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Stories by Claire Trageser

Encanto Group Told To Get Permit Or Get Rid Of Sidewalk Improvements

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Members of the group Better Block San Diego would need to get a permit from the city and pay $13,000 to $25,000 in fees to leave up the benches and planter boxes they installed last month.

Another Republican Steps Up To Challenge Rep. Scott Peters

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The number of candidates vying for San Diego's 52nd Congressional District race grew by one Thursday with Republican Denise Gitsham's announcement.

Taxes Galore Could Be On Next Year’s San Diego County Ballot

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Get ready voters. A lot of interests could be vying for your money on the 2016 ballots.

San Diego Neighborhood Group Hits Bureaucratic Roadblock

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A couple of wooden planter boxes and benches have led a southeastern San Diego community group into a maze of city government bureaucracy.

San Diego Beer Drinker's Legal Battle Against Blue Moon Rages On

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Evan Parent, a home brewer and self-described "craft beer lover," is continuing to pursue his lawsuit against macrobrewer MillerCoors after a tentative ruling this week.

Elfin Forest Run Raises Money To Fight Proposed North County Project

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A group of about 100 runners and hikers will gather in the Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve for a race to advocate against future development in the area.

Faulconer: San Diego Roads Need Repairs But No More Taxes To Do Job

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Mayor Kevin Faulconer visited Allied Road to highlight his plan to repair 1,000 miles of streets in five years, but he said he won't support new taxes for repairing the city's infrastructure.

San Diego Association Of Governments Approves Controversial $200 Billion Transportation Plan

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The board of the San Diego regional planning agency voted unanimously Friday to approve a $200 billion spending plan that will fund transportation projects for the next 35 years.

Some Elected Officials Urge SANDAG To Reject Transportation Plan

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Elected officials from San Diego and National City urged leaders of the regional planning agency Thursday to vote against a plan outlining transportation funding for the next 35 years.

Balboa Park's Bud Kearns Pool Now Open For Swimming

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The swimming pool was closed for repairs in February and was supposed to open in April. Instead, it remained shut down for five extra months.

Logan Heights Residents Are Building Their Own Community Space

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A group of Logan Heights residents are building a community gathering space on loaned private land on Imperial Avenue. They spent the weekend setting up a treehouse, amphitheater, maze and other play areas.

Coronado Puts The Brakes On All Future Bike Lanes After Resident Complaints

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The city of Coronado is backpedaling on its plans to add more bike lanes. The City Council voted last week to suspend all new proposed bike lanes and now is considering a public vote instead.

Census Data Shows No Change In Percentage Of San Diegans Who Drive To Work

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In 2014, 83.1 percent of San Diegans commuted to work by car. San Diego's Climate Action Plan, which will be considered by the city council this fall, calls for that number to drop to 50 percent by 2035.

San Diego State's Buddhist Fraternity, Sorority Aim To Bring Mindfulness To Mixers

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San Diego State University could be the first in the country with a Buddhist fraternity and sorority. They’ll be named Delta Beta Tau and Delta Beta Theta, which stand for Dharma Bum Temple.

San Diego Offering Rain Barrel Rebates In Advance Of El Niño

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San Diego offers to refund residents $1 a gallon up to $400 for residential rain barrels. To get a rebate, a resident must have a barrel that stores at least 50 gallons.

Community Group Aims To Make Over San Diego's Lincoln Park Intersection

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A group of community volunteers is planning to spend the next month fixing up a corner of an intersection in San Diego's Lincoln Park neighborhood.

Gonzalez Calls On San Diego Chargers To Begin Paying Cheerleaders Hourly Wages

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Before the San Diego Chargers regular season begins Sunday, state Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez is asking the team to pay its cheerleaders at least minimum wage. The team will be required to pay hourly wages beginning Jan. 1.

UC San Diego Program Creates Nontraditional Medical School Path

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As a new class begins UC San Diego’s medical school Tuesday, there are some students who didn’t follow the traditional path to get there. A new program is helping students attend the school who otherwise wouldn’t have gotten the opportunity.

Massive Fish Farm Proposed Off San Diego’s Coast

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The largest fish farm in America will be built 4 miles off San Diego's coast. The Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute is planning the project to correct what it calls this country’s seafood imbalance, but environmentalists equate it to an industrial farm.

San Diego Officials Warn Of Imposter Utility Workers

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San Diego city officials are warning that criminals pretending to be utility workers are talking their way into homes to steal valuables.

New Fault Line Park Opens In San Diego's East Village Friday

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Fault Line Park will have a playground, public art and two restrooms. It's part of a mixed-use development built by the redevelopment agency Civic San Diego.

Balboa Park Pool Closed Months Longer Than Expected

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The Bud Kearns Pool in Balboa Park was originally supposed to be closed from February until the end of April for repairs. Four months later, it’s still closed.

UC San Diego Program Readies Grad Students For Jobs Outside Academia

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Instead of only considering jobs in academia, as generations have done in the past, Ph.D. students are branching out to for profit companies. A new program at UC San Diego aims to help them land these jobs and fit in with corporate culture.

San Diego Police Department Academy Class Sees Increased Diversity

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The next San Diego Police Department Academy class will be 65 percent minorities and women, making it more diverse than the last six academy classes in 2014 and 2015.

San Diego Resident Says Turf Rebate Program Was A Breeze

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San Diego put $1.2 million into the program for fiscal 2016, which began July 1. All of that money was gone in one day, after 600 people applied.

From Schwarzenegger To Step Aerobics, How Exercise Has Evolved

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One of the world’s largest exercise organizations is based in San Diego, and this year marks its 30th birthday. The American Council on Exercise researches fitness trends and certifies personal trainers. It's seen a lot of changes since 1985.

New Speed Trailers Remind San Diego Drivers To Slow Down

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The San Diego Police Department's Northeastern Division unveiled two new speed trailers on Thursday that flash how fast drivers are going as they pass.

City of San Diego Details Ambitious Climate Action Plan

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A more detailed look at the city of San Diego's ambitious climate action plan includes specific strategies for how to get all energy from renewable sources and dramatically reduce car use.

Some San Diegans Wonder, Can You Stop Phone Book Deliveries?

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Some San Diego residents are trying to opt out of their annual phone book deliveries, saying in this day and age paper books listing information is wasteful.

San Diego Police Chief Promises More Diverse Force, More Supervision

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Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman told City Council members Wednesday that her department has implemented 21 out of 40 recommendations so far that came out of a federal audit in March after a spate of San Diego police misconduct.

Should Public Toilet In Downtown San Diego Stay Or Go?

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City staffers say a recently installed $250,000 Portland Loo at 14th and L streets has increased crime in the area, become a nuisance and should close, but people who live and work in the area say it should stay.

San Diego Councilwoman Cole Says Being A Politician Not On Her 'Bucket List'

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City Councilwoman Myrtle Cole has faced tough issues, including racial profiling by police and how to attract more businesses to her southeastern San Diego district.

SANDAG’s Role In Cutting Greenhouse Gas Emissions Disputed

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Environmental groups say SANDAG is responsible for creating a transportation plan that cuts emissions 80 percent by 2050 — a target Gov. Jerry Brown set — but SANDAG says meeting those reductions isn't its job alone.

SANDAG Responses To KPBS Questions

SANDAG sent written responses to seven KPBS questions about its 2015 regional transportation plan.

San Diego Cops Use Social Media To Clear Up Muffled Helicopter Announcements

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San Diego police will begin posting the same announcements made from police helicopters on Twitter and the social networking site Nextdoor.com.

San Diego Councilwoman Marti Emerald: 'It's Time To Step Aside'

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Marti Emerald represents City Heights, Kensington, Mountain View and other neighborhoods in District 9. After a year that included a breast cancer diagnosis and a wedding, Emerald decided not to seek re-election.

Scanty Comic-Con Costumes No Excuse For Sexual Harassment

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An advocacy group is targeting this week's annual Comic-Con convention in San Diego for failing to do enough to prevent sexual harassment. GeeksForCONsent has collected 3,000 signatures asking Comic-Con to beef up its anti-harassment policy and enforcement.

Chula Vista Senior Pumps Pedals To National Stationary Bike Record

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A team of retired seniors at Fredericka Manor in Chula Vista is competing in a Tour de France of sorts. The competitors are riding stationary bikes for their health and to beat out other teams nationally in their age group.

UC San Diego Extension Aims To Promote College To Native Americans

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A new UC San Diego Extension initiative wants to create a college-going culture on the Viejas and Sycuan reservations. Its summer classes are aimed at helping Native American students not only feel prepared for college, but making them eager to go in the first place.

Vista Company Helps Homeowners Recycle Swimming Pool Water

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California's drought has increased business for some "drought entrepreneurs," companies that are finding ways to make money by helping people save water. Pool Services Technologies is one of them.

Encinitas Could Be Poster City For Saving Water

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While most cities in the region are struggling to cut anywhere near the amount of water mandated by the state, Encinitas is almost where it needs to be.

'We're Out Of Time' — So Says Chargers Stadium Spokesman

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There is nothing left that the city of San Diego can do to solve the stadium issue before the NFL owners vote on whether to allow the Chargers to move to Los Angeles, team spokesman Mark Fabiani told KPBS Midday Edition on Thursday.

San Diego City, County Negotiators To Talk To NFL About Stadium Plans

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After being publicly rejected by the San Diego Chargers, Mayor Kevin Faulconer said he and county officials will go directly to the National Football League with their stadium proposal.

Solana Beach Eyes New Energy Plan; San Diego's Plan Sees Delays

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Solana Beach has taken the first step toward establishing a community choice aggregation program that would allow it to bypass SDG&E in its energy purchases. Meanwhile, San Diego's study of the program has been delayed.

San Diego City Council's 'Open Mic Night' Becomes Solo Performance

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The “open mic night” that the San Diego City Council's Charter Review Committee held wasn’t as popular as some might have liked.

San Diego To Host 'Open Mic Night' On City Charter

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San Diegans can have their say about how the city’s charter should be changed in a special meeting some are calling "charter karaoke."

San Diegans Make Apps For National Day Of Civic Hacking

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The local version of the National Day of Civic Hacking is organized by open government advocacy group Open San Diego. Community members will work on apps to avoid street sweeping tickets and find the best nearby parks.

California Water Use Fell 13.5 Percent In April Amid Drought

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The 13.5 percent reduction is the second-best conservation achievement since state officials started closely tracking water use more than a year ago, but it falls short of the 25 percent in cuts Gov. Jerry Brown has ordered.

Long Way To Go For Many San Diego County Water Districts To Meet State Demands

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Monday started the clock for every urban California water district to meet its state-mandated water cuts. Many local cities have a long way to go to meet those mandates.

Not All Housing Development Is Bad In A Drought

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In the midst of California's drought, concern is growing that adding more housing for a growing population will use even more water. But a new report from Circulate San Diego says not all development will suck up water resources.