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Stories by Claire Trageser

#ShowUsYourMailers: What Is The Neighborhood Improvement Voter Guide?

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Next up in the KPBS examination of campaign mailers is a big glossy flier sent by a group called the Neighborhood Improvement Voter Guide.

San Diego Council Candidate Falsely Advertised Endorsements

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Anthony Bernal published a lengthy list of people who he said endorsed him, but some of those people say they made no such endorsement.

Ballot Selfies Are Illegal, But Maybe Not For Long

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As the June 7 election approaches, many enthusiastic voters are taking "ballot selfies." This is actually illegal in California.

Coronado To Redo Bike Plan After Residents' Complaints

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Last fall, Coronado gained national attention for reversing a decision to add more bike lanes to city streets because some residents complained the paint was ugly.

Supporters Of San Diego's Minimum Wage Bump Continue Fight

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San Diego voters will be asked on June 7 to approve a minimum wage increase in the city, despite California lawmakers raising wages even higher by 2022.

California Counts: Front-Runner Harris Target In US Senate Debate

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Democratic Attorney General Kamala Harris was leading in a Field Poll last month, with 27 percent of the vote. The poll also showed 48 percent of likely voters in the race remain undecided.

California Counts: 5 Things To Know About US Senate Debate

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The state’s leading public media newsrooms are holding a debate tonight at KPBS in San Diego called "California Counts — Race for the Senate."

Breaking Down San Diego's Charter Amendments On June Ballot

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San Diego City Council President Sherri Lightner has led the effort to clean up the City Charter. That's why San Diegans will see seven propositions, labeled A through G, on the June 7 ballot.

San Diego Aims To Broaden Ban On Synthetic Drug 'Spice'

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With San Diego experiencing a spike in emergency calls related to spice use, the city attorney is looking to use chemistry to ban any substances that cause a specific reaction in the brain.

San Diego Officials Outline $130M Budget For Climate Action Plan

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Mayor Kevin Faulconer on Monday called for more bike lanes, solar power, natural gas garbage trucks and smart streetlights as part of San Diego's Climate Action Plan.

San Diego Mayor Outraising, Outspending Opponents

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Despite what's considered by most to be an easy re-election bid, Mayor Kevin Faulconer is raising and spending thousands more than his opponents.

Faulconer Will Vote No On SANDAG Tax Increase Measure

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Environmental leaders pressured Mayor Kevin Faulconer to withhold his support because they say SANDAG's ballot measure favors funding for highways and roads over public transportation. The vote is Friday.

Council District 9 Candidates: No To Stadium, Yes To Sanctuary City

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The four candidates running to replace Democratic Councilwoman Marti Emerald agreed on most of the issues at a League of Women Voters forum on Wednesday night.

Death Of Mira Mesa Baby Highlights 911 Wait Time Problem

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After the family dog bit the 3-day-old boy, his father called 911 twice but hung up both times when no dispatcher picked up. He waited 28 seconds the first time, then 34 seconds — far above national standards.

Want To Weigh In On San Diego's Budget? Play The KPBS Budget Game

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San Diegans would like to see more money for roads and stormwater, bike lanes and street lights in Mayor Kevin Faulconer's $3.3 billion fiscal 2017 budget.

San Diego Council Members Voice Spending Priorities For 2017 Budget

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San Diego City Council members had few gripes with Mayor Kevin Faulconer's proposed $3.3 billion budget.

San Diego Democrats Battling For Gloria's Seat Have Few Distinctions

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The two Democrats running to replace San Diego City Councilman Todd Gloria want to carry on his legacy of advocating for the neighborhoods in District 3, including North Park, Hillcrest, University Heights and downtown.

San Diego Residents Find Turf Rebates Are Taxable

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Some San Diegans who got money from the San Diego County Water Authority for taking out their grass last year are now startled to find they owe taxes on those turf rebates.

What Elections Have San Diego Political Candidates Missed?

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As the June 7 election approaches, KPBS took a look at candidates’ voting records. The results may surprise you.

Briggs, San Diego City Attorney Trade Jabs Over Convention Center Initiative

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City Attorney Jan Goldsmith says the plan to raise hotel room taxes and possibly pave a way for an expanded convention center has a "poison pill provision" that would put the city at risk. Attorney Cory Briggs defended the plan he helped write, saying it "protects taxpayers."

How SANDAG Worked The Media On Transportation Plan

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The San Diego Association of Governments spent a half million dollars on outside consultants to craft a media strategy to help win support last year for its controversial transportation blueprint.

Could All-Latino Slate Motivate Higher Voter Turnout In San Diego Neighborhood?

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The wealthy and mostly white Kensington neighborhood has effectively decided who represents an entire City Council district. This year could be different, as all the major City Council candidates in the district are Latino.

Barons Market To Take Over North Park Fresh & Easy Spot

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The Fresh & Easy chain closed eight San Diego locations, including the one at University Avenue and Bancroft Street, late last year.

'World's Fastest 5K' Hits Streets Of Carlsbad Sunday

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The annual Carlsbad 5000 race is known as the "world's fastest 5K" for its record-setting times. It will attract an elite field on Sunday.

Court Fight Over San Diego's Navy Broadway Complex Not Finished

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Attorney Cory Briggs lost a round in his effort to stop the $1.2 billion Navy Broadway Complex from being developed on San Diego Bay, but he says he's not giving up the fight.

San Diego Democrats Trying To Unseat GOP Councilmen Face Uphill Climb

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The Democrats trying to unseat Republican Councilmen Scott Sherman and Mark Kersey must compete for attention with another heated City Council race that both political parties have a chance at winning.

San Diego Takes First Step To Make Climate Action Plan Real

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Passing the plan was a big step, but more important is making sure its benchmarks are met, said Nicole Capretz, head of the environmental advocacy group Climate Action Campaign.

San Diego Debuts New City Website

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It cost the city about $600,000 to redesign the website. The updated site, made live over the weekend, can be used on a mobile phone and aims to be easier for residents to use.

Documents Raise Questions About San Diego Aquaculture Project

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Reports of diseased and deformed fish are raising questions about Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute’s role in running a proposed fish farm four miles off San Diego’s coast.

Time Is Up For June Vote On Convention Center Expansion

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San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer has promised to put a hotel room tax increase to support a Convention Center expansion on the ballot, but it won't happen in June.

Campaign Opposing San Diego Minimum Wage Hike Could Be Lackluster

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Business groups opposed to raising San Diego's minimum wage fought to get it on the June ballot, now they may not campaign against it.

Teach Co-Workers Improv And They Bond Over Laughs

San Diego's Finest City Improv aims to teach employees engagement and teamwork by asking them to perform silly improv comedy routines together.

San Diego Politicians Asked To Stop Voting On Their Own Salaries

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A city commission is asking San Diego elected officials to both approve a package of ethics reforms and sign a pledge to follow the changes even if they never become law.

San Diego Releases List Of Data To Be Made Public

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On Monday, the city released a list of 115 data sets it plans to make public. The public can vote on what data sets should be published first, which will begin July 1.

Tiny Neighborhood Of Tiny Homes Planned For Escondido

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Janet Ashforth is building her own 300-square-foot home, and is planning a development of 50 tiny homes in Escondido.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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