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30 March 2002 - North County Times
Vista records several years of crime decline

VISTA – City officials and the Sheriff's Department attribute a significant decline in the city's crime rate since 1996 – 43 percent according to one set of statistics – to a strong city commitment and some innovative programs.

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23 March 2002 - The San Diego Union-Tribune
Latinos give computers to 15 students

EL CAJON – More than a dozen students headed home yesterday with the gift of high technology – a free computer for keeps. The East County Latino Association awarded donated and refurbished computers to 15 Cajon Valley Middle School students who didn't have one at home.

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22 March 2002 - El Latino
Concientizan sobre festejo del 5 de Mayo, ajeno a vicios Festival en Barrio Logan

SAN DIEGO – Residentes de San Diego, líderes de negocios y jóvenes protestarán en contra de la industria tabacalera y del alcohol exigiendo mayor control en la venta de estos productos considerados nocivos para la salud.

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22 March 2002 - The San Diego Union-Tribune
Group has sober take on Cinco de Mayo
All-you-can-drink image of holiday is under fire


Angered at the perception that booze and Cinco de Mayo go hand in hand, a group of Latino activists wants to restore the respect and true meaning of the Mexican holiday. "We are tired of the alcohol industry turning our holidays into all-you-can-drink events," said Jovita Hurtado, chairwoman of the newly formed San Diego Cinco de Mayo con Orgullo (with pride) Coalition. "Our culture is not for sale. Our people are not for sale."

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21 March 2002 - The San Diego Union-Tribune
Spring break hot spots get ready for revelers
Baja officials unveil hotline for tourists


Authorities on both sides of the border are bracing for an onslaught of young revelers to spring break hot spots from Pacific Beach to Ensenada. Baja California police and military personnel will be beefing up their patrols and setting up additional checkpoints along roadways during spring break, which will be in full swing beginning this weekend. Baja California's tourism agency will set up 18 information offices, and is offering an emergency hotline – 066 – for tourists in Tijuana and Mexicali.

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12 March 2002 - The San Diego Union-Tribune
Absentee ballots don't deliver win for beach-area alcohol ban

The ballot issue that sought to impose a round-the-clock trial ban on alcohol on parts of Pacific Beach and Mission Beach has failed by a slim margin. With almost all remaining absentee ballots counted yesterday, Prop G trailed by 2,919 votes. Registrar of Voters Sally McPherson said that margin would be impossible to overcome because only 500 more absentee ballot were left to be counted today. The tally through yesterday was 86,519 to 83,600.

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9 March 2002 - North County Times
Methamphetamine Task Force cites results

VISTA – A three-year effort against methamphetamine use in the city has had positive results, a leader in the effort told members of the Vista Partners Project on Friday. The project is a coalition of representatives from law enforcement, social services, schools, businesses and other agencies formed under the auspices of the San Diego County Methamphetamine Task Force to combat the drug's presence in Vista.

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7 March 2002 -The San Diego Union-Tribune
Supporters of ban on beach booze see chance
Backers pin hopes on absentee ballots


Both sides of a ballot measure that would impose a round-the-clock trial ban on alcohol on parts of Pacific Beach and Mission Beach stood ready to claim victory yesterday. But they will have to stand around a while longer before they find out which group is right. Although opponents of Proposition G finished election day with a narrow lead (4,118 votes out of a total of 152,558 votes cast), the count isn't over yet.

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6 March 2002 -The San Diego Union-Tribune
Outcome remains uncertain early lead vanishes; race too close to call

Supporters of a ballot measure that sought to impose a round-the-clock test ban on alcohol on parts of Pacific Beach and Mission Beach watched a strong early lead disappear last night and feared the trend would mean the worst. With nearly three-quarters of the ballots counted, the measure had turned into a dead heat with voters.

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4 March 2002 -The San Diego Union-Tribune
Foes of beach alcohol ban expect to win Liquor interests giving funds to defeat Prop. G

Armed with large donations from liquor and beer distributors and retailers, opponents of Proposition G, which would impose a round- the-clock trial ban on alcohol in parts of Pacific Beach and Mission Beach, predict defeat tomorrow of the ballot measure. "It will be 56-44 (percent) in our favor," said Bob Glaser, consultant for San Diegans for Protection of Responsible Beach Rights. He declined to explain how he came to that conclusion.

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2 March 2002 - North County Times
Escondido trio plead innocent

VISTA – A couple and another man accused of operating a methamphetamine lab in an Escondido home where three young children were present pleaded innocent Friday to felony child endangerment and drug charges.

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1 March 2002 - El Latino
Votarán si se consume o no, alcohol en la Bahía

Ciudadanos que apoyan y opositores a la eliminación de alcohol en las Playas de Mission y Pacific Beach debaten esta controversial medida en las boletas.

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28 February 2002 - North County Times
Alleged meth lab raided, 3 arrested

ESCONDIDO – Law enforcement officials from several agencies on Tuesday night raided an Escondido home where methamphetamine was allegedly produced. Twelve officers from the Escondido Police Department, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, the state Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement and the federal Drug Enforcement Agency raided the South Citrus Avenue home of Mark Woessner, 34, about 9:30 p.m., said Frank Jackson, deputy district attorney.

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27 February 2002 - San Diego Daily Transcript
Voters to settle fight over beach alcohol ban

San Diego County voters will settle a few local disputes at the polls Tuesday, including the proposed alcohol ban on certain San Diego beaches and a fight over the city’s taxing powers.

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26 February 2002 - The San Diego Union-Tribune
Panelists debate plan to ban booze at beaches
Disputes arise over crime statistics


The pros and cons of a referendum that would temporarily ban alcohol on some city beaches were debated, sometimes heatedly, last night. The debate at Lewis Middle School in Allied Gardens warmed up when panel members on both sides of the issue disputed the accuracy of each other's crime statistics.

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21 February 2002 - Peninsula Beacon & Beach and Bay Press
Public vote to decide alcohol ban

After nearly 17 months of votes, heated debates, name-calling and re-votes, the proposed trial alcohol ban will yet again come down to a single vote March 5.

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20 February 2002 - The San Diego Union-Tribune
A drug lesson worth remembering

Most parents in America don't know much about Ecstasy. But Jim and Elsa Heird do. They were introduced to the drug on July 20, 2000, the day Las Vegas police told the Heirds their 21-year-old daughter, Danielle, had been found dead at a friend's apartment. Danielle's death, they were told, was caused by an overdose of Ecstasy.

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15 February 2002 - El Latino
Juventud hispana la que más consume el éxtasis

NUEVA YORK – Los jóvenes hispanos son los que más consumen la droga éxtasis en los EEUU, de acuerdo a estadísticas de la organización Partnership for a Drug Free America.

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15 February 2002 - Lakeside Gazette
Ecstasy – What parents should know

In a relatively short period of time, MDMA – commonly called Ecstasy – has secured a prominent place for itself in the world of substance abuse. Teen experimentation with Ecstasy has increased by 71 percent in the last three years. According to Partnership’s annual study on drug abuse in America, more teens in America have now experimented with Ecstasy than cocaine, crack or heroin; teen Ecstasy use is now on par with teen use of LSD and methamphetamine. Some 2.8 million teenagers in America have tried MDMA. Research indicates that this number may double unless immediate intervention is employed to reverse trends.

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14 February 2002 - The San Diego Union-Tribune
Beach alcohol: a problem or just slanted rhetoric?

Re: "Big battle expected before the vote on beach alcohol ban" (B- 1, Jan. 23):

Your story cited the sample ballot argument that Mission and Pacific beaches are the "center of underage drinking in Southern California." In fact, the beach is the biggest bar around with no ID required, attracting teens from every corner of the county. They know they can get alcohol very easily there, and the large crowds camouflage their behavior from law enforcement.

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13 February 2002 - The San Diego Union-Tribune
Yes on Prop. G - Alcohol ban at beaches deserves a test

San Diego voters have lots of good reasons to vote for Proposition G, the temporary booze ban at Pacific and Mission beaches. Here are two of them:

When La Jolla Shores banned drinking in 1991, after years of alcohol-fueled problems there, reported crime dropped 80 percent and arrests fell 43 percent. Today, it's a nice family beach; it didn't used to be.

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12 February 2002 - The San Diego Union-Tribune
Anti-drug group's ad campaign plasters a bull's-eye on Ecstasy

WASHINGTON – The use of Ecstasy is rising among American teenagers, many of whom are unaware of its dangers, an anti-drug group said yesterday.

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1 February 2002 - Police Gazette
How the super bowl spawned kids’ plea for sobriety

It took a Super Bowl game and some friendly prodding from Communities Against Substance Abuse to bring together this motley coalition against corrupting kids with booze. At their al fresco news conference on January 31st, against the backdrop of City Heights Urban Village, cops and kids and counselors all warned the adult community not to buy or serve alcohol to minors.

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1 February 2002 - El Latino
Grave problema venta de bebidas a menores
Denuncia organización communitaria de San Diego


SAN DIEGO – La presencia de menores de edad que ingieren bebidas alcohólicas en la Playa causando problemas se ha acentuado en San Diego, advirtió una organización que reúne a grupos comunitarios, representantes legales y oficiales policíacos.

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1 February 2002 - The San Diego Union-Tribune
Teens’ word to adults: ‘Stop giving us booze’

With weekend Super Bowl parties in the offing, about two dozen teen-agers gathered in a City Heights recreation center yesterday to implore adults to "stop giving us booze."

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23 January 2002 - The San Diego Union-Tribune
'War' anticipated before beach alcohol-ban vote

The issue has divided communities and pitted neighbors against each other. Now it could get ugly.

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19 January 2002 - The San Diego Union-Tribune
New Web site to take tips on illegal drug labs

Five years after launching a telephone hotline for tips about illegal drug labs, county officials have created a similar program on the Internet. County Supervisor Dianne Jacob, county Health Director Roger Lum and Undersheriff Jack Drown announced details of the new crime- fighting effort this week. Officials say the Web site could get plenty of use. Last week, authorities nationwide arrested 100 people and seized tons of cold capsules they say could have been used to manufacture 50,000 pounds of methamphetamine, also known as speed, crank or crystal.

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18 January 2002 - The San Diego Union-Tribune
Letters To The Editor
Two easy ways to report methamphetamine labs


I'd like to add one more issue to the excellent coverage by reporter Mark Arner in "Web site takes tips on drug labs" (B Section, Jan. 17).

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17 January 2002 - The San Diego Union-Tribune
Web site takes tips on drug labs
County creates program for reports and to help addicts


Five years after launching a telephone hotline to report illegal drug labs, county officials have created a similar program on the Internet.

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