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Stories by Claire Trageser

North County Cities Explore Choosing Their Energy Sources

North County Cities Explore Choosing Their Energy Sources

Jan. 21
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's Sea Lions

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

Jan. 12
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
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 Candidates

San Diego City Council District 1 Race Down To Two Candidates

Jan. 8
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
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 State Senate ...

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

Jan. 6
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.

Chargers Cheerleaders Get Pay Raise For Last Game Of Season

Chargers Cheerleaders Get Pay Raise For Last Game Of Season

Jan. 4
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.

Salton Sea License Plates Not Yet Popular

Salton Sea License Plates Not Yet Popular

Jan. 4
By Claire Trageser

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

Nonprofit Seeks Public Art 'Gathering Spaces' Along Chollas Creek

Nonprofit Seeks Public Art 'Gathering Spaces' Along Chollas Creek

Dec. 30
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
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
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
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 Unjustified

San Diego Attorneys Say Officer-Involved Shooting Appears Unjustified

Dec. 22
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
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 Diego?

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

Dec. 17
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 Appeal

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

Dec. 15
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
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 Flushed Out

La Jolla Poop Problem Lingers As New Solutions Are Flushed Out

Dec. 15
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 Reality

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

Dec. 15
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
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
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
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 Hike

San Diego Councilman Wants Infrastructure Fix Without Tax Hike

Dec. 2
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
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
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 Chargers St...

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

Nov. 24
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
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
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
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 Electricity?

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

Nov. 16
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
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 Improvements

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

Nov. 9
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
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
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
By Claire Trageser

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

San Diego Beer Drinker's Legal Battle Against Blue Moon Rages On

San Diego Beer Drinker's Legal Battle Against Blue Moon Rages On

Oct. 30
By Claire Trageser

Evan Parent, a home brewer and self-described "craft beer lover," is continuing to pursue his lawsuit against macrobrewer MillerCoors after a tentative ruling this week.

Elfin Forest Run Raises Money To Fight Proposed North County Project

Elfin Forest Run Raises Money To Fight Proposed North County Project

Oct. 23
By Claire Trageser

A group of about 100 runners and hikers will gather in the Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve for a race to advocate against future development in the area.

Faulconer: San Diego Roads Need Repairs But No More Taxes To Do Job

Faulconer: San Diego Roads Need Repairs But No More Taxes To Do Job

Oct. 20
By Claire Trageser

Mayor Kevin Faulconer visited Allied Road to highlight his plan to repair 1,000 miles of streets in five years, but he said he won't support new taxes for repairing the city's infrastructure.

San Diego Association Of Governments Approves Controversial $200 Bi...

San Diego Association Of Governments Approves Controversial $200 Billion Transportation Plan

Oct. 9
By Claire Trageser

The board of the San Diego regional planning agency voted unanimously Friday to approve a $200 billion spending plan that will fund transportation projects for the next 35 years.

Some Elected Officials Urge SANDAG To Reject Transportation Plan

Some Elected Officials Urge SANDAG To Reject Transportation Plan

Oct. 8
By Claire Trageser

Elected officials from San Diego and National City urged leaders of the regional planning agency Thursday to vote against a plan outlining transportation funding for the next 35 years.

Balboa Park's Bud Kearns Pool Now Open For Swimming

Balboa Park's Bud Kearns Pool Now Open For Swimming

Sept. 28
By Claire Trageser

The swimming pool was closed for repairs in February and was supposed to open in April. Instead, it remained shut down for five extra months.

Logan Heights Residents Are Building Their Own Community Space

Logan Heights Residents Are Building Their Own Community Space

Sept. 28
By Claire Trageser

A group of Logan Heights residents are building a community gathering space on loaned private land on Imperial Avenue. They spent the weekend setting up a treehouse, amphitheater, maze and other play areas.

Coronado Puts The Brakes On All Future Bike Lanes After Resident Co...

Coronado Puts The Brakes On All Future Bike Lanes After Resident Complaints

Sept. 23
By Claire Trageser

The city of Coronado is backpedaling on its plans to add more bike lanes. The City Council voted last week to suspend all new proposed bike lanes and now is considering a public vote instead.

Census Data Shows No Change In Percentage Of San Diegans Who Drive ...

Census Data Shows No Change In Percentage Of San Diegans Who Drive To Work

Sept. 21
By Claire Trageser

In 2014, 83.1 percent of San Diegans commuted to work by car. San Diego's Climate Action Plan, which will be considered by the city council this fall, calls for that number to drop to 50 percent by 2035.

San Diego State's Buddhist Fraternity, Sorority Aim To Bring Mindfu...

San Diego State's Buddhist Fraternity, Sorority Aim To Bring Mindfulness To Mixers

Sept. 15
By Claire Trageser

San Diego State University could be the first in the country with a Buddhist fraternity and sorority. They’ll be named Delta Beta Tau and Delta Beta Theta, which stand for Dharma Bum Temple.

San Diego Offering Rain Barrel Rebates In Advance Of El Niño

San Diego Offering Rain Barrel Rebates In Advance Of El Niño

Sept. 14
By Claire Trageser

San Diego offers to refund residents $1 a gallon up to $400 for residential rain barrels. To get a rebate, a resident must have a barrel that stores at least 50 gallons.

Community Group Aims To Make Over San Diego's Lincoln Park Intersec...

Community Group Aims To Make Over San Diego's Lincoln Park Intersection

Sept. 11
By Claire Trageser

A group of community volunteers is planning to spend the next month fixing up a corner of an intersection in San Diego's Lincoln Park neighborhood.

Gonzalez Calls On San Diego Chargers To Begin Paying Cheerleaders H...

Gonzalez Calls On San Diego Chargers To Begin Paying Cheerleaders Hourly Wages

Sept. 9
By Claire Trageser

Before the San Diego Chargers regular season begins Sunday, state Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez is asking the team to pay its cheerleaders at least minimum wage. The team will be required to pay hourly wages beginning Jan. 1.

UC San Diego Program Creates Nontraditional Medical School Path

UC San Diego Program Creates Nontraditional Medical School Path

Sept. 8
By Claire Trageser

As a new class begins UC San Diego’s medical school Tuesday, there are some students who didn’t follow the traditional path to get there. A new program is helping students attend the school who otherwise wouldn’t have gotten the opportunity.

Massive Fish Farm Proposed Off San Diego’s Coast

Massive Fish Farm Proposed Off San Diego’s Coast

Sept. 2
By Claire Trageser

The largest fish farm in America will be built 4 miles off San Diego's coast. The Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute is planning the project to correct what it calls this country’s seafood imbalance, but environmentalists equate it to an industrial farm.