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Stories by Erik Anderson

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.

ITT Tech Shutters Campuses After Federal Aid Sanctions

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ITT Educational Services is ending academic operations at all of its more than 130 campuses across 38 states. That includes the National City and Vista campuses.

California Lawmakers Kill CPUC Reforms

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The agency that regulates the state's utilities is not getting a major overhaul, despite a political consensus that one is needed.

Fading Salton Sea Thirsting For Water

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California's largest lake has been teetering on the edge of an ecological disaster for years, but there is new momentum to find a solution for the environmental challenges at the Salton Sea.

Obama Pledges Federal Help For Salton Sea

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President Barack Obama unveiled a new partnership with California aimed at tackling the ecological problems plaguing the Salton Sea.

Here Are Some Awesome Little Free Libraries In San Diego

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Maybe you've spotted them in your neighborhood: tiny boxes that contain books for anyone to take. From a Pokémon GO stop to a mini-ghost town schoolhouse, here are some of the best ones we've seen around.

Feds Deny Developers' Bid To Take Gnatcatcher Off Endangered Species List

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The California Building Industry Association asked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to delist the gray songbird. Law requires habitat protection for endangered species or mitigation if development happens where the birds live.

Scientists Mark 100 Years Of Recording Ocean Temp At Scripps Pier

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San Diego researchers have been taking ocean temperatures at the end of Scripps Pier for a century, and the data have a story to tell.

Large-Scale Battery Project Ready To Go Online In Imperial Valley

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The Imperial Valley is home to one of the largest utility-scale battery projects on the West Coast, helping take the nation's power grid in a new direction.

Consumer Advocates Push For Better Warning Labels On Canned Foods

California regulators are under fire for keeping state-mandated label warnings off of canned foods. Consumers groups are pushing for a new state agency to take over oversight.

Firefighting Helicopter Returns To San Diego

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San Diego County officials are cheering the return of a huge helicopter crane that will help with aerial firefighting over the next three months. This is the seventh year the large chopper would be deployed as part of the county's firefighting fleet.

San Diego Taxpayers Association Gets Rebuffed By Chargers

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The San Diego County Taxpayers Association is disappointed the Chargers won't meet with them to discuss the team's stadium initiative on the November ballot.

California Gas Prices Draw Ire Of Consumer Advocates

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An advocacy group is blasting profit reports from California's oil refiners, saying there's a huge discrepancy between wholesale and retail prices of gasoline.

San Diego Leads Way In Reshaping Nation's Power Grid

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Borrego Springs, a small desert community about 80 miles east of San Diego, is shining a light on a future that could completely change how power is delivered to homes and businesses.

San Diego Home Rental Rate Hikes Easing

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The city's rental market may be cooling off a bit, but prices are still expected to go up in the next few months.

International Space Station Operations Coming To San Diego

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The national laboratory that manages the International Space Station from Earth will soon open an office in San Diego.

Cultivating The Future Of San Diego Baseball

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Baseball's stars take center stage in San Diego Tuesday night at Major League Baseball's All-Star Game. The national pastime is thriving at the major league level, but for years the sport has struggled to attract younger players.

San Diego And California Get High Marks On Green Index

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California continues to perform well on the Next 10 Green Innovation Index, which measures how well the economy performs with the state's climate goals as a backdrop.

Simulated Earthquake Shakes Steel Building In San Diego

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San Diego researchers put the world's largest outdoor shake table through its paces, with a six-story steel structure on top.

Primary Surprise: Did Issa's Support For Trump Hurt His Campaign?

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Even though Republican Darrell Issa outspent his opponent, Tuesday's primary race in the 49th Congressional District was much closer than observers expected. One political scientist says the incumbent's support for Donald Trump might have hurt him.

Issa Faces Strong Challenger In November Runoff

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Republican incumbent Darrell Issa could face a strong challenge in November. With 100 percent of precincts counted, Issa captured 51 percent of the vote and attorney Doug Applegate garnered 45 percent.

Rep. Scott Peters Advances To Runoff With Wide Lead

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Democratic incumbent Scott Peters has the majority of the vote, and looked set to run off against Republican challenger Denise Gitsham in November.

Report Card Gives Most San Diego Beaches Good Grades

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San Diego gets generally good water quality marks at local beaches, but some familiar trouble spots remain in the latest Heal The Bay Water Quality Report Card.

Hundreds Gather In Coronado For Memorial Day Remembrance

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People of all ages gathered at Star Park in Coronado Monday for a solemn remembrance of those who died while serving their country.

Updated San Diego Water Forecast Expects Supplies To Be Reduced

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San Diego County water managers are redrawing the county's long-term water supply picture, but some environmentalists say the picture isn't quite right.

Campaign Finances Stir Up A San Diego Congressional Race

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U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter's campaign finance spending is under scrutiny. The congressman said some mistakes were made, money was paid back and an audit is expected to answer questions.

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