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Stories by Claire Trageser

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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.

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#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.

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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.

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#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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Will Urban Park In Downtown San Diego Get The Boot?

July 13, 2016
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.

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Marijuana Tax, Seven Other Measures Headed For November Ballot

July 11, 2016
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.

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

July 8, 2016
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.

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Suspect In San Diego Homeless Attacks Called 'Extremely Dangerous'

July 6, 2016
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.

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

July 4, 2016
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.

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San Diego Scrambling To Plan For Minimum Wage Increase

July 1, 2016
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.

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San Diego Council OKs Adding 9 Miles Of Bike Lanes Downtown

June 21, 2016
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.

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SDG&E Gets OK To Market On Alternative Energy Program

June 16, 2016
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."

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San Diego Broadens Ban On 'Spice'

June 14, 2016
By Claire Trageser

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.

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San Diegans Working For Minimum Wage Will Get Raise In July

June 13, 2016
By Claire Trageser

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.

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

June 10, 2016
By Claire Trageser

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.

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Democrat Chris Ward Wins Race To Replace Councilman Todd Gloria

June 7, 2016
By Claire Trageser

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.

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Hickey, Elliott Headed For San Diego City Attorney Runoff

June 7, 2016
By Andrew Bowen, Claire Trageser

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.

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

June 7, 2016
By Claire Trageser, Megan Burks

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.

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San Diego's Minimum Wage Measure Wins Easily

June 7, 2016
By Claire Trageser, Jean Guerrero

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.

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San Diego Councilmen Kersey, Sherman Win Re-Election

June 7, 2016
By Claire Trageser

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

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#ShowUsYourMailers: San Diego Chamber Supports Reluctant Candidate

June 6, 2016
By Claire Trageser

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

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Rock 'N' Roll Marathon Hits San Diego Streets Sunday

June 3, 2016
By Claire Trageser

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

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San Diego Council Candidate Falsely Advertised Endorsements

May 24, 2016
By Claire Trageser

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

June 1, 2016
By Claire Trageser

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

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#ShowUsYourMailers: What Is The Neighborhood Improvement Voter Guide?

May 27, 2016
By Claire Trageser

Next up in the KPBS examination of campaign mailers is a big glossy flier sent by a group called the Neighborhood Improvement Voter Guide.

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Ballot Selfies Are Illegal, But Maybe Not For Long

May 23, 2016
By Claire Trageser

As the June 7 election approaches, many enthusiastic voters are taking "ballot selfies." This is actually illegal in California.

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Coronado To Redo Bike Plan After Residents' Complaints

May 16, 2016
By Claire Trageser

Last fall, Coronado gained national attention for reversing a decision to add more bike lanes to city streets because some residents complained the paint was ugly.

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Supporters Of San Diego's Minimum Wage Bump Continue Fight

May 13, 2016
By Claire Trageser

San Diego voters will be asked on June 7 to approve a minimum wage increase in the city, despite California lawmakers raising wages even higher by 2022.

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California Counts: Front-Runner Harris Target In US Senate Debate

May 10, 2016
By Claire Trageser

Democratic Attorney General Kamala Harris was leading in a Field Poll last month, with 27 percent of the vote. The poll also showed 48 percent of likely voters in the race remain undecided.

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California Counts: 5 Things To Know About US Senate Debate

May 10, 2016
By Claire Trageser

The state’s leading public media newsrooms are holding a debate tonight at KPBS in San Diego called "California Counts — Race for the Senate."

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Breaking Down San Diego's Charter Amendments On June Ballot

May 9, 2016
By Claire Trageser

San Diego City Council President Sherri Lightner has led the effort to clean up the City Charter. That's why San Diegans will see seven propositions, labeled A through G, on the June 7 ballot.

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San Diego Aims To Broaden Ban On Synthetic Drug 'Spice'

May 6, 2016
By Claire Trageser

With San Diego experiencing a spike in emergency calls related to spice use, the city attorney is looking to use chemistry to ban any substances that cause a specific reaction in the brain.