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Stories by Erik Anderson

CPUC Will Oversee California Electricity Rates For First Time Since 2001

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Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 327, giving California regulators another chance to handle how power customers are charged for using electricity.

Retiring Air Force Cargo Planes Might Be Useful For Firefighting In San Diego

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An Air Force cargo plane could be just the medicine to improve the aging fleet of the U.S. Forest Service firefighting aircraft. County supervisors hope federal officials agree with their assessment.

San Diego Fire Crews Stand Ready As Santa Ana Winds Arrive

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Santa Ana wind conditions have firefighters preparing for the worst.

Sport, Active Lifestyle Companies Thrive In San Diego

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San Diego's sports and active lifestyle industry is an economic cluster that's created more than 23,000 local jobs, according to a new report.

San Diego Researchers And Contractors Feel Shutdown Pinch

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Federal standoff touches San Diego life sciences industry and military contractors.

Funding For California Clean Tech Shifts From Venture Capital

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The clean technology sector continues to create jobs in California, but how that is being paid for is changing

Scripps Researchers Have Role In And Back UN Climate-Change Report

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Two San Diego researchers say the latest U.N. report on climate change shows solid evidence that the climate is warming and humans are to blame.

More Military Cutbacks Will Be Felt In San Diego's Pocketbook

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The military remains an economic force in San Diego, but the region is already feeling the impact of a shrinking defense budget.

Deconstructing The Future For San Onofre

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The owners of the San Onfre Nuclear Generating Station are preparing to walk down the decades-long process of decommissioning two nuclear reactors. Federal regulators are here to help answer questions.

San Diego Home Prices Likely To Remain High

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A new study finds San Diego County home prices are expected to stay high and difficult for residents to afford.

Report Shows San Diego Economy Recovering, But Many Children Still Living In Poverty

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The economic recovery might have started taking off, but according to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 140,000 San Diego children lived in families with incomes below the poverty level in 2012.

Pacific Oysters May Clamp Down On Sensitive San Diego Habitat

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Pacific oysters are a long-time favorite of discriminating diners in Southern California, and now the Japanese bivalves are increasingly finding a home in local waters. That is prompting some biologists to wonder how the mollusks might impact the near-shore environment.

San Diego Homes Sales Stay High Because Of Move-Up Buyers

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Home sales numbers hit a seven-year high in Southern California, but signs indicate the market may be cooling a bit.

San Diego Moves Toward A Plastic Bag Ban

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San Diego could become one of the largest California cities to enact a ban on single use plastic bags. A city council committee is drawing up an ordinance.

Short Time Frame To Elect New Mayor Presents Challenges For Candidates

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The clock's ticking on San Diego's special election to chose a new mayor. Candidates have only two months to convince voters to support them.

Interim Mayor Gloria Encourages Miramar Air Show Attendance

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A stripped-down Miramar Air Show gets a boost from San Diego civic leaders.

Supporters Hope To Enact Statewide Plastic Bag Ban

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Supporters of a ban on single use plastic bags rallied in San Diego with the hope of pushing their effort statewide.

Solar Power Advocates Challenge California Bill Regulating Rates

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Solar power advocates in San Diego are concerned about a bill in the California Assembly that would change the rates utilities pay residents for the solar power they generate.

Eastlake Little League Team Working Toward World Series

The baseball team from Eastlake took another step toward the Little League World Series Championship today by beating a Michigan team 3-0.

Sycuan Tribe Expands Reservation In San Diego County

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The Sycuan Reservation more than tripled in size as federal officials allowed 1,400 acres of Sycuan-owned land to be included in the reserve.

High Speed Computer Network Expanded In San Diego's East County

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San Diego County officials celebrate expansion of backcountry high-speed computer network

Technology May Speed Crossings At U.S.-Mexico Border

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New identification cards could quicken the time it takes people crossing the border at the San Ysidro Port of Entry.

Mortgage Delinquencies Fall As Housing Market Bounces Back

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California's housing market is coming back into balance as mortgage delinquencies fall.

Report: Temperatures, Ocean Levels, Wildfire Threat Rising

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California's measurement of climate change indicators shows the climate is already changing.

San Diego Utility Wants Smart Inverters For Local Solar Arrays

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San Diego's utility provider wants upgrades to make smaller solar power systems work better with the electricity grid.

Padres' Everth Cabrera Included In MLB Suspensions

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San Diego Padres All-Star shortstop Everth Cabrera was one of 13 players suspended by Major League Baseball for links to performance enhancing drugs.

Calif. Assembly Speaker Perez: Filner Should Resign

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California' Assembly Speaker John Perez is the latest prominent politician to call for the resignation of San Diego's mayor.

San Diego County Farmers Grow A More Valuable Crop

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San Diego County's agricultural bounty swelled by 4 percent last year, continuing an upward trend.

Researchers Find Dirt Has Minimal Impact On Solar Panel Effectiveness

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Typical solar panel systems don't need to be washed off in the middle of the summer, even though there's plenty of dirt collection on them.

San Diego Home Values Mirror National Price Increase

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Home prices go up around the nation and in San Diego, just not as fast as before.

San Diego County Water Authority Gets A Court Date For Rate Challenge

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San Diego County Water Authority managers will get their day in court more than three years after they challenged water rates set by the Metropolitan Water District: The case will go to trial December 17.

California Foreclosures Fall As Home Prices Rise

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Rising California home prices are helping push down the number of homes entering the foreclosure process.

Miramar Air Show Will Go On

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Miramar officials say they will hold their air show, even without active-duty military planes in the air.

Diesel Sales Feed California's Economy

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California's diesel consumption was up in the first quarter of the year.

San Diego Lands Contract To Bring Fiats Into The Country

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San Diego got some Italian visitors today as 370 Fiat cars rumbled off a cargo ship in National City.

Consumer Advocates Say Some Fitness Apps Put Consumers At Risk

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Fitness apps may need better policies and protections for delicate consumer information.

A San Diego Company Could Become Part Of AT&T

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A Qualcomm spinoff could become part of AT&T — the wireless giant is looking to buy LEAP Wireless for more than $1.2 billion.

New Off-Campus Housing Project Opens Near SDSU

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Developers cut the ribbon on a just-completed $42 million off-campus housing project near San Diego State University today.

California Governor Eliminates Enterprise Tax Zones

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California's governor signed off on a new job creation strategy for the state Thursday.

Crews Assess Damage After Chariot Fire Burns More Than 7,000 Acres

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Firefighters battling the Chariot Fire in San Diego's back country got a break from the weather Wednesday. Now, crews are scouring the more than 7,000 charred acres to assess the damage.

San Diego Home Prices Continue To Rise

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The price of homes in San Diego rises again.

Military Quietly Becoming A Major Environmental Steward

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The military has long been recognized as a defender of endangered habitats on base, but the Department of Defense is moving the focus to land around military installations.

Heat Hits San Diego County, But There's Enough Power

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The first heatwave of the summer arrives, but there should be enough electricity to handle demand.

Nonprofit Connects City Parking Plans With Fuel Waste

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Municipal rules aimed at dealing with problems like parking may have unexpected consequences on the state's environment.

Veterans Connected To Jobs In Apartment Industry

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Returning veterans are being offered a leg up in the job market by the National Apartment Association Education Institute.

San Diego Unified Hopes To Feed 600,000 With Summer Meal Program

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San Diego free summer lunch program is up and running and organizers hope the federally funded program feeds even more people this year than last.

Grid Managers Urge Residents To Conserve Energy This Summer

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As we head into the summer months, electricity grid managers remind consumers to conserve power.

San Diego Rental Market Stable

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San Diego's improving labor market is helping keep the region's apartment marketplace stable.

Sharks Attracting Attention In San Diego Waters

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A large underwater predator has the attention of San Diego divers. There's been a spike in the number of sevengill shark sightings since January.

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner Discusses TMD, City Unions, Revised Budget & La Jolla Cove

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Do you have a question for Mayor Bob Filner? He joins KPBS Midday Edition today at noon to discuss the Tourism Marketing District controversy, the five-year agreement with city unions, revised budget and cleaning up La Jolla cove.