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DACA recipients temporarily block Disneyland entrance as act of civil disobedience

Beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and their allies temporarily blocked a vehicle entrance to Disneyland on Monday, just as the Senate reached an agreement to end the government shutdown brought on in part by a stalemate over their future.

The DACA recipients, commonly called Dreamers, stood in a crosswalk at South Harbor Boulevard around 10 a.m.

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40 years after Mickey, Minnie Mouse finally gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame honoring Minnie Mouse will be unveiled Monday, marking the 90th anniversary of the release of her first of more than 70 animated films, “Steamboat Willie.”

It’s been a long wait. Her co-star in that movie, Mickey Mouse, received a star in 1978 for the film's 50th anniversary.

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Cities in San Diego County increasingly target the homeless, and those helping feed them

Citations for feeding people in parks. Arrests for sleeping in public. Jagged landscaping that makes it impossible for anyone to find a place to rest.

These are just some of the steps cities in San Diego County and elsewhere have taken against homeless people.

The actions are commonly condemned by homeless advocates who see them as criminalizing homelessness.

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Smugglers using rocks to attack Border Patrol agents

On a foggy Saturday night at the end of December, a Border Patrol agent drove an all-terrain vehicle close to the border fence between San Diego and Tijuana, looking for footprints.

To his left, a rust red, 7-foot metal barrier made of landing mats from the Vietnam War separated him from Colonia Libertad, a neighborhood whose gritty northern edges have long been known for smuggling activity.

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Fewer suicides occurring at Golden Gate Bridge

Officials say the number of people jumping to their deaths from the Golden Gate Bridge has decreased thanks to the addition of five officers whose job is to spot people trying to commit suicide.

The Marin Independent Journal reports the bridge patrol team last year assisted 245 people who presented a risk of suicide and that there were 33 confirmed suicides.

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Essential California: The bullet train project in crisis

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Monday, Jan. 22, and here’s what’s happening across California:


Train to nowhere?

Seemingly endless delays, cost overruns and changes in California’s high-speed rail project, a lofty objective that Gov. Jerry Brown has pursued since the 1980s, have created an existential crisis.

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