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Stories by Erik Anderson

Sam The Galapagos Tortoise Celebrates 53rd Birthday In Encinitas

Sam The Galapagos Tortoise Celebrates 53rd Birthday In Encinitas

March 23
By Erik Anderson

A small crowd gathered Thursday morning in Encinitas to celebrate one of the planet's threatened land turtles — the Galapagos Tortoise.

SDSU Seeks To Buy, Lease Qualcomm Stadium Property

SDSU Seeks To Buy, Lease Qualcomm Stadium Property

March 21
By Christopher Underwood, Erik Anderson

San Diego State University issued a proposal Monday for the redevelopment of the Qualcomm Stadium site in Mission Valley.

SDSU Students Help Shape Climate Plan In Lemon Grove

SDSU Students Help Shape Climate Plan In Lemon Grove

March 16
By Erik Anderson

Climate action plans remain elusive for most of the county's cities, but Lemon Grove is enrolling students in an effort to reduce the city's climate impacts.

Petition Drive To Bring MLS To San Diego Gets Underway

Petition Drive To Bring MLS To San Diego Gets Underway

March 15
By City News Service, Erik Anderson

A group attempting to bring professional soccer to San Diego kicked off a signature drive Wednesday aimed at getting the proposal in front of the city council.

‘Soccer City’ Economic Impact Could Be Huge

‘Soccer City’ Economic Impact Could Be Huge

March 9
By City News Service, Erik Anderson

The proposed "Soccer City" redevelopment of the Qualcomm Stadium site in Mission Valley would have an economic impact of $2.8 billion by the time of completion, the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp. announced Thursday.

San Diego Economist: Defense, Tourism To Lead Region's Growth

San Diego Economist: Defense, Tourism To Lead Region's Growth

March 3
By Erik Anderson

A top San Diego economist said the region should continue to see economic growth in the coming year.

Consumer Advocate Questions Whether Governor Brown Is Really 'Green'

Consumer Advocate Questions Whether Governor Brown Is Really 'Green'

March 3
By Erik Anderson

A consumer advocate argues California's governor is not as environmentally friendly as he might have you believe.

Federal US And Mexico Officials Agree To Investigate Massive Cross-...

Federal US And Mexico Officials Agree To Investigate Massive Cross-Border Sewage Spill

March 2
By Erik Anderson

San Diego leaders called on federal officials Thursday to investigate a massive cross-border sewage spill in Mexico that flowed onto beaches and other parts of southern San Diego County.

Federal Response To Cross-Border Sewage Spill Questioned

Federal Response To Cross-Border Sewage Spill Questioned

Feb. 28
By Erik Anderson

U.S. officials did not notify the public about a massive cross-border sewage spill even though they started making inquiries two weeks before the sewage stopped flowing.

Imperial Beach Mayor Blasts Reaction To Major Sewage Spill

Imperial Beach Mayor Blasts Reaction To Major Sewage Spill

Feb. 27
By Erik Anderson

A massive sewage spill tainted San Diego's ocean and fouled Imperial Beach air and residents are unhappy with the response.

Congressman Scott Peters Discusses Current Political Climate In DC

Congressman Scott Peters Discusses Current Political Climate In DC

Feb. 22
By Erik Anderson

Rep. Scott Peters, D-San Diego, is dealing with an unprecedented political environment in Washington. The third term Democrat represents the 52nd district in San Diego and he’s home during the congressional recess.

La Jolla Investor Group Presents Plans To Redevelop Qualcomm Stadium

La Jolla Investor Group Presents Plans To Redevelop Qualcomm Stadium

Feb. 20
By Erik Anderson

A La Jolla-based investment group presented its vision Monday to develop the Qualcomm Stadium site in Mission Valley.

Record Number Of Tourists Visited San Diego Last Year

Record Number Of Tourists Visited San Diego Last Year

Feb. 16
By City News Service, Erik Anderson

The Major League Baseball All-Star Game and other major events lured record numbers of tourists to the San Diego region last year, the Tourism Authority announced Thursday.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Double In San Diego

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Double In San Diego

Feb. 15
By City News Service, Erik Anderson

San Diego city leaders announced Tuesday the completion of a project that more than doubled capacity for drivers to charge up their electric vehicles at public locations.

San Diego May Get Elusive River Park In Mission Valley

San Diego May Get Elusive River Park In Mission Valley

Feb. 15
By Erik Anderson

Mission Valley could be in line for a major redevelopment now that the Chargers have dumped San Diego for a home in Los Angeles and that project may be the catalyst for a long sought after San Diego river park.

San Diego Taxpayer Group Wants Action On Stadium Site

San Diego Taxpayer Group Wants Action On Stadium Site

Feb. 13
By Erik Anderson

The San Diego County Taxpayers Association is pushing San Diego officials to do something about Qualcomm Stadium.

Old Faucets Taint Water At San Ysidro Schools

Old Faucets Taint Water At San Ysidro Schools

Feb. 9
By Erik Anderson

The San Ysidro School District has shut off the water taps and brought in bottled water to students and staff at three schools.

San Diego Incubator Stokes Businesses Aimed At Marijuana Market

San Diego Incubator Stokes Businesses Aimed At Marijuana Market

Feb. 7
By Erik Anderson

A San Diego investment group is hoping to cash in on the state’s legal marijuana market.

Chargers Pay To End San Diego Stadium Lease

Chargers Pay To End San Diego Stadium Lease

Feb. 2
By Erik Anderson

The Chargers wired San Diego just over 12 and a half million dollars this week, officially terminating the team's lease with the city.

San Diego Launches MLS Bid

San Diego Launches MLS Bid

Jan. 30
By City News Service, Erik Anderson

A group of investors that last week proposed building a new stadium in Mission Valley submitted an application Monday for a Major League Soccer expansion franchise in San Diego to league Commissioner Don Garber.

San Diego Water Officials Declare Drought Over

San Diego Water Officials Declare Drought Over

Jan. 26
By Erik Anderson

San Diego County water managers say the region's nearly six-year drought is officially over and they are looking for state officials to agree.

Advocates Question Southern California Gas Tapping Of Aliso Canyon

Advocates Question Southern California Gas Tapping Of Aliso Canyon

Jan. 26
By Erik Anderson

Southern California Gas has tapped into the Aliso Canyon storage facility near Los Angeles to meet demand the past two days.

Report: Climate Change Rules Boost Economy In Central Valley

Report: Climate Change Rules Boost Economy In Central Valley

Jan. 25
By Erik Anderson

A study finds that California's climate-friendly policies have created a $13 billion economic boost to the Central Valley's economy.

Investor Group Wants To Bring MLS To San Diego

Investor Group Wants To Bring MLS To San Diego

Jan. 23
By City News Service, Erik Anderson

A group of investors unveiled a proposal Monday for a $1 billion redevelopment of the Qualcomm Stadium site in Mission Valley, which would include a privately financed football and soccer stadium, along with a 55- acre park, housing and commercial buildings.

Program Focuses On Tracking Air Pollution At US-Mexico Border

Program Focuses On Tracking Air Pollution At US-Mexico Border

Jan. 23
By Erik Anderson

San Ysidro residents may know soon whether the heavy traffic that moves through their community is carrying an air pollution risk.

Upgraded Environmental Justice Tool Shows Barrio Logan Still Vulner...

Upgraded Environmental Justice Tool Shows Barrio Logan Still Vulnerable To Pollution

Jan. 17
By Erik Anderson

California has just completed a major update of the state's groundbreaking health screening tool for communities.

Chicano Park Designated As A National Historic Landmark

Chicano Park Designated As A National Historic Landmark

Jan. 11
By City News Service, Erik Anderson

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell Wednesday designated 24 new National Historic Landmarks, including Chicano Park in San Diego.

Chargers Fate Soon To Be Known

Chargers Fate Soon To Be Known

Jan. 10
By Erik Anderson

Whether the Chargers will remain in San Diego could be discussed by football owners during a meeting in New York City on Wednesday.

California Regulators Get An Earful In Escondido

California Regulators Get An Earful In Escondido

Jan. 9
By Erik Anderson

SDG&E is trying to convince state regulators that extreme wildfire conditions are the reason the 2007 wildfires killed two people, burned nearly 200,000 acres and destroyed more than 1,300 structures.

San Diego Rent Increases Slowing

San Diego Rent Increases Slowing

Jan. 3
By Erik Anderson

San Diego rent prices continued to go up last month, but the speed of that climb has slowed significantly.

Research Vessel Sally Ride Makes One Of First Scientific Voyages

Research Vessel Sally Ride Makes One Of First Scientific Voyages

Dec. 19
By Erik Anderson

The ship wrapped up one of its first official journeys Thursday. The cruise was short, just three days. But it was a beginning.

Port Tries Growing Oysters In San Diego Bay

Port Tries Growing Oysters In San Diego Bay

Dec. 14
By Erik Anderson

The Port of San Diego is working to see if it is possible to grow juvenile oysters for commercial purposes.

Port Of San Diego Approves Controversial Marine Terminal Expansion

Port Of San Diego Approves Controversial Marine Terminal Expansion

Dec. 14
By Erik Anderson

The plan comes with the blessing of community advocates.

New Alliance Meets In San Diego, Addresses Ocean Changes

New Alliance Meets In San Diego, Addresses Ocean Changes

Dec. 12
By Erik Anderson

Scientists are gathering Tuesday at the Hotel del Coronado to focus attention on the global issue of ocean acidification.

San Diego Port To Discuss Marine Terminal Expansion Plans

San Diego Port To Discuss Marine Terminal Expansion Plans

Dec. 12
By Erik Anderson

Community advocates plan to pack a Port of San Diego meeting Tuesday, in an effort to keep a port renovation project from generating more pollution in Barrio Logan.

Local Governments Get Mixed Review On First Climate Action Plan Report

Local Governments Get Mixed Review On First Climate Action Plan Report

Dec. 7
By City News Service, Erik Anderson

Though San Diego's plan for addressing climate change received high marks in its first Climate Action Campaign report card, only 7 of 19 local governments have plans in place.

Salk Researchers Say Plant May Hold Key To Drought Resistance

Salk Researchers Say Plant May Hold Key To Drought Resistance

Dec. 5
By Erik Anderson

Researchers at San Diego’s Salk Institute have identified several molecular keys that could help unlock understanding about how plants handle environmental stress.

California's Largest Government Employee Union Could Strike Soon

California's Largest Government Employee Union Could Strike Soon

Nov. 28
By Erik Anderson

The Service Employees International Union is authorized to go on strike in two weeks.

Conservationists Move To Protect Rare Mexican Porpoise

Conservationists Move To Protect Rare Mexican Porpoise

Nov. 23
By Erik Anderson

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 B...

Activists Not Happy With Redevelopment Plans For Northern Mission Bay

Nov. 21
By Erik Anderson

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

Trees Could Help Clean San Diego's Air

Nov. 18
By Erik Anderson

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

San Diego Awarded $750K As Part Of BP Settlement

Nov. 17
By City News Service, Erik Anderson

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

California Expects More Electric Cars On The Highways

Nov. 15
By Erik Anderson

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

Insects May Help San Diego Researchers Track Climate Change

Nov. 15
By Erik Anderson

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.

Team Owner Dean Spanos Said He Won't Decide Chargers' Next Steps Un...

Team Owner Dean Spanos Said He Won't Decide Chargers' Next Steps Until After Season

Nov. 8
By Erik Anderson, KPBS News

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.

Measure D: Citizens' Plan Coming Up Short

Measure D: Citizens' Plan Coming Up Short

Nov. 8
By Erik Anderson, KPBS News

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.

Outcome Of Presidential Election Could Hurt Shopping Season

Outcome Of Presidential Election Could Hurt Shopping Season

Nov. 7
By Erik Anderson

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

Dueling Measure C Campaigns In Final Drive On Stadium Issue

Nov. 4
By Erik Anderson

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 Resid...

Terminal Expansion At Port Of San Diego Concerns Barrio Logan Residents

Nov. 1
By Erik Anderson

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

Aboard The Scientific Research Vessel Sally Ride

Oct. 28
By City News Service, Erik Anderson

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.