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Stories by Alison St John

Homeless People Find Overnight Shelter In Oceanside Beach Bathrooms

Homeless People Find Overnight Shelter In Oceanside Beach Bathrooms

May 20
By Alison St John

The City of Oceanside recently invested about $2 million in new public bathrooms at the beach and upgraded bathrooms on the pier, a popular spot for fishermen, surfers, tourists, residents and the homeless.

Del Mar Gets Ready For A New City Hall

Del Mar Gets Ready For A New City Hall

May 17
By Alison St John

The Del Mar City Hall has been in an old brick school house since the 1970s. It will be torn down next month to make room for a new one that's estimated to cost $16 million.

Report Spells Out Financial Impact Of Del Mar Fairgrounds

Report Spells Out Financial Impact Of Del Mar Fairgrounds

May 16
By Alison St John

A new report details the financial costs and benefits of the Del Mar Fairgrounds on Del Mar and Solana Beach.

San Diego Chamber Backs Gaspar In County Supervisor Race

San Diego Chamber Backs Gaspar In County Supervisor Race

May 5
By Alison St John

San Diego’s Regional Chamber of Commerce has invested more than $100,000 to support Encinitas Mayor Kristin Gaspar in her quest for a seat on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors.

Marines From 'Darkhorse' Battalion Reunite At Camp Pendleton

Marines From 'Darkhorse' Battalion Reunite At Camp Pendleton

May 2
By Alison St John

Camp Pendleton hosted a reunion over the weekend for the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, which suffered more casualties during the war in Afghanistan than any other Marine unit.

Lone Democratic Supervisor Roberts Faces Two Republican Challengers

Lone Democratic Supervisor Roberts Faces Two Republican Challengers

April 28
By Alison St John

With two Republican challengers vying to unseat him, Democratic San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts won’t keep his position without a fight.

Stark Differences Emerge In First Forum For County Supervisor's Seat

Stark Differences Emerge In First Forum For County Supervisor's Seat

April 22
By Alison St John

Three candidates for a seat on the powerful San Diego County Board of Supervisors sparred in the race’s first forum Thursday night. Democratic incumbent Dave Roberts is challenged by two Republican mayors of North County cities.

Memoir Of A Young Camerawoman’s Adventures In Afghanistan

Memoir Of A Young Camerawoman’s Adventures In Afghanistan

April 19
By Alison St John

Melissa Burch was in her early twenties in the 1980s when she traveled to Afghanistan for the first time to shoot footage for CBS News. She chronicles her experience in "My Journey Through War and Peace."

Solana Beach Sends Seawall Fee Schedule To Coastal Commission

Solana Beach Sends Seawall Fee Schedule To Coastal Commission

April 18
By Alison St John

Solana Beach is one of the first cities in California to develop a schedule of fees for homeowners who want to build seawalls to protect property perched on eroding cliffs.

Stadium: Chargers Pointman Talks To KPBS; East Village Group Reacts...

Stadium: Chargers Pointman Talks To KPBS; East Village Group Reacts To Proposal

March 31
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera, Megan Burke

The Chargers will begin collecting signatures in three weeks in a bid to qualify a $1.8 billion downtown stadium and convention center annex proposal for the November general election.

UCSD Computer Science Professor Honored For Work To Deter Hackers

UCSD Computer Science Professor Honored For Work To Deter Hackers

March 31
By Alison St John, Pat Finn

Stefan Savage is an expert in network security, privacy and reliability. His research showed how vulnerable modern cars are to hacking. His systematic approach to attacks and attackers garnered him a prestigious award this week.

Irma Cota, Winner Of Cesar Chavez Award, Recalls Struggles That Ins...

Irma Cota, Winner Of Cesar Chavez Award, Recalls Struggles That Inspired Career

March 31
By Alison St John

SDSU alum Irma Cota caught the leadership bug when she was a schoolgirl, translating for her fellow crop pickers during the United Farm Workers strike in Salinas in 1970. Cota, now the president and CEO of North County Health Services, will receive SDSU's Cesar Chavez Lifetime Service Award.

Escondido Homeless Shelter To Keep Its Doors Open Year-Round

Escondido Homeless Shelter To Keep Its Doors Open Year-Round

March 30
By Alison St John, Megan Burke

As many shelters close to make way for longer-term housing programs, a winter shelter in Escondido is operating year-round.

How UC San Diego Aims To Boost Diversity

How UC San Diego Aims To Boost Diversity

March 30
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

Becky Petitt, vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion at the UC San Diego, discusses some of the school’s new diversity initiatives.

San Diego Ranks 20th In California In New Women's Well-Being Index

San Diego Ranks 20th In California In New Women's Well-Being Index

March 30
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

The California Budget and Policy Center released a new index that rates women's overall well-being in the state. Factors include health, employment, economic security, personal safety and political empowerment.

Healthy Eating — From School Breakfasts To Family Meals

Healthy Eating — From School Breakfasts To Family Meals

March 29
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

A new study says kids who eat two breakfasts are better off than ones who eat no breakfast. And a National City program is aimed at empowering women to eat healthier.

Decommissioning Of San Onofre Topic Of Thursday Meeting

Decommissioning Of San Onofre Topic Of Thursday Meeting

March 24
By Alison St John

A public meeting in Oceanside on Thursday will review the progress in shutting down the San Onofre nuclear power plant.

Developer Trying Ballot Route To Win OK For Lilac Hills Project

Developer Trying Ballot Route To Win OK For Lilac Hills Project

March 17
By Alison St John

The recent defeat of Measure A, which would have led to the development of lagoon-front property in Carlsbad, has not discouraged the developer of the proposed Lilac Hills Ranch in Valley Center from trying the citizens initiative approach.

San Diego Republican Party Endorses Abed In Supervisors Race

San Diego Republican Party Endorses Abed In Supervisors Race

March 16
By Alison St John

The San Diego County Republican Party has endorsed Escondido Mayor Sam Abed over Encinitas Mayor Kristin Gaspar in the race to unseat Democratic county Supervisor Dave Roberts.

Carlsbad Mayor Takes Stock After Measure A Defeat

Carlsbad Mayor Takes Stock After Measure A Defeat

March 7
By Alison St John

Measure A in Carlsbad was defeated 52 percent "no" to 48 percent "yes", but the battle over the Agua Hedionda lagoon is not over. Carlsbad Mayor Matt Hall said it’s too soon to consider other projects, but the site is still a valuable piece of property.

North County Economic Summit Shows Tightening Job Market

North County Economic Summit Shows Tightening Job Market

March 2
By Alison St John

North San Diego County has finally recovered the jobs it lost in the recession, according to business leaders gathered Wednesday for the third annual North County Economic Summit.

Comment Period Opens On Palomar Airport Master Plan

Comment Period Opens On Palomar Airport Master Plan

March 1
By Alison St John

North County residents have this month to comment on plans to expand Palomar Airport in Carlsbad. The county is working on an Environmental Impact Report for a new 20-year master plan.

Vote On Proposed Carlsbad Development Too Close To Call

Vote On Proposed Carlsbad Development Too Close To Call

Feb. 24
By Alison St John

A ballot measure that would allow an upscale retail and dining center to be built along the shore of the Agua Hedionda Lagoon in Carlsbad trailed by 186 votes early Wednesday, but approximately 7,100 mail and provisional ballots remained to be counted.

New Fence Hints Firm Is Moving Forward With Gregory Canyon Landfill

New Fence Hints Firm Is Moving Forward With Gregory Canyon Landfill

Feb. 18
By Alison St John

The investment company that bought the site of the proposed Gregory Canyon landfill in North County appears to be taking steps to clear the land.

Despite Aggressive Measure A Campaigns, Many Carlsbad Voters Undeci...

Despite Aggressive Measure A Campaigns, Many Carlsbad Voters Undecided

Feb. 18
By Alison St John

Carlsbad's special election on whether to allow a retail development on the Agua Hedionda Lagoon will be held Tuesday.

Oceanside City Councilman Kern Drops Out Of 76th Assembly Race

Oceanside City Councilman Kern Drops Out Of 76th Assembly Race

Feb. 17
By Alison St John

An end to Rocky Chavez's U.S. Senate campaign also means an end to Oceanside City Councilman Jerry Kern's state Assembly run.

Powerful California Coastal Panel Ousts Top Executive

Powerful California Coastal Panel Ousts Top Executive

Feb. 11
By Alison St John, Associated Press

The powerful agency that manages development on California's coastline fired its executive after a lengthy and, at times, emotionally charged meeting.

California Coastal Commission Ousts Its Chief

California Coastal Commission Ousts Its Chief

Feb. 10
By Alison St John, Associated Press

Charles Lester, the powerful agency's executive director, was fired on 7-5 vote following a 12-hour hearing that was filled with his backers. His supporters said some commissioners want the panel to back more development along California's coast.

San Diego Delegate Weighs Future Of Coastal Commission

San Diego Delegate Weighs Future Of Coastal Commission

Feb. 8
By Alison St John

San Diego County Supervisor Greg Cox represents San Diego on the California Coastal Commission. Given a push to fire the executive director this week, Cox discussed changes he'd like to see the commission make.

Battle Over Carlsbad Project Could Influence Future Developments

Battle Over Carlsbad Project Could Influence Future Developments

Feb. 5
By Alison St John

Carlsbad’s Measure A is not just a battle over whether to build a shopping and entertainment center on a coastal lagoon. It could also set a precedent for developers looking to save time and money on big projects in San Diego County.

Cal State San Marcos President Touts Diversity While Students Protest

Cal State San Marcos President Touts Diversity While Students Protest

Feb. 4
By Alison St John

Cal State San Marcos President Karen Haynes delivered an annual "Address to the Community," describing diverse and growing student enrollment. Meanwhile, students protested changes in the campus diversity office.

Carlsbad Voters Sift Through Proposed Development's Traffic Issues

Carlsbad Voters Sift Through Proposed Development's Traffic Issues

Jan. 29
By Alison St John

Traffic is one of the most contentious issues in the campaign for Measure A in Carlsbad. Supporters say a planned shopping center on the Agua Hedionda Lagoon would improve traffic flow, while opponents say it would create gridlock.

El Niño Gives Glimpse Of Sea Level Rise On San Diego Beaches

El Niño Gives Glimpse Of Sea Level Rise On San Diego Beaches

Jan. 25
By Alison St John

Sea cliffs have crumbled and several beaches in North County have eroded down to pebbles by high tides and El Niño storms. This winter may reveal how expensive it would be to preserve San Diego beaches as sea levels rise.

Carlsbad, North County Cities Weigh Energy Collaboration

Carlsbad, North County Cities Weigh Energy Collaboration

Jan. 14
By Alison St John

The city of Carlsbad may consider joining with other North County cities to explore a different energy future. A workshop introduced residents to the concept of “community choice aggregation.”

Carlsbad's Measure A Generates Unprecedented Campaign Spending

Carlsbad's Measure A Generates Unprecedented Campaign Spending

Jan. 13
By Alison St John

Campaigning for and against a proposal to build a shopping and dining center on the shores of Carlsbad's Agua Hedionda lagoon is in full swing.

El Niño Storms Give Glimpse Of Future Sea-Level Rise

El Niño Storms Give Glimpse Of Future Sea-Level Rise

Jan. 6
By Alison St John

Sensors buried in the beach can tell researchers how the sand and ocean behave in El Niño storms and give them insight into what might happen to coastal communities when sea levels rise.

North County Homeless Shelters Hope To Stay Open All Year

North County Homeless Shelters Hope To Stay Open All Year

Dec. 22
By Alison St John

Year-round shelters are designed to help a particular group of the homeless: those who are already working or are on track to becoming employed.

Mall Developers Face Off Over Carlsbad Project

Mall Developers Face Off Over Carlsbad Project

Dec. 10
By Alison St John

The biggest mall operator in the country, Westfield Group, has donated $75,000 to a local nonprofit to fight a shopping center proposed for the shores of a Carlsbad lagoon.

Marines Strongly Oppose International Airport On Base

Marines Strongly Oppose International Airport On Base

Dec. 10
By Alison St John

The Marine Corps, after reviewing a study of the feasibility of building an international airport on Camp Pendleton released a statement saying it does not support the idea.

Study Touts Benefits Of International Airport At Camp Pendleton

Study Touts Benefits Of International Airport At Camp Pendleton

Dec. 7
By Alison St John

Cal State San Marcos will unveil research this week that examines the feasibility of building an international airport on Camp Pendleton, when Lindbergh Field reaches capacity in 2035.

Ballot Arguments Ready For Carlsbad Development Proposal

Ballot Arguments Ready For Carlsbad Development Proposal

Dec. 3
By Alison St John

The battle lines are drawn for the campaigns in support of and against a major development on the shores of Carlsbad's Agua Hedionda Lagoon.

Palomar Airport Master Plan Gets Mixed Reactions In North County

Palomar Airport Master Plan Gets Mixed Reactions In North County

Dec. 2
By Alison St John

San Diego County Supervisors will vote soon on a new master plan for the McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad. North County residents have mixed feelings about the airport’s future.

Carlsbad Shopping Center Project To Go Before Voters

Carlsbad Shopping Center Project To Go Before Voters

Nov. 17
By Alison St John

Carlsbad residents will go to the polls for a special election Feb. 23 to vote on a proposed outdoor shopping center on the shores of the Agua Hedionda Lagoon.

Supervisor Asks State To Drop Conflict of Interest Charge In Lilac ...

Supervisor Asks State To Drop Conflict of Interest Charge In Lilac Hills Vote

Nov. 12
By Alison St John

Supervisor Bill Horn is disputing the advice of the California Fair Political Practices Commission to recuse himself from voting on Lilac Hills, a development that would build 1,700 homes near Valley Center.

Carlsbad Council Weighs Referendum Options For Proposed Mall

Carlsbad Council Weighs Referendum Options For Proposed Mall

Nov. 3
By Alison St John

The Carlsbad City Council Tuesday night voted to accept the signatures collected for a referendum on a plan to build a shopping center on a coastal lagoon, but did not select a date for the election.

Escondido Country Club Homeowners Consider Options For Proposed Dev...

Escondido Country Club Homeowners Consider Options For Proposed Development

Nov. 3
By Alison St John

A group of Escondido homeowners will meet Tuesday night to consider their options now that the city has settled a lawsuit with a developer who wants to build hundreds of houses on a former golf course.

Edison Sees Little Risk In San Onofre Nuclear Storage Plan

Edison Sees Little Risk In San Onofre Nuclear Storage Plan

Nov. 3
By Alison St John

Southern California Edison is confident in its plans to store tons of radioactive waste on site indefinitely. But news the company knew about potential problems with faulty steam generators and installed the system anyway has undermined Edison’s credibility.

Referendum Qualifies To Challenge Carlsbad Development Plan

Referendum Qualifies To Challenge Carlsbad Development Plan

Oct. 27
By Alison St John

The San Diego County Registrar of Voters confirmed that the group Citizens for North County has collected enough signatures to challenge the "85/15 Plan" proposed for the Agua Hedionda Lagoon in Carlsbad.

Committee Recommends $100M In Improvements To Carlsbad Airport

Committee Recommends $100M In Improvements To Carlsbad Airport

Oct. 23
By Alison St John

The Palomar Airport Advisory Committee recommends making $100 million worth of improvements to the Palomar Airport in Carlsbad, to increase safety for the larger planes that are now using it.

Carlsbad Committee To Vote On Future Trajectory Of Palomar Airport

Carlsbad Committee To Vote On Future Trajectory Of Palomar Airport

Oct. 22
By Alison St John

The future of McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad may become clearer at a special public meeting Thursday evening in Carlsbad.