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Stories by Claire Trageser

San Diego's High-Profile Congressional Race: District 52

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Considered a toss up by some, the 52nd District contest has one-term Democratic Rep. Scott Peters challenged by three Republicans: former San Diego Councilman Carl DeMaio, former Marine officer Kirk Jorgensen and surgeon Fred Simon.

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1,600-Acre Bernardo Fire 25 Percent Contained

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About 1,600 acres have been burned and more than 22,000 evacuation alerts were sent -- but there were no injuries, nor homes lost -- as a result of the Bernardo fire.

San Diego City Council To Vote On Balboa Park Centennial Agreement Termination

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A deal that would end agreements between the city of San Diego and Balboa Park Centennial Inc. is scheduled to go before the San Diego City Council on Tuesday.

San Diegans Honor Hometown Hero Meb Keflezighi As 'America's Finest Runner'

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Saturday was declared "Meb Day" in San Diego to honor San Diego runner and Boston Marathon winner Mebrahtom "Meb" Keflezighi.

Keflezighi To Receive Key To San Diego On 'Meb Day'

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Meb Keflezighi, the San Diego runner who won last month's Boston Marathon, will be given the key to the city.

San Diego Voters Weigh Barrio Logan Zoning In Propositions B, C

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San Diegans can cast ballots to uphold or undo the City Council's update of Barrio Logan's community plan in the June 3 primary.

San Diego Budget Earns High Marks From Independent Analyst

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The budget analyst gave Mayor Kevin Faulconer's spending plan high marks for adding library hours and boosting police staffing, but she faulted it for using general fund money to pay for capital expenses such as road repairs.

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San Diego Survives Record Winds And Heat As Fire Season Arrives

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San Diego's dry, hot and windy weather this past week made for ripe fire conditions, but among the half of a dozen brush fires that broke out none burned more than a few acres.

San Diego's Bike Sharing Program Delayed Again To June

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San Diego's bike sharing program has been delayed again, this time until June.

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Santee Brush Fire Flare-Up Fully Contained

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The fire, which started Tuesday afternoon in the dry bed of the San Diego River on the east end of the Carlton Oaks Country Club, reignited Wednesday morning and threatened about a dozen homes.

San Diego Potholes Will Be Filled One Neighborhood At A Time

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San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer presented a new plan to fill potholes one neighborhood at a time.

Extra Pay For SDPD Cops May Not Be Enough To Retain Them

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The head of the San Diego police union said officers are happy Mayor Kevin Faulconer included an extra $3.2 million in his proposed budget for police pay, but it may not be enough to keep them from retiring or leaving the department.

San Diego Program Helps First-Generation College Students Stay On Track

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Juma Ventures doesn't just help students get into college; it coaches them throughout their four years there.

Where Did San Diego Find The Extra Money For Its Next Budget?

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The city went from a predicted $19 million shortfall to a balanced budget with extra money to spend.

Faulconer Focuses On Infrastructure, Public Safety In 1st Budget Proposal

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A nearly $3 billion spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year in the city of San Diego was unveiled Monday by Mayor Kevin Faulconer and will be presented to the City Council Tuesday.

San Diego Mayor Presents His First Budget Monday

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Mayor Kevin Faulconer's staff said the fiscal 2015 budget proposal will be posted online shortly after it's presented at a 12:30 p.m. news conference Monday at City Hall.

San Diego Runners Plan 'Last Run' To Support Boston Marathon

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It's been almost a year since the bombing at the Boston Marathon. To mark the occasion, San Diego runners will hold their own run this Sunday at Mission Bay, a week before this year's Boston Marathon.

San Diego Brewery Expansion Gets Boost From Council Committee

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The City Council will consider a package of incentives to help San Diego craft brewers Ballast Point and AleSmith move into larger manufacturing plants.

Explaining San Diego's 2015 Budget With Cartoons And Games

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San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer's Fiscal Year 2015 budget proposal will be released next week. Here, we break down the budget process with a cartoon and a game.

A Ridealong With San Diego's Karaoke Lyft Driver

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A San Diego Lyft driver sets her rideshare service apart by offering her passengers karaoke while she drives them to their destinations.

Running Nonprofit Raises Thousands From SELF Magazine's 'Tutu Gate'

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A scandal that could be called "tutu gate" hit San Diego last week, and brought with it a silver lining.

San Diego Officer's 15 Years Working With The Homeless Coming To An End

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For 15 years, Schnell's other reality has been among the city's homeless. He's the leader of the Police Department's Homeless Outreach Team, or HOT, a specific set of officers who work with the city's homeless population.

Mayor Faulconer Rescinds San Diego Email Deletion Policy

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San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer officially rescinded the city's proposed policy of deleting all city emails more than a year old.

Group Will Sue Unless San Diego Email Deletion Policy Officially Reversed

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Californians Aware sent a letter to Mayor Kevin Faulconer demanding that the proposed email deletion policy be officially repealed.

'Tactical Urbanism' Converting Vacant Lot In Downtown San Diego Into Urban Park

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A nonprofit partnership is working to take unused spaces in downtown San Diego and give them speedy makeovers, turning them into parks or something the public can use.

San Diego Has Second Lowest Vote-By-Mail Rate In State, Study Finds

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A new UC Davis study found that the San Diego region has the second lowest vote-by-mail rate in California.

Lake Morena Reservoir Is 4 Percent Full And Will Stay That Way

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Between December and January, the city of San Diego drew down about 40 percent of the water in Lake Morena reservoir in East County, despite residents' protests.

Mayor Faulconer Postpones San Diego's Email Deletion Policy

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On his first full day in office, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer postponed a newly announced policy of deleting all city emails older than a year.

San Diego's 1981 Vote-By-Mail Election Was Largest In Nation, Inspired Oregon

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Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown said Oregon got the idea for an entirely postal voting system from a surprising source: San Diego.

San Diego To Begin Deleting All City Emails Older Than One Year

Interim Mayor Todd Gloria announced in a memo Thursday that the city will begin deleting all emails older than a year from its email systems.

San Diego Open Government Ballot Measure Tabled By City Council

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Former City Councilwoman Donna Frye's open government ballot measure was tabled by the City Council indefinitely.

San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne Abruptly Retires

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San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne announced his retirement effective March 3.

San Diego Assemblywoman Proposes Mail-Only Voting For Special Elections

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Special elections can cost governments millions of dollars. A new proposal would cut costs by making them mail-in ballot only.

Some In San Diego's LGBT Community Not Embracing DeMaio's Same-Sex Partner Ad

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Congressional candidate Carl DeMaio made national headlines with a recent commercial. But some members of San Diego's LGBT community are not embracing the ad.

San Diego City Council To Consider Medical Marijuana Regulations Again

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Zoning and operating guidelines passed in 2011 were rescinded after medical marijuana advocates collected enough signatures to force council reconsideration.

Faulconer Defeats Alvarez For Mayor; Vows To Unite San Diego

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New San Diego Mayor-elect Kevin Faulconer, who defeated fellow Councilman David Alvarez by a wide margin on Tuesday, vows to be an independent leader for all San Diegans.

Faulconer Wins Big; Alvarez Concedes San Diego Mayor's Race Via Twitter

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Kevin Faulconer will replace disgraced former Mayor Bob Filner; David Alvarez conceded shortly before midnight on social media.

San Diegans Head To Polls To Choose Alvarez Or Faulconer As Mayor

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San Diegans will vote Tuesday in the special mayoral election between City Councilmen David Alvarez and Kevin Faulconer.

Faulconer Win Could Give Democrats More Power On San Diego City Council

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If Republican San Diego City Councilman Kevin Faulconer becomes mayor, the San Diego City Council could see a shift in power toward the Democrats.

Faulconer’s Tax Returns Show Income Nearly Doubled In 2012

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Tax returns released by City Councilman Kevin Faulconer show his income nearly doubled between 2011 and 2012.

President Obama Endorses Alvarez In San Diego Mayor's Race

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President Barack Obama weighed in on the San Diego mayor's race Saturday, endorsing fellow Democrat David Alvarez.

San Diego Mayoral Candidates' Personal Finances

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Mayoral candidates David Alvarez and Kevin Faulconer have very different financial situations. We dug deeper into their financial backgrounds.

San Diego's Bike Sharing Program Start Delayed

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San Diego's bike sharing program won't get rolling until late April or early May due to delays in community outreach.

Obama Vows To Flex Presidential Powers In 2014 State Of The Union Address

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Viewership is declining. Washington seems increasingly dysfunctional and irrelevant to the daily lives of Americans. The presidency isn't the bully pulpit it used to be.

Mayoral Candidates Faulconer, Alvarez Answer Transparency Questions

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San Diego mayoral candidates Kevin Faulconer and David Alvarez respond to 11 questions submitted by KPBS listeners and readers through the Public Insight Network.

Volunteers, Elected Officials Help Count San Diego Homeless Population

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About 1,300 volunteers got up very early Friday morning to help out with San Diego County's annual homeless count.

Hundreds To Volunteer For Annual San Diego Homeless Count

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In the early hours of Friday morning, about 1,300 volunteers will spread out across San Diego County for the annual homeless count.

City, County Politicians Squabbling Over Lake Morena Reservoir

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The city and county of San Diego are battling a war of words over Lake Morena reservoir, a city-owned water source in East County.

Open Government Ballot Measure To Go Before San Diego City Council

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An open government ballot measure that would require more government records be available publicly will head to the City Council.

Open Government Ballot Measure Proposed For San Diego

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Donna Frye will propose an open government ballot measure that requires more government records be available publicly.