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Stories by Claire Trageser

Court Fight Over San Diego's Navy Broadway Complex Not Fi...

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.

San Diego Democrats Trying To Unseat GOP Councilmen Face ...

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.

San Diego Takes First Step To Make Climate Action Plan Real

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.

San Diego Debuts New City Website

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.

Documents Raise Questions About San Diego Aquaculture Pro...

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.

Time Is Up For June Vote On Convention Center Expansion

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.

Campaign Opposing San Diego Minimum Wage Hike Could Be La...

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.

Teach Co-Workers Improv And They Bond Over Laughs

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.

San Diego Politicians Asked To Stop Voting On Their Own S...

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.

San Diego Releases List Of Data To Be Made Public

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.

Tiny Neighborhood Of Tiny Homes Planned For Escondido

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.

San Diego Neighborhoods Close In Distance, Miles Apart In...

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.

San Diego Political Leaders Begin Weighing How To Oust El...

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.

Family Tradition Survives In Market Creek Mural Project

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.

What Issues Matter To You In The 2016 Election?

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.

North County Cities Explore Choosing Their Energy Sources

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.

Rotating Cylinders — New Option For Shooing Away La Jolla...

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.

Karen Refugees In San Diego Celebrate Their New Year

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.

San Diego City Council District 1 Race Down To Two Candid...

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.

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

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.

La Mesa Democrats Can’t Pick Between Block, Atkins In Sta...

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.

Salton Sea License Plates Not Yet Popular

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.

Chargers Cheerleaders Get Pay Raise For Last Game Of Season

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.

Nonprofit Seeks Public Art 'Gathering Spaces' Along Choll...

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.

San Diego Sends NFL Its Final Chargers Stadium Pitch

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."

Downtown San Diego Public Toilet Still Open For Business

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.

SDG&E Request To Lobby On Community Choice Suspended

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.

San Diego Attorneys Say Officer-Involved Shooting Appears...

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.

District Attorney Releases San Diego Police Shooting Video

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.

Will Proposed Ballot Measure Really Keep Comic-Con In San...

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.

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

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.

San Diego Commits To Slashing Greenhouse Gases

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.

La Jolla Poop Problem Lingers As New Solutions Are Flushe...

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.

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

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.

San Diego Ballot Measure To Fix Streets Advances

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.

Protests Filed Over SDG&E's Move To Lobby On Energy Choice

Protests Filed Over SDG&E's Move To Lobby On Energy Choice

Dec. 9, 2015
By Claire Trageser

SDG&E recently took steps to form an independent marketing district that would allow it to lobby against community choice aggregation, an alternative energy program. It's the first utility in the state to take this step.

SDSU Partnership To Provide Housing For Homeless Students

SDSU Partnership To Provide Housing For Homeless Students

Dec. 3, 2015
By Claire Trageser

San Diego State University is starting a new program to provide housing to college students who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

San Diego Councilman Wants Infrastructure Fix Without Tax...

San Diego Councilman Wants Infrastructure Fix Without Tax Hike

Dec. 2, 2015
By Claire Trageser

San Diego City Councilman Mark Kersey wants to ask city voters in June to devote future sales tax revenues and pension savings to fix roads and other deteriorating infrastructure.

San Diego's Climate Action Plan Moves To City Council

San Diego's Climate Action Plan Moves To City Council

Nov. 30, 2015
By Claire Trageser

A plan to slash the city of San Diego’s carbon emissions in half in 20 years took another step closer to adoption Monday.

San Diego Climate Plan Heads To City Council Committee

San Diego Climate Plan Heads To City Council Committee

Nov. 27, 2015
By Claire Trageser

The plan aims to cut San Diego's greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent in 2020 and by half in 2035.

NFL Got Detailed Offer From San Diego Officials For New C...

NFL Got Detailed Offer From San Diego Officials For New Chargers Stadium

Nov. 24, 2015
By Claire Trageser

The county would be ready to spend $125 million in July on the stadium if voters approve the project in June, plus an additional $25 million. The city would spend $200 million, but in staggered payments.

San Diego Energy Study Never Finished

San Diego Energy Study Never Finished

Nov. 23, 2015
By Claire Trageser

The city didn’t pay for the incomplete and tardy study — leaving the funding of the report to an environmental nonprofit. Now it’s clear the city’s decision played out as an example of you get what you pay for.

SDG&E Takes Legal Step To Lobby On 'Community Choice'

SDG&E Takes Legal Step To Lobby On 'Community Choice'

Nov. 22, 2015
By Claire Trageser

SDG&E's action on Friday would allow the utility to lobby against community choice aggregation, an alternative energy program the city of San Diego is exploring.

San Diego Settles Lawsuit With Otay Mesa Developer for $25M

San Diego Settles Lawsuit With Otay Mesa Developer for $25M

Nov. 17, 2015
By Claire Trageser

Insurance companies will foot the bill to settle the suit with developer Roque de la Fuente II. At one point in the long-running legal dispute, the city was on the hook for $136 million.

Can SDG&E Join Conversation On How San Diego Gets Its Ele...

Can SDG&E Join Conversation On How San Diego Gets Its Electricity?

Nov. 16, 2015
By Claire Trageser

The dispute involves an SDG&E employee who serves on the city's Sustainable Energy Advisory Board, which advises the City Council and mayor on energy policies.

DA: No Charges Against San Diego Cop In Fatal Shooting

DA: No Charges Against San Diego Cop In Fatal Shooting

Nov. 9, 2015
By Claire Trageser

No criminal charges will be filed against a San Diego police officer who shot an unarmed man in the Midway District in April, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis announced Monday.

Encanto Group Told To Get Permit Or Get Rid Of Sidewalk I...

Encanto Group Told To Get Permit Or Get Rid Of Sidewalk Improvements

Nov. 9, 2015
By Claire Trageser

Members of the group Better Block San Diego would need to get a permit from the city and pay $13,000 to $25,000 in fees to leave up the benches and planter boxes they installed last month.

Another Republican Steps Up To Challenge Rep. Scott Peters

Another Republican Steps Up To Challenge Rep. Scott Peters

Nov. 5, 2015
By Claire Trageser

The number of candidates vying for San Diego's 52nd Congressional District race grew by one Thursday with Republican Denise Gitsham's announcement.

San Diego Neighborhood Group Hits Bureaucratic Roadblock

San Diego Neighborhood Group Hits Bureaucratic Roadblock

Oct. 31, 2015
By Claire Trageser

A couple of wooden planter boxes and benches have led a southeastern San Diego community group into a maze of city government bureaucracy.

Taxes Galore Could Be On Next Year’s San Diego County Ballot

Taxes Galore Could Be On Next Year’s San Diego County Ballot

Nov. 2, 2015
By Claire Trageser

Get ready voters. A lot of interests could be vying for your money on the 2016 ballots.