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    A measure on California's November ballot would require that egg-laying hens be cage-free by 2022.

    The measure would phase in the standard by creating new minimum size requirements for confinement pens for hens, as well as for calves raised for veal and breeding pigs.

    It would also ban sales from other states not meeting California's standards.

    Proposition 12 would replace Proposition 2, which California voters approved in 2008. Early voting begins Monday.

    Supporters say it's time to update the rules. The earlier measure barred California farmers from keeping the three types of animals in pens so small they couldn't move but did not specify sizes for cages or apply to sales from out-of-state farmers.

    Opponents say Proposition 12 doesn't go far enough to stop animal cruelty.

    Photo Credit: Getty Images

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    A 65-year-old woman was fatally struck by a hit-and-run driver in Jamul Friday evening.

    The woman was crossing near the 13000 block of Campo Road near Jamul Feed & Supply around 7:18 p.m. when a Toyota Corolla traveling westbound hit her.

    The driver stopped and got out of the car to see what he had hit, and then he got back in and drove away.

    The woman sustained major injuries and was taken to the hospital. She succumbed to her injuries at Scripps Memorial Hospital.

    CHP was able to find the driver and arrested him. They are not disclosing the name and location of the arrest at this time.

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    A man died Saturday morning after being arrested in Little Italy overnight near Grape Street and Columbia.

    Police said they received a call Friday night about a naked man running around yelling for help.

    The man began struggling after he was handcuffed by an officer.

    A witness says the man injured his head when officers pinned him to the ground.

    In a statement, San Diego police said their officers gave the man chest compressions until paramedics arrived and he was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

    Investigators are at the scene looking for surveillance cameras to try to determine what caused the man’s death.

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  • 10/06/18--15:17: NBC 7/T20 at Politifest

  • Did you attend an NBC 7 and Telemundo 20 event in the community? Find photos from the events here.

    Photo Credit: NBC 7 and T 20

    The NBC/T20 team is at Politifest at the University of San Diego! There have been many important debates and talks happening throughout the day, we’re very proud to be a part of it!The NBC/T20 team is at Politifest at the University of San Diego! There have been many important debates and talks happening throughout the day, we’re very proud to be a part of it!

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    Tired of the same old Halloween parties and haunted houses this time of year? Here are four slightly original ways to get your ghoul on this October.

    San Diego Musical Theatre’s “Young Frankenstein”

    Whether you like Halloween or not, the “Young Frankenstein” musical is a fun way to spend any night. With music and lyrics written by Mel Brooks who adapted the show from his own movie of the same name, afterward, you’ll want to take a “Roll in the Hay” or be “Puttin’ on the Ritz.” The musical is currently playing at the Horton Grand Theatre until Oct. 28.

    PoeFest at Adobe Chapel in Old Town

    Over two weekends at the Adobe Chapel in Old Town, actors from Write Out Loud will be performing several macabre stories by Edgar Allen Poe, one of the pioneers of the spine-chilling tale. Staged readings include “The Oval Portrait,” “The Cask of Amontillado,” “The Raven,” “The Pit and the Pendulum” and more. The performances are Oct. 19-21 and Oct. 26-28 at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. each night.

    Haunted Tales Aboard the Star of India

    It’s not hard to imagine wailing ghosts haunting the bowels of a lonely schooner bobbing through the mists of the Atlantic. Guests will be led by lantern through the ship to hear eerie tales of the Star of India’s ghostly past, including how young John Campbell fell to his death from the rigging in 1884. The story goes that people standing near where he fell sometimes feel a cold hand touch them. The tours are every 15 minutes from 6 p.m. until 9:15 p.m. Oct. 20 and 27. 

    Art After Dark: Classic Halloween Bash

    For those of a hipster, artsy mind, The Oceanside Museum of Art will hold a carnival-themed party based on the art of Brandon Ragnar Johnson. His work is whimsically inspired by film noir, classic cartoons and fashion illustration. The entertainment includes belly dancers, a burlesque performance, a flash mob and a speed painter. The party is from 7 to 10 p.m. on Oct. 27.

    Photo Credit: Bettmann Archive

    Portrait of American author Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849). Undated illustration, after a photo by Matthew Brady.Portrait of American author Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849). Undated illustration, after a photo by Matthew Brady.

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    Disabled veterans who need to modify their homes are could be getting a boost from the city of San Diego if Councilman Chris Cate gets his way.

    Cate is proposing a pilot program to make it less expensive for veterans to make changes to their homes to make it easier for them to get around.

    Ramps, such as the one outside of Clarke Young's home, help him and his disabled wife, Sarah, get her wheelchair into their home. Young served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War.

    He is one of the estimated nearly 240,000 veterans living in the county. Many disabled veterans such as Young need to make modifications to their homes to help them get around, such as plumbing or electrical improvements, chairlifts and wheelchair ramps.

    Some also need to widen hallways and doorways to get around. Few, however, can afford it.

    To address this issue, in 2017 Gov. Jerry Brown signed into a law a bill that would waive or reduce permit costs for these type of modifications. Cate would like the city of San Diego to further reduce these costs.

    In a memorandum dated Thursday, Cate is urging the city to adopt a pilot program that would waive fees up to $1,000.

    "That is the cost of making sure that ADA appliances could be put in kitchens it could be added to the cost of a ramp that needs to be installed,” NOLAH executive director Bari Vaz said. “It's going to be extremely beneficial."

    NOLAH is a nonprofit that helps disabled veterans stay in their homes by making these types of modifications.

    Young is hopeful the pilot program will help the nearly 35,000 disabled veterans gain the mobility they need.

    "It gives them a chance to live a more normal life,” he said. “And maybe by living a more normal life they'll heal faster or feel better, they’ll feel stronger.”

    If approved by the City Council, the pilot program will be available to the nearly 35,000 disabled veterans San Diego.

    A spokeswoman for Cate’s office said approval for the pilot program could take as long as next summer but, by issuing the memorandum, he is getting the process started.

    Photo Credit: NBC 7

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    Thousands of people in the South Bay are in the dark this evening because of a power outage.

    The outage started around 7:30 p.m. and affecting more 1,750 customers in Chula Vista, Castle Park and Otay, according to San Diego Gas and Electric's outage map.

    It was not known what caused the outage, but SDG&E said its crews were working to determine the cause and repair it.

    Power was restored around 10:30 p.m.

    Photo Credit: NBC 7

    A power pole in Descanso, California on Oct. 23, 2017.A power pole in Descanso, California on Oct. 23, 2017.

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    Two people were arrested and charged Tuesday with operating an illegal marijuana delivery service in the city of San Diego, police said.

    Fardin Esmaeili, 28, was arrested along with his employee around 8 a.m. at a residence in the 9600 block Saskatchewan Avenue, San Diego police Lt. Matt Novak said.

    The home was illegally being used a marijuana delivery service called Leaf Life, he said. A search of the home found a stash 50 pounds of high-grade marijuana, edibles, concentrated cannabis and $3,500 cash.

    Police also confiscated business documents and records, Novak said.

    Esmaeili was booked into jail while his employee was cited and released. Both were charged with operating a business without a license and sales of marijuana. Additionally, Esmaeili was also charged with child endangerment because he has two young children living with him and exposed to marijuana products, Novak said.

    The San Diego Police Department and the City Attorney’s Office will continue to crack down on all illegal marijuana businesses, including delivery services, in city limits, he said.

    “All persons operating and working for any of these illegal marijuana businesses will be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Novak said.

    Photo Credit: Getty Images

    LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 11: Jars full of medical marijuana are seen at Sunset Junction medical marijuana dispensary on May 11, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. The dispensary is one 25 plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles fighting to stay open after city prosecutors began notifying 439 medical marijuana dispensaries that they must shut down by June 7. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 11: Jars full of medical marijuana are seen at Sunset Junction medical marijuana dispensary on May 11, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. The dispensary is one 25 plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles fighting to stay open after city prosecutors began notifying 439 medical marijuana dispensaries that they must shut down by June 7. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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  • 10/07/18--12:31: Your #SanDiegoGram Photos

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    Photo Credit: NBC 7

    The Captain welcomes guests to Dark Harbor.The Captain welcomes guests to Dark Harbor.

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    A new immersive dance show playing near Downtown San Diego is challenging audiences to look beyond the expected.

    “Beyond Babel” is about the division of families, friends and a community of people as authorities decide to build a wall between them.

    “Trying to face the division that is happening in our culture right now, and wanting to take that head-on, and find a way to use art to connect people,” said co-creator and star Mari Madrid.

    Mari and her husband Keone Madrid have made a name for themselves as both choreographers and performers, and they came in second place during Season one of NBC’s “World of Dance.”

    “We walked away feeling a sense of confidence, and since then we’ve been sprinting,” Keone said.

    The Carlsbad couple started working on “Beyond Babel” two years ago.

    “But in the last couple months, it’s ramped up tenfold,” Keone said. “We didn’t just decide to make a show and a unique show, but we had to make this theater.”

    The theatre is located on Imperial Avenue, in what used to be a boxing gym.

    “It’s really unsuspecting from the street. You see a house and now there’s all this interesting paint and muraling going on, and it’s like, huh, I wonder what’s back there. But then you walk around and there’s this big building that you wouldn’t think is back there,” Mari said.

    Producing partners Josh and Lyndsay Magid Aviner with Brooklyn-based “Hideaway Circus” furnished the space with old movie theater seats and curtains from a one-night-only “Comedy Central” special in Los Angeles.

    For the set pieces, they turned to friend and crochet artist London Kaye.

    Lyndsay was also able to realize her dream of creating moving seats, that Keone said, allow the audience to “punch-in and punch-out.”

    “A lot of our dance videos, you get to punch-in close to get a close-up of our hands, or you get to see the emotion and feel that. And in a theatre show, you’re always so far away,” Keone said.

    “We want to be close. We want to really get in there with people,” Mari said.

    “Beyond Babel” is playing through the end of November.

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    A local woman is losing her job at a San Diego-based Mattress Firm store, as the company struggles to survive.

    On Friday, the mattress retailer filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and announced it will immediately close 700 of its 3,300 stores by the end of the year.

    For one local woman, losing her job is more than the money. She says Mattress Firm was like a family to her.

    “They’re firing people they’re supposed to be supporting,” she said, “this is not a lot of support.”

    The local woman did not want to be identified by name, because she still has to work at Mattress Firm for a few more weeks before she’s let go.

    She got a call on Friday from a regional manager, letting her know she was in the first round of layoffs.

    “I thought they cared. Clearly, I was wrong,” she said.

    In an email to staff, the company’s CEO indicated employees who are let go will receive severance through October and benefits through November.

    The email also cited being ‘overstored’ as one of the reasons for their financial trouble.

    There are over a dozen Mattress Firms in San Diego County, and at least some of them are expected to close down after this announcement

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    Broadway San Diego is looking for two four to five-year-old girls to play Lulu in the Broadway tour of “Waitress” when it comes to town at the end of November through the beginning of December.

    “Waitress” is the story of Jenna, an expert pie baker, who is stuck working at a local diner and trapped in a loveless marriage.

    Lulu is Jenna’s sweet and carefree young daughter and the light of her life.

    Lulu appears in the last scene of the show.

    Girls should be shorter than 4 feet 2 inches and no older than five years and three months. Twins and siblings are also welcome, but space is limited to the first 60 applicants that sign up.

    Auditions will take place at the Lawrence Family JCC in La Jolla on Monday, Oct. 8 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. with each session lasting two hours. The audition will consist of the child reading two lines from the show. If possible, parents should bring the child’s headshot and resume, but that is not required and neither is previous acting experience.

    Two girls will be chosen to share the role, which lasts for five performances at the San Diego Civic Theatre. Each girl will perform four times while the show is in town from Nov. 27 to Dec. 2.

    “Waitress” will cast local actresses for Lulu in each city on the tour.

    Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

    Waitress the MusicalWaitress the Musical

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    Surfers at Mission Beach each caught a few dozen waves Sunday for the Boys to Men 100 Wave Challenge.

    The competition challenges 200 surfers to catch 100 waves in one day.

    All of the surfers have sponsors and the money raised goes toward getting the Boys to Men mentorship program into San Diego County schools.

    “It’s great being involved for so many years because we get to see a lot of the boys that started out when we first got involved and see them going off to college and graduating high school and making those good choices that we’re here to help with,” said Dane who has been involved with Boys to Men for years. His two children, Jonah and Chloe, are taking part in the challenge.

    Boys to Men brings together male mentors with at-risk boys who are often fatherless. Dane says his relationship with his own father was his inspiration to become a mentor. “My dad was – he is my best friend. He was a mentor to me and a great father and so I want to help others sort of have that mentorship,” he said.

    The challenge has already raised $300,000 of their $400,000 goal.

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    Here’s what is going on in San Diego sports for the week of October eighth-14th.

    GULLS: The Gulls are at The Nest for the first time this season. Their home-opener is Friday against the Tucson Roadrunners. Puck drops at 7 p.m. and all fans get a Gulls cowbell. Saturday they’re on the road to face the Reign in Ontario.


    -MEN’S SOCCER: Friday at Cal State San Bernardino and Sunday at Cal Poly Pomona.

    -MEN’S WATER POLO: Friday-Sunday at the MPSF Invitational at Stanford.

    -WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL: Friday at Stanislaus State and Saturday at Chico State.

    -WOMEN’S ROWING: Saturday at the Row for the Cure in Mission Bay 6 a.m.

    -WOMEN’S SOCCER: Sunday at Cal Poly Pomona.


    -MEN’S GOLF: Monday and Tuesday at the Alister Mackenzie Invitational in Fairfax, California.

    -WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL: Thursday at Santa Clara and Saturday at San Francisco.

    -MEN’S SOCCER: Friday at Gonzaga and Sunday at Portland.

    -MEN’S ROWING: Saturday at Row for the Cure on Mission Bay 6 a.m.

    -MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY: Saturday at Highlander Invitational in Riverside 8:45 a.m.

    -WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY: Saturday at Highlander Invitational in Riverside.

    -WOMEN’S SWIM: Saturday Alumni Meet 10 a.m. at USD.

    -FOOTBALL: Saturday vs. Dayton 2 p.m. at Torero Stadium.

    -WOMEN’S SOCCER: Saturday at Pacific.

    -MEN’S TENNIS: Sunday at the SoCal Inter-Collegiates in Los Angeles.

    -MEN’S GOLF: Sunday at the Warrior Princeville Makai Invite in Princeville, Hawaii.


    -MEN’S GOLF: Monday and Tuesday at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational in Fairfax, California.

    -WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL: Thursday vs. New Mexico and Saturday vs. UNLV both at 6 p.m. at Aztec Court.

    -FOOTBALL: Friday vs. Air Force 6 p.m. at SDCCU Stadium.

    -WOMEN’S SOCCER: Friday at Nevada and Sunday at UNLV.

    -ROWING: Saturday at Row for the Cure 7:30 a.m. on Mission Bay.

    -WOMEN’S Cross Country: Saturday at the Highlander Invitational in Riverside and the Wisconsin Pre-Nationals.

    -MEN’S SOCCER: Saturday vs. UCLA 7 p.m. at the SDSU Sports Deck.


    -MEN’S SOCCER: Friday at Cal Poly Pomona and Sunday at Cal State San Bernardino.

    -WOMEN’S SOCCER: Friday at Cal Poly Pomona and Sunday at Cal State San Bernardino.

    -WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL: Friday at Chico State and Saturday at Stanislaus State.

    -MEN’S AND WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY: Saturday at the Cougar Challenge 8:30 a.m.

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    Power has been restored after more than 1,000 customers lost power in University Heights, North Park and Normal Heights Sunday. 

    Power went out Sunday afternoon leaving 1140 customers are without electricity.

    It was restored before 4 p.m. 

    SDG&E is assessing the outage to determine the cause.

    Click here to check SDG&E's outage map

    Photo Credit: NBC 7

    SDG&E crews are repairing power outages caused by lightning strikes overnight.SDG&E crews are repairing power outages caused by lightning strikes overnight.

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    SpaceX will launch a Falcon 9 rocket on Sunday evening from Vandenberg Air Force base, carrying an Argentinean satellite and marking the first time the Falcon 9 booster returns to land at Vandenberg AFB.

    The Falcon 9 is a two-stage launch vehicle, meaning it is made up of two parts that carry the payload to orbit.

    - First Stage: The booster, or first stage, is what carries the payload for roughly the first 2 minutes and 40 seconds of the launch.

    - Second Stage: The second stage is what the payload is attached to. When the stages separate, the second stage carries the payload to orbit while the booster returns for landing.

    The first stage for this launch is a recycled booster that flew the Iridium 7 launch in July. That booster landed on a drone ship in the Pacific. For Sunday's launch, the booster will be landing back at Vandenberg AFB for the first time, on a newly constructed landing pad near the launch site.

    Liftoff is currently scheduled for 7:22 p.m. Pacific Time on Sunday. Sunset at Vandenberg is 6:38 p.m. Pacific Time, so there is a chance we could see an illuminated contrail at the very end of the first stage's burn and the start of the second stage's burn. Regardless of illuminated contrail, SoCal residents may get to see something a bit different from the "traditional" Vandenberg launch: the return.

    For launch, look towards the west-northwest from the LA area and watch for a bright light that is rapidly climbing into the sky. After the stages separate, we may see another light as the booster turns around and starts flying back towards Vandenberg AFB. This light will be flying in the opposite direction of the launch. Residents closer to Vandenberg may hear a sonic boom as the booster approaches.

    SpaceX may again attempt to recover the payload fairings in a giant net attached to a boat. These fairings protect the satellite from the forces of the atmosphere during launch, and are ejected after the stages separate.

    Photo Credit: AP Photo/John Raoux, File

    This Feb. 6, 2018, file photo shows a Falcon 9 SpaceX heavy rocket lifting off from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.This Feb. 6, 2018, file photo shows a Falcon 9 SpaceX heavy rocket lifting off from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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    A San Ysidro church near the border is planning to erect a hilltop welcome statue to send a message of hope to immigrants.

    The church reportedly plans to build a 40-foot-tall monument of Mary, mother of Jesus, that was inspired by the Statue of Liberty is planned for the parking lot of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church.

    The statue will be named "Welcome the Stranger." Supporters are trying to raise $1 million to build it by early next year.

    Bishop Robert McElroy of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego says the monument will serve as a reminder of immigrants' contributions to the United States.

    Artist Jim Bliesner says he drew inspiration for the design from community members.

    Photo Credit: Courtesy Michael Ojeda

    3D rendering of the statue.3D rendering of the statue.

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    The San Diego Humane Society is doing free microchipping for pets throughout the month of October. Owners can get their cat or dog microchipped at any of their three locations in Oceanside, Escondido and San Diego.

    “We see a huge increase the day after Halloween of stray animals coming into our care,” Rebecca Rojas of the Humane Society tells NBC 7. “There’s a lot of trick-or-treaters, doors are being opened and closed and animals are getting out of their homes, unfortunately. But if you have your animal microchipped, it’s much more likely we’ll be able to return your animal to you.”

    The microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and goes right underneath the animal’s skin between their shoulder blades.

    “When they get scanned, if they come to the shelter or a vet’s office that will have microchip scanners it will get scanned,” Rojas adds. “Each animal has its own ID number and that ID number has all of the information that’s registered to the owner. So: name, number, address.”

    Microchipping is free from 9 to 11 a.m. every Sunday at the Escondido campus, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Wednesday at the Oceanside campus and every Sunday from 8 to 10 a.m. at the San Diego campus. 

    Microchipping normally costs about $15 and is available every day at all of the campuses.  

    Photo Credit: Getty Images

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    A CEO of a Riverside County-based painting company and two of his employees pleaded guilty to illegally power washing painted curbs and allowing toxic lead paint chips to flow into storm drains, San Diego City Attorney's Office announced this week.

    Luis Ochoa Ramirez, CEO of OCHOA Striping Services, Jose Ochoa and Auder Oliva Gudiel were ordered to pay more than $12,000 in fines and restitution, complete community service and serve three years of probation, City Attorney Mara Elliott said.

    Ochoa Striping Services Inc. was hired to sandblast paint from curbs in Del Cerro, but instead, the two employees illegally hooked their equipment to city fire hydrant and using city water to powerwash the curbs.

    That released a flow of the toxic paint into the street, gutter and storm drain. Acting a complaint from a resident, the Transportation and Storm Water Division told workers they were improperly disposing of the paint and to immediately take corrective actions.

    The workers ignored the warning and returned the next day to continue their work in the same manner. 

    City workers took a paint sample to tested it confirmed the presence of lead. Lead paint, when swallowed, even in small amounts, can cause neurological damage in young children. It has been banned for decades but can still be found in older homes and neighborhoods.

    "This is an inexcusable assault on the health and safety of those who frequent our beautiful beaches, particularly children who are susceptible to lead poisoning," Elliott said. "We will hold accountable anyone who breaks laws that protect our environment or who puts our children at risk."

    Ramirez was fined more than $10,000 and ordered to complete 80 hours of community service. His two employees, Ochoa and Gudiel, was fined more than $1,000 each.

    All three were ordered to complete a class on the proper disposal of hazardous waste.

    Photo Credit: San Diego City Attorney's Office

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