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Stories by Claire Trageser

Staffer Who Accused DeMaio Of Sexual Harassment Says He's No Impostor

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Justin Harper offered to Skype with KPBS to verify his identity after the spokesman for Carl DeMaio's campaign said KPBS and other news outlets were duped by an impostor in stories about a second DeMaio staffer accusing him of sexual harassment.

San Diego Chamber Gives City Leaders Funny Awards At Legislative Lounge

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The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce gave city officials and city staff tongue-in-cheek awards at its second annual "Legislative Lounge."

No Felony Charges For DeMaio Accuser In Alleged Assault On Mom

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Todd Bosnich, the former staffer who accused congressional candidate Carl DeMaio of sexual harassment, will not face felony charges for allegedly assaulting his mother.

San Diego Predicts Extra Money For Fiscal 2016 Budget

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The city of San Diego is predicting an almost $60 million surplus for fiscal 2016, which Mayor Kevin Faulconer would like to spend on infrastructure and neighborhood investments.

Former DeMaio Aide To Face Assault, Battery Charges

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Todd Bosnich, the former staffer for Republican Carl DeMaio's congressional campaign who accused DeMaio of sexual harassment, will appear in court on Tuesday. He's accused of assaulting his mother.

Ex-DeMaio Aide Who Claimed Sexual Harassment Arrested

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Todd Bosnich, who claimed GOP congressional candidate Carl DeMaio sexually harassed him, was arrested Tuesday by San Diego police on charges of assaulting his mother.

San Diego Joins Zero: 2016, National Program To End Homelessness

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San Diego was picked to join a national program that works to eliminate homelessness among military veterans and others.

Peters Credits 'Record Of Problem Solving' For Re-Election Victory

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Democratic Rep. Scott Peters answered questions Sunday about what he credits for his apparent win in a close re-election bid and why his description of events about his GOP opponent's "campaign playbook" has been inconsistent with police reports.

Peters Increases Lead Over DeMaio In Saturday's 52nd District Vote Total

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Democratic Congressman Scott Peters increased his lead over Republican challenger Carl DeMaio in new vote totals posted online by the San Diego County registrar of voters Saturday.

Peters Up Nearly 4,500 Votes Over DeMaio; AP Declares Peters Winner

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Democratic Congressman Scott Peters is not claiming victory, and his challenger, Republican Carl DeMaio, has not conceded. But new vote totals released Friday night show Peters ahead by 4,491 votes with about 10,000 ballots to be counted.

Peters Has Slight Lead Over DeMaio In Thursday's 52nd District Vote Total

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Democratic Congressman Scott Peters grabbed the lead over Republican Carl DeMaio in new vote totals just posted online by the San Diego County registrar of voters.

52nd Congressional District Race Won't Be Decided Until At Least Thursday

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No new updates in the vote count will be released until 5 p.m. Thursday, according to the San Diego County registrar of voters. The final count is not expected until at least next week.

Four Of San Diego County's Five House Members Win Easily

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The race between Democratic Rep. Scott Peters and his Republican challenger, Carl DeMaio, has been getting all of the attention, but voters easily returned the incumbents in San Diego County's four other congressional districts.

DeMaio Ahead By 752 Votes Over Peters; Late Mail, Provisional Ballots Still To Be Counted

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With 100 percent of the votes counted — except for late mail and provisional ballots — Republican challenger Carl DeMaio holds a slim lead over freshman Democratic Rep. Scott Peters.

Second Campaign Staffer Accuses GOP Congressional Candidate Carl DeMaio Of Sexual Harassment

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Just days before Tuesday’s election in the tight race for San Diego’s 52nd Congressional District seat, a second former staffer for Republican candidate Carl DeMaio is accusing him of sexual harassment.

Contentious Final Debate Between Peters, DeMaio

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Democratic Congressman Scott Peters and Republican challenger Carl DeMaio sparred over several topics, including student loans. Both want to represent San Diego's 52nd Congressional District.

Donna Frye Backs Scott Peters; Carl DeMaio Reveals Jobs Plan

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At dueling news conferences in San Diego's 52nd Congressional District contest, former Councilwoman Donna Frye backed Rep. Scott Peters, a fellow Democrat, and Peters' challenger, Republican Carl DeMaio unveiled his jobs plan.

Sex Harassment Claims, Leaked Emails Dominate Last Weeks Of DeMaio-Peters Race

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Ever since sexual harassment allegations against DeMaio were first aired on Oct. 8, the DeMaio campaign has denied accusations of sexual misconduct, bribery and attempts at a cover-up.

No Charges Filed In DeMaio Break-In, Sexual Harassment Case

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There is not enough evidence to file criminal charges in cases involving sexual misconduct claims against Congressional candidate Carl DeMaio and a late May break-in at DeMaio's campaign headquarters, the San Diego County District Attorney's office announced Monday.

San Diego Minimum Wage Increase To Go On June 2016 Ballot

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The City Council voted unanimously Monday to put the increase on the June 2016 ballot.

DeMaio On The Media: 'Muckraking' Outlets Are Low Priorities

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The subject of media accessibility came up this week at two forums with Democratic Rep. Scott Peters and his Republican challenger, Carl DeMaio.

Peters, DeMaio Nail Down Positions On Net Neutrality

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Democratic Rep. Scott Peters and his Republican challenger in the 52nd District, Carl DeMaio, took on net neutrality when they fielded questions at forums this week on open government and transparency.

Enough Signatures Gathered To Force San Diego Minimum Wage Hike To Ballot

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Opponents to the City Council-approved minimum wage increase have successfully gathered enough signatures to force the issue on a future ballot.

San Diego Cops Risk Being Fired For Not Pressing Record On Body Cameras

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San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman and local community leaders talked about the new police policy for body cameras at a community forum.

Peters, DeMaio Stick To Familiar Ground In Second Debate

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Rep. Scott Peters, a Democrat, and his Republican challenger Carl DeMaio mostly stuck to familiar talking points in their second debate in the race to represent the 52nd Congressional District.

Peters Vs. DeMaio — A Closer Look At Their Contentious Congressional Race

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The race between incumbent Democratic Rep. Scott Peters and Republican Carl DeMaio for San Diego's 52nd Congressional District is one of the few House races that's a toss up this November.

Mayor Recommends Mandatory Water Conservation In San Diego

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Mayor Kevin Faulconer is recommending San Diego move to a “drought alert” status on Nov. 1, if approved by the City Council.

New Voters Could Sway Results In 52nd Congressional District

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New voters lean mostly Democratic or decline to state a party preference, which could help Rep. Scott Peters defeat former San Diego Councilman Carl DeMaio, according to recent election analysis.

San Diego County Pension System Manager Retained — For Now

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San Diego County's retirement association board voted to keep its controversial pension manager but plans to revisit the decision.

Life Off The Grid: How A North County Couple Avoids Using Fossil Fuels

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As government leaders debate new laws to combat climate change, it can be easy to feel little responsibility for your own carbon footprint. But Gary and Robyn Waayers don't see it that way.

Encinitas Resident Conserves Every Drop To Combat Climate Change

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As government leaders debate new laws to combat climate change, it can be easy to feel little responsibility for your own carbon footprint. But not everyone sees it that way.

Construction Begins On Temporary East Village Park

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Just over a year ago, a group of architecture students had an idea to temporarily lease a vacant lot in San Diego and turn it into a park. Now, it's getting built.

Congressional Candidates Defy Long Odds To Take On Entrenched Incumbents

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You'd be forgiven if you thought there was only one congressional race in San Diego this year. There are actually five, and candidates are trying to unseat the incumbent in each.

Duncan Hunter, James Kimber Play Nice In 50th District Debate

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The crowd at the 50th Congressional District debate was far more feisty than the candidates, who traded a few jabs but mostly remained cordial.

DeMaio, Peters Square Off In First 52nd Congressional Debate

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U.S. Rep. Scott Peters and former San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio debated a number of issues, including health care and use of ground troops against ISIS.

Opponents Of Wage Hike Say Enough Signatures Gathered To Force Vote

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A group of businesses opposed to San Diego's minimum wage hike said Tuesday enough signatures have been collected to force the increase to a vote of the people.

Petition Drive To Put Minimum Wage Hike On Ballot Nears Deadline

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There are six days left for opponents of San Diego's minimum wage increase to gather signatures to force the issue onto the ballot.

Safety Changes Coming To Fiesta Island After Driver Hits Bicyclists

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A month after a suspected drunken driver went the wrong way on Fiesta Island and plowed into eight bicyclists, the city of San Diego is taking steps to make the island safer.

Safety Upgrades In North Park Announced Following Attacks

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The safety upgrades include increasing the amount of lighting in the neighborhood, where six attacks have occurred since mid-June.

San Diego Hunger Study Shows Continued Need For Food Assistance

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Almost 500,000 people received donations last year from San Diego-area food pantries, according to a report released Thursday.

U.S. Chamber Endorses Scott Peters In San Diego's 52nd Congressional Race

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The U.S. Chamber has endorsed more than 260 candidates in the 2014 election cycle. Only four are Democrats and one of them is Scott Peters, running against Republican Carl DeMaio.

San Diego County Special Elections Could Become Vote-By-Mail Only

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Under a California bill, the San Diego County Registrar of Voters could hold special elections by mail, sending every registered voter a ballot with a return stamp already on it.

San Diego's Bike Sharing Program Delayed Yet Again

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San Diego's bike sharing program has been bumped back repeatedly. Its start date was pushed from March to May to August and now to October.

Mobile 'Parklet' Contest Winner To Be Announced Tuesday

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A contest to design a mini-park that can move from place to place in downtown San Diego is down to three finalists.

A Battle For Voters' Signatures To Overturn San Diego's Minimum Wage Hike

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Opponents of San Diego's minimum wage increase have three weeks left to collect nearly 34,000 signatures from voters to force the issue on to a ballot. Otherwise, the minimum wage will rise to $9.75 an hour on Jan. 1.

'Don't Sign It' Campaign Counters Petition Drive To Overturn Minimum-Wage Hike

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Backers of San Diego's minimum-wage increase launched a "Don't Sign It" campaign to thwart a petition to place the issue before voters.

Sheriff’s Department Not Ready To Embrace Crime-Fighting Website

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A website called Nextdoor.com is partnering with San Diego law enforcement agencies — with one notable exception — to allow officers to post information and get private messages from residents.

Small-Business Coalition Launches Campaign To Put San Diego Wage Hike On Ballot

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Members of the San Diego Small Business Coalition said Thursday the decision to raise the city's minimum hourly wage belongs to voters, not the City Council.

Effort Begins To Reverse San Diego City Council Override Of Minimum Wage Veto

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With the override, San Diego's hourly minimum wage will go from $9 to $9.75 on Jan. 1, but opponents say they are ready to spend the next 30 days collecting signatures to force a referendum and put the increase on hold.

San Diego Council Takes Up Minimum Wage Veto On Monday

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The San Diego City Council will consider overriding Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s veto of the ordinance increasing the minimum wage during a special meeting Monday.

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