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Stories by Alison St John

Marines From 'Darkhorse' Battalion Reunite At Camp Pendleton

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Camp Pendleton hosted a reunion over the weekend for the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, which suffered more casualties during the war in Afghanistan than any other Marine unit.

Lone Democratic Supervisor Roberts Faces Two Republican Challengers

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With two Republican challengers vying to unseat him, Democratic San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts won’t keep his position without a fight.

Stark Differences Emerge In First Forum For County Supervisor's Seat

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Three candidates for a seat on the powerful San Diego County Board of Supervisors sparred in the race’s first forum Thursday night. Democratic incumbent Dave Roberts is challenged by two Republican mayors of North County cities.

Memoir Of A Young Camerawoman’s Adventures In Afghanistan

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Melissa Burch was in her early twenties in the 1980s when she traveled to Afghanistan for the first time to shoot footage for CBS News. She chronicles her experience in "My Journey Through War and Peace."

Solana Beach Sends Seawall Fee Schedule To Coastal Commission

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Solana Beach is one of the first cities in California to develop a schedule of fees for homeowners who want to build seawalls to protect property perched on eroding cliffs.

Stadium: Chargers Pointman Talks To KPBS; East Village Group Reacts To Proposal

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The Chargers will begin collecting signatures in three weeks in a bid to qualify a $1.8 billion downtown stadium and convention center annex proposal for the November general election.

UCSD Computer Science Professor Honored For Work To Deter Hackers

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Stefan Savage is an expert in network security, privacy and reliability. His research showed how vulnerable modern cars are to hacking. His systematic approach to attacks and attackers garnered him a prestigious award this week.

Irma Cota, Winner Of Cesar Chavez Award, Recalls Struggles That Inspired Career

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SDSU alum Irma Cota caught the leadership bug when she was a schoolgirl, translating for her fellow crop pickers during the United Farm Workers strike in Salinas in 1970. Cota, now the president and CEO of North County Health Services, will receive SDSU's Cesar Chavez Lifetime Service Award.

Escondido Homeless Shelter To Keep Its Doors Open Year-Round

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As many shelters close to make way for longer-term housing programs, a winter shelter in Escondido is operating year-round.

How UC San Diego Aims To Boost Diversity

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Becky Petitt, vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion at the UC San Diego, discusses some of the school’s new diversity initiatives.

San Diego Ranks 20th In California In New Women's Well-Being Index

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The California Budget and Policy Center released a new index that rates women's overall well-being in the state. Factors include health, employment, economic security, personal safety and political empowerment.

Healthy Eating — From School Breakfasts To Family Meals

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A new study says kids who eat two breakfasts are better off than ones who eat no breakfast. And a National City program is aimed at empowering women to eat healthier.

Decommissioning Of San Onofre Topic Of Thursday Meeting

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A public meeting in Oceanside on Thursday will review the progress in shutting down the San Onofre nuclear power plant.

Developer Trying Ballot Route To Win OK For Lilac Hills Project

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The recent defeat of Measure A, which would have led to the development of lagoon-front property in Carlsbad, has not discouraged the developer of the proposed Lilac Hills Ranch in Valley Center from trying the citizens initiative approach.

San Diego Republican Party Endorses Abed In Supervisors Race

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The San Diego County Republican Party has endorsed Escondido Mayor Sam Abed over Encinitas Mayor Kristin Gaspar in the race to unseat Democratic county Supervisor Dave Roberts.

Carlsbad Mayor Takes Stock After Measure A Defeat

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Measure A in Carlsbad was defeated 52 percent "no" to 48 percent "yes", but the battle over the Agua Hedionda lagoon is not over. Carlsbad Mayor Matt Hall said it’s too soon to consider other projects, but the site is still a valuable piece of property.

North County Economic Summit Shows Tightening Job Market

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North San Diego County has finally recovered the jobs it lost in the recession, according to business leaders gathered Wednesday for the third annual North County Economic Summit.

Comment Period Opens On Palomar Airport Master Plan

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North County residents have this month to comment on plans to expand Palomar Airport in Carlsbad. The county is working on an Environmental Impact Report for a new 20-year master plan.

Vote On Proposed Carlsbad Development Too Close To Call

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A ballot measure that would allow an upscale retail and dining center to be built along the shore of the Agua Hedionda Lagoon in Carlsbad trailed by 186 votes early Wednesday, but approximately 7,100 mail and provisional ballots remained to be counted.

New Fence Hints Firm Is Moving Forward With Gregory Canyon Landfill

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The investment company that bought the site of the proposed Gregory Canyon landfill in North County appears to be taking steps to clear the land.

Despite Aggressive Measure A Campaigns, Many Carlsbad Voters Undecided

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Carlsbad's special election on whether to allow a retail development on the Agua Hedionda Lagoon will be held Tuesday.

Oceanside City Councilman Kern Drops Out Of 76th Assembly Race

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An end to Rocky Chavez's U.S. Senate campaign also means an end to Oceanside City Councilman Jerry Kern's state Assembly run.

Powerful California Coastal Panel Ousts Top Executive

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The powerful agency that manages development on California's coastline fired its executive after a lengthy and, at times, emotionally charged meeting.

California Coastal Commission Ousts Its Chief

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Charles Lester, the powerful agency's executive director, was fired on 7-5 vote following a 12-hour hearing that was filled with his backers. His supporters said some commissioners want the panel to back more development along California's coast.

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.

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