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Stories by Alison St John

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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County Supervisor Stresses Serving Seniors In Annual Address

Feb. 1, 2017
By Alison St John, City News Service

Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Dianne Jacob outlined seven ways Wednesday to better serve the public in the annual "State of the County" address, including improving streets, building parks, tackling the pension problem, serving seniors, increasing technology, maintaining public safety and building bonds in the community.

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North County Homeless Benefit From Gift, Stand Down

Jan. 27, 2017
By Alison St John

Two pieces of good news for the homeless in North County this week: More than 100 veterans are registered for the first ever “Veterans Stand Down” in Vista this weekend. Plus a $3 million donation will help build a new Recovery and Wellness Center for homeless struggling with addiction.

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Debate Over Nuclear Waste Storage Could Change With New Administration

Jan. 25, 2017
By Alison St John

Plans to store San Onofre’s spent nuclear fuel in canisters 100 feet from the ocean are running a little behind schedule. But the new Republican administration in Washington DC won’t change the debate over where to store nuclear waste.

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Brainstorming Session Searches For Solutions To High Housing Costs

Jan. 22, 2017
By Alison St John

A new report finds lack of adequate housing and rising housing costs are resulting in growing inequality and limited opportunity for younger Californians. The state's Department of Housing and Community Development holds a public workshop in San Diego Monday to brainstorm for solutions.

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New Affordable Housing In North County Defies Stereotypes

Jan. 18, 2017
By Alison St John

San Marcos is one of the North County cities that has built the most new affordable housing in the last three years. Many of those units came with workout rooms and granite countertops.

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San Diego Economist Alan Nevin Discusses America's 'Great Divide'

Jan. 17, 2017
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

In his new book, "The Great Divide: The True Story of America Tomorrow", Nevin details the demographic and economic future of California and other key U.S. states.

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Rev. William Barber On The New Civil Rights Movement

Jan. 16, 2017
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

Rev. Barber, president of North Carolina's NAACP, was the keynote speaker at the 29th annual All People's Breakfast celebration in Balboa Park to honor civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

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Despite Opposition, County Supervisors Vote To Increase Their Salaries

Jan. 10, 2017
By Alison St John, City News Service

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to increase their own salaries by more than $19,000 each year, despite public comment by about two dozen opponents.

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County Supervisors Add To Their Pension Payouts During Last Term In Office

Jan. 9, 2017
By Alison St John

On Tuesday, San Diego County Supervisors’ agenda will include the final reading of an ordinance that effectively increases their pay by about 12 percent within the next year.

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North County Housing Development Opponents Sued For Attorney's Fees

Jan. 4, 2017
By Alison St John

Attorneys for a San Diego developer of a proposed North County housing project are suing opponents for thousands of dollars after it was defeated at the polls in November.

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Where To Eat On Christmas And Hanukkah

Dec. 23, 2016
By Alison St John, Nina Garin

Where do you go if you're not up for cooking a holiday meal? Two dining experts are here to help.

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Jan Goldsmith Reflects On Time As San Diego’s City Attorney

Dec. 23, 2016
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

Goldsmith served as city attorney for eight years. During his time in office, he dealt with the resignation of a mayor, controversy over a plan to finance an expansion of the convention center and pension reform.

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A San Diego Spinal Surgeon's Plea For Less Surgery

Dec. 22, 2016
By Alison St John, Michael Lipkin

Patients continue to demand spinal operations for back pain even when evidence shows non-surgical treatments, such as medically-supervised exercise, could be just as effective.

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Comedian, Actor Leslie Jordan To Perform In San Diego

Dec. 22, 2016
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

Emmy award-winning actor and comedian Leslie Jordan is in San Diego to perform his stand-up comedy show "Stra?ght Outta Chattanooga" at Martinis Above Fourth.

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San Diego Budget Deficits Could Be Bigger Than Mayor Planned

Dec. 22, 2016
By Alison St John, Michael Lipkin

Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s office released figures last month showing that spiking pension costs would create two years of budget shortfalls. But a recent analysis from the city’s independent budget analyst says the mayor left out some key costs and that the deficits could be even deeper.

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Unpublished Writers Find Recognition From San Diego Book Awards

Dec. 21, 2016
By Alison St John, Michael Lipkin

San Diego novelists Chet Cunningham has written more than 300 published books, but started the San Diego Book Awards 22 years ago to inspire writers who were less fortunate in finding outlets for their works.

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San Diego Councilwoman Georgette Gomez Takes Office

Dec. 21, 2016
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

Gomez, a community organizer who campaigned on the promise to shake up city hall, is the newly elected city council representative for District 9. The district includes City Heights, Kensignton, College Area and some neighborhoods in southeastern San Diego.

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Tension Over Arts Renaissance And Gentrification In Barrio Logan

Dec. 21, 2016
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

Longtime San Diego arts reporter Kinsee Morlan explores the intersection of arts and gentrification in Barrio Logan.