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Stories by Claire Trageser

San Diego Won't Join Federal Voucher Program Aimed At Des...

San Diego Won't Join Federal Voucher Program Aimed At Desegregating Neighborhoods

Feb. 22
By Claire Trageser

The high cost of living in San Diego is pushing poorer, often minority residents into certain neighborhoods. However, a federal housing voucher plan aims to change this by helping San Diegans who want to live in more expensive areas. But the city isn’t using the program.

Mira Mesa Woman Covers Her Yard In A Mosaic 'An Inch At A...

Mira Mesa Woman Covers Her Yard In A Mosaic 'An Inch At A Time'

Feb. 19
By Claire Trageser

People honor loved ones who've passed away in different ways. For Mira Mesa resident Lois Horowitz, that means completing a project her husband started years ago.

San Diego Case Will Be Second In State Challenging Gang D...

San Diego Case Will Be Second In State Challenging Gang Database

Feb. 15
By Claire Trageser

A new state law that went into effect at the beginning of last year allows people listed in CalGang to challenge their designations as gang members.

Utilities Department Announces Over 300 Water Customers W...

Utilities Department Announces Over 300 Water Customers Were Overcharged

Feb. 8
By City News Service, Claire Trageser

The city utilities department announced Thursday that 343 water customers were overcharged as much as $420 due to meter misreading, possibly answering questions that left residents dumbfounded and city officials searching for solutions in recent weeks.

San Diego Officials Looking To Solve Mystery Of High Wate...

San Diego Officials Looking To Solve Mystery Of High Water Bills

Feb. 7
By Claire Trageser

City Councilwoman Barbara Bry has asked the city auditor, Eduardo Luna, to examine the public utilities department after getting almost 100 complaints from constituents about abnormally high water bills.

Eight Businesses That Have Violated San Diego's Minimum W...

Eight Businesses That Have Violated San Diego's Minimum Wage Law

Feb. 5
By Claire Trageser

Employees received back wages from eight businesses that operate in San Diego, after a city audit found the employees were not getting what they were owed. Two of those businesses also paid the city a total of $28,000 in fines.

Dream Delivery Service Comes To San Diego

Dream Delivery Service Comes To San Diego

Feb. 1
By Claire Trageser

Riding into the early morning hours on his bike, poet Mathias Svalina delivers customized poems to his subscribers.

UCSD Students Design 'Game Console For Dogs'

UCSD Students Design 'Game Console For Dogs'

Jan. 29
By Claire Trageser

Two students from UC San Diego have started a company called CleverPet, a game console for dogs where they have to play to get their food.

San Diego To Boost Housing Vouchers, But Declines More Ge...

San Diego To Boost Housing Vouchers, But Declines More Generous Approach

Jan. 22
By Claire Trageser

At the beginning of 2018, some low-income San Diegans started getting more federal assistance for rent to live in more expensive neighborhoods. But while a recent court ruling could have given them even more, that additional money is likely not coming their way.

Churches Say Hepatitis A Outbreak Adds Fuel To Opposition...

Churches Say Hepatitis A Outbreak Adds Fuel To Opposition Against Meals For Homeless

Jan. 12
By Claire Trageser

Local governments and organizations across the county have long been pressuring churches to stop serving meals to people who are homeless, but some church leaders and churchgoers say this service is part of their religion.

California Boaters Under 20 Now Need A License

California Boaters Under 20 Now Need A License

Jan. 4
By Claire Trageser

For years, anyone could just hop on a boat and drive it without training. Now, the state is requiring boaters to get licenses.

San Diego Doles Out Fines, Back Pay For Minimum Wage Viol...

San Diego Doles Out Fines, Back Pay For Minimum Wage Violations

Dec. 26, 2017
By Claire Trageser

While California's minimum wage is going up next week to $11 an hour for businesses with more than 25 employees, the city of San Diego's wage will stay the same at $11.50 an hour.

San Diego, Meet Your New Civic Organist

San Diego, Meet Your New Civic Organist

Dec. 18, 2017
By Claire Trageser

Spanish organist Raúl Prieto Ramírez will be the next San Diego Civic Organist and artistic director of the Spreckels Organ Society.

Birch Aquarium Scientists Use 3-D Printer To Treat Logger...

Birch Aquarium Scientists Use 3-D Printer To Treat Loggerhead Sea Turtle Shell

Dec. 18, 2017
By Claire Trageser

Earlier this month, scientists at Birch Aquarium and UC San Diego accomplished what they believe is a first: using a 3-D printer to fill a gap in a loggerhead sea turtle's shell.

San Diego Again Offering Money To Help Make Your Lawn Dro...

San Diego Again Offering Money To Help Make Your Lawn Drought Resistant

Dec. 15, 2017
By Claire Trageser

Friday is the deadline for San Diego residents and business owners to apply for a rebate from the city for removing grass and replacing it with drought-tolerant landscaping.

How To Help In The Aftermath Of Lilac Wildfire

How To Help In The Aftermath Of Lilac Wildfire

Dec. 8, 2017
By Claire Trageser

Volunteers are pouring in to help after the Lilac Fire tore through thousands of acres in San Diego County. While several local organizations say they are at capacity for volunteers, there are still ways to help.

Straw Bale Homes In San Diego Are Not Just For Three Litt...

Straw Bale Homes In San Diego Are Not Just For Three Little Pigs

Aug. 8, 2017
By Claire Trageser

Builders in San Diego County are turning to straw bales as natural and energy efficient insulation. So far there are 60 permitted straw bale buildings in the county and one in the city of San Diego.

Advocacy Group Organizes Conference To Fight California's...

Advocacy Group Organizes Conference To Fight California's Gang Conspiracy Laws

July 31, 2017
By Claire Trageser, Matthew Bowler

Organizers from the advocacy group Pillars of the Community are planning a conference this weekend to give attendees tools to fight gang documentation laws.

San Diego County Holding Workshops About Outsourcing Anim...

San Diego County Holding Workshops About Outsourcing Animal Services

July 19, 2017
By Claire Trageser

Starting Wednesday, San Diego County will hold a series of three workshops to get input from unincorporated residents about the possibility of outsourcing the Animal Services Department.

San Diego Nonprofit Gets Big Grant To Use Food Truck To T...

San Diego Nonprofit Gets Big Grant To Use Food Truck To Teach Culinary, Business Skills

July 25, 2017
By Claire Trageser

Paving Great Futures, a nonprofit that teaches people culinary and business skills, has received a $25,000 grant from the international charity Chef Works Cares.

7 Things To Understand About Community Choice In San Diego

7 Things To Understand About Community Choice In San Diego

July 21, 2017
By Claire Trageser

An alternative energy program that would bypass San Diego Gas & Electric is possible and cost-effective, according to a study published this month. But the study is more complicated than that, and there are a variety of terms and concepts to understand that show how the authors arrived at those answers.

What Are The Rules When It Comes To Flying A Drone In San...

What Are The Rules When It Comes To Flying A Drone In San Diego?

July 17, 2017
By Claire Trageser

The number of airports, military bases and heliports at hospitals in San Diego mean there are few options for where people can fly.

New Study Finds Use Of Community Choice Energy Feasible

New Study Finds Use Of Community Choice Energy Feasible

July 13, 2017
By Claire Trageser

Switching to an alternative energy program called community choice will help the city of San Diego use more renewable sources of energy and could lower electricity costs, according to a study published this week.

Battle Over San Diego's Energy Future Will Heat Up Soon

Battle Over San Diego's Energy Future Will Heat Up Soon

July 12, 2017
By Claire Trageser

For more than two years, the city of San Diego has been considering switching the way it buys energy, and Thursday is a big day in that decision-making process.

New California Law Requires Boating Licenses, Except For ...

New California Law Requires Boating Licenses, Except For Renters

July 10, 2017
By Claire Trageser

Right now, almost anyone in California can hop on a boat and drive away without any training or a license. That will change this January when a new law goes into effect requiring boaters to pass a written test and get a California Boater Card.

La Jolla Cove Named Fifth Most Bacteria-Ridden Beach In S...

La Jolla Cove Named Fifth Most Bacteria-Ridden Beach In State

July 3, 2017
By Claire Trageser

La Jolla Cove has been named the fifth-most polluted beach in California by the annual Beach Report Card from the environmental nonprofit Heal the Bay.

San Diego County Microchipping Dogs For Free Before July 4

San Diego County Microchipping Dogs For Free Before July 4

June 30, 2017
By Claire Trageser

Pets are more likely to run away on the Fourth of July holiday. To prepare, San Diego County Animal Services is offering to microchip dogs for free this week through Sunday.

New Policy Limits San Diego Shelter Dogs To One 15-Minute...

New Policy Limits San Diego Shelter Dogs To One 15-Minute Walk A Day

June 22, 2017
By Claire Trageser

The change was made in the hopes of ensuring all dogs get out at least once a day. But some volunteers at the shelter have concerns that the new rule will hurt bigger dogs who need more exercise.

San Diego Set To Make It Easier To Build 'Granny Flats'

San Diego Set To Make It Easier To Build 'Granny Flats'

June 16, 2017
By Claire Trageser

The San Diego City Council's Smart Growth and Land Use Committee has unanimously recommended the city make it easier for homeowners to build granny flats.

El Cajon Chooses District Map, But Some In Minority Commu...

El Cajon Chooses District Map, But Some In Minority Communities Aren't Happy

June 12, 2017
By Claire Trageser

The city of El Cajon has finished a process of drawing council districts for the first time, which was meant to increase diversity on its City Council. But the chosen map does not create any districts where minorities are the majority.

County Animal Shelter Puts Freeze On Hiring Volunteers

County Animal Shelter Puts Freeze On Hiring Volunteers

June 6, 2017
By Claire Trageser

For more than a year, San Diego County Animal Services has not accepted any new volunteers, and some volunteers still at the shelter said this has left animals without enough care or attention.

San Diego City Council Kills Funding For SoccerCity, Conv...

San Diego City Council Kills Funding For SoccerCity, Convention Center Expansion Special Election

June 5, 2017
By Claire Trageser

The City Council voted 8-1 to cut funding for a special election on a new soccer stadium in Mission Valley and a convention center expansion. Mayor Kevin Faulconer said he will veto the decision.

The Fate Of SoccerCity And Convention Center Expansion Co...

The Fate Of SoccerCity And Convention Center Expansion Could Be Decided Monday

June 5, 2017
By Claire Trageser

The City Council could effectively kill a special election on funding for a convention center expansion and a soccer stadium in Mission Valley during their meeting Monday.

In Search Of Cheaper Costs, San Diego Seniors Try Assiste...

In Search Of Cheaper Costs, San Diego Seniors Try Assisted Living In Mexico

June 1, 2017
By Claire Trageser

The average cost of assisted living in California is $5,000 a month. Since this is out of reach for many retirees, they are choosing other options across the border.

Find Hidden Parks In San Diego County

Find Hidden Parks In San Diego County

May 30, 2017
By Claire Trageser

The website called, "Get Outside San Diego," is funded by The San Diego Foundation to increase access to public parks and open spaces.

Solana Beach Becomes First In County To Opt For Alternati...

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

May 25, 2017
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, 2017
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 ...

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

May 8, 2017
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 Tha...

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

May 8, 2017
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...

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

May 4, 2017
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 I...

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

April 27, 2017
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 ...

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

April 26, 2017
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 D...

El Cajon Residents Weigh In On Districts Meant To Boost Diversity

April 20, 2017
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 Fou...

Annual Hubbell House Tour In Julian Will Showcase New Foundation Building

April 18, 2017
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, 2017
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 A...

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

April 12, 2017
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 ...

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

April 11, 2017
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 ...

Sempra Services Lobbyists Also Met With San Diego County Supervisors

April 4, 2017
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 ...

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

March 29, 2017
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, 2017
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.

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