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Stories by Erik Anderson

Carlsbad, Fallbrook Miss Water Conservation Targets

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

Chula Vista Reviews Smart City Plans

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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

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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

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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

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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 New Location

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

Environmental Advocates Urge Support Of Pollution Reduction Act

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

California Manufacturers Outperform Most States

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 Profits

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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

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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

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

California Budget Could Save Tijuana River Valley

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

San Diego Prepares For Onslaught Of Holiday Beach Trash

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San Diego city officials and clean water advocates are getting ready for the holiday weekend and have plans in place to keep trash out of the ocean.

California Residents Urged To Conserve Electricity

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With a heat wave gripping parts of Southern California and power demand on the rise, the manager of the state's energy grid has issued a "flex alert," urging residents to conserve electricity between 2 and 9 p.m. to reduce strain on the system.

Economic Indicators For San Diego County At Highest Level In 8 Years

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The index stood at 139.7 in May, the highest mark since December 2006. The monthly hike was the 12th in a row for the index, but the size of the increase — 0.5 percent — was the smallest since last October.

Carlsbad Desalination Plant's Pipeline Now Complete

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Poseidon Water, the builder of the plant, and the water authority announced that the last 54-inch diameter section was dropped into place in Macario Canyon in Carlsbad. The section was the 2,177th of the pipeline, which runs between Carlsbad and San Marcos.

California To Start Banning Lead Ammunition

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To protect wildlife from lead poisoning, California is starting to phase out the use of lead ammunition, beginning Wednesday. That means hunters won't be allowed to use some lead bullets.

San Diego Fast Food Workers Rally For Higher Pay

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San Diego fast food workers continue to push for a $15 hourly minimum wage. They rallied Monday in support of their fellow workers asking for the same thing in New York State.

Roundtable Tackles The Chargers, Electricity Rates, Wage Theft

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Wave goodbye to the Chargers and hello to a new Padres manager. Plus, why are SDG&E's electricity rates the highest in Southern California, and is it true that many San Diego restaurants regularly steal from their workers?

San Diego County's Backcountry Residents Drill Deeper For Water

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San Diego's East County doesn't rely on imported water, but the region is still struggling as residents put pressure on the groundwater supply.

North San Diego County Seawall Is At Center Of Legal Fight

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The long running debate over seawalls has found its way to the state's highest court.

Workers Begin Dredging San Elijo Lagoon

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San Elijo Lagoon is about to get a blast of ocean water. The annual dredging of the lagoon's inlet got underway Thursday.

Water Is A Serious Issue For Many California Residents

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Water is the most worrisome issue facing California residents, and concern about water tops worries about the economy for the first time in a new poll.

San Diego Is Adding Jobs, But Are They The Right Jobs?

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San Diego is adding jobs but there is worry the job gains may not be good in the long run.

California PTA Calls Climate Change A Children's Issue

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Climate change is a legacy that California's 9 million children will have to face, according to the state's Parent Teacher Association.

Environmentalists Lobby Against A Controversial Trade Deal

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The National Sierra Club is working to galvanize opposition in San Diego to a controversial Fast Track Trade bill being debated in Washington.

Environmentalists Work To Keep San Diego Beaches Clean

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Crowded beaches during Memorial Day weekend could lead to a lot of trash in the sand on Tuesday, but a local group is working to keep that from happening.

San Diego Soitec Solar Plant Sold, Future Uncertain

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A French semi-conductor company has given up on its venture into solar energy. Soitec has agreed to sell its solar business, including a San Diego factory.

Environmentalists Push For Alternatives To Adding Lanes To Route 94

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Transportation planners want to ease traffic congestion on state Route 94, which brings commuters in and out of downtown San Diego.

California Compares Favorably To Other Countries In The Clean Technology Arena

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California performs well against the rest of the world in the latest Green Innovation Index from the non-partisan think tank Next-10.

San Diego Rents Among Highest In Country

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California placed four cities in the top 10 list for residential rental rates.

Rare San Diego Rhino Dealing With Medical Issue

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A rare rhinoceros is getting medical care at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

San Diego Biologists Find New Populations Of Rare Plant

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Biologists have found six new populations of a rare San Diego plant that was thought to be extinct just a few decades ago.