Daily Archives: September 14, 2013

Huge SDG&E helicopter will help fight fires

Huge SDG&E helicopter will help fight fires


SAN DIEGO — A San Diego Gas & Electric-owned helitanker with the capacity to drop up to 2,500 gallons of water will be available for use in firefighting efforts in San Diego County under renewed agreements between the utility and the city, county and fire agencies, SDG&E announced Friday.

The heavy-lift Erickson Air-Crane will remain on standby and can be en route to a fire in about 20 minutes, authorities said.

“We’ve seen a major increase in the number of wildfires throughout the state,” Cal Fire and San Diego County Fire Authority Chief Thom Porter said. “With the extreme dry conditions it is a matter of when, not if, we will need to call on the air-crane to help support our fire suppression efforts.”

Under the agreement with the city, the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department will be the lead agency to dispatch the air-crane to a fire upon request, according…

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One week remains in the mayoral nomination period

One week remains in the mayoral nomination period


[trib_ndn vid=25165641]SAN DIEGO – There is one week left in the nomination period for San Diego mayor and already nearly 40 people have filed their intent to run.

As of 5 p.m. Friday, 38 San Diego residents had filed candidate intention statements with the City Clerk’s Office. Not all of them had pulled nomination papers.

To make the ballot, candidates must collect 200 signatures from registered San Diego voters by next Friday at 5 p.m. The voters must have been registered for at least 30 days.

“We have to make sure the signatures are valid and that they qualify to appear on the ballot,” said Liz Maland, City Clerk. “So not everybody that files will ultimately appear on the ballot.”

Maland said historically special elections for mayor have produced a high number of candidates.

“In 1983, there were 20 candidates on the ballot,” said Maland. “In 1986, there were 17…

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Aguirre launches mayoral campaign

Aguirre launches mayoral campaign


SAN DIEGO — Former City Attorney Mike Aguirre launched his campaign to become San Diego’s next mayor Friday with a news conference in Balboa Park’s FDR Grove.

“Returning the city of San Diego to the people of San Diego is the reason I want to be your next mayor,” Aguirre told reporters.

Aguirre told Fox 5 nearly two weeks ago that he intended to join the crowded field of mayoral candidates. He filed an intention statement with the City Clerk’s office and pulled nomination papers earlier this week.

Nearly three dozen potential candidates have declared their intent to run in the Nov. 19 special election to finish out the final three years of Filner’s term, according to the City Clerk’s office.

City Councilmen Kevin Faulconer and David Alvarez are also in the running, as are Nathan Fletcher and Lori Saldana, both former members of the state Assembly.

The San Diego…

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Top doctor aboard Navy hospital ship Mercy relieved of command

Top doctor aboard Navy hospital ship Mercy relieved of command


uss mercySAN DIEGO – The top doctor aboard the Navy’s hospital ship Mercy has been relieved of command because of allegations that he falsified his physical fitness and weight records, the Navy announced Friday.

Capt. William Cogar, commanding officer of the hospital aboard the San Diego-based ship, was relieved by Rear Adm. Thomas Shannon, commander of the military sealift command.

Shannon took the action Friday after an investigation by the Navy’s inspector general found “irregularities” in Cogar’s records.

Cogar, 59, underwent an admiral’s mast, a non-judicial punishment procedure.

During the mast, he was found to have negligently failed to comply with the Navy’s physical readiness program, as well as failure to obey an order and conduct unbecoming an officer and gentleman, the Navy said.

Cogar was reassigned to Navy Medical Center San Diego. Capt. Jeffrey Paulson, a former commanding officer of the Mercy’s hospital, was temporarily assigned to take Cogar’s place.

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