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Sen. Toni Atkins On Passing 'Historic' Housing Bills

Sen. Toni Atkins On Passing 'Historic' Housing Bills

Sept. 26
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Before it happened, no one knew for sure if they could pull it off. In one of the California Assembly's last votes of the session, legislators approved a package of housing bills that will raise billions of dollars for affordable housing and decrease regulations for developers.

Chamber Of Commerce Brings Binational Delegation To Lobby D.C. Leaders

Chamber Of Commerce Brings Binational Delegation To Lobby D.C. Leaders

Sept. 25
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

A trade delegation of officials from San Diego and Tijuana is visiting Washington, D.C. this week, meeting with officials to discuss homelessness funding, ports of entry renovations and health care policy.

San Diego Congressman Holds Town Hall For Seniors

San Diego Congressman Holds Town Hall For Seniors

Sept. 22
By Susan Murphy

Rep. Scott Peters met with about 200 seniors Friday to talk about health care and other issues.

Taxpayer Group Seeks 'Community Choice' Data (Most Is Already Public)

Taxpayer Group Seeks 'Community Choice' Data (Most Is Already Public)

Sept. 21
By Andrew Bowen

The San Diego County Taxpayers Association wrote city officials a letter seeking the "assumptions and methodology" behind a city-commissioned study on community choice energy. Nearly all that information is in the study itself.

MTS Hopes Bus Route Overhaul Will Buck Ridership Decline

MTS Hopes Bus Route Overhaul Will Buck Ridership Decline

Sept. 20
By Andrew Bowen

Faced with two years of declining ridership, the Metropolitan Transit System is planning changes to dozens of bus routes to help the system run more efficiently. The plan is something of a gamble — and there are winners and losers.

California Lawmakers Send Affordable Housing Fix To Governor

California Lawmakers Send Affordable Housing Fix To Governor

Sept. 18
By Associated Press

The three major pieces of the deal include a $4 billion housing bond, a new $75 fee on real estate transaction documents, and a bill to streamline building regulations that can hamper developers looking to construct low-cost apartments and homes. Brown plans to sign them.

Anaheim Struggles With Growing Homeless Crisis At River Camp

Anaheim Struggles With Growing Homeless Crisis At River Camp

Sept. 15
By Associated Press

The row of tents and tarps stretches two miles along the parched riverbed and houses hundreds of homeless. The garbage-strewn strip is also the site of a popular bike path where cyclists in colorful gear zoom by those seeking food, a shower or a job.

California Bill Protecting Immigrants Gets Assembly OK

California Bill Protecting Immigrants Gets Assembly OK

Sept. 15
By Associated Press

California's "sanctuary state" bill that would limit police cooperation with federal immigration authorities cleared a major hurdle Friday when it was approved by the state Assembly.

Appeals Court Taking Foie Gras Off The Menu In California

Appeals Court Taking Foie Gras Off The Menu In California

Sept. 15
By Associated Press

A federal appeals court reinstated California's ban on foie gras Friday, finding that a state law preventing sales of the luxury liver pate made by force-feeding ducks and geese was not pre-empted by federal authority to regulate poultry products.

California Police Chiefs End Opposition To Sanctuary Measure

California Police Chiefs End Opposition To Sanctuary Measure

Sept. 12
By Associated Press

California police chiefs have dropped their opposition to a weakened "sanctuary state" measure that would restrict their interactions with immigration authorities, but sheriffs remained opposed Tuesday saying the measure would still limit their authority to work with federal officers in jails.

SANDAG Reform Bill Heads To Governor's Desk

SANDAG Reform Bill Heads To Governor's Desk

Sept. 12
By Alison St John, Michael Lipkin

A measure to reform how San Diego's regional planning agency is governed and would give tax powers to North County Transit District and the Metropolitan Transit System passed the State Assembly Monday, sending the measure to Gov. Jerry Brown.

San Diego City Council Approves Regulations For Marijuana Businesses

San Diego City Council Approves Regulations For Marijuana Businesses

Sept. 11
By City News Service

A package of regulations for marijuana-related businesses in San Diego was approved by the City Council Monday evening.

California Water District Defends Use Of Taxpayer Cash For State Wa...

California Water District Defends Use Of Taxpayer Cash For State Water Project

Sept. 8
By Associated Press

An influential California water district is defending a multimillion-dollar financial arrangement that a new U.S. audit criticizes.

SANDAG Begins Search For New Executive Director After Gallegos Step...

SANDAG Begins Search For New Executive Director After Gallegos Steps Down

Sept. 8
By City News Service

The board of directors of the San Diego Association of Governments voted Friday to embark on a national search for an executive director to succeed Gary Gallegos, who resigned in the wake of a devastating report on an erroneous revenue projection for a failed ballot measure.

Qualcomm Stadium Getting New Name Soon

Qualcomm Stadium Getting New Name Soon

Sept. 7
By Matt Hoffman

After a month of bidding, a handful of offers are currently being reviewed by San Diego State, the city of San Diego and their partners.

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