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Stories by Erik Anderson

Issa Faces Strong Challenger In November Runoff

Issa Faces Strong Challenger In November Runoff

June 7
By Erik Anderson, KPBS News

Republican incumbent Darrell Issa could face a strong challenge in November. With 100 percent of precincts counted, Issa captured 51 percent of the vote and attorney Doug Applegate garnered 45 percent.

Report Card Gives Most San Diego Beaches Good Grades

Report Card Gives Most San Diego Beaches Good Grades

May 30
By Erik Anderson

San Diego gets generally good water quality marks at local beaches, but some familiar trouble spots remain in the latest Heal The Bay Water Quality Report Card.

Hundreds Gather In Coronado For Memorial Day Remembrance

Hundreds Gather In Coronado For Memorial Day Remembrance

May 30
By Erik Anderson

People of all ages gathered at Star Park in Coronado Monday for a solemn remembrance of those who died while serving their country.

Updated San Diego Water Forecast Expects Supplies To Be Reduced

Updated San Diego Water Forecast Expects Supplies To Be Reduced

May 27
By Erik Anderson

San Diego County water managers are redrawing the county's long-term water supply picture, but some environmentalists say the picture isn't quite right.

Campaign Finances Stir Up A San Diego Congressional Race

Campaign Finances Stir Up A San Diego Congressional Race

May 26
By Erik Anderson

U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter's campaign finance spending is under scrutiny. The congressman said some mistakes were made, money was paid back and an audit is expected to answer questions.

Not Much Change Expected In San Diego's Congressional Delegation

Not Much Change Expected In San Diego's Congressional Delegation

May 18
By Erik Anderson

The San Diego congressional delegation will likely seem very familiar after this year's election cycle wraps up in November. That's because four seats are unlikely to change.

SDG&E Pushes For More Electric Cars In San Diego

SDG&E Pushes For More Electric Cars In San Diego

May 16
By Erik Anderson

San Diego's investor-owned utility is spending $7.5 million over five years to encourage the transition to electrically powered cars.

California Has New Canned Food Warning Labels

California Has New Canned Food Warning Labels

May 11
By Erik Anderson

California consumers may see new warning labels for canned food Wednesday, but people will have to look to find them. Consumer advocates say consumers are not being properly protected.

Activist Behind Controversial Fliers Visits San Diego State

Activist Behind Controversial Fliers Visits San Diego State

May 5
By Erik Anderson, Megan Burks

A day after conservative activist David Horowitz and his body guard arrived on the San Diego State University free of protestors, fliers bearing a hate message were found in Love Library.

Students Call For SDSU President's Resignation

Students Call For SDSU President's Resignation

May 4
By Erik Anderson

San Diego State University President Elliot Hirshman has been under fire for his response to fliers connecting students to "Palestinian terrorists" that were posted on campus last month.

Report: San Diego Quality Of Life Mixed

Report: San Diego Quality Of Life Mixed

May 3
By Erik Anderson

The annual quality of life report shows San Diego performs well on economics, energy and water use, but not on affordable housing.

Democratic Rep. Scott Peters Faces Five GOP Challengers In June

Democratic Rep. Scott Peters Faces Five GOP Challengers In June

May 3
By Erik Anderson

The two-term incumbent's 52nd Congressional District race is the most competitive House contest in San Diego County in the June 7 primary.

San Diego's Economy Gets Good News

San Diego's Economy Gets Good News

April 28
By Erik Anderson

A new report from University of San Diego says leading economic indicators are climbing back up, hinting that the economy will continue growing the rest of the year.

Prototype Electric Car Could Point The Way To The Future

Prototype Electric Car Could Point The Way To The Future

April 27
By Erik Anderson

UC San Diego engineers plan to put an electric car through a challenging cross-country journey. They're covering a 2,500-mile trip in less than two days, which can't be done with current battery technology.

Ahead Of Earth Day, County Shares Water Conservation Tips

Ahead Of Earth Day, County Shares Water Conservation Tips

April 19
By Erik Anderson

Friday is Earth Day, and San Diego County workers got a chance to show off the county's water conservation initiatives at an event Tuesday.

Get Ready For An Active Fire Season, County Officials Say

Get Ready For An Active Fire Season, County Officials Say

April 14
By Erik Anderson

Winter rains fed an explosion of grass throughout San Diego County, which could fuel fires this year. Officials urge residents to clear fire hazards from around their homes.

California Wants To Delay Toxic Chemical Labeling On Canned Foods

California Wants To Delay Toxic Chemical Labeling On Canned Foods

March 28
By Erik Anderson

Environmental health advocates are upset California wants to put off requiring toxic chemical warning labels on certain canned and bottled foods. The concern is linked to linings inside those containers.

San Diego Brewers Get A Boost From Local Yeast Maker

San Diego Brewers Get A Boost From Local Yeast Maker

March 25
By Erik Anderson

San Diego's craft brewing hub got a huge boost from a local company that specializes in making a crucial element in the beer making process, yeast.

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.