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Stories by Claire Trageser

Vigilante Water Cops And Mongolian Showers: How San Diegans Are Saving Water

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The city of San Diego has to cut its water use by 16 percent under an order by Gov. Jerry Brown. That means stepping up policing of water restrictions set in November that so far the city has struggled to enforce.

What San Diegans Would Change In City's Budget

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As city officials wade through the 1,752-page budget proposal, San Diegans have been making their own much simpler spending plans using the KPBS Budget Game.

Mayor Faulconer: San Diego Will Beef Up Water Enforcement Amid Drought

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The city of San Diego will give more teeth to mandatory water restrictions that have been in place since Nov. 1, 2014, Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced Wednesday.

San Diegans: What Would You Change In Your City's Budget?

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In advance of Mayor Kevin Faulconer's budget proposal, KPBS asked people from across the city where they want to see the city spend more and less money.

Lorie Zapf’s Path From Foster Care To San Diego City Council

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San Diego City Councilwoman Lorie Zapf represents Pacific Beach, Ocean Beach and other coastal neighborhoods. But when she was growing up, she never would have expected to be where she is now.

One Paseo Petition Signatures Will Be Verified One By One

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San Diego's city clerk says the 61,235 signatures turned in to request a referendum that would block the One Paseo development in Carmel Valley will be counted one by one, unlike the usual sampling done.

Carlsbad 5000 Running Race Marks 30th Anniversary Sunday

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For 30 years, the Carlsbad 5000 has attracted elite international runners who've smashed world records while racing the streets of this North County city.

One Paseo Opponents Turn In 60,000 Signatures To Stall Carmel Valley Project

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Opponents of a mixed-use development in Carmel Valley turned in about 60,000 petition signatures Wednesday in an effort to stall the development until after a public vote is held.

Councilman Kersey Is San Diego’s Open Data, Infrastructure Guy

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Councilman Mark Kersey's fast-rising status has some predicting he will run for higher office, but he said he’s not thinking about that now.

Chargers Task Force Planning Stadium Without ‘All The Bells And Whistles’

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The chairman of the advisory group tasked with recommending a site and financing plan for a new football stadium in San Diego is scheduled to provide an update Thursday to the City Council's Economic Development Committee.

Downtown San Diego Construction Fueling 'Urban Renaissance'

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Some 2,100 homes are under construction in downtown San Diego, with another 4,000 approved. Hotels and offices also are being built as part of the recent building boom.

Afghanistan’s First Female Air Force Pilot Calls San Diego Visit ‘Awesome’

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Afghanistan's first female Air Force pilot of a fixed-wing aircraft, Capt. Niloofar Rahmani, is visiting San Diego this week to meet Marine aviators and fly with the Blue Angels flight demonstration team.

Turning San Diego's Electrical Grid Into 100% Renewable Energy

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Mayor Kevin Faulconer wants to make the city of San Diego's electrical grid use only renewable energy by 2035. Getting to 100 percent would likely involve something with the bulky name “community choice aggregation.”

Temporary Urban Park Opens Saturday In East Village

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A vacant lot in downtown San Diego has been transformed into an urban park with a dog run, coffee shop, stage and beer garden.

Issue Of Elected Officials' Salaries Headed To San Diego City Council

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Right now, the City Council votes on whether to give itself a raise. That’s awkward for politicians, and so they haven’t approved an increase in 13 years.

A Closer Look At San Diego's Ambitious Climate Plan

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San Diego's Climate Action Plan has several ambitious goals, including changing the way people get around and where their energy comes from. A new nonprofit group is working to make sure the plan stays ambitious.

It's Apparently Not Too Soon For 2016 Election Season In San Diego

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It’s only been four months since the November 2014 election and the GOP is already targeting Democratic Rep. Scott Peters for defeat next year.

Bike Helmet Bill Could Dampen San Diego Bike Sharing Enthusiasm

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After a year of delays, bike sharing finally got rolling in San Diego, but a new California bill requiring bike helmets could put a damper on the activity.

Homeland Security Office Working To Update San Diego's Emergency Plans

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Many city of San Diego departments have incomplete emergency plans. The city's Office of Homeland Security is working to update those plans, but changes won't come until after this summer.

San Diego Trying To Fill Emergency Preparedness Gaps

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An audit released last summer found that many San Diego city departments had outdated or inaccurate information in their plans for what to do in case of an emergency. Now the city is working to update its plans.

San Diego's Roads Will Be Filmed, Measured To Assess Damage

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San Diego is paying $550,000 to Iowa-based Cartegraph Systems Inc. to do the assessment, which will take six months. A report on the findings will be released in eight or nine months.

San Diego Aims To Clarify Rules For Airbnb Hosts

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Some San Diego homeowners who rent out rooms using Airbnb.com and similar websites say they're unclear what taxes they must pay. The city is working to change that.

Newest San Diego Councilman Chris Cate Is Young, But Not Overlooked

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San Diego Councilman Chris Cate took office just a few months ago, representing District 6. At 32, he's the youngest council member, but he says he's still taken seriously.

Ending Free Trash Pickup Among Potential Changes To San Diego Charter

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A review of San Diego's City Charter might sound dry, but the yearlong review of the document that acts as the city's constitution could open the door to some big changes.

Encanto Planning Group Wants To Change Its Name

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Would the Encanto Neighborhood Community Planning Group by any other name plan as effectively? The board members say yes, and want to change their name to Chollas Valley to clear up confusion.

First San Diego Bike Share Stations Open For Business

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After more than a year of delays, San Diego's first 20 bike share stations opened for business on Friday. Sixty more stations will be opened over the next two weeks, and all 180 stations are expected to be operational in the next two months.

Too Soon To Say Whether Community Choice Aggregation Will Come To San Diego

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During a KPBS Midday Edition interview Wednesday, Mayor Kevin Faulconer reaffirmed his 100 percent renewable goal but was non-committal about whether the city should use community choice aggregation to get there.

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.

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