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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.

Princess Project in San Diego Accepting Donated Prom Dresses In January

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Throughout January, the nonprofit The Princess Project is collecting gently used prom dresses and evening gowns to distribute to high school girls from low-income families in San Diego.

New California Law Requires Doctor's Note For Vaccine Exemptions... But There's An Out

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A new law went into effect Jan. 1 making it a little harder for California students to skip required vaccinations. But there's still an easy way out for parents who don't want their kids to get shots.

San Diego Sued Over 'Foul Odor' of Sea Lion And Bird Poop at La Jolla Cove

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A citizens group files a lawsuit against the city of San Diego and California over the "foul odor" caused by bird and sea lion poop at La Jolla Cove.

Vista Nonprofit Trains Service Dogs To Help Wounded Veterans, Children With Autism

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Service dogs trained by Tender Loving Canines can do physical tasks, like picking up dropped phones and credit cards, but also learn to help their owners emotionally.

Some San Diego Airport Travelers Skip Security Line With TSA-Pre

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Some travelers at San Diego International Airport got an extra holiday gift this year. A special "TSA-Pre" marking on their boarding pass allowed them to skip the regular security line.

East Village Urban Park Project Clears Fundraising Hurdle

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A group of recent architecture school graduates now have all the money they need to turn a vacant lot in the East Village into a park.

Year In Review 2013: Mayor Filner's Sexual Harassment Scandal

No doubt the biggest story in San Diego this year was the sexual harassment scandal that lead to the political demise of former Mayor Bob Filner.

Impostor Service Dogs On The Rise In San Diego

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Impostor service dogs are becoming more common, even as San Diego dog owners find many local businesses welcome their canine companions.

State Legislature To Consider Doing Away With Special Elections

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A retired California lawmaker is proposing an alternative to costly special elections: empty state legislature seats would be filled by the governor, not voters.