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Stories by Erik Anderson

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.

What Would Prop. 1 — The State Water Bond — Do For San Diego?

What Would Prop. 1 — The State Water Bond — Do For San Diego?

Oct. 20
By Erik Anderson

California's punishing four-year drought sets the parched scene for Proposition 1 — a $7.5 billion water bond on the Nov. 4 ballot. Critics say most of the money won't help San Diego.

San Diego County Unemployment Rate Decreases In September

San Diego County Unemployment Rate Decreases In September

Oct. 17
By Erik Anderson and City News Service

The unemployment rate in San Diego County last month was 5.9 percent, near a six-year low.

EPA Chief Hails Fuel Efficiency Rules For Trucks

EPA Chief Hails Fuel Efficiency Rules For Trucks

Oct. 7
By Erik Anderson

Recent fuel efficiency improvements are getting credit for saving lots of fuel and reducing the nation's carbon footprint, says the EPA's top administrator

Tapping Into the Ocean With San Diego's Billion Dollar Desalination...

Tapping Into the Ocean With San Diego's Billion Dollar Desalination Plant

Oct. 7
By Erik Anderson

San Diego is about a year away from turning seawater into fresh drinking water. The billion-dollar Carlsbad desalination plant is scheduled to open sometime next fall.

New Data Shows Severe Drop in California Groundwater

New Data Shows Severe Drop in California Groundwater

Oct. 3
By Erik Anderson

New satellite data finds a severe drop in California's groundwater.

San Diego's Innovation Economy Had 'Banner' Year In 2013

San Diego's Innovation Economy Had 'Banner' Year In 2013

Sept. 29
By Erik Anderson

A new report from business accelerator CONNECT says 2013 was a good year for San Diego’s innovation economy.

SDG&E Customers Challenge Plans To Change How They Are Billed

SDG&E Customers Challenge Plans To Change How They Are Billed

Sept. 17
By Erik Anderson

The California Public Utilities Commission is in San Diego to find out how people feel about proposals to change the way San Diego Gas & Electric charges for power.

San Diego Engineer Questions SDG&E's Push For Power

San Diego Engineer Questions SDG&E's Push For Power

Sept. 15
By Erik Anderson

San Diego's ongoing heat wave is pushing power consumption to a summertime peak, but there seems to be ample power and that's prompting some to question the utility's power planning efforts.

Game Tests California Residents' Water Knowledge

Game Tests California Residents' Water Knowledge

Sept. 10
By Erik Anderson

The California Watergame lets residents decide how the state will deal with a looming water shortage.

Are Consumers Paying Too Much in Proposed San Onofre Settlement?

Are Consumers Paying Too Much in Proposed San Onofre Settlement?

Sept. 5
By City News Service, Erik Anderson, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico and City News Service

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

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

Sept. 4
By Erik Anderson and and City News Service

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

San Diego Exports Rank Among State Leaders

Sept. 3
By Erik Anderson

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

Labor Day Stickball On Little Italy Streets In San Diego

Sept. 2
By Erik Anderson

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

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

Aug. 27
By Erik Anderson

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.