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Stories by Claire Trageser

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.

A Closer Look At San Diego's Ambitious Climate Plan

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San Diego's Climate Action Plan has several ambitious goals, including changing the way people get around and where their energy comes from. A new nonprofit group is working to make sure the plan stays ambitious.

It's Apparently Not Too Soon For 2016 Election Season In San Diego

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It’s only been four months since the November 2014 election and the GOP is already targeting Democratic Rep. Scott Peters for defeat next year.

Bike Helmet Bill Could Dampen San Diego Bike Sharing Enthusiasm

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After a year of delays, bike sharing finally got rolling in San Diego, but a new California bill requiring bike helmets could put a damper on the activity.

Homeland Security Office Working To Update San Diego's Emergency Plans

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Many city of San Diego departments have incomplete emergency plans. The city's Office of Homeland Security is working to update those plans, but changes won't come until after this summer.

San Diego Trying To Fill Emergency Preparedness Gaps

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An audit released last summer found that many San Diego city departments had outdated or inaccurate information in their plans for what to do in case of an emergency. Now the city is working to update its plans.

San Diego's Roads Will Be Filmed, Measured To Assess Damage

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San Diego is paying $550,000 to Iowa-based Cartegraph Systems Inc. to do the assessment, which will take six months. A report on the findings will be released in eight or nine months.

San Diego Aims To Clarify Rules For Airbnb Hosts

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Some San Diego homeowners who rent out rooms using Airbnb.com and similar websites say they're unclear what taxes they must pay. The city is working to change that.

Newest San Diego Councilman Chris Cate Is Young, But Not Overlooked

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San Diego Councilman Chris Cate took office just a few months ago, representing District 6. At 32, he's the youngest council member, but he says he's still taken seriously.

Ending Free Trash Pickup Among Potential Changes To San Diego Charter

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A review of San Diego's City Charter might sound dry, but the yearlong review of the document that acts as the city's constitution could open the door to some big changes.

Encanto Planning Group Wants To Change Its Name

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Would the Encanto Neighborhood Community Planning Group by any other name plan as effectively? The board members say yes, and want to change their name to Chollas Valley to clear up confusion.

First San Diego Bike Share Stations Open For Business

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After more than a year of delays, San Diego's first 20 bike share stations opened for business on Friday. Sixty more stations will be opened over the next two weeks, and all 180 stations are expected to be operational in the next two months.

Too Soon To Say Whether Community Choice Aggregation Will Come To San Diego

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During a KPBS Midday Edition interview Wednesday, Mayor Kevin Faulconer reaffirmed his 100 percent renewable goal but was non-committal about whether the city should use community choice aggregation to get there.

Volunteers, Community Leaders Count San Diego's Homeless

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Results of the "WeAllCount" tabulation of the region's homeless population figure into how much federal grant money is received by governments and social organizations to help get people off the streets and into housing.

Sarah Boot Announces Run For California Assembly's 78th District

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Democrat Sarah Boot, a former prosecutor who unsuccessfully ran for San Diego City Council in 2014, announced Thursday she's running for the seat currently held by Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins.

San Diego Councilman Scott Sherman: Council Should Stick To ‘Nuts And Bolts’

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San Diego has a new City Council this year with five Democrats and four Republicans, erasing the supermajority Democrats held for much of 2014. Republican Scott Sherman said he hopes this means the council will move away from agenda-driven politics and get back to government basics.

Assembly Speaker Atkins Wants Fish Markets To Run Swimmingly

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It could become easier to run fishermen's markets if state Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins of San Diego gets her way. She has introduced a "Pacific to Plate" bill to streamline the markets' permitting process.

Martin Luther King Jr. Remembered At All Peoples Celebration

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Voting rights attorney Ryan Haygood of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Legal Defense & Educational Fund spoke at the All Peoples Celebration Monday morning.

San Diego Starts Effort To Update City's 'Constitution'

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The San Diego City Council's Charter Review Committee began its look at the city's charter on Thursday and hinted at potential major changes, including rewriting the entire document.

Mayor Wants Plan For New Chargers Stadium By This Fall

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Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced at his first State of the City speech he is creating a task force to develop a plan to build a new stadium for the Chargers. It could be at the current stadium site in Mission Valley or in downtown San Diego.

San Diego's Charter Could Get Facelift Next Year

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A committee of four San Diego City Council members will spend the next year reviewing updates to the charter — essentially the city's constitution. Those updates would go before voters in June 2016.

Councilman Gloria Wants To Make It Harder To Pass Referendums In San Diego

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San Diego City Councilman Todd Gloria will ask the City Council and state lawmakers to look into making it harder to put referendums on the ballot after legislation he supported, including raising the minimum wage, were derailed.

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