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Stories by Alison St John

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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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Congressman Issa Distances Himself From Trump Administration Policies

Jan. 5
By Alison St John

San Diego Republican congressman Darrell Issa is putting some distance between himself and the Trump administration when it comes to enforcing federal laws on marijuana and reopening oil drilling off California’s coast. The nine-term congressman faces four Democratic challengers in mid-term elections this year.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: 'Hamilton'-mania

Jan. 5
By Alison St John, Nina Garin

"Hamilton," the smash musical opens in San Diego this weekend and so many people are excited, even those who don't like theater.

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What’s In Store For San Diego’s Dining Scene In 2018

Jan. 3
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

From restaurants with on-site childcare to the cannabis culinary arts scene, San Diego food writers weigh in on the most anticipated food trends to dominate the local dining scene in 2018.

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Salk Scientists Debate Editing Plant Genes To Fight Climate Change

Jan. 3
By Alison St John, Michael Lipkin

Scientists at the Salk Institute are turning to plants as a means to stave off climate change but are facing an ethical dilemma: should they use genetic engineering to make more resilient plants?

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Unconventional New Year's Eve Picks

Dec. 29, 2017
By Alison St John, Nina Garin

From old-fashioned concerts to a roller skate party, here are some New Year's Eve ideas that go beyond nightclubs and fancy dinners.

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On The Environment Beat: Drought, Sewage Spills, Redeveloping In Mission Valley

Dec. 28, 2017
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

Reporter Erik Anderson focuses mainly on stories about the environment. This year that has included drought, the Tijuana sewage spills and how plans for how redeveloping Mission Valley could change our urban environment.

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2017's Top Military Stories: Trump Tries To Ban Transgender Military Personnel, Healthcare For Veterans, Ship Collisions

Dec. 27, 2017
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

From President Trump's Twitter announcement about transgender military personnel to the loss of sailors in two accidents in the Pacific, 2017 has been an unpredictable year for the U.S. military.

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San Diego Immigration Advocates Vow To Continue To Fight For Dream Act

Dec. 22, 2017
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

As members of Congress leave Washington with no deal on immigration reform, advocates say they will continue pushing for passage of the Dream Act in January.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Santa, 'Motown' And Free Dance Lessons

Dec. 22, 2017
By Alison St John, Nina Garin

This weekend features a Christmas concert, a free day of dance and the return of "Motown the Musical."

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San Diego Sheriff Gore Discusses Impact Of New 'Sanctuary State' Law

Dec. 21, 2017
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

Senate Bill 54, also known as the California Values Act, limits cooperation between local law enforcement agencies and federal immigration authorities. Supporters say it will help protect law abiding undocumented immigrants from deportation.

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Convention Center Tax, Vacation Rentals, Climate Plan Up Ahead For San Diego Politics In 2018

Dec. 21, 2017
By Alison St John, Michael Lipkin

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s proposed tax increase to help pay for a Convention Center expansion and homeless funding got pushed to 2018. That's just one major political battle expected next year.

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Taking Stock Of San Diego's Housing Crisis

Dec. 20, 2017
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

The number of residential building permits issued in the region in 2017 is on pace to be down by 20 percent from the previous year. San Diego housing exerts discuss what is driving the housing shortage and how the new GOP tax bill may impact the housing market.

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Campaign To Flip The 49th Congressional District Off To An Early Start

Dec. 19, 2017
By Alison St John

This week marks one year since protesters first staged rallies outside Rep. Darrell Issa’s 49th Congressional District office in Vista. The campaigns battling over this district are already reaching out to voters, a year before the 2018 elections.

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No Lions, No Tigers, Some Bears. The Nat Details San Diego's Mammals

Dec. 19, 2017
By Alison St John, Michael Lipkin

The book is the product of nearly two decades of research, detailing not just what scientists know about these animals, but highlighting what they still need to learn.

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Transfer Of Nuclear Waste At San Onofre Scheduled To Begin This Month

Dec. 19, 2017
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

Southern California Edison has declined to confirm whether or not the process to move nuclear waste to dry storage has begun at the decommissioned San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

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Report Details Secret Pentagon Program To Study UFOs

Dec. 19, 2017
By Alison St John, Michael Lipkin

“I have no idea what I saw,” a Navy pilot said, according to the New York Times. “It had no plumes, wings or rotors and outran our F-18s.”

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Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood Resigns

Dec. 13, 2017
By Alison St John, City News Service

One week after returning to the City Council dais after recovering from a stroke, Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood resigned, effective Jan. 1, the city announced Wednesday.

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Train Track Fatalities Climb In North San Diego County

Dec. 13, 2017
By Alison St John

The number of people killed on the train tracks that run along the coast from Oceanside to San Diego has almost doubled since last year.

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Santa Ana Winds Expected To Pick Up Again This Weekend

Dec. 7, 2017
By Alison St John

The National Weather Service says the worst of the Santa Winds should be over, however, strong winds are expected to persist through the weekend, potentially hampering firefighting efforts.

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North County's Homeless Housing Network Now Helping Twice As Many People

Dec. 4, 2017
By Alison St John

This year, three of the four emergency homeless housing shelters in North County are open year-round. And the lone seasonal winter shelter would like to be open year-round, too.

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San Elijo Coastal Lagoon Makeover To Help Wildlife, Prepare For Sea Level Rise

Nov. 29, 2017
By Alison St John

A $100 million project to improve a San Diego coastal lagoon broke ground on Wednesday. The project will do more than restore the natural habitat; it will prepare the lagoon for sea level rise.

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Boosted Funding, New Forester To Help San Diego Meet Its Tree Planting Goal

Nov. 24, 2017
By Alison St John, Michael Lipkin

San Diego's recently installed forester says his department has an additional $300,000 in funding to plant new trees, as the city moves towards its goal of 15 percent canopy cover by 2020.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Disco, Jazz And Tennis!

Nov. 24, 2017
By Alison St John, Nina Garin

This holiday weekend features a tribute to the Queen of Disco, a swing dance party and some Tennis.

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California PUC Used Public Money To Block San Onofre Investigation

Nov. 21, 2017
By Alison St John

Court documents released this week indicate the California Public Utilities Commission used public money to try to block search warrants in an investigation into possible collusion with Southern California Edison over the premature closure of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

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Del Mar Beachfront Facing Challenges Of 'Managed Retreat'

Nov. 20, 2017
By Alison St John

The city of Del Mar plans to issue a new draft report this week on how to adapt to sea level rise. The report has been changed to remove a strategy that homeowners fear could affect their property values.

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380 Homes To Be Built On Defunct Escondido Country Club Golf Course

Nov. 16, 2017
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

The Escondido City Council may have ended a five-year battle Wednesday over whether to allow development on the now-defunct country club golf course.

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Escondido Golf Course Saga Ends Up Back Before City Council

Nov. 14, 2017
By Alison St John

Another battle over whether to build on a North County golf course is in the news this week. The Escondido City Council votes Wednesday night on whether to resolve nearly five years of legal wrangling over plans to build homes on a now-closed country club.

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Tax Bill Contains Provision That Could Hit Affordable Housing Sector Hard

Nov. 14, 2017
By Alison St John

A federal tax credit program that is the cornerstone of much of San Diego’s subsidized affordable housing could be cut. It is a proposal being considered in Washington, D.C., to help pay for the tax reform bill.

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Golf Course Closed After Poway Voters Reject Country Club Development

Nov. 8, 2017
By Alison St John, City News Service

A proposed development at the StoneRidge Country Club was rejected by Poway voters. As soon as the results were posted, the owner, Michael Schlesinger of Western Golf Properties, shut down the course.