In Case You Missed It: San Diego Weekend News Digest for Saturday, Feb. 16

Five local news stories from the previous week

To help make sure you stay informed on the most shared and talked about stories in San Diego County, each Saturday we'll revisit five stories from the previous week and capsulize them in this digest with the most recent updates.

1. Asbestos at Fire Academy Put Thousands of San Diego Firefighters at Risk of Serious Lung Disease

NBC 7 Investigates reported on an issue this week that struck a chord with firefighters across San Diego County. As Mari Payton showed us, documents obtained by our investigative team show a building used to train local firefighters has a history of asbestos. Read the story here. 

A "troubling" report showed that San Diego firefighters may have been exposed to asbestos for years. NBC 7's Mari Payton has more.

2. Record-Breaking Rain Leaves Path of Destruction in San Diego County

Despite downed trees and flooded roadways, two days of rain from a strong atmospheric river put San Diego's rainfall totals well above average for this time of year. Palomar Mountain even broke an all-time record for the most rainfall ever in one day coming in at a whopping 10.1 inches of rain on Thursday alone. Even the deserts got at least one inch of rain from this storm system. 

3. California Governor Scales Back LA-SF High-Speed Train

High-speed train project de-railed? California Gov. Gavin Newsom put the brakes on completing his predecessor's plan to create a high-speed rail line between San Francisco and Los Angeles in his first State of the State this week. In his speech, Newsom said the focus for the project would shift to completing just a 171-mile segment of the line already under construction in the state's Central Valley. The roughly 520-mile line initially was estimated to cost $33 billion and was pegged for completion in 2020.

4. Plaza De Panama Project Off The Table Due to Rising Costs: Mayor

Another project long in the works appeared destined for the back-burner. The Plaza de Panama project in Balboa Park has been put on hold due to rising construction costs and legal delays, Mayor Kevin Faulconer said Tuesday. The project to create acres of pedestrian-friendly public space in Balboa Park was approved by the San Diego City Council in 2016 but hit a snag because estimates put the project $20 million over initial estimates. 

5. Tony Hawk's Son Opens Record Store Cafe

Yet another Hawk storefront has opened up in the North County. Tony Hawk's son Riley's new coffee shop and record store is called Steel Mill Coffee and features some hand-picked vinyl for sale, ranging from "obscure hard rock to psychedelic," according to Eater San Diego. 

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