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Stories by Claire Trageser

San Diego Nonprofit Tries Again To Spruce Up Southeastern San Diego

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The Urban Collaborative Project tried to create a community gathering space last year but efforts were thwarted because they didn't have permits.

San Diego's 'Get It Done' App Collects 38,500 Issues So Far

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Since the app launched, an official said there have been more reports of issues for the city to fix.

San Diego Unveils First Gender-Neutral Restrooms Inside A Public Facility

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The change was made at the University Heights branch library, which used to have two single stall restrooms, one for men and one for women.

North County Cities Exploring Program To Sidestep SDG&E To Buy Energy

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Solana Beach's vote this month to begin negotiations to set up community choice aggregation is one of several small steps North County cities are making toward the alternative energy program.

Political Change Is Brewing In El Cajon

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The police shooting of an unarmed black man in El Cajon, combined with the coming establishment of council districts, could bring big changes to the once predominantly white city.

District Elections In El Cajon Could Bring More Diverse City Council

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Lost in the big news of Election Day was the fact that El Cajon voters approved a measure that will bring a major political shift to their city.

San Diego City Council Approves Plaza De Panama Funding

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The San Diego City Council voted 8 to 1 to spend $49 million to close off portions of Balboa Park to car traffic and build an underground parking garage.

Elliott Maintains Lead In Race To Be City’s Next Lawyer

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With all precincts reporting, Democrat Mara Elliott leads with 56.6 percent of the vote. Some provisional and mail-in ballots remain uncounted.

#ShowUsYourMailers Roundup: Here Are The Mailers You Sent In

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KPBS has been asking listeners and readers to send in the mailers they've received for our ongoing #ShowUsYourMailers series. Here's a roundup of some we've received.

Where El Cajon’s Council Candidates Stand On Police Review Boards

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In the aftermath of the police shooting of an unarmed man, activists and community leaders called for El Cajon to set up a citizens review board. Some council candidates support that idea.

#ShowUsYourMailers: What Is The Independent Voter Project?

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The top of the mailer describes the network as "a nonprofit open platform for nonpartisan journalists," but that's not exactly true.

Wanted: A New Civic Organist For San Diego

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Must be able to play the world’s largest outdoor pipe organ. Musical repertoire must span Bach to David Bowie.

San Diego's 911 Wait Times Continue To Drop

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The average wait time for 911 calls in San Diego still falls short of the national standard despite decreasing significantly since April.

San Diego State's Graduation Rate Hits All-Time High

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The graduation rate at San Diego State University in 2016 increased to 74 percent, and school administrators are crediting targeted programs to get students more involved on campus.

Weeks After El Cajon Police Shooting, Community Is Still Gathering

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Organizers in El Cajon say Alfred Olango's death almost a month ago set off sparks that are igniting change. A memorial and rallies immediately after the shooting have given way to daily barbecues and community hangouts.

Update: City Attorney Candidate Hickey's Voting Records

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Before the June election, KPBS looked into what elections local candidates had missed, but City Attorney candidate Robert Hickey’s records weren't public because he's a deputy district attorney. Now, he's released his records.

Kristin Gaspar Says She No Longer Supports Donald Trump

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The candidate for the San Diego County Board of Supervisors is revoking her support for the Republican presidential nominee.

City Attorney Candidates Emphasize Experience, Not Issues

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While the two candidates come from opposing parties and, if elected, would be working on issues ranging from gun control to marijuana, neither of the candidates would name any issues that set them apart.

El Cajon Police Shooting: Protests Erupt; Man Fatally Shot Identified

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The man fatally shot by police in El Cajon has been identified as Alfred Olango, a refugee from Uganda.

Summer's Over, Time To Gear Up For San Diego Elections Again

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With the San Diego mayor's race resolved — Kevin Faulconer won re-election outright in June — focus will turn to the race for city attorney and two ballot measures that will shape future San Diego elections.

SDG&E's Independent Marketing District Wins Approval

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The utility will be the first in the state to create a separate marketing wing that can lobby on the alternative energy program community choice aggregation.

Who Will Be San Diego's Next City Council President?

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The next City Council will be majority Democrat, which means the next president will likely either be Councilman David Alvarez or Councilwoman Myrtle Cole.

San Diego City Council Votes Against Proposal To Shorten Ballot Pamphlets

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The proposal aimed to decrease the size of the voter pamphlets and the cost of printing the ballots. Last week, San Diego City Clerk Elizabeth Maland said the projected cost of the general election could reach $5.5 million, well over the budgeted $4.17 million.

Carlsbad Psychologist Helps BMX Rider Get Ready For Olympics

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Most athletes competing in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics have been training their bodies for years. But for some, training their minds is just as important. That's the case for BMX rider Brooke Crain of Visalia.

Grief Camp In Julian Helps Kids 'Feel Normal Again'

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More than 12,000 American military personnel have died since the Iraq War ended in 2003. A nonprofit called TAPS works with the families left behind.

Southeastern San Diego Charity Prepares For Major Funding Shift

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The main financial support for the charity comes from the Jacobs Family Foundation. By 2030, the foundation will sunset its contributions.

San Diego's East Village Will Get Its Own Unique Sign

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San Diego's East Village is joining the Gaslamp Quarter and Little Italy by creating its own sign downtown, but it won't look anything like the other neighborhood arches.

San Diego's Bike Share Program Struggling

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The Florida company DecoBike runs San Diego's bike share program at no cost to the city. So far, it appeals more to tourists than locals, according to a San Diego County grand jury report.

Rugby Player Overcomes Broken Back, Cancer In Olympic Quest

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Jillion Potter is hoping to be one of 12 American women to make the USA Olympic team. This is the first time women will play rugby in the Olympics.

Will Urban Park In Downtown San Diego Get The Boot?

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The Quartyard park, built on a city-owned vacant lot, was designed to be temporary. The community became attached to it, and now it's set to become a high-rise condo complex.

Marijuana Tax, Seven Other Measures Headed For November Ballot

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The San Diego City Council authorized drafting the propositions and will give final approval in a few weeks. They include everything from taxing recreational marijuana to raising taxes to build fire stations to changing how city elections are run.

Sheep Counting In Anza-Borrego Doesn't Put Volunteers To Sleep

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Every summer a rare sight comes to the desert outside San Diego: endangered bighorn sheep gather at watering holes. And every summer, a group of volunteers count them.

Suspect In San Diego Homeless Attacks Called 'Extremely Dangerous'

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Police said Thursday the man responsible for a four-day crime spree that has left two homeless men dead and two others severely injured may be using public transportation and urged riders to keep an eye out.

Study Finds People Of Color Less Likely To Be Involved In Politics

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People of color in California are less likely to contact public officials, attend political meetings and support campaigns, according to a new report from UC Riverside.

San Diego Scrambling To Plan For Minimum Wage Increase

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A referendum voters overwhelmingly approved last month meant the city had about a month to get a system in place to enforce the minimum wage increase.

San Diego Council OKs Adding 9 Miles Of Bike Lanes Downtown

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The City Council unanimously approved the plan for downtown San Diego that adds bike lanes, widens sidewalks and eventually eliminates about 475 parking spaces.

SDG&E Gets OK To Market On Alternative Energy Program

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The decision by state utility regulators means San Diego Gas & Electric could soon begin marketing for or against San Diego's plans to form an alternative energy program called "community choice aggregation."

San Diego Broadens Ban On 'Spice'

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Some worry the law may make synthetic marijuana users not seek help if the drug sickens them. The City Council voted Tuesday to expand the ban, which takes effect immediately.

San Diegans Working For Minimum Wage Will Get Raise In July

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San Diego voters overwhelming approved raising the $10-an-hour minimum wage. The registrar of voters now has 30 days to certify Tuesday's election results, and then the wage bump will take effect.

Bike Lanes In Downtown San Diego Mean Fewer Parking Spaces, Car Lanes

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If approved, the Downtown Mobility Plan would add more than 9 miles of protected bike lanes in downtown San Diego. It would also eliminate 477 parking spaces over the next 20 years and some car lanes.

Hickey, Elliott Headed For San Diego City Attorney Runoff

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Deputy District Attorney Robert Hickey and Deputy City Attorney Mara Elliott led a five-way race for city attorney and will square off in a November runoff.

San Diego Councilmen Kersey, Sherman Win Re-Election

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The two Republican incumbents who represent City Council Districts 5 and 7 in San Diego won outright Tuesday and avoid November runoff elections.

San Diego's Minimum Wage Measure Wins Easily

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The battle over Proposition I — the measure to raise San Diego's minimum wage — was expected to be contentious but fizzled after a state law superseded it.

Democrat Chris Ward Wins Race To Replace Councilman Todd Gloria

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The race to represent San Diego's central neighborhoods on the City Council has been fairly contentious, even though top candidates Anthony Bernal and Chris Ward are both Democrats and agree on most issues.

Flores, Gomez Will Vie In November For City Council District 9 Seat

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City Council District 9, which includes Kensington, City Heights and the College Area, will get its first Latino council member this year. The district was drawn to favor Latinos, but in the last City Council election it went to Councilwoman Marti Emerald.

#ShowUsYourMailers: San Diego Chamber Supports Reluctant Candidate

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Does Democrat Ricardo Flores want the support from the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce? It's hard to say.

Rock 'N' Roll Marathon Hits San Diego Streets Sunday

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This year the marathon will follow a new course through North Park, Kensington, Mission Hills, Mission Bay and Mission Valley.

In Low Voting San Diego Neighborhood, Refugee Groups Want 100% Turnout

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The City Heights neighborhood has historically had the lowest voter turnout in San Diego, but some refugees are bucking that trend.

#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.

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