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Stories by Erik Anderson

California To Lower State's Gas Tax

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California is tweaking the state's gas tax formula. The excise tax is going down because gas consumption is up.

SDG&E: Record Power Use Predicted This Summer In San Diego

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San Diego utility officials say they expect to set power usage records this summer, but they say there will be enough electricity to meet demand.

Life Sciences Has Major Impact On California's Economy

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California is getting a huge economic bump from the state's life science industry. San Diego's biotechnology cluster plays a role in that success.

Soaring Stock Market May Not Be Boon To San Diego Economy

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Stock-market prices have flirted with record highs recently, but a San Diego professor said the development reveals little about the state of the economy.

San Diego Hosts World's Largest Biotechnology Convention

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San Diego and its biotechnology industry takes center stage on Monday, with more than 15,000 biotechnology professionals here for the annual BIO International Convention.

Solar Lags On San Diego's Multifamily Complexes

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Rooftop solar systems are easy to find on businesses and single-family homes in San Diego, but apartment and condo complexes have been slower to convert. Some want to change that, especially to help the poor.

Ratepayers Get Chance To Speak Out About San Onofre Settlement Deal

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The public will get a chance to weigh in on a proposal to settle the costs of the San Onofre nuclear power plant shutdown.

More Than 97 Percent Of San Diego's Rental Properties Are Occupied

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San Diego's apartment vacancy rate dips to 2.8 percent, its lowest point in more than 10 years.

San Diego Home Prices And Inventories Creep Up, As Number Of Sales Decrease

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San Diego's median home price topped $500,000 in May, a price point the market hasn't seen since the last peak in 2007.

Consumer Advocates Want Better Open Meeting Rules For California Regulators

Consumer advocates said current rules don't protect the public's access to meeting held by the California Public Utilities Commission

District Attorney Dumanis Re-Elected, Defeats 2 Challengers

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San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis won 55 percent of the vote to avoid a runoff in November's general election.

Firefighters Use Air Fleet To Aid Wildfire Ground Battle

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San Diego skies were filled with more than smoke when wildfires tore across the county in mid-May. Firefighters were using a variety of aircraft to calm the flames enough for firefighters on the ground to make a stand.

San Diegans Gather To Remember Fallen Service Members In Coronado

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Several hundred people gathered in Star Park in Coronado on Monday to honor service members who lost their lives.

Veterans And Military Members Get Career Help Aboard The USS Midway

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Veterans and active-duty troops preparing to leave behind their military careers got help Friday at a job fair on the USS Midway.

One Upside Of Drought: Water Has Stayed Clean At San Diego Beaches

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Ocean waters off the coast of San Diego are staying cleaner, in part because there has not been much rain in the past year.

California's Economy Gets Good Marks In Green Innovation Report

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California and San Diego performed well in a new analysis of the state's green economy.

Environmentalists Try To Limit Off-Road Vehicle Use At Ocotillo Wells

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A Superior Court judge is allowing a challenge to an open-riding policy at Ocotillo Wells off-road vehicle park.

San Diego Water Rates Could Go Up By Almost 4 Percent Next Year

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The San Diego County Water Authority announced that it is preparing to raise water rates as high as 3.8 percent for next year.

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Cocos Fire 87 Percent Contained; All Residents Can Return Home

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The Cocos fire in San Marcos, which destroyed more than three dozen houses, was 87 percent contained as of Monday morning. All evacuation orders have been lifted.

Body Found In Aftermath of Carlsbad's Poinsettia Fire; Blaze 85 Percent Contained

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Firefighters discovered the body near a homeless encampment as they mopped up hot spots in the Poinsettia fire. Eight homes and two 18-unit apartment complexes were destroyed or damaged in the fire.

Settling The Bill For Closing The San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station

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Regulators will get a chance Wednesday to ask questions about a proposed settlement involving the closure of the San Onofre nuclear power plant.

San Diego Affordable Housing Company Honored For Solar Power Efforts

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Community Housing Works was recognized by the Obama administration for adding solar power to multi-unit housing projects.

Protesters Greet President's Motorcade As He Visits La Jolla

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Protesters representing both ends of the political spectrum held signs as President Obama headed to La Jolla for a high-priced fundraiser.

California's Small-Business Owners Feeling Good About Future

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Small businesses continue to drive California's economic recovery and a new survey find most are optimistic about the future.

Secretary Of The Interior Tours San Diego To Assess Wildfire Risk

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Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell said it's getting more difficult to foot the bill for firefighting efforts even as the risk of wildfire grows each year.

A Shifting Market Shapes The Made For TV Market

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The industry that gave birth to infomercial stars Tony Little and Suzanne Somers adjusts to a changing media marketplace.

San Diego Water Managers Call For Conservation

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San Diego water managers reach out for help in reducing water use in the county.

Proposed Internet Rules Affect San Diego Consumers

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A San Diego State University lecturer says consumers ignore the "net-neutrality" debate at their peril.

Foreclosure Numbers Remain Low In San Diego

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With the housing market continuing to recover, the number of homes that entered the foreclosure process during the first quarter of 2014 was down 5.4 percent from a year ago.

Survey: Quality Of Life In San Diego Trending Upward

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A new report card uses economic and environmental indicators to gauge quality of life in San Diego.

San Diego County Unemployment Rate At 6.9 Percent For March

San Diego County's unemployment rate in March was 6.9 percent, down from a revised 7 percent in February. In March 2013, the unemployment rate in the region was 7.8 percent.

New Report Finds SPAWAR Plays Important Role In San Diego's Economy

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A new economic report finds SPAWAR pumps more than $1.7 billion into the San Diego economy.

San Diego Is Fifth Least Affordable U.S. City For Renters

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A recent New York Times study found that San Diego is the fifth least affordable rental market in the nation. Renters spend more than 40 percent of their median income to keep a roof over their heads.

CSU San Marcos Celebrates New Student Union

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CSU San Marcos is in the midst of a two-week grand opening celebration for the campus' new student union.

Mike Aguirre Announces Legal Action Against San Onofre Settlement

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Former San Diego City Attorney Mike Aguirre said Monday he is filing legal documents opposing the proposed settlement over costs related to the shutdown of the San Onofre nuclear power plant.

San Diego's Solar Capacity Nearly The Nation's Best

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San Diego is a leader in the solar energy field.

Ratepayer Advocate Changes Mind On San Onofre Settlement Deal

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Citizens' Oversight Projects will not sign on to a deal outlining who pays the bill for the San Onofre nuclear plant shutdown.

California Regulators Preserve Right To Sell Electricity Back To Grid

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Solar advocate said California regulators gave consumers a victory this week.

San Diego Tourism Officials Hope For A Better Year In 2014

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San Diego's tourist economy grew last year, but not enough to satisfy local tourism officials.

San Onofre Settlement Talks To Focus On Covering Plant's Shutdown Costs

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The talks could help resolve who pays for the shuttering of the San Onofre nuclear power plant.

San Diego Home Prices Show Signs Of Moderating

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San Diego Home Prices appear to be leveling off. The double digit-price increases of a year ago are moderating.

California Small Businesses Are Optimistic About Their Economic Futures

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Small business owners are beginning to say the California business climate is improving.

Citizens Panel To Discuss San Onofre

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The process to decommission the San Onofre nuclear power plant moves forward a bit as Southern California Edison convenes its citizens panel.

Return Of US Open To San Diego Promises Economic Boost

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It's official: The U.S. Open Golf tournament is coming back to San Diego, promising an economic boost.

Citizen Panel Meets Tuesday To Discuss San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant Decommissioning

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The advisory board that will overlook the decommissioning of the region's largest nuclear power plant meets for the first time Tuesday to discuss the slow process.

San Diego's Rising Gas Prices Are Making Consumers Take Notice

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The average price for a gallon of regular gas in San Diego is expected to soon rise above $4.

New Power Sources Planned To Replace San Onofre Nuclear Plant

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California regulators Thursday approved a plan for two utilities to develop replacement power to help fill the void left by the closure of the San Onofre nuclear power plant.

San Diego Water Managers Target Grass Lawns For Water Conservation

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In an effort to save water, the San Diego County Water Authority is helping bankroll a turf-replacement program for homeowners.

San Diego Chamber Of Commerce Survey Finds Bright Business Outlook

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San Diego business owners are felling upbeat about the region's economy in the latest Chamber of Commerce survey.

San Diego Doesn't Rank Well With Job Seekers

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San Diego isn't the most attractive place for people looking for a job. The city ranked in the lower half of the nation's top metropolitan areas.