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Stories by Alison St John

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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.

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New Plans For Escondido Country Club Property Divide Community

July 4, 2017
By Alison St John

Residents living around the former Escondido Country Club golf course vehemently disagree over a new plan to build houses on the now-dried-up greens. Some newer residents say it is time to stop fighting and let the blighted golf course be developed.

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Five North County Cities Consider Community Choice Aggregation

July 3, 2017
By Alison St John

Five North County cities are considering whether to contract with different energy providers to increase the amount of sustainable energy they use. Encinitas is the most recent city to vote to share the cost of a feasibility study.

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Vista, Oceanside Wrestle With Ban On Medical Pot Dispensaries

June 29, 2017
By Alison St John

Two North County cities, Vista and Oceanside, are wrestling this week with how to handle Proposition 64, California’s legalization of recreational marijuana, which goes into effect next year.

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Poway Considering Council District Boundaries In Wake Of Legal Threat

June 28, 2017
By Alison St John

The latest city in San Diego County to start a rapid shift from citywide elections to district elections is Poway.

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SDSU Students Win Award For Idea To Reduce Food Waste, Feed Hungry

June 27, 2017
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

A pair of San Diego State University students plans to turn food waste, such as quinoa, brown rice and fruit and vegetable pulp, into protein powder, bars and cookies.

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DEA Seizes Massive Quantity Of Synthetic Opiate In San Diego

June 23, 2017
By Alison St John, City News Service, Megan Burke

A long-term investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has led to one of the nation's largest seizures of fentanyl and a federal indictment against three alleged traffickers, federal prosecutors in San Diego announced Monday.

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Veterans Mural To Be Unveiled This Weekend In Kearny Mesa

June 22, 2017
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

The nonprofit Combat Arts San Diego will gather Saturday to unveil its latest mural at the Veterans of Foreign Wars building in Kearny Mesa.

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Oceanside Considering Medical Marijuana Regulations

June 22, 2017
By Alison St John, Michael Lipkin

Oceanside has large agricultural areas where farmers are very interested in the future potential of marijuana, but the city extended its ban on medical pot in April.

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New Podcast Brings Stories Of San Diegans' First Day In The City

June 21, 2017
By Alison St John, Megan Burke

My First Day is a podcast produced through the KPBS Explore project, an initiative to bring original content from and about the San Diego community.

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Plan For Convention Center, Hotel On Chula Vista Waterfront Moves Forward

June 21, 2017
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

Port commissioners and members of the Chula Vista City Council approved an agreement Tuesday with RIDA Development to build the 1,450-room hotel and 275,000-square-foot convention center.

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Free Summer Meal Programs Kick Off Around San Diego County

June 20, 2017
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

The San Diego Hunger Coalition said more than 125,000 lower income children in the region depend on free or reduced-priced lunches but just a fraction participate in summer meal programs.

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Community To Weigh In On 10-Year Salton Sea Management Plan

June 20, 2017
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

The sea is the state's largest lake and is located in Imperial and Riverside counties. The lake is shrinking and thus exposing playa or lakebed, which becomes airborne dust when the wind blows.

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San Diego County Supervisors To Consider Affordable Housing Plan

June 19, 2017
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

The two main elements of the plan are to establish a $25 million affordable housing investment fund and to identify 11 county-owned properties that could be used for residential development.

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Master-Planned Community Proposed For Rural North County

June 16, 2017
By Alison St John, Megan Burke

A plan to build more than 2,000 new homes in the hills north of San Marcos is now open for public review. An 8,000 page environmental review has been released and the public has 60 days to respond.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Art Adventures And Last-Chance Shows

June 16, 2017
By Alison St John, Nina Garin

This weekend brings art in unconventional ways-- plus it is your last chance to see some popular local shows.

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Mental Health Experts Deride 'Conversion Therapy' Conference In San Diego

June 15, 2017
By Alison St John, Michael Lipkin

A group of Christian ministries is meeting beginning Friday in San Diego to talk about counseling people who are gay to become straight. Activists are planning to protest of the conference.

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San Diego Rescue Mission CEO To Retire At The End Of June

June 15, 2017
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

Herb Johnson has served as the president and CEO of the Rescue Mission for more than 10 years. The nonprofit is one of the city's largest homeless providers.

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Taking A Closer Look At San Diego County's $2 Billion In Reserves

June 14, 2017
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

As San Diego County goes through its budget process for fiscal 2017-18, activists are again bringing attention to the county's $2 billion reserve account.

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Robert Sean Leonard Returns To The Old Globe As Richard II

June 14, 2017
By Alison St John, Michael Lipkin

The Old Globe kicks off its summer Shakespeare season with a debate over how best to challenge a ruler's legitimacy, especially if he is divinely chosen to lead.

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Life In An Oceanside Canyon: Homeless Take Up Residence

June 8, 2017
By Alison St John

Oceanside residents have shown up at City Hall recently to protest the homeless encampments taking root in neighborhood canyons. Some of those who live in the canyons say they would like to leave, but they are facing barriers.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?”