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Stories by Alison St John

New Affordable Housing In North County Defies Stereotypes

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San Marcos is one of the North County cities that has built the most new affordable housing in the last three years. Many of those units came with workout rooms and granite countertops.

San Diego Economist Alan Nevin Discusses America's 'Great Divide'

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In his new book, "The Great Divide: The True Story of America Tomorrow", Nevin details the demographic and economic future of California and other key U.S. states.

Rev. William Barber On The New Civil Rights Movement

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Rev. Barber, president of North Carolina's NAACP, was the keynote speaker at the 29th annual All People's Breakfast celebration in Balboa Park to honor civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

Despite Opposition, County Supervisors Vote To Increase Their Salaries

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The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to increase their own salaries by more than $19,000 each year, despite public comment by about two dozen opponents.

County Supervisors Add To Their Pension Payouts During Last Term In Office

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On Tuesday, San Diego County Supervisors’ agenda will include the final reading of an ordinance that effectively increases their pay by about 12 percent within the next year.

North County Housing Development Opponents Sued For Attorney's Fees

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Attorneys for a San Diego developer of a proposed North County housing project are suing opponents for thousands of dollars after it was defeated at the polls in November.

Where To Eat On Christmas And Hanukkah

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Where do you go if you're not up for cooking a holiday meal? Two dining experts are here to help.

Jan Goldsmith Reflects On Time As San Diego’s City Attorney

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Goldsmith served as city attorney for eight years. During his time in office, he dealt with the resignation of a mayor, controversy over a plan to finance an expansion of the convention center and pension reform.

A San Diego Spinal Surgeon's Plea For Less Surgery

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Patients continue to demand spinal operations for back pain even when evidence shows non-surgical treatments, such as medically-supervised exercise, could be just as effective.

Comedian, Actor Leslie Jordan To Perform In San Diego

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Emmy award-winning actor and comedian Leslie Jordan is in San Diego to perform his stand-up comedy show "Stra?ght Outta Chattanooga" at Martinis Above Fourth.

San Diego Budget Deficits Could Be Bigger Than Mayor Planned

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Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s office released figures last month showing that spiking pension costs would create two years of budget shortfalls. But a recent analysis from the city’s independent budget analyst says the mayor left out some key costs and that the deficits could be even deeper.

Unpublished Writers Find Recognition From San Diego Book Awards

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San Diego novelists Chet Cunningham has written more than 300 published books, but started the San Diego Book Awards 22 years ago to inspire writers who were less fortunate in finding outlets for their works.

San Diego Councilwoman Georgette Gomez Takes Office

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Gomez, a community organizer who campaigned on the promise to shake up city hall, is the newly elected city council representative for District 9. The district includes City Heights, Kensignton, College Area and some neighborhoods in southeastern San Diego.

Tension Over Arts Renaissance And Gentrification In Barrio Logan

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Longtime San Diego arts reporter Kinsee Morlan explores the intersection of arts and gentrification in Barrio Logan.

San Diego Museum Of Art Brings Little-Known Masterpieces Out Of Storage

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More than 300 rarely seen paintings, sculptures and prints are now on display in the new “Visible Vaults” exhibition at San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park.

San Diego Councilwoman Barbara Bry Takes Office

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Barbara Bry, a former tech entrepreneur, is the newly elected city council representative for District 1. The district includes Carmel Valley, Del Mar Heights, La Jolla, Torrey Pines and University City.

Talking Food: How To Prepare Healthy, Holiday Desserts

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A new cookbook by San Diego fitness expert Laura Marquis puts a healthy twist on some favorite holiday season desserts.

San Diego County Organizations Working To End Homelessness

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On Thursday's Midday Edition, we talk to the CEO's of two groups that are working to end homelessness — Herb Johnson of the San Diego Rescue Mission and Chris Megison of Solutions for Change.

Rep. Duncan Hunter's 49K Campaign Repayment Sheds Light On Personal Finance

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Hunter came under scrutiny for spending campaign funds on groceries, oral surgery, an Italian hotel and other personal uses. Hunter later said the expenditures were unauthorized and that some were due to using the wrong credit card.

San Diego Defense Industry Served As Patron For Mid-Century Artists

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While San Diego defense contractor General Dynamics was building Atlas rockets in the late 1950s, the region’s developing art community became an unlikely beneficiary.

‘The Wholehearted’ Takes Stage At La Jolla Playhouse

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“The Wholehearted” is a one-woman show that tells the story of a world champion female boxer who is training for a comeback after being brutally attacked by her own husband. It runs Wednesday-Sunday at the Playhouse.

San Diego Councilman Chris Ward Discusses Priorities

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Chris Ward is among three new San Diego City Council members who took their oath of office Monday. Ward represents District 3, which includes neighborhoods south of Interstate 8 from University Heights to North Park and downtown.

Local Headphone Maker Earns Top Rating For Protecting Young Ears

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There are dozens of headphones that pledge to safeguard children's ears by limiting how loud they can listen to music, but a New York Times analysis found half of the 30 kid headphones they tested blew past their promised limits.

Giving A Pet As A Gift? San Diego Humane Society Wants To Help

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The San Diego Humane Society has a program that aims to make is easier to give a pet as a gift.

San Diego Considers Sale Of Recreational Marijuana

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A city proposal would allow San Diego's licensed medical marijuana dispensaries to sell recreational marijuana starting January 1, 2018. That's when recreational sales are set to begin in California under Proposition 64.

Study: 12% Of North County Residents Live In Poverty

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The city with the biggest increase in poverty since before the economic downturn is Oceanside, where the poverty rate has doubled in eight years

Delays Ahead: Construction Begins Soon Along I-5 In North County

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CALTRANS is giving drivers notice that major construction work is due to begin next month on widening Interstate 5.

Little By Little, San Diego's Coastal Rail Line Double Tracked

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Commuters who ride the train along the San Diego coastline are less likely to be bothered than car commuters by the major construction launching this month on the North Coast Corridor project.

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.

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