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Stories by Andrés Barraza

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Group Sues City Of San Diego Over Plaza De Panama Project

Aug. 3, 2011
By Andrés Barraza

The Save Our Heritage Organization argues the City of San Diego is violating California environmental laws in a plan to ban cars in Balboa Park's Plaza de Panama.

SDPD Officer Found Dead

Aug. 1, 2011
By Andrés Barraza, City News Service

SDPD Officer David Hall confirmed dead from self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Event In San Diego Welcomes Hackers To Government Website

July 28, 2011
By Andrés Barraza

Hack Day organizer Jed Sundwall stopped by KPBS' Midday Edition to tell us about the event welcoming the public to find easier ways to navigate mass government data.

Union Jobs Would See Boost If AT&T And T-Mobile Merge

July 25, 2011
By Andrés Barraza

T-Mobile employees would join telecom union if merger is approved.

Short-Term Homelessness On The Rise, Funding Down

July 20, 2011
By Andrés Barraza

Strategy and prevention were among the issues discussed in San Diego by the California State Assembly's Select Committee on Homelessness.

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Police React To Slaying of Detective And Her Daughter

July 18, 2011
By Andrés Barraza, City News Service

San Diego police Detective Donna Williams and her daughter, Briana, were found dead in their Rancho Peñasquitos home. The detective's son is in custody.

Military Contingent To Be Part Of Pride Parade

July 14, 2011
By Andrés Barraza

As the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell continues to make its way through the Pentagon, some San Diego servicemembers aren't waiting -- they'll be openly marching in Saturday's annual Gay Pride Parade.

Mexico Agrees To Lift Tariffs On U.S. Produce

July 6, 2011
By Andrés Barraza

The United States has agreed to comply with its NAFTA obligations in return for a lift on tariffs.

New Law Requires Carbon-Monoxide Detectors

June 27, 2011
By Andrés Barraza

Residences in California will be required to have working carbon monoxide detectors as of Friday, July 1st.

School Districts Offer Incentives To Boost Attendance

June 27, 2011
By Andrés Barraza

When your school district depends on student attendance for funding, some go to great lengths to make sure they show up.

Service Connects Parents For School Carpools

June 21, 2011
By Andrés Barraza

SchoolPool connects parents with others in their neighborhood to form groups to carpool, walk or bike to school.

Coalition Calls For Second Latino City Council District

June 8, 2011
By Andrés Barraza

In the wake of the 2010 Census, the growth in San Diego's Latino community has resulted in a call for a second Latino-majority City Council district.

Microchips for Adopted Pets May Soon Be Mandatory

June 1, 2011
By Andrés Barraza

More than 26,000 lost pets were taken to local shelters last year and many went unclaimed. A new bill would require California to implant identification microchips for every animal adopted from shelters.

Drug Prevention Costs Less Than Enforcement

April 27, 2011
By Andrés Barraza

The Meth Report Card by San Diego County Officials addresses the cost of methamphetamine addiction to the average taxpayer. The verdict calls for an increase in drug-prevention and treatment programs over enforcement.

10 Charged In USD Basketball Point-Fixing Scheme

April 11, 2011
By Andrés Barraza

A former USD assistant basketball coach and two former players were among 10 people indicted today in connection with an alleged sports-bribery ring that purportedly offered bribes to college basketball players to fix games.

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Passports, Pastimes & Projects To Be Affected If Gov't. Shuts Down

April 8, 2011
By Amy Isackson, Andrés Barraza, Dwane Brown, Jude Joffe-Block, Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez

Federal officials have released limited information on how the southwest would be affected if the government shutdown.

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Local Economy Could Take Hit from Government Shutdown

April 7, 2011
By Amy Isackson, Andrés Barraza and Jude Joffe-Block

San Diego's military and other federal employees could lose pay. The county has the largest number of federal employees in the the country.

Refugees in San Diego Seek Representation in Redistricting

April 6, 2011
By Andrés Barraza

San Diego is seen as the "refugee capital" of the United States by some. Refugees here seek representation in upcoming redistricting.

Southwest Flights Delayed, Canceled By Safety Inspections

April 4, 2011
By Andrés Barraza

Inspections of Boeing 737 aircraft are expanding to include those flown by all carriers. A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 was forced to land en route from Phoenix to Sacramento on Friday after a 5-foot hole was discovered in the fuselage.

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San Diego Green Companies React to Obama Energy Plan

March 31, 2011
By Andrés Barraza

Local green companies may grow as a result of President Obama's energy proposal.

Rain Won't Change San Diego Water Restrictions

March 22, 2011
By Andrés Barraza

Recent rains and a healthy water supply across the state will not cause city officials to lift restrictions on water consumption.