San Diego — The race to succeed Scott Sherman on the San Diego City Council has gotten more crowded in the wake of sexual assault and sexual harassment accusations against school trustee Kevin Beiser, who was considered one of the leading candidates.Three new candidates have entered the race, bringing the total to nine – seven Democrats and two Republicans. Sherman, a Republican, can’t run for re-election in 2020 because of term limits.Winning the seat could increase the Democrats’ council majority beyond the current 6-2, giving them more power to set the city’s agenda. The council’s ninth member, Mark Kersey, shifted his party affiliation from Republican to independent this week. Politics Candidates joining battle to replace termed-out Sherman on San Diego City Council District 7, which includes Allied Gardens, Del Cerro, Tierrasanta, Mission Valley and Linda Vista, had 33,800 registered Democrats and 23,800 registered … [Read more...] about New candidates enter San Diego council race in wake of Beiser allegations
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A woman was killed and three others were wounded when a gunman opened fire inside a synagogue near San Diego on Saturday — the last day of Passover — sparking an outpouring of support from across the nation and renewing concerns about security at places of worship. Police arrested a 19-year-old man in connection with the shooting. Authorities say the man, identified Saturday night as John Earnest, fled Chabad of Poway by car and called 911 shortly thereafter to say he was involved in the shooting. An officer found him on the road and took him into custody. The officer found an AR-style lightweight semi-automatic rifle on the front passenger’s seat of the suspect’s car. San Diego County Sheriff William Gore told reporters Saturday that the 19-year-old had no prior arrests, but that he was also being investigated in a fire at a mosque in a nearby city last month. Gore says his department will work with the FBI and the city of Escondido to investigate … [Read more...] about One dead in San Diego Passover synagogue shooting
Seven years after her nude and bound body was found hanging from a balcony in a courtyard at the Spreckels Mansion, a new team of investigators said there was no evidence to suggest she was murdered. San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore launched the new investigation in April, soon after a San Diego civil jury found the brother of Zahau's boyfriend responsible in her death. At a news conference Friday, Gore announced the findings, backed by a team of investigators from the San Diego Sheriff's Department, the Coronado Police Department and the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office. "After conducting this review, the case team found no evidence that would lead us to believe that Rebecca Zahau died at the hands of another," Gore said. "In addition, we found no evidence that would dispute or be inconsistent with the medical examiner's finding that Rebecca Zahau's manner of death was suicide." None of the team was involved in the original investigation. VIDEOS: SAN … [Read more...] about For a second time, Rebecca Zahau’s 2011 death ruled a suicide. The San Diego sheriff explains why.
In 2018, the eyes of the nation were again fixed on President Donald Trump, whose second year in office was no less remarkable than his first. It was a year that saw the president open up trade wars, meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, spar with the press and defend hush money payments to women he allegedly had affairs with, all while new revelations and indictments poured out of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election meddling. Policies and politics divided us. We found ourselves embroiled in a fierce immigration debate. Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh ascended to the high court despite sexual assault allegations from Christine Blasey Ford. Nature humbled us. California burned as the Camp Fire became the most destructive in state history. Hurricane winds and floods battered the Carolinas. But other stories made us proud. Team USA brought home 23 Olympic medals from Pyeongchang, South Korea. Teachers fought for … [Read more...] about 2018 year in review: 50 stories from 50 states that moved us
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