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Stories by Erik Anderson

Veterans Connected To Jobs In Apartment Industry

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Returning veterans are being offered a leg up in the job market by the National Apartment Association Education Institute.

San Diego Unified Hopes To Feed 600,000 With Summer Meal Program

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San Diego free summer lunch program is up and running and organizers hope the federally funded program feeds even more people this year than last.

Grid Managers Urge Residents To Conserve Energy This Summer

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As we head into the summer months, electricity grid managers remind consumers to conserve power.

San Diego Rental Market Stable

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San Diego's improving labor market is helping keep the region's apartment marketplace stable.

Sharks Attracting Attention In San Diego Waters

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A large underwater predator has the attention of San Diego divers. There's been a spike in the number of sevengill shark sightings since January.

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner Discusses TMD, City Unions, Revised Budget & La Jolla Cove

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Do you have a question for Mayor Bob Filner? He joins KPBS Midday Edition today at noon to discuss the Tourism Marketing District controversy, the five-year agreement with city unions, revised budget and cleaning up La Jolla cove.

Filner Releases $6M To Tourism Agency After Balboa Park Celebration Compromise

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San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has reversed his position and says he'll release money owed to the city's Tourism Marketing District. That ends a couple of days of uncertainty that could have shut down an agency that markets San Diego to tourists.

San Diego's Tourism Engine Winding Up

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San Diego economists say the region's tourism season is in full swing now that Memorial Day is past.

Environmental Group To Help Clean Memorial Day Beach Messes

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Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to spend time at San Diego County beaches this Memorial Day weekend.

State Officials And Local Grocers Pair Up To Encourage Healthier Eating

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California officials are working with grocers in San Diego's Barrio Logan neighborhood to encourage healthier eating – a rare treat for a community where unhealthy foods are easier to find.

San Diego Could Get New Pollution Rules For Storm Water

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Regional water quality officials are poised to approve a new storm water permit this week.

Medical Marijuana Advocates Lash Out At Federal Government

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The president of a downtown San Diego medical marijuana collective is blasting last week's raid by federal officials.

San Diego Eases Graywater Rules

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San Diego city officials approved new rules yesterday that make it easier for residents to tap into a water source they already use.

San Diego's International Trade Rebounds

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International trade has bounced back to top pre-recession highs in San Diego.

Thousands Prepare For Beach Clean Up

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Clean-up organizers expect to pick up less trash on San Diego beaches and creekbeds this weekend.

San Diego Honors Businesses For Recycling

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The city of San Diego honored top recyclers Monday as part of Earth Day.

Sea Lions Struggle On San Diego Coast

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Undersized Sea lion pups are swamping rescue centers along the Southern California Coast and scientists do not know why.

Homeless Census Finds Fewer People Without Permanent Shelter

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San Diego County's homeless population dropped to fewer than 9,000 in this year's one day count.

Colorado River Most Endangered River In America

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The Colorado River, the source of about half of San Diego's drinking water, tops the list of America's most endangered rivers.

San Diego Home Prices Hit Nearly Five-Year High

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San Diego County's average home price has climbed to a nearly five-year high.

Outlook Bright For San Diego's Economy

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San Diego's economic indicators hit a five-year high.

Power Managers Hope For A Mild Summer

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California power grid managers say there is enough electricity available to keep the lights on this summer, but some challenges loom.

Federal Officals Research Sea Lion Troubles

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Federal officials are looking into the high number of sea lion strandings along the Southern California coast.

San Diego Biotech Firm A World Leader In Sustainability

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An area global biotechnology firm has made the list of the world’s 100 most sustainable large companies because of its actively shrinking carbon footprint.

California Performing Well As State Fuels A Green Economy

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A new report finds California continues to grow jobs as resources are funneled into the developing green economy.

San Diego Earthquake Tests Show Risks Inside Buildings

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Newly published research finds fire is a serious threat in earthquake damaged buildings.

Defense Department Settles Sewage Spills From Camp Pendleton

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The Department of Defense settled a lawsuit calling for Camp Pendleton officials to do a better job of stopping sewage spills on the north county base.

Consumer Watchdog Presses For Investigation Of Two State Officials

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The State Department of Toxic Substance Control says an internal review found no conflict of interest for two of the department's top officials, but Consumer Watchdog is pressing for an outside investigation.

Fledgling Condors In San Diego Face Uncertain Future

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California Condors are slowly edging back from the brink of extinction, but their future remains clouded.

San Diego Home Prices Continue To Rise

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San Diego home prices swelled 18 percent last month when compared to prices from the year before.

California Agency Defends Top Officials, Says Inquiry Almost Complete

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The California Department of Toxic Substance Control says it is close to wrapping up an internal inquiry that focuses on two key officials.

California Leads Nation In Creation Of Green Jobs

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California led the nation in the creation of green jobs last year.

Two California Officials Under Fire For Conflicts Of Interest

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Consumer advocates want the governor to remove two long time employees of the state's Department of Toxic Substances Control. The group insists the state workers have serious conflicts of interest.

Bald Eagles Nursing An Egg In Ramona

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There could be an egg in the bald eagle nest near the Ramona Airport.

First Responders Learn How To Handle Animals During Emergencies

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Dealing with a large, scared animal can be a nightmare at a crash scene or in a wildfire. That's why first responders are gathered at the Del Mar Fairgrounds today. They are getting training that might help them in a crisis.

New Faster Water Quality Test Is Given A Chance In San Diego

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San Diego County officials will start testing a DNA-based tool to measure water quality at beaches. That new test could protect public health better than the current system.

San Diego Tourism May Have Rough Landing If Sequester Goes Through

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The San Diego region's military will suffer the most from federal budget cuts looming at the end of the week, but other economic sectors will suffer as well, including tourism.

San Diego Shipbuilding Workers Rally For Their Jobs

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San Diego shipbuilders rallied to protect their jobs Friday morning.

Cleaning Up Home For Endangered Species In San Diego

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Dozens of sailors and concerned citizens spent Thursday morning picking up trash along the ocean at the Silver Strand in Coronado. The cleanup is a small part of a larger effort to protect two endangered birds.

California Consumers Could Get $1.6 Billion From Energy Traders

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A federal judge is leaning toward giving California consumers a $1.6 billion dollar refund check from energy wholesalers. The money is linked to California's electricity crisis in 2000 and 2001.

San Diego Bishop Reacts To Pope's Retirement

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The change in Rome means change in San Diego.

California Considers New Flame Retardant Rules For Furniture

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California regulators are considering allowing furniture and baby product manufacturers to find alternatives to chemical flame retardants.

San Diego Eagle Scout Applaudes Review Of Boy Scouts' Gay Ban

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A long term Eagle Scout in San Diego County is optimistic the Boy Scouts are on their way to changing their restrictive membership policy.

San Diego Supervisors Consider Ramona Solar Farm

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San Diego County Supervisors will decide Wednesday on the fate of a solar project near Ramona.

Gas Prices Rode The Accelerator Last Week

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San Diego gas prices surged up more than 25 cents a gallon in just the past week.

San Diego Trade Show Shines Light On Shrinking Defense Budgets

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The ongoing dance over deep federal spending cuts is more than just a Washington DC curiosity for the nation's defense industry. Cutbacks dominated discussions at the West Coast's largest military trade show in San Diego last week.

Defense Contractors Brace For Military Spending Cuts

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Hundreds of military contractors are gathered in San Diego for the largest trade show of its kind on the West Coast.

San Diego Firm Helps Identify People In Libya's Mass Graves

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A San Diego technology company will help Libyan officials identify the remains of an estimated 20,000 people discovered in mass graves. Life Technologies is providing equipment and know-how to make the project possible.

Hundreds Step Out To Count San Diego's Homeless

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Hundreds of volunteers fanned across San Diego County Friday to get an accurate count of the region’s homeless population.

Seabass Released Into San Diego's Mission Bay

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La Jolla High School students released four months of work into the waters off Mission Bay's Crowne Point Thursday afternoon as part of a hands on project to raise white seabass.