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Stories by Erik Anderson

Rare San Diego Rhino Dealing With Medical Issue

Rare San Diego Rhino Dealing With Medical Issue

May 11
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
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 Trade Deal

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

May 6
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 From New S...

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

May 6
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
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
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
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
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 Standards F...

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

April 20
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
By Erik Anderson

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

Monarch Butterflies In Crisis On The West Coast

Monarch Butterflies In Crisis On The West Coast

April 15
By Erik Anderson

Populations of Monarch butterflies are declining in the west, but officials are optimistic the iconic insect's population can be revived.

San Diego Whale Bones Airlifted By Coast Guard For Research

San Diego Whale Bones Airlifted By Coast Guard For Research

April 13
By Erik Anderson

The effort was a training exercise and a public service to help the San Diego Natural History Museum's research on whales.

San Diego County Reboots Efforts To Fight Climate Change

San Diego County Reboots Efforts To Fight Climate Change

April 8
By Erik Anderson

The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to rescind a plan that was widely panned by environmentalists and ultimately rejected by the courts.

Poll: Support For Legalizing Marijuana Rising In California

Poll: Support For Legalizing Marijuana Rising In California

March 25
By Associated Press, Erik Anderson

Support for legalizing marijuana in California appears to be growing gradually stronger, amid talk of renewed efforts to bring a proposal to the state ballot to legalize its use.

California Scientist Says Marijuana Farms Are Hurting Endangered Sp...

California Scientist Says Marijuana Farms Are Hurting Endangered Species

March 25
By Erik Anderson

Marijuana growing operations are creating problems for some endangered species because the farms are using a lot of water and that's led to dried up streams.

California Solar Industry Works To Boost Diversity

California Solar Industry Works To Boost Diversity

March 24
By Erik Anderson

California's solar industry is looking to make sure ethnic diversity is part of an industry that is growing rapidly.

Sea Lion Rescues Hit All Time High In Southern California

Sea Lion Rescues Hit All Time High In Southern California

March 20
By Erik Anderson

Malnourished sea lions are being rescued in record numbers along the coast. Scientist do not yet know why the animals are struggling.

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.

Attendance Zooms At Annual San Diego Auto Show

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.