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Stories by Alison St John

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Oceanside Beaches Won't Get Additional Sand This Summer

May 23
By Alison St John

Oceanside is preparing for the summer season without the benefit of fresh sand pumped onto its beaches. The annual dredging of the Oceanside harbor mouth has been delayed.

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#ShowUsYourMailers: 49th Congressional District Campaigns Turn Negative

May 22
By Alison St John

The campaign for the 49th Congressional District is getting aggressive, with negative attack ads appearing on TV and in mailers. Voters might be surprised to find out who’s paying for those ads.

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North County Still Has Almost Quarter Of Region's Homeless

May 18
By Alison St John

The latest Point-in-Time-Count of homeless people shows North County’s share of the county’s homeless population remained steady at 23 percent of the region’s total.

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North County's 76th State Assembly Seat Up For Grabs

May 16
By Alison St John

California's 76th State Assembly seat in North County is the only open assembly seat in San Diego County this year.

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House Legislation Is A Step Toward Safer Storage Of San Onofre's Nuclear Waste

May 11
By Alison St John

The House has passed bipartisan legislation that opens the door to finding alternative nuclear waste storage sites. It is a step toward moving spent nuclear fuel that is currently being buried near the beach at San Onofre.

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Roundtable: Billionaire Targets San Diego County District Attorney Race

May 11
By Alison St John, Bennett Lacy

The race for San Diego County District Attorney is about to see a flood of ads paid by outside money, the city of Riverside has found a way to effectively end homelessness among veterans and a conversation with NPR White House correspondent Scott Horsley.

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Oceanside Open Space Development Initiative Heads To November Ballot

May 10
By Alison St John

The Oceanside City Council has asked for an independent report on a citizen’s initiative that would limit development of the city’s remaining open space.

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CSU San Marcos Using Public-Private Partnership For Newest Addition To Campus

May 8
By Alison St John

Cal State San Marcos officially broke ground Tuesday on a new Extended Learning building that will house a combination of academic space and retail outlets.

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Decision Looms On San Diego's Future Transportation Priorities

May 4
By Alison St John

San Diegans have less than a week to submit comments on the next version of the region’s transportation plan. The plan will prioritize how to spend millions of public dollars on ways to travel around the region.

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'Jungle Primary' Makes 49th Congressional District Race Unpredictable

May 3
By Alison St John

The 49th Congressional District, currently held by Rep. Darrell Issa, was initially seen as one of the most vulnerable Republican seats in the nation. But that changed with Issa’s decision to not run again.

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Housing Lawsuits Against Encinitas Get Court Hearing Monday

April 30
By Alison St John

A Vista Superior Court judge will hear arguments Monday on three lawsuits filed against the city of Encinitas, the only city in the county that has not complied with state law to develop a housing plan.

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Oceanside Open Space Development Initiative Qualifies For Ballot

April 26
By Alison St John

Oceanside is the latest city in San Diego County to mount an initiative to restrict housing development on land currently zoned as open space. The “SOAR” initiative has collected enough signatures to qualify for the ballot.

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Anti-Issa Protesters End Rallies, Turn to Canvassing

April 24
By Alison St John

A long-running congressional protest came to an end Tuesday. Demonstrators who have rallied weekly outside Republican Congressman Darrell Issa office in Vista for more than a year, are now planning to focus their energies on getting out the vote.

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Encinitas Marijuana Advocates Pushing For November Ballot Measure

April 18
By Alison St John

Signature gatherers are gearing up to put a marijuana initiative on the November ballot in Encinitas. Encinitas is likely to be the second city, after Vista, to see a recreational marijuana initiative campaign this year.

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49th Congressional Candidates Jockey For Money, Attention

April 18
By Alison St John

The latest campaign fundraising disclosures show which candidates in the race to replace Rep. Darrell Issa have the most cash on hand.

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San Diego Padres: What To Expect In The 2018 Season

April 2
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

The 2018 Major League Baseball season is in full swing as the Padres take on the Colorado Rockies Monday at Petco Park after a series sweep loss against the Milwaukee Brewers.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: 'The Phantom' Returns, And So Does Tommy Wiseau

March 30
By Alison St John, Nina Garin

This weekend brings some theatrical and pop culture reunions, as well as an evening of meditative noise.

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Oceanside Council Votes Against Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

March 29
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth, Michael Lipkin

The council did approve allowing medical marijuana cultivation, testing, distribution, manufacturing and nurseries within the city of Oceanside following the approval of a regulatory fee schedule.

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As San Onofre's Radioactive Waste Goes Underground, Opponents Search For Alternatives

March 29
By Alison St John

As the San Onofre nuclear power plant is decommissioned, the twin domes visible from Interstate 5 will disappear. But thousands of highly radioactive spent fuel rods will remain.

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Women Reflect On Their Silver Hair Journey

March 26
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

Some women have said they felt empowered after embracing their grey hair. Stylist Lorraine Massey is in San Diego Monday to discuss her latest book, “Silver Hair: A Handbook.”

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Edison Reveals Design Flaws In New Canisters Storing Nuclear Waste At San Onofre

March 23
By Alison St John

Southern California Edison stopped loading spent nuclear fuel rods into canisters at San Onofre after discovering a design flaw in the containers used to store the nuclear waste.

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Former 'Navy Mayor' Urges Reassessment Of San Onofre's Nuclear Waste Risks

March 22
By Alison St John

The former “Navy Mayor” of San Diego is asking top brass at Camp Pendleton to consider moving the spent fuel from San Onofre to a site on the base, further from the beach. Retired Adm. Len Hering said he believes the risks of storing the nuclear waste next to the ocean have not been correctly assessed.

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Republicans Crowd The Field In 49th Congressional Race

March 20
By Alison St John

Eight Republicans are now running for the 49th Congressional seat currently held by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, who plans to retire.

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Edison Names Panel Of San Onofre Nuclear Waste Advisors

March 15
By Alison St John

Southern California Edison has engaged a panel of experts to advise the company on how to move nuclear waste off the storage site near the beach at San Onofre.

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Oceanside Planning Commission Doubles Down On Proposed Medicinal Marijuana Ordinance

March 14
By Alison St John

Oceanside’s Planning Commission recommends the city council approve a proposed medicinal marijuana ordinance. If passed, it would become the fifth city in San Diego County to allow licensed medicinal marijuana dispensaries.

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San Elijo Lagoon Project Helps Habitat And Benefits The Beach

March 12
By Alison St John

A $100 million project to restore the San Elijo Lagoon in Encinitas is underway, and the first phase benefits not only the health of the lagoon but also the beach.

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Democrats Split Over Endorsements In Race For Issa's Congressional Seat

March 8
By Alison St John

To endorse or not to endorse in the race for the 49th Congressional District? The question highlights disagreements among Democrats in San Diego.

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New Hope In Effort To Move Nuclear Waste Off San Onofre Beach

March 7
By Alison St John

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has begun a technical review of a license for an interim storage site for nuclear waste in New Mexico. It’s a hopeful sign for those fighting to find an alternative to burying spent nuclear fuel 100 feet from the beach at San Onofre.

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Democrats Tighten Field In Race For 49th Congressional District

March 5
By Alison St John

Christina PreJean, one of five Democrats running to replace incumbent Republican Darrell Issa in the 49th Congressional District, has dropped out of the race.

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'Viability' Forum Challenges Congressional Candidates To Show Road To Victory

March 2
By Alison St John

A forum in Oceanside Friday night is designed to test the viability of each Democratic candidate running for Republican Rep. Darrell Issa’s 49th Congressional seat. California’s primary election system no longer guarantees a member of each political party will go on to fight in November.

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Consumer Watchdog Urges CPUC To Reject San Onofre Settlement

March 1
By Alison St John

A consumer watchdog group is opposing a settlement agreement that charges ratepayers about $2 billion for the shutdown of San Onofre.

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Democrats Looking To Thin Crowded Field In Race For 49th Congressional District

Feb. 28
By Alison St John

The California Democratic Party’s decision not to endorse a candidate in the race to replace Rep. Darrell Issa puts the Democrats in a vulnerable position. The Flip the 49th campaign is looking for ways to narrow the field.

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Democratic Party Endorsement In The 49th Congressional District A Long Shot

Feb. 23
By Alison St John

Delegates at the California Democratic Party Convention in San Diego this weekend will decide whether to endorse candidates in the race to replace Darrell Issa in the 49th Congressional District. An endorsement could be key for Democrats to win one of the top two seats in the June primary, but an endorsement may not be forthcoming.

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Lilac Hills Ranch Is Back For Public Review

Feb. 22
By Alison St John

The Lilac Hills Ranch development that San Diego County voters defeated two years ago is back on the agenda, and a favorable vote by the County Board of Supervisors could bring it back to life.

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NRC Petitioned To Require Stronger Canisters To Store Nuclear Waste Indefinitely

Feb. 19
By Alison St John

A public watchdog group wants the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to require stronger canisters for storing spent nuclear fuel on site indefinitely. The petition comes as Southern California Edison moves spent fuel from the decommissioned San Onofre nuclear power plant into storage next to the ocean.

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Encinitas Hopes To Increase Housing Stock With Granny Flats

Feb. 15
By Alison St John

The city has approved an ordinance making it easier for residents to build granny flats.

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Marijuana Regulations Creating Buzz In North County Supervisors Race

Feb. 14
By Alison St John

This year, the cannabis industry can legally throw money into politics in California, and candidates can legally accept it. One race where marijuana money may flow is the race to replace San Diego County Supervisor Bill Horn.

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City To Revise Safeguards After Homeless Person Scooped Up In Trash Truck

Feb. 7
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

The city of San Diego has said it will make changes following an incident in December where a homeless person was nearly killed after being scooped into a garbage truck during a cleanup of a homeless encampment on a city street.

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Levin Raises Most Among Dems Vying To Replace Issa

Feb. 6
By Alison St John

With 10 candidates running, the campaign for Darrell Issa’s 49th congressional seat is all about who will be among the top two vote-getters in the June primary, and go on to compete in November.

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Report: Tijuana Homicides Reach Record High In 2017

Feb. 6
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

A new report by the Justice in Mexico Project at the University of San Diego examines the resurgence of violent crime in Tijuana.

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San Diego Studies How To Improve Immigrant Outreach

Feb. 6
By Alison St John, Michael Lipkin

A coalition of San Diego officials, business leaders, academics and immigrant rights groups are moving forward with plans to study how the city can improve immigrant integration.

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Public Has Chance To Weigh In On Palomar Airport 20-Year Master Plan

Feb. 5
By Alison St John and Libby Denkmann

Residents who live around McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad have about six weeks to comment on a master plan that will guide the regional airport’s growth over the next 20 years. Some residents are concerned about the proposal to lengthen the runway.

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Settlement Means Customer Bill Cut For Closed Nuclear Plant

Jan. 31
By Alison St John, Associated Press

The Southern California utilities that oversaw a nuclear plant that was shut down has reached a $775 million settlement with attorneys representing consumers who felt they were footing too much of the bill for the closure.

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Palomar Airport Master Plan Seeks Clearance From Community

Jan. 30
By Alison St John

San Diego County is soliciting public comment on a 20-year master plan to improve Palomar Airport in Carlsbad.

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Former City Manager To Step Into Oceanside Mayor Role

Jan. 26
By Alison St John

Oceanside’s former City Manager Peter Weiss will move into the mayor’s office on Monday, and assume the duties of mayor for at least the next two and a half years.

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Group Launches Effort To Place 'Safeguard Countryside' Initiative On Ballot

Jan. 24
By Alison St John

A group called San Diegans for Managed Growth is launching a campaign to change the way some new housing developments in San Diego’s unincorporated areas are approved.

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Both Political Parties Face Uncertain Outcome In 49th Congressional Primary

Jan. 24
By Alison St John

With nine candidates now running to replace Darrell Issa in Congress, the challenge for both parties will be to make sure at least one of their candidates is among the top two vote-getters in the June primary.

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Extra Trolleys, Buses Tapped For Saturday's Women's March; Coaster Not Running

Jan. 19
By Alison St John

With thousands of people expected to attend the two women's marches in San Diego this weekend, the first challenge is likely to be how to get there on time. It may be a good time to use public transit.

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Fate Of Oceanside Mayor's Seat Still Up In The Air

Jan. 15
By Alison St John

The Oceanside City Council must decide by Feb. 7 if it wants to put the mayor’s seat on the June ballot. But the council is still not sure it wants to make an appointment or hold an election.

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County Supervisors To Review Flu Severity

Jan. 8
By Alison St John

San Diego County supervisors will decide Tuesday whether to declare a state of emergency because of the severity of this year’s flu season.

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