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Stories by Claire Trageser

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.

Jacobs Center Concert Series Aims To Stimulate SE San Diego's Economy

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A new concert series is coming to the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation in southeastern San Diego.

Federal Judge Orders Removal Of Mt. Soledad Cross

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A federal judge declared Thursday the San Diego government's display of the 43-foot-tall cross on Mt. Soledad is unconstitutional and should be removed.

San Diego City Council To Vote On $60,000 Settlement For Occupy Protestor

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Ray Lutz's settlement with the City of San Diego for his arrest during Occupy San Diego is up for a vote at the City Council.

Mayor Gloria Says Council Should Not Back Down From Barrio Logan Update

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Referendums attempting to overturn the Barrio Logan Community Plan Update are likely headed to San Diego voting booths.

Sanders Pokes Fun At Elected Officials At San Diego Chamber Awards

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Former Mayor Jerry Sanders poked fun at several local elected officials while awarding them for their accomplishments.

San Diegans Boycott Stores Open On Thanksgiving Day

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Holiday shopping hours on Thanksgiving Day came at the expense of employees who missed out on time with their families.

When Will The San Diego Mayoral Runoff Be?

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While the San Diego mayoral primary has long been over, the city won't be able to schedule the runoff election between City Councilmen David Alvarez and Kevin Faulconer until mid-December.

San Diego Atheist Group Looks To Spread Non-Belief

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The number of people in the United States who identify themselves as atheists has been rising steadily, according to a recent Pew study. And San Diego is mirroring that trend.

Alvarez, Faulconer Headed To Runoff In San Diego Mayor's Race

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City Councilman David Alvarez edged past fellow Democrat Nathan Fletcher and earned a spot in a February run-off for mayor against his colleague, Republican Kevin Faulconer.

Election Night: Alvarez And Faulconer Appear Winners, But Votes To Be Counted

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Democrat David Alvarez surged past ex-Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher Tuesday night in the San Diego Mayor's race. With 34,500 provisional ballots still to be counted, it's likely Alvarez will face Republican Kevin Faulconer.

San Diegans Head To Polls To Elect New Mayor

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San Diegans are headed to the polls today in the special election to replace disgraced former Mayor Bob Filner. If no candidate wins the majority of votes, the top two vote-getters will have a runoff early next year.

What Happens If The San Diego Mayoral Election Leaves A Council Vacancy?

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Two of the major candidates facing off in the San Diego special mayoral race are city councilmen. What happens if one of them wins?

Who’s Really Behind Those Mayoral Twitter Accounts?

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If Twitter profiles and Facebook pages are like the booming voice of the Wizard of Oz, here the campaigns allow a quick glimpse at the men and women behind the curtain.

San Diego's Charm School For Scientists

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Science is not known as a career that attracts showboats, but scientists still need to be able to speak to a crowd. A local group helps them do that.

San Diego Mayoral Candidates Lose The Rules In 'No BS Debate'

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The news website Voice of San Diego hosted Tuesday night what it called a "No BS Mayoral Debate," which tossed out the usual debate rules.

Kevin Faulconer’s Run Down The Middle

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Kevin Faulconer has the Republican Party firmly on his side in his race for San Diego mayor. But Faulconer’s campaign is working to distance him from the GOP.

Two Flights Delayed At San Diego Airport After LAX Shooting

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Two flights at San Diego International Airport have been delayed Friday morning due to a reported shooting at the Los Angeles International Airport.

Teens On Probation Run Through Problems At San Diego's Reflections Central

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A teacher and probation officer at a Juvenile Court school started a running club where students train for races to help them cope with their pasts and improve their behavior.

San Diego Woman Steadied By Obama After Almost Fainting

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A San Diego woman made national news Monday when she was steadied by President Barack Obama after nearly fainting during his press conference on the Affordable Care Act.

‘Not The Loudest Guy In The Room’

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Kevin Faulconer is often described by the three-C adage, "calm, cool and collected," but a thorough look at his background shows more.

San Diego Office Says 'No Boys Allowed' — Sort Of

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Hera Hub is one of the few women-only shared office spaces in the country. It operates under the idea that women work better when surrounded and supported by other women.

Lawsuit Against Convention Center Expansion Expected Soon

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Although the Convention Center expansion cleared its final regulatory hurdle last week, the project will not be breaking ground anytime soon.

Convention Center Expansion Plan Includes $500K For Park Access

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As part of the Convention Center expansion plan, city of San Diego will pay $500,000 for ways to help the public reach the waterfront more easily.

Coastal Commission Approves $520 Million San Diego Convention Center Expansion

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The proposed expansion of the San Diego Convention Center cleared its final regulatory hurdle today when it was approved unanimously by the California Coastal Commission.

Taxpayers Could Be On Hook For Convention Center Expansion, Attorney Says

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The financing for the San Diego Convention Center expansion is being called into question in advance of the California Coastal Commission vote Thursday.

San Diego Federal Workers Want Congress To Wrap Up The Shutdown

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About 33,000 non-military federal workers in San Diego had their third day of no work and no pay today because of the government shutdown.

Former San Diego Mayor Takes Business, Political Leaders On DC Lobbying Trip

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This week, 115 of San Diego's business and elected leaders are visiting Washington D.C. on an annual lobbying trip led by the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Students' Dream For Temporary Urban Park Survives Filner's Resignation

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Recent graduates from NewSchool of Architecture and Design want to build an urban park at Market Street and Park Boulevard with a beer garden, farmers markets, event space and a dog run.

Envision San Diego

Shot Delays: Alternative Vaccine Schedules Mean Fewer San Diego Students Are Fully Immunized

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A trend toward giving children fewer shots at one time means more kindergarteners than ever in San Diego County were not fully immunized when they started school last year.

What Should San Diego Do With Its Old Downtown Library Building?

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Interim Mayor Todd Gloria said that as the opening of the new library downtown approaches, he's also making plans for the old library building.

Gloria Brings Change On Medical Marijuana, Lobbyists, Open Data

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Interim Mayor Todd Gloria presented several changes and updates to Filner's policies and repeatedly pointed out what he said were gaps or inconsistencies in Filner's programs.

Interim Mayor Gloria To Announce Tuesday Whether He'll Run For Mayor

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Interim Mayor Todd Gloria said he will make an announcement Tuesday about whether he will run for a more permanent seat in the mayor's office.

San Diego Breweries Mixed On Growler Refill Policy

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The California legislature is considering a bill that will clarify the language about whether you can bring your own growlers to breweries to be filled with beer.

Mural Near Market Creek Plaza Aims To Boost Good Habits

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A new brightly painted mural on Euclid Avenue features smiling children and vegetables — both to brighten up an area that has struggled with crime and send a message about healthy eating.

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner Resigns

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San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has resigned. During his brief term as the city's mayor controversy was never far away.

Council Votes To Accept San Diego Mayor Bob Filner's Resignation

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City council members voted 7 to 0 this afternoon to accept a deal that involves the resignation of San Diego Mayor Bob Filner.

Union Leaders, Congressional Reps Say Sequestration's Time Is Up

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Union leaders and two San Diego congressional representatives said Thursday the federal budget cuts known as sequestration are hurting the San Diego region and need to end.

Plenty Of Ways Filner Recall Could Fail

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Never in San Diego's history has a mayoral recall seemed more possible. Yet experts say it will still be an extremely daunting feat.

Filner Vows To Move Forward As Mayor In Recall Response

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Mayor Bob Filner did not mention the sexual harassment allegations against him in his response to the recall effort.