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Stories by Andrew Bowen

San Diego Advances 'Community Choice Energy' Business Plan

San Diego Advances 'Community Choice Energy' Business Plan

Nov. 17
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego is moving forward with a business plan for a community choice energy program. Environmentalists who support the program and skeptics are both claiming victory.

Records Confirm Councilman Leaked Confidential Memo From Personal E...

Records Confirm Councilman Leaked Confidential Memo From Personal Email

Nov. 16
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego City Councilman Chris Cate sent a confidential memo to a lobbyist via an email account linked to his re-election campaign website. The revelation came after Cate's office released unredacted versions of the email exchange to KPBS.

San Diego Gears Up For Permitting Cannabis Supply Chain

San Diego Gears Up For Permitting Cannabis Supply Chain

Nov. 15
By Andrew Bowen

Dozens of entrepreneurs are expected to submit applications this week for marijuana production facilities. San Diego went through a similar process in 2014 and says it has learned from the chaos that ensued.

Plan To Implement San Diego Bike Network Put On Hold

Plan To Implement San Diego Bike Network Put On Hold

Nov. 10
By Andrew Bowen

A San Diego City Council vote meant to speed up the creation of the city's bike network was postponed this week. Bike advocates want to give the city deadlines for measuring progress.

Councilman Cate Fighting Subpoenas Over Soccer City Memo Leak

Councilman Cate Fighting Subpoenas Over Soccer City Memo Leak

Nov. 1
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego City Councilman Chris Cate is facing a potential criminal investigation over his leak of a confidential memo — but a civil lawsuit against the city of San Diego may pose a more immediate threat.

San Diego City Council Moves To Shrink Hillcrest Bike Lane 'Gap'

San Diego City Council Moves To Shrink Hillcrest Bike Lane 'Gap'

Oct. 31
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego City Council members have voted to relocate a few dozen on-street parking spaces in Hillcrest to make way for new bike lanes. The project was once the source of intense controversy.

'CiclosDias' Open Streets Event Headed To Downtown San Diego

'CiclosDias' Open Streets Event Headed To Downtown San Diego

Oct. 27
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego's fifth open streets event CiclosDias takes place downtown on Sunday, with plans for a preview demonstration of forthcoming protected bike lanes.

San Diego Climate Report Shows Progress — Thanks To Whom?

San Diego Climate Report Shows Progress — Thanks To Whom?

Oct. 25
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego's annual Climate Action Plan monitoring report shows the city is still ahead of schedule in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. But there is little indication city policies are contributing to the success.

Campaign Consultant Says He Is Not Reason For District Attorney Rec...

Campaign Consultant Says He Is Not Reason For District Attorney Recusal

Oct. 23
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego City Councilman Chris Cate and interim District Attorney Summer Stephan share the same consultant for their election campaigns. The consultant, Jason Roe, said that had nothing to do with why Stephan recused herself from a criminal investigation involving Cate.

San Diego Police Union, City Reach Deal On Pay Raises

San Diego Police Union, City Reach Deal On Pay Raises

Oct. 18
By Andrew Bowen, City News Service

Details on the contract agreement designed to stem the flow of experienced officers from the San Diego Police Department to other law enforcement agencies are expected to be released Wednesday morning.

San Diego Councilman Apparently Used Personal Email To Leak Confide...

San Diego Councilman Apparently Used Personal Email To Leak Confidential Memo

Oct. 18
By Andrew Bowen

Public records suggest San Diego City Councilman Chris Cate used his personal email account when sending a confidential memo to the proponents of the Soccer City stadium initiative. The councilman's office redacted Cate's email address but did not redact addresses and phone numbers belonging to dozens of constituents.

In 2007, Qualcomm Stadium Became A Refuge For 15,000 Wildfire Evacuees

In 2007, Qualcomm Stadium Became A Refuge For 15,000 Wildfire Evacuees

Oct. 18
By Andrew Bowen

Some 15,000 people fleeing wildfires in 2007 sought shelter in Qualcomm Stadium, since renamed SDCCU Stadium. Officials say the effort was proof the city can manage massive evacuations — with the help of volunteers and donations.

City Council Approves Controversial Mission Valley Religious Resort...

City Council Approves Controversial Mission Valley Religious Resort Project

Oct. 17
By Andrew Bowen, City News Service

A long-planned but controversial religious tourism and conference center project on Hotel Circle was OK'd Tuesday by the San Diego City Council.

Tijuana Museum Hosts First Exhibition By American Artist In 15 Years

Tijuana Museum Hosts First Exhibition By American Artist In 15 Years

Oct. 13
By Andrew Bowen

The Centro Cultural de Tijuana, or CECUT, is featuring its first exhibition of an American artist in more than a decade. The artist and the museum both hope it will spark dialogue in a turbulent time for U.S.-Mexico relations.

Governor Brown Signs SANDAG Reform Bill

Governor Brown Signs SANDAG Reform Bill

Oct. 11
By Andrew Bowen

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed AB 805, a bill written by a San Diego assemblywoman that makes big changes to the county's transportation planning agency.

San Diego City Employees Lead On Public Transit, Lag On Bikes

San Diego City Employees Lead On Public Transit, Lag On Bikes

Oct. 9
By Andrew Bowen

A survey of city employees found they ride public transit to work at a much higher rate than the city as a whole. San Diego needs hundreds of thousands of commuters to switch from cars to biking, walking and riding transit to meet its climate action goals.

Following The Money In San Diego's Community Choice Debate

Following The Money In San Diego's Community Choice Debate

Oct. 4
By Andrew Bowen

Several organizations skeptical of community choice energy are supported by SDG&E, which has sought to halt the energy program's expansion across the state.

District Attorney's Office Investigating Cate's Leak Of Confidentia...

District Attorney's Office Investigating Cate's Leak Of Confidential Memo

Oct. 3
By Andrew Bowen

City Councilman Chris Cate says he gave a confidential memo on the Soccer City initiative to the measure's proponents. The City Attorney's Office says the memo's leak is being investigated by the Public Integrity Unit of the District Attorney's Office.

San Diego City Council Members Hear Results Of 'Community Choice' S...

San Diego City Council Members Hear Results Of 'Community Choice' Study

Sept. 29
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego's path to 100 percent renewable energy got a hearing at the City Council's Environment Committee. Committee members heard a presentation on the feasibility of community choice aggregation.

Sempra Services Video Leaves Out Key Facts On Community Choice

Sempra Services Video Leaves Out Key Facts On Community Choice

Sept. 28
By Andrew Bowen

Sempra Services, a group formed by SDG&E's parent company to lobby on community choice energy, has produced a video raising questions about the program. While the video does not contain blatantly false information, it does leave out important context.

Taxpayer Group Seeks 'Community Choice' Data (Most Is Already Public)

Taxpayer Group Seeks 'Community Choice' Data (Most Is Already Public)

Sept. 21
By Andrew Bowen

The San Diego County Taxpayers Association wrote city officials a letter seeking the "assumptions and methodology" behind a city-commissioned study on community choice energy. Nearly all that information is in the study itself.

MTS Hopes Bus Route Overhaul Will Buck Ridership Decline

MTS Hopes Bus Route Overhaul Will Buck Ridership Decline

Sept. 20
By Andrew Bowen

Faced with two years of declining ridership, the Metropolitan Transit System is planning changes to dozens of bus routes to help the system run more efficiently. The plan is something of a gamble — and there are winners and losers.

San Diego City Council Stalls Plans For Religious Resort In Mission...

San Diego City Council Stalls Plans For Religious Resort In Mission Valley

Sept. 18
By Andrew Bowen, City News Service

A religious-themed resort in Mission Valley failed to win outright approval from the San Diego City Council.

'Dockless' Bike Sharing Program Launches In Imperial Beach

'Dockless' Bike Sharing Program Launches In Imperial Beach

Sept. 13
By Andrew Bowen

Imperial Beach is getting a new "dockless" bike sharing program, LimeBike. Users can pick up, ride and park the bikes anywhere in the city, rather than having to keep the bikes at fixed stations.

Which City Council Member Changed Their Vote On Sex Offender Law?

Which City Council Member Changed Their Vote On Sex Offender Law?

Sept. 7
By Andrew Bowen

A majority of council members voted behind closed doors to place the repeal of the city's unconstitutional Child Protection Act on a future agenda. But when the vote to repeal the ordinance came, at least one council member changed their vote.

Seed To Sale: How Will San Diego Treat The Cannabis 'Supply Chain?'

Seed To Sale: How Will San Diego Treat The Cannabis 'Supply Chain?'

Sept. 6
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego officials are weighing how to regulate marijuana cultivation, manufacturing, distribution and testing. There could be millions of dollars in tax revenue and economic output at stake.

Councilman Wants To Rewrite San Diego Sex Offender Law

Councilman Wants To Rewrite San Diego Sex Offender Law

Sept. 4
By Andrew Bowen

But Chris Ward gives no details on how he would reform an ordinance that restricts where registered sex offenders can live. The California Supreme Court has found similar ordinances unconstitutional.

New Protected Bikeway Connects Mid-City To Mission Valley

New Protected Bikeway Connects Mid-City To Mission Valley

Aug. 30
By Andrew Bowen, Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

State and local transportation officials have opened a mile-long protected bike lane alongside SR-15. The bikeway offers a safer, more comfortable connection for bicyclists between Mission Valley and Mid-City neighborhoods.

Group Wants San Diego AIDS Memorial In Future Bankers Hill Park

Group Wants San Diego AIDS Memorial In Future Bankers Hill Park

Aug. 28
By Andrew Bowen

The San Diego AIDS Memorial Task Force has chosen a small plot of land in Bankers Hill as its preferred location for the future memorial. The city already has plans to convert the parcel into a small neighborhood park.

Council Members Join Criticism Of San Diego Police Chief Selection ...

Council Members Join Criticism Of San Diego Police Chief Selection Plan

Aug. 23
By Andrew Bowen

Some San Diego City Council members have indicated they are unhappy with the plan to select a new police chief laid out Tuesday by Mayor Kevin Faulconer. The plan was immediately criticized by progressive advocacy groups as lacking transparency and inclusion.

Experts See 'Perfect Storm' Descending On San Diego Housing Crisis

Experts See 'Perfect Storm' Descending On San Diego Housing Crisis

Aug. 23
By Andrew Bowen

Thousands of homes set aside for low-income San Diegans are set to become market rate in the next five years, putting seniors, the disabled and working-class families at risk of homelessness.

Where Is San Diego Spending Money On Traffic Safety?

Where Is San Diego Spending Money On Traffic Safety?

Aug. 18
By Andrew Bowen, Christopher Underwood, Elma Gonzalez

San Diego's Vision Zero goal of eliminating traffic deaths by 2025 is supposed to be achieved by spending the city's limited dollars improving traffic safety on the most dangerous streets. But an analysis of the city's Vision Zero budget shows the city is spending plenty of money improving streets that are already safe.

SANDAG Executive's Performance Review May Never Happen

SANDAG Executive's Performance Review May Never Happen

Aug. 15
By Andrew Bowen

Gary Gallegos may avoid an evaluation of his performance as the executive director of SANDAG by retiring early. Gallegos has been under intense scrutiny, following an investigation into his agency's revenue forecasting scandal.

Embattled SANDAG Executive Director Gary Gallegos Wants Out By Friday

Embattled SANDAG Executive Director Gary Gallegos Wants Out By Friday

Aug. 14
By Andrew Bowen, City News Service

The embattled executive director of the San Diego Association of Governments Monday requested that his retirement become effective Friday, instead of the end of this year as originally intended.

San Diego Police Officers Get Bump In Uniform Allowance

San Diego Police Officers Get Bump In Uniform Allowance

Aug. 11
By Andrew Bowen, City News Service

The San Diego City Council has approved an increase to the uniform and equipment allowance for San Diego police officers. The move is part of an effort to address the department's chronic shortage of officers, many of whom are leaving for better pay elsewhere.

Lawsuit Claims Free Speech Violations After San Diego Trump Rally

Lawsuit Claims Free Speech Violations After San Diego Trump Rally

Aug. 10
By Andrew Bowen

A federal lawsuit filed on Thursday claims the San Diego Police and Sheriff's Departments violated free speech rights in their response to protests outside a Donald Trump campaign rally last year.

SANDAG Executive Gary Gallegos To Retire Amid Scandal

SANDAG Executive Gary Gallegos To Retire Amid Scandal

Aug. 8
By Andrew Bowen

Gary Gallegos, the executive director of the San Diego Association of Governments, said he will leave the agency by the end of the year. Gallegos was due for a performance review by the agency's board of directors for his role in a widening scandal over tax revenues.

San Diego Sex Offender Residency Law Faces Uphill Legal Battle

San Diego Sex Offender Residency Law Faces Uphill Legal Battle

Aug. 8
By Andrew Bowen

A lawsuit has been filed over a San Diego law restricting where registered sex offenders can live. Courts have found similar laws unconstitutional — and counterproductive to their goal of protecting children.

SANDAG Executive To Face Review For Role In Forecasting Scandal

SANDAG Executive To Face Review For Role In Forecasting Scandal

Aug. 4
By Andrew Bowen

Gary Gallegos, the executive director of the San Diego Association of Governments, will face a performance review by the board of directors for his role in the agency's inflated tax revenue projections. The board voted for that review after an independent investigation into the scandal.

Resolution Opposing Trump Border Wall Advances To San Diego City Co...

Resolution Opposing Trump Border Wall Advances To San Diego City Council

Aug. 2
By Andrew Bowen

A San Diego City Council committee has advanced a resolution opposing President Trump's plans for a border wall. The 2-2 vote was a partisan split, with the committee's Democrats supporting and Republicans opposing.

Investigation Details How SANDAG Pushed Boundaries Of Public Record...

Investigation Details How SANDAG Pushed Boundaries Of Public Records Law

Aug. 1
By Andrew Bowen

An investigation has found the San Diego Association of Governments has "forfeited the public's trust" in its response to a scandal surrounding last year's Measure A tax proposal. Executives pressured staff to delete documents and shield them from public records requests.

San Diego To Mandate 'Equal Pay' Among City Contractors

San Diego To Mandate 'Equal Pay' Among City Contractors

July 31
By Andrew Bowen

The San Diego City Council has approved an ordinance requiring city contractors to pay employees equally regardless of race or gender. The ordinance is meant to compliment and strengthen similar state and federal laws.

San Diego Pension Reform Headed for California Supreme Court

San Diego Pension Reform Headed for California Supreme Court

July 27
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego's voter-approved pension reform measure, Proposition B, is going before the state Supreme Court. The case could have a major impact on California labor law, and big financial consequences for San Diego.

San Diego Parking Districts Present Spending Plans

San Diego Parking Districts Present Spending Plans

July 26
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego's community parking districts have millions of dollars in revenue from parking meters. On Wednesday they laid out how they want to spend that money.

State Filings Show Possible 2018 Senate Run For San Diego Councilma...

State Filings Show Possible 2018 Senate Run For San Diego Councilman Mark Kersey

July 25
By Andrew Bowen

Mark Kersey, who currently represents Scripps Ranch, Rancho Penasquitos and Rancho Bernardo on the San Diego City Council, is running for the California State Senate, according to filings with the secretary of state.

San Diego Regional Bike Counters Up For Adoption

San Diego Regional Bike Counters Up For Adoption

July 25
By Andrew Bowen

Dozens of devices across San Diego County have been gathering data on cycling activity for the past five years. But the bike counters have not been consistently maintained, and some have gone more than a year with dead batteries.

San Diego Confronts Bad Data From Bike-Counting Cameras

San Diego Confronts Bad Data From Bike-Counting Cameras

July 24
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego purchased dozens of cameras with bike-counting software in 2014, aiming to use their data to inform its transportation planning. But after a slow start to installing and calibrating the cameras, they are still failing to get accurate data.

San Diego City Council Scrutinizes Vision Zero Traffic Safety Plans

San Diego City Council Scrutinizes Vision Zero Traffic Safety Plans

July 20
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego City Council members on Wednesday got an update on the city's plan to reduce traffic deaths to zero by 2025. Advocates for safer streets say the city has shown a lack of commitment to the plan.

In Patchwork Of Transportation Agencies, What Makes SANDAG Unique?

In Patchwork Of Transportation Agencies, What Makes SANDAG Unique?

July 10
By Andrew Bowen

The San Diego Association of Governments is the target of a reform bill in Sacramento. Critics say the transportation planning agency is opaque and undemocratic — but how does it compare to similar agencies across California?

Crews Setting Up For 'Big Bay Boom' Fireworks Show

Crews Setting Up For 'Big Bay Boom' Fireworks Show

July 3
By Andrew Bowen

Preparations are underway for San Diego's annual Fourth of July fireworks show, the Port Of San Diego's Big Bay Boom, with organizers promising a spectacular show.

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