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Stories by Erik Anderson

Are Consumers Paying Too Much in Proposed San Onofre Settlement?

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A settlement deal on the costs of the San Onofre shutdown, approved by the utilities and three consumer advocate groups - must now be changed. What's the cost to consumers?

Fast-Food Workers In San Diego Strike For $15 An Hour

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At one point during the local protests, strikers were sitting in the roadway on University Avenue over Interstate 15. About a dozen people were arrested and taken away by police.

San Diego Exports Rank Among State Leaders

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San Diego is going better than the nation when it comes to exporting merchandise goods.

Labor Day Stickball On Little Italy Streets In San Diego

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A spirited weekend of stockball turned several urban streets in to asphalt playgrounds this past Labor Day Weekend.

Talmadge Residents Upset About Plan To End Door-To-Door Mail

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A San Diego lawmaker is blasting a congressional proposal that could eliminate door-to-door home delivery of mail with the idea to save the agency money.

San Diego Lifeguards Brace For High Surf From Hurricane Marie

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The National Weather Service issued a beach hazards statement for the county coastline, where flooding is possible from the hurricane's swell. It will be in effect through Thursday night.

San Diego Refuge Managers Work To Balance Competing Land-Use Interests

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Managers with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are working to develop a long-term plan to manage a large patchwork of land just east of Bonita and Chula Vista. Creating a plan that pleases everyone is proving to be a challenge.

Rainy Weather Jolts Temecula Valley Wine Industry

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Grapevines soak up an unseasonable splash of rain in Temecula Valley, and that might put the red grape harvest on hold.

San Diego's Sanford-Burnham Institute Gets New Chief

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An oncologist who spent part of his career in the pharmaceutical world is the new chief executive officer at the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute.

Underwater Robots Race For Glory In Point Loma

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These aren't your father's submarine races. In fact, it's not likely that dad could've put together the intricate computers bottled-up in hopefully water-tight cases.

Authorities Warn About IRS Scam In San Diego

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Scammers are using a telephone scheme to trick people into giving them money. Eight local people have reported the con.

New CPR App Unveiled By San Diego Officials Monday

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The PulsePoint app is designed to get help to victims of sudden cardiac arrest in the critical moments before paramedics arrive. Only 8 percent of such patients survive, according to county officials.

Printing San Diego Comic-Con In 3D

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3D Systems targets consumers at San Diego's Comic-Con with its 3D printing.

Fresh Fruit Recall Touches Southern California Costco, Trader Joe's

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California fruit packing company voluntarily recalls fresh fruit that was likely sold around the nation this past weekend. Costco and Trader Joe's reach out to customers.

What Do Microsoft Layoffs Mean For Nokia In San Diego?

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The software giant aims to downsize about 14 percent of its workers, but about 12,500 of the layoffs are expected to come from the Nokia mobile phone unit that Microsoft acquired three months ago.

San Diego And California Dominate Clean Tech Lists

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When it comes to clean tech, no state performs better than California, and only two cities are better than San Diego.

Report Shows San Diego's Economy Growing Steadily

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A new report finds San Diego's economy is adding jobs, attracting investment capital and showing other signs of steady economic growth.

IRS Boss Slams Congressional Budget Cutting Request

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The IRS Chief said proposed federal budget cuts could keep the tax collection agency from doing a good job.

Facebook Users Weigh In On Ethics Of Experiment

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Facebook officials are apologizing for a peer-reviewed study that isn't getting many likes from users. There are questions whether the social media platform acted ethically during the 2012 research.

California To Lower State's Gas Tax

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California is tweaking the state's gas tax formula. The excise tax is going down because gas consumption is up.

SDG&E: Record Power Use Predicted This Summer In San Diego

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San Diego utility officials say they expect to set power usage records this summer, but they say there will be enough electricity to meet demand.

Life Sciences Has Major Impact On California's Economy

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California is getting a huge economic bump from the state's life science industry. San Diego's biotechnology cluster plays a role in that success.

Soaring Stock Market May Not Be Boon To San Diego Economy

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Stock-market prices have flirted with record highs recently, but a San Diego professor said the development reveals little about the state of the economy.

San Diego Hosts World's Largest Biotechnology Convention

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San Diego and its biotechnology industry takes center stage on Monday, with more than 15,000 biotechnology professionals here for the annual BIO International Convention.

Solar Lags On San Diego's Multifamily Complexes

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Rooftop solar systems are easy to find on businesses and single-family homes in San Diego, but apartment and condo complexes have been slower to convert. Some want to change that, especially to help the poor.

Ratepayers Get Chance To Speak Out About San Onofre Settlement Deal

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The public will get a chance to weigh in on a proposal to settle the costs of the San Onofre nuclear power plant shutdown.

More Than 97 Percent Of San Diego's Rental Properties Are Occupied

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San Diego's apartment vacancy rate dips to 2.8 percent, its lowest point in more than 10 years.

San Diego Home Prices And Inventories Creep Up, As Number Of Sales Decrease

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San Diego's median home price topped $500,000 in May, a price point the market hasn't seen since the last peak in 2007.

Consumer Advocates Want Better Open Meeting Rules For California Regulators

Consumer advocates said current rules don't protect the public's access to meeting held by the California Public Utilities Commission

District Attorney Dumanis Re-Elected, Defeats 2 Challengers

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San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis won 55 percent of the vote to avoid a runoff in November's general election.

Firefighters Use Air Fleet To Aid Wildfire Ground Battle

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San Diego skies were filled with more than smoke when wildfires tore across the county in mid-May. Firefighters were using a variety of aircraft to calm the flames enough for firefighters on the ground to make a stand.

San Diegans Gather To Remember Fallen Service Members In Coronado

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Several hundred people gathered in Star Park in Coronado on Monday to honor service members who lost their lives.

Veterans And Military Members Get Career Help Aboard The USS Midway

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Veterans and active-duty troops preparing to leave behind their military careers got help Friday at a job fair on the USS Midway.

One Upside Of Drought: Water Has Stayed Clean At San Diego Beaches

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Ocean waters off the coast of San Diego are staying cleaner, in part because there has not been much rain in the past year.

California's Economy Gets Good Marks In Green Innovation Report

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California and San Diego performed well in a new analysis of the state's green economy.

Environmentalists Try To Limit Off-Road Vehicle Use At Ocotillo Wells

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A Superior Court judge is allowing a challenge to an open-riding policy at Ocotillo Wells off-road vehicle park.

San Diego Water Rates Could Go Up By Almost 4 Percent Next Year

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The San Diego County Water Authority announced that it is preparing to raise water rates as high as 3.8 percent for next year.

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Cocos Fire 87 Percent Contained; All Residents Can Return Home

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The Cocos fire in San Marcos, which destroyed more than three dozen houses, was 87 percent contained as of Monday morning. All evacuation orders have been lifted.

Body Found In Aftermath of Carlsbad's Poinsettia Fire; Blaze 85 Percent Contained

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Firefighters discovered the body near a homeless encampment as they mopped up hot spots in the Poinsettia fire. Eight homes and two 18-unit apartment complexes were destroyed or damaged in the fire.

Settling The Bill For Closing The San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station

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Regulators will get a chance Wednesday to ask questions about a proposed settlement involving the closure of the San Onofre nuclear power plant.

San Diego Affordable Housing Company Honored For Solar Power Efforts

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Community Housing Works was recognized by the Obama administration for adding solar power to multi-unit housing projects.

Protesters Greet President's Motorcade As He Visits La Jolla

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Protesters representing both ends of the political spectrum held signs as President Obama headed to La Jolla for a high-priced fundraiser.

California's Small-Business Owners Feeling Good About Future

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Small businesses continue to drive California's economic recovery and a new survey find most are optimistic about the future.

Secretary Of The Interior Tours San Diego To Assess Wildfire Risk

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Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell said it's getting more difficult to foot the bill for firefighting efforts even as the risk of wildfire grows each year.

A Shifting Market Shapes The Made For TV Market

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The industry that gave birth to infomercial stars Tony Little and Suzanne Somers adjusts to a changing media marketplace.

San Diego Water Managers Call For Conservation

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San Diego water managers reach out for help in reducing water use in the county.

Proposed Internet Rules Affect San Diego Consumers

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A San Diego State University lecturer says consumers ignore the "net-neutrality" debate at their peril.

Foreclosure Numbers Remain Low In San Diego

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With the housing market continuing to recover, the number of homes that entered the foreclosure process during the first quarter of 2014 was down 5.4 percent from a year ago.

Survey: Quality Of Life In San Diego Trending Upward

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A new report card uses economic and environmental indicators to gauge quality of life in San Diego.

San Diego County Unemployment Rate At 6.9 Percent For March

San Diego County's unemployment rate in March was 6.9 percent, down from a revised 7 percent in February. In March 2013, the unemployment rate in the region was 7.8 percent.