Monday, Aug. 4
San Diego police announced that they had arrested three people in connection with the July 31 murder of San Diego Union-Tribune deliveryman Antonio Pagayon. Arrested were Jamie Mary Albarran, 19; Arturo Valdez Aguilar, 20; and Marcos Mendiola, 21, on suspicion of murder, attempted robbery and carjacking. Pagayon, 46, was delivering papers in Bay Terraces when he was attacked.
Tuesday, Aug. 5
Acknowledging that you can't cram 700 to 900 students on a 4.8-acre campus, the San Diego City Schools Board of Education voted unanimously to add 1.5 acres (for a total 6.3 acres) to a future school site at 52nd Street and University Avenue in City Heights. The expansion will cost an additional $5.8 million in state funds and displace an extra 47 people, but the kiddos will get a playground in return.
Wednesday, Aug. 6
A Border Patrol agent shot and killed a man who, at about 8:45 p.m., was climbing up the Tijuana River levee on the U.S. side of the border. According to the Border Patrol, agents ordered the guy, Javier Perez, 38, to return to Mexico, but he refused. When they approached him, he advanced on them with a knife, so one of the agents shot him dead.
Thursday, Aug. 7
When at first you don't succeed... change your name and maybe that'll fix the problem. The North Embarcadero Joint Powers Authority-formerly the ultimately doomed North Embarcadero Alliance-met for the first time amid an ongoing struggle to beautify the waterfront from Seaport Village to Lindbergh Field. Aside from the name change, two members of the defunct Alliance-the U.S. Navy and the county Board of Supervisors-are gone, leaving the job to the city of San Diego, the Port District and Centre City Development Corporation.
Friday, Aug. 8
Folks who can't bear another day without a handful of African elephants in the San Diego Wild Animal Park enjoyed a happy, happy day, thanks to a ruling by a U.S. District Court judge denying a request for a preliminary injunction by animal-rights advocates, who don't want the elephants moved-no way, no how. However, probably the happiest beast of all is the one male elephant that'll be accompanied on the journey from Swaziland to the United States by six females. Ooh-la-la.
Saturday, Aug. 9
There will be no more kicking around the San Diego Spirit women's soccer team. The Spirit downed the even-more-patriotically named Washington Freedom 2-1 to finish the regular season with eight wins and 31 total points, both new franchise records. The team now heads into the playoffs with a chance of playing in the Women's United Soccer Association Founder's Cup championship game right here in San Diego on Aug. 24. But the Spirit will first have to put the smack down on the Atlanta Beat on Aug. 17.
Sunday, Aug. 10
San Diego residents woke up to the news that at least 11 of the 193 candidates on the Oct. 7 Gray Davis recall ballot will hail from San Diego County. None of them is named Darrell Issa.