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Stories by Claire Trageser

San Diego Neighborhoods Close In Distance, Miles Apart In Voter Turnout

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Kensington and the Teralta neighborhood in City Heights butt up against each other geographically, but they have stark differences. One example: In Kensington, 62 percent of registered voters cast ballots in the 2014 general election compared to 27 percent in Teralta.

San Diego Political Leaders Begin Weighing How To Oust Elected Officials

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San Diego's Charter Review Committee will move on to more controversial changes in the coming year, including how to remove the mayor or city attorney from office.

Family Tradition Survives In Market Creek Mural Project

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The "Community Faces" mural at Market Creek Plaza in southeastern San Diego has come down and will be replaced with a new one showing faces of younger community members. But in one family, the tradition will carry on.

What Issues Matter To You In The 2016 Election?

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KPBS asked voters what issues are most important to them this election. People wrote the issues on their hands or held up signs with the issues, and then posted them on Twitter using the hashtags #CACounts and #whatsmyissue.

North County Cities Explore Choosing Their Energy Sources

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Several North County cities and the city of San Diego are considering switching to an alternative energy program that would give them the power to choose where their electricity comes from.

Rotating Cylinders — New Option For Shooing Away La Jolla's Sea Lions

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A group of La Jolla residents and business owners want to set up rotating plastic cylinders that will roll sea lions off the rocks as they try to jump out of the water.

Karen Refugees In San Diego Celebrate Their New Year

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Refugees from a Burmese ethnic minority group celebrated the new year this weekend and also discussed the news from their home country.

San Diego City Council District 1 Race Down To Two Candidates

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Democrat Joe LaCava, a community planner from La Jolla, said he's dropping out of the race to represent District 1 on San Diego's City Council.

How Will San Diego Reach Its 100% Renewable Energy Goal?

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How the city of San Diego will reach its 100 percent renewable energy goal remains an open question that could generate political battles over who controls the city’s energy in the years ahead.

La Mesa Democrats Can’t Pick Between Block, Atkins In State Senate Race

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State Sen. Marty Block and fellow Democrat, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, found little to disagree on at a debate on Wednesday. Atkins is challenging Block for his seat.

Salton Sea License Plates Not Yet Popular

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An effort to create commemorative Salton Sea license plates has been slow to take off.

Chargers Cheerleaders Get Pay Raise For Last Game Of Season

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A law went into effect on Jan. 1 requiring all California sports teams to give their cheerleaders at least the minimum wage.

Nonprofit Seeks Public Art 'Gathering Spaces' Along Chollas Creek

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The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation in southeastern San Diego is creating a new walkway for residents that will feature public art.

San Diego Sends NFL Its Final Chargers Stadium Pitch

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Mayor Kevin Faulconer called the proposal, which offers $350 million in public funds, "the largest public commitment to a multipurpose sports and entertainment venue in the history of the State of California."

Downtown San Diego Public Toilet Still Open For Business

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Five months after city staff recommended removing a public restroom in downtown San Diego over complaints of increased crime, the stall still stands tall.

SDG&E Request To Lobby On Community Choice Suspended

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A request from San Diego Gas & Electric to lobby on the alternative energy program community choice aggregation has been suspended for up to four months.

San Diego Attorneys Say Officer-Involved Shooting Appears Unjustified

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None of the three attorneys asked to view the video by KPBS and its media partner inewsource said the April 30 shooting of Fridoon Rawshan Nehad by Officer Neal Browder appeared to be justified.

District Attorney Releases San Diego Police Shooting Video

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A security camera video of a San Diego police officer shooting and killing an unarmed man released Tuesday shows the man crossing an alley toward the officer’s patrol car, then the officer firing a single shot and the man falling to the ground.

Will Proposed Ballot Measure Really Keep Comic-Con In San Diego?

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Signature gatherers are out now trying to qualify the measure — "The Citizens' Plan for the Responsible Management of Major Tourism and Entertainment Resources" — for the ballot.

San Diego Commits To Slashing Greenhouse Gases

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The City Council unanimously approved a Climate Action Plan on Tuesday that legally commits it to a series of environmentally friendly goals.

La Jolla Poop Problem Lingers As New Solutions Are Flushed Out

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Something still smells rotten in the village of La Jolla. Now there's a renewed push to find solutions to the stinky problem.

Judge OKs Releasing Video Of SDPD Shooting, Gives Time To Appeal

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U.S. District Judge William Hayes issued his ruling Wednesday morning, a day after a hearing where he heard arguments on making public a security camera video that shows the fatal shooting of Fridoon Rawshan Nehad by a San Diego police officer.

San Diego's Long-Awaited Climate Action Plan Could Become Reality

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The San Diego City Council will vote Tuesday afternoon on Mayor Kevin Faulconer's Climate Action Plan, which lays out a set of guidelines to cut the city's greenhouse gas emissions.

San Diego Ballot Measure To Fix Streets Advances

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A City Council committee voted 3-1 on Wednesday to recommend the full council approve the measure to set aside funds to fix roads and other infrastructure.

Protests Filed Over SDG&E's Move To Lobby On Energy Choice

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SDG&E recently took steps to form an independent marketing district that would allow it to lobby against community choice aggregation, an alternative energy program. It's the first utility in the state to take this step.

SDSU Partnership To Provide Housing For Homeless Students

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San Diego State University is starting a new program to provide housing to college students who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

San Diego Councilman Wants Infrastructure Fix Without Tax Hike

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San Diego City Councilman Mark Kersey wants to ask city voters in June to devote future sales tax revenues and pension savings to fix roads and other deteriorating infrastructure.

San Diego's Climate Action Plan Moves To City Council

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A plan to slash the city of San Diego’s carbon emissions in half in 20 years took another step closer to adoption Monday.

San Diego Climate Plan Heads To City Council Committee

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The plan aims to cut San Diego's greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent in 2020 and by half in 2035.

NFL Got Detailed Offer From San Diego Officials For New Chargers Stadium

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The county would be ready to spend $125 million in July on the stadium if voters approve the project in June, plus an additional $25 million. The city would spend $200 million, but in staggered payments.

San Diego Energy Study Never Finished

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The city didn’t pay for the incomplete and tardy study — leaving the funding of the report to an environmental nonprofit. Now it’s clear the city’s decision played out as an example of you get what you pay for.

SDG&E Takes Legal Step To Lobby On 'Community Choice'

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SDG&E's action on Friday would allow the utility to lobby against community choice aggregation, an alternative energy program the city of San Diego is exploring.

San Diego Settles Lawsuit With Otay Mesa Developer for $25M

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Insurance companies will foot the bill to settle the suit with developer Roque de la Fuente II. At one point in the long-running legal dispute, the city was on the hook for $136 million.

Can SDG&E Join Conversation On How San Diego Gets Its Electricity?

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The dispute involves an SDG&E employee who serves on the city's Sustainable Energy Advisory Board, which advises the City Council and mayor on energy policies.

DA: No Charges Against San Diego Cop In Fatal Shooting

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No criminal charges will be filed against a San Diego police officer who shot an unarmed man in the Midway District in April, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis announced Monday.

Encanto Group Told To Get Permit Or Get Rid Of Sidewalk Improvements

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Members of the group Better Block San Diego would need to get a permit from the city and pay $13,000 to $25,000 in fees to leave up the benches and planter boxes they installed last month.

Another Republican Steps Up To Challenge Rep. Scott Peters

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The number of candidates vying for San Diego's 52nd Congressional District race grew by one Thursday with Republican Denise Gitsham's announcement.

Taxes Galore Could Be On Next Year’s San Diego County Ballot

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Get ready voters. A lot of interests could be vying for your money on the 2016 ballots.

San Diego Neighborhood Group Hits Bureaucratic Roadblock

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A couple of wooden planter boxes and benches have led a southeastern San Diego community group into a maze of city government bureaucracy.

San Diego Beer Drinker's Legal Battle Against Blue Moon Rages On

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Evan Parent, a home brewer and self-described "craft beer lover," is continuing to pursue his lawsuit against macrobrewer MillerCoors after a tentative ruling this week.

Elfin Forest Run Raises Money To Fight Proposed North County Project

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A group of about 100 runners and hikers will gather in the Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve for a race to advocate against future development in the area.

Faulconer: San Diego Roads Need Repairs But No More Taxes To Do Job

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Mayor Kevin Faulconer visited Allied Road to highlight his plan to repair 1,000 miles of streets in five years, but he said he won't support new taxes for repairing the city's infrastructure.

San Diego Association Of Governments Approves Controversial $200 Billion Transportation Plan

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The board of the San Diego regional planning agency voted unanimously Friday to approve a $200 billion spending plan that will fund transportation projects for the next 35 years.

Some Elected Officials Urge SANDAG To Reject Transportation Plan

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Elected officials from San Diego and National City urged leaders of the regional planning agency Thursday to vote against a plan outlining transportation funding for the next 35 years.

Balboa Park's Bud Kearns Pool Now Open For Swimming

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The swimming pool was closed for repairs in February and was supposed to open in April. Instead, it remained shut down for five extra months.

Logan Heights Residents Are Building Their Own Community Space

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A group of Logan Heights residents are building a community gathering space on loaned private land on Imperial Avenue. They spent the weekend setting up a treehouse, amphitheater, maze and other play areas.

Coronado Puts The Brakes On All Future Bike Lanes After Resident Complaints

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The city of Coronado is backpedaling on its plans to add more bike lanes. The City Council voted last week to suspend all new proposed bike lanes and now is considering a public vote instead.

Census Data Shows No Change In Percentage Of San Diegans Who Drive To Work

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In 2014, 83.1 percent of San Diegans commuted to work by car. San Diego's Climate Action Plan, which will be considered by the city council this fall, calls for that number to drop to 50 percent by 2035.

San Diego State's Buddhist Fraternity, Sorority Aim To Bring Mindfulness To Mixers

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San Diego State University could be the first in the country with a Buddhist fraternity and sorority. They’ll be named Delta Beta Tau and Delta Beta Theta, which stand for Dharma Bum Temple.

San Diego Offering Rain Barrel Rebates In Advance Of El Niño

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San Diego offers to refund residents $1 a gallon up to $400 for residential rain barrels. To get a rebate, a resident must have a barrel that stores at least 50 gallons.

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