Daily Archives: June 25, 2014

City adopts plan to promote middle-class jobs

City adopts plan to promote middle-class jobs

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SAN DIEGO — The City Council Tuesday unanimously adopted an updated San Diego economic development strategy that’s been a decade in the making.

The plan’s goals are to expand the city’s base industries like innovation and manufacturing, international trade and logistics, defense and tourism; focus assistance on emerging businesses in clean-tech, energy efficiency, and food and beverage; increase middle-class jobs; and favoring locally based businesses over chains.

sd-moneyThe strategy, which will be in effect through 2016, seeks to take advantage of a highly skilled labor force, pleasant climate and unique proximity to Mexico and the Pacific Rim to provide competitive advantages. Those assets can retain established businesses and attract ones considering investments in San Diego, according to the proposal.

“By adopting this strategy today, we’re committing to make San Diego more business-friendly and, in turn, deliver more middle-class jobs to increase this region’s economic stability,” said Councilman Sherri Lightner, who…

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County approves $5B budget

County approves $5B budget

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SAN DIEGO — The San Diego County Board of Supervisors Tuesday unanimously approved a $5.08 billion budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1, and a $4.87 billion spending plan for the 2015-16 fiscal year.

SD COUNTY ADMIN OFFICEThe budget for the upcoming year — about 1.6 percent larger than the current year — includes $1.9 billion for the county Health and Human Services Agency and $1.6 billion to be spent on public safety.

“The new budget reflects the county’s rock-solid finances, along with our efforts to spend money as prudently as possible and to make sure we’re doing right by taxpayers,” board Chairwoman Dianne Jacob said. “It includes additional money for fire protection as we enter what could be another brutal wildfire season.”

Public safety spending will be around 5.6 percent higher than this year, with funding for new fire equipment, and information technology and communications projects for the County Fire…

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Potential housing facility for immigrant children questioned

Potential housing facility for immigrant children questioned

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[trib_ndn vid=26303922]ESCONDIDO, Calif. – A battle in Escondido is brewing over a possible housing facility for children from Central America who are illegally crossing into the United States.

The public packed a meeting in Escondido Tuesday to address their concerns over the potential controversial housing facility.

Southwest Key, a nonprofit organization from Texas dedicated to providing alternative shelters to immigrant children, recently secured a lease at the old Palomar Continuing Car Facility on Avenida del Diablo in Escondido.

Potential Immigrant Youth Care FacilitySouthwest Key has only indicated it would like to install a 6-feet high decorative tubular steel fencing, but nothing more.

“We are trying to find information about this,” said Escondido Mayor San Abed. “There is no plan whatsoever except that we`re going to provide them with services in a prison-like facility.”

Abed told Fox 5 he doesn’t have much information about their lease, but said Southwest contracts with the United States Department…

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Predator priest on the run in Southern California

Predator priest on the run in Southern California

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[trib_ndn vid=26303314]SAN DIEGO — Priest Jeffrey Newell has been suspended by the Catholic Church for sexually abusing children in Tijuana. This is the second time Newell has been sanctioned for his actions.

Priest Jeffrey NewellYears ago, Newell was involved in the Los Angeles sexual abuse scandal. His victims were promised he’d never be allowed near children ever again. It turns out he had been working in a Tijuana church since 2010.

After a number of allegations, a team of Vatican investigators arrived in Tijuana to look into complaints against Newell and 17 other priests. Seven of them, including Newell, were relieved of their duties.

With disciplinary action pending, Newell fled Tijuana and is reportedly back in California, possibly San Diego.

Richard Sipe, who has researched priest abuse for decades, says the Catholic Church continues to shuffle predator priests, only now, exporting the problem to Latin American countries such as Mexico.

“Offending priests are…

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