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Stories by Joe Yerardi

Kindergartner Vaccinations Rising In San Diego County After State L...

Kindergartner Vaccinations Rising In San Diego County After State Law Change

April 28
By Joe Yerardi / inewsource

The proportion of San Diego County kindergartners who are up-to-date on their vaccinations is at its highest level in at least 16 years following the enactment of tougher requirements.

Without Obamacare Or A Replacement, 370,000 In San Diego County Cou...

Without Obamacare Or A Replacement, 370,000 In San Diego County Could Lose Insurance

Feb. 16
By Cheryl Clark / inewsource, Joe Yerardi / inewsource

About 370,000 San Diego County residents (4.7 million in the state) — or one in nine — who could lose health coverage if the insurance provisions in Obamacare, or the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), go away.

Poverty In San Diego County Higher Than During Great Recession

Poverty In San Diego County Higher Than During Great Recession

Jan. 4
By Joe Yerardi / inewsource

Despite years of falling unemployment, poverty in San Diego County remains stubbornly high, and points to deeper problems in the San Diego region's economy.

Opponents Of Lilac Hills Ranch Face Fines, But Donors To Stay Secret

Opponents Of Lilac Hills Ranch Face Fines, But Donors To Stay Secret

Dec. 9
By Joe Yerardi / inewsource

California’s elections watchdog dings two of the anti-Measure B campaign’s largest donors for not disclosing contributions but mystery behind money remains.

Opponents Of Lilac Hills Development Won’t Have To Reveal Campaign ...

Opponents Of Lilac Hills Development Won’t Have To Reveal Campaign Donors

Nov. 7
By Joe Yerardi / inewsource

A nonprofit behind a six-figure contribution to a group opposing the proposed Lilac Hills Ranch development in Valley Center will not have to disclose its donors before the election.

Early Voting Is Well Underway In San Diego County

Early Voting Is Well Underway In San Diego County

Nov. 1
By Joe Yerardi / inewsource

Voters across the county have been casting early ballots for more than three weeks, and it should soon become clear which candidates in several hard-fought contests have the turnout advantage heading into Nov. 8.

Dark Money, Accusations Of Campaign Finance Violations Roil Lilac H...

Dark Money, Accusations Of Campaign Finance Violations Roil Lilac Hills Campaign

Oct. 25
By Joe Yerardi / inewsource

The fight over Lilac Hills Ranch has made strange bedfellows of environmentalists and developers, spawned three complaints with California's elections watchdog and seen a six-figure donation from a nonprofit that refuses to disclose its source of funds.

News In Numbers: Issa's And Peters’ Voting Records Show Contrasting...

News In Numbers: Issa's And Peters’ Voting Records Show Contrasting Degrees Of Party Loyalty

Oct. 17
By Joe Yerardi / inewsource

Scott Peters ranks as one of the the House members most likely to vote against his fellow party members while Darrell Issa is among his caucus's more reliable votes.

San Diego GOP Gets $50,000 Donation From Lilac Hills Developer

San Diego GOP Gets $50,000 Donation From Lilac Hills Developer

Oct. 5
By Joe Yerardi / inewsource

The developer of the controversial Lilac Hills Ranch project contributed $50,000 to the Republican Party of San Diego County shortly after the party voted to endorse the development.

San Diego Ballot Measures Attract Big Money

San Diego Ballot Measures Attract Big Money

Sept. 19
By Joe Yerardi / inewsource

Here's a quick look at who's spending what on local ballot measures.

A Decade Later, San Diego’s Living Wage Law Quiets Critics

A Decade Later, San Diego’s Living Wage Law Quiets Critics

Sept. 6
By Chris Young / inewsource, Joe Yerardi / inewsource

The city’s experience over the past decade appears to have silenced business leaders who argued that requiring pay well above the minimum wage would kill jobs and put employers out of business.

News In Numbers: SDG&E Is The Top Taxpayer In San Diego County

News In Numbers: SDG&E Is The Top Taxpayer In San Diego County

Aug. 22
By Joe Yerardi / inewsource, Leo Castaneda / inewsource

San Diego Gas & Electric provides power to millions of customers throughout Southern California. It also powers up city and county coffers throughout the region, thanks to more than $110 million in property taxes it paid during the last fiscal year.

News In Numbers: Data Shows Proposed San Diego Election Change Woul...

News In Numbers: Data Shows Proposed San Diego Election Change Would Help Democrats

Aug. 15
By Joe Yerardi / inewsource

Data from past elections suggests San Diego Democrats could get a boost from a more liberal electorate under a proposed change to the city's voting format.

News In Numbers: San Diego House Members Travel The World Using Pri...

News In Numbers: San Diego House Members Travel The World Using Private Funds

July 11
By Joe Yerardi / inewsource

Between the start of the current Congress on Jan. 3, 2015, and the end of June, San Diego County’s five representatives and members of their staffs took 31 trips that were paid for by private entities, mostly charities, think tanks and trade associations.

Map: Breaking Down Tuesday's Election Results

Map: Breaking Down Tuesday's Election Results

June 9
By Joe Yerardi / inewsource

inewsource mapped six of the election's highest-profile contests so you can see how your neighborhood voted.

With People And PACs, Faulconer Dominates San Diego Mayoral Fundrai...

With People And PACs, Faulconer Dominates San Diego Mayoral Fundraising

May 26
By Joe Yerardi / inewsource

A broad-based fundraising network and a constellation of well-funded political action committees have given San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer plenty of firepower. That’s not so much the case with his two opponents.

Early Voting Underway In San Diego County Races

Early Voting Underway In San Diego County Races

May 18
By Joe Yerardi / inewsource

Voters across the county have been casting early ballots for more than a week, and it should soon become clear which candidates in several hard-fought contests have the turnout advantage heading into the election on June 7.

San Diego County Dams Old But Still Passing Muster

San Diego County Dams Old But Still Passing Muster

May 16
By Joe Yerardi / inewsource

While San Diego's aging dams have passed their latest inspections, government agencies make little information public about the threat a failure would pose.

Want To Follow Campaign Money In San Diego? This Inewsource App Wil...

Want To Follow Campaign Money In San Diego? This Inewsource App Will Help

May 9
By Joe Yerardi / inewsource

Using data from the San Diego City Clerk's Office website, the app allows users to search campaign contributions to San Diego politicians, ballot measures and independent committees.

Unions Pull Support For Peters, Davis After Trade Vote; Impact Limited

Unions Pull Support For Peters, Davis After Trade Vote; Impact Limited

Feb. 24
By Joe Yerardi / inewsource

Last spring, organized labor pushed hard but unsuccessfully to convince Democratic Representatives Scott Peters and Susan Davis to oppose fast-track consideration of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. Eight months after they bucked the unions, their labor money has dried up but more serious threats have failed to materialize.

Tough To Get Data From San Diego’s Open Data Initiative

Tough To Get Data From San Diego’s Open Data Initiative

Feb. 4
By Joe Yerardi / inewsource

It's been more than a year and a half since the city of San Diego launched its open data initiative to make public all sorts of information — from city salaries to parking ticket details — but not much is there for the viewing.

Rep. Peters Decries Citizens United Ruling On Its 6th Anniversary

Rep. Peters Decries Citizens United Ruling On Its 6th Anniversary

Jan. 22
By Joe Yerardi / inewsource

Democrat Scott Peters was helped and hindered by the Supreme Court’s campaign financing ruling when outside groups in 2014 spent a total of $7.8 million supporting and opposing him and his main GOP opponent.

San Diego’s Low Number Of Gun Buyers, Sellers Unlikely To Change Un...

San Diego’s Low Number Of Gun Buyers, Sellers Unlikely To Change Under Obama Actions

Jan. 7
By Joe Yerardi / inewsource

San Diego ranks 47th among the state's 58 counties in attempted gun purchases per resident, with just 1.83 attempted purchases per hundred residents.

New Culprit In San Diego Water Main Breaks — Asbestos Cement

New Culprit In San Diego Water Main Breaks — Asbestos Cement

Nov. 10
By Joe Yerardi / inewsource

Water mains in San Diego broke 306 times from January 2012 through September 2015, wasting an estimated 35 million gallons of water. Nearly three of every five breaks occurred in asbestos cement pipes whose replacement the city has only recently begun to address.

Atkins-Block Race Will Test Loyalty Of Longtime Donors

Atkins-Block Race Will Test Loyalty Of Longtime Donors

Sept. 25
By Joe Yerardi / inewsource

State Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins' primary challenge to state Sen. Marty Block is putting the pressure on donors who have previously been loyal to both candidates.

Outside Groups Seen As Crucial For Anderson In San Diego County Sup...

Outside Groups Seen As Crucial For Anderson In San Diego County Supervisor Race

Aug. 20
By Joe Yerardi / inewsource

State Sen. Joel Anderson's ability to dislodge county Supervisor Dianne Jacob may depend on large donors financing an independent committee that doesn’t have to follow local campaign contribution limits.

San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts’ Fundraising Down Amid All...

San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts’ Fundraising Down Amid Allegations

Aug. 3
By Joe Yerardi / inewsource

San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts' campaign contributions fell precipitously after abuse of power allegations emerged against him early this year.

San Diego Rep. Scott Peters’ GOP Foe Trails Badly In Early Fundraising

San Diego Rep. Scott Peters’ GOP Foe Trails Badly In Early Fundraising

July 23
By Joe Yerardi / inewsource

For the most recent fundraising period, Republican Jacquie Atkinson has raised less than 10 percent of the money that Democrat Scott Peters has in his bid for re-election next year.

Brian Maienschein Will Not Run For San Diego County Supervisor

Brian Maienschein Will Not Run For San Diego County Supervisor

July 21
By Joe Yerardi / inewsource

Assemblyman Brian Maienschein will not challenge embattled Democratic County Supervisor Dave Roberts for his Third District supervisorial seat in next year’s election.

GOP Hopefuls Need More Than Money To Win San Diego County Superviso...

GOP Hopefuls Need More Than Money To Win San Diego County Supervisor’s Seat

June 23
By Joe Yerardi / inewsource

For a Republican to beat Democratic Supervisor Dave Roberts next year, political analysts say the challenger will need name recognition, party support and a broadly popular message.

Cash Is Key For Republicans Eying County Supervisor Dave Roberts’ Seat

Cash Is Key For Republicans Eying County Supervisor Dave Roberts’ Seat

June 11
By Joe Yerardi / inewsource

As the GOP field forms, political experts said San Diego County’s District 3 will be a big money race in 2016.

Court Rules North County Transit District Must Release Records

Court Rules North County Transit District Must Release Records

May 27
By Joe Yerardi / inewsource

The state 4th District Court of Appeal ruled Monday that a summary of an assessment of senior NCTD managers should be made public. inewsource had sued for the release of the full report, while NCTD argued none of it should be made public.

State Lottery A Gamble For San Diegans

State Lottery A Gamble For San Diegans

April 29
By Joe Yerardi / inewsource

People spent more than $5 billion on lottery tickets in California last year. And new data shows that many folks playing the lottery in San Diego County are middle income.

San Diego County Upgrading System For Tracking Campaign Donations

San Diego County Upgrading System For Tracking Campaign Donations

March 2
By Joe Yerardi / inewsource

As part of the upgrade, the county Board of Supervisors will consider Tuesday requiring county candidates and political committees that raise or spend at least $10,000 to file their campaign finance reports electronically.

Exemptions From Vaccines Up Slightly In California Since 1980s

Exemptions From Vaccines Up Slightly In California Since 1980s

March 2
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Joe Yerardi / inewsource

The reasons parents in California are choosing not to immunize their kids today is partly due to what they find on the Internet, including a study that incorrectly linked vaccines to autism.

Wiping Out Diseases With Vaccines Makes Their Horrors A Distant Memory

Wiping Out Diseases With Vaccines Makes Their Horrors A Distant Memory

Feb. 10
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Joe Yerardi / inewsource

Nearly 51,000 California kindergarteners — in both public and private schools— began the 2014-2015 school year lacking one or more recommended vaccinations against diseases.

San Diego’s Collective Immunity Threatened By Declining Vaccination...

San Diego’s Collective Immunity Threatened By Declining Vaccination Rates

Jan. 29
By Joe Yerardi / inewsource

Immunologists are raising the alarm about what they say is our collective amnesia over the damage these diseases have wrought in the past.

Gay GOP Luminaries Fuel DeMaio Fundraising Vehicle

Gay GOP Luminaries Fuel DeMaio Fundraising Vehicle

Sept. 5
By Joe Yerardi / inewsource

While Republican Carl DeMaio trails Rep. Scott Peters in fundraising from PACs, he’s raised lots of money by partnering in joint fundraising committees, which are being funded by big names in the GOP gay rights movement.

PACs Back Incumbents; Just Ask Rep. Scott Peters

PACs Back Incumbents; Just Ask Rep. Scott Peters

Aug. 28
By Joe Yerardi / inewsource

Two years ago, when Democrat Scott Peters successfully challenged Republican Rep. Brian Bilbray in the 52nd Congressional District, most of the PAC money went to Bilbray. This year, Peters is getting money from 100 PACs that gave to his opponent in 2012.

Medicare Pays Labs Top Dollars In San Diego County

Medicare Pays Labs Top Dollars In San Diego County

Aug. 5
By Joe Yerardi / inewsource

A clinical laboratory that recently lost a $15 million lawsuit was the top San Diego-area recipient of Medicare reimbursements in 2012.

San Diego Ethics Commission Votes To Rein In Independent Committees

San Diego Ethics Commission Votes To Rein In Independent Committees

July 11
By Joe Yerardi / inewsource

Now it's up to the City Council to decide whether to ban independent political committees from using material produced by candidates in ads the deep-pocketed committees pay for.

Donations In Peters, DeMaio Congressional Race All Over The Map

Donations In Peters, DeMaio Congressional Race All Over The Map

June 25
By Joe Yerardi / inewsource

U.S. Congressman Scott Peters is vastly out-fundraising GOP rival Carl DeMaio in their old City Council districts, according to an inewsource analysis of campaign contributions.

In 52nd Congressional District, Republican Precincts Saw Higher Tur...

In 52nd Congressional District, Republican Precincts Saw Higher Turnout

June 11
By Joe Yerardi / inewsource

In precincts where Democratic Congressman Scott Peters won a majority of votes, turnout was just 20 percent. In precincts where his three GOP challengers won a majority, turnout was 27 percent.

Barrio Logan Strongly Disagreed With San Diego Voters

Barrio Logan Strongly Disagreed With San Diego Voters

June 5
By Joe Yerardi / inewsource

The vote on Propositions B and C marked the first time a neighborhood’s community plan was put before a citywide vote.

Developer Money Follows Circuitous Route to San Diego County Superv...

Developer Money Follows Circuitous Route to San Diego County Supervisor's Race

May 16
By Joe Yerardi / inewsource

A handful of development companies and real estate interests have contributed at least $100,000 to the political action committee of the San Diego county Deputy Sheriffs' Association at the same time the PAC has run an advertising campaign to boost Supervisor Bill Horn.

San Diego County DA Dumanis Lags In Fundraising Among Legal Profess...

San Diego County DA Dumanis Lags In Fundraising Among Legal Professionals

April 22
By Joe Yerardi / inewsource

According to an inewsource analysis of campaign contributions data, challenger Bob Brewer is drawing four times as much money from San Diego-area lawyers than District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis.

San Diego County’s System For Tracking Campaign Donations Called Ou...

San Diego County’s System For Tracking Campaign Donations Called Outdated

April 1
By Joe Yerardi / inewsource

Open government advocates warn that San Diego County’s system for processing political candidates’ campaign finance reports makes it nearly impossible for the public to follow the money. But there’s a chance that could change soon.

San Diego's Ethics Commission Seeks To Rein In Independent Committees

San Diego's Ethics Commission Seeks To Rein In Independent Committees

March 14
By Joe Yerardi / inewsource

In the wake of an $11 million mayor’s race, the San Diego City Ethics Commission is proposing a host of changes to local electioneering laws.

San Diego Ethics Commission Considers Tightening Restrictions On In...

San Diego Ethics Commission Considers Tightening Restrictions On Independent Committees

March 13
By Joe Yerardi / inewsource

The Ethics Commission will consider several amendments at Thursday night’s meeting, including one to tighten restrictions on how independent committees can use candidates’ campaign materials.

Three Keys To Kevin Faulconer’s Victory

Three Keys To Kevin Faulconer’s Victory

Feb. 13
By Joe Yerardi / inewsource

Kevin Faulconer’s victory was so decisive that he even had the advantage in balloting conducted on Election Day — usually a strong suit for Democrats. Faulconer won 50.4 percent of ballots cast at polls.

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