is often visible during the concerts." In addition to soaking up the spot's natural beauty, fans of soul, blues, folk, psychedelic- and alt-rock all have a lot more to look forward to.

    The 21-and-up events kick off on May 22 with blues maestro Tommy Castro & the Painkillers; Doors tribute band Wild Child (who performed last year as well) will be on hand June 19; classic-rock homage group Pine Mountain Logs and the harmony-laden folk-pop tribute band Venice headline July 17; beloved psychedelic-rockers the Mother Hips take the stage on Aug. 14; and Billboard-topping alt-rock band 10,000 Maniacs cap off the season with a show on Sept. 18.

    The shows run from 6-9 p.m., and general admission is standing room only. Food, beer, and wine are available for purchase. Single tickets are on sale now ($33 for aquarium members, or $38 for the general public in advance). Walk-up general admission tickets are $44. Season passes are also available ($155 for members, $175 for the general public) along with VIP Experience tickets that include catered food and beverages ($150 per person). For more information and tickets, visit aquarium.ucsd.edu.

    Panoramic coastal views, fantastic tunes and a refreshing Pacific Ocean breeze -- it's hard to beat the Birch Aquarium Green Flash Summer Concert Series.

    Photo Credit: Birch Aquarium]]>
    <![CDATA[WonderCon, Anaheim's Mega Pop Expo, Has Magic]]>506989321Tue, 12 Mar 2019 11:22:30 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/potterGettyImages-517822024frazerharrison.jpg

    MAGIC IS ALL AROUND, and we won't even add "if you know where to look," because we're just assuming you're a practicing wizard, which means you're fully up on where exactly to locate enchantment, and unearth sorcery-filled splendor, and pinpoint those amazing places that welcome whimsy of all sorts. And such an amazing place, over the final weekend of March 2019, will be the Anaheim Convention Center. For that's where WonderCon is set to again shimmer and shine, in the way that magical potions and people and pets sometimes shimmer and shine, for three days of panels, previews, artist hellos, merch-shopping opportunities, and chances to show off your rockin' cosplay look. (We're assuming if you're already a wizard IRL, you might cosplay as a different being, but you do you.) The dates are...

    MARCH 29, 30, AND 31, meaning you can jump-start the pop culture fun on Friday, if you're so inclined. There's so much happening — WonderCon is in the Comic-Con International family, so no surprise there, regarding the packed roster — but you'll want to wave a wand and summon a few of the highlights, surely. Big names'll be in the convention center, like artist Sergio Aragonés, in-the-know pro Mark Evanier, and writer Shawn Benson, while a host of programs will cover a host of topics (The Golden Age of Dungeons & Dragons in Mass Media and Pop Culture, Breaking into Comics, lots and lots and lots more). And, you bet, the famous...

    MASQUERADE... will spotlight some of the most amazing get-ups at the con. It's all across the street from Disneyland Resort, too, making for one hugely attended, magic-flush expo o' movies, comics, books, TV shows, games, and more. How to break open that "more," like you might break open an enchanted geode, the sort of talisman that's found in fantasy novel? Wave your wand and dig into the WonderCon site now for a thorough peek at everything soon to come.

    Photo Credit: Getty Images/Frazer Harrison]]>
    <![CDATA[#PoppyShutdown Super Bloom Crowds Cause a 'Public Safety Crisis' ]]>507274671Mon, 18 Mar 2019 13:19:32 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/superbloom+crowd+resize.jpg

    The city of Lake Elsinore was struggling to cope with the influx of visitors coming to see the super bloom over the weekend, and the Lake Elsinore City Hall Facebook page Sunday announced that the crowds had grown beyond the city's available resources.

    The Facebook page used the hashtag "Poppyshutdown" and said no additional shuttles or visitors would be allowed to go to Walker Canyon, labeling the weekend "unbearable." The Lake Elsinore City Hall Facebook page ended its post with a series of hashtags: "#PoppyNightmare #IsItOver #HanginthereLE."

    On Monday, early morning visitors walked around a gate across a trail to see the flowers in Walker Canyon. 

    One man arrived from Colorado.

    "I've had it on my list for many years," said Tom Heywood. "The timing was right. So, last minute, I just loaded up the truck and here I am."

    The area reopened later Monday morning.

    An estimated 50,000 people flooded into the Inland Empire over the weekend, creating "Disneyland sized crowds" to view the so-called super bloom, and the rush is proving too much for local officials to handle, the city of Lake Elsinore said in a statement on Saturday.

    One city employee was struck by a hit-and-run driver, while another visitor was bit by rattlesnake, according to Lake Elsinore Mayor Steve Manos' social media posting.

    "We have brought in all available staff, as many outside traffic controllers that we could, more shuttles, and our small city cannot sustain crowds of this magnitude," the city's statement said.

    Substantial and sustained rainfall in the early months of the year led to an explosion of California poppies along the hillsides that line the 15 Freeway. Hordes of people have come through the area in hopes of taking in the gorgeous golden hills.

    The rush affected the 15 Freeway throughout the weekend, and Newschopper4 Bravo captured a long line of vehicles and roads shut down on Sunday evening. Earlier on Sunday, an estimated 500 vehicles were parked illegally, according to the California highway Patrol.

    The city had asked visitors come on weekdays whenever possible and to stay out of the area entirely, if possible.

    "The City is truly trying to do the best and right thing," the statement said. "While the community has expressed many concerns, please understand that many things are beyond our control and we are doing what we can. We wish we could do more."

    Photo Credit: John Wiese]]>
    <![CDATA[Map: Look at the Drought Difference in California From One Year Ago]]>507138981Fri, 15 Mar 2019 06:19:44 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/222*120/3-14-2019-drought-map-california.jpg

    Storms continued to pile on snowpack and fill California's water reservoirs over the past week, pulling even more of the state out of drought.

    Last week, a small sliver of extreme Northern California was the only part of the state in moderate drought. That area and a swath of California near its border with Mexico were listed as abnormally dry, a less severe condition than drought, in this week's U.S. Drought Monitor report.

    That means California is free of drought for the first time since Dec. 20, 2011, according to the National Drought Mitigation Center.

    One year ago, nearly 50 percent of California was in moderate to extreme drought. Part of Ventura County and a northwest Los Angeles County were in the extreme drought category -- the second-most severe category in the drought monitor's ranking system -- at this time last year. 

    Just three months ago, 75 percent of the state was in moderate to extreme drought.

    Even the Salton Sea area, a southeastern California region that has consistently been among the driest parts of the state, returned to what the Monitor described as normal conditions.

    "The rest of the region in Southern California is still abnormally dry due to very dry previous years," the weekly report noted. "Reservoirs in San Diego County are only at 65 percent capacity."

    Big Bear Lake in the mountains east of Los Angeles was down 18 feet in early March, but it's expected to continue to rise, according to the report.

    Also in Southern California, Lake Piru in Ventura County is at 74 precent capacity, Cachuma Reservoir in Santa Barbara County is at 73 percent capacity, and Lake Casitas near Ventura is up to 43 percent capacity.

    One of the most encouraging signs is the giant pillow of snow covering the Sierra Nevada Mountains. A manual survey of snowpack at Phillips Station late last month indicated a snow depth of 113 inches and a snow water equivalent of 43.5 inches.

    That's double what was recorded a month before at the same location.

    Statewide, the Sierra snowpack was at 153 percent of average for the late February survey. The snowpack is a critical part of California's water supply because that snow melts in spring and runs off into the state's water system.

    The drought-busting winter is in keeping with California's history of dry spells followed by wet winters. Researchers for California’s Fourth Climate Change Assessment last year noted that the state has a “highly variable climate” with wet or dry periods that can span years and that are “heavily affected by extreme precipitation events.”

    “As the climate continues to warm, atmospheric rivers, responsible for many of the heaviest extremes, will carry more moisture and extreme precipitation may increase,” the assessment says.

    Atmospheric rivers, bands of moisture in the sky over the Pacific that fuel colossal rain-making storms, have contributed to some of California's wettest winters. Storms draw moisture from the rivers as they move toward California, sometimes unleashing days of steady rain on the West Coast.

    But warming air can also exacerbate periods of drought.

    One group of researchers last year dubbed the change from extreme dry to wet conditions in the state as “precipitation whiplash events,” Quartz reported.

    In 2014, then-Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency for California, ordering prohibitions on wasteful water use like hosing off driveways and sidewalks, and watering lawns within days of a rainstorm, after a several dry years. That emergency order was lifted for most of the state in 2017 after a historically wet winter.

    Photo Credit: US Drought Monitor
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    <![CDATA[Here Comes the Sun: Temps Warm for Sunny Weekend]]>507088041Wed, 13 Mar 2019 07:04:27 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/San-Diego-beach-generic-Dec-2018.jpg

    After a month of stormy weather, San Diego is ushering in spring a few days early as sunshine returns to warm the region.

    The remnants of a slow-moving storm moved away from San Diego Wednesday, leaving behind few clouds and the opportunity for plenty of sunshine, NBC 7 Meteorologist Sheena Parveen said. 

    "If you just look ahead to the next few days, I think you’re really going to like it if you’re tired of the rain," Parveen said.

    Temperatures will climb as the week progresses and, by the weekend, are expected to be in the mid-70s along the coast and high-70s inland.

    The warming trend is increasing temperatures to unseasonable levels -- temperatures more in line with the middle of San Diego's spring season, which begins next Wednesday. 

    Despite the season change, though, spring showers are possible again next week.

    Photo Credit: NBC 7
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    <![CDATA[Bringing the Desert Super Bloom to You]]>507175972Fri, 15 Mar 2019 06:13:34 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Bringing_the_Desert_Super_Bloom_to_You.jpg

    NBC 7's Joe Little reports from the desert where pretty flowers are a plenty.]]>
    <![CDATA[Anonymous Stranger Clears Graffiti From Mom's Garage]]>507175791Mon, 25 Mar 2019 22:11:26 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/207*120/garage34.PNG

    Lisa Rigg awoke to an unpleasant surprise on her garage in North Park this month. 

    "There were big old black graffiti gang signs," said Rigg. "I felt targeted. I felt really sad. I felt like our home had been violated." 

    The mother tried to scrub her house clean. 

    "I was out here with my toddler for several hours," said Rigg. "We were trying to get it off with paint thinner and we did not have any success at all." 

    Rigg said to make matters worse, a number of neighbors noticed the graffiti on her home. 

    "Every time we came home it was just such an eyesore," said Rigg. "I just wanted it to go away." 

    The next day, when Lisa checked her garage the graffiti was gone, with no clues left of who could've done the good deed. 

    "It's a mystery," said Rigg. "I like to call them my angel." 

    The black letters had been painted over with white paint that was a similar color to the door. 

    Rigg did not know who to thank for the new paint job, so she posted a message to her Nextdoor app. 

    "I was on cloud nine when that happened and I just had so much gratitude," said Rigg. "It makes me want to be a good neighbor back." 

    <![CDATA['Painted Ladies' Butterflies Swarm San Diego]]>507139161Thu, 14 Mar 2019 12:45:27 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/butterfly+in+Escondido+-+Erik+von+Seggern.JPG

    Have you noticed more butterflies fluttering around San Diego County? You're not alone.

    Winter rain has not only brought beautiful blooms to San Diego County but has increased by the tens of thousands a population of "painted ladies."

    That's because caterpillars feed on those wildflower blooms as they journey from Mexico to the Pacific Northwest to lay their eggs, bug experts with the Living Coast Discovery Center (LCDC) said.

    "We actually saw some of the lowest numbers for a lot of species of butterfly throughout California, so this is exciting," LCDC education specialist Aiyana Reissman said.  

    Painted ladies look similar to a monarch butterfly but are smaller and have a much more intricate design, Reissman said. 

    "They’re going to have a different design as well as different colors throughout their bodies too, making them a very pretty animal to look at," she said. 

    The swarms of butterflies fly very quickly and erratically, at times reaching speeds of up to 20 miles per hour. The species is found on every continent except Antarctica and South America. 

    Painted ladies will likely be visible for a few more weeks as they continue their journey north but Reissman said if wet weather persists, it is possible for painted ladies to breed continuously through the year. 

    Photo Credit: Erik von Seggern]]>
    <![CDATA[Mayor to Triple Pothole Patrol Crews After Damaging Rain]]>507130361Fri, 15 Mar 2019 06:58:24 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Rain_Soaks_County_Creates_Pothole_Problems.jpg

    The city of San Diego is ramping up pothole patrol after months of wet weather brought thousands of potholes to light.

    On Thursday, Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced the city is tripling the number of city crews dedicated to repairing potholes around town.

    That means that every day, 26 two-person crews will be out targeting the thousands of potholes that have formed on local streets.

    The city says when it rains, water seeps into the cracked surfaces of the road that, when combined with the vibration of tires, can cause the asphalt to disintegrate and potholes to form.

    The additional crews will work extended hours and on weekends to smooth out roadways. 

    According to the city, crews typically fill 30,000 potholes a year but crews are on pace to far exceed that number. About 25,000 potholes have been filled in the last nine months alone. 

    Within a rainy 30-day span from January to February, the city told NBC 7 about 4,573 pothole complaints were made. Crews were working hard to fill them but had only filled about 40 percent at the time. 

    The city is asking San Diegans to help find potholes. Repair requests can be made through the city's Get-it-Done app.

    <![CDATA[North Park Standout, Urban Solace, Set to Shutter]]>507057781Tue, 12 Mar 2019 15:48:01 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Bake-Me-Some-Love-1.jpg

    Urban Solace, a North Park staple known for its innovative dishes and all-around cool vibe, is abruptly shuttering this week, the restaurant’s chef and owner announced Tuesday.

    Restaurateur Matt Gordon posted the heartbreaking news on social media, writing, in part: “We have come to the very difficult decision that Solace Restaurants have run their course here in San Diego.”

    Gordon said Urban Solace’s final night in business would be Wednesday. His spinoff eatery – Solace & the Moonlight Lounge in Encinitas – will also shutter on the same night.

    “It has been an uphill battle for quite some time now, and it's just time to move on,” Gordon wrote in a message posted on Facebook. “We love you all and thank you and San Diego in general for the wonderful 12 years that we were able to live out our dreams.”

    Gordon went on to invite patrons to help “empty the bar and pantry” Wednesday night at Urban Solace, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and at Solace & the Moonlight Lounge from 7:30 p.m. to close. On the final night of service, Gordon said he’ll offer 25 percent off the bill at each eatery.

    Urban Solace, located on 30th Street in the heart of North Park, opened in 2007, and is credited with being one of the foundational restaurants that turned that pocket of uptown San Diego into a hub for foodies.

    "North Park is losing one of its longtime independent chef and owners and a restaurant that helped to define the dining culture of 30th Street," Candice Woo, editor of Eater San Diego, told NBC 7 Tuesday.

    At the end of 2018, Eater San Diego reported the restaurant had undergone a major revamp, adding breakfast service and rewriting its dinner menu.

    Gordon’s mission has long been to create dishes with natural, sustainable ingredients. Some standouts on the menu include Gordon’s “Damn Good Cinnamon Roll” – available only on Saturday and Sunday for breakfast or brunch – and dishes like the Seared Sea Scallops, Hand-Cut Steak Tartare and the Pork Belly Pancakes.

    In addition to its food, locals will likely remember Urban Solace for its charming interior, including the large photo of Will Ferrell’s San Diego-centric “Anchorman” character, Ron Burgundy, staring back at patrons from behind the bar.

    Seven years ago, Gordon spoke at a star-studded restaurateur panel about the San Diego dining scene and where he saw it heading.

    “The forward growth of the industry has really put San Diego on the map culinarily,” he said.

    Photo Credit: Urban Solace
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    <![CDATA[USD Tuition Surpasses $50K For First Time Ever]]>507052271Wed, 13 Mar 2019 14:31:30 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/University-of-San-Diego-Generic-fb.jpg

    For the first time ever, tuition at the University of San Diego has crossed the $50,000 mark for undergraduate students.

    Tuition for the 2019-20 school year will cost $50,450, and for students living on campus with a meal plan and health insurance, that number jumps up by about a third.

    The price breakdown is listed below:

    • Tuition: $50,450
    • Fees: $736
    • Health Insurance: $2,651
    • Housing: $9,622
    • Meal Plan: $3,752
    • Total: $67,211

    “USD is not subsided by the state as it’s a private institution,” said Pamela Gray, assistant vice president of media communications at USD. This is partially why the cost is higher than other public universities in the area who receive government funding.

    Looking at data over the past decade, USD’s tuition has increased by an average of 3.52 percent every year. When the university’s tuition crossed the $50,000 mark, the price hike was a 3.49 percent increase -- from $48,750 the previous year.

    Though the percentage was below average, it marked the largest price jump in the last 10 years with $1,700, beating out the 2015-16 and 2018-19 school years by $30 and $50, respectively.

    In fall of 2018, 9,073 full-time students attended USD. Of those, roughly 30 percent lived on campus, Gray said. All residential students are required to purchase a meal plan in addition to paying for housing, totaling about $13,400 on top of tuition.

    All USD undergraduate students are required to have health insurance. In the 2018-19 school year, the university’s insurance premium for 12 months was $2,651, Gray told NBC 7.

    On average, full-time students receive $38,000 in financial assistance each year, Gray said. This includes scholarships, grants, work, student loans, and Parent PLUS Loans.

    Gray told NBC 7 three-quarters of students receive some form of financial assistance.

    When students graduate USD, they leave with an average student debt of $31,000, Gray said.

    Listed below are other tuition costs of major undergraduate universities in San Diego and the surrounding area for the 2018-19 school year.

    The University of California, San Diego; San Diego State University; California State University, San Marcos; and the University of California, Los Angeles are public schools, while Point Loma Nazarene University and University of Southern California, located near downtown Los Angeles, are private institutions.

    With USD’s new tuition cost, it inches closer to USC's, though it's still a few thousand dollars away from the Los-Angeles-based university’s $55,000 price tag.

    Because USD’s tuition and fees are not impacted by if a student is a California resident or not, its rate stays similar to UCSD and UCLA’s out-of-state tuition, within $5,000 and $500, respectively.

    Gray provided all USD data to NBC 7. Data on the other universities were found on their websites.

    Recently, USD was one of the schools named in an alleged far-reaching bribery scheme that involved 50 people, including college athletic coaches, college entrance exam administrators, and Hollywood actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin.

    Gray released the following statement to NBC 7 about these allegations:

    The University of San Diego has been cooperating with the United States Department of Justice’s investigation involving an alleged criminal conspiracy to facilitate cheating on college entrance exams and admission into colleges and universities.

    We have no reason to believe that any members of our admissions team, our administration or staff, or our current coaching staff were aware of or involved in the alleged wrongdoing. We believe the federal government agrees with this assessment.

    Photo Credit: University of San Diego/Facebook
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    <![CDATA[Termination of 16 Lemon Grove School District Teachers Upsets Parents]]>507077071Wed, 13 Mar 2019 05:45:11 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/EH_11PM+LEMON+GROVE+MEETING.jpg

    A 3-2 vote to accept the resignation of 16 teachers concluded a heated public meeting at the Lemon Grove School District Board meeting Tuesday night.

    The 16 teachers in question were probationary teachers and would fail to be re-elected to teach again next year. The teachers resigned because failure to be re-elected goes on their teaching record.

    "Non re-elected means the kiss of death for your teacher career," teacher Maria Oelrich said.

    Oelrich says she felt forced to resign because the district told her she would not be re-elected and gave no reason why.

    "I just needed to speak up today regardless of how they vote. Because I haven't done anything wrong."

    Board members told meeting attendees that the resigning teachers were unfit to return to their schools.

    Eighth-grade student Emma Contreras disagreed.

    “Mr. Daniel was my third-grade teacher and was a great teacher. I do not approve of the district decision,” she told the board.

    The decision not to re-elect Oelrich and 15 others angered parents and students alike. School board officials said San Diego County Sheriff’s Department deputies were brought to the meeting to keep the peace.

    “I want my teachers back and I know everyone else does. What do you want? Do you want 16 teachers? Cause I want my 16 teachers, not just any,” another student added.

    Public comment concluded with some on the list not getting a chance to speak. In the end, the words from those who spoke before them did nothing to sway the board.

    “Everything that was just said means nothing? That doesn't buy us more time? That's ridiculous,” a parent shouted from the audience.

    Board members said the district has the right to decide not to re-elect teachers without offering a reason why.

    <![CDATA[Butterflies Swarming in Southern California Dazzle Residents]]>507062781Wed, 13 Mar 2019 02:56:16 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/butterflies-migration-socal.PNG

    From the Inland Empire to the beach to the valley: If you've been outside, chances are you've seen swarms of butterflies all over the Southern California region. 

    Some residents who've spotted them said they've lived in LA their whole lives and have never seen anything like it.

    Bug experts say with all the rain, it's giving butterflies more plants to eat and more places to lay their eggs.

    "It's beautiful. It's something you don't see every day," Angie Evans, Studio City resident, said as she watched swarms float by in South Weddington Park. "Wow. It's unbelievable."

    Social media in the LA area has been peppered with people posting videos of the butterflies, asking where they're all coming from.

    Brent Carnar, who used to work for the Natural History Museum, said they're called Painted Ladies, and they fly north from Mexico.

    Because of the very wet winter LA saw, there's a lot of vegetation for them to feed on, and females can lay hundreds of eggs on one plant.

    "It's kind of new. I haven't seen this many butterflies in the spring before," said resident Adam Harrison.

    Carnar says these butterflies have a very short life span -- about 4 weeks.

    These swarms will likely continue around the LA area for another two weeks as the butterflies continue heading north, he said. 

    Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
    <![CDATA[Another Round of Snow for San Diego's Mountains]]>503850661Tue, 12 Mar 2019 10:23:57 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Laguna-Mountain-Lodge-Snow-031219.jpgWinter weather in San Diego? Yes, it happens.

    Photo Credit: Laguna Mountain Lodge/Facebook]]>
    <![CDATA[Inches of Snow on SD Mountains, Rest of County Soaked]]>507027231Tue, 12 Mar 2019 23:20:15 -0700https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Laguna-Mountain-Lodge-Snow-031219.jpg

    San Diego County was inundated overnight Tuesday with heavy downpours and inches of snow at higher elevations while another, much smaller bout of rain was possible Tuesday evening. 

    Downpours began late Monday and, by 4 a.m. Tuesday, had dumped about a quarter-inch of rain on most areas of San Diego County excluding the deserts, according to the National Weather Service's 24-hour rainfall totals. 

    Four hours later, average totals had increased by up to about a quarter-inch.

    By that time, NWS reported that the coast had received less than three-quarters-of-an-inch of rain while the mountains and valleys received nearly a half-inch of rain. 

    Some of the top rainfall totals in San Diego County through 8 a.m. include: 

    • San Ysidro: .67 inches
    • Fashion Valley: .62 inches 
    • Mission Beach: .48 inches
    • San Onofre: .46 inches
    • Chula Vista: .45 inches
    • Del Mar: .39 inches
    • Fallbrook: .36 inches
    • Escondido: .35 inches
    • Carlsbad: .34 inches
    • Rancho Bernardo: .33 inches   
    • Oceanside: .27 inches      
    • Santee: .27
    • Ramona: .26
    • Descanso: .25
    • Alpine: .22
    • Julian: .18
    • Lemon Grove: .19
    • El Cajon: .14
    • Borrego Springs: .13
    • Pine Valley: .12

    As rain poured overnight, several minor crashes were reported on freeways across the county, NBC 7 weather anchor Whitney Southwick reported. Before 5 a.m., at least two spinout crashes were reported.

    Meanwhile, San Diego mountains reported receiving snowfall overnight prompting the NWS to issue a winter storm warning through noon Tuesday.

    A winter storm warning is issued when heavy snowfall creates difficult to impossible driving conditions, the NWS said. Those traveling in the mountains should prepare their vehicles for an emergency. 

    In total, the storm could bring anywhere from 6 to 16 inches of snow to elevations between 5,500 and 6,500 feet. 

    By 8 a.m., the Laguna Mountain Lodge resort along Sunrise Highway, with an elevation of approximately 6,000 feet, reported the mountain was experiencing temperatures of 38 degrees and had received one to two inches of snow so far.

    The NWS reported that Palomar Mountain's Birch Hill recorded three inches of snow during the same time period.

    San Diego's mountains were also experiencing gusty winds. A wind advisory was set to take effect at 6 p.m. Tuesday -- when the heaviest winds were expected to occur -- and would last until 6 a.m. Wednesday.

    During this time, winds would average 25 to 35 miles per hour with some gusts reaching 65 mph. 

    Some sprinkles could trail throughout the day, according to NBC 7 Meteorologist Sheena Parveen, but more likely the day would be sunny with some lingering clouds.

    Downpours may return overnight, though, once those showers make their way out of the region, San Diego can expect to see clear skies and sunny temperatures for the rest of the week. 

    Photo Credit: Laguna Mountain Lodge/Facebook
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