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Stories by Claire Trageser

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.

San Diego Used Less Water In November

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Numbers released Tuesday from the California Water Resources Control Board show the city of San Diego reduced its water use from an average of 76 gallons a day per household in October to 64.5 gallons a day in November.

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San Diego County To Give Car Seats To Low-Income Families

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San Diego County plans to give out 1,944 car seats this year to low-income families using a $245,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety.

Lawsuit Filed Challenging McCann's Victory Over Padilla In Tight Chula Vista Race

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A civil lawsuit filed in San Diego County Superior Court Friday challenges John McCann's win over Steve Padilla in November's Chula Vista City Council election.

San Diego Bike Sharing Program Scheduled To Begin This Month

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After almost a year of delays San Diego's bike sharing program is scheduled to begin this month, according to DecoBike. About 80 stations are now set up and will soon be ready to use.

San Diego Hiring Staff To Enforce Water Restrictions

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The city of San Diego has hired two provisional employees to respond to water use complaints and is hiring a third who will start Jan. 6. A city spokeswoman said field representatives are currently being interviewed to fill the positions more permanently.

Temporary Park Close To Opening In San Diego's East Village

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A design firm led by recent architecture school graduates is months away from opening Quartyard, a temporary park build on a vacant lot in downtown San Diego.

San Diego County Sheriff Nixes Using Nextdoor.com To Share Information

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The San Diego County Sheriff's Department told KPBS in August that it would work on posting more public information online, including possibly using the social media site Nextdoor.com, but some residents say that hasn't happened.

San Diego Beer Drinkers Find Not All Breweries Welcome Outside Growlers

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Starting this year, California beer drinkers were supposed to be able to take beer jugs called growlers into any brewery and say, "fill 'er up." But not all San Diego breweries have opened up their taps.

Del Mar Park Ranger's Body Camera Back On With New Guidelines

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The ranger can record traffic stops, but not routine exchanges with the public. He'll also have to tell people when they're being recorded.

Rep. Scott Peters Talks Plans For Upcoming Congressional Term

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Democratic Congressman Scott Peters narrowly won re-election in November, beating Republican Carl DeMaio in a close race that included a lot of negative campaigning from both sides.

Bike Sharing Still Not Rolling In San Diego

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San Diego's bike sharing program was supposed to start between January and March of this year. Now it's December and there are still no bikes to be shared.

San Diegans Remember World's First Triathlon 40 Years Ago — At Mission Bay

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How often does someone's idea for a fun workout turn into an Olympic event? That's exactly what happened for two San Diegans, who put on the first ever triathlon right here in Mission Bay.

Gloria Ousted As San Diego Council President; Fellow Democrat Lightner Elected

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Sitting City Council President Todd Gloria did not get enough votes for another term, despite more than an hour of public speakers supporting him. Democrat Sherri Lightner was elected instead, becoming San Diego's first woman City Council president.

Lincoln Park Food Market Aims To Change Neighborhood's Reputation

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Taste of Four Corners, put on by the grass-roots group Urban Collaborative Project, drew a crowd of 30 to 40 who ate from food trucks, shopped at local vendors and listened to live jazz.

Taking Over San Diego's 'Four Corners Of Death' With Food

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The grass-roots group Urban Collaborative Project will set up a food market Friday evening at the intersection of Imperial and Euclid avenues, sometimes called the "four corners of death" because of the number of homicides that have happened there.

Rancho Santa Fe Residents No Longer Biggest Water Users In California

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Rancho Santa Fe residents are now third on the list of biggest water users in the state. They still use on average seven times the amount of water city of San Diego residents use.

San Diego's Mandatory Water Restrictions Rely On Community Policing

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At the beginning of November, San Diego adopted mandatory water restrictions, including limits on when sprinklers can run and when plants can be watered. But the city has not yet hired the staff to enforce its new rules.

Chula Vista City Council Race Separated By Two Votes

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After all votes were counted, the two candidates were tied. Then the San Diego County Registrar of Voters began manually counting ballots and posted an update Wednesday afternoon.

Neighborhood Shuttle Proposed For Downtown San Diego

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A low-cost or free shuttle would carry passengers in downtown neighborhoods. The hope is that the shuttles would appeal to downtown workers, residents and visitors who do not want to take the bus.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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