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Stories by Claire Trageser

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.

After-School Job Helps Prepare First Generation College Students

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Juma aims to end the cycle of poverty by providing mentorship, counseling and college prep for low-income students while giving them a way to earn money at the Qualcomm café.

Carl DeMaio: 'The Future Something'

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Election law experts say Carl DeMaio is walking a blurry line by leading a tax-exempt political advocacy group while running for Congress.

Navy Veteran James Kimber Hopes To Unseat Hunter In 50th

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It may feel like election season just ended, but a new round of Congressional candidates are already gearing up for the June 2014 election.

Council President Todd Gloria Plays KPBS Budget Game

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City Council President Todd Gloria wishes designing a budget was as easy as playing the KPBS Budget Game.

How Poop-Eating Bacteria Could Clean La Jolla Cove

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The La Jolla Cove cleanup plan has been fast-tracked. The question is what agencies will be watching the cleanup and whether additional permits should be required.

Former Councilman, Mayoral Candidate Carl DeMaio To Run For Congress

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Former San Diego City Councilman and mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio today formally announced his candidacy for the 2014 race for the 52nd Congressional District.

San Diego City Unions Tentatively Agree To Five-Year Pact

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The six unions that represent city of San Diego employees have tentatively agreed to a five-year labor deal that is expected to save the city millions of dollars and largely end a 6 percent salary cut implemented several years ago, it was announced Tuesday.

Filner Promises To Keep Fiesta Island Dog Park Intact

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While Mayor Bob Filner's Balboa Park plans are stalled, he waded into a long-standing controversy over another park: the dog park on Fiesta Island in Mission Bay.

City Considers Taxi Industry Overhaul Amid Reports Of Low Wages And Unsafe Cabs

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The city will not renew its five-year contract with MTS for overseeing San Diego's taxi industry due to complaints about poor working conditions, passenger safety and lax oversight.

Public Weighs In On San Diego Budget At City Council

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The San Diego City Council heard the public's thoughts on Mayor Bob Filner's proposed budget today.

You Decide What To Change About San Diego's 2014 Budget

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What would you change about the city budget? For each item you add, you need to make a cut to keep it balanced!

Big Night For Labor With Cole, Gonzalez Wins On City Council, State Assembly

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Myrtle Cole won over Dwayne Crenshaw in the race to fill an empty seat on the San Diego City Council. Lorena Gonzalez won in a landslide against Chula Vista Councilman Steve Castaneda to replace Ben Hueso, who was elected to the state Senate.

Dwayne Crenshaw Wants His Long District 4 History To Include Council Seat

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Dwayne Crenshaw, who is running to fill the City Council District 4 seat, touts his long history of living in and working for his district.

Myrtle Cole Hopes To Ride Supporters' Enthusiasm To City Council Seat

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San Diego City Council District 4 candidate Myrtle Cole has strong backing from a big group of political leaders, including Mayor Bob Filner and Congressman Juan Vargas.

San Diego City Council Passes Measure Allowing Breweries To Expand

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Large craft brewers in San Diego are one step closer to being able to build bigger tasting rooms and restaurants, thanks to a measure the City Council passed today.

San Diego Could Be Exporting More, Report Finds

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San Diego's exports are far behind where they could be, a new report finds.

San Diego City Council To Consider Allowing Breweries To Open Bigger Restaurants, Tasting Rooms

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On Tuesday, the City Council will decide whether to allow breweries to have attached restaurants or tasting rooms.

Filner On Goldsmith: 'He Makes Too Many Mistakes'

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The San Diego City Council and Mayor Bob Filner could be headed for another conflict, this time over the mayor’s proposal to cut 13 employees from the City Attorney’s office.

San Diego Convention Center Runs Up $31 Million Maintenance Backlog

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The San Diego Convention Center Corp. is developing plans to deal with a $31.1 million backlog of capital maintenance and equipment needs, CEO Carol Wallace told the City Council today.

City Council Not On Board With Filner's Proposed City Attorney Cuts

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A proposed $1.4 million spending reduction in the office of San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith failed to find broad support on the City Council today during a review of Mayor Bob Filner's budget proposal.

San Diego Students Get Ready For Prom In Donated Dresses

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The final months of high school are meant to be a special time for seniors. Rituals like graduation, yearbook and prom mark the passage from one phase of life to the next. But they also bring lots of added costs.

Discussion Of Filner's Budget Likely To Focus On Use Of One-Time Funds

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This week, the San Diego City Council will begin reviewing Mayor Bob Filner’s initial budget proposal, department by department.

Council President Gloria Shows Support For Filner's Plaza De Panama Plan

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City Council President Todd Gloria today expressed tentative support for a Balboa Park traffic management plan proposed recently by Mayor Bob Filner.

San Diego Students Have Plans For Stalled Redevelopment Site

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Redevelopment agencies are a thing of the past in California. So what happens to the areas that were being held for their projects?

County Registrar Suggests Alternatives To Costly Special Elections

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Some argue the high cost and low turnout in the recent 40th Senate District and City Council special elections mean special elections should not be held at all.

Sanders Continues Downtown Focus In New Role

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Does the derailment of some of former Mayor Jerry Sanders' accomplishments, including Plaza de Panama, pension reform and a balanced budget, tarnish his mayoral legacy?

Medical Marijuana Community On Board With New Draft Ordinance

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A draft medical marijuana ordinance coming before the City Council on Monday so far has the medical marijuana community’s support.

City Attorney Releases List Of Employees Targeted For Layoffs

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The San Diego City Attorney's Office released a list today of what it says are specific employees targeted by Mayor Bob Filner for layoffs.

District 4 Primary Candidates Line Up Behind Dwayne Crenshaw

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Five out of seven of the candidates who were eliminated in the City Council District 4 primary endorsed Dwayne Crenshaw in the district's runoff today.

Mayor's Budget Proposal Gets Mixed Reviews From City Council

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Mayor Bob Filner's proposal for a five-year labor agreement with City of San Diego employees as part of his budget plans received tentative verbal support from the City Council today.

San Diego Mayor's First Budget Emphasizes Neighborhood Services, Public Safety

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San Diego Mayor Bob Filner released his first budget proposal today. He aims to increase spending for neighborhood services and public safety.

San Diego's Budget Terms Defined

What exactly do those terms in San Diego's budget mean? Here's a list of definitions.

Mayor Filner Signs Tourism Marketing Agreement

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Mayor Bob Filner signed an agreement with San Diego's Tourism Marketing District before the San Diego City Council's vote on the ongoing conflict.

City Council Delays Decision On Tourism Marketing Agreement

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Because no consensus has been reached, the San Diego City Council voted today to continue discussion on a contract between the city and the Tourism Marketing District next week.

District 4 Voting Results Show Shift In Southeast San Diego

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An analysis from a local think tank on who voted and where in the City Council District 4 special election reveals some surprising shifts in San Diego neighborhoods.

City Council To Vote On Appointment Process, TMD Agreement, Immigration

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The San Diego City Council this week will take up two issues that have been points of contention for Mayor Bob Filner.

San Diego To Host First Ever American Laughing Championship

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San Diego will host the first ever American Laughing Championship on Saturday.