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Stories by Erik Anderson

North County Farming Operation Grows More Than Just Produce

North County Farming Operation Grows More Than Just Produce

Oct. 1, 2015
By Erik Anderson

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

SDG&E Seeks Customer Money To Help Pay 2007 Wildfire Costs

Sept. 25, 2015
By Erik Anderson

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

UCSD 'Shake Table' Gets Major Federal Grant

Sept. 25, 2015
By Erik Anderson

The world's largest outdoor earthquake simulator is getting a financial boost from the National Science Foundation.

San Diego Advocates Call For Better Regional Transportati...

San Diego Advocates Call For Better Regional Transportation Plan

Sept. 23, 2015
By Erik Anderson

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

Chula Vista Reviews Smart City Plans

Chula Vista Reviews Smart City Plans

Sept. 14, 2015
By Erik Anderson

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

San Diego County Gets Recycled Water Filling Station

Sept. 9, 2015
By Erik Anderson

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

New Sycuan Gaming Compact Up For Vote Soon

Sept. 9, 2015
By Erik Anderson

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

San Diego's Mission Bay May Get A Naturalizing Facelift

Sept. 8, 2015
By Erik Anderson

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 Opera...

San Diego's Sycuan Tribe Permitted To Expand Gaming Operations To New Location

Sept. 4, 2015
By Erik Anderson

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

Environmental Advocates Urge Support Of Pollution Reducti...

Environmental Advocates Urge Support Of Pollution Reduction Act

Sept. 3, 2015
By Erik Anderson

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

California Manufacturers Outperform Most States

California Manufacturers Outperform Most States

Sept. 3, 2015
By Erik Anderson

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

Imperial Valley Battery System Will Be Largest In West

Aug. 26, 2015
By Erik Anderson

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

Navy, San Diego Energy Execs Celebrate Solar Deal

Aug. 20, 2015
By City News Service, Erik Anderson

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

Leased Solar Systems Dominate The U.S. Marketplace

July 31, 2015
By Erik Anderson

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

Eyes Look To Carlsbad's Desalination Plant

July 27, 2015
By Erik Anderson

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

New El Niño Images Show Strong Event

July 27, 2015
By Erik Anderson

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

Barrio Logan Scrap Yard Fire Raises Concerns About Safety

July 24, 2015
By Erik Anderson

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 I...

California Consumer Advocates Complain About Record Oil Industry Profits

July 23, 2015
By Erik Anderson

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

San Diego Water Rates Could Increase Sharply

July 21, 2015
By Erik Anderson

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

Refugee Students Experience Coronado Beach In Outreach Event

July 7, 2015
By Erik Anderson

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

California Budget Could Save Tijuana River Valley

California Budget Could Save Tijuana River Valley

July 3, 2015
By Erik Anderson

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

San Diego Prepares For Onslaught Of Holiday Beach Trash

July 2, 2015
By Erik Anderson

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

California Residents Urged To Conserve Electricity

July 1, 2015
By City News Service, Erik Anderson

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...

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

June 30, 2015
By City News Service, Erik Anderson

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

Carlsbad Desalination Plant's Pipeline Now Complete

June 29, 2015
By City News Service, Erik Anderson

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

California To Start Banning Lead Ammunition

June 29, 2015
By Erik Anderson

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

San Diego Fast Food Workers Rally For Higher Pay

June 22, 2015
By Erik Anderson

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 ...

Roundtable Tackles The Chargers, Electricity Rates, Wage Theft

June 19, 2015
By Erik Anderson, Pat Finn

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...

San Diego County's Backcountry Residents Drill Deeper For Water

June 18, 2015
By Erik Anderson

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

North San Diego County Seawall Is At Center Of Legal Fight

June 8, 2015
By Erik Anderson

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

Workers Begin Dredging San Elijo Lagoon

Workers Begin Dredging San Elijo Lagoon

June 4, 2015
By Erik Anderson

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

Water Is A Serious Issue For Many California Residents

June 4, 2015
By Erik Anderson

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?

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

June 3, 2015
By Erik Anderson

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

California PTA Calls Climate Change A Children's Issue

May 27, 2015
By Erik Anderson

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

Environmentalists Lobby Against A Controversial Trade Deal

May 27, 2015
By Erik Anderson

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

Environmentalists Work To Keep San Diego Beaches Clean

May 25, 2015
By Erik Anderson

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

San Diego Soitec Solar Plant Sold, Future Uncertain

May 22, 2015
By Erik Anderson

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 T...

Environmentalists Push For Alternatives To Adding Lanes To Route 94

May 21, 2015
By Erik Anderson

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 C...

California Compares Favorably To Other Countries In The Clean Technology Arena

May 18, 2015
By Erik Anderson

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

San Diego Rents Among Highest In Country

May 12, 2015
By Erik Anderson

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

Rare San Diego Rhino Dealing With Medical Issue

Rare San Diego Rhino Dealing With Medical Issue

May 11, 2015
By Erik Anderson

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

San Diego Biologists Find New Populations Of Rare Plant

San Diego Biologists Find New Populations Of Rare Plant

May 7, 2015
By Erik Anderson

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

San Diego Protesters Urge Peters To Oppose Fast-Tracking ...

San Diego Protesters Urge Peters To Oppose Fast-Tracking Trade Deal

May 6, 2015
By Erik Anderson

An international trade deal has raised concern among local political activists. Protesters are asking Rep. Scott Peters to take a stand.

San Diego's Chollas Creek May Get An Environmental Boost ...

San Diego's Chollas Creek May Get An Environmental Boost From New State Rules

May 6, 2015
By Erik Anderson

California is implementing tough new regulations designed to get trash out of the state's waterways.

San Diego Quality Of Life Dashboard Offers Mixed Review

San Diego Quality Of Life Dashboard Offers Mixed Review

April 29, 2015
By Erik Anderson

A regional quality of life index was positive in most of the 15 areas measured, but got neutral marks in some areas and poor marks in others.

San Diego County's Economy Showing Signs Of Strength

San Diego County's Economy Showing Signs Of Strength

April 28, 2015
By Erik Anderson

The region's surging job market is driving another significant bump in a local index that tracks the economy.

Water Use Declines In Nation, California

Water Use Declines In Nation, California

April 27, 2015
By Erik Anderson

Water use around the country is falling even though the economy is growing.

Survey: Majority Of Americans Think Solar Is Important

Survey: Majority Of Americans Think Solar Is Important

April 22, 2015
By Erik Anderson

The value of solar and other energy efficient products is rising as far as the public is concerned, according to a Clean Edge survey.

Advocates Want California To Have More Energy Efficient S...

Advocates Want California To Have More Energy Efficient Standards For Computer Monitors

April 20, 2015
By Erik Anderson

Computer monitors are in the crosshairs of consumer advocates who are looking for rules that reign in energy consumption.

Tijuana Estuary May Be An Early Indicator For Climate Change

Tijuana Estuary May Be An Early Indicator For Climate Change

April 16, 2015
By Erik Anderson

Researchers hope one of San Diego's last remaining coastal wetlands helps them understand the potential impact of climate change.