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Stories by Erik Anderson

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Carlsbad Tightens Water Restrictions

Nov. 25, 2015
By Erik Anderson

Carlsbad is cutting in half the number of days residents can water their lawns. It has been reduced from two to one day a week.

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Public Mourns Death Of Rare Rhino In San Diego

Nov. 23, 2015
By Erik Anderson

The last northern white rhino in North America died this past weekend at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Nola was 41. The critically endangered rhino suffered from a bacterial infection that took hold in September.

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Endangered Northern White Rhino Dies In San Diego

Nov. 22, 2015
By City News Service, Erik Anderson, KPBS News

Nola, who was being treated for a bacterial infection, was one of the last remaining northern white rhinos in the world. She lived at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park near Escondido.

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San Diego Water Board Criticized For Stormwater Permit Changes

Nov. 18, 2015
By Erik Anderson

Southern California municipalities got some help meeting the region's stormwater pollution standards, but it didn't please environmentalists.

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San Diego's Ballast Point Brewer Aims To Continue Growing

Nov. 17, 2015
By Erik Anderson

Ballast Point officials say they plan to continue pushing to get their product in more markets. The company was bought for $1 billion by Constellation Brands, the nation's third largest beer distributor.

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Ballast Point Brewing Sold To Constellation Brands For $1B

Nov. 16, 2015
By City News Service, Erik Anderson

Ballast Point, a nearly 20-year-old operation known for its popular Sculpin IPA and Grapefruit Sculpin IPA, will continue as a stand-alone company with its existing management team and employees running the day-to-day operations.

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San Diego Zoo Works To Save Northern White Rhino

Nov. 12, 2015
By Erik Anderson

San Diego conservation officials are launching an ambitious plan to save the critically endangered northern white rhino.

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Federal Desert Management Plan For California Almost Complete

Nov. 11, 2015
By Erik Anderson

Federal officials unveiled a plan to manage renewable energy projects on 10 million acres of California desert.

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Warning: San Diego County Housing Is Becoming More Unaffordable

Nov. 9, 2015
By Erik Anderson

San Diego County's housing market is failing to provide enough affordable housing options and that could cause major problems, according to a report by the London Group Realty Advisors.

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Chinese Navy Ship Calls On San Diego To Share Knowledge

Nov. 5, 2015
By Erik Anderson

Peace Ark is docked at the Broadway Pier in downtown San Diego for five days. Officials hope it will be beneficial for the two countries to share knowledge about hospital treatment.

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Sunken Warship Brings Sea Life To Ocean Waters Off San Diego's Mission Bay

Nov. 5, 2015
By Erik Anderson

The wreck of the Canadian destroyer Yukon is a magnet for divers looking for adventure near the San Diego coast. The ship also attracts a wide range of marine life. Scientists are documenting the area to help understand how the wreck is affecting the underwater environment.

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San Diego's Clean Tech Industry Remains Strong

Nov. 4, 2015
By Erik Anderson

The latest national survey ranks San Diego fourth among the nation’s 50 largest cities in clean technology.

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Drought-Tolerant Trees Taking Root At Balboa Park

Nov. 3, 2015
By Erik Anderson

In an effort to maintain Balboa Park, volunteers on Tuesday planted 47 drought-tolerant trees.

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Invasive Weed Threatens Kelp Forests Off San Diego Coast

Nov. 2, 2015
By Erik Anderson

San Diego's kelp forests are facing a threat from El Niño fueled storms and an invasive weed.

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Carlsbad, Fallbrook Miss Water Conservation Targets

Oct. 30, 2015
By City News Service, Erik Anderson

Four agencies in California — Beverly Hills, Indio, Redlands and Coachella — were each fined $61,000 for failing to meet their mandated conservation tier standards.

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California Regulator Talks Solar In San Diego

Oct. 28, 2015
By Erik Anderson

California's top regulator was in San Diego this week to hear about the state's changing solar energy marketplace.

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Plan To Curb Climate Change Unveiled At UC San Diego Summit

Oct. 27, 2015
By Associated Press, Erik Anderson

Gov. Jerry Brown said the problem requires bringing together the state's best minds to cross partisan lines and move the nation away from relying on fossil fuels.

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Carlsbad Desalination Plant Nears Opening

Oct. 27, 2015
By Erik Anderson

The western hemisphere's largest ocean desalination plant is only a month or so away from producing drinking water from the ocean.

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New California Law Allows For Fish Markets

Oct. 16, 2015
By Erik Anderson

California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins on Friday celebrated a recently signed law that allows communities to have fish markets.

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San Diego Researchers Push To Build Better Batteries

Oct. 15, 2015
By Erik Anderson

UC San Diego is joining the push to develop better batteries because advancements in the emerging industry could change the way people live their lives.

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San Diego Transit Stations Get Poor Grades

Oct. 6, 2015
By Erik Anderson

A new report looks at how well California's transit stations serve their communities and San Diego's stations rank below their peers in other large California cities.

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Attorney: Ratepayers Shouldn't Have To Foot SDG&E Wildfire Costs

Oct. 1, 2015
By Erik Anderson

Mike Aguirre is asking state regulators to keep San Diego Gas & Electric from charging ratepayers for leftover costs from the 2007 wildfires.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?