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San Diego Mayoral Race Set For Runoff As A Democrat Steps Aside

L.A. Zoo celebrates its first birth of okapi, a Alvarez, whose platform most resembles Filner's, was elected to the city council in 2010 by largely working-class and Hispanic neighborhoods, including Barrio Logan, where he grew up. He has established a track record of fighting for those communities, often finding himself at odds with downtown interests. Support from San Diego's Latino neighborhoods, long ignored by the city's mainstream politicians, was seen as key in elevating Filner, a progressive Democrat who served 20 years in congress, to the office of mayor last year. Now Alvarez has a clear shot at becoming San Diego's first Hispanic elected mayor - at least since California statehood - in a city originally founded as a presidio, or military post, by the Spanish five decades before Mexican independence. "It's taken 167 years since California's independence from Mexico to get back to the real possibility of a Latino chief executive in San Diego," said political science professor Carl Luna of San Diego Mesa College. Filner's victory was regarded as a political turning point for a city that has typically leaned conservative, in part because of its large military and retired military presence. Faulconer "represents the center right, which is the tradition of mayors that we've had in the past," San Diego Republican Party Chairman Tony Kravic said in September. To win election, Alvarez will "have to overcome substantial downtown establishment Republican support and funding," said professor Steven Erie of the University of California at San Diego.
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Why Did 9,000 Porny Spambots Descend on This San Diego High Schooler?

Schofield had entered Mila's enclosure to give her some fruit, but tripped on the way out. A coroner's investigation later branded the death as the result of an accident, not an attack. A witness told reporters that Mila seemed to be trying to protect, not harm, Schofield. After Schofield's death, trustees at the Franklin Zoo decided to close the facility and disperse its animals. Mila was a problem given her size, notoriety and the rarity of elephants in the zoos of New Zealand and Australia. With regional options unavailable, and euthanasia being discussed, a deal was struck to airlift Mila from Auckland to Los Angeles, then drive her to the San Diego Zoo. Amid a cloak of secrecy, the truck carrying Mila arrived Nov. 14. Under standard orders from the U.S.
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San Diego mayoral candidate Kevin Faulconer votes at a polling station with wife Katherine (L) during a special election for mayor in San Diego, California November 19, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Blake Filner-lite?" But Christopher Crotty, also an unaligned political consultant, sees Alvarez as "a solid, progressive council member who fights doggedly for his district and delivers. He sees himself as David and those who have controlled City Hall for decades to the detriment of neighborhoods like Barrio Logan as Goliaths." With all 581 precincts counted, Faulconer had 43.6% of the vote; Alvarez, 25.6%; Fletcher, 24.3%; and former City Atty. Mike Aquirre, 4.4%. The remaining votes were split among seven minor candidates. Some 34,500 provisional ballots remain to be counted, but Fletcher is given little chance to overcome Alvarez's 2,638-vote lead. Faulconer would have needed 50% plus one vote to avoid a runoff. On Wednesday, Fletcher conceded defeat and endorsed Alvarez. The voter turnout was 35%, well below the 50% initially predicted by the county registrar of voters. Fletcher, 36, was making his second run for mayor. He placed third in last year's primary behind Filner and Carl DeMaio. http://socallawsupport.com/san-diego-county/
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Long-lost son, 37, to finally see mother in San Diego after 35 years abroad

The ex-husband couldn't reached for comment by CNN. David Amaya was the only child his parents had together, and for now, he is withholding judgment on which parent's account to believe. While Kathy Amaya doesn't maintain contact with her ex-husband, David Amaya has been in touch with his father. The son will make up his mind on his parents' conflicting stories when he's able to talk with them side-by-side, he said. In the meantime, he's enjoying his stay in San Diego so much that he's planning on making his home there -- after reuniting with his mother in San Diego and then returning with her and her fiance to Wisconsin for a visit there, he said. A drummer who played with a band in Mexico, David Amaya said he likes San Diego's proximity to Mexico and its cultural atmosphere. Moreover, he's taken a liking to a local church pastor, Freddy Rivas, who has helped Amaya with food and shelter since the Border Patrol released him. Amaya was recently baptized at the church. "We fed him. We give him a warm bath. He hadn't taken a shower in 10 days.
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San Diego mayoral runoff to pit Kevin Faulconer against David Alvarez

San Diego city attorney maneuvered to force Filner from office For tenants of rental units, there'll be pass-through water-rate increases from their landlords. Officials say it's unavoidable because the city refused to pass on to its customers the last set of rate hikes from the region's supplier the Los Angeles-based Metropolitan Water District whose charges are the subject of a billion-dollar-plus lawsuit. Without payments this time around, there may be credit downgrades that raise San Diego's cost of borrowing. Facing that civic reality, homeowners are adjusting their realities. "One of the changes I'm going to have to look at is, do I let my landscape guy go? What am I doing to do here? Do I put in AstroTurf? What do I do?" asked Dennis Rogers of Sorrento Valley. The city expects a decision next month in the Metropolitan Water District case.
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San Diego Approves Water Rate Hike

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