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Stories by Claire Trageser

San Diegans Head To Polls To Elect New Mayor

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San Diegans are headed to the polls today in the special election to replace disgraced former Mayor Bob Filner. If no candidate wins the majority of votes, the top two vote-getters will have a runoff early next year.

What Happens If The San Diego Mayoral Election Leaves A Council Vacancy?

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Two of the major candidates facing off in the San Diego special mayoral race are city councilmen. What happens if one of them wins?

Who’s Really Behind Those Mayoral Twitter Accounts?

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If Twitter profiles and Facebook pages are like the booming voice of the Wizard of Oz, here the campaigns allow a quick glimpse at the men and women behind the curtain.

San Diego's Charm School For Scientists

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Science is not known as a career that attracts showboats, but scientists still need to be able to speak to a crowd. A local group helps them do that.

San Diego Mayoral Candidates Lose The Rules In 'No BS Debate'

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The news website Voice of San Diego hosted Tuesday night what it called a "No BS Mayoral Debate," which tossed out the usual debate rules.

Kevin Faulconer’s Run Down The Middle

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Kevin Faulconer has the Republican Party firmly on his side in his race for San Diego mayor. But Faulconer’s campaign is working to distance him from the GOP.

Two Flights Delayed At San Diego Airport After LAX Shooting

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Two flights at San Diego International Airport have been delayed Friday morning due to a reported shooting at the Los Angeles International Airport.

Teens On Probation Run Through Problems At San Diego's Reflections Central

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A teacher and probation officer at a Juvenile Court school started a running club where students train for races to help them cope with their pasts and improve their behavior.

San Diego Woman Steadied By Obama After Almost Fainting

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A San Diego woman made national news Monday when she was steadied by President Barack Obama after nearly fainting during his press conference on the Affordable Care Act.

‘Not The Loudest Guy In The Room’

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Kevin Faulconer is often described by the three-C adage, "calm, cool and collected," but a thorough look at his background shows more.

San Diego Office Says 'No Boys Allowed' — Sort Of

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Hera Hub is one of the few women-only shared office spaces in the country. It operates under the idea that women work better when surrounded and supported by other women.

Lawsuit Against Convention Center Expansion Expected Soon

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Although the Convention Center expansion cleared its final regulatory hurdle last week, the project will not be breaking ground anytime soon.

Convention Center Expansion Plan Includes $500K For Park Access

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As part of the Convention Center expansion plan, city of San Diego will pay $500,000 for ways to help the public reach the waterfront more easily.

Coastal Commission Approves $520 Million San Diego Convention Center Expansion

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The proposed expansion of the San Diego Convention Center cleared its final regulatory hurdle today when it was approved unanimously by the California Coastal Commission.

Taxpayers Could Be On Hook For Convention Center Expansion, Attorney Says

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The financing for the San Diego Convention Center expansion is being called into question in advance of the California Coastal Commission vote Thursday.

San Diego Federal Workers Want Congress To Wrap Up The Shutdown

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About 33,000 non-military federal workers in San Diego had their third day of no work and no pay today because of the government shutdown.

Former San Diego Mayor Takes Business, Political Leaders On DC Lobbying Trip

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This week, 115 of San Diego's business and elected leaders are visiting Washington D.C. on an annual lobbying trip led by the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Students' Dream For Temporary Urban Park Survives Filner's Resignation

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Recent graduates from NewSchool of Architecture and Design want to build an urban park at Market Street and Park Boulevard with a beer garden, farmers markets, event space and a dog run.

Envision San Diego

Shot Delays: Alternative Vaccine Schedules Mean Fewer San Diego Students Are Fully Immunized

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A trend toward giving children fewer shots at one time means more kindergarteners than ever in San Diego County were not fully immunized when they started school last year.

What Should San Diego Do With Its Old Downtown Library Building?

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Interim Mayor Todd Gloria said that as the opening of the new library downtown approaches, he's also making plans for the old library building.

Gloria Brings Change On Medical Marijuana, Lobbyists, Open Data

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Interim Mayor Todd Gloria presented several changes and updates to Filner's policies and repeatedly pointed out what he said were gaps or inconsistencies in Filner's programs.

Interim Mayor Gloria To Announce Tuesday Whether He'll Run For Mayor

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Interim Mayor Todd Gloria said he will make an announcement Tuesday about whether he will run for a more permanent seat in the mayor's office.

San Diego Breweries Mixed On Growler Refill Policy

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The California legislature is considering a bill that will clarify the language about whether you can bring your own growlers to breweries to be filled with beer.

Mural Near Market Creek Plaza Aims To Boost Good Habits

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A new brightly painted mural on Euclid Avenue features smiling children and vegetables — both to brighten up an area that has struggled with crime and send a message about healthy eating.

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner Resigns

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San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has resigned. During his brief term as the city's mayor controversy was never far away.

Council Votes To Accept San Diego Mayor Bob Filner's Resignation

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City council members voted 7 to 0 this afternoon to accept a deal that involves the resignation of San Diego Mayor Bob Filner.

Union Leaders, Congressional Reps Say Sequestration's Time Is Up

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Union leaders and two San Diego congressional representatives said Thursday the federal budget cuts known as sequestration are hurting the San Diego region and need to end.

Plenty Of Ways Filner Recall Could Fail

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Never in San Diego's history has a mayoral recall seemed more possible. Yet experts say it will still be an extremely daunting feat.

Filner Vows To Move Forward As Mayor In Recall Response

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Mayor Bob Filner did not mention the sexual harassment allegations against him in his response to the recall effort.

Sanders Uninvites Mayor Filner From D.C. Trip

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Former Mayor Jerry Sanders sent a letter to Mayor Bob Filner on Wednesday uninviting him from a September trip to Washington D.C.

Nurse Wanting Help For Marine Says Filner Made Unwanted Sexual Advances

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Another woman, a nurse named Michelle Tyler, says Mayor Bob Filner made unwanted sexual advances toward her while she was trying to get help for a Marine.

Finance Expert: NYT Shareholders Unlikely To Object Over Manchester's Failed Bid

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U-T San Diego CEO John Lynch objects to the sale of The Boston Globe to John Henry, saying shareholders could block the sale.

San Diego Hip Hop Church Helps Followers Rap With God

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A young church in the Valencia Park neighborhood of Southeast San Diego is playing hip hop music during its services. The pastor says hip hop is already central to many young people's lives, so he wants it to also be central to their church.

Filner Recall Organizers Pallamary, Corbin Will Combine Efforts

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The organizers of two separate efforts to recall Mayor Bob Filner announced Friday they will combine their efforts.

Beefed Up Security At Market Creek Plaza Cuts Down Crime

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Security has been beefed up at Market Creek Plaza in Southeast San Diego, with big results.

Councilwoman Myrtle Cole Declines To Ask Filner To Resign

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In a weekly newsletter sent from her office on Friday, City Councilwoman Myrtle Cole declined to call on Mayor Bob Filner to resign over sexual harassment allegations.

Filner Announces He Will Enter Counseling Clinic; Says Nothing Of Resigning

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After facing an onslaught of sexual harassment allegations and demands that he resign, Mayor Bob Filner today announced he would enter "a behavioral counseling clinic."

Filner Not Invited To Speak At National Women Veterans Association Gala

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The president of the National Women Veterans Association of America canceled Mayor Bob Filner's keynote speech over sexual harassment allegations today.

Filner Harassment Scandal Grows As Second Woman Comes Forward

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A second woman goes public with allegations of sexual harassment against Mayor Bob Filner in an exclusive interview with KPBS.

Faulconer, Gloria Say City Business Will Continue Amid Allegations

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Two leaders of the City Council today reassured San Diegans that the city's business will continue despite the sexual harassment allegations that have engulfed Mayor Bob Filner.

Rally Called First Step In Recall Of Mayor Bob Filner

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About 100 people gathered in downtown San Diego's Civic Center Plaza for a rally they said was the first step in the process to recall Mayor Bob Filner.

Dueling Rallies To Support, Recall Mayor Bob Filner Scheduled

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Supporters and opponents of San Diego Mayor Bob Filner scheduled dueling rallies Thursday and Friday.

Former Filner Supporters Provide Details Of Sexual Harassment Allegations, But Not Identities Of Women

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Former supporters of Mayor Bob Filner provided more detailed descriptions of allegations of sexual harassment against the mayor in an emotional press conference Monday, hours after the mayor renewed his promise not to resign.

Filner: 'A Fair, Independent Investigation Will Support My Innocence'

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In a late Friday afternoon statement, the mayor said he believes an investigation will "support my innocence." Shortly after, Councilmember David Alvarez called on the mayor to resign and said he reported to the city information on sexual harassment allegations regarding Filner.

Homeless Vets Find Rest At 27th Annual Stand Down San Diego

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The Veterans Village of San Diego is applying the Stand Down idea to homeless men and women who face the daily battle of life on the streets.

Short For A Stormtrooper? Not In This Star Wars Dress-Up Game

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Like Civil War reenactors from this galaxy, the 501st Legion of Star Wars stormtroopers have very strict costuming requirements.

Fighting Crime Near Market Creek Plaza

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Ever since it opened more than 10 years ago, the plaza has been an asset to its community, but neighbors say it also attracts crime.

Encinitas To Consider Temporary Ban On New Bars, Breweries

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The Encinitas City Council will vote Wednesday on whether to block new bars, breweries or restaurants serving alcohol from opening.

New Community Radio Station KNSJ Launches In San Diego

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After six years of effort, the community radio station KNSJ, which stands for Networking for Social Justice, launched last week at 89.1 FM.

San Diegans Call For Privacy Rights In 'Restore The Fourth' Rally

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A group of protestors gathered in Balboa Park on Thursday morning for Restore the Fourth, a call for the government to restore privacy rights.