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San Diego Hunger Study Shows Continued Need For Food Assistance

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Almost 500,000 people received donations last year from San Diego-area food pantries, according to a report released Thursday.

U.S. Chamber Endorses Scott Peters In San Diego's 52nd Congressional Race

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The U.S. Chamber has endorsed more than 260 candidates in the 2014 election cycle. Only four are Democrats and one of them is Scott Peters, running against Republican Carl DeMaio.

San Diego County Special Elections Could Become Vote-By-Mail Only

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Under a California bill, the San Diego County Registrar of Voters could hold special elections by mail, sending every registered voter a ballot with a return stamp already on it.

San Diego's Bike Sharing Program Delayed Yet Again

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San Diego's bike sharing program has been bumped back repeatedly. Its start date was pushed from March to May to August and now to October.

Mobile 'Parklet' Contest Winner To Be Announced Tuesday

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A contest to design a mini-park that can move from place to place in downtown San Diego is down to three finalists.

A Battle For Voters' Signatures To Overturn San Diego's Minimum Wage Hike

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Opponents of San Diego's minimum wage increase have three weeks left to collect nearly 34,000 signatures from voters to force the issue on to a ballot. Otherwise, the minimum wage will rise to $9.75 an hour on Jan. 1.

'Don't Sign It' Campaign Counters Petition Drive To Overturn Minimum-Wage Hike

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Backers of San Diego's minimum-wage increase launched a "Don't Sign It" campaign to thwart a petition to place the issue before voters.

Sheriff’s Department Not Ready To Embrace Crime-Fighting Website

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A website called is partnering with San Diego law enforcement agencies — with one notable exception — to allow officers to post information and get private messages from residents.

Small-Business Coalition Launches Campaign To Put San Diego Wage Hike On Ballot

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Members of the San Diego Small Business Coalition said Thursday the decision to raise the city's minimum hourly wage belongs to voters, not the City Council.

Effort Begins To Reverse San Diego City Council Override Of Minimum Wage Veto

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With the override, San Diego's hourly minimum wage will go from $9 to $9.75 on Jan. 1, but opponents say they are ready to spend the next 30 days collecting signatures to force a referendum and put the increase on hold.

San Diego Council Takes Up Minimum Wage Veto On Monday

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The San Diego City Council will consider overriding Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s veto of the ordinance increasing the minimum wage during a special meeting Monday.

Competition Offers $5,000 To Design Downtown San Diego Mobile Park

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A new competition is soliciting ideas for temporary "parklets," or small parks, that could be installed in downtown San Diego.

From Marathons To Mud Runs, Endurance Events Boost San Diego's Economy

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A new report says races like marathons, half-marathons and triathlons boost San Diego's economy.

What You Need To Know About West Nile Virus In San Diego County

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West Nile virus has been found in two dead birds in San Diego County. We'll tell you what you need to know to protect your family — and how you can help the county track the mosquito-borne virus.

San Diego Minimum Wage Hike Won't Include Some Disabled Workers

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Workers with mental or physical disabilities who are currently paid less than the minimum wage will not be getting a raise under San Diego's new minimum wage law.

Court Rejects San Diego Convention Center Expansion Tax

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A court of appeals on Friday dealt a serious blow to the San Diego Convention Center expansion.

San Diego Religious Leaders Host Spiritual Summit for LGBTQ Community

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A first-of-its-kind LGBTQ Spiritual Summit on Saturday in Hillcrest aims to connect the gay and lesbian community with churches.

Suing Obama: GOP-Led House Gives The Go-Ahead

A sharply divided House approved a Republican plan Wednesday to launch a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama.

Two Stories Of Impact From San Diego's Minimum Wage Increase

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Here are two people who will be impacted in very different ways by San Diego's minimum wage increase.

'Bike-In' Planned To Protest Rejection Of Barrio Logan Community Plan

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Bicyclists will ride around the same block in Barrio Logan as a protest against voters rejecting the Barrio Logan Community Plan Update.

Filner's First Accuser Reflects On Sexual Harassment Scandal

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"I did this for other women ... who have been at the sharpest edge of an arrow, the target of somebody who's abusing power," said Irene McCormack Jackson, in explaining why she sued then-Mayor Bob Filner and the city of San Diego for sexual harassment.

The Man Behind Kensington's Sidewalk Paintings

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Kensington's sidewalks are a patchwork of brightly colored paintings and they're all the work of one man: Bernard Muhammad.

San Diego City Council Approves $1.5M Tax Rebate For Illumina

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The San Diego City Council approved a deal to keep the medical device company Illumina in San Diego for 10 years.

Gloria: Home Care Workers In San Diego Will Get New Minimum Wage

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After the City Council approved raising the minimum wage to $11.50 an hour by 2017, some thought home care workers might be exempt from the change. City Council President Todd Gloria says no one will be left out.

Open-Air Seafood Market Coming To San Diego Bay

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A new open-air seafood market has won approval from San Diego County and will open Aug. 2.

San Diego City Council Votes To Raise Minimum Wage

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The San Diego City Council voted Monday to raise the city's minimum wage as an ordinance, meaning it won't go to a public vote. What's next-a veto by the mayor, possible signature-gathering campaign by opponents? We take a look.

DeMaio, Peters On Climate Change, Immigration, Guns, Marijuana

Carl DeMaio and Scott Peters, the candidates running for the 52nd Congressional District seat, answered 10 questions posed by KPBS.

District Attorney Dumanis Releases Controversial Endorsement Letter

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District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis had refused for weeks to release the college recommendation letter she wrote on behalf of the son of a foreign national who is under federal indictment on charges of illegally making campaign contributions, including to her.

San Diego Cuts Fiesta Island Road Closures In Half, But It’s Not Clear Why

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The city has halved the number of times the road on Fiesta Island can be closed for events, citing hundreds of complaints.

SDG&E Offering Credits To Electric Car Drivers After Raising Rates

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SDG&E is offering credits to some electric car owners after KPBS found the utility had raised those customers' rates with no warning.

Peters Denounces Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby Ruling; DeMaio Responds

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Both candidates in the hot race for the 52nd Congressional District seem to be on the same page regarding the Supreme Court's controversial Hobby Lobby decision.

Shoppers Get San Diego Grocery Store To Clean Up Its Act

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Residents around Market Creek Plaza had access to a grocery store. But they said the store wasn't up to par, so they worked together to change things.

Electric Car Owners Miffed As SDG&E Revokes Low Rates

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SDG&E promised a group of electric-car owners a reduced rate through the end of 2014 to be part of a study, then doubled their rates without warning.

San Diego City Council To Consider Settlement Over La Jolla Fireworks Lawsuit

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The City Council approved the settlement in an April closed session and will consider final approval on Tuesday.

Committee Moves Minimum Wage Ballot Measure To San Diego City Council

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The proposal still needs final approval by a majority of the full City Council.

San Diego Open Government Ballot Measure Is Back Again

A ballot measure proposal meant to protect the public's access to government records will go before a San Diego City Council committee Wednesday.

Citizen Scientists Keeping Watch Over Endangered Least Terns In Mission Bay

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San Diego Audubon Society volunteers are spending hours observing four least tern nesting sites in Mission Bay.

New 'Pocket Park' In East Village Opens Sunday

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A vacant lot in the East Village was converted into a "pocket park" that officially will open on Sunday.

Peters, DeMaio Headed For November Showdown in San Diego's 52nd Congressional District

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As expected, incumbent Congressman Scott Peters, a Democrat, and former San Diego Councilman Carl DeMaio, a Republican, are headed for a November showdown in the the 52nd Congressional District race.

San Diego Police Work To Stop Door-To-Door Soliciting

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The San Diego Police Department wants to remind residents that people need to have a police registration card to knock on your door and solicit you.

Runners Take Over Roads As Rock 'N' Roll Marathon Returns Sunday

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Almost 30,000 runners will line up Sunday morning for the Suja Rock 'n' Roll Marathon and Half Marathon, with San Diegan And Boston Marathon Winner Meb Keflezighi setting the pace for some in the half marathon.

Get The Scoop On San Diego Construction Projects Via New Website

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Brian Grapes, 27, started the San Diego Streets website in July to tell locals about construction projects in their neighborhoods.

San Diego Bike Loop To Guide Bicyclists Through Safer Streets

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San Diego Bike Loop is a new seven-mile loop that takes riders from downtown to Bankers Hill, Little Italy and San Diego Bay.

Candidate Helps Run Group That Says Homosexuality Can Be Cured

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Donna Woodrum, who is seeking a seat on the San Diego Community College District’s board, helps run Eagle Forum San Diego, which also believes Muslims are a threat to America.

Get Trained On How To Have Your Voice Heard On San Diego's Budget

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The Community Budget Alliance is hosting a meeting Thursday night on "participatory budgeting," a way for the public to make their voices heard on city spending plans.

San Diego Parks Get More Money Under Mayor's Revised Budget

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Mayor Kevin Faulconer said Tuesday he has $12 million more to spend in the next fiscal year than he originally thought, and he wants the money to go to parks and other neighborhood services.

Mobile Traffic To San Diego Websites Exploded During Wildfires

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Many, many more people used smartphones and other mobile devices to get information and updates during last week's fires.

Supporters Of Barrio Logan Plan Say Mailers 'Just Aren't True'

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San Diego City Councilman David Alvarez says mailers sent out last week by the No on B and C campaign to rescind the Barrio Logan community plan update are misleading.

Tomahawk Fire Jumps Containment Line; Fallbrook Evacuation Orders Lifted

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The 6,000 acre Tomahawk Fire has grown past the containment line and is approaching the city of Fallbrook, the San Diego County sheriff's reports. There is an evacuation order for Olive Hill Road in Fallbrook between Ladera Vista Road and South Mission Road.

Oceanside Fire Confined To San Luis Rey Riverbed; 20% Contained

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A wildfire that blackened about 100 acres in the bed of the San Luis Rey River Wednesday and damaged a single structure is 20 percent contained, authorities reported.