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Stories by Erik Anderson

San Diego Lawmaker, Educator, Realtor Voice Opposition To GOP Tax P...

San Diego Lawmaker, Educator, Realtor Voice Opposition To GOP Tax Plan

Nov. 13
By Erik Anderson

A San Diego Democrat is rallying support against sweeping national tax reform proposals.

Mission Bay Facelift Decision Postponed

Mission Bay Facelift Decision Postponed

Nov. 7
By Erik Anderson

The push to reshape the northeast corner of Mission Bay will have to wait a bit longer.

San Diego Lawmaker Talks Climate Change At Vatican

San Diego Lawmaker Talks Climate Change At Vatican

Nov. 2
By Erik Anderson

San Diego Congressman Scott Peters is in Rome preparing for a Vatican conference on climate change.

California Gas Tax Rises 12 Cents To Pay For Road Repairs

California Gas Tax Rises 12 Cents To Pay For Road Repairs

Nov. 1
By Associated Press, Erik Anderson

Gasoline taxes will rise by 12 cents per gallon Wednesday — and diesel taxes by even more — to raise money for fixing roads and highways.

Another Unreported Cross-Border Sewage Spill Fouls Imperial Beach

Another Unreported Cross-Border Sewage Spill Fouls Imperial Beach

Nov. 1
By Erik Anderson

A cross-border sewage spill fouled ocean waters off the southern San Diego County coast last week and local officials say there was no word of warning from Mexican officials.

San Diego Zoo Will Use Drone To Monitor Polar Bear Habitat

San Diego Zoo Will Use Drone To Monitor Polar Bear Habitat

Oct. 26
By City News Service, Erik Anderson

San Diego Zoo Global researchers will use a custom drone next month to monitor the impact of changing sea ice patterns on polar bears in the Canadian Arctic, zoo officials announced Thursday.

Number Of Extreme Heat Days Climbs Placing Young, Elderly At Risk

Number Of Extreme Heat Days Climbs Placing Young, Elderly At Risk

Oct. 24
By Erik Anderson

Rising global temperatures are increasing the number of extreme heat days during the summer in California and the rest of the nation.

Encinitas Farm Teaches Students About Threatened Monarch Butterfly

Encinitas Farm Teaches Students About Threatened Monarch Butterfly

Oct. 19
By Erik Anderson

An Encinitas butterfly farm hosted a group of school children Thursday, hoping to teach the young people about the threatened Monarch butterfly.

Fighting The Fire: Firefighters Faced Roaring Flames, Extreme Weather

Fighting The Fire: Firefighters Faced Roaring Flames, Extreme Weather

Oct. 19
By Erik Anderson

Javier Mainer, an assistant fire chief for the city of San Diego when wildfires consumed large swaths of San Diego County in 2007, talks with KPBS reporter Erik Anderson.

Famed San Diego Researcher Walter Munk Welcomes 100th Birthday

Famed San Diego Researcher Walter Munk Welcomes 100th Birthday

Oct. 19
By Erik Anderson

Scripps Institution Oceanography researcher Walter Munk, who turns 100 on Thursday, remembers his long career with a discussion at his La Jolla home.

10 Years Ago: Firestorms Ravaged San Diego County

10 Years Ago: Firestorms Ravaged San Diego County

Oct. 16
By Erik Anderson

The 2007 firestorms were the last major conflagration to scorch San Diego County. Those firestorms have left lasting marks on the community.

Water Wholesaler Poised To Vote On Delta Tunnel Plan

Water Wholesaler Poised To Vote On Delta Tunnel Plan

Oct. 9
By Erik Anderson

The Metropolitan Water District Board in Los Angeles takes a crucial vote Tuesday on whether to support a plan to build two massive tunnels underneath the Sacramento Delta.

Work Progressing On Mexico Border Wall Protoypes

Work Progressing On Mexico Border Wall Protoypes

Oct. 2
By Erik Anderson

Construction crews are already building some of the border wall prototypes along the U.S.-Mexico border near San Diego.

SDSU Alumni Launch Effort To Create West Campus On Stadium Site

SDSU Alumni Launch Effort To Create West Campus On Stadium Site

Sept. 29
By Erik Anderson

San Diego State University backers have unveiled a plan to redevelop Mission Valley.

South Bay Cities, Port Sue Feds Over Cross-Border Sewage Spills

South Bay Cities, Port Sue Feds Over Cross-Border Sewage Spills

Sept. 28
By Erik Anderson

Imperial Beach, Chula Vista and the Port of San Diego are suing the federal government over cross-border sewage spills in the Tijuana River Valley.

Feds Ease Rules Clearing Way For More Water To Be Drawn From Delta

Feds Ease Rules Clearing Way For More Water To Be Drawn From Delta

Sept. 27
By Erik Anderson

Federal officials are easing protections this fall for endangered fish that live in the Sacramento Delta.

California Water: Debating The Delta Tunnel Plan

California Water: Debating The Delta Tunnel Plan

Sept. 25
By Erik Anderson

California’s water users will find out soon if they will be paying for the $17 billion tunnel project called the California WaterFix.

Solar Market Is Bright, But Looming Tariffs Could Cloud Future

Solar Market Is Bright, But Looming Tariffs Could Cloud Future

Sept. 19
By Erik Anderson

The U.S. solar market continues to add capacity and California is leading the way.

California Could Set 100% Renewable Energy Goal

California Could Set 100% Renewable Energy Goal

Sept. 13
By Erik Anderson

California lawmakers are running out of time to decide whether the state's energy diet will be greener by 2045.

Endangered Iguanas Threatened By Hurricane

Endangered Iguanas Threatened By Hurricane

Sept. 7
By Erik Anderson

San Diego Zoo Global researchers are worried that Hurricane Irma put some of the world's rarest lizards at risk.

Tijuana River Estuary Endures In Face Of Many Ecological Challenges

Tijuana River Estuary Endures In Face Of Many Ecological Challenges

Sept. 7
By Erik Anderson

The Tijuana River Estuary is showing surprising resilience in its ability to cope with large, raw sewage flows, but that is not happening without help.

Governor Wants More Reforms For California's Prison System

Governor Wants More Reforms For California's Prison System

Sept. 1
By Erik Anderson

California Gov. Jerry Brown gave a spirited defense of efforts to reform the state's prison system at a conference being held in San Diego Friday.

San Diego Economy Showing Signs Of Strength

San Diego Economy Showing Signs Of Strength

Aug. 30
By Erik Anderson

San Diego's index of leading economic indicators jumped a half of a percent in July, the second straight sharp increase.

Environmentalists Want New NAFTA Agreement To Protect Border's Natu...

Environmentalists Want New NAFTA Agreement To Protect Border's Natural Resources

Aug. 28
By Erik Anderson

San Diego officials want federal negotiators to be mindful of cross-border trade as they renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. And there is also a call to boost environmental protections.

California Climate Policies Help, Hurt Inland Empire

California Climate Policies Help, Hurt Inland Empire

Aug. 22
By Erik Anderson

The state's Inland Empire got a huge economic boost from California's climate-friendly programs.

'We Must Be Loud In Our Intolerance Of Intolerance': Local Faith Le...

'We Must Be Loud In Our Intolerance Of Intolerance': Local Faith Leaders Speak Up

Aug. 18
By Brooke Ruth, Erik Anderson, Maureen Cavanaugh

Local faith leaders held a press conference Friday to take a stand against racism in the wake of the violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia.

San Diego And Tijuana Leaders Seek Modernization Amid NAFTA Talks

San Diego And Tijuana Leaders Seek Modernization Amid NAFTA Talks

Aug. 16
By Erik Anderson, Jean Guerrero

As federal negotiators met with their counterparts from Mexico and Canada in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday to begin talks on NAFTA, leaders from border cities met in San Diego to support boosting the region's economic cooperation.

San Diego Researchers Race To Keep Rhinos From Going Extinct

San Diego Researchers Race To Keep Rhinos From Going Extinct

Aug. 7
By Erik Anderson

San Diego Zoo researchers are working to save a critically endangered rhino species that is teetering close to extinction. Scientists are using southern white rhinos as surrogates in a last-ditch effort to save northern whites.

Imperial Beach Poised To Sue Over Sewage Spills

Imperial Beach Poised To Sue Over Sewage Spills

Aug. 1
By Erik Anderson

Imperial Beach officials are poised to sue the federal government unless the city sees progress in containing cross-border sewage spills.

California Mobile Home Park Gets Cutting Edge Renewable Energy System

California Mobile Home Park Gets Cutting Edge Renewable Energy System

July 31
By Erik Anderson

California is funding a trial program that could bring cutting edge renewable power systems to low-income communities around the state.

National Soccer Tournament Will Call San Diego Home

National Soccer Tournament Will Call San Diego Home

July 28
By Erik Anderson

San Diego will host a major summer soccer event for the next three years, providing a boost for the local tourism economy.

San Diego State University Has New Plans For Qualcomm Stadium Site

San Diego State University Has New Plans For Qualcomm Stadium Site

July 25
By City News Service, Erik Anderson

San Diego State University officials have reopened discussions with the mayor's office and members of the City Council over the future of the Qualcomm Stadium site in Mission Valley, a school spokeswoman said Tuesday.

San Diego State Interim President Looks For Qualcomm Lease Extension

San Diego State Interim President Looks For Qualcomm Lease Extension

July 10
By Erik Anderson

Sally Roush, the San Diego State University interim president, discusses the university's desire for a region-wide asset for the educational opportunities for future students.

San Diego Brewer's Guild Works To Set Itself Apart

San Diego Brewer's Guild Works To Set Itself Apart

July 4
By Erik Anderson

The nation's craft beer industry and local craft brewers are turning to new labels and logo items to differentiate themselves from macrobrewers.

San Diego's Mission Bay Getting A Localized Facelift

San Diego's Mission Bay Getting A Localized Facelift

June 30
By Erik Anderson

San Diego planners took another step closer Thursday to a major redesign of the northeast corner of Mission Bay.

San Diego Poised To Sharpen Options To Change Northeast Mission Bay

San Diego Poised To Sharpen Options To Change Northeast Mission Bay

June 28
By Erik Anderson

A major facelift is coming for the northeast part of San Diego's Mission Bay, but exactly what shape those changes will take remains up in the air.

San Diego Unveils Affordable Housing Plan

San Diego Unveils Affordable Housing Plan

June 21
By City News Service, Erik Anderson

San Diego officials Wednesday unveiled a dozen proposals designed to ease the city's lack of affordable housing.

SoccerCity Media Push Targets San Diego City Council

SoccerCity Media Push Targets San Diego City Council

June 16
By Erik Anderson

The San Diego City Council voted to put the SoccerCity redevelopment project planned for the Qualcomm Stadium site on the November 2018 ballot.

UC San Diego Researchers Build Batteries For Extremely Cold Weather

UC San Diego Researchers Build Batteries For Extremely Cold Weather

June 15
By Erik Anderson

San Diego researchers have developed a way to build batteries that can function in extremely cold environments.

SoccerCity Still Alive: Council Will Hear About It Next Week

SoccerCity Still Alive: Council Will Hear About It Next Week

June 13
By Erik Anderson

SoccerCity backers are pushing ahead with a plan to redevelop the Qualcomm Stadium and Chargers Park properties.

SoccerCity Officials Will Work With Latest Stadium Property Appraisal

SoccerCity Officials Will Work With Latest Stadium Property Appraisal

June 12
By Erik Anderson

The recent $110 million appraisal of the Qualcomm Stadium property will not keep them from pursuing the Soccer City redevelopment plan.

SoccerCity Project Part Of Special Election Debate

SoccerCity Project Part Of Special Election Debate

June 9
By Erik Anderson

The San Diego City Council reconsiders a special election for the mayor's convention center expansion project on Monday, a decision that holds implications for the multi-billion dollar SoccerCity redevelopment plan.

Tijuana's Sewage System Needs Major Upgrades

Tijuana's Sewage System Needs Major Upgrades

June 2
By Erik Anderson

Environmental Protection Agency officials estimate the Tijuana sewage system needs $400 million in improvements and repairs to handle the sewage flow created in the city.

Federal Officials Discuss Cross-Border Sewage Spills At Public Hearing

Federal Officials Discuss Cross-Border Sewage Spills At Public Hearing

May 31
By Erik Anderson

Officials will present their investigation into this year's massive cross-border sewage spills at a hearing in Imperial Beach Thursday night.

Scientists Track Endangered Sea Turtles In San Diego Bay

Scientists Track Endangered Sea Turtles In San Diego Bay

May 31
By Erik Anderson

San Diego Bay is home to a thriving sea turtle population, but scientists worry the animals are increasingly paying the price for living close to a large metropolitan area.

San Diego Remembers The Nation's Fallen Troops

San Diego Remembers The Nation's Fallen Troops

May 29
By Erik Anderson

Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery hosted a Memorial Day ceremony that drew several hundred people Monday.

Southern California Summer Travel Expected To Be Robust

Southern California Summer Travel Expected To Be Robust

May 26
By Erik Anderson

The Southern California Automobile Club said more people are expected to travel this Memorial Day weekend than did a year ago.

SoccerCity Pitch Heads To San Diego City Council

SoccerCity Pitch Heads To San Diego City Council

May 23
By Erik Anderson

The effort to redevelop Qualcomm Stadium and lure Major League Soccer to San Diego is heading for a San Diego city council vote.

San Diego State Athletic Director: University Explores Stadium Opti...

San Diego State Athletic Director: University Explores Stadium Options After Split From Developer

May 22
By Erik Anderson

SDSU Athletic Director John David Wicker talks about the school's desire to have a new stadium and more room for its research programs.

 San Diego Mayor Endorses SoccerCity Project, Hopes SDSU Gets On Board

San Diego Mayor Endorses SoccerCity Project, Hopes SDSU Gets On Board

May 19
By City News Service, Erik Anderson

Faulconer had previously backed the developer's efforts to bring a Major League Soccer expansion franchise to San Diego as a key component of the project, but hadn't officially endorsed the plan until now.

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