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Stories by Erik Anderson

Survey: Many San Diegans Don't Know How To Dispose Of Old Medicines

Survey: Many San Diegans Don't Know How To Dispose Of Old Medicines

March 23
By Erik Anderson

There's a lot of work to do to educate residents about disposing of old or expired prescription drugs, a new survey from UC San Diego finds.

Researcher Says Monarch Butterflies Face Perilous Future

Researcher Says Monarch Butterflies Face Perilous Future

March 22
By Erik Anderson

A Scripps Institution of Oceanography researcher says monarch butterflies east of the Rocky Mountains have a significant chance of going extinct in the next two decades.

San Diego Region Gets A Break On Water Conservation Goals

San Diego Region Gets A Break On Water Conservation Goals

March 11
By Erik Anderson

California water officials are giving water districts in San Diego County a break when it comes to saving water because the region's conservation targets are now significantly lower.

Report: Criminal Justice System Errors Cost Taxpayers Millions In C...

Report: Criminal Justice System Errors Cost Taxpayers Millions In California

March 10
By Erik Anderson, Marissa Cabrera

A new report shows mistakes in California's criminal justice system cost taxpayers more than $282 million between 1989 and 2012.

Remembering Japan's 2011 Earthquake, Tsunami

Remembering Japan's 2011 Earthquake, Tsunami

March 9
By Erik Anderson, Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

On March 11, 2011, a 9.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Japan, triggering a tsunami that helped cause a nuclear meltdown.

California's High Housing Costs Could Cause Problems

California's High Housing Costs Could Cause Problems

March 3
By Erik Anderson

California is adding jobs and wages are going up, but a new economic review warns a housing shortage could crimp the state's economic growth.

San Diego Craft Brewers Worry Big Beer Wants Market Share

San Diego Craft Brewers Worry Big Beer Wants Market Share

Feb. 24
By Erik Anderson

Local craft brewers are concerned about a bid by the world's largest beer seller to open a brew pub in San Diego's East Village.

San Diego Earthquake Simulator Rocks Metal Pilings

San Diego Earthquake Simulator Rocks Metal Pilings

Feb. 23
By Erik Anderson

San Diego researchers are among those testing materials that could help make existing buildings more resistant to earthquakes.

Despite Recent Scrutiny, Review Finds Coastal Commission Sticks By ...

Despite Recent Scrutiny, Review Finds Coastal Commission Sticks By Mandate

Feb. 19
By Erik Anderson

A Stanford University review of its rulings shows the California Coastal Commission has been consistent and steadfast over the past 20 years.

Del Mar Bans Single-Use Plastic Bags

Del Mar Bans Single-Use Plastic Bags

Feb. 16
By Erik Anderson

Del Mar is now the third San Diego County city to approve a ban on single-use plastic bags. The Del Mar City Council voted 5-0 to approve the ban Tuesday night.

Too Much Love May Be Hurting San Diego Park

Too Much Love May Be Hurting San Diego Park

Feb. 11
By Erik Anderson

Torrey Pines State Reserve is the third most visited state park in California. Park officials are working hard to keep all those visitors from damaging the fragile resources.

San Diegans See Flash In Morning Sky

San Diegans See Flash In Morning Sky

Feb. 11
By Erik Anderson

More than 150 people reported seeing a greenish-blue flash in the skies over Southern California Thursday morning.

Earthquakes May Have More Reach Than Previously Thought

Earthquakes May Have More Reach Than Previously Thought

Feb. 9
By Erik Anderson

New research shows that large earthquakes on one fault could jump to another causing widespread damage.

San Diego Attorney Wants Public Investigation Into Huge Methane Spill

San Diego Attorney Wants Public Investigation Into Huge Methane Spill

Feb. 1
By Erik Anderson

A consumer advocate from San Diego is joining counterparts in Los Angeles in calling for more public information about the investigation into a huge natural gas leak that continues to spew methane about three months after the leak was discovered.

San Diego's Solar Net Metering Limit Is Approaching

San Diego's Solar Net Metering Limit Is Approaching

Jan. 25
By Erik Anderson

San Diego homeowners considering solar could lose a major financial incentive this summer.

San Diego Lifeguards Approve New Contract

San Diego Lifeguards Approve New Contract

Jan. 22
By Erik Anderson

San Diego lifeguards have a new contract after members voted to approve the proposal.

San Diego Lifeguards Push For Better Health Care Benefits

San Diego Lifeguards Push For Better Health Care Benefits

Jan. 20
By Erik Anderson

San Diego lifeguards are voting on a new proposed contract Wednesday, but the deal's health care coverage falls short of what lifeguards are seeking.

California Water Conservation Rules Could Be Changing

California Water Conservation Rules Could Be Changing

Jan. 15
By Erik Anderson

State officials propose changes to the governor's mandated water conservation rules.

Qualcomm Property May Have Future As University Campus

Qualcomm Property May Have Future As University Campus

Jan. 14
By Erik Anderson

A former state senator said the city of San Diego should consider transferring ownership of the Qualcomm Stadium property to a local university if the Chargers move to a different location.

Chargers Owe San Diego Money If Team Leaves

Chargers Owe San Diego Money If Team Leaves

Jan. 12
By Erik Anderson

The Chargers' stadium lease calls for the team to pay the city of San Diego a set fee if and when they opt to leave San Diego.

Crews Work To Repair Del Mar Bluff Collapse That Closed Busy Road

Crews Work To Repair Del Mar Bluff Collapse That Closed Busy Road

Jan. 8
By Erik Anderson

A busy coastal road is closed as crews work to repair damage caused by this week's storms.

California Drought Contributes To Second-Highest Average Temperatur...

California Drought Contributes To Second-Highest Average Temperature On Record

Jan. 7
By Erik Anderson

California's punishing drought had a major role in raising the nation's average temperature to a near-record level last year.

San Diego Businesses, Homeowners Brace For More Rain

San Diego Businesses, Homeowners Brace For More Rain

Jan. 6
By Erik Anderson

A brief lull between storms gave local residents a chance to clean up and prepare for the next deluge.

San Diego Apartment Rents Rise Faster Than State, National Averages

San Diego Apartment Rents Rise Faster Than State, National Averages

Jan. 5
By Erik Anderson

A strong job market is pushing apartment rents up faster in San Diego - and across the state - compared to the rest of the country.

Environmentalists Oppose New Stormwater Permit Rules

Environmentalists Oppose New Stormwater Permit Rules

Dec. 24
By Erik Anderson

Clean water advocates want to roll back a new requirement the prevents citizen groups from suing cities that are developing stormwater pollution control plans.

Aquaponics Farm To Triple In Size, Quadruple Homeless Funding

Aquaponics Farm To Triple In Size, Quadruple Homeless Funding

Dec. 21
By Erik Anderson

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.

Survey: California Business Climate Is Better Than Expected

Survey: California Business Climate Is Better Than Expected

Dec. 21
By Erik Anderson

California's business climate gets high marks for job creation when compared to other states in a new survey put together by Beacon Economics.

California Gets Mixed Grades For Drought Policy

California Gets Mixed Grades For Drought Policy

Dec. 16
By Erik Anderson

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

California Solar Backers Win In Battle Over Incentives

Dec. 15
By Erik Anderson

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

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.

Endangered Northern White Rhino Dies In San Diego

Endangered Northern White Rhino Dies In San Diego

Nov. 22
By City News Service, Erik Anderson, KPBS News

Nola, who was being treated for a bacterial infection, was one of the last remaining northern white rhinos in the world. She lived at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park near Escondido.

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.