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San Diego Program To Monitor Polluters Inadequate: Audit

METRO SAN DIEGO — An audit of San Diego’s Industrial Wastewater Control Program found it was out of date and inadequate to prevent industrial runoff from polluting the Pacific Ocean, according to a report from the San Diego Union-Tribune.

The audit found the program is understaffed and unable to adequately handle the workload required to identify and monitor industrial polluters within the 13 local sewer districts it oversees unless it hires more people. The areas the program covers include San Diego, National City, El Cajon, Del Mar and Coronado.

A separate audit from last summer found the city hasn’t been charging industrial polluters enough in permits to help cover the cost of the program, the Union-Tribune reports. Permit fees haven’t been raised since 1984 and has led to non-industrial businesses and homeowners paying higher fees.

Read the rest of David Garrick’s story about the Industrial Wastewater Control Program on the Union-Tribune’s website.

Restaurants Wary Of Indoor Dining

Although San Diego County’s move to California’s red tier for reopening has allowed for limited indoor dining to resume, some restaurants have opted to keep things outdoors and to-go for now.

NBC San Diego reports that restaurants such as MJ’s Yogurt Time & Deli in Chula Vista are going to wait a little while longer before allowing customers back inside. The restaurant’s owner told the station it was out of a safety concern for his employees and that he’ll reconsider once more people in the area get their COVID-19 vaccination.

“We’re just sticking to staying closed,” he said. “Money is very important to keep this place open and have our employees paid. Right? But the humanity and keeping people alive is more important.”

Metro San Diego Headlines

  • DUI Suspect Pleads Not Guilty: The driver at the center of a deadly car collision that killed three men near San Diego City College on March 15 pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to vehicular manslaughter and DUI charges.
  • Two Arrested In Killing Of Teen: The Chula Vista Police Department announced it arrested an 18-year-old and 16-year-old in the shooting death of a teenager at Sunset View Park on March 11.
  • Consulate To Offer Vaccines: The Mexican Consulate in San Diego will begin offering eligible residents doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Nonprofits To Receive Grants: The San Diego County Employees’ Charitable Organization said it will disburse nearly $139,000 in grant money to local nonprofit organizations.

“It gave me such a deep sense of purpose, knowing that going through my own treatment, perhaps what I was doing would help other women. I know we all contribute in different ways, and not all of us are on the front lines. For me, I had to practice what I preached.”

— Noemi Doohan, a doctor at Scripps Health, talking about stepping back from her role as a physician to become the first patient of a clinical trial for breast cancer patients.


SPORTS TALK: A group of season ticket holders for the San Diego Padres were left disappointed when they were unable to secure seats for opening day at Petco Park.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports the team guaranteed ticket holders seats for opening day but COVID-19 restrictions forced it to limit how many people could be in the stadium.

WEATHER IN A WORD: Cloudy.

LET’S MAKE PLANS: The Timken Museum of Art will offer a virtual tour of its collection at 11 a.m. Thursday. The free tour will allow visitors to explore the museum’s array of paintings, encompassing fine art from Europe and the United States. More information about the tour can be found on the museum’s website.


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