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Stories by Claire Trageser

Solana Beach Becomes First In County To Opt For Alternative Energy ...

Solana Beach Becomes First In County To Opt For Alternative Energy Program

May 25
By Claire Trageser

The city of Solana Beach became the first in the county to move forward with a program that allows local governments to bypass San Diego Gas & Electric and buy their energy directly.

Downtown San Diego 'Quartyard' Park Moving To New Location

Downtown San Diego 'Quartyard' Park Moving To New Location

May 22
By Claire Trageser

The East Village project that features a coffee shop, concert space and a dog run, will move out of its current location next month to make way for a new highrise.

San Diego Animal Shelter Workers Rally Against Potential Outsourcin...

San Diego Animal Shelter Workers Rally Against Potential Outsourcing Of Their Jobs

May 8
By Claire Trageser

San Diego County is considering hiring either the city of Chula Vista or the San Diego Humane Society to take over its animal services department, including the county animal shelter.

For Many San Diegans, Food Stamp Challenge Lasts More Than A Week

For Many San Diegans, Food Stamp Challenge Lasts More Than A Week

May 8
By Claire Trageser

All this week, San Diegans will be attempting to live on a food budget of $4.18 a day, as part of the #CalFreshChallenge.

San Diego County Mulls Outsourcing Animal Services Amidst 'Getting ...

San Diego County Mulls Outsourcing Animal Services Amidst 'Getting To Zero' Policy Criticism

May 4
By Claire Trageser

When there is a problem with a wild animal or you want to adopt a dog, you most likely call San Diego County Animal Services. But that could soon change.

San Diego Nonprofit Prepares To Fight For People Listed In Gang Dat...

San Diego Nonprofit Prepares To Fight For People Listed In Gang Database

April 27
By Claire Trageser

Right now, you could be listed in the state's gang database and not even know it. But a new state law will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2018 requiring law enforcement to inform everyone who is added to the database after that date.

San Diego's Open Data Website Allows Residents To Search Police Sto...

San Diego's Open Data Website Allows Residents To Search Police Stops, Water Quality

April 26
By Claire Trageser

Since it launched last July, the website has published 46 data sets and seen more than 100,000 downloads.

El Cajon Residents Weigh In On Districts Meant To Boost Diversity

El Cajon Residents Weigh In On Districts Meant To Boost Diversity

April 20
By Claire Trageser

For the first time in its history, the city of El Cajon will have council districts, instead of electing council members in a city-wide vote.

Annual Hubbell House Tour In Julian Will Showcase New Foundation Bu...

Annual Hubbell House Tour In Julian Will Showcase New Foundation Building

April 18
By Claire Trageser

On Father's Day, the public can visit the Hubbell property near Julian, which is filled with examples of the architect's designs, including a brand new building for his Ilan-Lael Foundation.

San Onofre Waste Challengers Prep For Settlement Talks

San Onofre Waste Challengers Prep For Settlement Talks

April 14
By Alison St John, Claire Trageser, Michael Lipkin

Parties in the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station waste lawsuit were to meet in court Friday, kicking off a trial to determine whether plans to store more than 3 million pounds of nuclear waste close to the ocean violated state environmental laws.

SDG&E's Affiliate Approved To Lobby On Community Choice Amid Ongoin...

SDG&E's Affiliate Approved To Lobby On Community Choice Amid Ongoing Investigation

April 12
By Claire Trageser

The California Public Utilities Commission approved plans for the marketing district called Sempra Services, in a letter sent last week.

How Unpicked Fruit In Your Yard Can Help Refugees In San Diego

How Unpicked Fruit In Your Yard Can Help Refugees In San Diego

April 11
By Claire Trageser

One of the unique things about Southern California is that many of the homes have fruit trees. But those trees can sometimes bear so much fruit that homeowners don't know what to do with it all.

Sempra Services Lobbyists Also Met With San Diego County Supervisors

Sempra Services Lobbyists Also Met With San Diego County Supervisors

April 4
By Claire Trageser

California officials said an investigation is still ongoing into whether lobbyists for Sempra Energy's new marketing division, Sempra Services, violated state law by meeting with some San Diego elected officials.

After Being Closed To Public For 20 Years, Trail Through MCAS Miram...

After Being Closed To Public For 20 Years, Trail Through MCAS Miramar Will Soon Open

March 29
By Claire Trageser

For 20 years, bikers have not been allowed on the 3.4-mile Stowe Trail, but that will change next month when the Marines open it to anyone who has a permit.

Poverty High In National City, Imperial Beach, Report Finds

Poverty High In National City, Imperial Beach, Report Finds

March 24
By Claire Trageser

In National City, the median income in 2015 was $44,694 a year, and in Imperial Beach it was $43,132 a year. Both fall far below the median income of $67,320 a year in all of San Diego County.

Hip Hop Artist Encourages San Diego College Students To Get Involved

Hip Hop Artist Encourages San Diego College Students To Get Involved

March 22
By Claire Trageser

Pittsburgh-based artist Jasiri X is known for his songs about political issues, including "What if the Tea Party was Black?" and "Trayvon."

Sempra Services Lobbyists Met With San Diego Elected Officials, Pot...

Sempra Services Lobbyists Met With San Diego Elected Officials, Potentially Violating State Ban

March 17
By Claire Trageser

Some San Diego elected officials have met with lobbyists from Sempra Energy's new marketing division, Sempra Services, potentially violating state law.

New Voices: A Younger Generation's Urgent Quest For Change In South...

New Voices: A Younger Generation's Urgent Quest For Change In Southeast San Diego

March 15
By Claire Trageser

These young leaders said they have not seen enough change in their community from the time of their parents or their grandparents. That makes their work urgent and their patience low.

Where To Find Wildflowers During San Diego Desert's 'Super Bloom'

Where To Find Wildflowers During San Diego Desert's 'Super Bloom'

March 10
By Claire Trageser

San Diego's heavy rains this winter have led to what's expected to be the biggest bloom in two decades.

San Diego Class Shows Dogs Are Naturals At Meditation

San Diego Class Shows Dogs Are Naturals At Meditation

March 7
By Claire Trageser

Meditation is becoming more common in helping people learn to calm down and worry less. But a six-week Wellbeing for Dogs + Their Humans class in La Jolla is taking the practice a step further, teaching meditation to dogs alongside their human companions.

State Commission Investigating SDG&E For Lobbying Against Community...

State Commission Investigating SDG&E For Lobbying Against Community Energy Program

March 3
By Claire Trageser

The state agency that oversees utilities has confirmed it is investigating San Diego Gas & Electric for potentially violating a state law on lobbying. But the utility argues it is doing no such thing.

Which San Diego Mushrooms Are Poisonous?

Which San Diego Mushrooms Are Poisonous?

March 1
By Claire Trageser

The heavy rainfall in San Diego County this winter has brought an unusual site: lots of mushrooms. Local experts are excited, but also warn that some are not safe to eat.

Sempra May Have Broken State Rules By Lobbying On Energy Program

Sempra May Have Broken State Rules By Lobbying On Energy Program

Feb. 23
By Claire Trageser

Employees affiliated with SDG&E and its parent company Sempra Energy may have been in violation of a state law by speaking at a county meeting last week.

El Cajon To Begin Workshops For Drawing District Boundaries

El Cajon To Begin Workshops For Drawing District Boundaries

Feb. 20
By Claire Trageser

The El Cajon City Council has set up a series of five public workshops and published criteria for drawing council boundaries in the city for the first time.

Vacant Church In San Ysidro To Become Community Center, Park

Vacant Church In San Ysidro To Become Community Center, Park

Feb. 20
By Claire Trageser

For people who live in San Diego's southernmost neighborhood, San Ysidro, there are not many public spaces to gather. But that will soon change.

San Diego County Will Not Pursue Community Choice In Unincorporated...

San Diego County Will Not Pursue Community Choice In Unincorporated Areas

Feb. 15
By Claire Trageser

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors will not move forward with an alternative energy program known as community choice aggregation.

County To Decide Whether To Begin Pursuing Community Choice Energy

County To Decide Whether To Begin Pursuing Community Choice Energy

Feb. 14
By Claire Trageser

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors will decide Wednesday whether to take the first step toward pursuing the alternative energy program community choice aggregation.

Calls Grow For San Diego Union Boss To Step Down Amid Sexual Harass...

Calls Grow For San Diego Union Boss To Step Down Amid Sexual Harassment, Gender Discrimination Allegations

Feb. 13
By Claire Trageser, Ebone Monet

Calls for Mickey Kasparian to step down or go on leave are amplifying. Two months ago, Kasparian, who is the head of one of San Diego County’s biggest unions, was sued by two former employees for sexual harassment and gender discrimination, among other claims.

Two San Diego Women Launch National Ridesharing Service For The Eld...

Two San Diego Women Launch National Ridesharing Service For The Elderly

Feb. 6
By Claire Trageser

Two San Diego natives have created a national service that connects those without smartphones, to a ride from Uber or Lyft.

Report Finds One Third Of Working Families In San Diego Can't Make ...

Report Finds One Third Of Working Families In San Diego Can't Make Ends Meet

Feb. 2
By Claire Trageser

A report from the nonprofit Center on Policy Initiatives found that a single adult with two children would need an hourly wage of $31.32 to cover the basics.

Meet District 1's New Councilwoman, Tech Entrepreneur Barbara Bry

Meet District 1's New Councilwoman, Tech Entrepreneur Barbara Bry

Feb. 1
By Claire Trageser

Barbara Bry represents La Jolla, Carmel Valley, University City and other northern San Diego neighborhoods. She plans to focus on addressing homelessness, building more housing and boosting public safety.

New Program At Donovan Prison Will Train Inmates As Entrepreneurs

New Program At Donovan Prison Will Train Inmates As Entrepreneurs

Jan. 30
By Claire Trageser

Inmates at a state prison in Otay Mesa can now begin a one-year program that will train them in entrepreneurial skills and end with a "Shark Tank" style pitching session to venture capitalists.

San Diego Councilman David Alvarez Running For County Supervisor

San Diego Councilman David Alvarez Running For County Supervisor

Jan. 18
By Claire Trageser

On Tuesday night, San Diego City Councilman David Alvarez announced he's running for San Diego County's Board of Supervisors in the District 1 seat.

Arts Community Aims To Save Cultural Hive In North Park

Arts Community Aims To Save Cultural Hive In North Park

Jan. 11
By Claire Trageser

The building's property owner says he's been offered $2.5 million for the space. But won't sell. Allen Hitch Jr. believes in Queen Bee's mission and wants to see it thrive.

SDG&E's Plan To Lobby On Community Choice Is Suspended

SDG&E's Plan To Lobby On Community Choice Is Suspended

Jan. 3
By Claire Trageser

The California Public Utilities Commission says SDG&E is not doing enough to show its lobbying arm is separate from the utility.

Buddhist Fraternity Gaining Pledges At San Diego State

Buddhist Fraternity Gaining Pledges At San Diego State

Jan. 2
By Claire Trageser

To pledge, students must commit themselves to meeting for group meditation two nights a week, going on four retreats of day-long meditation and silence and doing community service.

San Diego Says Homeless Shut Out Of Emergency Shelters Due To ‘Misc...

San Diego Says Homeless Shut Out Of Emergency Shelters Due To ‘Miscommunication’

Dec. 29
By Claire Trageser, Susan Murphy

When a strong Pacific storm pounded San Diego with heavy rain and strong winds Dec. 23, the city kept its emergency homeless shelter closed — even after announcing the shelters would be open.

San Diego Bands 'Come Together' For All-Beatles Concert

San Diego Bands 'Come Together' For All-Beatles Concert

Dec. 29
By Claire Trageser

Queen Bee’s Art & Cultural Center in North Park is putting on a concert of local bands playing Beatles music 7 p.m. Friday.

Researchers Looking For Sterilization Survivors In California

Researchers Looking For Sterilization Survivors In California

Dec. 26
By Claire Trageser

From 1909 to 1979, California's eugenics laws led to the sterilization of about 20,000 people, more than any other state.

San Diego Emergency Shelters Not Open Despite City's Announcement

San Diego Emergency Shelters Not Open Despite City's Announcement

Dec. 23
By Claire Trageser, Steve Walsh

As temperatures are set to drop below 50 Friday night, the city of San Diego says it has opened emergency homeless shelters. But that's not true — the city's own website says shelters won't open until Saturday.

San Diego Pride Will Go On As Conflict Between Two Groups Resolves

San Diego Pride Will Go On As Conflict Between Two Groups Resolves

Dec. 23
By Claire Trageser

Leaders of the two groups issued a joint statement Friday saying one of the groups, LGBT Community Pride, would dissolve.

San Diego Safari Park Staff Find Bullet In White Rhino

San Diego Safari Park Staff Find Bullet In White Rhino

Dec. 22
By Claire Trageser

Veterinarians at the park had long suspected a stray bullet was giving Wallis infections, and on Saturday they found the bullet and removed it.

El Cajon Looking For Your Help To Draw District Boundaries

El Cajon Looking For Your Help To Draw District Boundaries

Dec. 22
By Claire Trageser

El Cajon will begin a public process to draw boundaries for its city council districts in the new year, which activists and community organizers hope will increase diversity in their government.

2017 Could Bring New Bike Lane Projects To San Diego

2017 Could Bring New Bike Lane Projects To San Diego

Dec. 21
By Claire Trageser

In the next year, at least four bike projects will open in the San Diego region, and construction is scheduled on several more.

San Diego Nonprofit Tries Again To Spruce Up Southeastern San Diego

San Diego Nonprofit Tries Again To Spruce Up Southeastern San Diego

Dec. 6
By Claire Trageser

The Urban Collaborative Project tried to create a community gathering space last year but efforts were thwarted because they didn't have permits.

San Diego's 'Get It Done' App Collects 38,500 Issues So Far

San Diego's 'Get It Done' App Collects 38,500 Issues So Far

Dec. 5
By Claire Trageser

Since the app launched, an official said there have been more reports of issues for the city to fix.

San Diego Unveils First Gender-Neutral Restrooms Inside A Public Fa...

San Diego Unveils First Gender-Neutral Restrooms Inside A Public Facility

Dec. 1
By Claire Trageser

The change was made at the University Heights branch library, which used to have two single stall restrooms, one for men and one for women.

North County Cities Exploring Program To Sidestep SDG&E To Buy Energy

North County Cities Exploring Program To Sidestep SDG&E To Buy Energy

Nov. 30
By Claire Trageser

Solana Beach's vote this month to begin negotiations to set up community choice aggregation is one of several small steps North County cities are making toward the alternative energy program.

Political Change Is Brewing In El Cajon

Political Change Is Brewing In El Cajon

Nov. 28
By Claire Trageser

The police shooting of an unarmed black man in El Cajon, combined with the coming establishment of council districts, could bring big changes to the once predominantly white city.

District Elections In El Cajon Could Bring More Diverse City Council

District Elections In El Cajon Could Bring More Diverse City Council

Nov. 14
By Claire Trageser

Lost in the big news of Election Day was the fact that El Cajon voters approved a measure that will bring a major political shift to their city.

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