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Final San Diego Voter Turnout For Primary Election Will Be Close To 40 Percent

June 15
By Matt Hoffman

As of Friday, the San Diego County Registrar of Voters reported voter turnout at 37.4 percent, with 99 percent of votes counted.

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California Lawmakers Pass Budget Expanding Help For Poor

June 15
By Associated Press

State lawmakers approved a $139 billion budget Thursday that uses California's massive surplus to boost funding for homeless programs, welfare, child care and universities while also socking some money into savings.

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Porn Star In Trump Controversy Will Reportedly Bring Tour To San Diego

June 15
By City News Service

Stephanie Clifford, the 39-year-old porn actress known as Stormy Daniels, who claims to have had an affair with President Donald Trump in 2006, will come to San Diego in November as part of her nationwide strip-club tour, it was reported Friday.

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District, Union-Backed Proposal On School Board Elections Inching Toward The Ballot

June 14
By Megan Burks

The city attorney’s office is now reviewing a ballot proposal that would establish three four-year term limits for San Diego Unified trustees. The review is one of the final steps before voters would be asked to weigh in this November.

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Should Someone Making $200K A Year Get Help To Buy A House In California?

June 14
Matt Levin / CAL MATTERS

When the California Housing Finance Agency was created in 1975 during Governor Jerry Brown’s first term, the mission was simple: help low- and moderate-income families buy their first home. More than 40 years later, that goal is getting harder and harder to attain.

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Breaking Up Is Hard To Do: What The Proposal To Split California Could Learn From The Past

June 14
Guy Marzorati / KQED

With a complicated path to reality and the state's political and business establishment lined up firmly against it, the proposal to split California into three separate states appears to be the longest of political longshots.

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Despite Incumbency, Councilwoman Cole Could Be Underdog In Fall Election

June 14
By Leo Castañeda / inewsource

Councilwoman Myrtle Cole once seemed a shoo-in for re-election. An inewsource analysis of last week’s vote suggests it may be tougher than she thought.

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San Diego Homeowners Prepare To Build Granny Flats After Council Cuts Fees

June 14
By Claire Trageser

In May, the San Diego City Council took a step aimed to encourage the construction of more granny flats as one way to address San Diego's affordable housing issues.

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Savings May Get Tougher As California Rainy Day Fund Fills

June 13
By Associated Press

When California finally regained its economic footing following the Great Recession, Gov. Jerry Brown convinced voters to back a measure allowing lawmakers to set aside more money for the inevitable next downturn. Four years later, the state's rainy day fund is on the verge of being full.

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Officials Approve Convention Center Expansion Lease Agreement

June 13
By City News Service

The San Diego City Council and Port of San Diego Board of Port Commissioners both voted Tuesday to support a three-party settlement agreement to secure long-term control of the land needed to expand the San Diego Convention Center.

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Exploring New Ways To Measure A DA's Job Performance

June 11
By Tarryn Mento

San Diego voters picked their new district attorney last week. But how can you tell if a prosecutor is doing a good job?

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Attorneys Worry Streamlined Immigrant Prosecutions Could Lead To Problems

June 8
By Jean Guerrero

The fast-track prosecution program Operation Streamline is supposed to help implement the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” for illegal border crossings by handling cases in groups rather than individually.

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Housing Costs Crush California’s Low-Income College Students

June 8
Vanessa Rancaño / KQED

Attending a university in California can be a financial burden beyond the means of many college hopefuls. Rising tuition is compounded by the lack of affordable housing in the state and the high cost of living.

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Soros-Backed California County Prosecutors Fail In 3 Races

June 8
By Associated Press

Three California county district attorneys will keep their seats despite a well-financed national effort to elect reform-minded candidates sympathetic to reducing mass incarceration and prosecuting shootings by police.

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Supervisors: Strong Democratic Showing In Possible Swing Seat; Desmond Dominates More Republican District

June 7
By Leo Castañeda / inewsource

It’s no secret that Democratic leaders want to elect one of their own to the all-Republican San Diego County Board of Supervisors this fall. Tuesday’s vote shows their best chance is probably in termed-out Republican Ron Roberts’ heavily Democratic District 4.

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