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Stories by Andrew Bowen

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San Diego City Council To Vote On Middle-Income Housing 'Bonus'

May 22
By Andrew Bowen

The proposed middle-income housing density bonus would allow developers to build more homes on a parcel of land if they agree to reserve a portion of them for middle-income earners.

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#ShowUsYourMailers: Lincoln Club Mailer Is Attack Ad In Disguise

May 16
By Andrew Bowen

The conservative Lincoln Club of San Diego County opposes Democrat Nathan Fletcher for District 4 county supervisor. So why do its campaign mailers pretend to support him?

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Four Challengers Seek To Unseat Judge Gary Kreep After Judicial Reprimand

May 15
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego Superior Court Judge Gary Kreep faces his first test at the polls since his narrow election in 2012. Four other attorneys are challenging his seat on the bench after Kreep was severely reprimanded by a state commission.

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SANDAG Board Asks State To Lower The Bar On Housing

May 11
By Andrew Bowen

Elected officials from across San Diego County are asking the state to set a lower bar for housing production — despite a crippling housing shortage that has sent home prices skyrocketing.

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#ShowUsYourMailers: Pro-Saldaña Super PAC Stretches Truth

May 10
By Andrew Bowen

A super PAC supporting Lori Saldaña for San Diego County supervisor in the June 5 election sent out a number of mailers with misleading information. The mailers attack one of Saldaña's opponents, Nathan Fletcher.

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Housing Commission Budget Reflects Shift Away From Housing

May 8
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer is increasingly using the city's Housing Commission to manage the homelessness crisis. But the money for homeless programs often comes at the expense of new affordable housing.

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What Is In Mayor Faulconer's $18 Million 'Vision Zero' Budget?

May 3
By Andrew Bowen

Mayor Kevin Faulconer says his proposed budget for fiscal year 2019 contains $18 million in spending on the city's "Vision Zero" campaign to end all traffic deaths. Some of that money is being spent in high-crash areas — but many projects to improve traffic safety remain mostly unfunded.

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Trust In Law Enforcement Key To San Diego County Sheriff's Race

May 2
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore faces an electoral challenge from within his own ranks: Commander Dave Myers. The two candidates disagree on several issues, and on their approach to the office of sheriff itself.

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District 4 Supervisor Candidates Sound Off On Homelessness

April 30
By Andrew Bowen

The race for District 4 San Diego County Supervisor is one of the most competitive local races in the June 5 primary elections. Four Democrats and one Republican are on the ballot, and all see tackling homelessness as a top priority.

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San Diego Wins $41 Million For Electric Buses, Improved Transit

April 27
By Andrew Bowen

State transportation officials have awarded San Diego's Metropolitan Transit System with $40.9 million, some of which will pay for a fleet of zero-emission buses. The money comes from the state's cap-and-trade program and last year's gas tax increase.

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Dave Myers Discusses His Run For San Diego County Sheriff

April 25
By Andrew Bowen, Marissa Cabrera

Democrat Dave Myers, a commander and 33 year veteran of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, is running to unseat incumbent San Diego County Sheriff, Bill Gore. Myers said there has to be a cultural shift in law enforcement and it needs to start now.

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MTS Parking Lots Could Be Key To San Diego Housing Crisis

April 25
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego's main public transit operator owns acres of prime real estate across the county, much of it in the form of surface parking lots. A new report says the agency's board of directors should do more to ensure the land is put to better use.

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Faulconer Proposes $3.8 Billion Budget, Averting Major Cuts

April 12
By Andrew Bowen, City News Service

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer's proposed budget for next fiscal year manages to close a deficit by carrying over unspent money from the current fiscal year, dipping into reserve accounts and trimming the budgets of several departments.

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Cole Delays Talks On Affordable Housing Bond

April 10
By Andrew Bowen

A San Diego City Council committee Wednesday was due to discuss a $900 million affordable housing bond proposed for the November ballot. But a week before the meeting, Council President Myrtle Cole took the item off the agenda.

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Mayor Faulconer Nixes 2019 Deadline For Downtown Bike Network

April 5
By Andrew Bowen

A network of protected bike lanes in downtown San Diego will not be built according to the timeline promised by Mayor Kevin Faulconer. Instead, he plans on building the network in phases.

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Independent Review Pokes Holes In SDG&E's Green Energy Plan

April 2
By Andrew Bowen

SDG&E said it has a plan to help San Diego reach its goal of 100 percent renewable energy by 2035. A review of that plan, however, found it lacks critical information and could easily fall apart.

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Budget Battle Brewing Over San Diego's Climate Action Plan

March 29
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer is under pressure from environmentalists to increase funding for bike and pedestrian infrastructure, as he prepares to release his proposed budget for the coming fiscal year.

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Little Italy Association Is Evicting Dockless Bike Sharing

March 27
By Andrew Bowen

Little Italy's business association has begun picking up shared bikes belonging to LimeBike, Mobike and ofo and moving them outside the neighborhood's commercial core to a single sidewalk. Bike advocates accuse the association of trying to "sabotage" the program's success.

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How San Diego Is Responding To The Dockless Bike Craze

March 22
By Andrew Bowen, Brooke Ruth

It's been an invasion of brightly colored bicycles. In the past month, thousands of new bikes have appeared on San Diego street corners, brought by dockless bike sharing companies.

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Storage Facility For Homeless People Lacks Stable Funding Source

March 21
By Andrew Bowen

Most of the controversy surrounding a new storage facility for homeless individuals was over its location in Logan Heights. Less attention was paid to its shaky funding source.

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Higher Costs, Delays Threaten Downtown San Diego Bike Network

March 13
By Andrew Bowen

A planned network of protected bike lanes in downtown San Diego faces an uncertain future, less than two years after it was approved unanimously by the City Council.

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San Diego Starts Cashing In On Legalized Cannabis

March 12
By Andrew Bowen

The first month of legal recreational marijuana sales in San Diego brought in just under $360,000 from a voter-approved cannabis business tax. The money could help fund raises for San Diego police officers.

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Data From San Diego's Homeless 'Bridge Shelters' Show Bumpy Start

March 9
By Andrew Bowen

Early numbers from the three industrial tents currently sheltering homeless individuals show the city has had a tough time finding the right people to fill beds.

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California's Housing Crisis Builds Appetite To Limit Local Control

March 8
By Andrew Bowen

As local governments in San Diego County work to encourage more housing production to alleviate the region's housing crisis, lawmakers in Sacramento are debating changes to a long untouchable facet of California law: local control over housing and land use.

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Rancho Peñasquitos Housing Development Clears City Council

March 5
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego City Council members approved the construction of 600 homes in Rancho Peñasquitos. The project attracted controversy because some of the current residents depend on federal housing vouchers.

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David Nisleit Unanimously Confirmed By City Council As San Diego's Next Police Chief

Feb. 26
By Andrew Bowen, City News Service

The San Diego City Council on Monday voted unanimously to confirm David Nisleit as the city's next police chief, clearing him to start the job March 2.

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San Diego Compost Haulers Have Short Window To Become Legal

Feb. 21
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego is opening up a special permitting program to businesses that want to collect organic waste and take it to small-scale composting facilities.

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New Bike Sharing Program Launching In San Diego

Feb. 15
By Andrew Bowen

Dockless bike sharing company LimeBike says it is starting operations in the city of San Diego on Thursday, promising to offer residents a cheaper and more convenient option to get around the city on two wheels.

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San Diego Opens Door To Small-Scale Community Composting

Feb. 12
By Andrew Bowen

Small-scale composting could grow in San Diego after the City Council opened a new permitting process for organic waste collection.

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SANDAG Budget Has More Delays For Priority Bike Projects

Feb. 8
By Andrew Bowen

A number of bike infrastructure projects planned by SANDAG are facing delays under the transportation agency's proposed budget. Some $61 million has been spent on the projects, but few have been completed.

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San Diego LGBT Community Center To Host Transgender Legal Clinic

Feb. 5
By Andrew Bowen

Law students from the University of San Diego are starting a free legal clinic Tuesday to help transgender people change their names and gender markers on official documents.

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Workshop Teaches Cannabis Industry Of New 'Track And Trace' System

Feb. 2
By Andrew Bowen

About 60 cannabis professionals gathered in San Diego on Friday to learn about California's new system to track all cannabis products in the state.

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San Diego Fields Online Survey To Measure Commute Habits

Jan. 31
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego has struggled to capture good data on exactly how many people in the city bike, walk and ride public transit to work. A new survey aims to measure those transportation modes, which are central to the city's Climate Action Plan.

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Fire Response Study Presented To City Council, 11 Months After Completion

Jan. 30
By Andrew Bowen

The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department needs new resources to meet its response time goals, according to a report by Citygate Associates. It took nearly a year for the report to reach the full City Council in a public hearing.

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State Gas Tax Increase Gives $10.5 Million For New COASTER Trains

Jan. 30
By Andrew Bowen

The North County Transit District, which operates the COASTER rail system, won $10.5 million in grants funded by the state gas tax increase. The money will go to purchasing new low-emission trains to improve reliability and speed.

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Changes To MTS Bus Routes Begin Sunday

Jan. 26
By Andrew Bowen

Dozens of bus lines will have new schedules and service routes next week as part of a plan to improve the Metropolitan Transit System's efficiency, connectivity and reliability.

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Marijuana Businesses Are Legal — But Darn Near Impossible To Open In San Diego

Jan. 26
By Andrew Bowen

Tight regulations on cannabis dispensaries in San Diego have made opening the businesses extremely difficult and expensive. Experts warn that could lead to unintended consequences.

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San Diego City Attorney Memo Opens Door To 'Dockless' Bike Sharing

Jan. 24
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego's bike sharing economy may soon be open to more competition, after the City Attorney's office opined an existing contract with DecoBike does not shut out other companies.

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Councilman Cate Will Not Have To Testify In Leaked Memo Suit

Jan. 19
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego City Councilman Chris Cate will not have to give sworn testimony about his leak of a confidential city attorney's memo last year.

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MTS Board Elects Georgette Gomez Chairwoman

Jan. 18
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego City Councilwoman Georgette Gomez won unanimous approval from the MTS board of directors. She says she wants to focus on growing ridership, especially among youth and people with access to a car.

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$61 Million Spent On SANDAG's Bike Program; Less Than 4 Miles Completed

Jan. 10
By Andrew Bowen

SANDAG has exhausted more than a quarter of the budget for high-priority bike projects, but so far has little to show for it.

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Cannabis Manufacturing Gets Small Start In San Diego

Jan. 2
By Andrew Bowen

Three San Diego businesses have gotten licenses to manufacture cannabis concentrates. They appear to be part of a group of cannabis businesses with special permission to continue operating in the city.

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San Diego Cannabis Stores Brace For New Year's High

Dec. 29, 2017
By Andrew Bowen

The handful of cannabis dispensaries with licenses to sell recreational marijuana are preparing for a rush of new customers as legalization comes into full effect across California.

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Data Suggest Transit Riders Like New MTS Fare Options

Dec. 27, 2017
By Andrew Bowen

The Metropolitan Transit System added two fare payment options in 2017 in an effort to make the system more convenient. Early data suggest the efforts are paying off.

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San Diego Gains Early Lead In Cannabis Retail Licenses

Dec. 22, 2017
By Andrew Bowen

In one week, state regulators have licensed more recreational cannabis dispensaries in San Diego than any other city so far. The Bureau of Cannabis Control is working overtime to issue as many licenses as possible before full legalization on Jan. 1.

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Facing Backlash, Del Mar Councilman Walks Back Comments On Climate Change

Dec. 18, 2017
By Andrew Bowen

Terry Sinnott, a Del Mar city councilman and incoming chair of the SANDAG board, is walking back statements he made last week on climate change. He now says he does believe humans are contributing to climate change and cities should work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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New SANDAG Board Chairman On Climate Change: 'It's A Debatable Issue'

Dec. 15, 2017
By Andrew Bowen

Del Mar City Councilman Terry Sinnott has been unanimously elected chairman of the board of SANDAG, the county's chief agency in charge of cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Asked whether he believed climate change was caused by humans, Sinnott would not give a clear answer.

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City Council Again Fails To Agree On Vacation Rentals Legislation

Dec. 13, 2017
By Andrew Bowen, City News Service

The City Council Tuesday failed again to approve regulations governing short-term vacation rentals in San Diego, a thorny issue that also defied previous attempts at creating regulations.

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San Diego Nears Final Decision On Short-Term Rentals

Dec. 12, 2017
By Andrew Bowen

The San Diego City Council on Tuesday is set to cast a final vote on how to deal with short-term home rentals. Two proposals are up for debate, though one is far more likely to pass.

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Cole Reshuffles Committee Assignments, Shifting Power To Democrats

Dec. 8, 2017
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego City Council President Myrtle Cole unveiled a list of nominations to committees, moving some higher-profile positions in the city government from Republicans to Democrats.

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