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Stories by Erik Anderson

Aquaponics Farm To Triple In Size, Quadruple Homeless Funding

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A Vista farming operation helps homeless San Diegans in North County develop job skills. It's also a revenue stream to help homeless families in the region.

California Gets Mixed Grades For Drought Policy

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There is both good and bad news on a new report card evaluating California's response to a long-punishing drought.

California Solar Backers Win In Battle Over Incentives

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California regulators are poised to allow rooftop solar customers to continue to sell excess electricity back to power companies.

Desalination Plant Named For Former Carlsbad Mayor 'Bud' Lewis

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The $1 billion desalination plant in Carlsbad was dedicated Monday in the name of the late Mayor Claude "Bud" Lewis, who died last year. Lewis served on the City Council for four decades, including 27 years as mayor.

Drinking Water Starts Flowing From Carlsbad Desalination Plant

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The largest ocean desalination plant in the western hemisphere opens for business Monday in Carlsbad. A San Diego County Water Authority official explains what the $1 billion project means to the region.

Sea Lion Pups Are Showing Signs Of Hunger In Southern California

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Federal researchers just returned from a survey of a major Southern California sea lion rookery and they saw signs that the marine mammals are already struggling.

FEMA Reviews Plan For Disaster Response To El Niño

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The warming of the Pacific Ocean could bring storms triggering flooding, evacuations, power outages and landslides.

Carlsbad Power Plant Project Challenged

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The Carlsbad Energy Project is being challenged by environmentalists who don't think regulators fairly considered renewable energy alternatives.

Poll Finds California Residents See Global Warming As Serious

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Most California residents think global warming is serious, far outpacing how the rest of the country feels.

San Diego County Water Managers Want Conservation Rules Tweaked

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State officials are changing California's water conservation rules and San Diego officials hope some local factors are taken into account.

California Travel Industry Worries About Terror Backlash

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California tourism officials are worried some proposed visa changes may hurt a vital segment of the state's economy.

Carlsbad Tightens Water Restrictions

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Carlsbad is cutting in half the number of days residents can water their lawns. It has been reduced from two to one day a week.

Public Mourns Death Of Rare Rhino In San Diego

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The last northern white rhino in North America died this past weekend at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Nola was 41. The critically endangered rhino suffered from a bacterial infection that took hold in September.

San Diego Water Board Criticized For Stormwater Permit Changes

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Southern California municipalities got some help meeting the region's stormwater pollution standards, but it didn't please environmentalists.

San Diego's Ballast Point Brewer Aims To Continue Growing

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Ballast Point officials say they plan to continue pushing to get their product in more markets. The company was bought for $1 billion by Constellation Brands, the nation's third largest beer distributor.

Ballast Point Brewing Sold To Constellation Brands For $1B

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Ballast Point, a nearly 20-year-old operation known for its popular Sculpin IPA and Grapefruit Sculpin IPA, will continue as a stand-alone company with its existing management team and employees running the day-to-day operations.

San Diego Zoo Works To Save Northern White Rhino

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San Diego conservation officials are launching an ambitious plan to save the critically endangered northern white rhino.

Federal Desert Management Plan For California Almost Complete

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Federal officials unveiled a plan to manage renewable energy projects on 10 million acres of California desert.

Warning: San Diego County Housing Is Becoming More Unaffordable

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San Diego County's housing market is failing to provide enough affordable housing options and that could cause major problems, according to a report by the London Group Realty Advisors.

Chinese Navy Ship Calls On San Diego To Share Knowledge

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Peace Ark is docked at the Broadway Pier in downtown San Diego for five days. Officials hope it will be beneficial for the two countries to share knowledge about hospital treatment.

Sunken Warship Brings Sea Life To Ocean Waters Off San Diego's Mission Bay

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The wreck of the Canadian destroyer Yukon is a magnet for divers looking for adventure near the San Diego coast. The ship also attracts a wide range of marine life. Scientists are documenting the area to help understand how the wreck is affecting the underwater environment.

San Diego's Clean Tech Industry Remains Strong

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The latest national survey ranks San Diego fourth among the nation’s 50 largest cities in clean technology.

Drought-Tolerant Trees Taking Root At Balboa Park

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In an effort to maintain Balboa Park, volunteers on Tuesday planted 47 drought-tolerant trees.

Invasive Weed Threatens Kelp Forests Off San Diego Coast

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San Diego's kelp forests are facing a threat from El Niño fueled storms and an invasive weed.

Carlsbad, Fallbrook Miss Water Conservation Targets

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Four agencies in California — Beverly Hills, Indio, Redlands and Coachella — were each fined $61,000 for failing to meet their mandated conservation tier standards.

California Regulator Talks Solar In San Diego

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California's top regulator was in San Diego this week to hear about the state's changing solar energy marketplace.

Plan To Curb Climate Change Unveiled At UC San Diego Summit

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Gov. Jerry Brown said the problem requires bringing together the state's best minds to cross partisan lines and move the nation away from relying on fossil fuels.

Carlsbad Desalination Plant Nears Opening

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The western hemisphere's largest ocean desalination plant is only a month or so away from producing drinking water from the ocean.

New California Law Allows For Fish Markets

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California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins on Friday celebrated a recently signed law that allows communities to have fish markets.

San Diego Researchers Push To Build Better Batteries

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UC San Diego is joining the push to develop better batteries because advancements in the emerging industry could change the way people live their lives.

San Diego Transit Stations Get Poor Grades

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A new report looks at how well California's transit stations serve their communities and San Diego's stations rank below their peers in other large California cities.

Attorney: Ratepayers Shouldn't Have To Foot SDG&E Wildfire Costs

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Mike Aguirre is asking state regulators to keep San Diego Gas & Electric from charging ratepayers for leftover costs from the 2007 wildfires.

North County Farming Operation Grows More Than Just Produce

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A Vista greenhouse covers the largest aquaponics facility in Southern California, and the business is getting bigger. Local operators are hoping to build a money-making facility that does more than just grow high quality food.

SDG&E Seeks Customer Money To Help Pay 2007 Wildfire Costs

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San Diego's investor-owned utility is asking regulators to let it pass on 90 percent of the outstanding expenses from a 2007 wildfire to customers. That could amount to $380 million.

UCSD 'Shake Table' Gets Major Federal Grant

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The world's largest outdoor earthquake simulator is getting a financial boost from the National Science Foundation.

San Diego Advocates Call For Better Regional Transportation Plan

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Environmental and transportation planners are at odds over efforts to reduce the city's carbon footprint.

Chula Vista Reviews Smart City Plans

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The city of Chula Vista is getting a second opinion as city leaders try to develop the community's smart infrastructure.

San Diego County Gets Recycled Water Filling Station

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Residents in one San Diego County water district are able to get recycled water even if they do not have purple pipes connected to their property. A new recycled water filling station is open in 4S Ranch.

New Sycuan Gaming Compact Up For Vote Soon

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California lawmakers are prepared to vote on a new Sycuan Gaming compact. The agreement, if approved, would manage gaming on the reservation until 2040.

San Diego's Mission Bay May Get A Naturalizing Facelift

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San Diego's Mission Bay will get back a piece of its past if the effort to restore wetlands near Rose Creek happens.

San Diego's Sycuan Tribe Permitted To Expand Gaming Operations To New Location

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One of San Diego County's major gaming tribes could be expanding gambling operations.

Environmental Advocates Urge Support Of Pollution Reduction Act

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Environmental advocates are pushing state officials to preserve the impact of a sweeping climate legislation.

California Manufacturers Outperform Most States

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California's electricity prices are some of the highest in the country, but that hasn't crippled the state's manufacturing industry.

Imperial Valley Battery System Will Be Largest In West

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Imperial County power managers are building a battery system that will help keep the grid operating smoothly. It will be the largest battery storage system in the West.

Navy, San Diego Energy Execs Celebrate Solar Deal

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The Navy will receive 210 megawatts of power from the Mesquite Solar 3 plant, which Sempra will construct beginning this month 60 miles west of Phoenix.

Leased Solar Systems Dominate The U.S. Marketplace

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More homeowners are starting to pay for solar installations instead of leasing them. Industry watchers say leases may have peaked with 72 percent of the market.

Eyes Look To Carlsbad's Desalination Plant

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Many people are watching the Carlsbad desalination plant that could begin delivering drinking water by fall. And how the plant performs may affect how other desalination projects are viewed.

New El Niño Images Show Strong Event

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The ocean warming condition known as El Niño is looking increasingly like the last major El Niño in 1997, which brought a lot of rain to San Diego.

Barrio Logan Scrap Yard Fire Raises Concerns About Safety

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Barrio Logan residents are concerned after a fire broke out at a scrap recycling yard in their neighborhood on Wednesday night.

California Consumer Advocates Complain About Record Oil Industry Profits

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Oil refineries are under fire for gas prices that are sharply higher than the national average. Consumer Watchdog is asking for more oversight.