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Stories by Claire Trageser

El Cajon To Begin Workshops For Drawing District Boundaries

El Cajon To Begin Workshops For Drawing District Boundaries

Feb. 20, 2017
By Claire Trageser

The El Cajon City Council has set up a series of five public workshops and published criteria for drawing council boundaries in the city for the first time.

Vacant Church In San Ysidro To Become Community Center, Park

Vacant Church In San Ysidro To Become Community Center, Park

Feb. 20, 2017
By Claire Trageser

For people who live in San Diego's southernmost neighborhood, San Ysidro, there are not many public spaces to gather. But that will soon change.

San Diego County Will Not Pursue Community Choice In Unin...

San Diego County Will Not Pursue Community Choice In Unincorporated Areas

Feb. 15, 2017
By Claire Trageser

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors will not move forward with an alternative energy program known as community choice aggregation.

County To Decide Whether To Begin Pursuing Community Choi...

County To Decide Whether To Begin Pursuing Community Choice Energy

Feb. 14, 2017
By Claire Trageser

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors will decide Wednesday whether to take the first step toward pursuing the alternative energy program community choice aggregation.

Calls Grow For San Diego Union Boss To Step Down Amid Sex...

Calls Grow For San Diego Union Boss To Step Down Amid Sexual Harassment, Gender Discrimination Allegations

Feb. 13, 2017
By Claire Trageser, Ebone Monet

Calls for Mickey Kasparian to step down or go on leave are amplifying. Two months ago, Kasparian, who is the head of one of San Diego County’s biggest unions, was sued by two former employees for sexual harassment and gender discrimination, among other claims.

Two San Diego Women Launch National Ridesharing Service F...

Two San Diego Women Launch National Ridesharing Service For The Elderly

Feb. 6, 2017
By Claire Trageser

Two San Diego natives have created a national service that connects those without smartphones, to a ride from Uber or Lyft.

Report Finds One Third Of Working Families In San Diego C...

Report Finds One Third Of Working Families In San Diego Can't Make Ends Meet

Feb. 2, 2017
By Claire Trageser

A report from the nonprofit Center on Policy Initiatives found that a single adult with two children would need an hourly wage of $31.32 to cover the basics.

Meet District 1's New Councilwoman, Tech Entrepreneur Bar...

Meet District 1's New Councilwoman, Tech Entrepreneur Barbara Bry

Feb. 1, 2017
By Claire Trageser

Barbara Bry represents La Jolla, Carmel Valley, University City and other northern San Diego neighborhoods. She plans to focus on addressing homelessness, building more housing and boosting public safety.

New Program At Donovan Prison Will Train Inmates As Entre...

New Program At Donovan Prison Will Train Inmates As Entrepreneurs

Jan. 30, 2017
By Claire Trageser

Inmates at a state prison in Otay Mesa can now begin a one-year program that will train them in entrepreneurial skills and end with a "Shark Tank" style pitching session to venture capitalists.

San Diego Councilman David Alvarez Running For County Sup...

San Diego Councilman David Alvarez Running For County Supervisor

Jan. 18, 2017
By Claire Trageser

On Tuesday night, San Diego City Councilman David Alvarez announced he's running for San Diego County's Board of Supervisors in the District 1 seat.

Arts Community Aims To Save Cultural Hive In North Park

Arts Community Aims To Save Cultural Hive In North Park

Jan. 11, 2017
By Claire Trageser

The building's property owner says he's been offered $2.5 million for the space. But won't sell. Allen Hitch Jr. believes in Queen Bee's mission and wants to see it thrive.

SDG&E's Plan To Lobby On Community Choice Is Suspended

SDG&E's Plan To Lobby On Community Choice Is Suspended

Jan. 3, 2017
By Claire Trageser

The California Public Utilities Commission says SDG&E is not doing enough to show its lobbying arm is separate from the utility.

Buddhist Fraternity Gaining Pledges At San Diego State

Buddhist Fraternity Gaining Pledges At San Diego State

Jan. 2, 2017
By Claire Trageser

To pledge, students must commit themselves to meeting for group meditation two nights a week, going on four retreats of day-long meditation and silence and doing community service.

San Diego Says Homeless Shut Out Of Emergency Shelters Du...

San Diego Says Homeless Shut Out Of Emergency Shelters Due To ‘Miscommunication’

Dec. 29, 2016
By Claire Trageser, Susan Murphy

When a strong Pacific storm pounded San Diego with heavy rain and strong winds Dec. 23, the city kept its emergency homeless shelter closed — even after announcing the shelters would be open.

San Diego Bands 'Come Together' For All-Beatles Concert

San Diego Bands 'Come Together' For All-Beatles Concert

Dec. 29, 2016
By Claire Trageser

Queen Bee’s Art & Cultural Center in North Park is putting on a concert of local bands playing Beatles music 7 p.m. Friday.

Researchers Looking For Sterilization Survivors In Califo...

Researchers Looking For Sterilization Survivors In California

Dec. 26, 2016
By Claire Trageser

From 1909 to 1979, California's eugenics laws led to the sterilization of about 20,000 people, more than any other state.

San Diego Emergency Shelters Not Open Despite City's Anno...

San Diego Emergency Shelters Not Open Despite City's Announcement

Dec. 23, 2016
By Claire Trageser, Steve Walsh

As temperatures are set to drop below 50 Friday night, the city of San Diego says it has opened emergency homeless shelters. But that's not true — the city's own website says shelters won't open until Saturday.

San Diego Pride Will Go On As Conflict Between Two Groups...

San Diego Pride Will Go On As Conflict Between Two Groups Resolves

Dec. 23, 2016
By Claire Trageser

Leaders of the two groups issued a joint statement Friday saying one of the groups, LGBT Community Pride, would dissolve.

San Diego Safari Park Staff Find Bullet In White Rhino

San Diego Safari Park Staff Find Bullet In White Rhino

Dec. 22, 2016
By Claire Trageser

Veterinarians at the park had long suspected a stray bullet was giving Wallis infections, and on Saturday they found the bullet and removed it.

El Cajon Looking For Your Help To Draw District Boundaries

El Cajon Looking For Your Help To Draw District Boundaries

Dec. 22, 2016
By Claire Trageser

El Cajon will begin a public process to draw boundaries for its city council districts in the new year, which activists and community organizers hope will increase diversity in their government.

2017 Could Bring New Bike Lane Projects To San Diego

2017 Could Bring New Bike Lane Projects To San Diego

Dec. 21, 2016
By Claire Trageser

In the next year, at least four bike projects will open in the San Diego region, and construction is scheduled on several more.

San Diego Nonprofit Tries Again To Spruce Up Southeastern...

San Diego Nonprofit Tries Again To Spruce Up Southeastern San Diego

Dec. 6, 2016
By Claire Trageser

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

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

Dec. 5, 2016
By Claire Trageser

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...

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

Dec. 1, 2016
By Claire Trageser

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 T...

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

Nov. 30, 2016
By Claire Trageser

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

Political Change Is Brewing In El Cajon

Nov. 28, 2016
By Claire Trageser

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.

San Diego City Council Approves Plaza De Panama Funding

San Diego City Council Approves Plaza De Panama Funding

Nov. 14, 2016
By Claire Trageser

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.

District Elections In El Cajon Could Bring More Diverse C...

District Elections In El Cajon Could Bring More Diverse City Council

Nov. 14, 2016
By Claire Trageser

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.

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

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

Nov. 8, 2016
By Claire Trageser, KPBS News

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

#ShowUsYourMailers Roundup: Here Are The Mailers You Sent In

Nov. 4, 2016
By Claire Trageser

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 Revie...

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

Nov. 3, 2016
By Claire Trageser

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?

#ShowUsYourMailers: What Is The Independent Voter Project?

Nov. 1, 2016
By Claire Trageser

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

Wanted: A New Civic Organist For San Diego

Nov. 1, 2016
By Claire Trageser

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

San Diego's 911 Wait Times Continue To Drop

Oct. 31, 2016
By Claire Trageser

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

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

Oct. 26, 2016
By Claire Trageser

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 ...

Weeks After El Cajon Police Shooting, Community Is Still Gathering

Oct. 24, 2016
By Claire Trageser

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

Update: City Attorney Candidate Hickey's Voting Records

Oct. 17, 2016
By Claire Trageser

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

Kristin Gaspar Says She No Longer Supports Donald Trump

Oct. 13, 2016
By Alison St John, Claire Trageser

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

City Attorney Candidates Emphasize Experience, Not Issues

Oct. 7, 2016
By Claire Trageser

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 Sho...

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

Sept. 27, 2016
By Andrew Bowen, Claire Trageser, Ebone Monet, Erik Anderson, Steve Walsh

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

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

Sept. 6, 2016
By Claire Trageser

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

SDG&E's Independent Marketing District Wins Approval

Aug. 18, 2016
By Claire Trageser

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?

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

Aug. 12, 2016
By Claire Trageser

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 ...

San Diego City Council Votes Against Proposal To Shorten Ballot Pamphlets

Aug. 10, 2016
By City News Service, Claire Trageser

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

Carlsbad Psychologist Helps BMX Rider Get Ready For Olympics

Aug. 10, 2016
By Claire Trageser

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'

Grief Camp In Julian Helps Kids 'Feel Normal Again'

Aug. 3, 2016
By Claire Trageser

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...

Southeastern San Diego Charity Prepares For Major Funding Shift

July 28, 2016
By Claire Trageser

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

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

July 25, 2016
By Claire Trageser

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

San Diego's Bike Share Program Struggling

July 19, 2016
By Claire Trageser

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

Rugby Player Overcomes Broken Back, Cancer In Olympic Quest

July 14, 2016
By Claire Trageser

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.