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Stories by Claire Trageser

SDG&E's Independent Marketing District Wins Approval

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The utility will be the first in the state to create a separate marketing wing that can lobby on the alternative energy program community choice aggregation.

Who Will Be San Diego's Next City Council President?

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The next City Council will be majority Democrat, which means the next president will likely either be Councilman David Alvarez or Councilwoman Myrtle Cole.

San Diego City Council Votes Against Proposal To Shorten Ballot Pamphlets

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The proposal aimed to decrease the size of the voter pamphlets and the cost of printing the ballots. Last week, San Diego City Clerk Elizabeth Maland said the projected cost of the general election could reach $5.5 million, well over the budgeted $4.17 million.

Carlsbad Psychologist Helps BMX Rider Get Ready For Olympics

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Most athletes competing in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics have been training their bodies for years. But for some, training their minds is just as important. That's the case for BMX rider Brooke Crain of Visalia.

Grief Camp In Julian Helps Kids 'Feel Normal Again'

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More than 12,000 American military personnel have died since the Iraq War ended in 2003. A nonprofit called TAPS works with the families left behind.

Southeastern San Diego Charity Prepares For Major Funding Shift

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The main financial support for the charity comes from the Jacobs Family Foundation. By 2030, the foundation will sunset its contributions.

San Diego's East Village Will Get Its Own Unique Sign

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San Diego's East Village is joining the Gaslamp Quarter and Little Italy by creating its own sign downtown, but it won't look anything like the other neighborhood arches.

San Diego's Bike Share Program Struggling

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The Florida company DecoBike runs San Diego's bike share program at no cost to the city. So far, it appeals more to tourists than locals, according to a San Diego County grand jury report.

Rugby Player Overcomes Broken Back, Cancer In Olympic Quest

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Jillion Potter is hoping to be one of 12 American women to make the USA Olympic team. This is the first time women will play rugby in the Olympics.

Will Urban Park In Downtown San Diego Get The Boot?

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The Quartyard park, built on a city-owned vacant lot, was designed to be temporary. The community became attached to it, and now it's set to become a high-rise condo complex.

Marijuana Tax, Seven Other Measures Headed For November Ballot

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The San Diego City Council authorized drafting the propositions and will give final approval in a few weeks. They include everything from taxing recreational marijuana to raising taxes to build fire stations to changing how city elections are run.

Sheep Counting In Anza-Borrego Doesn't Put Volunteers To Sleep

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Every summer a rare sight comes to the desert outside San Diego: endangered bighorn sheep gather at watering holes. And every summer, a group of volunteers count them.

Suspect In San Diego Homeless Attacks Called 'Extremely Dangerous'

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Police said Thursday the man responsible for a four-day crime spree that has left two homeless men dead and two others severely injured may be using public transportation and urged riders to keep an eye out.

Study Finds People Of Color Less Likely To Be Involved In Politics

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People of color in California are less likely to contact public officials, attend political meetings and support campaigns, according to a new report from UC Riverside.

San Diego Scrambling To Plan For Minimum Wage Increase

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A referendum voters overwhelmingly approved last month meant the city had about a month to get a system in place to enforce the minimum wage increase.

San Diego Council OKs Adding 9 Miles Of Bike Lanes Downtown

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The City Council unanimously approved the plan for downtown San Diego that adds bike lanes, widens sidewalks and eventually eliminates about 475 parking spaces.

SDG&E Gets OK To Market On Alternative Energy Program

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The decision by state utility regulators means San Diego Gas & Electric could soon begin marketing for or against San Diego's plans to form an alternative energy program called "community choice aggregation."

San Diego Broadens Ban On 'Spice'

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Some worry the law may make synthetic marijuana users not seek help if the drug sickens them. The City Council voted Tuesday to expand the ban, which takes effect immediately.

San Diegans Working For Minimum Wage Will Get Raise In July

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San Diego voters overwhelming approved raising the $10-an-hour minimum wage. The registrar of voters now has 30 days to certify Tuesday's election results, and then the wage bump will take effect.

Bike Lanes In Downtown San Diego Mean Fewer Parking Spaces, Car Lanes

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If approved, the Downtown Mobility Plan would add more than 9 miles of protected bike lanes in downtown San Diego. It would also eliminate 477 parking spaces over the next 20 years and some car lanes.

Hickey, Elliott Headed For San Diego City Attorney Runoff

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Deputy District Attorney Robert Hickey and Deputy City Attorney Mara Elliott led a five-way race for city attorney and will square off in a November runoff.

Democrat Chris Ward Wins Race To Replace Councilman Todd Gloria

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The race to represent San Diego's central neighborhoods on the City Council has been fairly contentious, even though top candidates Anthony Bernal and Chris Ward are both Democrats and agree on most issues.

San Diego Councilmen Kersey, Sherman Win Re-Election

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The two Republican incumbents who represent City Council Districts 5 and 7 in San Diego won outright Tuesday and avoid November runoff elections.

San Diego's Minimum Wage Measure Wins Easily

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The battle over Proposition I — the measure to raise San Diego's minimum wage — was expected to be contentious but fizzled after a state law superseded it.

Flores, Gomez Will Vie In November For City Council District 9 Seat

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City Council District 9, which includes Kensington, City Heights and the College Area, will get its first Latino council member this year. The district was drawn to favor Latinos, but in the last City Council election it went to Councilwoman Marti Emerald.

#ShowUsYourMailers: San Diego Chamber Supports Reluctant Candidate

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Does Democrat Ricardo Flores want the support from the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce? It's hard to say.

Rock 'N' Roll Marathon Hits San Diego Streets Sunday

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This year the marathon will follow a new course through North Park, Kensington, Mission Hills, Mission Bay and Mission Valley.

In Low Voting San Diego Neighborhood, Refugee Groups Want 100% Turnout

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The City Heights neighborhood has historically had the lowest voter turnout in San Diego, but some refugees are bucking that trend.

#ShowUsYourMailers: What Is The Neighborhood Improvement Voter Guide?

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Next up in the KPBS examination of campaign mailers is a big glossy flier sent by a group called the Neighborhood Improvement Voter Guide.

San Diego Council Candidate Falsely Advertised Endorsements

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Anthony Bernal published a lengthy list of people who he said endorsed him, but some of those people say they made no such endorsement.

Ballot Selfies Are Illegal, But Maybe Not For Long

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As the June 7 election approaches, many enthusiastic voters are taking "ballot selfies." This is actually illegal in California.

Coronado To Redo Bike Plan After Residents' Complaints

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Last fall, Coronado gained national attention for reversing a decision to add more bike lanes to city streets because some residents complained the paint was ugly.

Supporters Of San Diego's Minimum Wage Bump Continue Fight

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San Diego voters will be asked on June 7 to approve a minimum wage increase in the city, despite California lawmakers raising wages even higher by 2022.

California Counts: Front-Runner Harris Target In US Senate Debate

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Democratic Attorney General Kamala Harris was leading in a Field Poll last month, with 27 percent of the vote. The poll also showed 48 percent of likely voters in the race remain undecided.

California Counts: 5 Things To Know About US Senate Debate

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The state’s leading public media newsrooms are holding a debate tonight at KPBS in San Diego called "California Counts — Race for the Senate."

Breaking Down San Diego's Charter Amendments On June Ballot

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San Diego City Council President Sherri Lightner has led the effort to clean up the City Charter. That's why San Diegans will see seven propositions, labeled A through G, on the June 7 ballot.

San Diego Aims To Broaden Ban On Synthetic Drug 'Spice'

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With San Diego experiencing a spike in emergency calls related to spice use, the city attorney is looking to use chemistry to ban any substances that cause a specific reaction in the brain.

San Diego Officials Outline $130M Budget For Climate Action Plan

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Mayor Kevin Faulconer on Monday called for more bike lanes, solar power, natural gas garbage trucks and smart streetlights as part of San Diego's Climate Action Plan.

San Diego Mayor Outraising, Outspending Opponents

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Despite what's considered by most to be an easy re-election bid, Mayor Kevin Faulconer is raising and spending thousands more than his opponents.

Faulconer Will Vote No On SANDAG Tax Increase Measure

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Environmental leaders pressured Mayor Kevin Faulconer to withhold his support because they say SANDAG's ballot measure favors funding for highways and roads over public transportation. The vote is Friday.

Council District 9 Candidates: No To Stadium, Yes To Sanctuary City

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The four candidates running to replace Democratic Councilwoman Marti Emerald agreed on most of the issues at a League of Women Voters forum on Wednesday night.

Death Of Mira Mesa Baby Highlights 911 Wait Time Problem

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After the family dog bit the 3-day-old boy, his father called 911 twice but hung up both times when no dispatcher picked up. He waited 28 seconds the first time, then 34 seconds — far above national standards.

Want To Weigh In On San Diego's Budget? Play The KPBS Budget Game

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San Diegans would like to see more money for roads and stormwater, bike lanes and street lights in Mayor Kevin Faulconer's $3.3 billion fiscal 2017 budget.

San Diego Council Members Voice Spending Priorities For 2017 Budget

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San Diego City Council members had few gripes with Mayor Kevin Faulconer's proposed $3.3 billion budget.

San Diego Democrats Battling For Gloria's Seat Have Few Distinctions

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The two Democrats running to replace San Diego City Councilman Todd Gloria want to carry on his legacy of advocating for the neighborhoods in District 3, including North Park, Hillcrest, University Heights and downtown.

San Diego Residents Find Turf Rebates Are Taxable

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Some San Diegans who got money from the San Diego County Water Authority for taking out their grass last year are now startled to find they owe taxes on those turf rebates.

What Elections Have San Diego Political Candidates Missed?

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As the June 7 election approaches, KPBS took a look at candidates’ voting records. The results may surprise you.

Briggs, San Diego City Attorney Trade Jabs Over Convention Center Initiative

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City Attorney Jan Goldsmith says the plan to raise hotel room taxes and possibly pave a way for an expanded convention center has a "poison pill provision" that would put the city at risk. Attorney Cory Briggs defended the plan he helped write, saying it "protects taxpayers."

How SANDAG Worked The Media On Transportation Plan

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The San Diego Association of Governments spent a half million dollars on outside consultants to craft a media strategy to help win support last year for its controversial transportation blueprint.

Could All-Latino Slate Motivate Higher Voter Turnout In San Diego Neighborhood?

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The wealthy and mostly white Kensington neighborhood has effectively decided who represents an entire City Council district. This year could be different, as all the major City Council candidates in the district are Latino.

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