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Stories by Claire Trageser

 Marijuana Tax, Seven Other Measures Headed For November ...

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.

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

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.

Suspect In San Diego Homeless Attacks Called 'Extremely D...

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.

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

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.

San Diego Scrambling To Plan For Minimum Wage Increase

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.

San Diego Council OKs Adding 9 Miles Of Bike Lanes Downtown

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.

SDG&E Gets OK To Market On Alternative Energy Program

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."

San Diego Broadens Ban On 'Spice'

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.

San Diegans Working For Minimum Wage Will Get Raise In July

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.

Bike Lanes In Downtown San Diego Mean Fewer Parking Space...

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.

Democrat Chris Ward Wins Race To Replace Councilman Todd ...

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.

Hickey, Elliott Headed For San Diego City Attorney Runoff

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.

Flores, Gomez Will Vie In November For City Council Distr...

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.

San Diego's Minimum Wage Measure Wins Easily

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.

San Diego Councilmen Kersey, Sherman Win Re-Election

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.

#ShowUsYourMailers: San Diego Chamber Supports Reluctant ...

#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.

Rock 'N' Roll Marathon Hits San Diego Streets Sunday

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.

San Diego Council Candidate Falsely Advertised Endorsements

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.

In Low Voting San Diego Neighborhood, Refugee Groups Want...

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.

#ShowUsYourMailers: What Is The Neighborhood Improvement ...

#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.

Ballot Selfies Are Illegal, But Maybe Not For Long

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.

Coronado To Redo Bike Plan After Residents' Complaints

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.

Supporters Of San Diego's Minimum Wage Bump Continue Fight

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.

California Counts: Front-Runner Harris Target In US Senat...

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.

California Counts: 5 Things To Know About US Senate Debate

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."

Breaking Down San Diego's Charter Amendments On June Ballot

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.

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

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.

San Diego Officials Outline $130M Budget For Climate Acti...

San Diego Officials Outline $130M Budget For Climate Action Plan

May 3, 2016
By Claire Trageser, Maureen Cavanaugh

Mayor Kevin Faulconer on Monday called for more bike lanes, solar power, natural gas garbage trucks and smart streetlights as part of San Diego's Climate Action Plan.

San Diego Mayor Outraising, Outspending Opponents

San Diego Mayor Outraising, Outspending Opponents

May 2, 2016
By Claire Trageser

Despite what's considered by most to be an easy re-election bid, Mayor Kevin Faulconer is raising and spending thousands more than his opponents.

Faulconer Will Vote No On SANDAG Tax Increase Measure

Faulconer Will Vote No On SANDAG Tax Increase Measure

April 27, 2016
By Claire Trageser

Environmental leaders pressured Mayor Kevin Faulconer to withhold his support because they say SANDAG's ballot measure favors funding for highways and roads over public transportation. The vote is Friday.

Council District 9 Candidates: No To Stadium, Yes To Sanc...

Council District 9 Candidates: No To Stadium, Yes To Sanctuary City

April 27, 2016
By Claire Trageser

The four candidates running to replace Democratic Councilwoman Marti Emerald agreed on most of the issues at a League of Women Voters forum on Wednesday night.

Death Of Mira Mesa Baby Highlights 911 Wait Time Problem

Death Of Mira Mesa Baby Highlights 911 Wait Time Problem

April 26, 2016
By Claire Trageser

After the family dog bit the 3-day-old boy, his father called 911 twice but hung up both times when no dispatcher picked up. He waited 28 seconds the first time, then 34 seconds — far above national standards.

Want To Weigh In On San Diego's Budget? Play The KPBS Bud...

Want To Weigh In On San Diego's Budget? Play The KPBS Budget Game

April 25, 2016
By Brooke Ruth, Claire Trageser

San Diegans would like to see more money for roads and stormwater, bike lanes and street lights in Mayor Kevin Faulconer's $3.3 billion fiscal 2017 budget.

San Diego Council Members Voice Spending Priorities For 2...

San Diego Council Members Voice Spending Priorities For 2017 Budget

April 19, 2016
By Claire Trageser

San Diego City Council members had few gripes with Mayor Kevin Faulconer's proposed $3.3 billion budget.

San Diego Democrats Battling For Gloria's Seat Have Few D...

San Diego Democrats Battling For Gloria's Seat Have Few Distinctions

April 18, 2016
By Claire Trageser

The two Democrats running to replace San Diego City Councilman Todd Gloria want to carry on his legacy of advocating for the neighborhoods in District 3, including North Park, Hillcrest, University Heights and downtown.

San Diego Residents Find Turf Rebates Are Taxable

San Diego Residents Find Turf Rebates Are Taxable

April 14, 2016
By Claire Trageser

Some San Diegans who got money from the San Diego County Water Authority for taking out their grass last year are now startled to find they owe taxes on those turf rebates.

What Elections Have San Diego Political Candidates Missed?

What Elections Have San Diego Political Candidates Missed?

April 14, 2016
By Claire Trageser

As the June 7 election approaches, KPBS took a look at candidates’ voting records. The results may surprise you.

Briggs, San Diego City Attorney Trade Jabs Over Conventio...

Briggs, San Diego City Attorney Trade Jabs Over Convention Center Initiative

April 12, 2016
By Claire Trageser

City Attorney Jan Goldsmith says the plan to raise hotel room taxes and possibly pave a way for an expanded convention center has a "poison pill provision" that would put the city at risk. Attorney Cory Briggs defended the plan he helped write, saying it "protects taxpayers."

How SANDAG Worked The Media On Transportation Plan

How SANDAG Worked The Media On Transportation Plan

April 7, 2016
By Claire Trageser

The San Diego Association of Governments spent a half million dollars on outside consultants to craft a media strategy to help win support last year for its controversial transportation blueprint.

Could All-Latino Slate Motivate Higher Voter Turnout In S...

Could All-Latino Slate Motivate Higher Voter Turnout In San Diego Neighborhood?

April 6, 2016
By Claire Trageser

The wealthy and mostly white Kensington neighborhood has effectively decided who represents an entire City Council district. This year could be different, as all the major City Council candidates in the district are Latino.

Barons Market To Take Over North Park Fresh & Easy Spot

Barons Market To Take Over North Park Fresh & Easy Spot

April 1, 2016
By Claire Trageser

The Fresh & Easy chain closed eight San Diego locations, including the one at University Avenue and Bancroft Street, late last year.

'World's Fastest 5K' Hits Streets Of Carlsbad Sunday

'World's Fastest 5K' Hits Streets Of Carlsbad Sunday

April 1, 2016
By Claire Trageser

The annual Carlsbad 5000 race is known as the "world's fastest 5K" for its record-setting times. It will attract an elite field on Sunday.

Court Fight Over San Diego's Navy Broadway Complex Not Fi...

Court Fight Over San Diego's Navy Broadway Complex Not Finished

March 31, 2016
By Claire Trageser

Attorney Cory Briggs lost a round in his effort to stop the $1.2 billion Navy Broadway Complex from being developed on San Diego Bay, but he says he's not giving up the fight.

San Diego Democrats Trying To Unseat GOP Councilmen Face ...

San Diego Democrats Trying To Unseat GOP Councilmen Face Uphill Climb

March 28, 2016
By Claire Trageser

The Democrats trying to unseat Republican Councilmen Scott Sherman and Mark Kersey must compete for attention with another heated City Council race that both political parties have a chance at winning.

San Diego Takes First Step To Make Climate Action Plan Real

San Diego Takes First Step To Make Climate Action Plan Real

March 17, 2016
By Claire Trageser

Passing the plan was a big step, but more important is making sure its benchmarks are met, said Nicole Capretz, head of the environmental advocacy group Climate Action Campaign.

San Diego Debuts New City Website

San Diego Debuts New City Website

March 13, 2016
By Claire Trageser

It cost the city about $600,000 to redesign the website. The updated site, made live over the weekend, can be used on a mobile phone and aims to be easier for residents to use.

Documents Raise Questions About San Diego Aquaculture Pro...

Documents Raise Questions About San Diego Aquaculture Project

March 11, 2016
By Claire Trageser

Reports of diseased and deformed fish are raising questions about Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute’s role in running a proposed fish farm four miles off San Diego’s coast.

Time Is Up For June Vote On Convention Center Expansion

Time Is Up For June Vote On Convention Center Expansion

March 7, 2016
By Claire Trageser

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer has promised to put a hotel room tax increase to support a Convention Center expansion on the ballot, but it won't happen in June.

Campaign Opposing San Diego Minimum Wage Hike Could Be La...

Campaign Opposing San Diego Minimum Wage Hike Could Be Lackluster

March 7, 2016
By Claire Trageser

Business groups opposed to raising San Diego's minimum wage fought to get it on the June ballot, now they may not campaign against it.

Teach Co-Workers Improv And They Bond Over Laughs

Teach Co-Workers Improv And They Bond Over Laughs

March 4, 2016
By Claire Trageser

San Diego's Finest City Improv aims to teach employees engagement and teamwork by asking them to perform silly improv comedy routines together.