‘KUSI Gets to Defend Themselves,’ Judge Says Ahead of Sandra Maas Jury Selection
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by Ken Stone
4h ago
Superior Court Judge Ronald Frazier hears sides in KUSI case. Photo by Ken Stone A 2019 profile of San Diego Judge Ronald Frazier tells how fictional Southern lawyer Atticus Finch in “To Kill A Mocking Bird” inspired the USD Law School grad’s own career. “Judge Frazier followed his own inherent sense of discerning between right and wrong by pursuing an education which would best integrate a career with his gifts for the betterment of society,” wrote Michaela Jester in a San Diego County Bar Association publication. On Tuesday, he displayed his own sense of fairness in decisions involving Sandr ..read more
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San Diego County Supervisors OK Resolution to Expand Free Youth Public Transit Program
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by Elizabeth Ireland
9h ago
Teenagers on an MTS trolley. Courtesy SANDAG County supervisors Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution to expand a free public transit ridership program for residents ages 18 to 24. The resolution directs the county chief administrative officer, Health and Human Services Agency and Land Use and Environment Group to work with agencies such as the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System to find additional money for ridership expansion. Supervisors Nathan Fletcher and Nora Vargas sponsored the resolution. In a statement, Vargas said the youth passes are more than just a free ride. “They bring se ..read more
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Businessman Pleads Guilty to Selling Spyware Used to Monitor Political Rivals
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by Elizabeth Ireland
9h ago
Federal courthouse in downtown San Diego. Photo by Chris Stone A businessman pleaded guilty in San Diego federal court Tuesday to selling spyware and hacking tools to clients who used the equipment to intercept and monitor the communications of political and business rivals. Julio Santamaria, 49, of Los Angeles, brokered the sales of interception and surveillance tools to several clients, including Mexican politicians and private citizens, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Prosecutors say he was aware some of his Mexican government clients sought to use the equipment for illegitimate pu ..read more
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Drunk and Drugged Driver Sentenced to 4 Years for Crash That Killed Motorcyclist in Poway
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by Elizabeth Ireland
9h ago
The downtown San Diego Superior Court. Photo by Chris Stone A woman who killed a motorcyclist by driving under the influence and rear-ending him as he was parked on the side of a Poway road was sentenced Tuesday to four years in state prison. Astha Rajyaguru, 23, pleaded guilty to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and other charges for the March 25, 2022, death of 59-year-old Steven Lee McHenry. McHenry was struck at about 10:30 p.m. while on the side of Midland Road, near Somerset Road. He died at the scene. Prosecutors said Rajyaguru was speeding, had a 0.17% blood-alcohol level ..read more
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Supervisors Approve Plan to Help Homeless Veterans Find Place to Live
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by Elizabeth Ireland
9h ago
Supervisor Nathan Fletcher speaks with a homeless person during the Point-in-Time county on Thursday. Courtesy of Fletcher’s office The county Board of Supervisors Tuesday unanimously approved the development of a plan to help homeless veterans find a place to live. As proposed by Supervisors Nathan Fletcher and Nora Vargas, the plan could be ready in April and feature input from community groups, government representatives and people who have experienced homelessness. With the Board supporting our measure to end veteran homelessness, we are one step closer to reaching our goals. The existin ..read more
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Citrus Tree Disease Found in Rancho Bernardo; Quarantine Zone Expanded
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by Elizabeth Ireland
10h ago
Asian citrus psyllids on a citrus leaf. Courtesy County News Center The California Department of Food and Agriculture declared a citrus quarantine in a 95-square-mile area of Rancho Bernardo Tuesday after detecting a potentially threatening citrus tree disease during routine inspections. The disease, known as Huanglongbing, is a major threat to San Diego’s $115 million annual citrus crop, county officials said. Trees infected with the bacterial disease can produce misshapen, bitter fruit and the disease can eventually kill the tree. The quarantine announced Tuesday comes after HLB was found in ..read more
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Lakers’ LeBron James 36 Points Shy of Becoming NBA’s Career Scoring Leader
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by Elizabeth Ireland
10h ago
LeBron James warming up in 2022. Photo via @Lakers Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James enters Tuesday night’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Crypto.com Arena needing 36 points to surpass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to become the NBA‘s career scoring leader. Although it is likelier James will set the record in Thursday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks at Crypto.com Arena, he could set the record tonight. He has scored 36 or more points in seven of his 43 games, including six times in his 16 games since Dec. 30, his 38th birthday. James has scored 38,352 points in 1,409 games over 20 se ..read more
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Average San Diego County Gas Price Drops to $4.64 a Gallon of Regular
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by Elizabeth Ireland
11h ago
Gas pump. Photo credit: Alexander Nguyen The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County dropped a half-cent Tuesday to $4.64, one day after a run of 14 increases in 16 days totaling 10.8 cents ended when it was unchanged. The average price is 5.8 cents more than one week ago and 8.6 cents higher than one month ago, but 3.9 cents less than one year ago, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service. It has dropped $1.795 since rising to a record $6.435 on Oct. 5. The national average price fell for the 10th consecutive day following a 17-d ..read more
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County Supervisors OK Plan to Assist Migrants with Potential End of Title 42
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by Elizabeth Ireland
11h ago
Migrants wait in line while California border activists organize the group to enter the U.S. and seek asylum through the Chaparral entryway in Tijuana. Photo by Carlos A. Moreno for CalMatters The county Board of Supervisors Tuesday unanimously called for the development of a comprehensive plan to respond to a possible influx of asylum seekers in light of the potential lifting of the federal Title 42 policy. Authored by Supervisors Joel Anderson and Nora Vargas, the motion directs the chief administrative officer “to identify actions that can be taken to ensure asylum seekers entering the U.S ..read more
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Chula Vista Envision Broadway Shaping Strategic Plan, Looking at Projects to Curb Alcohol, Drug Activity
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by Editor
14h ago
Beautification efforts by Envision Broadway, a Chula Vista civic group. Photo credit: envisionbroadway.com Chula Vista Envision Broadway is taking on the future of the Broadway corridor, including ongoing efforts to beautify businesses with murals. Representatives of Chula Vista Mayor John McCann and Council member Andrea Cardenas were on hand for a recent meeting of the organization’s Revitalization Committee, as well as mural artists, business owners, members of the Chula Vista Police Department’s Community Relations Unit and other stakeholders The discussion also included public safety, pre ..read more
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