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Stories by Erik Anderson

Progress Made On Mission Bay Project

Progress Made On Mission Bay Project

Sept. 26, 2016
By Erik Anderson

The push to create more wetland habitat on the north part of Mission Bay is moving forward with a key hearing this week.

Here Are Some Awesome Little Free Libraries In San Diego

Here Are Some Awesome Little Free Libraries In San Diego

Aug. 31, 2016
By Erik Anderson, Kristina Bravo

Maybe you've spotted them in your neighborhood: tiny boxes that contain books for anyone to take. From a Pokémon GO stop to a mini-ghost town schoolhouse, here are some of the best ones we've seen around.

Innovation Economy Accounts For Quarter Of San Diego's GDP

Innovation Economy Accounts For Quarter Of San Diego's GDP

Sept. 15, 2016
By City News Service, Erik Anderson

San Diego County's innovation economy has grown to $52 billion, but many investors remain wary of investing in it.

Arsenic Still Taints Some California Drinking Water

Arsenic Still Taints Some California Drinking Water

Sept. 12, 2016
By Erik Anderson

Environmental advocates say California isn't doing enough to protect residents who have too much arsenic in their public drinking water supplies.

ITT Tech Shutters Campuses After Federal Aid Sanctions

ITT Tech Shutters Campuses After Federal Aid Sanctions

Sept. 6, 2016
By Associated Press, City News Service, Erik Anderson

ITT Educational Services is ending academic operations at all of its more than 130 campuses across 38 states. That includes the National City and Vista campuses.

California Lawmakers Kill CPUC Reforms

California Lawmakers Kill CPUC Reforms

Sept. 2, 2016
By Erik Anderson

The agency that regulates the state's utilities is not getting a major overhaul, despite a political consensus that one is needed.

Fading Salton Sea Thirsting For Water

Fading Salton Sea Thirsting For Water

Sept. 2, 2016
By Erik Anderson

California's largest lake has been teetering on the edge of an ecological disaster for years, but there is new momentum to find a solution for the environmental challenges at the Salton Sea.

Obama Pledges Federal Help For Salton Sea

Obama Pledges Federal Help For Salton Sea

Aug. 31, 2016
By Erik Anderson

President Barack Obama unveiled a new partnership with California aimed at tackling the ecological problems plaguing the Salton Sea.

Feds Deny Developers' Bid To Take Gnatcatcher Off Endange...

Feds Deny Developers' Bid To Take Gnatcatcher Off Endangered Species List

Aug. 30, 2016
By Erik Anderson

The California Building Industry Association asked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to delist the gray songbird. Law requires habitat protection for endangered species or mitigation if development happens where the birds live.

Scientists Mark 100 Years Of Recording Ocean Temp At Scri...

Scientists Mark 100 Years Of Recording Ocean Temp At Scripps Pier

Aug. 22, 2016
By Erik Anderson

San Diego researchers have been taking ocean temperatures at the end of Scripps Pier for a century, and the data have a story to tell.

Large-Scale Battery Project Ready To Go Online In Imperia...

Large-Scale Battery Project Ready To Go Online In Imperial Valley

Aug. 18, 2016
By Erik Anderson

The Imperial Valley is home to one of the largest utility-scale battery projects on the West Coast, helping take the nation's power grid in a new direction.

Consumer Advocates Push For Better Warning Labels On Cann...

Consumer Advocates Push For Better Warning Labels On Canned Foods

Aug. 15, 2016
By Erik Anderson

California regulators are under fire for keeping state-mandated label warnings off of canned foods. Consumers groups are pushing for a new state agency to take over oversight.

Firefighting Helicopter Returns To San Diego

Firefighting Helicopter Returns To San Diego

Aug. 8, 2016
By Erik Anderson

San Diego County officials are cheering the return of a huge helicopter crane that will help with aerial firefighting over the next three months. This is the seventh year the large chopper would be deployed as part of the county's firefighting fleet.

San Diego Taxpayers Association Gets Rebuffed By Chargers

San Diego Taxpayers Association Gets Rebuffed By Chargers

Aug. 8, 2016
By Erik Anderson

The San Diego County Taxpayers Association is disappointed the Chargers won't meet with them to discuss the team's stadium initiative on the November ballot.

California Gas Prices Draw Ire Of Consumer Advocates

California Gas Prices Draw Ire Of Consumer Advocates

Aug. 4, 2016
By Erik Anderson

An advocacy group is blasting profit reports from California's oil refiners, saying there's a huge discrepancy between wholesale and retail prices of gasoline.

San Diego Leads Way In Reshaping Nation's Power Grid

San Diego Leads Way In Reshaping Nation's Power Grid

Aug. 4, 2016
By Erik Anderson

Borrego Springs, a small desert community about 80 miles east of San Diego, is shining a light on a future that could completely change how power is delivered to homes and businesses.

San Diego Home Rental Rate Hikes Easing

San Diego Home Rental Rate Hikes Easing

Aug. 2, 2016
By Erik Anderson

The city's rental market may be cooling off a bit, but prices are still expected to go up in the next few months.

International Space Station Operations Coming To San Diego

International Space Station Operations Coming To San Diego

July 12, 2016
By Erik Anderson

The national laboratory that manages the International Space Station from Earth will soon open an office in San Diego.

Cultivating The Future Of San Diego Baseball

Cultivating The Future Of San Diego Baseball

July 12, 2016
By Erik Anderson

Baseball's stars take center stage in San Diego Tuesday night at Major League Baseball's All-Star Game. The national pastime is thriving at the major league level, but for years the sport has struggled to attract younger players.

San Diego And California Get High Marks On Green Index

San Diego And California Get High Marks On Green Index

June 29, 2016
By Erik Anderson

California continues to perform well on the Next 10 Green Innovation Index, which measures how well the economy performs with the state's climate goals as a backdrop.

Simulated Earthquake Shakes Steel Building In San Diego

Simulated Earthquake Shakes Steel Building In San Diego

June 15, 2016
By Erik Anderson

San Diego researchers put the world's largest outdoor shake table through its paces, with a six-story steel structure on top.

Primary Surprise: Did Issa's Support For Trump Hurt His C...

Primary Surprise: Did Issa's Support For Trump Hurt His Campaign?

June 8, 2016
By Erik Anderson

Even though Republican Darrell Issa outspent his opponent, Tuesday's primary race in the 49th Congressional District was much closer than observers expected. One political scientist says the incumbent's support for Donald Trump might have hurt him.

Rep. Scott Peters Advances To Runoff With Wide Lead

Rep. Scott Peters Advances To Runoff With Wide Lead

June 7, 2016
By Erik Anderson, KPBS News

Democratic incumbent Scott Peters has the majority of the vote, and looked set to run off against Republican challenger Denise Gitsham in November.

Issa Faces Strong Challenger In November Runoff

Issa Faces Strong Challenger In November Runoff

June 7, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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 R...

Updated San Diego Water Forecast Expects Supplies To Be Reduced

May 27, 2016
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, 2016
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 Del...

Not Much Change Expected In San Diego's Congressional Delegation

May 18, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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 I...

Democratic Rep. Scott Peters Faces Five GOP Challengers In June

May 3, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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 Cann...

California Wants To Delay Toxic Chemical Labeling On Canned Foods

March 28, 2016
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, 2016
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...

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

March 23, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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 Mil...

Report: Criminal Justice System Errors Cost Taxpayers Millions In California

March 10, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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 ...

Despite Recent Scrutiny, Review Finds Coastal Commission Sticks By Mandate

Feb. 19, 2016
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.