Debate over legislation to change the legal standard for when police can use deadly force has been raging up and down the state, but it’s been particularly intense in San Diego.That’s not surprising given some of the tensions here over police-community relations, but also because key players have local ties.The author of Assembly Bill 392 is Assemblymember Shirley Weber, a San Diego Democrat. A prominent opponent is Brian Marvel, former head of the San Diego Police Officers Association who is now president of the 75,000-member Peace Officers Research Association of California.It’s hard to say where the region’s populace comes down on this, though more than 200 people came out to speak on the Weber bill -- only a small number of whom were opposed -- at public hearings over the past couple of weeks. But law enforcement officials locally and across California are overwhelmingly opposed. San Diego’s two largest government agencies are split over the Weber … [Read more...] about Column: Police deadly-force debate roils San Diego
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Amid the increasingly pitched battle over who can and cannot rent out one’s home for short-term stays, a state legislator from Encinitas is wading in with a plan she believes will settle the debate — and in the process help ease California’s worsening housing crisis.Her first test case is San Diego County, where coastal cities from Carlsbad to Coronado already have taken widely varying approaches, from permissive policies with few limitations on how often homes can be used as vacation rentals to outright bans.On Monday, a committee in Sacramento will weigh in on Assemblywoman Tasha Boerner Horvath’s pitch for regulating the burgeoning home sharing industry in the county’s coastal communities. She’s authored a bill that would effectively outlaw the short-term rental of second homes and investor properties listed on home-sharing sites like Airbnb and HomeAway while also placing sharp limits on how often the homes of primary residents could be offered … [Read more...] about State bill would crack down on short-term rentals in San Diego County’s beach communities by targeting Airbnb, HomeAway
Gallery: Marines and Mickey +3 more photos A federal prosecutor will try to force John Shannon Simpson to pay $390,000 to the U.S. government, money he made off a dubious charity and his ties to a Marine who died during the July 2015 terrorist attack here. In a filing on Jan. 9, U.S. Attorney for the District of South Carolina Sherri Lydon wrote that Simpson pocketed about 80 percent of the $480,000 he raised from May 2014 to June 2016. Lydon said Simpson received most of his money as a result of the terrorist attack that killed five servicemen in Chattanooga. Cathy Wells, the mother of Lance Cpl. Squire "Skip" Wells, helped him raise about $135,000. This included donations in her son's honor, which Wells gave to Simpson. It also included Skip Wells' death benefit proceeds, as well as a $75,000 loan that Cathy Wells gave Simpson, who promised to open a barbershop in her son's name. At Wells' direction, the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga also gave Simpson $25,000. … [Read more...] about Marines and Mickey founder may be forced to pay U.S. government after attorney says he pocketed about 80 percent of donations
Local Mexican officials were once again Sunday helping thousands of Central American migrants find rides on the next leg of their journey toward the U.S. border. The migrants appear to be on a path to Tijuana across the border from San Diego, which is still some 1,600 miles away. At a toll plaza to the west of the central Mexico city of Queretaro, where the group spent Saturday night, police helped find trucks to take migrants and prevented them from trying to stop drivers themselves. The government of Queretaro said via Twitter that 6,531 migrants had moved through the state between Friday and Saturday. It said that 5,771 of those were departing Sunday morning after staying in three shelters it had prepared, the largest of which was a soccer stadium in the state capital. Matthew Whitaker was a vocal critic of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. Now he's in charge of overseeing it, appointed acting Attorney General after Jeff Sessions resigned at the president's … [Read more...] about Migrant Caravan Appears to Be Heading Toward Tijuana to Seek Asylum in U.S.
By Paul Rogers | [email protected] | PUBLISHED: November 6, 2018 at 11:53 am | UPDATED: November 6, 2018 at 5:40 pm Looking for Tuesday night’s midterm election results and analysis? We’ve got you covered as the Bay Area News Group’s Paul Rogers reports on the trends and impact of the results in the San Francisco Bay Area, California and beyond while bringing you live coverage throughout the evening. In addition, you can find all of our election coverage stories here. If you’re having trouble viewing the live blog on your mobile device click here. Key Florida governor and U.S. Senate races too close to callFlorida Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis speaks to supporters as his lieutenant governor candidate, state Rep. Jeanette Nunez, left, listens during a rally in Orlando on Sept. 6. (AP Photo/John Raoux)Florida, famous for razor-thin margins in high-profile elections, is at is again. With 92 percent of the vote in, … [Read more...] about Election live blog: Key Florida governor and U.S. Senate races too close to call