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Republican Kevin Faulconer takes big lead in race for San Diego mayor to replace Filner

SAN DIEGO - A Republican city councilman held a commanding lead Tuesday in a contest for mayor of San Diego to replace Bob Filner, who resigned amid a torrent of sexual harassment allegations. If Kevin Faulconer holds his lead, San Diego would be the nation's largest city with a Republican mayor. He would be the only Republican to lead a major city in California, where Democrats hold all statewide offices. With 238,000 ballots counted, Faulconer led Democratic Councilman David Alvarez by 55.2 per cent to 44.8 per cent. Many expected a much closer contest.

Republican leads in San Diego's race to succeed disgraced ex-mayor

By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - A Democrat seeking to become San Diego's first Hispanic mayor was trailing his Republican rival on Tuesday in their race to succeed ex-Mayor Bob Filner, who resigned amid a hail of sexual misconduct allegations, early election results showed.

Close race for successor to San Diego's disgraced ex-mayor

By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - In a race seen as too close to call, San Diego voters went to the polls on Tuesday to choose one of two city councilmen to succeed former Mayor Bob Filner, who resigned last summer amid multiple allegations of sexual harassment. The runoff between the two top vote-getters in a special election last fall pits Republican Kevin Faulconer, backed by the city's downtown establishment, against Democrat David Alvarez, seeking to become the city's first Hispanic mayor.

Congress urged to provide funds to upgrade busy border crossing

San Diego, Dec 23 (EFE).- Southern California politicians and business leaders held a press conference here Monday to urge the U.S. Congress to fund the renovation of the San Ysidro Port of Entry, the world's busiest border crossing. The House Appropriations Committee needs to approve the spending of $226 billion to complete the second and third phases of the project, a group including Rep. Juan Vargas (D-Calif.) and former San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders said.

Congress urged to provide funds to upgrade busy border crossing

San Diego, Dec 23 (EFE).- Southern California politicians and business leaders held a press conference here Monday to urge the U.S. Congress to fund the renovation of the San Ysidro Port of Entry, the world's busiest border crossing. The House Appropriations Committee needs to approve the spending of $226 billion to complete the second and third phases of the project, a group including Rep. Juan Vargas (D-Calif.) and former San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders said.

Former San Diego mayor sentenced to home confinement

(Reuters) - San Diego's disgraced ex-Mayor Bob Filner, who pleaded guilty to charges of false imprisonment and battery involving three women, was sentenced on Monday to three months of home detention and three years' probation, a court spokeswoman said. Filner, 71, apologized for his actions at his sentencing hearing, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. He will be barred from ever seeking or holding public office as a result of the case, the paper reported.

Mass border crossing effort used methods from almost 20 yrs ago

San Diego, Nov 27 (EFE).- The mass border crossing effort by undocumented migrants between San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico, on the weekend resurrected strategies not used for some 20 years and points up the foreigners' desperation to enter the United States. More than 100 migrants tried to enter the United States illegally from Mexico just a quarter-mile from the San Ysidro Port of Entry.

Former press secretary wants $1.5 million from San Diego ex-mayor

By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - The one-time communications director for now-disgraced former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner wants nearly $1.5 million in damages for being subjected to the offensive behavior that led to his resignation.

Bones of missing boys found in California desert: police

By Eric M. Johnson (Reuters) - Skeletal remains found buried in the California desert have been identified as two young sons from a family that vanished nearly four years ago, police said on Friday. San Bernardino County Sheriff deputies were dispatched to the desert near Victorville, about 70 miles northeast of Los Angeles, on November 11 after a motorcyclist reported coming across what he thought were human bones. Two days later, four sets of skeletal remains buried in two shallow graves were dug up.

San Diego mayoral race set for runoff as a Democrat steps aside

By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Two San Diego city councilmen, a Republican backed by the downtown establishment and a Democrat seeking to become the city's first Hispanic mayor, will compete in a runoff election early next year to replace disgraced former Mayor Bob Filner. The stage for a runoff between Republican front-runner Kevin Faulconer and Democrat David Alvarez was firmly set on Wednesday when a second Democrat, Nathan Fletcher, conceded defeat in a special mayoral election and threw his support to Alvarez.
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