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Stories by Alison St John

Customers Were Right: Too Many Train Ticket Machines Do N...

Customers Were Right: Too Many Train Ticket Machines Do Not Work

June 5, 2017
By Alison St John

The San Diego County Grand Jury has issued a report in response to complaints from passengers that ticket machines at Coaster and Sprinter train stations too often do not work.

Puppy Mill Ban Passes The California Assembly

Puppy Mill Ban Passes The California Assembly

May 30, 2017
By Alison St John

California may become the first state in the nation to ban the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits from pet stores that obtain their animals from out-of-state commercial "puppy mills."

Oceanside, Carlsbad And Vista Hold Public Meetings On New...

Oceanside, Carlsbad And Vista Hold Public Meetings On New District Maps

May 30, 2017
By Alison St John

Residents of three North County cities will be poring over maps Tuesday evening. Oceanside, Vista and Carlsbad have very little time to decide the best way to divide their cities into voting districts.

Report: San Diego Mayor Met Privately With SoccerCity Inv...

Report: San Diego Mayor Met Privately With SoccerCity Investors

May 29, 2017
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

According to documents released by the mayor’s office, Kevin Faulconer met with SoccerCity developers more than two dozen times over the past year.

Live Bugles At San Diego Military Funerals Get A Boost

Live Bugles At San Diego Military Funerals Get A Boost

May 29, 2017
By Alison St John, Michael Lipkin

There is a shortage of musicians in the armed forces to play taps at military funerals. So funeral honor guards have increasingly used pre-recorded versions, often played through a speaker that fits inside a regular bugle.

Low Turnout For Public Hearing On SDG&E's Gas Line Replac...

Low Turnout For Public Hearing On SDG&E's Gas Line Replacement

May 25, 2017
By Alison St John

Few people attended the public scoping meeting in Escondido on Wednesday to find out about a proposed natural gas pipeline that would cost ratepayers nearly $640 million.

Del Mar Fair Board Gives Go-Ahead To New Entertainment Fa...

Del Mar Fair Board Gives Go-Ahead To New Entertainment Facility

May 24, 2017
By Alison St John

The Del Mar Fair board voted unanimously Tuesday to develop a theater venue inside the Surfside satellite wagering facility, where revenues are falling.

Just In Time For Summer, Oceanside Dredging Operation To ...

Just In Time For Summer, Oceanside Dredging Operation To Pile More Sand On Beaches

May 23, 2017
By Alison St John

The annual dredging operations in Oceanside are going more smoothly this summer, but may continue past Memorial Day to take advantage of a chance to replenish the beach.

Del Mar Fair Board To Vote On New Indoor Entertainment Venue

Del Mar Fair Board To Vote On New Indoor Entertainment Venue

May 22, 2017
By Alison St John

The Del Mar Fair Board votes Tuesday on a new indoor concert venue, in an effort to generate more revenue at the Surfside satellite wagering facility.

San Diego County Fair Celebrates The West

San Diego County Fair Celebrates The West

May 18, 2017
By Alison St John

The Del Mar Fairgrounds hosted a sneak preview of this year's San Diego County Fair. The theme is “Where the West is Fun!”

Major Road Widening Project Finished On North County High...

Major Road Widening Project Finished On North County Highway

May 17, 2017
By Alison St John

Tuesday marked a milestone for state Route 76 — a key east-west artery in a rapidly growing part of San Diego’s North County. Construction is complete on the four-lane highway that connects Interstates 5 and 15.

Like Dominos, North San Diego County Cities Are Moving To...

Like Dominos, North San Diego County Cities Are Moving To District Elections

May 12, 2017
By Alison St John

Five North County cities have decided in the last five years to switch from citywide to district elections — and not because they wanted to.

Holtec Applies For Permit To Store San Onofre's Nuclear W...

Holtec Applies For Permit To Store San Onofre's Nuclear Waste In New Mexico

May 11, 2017
By Alison St John

The nuclear waste stored at San Onofre may eventually move to New Mexico. Southern California Edison’s Community Engagement Panel meets Thursday night in Laguna Hills to focus on the latest developments in interim storage options for nuclear waste.

Carlsbad Will Change From Citywide To District Elections

Carlsbad Will Change From Citywide To District Elections

May 10, 2017
By Alison St John

The Carlsbad City Council becomes the third North County council to vote this year to move to district elections for city council members.

Protest Targets Coastal Commission Permit To Bury Nuclear...

Protest Targets Coastal Commission Permit To Bury Nuclear Waste At San Onofre

May 9, 2017
By Alison St John

Protestors opposed to burying nuclear waste near the beach at San Onofre plan to rally Wednesday morning before the California Coastal Commission meeting in San Diego. It is part of ongoing litigation over the permit the Coastal Commission granted two years ago.

Public Meeting Focuses On Storage Plans For San Onofre's ...

Public Meeting Focuses On Storage Plans For San Onofre's Nuclear Waste

May 4, 2017
By Alison St John

More than 100 people showed up to a public meeting at Oceanside City Hall Thursday night that aimed to enroll more citizens in a legal battle to prevent nuclear waste from being buried 100 feet from the ocean at San Onofre.

Oceanside Begins Move From Citywide To District Elections

Oceanside Begins Move From Citywide To District Elections

May 4, 2017
By Alison St John

The Oceanside City Council voted Wednesday to move from citywide to district elections.

California Supreme Court Tackles Seawalls, Sea Level Rise

California Supreme Court Tackles Seawalls, Sea Level Rise

May 4, 2017
By Alison St John

The California Supreme Court will hear arguments Thursday in a case that confronts the question of how California will ultimately deal with rising sea levels: Will there be extensive “armoring” of the coast line, or will the state adopt a policy of “managed retreat?”

San Diego Cartoonist Steve Breen Aims To Humanize The Hom...

San Diego Cartoonist Steve Breen Aims To Humanize The Homeless Through Artwork

May 2, 2017
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

Breen, an award winning editorial cartoonist at The San Diego Union-Tribune, has launched a new series called, “Street Art: Portraits of San Diego’s Homeless.”

San Diego Symposium To Focus On Domestic Violence, Homele...

San Diego Symposium To Focus On Domestic Violence, Homelessness And Human Trafficking

May 2, 2017
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

The San Diego County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls is hosting the symposium. It will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Joe Rindone Regional Technology Center, 6401 Linda Vista Road in San Diego.

San Diego County Building Permits Down

San Diego County Building Permits Down

April 27, 2017
By Alison St John

The number of building permits issued in San Diego County in the first quarter of this year could suggest a slowdown in construction of new homes.

Encinitas Sued Again Over Lack Of Affordable Housing Plan

Encinitas Sued Again Over Lack Of Affordable Housing Plan

April 27, 2017
By Alison St John

A group called SD Tenants United is suing the city of Encinitas for not having a plan to increase its housing stock. Encinitas is the only city in San Diego that has failed to agree on a state-mandated housing plan.

McClellan-Palomar Airport To Relaunch Commercial Flights ...

McClellan-Palomar Airport To Relaunch Commercial Flights To LA

April 24, 2017
By Alison St John

McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad is getting ready to relaunch commercial flights to Los Angeles.

North San Diego Business Chamber Launches Tourism Initiat...

North San Diego Business Chamber Launches Tourism Initiative

April 21, 2017
By Alison St John

The North San Diego Business Chamber is launching a tourism initiative to attract visitors from neighboring cities like Los Angeles, Palm Springs and Las Vegas.

Count Shows Unsheltered Homeless Growing In North County

Count Shows Unsheltered Homeless Growing In North County

April 20, 2017
By Alison St John

This year’s annual count shows North County’s share of the region’s homeless population has remained about the same: 23 percent. But the number of unsheltered homeless has increased.

North County Transit Hikes Fares For Special Shuttle Service

North County Transit Hikes Fares For Special Shuttle Service

April 19, 2017
By Alison St John

Some passengers with disabilities who use North County Transit shuttles may find it takes a bigger bite out of their budget in coming months.

NPR Host Michel Martin Comes To San Diego For Border Disc...

NPR Host Michel Martin Comes To San Diego For Border Discussion

April 17, 2017
By Alison St John, Ebone Monet, Marissa Cabrera

Martin has been taking the radio studio on the road as part of her “Going There” series. On May 2, she will visit San Diego for a discussion about life along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Can Post-2016 Politics Become More Respectful?

Can Post-2016 Politics Become More Respectful?

April 17, 2017
By Alison St John, Michael Lipkin

Experts say the 2016 presidential election was one of the nastiest in modern American politics. Rude tweets and name-calling have become standard ways to simply dismiss political opponents without engaging in a substantive debate.

San Onofre Waste Challengers Prep For Settlement Talks

San Onofre Waste Challengers Prep For Settlement Talks

April 14, 2017
By Alison St John, Claire Trageser, Michael Lipkin

Parties in the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station waste lawsuit were to meet in court Friday, kicking off a trial to determine whether plans to store more than 3 million pounds of nuclear waste close to the ocean violated state environmental laws.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Coachella Preview, Plus D...

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Coachella Preview, Plus Dancing

April 14, 2017
By Alison St John, Nina Garin

All about Coachella, plus options for those not traveling to the desert.

North County Economic Summit Spotlights Burgeoning Indust...

North County Economic Summit Spotlights Burgeoning Industries

April 13, 2017
By Alison St John

Biomedical devices, craft beer and drones are among the key products that keep North County’s economy ticking. About 400 business leaders attended the Fourth Annual North County Economic Summit at CSU San Marcos this past week.

Oceanside Looks To A More Colorful Future With Murals Ini...

Oceanside Looks To A More Colorful Future With Murals Initiative

April 6, 2017
By Alison St John

Main Street Oceanside is mounting a murals initiative to attract high-quality public art to its streets.

Navy Broadway Complex To Make Way For $1.3B Development

Navy Broadway Complex To Make Way For $1.3B Development

April 6, 2017
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The development will include a new building for the Navy's headquarters, four office buildings, two hotels, a museum, an area for shopping and a park.

Supervisor Horn Chooses San Marcos For State Of North Cou...

Supervisor Horn Chooses San Marcos For State Of North County Address Venue

April 4, 2017
By Alison St John

San Diego County Supervisor Bill Horn delivered his annual State of North County address in San Marcos Tuesday, and the choice of venue could be significant.

North County Transit Proposes Cuts To Bus Routes

North County Transit Proposes Cuts To Bus Routes

March 31, 2017
By Alison St John

Falling ridership has caused the North County Transit District to consider reductions or eliminations of some bus routes.

Vista To Consider Changing From Citywide To District Elec...

Vista To Consider Changing From Citywide To District Elections

March 28, 2017
By Alison St John

Vista City Council will decide Tuesday night whether to change the way council members are elected. Vista could be the next city in San Diego County to make the change, but it won’t be the last.

Oceanside's Tri-City Medical Center OK'd For $85 Million ...

Oceanside's Tri-City Medical Center OK'd For $85 Million In HUD Loans

March 24, 2017
By Alison St John

Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside has obtained an $85 million loan, backed by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development or HUD. The money will help the health care district get out from under its long-term debt and start building new facilities.

Nonprofit Developers Strive To Preserve Affordable Housing

Nonprofit Developers Strive To Preserve Affordable Housing

March 24, 2017
By Alison St John, Katie Schoolov

While cities struggle to get approval for higher density and new affordable housing, older affordable housing is disappearing.

Proposed Federal Budget, Tax Code Changes Could Affect Ho...

Proposed Federal Budget, Tax Code Changes Could Affect Housing

March 22, 2017
By Alison St John

Proposed budget changes from President Trump's administration may hurt access to affordable housing for people with the lowest incomes, the disabled and seniors, but could help more middle-income working families.

Oceanside, Losing Ground On Affordable Housing, Touts New...

Oceanside, Losing Ground On Affordable Housing, Touts New Units

March 17, 2017
By Alison St John

The city of Oceanside will open a new affordable housing project later this year, the largest it has ever completed. But the city is losing affordable housing faster than it is building it.

Carlsbad Considers Ambitious Project To Put Trains In A T...

Carlsbad Considers Ambitious Project To Put Trains In A Trench

March 13, 2017
By Alison St John

Carlsbad‘s downtown on Highway 101 is facing a noisy future, as the number of trains expected to travel along the coastline is projected to double by 2030.

San Diego Congressional Reps Hold Town Halls

San Diego Congressional Reps Hold Town Halls

March 11, 2017
By Alison St John, Gina Diamante, Kenny Goldberg

Republicans Darrell Issa and Duncan Hunter, and Democrat Susan Davis, all held town hall meetings on Saturday.

San Diego Seniors Living On Fixed Incomes Hit By Rising R...

San Diego Seniors Living On Fixed Incomes Hit By Rising Rents

March 1, 2017
By Alison St John

Seniors who live on a fixed income are particularly hard hit by rising rents and shrinking rental vacancy rates.

Lack Of Stable Funding May Cause Slowdown In San Diego Ro...

Lack Of Stable Funding May Cause Slowdown In San Diego Roadwork

March 1, 2017
By Alison St John

Caltrans has 25 construction projects underway this year, but officials said spending on San Diego’s roads and public transit will slow in coming years without a more stable funding source.

Town Hall On Health Care To Go Ahead With Or Without Issa

Town Hall On Health Care To Go Ahead With Or Without Issa

Feb. 21, 2017
By Alison St John

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, may not attend a town hall meeting on health care in Vista Tuesday night, but organizers said they will go ahead without him.

Rep. Issa's Constituents Call On Him To Attend Town Hall ...

Rep. Issa's Constituents Call On Him To Attend Town Hall On Health Care

Feb. 15, 2017
By Alison St John

Constituents in the 49th Congressional District have invited Rep. Darrell Issa to a town hall meeting focusing on health care next week.

Seismic Research Explores San Onofre's Earthquake, Tsunam...

Seismic Research Explores San Onofre's Earthquake, Tsunami Risks

Feb. 16, 2017
By Alison St John

New seismic research from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography explores the earthquake and tsunami threats to the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station site, where nuclear waste will be stored indefinitely. The results will be presented Thursday night to Edison's Community Engagement Panel.

Oceanside Budgets $1 Million For Pier Upkeep

Oceanside Budgets $1 Million For Pier Upkeep

Feb. 7, 2017
By Alison St John

Maintaining the longest wooden pier on the West Coast is not cheap — Oceanside has budgeted more than $1 million for repairs this year.

Waiting Lists For Affordable Housing, But Retail Space Si...

Waiting Lists For Affordable Housing, But Retail Space Sits Empty

Feb. 7, 2017
By Alison St John

Mixed-use housing developments are supposed to make denser communities sustainable, convenient and affordable. But that vision is threatened by a trend emerging in some North County communities: new retail storefronts can’t find tenants.

CSUSM Challenges Higher Education Stereotypes

CSUSM Challenges Higher Education Stereotypes

Feb. 2, 2017
By Alison St John

The President of Cal State University San Marcos, Karen Haynes, said the 15,000 students now enrolled at the university defy stereotypes of students in higher education.