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San Diego learns of deeper budget hole

Tax revenues for the city of San Diego are projected to be $22.7 million below what was included in the proposed budget for the coming fiscal year, the City Council was told Monday.

The decline is caused by a greater-than-anticipated drop in property and hotel tax revenues, the city’s chief operating officer said during a hearing on the fiscal year 2010 budget.

San Diego to start sending letters to water hogs

San Diego’s biggest water hogs will start getting letters from the city as early as this week, telling them to schedule a free efficiency audit.

The biggest residential water user, a La Jolla customer, used 5.5 million gallons during a recent 12-month period – enough to serve about 44 typical homes, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

Child pulled from 4S Ranch pool dies

A 5-year-old North Carolina boy visiting San Diego died today, May 18, after being pulled from a swimming pool at a home in 4S Ranch.

Malachi Gardner of New Bern died about 6:30 a.m. at Children’s Hospital, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Del Mar to offer free admission on Wednesdays

Fans of thoroughbred racing in just found another reason to come to Del Mar this summer: Free admission on Wednesdays.

After the success of a similar promotional stunt at Santa Anita and Hollywood Park, Del Mar will offer free admission, a free reserved seat, half-price drinks and half-price hot dogs on Wednesdays during the 2009 race season. They’re calling the promotion “Free & Easy Wednesday.” the park’s opening day, however, will not be included in the promotion.

Quake hits L.A. area; felt by some in S.D.

A magnitude 5.0 earthquake struck Sunday night in South Los Angeles, and minutes later a magnitude 3.1 aftershock occurred, according to Caltech.

UCSD, Moores Center get $1 million gift

The late wife of the founder of UC San Diego’s department of mathematics left the university $1 million in her trust, it was announced Thursday.

Governor to announce plan to sell fairgrounds

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was expected to release a revised budget plan today that suggests the state-owned Del Mar Fairgrounds be put up for sale to help solve California’s financial woes.

County to consider layoffs, outsourcing in coming fiscal year

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to consider eliminating 771 government positions and outsourcing some services to help balance its budget in the coming fiscal year.

Desalination plant in Carlsbad approved

The San Diego Regional Water Quality Board unanimously approved a plan today to build a desalination plant in Carlsbad capable of producing 50 million gallons of drinking water a day.

‘Skater Bandit’ strikes two area banks

A man suspected of carrying out a spree of North County bank robberies in recent weeks struck again Monday at a bank off Via de la Valle, just three days after hitting a Solana Beach bank, authorities reported.

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