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Stories by Erik Anderson

2014 Brings A Record Number Of Visitors To San Diego

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Tourists spent $9.2 billion and booked 16.2 million room nights this year.

Union Workers Protest Against Southwest At San Diego Airport

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The workers claim that Southwest Airlines is making money at the expense of workers and customers.

San Diego's Apartment Vacancy Rate Falls

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Fewer apartments are vacant in San Diego and an improving job market gets some of the credit.

San Diego Filipinos Watch As Deadly Typhoon Washes Over The Philippines

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A major tropical storm in the Philippines over the weekend has stirred concern in San Diego's Filipino community. Many local Filipinos are trying to reach family and friends in the island nation and are looking for ways to help.

San Diego Joins National Black Friday Protest At Local Walmart Stores

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San Diego protesters join demonstrators and Walmart employees around the country calling for better pay and work schedules.

California's Life Sciences Industry Beats Other States

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California's life sciences industry shines in a new national report. The Golden State ranks number one when it comes to jobs.

Double Pay Proposed For California Workers On Major Holidays

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A San Diego lawmaker is proposing a bill to take the sting out of working on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Beware Of Exploding Turkeys

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Deep-frying is a popular, but dangerous way to fix a Thanksgiving Day turkey. Firefighting trainees at Chula Vista’s Southwestern College share tips to avoid disaster.

San Diego’s Mexican Consulate Pledges Help For Obama’s Immigration Reforms

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The Mexican Consulate in San Diego is promising to reach out to people who may be eligible for relief under President Barack Obama’s immigration reforms.

Clean Tech Shines Differently Around California

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San Diego's clean tech industry offers unique strengths that help make California a top clean tech state.

San Onofre Settlement Puts Ratepayers On Hook For $3.3B

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The California Public Utilities Commission approves a controversial settlement deal that puts ratepayers on the hook for $3.3 billion of the cost of shutting down the plant.

Southwestern College Plugs Into Its Solar Potential

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Southwestern College unveils a $13 million solar array system on its Chula Vista campus parking lots. The new structures will generate 3 megawatts of power.

San Diego, Tijuana Mayors Pledge More Cooperation

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Directors and department heads from the cities of San Diego and Tijuana will meet twice a year under a new agreement, starting in January.

Housing Affordability Still A Problem In San Diego

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San Diego's home prices remain out of reach of most people. A housing affordability study put San Diego near the bottom of the affordability list.

San Diego Is On The Verge Of A Major Water Recycling Project

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San Diego is on the cusp of addressing two big problems: diverting sewage headed for the Point Loma wastewater treatment plant and creating 83 million gallons of potable water a day.

West Coast Dock Workers Strike Could Cost $2 Billion A Day

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Freight traffic moving through West Coast ports could come to a standstill if labor issues aren't resolved.

Gas Prices Continue To Fall In San Diego County

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The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County dropped Wednesday to its lowest amount since Dec. 23, 2010, decreasing 1.3 cents to $3.291.

Californians Drink Up $7.5B Water Bond; Measure Passes Overwhelmingly

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California lawmakers hope a massive $7.5 billion will help the state deal with a punishing four-year drought. The measure would fund a variety of water projects, possibly including the first new dams to be built in decades.

San Diego's Economic Recovery Reaches New Heights

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San Diego's economy is expected to be worth more than $200 billion for the first time ever in 2014.

Will San Diegans Turn Out At The Polls Tuesday? Maybe

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Midterm elections don't always get voters excited, and that may be the case in San Diego County, too. A study by the National University System Institute for Policy Research predicts a turnout of 34 percent to 38 percent.

Pro Water Bond Camp Tells Voters Why They Should Vote For Prop. 1

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Backers of the state's "water bond" and "rainy day fund" propositions unveiled four new television ads this week.

Southern California Desert Management Plan Worries Activists

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A sweeping renewable energy management plan for Southern California's desert regions is stirring fears about potential new solar farms and transmission lines in San Diego and Imperial counties.

What Would Prop. 1 — The State Water Bond — Do For San Diego?

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California's punishing four-year drought sets the parched scene for Proposition 1 — a $7.5 billion water bond on the Nov. 4 ballot. Critics say most of the money won't help San Diego.

San Diego County Unemployment Rate Decreases In September

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The unemployment rate in San Diego County last month was 5.9 percent, near a six-year low.

EPA Chief Hails Fuel Efficiency Rules For Trucks

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Recent fuel efficiency improvements are getting credit for saving lots of fuel and reducing the nation's carbon footprint, says the EPA's top administrator

Tapping Into the Ocean With San Diego's Billion Dollar Desalination Plant

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San Diego is about a year away from turning seawater into fresh drinking water. The billion-dollar Carlsbad desalination plant is scheduled to open sometime next fall.

New Data Shows Severe Drop in California Groundwater

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New satellite data finds a severe drop in California's groundwater.

San Diego's Innovation Economy Had 'Banner' Year In 2013

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A new report from business accelerator CONNECT says 2013 was a good year for San Diego’s innovation economy.

SDG&E Customers Challenge Plans To Change How They Are Billed

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The California Public Utilities Commission is in San Diego to find out how people feel about proposals to change the way San Diego Gas & Electric charges for power.

San Diego Engineer Questions SDG&E's Push For Power

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San Diego's ongoing heat wave is pushing power consumption to a summertime peak, but there seems to be ample power and that's prompting some to question the utility's power planning efforts.

Game Tests California Residents' Water Knowledge

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The California Watergame lets residents decide how the state will deal with a looming water shortage.

Are Consumers Paying Too Much in Proposed San Onofre Settlement?

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A settlement deal on the costs of the San Onofre shutdown, approved by the utilities and three consumer advocate groups - must now be changed. What's the cost to consumers?

Fast-Food Workers In San Diego Strike For $15 An Hour

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At one point during the local protests, strikers were sitting in the roadway on University Avenue over Interstate 15. About a dozen people were arrested and taken away by police.

San Diego Exports Rank Among State Leaders

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San Diego is going better than the nation when it comes to exporting merchandise goods.

Labor Day Stickball On Little Italy Streets In San Diego

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A spirited weekend of stockball turned several urban streets in to asphalt playgrounds this past Labor Day Weekend.

Talmadge Residents Upset About Plan To End Door-To-Door Mail

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A San Diego lawmaker is blasting a congressional proposal that could eliminate door-to-door home delivery of mail with the idea to save the agency money.

San Diego Lifeguards Brace For High Surf From Hurricane Marie

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The National Weather Service issued a beach hazards statement for the county coastline, where flooding is possible from the hurricane's swell. It will be in effect through Thursday night.

San Diego Refuge Managers Work To Balance Competing Land-Use Interests

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Managers with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are working to develop a long-term plan to manage a large patchwork of land just east of Bonita and Chula Vista. Creating a plan that pleases everyone is proving to be a challenge.

Rainy Weather Jolts Temecula Valley Wine Industry

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Grapevines soak up an unseasonable splash of rain in Temecula Valley, and that might put the red grape harvest on hold.

San Diego's Sanford-Burnham Institute Gets New Chief

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An oncologist who spent part of his career in the pharmaceutical world is the new chief executive officer at the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute.

Underwater Robots Race For Glory In Point Loma

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These aren't your father's submarine races. In fact, it's not likely that dad could've put together the intricate computers bottled-up in hopefully water-tight cases.

Authorities Warn About IRS Scam In San Diego

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Scammers are using a telephone scheme to trick people into giving them money. Eight local people have reported the con.

New CPR App Unveiled By San Diego Officials Monday

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The PulsePoint app is designed to get help to victims of sudden cardiac arrest in the critical moments before paramedics arrive. Only 8 percent of such patients survive, according to county officials.

Printing San Diego Comic-Con In 3D

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3D Systems targets consumers at San Diego's Comic-Con with its 3D printing.

Fresh Fruit Recall Touches Southern California Costco, Trader Joe's

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California fruit packing company voluntarily recalls fresh fruit that was likely sold around the nation this past weekend. Costco and Trader Joe's reach out to customers.

What Do Microsoft Layoffs Mean For Nokia In San Diego?

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The software giant aims to downsize about 14 percent of its workers, but about 12,500 of the layoffs are expected to come from the Nokia mobile phone unit that Microsoft acquired three months ago.

San Diego And California Dominate Clean Tech Lists

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When it comes to clean tech, no state performs better than California, and only two cities are better than San Diego.

Report Shows San Diego's Economy Growing Steadily

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A new report finds San Diego's economy is adding jobs, attracting investment capital and showing other signs of steady economic growth.

IRS Boss Slams Congressional Budget Cutting Request

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The IRS Chief said proposed federal budget cuts could keep the tax collection agency from doing a good job.

Facebook Users Weigh In On Ethics Of Experiment

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Facebook officials are apologizing for a peer-reviewed study that isn't getting many likes from users. There are questions whether the social media platform acted ethically during the 2012 research.

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