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Stories by Erik Anderson

Carlsbad Desalination Plant Gets Close To Making Fresh Water

Carlsbad Desalination Plant Gets Close To Making Fresh Water

March 19
By Erik Anderson

The largest desalination plant in the western hemisphere remains on track to open this fall.

Scientists Use Drones To Track Whales Off California Coast

Scientists Use Drones To Track Whales Off California Coast

March 19
By Erik Anderson

Southern California's whale-watching industry is reporting a busier than usual season along the coast this year. Good weather gets some of the credit, but researchers are also trying to figure out why the cetaceans appear to be doing well.

San Diego Watersheds Get Poor Water Quality Marks

San Diego Watersheds Get Poor Water Quality Marks

March 11
By Erik Anderson

The lingering California drought is impacting water quality in San Diego's watersheds.

San Diego's Balboa Park Taps Water From An Unusual Source — Air Con...

San Diego's Balboa Park Taps Water From An Unusual Source — Air Conditioners

March 4
By Erik Anderson

An enduring drought has put pressure on officials running Balboa Park to do a better job of managing the water. Creative thinking may have uncovered a new source of water.

San Diego Zoo Gets Funding To Help Save Northern White Rhinos

San Diego Zoo Gets Funding To Help Save Northern White Rhinos

March 2
By Erik Anderson

The zoo, which is home to one northern white rhino, was awarded $110,000 by the Seaver Institute to fund whole genome sequencing.

Ban On Plastic Bags In California To Go Before Voters

Ban On Plastic Bags In California To Go Before Voters

Feb. 24
By Associated Press, Erik Anderson

A trade group has turned in enough signatures to qualify a referendum on California's plastic bag ban law, suspending implementation of the nation's first statewide ban until voters weigh in on the November 2016 ballot.

Craft Beer Brewing A Success Story In San Diego

Craft Beer Brewing A Success Story In San Diego

Feb. 19
By Erik Anderson

San Diego brewpubs and craft breweries are making their impact felt in the local economy. The industry made a $600 million economic impact last year.

Sea Lions Struggle Along The California Coast

Sea Lions Struggle Along The California Coast

Feb. 18
By Erik Anderson

Malnourished sea lion pups are turning up at rescue centers all along the West Coast. Federal officials say the problem will likely get worse before it gets better.

More Than 2,000 Trees Planted Along River In Santee

More Than 2,000 Trees Planted Along River In Santee

Feb. 16
By Erik Anderson

Employees from a San Diego biotech company hope to offset paper consumption by planting the trees.

Military Contractors Talk Budgets, Technology In San Diego

Military Contractors Talk Budgets, Technology In San Diego

Feb. 11
By Erik Anderson

West 2015 is the largest gathering of defense contractors on the West Coast, and the conference is focused on the nation's naval forces.

Rhinos Near Extinction As San Diego Researchers Look For Answers

Rhinos Near Extinction As San Diego Researchers Look For Answers

Feb. 10
By Erik Anderson

The San Diego Zoological Society is used to successful interventions when it comes to species flirting with extinction. The recovery of the California condor is just one example. But the society's conservationists are on the verge of losing a battle.

Golf Tournament At Torrey Pines Helps Drive Tourism Economy

Golf Tournament At Torrey Pines Helps Drive Tourism Economy

Feb. 9
By Erik Anderson

The nearly perfect weather at this past weekend's Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines is widely seen as a boost for the region's tourism economy.

West Coast Port Employers To Cut Shifts Amid Labor Dispute

West Coast Port Employers To Cut Shifts Amid Labor Dispute

Feb. 6
By Associated Press, Erik Anderson

This is the latest escalation in a labor dispute with dockworkers that threatens to shut down ports vital to U.S. trade with Asia.

Labor Dispute Could Push Up California Gas Prices

Labor Dispute Could Push Up California Gas Prices

Feb. 3
By Erik Anderson

A strike by about 10 percent of the nation's oil refinery workers is being felt in California. One refinery in the Bay Area is being shut down and that could push up the cost of fuel.

Officials: Why Isn't There More Solar On San Diego Apartment Buildi...

Officials: Why Isn't There More Solar On San Diego Apartment Buildings, Condos?

Feb. 2
By Erik Anderson

The San Diego-based Center for Sustainable Energy is getting just over $700,000 to explore why efforts to encourage solar on multi-unit complexes are falling short.

Provocative Public Art Graces San Diego Waterfront

Provocative Public Art Graces San Diego Waterfront

Jan. 29
By Erik Anderson

An international public art project lands on the San Diego waterfront. The tall bronze sculptures aim to provoke discussions about freedom of expression.

San Diego County May Soon Have Campaign Donation Limits

San Diego County May Soon Have Campaign Donation Limits

Jan. 26
By Erik Anderson

Supervisor Ron Roberts is seeking approval for a $20,000 contribution limit for countywide elections.

California Drought Squeezes Water Agencies

California Drought Squeezes Water Agencies

Jan. 16
By Erik Anderson

California's punishing multi-year drought could put a financial squeeze on some of the state's water agencies.

Solana Beach Uses $1M Donation To Help Preserve Open Space

Solana Beach Uses $1M Donation To Help Preserve Open Space

Jan. 13
By Erik Anderson

A seaside patch of land gets a new name and a more secure future thanks to a gift.

San Diego Attorney Blasts State Commission President For Deleting E...

San Diego Attorney Blasts State Commission President For Deleting Emails

Jan. 12
By Erik Anderson

Maria Severson said California Public Utilities Commission's new president, Michael Picker, is deleting emails related to San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

Plan In the Works To Build Ferris Wheel On San Diego's Bayfront

Plan In the Works To Build Ferris Wheel On San Diego's Bayfront

Jan. 7
By Erik Anderson and Brad Racino / inewsource

The project, called “The San Diego Skywheel at Discovery Point”, would be on Tuna Harbor Park next to the Midway Museum.

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Attendance Zooms At Annual San Diego Auto Show

Jan. 2
By Erik Anderson

Lines stretched along the sidewalk on the second day of the San Diego International Auto Show.

Cold Storm Brings Snow To Unusual Areas In San Diego County

Cold Storm Brings Snow To Unusual Areas In San Diego County

Dec. 31
By Erik Anderson and City News Service

San Diegans in some low-elevation areas woke up to snow on Wednesday morning.

Storm Could Bring Snow To Unusual Areas In San Diego County

Storm Could Bring Snow To Unusual Areas In San Diego County

Dec. 30
By City News Service, Erik Anderson

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for valley, mountain and desert areas from 4 p.m. Tuesday to 4 p.m. Wednesday, saying the snow level may drop to as low as 1,500 feet in some areas overnight.

US Home Price Growth Slows For 11th Consecutive Month

US Home Price Growth Slows For 11th Consecutive Month

Dec. 30
By Erik Anderson and Associated Press

Home prices have outpaced lackluster wage growth, leaving many potential buyers unable to afford homes and causing both sales and price growth to stall this year.

Helicopter Used To Remove 60 Palm Trees From Tierrasanta Canyon

Helicopter Used To Remove 60 Palm Trees From Tierrasanta Canyon

Dec. 29
By Erik Anderson, Marielena Castellanos

The removal of the palm trees from San Diego's Shepard Canyon was part of an effort to preserve the habitat.

California Plastic Bag Ban May Soon Qualify For Ballot

California Plastic Bag Ban May Soon Qualify For Ballot

Dec. 22
By Erik Anderson

California voters may get a chance to decide the future of the state's new ban on single use plastic bags. The deadline to gather initiative signatures is a week away.

San Diego Could Be In For A Wetter Than Normal Winter

San Diego Could Be In For A Wetter Than Normal Winter

Dec. 19
By Erik Anderson

Federal climate watchers said California is in for above average amounts of precipitation this winter.

2014 Brings A Record Number Of Visitors To San Diego

2014 Brings A Record Number Of Visitors To San Diego

Dec. 17
By Erik Anderson

Tourists spent $9.2 billion and booked 16.2 million room nights this year.

Union Workers Protest Against Southwest At San Diego Airport

Union Workers Protest Against Southwest At San Diego Airport

Dec. 16
By Erik Anderson

The workers claim that Southwest Airlines is making money at the expense of workers and customers.

San Diego's Apartment Vacancy Rate Falls

San Diego's Apartment Vacancy Rate Falls

Dec. 9
By Erik Anderson

Fewer apartments are vacant in San Diego and an improving job market gets some of the credit.

San Diego Filipinos Watch As Deadly Typhoon Washes Over The Philipp...

San Diego Filipinos Watch As Deadly Typhoon Washes Over The Philippines

Dec. 8
By Erik Anderson

A major tropical storm in the Philippines over the weekend has stirred concern in San Diego's Filipino community. Many local Filipinos are trying to reach family and friends in the island nation and are looking for ways to help.

San Diego Joins National Black Friday Protest At Local Walmart Stores

San Diego Joins National Black Friday Protest At Local Walmart Stores

Nov. 28
By Erik Anderson, Tarryn Mento

San Diego protesters join demonstrators and Walmart employees around the country calling for better pay and work schedules.

California's Life Sciences Industry Beats Other States

California's Life Sciences Industry Beats Other States

Nov. 28
By Erik Anderson

California's life sciences industry shines in a new national report. The Golden State ranks number one when it comes to jobs.

Double Pay Proposed For California Workers On Major Holidays

Double Pay Proposed For California Workers On Major Holidays

Nov. 26
By City News Service, Erik Anderson

A San Diego lawmaker is proposing a bill to take the sting out of working on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Beware Of Exploding Turkeys

Beware Of Exploding Turkeys

Nov. 25
By Erik Anderson

Deep-frying is a popular, but dangerous way to fix a Thanksgiving Day turkey. Firefighting trainees at Chula Vista’s Southwestern College share tips to avoid disaster.

San Diego’s Mexican Consulate Pledges Help For Obama’s Immigration ...

San Diego’s Mexican Consulate Pledges Help For Obama’s Immigration Reforms

Nov. 24
By Erik Anderson

The Mexican Consulate in San Diego is promising to reach out to people who may be eligible for relief under President Barack Obama’s immigration reforms.

Clean Tech Shines Differently Around California

Clean Tech Shines Differently Around California

Nov. 24
By Erik Anderson

San Diego's clean tech industry offers unique strengths that help make California a top clean tech state.

San Onofre Settlement Puts Ratepayers On Hook For $3.3B

San Onofre Settlement Puts Ratepayers On Hook For $3.3B

Nov. 20
By Erik Anderson

The California Public Utilities Commission approves a controversial settlement deal that puts ratepayers on the hook for $3.3 billion of the cost of shutting down the plant.

Southwestern College Plugs Into Its Solar Potential

Southwestern College Plugs Into Its Solar Potential

Nov. 19
By Erik Anderson

Southwestern College unveils a $13 million solar array system on its Chula Vista campus parking lots. The new structures will generate 3 megawatts of power.

San Diego, Tijuana Mayors Pledge More Cooperation

San Diego, Tijuana Mayors Pledge More Cooperation

Nov. 18
By Erik Anderson

Directors and department heads from the cities of San Diego and Tijuana will meet twice a year under a new agreement, starting in January.

Housing Affordability Still A Problem In San Diego

Housing Affordability Still A Problem In San Diego

Nov. 17
By Erik Anderson

San Diego's home prices remain out of reach of most people. A housing affordability study put San Diego near the bottom of the affordability list.

San Diego Is On The Verge Of A Major Water Recycling Project

San Diego Is On The Verge Of A Major Water Recycling Project

Nov. 14
By Erik Anderson

San Diego is on the cusp of addressing two big problems: diverting sewage headed for the Point Loma wastewater treatment plant and creating 83 million gallons of potable water a day.

West Coast Dock Workers Strike Could Cost $2 Billion A Day

West Coast Dock Workers Strike Could Cost $2 Billion A Day

Nov. 10
By Erik Anderson

Freight traffic moving through West Coast ports could come to a standstill if labor issues aren't resolved.

Gas Prices Continue To Fall In San Diego County

Gas Prices Continue To Fall In San Diego County

Nov. 5
By City News Service, Erik Anderson

The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County dropped Wednesday to its lowest amount since Dec. 23, 2010, decreasing 1.3 cents to $3.291.

Californians Drink Up $7.5B Water Bond; Measure Passes Overwhelmingly

Californians Drink Up $7.5B Water Bond; Measure Passes Overwhelmingly

Nov. 4
By Erik Anderson

California lawmakers hope a massive $7.5 billion will help the state deal with a punishing four-year drought. The measure would fund a variety of water projects, possibly including the first new dams to be built in decades.

San Diego's Economic Recovery Reaches New Heights

San Diego's Economic Recovery Reaches New Heights

Nov. 3
By Erik Anderson

San Diego's economy is expected to be worth more than $200 billion for the first time ever in 2014.

Will San Diegans Turn Out At The Polls Tuesday? Maybe

Will San Diegans Turn Out At The Polls Tuesday? Maybe

Nov. 3
By Erik Anderson, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

Midterm elections don't always get voters excited, and that may be the case in San Diego County, too. A study by the National University System Institute for Policy Research predicts a turnout of 34 percent to 38 percent.

Pro Water Bond Camp Tells Voters Why They Should Vote For Prop. 1

Pro Water Bond Camp Tells Voters Why They Should Vote For Prop. 1

Oct. 22
By Erik Anderson

Backers of the state's "water bond" and "rainy day fund" propositions unveiled four new television ads this week.

Southern California Desert Management Plan Worries Activists

Southern California Desert Management Plan Worries Activists

Oct. 22
By Erik Anderson

A sweeping renewable energy management plan for Southern California's desert regions is stirring fears about potential new solar farms and transmission lines in San Diego and Imperial counties.