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Stories by Erik Anderson

Record Number Of Tourists Visited San Diego Last Year

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The Major League Baseball All-Star Game and other major events lured record numbers of tourists to the San Diego region last year, the Tourism Authority announced Thursday.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Double In San Diego

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San Diego city leaders announced Tuesday the completion of a project that more than doubled capacity for drivers to charge up their electric vehicles at public locations.

San Diego May Get Elusive River Park In Mission Valley

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Mission Valley could be in line for a major redevelopment now that the Chargers have dumped San Diego for a home in Los Angeles and that project may be the catalyst for a long sought after San Diego river park.

San Diego Taxpayer Group Wants Action On Stadium Site

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The San Diego County Taxpayers Association is pushing San Diego officials to do something about Qualcomm Stadium.

Old Faucets Taint Water At San Ysidro Schools

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The San Ysidro School District has shut off the water taps and brought in bottled water to students and staff at three schools.

San Diego Incubator Stokes Businesses Aimed At Marijuana Market

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A San Diego investment group is hoping to cash in on the state’s legal marijuana market.

Chargers Pay To End San Diego Stadium Lease

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The Chargers wired San Diego just over 12 and a half million dollars this week, officially terminating the team's lease with the city.

San Diego Launches MLS Bid

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A group of investors that last week proposed building a new stadium in Mission Valley submitted an application Monday for a Major League Soccer expansion franchise in San Diego to league Commissioner Don Garber.

San Diego Water Officials Declare Drought Over

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San Diego County water managers say the region's nearly six-year drought is officially over and they are looking for state officials to agree.

Advocates Question Southern California Gas Tapping Of Aliso Canyon

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Southern California Gas has tapped into the Aliso Canyon storage facility near Los Angeles to meet demand the past two days.

Report: Climate Change Rules Boost Economy In Central Valley

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A study finds that California's climate-friendly policies have created a $13 billion economic boost to the Central Valley's economy.

Investor Group Wants To Bring MLS To San Diego

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A group of investors unveiled a proposal Monday for a $1 billion redevelopment of the Qualcomm Stadium site in Mission Valley, which would include a privately financed football and soccer stadium, along with a 55- acre park, housing and commercial buildings.

Program Focuses On Tracking Air Pollution At US-Mexico Border

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San Ysidro residents may know soon whether the heavy traffic that moves through their community is carrying an air pollution risk.

Upgraded Environmental Justice Tool Shows Barrio Logan Still Vulnerable To Pollution

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California has just completed a major update of the state's groundbreaking health screening tool for communities.

Chicano Park Designated As A National Historic Landmark

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U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell Wednesday designated 24 new National Historic Landmarks, including Chicano Park in San Diego.

Chargers Fate Soon To Be Known

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Whether the Chargers will remain in San Diego could be discussed by football owners during a meeting in New York City on Wednesday.

California Regulators Get An Earful In Escondido

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SDG&E is trying to convince state regulators that extreme wildfire conditions are the reason the 2007 wildfires killed two people, burned nearly 200,000 acres and destroyed more than 1,300 structures.

San Diego Rent Increases Slowing

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San Diego rent prices continued to go up last month, but the speed of that climb has slowed significantly.

Research Vessel Sally Ride Makes One Of First Scientific Voyages

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The ship wrapped up one of its first official journeys Thursday. The cruise was short, just three days. But it was a beginning.

Port Tries Growing Oysters In San Diego Bay

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The Port of San Diego is working to see if it is possible to grow juvenile oysters for commercial purposes.

Port Of San Diego Approves Controversial Marine Terminal Expansion

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The plan comes with the blessing of community advocates.

New Alliance Meets In San Diego, Addresses Ocean Changes

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Scientists are gathering Tuesday at the Hotel del Coronado to focus attention on the global issue of ocean acidification.

San Diego Port To Discuss Marine Terminal Expansion Plans

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Community advocates plan to pack a Port of San Diego meeting Tuesday, in an effort to keep a port renovation project from generating more pollution in Barrio Logan.

Local Governments Get Mixed Review On First Climate Action Plan Report

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Though San Diego's plan for addressing climate change received high marks in its first Climate Action Campaign report card, only 7 of 19 local governments have plans in place.

Salk Researchers Say Plant May Hold Key To Drought Resistance

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Researchers at San Diego’s Salk Institute have identified several molecular keys that could help unlock understanding about how plants handle environmental stress.

California's Largest Government Employee Union Could Strike Soon

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The Service Employees International Union is authorized to go on strike in two weeks.

Conservationists Move To Protect Rare Mexican Porpoise

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An ocean conservation group based in the United States is returning to Mexico to keep the world’s smallest porpoise from going extinct. There are less than 50 vaquita porpoise in existence.

Activists Not Happy With Redevelopment Plans For Northern Mission Bay

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San Diego's discussions about the future of the northern edge of Mission Bay are not sitting well with advocates working to bring back a large swath of wetlands to the area.

Trees Could Help Clean San Diego's Air

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New research from the Nature Conservancy finds that urban trees can help save millions of lives worldwide.

San Diego Awarded $750K As Part Of BP Settlement

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The county is getting $750,000 as part of a multimillion-dollar settlement against the oil company British Petroleum.

California Expects More Electric Cars On The Highways

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The state has 250,000 plug-in electric vehicles on the road and backers says that number will continue to go up.

Insects May Help San Diego Researchers Track Climate Change

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San Diego State University researchers are trying to gauge how the region's ecosystems are shifting as climate change affects local habitats. Some answers may come from the insects that serve key roles for native plants.

Measure D: Citizens' Plan Coming Up Short

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San Diegans rejected Measure D, which would have redirected tourism financing, barred an onsite expansion of the convention center and set uses for Qualcomm Stadium if it's abandoned by the Chargers.

Team Owner Dean Spanos Said He Won't Decide Chargers' Next Steps Until After Season

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San Diegans soundly rejected the NFL team's proposal to build a stadium in downtown. Spanos said he won't make any decisions until the regular season is over.

Outcome Of Presidential Election Could Hurt Shopping Season

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A San Diego State University lecturer says the holiday shopping season could suffer because the presidential election is drawing so much attention.

Dueling Measure C Campaigns In Final Drive On Stadium Issue

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The campaign to defeat Measure C on the November ballot is spreading the word on television for the first time this election season.

Terminal Expansion At Port Of San Diego Concerns Barrio Logan Residents

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Port officials are excited about the possibility of boosting business at the 10th Avenue Marine terminal. But residents worry about the impact on their neighborhood.

Aboard The Scientific Research Vessel Sally Ride

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The Sally Ride — named after the first American woman in space — is a 238-foot long vessel that’s equipped to take science on the high seas. The craft is fitted with all the newest tools to help scientists understand oceans.

Serious, Funny Ads Target San Diego Ballot Measures C, D

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The San Diego County Taxpayer's Association unveiled its no on C and D commercials Thursday.

Complex Measure D Takes On Big San Diego Redevelopment Issues

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Supporters say the plan promotes and manages the region's tourism industry. The complex measure would raise taxes, limit bayfront development and call for a major renovation in Mission Valley.

Arctic Bees Could Teach Researchers About Climate Change

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Southern California researchers hope a bee that thrives in the arctic could help them understand more about climate change.

Chargers Stadium Would Bring Economic Boost, Study Finds

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A Chargers stadium and convention center annex being proposed under Measure C would be an economic boost and bring an array of benefits for San Diego workers and residents, according to a study released Tuesday by two local economists.

Mayor Endorses Chargers' Stadium Plans, Opponents Ratchet Up Campaign

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Mayor Kevin Faulconer Monday endorsed Measure C, the Chargers' initiative to build a stadium and convention center annex in downtown San Diego, hours before opponents ratcheted up their campaign.

Olango Family Asks For Release Of Video, Peaceful Protests

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Alfred Olango's mother, Pamela Benge, stood with her family at a news conference in San Diego on Thursday and addressed the fatal shooting of her son.

Hotel Study Finds Little Boost During Chargers Games

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A study of all NFL teams finds the Chargers have a small impact on local hotel business during football games.

El Cajon Police Shooting: Protests Erupt; Man Fatally Shot Identified

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The man fatally shot by police in El Cajon has been identified as Alfred Olango, a refugee from Uganda.

Stadium Foes, Chargers Stick To Game Plans As Measure C Goes To Voters

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Team officials are hoping voters will approve plans for a nearly $2 billion stadium and convention center project at the polls in November.

Progress Made On Mission Bay Project

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The push to create more wetland habitat on the north part of Mission Bay is moving forward with a key hearing this week.

Innovation Economy Accounts For Quarter Of San Diego's GDP

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San Diego County's innovation economy has grown to $52 billion, but many investors remain wary of investing in it.

Arsenic Still Taints Some California Drinking Water

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Environmental advocates say California isn't doing enough to protect residents who have too much arsenic in their public drinking water supplies.

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