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Stories by Andrew Bowen

Councilman Cate Will Not Have To Testify In Leaked Memo Suit

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.

MTS Board Elects Georgette Gomez Chairwoman

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.

$61 Million Spent On SANDAG's Bike Program; Only 4 Miles ...

$61 Million Spent On SANDAG's Bike Program; Only 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.

Cannabis Manufacturing Gets Small Start In San Diego

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.

San Diego Cannabis Stores Brace For New Year's High

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.

Data Suggest Transit Riders Like New MTS Fare Options

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.

San Diego Gains Early Lead In Cannabis Retail Licenses

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.

Facing Backlash, Del Mar Councilman Walks Back Comments O...

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.

New SANDAG Board Chairman On Climate Change: 'It's A Deba...

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.

City Council Again Fails To Agree On Vacation Rentals Leg...

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.

San Diego Nears Final Decision On Short-Term Rentals

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.

Cole Reshuffles Committee Assignments, Shifting Power To ...

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.

Home Developer Offers Concessions In Rancho Peñasquitos P...

Home Developer Offers Concessions In Rancho Peñasquitos Project

Dec. 6, 2017
By Andrew Bowen

A plan to build 600 new homes in Rancho Peñasquitos drew ire from affordable housing advocates. The developer has since increased the number of affordable homes in the project and is offering relocation packages to current tenants.

In San Diego's Hepatitis Outbreak, Lessons Learned From H...

In San Diego's Hepatitis Outbreak, Lessons Learned From HIV/AIDS

Dec. 1, 2017
By Andrew Bowen

Public health officials say their response to San Diego's hepatitis A outbreak has been informed by the mistakes made in the early years of the HIV epidemic.

Sheriff Candidate Says He's Target Of Retaliation

Sheriff Candidate Says He's Target Of Retaliation

Nov. 30, 2017
By Andrew Bowen

Dave Myers, a commander in the San Diego County Sheriff's Department who is running to replace his boss, said he has been stripped of his regular duties in the department in retaliation for his candidacy.

San Diego Advances 'Community Choice Energy' Business Plan

San Diego Advances 'Community Choice Energy' Business Plan

Nov. 17, 2017
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 ...

Records Confirm Councilman Leaked Confidential Memo From Personal Email

Nov. 16, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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 ...

Councilman Cate Fighting Subpoenas Over Soccer City Memo Leak

Nov. 1, 2017
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 Lan...

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

Oct. 31, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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 At...

Campaign Consultant Says He Is Not Reason For District Attorney Recusal

Oct. 23, 2017
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, 2017
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 Le...

San Diego Councilman Apparently Used Personal Email To Leak Confidential Memo

Oct. 18, 2017
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 Wild...

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

Oct. 18, 2017
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 Religi...

City Council Approves Controversial Mission Valley Religious Resort Project

Oct. 17, 2017
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 ...

Tijuana Museum Hosts First Exhibition By American Artist In 15 Years

Oct. 13, 2017
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, 2017
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 B...

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

Oct. 9, 2017
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, 2017
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 C...

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

Oct. 3, 2017
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...

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

Sept. 29, 2017
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 C...

Sempra Services Video Leaves Out Key Facts On Community Choice

Sept. 28, 2017
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 Alr...

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

Sept. 21, 2017
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, 2017
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 ...

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

Sept. 18, 2017
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, 2017
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 Offen...

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

Sept. 7, 2017
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 'Supp...

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

Sept. 6, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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 Hil...

Group Wants San Diego AIDS Memorial In Future Bankers Hill Park

Aug. 28, 2017
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 ...

Council Members Join Criticism Of San Diego Police Chief Selection Plan

Aug. 23, 2017
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 Housi...

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

Aug. 23, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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 O...

Embattled SANDAG Executive Director Gary Gallegos Wants Out By Friday

Aug. 14, 2017
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, 2017
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.

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