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Stories by Claire Trageser

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.

Enough Signatures Gathered To Force San Diego Minimum Wage Hike To Ballot

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Opponents to the City Council-approved minimum wage increase have successfully gathered enough signatures to force the issue on a future ballot.

San Diego Cops Risk Being Fired For Not Pressing Record On Body Cameras

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San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman and local community leaders talked about the new police policy for body cameras at a community forum.

Peters, DeMaio Stick To Familiar Ground In Second Debate

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Rep. Scott Peters, a Democrat, and his Republican challenger Carl DeMaio mostly stuck to familiar talking points in their second debate in the race to represent the 52nd Congressional District.

Peters Vs. DeMaio — A Closer Look At Their Contentious Congressional Race

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The race between incumbent Democratic Rep. Scott Peters and Republican Carl DeMaio for San Diego's 52nd Congressional District is one of the few House races that's a toss up this November.

Mayor Recommends Mandatory Water Conservation In San Diego

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Mayor Kevin Faulconer is recommending San Diego move to a “drought alert” status on Nov. 1, if approved by the City Council.

New Voters Could Sway Results In 52nd Congressional District

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New voters lean mostly Democratic or decline to state a party preference, which could help Rep. Scott Peters defeat former San Diego Councilman Carl DeMaio, according to recent election analysis.

San Diego County Pension System Manager Retained — For Now

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San Diego County's retirement association board voted to keep its controversial pension manager but plans to revisit the decision.

Life Off The Grid: How A North County Couple Avoids Using Fossil Fuels

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As government leaders debate new laws to combat climate change, it can be easy to feel little responsibility for your own carbon footprint. But Gary and Robyn Waayers don't see it that way.

Encinitas Resident Conserves Every Drop To Combat Climate Change

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As government leaders debate new laws to combat climate change, it can be easy to feel little responsibility for your own carbon footprint. But not everyone sees it that way.

Construction Begins On Temporary East Village Park

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Just over a year ago, a group of architecture students had an idea to temporarily lease a vacant lot in San Diego and turn it into a park. Now, it's getting built.

Congressional Candidates Defy Long Odds To Take On Entrenched Incumbents

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You'd be forgiven if you thought there was only one congressional race in San Diego this year. There are actually five, and candidates are trying to unseat the incumbent in each.

Duncan Hunter, James Kimber Play Nice In 50th District Debate

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The crowd at the 50th Congressional District debate was far more feisty than the candidates, who traded a few jabs but mostly remained cordial.

DeMaio, Peters Square Off In First 52nd Congressional Debate

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U.S. Rep. Scott Peters and former San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio debated a number of issues, including health care and use of ground troops against ISIS.

Opponents Of Wage Hike Say Enough Signatures Gathered To Force Vote

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A group of businesses opposed to San Diego's minimum wage hike said Tuesday enough signatures have been collected to force the increase to a vote of the people.

Petition Drive To Put Minimum Wage Hike On Ballot Nears Deadline

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There are six days left for opponents of San Diego's minimum wage increase to gather signatures to force the issue onto the ballot.

Safety Changes Coming To Fiesta Island After Driver Hits Bicyclists

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A month after a suspected drunken driver went the wrong way on Fiesta Island and plowed into eight bicyclists, the city of San Diego is taking steps to make the island safer.

Safety Upgrades In North Park Announced Following Attacks

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The safety upgrades include increasing the amount of lighting in the neighborhood, where six attacks have occurred since mid-June.

San Diego Hunger Study Shows Continued Need For Food Assistance

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Almost 500,000 people received donations last year from San Diego-area food pantries, according to a report released Thursday.

U.S. Chamber Endorses Scott Peters In San Diego's 52nd Congressional Race

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The U.S. Chamber has endorsed more than 260 candidates in the 2014 election cycle. Only four are Democrats and one of them is Scott Peters, running against Republican Carl DeMaio.

San Diego County Special Elections Could Become Vote-By-Mail Only

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Under a California bill, the San Diego County Registrar of Voters could hold special elections by mail, sending every registered voter a ballot with a return stamp already on it.

San Diego's Bike Sharing Program Delayed Yet Again

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San Diego's bike sharing program has been bumped back repeatedly. Its start date was pushed from March to May to August and now to October.

Mobile 'Parklet' Contest Winner To Be Announced Tuesday

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A contest to design a mini-park that can move from place to place in downtown San Diego is down to three finalists.

A Battle For Voters' Signatures To Overturn San Diego's Minimum Wage Hike

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Opponents of San Diego's minimum wage increase have three weeks left to collect nearly 34,000 signatures from voters to force the issue on to a ballot. Otherwise, the minimum wage will rise to $9.75 an hour on Jan. 1.

'Don't Sign It' Campaign Counters Petition Drive To Overturn Minimum-Wage Hike

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Backers of San Diego's minimum-wage increase launched a "Don't Sign It" campaign to thwart a petition to place the issue before voters.

Sheriff’s Department Not Ready To Embrace Crime-Fighting Website

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A website called is partnering with San Diego law enforcement agencies — with one notable exception — to allow officers to post information and get private messages from residents.

Small-Business Coalition Launches Campaign To Put San Diego Wage Hike On Ballot

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Members of the San Diego Small Business Coalition said Thursday the decision to raise the city's minimum hourly wage belongs to voters, not the City Council.

Effort Begins To Reverse San Diego City Council Override Of Minimum Wage Veto

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With the override, San Diego's hourly minimum wage will go from $9 to $9.75 on Jan. 1, but opponents say they are ready to spend the next 30 days collecting signatures to force a referendum and put the increase on hold.

San Diego Council Takes Up Minimum Wage Veto On Monday

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The San Diego City Council will consider overriding Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s veto of the ordinance increasing the minimum wage during a special meeting Monday.

Competition Offers $5,000 To Design Downtown San Diego Mobile Park

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A new competition is soliciting ideas for temporary "parklets," or small parks, that could be installed in downtown San Diego.

From Marathons To Mud Runs, Endurance Events Boost San Diego's Economy

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A new report says races like marathons, half-marathons and triathlons boost San Diego's economy.

What You Need To Know About West Nile Virus In San Diego County

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West Nile virus has been found in two dead birds in San Diego County. We'll tell you what you need to know to protect your family — and how you can help the county track the mosquito-borne virus.

San Diego Minimum Wage Hike Won't Include Some Disabled Workers

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Workers with mental or physical disabilities who are currently paid less than the minimum wage will not be getting a raise under San Diego's new minimum wage law.

Court Rejects San Diego Convention Center Expansion Tax

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A court of appeals on Friday dealt a serious blow to the San Diego Convention Center expansion.

San Diego Religious Leaders Host Spiritual Summit for LGBTQ Community

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A first-of-its-kind LGBTQ Spiritual Summit on Saturday in Hillcrest aims to connect the gay and lesbian community with churches.

Suing Obama: GOP-Led House Gives The Go-Ahead

A sharply divided House approved a Republican plan Wednesday to launch a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama.

Two Stories Of Impact From San Diego's Minimum Wage Increase

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Here are two people who will be impacted in very different ways by San Diego's minimum wage increase.

'Bike-In' Planned To Protest Rejection Of Barrio Logan Community Plan

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Bicyclists will ride around the same block in Barrio Logan as a protest against voters rejecting the Barrio Logan Community Plan Update.

Filner's First Accuser Reflects On Sexual Harassment Scandal

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"I did this for other women ... who have been at the sharpest edge of an arrow, the target of somebody who's abusing power," said Irene McCormack Jackson, in explaining why she sued then-Mayor Bob Filner and the city of San Diego for sexual harassment.

The Man Behind Kensington's Sidewalk Paintings

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Kensington's sidewalks are a patchwork of brightly colored paintings and they're all the work of one man: Bernard Muhammad.

San Diego City Council Approves $1.5M Tax Rebate For Illumina

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The San Diego City Council approved a deal to keep the medical device company Illumina in San Diego for 10 years.

Gloria: Home Care Workers In San Diego Will Get New Minimum Wage

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After the City Council approved raising the minimum wage to $11.50 an hour by 2017, some thought home care workers might be exempt from the change. City Council President Todd Gloria says no one will be left out.

Open-Air Seafood Market Coming To San Diego Bay

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A new open-air seafood market has won approval from San Diego County and will open Aug. 2.

San Diego City Council Votes To Raise Minimum Wage

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The San Diego City Council voted Monday to raise the city's minimum wage as an ordinance, meaning it won't go to a public vote. What's next-a veto by the mayor, possible signature-gathering campaign by opponents? We take a look.

DeMaio, Peters On Climate Change, Immigration, Guns, Marijuana

Carl DeMaio and Scott Peters, the candidates running for the 52nd Congressional District seat, answered 10 questions posed by KPBS.

District Attorney Dumanis Releases Controversial Endorsement Letter

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District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis had refused for weeks to release the college recommendation letter she wrote on behalf of the son of a foreign national who is under federal indictment on charges of illegally making campaign contributions, including to her.

San Diego Cuts Fiesta Island Road Closures In Half, But It’s Not Clear Why

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The city has halved the number of times the road on Fiesta Island can be closed for events, citing hundreds of complaints.

SDG&E Offering Credits To Electric Car Drivers After Raising Rates

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SDG&E is offering credits to some electric car owners after KPBS found the utility had raised those customers' rates with no warning.

Peters Denounces Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby Ruling; DeMaio Responds

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Both candidates in the hot race for the 52nd Congressional District seem to be on the same page regarding the Supreme Court's controversial Hobby Lobby decision.