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Stories by Claire Trageser

Two Stories Of Impact From San Diego's Minimum Wage Increase

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Here are two people who will be impacted in very different ways by San Diego's minimum wage increase.

'Bike-In' Planned To Protest Rejection Of Barrio Logan Community Plan

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Bicyclists will ride around the same block in Barrio Logan as a protest against voters rejecting the Barrio Logan Community Plan Update.

The Man Behind Kensington's Sidewalk Paintings

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Kensington's sidewalks are a patchwork of brightly colored paintings and they're all the work of one man: Bernard Muhammad.

Filner's First Accuser Reflects On Sexual Harassment Scandal

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"I did this for other women ... who have been at the sharpest edge of an arrow, the target of somebody who's abusing power," said Irene McCormack Jackson, in explaining why she sued then-Mayor Bob Filner and the city of San Diego for sexual harassment.

San Diego City Council Approves $1.5M Tax Rebate For Illumina

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The San Diego City Council approved a deal to keep the medical device company Illumina in San Diego for 10 years.

Gloria: Home Care Workers In San Diego Will Get New Minimum Wage

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After the City Council approved raising the minimum wage to $11.50 an hour by 2017, some thought home care workers might be exempt from the change. City Council President Todd Gloria says no one will be left out.

Open-Air Seafood Market Coming To San Diego Bay

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A new open-air seafood market has won approval from San Diego County and will open Aug. 2.

San Diego City Council Votes To Raise Minimum Wage

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The San Diego City Council voted Monday to raise the city's minimum wage as an ordinance, meaning it won't go to a public vote. What's next-a veto by the mayor, possible signature-gathering campaign by opponents? We take a look.

DeMaio, Peters On Climate Change, Immigration, Guns, Marijuana

Carl DeMaio and Scott Peters, the candidates running for the 52nd Congressional District seat, answered 10 questions posed by KPBS.

District Attorney Dumanis Releases Controversial Endorsement Letter

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District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis had refused for weeks to release the college recommendation letter she wrote on behalf of the son of a foreign national who is under federal indictment on charges of illegally making campaign contributions, including to her.

San Diego Cuts Fiesta Island Road Closures In Half, But It’s Not Clear Why

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The city has halved the number of times the road on Fiesta Island can be closed for events, citing hundreds of complaints.

SDG&E Offering Credits To Electric Car Drivers After Raising Rates

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SDG&E is offering credits to some electric car owners after KPBS found the utility had raised those customers' rates with no warning.

Peters Denounces Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby Ruling; DeMaio Responds

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Both candidates in the hot race for the 52nd Congressional District seem to be on the same page regarding the Supreme Court's controversial Hobby Lobby decision.

Shoppers Get San Diego Grocery Store To Clean Up Its Act

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Residents around Market Creek Plaza had access to a grocery store. But they said the store wasn't up to par, so they worked together to change things.

Electric Car Owners Miffed As SDG&E Revokes Low Rates

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SDG&E promised a group of electric-car owners a reduced rate through the end of 2014 to be part of a study, then doubled their rates without warning.

San Diego City Council To Consider Settlement Over La Jolla Fireworks Lawsuit

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The City Council approved the settlement in an April closed session and will consider final approval on Tuesday.

Committee Moves Minimum Wage Ballot Measure To San Diego City Council

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The proposal still needs final approval by a majority of the full City Council.

San Diego Open Government Ballot Measure Is Back Again

A ballot measure proposal meant to protect the public's access to government records will go before a San Diego City Council committee Wednesday.

Citizen Scientists Keeping Watch Over Endangered Least Terns In Mission Bay

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San Diego Audubon Society volunteers are spending hours observing four least tern nesting sites in Mission Bay.

New 'Pocket Park' In East Village Opens Sunday

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A vacant lot in the East Village was converted into a "pocket park" that officially will open on Sunday.

Peters, DeMaio Headed For November Showdown in San Diego's 52nd Congressional District

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As expected, incumbent Congressman Scott Peters, a Democrat, and former San Diego Councilman Carl DeMaio, a Republican, are headed for a November showdown in the the 52nd Congressional District race.

San Diego Police Work To Stop Door-To-Door Soliciting

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The San Diego Police Department wants to remind residents that people need to have a police registration card to knock on your door and solicit you.

Runners Take Over Roads As Rock 'N' Roll Marathon Returns Sunday

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Almost 30,000 runners will line up Sunday morning for the Suja Rock 'n' Roll Marathon and Half Marathon, with San Diegan And Boston Marathon Winner Meb Keflezighi setting the pace for some in the half marathon.

Get The Scoop On San Diego Construction Projects Via New Website

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Brian Grapes, 27, started the San Diego Streets website in July to tell locals about construction projects in their neighborhoods.

San Diego Bike Loop To Guide Bicyclists Through Safer Streets

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San Diego Bike Loop is a new seven-mile loop that takes riders from downtown to Bankers Hill, Little Italy and San Diego Bay.

Candidate Helps Run Group That Says Homosexuality Can Be Cured

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Donna Woodrum, who is seeking a seat on the San Diego Community College District’s board, helps run Eagle Forum San Diego, which also believes Muslims are a threat to America.

Get Trained On How To Have Your Voice Heard On San Diego's Budget

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The Community Budget Alliance is hosting a meeting Thursday night on "participatory budgeting," a way for the public to make their voices heard on city spending plans.

San Diego Parks Get More Money Under Mayor's Revised Budget

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Mayor Kevin Faulconer said Tuesday he has $12 million more to spend in the next fiscal year than he originally thought, and he wants the money to go to parks and other neighborhood services.

Mobile Traffic To San Diego Websites Exploded During Wildfires

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Many, many more people used smartphones and other mobile devices to get information and updates during last week's fires.

Supporters Of Barrio Logan Plan Say Mailers 'Just Aren't True'

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San Diego City Councilman David Alvarez says mailers sent out last week by the No on B and C campaign to rescind the Barrio Logan community plan update are misleading.

Tomahawk Fire Jumps Containment Line; Fallbrook Evacuation Orders Lifted

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The 6,000 acre Tomahawk Fire has grown past the containment line and is approaching the city of Fallbrook, the San Diego County sheriff's reports. There is an evacuation order for Olive Hill Road in Fallbrook between Ladera Vista Road and South Mission Road.

Oceanside Fire Confined To San Luis Rey Riverbed; 20% Contained

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A wildfire that blackened about 100 acres in the bed of the San Luis Rey River Wednesday and damaged a single structure is 20 percent contained, authorities reported.

San Diego's High-Profile Congressional Race: District 52

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Considered a toss up by some, the 52nd District contest has one-term Democratic Rep. Scott Peters challenged by three Republicans: former San Diego Councilman Carl DeMaio, former Marine officer Kirk Jorgensen and surgeon Fred Simon.

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1,600-Acre Bernardo Fire 25 Percent Contained

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About 1,600 acres have been burned and more than 22,000 evacuation alerts were sent -- but there were no injuries, nor homes lost -- as a result of the Bernardo fire.

San Diego City Council To Vote On Balboa Park Centennial Agreement Termination

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A deal that would end agreements between the city of San Diego and Balboa Park Centennial Inc. is scheduled to go before the San Diego City Council on Tuesday.

San Diegans Honor Hometown Hero Meb Keflezighi As 'America's Finest Runner'

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Saturday was declared "Meb Day" in San Diego to honor San Diego runner and Boston Marathon winner Mebrahtom "Meb" Keflezighi.

Keflezighi To Receive Key To San Diego On 'Meb Day'

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Meb Keflezighi, the San Diego runner who won last month's Boston Marathon, will be given the key to the city.

San Diego Voters Weigh Barrio Logan Zoning In Propositions B, C

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San Diegans can cast ballots to uphold or undo the City Council's update of Barrio Logan's community plan in the June 3 primary.

San Diego Budget Earns High Marks From Independent Analyst

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The budget analyst gave Mayor Kevin Faulconer's spending plan high marks for adding library hours and boosting police staffing, but she faulted it for using general fund money to pay for capital expenses such as road repairs.

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San Diego Survives Record Winds And Heat As Fire Season Arrives

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San Diego's dry, hot and windy weather this past week made for ripe fire conditions, but among the half of a dozen brush fires that broke out none burned more than a few acres.

San Diego's Bike Sharing Program Delayed Again To June

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San Diego's bike sharing program has been delayed again, this time until June.

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Santee Brush Fire Flare-Up Fully Contained

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The fire, which started Tuesday afternoon in the dry bed of the San Diego River on the east end of the Carlton Oaks Country Club, reignited Wednesday morning and threatened about a dozen homes.

San Diego Potholes Will Be Filled One Neighborhood At A Time

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San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer presented a new plan to fill potholes one neighborhood at a time.

Extra Pay For SDPD Cops May Not Be Enough To Retain Them

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The head of the San Diego police union said officers are happy Mayor Kevin Faulconer included an extra $3.2 million in his proposed budget for police pay, but it may not be enough to keep them from retiring or leaving the department.

San Diego Program Helps First-Generation College Students Stay On Track

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Juma Ventures doesn't just help students get into college; it coaches them throughout their four years there.

Where Did San Diego Find The Extra Money For Its Next Budget?

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The city went from a predicted $19 million shortfall to a balanced budget with extra money to spend.

Faulconer Focuses On Infrastructure, Public Safety In 1st Budget Proposal

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A nearly $3 billion spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year in the city of San Diego was unveiled Monday by Mayor Kevin Faulconer and will be presented to the City Council Tuesday.

San Diego Mayor Presents His First Budget Monday

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Mayor Kevin Faulconer's staff said the fiscal 2015 budget proposal will be posted online shortly after it's presented at a 12:30 p.m. news conference Monday at City Hall.

San Diego Runners Plan 'Last Run' To Support Boston Marathon

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It's been almost a year since the bombing at the Boston Marathon. To mark the occasion, San Diego runners will hold their own run this Sunday at Mission Bay, a week before this year's Boston Marathon.

San Diego Brewery Expansion Gets Boost From Council Committee

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The City Council will consider a package of incentives to help San Diego craft brewers Ballast Point and AleSmith move into larger manufacturing plants.

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