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Stories by Erik Anderson

Poll: Support For Legalizing Marijuana Rising In California

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Support for legalizing marijuana in California appears to be growing gradually stronger, amid talk of renewed efforts to bring a proposal to the state ballot to legalize its use.

California Scientist Says Marijuana Farms Are Hurting Endangered Species

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Marijuana growing operations are creating problems for some endangered species because the farms are using a lot of water and that's led to dried up streams.

California Solar Industry Works To Boost Diversity

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California's solar industry is looking to make sure ethnic diversity is part of an industry that is growing rapidly.

Sea Lion Rescues Hit All Time High In Southern California

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Malnourished sea lions are being rescued in record numbers along the coast. Scientist do not yet know why the animals are struggling.

Carlsbad Desalination Plant Gets Close To Making Fresh Water

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The largest desalination plant in the western hemisphere remains on track to open this fall.

Scientists Use Drones To Track Whales Off California Coast

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Southern California's whale-watching industry is reporting a busier than usual season along the coast this year. Good weather gets some of the credit, but researchers are also trying to figure out why the cetaceans appear to be doing well.

San Diego Watersheds Get Poor Water Quality Marks

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The lingering California drought is impacting water quality in San Diego's watersheds.

San Diego's Balboa Park Taps Water From An Unusual Source — Air Conditioners

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An enduring drought has put pressure on officials running Balboa Park to do a better job of managing the water. Creative thinking may have uncovered a new source of water.

San Diego Zoo Gets Funding To Help Save Northern White Rhinos

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The zoo, which is home to one northern white rhino, was awarded $110,000 by the Seaver Institute to fund whole genome sequencing.

Ban On Plastic Bags In California To Go Before Voters

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A trade group has turned in enough signatures to qualify a referendum on California's plastic bag ban law, suspending implementation of the nation's first statewide ban until voters weigh in on the November 2016 ballot.

Craft Beer Brewing A Success Story In San Diego

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San Diego brewpubs and craft breweries are making their impact felt in the local economy. The industry made a $600 million economic impact last year.

Sea Lions Struggle Along The California Coast

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Malnourished sea lion pups are turning up at rescue centers all along the West Coast. Federal officials say the problem will likely get worse before it gets better.

More Than 2,000 Trees Planted Along River In Santee

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Employees from a San Diego biotech company hope to offset paper consumption by planting the trees.

Military Contractors Talk Budgets, Technology In San Diego

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West 2015 is the largest gathering of defense contractors on the West Coast, and the conference is focused on the nation's naval forces.

Rhinos Near Extinction As San Diego Researchers Look For Answers

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The San Diego Zoological Society is used to successful interventions when it comes to species flirting with extinction. The recovery of the California condor is just one example. But the society's conservationists are on the verge of losing a battle.

Golf Tournament At Torrey Pines Helps Drive Tourism Economy

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The nearly perfect weather at this past weekend's Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines is widely seen as a boost for the region's tourism economy.

West Coast Port Employers To Cut Shifts Amid Labor Dispute

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This is the latest escalation in a labor dispute with dockworkers that threatens to shut down ports vital to U.S. trade with Asia.

Labor Dispute Could Push Up California Gas Prices

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A strike by about 10 percent of the nation's oil refinery workers is being felt in California. One refinery in the Bay Area is being shut down and that could push up the cost of fuel.

Officials: Why Isn't There More Solar On San Diego Apartment Buildings, Condos?

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The San Diego-based Center for Sustainable Energy is getting just over $700,000 to explore why efforts to encourage solar on multi-unit complexes are falling short.

Provocative Public Art Graces San Diego Waterfront

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An international public art project lands on the San Diego waterfront. The tall bronze sculptures aim to provoke discussions about freedom of expression.

San Diego County May Soon Have Campaign Donation Limits

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Supervisor Ron Roberts is seeking approval for a $20,000 contribution limit for countywide elections.

California Drought Squeezes Water Agencies

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California's punishing multi-year drought could put a financial squeeze on some of the state's water agencies.

Solana Beach Uses $1M Donation To Help Preserve Open Space

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A seaside patch of land gets a new name and a more secure future thanks to a gift.

San Diego Attorney Blasts State Commission President For Deleting Emails

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Maria Severson said California Public Utilities Commission's new president, Michael Picker, is deleting emails related to San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

Plan In the Works To Build Ferris Wheel On San Diego's Bayfront

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The project, called “The San Diego Skywheel at Discovery Point”, would be on Tuna Harbor Park next to the Midway Museum.

Attendance Zooms At Annual San Diego Auto Show

Lines stretched along the sidewalk on the second day of the San Diego International Auto Show.

Cold Storm Brings Snow To Unusual Areas In San Diego County

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San Diegans in some low-elevation areas woke up to snow on Wednesday morning.

US Home Price Growth Slows For 11th Consecutive Month

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Home prices have outpaced lackluster wage growth, leaving many potential buyers unable to afford homes and causing both sales and price growth to stall this year.

Storm Could Bring Snow To Unusual Areas In San Diego County

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The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for valley, mountain and desert areas from 4 p.m. Tuesday to 4 p.m. Wednesday, saying the snow level may drop to as low as 1,500 feet in some areas overnight.

Helicopter Used To Remove 60 Palm Trees From Tierrasanta Canyon

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The removal of the palm trees from San Diego's Shepard Canyon was part of an effort to preserve the habitat.

California Plastic Bag Ban May Soon Qualify For Ballot

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California voters may get a chance to decide the future of the state's new ban on single use plastic bags. The deadline to gather initiative signatures is a week away.

San Diego Could Be In For A Wetter Than Normal Winter

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Federal climate watchers said California is in for above average amounts of precipitation this winter.

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.

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