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    A driver was severely injured Saturday afternoon in a head-on collision when he drove the wrong way and hit another driver who fled the scene, police said.

    The accident happened around 2:45 p.m. on the 1800 block of South 43rd Street near Interstate 805 in Shelltown, San Diego police Officer Sarah Foster said.

    The 21-year-old man in a Saturn was driving southbound on 43rd Street when he crashed into a Ford F-150 pickup truck driving the correct way north, she said.

    The 21-year-old sustained a broken arm and fractured ribs. The driver of the F-150 fled the scene, Foster said.

    SDPD Traffic Division is investigating the crash.

    Anyone with information regarding the incident was urged to contact SDPD or Crime Stopper at (888) 580-8477.


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    A man was shot in an apparent road rage incident early Sunday morning in Del Cerro, police said.

    The incident happened around 1 a.m. in the 520 block of Adobe Falls Road, near San Diego State University, San Diego police Sgt. Michael Tansey said.

    The 57-year-old man was crossing the street to meet with a friend when he was almost struck a sedan, he said. The man argued with the driver of the sedan, who then stepped out of the car and started to fight the man, Tansey said.

    The man was knocked unconscious and when he regained consciousness, he was driven to the hospital by a bystander, the sergeant said. 

    When he got to the hospital, he realized he had been shot in the arm, Tansey said. He was then transferred to the trauma unit for treatment to his injuries.

    "He sustained a contusion and hematoma to his left temple and a single gunshot wound to his right forearm," Tansey said. "His injuries are considered non-life threatening."

    The suspect was described as a 6-foot-2 Pacific Islander man with long hair and weighing 220 pounds.

    Anyone with information about the incident was urged to contact to SDPD Eastern Division or call Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477


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    Dozens of wounded warriors ended their bicycling trip across America to raise awareness for veteran's issues in San Diego on Sunday. 

    With more than 3,000 miles completed, these wounded warriors said the mission was about much more than just a ride.

    "When you're doing that, it's therapy," Jose Villasenor said. "It's releasing a lot of that angst, the anxiety the depression, the substance abuse, the hardships that we had to see, the friends that we've lost. all the things that make life not so positive all of a sudden that cathartic pressure release valve is let go."

    The cyclists biked from coast to coast in 30 days. Each had different disabilities but none of them let their wounds or challenges stop them.

    "I was injured in Iraq," Vicky Lyles said. "I have a TBI, I have a back injury, right foot and some nerve issues but keep peddling and keep pushing."

    The cyclists visited several cities on their journey. From Ground Zero in New York to Washington, DC, to Lubbock, Texas, before ending in San Diego.

    For Villasenor, he hopes wounded warriors like him know they can get through anything.

    "You have a family, you have kids, you have brothers and sisters that are waiting for you," he said.



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    A hoax that is gaining ground on Facebook has some worried about a new possible hack of the social network. Facebook says to disregard the message. 

    The hoax works by targeting a user's inbox on Messenger, with the message making it appear like the user could have a cloned profile. 

    Here's how it works: You receive a message from an existing Facebook friend telling you they've received a friend request from you. Then it says to check your account and to forward the message to all your friends. If you do pass the message along to your friends, the hoax spreads like an old school chain email or letter.

    The message may look like this: ”Hi....I actually got another friend request from you yesterday...which I ignored so you may want to check your account. Hold your finger on the message until the forward button appears...then hit forward and all the people you want to forward too....I had to do the people individually. Good Luck!”

    It's not the first time a cloning hoax has surfaced. A similar scam happened in the summer of 2016.

    Facebook told NBC 7 that if you get a message such as this from an existing Facebook friend, just ignore it and don't forward it to anyone.

    If you're concerned, you can check to make sure there isn't a duplicate account in your name.

    Facebook officials said that despite all the hoax messages, there hasn't been an unusual increase in cloned accounts recently.

    If someone is impersonating your account, though, you can report them to Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/help/fakeaccount.

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    Former first daughter Barbara Pierce Bush tied the knot at the Bush family's compound in Maine over the weekend. 

    The 36-year-old co-founder of a health nonprofit organization wed screenwriter Craig Louis Coyne Sunday in a private ceremony, NBC's "Today" show reported

    Bush is the daughter of former President George W. Bush and Laura Bush, and the granddaughter of former President George H.W. Bush, all of whom attended the wedding at Walker Point compound. Former first lady Barbara Bush, the bride's grandmother and namesake, died in April at 92.

    Bush's twin sister, "Today" anchor Jenna Bush Hager, served as the matron of honor and her two children had roles in the ceremony. 

    The couple will live in New York.



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    The couple surrounded by some of their younger relatives, including Poppy and Mila Hager.The couple surrounded by some of their younger relatives, including Poppy and Mila Hager.

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    SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket and satellite into orbit Sunday night from Vandenberg Air Force Base creating a stunning sight in the night sky over Southern California.

    The lift-off came at its scheduled time of 7:21 p.m. SpaceX handled a separation of the rocket stages in flight then landed the rocket booster back at its launch site on the California coast, marking a West Coast first for the Hawthorne-based company.

    The primary purpose of the mission was to carry an Argentine Earth-observing satellite, known as SAOCOM-1A, into orbit, but SpaceX also wanted to expand its recovery of first stages to its launch site at Vandenberg Air Force Base, about 130 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

    SpaceX had previously flown first-stage rockets back to land after Florida launches but had not done so on the West Coast. Previous recapture missions from Vandenberg Air Force Base have landed the rocket on a barge floating in the Pacific Ocean, about 400 miles out to sea.

    The launch employed the upgraded Block 5 version of the Falcon 9 rocket. The Block 5 is considered more durable than previous Falcon 9 varieties, capable of flying as many as 10 missions.

    The rocket being used in Sunday's mission was previously employed in a June launch.

    Booms from the Falcon 9 booster's re-entry into the atmosphere were predicted to shake the Pacific Coast as far southeast as Ventura County.

    "Sonic boom warning. This won't be subtle," advised SpaceX founder Elon Musk on his Twitter feed at midday Sunday.

    Air Force officials have issued a warning that residents in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties could potentially hear one or more sonic booms due to the launch.

    The mission created a spectacular light show visible across the Southland. 


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    This San Carlos football team gives kids with special needs the chance to be sports stars. NBC 7's Greg Bledsoe visits "Your Corner."


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    The first thing you notice after you exit U.S. Highway 101 North and drive around Santa Rosa’s Coffey Park neighborhood is the incessant whirring of a jackhammer — its sound omnipresent on every street corner.

    A year after deadly fires ripped through the neighborhood, scorching everything in its path, there’s cement mixers instead of charred grass, rose bushes instead of burned hedges and a sense of optimism instead of doom. What once resembled a movie set from “Apocalypse Now” looks more like — to quote a resident — “an obstacle course.”

    Coffey Park is busy. Rebuilding.

    On a sunny September afternoon, the only remnants of the tragedy that befell this quaint little neighborhood on the night of Oct. 8, 2017, are blackened mailboxes and tree stumps and of course, the residents themselves — some never left, some are slowly starting to move back, and some still don’t know where they’ll end up. Debris and broken garden ornaments dot the street along with construction crews, a maze of trucks and colorful porta-potties.

    “We’ve been in this neighborhood about 15 years and we’re actually quite surprised that there’s this much building going on,” said Hugo Aguirre. “We never would have imagined a year later there’s something like 250 houses being built.”

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    “That was the last we heard, it may be more,” his wife Patty Aguirre adds. “Every day that we drive around the neighborhood we see new foundation being poured. A lot of neighbors are coming back and rebuilding.”

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    But there are also those who will not be coming back.

    It's been a year since NBC Bay Area talked to the Aguirres — their house was one of the lucky ones that survived the deadly inferno, but most of their friends and neighbors lost their homes.

    The Aguirres said the family that lived across the street from them will not be moving back.

    Then & Now: The rose bushes next to Hugo and Patty Aguirres' house survived the Tubb's Fire

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    “I think some people were just so overwhelmed by this whole thing, like the people down the street here, they don’t want to be in this neighborhood again. It brings back memories of what happened,” Hugo Aguirre said.

    Another close friend of the couple’s almost moved to Arizona, but then decided to stay.

    “We’re just looking forward to having all our neighbors and all the houses built, and hopefully they’ll plant some more trees,” they said.

    Some Coffey Park residents said that for a few months after the fires, nothing really happened. Then all of a sudden construction took off.

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    Across the street from the Aguirres, Bob Daugherty, who is rebuilding after losing his two-story house in the fire, was waiting for the building inspector to come survey his property before he could start laying down the foundation.

    “I’m almost 80 years old, and I have to do this at this stage of my life,” he said. “I had to think about it for six months before I made up my mind.”

    Daugherty said the city has been very cooperative, but under the new building codes he had to put in a sprinkler system and heavier insulation.

    “We got out of here with the clothes we were wearing and our dog. Couldn’t find our cat — she perished in the fire. We are starting all over — a little late in life to have to do it, but we don’t have a choice.”

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    He added: “We are not alone, there’s a lot of people in the same boat we are in. It’s a long hard process, but it’s exciting.”

    The Aguirres’ house would have burned down had it not been for the shifting winds, and some very brave firefighters.

    “The winds went across the street — so only like three-quarters of this house completely burned,” Hugo Aguirre said. “It was hit and miss, which house was going to burn and which wasn’t."

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    A few houses over to their right, it’s the first day of construction for the Sculley family, whose house on Crimson Row was destroyed in the wildfires.

    “The whole family is so excited and so happy we’ve finally reached this point,” said Sue Nelson, whose sister, Lyann Scalley had to evacuate in the middle of the night.

    “We’ve been coming by every day to take pictures of the progress,” she said, her voice heavy with emotion.

    The Scalleys have put up a little sign with the words “Coming Back Soon.”

    Everywhere you look there are signs of rebuilding and resilience. One that particularly stands out right next to the park reads: “From the Ashes We Will Rise.”

    Even with all the construction and activity around them, the Aguirres say it gets lonely without their neighbors. “It’s kind of strange, it’s more strange during the day not to see anybody,” Hugo Agguire says. But Patty Aguirre says they feel safe because of all the patrol cars.

    So what it’s like to wake up every day to the sound of jackhammers and construction?

    “You’re woken up at 7 o’clock every morning. That’s the alarm! Hammering!” Patty Aguirre says laughing.

    “At first it drove us crazy and now were just used to it. I’m used to going to work through a maze of trucks over there,” Hugo Aguirre said. “Fortunately, PG&E is almost done in this neighborhood. When they were on this street it was chaos.”

    The fire has brought the Coffey Park community closer together — neighbors hold barbecues and potlucks, and last Christmas someone brought a tree and had a party all night.

    “We met a lot of neighbors that we didn't even know,” Patty Aguirre said.

    As for visitors, the Aguirres say they see people driving by their neighborhood all the time. “People who are just intrigued to see what’s going on here — they had to start putting up fencing,” Patty Aguirre says with a smile.

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    Drone Footage: Coffey Park Before & After

    A flurry of activity greets you as you drive around Santa Rosa’s Coffey Park neighborhood — a stark contrast from October 2017. A year after the most destructive wildfire in California history burned down parts of Napa, Sonoma and Lake counties, the neighborhood continues to rebuild.

    This drone video show the aftermath of the deadly wildfires and what some of the streets — made famous in iconic aerial photos and video — look like now.

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    'Found Pets'- Cats (And Dogs) of Coffey Park

    Right next to the Coffey Park playground is a makeshift tent with the words “Found Pets” on it. Inside it, dozens of photos of cats and dogs who were reunited with their owners. And then, those who are still missing. Some residents have donated toys and scratching posts. Others have posted rewards for any information on their pets.

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    Signs of hope and rebuilding in Coffey Park.Signs of hope and rebuilding in Coffey Park.

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    Bullet casings were found near a Lincoln Park trolley stop early Monday morning where a man told police he was targeted by a shooter. 

    The 32-year-old man was sitting at the Metropolitan Transit System station at 47th Street when he noticed a laser dot on him, the San Diego Police Department said.

    He looked up and saw sparks coming from across the street so he ran away from the station toward homes and apartment complexes, SDPD said. 

    When police found the man he was not struck by a bullet or injured. Police said they did find three shell casings and one projectile near items the man left behind when he ran. 

    Detectives believe the sparks were caused by the projectile hitting a fence. It is not clear what kind of weapon was used. 

    There are no suspects in custody and police said they have no leads.

    An investigation into the incident is ongoing. 

    No other information was available.

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    A SWAT team was called to a Spring Valley neighborhood Monday when officers investigating a hit-and-run crash were met by a man with a gun. 

    California Highway Patrol went to the Cavalo Woods apartment complex on Jamacha Boulevard, near Calavo Drive, at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday to follow up on a hit-and-run crash investigation.

    When officers approached the door, they were confronted by a man with a firearm who was inside the home, the San Diego Sheriff's Department said. 

    CHP called SDSO for backup and a SWAT team responded. 

    The suspect was taken into custody around 2 a.m. 

    It is not clear what charges the man will be facing.  

    No other information was available.

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    A family of four was home when a fire sparked in their Chula Vista house Monday morning, temporarily trapping them upstairs before they could escape. 

    The Chula Vista Fire Department was called just after 7:20 a.m. to the home on Caliente Loop, near Southwestern College and Chula Vista Hills Elementary School.

    The initial call stated the family was trapped upstairs but the family was able to get out of the house before firefighters arrived, CVPD Battalion Chief Rob Nelson said. 

    The CVFD said heavy smoke could be seen from a distance and when they arrived, the entire second story was on fire. The fire burned a gaping hole in the home's upper level.

    Alexander Godat said he, his sister, mother and father, who is a Navy veteran, were in the house when the fire sparked in their home of about 20 years. 

    Godat heard his parents yell that they needed to get out.

    The family grabbed their dog and tried to escape through a patio on the second story but initially had trouble navigating through a netting surrounding the balcony. 

    They were eventually able to escape through the balcony unharmed, though three of them were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation, Nelson said. No one was taken to the hospital. 

    By about 7:45 a.m., flames had been tempered and crews were mopping up the remnants of the fire. 

    CVPD said there were hoarder-like conditions inside the home, though no cause has yet been determined. Investigators were called at about 8:30 a.m. 

    Godat said two of their family cats were missing and were hopeful that at least one took off when the fire erupted. 

    It was not clear how much damage the fire caused. 

    No other information was available.

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    A bug in the Google+ social media service left about 500,000 user accounts open to being compromised, though there is no evidence anyone's personal information was misused, the company said Monday.

    Google said it was shutting down the consumer portion of Google+, which it acknowledged had not caught on with the general public. (The company said 90 percent of all user sessions lasted 5 seconds or less.)

    "We found no evidence that any developer was aware of this bug, or abusing the API, and we found no evidence that any Profile data was misused," Google said in a blog post.

    The bug was patched last March. The Wall Street Journal reported that Google decided at the time not to disclose it to the public, which the company also addressed in the blog.

    "Our Privacy & Data Protection Office reviewed this issue, looking at the type of data involved, whether we could accurately identify the users to inform, whether there was any evidence of misuse, and whether there were any actions a developer or user could take in response. None of these thresholds were met in this instance," it said. 

    As part of a broader security review, Google said it would limits developers' access to certain Gmail data, as well as to call logs and messaging on Android phones.

    The news comes less than two weeks after Facebook acknowledged its own breach, potentially exposing data on some 50 million users



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    The right stuff is coming to San Diego thanks to New Kids On The Block, who is bringing along Salt-N-Pepa, Tiffany, Debbie Gibson and Naughty by Nature for their just announced "The Mixtape Tour 2019." 

    The 80s boy band announced Monday on "The Today Show" that they and their "very special guests" would be kicking off their North America tour in May 2019, stopping at San Diego State University's Viejas Arena on May 23, 2019.

    This is the first time these bands that all had big hits in the 1980s will tour together. 

    Tickets will go on sale for $99, $79 and $59 through Ticketmaster on Friday, Oct. 12 at 10 a.m. Members of the NKOTB fan club, Block Nation, can get access to the ticket sale three days early

    To get tickets, log onto Ticketmaster.com or call Ticketmaster’s national toll-free charge by phone number 1-800-745-3000. 

    The band also announced they have been making new music and have released a new song called "80s Baby," which seems like the perfect accompaniment to the tour. Listen to the song here

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    President Donald Trump said Monday that new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who was confirmed after facing allegations of sexual misconduct, was "caught up in a hoax that was set up by the Democrats."


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    A 12,000-square-foot science education center opened in City Heights Sunday called the Living Lab.

    The center is a partnership between the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) and the Ocean Discovery Institute (ODI).

    The Living Lab can be used by the thousands of City Heights students in the area during and after school, SDUSD said.

    ODI will expand its programming from twice a year to more than twice a week, according to ODI’s website.

    The lab is next to the 30-acre Manzanita Canyon, which provides students with real-life research opportunities, ODI said.

    It’s also within walking distance for many students.

    The Living Lab has two science labs, a Scientist in Residence studio that will host a variety of science and conservation leaders, and the David C. Copley Ocean Alcove that has wall-to-wall screens that can live stream the coastline just 10 miles away, according to ODI.

    It also holds a kitchen, a Living Roof garden, and a Leadership Pathway that showcases the work of student graduates.

    “Students will come here and see this facility, and they will know when they walk in the door that they can do science and they can be a scientist,” said ODI Executive Director Shara Fisler.

    The project cost around $17 million, $10 million of which came from the San Diego Unified School District's Proposition Z funding, ODI said.

    Other funding came from private donors and city agencies, including the City of San Diego, the California State Parks, and the California Coastal Conservancy, according to ODI.

    The center is tuition-free, SDUSD and ODI said in a joint statement.

    The Living Lab was given a platinum certification by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Sunday to open the center to students, families, and community members for the first time.



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    The Living Lab in City Heights held a grand opening, showcasing new resources for students in the area. The center was created by the Ocean Discovery Institute and the San Diego Unified School District.

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    A Cardiff woman made it to the final round of the “Sexiest Vegan Over 50” contest by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

    Darlene Howe is one of six contestants left fighting for the national title, PETA said.

    Howe works as a labor and delivery nurse.

    "Darlene Howe is living proof that the secret ingredients to sexiness are a clear conscience, a kind mind, [and] a huge heart,” said PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman.

    Howe was a vegetarian for 29 years before pledging to go vegan. She has a “Live Cruelty Free” tattoo with PETA’s logo on her leg.

    “Sexiest Vegan Over 50” crowns one male and one female winner.

    “Each of the finalists in PETA Prime's ‘Sexiest Vegan Over 50’ contest is a testament to how attractive vegans of all ages are, inside and out,” said Reiman.

    An L.A. man is the only other Californian in the “sexy six” by PETA.

    Howe, 54, is the youngest contestant in the running. The oldest is April Silverman, 80.

    This year’s winners will receive an eight-day trip to Northern India.

    A woman from Oceanside earned the title last year, giving San Diego the chance to win back-to-back victories.

    To vote for the “Sexiest Vegan,” head over to PETA’s website.



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    Technology giant, Teradata, moved its global headquarters from Dayton, Ohio to Rancho Bernardo. Executives celebrated with a ceremony Monday. 

    The move is bringing hundreds of new tech jobs to the area. 

    "Startups are in our DNA," Mayor Kevin Faulconer told a crowd at the new headquarters Monday. "Growing great companies into bigger companies. The fact that we have more Ph.D.'s per capita than any city in the United States." 

    Teradata has already hired 300 employees locally and will add another 200 this year. They are averaging 35 new hires a month, a spokesperson said. 

    "Our unemployment rate is low, which is good," said Mark Kersey, a San Diego city councilmember representing District 5. "But that can also make finding a talented workforce a challenge." 

    The new headquarters has a gym, coffee machines, ping pong tables, and other amenities to attract candidates. 

    Teradata is a data analytics firm. Officials with the company said it started in California and the move was a homecoming from Ohio. 


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    Sweetwater Union High School District (SUHSD) officials met Monday to try to figure out how they will cut nearly $30 million from this school year’s budget after recently realizing an accounting mistake led to an overestimate of available funding.

    SUHSD did not a make anyone available for an on-camera interview with NBC 7, but a district official told NBC 7 that "Not a whole lot is going to be impacted,” by a revised budget presented to the Board of Trustees at Monday’s meeting.

    The revised budget shows summer school may be reduced. District spokesperson Manny Rubio said it was expanded last year.

    There is also a potential two-day cut to paid training days for teachers and some classified employees, like teacher assistants and counselors who work with careers, academics, college and social and emotional needs of students.

    “No one is happy about giving up pay, no one is happy about giving up training. However, what this gives us is an opportunity to do is to preserve our face time with our students and that is the most critical thing for us,” Caryn Hoffman of the Sweetwater Counseling and Guidance Association said. “If giving up some of the extra training helps the district balance the budget at this time, we are willing to support that.”

    Rubio said those “professional development” days were increased by three last year.

    The president of the teacher’s union told NBC 7 that the union isn’t happy about the budget shortfall or the potential cuts, but says teachers are willing to work with the district.

    “We're not happy with what’s happened but we realize what’s happened and we’re willing to work with the district to straighten this out,” Teachers’ Union President Jean Chavira said.

    Management employees have also agreed to take furlough days, the district said. The higher up the ladder, the more furlough days. Another strategy is pulling nearly $5 million in funding for adult and special education programs that come from the general fund.

    Cuts could also come by way of reduced transportation for athletes to games and a decrease in district utility usage. It could also forego updating textbooks.

    The district posted a letter on its website Monday assuring parents that it had achieved a balanced operating budget.

    “Our team began to reconstruct our 2018-19 budget and rebuild it in a way that would meet the identified shortfalls and do so in a way that is solid, sound, and compassionate to all stakeholders,” the letter read in part.

    The district said in the letter that it would save money by “freezing unfilled positions, reduction in the work year for all Management, and program funding shifts from General Fund budgets to restricted budgets such as Title I and Title IV.”

    The district has made its revised budget presentation available to the public. Click here to read it.

    “Throughout this budget challenge, we believe that we have remained pragmatic, honest, and transparent in our efforts. This process has also enabled us to implement new practices and protocols that will help prevent this situation in the future,” the letter said.

    The revised budget will go before the San Diego County Office of Education for review which has until Nov. 8 to approve or reject it.


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