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    Vice President Mike Pence eulogized President George H.W. Bush, sharing a personal story about the 41st president sending a signed photo to Pence’s son, a Marine aviator who made his first landing on the USS George Herbert Walker Bush.


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    Hours after Debbie Seibert put up decorations to celebrate the first night of Hanukkah, the Poway resident found a swastika spray-painted on her home and a liquid that smelled like kerosene on her son’s car.

    Seibert’s seasonal decorations include a Star of David hanging on a front yard tree, and a series of colorful dreidels projected by a lamp. In the coming days, she’ll have security cameras positioned in her yard that will stay there year round.

    “I feel defiled,” Seibert who’s lived in the neighborhood for 11 years, said. “It’s the first time we’ve ever decorated for Hanukkah and it was a very bad result,”

    San Diego County Sheriff’s Department investigators say the vandalism, which they classify as a hate crime, occurred sometime after 11 p.m. on Eilene Street on Sunday.

    Right now, there are no suspects but the family reported seeing two teens wearing hoodies walking down the street at the time of the incident.

    Seibert says she hopes it was nothing more than an insensitive prank.

    “I hope that’s all it was. I’m going to be uneasy sleeping. We’re putting in security cameras. We’re trying to do what we can to catch whoever did this,” she said.

    Though shaken, Seibert said she will continue to display her Hanukkah decorations.

    “I’m proud of my heritage. Everybody else decorates for their heritage, their holiday. I should be able to decorate for my holiday. That’s co-existing,” she said.

    Deputies say they are looking into whether the vandals were recorded leaving the area by any home security cameras in the neighborhood.

    Seibert's neighbors planned a candlelight vigil in support of the family. The vigil is slated for 5 to 6 p.m. on the corner of Community Road and Poway Road.


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    Several popular brands of dry dog food have up to 70 times the safe levels of vitamin D and could kill dogs who eat them, the Food and Drug Administration warned Monday.

    “Excess vitamin D in the diet can cause vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling and weight loss. Vitamin D at toxic levels can cause kidney failure and death. Pet owners whose dogs have been eating the recalled brands and are showing these symptoms should contact their veterinarians.”

    The makers of at least 11 different dog food brands are recalling their products. The full list is available on the FDA website. Recalled brands include Nutrisca, Natural Life, Evolve, Sportsman’s Pride, Abound (sold at Kroger), and Nature’s Promise (sold at Giant and Stop & Shop), as well as others.

    All the brands buy their products from the same manufacturer. “Pet owners should discontinue feeding these recalled products,” the FDA said. “At this time, the only pet products that have been impacted are food made for dogs.”



    Photo Credit: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images

    This Aug. 3, 2017, file photo, shows a bowl of dry dog food.This Aug. 3, 2017, file photo, shows a bowl of dry dog food.

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    An Escondido woman has been missing for four days since she apparently left her home for a doctor’s appointment in the North County.

    Christie Donehue’s four grown children are baffled by their mother’s disappearance.

    They describe her as a loving, caring, and very responsible woman who took good care of her children and extended family.

    “It’s extremely strange,” son Michael Donehue said of his mother’s disappearance.

    The Escondido Police Department told NBC 7 there are no signs of foul play in Donehue’s case.

    But the family is puzzled by the fact that Donehue, 43, left behind her purse, wallet and two cell phones when she apparently drove away from the family’s home in west Escondido sometime Thursday afternoon.

    Her children have posted flyers around Escondido that include Donehue’s photo, a detailed physical description and information about the vehicle they assume she was driving.

    They plan to post more flyers around the county this week.

    Michael Donehue has been in touch with EPD, which told him it is checking border crossing records to hopefully determine if his mother crossed the border south into Mexico.

    Michael Donehue and his siblings were scheduled to meet with an EPD detective Monday to discuss their mother’s disappearance.

    Christie Donehue is 43 years-old. Her hair is dyed dark-blue with purple streaks. She is 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs approximately 200 pounds.

    Her family believes Donehue left their home driving a silver 2007 Chrysler Town & Country minivan with California license plate 5YCL159.

    If you have any information about Christie Donehue's whereabouts or disappearance, contact EPD at (760) 839-4722 and reference case number 18013909.


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    San Diego immigration lawyers say Customs and Border Protection officers broke international law by turning away a family seeking asylum at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry.

    Last month, a family part of the migrant caravan was recorded approaching CBP officers at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry in Tijuana asking to speak with immigration.

    But before one woman could finish her sentence, they were all denied.

    “You all need to go to the other port of entry, OK, in San Ysidro,” is what an officer said to the family in Spanish. “We are not accepting anyone here.”

    CBP told NBC 7 that the ports of entry are all at capacity, citing nearly 2,800 people without documents waiting in Tijuana to speak with agents at the San Ysidro Port of Entry.

    “The law is clear. If you show up at the border you must take the applicant in and process them for asylum,” San Diego immigration attorney Cesar Luna said.

    Luna said he questions the officers’ response in this situation.

    “It’s against both U.S. law and international law to reject asylum applicants,” Luna said. “Each port of entry should have designated officers trained and a sufficient amount of officers to receive asylum applicants.”

    In a statement CBP said in part:

    “No one is being denied the opportunity to make a claim of credible fear or seek asylum. CBP officers allow more people into our facilities for processing once space becomes available or other factors allow for additional parties to arrive.”

    “Hopefully the government will realize that more resources are needed to accept these individuals and hopefully this will only be a temporary issue,” said Luna.

    CBP said the individuals from the caravan would be processed after the 2,800 already waiting, and that could take about five to eight weeks.

    Luna called the wait time unreasonable.

    “I trust our government can be much more efficient than that, this more a matter of will,” Luna said.

    A spokesperson for CBP said they are reviewing the video in question but provided no answers to questions .

    Below is the full statement from Customs and Border Protection:

    “The system was already at capacity before the arrival of the caravan, not just with CBP at the border, but at all points of our immigration system. Prior to the arrival of the migrant caravan, there were approximately 2,800 people without documents to enter the U.S. waiting in Tijuana to present themselves to a CBP officer at the San Ysidro port of entry. The individuals from the caravan would be processed after those individuals, starting in about 5-8 weeks.

    When our ports of entry reach capacity, when their ability to manage all of their missions — counter-narcotics, national security, facilitation of lawful trade — is challenged by the time and the space to process people that are arriving without documents, from time to time we have to manage the queues and address that processing based on that capacity. CBP processes undocumented persons as expeditiously as possible without negating the agency's overall mission, or compromising the safety of individuals within our custody.

    The number of inadmissible individuals CBP is able to process varies based upon case complexity; available resources; medical needs; translation requirements; holding/detention space; overall port volume; and ongoing enforcement actions. No one is being denied the opportunity to make a claim of credible fear or seek asylum. CBP officers allow more people into our facilities for processing once space becomes available or other factors allow for additional parties to arrive. Under ideal conditions with current resources and staffing, CBP officers at the San Ysidro port of entry can process about 100 inadmissible individuals each day, if there is capacity available at the border crossing to hold them.

    Port of Entry facilities were not designed to hold hundreds of people at a time who may be seeking asylum. And we are also charged with keeping the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Balancing these demands, keeping illicit goods and people out of the country, and managing the influx of Central Americans seeking asylum (along with everything else we do) requires a careful balance of our resources and space.

    Depending upon port circumstances at the time of arrival, individuals presenting without documents may need to wait in Mexico as CBP officers work to process those already within our facilities.


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    Attendance at most Jewish congregations is at its highest on the first day of Hanukkah. People who attend congregations like Beth Israel in La Jolla say attendance during the Jewish holidays there nearly quadruple.

    In light of the increased attendance, and in the wake of a November mass shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh that killed 11 people, Jewish institutions around the county have stepped up security for this time of year.

    Last night -- the first night of Hannakah -- hundreds of people went to a public lighting of the menorah at that synagogue in Pittsburgh, the location of what's believed to be the deadliest attack on Jewish people in the U.S.

    The message last in Pittsburg was one of light, and hope, which is what the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) wants people to think about this holiday season.

    The ADL is an anti-hate organization with the mission to stop the defamation of the Jewish people, and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.

    Since the mass shooting, the local ADL chapter has worked closely with over two dozen law enforcement agencies to increase security at all more than 50 Jewish institutions in San Diego County.

    "During the holidays or any festive time we encourage people to be festive, enjoy your time with your family, enjoy the life that you have… and at the same time takeing consideration, reasonable, responsible steps that can happen in a safe and secure environment is something that every community should be mindful of," ADL Associate Director Matthew Wagner said.

    The ADL did not elaborate on what specific security measures are in place, but said each institution has come up with its own security plan.


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    An incredibly tight race for a local state assembly district got even closer with the release of the latest election results.

    Update results released Monday show 77th State Assembly District incumbent Brian Maienschein leading Democratic challenger Sunday Gover by just 672 votes. The final results are just three days away.

    Experts say Gover’s late sprint toward the finish line likely isn’t enough to put the democrat over the top, but some see the tight race as a sign of changing times in the North County.

    Dan Rottenstreich consulted for Gover's campaign and says no matter what, we have not seen the last of her.

    “This was Sunday's first run for office and did incredibly well in a district that most political insiders wrote off as a safe Republican seat. Clearly, that's not the case,” Rottenstreich said. “Right now we're monitoring the vote count, making sure every vote is counted and every voters' voice is heard, and waiting for the final result on December 6th.”

    Political consultant Laura Fink explained Maienschein was not initially a big democratic target because he sometimes votes across party lines.

    “Out of respect for the votes that Brian Maiensheine was able to give them in defiance of their party, they stayed out of the race,” she said.

    NBC 7 reached out to Maienschein's office and campaign for comment but did not hear back.


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    A proposal calling for a parole office less than a half-mile away from Grossmont High School has some parents in La Mesa concerned.

    The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) wants to open up a facility on Grossmont Summit Drive, where only Interstate 8 would separate it from the high school.

    Parents picking up their kids from Monday told NBC 7 they feel like it's not far enough away from campus.

    “There are kids that are walking to and from school so they are vulnerable to people that are in the area,” parent Giana Holenstein said.

    Another parent said she was upset because she didn't hear anything from the school or from the city of La Mesa Making her aware of the plans.

    “I definitely think they could have given us a warning, sent out a letter in the mail. Just hearing this... It's a surprise,” Monique Horsely said.

    The CDCR told neighboring residents and businesses through a hand-delivered letter last week. Recipients of the letters told NBC 7 they were dated November 5, 2018 on the letterhead.

    Both the city and the Grossmont Union High School District told NBC 7 they also learned about the plan last week. 

    If approved, the facility would employ more than 60 people. But the parents' main concern is the number of parolees it would bring within close proximity to the school.

    “Once we drop them off in the morning and we pick them up, they are in [the school’s hands],” Horsely said.

    The CDCR said in a statement it is still in negotiations for a lease and in talks with the city of La Mesa.

    As far as the parolees, the statement read in part:

    “This proposed new office location will not bring new parolees to East San Diego County. The men and women who will be served at this office lived there before they were incarcerated and have returned to the community,”

    Parents say they would like transparency along the process.

    “There probably needs to be like a town hall meeting in regards to the new parole office, and make sure that all the parents of the school know,” Giana Holenstein said.

    A group of neighbors has gotten together on social media to start a petition hoping to block the facility from being built in their neighborhood.


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    A family of six was left displaced Monday after a fire tore through their mobile home in Spring Valley.

    A San Miguel Fire Department Battalion chief said it took firefighters about 15 minutes to knock down the fire, but that was all the time the flames needed to destroy the place five children and one adult called home.

    The American Red Cross is assisting the family.

    SMFD said no one was injured in the fire.

    No other information was available.

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    As she was honored as the world's best female player on Monday night, Norwegian soccer star Ada Hegerberg was subsequently asked if she would twerk on stage, NBC News reported

    Hegerberg, who received the inaugural Women's Ballon d’Or at a ceremony in Paris, was presented the award by DJ Martin Solveig. He asked Hegerberg if she would twerk, to which she replied, "No." He then asked her to dance to Frank Sinatra's "Fly Me to the Moon" and the pair danced together briefly.  

    Solveig received swift backlash for the question, and later apologized. “I’m a little amazed and astonished by what I’m reading on the internet. Of course I didn’t want to offend anyone,” he said in a video, adding that his English language skills could be partially to blame. “This was a joke, probably a bad one. And I want to apologize to the one I may have offended, sorry about that.”

    Speaking to reporters after the ceremony, Hegerberg said: “He (Solveig) came to me after and was really sad that it went that way. I didn’t think about it at that moment. I didn’t consider it as sexual harassment or anything."



    Photo Credit: Christophe Ena/AP

    In this photo taken Monday Dec.3, 2018, French DJ and musician Martin Solveig, left, talks to Olympique Lyonnais' Ada Hegerberg, of Norway, during the Golden Ball (Ballon d'Or) award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris. After asking the first woman to win the Ballon d'Or if she twerked, French DJ Martin Solveig then said sorry.In this photo taken Monday Dec.3, 2018, French DJ and musician Martin Solveig, left, talks to Olympique Lyonnais' Ada Hegerberg, of Norway, during the Golden Ball (Ballon d'Or) award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris. After asking the first woman to win the Ballon d'Or if she twerked, French DJ Martin Solveig then said sorry.

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    George H.W. Bush's service dog, Sully, will make a last visit with the former president Tuesday, joining others paying respect to Bush as he lies in state in the Capitol Rotunda, a family source told NBC News.

    Sully was already well-known as Bush's service dog — his Instagram account has more than 150,000 followers — before an image of him lying beside Bush's flag-draped casket shared by a Bush family spokesman became one of the most touching images associated with the 41st president's death.

    Bush died at home in Houston on Friday and was flown to Washington, D.C., on Monday. He is lying in state where the public can pay their respects before a funeral on Wednesday and his burial in Texas Thursday.

    Sully flew to Washington with Bush on a presidential plane, but after his visit to the Capitol, he'll continue on to New York, where he was trained. He'll get a refresher course before being assigned to help soldiers at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

    The image of Sully beside Bush's casket, captioned "Mission complete" by Bush's spokesman, is powerful, said John Miller, president and America's CEO of VetDogs, the group that trained Sully and the "puppies with a purpose" at the "Today" show and NBC Los Angeles.

    The photo "shows the bond the president and Sully had with each other," Miller told NBC New York.

    Sully's Instagram account shows the yellow Labrador retriever by Bush's side, meeting service members, playing on the beach at the Bush compound in Maine and more.

    Bush received the 2-year-old dog in June from America's VetDogs, which helps match service dogs with veterans, active-duty service members and first responders with disabilities. The president had a form of Parkinson's disease, and Sully could open doors, pick up items and summon help.

    At Walter Reed in Bethesday, Maryland, Sully will join the Facility Dog Program, working with other dogs to help with physical and occupational therapy for wounded soldiers and active duty personnel at the hospital.



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    Sully, former President George H.W. Bush's service dog, is seen at left beside his casket on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, and at right on Monday at Joint Base Andrews outside a presidential plane that brought both to Washington, D.C.Sully, former President George H.W. Bush's service dog, is seen at left beside his casket on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, and at right on Monday at Joint Base Andrews outside a presidential plane that brought both to Washington, D.C.

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    More than 5 million more pounds of raw beef products have been added to a national recall over concerns about possible salmonella contamination, and the number of people sickened has soared to 246 patients in 26 states, federal officials said Tuesday.

    The initial recall announced by the U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service in early October included 6.5 million pounds of raw beef products. The addition Tuesday brings the total recalled amount to 12,093,271 pounds, and authorities say they're concerned it could be in consumers' freezers.

    The number of those sickened has increased drastically in recent weeks. Initially it was around 60 people in 16 states. Tuesday's recall marks a more than four-fold increase in the number of cases in two months; nearly 60 people have been hospitalized as a result of the current outbreak.

    The affected products were produced and packaged at an Arizona facility owned by JBS Tolleson from July 26 through Sept. 7 and shipped to retailers nationwide under many brand names. Those included in the recall are Cedar River Farms Natural Beef, Comnor Perfect Choice, Gourmet Burger, Grass Run Farms Natural Beef, JBS Generic, Showcase and Showcase/Walmart. See a list of the specific products being recalled here.

    The recall notice didn't provide a list of states where people were sickened. But, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention case map updated as of Nov. 15, at least 66 cases of people infected with the outbreak have been reported in California, 13 in Texas, 42 in Arizona and several states, including Connecticut, Illinois and Massachusetts, have each reported one case.  

    Anyone with questions about the recall can contact JBS' consumer hotline at 1-800-727-2333.

    Salmonella can cause diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever within three days of eating the contaminated product, and the illness can last up to seven days. While most people recover, people with weakened immune systems are more likely to need to be hospitalized.



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    When President Donald Trump praised his former associate, Roger Stone, for having "guts" by standing up to special counsel Robert Mueller and swearing never to testify against Trump, he might have been tampering with a witness, an expert told NBC News Monday.

    Stone is being scrutinized in Mueller's probe for possible contacts with WikiLeaks during the 2016 election. He said Sunday on "This Week" that there is "no circumstance in which" he would testify against Trump.

    Trump cited that statement in a tweet Monday, touching off a debate in legal circles. Experts took to Twitter to debate whether it was a clear-cut example of tampering with a witness.

    Criminal defense attorney Ken White wasn't sure, but told NBC News it's "the kind of thing that prosecutors would look at carefully."



    Photo Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images, File

    This May 22, 2017, file photo shows Roger Stone, a longtime political adviser and friend to President Donald Trump, on a visit to the Women's Republican Club of Miami, Federated, in Coral Gables, Florida.This May 22, 2017, file photo shows Roger Stone, a longtime political adviser and friend to President Donald Trump, on a visit to the Women's Republican Club of Miami, Federated, in Coral Gables, Florida.

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    A San Diego police officer was in the right place at the right time to save a man from a burning car in the East Village neighborhood of San Diego overnight Tuesday. 

    SDPD officer Carlos Diaz was en route to another call at about 2 a.m. when he spotted a small fire underneath a car parked near on K Street near 16th Street. Inside was a man who appeared to be asleep, according to Diaz. 

    As Diaz approached the vehicle, the fire began to spread. 

    "The flames started to get bigger and the front and the back started to engulf," Diaz said. 

    He pulled the man out of the car, who appeared to be unaware of what had happened, according to Diaz. It was not clear if the man was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. 

    The man was seen in police custody but it was unclear if he was detained. 

    No other information was available.

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    A man who was attacked near the pedestrian bridge next to Petco Park has died from his injuries, San Diego police said Monday. 

    Four teenagers have been arrested in connection with the brutal beating, police said. 

    Paramedics found Edward Leon Starland, 56, unresponsive near the pedestrian bridge that connects Park Boulevard over Harbor Drive at about 2:10 p.m. Sunday. 

    Starland died Monday from injuries he received in the attack, police said.

    A witness said Starland and a group of teens were arguing when he was pushed to the ground and attacked, Lt. Matt Dobbs said. The teens took off when witnesses yelled at them. 

    SDPD's investigation led them to believe 19-year-old Dominick Wells and three juvenile women, ages 14, 15 and 17, were involved in the attack. The three girls would not be identified because they are under-age, police said. 

    All four were arrested and booked into either San Diego County Jail or Juvenile Hall on felony battery charges. 

    "You hate to hear it, but you know, it is, you don't feel this is a very safe area," said one East Village resident. "It's just, you only go certain places, you stay close to the ball park, at least I do, around the perimeter."

    Another resident told NBC 7 they feel safe because a lot of police officers patrol the area frequently.

    SDPD continues to investigate the incident.

    Anyone with information about the incident was urged to call the SDPD Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.



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    Mexico’s presidential plane arrived in California and is looking for a new owner after being owned for six years by former Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.

    The $218 million giant plane is at the Victorville airport awaiting a buyer.

    Selling the plane would fulfill a campaign promise of new President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

    "We honor the campaign's commitment of today's president Andrés Manuel López Obrador to [dispose of] the plane and thus make better use of the hangar that has housed it," said Jorge Mendoza, a government representative.

    The presidential plane is part of 60 aircraft that will be offered for sale by the new federal administration, in addition to 70 helicopters.

    Before taking off from Mexico, authorities showed the luxurious interior of the plane with flat television sets, fine decorations and marble finishes in a bathroom and a room.

    Despite its astronomical value, it's not clear how much the Mexican government intends to ask for the plane.

    Some experts have indicated that this type of Boeing 787 aircrafts are rented at a price of $70,000 per hour.



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    Mexico's presidential plane has arrived to California and is looking for a new owner.Mexico's presidential plane has arrived to California and is looking for a new owner.

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    After a deadly hit-and-run crash killed a father while he was driving his pregnant wife to the hospital near Menifee, the family is offering a $5,000 reward to help bring closure for Christmas and find the people responsible for taking the life of Ricky Sandoval.

    The crash occurred on Highway 74 and left Ricky Sandoval's pregnant wife, Alyssa Sandoval, hanging by her seat belt in a car until authorities arrived and rushed her to the hospital, where she delivered the couple's third daughter, a baby that will never see her father's face.

    Alyssa remembers the final words her husband said to her as the couple drove to the hospital on the morning of Nov. 12: "I'm so excited."

    Moments later, a truck struck the couple's vehicle and left both Ricky and Alyssa trapped in their vehicle.

    "I didn't know he was going to stop breathing," Alyssa says. "I thought we were going to be able to make it out of that."

    Alyssa, understandably, says she thought she had lost her daughter.

    Alyssa says, "I didn't think she was alive until I got to the hospital and they listened to her heartbeat, but the entire time, I didn't think she made it."

    Daisy Sandoval was given the middle name of "Ricky" in honor of her father.

    Riverside County Sheriff's investigators say there are surveillance photos of the driver and a male passenger who both ran away from the crash and left behind the truck.

    "I'm just sad because immediately after the accident, I was yelling for help, so these guys didn't even care," Alyssa says. "They heard me. They just didn't care."

    Investigators say two teenagers were also injured and left behind in the truck, but Ricky's father, Gabriel Sandoval, says the girls are refusing to help deputies identify the driver and passenger.

    Frustrated, Ricky's family is offering a $5,000 reward for information about the two people that fled the scene of a fatal crash that took the life of father.

    "Unfortunately, like they say, 'money talks,'" Gabriel Sandoval says. "I hope money can make somebody talk about these guys."

    Alyssa wishes she could tell the two people that ran away how they devastated the Sandoval family.

    "My daughters will never see him again, and they don't even understand that," Alyssa says. "...And the new baby, she will never know who his is. She will never know him."

    Alyssa adds, "And that breaks my heart."

    Investigators say that if anyone has any information about the incident or the two people police are searching for, please contact the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

    The family has set up a GoFundMe. If you would like to donate to a GoFundMe, you may do so here. Note that GoFundMe deducts a percentage of all funds raised in the form of platform and payment processing charges.


    Police are looking for information about these two men, who as suspected of driving the truck that killed Ricky Sandoval and then ran away from the scene.Police are looking for information about these two men, who as suspected of driving the truck that killed Ricky Sandoval and then ran away from the scene.

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    Michael Avenatti ruled out a run for president in 2020, saying on Twitter that his family requested he not do so, NBC News reported.

    The attorney for porn star Stormy Daniels said in a statement, "I do not make this decision lightly — I make it out of respect for my family. But for their concerns, I would run."

    Avenatti also said he "will not rest" until President Donald Trump "is removed from office" and that he will continue representing Daniels, who recently said he filed a defamation lawsuit against Trump against her wishes.

    Avenatti had recently traveled to the early primary states of new Hampshire and Iowa and raised money for other Democrats. But he was arrested last month on suspicion of domestic violence.



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    This Oct. 20, 2018, file photo shows Michael Avenatti speak onstage during Politicon 2018 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.This Oct. 20, 2018, file photo shows Michael Avenatti speak onstage during Politicon 2018 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

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    A popular park in Santee will be closed beginning Tuesday and well into 2019 as the city launches a $10 million renovation of the site.

    Mast Park – located at 9125 Carlton Hills Blvd., near the San Diego River – will undergo extensive upgrades to many of its amenities, with construction starting now. The city said the project will require the park to be closed to the public until renovations are completed in late 2019, citing safety reasons.

    Mast Park is perhaps best known for two unique features: its off-leash dog park and disc golf course.

    The city said the dog park area will be reconfigured to include three sections: one dedicated for puppies, another for small dogs and a third for bigger dogs. The disc golf course will also get a facelift. A concession stand will be placed between the dog park and the disc golf course.

    Meanwhile, the city said the park’s other amenities – the restroom, shade pavilion, and basketball court – will be replaced with modern facilities. The playground will also be replaced, and the project will add a “nature play area” that includes tree trunks for kids to climb.

    The project will also triple the amount of space in the park designated for picnics and add parking to the northwest corner of the park.

    The city said another main focus of the renovation is to enhance public safety at the park. This will be addressed with a few additions: a dedicated parking spot reserved for sheriff’s deputies, “improved sight lines” so deputies can see more areas of the park, and a well-lit loop trail for visitors to use.

    The city said most of the mature sycamore, oak and cottonwood trees that provide shade at Mast Park would remain untouched, while new landscape featuring drought-tolerant native plants and dry creek beds is added.

    City leaders will host a ceremony Tuesday on the basketball court signaling the groundbreaking of the $10 million renovation project.

    According to a press release, the renovations will transform Mast Park “into a showcase of environmental sustainability and a modern facility to serve the next generation.”

    Mast Park is one of nine parks in Santee and the oldest in the city of Santee. The nearest parks with play structures for kids are Town Center Community Park West and Town Center Community Park East, and the nearest disc golf courses are the Olive Glen Disc Golf Course in El Cajon or Morley Field in Balboa Park.



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    Mast Park on Carlton Hills Boulevard in Santee will be closed through late 2019 as it undergoes a $10 million renovation.Mast Park on Carlton Hills Boulevard in Santee will be closed through late 2019 as it undergoes a $10 million renovation.

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    San Diego-based private equity firm HCAP Partners launched a new fund focused on growing small businesses. The new, $150 million fund, HCAP’s fourth, is focused on adding quality jobs through small- and mid-sized businesses.

    Tim Bubnack, a managing partner with HCAP, said the firm generally focuses on companies with between $10 million and $15 million in revenue, and $1 million to $5 million in earnings. Most of the companies HCAP invests in are in the health care, business services, tech and niche manufacturing sectors. Typically, the firm makes investments between $2 million and $10 million.

    “We’re providing resources to help these companies grow,” Bubnack said. “We work with owners and operators to assist with scaling their business, growing their business, and we help people--if they’re interested-- exit their business or have a liquidity event.”

    HCAP typically invests in companies through mezzanine financing, a combination of debt and equity. In addition, the company provides resources such as financial guidance, capital raising and planning an exit.

    Bubnack said HCAP was about three-quarters of the way toward its goal for the $150 million fund. The company is seeking up to $100 million in limited partner capital, with 50 percent leverage from the U.S. Small Business Association. Current investors include banks, national foundations and family offices.

    HCAP recently began investing out of the fund, its largest to date. Over its four funds, HCAP has invested in 60 companies, including Baked in the Sun, a Vista bakery; Arosa LivHome, a recently merged provider of home care for seniors; and Accruent, a software provider that was acquired last month by Fortive Corp. for $ 2 billion.

    “We’ve seen significant growth in our portfolio companies,” Bubnack said. “We’ve seen some fabulous exits.”

    As of last year, HCAP Partners managed $200 million in assets across its first three funds.



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