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Stories by Erik Anderson

Desalination Plant Named For Former Carlsbad Mayor 'Bud' Lewis

Desalination Plant Named For Former Carlsbad Mayor 'Bud' Lewis

Dec. 14
By City News Service, Erik Anderson

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

Drinking Water Starts Flowing From Carlsbad Desalination Plant

Dec. 14
By Erik Anderson

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

Sea Lion Pups Are Showing Signs Of Hunger In Southern California

Dec. 10
By Erik Anderson

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

FEMA Reviews Plan For Disaster Response To El Niño

Dec. 9
By Associated Press, Erik Anderson

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

Carlsbad Power Plant Project Challenged

Carlsbad Power Plant Project Challenged

Dec. 7
By Erik Anderson

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

Poll Finds California Residents See Global Warming As Serious

Dec. 3
By Erik Anderson

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

San Diego County Water Managers Want Conservation Rules Tweaked

Dec. 1
By Erik Anderson

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

California Travel Industry Worries About Terror Backlash

Nov. 27
By Erik Anderson

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

Carlsbad Tightens Water Restrictions

Carlsbad Tightens Water Restrictions

Nov. 25
By Erik Anderson

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

Public Mourns Death Of Rare Rhino In San Diego

Nov. 23
By Erik Anderson

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

San Diego Water Board Criticized For Stormwater Permit Changes

Nov. 18
By Erik Anderson

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

San Diego's Ballast Point Brewer Aims To Continue Growing

Nov. 17
By Erik Anderson

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

Ballast Point Brewing Sold To Constellation Brands For $1B

Nov. 16
By City News Service, Erik Anderson

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

San Diego Zoo Works To Save Northern White Rhino

Nov. 12
By Erik Anderson

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

Federal Desert Management Plan For California Almost Complete

Nov. 11
By Erik Anderson

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

Warning: San Diego County Housing Is Becoming More Unaffordable

Nov. 9
By Erik Anderson

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

Chinese Navy Ship Calls On San Diego To Share Knowledge

Nov. 5
By Erik Anderson

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 Miss...

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

Nov. 5
By Erik Anderson

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

San Diego's Clean Tech Industry Remains Strong

Nov. 4
By Erik Anderson

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

Drought-Tolerant Trees Taking Root At Balboa Park

Nov. 3
By Erik Anderson

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

Invasive Weed Threatens Kelp Forests Off San Diego Coast

Invasive Weed Threatens Kelp Forests Off San Diego Coast

Nov. 2
By Erik Anderson

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

Carlsbad, Fallbrook Miss Water Conservation Targets

Carlsbad, Fallbrook Miss Water Conservation Targets

Oct. 30
By City News Service, Erik Anderson

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

California Regulator Talks Solar In San Diego

Oct. 28
By Erik Anderson

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

Plan To Curb Climate Change Unveiled At UC San Diego Summit

Oct. 27
By Associated Press, Erik Anderson

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

Carlsbad Desalination Plant Nears Opening

Oct. 27
By Erik Anderson

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

New California Law Allows For Fish Markets

Oct. 16
By Erik Anderson

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

San Diego Researchers Push To Build Better Batteries

Oct. 15
By Erik Anderson

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

San Diego Transit Stations Get Poor Grades

Oct. 6
By Erik Anderson

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

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

Oct. 1
By Erik Anderson

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

North County Farming Operation Grows More Than Just Produce

Oct. 1
By Erik Anderson

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

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

Sept. 25
By Erik Anderson

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

UCSD 'Shake Table' Gets Major Federal Grant

Sept. 25
By Erik Anderson

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

San Diego Advocates Call For Better Regional Transportation Plan

Sept. 23
By Erik Anderson

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

Chula Vista Reviews Smart City Plans

Chula Vista Reviews Smart City Plans

Sept. 14
By Erik Anderson

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

San Diego County Gets Recycled Water Filling Station

Sept. 9
By Erik Anderson

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

New Sycuan Gaming Compact Up For Vote Soon

Sept. 9
By Erik Anderson

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

San Diego's Mission Bay May Get A Naturalizing Facelift

Sept. 8
By Erik Anderson

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 N...

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

Sept. 4
By Erik Anderson

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

Environmental Advocates Urge Support Of Pollution Reduction Act

Environmental Advocates Urge Support Of Pollution Reduction Act

Sept. 3
By Erik Anderson

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

California Manufacturers Outperform Most States

California Manufacturers Outperform Most States

Sept. 3
By Erik Anderson

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

Imperial Valley Battery System Will Be Largest In West

Aug. 26
By Erik Anderson

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

Navy, San Diego Energy Execs Celebrate Solar Deal

Aug. 20
By City News Service, Erik Anderson

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

Leased Solar Systems Dominate The U.S. Marketplace

July 31
By Erik Anderson

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

Eyes Look To Carlsbad's Desalination Plant

July 27
By Erik Anderson

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

New El Niño Images Show Strong Event

July 27
By Erik Anderson

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

Barrio Logan Scrap Yard Fire Raises Concerns About Safety

July 24
By Erik Anderson

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 Pr...

California Consumer Advocates Complain About Record Oil Industry Profits

July 23
By Erik Anderson

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

San Diego Water Rates Could Increase Sharply

San Diego Water Rates Could Increase Sharply

July 21
By Erik Anderson

Water rates are going up if the city of San Diego's Water Department gets its way. The department is asking for a 9.8 percent increase in January and then a 6.9 percent rate hike six months later in July.

Refugee Students Experience Coronado Beach In Outreach Event

Refugee Students Experience Coronado Beach In Outreach Event

July 7
By Erik Anderson

About 50 students from El Cajon High were treated to a day at the beach on Tuesday.

California Budget Could Save Tijuana River Valley

California Budget Could Save Tijuana River Valley

July 3
By Erik Anderson

Environmentalists hope the newly signed California budget helps them get trash out of the Tijuana River Valley.