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Stories by Erik Anderson

Holiday Baskets Delivered In Time For The Holidays

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More than a hundred senior citizens in the Encinitas area got special care packages for the holidays on Monday.

King Tides Give San Diego A 'Peak' At Sea Level Rise

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The highest tides of the year in San Diego County could serve as a warning about the threat of climate change.

San Diego Water Managers Work To Extend Lifetime Of Massive Water Pipes

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The San Diego County Water Authority is in the midst of a major pipeline project that will extend the life of underground water pipes in the San Carlos area.

San Diego Airport Lands Duty Free Shop

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San Diego's airport now has something it has never had before. International travelers will now be able to shop in a duty free store.

Fiscal Cliff Casts Shadow Over San Diego Economy

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San Diego's economy could be in for a rough ride if the federal government can't avoid the fiscal cliff.

San Diego Rents Show No Hint Of Falling

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San Diego's rental housing market hasn't recovered to pre-crash levels, but low vacancy rates mean rents will likely continue their upward journey.

First-Time Homebuyers Return To San Diego Housing Market

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The San Diego housing market is showing signs of a revival. One indicator is the return of the first-time homebuyer.

San Diego County Apartment Rents Remain Cheaper Since Recession

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The San Diego County Apartment Association says rents are cheaper today in San Diego than they were five years ago.

Wal-Mart Not Worried About Worker Protests

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A union-backed group is expecting thousands of Wal-Mart workers around the U.S. to picket the nation's largest retailer on Black Friday, but it's unclear how widespread the effort will be in San Diego.

Holiday Shopping Season Offers Sales Boost

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More than 147 million people are expected to be out looking for bargains as the holiday shopping season officially gets underway on Friday.

San Diego Economy Poised To Continue Moving Up

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One of San Diego's leading economists predicts a gradually improving local economy next year and says the housing market may lead the way.

Small Business Sales Hint At Improving Economy

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The number of small businesses sold in San Diego County already topped yearly sales totals from the previous three years. And there are still two months left in 2012.

Home Sales Jump 31 Percent Last Month In San Diego

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The number of homes sold in San Diego County jumped by 31.3 percent in October, compared to the same month a year ago, while prices rose by 11.1 percent, a real estate information service announced today.

Reflective Pavement May Heat Nearby Buildings

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A San Diego researcher says reflective pavement may have an unexpected and unwanted side effect.

San Diego Mayor Has New Job Once He Leaves Office

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San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders has a new job. The two term mayor will become CEO of the Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Filner Is San Diego's New Mayor After DeMaio Concedes

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Bob Filner shares his plans as San Diego's next mayor in a KPBS interview. Carl DeMaio concedes in a wistful press conference.

Roberts Holds Slight Lead In Supervisors Race

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Democrat Dave Roberts, Solana Beach deputy mayor, leads Republican Steve Danon, chief of staff to Rep. Brian Bilbray, (R- Solana Beach), by a slim margin.

California's Economic Health Improving, Recession Receding, New Report Says

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A recently-released report measuring the economic security of the nation's households finds the recession is beginning to loosen its grip.

San Diego Eagle Scout Returns Honors

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A retired San Diego architect hopes returning his Eagle Scout badge will add to the building crescendo of opposition to a long running Boy Scout policy. This past summer, the Scouts reaffirmed their opposition to accepting openly gay members.

San Diego Home Prices Rise Again

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A survey of the nation's top housing markets showed another gain in home values in August.

Mission Bay Island Turned Into National Security Training Ground

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Mission Bay's Paradise Point is a laboratory for national security training this week.

High Tech Jobs Give San Diego A Boost

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A new report finds the nation’s technology industry created 100,000 jobs in the first half of the year. San Diego got more than its share of those new jobs.

Looking Out For Fire The Old Fashioned Way

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Wildfires in 2003 and 2007 helped fuel an ongoing push to develop better and more sophisticated firefighting tools, but that drive has yet to squeeze out one fire detection method that has served firefighters for decades.

San Diego Gas Prices Floating Down

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The average price of gasoline continues to retreat from the record high price set just a few weeks ago and some gas stations are already selling fuel for less than $4 a gallon.

San Diego Whale Mimics Human Speech

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San Diego researchers have published recordings of a Beluga Whale imitating human speech.

Halloween Grows Economic Muscles In San Diego

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Halloween is scaring up lots of business at costume shops in San Diego this month.

San Diego's Housing Market Among Least Affordable In U.S.

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A new report out this week finds San Diego's housing market is among the least affordable in the nation.

San Diego Gas Prices Slowly Drifting Lower

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San Diego's average gas price dropped nearly three cents a gallon today, to $4.59.

Consumer Advocates Do Not Want Carson Refinery Sold

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California consumer advocates are piping up about a Texas company's plan to buy a major fuel refinery in Carson, California.

San Diego Home Sales, Prices Are Up

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San Diego home prices hit a four-year high last month and home sales in the county ticked up.

Prop 39 Takes Aim At State Tax Code

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Proposition 39 aims to change state tax law to raise money for green jobs and the general fund. Critics call it a tax hike.

Proposition 33 Benefits Calif. Drivers With Insurance But Those With Lapsed Coverage Would Pay More

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Proposition 33 on the November ballot asks votes to change the way car insurance rates are calculated in California.

California Universities Team Up To Put Nonpartisan Voter Guide Online

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Four major California universities and a prominent civic engagement group are hoping to engage California voters before the November election.

San Diego Gas Prices Live In Record Territory

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San Diego gas prices continue to live in record territory today, but perhaps not for long. Fuel analysts think the price surge may be abating.

Prop 33 Seeks To Change Car Insurance Rules

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California voters are getting a chance to tweak the state’s car insurance rules when they consider the fate of Proposition 33.

San Diego Could See Record-Setting Gas Prices Next Week

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San Diego gas prices are up sharply and one industry analyst thinks the region could see record setting prices at pump next week.

San Diego's Leading Economic Indicators Hold Steady In August

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San Diego's Leading Economic Indicators held steady in August. The overall rating stayed the same as the month before.

New San Diego County App Makes Tracking Disasters A Cinch

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San Diego County officials are reaching out to smart phone owners, in an effort to help them get the latest information during a major emergency.

Scripps Ranch Recreation Center Can Keep The Lights On

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A San Diego recreation center is now capable of keeping the lights on, even if the rest of the electric grid is dark thanks to a combination of solar panels and batteries.

California Fishing Stocks Healthier, New Report Finds

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The latest report on the nation's fishing industry is more optimistic than it's been in years, and Southern California fisheries are enjoying their share of the bounty.

Online Challenge Spotlights Federal Budget

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The people who created the California Online Budget Challenge are unveiling the federal version of the educational tool today.

Hot Weather Coming To San Diego This Weekend

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Hot weather will drive into the region and park over San Diego for a couple of days, but the heat wave isn't expected to last long.

San Diego Home Sales Hit Seven-Year High

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San Diego home sales hit a seven-year high last month and home prices here are the highest they've been in six years.

New UCSD Center To Test Aircraft Parts

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San Diego is home to a new center that will help researchers better understand the composite materials used to build airplanes.

It's Official: U-T San Diego Is Buying North County Times

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The owners of U-T San Diego announced today that they are purchasing the North County Times.

San Diego Beaches Get A Sandy Boost

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San Diego County beaches will get a fresh shot of sand this fall. The $28.5 million project will move offshore sand onto eight of the county's beaches. The first to get the treatment is Imperial Beach.

'Mother Earth' Medical Marijuana Clinic Prepares To Close

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San Diego County's only licensed medical marijuana dispensary will serve its last customers Monday. The business lost its battle to stay open.

San Diego Small-Business Concerns: Potholes

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San Diego's small business owners want the city's roads fixed and they want a larger voice in local government, according to a report issued by the San Diego Chamber of Commerce.

Health Company Promises 250 Jobs For San Diego

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A United Health Group company is planning to create 250 new jobs in San Diego by the end of next year. The company promises 600 new jobs around the state during that time.

San Diego Unemployment Rate Down Slightly

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The unemployment rate in San Diego County in July was 9.2 percent, compared to 9.3 percent the previous month and well below the 10.5 percent in July 2011, the state Employment Development Department announced today.