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Stories by Claire Trageser

New Program At Donovan Prison Will Train Inmates As Entrepreneurs

New Program At Donovan Prison Will Train Inmates As Entrepreneurs

Jan. 30
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 Supervisor

San Diego Councilman David Alvarez Running For County Supervisor

Jan. 18
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
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
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
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 Due To ‘Misc...

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

Dec. 29
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
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 California

Researchers Looking For Sterilization Survivors In California

Dec. 26
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 Announcement

San Diego Emergency Shelters Not Open Despite City's Announcement

Dec. 23
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 Resolves

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

Dec. 23
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
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
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
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

San Diego Nonprofit Tries Again To Spruce Up Southeastern San Diego

Dec. 6
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
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 Public Fa...

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

Dec. 1
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 To Buy Energy

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

Nov. 30
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
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
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 City Council

District Elections In El Cajon Could Bring More Diverse City Council

Nov. 14
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
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
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 Review Boards

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

Nov. 3
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
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
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
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
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 Gathering

Weeks After El Cajon Police Shooting, Community Is Still Gathering

Oct. 24
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
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
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
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 Shot Identified

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

Sept. 27
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
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
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
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 Ballot Pam...

San Diego City Council Votes Against Proposal To Shorten Ballot Pamphlets

Aug. 10
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
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
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 Shift

Southeastern San Diego Charity Prepares For Major Funding Shift

July 28
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
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
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
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.

Will Urban Park In Downtown San Diego Get The Boot?

Will Urban Park In Downtown San Diego Get The Boot?

July 13
By Claire Trageser

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

Marijuana Tax, Seven Other Measures Headed For November Ballot

July 11
By City News Service, Claire Trageser

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

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

July 8
By Claire Trageser

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'

Suspect In San Diego Homeless Attacks Called 'Extremely Dangerous'

July 6
By Brooke Ruth, Claire Trageser, Tarryn Mento

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

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

July 4
By Claire Trageser

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

San Diego Scrambling To Plan For Minimum Wage Increase

July 1
By Claire Trageser

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

San Diego Council OKs Adding 9 Miles Of Bike Lanes Downtown

June 21
By Claire Trageser

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

SDG&E Gets OK To Market On Alternative Energy Program

June 16
By Claire Trageser

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."