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Stories by Alison St John

Escondido Reaches Agreement With Golf Course Developer

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The city of Escondido has reached a settlement with a developer who bought the former Escondido Country Club golf course in 2012, shut it down and announced plans to build hundreds of homes on it.

Commission Expands Nuclear Waste Storage At San Onofre

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The California Coastal Commission voted unanimously to grant Southern California Edison a 20-year permit for an expanded nuclear waste storage facility at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in northern San Diego County.

Coastal Commission To Vote On Expanded Nuclear Fuel Storage At San Onofre

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The California Coastal Commission votes Tuesday on Southern California Edison’s plan to expand its storage of spent nuclear fuel at San Onofre.

Issa Addresses Need To Find Alternative Storage For Nuclear Waste

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San Diego Congressman Darrell Issa is co-sponsoring a bill to help find alternatives for storing nuclear waste.

North County Summit Focuses On Economic Impact Of Aging Population

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The San Diego North Economic Development Council Health Care Summit warned that a new model of care for the aging is needed.

Carlsbad Residents Submit A Second Round Of Signatures For Lagoon Vote

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An issue that has divided the Carlsbad community took a new twist Thursday. Opponents of a proposed shopping center on the Agua Hedionda Lagoon have presented more than 9,000 signatures asking for a referendum to the City Clerk.

Tri-City Health Workers Rally For Jobs In Oceanside

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The Service Employees International Union said Tri-City Medical Center plans to outsource 460 jobs, which would mean more staff turnover, less training and reduced pay and benefits.

San Diego County Supervisor Addresses Question Of Potential Conflict Of Interest

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Supervisor Bill Horn could well be the key vote on the precedent-setting Lilac Hills development project, but questions remain unresolved over his potential conflicts of interest.

Vista Bans 'Puppy Mill' Sales

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Vista is the sixth city in San Diego County to ban retail pet stores from selling dogs and cats bred in out-of-state “puppy mills.”

Carlsbad Residents Confused By Dueling Signature Campaigns

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Carlsbad residents are reeling from dueling signature-gathering campaigns. Next week is the final week of a petition drive to gather signatures to require a vote on plans to build a shopping center on the Agua Hedionda lagoon.

Supervisors Agree To Ask Feds To Remove San Onofre Waste

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The San Diego County Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday to ask the federal government to remove and relocate nuclear waste being stored at the shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

Officials Reject Proposal To Merge Fallbrook, Rainbow Water Districts

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The merger between Fallbrook and Rainbow water districts would have saved more than $2 million a year. But Rainbow resisted the proposal, calling it a hostile takeover.

San Diego County Planning Commission Recommends Approval of Lilac Hills

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After a second day of hearings, San Diego County Planning Commissioners voted to recommend approval of the Lilac Hills development west of Valley Center.

Planning Commission To Vote On Rural North San Diego County Development

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A major challenge to San Diego County’s blueprint for growth in rural areas comes before the Planning Commission Friday. Both the developer and the project’s opponents say the Lilac Hills project would set a precedent.

San Diego's North County Is 'Epicenter' Of Succulent Boom

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As the market for water thirsty plants dries up, sales of cacti and succulents are thriving — and San Diego’s North County is ground zero for all things succulent.

Carlsbad Approves Agua Hedionda Lagoon Shopping Center

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Carlsbad City Council voted unanimously to approve a plan to build an upscale mall overlooking the Agua Hedionda Lagoon, rather than putting it on the ballot for a public vote.

Carlsbad Residents Divided On Agua Hedionda Lagoon Development

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Carlsbad residents are divided on a developer’s proposal to build an upscale outdoor shopping center on a North County lagoon. The Agua Hedionda Lagoon Project comes before the Carlsbad City Council for a vote Tuesday.

Critics Protest Proposed Shopping Center On Carlsbad Lagoon

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Opponents of a plan to build a shopping center on the shores of a Carlsbad lagoon say the plan seriously underestimates the environmental impact.

Carlsbad Staff Says Proposed Development Complies With Planning Policy

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Carlsbad city staff have given their thumbs up to a developer’s plan to build a shopping center on fields overlooking the Agua Hedionda lagoon. The project is up for a City Council vote later this month.

Agua Hedionda Development Plan Sidesteps CEQA

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A plan to build a state-of-the-art outdoor mall overlooking a Carlsbad coastal lagoon could set a new model for dealing with environmental reviews.

Lilac Hills Challenges San Diego County's General Plan For Growth

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The Lilac Hills project would build hundreds of homes on farmland near Valley Center. The San Diego County's Planning Commission will discuss the project on Friday.

Roundtable Looks At Terminal 1 Re-Do, ICE Detention Case, Downtown Loos

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It's only 48 years old, but Lindbergh Field's Terminal One is approaching the end of its life. Being detained by ICE means entering an alternate legal universe. And should downtown public toilets stay? Or should they go?

Mayor Kevin Faulconer On Latest Efforts To Keep Chargers In San Diego

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San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer told KPBS Midday Edition on Thursday that the $2.1 million the city agreed to spend on an environmental analysis of a proposed NFL stadium will be money “well-spent.”

San Diego Civic Organist Releases New Album

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"Just Carol" features new compositions for piano and organ by San Diego musician Carol Williams.

North County Leaders Thirst For Drought Remedies

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Leaders gathered at a North County Water Summit in Vista, searching for ways to address the drought in the region.

Proposed Development On Carlsbad Lagoon Comes Under Scrutiny

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The Carlsbad City Council could vote as soon as next month to approve a new upscale mall on the shores of the Agua Hedionda lagoon. But some residents say citizens should be allowed to vote on the developer’s plan.

San Diego Graywater Options Getting A Closer Look

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Cutting water use by 12 percent to 36 percent is no easy task, so it's not surprising homeowners and homebuilders are turning to graywater systems.

Vote To Merge Rainbow, Fallbrook Water Districts Delayed

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County Supervisor Bill Horn, who chairs the panel that will decide whether to merge the Rainbow and Fallbrook water districts, couldn't attend Monday's meeting so a vote was delayed until Sept. 14.

Mural Of Hope Goes Up At Libby Lake Park In Oceanside

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Teens in the troubled Libby Lake neighborhood of Oceanside have painted a vivid new mural and dedicated it to the community.

Oceanside Takes Steps To Develop More Affordable Housing

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Oceanside lost an estimated $3.3 million in funding for affordable housing by cutting developer fees to some of the lowest rates in the region four years ago. This week, the city will start charging higher developer fees again.

Encinitas Bans Sale Of Commercially Bred Dogs, Cats

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Encinitas has become the fourth city in San Diego County to ban the sale of dogs and cats from commercial breeders.

Rainbow Water District Board Opposes Merger With Fallbrook

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The Rainbow Water District has voted to oppose a proposed merger with the Fallbrook Water District. The decision shows the challenge of trying to consolidate how water is managed in California.

Supervisor Dave Roberts Cancels Scheduled Appearance

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San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts has canceled a scheduled appearance at MiraCosta College Friday, the day after a second claim was filed against the county by one of his former employees.

'Peaker' Plant To Replace Carlsbad's Power Station

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The state's Public Utilities Commission approved Thursday a new gas power plant in Carlsbad to replace almost a quarter of the energy lost when San Onofre shut down. Opponents say the decision misses an opportunity to move toward more sustainable energy sources.

Oceanside's Prince Of Peace Abbey Spiritual Leader To Step Down

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The Rev. Charles Wright, head of the Prince of Peace Abbey for the past two decades, will resign this summer on his 80th birthday.

Lilac Hills Project: 'Leapfrog' Development Or Smart Growth?

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Lilac Hills Ranch, a proposed development in Valley Center, pits millions of dollars in private investment against years of public planning.

San Diego City Council Delays One Paseo Vote

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Signatures from voters forced the hotly contested development planned for Del Mar Heights Road back to the San Diego City Council, where it won approval in February.

Harmony Grove Residents Worry About Fire Evacuation Routes

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Recovery is slow for Harmony Grove, a community hard hit by the Cocos fire a year ago this week. Plus, residents worry that evacuation routes have not improved.

'Destination' Mall Proposed For Carlsbad Lagoon

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A developer who wants to build an upscale, open-air mall on the edge of Carlsbad’s Agua Hedionda lagoon presents his plans as a way to preserve open space.

Oceanside Floats The Idea Of Encouraging Graywater Systems

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To help meet state-mandated 25 percent water cutbacks, the city of Oceanside is urging residents to consider installing graywater systems.

Commission Opts To Compare Alternatives Before Voting On Carlsbad Power Plant

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The California Public Utilities Commission has decided not to approve SDG&E's proposed contract for a new power plant in Carlsbad until they have more information about renewable alternatives.

Long-Awaited Vote On Carlsbad Energy Center Due This Week

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A vote could come Thursday that would determine whether a new gas-powered "peaker” plant is built on the coast in Carlsbad, on the site of the existing Encina power plant.

Proposed Gregory Canyon Landfill Digs Itself Out Of A Hole

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The proposal to build a new landfill in Gregory Canyon in North County is back on track.

San Diegan Worries For His Family In Remote Nepali Village

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Lotte Lama, who is from Nepal, is spending sleepless nights worrying about the best way to help his family whose homes were destroyed in the earthquake.

Interstate 5-Highway 78 Interchange In A Tough Spot

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Oceanside residents will meet Tuesday to talk about how plans for a new Interstate 5-Highway 78 interchange will affect their neighborhoods.

Mayor Faulconer On San Diego Chargers, 2016 Budget, Water Enforcement

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Mayor Kevin Faulconer talks about the chances of the Chargers staying in San Diego, his proposed 2016 budget, and enforcing mandatory water restrictions.

Study: Diesel, Gas Exhaust Mostly To Blame For Calexico’s Polluted Air

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The Imperial Valley's bad air has long been blamed on agricultural burns. But a new study shows idling cars at the Calexico border crossing are having a bigger impact on poor air quality.

San Diego Professor Delves Deep Into Politics, Culture of 'Mad Men'

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A new book takes an academic look at the TV series that has become a cultural phenomenon.

San Diego County Postpones Vote On Growth Policy

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San Diego County will do more public outreach before changing key principles in its general plan for where to build more housing in the backcountry.

San Onofre Security, Storage Topic Of Panel Discussion

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Security at the now-shuttered San Onofre nuclear power plant will be on the agenda of Edison's Community Engagement Panel on Thursday night.