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Stories by Alison St John

Judge: County's Climate Action Plan Is Inadequate

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A judge has confirmed his ruling that San Diego County’s plan to address climate change is inadequate. The Climate Action Plan was approved by Supervisors last summer but the Sierra Club said it has no teeth.

'Once-Through' Cooling Another Hurdle For San Onofre

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California regulators meet today to discuss expensive upgrades needed for the state's nuclear power plants' cooling systems.

San Diegans In Boston Horrified By Explosions

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Runners and others from San Diego in Boston during today's Boston Marathon said they've been shaken by what they witnessed.

Near Libby Lake, Neighborhood Services Are Few

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The community near Oceanside’s Libby Lake, where two teens were shot dead last month, is rallying to keep children off the street after dark. But resources to help them are limited.

CA Senator Blasts Gov't Agency Overseeing San Onofre

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As the government agency that regulates San Onofre issues a preliminary ruling on restarting the plant at reduced power, a California Senator calls the move "dangerous and premature." And ratepayers want to know: who is picking up the tab?

New Law Would Make Nuclear Power Costs More Transparent

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The operator of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station has officially applied for a temporary license amendment to restart one reactor at 70 percent power for two years. State legislation announced today would let ratepayers see the true cost of running the nuclear plant longer term.

Legoland Hotel in Carlsbad Builds On Region's Attractions

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Legoland’s first U.S. hotel should help build tourist numbers for San Diego County.

San Diego Home Price Ranking In Step With Job Growth

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As home prices begin to rise again, some ask whether another housing bubble is in the works. One analyst suggests San Diego’s housing market is on firmer footing than some other big cities.

Edison Presents Its Restart Plan For San Onofre

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Southern California Edison has presented its plan to restart the San Onofre nuclear power station to the NRC. But the regulatory agency may not be in a hurry to approve it.

Carlsbad Council Approves Quarry Creek Development

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The controversial Quarry Creek development will add hundreds of new homes to Carlsbad to meet state mandated housing goals.

Avoiding Gridlock Up The San Diego Coastline

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Tonight the public has a chance to comment on a $6 billion plan to relieve congestion in Coastal North County throughout the next 40 years.

Suspects In Libby Lake Shooting To Be Arraigned

Four suspects in the fatal shooting of two teenagers at Libby Lake Park in Oceanside are expected to be arraigned in Vista Superior Court today.

NRC Considers Edison's Request To Run At 70 Percent Power

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The Federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission meets today to consider a request for a license amendment from the operator of the San Onofre nuclear power plant, which has been shut down for more than a year.

Governor Brown Responds To Sequestration With Military Advisory Council

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Governor Jerry Brown has set up a Military Advisory Council. That could provide political help to San Diego to save its installations and other military assets.

San Diego Dance Companies Reach Milestones Post-Recession

Malashock Dance is celebrating its silver anniversary. San Diego Theatre is in its 41st year. But just how have San Diego's cutting edge dance companies survived through thick and thin?

Nat'l Honor Given To San Diego's Father Joe Carroll

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Father Joe Carroll is well known to San Diegans for his work with the poor and homeless through St. Vincent De Paul Center and then Father Joe's Villages. His work is being recognized by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society and Foundation.

San Onofre Operator Requests to Restart Reactor

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The operator of the San Onofre nuclear power plant, Southern California Edison, has submitted a draft request for a license amendment to restart the plant at 70 percent power this summer. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission meets this week to consider the request.

Many San Diego Low Income Families Missing Out On Tax Credit

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A federal tax credit established to help low income families is underused nationwide. In San Diego County, it's estimated about $70 million goes unclaimed.

San Diego Organizing Group Report Shows 'Potential' Of Underrepresented Voters

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Alliance San Diego reports its efforts to engage new-citizen voters and voters of color resulted in an 11 percent increase in overall voter turnout this past November in the city of San Diego.

Construction Begins On Pipeline For Desalination Plant

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The San Diego County Water Authority broke ground on a huge pipeline in San Marcos today to carry water from a desalination plant under construction in Carlsbad. The 10-mile-long pipe is part of a $1 billion project to add desalted ocean water to the region’s drinking water system.

Camp Pendleton Marines Plan Earthquake Response

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Camp Pendleton Marine Base is hosting a two-day meeting of emergency response agencies from around the nation to practice dealing with a 7.9 earthquake on the San Andreas Fault.

Encinitas Tries To Preserve Small Town Character

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Encinitas City Council will decide tonight on the details of an initiative that would give citizens more control over growth and development. The coastal city wants to preserve its “funky” neighborhood character.

Quarry Creek Up For A Vote

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A controversial new housing development in North County promises a big turnout at a Carlsbad City Council meeting tonight.

Ailing San Onofre Power Plant Eyes Summer Restart

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The operator of the troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant in California is considering a new pathway to get one of the shuttered reactors back in service by summer.

Restarting San Onofre Isn't Cost Effective, New Study Suggests

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San Onofre may be offline for another summer, and a new analysis suggests this will be cheaper than restarting the plant.

San Diego To Consider Laura's Law

San Diego County is considering whether to adopt Laura's Law, a state law that allows court-ordered treatment for mentally ill patients who refuse to take medication.

California Utility Commissioners Deliberate In Public And Private Meetings In San Diego

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An invitation-only meeting with California’s Public Utility Commissioners today in La Jolla is generating protests.

Edison Says One Of San Onofre's Reactors Could Run At 100 Percent Power for 11 Months

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A consultant concluded that one of the two reactors at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station could be safely restarted and put to use at full power, Southern California Edison announced today, but only for a limited period.

Behind The Scenes In The CPUC Investigation Into San Onofre

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The California Public Utilities Commission investigation into problems at San Onofre is continuing, but it is not on the agenda for this week’s PUC meeting in San Diego. However, legal battles are going on behind the scenes over how much ratepayers should be paying for the shuttered nuclear power plant.

North County Regional Vision Takes Flight At Palomar Airport

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North County leaders gathered at rapidly expanding Palomar Airport to hear an optimistic “State of North County” address from County Supervisor Bill Horn.

Suit Against California's Public Utilities Commisioners To Be Heard In San Diego

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A court hearing is scheduled in San Diego today for a lawsuit filed against California’s five Public Utility Commissioners. The suit claims many stakeholders are being excluded from a private meeting with Public Utilities Commissioners.

Controversial Foothill Toll Road Plan Reemerges

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A controversial toll road to ease traffic between San Diego and Orange County drew crowds at a hearing today in Costa Mesa.

Iraq War's Consequences 10 Years Later

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The last U.S. troops left Iraq in December 2011. Much of the American public was relieved to see American forces pulled out. But since then we have heard remarkably little about what is going on in the country we invaded back in 2003. As we approach the 10-year anniversary of the launch of the U.S. war in Iraq, experts begin to examine the consequences.

Del Mar Gun Show Draws Record Crowd

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More than 12,000 people descended on Del Mar for the gun show over the weekend. It was the biggest turn out ever. A staggering amount of ammunition was snapped up and hauled away.

Sprinter Light Rail Celebrates Five Years

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The Sprinter light rail from Oceanside to Escondido in North County celebrates its fifth anniversary this week.

Two New Homeless Shelters Operating In North County

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Two new homeless shelters are opening in North County. Both of them have been years in the making.

North County Water Agencies Collaborate On Ambitious Recycling Plan

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North County water agencies are in Washington today to apply for millions of dollars to recycle treated water for irrigation.

North Coast Corridor Plan Adds 2 Bike Lanes Up To North County

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Future plans to keep traffic moving up San Diego’s congested coastline into North County include major incentives to ride your bike. The modified North Coast Corridor project, which would spend a billion dollars by 2020, is ready for public comment.

'People for a Safe Community' Calls For Stricter Federal Gun Laws

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A group formed after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary will meet in Hillcrest Saturday to call for changes in federal gun laws.

Injured Marines To Compete In Marine Corp Trials

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Opening ceremonies for Marine Corp Trials will be held today at Camp Pendleton.

Latinos May Be Key To Future Of GOP In California

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Republicans are headed to the state convention in Sacramento this weekend. Among them, Ruben Barrales who's leading a Republican political action committee focused on recruiting and electing Latinos.

California and the Pacific: A Love Story

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Author David Helvarg explores the unique, symbiotic relationship between the Golden State and the ocean that shapes its existence.

UCSD Researcher Surprised To Win $3 Million Breakthrough Prize In Life Sciences

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Could new "Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences" be the "Oscar" of prizes for scientists?

Roundtable: School Bond Donors; San Onofre Hearing; Homelessness Discussion; Trestles Tussle

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School districts award contracts funded by school bonds to donors that fund the bond campaigns. The CPUC holds a public hearing on San Onofre costs. Voice of San Diego gives homelessness a public airing. And it's the Marines versus the surfers at a famous San Onofre beach.

CPUC Comes Under Scrutiny For Ineffective Financial Management

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The agency that is holding a public hearing this afternoon on the San Onofre nuclear power plant is itself coming under scrutiny from the state’s nonpartisan Legislative Analyst .

Public Hearing: Should Ratepayers Continue To Pay For San Onofre?

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Thursday is the first opportunity for ratepayers to weigh in on the San Onofre nuclear power plant before the California Public Utilities Commission. The plant has been shut down for more than a year. The focus of the public hearing is not safety, but cost.

Quarry Creek - A Carlsbad Conundrum

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The proposed Quarry Creek housing development in Carlsbad is a project that highlights the tension between preserving open space and building for the future. Tonight, the Carlsbad Planning Commission considers whether to give the project its approval.

Complaint Alleges Edison Inflated Costs Of Steam Generators

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A complaint filed with the California Public Utilities Commission accuses the operator of the San Onofre nuclear power plant of inflating the cost to ratepayers of the defective steam generators.

NRC Meeting Offers Status Update On Restart Plan For San Onofre

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More than a thousand people attended the NRC meeting to bring the public up to date on its investigation of Edison’s plan to restart Unit 2 at San Onofre. Many of those in attendance were from San Diego.

Mitsubishi Report Not On Agenda At NRC Meeting On San Onofre

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The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission holds a public meeting this week to go over a proposal to restart the San Onofre nuclear power plant. A report suggesting the operator knew about problems with faulty steam generators before they were installed will not be on the agenda.