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Stories by Alison St John

Construction On I-5 North Coast Corridor Project Starts Next Month

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The project will expand Interstate 5 and the railway line running up San Diego’s North County coastline. It also includes lagoon preservation and 10 miles of bike and pedestrian paths.

Kristin Gaspar Wins District 3 Seat On San Diego County Board Of Supervisors

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Republican Kristin Gaspar has unseated incumbent county Supervisor Dave Roberts, a Democrat. It is the first time in more than two decades that an incumbent supervisor has lost his or her seat.

Following Defeat Of Measure A, SANDAG Leadership Structure Is Questioned

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Some members of SANDAG, the board that controls billions of transportation dollars for San Diego County, say the leadership does not reflect changing demographics in the region.

Kristin Gaspar Continues To Build Lead In Race For Supervisor

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Gaspar, the mayor of Encinitas, trailed by around 2,200 votes after election night counting but has been gaining ground ever since.

With Pala Purchase, Landfill Plan For Gregory Canyon Is Dead

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More than 20 years of controversy over a plan to put a landfill at Gregory Canyon in San Diego's North County comes to an end, as the Pala Band of Mission Indians buys a portion of the site.

North County Election Update: Coastal Cities Becoming More Liberal

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The Democratic vote that gave Doug Applegate his lead over Congressman Darrell Issa in San Diego County is showing up in some North County coastal cities this year, too.

Feelings Run High At Panel Monitoring Decommissioning Of San Onofre

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New federal laws to allow tons of spent nuclear fuel to be moved off the coast of San Diego County have made little headway during this election year.

Encinitas Elects A New Mayor, Says No To Measure T

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The city of Encinitas will have a new mayor: Catherine Blakespear defeated her challenger, Paul Gaspar. One of Blakespear‘s first priorities will be to try to get consensus on building more housing.

Democrat Incumbent Supervisor Dave Roberts Holds Slight Lead As Vote Count Continues

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The race for San Diego County Supervisor in the 3rd district remains close. Incumbent Democrat Dave Roberts leads with 51 percent of the vote over his challenger, Republican Kristin Gaspar’s 49 percent.

Voters Reject Lilac Hills Measure

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In a statement, supporters of Measure B say the election won't be their last effort to get Lilac Hills Ranch approved.

First San Diego Voting Results Could Be Significant Indicator

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When polls close at 8 p.m., Tuesday, the Registrar of Voters will release an initial tally of the mail-in ballots the office has already counted.

Democrats Take Upper Hand In County Supervisors' District 3

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The latest report from the San Diego Registrar of Voters shows that, for the first time, there are more registered Democrats than registered Republicans in the County Board of Supervisor's District represented by Dave Roberts.

Tri-City Hospital Election Challenges Voters

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Voters are hearing confusing and disturbing allegations from candidates running for the Tri-City Hospital board in North County.

Ballot Measure T Forces Encinitas To Confront Growth Plans

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Encinitas is the only city in San Diego County that does not have a state-mandated housing plan. Even with its back up against that legal wall, there’s plenty of opposition to Measure T, a plan for where to increase housing density in the future.

Future Development Creates High Stakes For Tight Supervisors Race

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One of the dominant issues in the race between incumbent County Supervisor Democrat Dave Roberts, and his challenger, Republican Kristin Gaspar, is land-use.

Kristin Gaspar Says She No Longer Supports Donald Trump

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The candidate for the San Diego County Board of Supervisors is revoking her support for the Republican presidential nominee.

District 3 Supervisor Candidates Roberts And Gaspar Discuss Key Issues

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San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts and his challenger Kristin Gaspar speak with KPBS reporter Alison St John about the issues in the race.

Candidates For District 3 Supervisors Seat To Face Off In Escondido

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San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts, a Democrat, and his challenger, Republican Kristin Gaspar, will face off at a forum Monday night in Escondido. Land use is likely to be a key issue in this race for the District 3 seat on the County Board of Supervisors.

San Diego Author Recounts Uncle’s Vietnam War Stories

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In his new book, “Midair," author Craig Collins talks about his fighter pilot uncle who flew more than 300 combat missions in the Vietnam War.

LEGO Exhibit At Fleet Is Making Art More Accessible

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The Art of the Brick exhibit opened on Friday and runs through Jan. 29, 2017 at the Fleet Science Center. Artist Nathan Sawaya's exhibit features 100 works of art made out of LEGO bricks.

Blogger In San Diego To Talk About Living Without Excess

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Courtney Carver is in San Diego to speak about her journey to simplify her life and her minimalist fashion challenge Project 333. The project encourages people to dress with 33 items or less for three months.

Encinitas Voters To Choose New Mayor

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Mayoral candidates Catherine Blakespear and Paul Gaspar join KPBS Midday Edition to discuss their positions on the major issues facing Encinitas from new housing development to transit.

Hickey, Elliott Vie To Become Next San Diego City Attorney

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In a discussion taped Tuesday afternoon, Hickey and Elliott joined KPBS Midday Edition to discuss their stances on police oversight, the release of body camera footage, ticketing homeless people downtown and how they would keep the office nonpartisan.

Same-Day Voter Registration Will Be Available In 2017

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Starting next year, California residents will be able to register to vote on election day.

Infrastructure That Supports Response To 911 Calls Is Getting An Upgrade

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The update will allow the system to accommodate more users in a disaster and improve coverage.

Film Explores Life And Work Of Latino Activist Willie Velasquez

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"Willie Velasquez: Your Vote Is Your Voice" airs on KPBS television Monday, October 3 at 9 p.m.

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Fall Arts 2016: Highlights From Theater, Music And Visual Arts

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Arts writers Seth Combs, James Chute and Nina Garin discuss their top picks for San Diego's robust fall arts season.

Number Of Immigrants In California Illegally Declines

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A Pew Research Center report says the number of immigrants living in California illegally fell by about 200,000 to 2.3 million between 2009 and 2014.

Renters, Homebuyers Feeling Squeezed In San Diego

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San Diegans are spending a larger share of their paychecks on housing, whether they're renting or looking to buy a home.

Vista High To Expand Personalized Learning Program With $10M Grant

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The grant is from XQ: The Super School Project, which aims to reimagine high school in America. It is funded in part by a $50 million donation from Steve Job's widow, Laurene Powell Jobs.

South Bay Roundup: Chula Vista Wants To Crack Down On Illegal Pot Shops

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Robert Moreno, reporter at The Star News joins us for an update on the issues making headlines in San Diego's South Bay.

San Diego Bayfront Is Getting A Makeover

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In the last nine months, the San Diego Unified Port District board has made some big decisions on the development of the bayfront.

Series Challenges Veteran Stereotypes

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The five short videos in the series use comedy to tackle topics such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, women in the military and why people join the military. It's called, "Permission to Speak Freely."

TheNAT Botanist Uncovers 'Lost' Mexican Plants

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It's been more than 120 years since botanists in Baja California Sur have seen some flowers, ferns and shrubs. They're called "lost plants," with scientists in possession of only a handful of old specimens.

New Center Aims To Curb School To Prison Pipeline

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The Center for Community Cohesion is a partnership between the San Diego-based National Conflict Resolution Center, local law enforcement and the San Diego Unified School District.

Lilac Hills Initiative Gives Voters An Important Choice

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It gives voters a chance to weigh the dilemma of where to build homes for San Diego’s growing population.

Group Behind Defeat Of Carlsbad Project Lends Support To Anti-Measure B Campaign

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A grassroots group that defeated a well-funded initiative earlier this year is now working with opponents of Measure B, a much bigger land-use initiative on this November’s ballot.

As Cybercrime Grows, Does Anyone Care?

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These days there seem to be hackers rummaging around in databases everywhere: department stores, banks, hotels, the Democratic Party, the Ukrainian power grid, even the formidable National Security Agency. So why aren't we more alarmed?

400 People Take Part In Oceanside Labor Day Pier Swim

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More than 400 people took the plunge Monday morning for the 87th annual Oceanside Labor Day Pier Swim.

Language Of Proposed Valley Center Housing Project Ballot Challenged

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Supporters of the Lilac Hills Ranch development ballot initiative, which would approve the construction of 1,700 homes on semi-rural farmland north of Escondido, say the arguments against the project “completely disregard the truth.”

Water Use Is Personal For San Diego Writer

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Tershia d'Elgin's family knows water. Her great-great-grandfather, Benjamin Eaton, was a Colorado homesteader in the 19th Century who created irrigation systems for barren land. He eventually became the state's fourth governor in the 1880s, and by championing irrigation technology, was known as the "father of irrigation."

San Diego Veterans Want To Ground Miramar Air Show

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San Diego Veterans for Peace has started a campaign, "No MAS", hoping to shut down the air show in five years. They claim it perpetuates and promotes war.

TheNAT Showcases Citizen Scientists' Discoveries

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The San Diego Natural History Museum is highlighting hobbyists' work in a new permanent exhibit.

MiraCosta College Tries Again With $455M Bond On November Ballot

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MiraCosta College will put a $455 million bond measure on the November ballot. The community college narrowly missed passing a bond four years ago and hopes a slightly lower goal will convince voters to approve it this time.

North County Roundup: Candidates Galore And A New Hotel

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In 2012, some cities in the region struggled to find enough candidates to make local races competitive. That's not the case now. Plus, an upscale hotel is coming to Escondido.

Gaspar, Roberts Pick Up Endorsements In San Diego County Supervisor Race

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Republican Kristin Gaspar and incumbent Democratic Supervisor Dave Roberts are collecting endorsements for the District 3 seat on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors.

North County Homeless Alliance Rebrands Shelter Network

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About 30 percent of homeless individuals housed in North County’s winter shelter network last year were women, and almost half of them were victims of domestic violence.

Shelters For Homeless Families Shut Out From Federal Housing First Funding

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While one emergency shelter for families opens in Vista, another one is closing. That's because of the Housing First policy, which requires providers to offer shelter immediately, without setting conditions.

MiraCosta College's Security Training Proves Popular With Vets

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The community college offers a high-threat security training course that’s popular with veterans and others looking for a high-adrenaline career.

San Diego's Housing Crisis Squeezing The Middle Class

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A housing crisis has taken hold in the region and the middle class is especially hard hit. More houses are being built for people at the top and the bottom of the economic ladder than for people in the middle.

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