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Stories by Alison St John

Radioactive Fuel Storage Not Part Of San Onofre Environmental Report

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The indefinite storage of radioactive nuclear waste 100 feet from the beach will not be part of California’s environmental impact report on the decommissioning of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

Lands Commission Seeks Input On San Onofre Decommissioning

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The California State Lands Commission on Tuesday night will begin to collect public comments for a report on the environmental impacts of Southern California Edison’s plan to decommission the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

Another Gaspar Steps Into The Encinitas Political Ring

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Paul Gaspar, the husband of Encinitas Mayor Kristin Gaspar, declared he will run for the job in November. Kristin Gaspar cannot run for a second term since she is challenging San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts for his seat.

San Diego Congressmen Propose Bill To Close Visa Loopholes

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Republican Rep. Darrell Issa and Democratic Rep. Scott Peters have introduced a bipartisan bill that would close loopholes in the H-1B visa program.

Board Votes For Another Study On Valley Center Development Project

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The precedent-setting Lilac Hills project would build 1,700 homes on semi-rural land zoned for 110 homes.

Election Issues Shaping Up In North County

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Rep. Darrell Issa will likely have to fight harder to keep his seat. A housing project proposed for Valley Center could set a precedent for future growth. Carlsbad gears up for a more contentious election than usual.

New Round In Escondido Country Club Development Saga

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A developer has plans for an Escondido golf course that was closed down more than three years ago and has been in limbo ever since. New Urban West will hold an open house this weekend at the Escondido Country Club to explore options for building on the 110-acre site.

San Diego Civil Rights Group Reacts To Recent Police Shootings

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The San Diego chapter of the civil rights group National Action Network is organizing a rally Saturday in response to two deadly police shootings involving black men that made national headlines this week.

San Diego Transgender Vet On The Military's New Policy

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The Department of Defense last week lifted the military's ban on transgender troops. A transgender woman from San Diego who served in Vietnam discusses her experience in the military and what she hopes its new policy can achieve.

Password Sharing Can Be A Crime, Court Rules

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After a ruling upheld the conviction of a man for using a colleague's password to access his former employer's database, should people start second-guessing sharing a Netflix password?

How Scientists Are Pushing The Boundaries Of Our Senses

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Science journalist Kara Platoni wants to know more about how our brains interpret what we see, hear, touch, taste and smell, and whether current research can expand our ability to perceive the world.

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Jane Austen Goes Musical At The Globe

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This summer, "Sense and Sensibility" gets a musical treatment over at The Old Globe.

ACLU Report Documents Struggle Of Deported Veterans

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The report released Tuesday highlights 84 cases of immigrants who served in the U.S. military and have been deported or are currently facing deportation.

First Records Released On San Diego's Open Data Site

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San Diego has been playing catch up in the open data movement. Cities including Chicago, Boston and Los Angeles share information on everything from crime reports to taxi data for anyone to see.

MiraCosta College Opens Vets Business Training Center

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MiraCosta College in Carlsbad opened a new center to help veterans start their own businesses on Tuesday.

Encinitas Settles Second Affordable Housing Lawsuit

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Encinitas has settled its second lawsuit with developers over how the city approves denser development and affordable housing. But the question remains: How will the city comply with state law on affordable housing?

San Diego Students Work On Safe, Sustainable Buildings For Nepal

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Students in San Diego's NewSchool of Architecture and Design are working on a project they hope will create a model for thousands of Nepalese who lost their homes after a powerful earthquake shook the country last year.

Supervisor Dave Roberts Says Encinitas Mayor ‘Doesn’t Have The Skills’

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With 100 percent of precincts reported — except for late mail and provisional ballots — Democratic Supervisor Dave Roberts has 39 percent and Encinitas Mayor Kristin Gaspar has 34 percent.

Del Mar Climate Action Plan Passage Could Influence Other Cities

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Del Mar could be the first city in San Diego County to follow the example of San Diego's environmental goals.

PACs Outspend Candidates In County Supervisor Dave Roberts' Race

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Seats on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors are seldom contested. But this year, hundreds of thousands of dollars are being spent by independent political action committees to unseat incumbent Democrat Dave Roberts.

Solana Beach Council Skeptical Of Del Mar Fairgrounds Study

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The Solana Beach City Council considered the final draft of the Del Mar Fairgrounds Fiscal Impact Report Wednesday night and picked holes in many of its conclusions.

#ShowUsYourMailers: In County’s District 3, Campaign Mailers Try To Make Quick Impression

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Political slate mailers are arriving in the mailboxes of targeted groups of voters in San Diego County Board of Supervisors' District 3.

Homeless People Find Overnight Shelter In Oceanside Beach Bathrooms

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The City of Oceanside recently invested about $2 million in new public bathrooms at the beach and upgraded bathrooms on the pier, a popular spot for fishermen, surfers, tourists, residents and the homeless.

Del Mar Gets Ready For A New City Hall

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The Del Mar City Hall has been in an old brick school house since the 1970s. It will be torn down next month to make room for a new one that's estimated to cost $16 million.

Report Spells Out Financial Impact Of Del Mar Fairgrounds

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A new report details the financial costs and benefits of the Del Mar Fairgrounds on Del Mar and Solana Beach.

San Diego Chamber Backs Gaspar In County Supervisor Race

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San Diego’s Regional Chamber of Commerce has invested more than $100,000 to support Encinitas Mayor Kristin Gaspar in her quest for a seat on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors.

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.

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