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Stories by Alison St John

San Diego Delegate Weighs Future Of Coastal Commission

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San Diego County Supervisor Greg Cox represents San Diego on the California Coastal Commission. Given a push to fire the executive director this week, Cox discussed changes he'd like to see the commission make.

Battle Over Carlsbad Project Could Influence Future Developments

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Carlsbad’s Measure A is not just a battle over whether to build a shopping and entertainment center on a coastal lagoon. It could also set a precedent for developers looking to save time and money on big projects in San Diego County.

Cal State San Marcos President Touts Diversity While Students Protest

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Cal State San Marcos President Karen Haynes delivered an annual "Address to the Community," describing diverse and growing student enrollment. Meanwhile, students protested changes in the campus diversity office.

Carlsbad Voters Sift Through Proposed Development's Traffic Issues

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Traffic is one of the most contentious issues in the campaign for Measure A in Carlsbad. Supporters say a planned shopping center on the Agua Hedionda Lagoon would improve traffic flow, while opponents say it would create gridlock.

El Niño Gives Glimpse Of Sea Level Rise On San Diego Beaches

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Sea cliffs have crumbled and several beaches in North County have eroded down to pebbles by high tides and El Niño storms. This winter may reveal how expensive it would be to preserve San Diego beaches as sea levels rise.

Carlsbad, North County Cities Weigh Energy Collaboration

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The city of Carlsbad may consider joining with other North County cities to explore a different energy future. A workshop introduced residents to the concept of “community choice aggregation.”

Carlsbad's Measure A Generates Unprecedented Campaign Spending

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Campaigning for and against a proposal to build a shopping and dining center on the shores of Carlsbad's Agua Hedionda lagoon is in full swing.

El Niño Storms Give Glimpse Of Future Sea-Level Rise

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Sensors buried in the beach can tell researchers how the sand and ocean behave in El Niño storms and give them insight into what might happen to coastal communities when sea levels rise.

North County Homeless Shelters Hope To Stay Open All Year

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Year-round shelters are designed to help a particular group of the homeless: those who are already working or are on track to becoming employed.

Mall Developers Face Off Over Carlsbad Project

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The biggest mall operator in the country, Westfield Group, has donated $75,000 to a local nonprofit to fight a shopping center proposed for the shores of a Carlsbad lagoon.

Marines Strongly Oppose International Airport On Base

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The Marine Corps, after reviewing a study of the feasibility of building an international airport on Camp Pendleton released a statement saying it does not support the idea.

Study Touts Benefits Of International Airport At Camp Pendleton

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Cal State San Marcos will unveil research this week that examines the feasibility of building an international airport on Camp Pendleton, when Lindbergh Field reaches capacity in 2035.

Ballot Arguments Ready For Carlsbad Development Proposal

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The battle lines are drawn for the campaigns in support of and against a major development on the shores of Carlsbad's Agua Hedionda Lagoon.

Palomar Airport Master Plan Gets Mixed Reactions In North County

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San Diego County Supervisors will vote soon on a new master plan for the McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad. North County residents have mixed feelings about the airport’s future.

Carlsbad Shopping Center Project To Go Before Voters

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Carlsbad residents will go to the polls for a special election Feb. 23 to vote on a proposed outdoor shopping center on the shores of the Agua Hedionda Lagoon.

Supervisor Asks State To Drop Conflict of Interest Charge In Lilac Hills Vote

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Supervisor Bill Horn is disputing the advice of the California Fair Political Practices Commission to recuse himself from voting on Lilac Hills, a development that would build 1,700 homes near Valley Center.

Escondido Country Club Homeowners Consider Options For Proposed Development

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A group of Escondido homeowners will meet Tuesday night to consider their options now that the city has settled a lawsuit with a developer who wants to build hundreds of houses on a former golf course.

Carlsbad Council Weighs Referendum Options For Proposed Mall

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The Carlsbad City Council Tuesday night voted to accept the signatures collected for a referendum on a plan to build a shopping center on a coastal lagoon, but did not select a date for the election.

Edison Sees Little Risk In San Onofre Nuclear Storage Plan

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Southern California Edison is confident in its plans to store tons of radioactive waste on site indefinitely. But news the company knew about potential problems with faulty steam generators and installed the system anyway has undermined Edison’s credibility.

Referendum Qualifies To Challenge Carlsbad Development Plan

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The San Diego County Registrar of Voters confirmed that the group Citizens for North County has collected enough signatures to challenge the "85/15 Plan" proposed for the Agua Hedionda Lagoon in Carlsbad.

Committee Recommends $100M In Improvements To Carlsbad Airport

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The Palomar Airport Advisory Committee recommends making $100 million worth of improvements to the Palomar Airport in Carlsbad, to increase safety for the larger planes that are now using it.

Carlsbad Committee To Vote On Future Trajectory Of Palomar Airport

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The future of McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad may become clearer at a special public meeting Thursday evening in Carlsbad.

Group Questions San Onofre's Decommissioning Fund

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A nuclear watchdog group says utility companies are underestimating the cost of decommissioning the San Onofre nuclear power plant.

Horn Asks California's FPPC To Reconsider Conflict Of Interest Ruling

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San Diego County Supervisor Bill Horn said Wednesday he will send more information to the Fair Political Practices Commission, asking it to reconsider the conclusion that he has a conflict of interest in the Lilac Hills vote.

Cal State San Marcos Offers Small Business Disaster Preparedness Training

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Cal State San Marcos launched its first course this week to train small businesses and non-profits on what to do to prepare for disasters.

Escondido Reaches Agreement With Golf Course Developer

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The city of Escondido has reached a settlement with a developer who bought the former Escondido Country Club golf course in 2012, shut it down and announced plans to build hundreds of homes on it.

Commission Expands Nuclear Waste Storage At San Onofre

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The California Coastal Commission voted unanimously to grant Southern California Edison a 20-year permit for an expanded nuclear waste storage facility at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in northern San Diego County.

Coastal Commission To Vote On Expanded Nuclear Fuel Storage At San Onofre

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The California Coastal Commission votes Tuesday on Southern California Edison’s plan to expand its storage of spent nuclear fuel at San Onofre.

Issa Addresses Need To Find Alternative Storage For Nuclear Waste

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San Diego Congressman Darrell Issa is co-sponsoring a bill to help find alternatives for storing nuclear waste.

North County Summit Focuses On Economic Impact Of Aging Population

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The San Diego North Economic Development Council Health Care Summit warned that a new model of care for the aging is needed.

Carlsbad Residents Submit A Second Round Of Signatures For Lagoon Vote

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An issue that has divided the Carlsbad community took a new twist Thursday. Opponents of a proposed shopping center on the Agua Hedionda Lagoon have presented more than 9,000 signatures asking for a referendum to the City Clerk.

Tri-City Health Workers Rally For Jobs In Oceanside

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The Service Employees International Union said Tri-City Medical Center plans to outsource 460 jobs, which would mean more staff turnover, less training and reduced pay and benefits.

San Diego County Supervisor Addresses Question Of Potential Conflict Of Interest

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Supervisor Bill Horn could well be the key vote on the precedent-setting Lilac Hills development project, but questions remain unresolved over his potential conflicts of interest.

Vista Bans 'Puppy Mill' Sales

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Vista is the sixth city in San Diego County to ban retail pet stores from selling dogs and cats bred in out-of-state “puppy mills.”

Carlsbad Residents Confused By Dueling Signature Campaigns

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Carlsbad residents are reeling from dueling signature-gathering campaigns. Next week is the final week of a petition drive to gather signatures to require a vote on plans to build a shopping center on the Agua Hedionda lagoon.

Supervisors Agree To Ask Feds To Remove San Onofre Waste

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The San Diego County Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday to ask the federal government to remove and relocate nuclear waste being stored at the shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

Officials Reject Proposal To Merge Fallbrook, Rainbow Water Districts

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The merger between Fallbrook and Rainbow water districts would have saved more than $2 million a year. But Rainbow resisted the proposal, calling it a hostile takeover.

San Diego County Planning Commission Recommends Approval of Lilac Hills

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After a second day of hearings, San Diego County Planning Commissioners voted to recommend approval of the Lilac Hills development west of Valley Center.

Planning Commission To Vote On Rural North San Diego County Development

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A major challenge to San Diego County’s blueprint for growth in rural areas comes before the Planning Commission Friday. Both the developer and the project’s opponents say the Lilac Hills project would set a precedent.

San Diego's North County Is 'Epicenter' Of Succulent Boom

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As the market for water thirsty plants dries up, sales of cacti and succulents are thriving — and San Diego’s North County is ground zero for all things succulent.

Carlsbad Approves Agua Hedionda Lagoon Shopping Center

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Carlsbad City Council voted unanimously to approve a plan to build an upscale mall overlooking the Agua Hedionda Lagoon, rather than putting it on the ballot for a public vote.

Carlsbad Residents Divided On Agua Hedionda Lagoon Development

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Carlsbad residents are divided on a developer’s proposal to build an upscale outdoor shopping center on a North County lagoon. The Agua Hedionda Lagoon Project comes before the Carlsbad City Council for a vote Tuesday.

Critics Protest Proposed Shopping Center On Carlsbad Lagoon

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Opponents of a plan to build a shopping center on the shores of a Carlsbad lagoon say the plan seriously underestimates the environmental impact.

Carlsbad Staff Says Proposed Development Complies With Planning Policy

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Carlsbad city staff have given their thumbs up to a developer’s plan to build a shopping center on fields overlooking the Agua Hedionda lagoon. The project is up for a City Council vote later this month.

Agua Hedionda Development Plan Sidesteps CEQA

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A plan to build a state-of-the-art outdoor mall overlooking a Carlsbad coastal lagoon could set a new model for dealing with environmental reviews.

Lilac Hills Challenges San Diego County's General Plan For Growth

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The Lilac Hills project would build hundreds of homes on farmland near Valley Center. The San Diego County's Planning Commission will discuss the project on Friday.

Roundtable Looks At Terminal 1 Re-Do, ICE Detention Case, Downtown Loos

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It's only 48 years old, but Lindbergh Field's Terminal One is approaching the end of its life. Being detained by ICE means entering an alternate legal universe. And should downtown public toilets stay? Or should they go?

Mayor Kevin Faulconer On Latest Efforts To Keep Chargers In San Diego

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San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer told KPBS Midday Edition on Thursday that the $2.1 million the city agreed to spend on an environmental analysis of a proposed NFL stadium will be money “well-spent.”

San Diego Civic Organist Releases New Album

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"Just Carol" features new compositions for piano and organ by San Diego musician Carol Williams.

North County Leaders Thirst For Drought Remedies

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Leaders gathered at a North County Water Summit in Vista, searching for ways to address the drought in the region.

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