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Stories by Claire Trageser

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San Diego Officials Outline $130M Budget For Climate Action Plan

May 3, 2016
By Claire Trageser, Maureen Cavanaugh

Mayor Kevin Faulconer on Monday called for more bike lanes, solar power, natural gas garbage trucks and smart streetlights as part of San Diego's Climate Action Plan.

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San Diego Mayor Outraising, Outspending Opponents

May 2, 2016
By Claire Trageser

Despite what's considered by most to be an easy re-election bid, Mayor Kevin Faulconer is raising and spending thousands more than his opponents.

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Faulconer Will Vote No On SANDAG Tax Increase Measure

April 27, 2016
By Claire Trageser

Environmental leaders pressured Mayor Kevin Faulconer to withhold his support because they say SANDAG's ballot measure favors funding for highways and roads over public transportation. The vote is Friday.

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Council District 9 Candidates: No To Stadium, Yes To Sanctuary City

April 27, 2016
By Claire Trageser

The four candidates running to replace Democratic Councilwoman Marti Emerald agreed on most of the issues at a League of Women Voters forum on Wednesday night.

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Death Of Mira Mesa Baby Highlights 911 Wait Time Problem

April 26, 2016
By Claire Trageser

After the family dog bit the 3-day-old boy, his father called 911 twice but hung up both times when no dispatcher picked up. He waited 28 seconds the first time, then 34 seconds — far above national standards.

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Want To Weigh In On San Diego's Budget? Play The KPBS Budget Game

April 25, 2016
By Brooke Ruth, Claire Trageser

San Diegans would like to see more money for roads and stormwater, bike lanes and street lights in Mayor Kevin Faulconer's $3.3 billion fiscal 2017 budget.

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San Diego Council Members Voice Spending Priorities For 2017 Budget

April 19, 2016
By Claire Trageser

San Diego City Council members had few gripes with Mayor Kevin Faulconer's proposed $3.3 billion budget.

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San Diego Democrats Battling For Gloria's Seat Have Few Distinctions

April 18, 2016
By Claire Trageser

The two Democrats running to replace San Diego City Councilman Todd Gloria want to carry on his legacy of advocating for the neighborhoods in District 3, including North Park, Hillcrest, University Heights and downtown.

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San Diego Residents Find Turf Rebates Are Taxable

April 14, 2016
By Claire Trageser

Some San Diegans who got money from the San Diego County Water Authority for taking out their grass last year are now startled to find they owe taxes on those turf rebates.

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What Elections Have San Diego Political Candidates Missed?

April 14, 2016
By Claire Trageser

As the June 7 election approaches, KPBS took a look at candidates’ voting records. The results may surprise you.

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Briggs, San Diego City Attorney Trade Jabs Over Convention Center Initiative

April 12, 2016
By Claire Trageser

City Attorney Jan Goldsmith says the plan to raise hotel room taxes and possibly pave a way for an expanded convention center has a "poison pill provision" that would put the city at risk. Attorney Cory Briggs defended the plan he helped write, saying it "protects taxpayers."

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How SANDAG Worked The Media On Transportation Plan

April 7, 2016
By Claire Trageser

The San Diego Association of Governments spent a half million dollars on outside consultants to craft a media strategy to help win support last year for its controversial transportation blueprint.

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Could All-Latino Slate Motivate Higher Voter Turnout In San Diego Neighborhood?

April 6, 2016
By Claire Trageser

The wealthy and mostly white Kensington neighborhood has effectively decided who represents an entire City Council district. This year could be different, as all the major City Council candidates in the district are Latino.

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Barons Market To Take Over North Park Fresh & Easy Spot

April 1, 2016
By Claire Trageser

The Fresh & Easy chain closed eight San Diego locations, including the one at University Avenue and Bancroft Street, late last year.

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'World's Fastest 5K' Hits Streets Of Carlsbad Sunday

April 1, 2016
By Claire Trageser

The annual Carlsbad 5000 race is known as the "world's fastest 5K" for its record-setting times. It will attract an elite field on Sunday.

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Court Fight Over San Diego's Navy Broadway Complex Not Finished

March 31, 2016
By Claire Trageser

Attorney Cory Briggs lost a round in his effort to stop the $1.2 billion Navy Broadway Complex from being developed on San Diego Bay, but he says he's not giving up the fight.

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San Diego Democrats Trying To Unseat GOP Councilmen Face Uphill Climb

March 28, 2016
By Claire Trageser

The Democrats trying to unseat Republican Councilmen Scott Sherman and Mark Kersey must compete for attention with another heated City Council race that both political parties have a chance at winning.

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San Diego Takes First Step To Make Climate Action Plan Real

March 17, 2016
By Claire Trageser

Passing the plan was a big step, but more important is making sure its benchmarks are met, said Nicole Capretz, head of the environmental advocacy group Climate Action Campaign.

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San Diego Debuts New City Website

March 13, 2016
By Claire Trageser

It cost the city about $600,000 to redesign the website. The updated site, made live over the weekend, can be used on a mobile phone and aims to be easier for residents to use.

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Documents Raise Questions About San Diego Aquaculture Project

March 11, 2016
By Claire Trageser

Reports of diseased and deformed fish are raising questions about Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute’s role in running a proposed fish farm four miles off San Diego’s coast.

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Time Is Up For June Vote On Convention Center Expansion

March 7, 2016
By Claire Trageser

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer has promised to put a hotel room tax increase to support a Convention Center expansion on the ballot, but it won't happen in June.

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Campaign Opposing San Diego Minimum Wage Hike Could Be Lackluster

March 7, 2016
By Claire Trageser

Business groups opposed to raising San Diego's minimum wage fought to get it on the June ballot, now they may not campaign against it.

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Teach Co-Workers Improv And They Bond Over Laughs

March 4, 2016
By Claire Trageser

San Diego's Finest City Improv aims to teach employees engagement and teamwork by asking them to perform silly improv comedy routines together.

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San Diego Politicians Asked To Stop Voting On Their Own Salaries

March 1, 2016
By Claire Trageser

A city commission is asking San Diego elected officials to both approve a package of ethics reforms and sign a pledge to follow the changes even if they never become law.

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San Diego Releases List Of Data To Be Made Public

Feb. 29, 2016
By Claire Trageser

On Monday, the city released a list of 115 data sets it plans to make public. The public can vote on what data sets should be published first, which will begin July 1.

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Tiny Neighborhood Of Tiny Homes Planned For Escondido

Feb. 23, 2016
By Claire Trageser

Janet Ashforth is building her own 300-square-foot home, and is planning a development of 50 tiny homes in Escondido.

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San Diego Neighborhoods Close In Distance, Miles Apart In Voter Turnout

Feb. 10, 2016
By Claire Trageser, Megan Burks

Kensington and the Teralta neighborhood in City Heights butt up against each other geographically, but they have stark differences. One example: In Kensington, 62 percent of registered voters cast ballots in the 2014 general election compared to 27 percent in Teralta.

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San Diego Political Leaders Begin Weighing How To Oust Elected Officials

Feb. 2, 2016
By Claire Trageser

San Diego's Charter Review Committee will move on to more controversial changes in the coming year, including how to remove the mayor or city attorney from office.

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Family Tradition Survives In Market Creek Mural Project

Feb. 1, 2016
By Claire Trageser

The "Community Faces" mural at Market Creek Plaza in southeastern San Diego has come down and will be replaced with a new one showing faces of younger community members. But in one family, the tradition will carry on.

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What Issues Matter To You In The 2016 Election?

Feb. 1, 2016
By Brooke Ruth, Claire Trageser

KPBS asked voters what issues are most important to them this election. People wrote the issues on their hands or held up signs with the issues, and then posted them on Twitter using the hashtags #CACounts and #whatsmyissue.

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North County Cities Explore Choosing Their Energy Sources

Jan. 21, 2016
By Claire Trageser, Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

Several North County cities and the city of San Diego are considering switching to an alternative energy program that would give them the power to choose where their electricity comes from.

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Rotating Cylinders — New Option For Shooing Away La Jolla's Sea Lions

Jan. 12, 2016
By Claire Trageser

A group of La Jolla residents and business owners want to set up rotating plastic cylinders that will roll sea lions off the rocks as they try to jump out of the water.

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Karen Refugees In San Diego Celebrate Their New Year

Jan. 11, 2016
By Claire Trageser

Refugees from a Burmese ethnic minority group celebrated the new year this weekend and also discussed the news from their home country.

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San Diego City Council District 1 Race Down To Two Candidates

Jan. 8, 2016
By Andrew Bowen, Claire Trageser

Democrat Joe LaCava, a community planner from La Jolla, said he's dropping out of the race to represent District 1 on San Diego's City Council.

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How Will San Diego Reach Its 100% Renewable Energy Goal?

Jan. 8, 2016
By Claire Trageser

How the city of San Diego will reach its 100 percent renewable energy goal remains an open question that could generate political battles over who controls the city’s energy in the years ahead.

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La Mesa Democrats Can’t Pick Between Block, Atkins In State Senate Race

Jan. 6, 2016
By Claire Trageser

State Sen. Marty Block and fellow Democrat, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, found little to disagree on at a debate on Wednesday. Atkins is challenging Block for his seat.

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Salton Sea License Plates Not Yet Popular

Jan. 4, 2016
By Claire Trageser

An effort to create commemorative Salton Sea license plates has been slow to take off.

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Chargers Cheerleaders Get Pay Raise For Last Game Of Season

Jan. 4, 2016
By Claire Trageser

A law went into effect on Jan. 1 requiring all California sports teams to give their cheerleaders at least the minimum wage.

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Nonprofit Seeks Public Art 'Gathering Spaces' Along Chollas Creek

Dec. 30, 2015
By Claire Trageser

The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation in southeastern San Diego is creating a new walkway for residents that will feature public art.

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San Diego Sends NFL Its Final Chargers Stadium Pitch

Dec. 30, 2015
By Claire Trageser

Mayor Kevin Faulconer called the proposal, which offers $350 million in public funds, "the largest public commitment to a multipurpose sports and entertainment venue in the history of the State of California."

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Downtown San Diego Public Toilet Still Open For Business

Dec. 28, 2015
By Claire Trageser

Five months after city staff recommended removing a public restroom in downtown San Diego over complaints of increased crime, the stall still stands tall.

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SDG&E Request To Lobby On Community Choice Suspended

Dec. 26, 2015
By Claire Trageser

A request from San Diego Gas & Electric to lobby on the alternative energy program community choice aggregation has been suspended for up to four months.

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San Diego Attorneys Say Officer-Involved Shooting Appears Unjustified

Dec. 22, 2015
By Chris Young / inewsource, Claire Trageser

None of the three attorneys asked to view the video by KPBS and its media partner inewsource said the April 30 shooting of Fridoon Rawshan Nehad by Officer Neal Browder appeared to be justified.

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District Attorney Releases San Diego Police Shooting Video

Dec. 22, 2015
By Andrew Bowen, Claire Trageser, Steve Walsh

A security camera video of a San Diego police officer shooting and killing an unarmed man released Tuesday shows the man crossing an alley toward the officer’s patrol car, then the officer firing a single shot and the man falling to the ground.

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Will Proposed Ballot Measure Really Keep Comic-Con In San Diego?

Dec. 17, 2015
By Claire Trageser

Signature gatherers are out now trying to qualify the measure — "The Citizens' Plan for the Responsible Management of Major Tourism and Entertainment Resources" — for the ballot.

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Judge OKs Releasing Video Of SDPD Shooting, Gives Time To Appeal

Dec. 15, 2015
By Claire Trageser, David Wagner, Laura Wingard

U.S. District Judge William Hayes issued his ruling Wednesday morning, a day after a hearing where he heard arguments on making public a security camera video that shows the fatal shooting of Fridoon Rawshan Nehad by a San Diego police officer.

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San Diego Commits To Slashing Greenhouse Gases

Dec. 15, 2015
By Claire Trageser

The City Council unanimously approved a Climate Action Plan on Tuesday that legally commits it to a series of environmentally friendly goals.

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La Jolla Poop Problem Lingers As New Solutions Are Flushed Out

Dec. 15, 2015
By Claire Trageser

Something still smells rotten in the village of La Jolla. Now there's a renewed push to find solutions to the stinky problem.

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San Diego's Long-Awaited Climate Action Plan Could Become Reality

Dec. 15, 2015
By Claire Trageser

The San Diego City Council will vote Tuesday afternoon on Mayor Kevin Faulconer's Climate Action Plan, which lays out a set of guidelines to cut the city's greenhouse gas emissions.

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San Diego Ballot Measure To Fix Streets Advances

Dec. 9, 2015
By Claire Trageser

A City Council committee voted 3-1 on Wednesday to recommend the full council approve the measure to set aside funds to fix roads and other infrastructure.