Number of taxi licenses in San Diego to increase

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It should become easier to get a cab in San Diego soon, and the cost of that cab ride may go down. The changes come from Monday’s decision by the San Diego City Council to remove any limit on how many taxi permits are allowed in the city. Councilwoman Lorie Zapf, who argued that the changes should be done in incremental steps, rather than all once, cast the only vote against the measure, which passed by a vote of 8 to 1.

UCSD plans space launch

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The countdown has begun for a proposed launch next March of a rocket designed and built by UCSD students. Engineering students at the Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California San Diego, in La Jolla, are trying to make their school the very first university in the U.S. to successfully send a rocket into space. The attempt is being made with the help of funding from both the Navy and aeronautics companies.

San Diego County welcomes five new mayors

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On election day, 2014, the voters of five different San Diego County cities decided to hand the reins of power over to new mayors. Chula Vista, El Cajon, Encinitas, La Mesa and Poway all propelled first-time mayors into their city governments.

DecoBike bicycle renting program begins in Gaslamp

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Ready to peddle 0ver to the Gaslamp? A bike sharing system has starting up this week, eventually to span most of San Diego. The very first, solar-powered, automated, credit-card accepting bicycle renting station came online at Sixth and E on Monday. More than a dozen bikes are available at the initial site.

Smarter meters popping up downtown

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Our phones have gotten smart. Our cars have become smarter. And now, for better or worse, parking meters are growing some smarts. San Diego city government has begun a project this week to replace almost all of the current, old-fashion coin-only parking meters with smart meters. The smarts in the meters is used to process credit cards for payment and track and communicate usage statistics for the parking space.

Fall back! Daylight savings ends, standard time begins this Sunday morn, November 2, 2014

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Tomorrow is October 31, and we all know what that means. Boo! No, no, not that. It means next weekend heralds the ceasing of the saving of daylight for 2014. Fall Back! The holiday season is full blown upon us, now is the time of year to take the time to remember to turn back the hands of all the clocks in your home and your car (excepting the ones that are synchronized by the internet, like your cable box or cell phone) come this Sunday morning, ostensibly at 2:00 a.m.

Decision for 2017 America’s Cup venue coming soon

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The choice is down to two prospective sites for the staging of the next America’s Cup: our own fair city of San Diego, and Bermuda, the U.K.-owned island in the mid-Atlantic Ocean. The final decision by the committee charged with making the call will be made soon and the Port of San Diego has released a slick video extolling the virtues of America’s Finest City as the venue for the 35th staging of the Cup, coming in 2017.

San Diego enacts mandatory water usage regulations

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In response to the increasing drought conditions throughout our region, on Monday, a unanimous vote by the San Diego City Council puts mandatory water usage restrictions into effect as of Saturday, November 1, 2014. This will cause the voluntary rules, in place since this past July, to become mandatory, and therefore enforceable with fines and penalties. The stated goal is to decrease the use of water in the city by 20%.

2014 Kiteboard North American Championship held off Coronado shore

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This year’s Formula and Foil Class Kiteboard racing North American Championships were held from the 7th to the 10th on the beaches of Coronado Shores. Organized and put on by the San Diego Yacht Club of America’s Cup fame, the event draws almost all of the most outstanding competitors in the sport each year. The “Coronado Roads” area was the actual site of the races.

Sea World sees birth of bottlenose dolphin

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Sea World welcomed its newest resident this past Saturday at 3:32 p.m., a 40 pound bottlenose calf. Since the marine-themed amusement park opened in 1964, this birth marks the 80th successful dolphin delivery there. After a pregnancy that lasted the normal twelve months, the labor and birth was described as easy by experts employees of Sea World. Sadie, the proud dolphin mom is thirteen and this is her second calf, after having birthed a bottleneck in five years ago.

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