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Stories by Alison St John

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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.

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Poway Voters Face A Choice: Yes Or No For Homes On Golf Course

Nov. 6, 2017
By Alison St John

Few people are going to the polls on Tuesday, Election Day, but an issue before Poway voters is the hottest topic in North County: land use and housing development.

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Marine Corps Waits For Nuke Waste Removal From San Onofre

Nov. 2, 2017
By Alison St John

The Navy and Marines would like to reclaim the military base land where the San Onofre nuclear power plant now sits, as soon as it is safely decommissioned. But with nuclear waste stored on the site indefinitely, that could be decades.

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Tom Steyer Brings Impeachment Campaign To Anti-Issa Protest In Vista

Oct. 31, 2017
By Alison St John

California billionaire Tom Steyer brought his campaign to impeach President Trump to San Diego’s North County. He found a supportive audience Tuesday among the Democratic protestors outside Rep. Darrell Issa’s office in Vista.

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Del Mar Gears Up For Super Bowl Of Horse Racing: The Breeders Cup

Oct. 30, 2017
By Alison St John

Del Mar is gearing up to host the Breeders Cup, the Super Bowl of horse racing, for the first time this weekend. Horse racing as a sport is on the decline, but big meets like this still attract plenty of fans, and plenty of money.

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CPUC Postpones SDG&E Fire Settlement Vote For Third Time

Oct. 26, 2017
By Alison St John

The California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday postponed for a third time a decision on whether San Diego Gas & Electric can charge ratepayers for costs related to the 2007 wildfires.

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San Marcos Outlaws All Cannabis-Related Commercial Activity

Oct. 25, 2017
By Alison St John

San Marcos City Council has unanimously approved an ordinance outlawing marijuana cultivation, delivery or sale within city boundaries when recreational marijuana becomes legal in California on Jan. 1.

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Poway Voters To Decide On New Housing For StoneRidge Golf Course

Oct. 25, 2017
By Alison St John

The only San Diego County residents going to the polls this Nov. 7 live in Poway and will vote on Measure A, a citizens' initiative paid for by a developer who wants to build condos on his golf course.

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San Diego Arts Mean Business

Oct. 18, 2017
By Alison St John

A report completed this summer reveals arts and culture is a billion-dollar industry in San Diego.

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San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob: 'We’ll Never Prevent Another Big Fire'

Oct. 18, 2017
By Alison St John, Megan Burke

San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob wanted to make big changes after the fires to invest in fire prevention. The majority of the nearly 300,000 acres burned by the Harris and Witch Creek fires were in the county's unincorporated area represented by Supervisor Jacob.

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2007 Wildfires: Losing Their Homes Changed Their Lives

Oct. 18, 2017
By Alison St John

The wildfires that tore through San Diego County 10 years ago this week destroyed an estimated 1,600 homes. Two couples who lost everything when their homes burned to the ground talk about how the experience changed them.

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Palomar College Breaks Ground On New North Education Complex

Oct. 13, 2017
By Alison St John

Palomar Community College in San Marcos broke ground Friday on a new campus. It’s at the northeast corner of the intersection of Interstate 15 and the newly-widened state Route 76, where developers have already started to build about 2,000 new homes.

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Democrats Vie To Take On Republican Congressman Issa

Oct. 17, 2017
By Alison St John

Republican Congressman Darrell Issa has more cash on hand than any of his Democratic challengers in the 49th congressional district race. But the three Democrats running to unseat him are in a fierce battle to raise their campaign war chests.

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Solana Beach Votes On Next Step Toward Community Choice Energy

Oct. 11, 2017
By Alison St John

The Solana Beach City Council votes Wednesday night on whether to move into the next phase of preparing for Community Choice Energy.

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Oceanside Council Extends Mayor Wood's Medical Leave

Oct. 5, 2017
By Alison St John

Oceanside city council has agreed to Mayor Jim Wood’s request for another extension to his leave of absence, to give him more time to recover from a stroke suffered last May.

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San Marcos Residents Incomes Rising Fast, But Most Work Out Of Town

Oct. 3, 2017
By Alison St John

San Marcos appears in a national study this week as a city with one of the highest median income growth rates in the United States.

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Oceanside's Ailing Mayor Requests A Third Leave Of Absence

Oct. 2, 2017
By Alison St John

Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood has written to the city council asking for an additional two months leave of absence. Wood has been gone since May when he suffered his forth stroke.

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North County Cities Grappling With Marijuana Regulations

Sept. 28, 2017
By Alison St John

Two North County cities hold final public workshops Thursday night on how to regulate marijuana, which becomes legal next year.

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Energy, Environment House Subcommittee Hears San Onofre Safety Concerns

Sept. 26, 2017
By Alison St John

San Onofre’s 3.5 million pounds of spent fuel is just a fraction of the radioactive nuclear waste at 17 reactor sites being decommissioned around the country.

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San Marcos Struggles With Changing Development Realities

Sept. 21, 2017
By Alison St John

San Marcos residents are grappling with major changes proposed for the future of their urban core: plans for the Creek District call for far fewer shops, less retail and denser housing.

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Tiny Homes In San Diego Face Big Hurdles

Sept. 21, 2017
By Alison St John

A planned “tiny homes” community in San Diego's North County has turned out to be a costly failure, and California is not making it easy for those who aspire to live in tiny houses.

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Edison Proceeds With Plans To Bury Nuclear Waste At San Onofre Site

Sept. 18, 2017
By Alison St John

Southern California Edison officials said the company will start burying spent nuclear fuel from the now-closed San Onofre nuclear power plant by the end of this year.

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Report Delivered On Tiny Home Communities As Transitional Housing

Sept. 13, 2017
By Alison St John

Temporary communities of tiny homes may be one of the options the City of San Diego eventually considers, as it looks for ways to move the growing number of people who are homeless off the streets.

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SANDAG Reform Bill Heads To Governor's Desk

Sept. 12, 2017
By Alison St John, Michael Lipkin

A measure to reform how San Diego's regional planning agency is governed and would give tax powers to North County Transit District and the Metropolitan Transit System passed the State Assembly Monday, sending the measure to Gov. Jerry Brown.

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'The Sandcastle Girls' Author In Town For Kickoff Events For One Book, One San Diego

Sept. 12, 2017
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

"The Sandcastle Girls" is a multi-generational tale that spans nearly 100 years and focuses on the Armenian Genocide.

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Oceanside Strips Canyon Of Vegetation To Deter Homeless Encampments

Sept. 7, 2017
By Alison St John

Homeless encampments are reappearing in an Oceanside canyon that was partially stripped of trees to discourage overnight camping.

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Commercial Cannabis Cultivation Could Be Boon For Oceanside Farmers

Aug. 2, 2017
By Alison St John

Oceanside is considering how to regulate the cultivation of cannabis. For San Diego County farmers struggling to stay in business with rising water bills and higher labor costs, there are potential profits from the newly legalized crop.

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World's Top Women Surfers Prepare To Catch Waves In Oceanside

July 27, 2017
By Alison St John

Preparations are underway for the 10th annual Supergirl Pro Surfing championships that begin this weekend in Oceanside.

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Oceanside Mayor Aims To Return To City Hall Next Month

July 24, 2017
By Alison St John

The city of Oceanside remains in political limbo as its mayor, Jim Wood, continues to recover from a stroke he suffered in May.

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Proposed North County Housing Development Public Comment Meeting Draws A Crowd

July 20, 2017
By Alison St John

More than 200 people showed up for a meeting Tuesday night on Newland Sierra, a proposal to build more than 2,000 new homes in rural North County.

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Issa Challenger Raises More Individual Contributions So Far This Year

July 18, 2017
By Alison St John

The latest federal campaign finance reports show one of Republican Congressman Issa’s Democratic challengers has raised more in individual contributions this year than the incumbent.

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Del Mar Races See New Costs And Declining Revenues

July 18, 2017
By Alison St John

Wednesday is opening day at the Del Mar racetrack. Horse racing is on the decline nationwide, forcing the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club to make some changes.

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Carlsbad To Share Cost Of Community Choice Energy Study

July 12, 2017
By Alison St John

Carlsbad is the fourth North County city to agree to consider the feasibility of Community Choice Energy.

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City Unveils $80 Million Plan To Build More Housing For San Diego Homeless

July 5, 2017
By Alison St John, City News Service

The San Diego Housing Commission and area elected officials Wednesday kicked off a three-year, $80 million program to provide more housing for the area's burgeoning homeless population.