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Stories by Claire Trageser

Should Public Toilet In Downtown San Diego Stay Or Go?

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City staffers say a recently installed $250,000 Portland Loo at 14th and L streets has increased crime in the area, become a nuisance and should close, but people who live and work in the area say it should stay.

San Diego Councilwoman Cole Says Being A Politician Not On Her 'Bucket List'

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City Councilwoman Myrtle Cole has faced tough issues, including racial profiling by police and how to attract more businesses to her southeastern San Diego district.

SANDAG’s Role In Cutting Greenhouse Gas Emissions Disputed

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Environmental groups say SANDAG is responsible for creating a transportation plan that cuts emissions 80 percent by 2050 — a target Gov. Jerry Brown set — but SANDAG says meeting those reductions isn't its job alone.

SANDAG Responses To KPBS Questions

SANDAG sent written responses to seven KPBS questions about its 2015 regional transportation plan.

San Diego Cops Use Social Media To Clear Up Muffled Helicopter Announcements

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San Diego police will begin posting the same announcements made from police helicopters on Twitter and the social networking site Nextdoor.com.

San Diego Councilwoman Marti Emerald: 'It's Time To Step Aside'

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Marti Emerald represents City Heights, Kensington, Mountain View and other neighborhoods in District 9. After a year that included a breast cancer diagnosis and a wedding, Emerald decided not to seek re-election.

Scanty Comic-Con Costumes No Excuse For Sexual Harassment

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An advocacy group is targeting this week's annual Comic-Con convention in San Diego for failing to do enough to prevent sexual harassment. GeeksForCONsent has collected 3,000 signatures asking Comic-Con to beef up its anti-harassment policy and enforcement.

Chula Vista Senior Pumps Pedals To National Stationary Bike Record

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A team of retired seniors at Fredericka Manor in Chula Vista is competing in a Tour de France of sorts. The competitors are riding stationary bikes for their health and to beat out other teams nationally in their age group.

UC San Diego Extension Aims To Promote College To Native Americans

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A new UC San Diego Extension initiative wants to create a college-going culture on the Viejas and Sycuan reservations. Its summer classes are aimed at helping Native American students not only feel prepared for college, but making them eager to go in the first place.

Vista Company Helps Homeowners Recycle Swimming Pool Water

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California's drought has increased business for some "drought entrepreneurs," companies that are finding ways to make money by helping people save water. Pool Services Technologies is one of them.

Encinitas Could Be Poster City For Saving Water

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While most cities in the region are struggling to cut anywhere near the amount of water mandated by the state, Encinitas is almost where it needs to be.

'We're Out Of Time' — So Says Chargers Stadium Spokesman

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There is nothing left that the city of San Diego can do to solve the stadium issue before the NFL owners vote on whether to allow the Chargers to move to Los Angeles, team spokesman Mark Fabiani told KPBS Midday Edition on Thursday.

San Diego City, County Negotiators To Talk To NFL About Stadium Plans

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After being publicly rejected by the San Diego Chargers, Mayor Kevin Faulconer said he and county officials will go directly to the National Football League with their stadium proposal.

Solana Beach Eyes New Energy Plan; San Diego's Plan Sees Delays

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Solana Beach has taken the first step toward establishing a community choice aggregation program that would allow it to bypass SDG&E in its energy purchases. Meanwhile, San Diego's study of the program has been delayed.

San Diego City Council's 'Open Mic Night' Becomes Solo Performance

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The “open mic night” that the San Diego City Council's Charter Review Committee held wasn’t as popular as some might have liked.

San Diego To Host 'Open Mic Night' On City Charter

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San Diegans can have their say about how the city’s charter should be changed in a special meeting some are calling "charter karaoke."

San Diegans Make Apps For National Day Of Civic Hacking

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The local version of the National Day of Civic Hacking is organized by open government advocacy group Open San Diego. Community members will work on apps to avoid street sweeping tickets and find the best nearby parks.

California Water Use Fell 13.5 Percent In April Amid Drought

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The 13.5 percent reduction is the second-best conservation achievement since state officials started closely tracking water use more than a year ago, but it falls short of the 25 percent in cuts Gov. Jerry Brown has ordered.

Long Way To Go For Many San Diego County Water Districts To Meet State Demands

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Monday started the clock for every urban California water district to meet its state-mandated water cuts. Many local cities have a long way to go to meet those mandates.

Not All Housing Development Is Bad In A Drought

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In the midst of California's drought, concern is growing that adding more housing for a growing population will use even more water. But a new report from Circulate San Diego says not all development will suck up water resources.

Interest In Balboa Park’s Plaza De Panama Project Has Waned

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A state appeals court breathed new life into the plan to build a new bridge that would divert cars from the Plaza de Panama in Balboa Park. But so much time has passed since the plan was struck down that it seems interest has waned.

San Diego Charter Review Committee Struggling To Set Schedule

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So far, San Diego's Charter Review Committee has fumbled on its promise to let the public know what proposed changes are being discussed and when.

San Diego Rec Centers, Libraries, Parks See Boost In Mayor's Revised Budget

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San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer's "May Revise" is out following a series of public hearings on the budget and better revenue projections.

San Diego County Water Authority Approves New Restrictions

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The board voted to restrict the irrigation of ornamental landscaping with potable water to no more than twice a week, and spend $1 million to heighten the agencies outreach efforts and conservation programs.

SANDAG’s Transportation Plan Could Hinder San Diego’s Climate Goals

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San Diego is working on a Climate Action Plan that includes goals of boosting public transit ridership. But many decisions about adding bus and trolley services aren't made by the city. They're made by an agency being sued for spending too much of its funding on freeways and roads.

Gloria Wants 'Paid For By' Disclosures Added To Referendum Petitions

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San Diego City Councilman Todd Gloria has a list changes he'd like to be made to the city's laws that would increase transparency around referendum petitions.

San Diego Rain Storm Won't Decrease Fire Danger By Much

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While a mid-May rain storm is unusual for San Diego, the downpour will only temporarily decrease the risk of wildfires, according to the National Weather Service.

Drought Drives Some San Diegans To Go Grass-Free

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If you drive through any local residential neighborhood you’d see the same green grass you'd find in the rest of the country. But the drought means homeowners are not only letting their lawns go brown, they’re changing them to entirely different kinds of landscape.

San Diego Man Suing Coors For Claiming Blue Moon Is Craft Beer

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Evan Parent said in court documents that he bought Blue Moon thinking it was a craft beer, before realizing it’s made by MillerCoors, the second largest beer company in the world.

San Diego Rolls Out Interactive Online Budget Tool

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The tool at Budget.SanDiego.gov allows users to gather information about the 2015-16 spending plan by clicking on pie charts or viewing tables.

Hikers Flock To East San Diego County To Follow Pacific Crest Trail

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The Pacific Crest Trail is more popular than ever, thanks largely to the best-selling book "Wild," which was turned into a movie starring Reese Witherspoon.

No Money Left For San Diego Turf Rebates Until July

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The city of San Diego's money for a program that pays homeowners to take out their lawns has dried up in one week.

San Diego Sidewalk Study Finds 78,000 Cracks And Bumps

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The study took one and a half years to complete. City Councilman Mark Kersey said it will help the city prioritize what areas of the city to repair.

Lawsuit Threatens Sweetwater's Tiered Water Rates But Not San Diego's

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A court ruling Monday knocking down a water rate system in San Juan Capistrano likely won't affect most of San Diego County, except at Chula Vista's Sweetwater Authority.

Why Micro-Homes Aren't Taking Off In San Diego

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Micro-homes — 350-square-foot dwellings or smaller — have become a national trend for residents who pride themselves on not contributing to sprawl. But San Diego's parking rules are keeping the concept from spreading here.

Vigilante Water Cops And Mongolian Showers: How San Diegans Are Saving Water

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The city of San Diego has to cut its water use by 16 percent under an order by Gov. Jerry Brown. That means stepping up policing of water restrictions set in November that so far the city has struggled to enforce.

What San Diegans Would Change In City's Budget

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As city officials wade through the 1,752-page budget proposal, San Diegans have been making their own much simpler spending plans using the KPBS Budget Game.

Mayor Faulconer: San Diego Will Beef Up Water Enforcement Amid Drought

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The city of San Diego will give more teeth to mandatory water restrictions that have been in place since Nov. 1, 2014, Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced Wednesday.

San Diegans: What Would You Change In Your City's Budget?

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In advance of Mayor Kevin Faulconer's budget proposal, KPBS asked people from across the city where they want to see the city spend more and less money.

Lorie Zapf’s Path From Foster Care To San Diego City Council

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San Diego City Councilwoman Lorie Zapf represents Pacific Beach, Ocean Beach and other coastal neighborhoods. But when she was growing up, she never would have expected to be where she is now.

One Paseo Petition Signatures Will Be Verified One By One

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San Diego's city clerk says the 61,235 signatures turned in to request a referendum that would block the One Paseo development in Carmel Valley will be counted one by one, unlike the usual sampling done.

Carlsbad 5000 Running Race Marks 30th Anniversary Sunday

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For 30 years, the Carlsbad 5000 has attracted elite international runners who've smashed world records while racing the streets of this North County city.

One Paseo Opponents Turn In 60,000 Signatures To Stall Carmel Valley Project

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Opponents of a mixed-use development in Carmel Valley turned in about 60,000 petition signatures Wednesday in an effort to stall the development until after a public vote is held.

Councilman Kersey Is San Diego’s Open Data, Infrastructure Guy

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Councilman Mark Kersey's fast-rising status has some predicting he will run for higher office, but he said he’s not thinking about that now.

Chargers Task Force Planning Stadium Without ‘All The Bells And Whistles’

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The chairman of the advisory group tasked with recommending a site and financing plan for a new football stadium in San Diego is scheduled to provide an update Thursday to the City Council's Economic Development Committee.

Downtown San Diego Construction Fueling 'Urban Renaissance'

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Some 2,100 homes are under construction in downtown San Diego, with another 4,000 approved. Hotels and offices also are being built as part of the recent building boom.

Afghanistan’s First Female Air Force Pilot Calls San Diego Visit ‘Awesome’

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Afghanistan's first female Air Force pilot of a fixed-wing aircraft, Capt. Niloofar Rahmani, is visiting San Diego this week to meet Marine aviators and fly with the Blue Angels flight demonstration team.

Turning San Diego's Electrical Grid Into 100% Renewable Energy

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Mayor Kevin Faulconer wants to make the city of San Diego's electrical grid use only renewable energy by 2035. Getting to 100 percent would likely involve something with the bulky name “community choice aggregation.”

Temporary Urban Park Opens Saturday In East Village

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A vacant lot in downtown San Diego has been transformed into an urban park with a dog run, coffee shop, stage and beer garden.

Issue Of Elected Officials' Salaries Headed To San Diego City Council

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Right now, the City Council votes on whether to give itself a raise. That’s awkward for politicians, and so they haven’t approved an increase in 13 years.

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