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Stories by Alison St John

San Diego Councilman Chris Ward Discusses Priorities

San Diego Councilman Chris Ward Discusses Priorities

Dec. 14
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

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

Local Headphone Maker Earns Top Rating For Protecting Young Ears

Dec. 14
By Alison St John, Michael Lipkin

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

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

Dec. 13
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

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

San Diego Considers Sale Of Recreational Marijuana

Dec. 12
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

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

Study: 12% Of North County Residents Live In Poverty

Dec. 8
By Alison St John

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

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

Dec. 7
By Alison St John

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

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

Dec. 6
By Alison St John

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

Construction On I-5 North Coast Corridor Project Starts Next Month

Nov. 29
By Alison St John

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 Su...

Kristin Gaspar Wins District 3 Seat On San Diego County Board Of Supervisors

Nov. 28
By Alison St John

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 Quest...

Following Defeat Of Measure A, SANDAG Leadership Structure Is Questioned

Nov. 25
By Alison St John

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

Kristin Gaspar Continues To Build Lead In Race For Supervisor

Nov. 18
By Alison St John, City News Service

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

With Pala Purchase, Landfill Plan For Gregory Canyon Is Dead

Nov. 18
By Alison St John

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

North County Election Update: Coastal Cities Becoming More Liberal

Nov. 17
By Alison St John

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

Feelings Run High At Panel Monitoring Decommissioning Of San Onofre

Nov. 11
By Alison St John

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

Encinitas Elects A New Mayor, Says No To Measure T

Nov. 10
By Alison St John

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.

Voters Reject Lilac Hills Measure

Voters Reject Lilac Hills Measure

Nov. 8
By Alison St John

In a statement, supporters of Measure B say the election won't be their last effort to get Lilac Hills Ranch approved.

Democrat Incumbent Supervisor Dave Roberts Holds Slight Lead As Vot...

Democrat Incumbent Supervisor Dave Roberts Holds Slight Lead As Vote Count Continues

Nov. 8
By Alison St John

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.

First San Diego Voting Results Could Be Significant Indicator

First San Diego Voting Results Could Be Significant Indicator

Nov. 7
By Alison St John

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.

Tri-City Hospital Election Challenges Voters

Tri-City Hospital Election Challenges Voters

Nov. 3
By Alison St John

Voters are hearing confusing and disturbing allegations from candidates running for the Tri-City Hospital board in North County.

Democrats Take Upper Hand In County Supervisors' District 3

Democrats Take Upper Hand In County Supervisors' District 3

Nov. 4
By Alison St John

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.

Ballot Measure T Forces Encinitas To Confront Growth Plans

Ballot Measure T Forces Encinitas To Confront Growth Plans

Oct. 26
By Alison St John

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

Future Development Creates High Stakes For Tight Supervisors Race

Oct. 14
By Alison St John

One of the dominant issues in the race between incumbent County Supervisor Democrat Dave Roberts, and his challenger, Republican Kristin Gaspar, is land-use.

District 3 Supervisor Candidates Roberts And Gaspar Discuss Key Issues

District 3 Supervisor Candidates Roberts And Gaspar Discuss Key Issues

Oct. 13
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts and his challenger Kristin Gaspar speak with KPBS reporter Alison St John about the issues in the race.

Kristin Gaspar Says She No Longer Supports Donald Trump

Kristin Gaspar Says She No Longer Supports Donald Trump

Oct. 13
By Alison St John, Claire Trageser

The candidate for the San Diego County Board of Supervisors is revoking her support for the Republican presidential nominee.

Candidates For District 3 Supervisors Seat To Face Off In Escondido

Candidates For District 3 Supervisors Seat To Face Off In Escondido

Oct. 7
By Alison St John

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

San Diego Author Recounts Uncle’s Vietnam War Stories

Oct. 4
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

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

LEGO Exhibit At Fleet Is Making Art More Accessible

Oct. 3
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

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

Blogger In San Diego To Talk About Living Without Excess

Sept. 29
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

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

Encinitas Voters To Choose New Mayor

Sept. 29
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

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.

Hickey, Elliott Vie To Become Next San Diego City Attorney

Hickey, Elliott Vie To Become Next San Diego City Attorney

Sept. 28
By Alison St John, Michael Lipkin

In a discussion taped Tuesday afternoon, Hickey and Elliott joined KPBS Midday Edition to discuss their stances on police oversight, the release of body camera footage, ticketing homeless people downtown and how they would keep the office nonpartisan.

Infrastructure That Supports Response To 911 Calls Is Getting An Up...

Infrastructure That Supports Response To 911 Calls Is Getting An Upgrade

Sept. 27
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

The update will allow the system to accommodate more users in a disaster and improve coverage.

Same-Day Voter Registration Will Be Available In 2017

Same-Day Voter Registration Will Be Available In 2017

Sept. 27
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

Starting next year, California residents will be able to register to vote on election day.

Film Explores Life And Work Of Latino Activist Willie Velasquez

Film Explores Life And Work Of Latino Activist Willie Velasquez

Sept. 27
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

"Willie Velasquez: Your Vote Is Your Voice" airs on KPBS television Monday, October 3 at 9 p.m.

Fall Arts 2016: Highlights From Theater, Music And Visual Arts

Fall Arts 2016: Highlights From Theater, Music And Visual Arts

Sept. 23
By Alison St John, Nina Garin

Arts writers Seth Combs, James Chute and Nina Garin discuss their top picks for San Diego's robust fall arts season.

Number Of Immigrants In California Illegally Declines

Number Of Immigrants In California Illegally Declines

Sept. 23
By Alison St John, Michael Lipkin

A Pew Research Center report says the number of immigrants living in California illegally fell by about 200,000 to 2.3 million between 2009 and 2014.

Renters, Homebuyers Feeling Squeezed In San Diego

Renters, Homebuyers Feeling Squeezed In San Diego

Sept. 22
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth, Marissa Cabrera

San Diegans are spending a larger share of their paychecks on housing, whether they're renting or looking to buy a home.

Vista High To Expand Personalized Learning Program With $10M Grant

Vista High To Expand Personalized Learning Program With $10M Grant

Sept. 21
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

The grant is from XQ: The Super School Project, which aims to reimagine high school in America. It is funded in part by a $50 million donation from Steve Job's widow, Laurene Powell Jobs.

South Bay Roundup: Chula Vista Wants To Crack Down On Illegal Pot S...

South Bay Roundup: Chula Vista Wants To Crack Down On Illegal Pot Shops

Sept. 20
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

Robert Moreno, reporter at The Star News joins us for an update on the issues making headlines in San Diego's South Bay.

San Diego Bayfront Is Getting A Makeover

San Diego Bayfront Is Getting A Makeover

Sept. 20
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

In the last nine months, the San Diego Unified Port District board has made some big decisions on the development of the bayfront.

Series Challenges Veteran Stereotypes

Series Challenges Veteran Stereotypes

Sept. 19
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

The five short videos in the series use comedy to tackle topics such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, women in the military and why people join the military. It's called, "Permission to Speak Freely."

TheNAT Botanist Uncovers 'Lost' Mexican Plants

TheNAT Botanist Uncovers 'Lost' Mexican Plants

Sept. 19
By Alison St John, Michael Lipkin

It's been more than 120 years since botanists in Baja California Sur have seen some flowers, ferns and shrubs. They're called "lost plants," with scientists in possession of only a handful of old specimens.

New Center Aims To Curb School To Prison Pipeline

New Center Aims To Curb School To Prison Pipeline

Sept. 19
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

The Center for Community Cohesion is a partnership between the San Diego-based National Conflict Resolution Center, local law enforcement and the San Diego Unified School District.

Group Behind Defeat Of Carlsbad Project Lends Support To Anti-Measu...

Group Behind Defeat Of Carlsbad Project Lends Support To Anti-Measure B Campaign

Sept. 7
By Alison St John

A grassroots group that defeated a well-funded initiative earlier this year is now working with opponents of Measure B, a much bigger land-use initiative on this November’s ballot.

Lilac Hills Initiative Gives Voters An Important Choice

Lilac Hills Initiative Gives Voters An Important Choice

Sept. 8
By Alison St John

It gives voters a chance to weigh the dilemma of where to build homes for San Diego’s growing population.

As Cybercrime Grows, Does Anyone Care?

As Cybercrime Grows, Does Anyone Care?

Sept. 7
By Alison St John, Pat Finn

These days there seem to be hackers rummaging around in databases everywhere: department stores, banks, hotels, the Democratic Party, the Ukrainian power grid, even the formidable National Security Agency. So why aren't we more alarmed?

400 People Take Part In Oceanside Labor Day Pier Swim

400 People Take Part In Oceanside Labor Day Pier Swim

Sept. 5
By Alison St John

More than 400 people took the plunge Monday morning for the 87th annual Oceanside Labor Day Pier Swim.

Language Of Proposed Valley Center Housing Project Ballot Challenged

Language Of Proposed Valley Center Housing Project Ballot Challenged

Sept. 5
By Alison St John

Supporters of the Lilac Hills Ranch development ballot initiative, which would approve the construction of 1,700 homes on semi-rural farmland north of Escondido, say the arguments against the project “completely disregard the truth.”

Water Use Is Personal For San Diego Writer

Water Use Is Personal For San Diego Writer

Sept. 1
By Alison St John, Michael Lipkin

Tershia d'Elgin's family knows water. Her great-great-grandfather, Benjamin Eaton, was a Colorado homesteader in the 19th Century who created irrigation systems for barren land. He eventually became the state's fourth governor in the 1880s, and by championing irrigation technology, was known as the "father of irrigation."

San Diego Veterans Want To Ground Miramar Air Show

San Diego Veterans Want To Ground Miramar Air Show

Sept. 1
By Alison St John, Michael Lipkin

San Diego Veterans for Peace has started a campaign, "No MAS", hoping to shut down the air show in five years. They claim it perpetuates and promotes war.

TheNAT Showcases Citizen Scientists' Discoveries

TheNAT Showcases Citizen Scientists' Discoveries

Aug. 25
By Alison St John, Michael Lipkin

The San Diego Natural History Museum is highlighting hobbyists' work in a new permanent exhibit.