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Stories by Katie Orr

San Diego Holds Hearing On Padres TV Impasse

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Time Warner Cable customers in San Diego are sick and tired of not being able to watch the Padres on TV. Now a San Diego City Council committee is trying to remedy the situation.

San Diego Tries To Umpire Dispute Over Padres TV Broadcasts

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New ownership has San Diego fans excited for the upcoming Padres baseball season. But some fans are worked up for another reason, not being able to watch the Pads on TV.

Filner Gets Outside Counsel For TMD Suit, Goldsmith Responds

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The legal fight over San Diego’s Tourism Marketing District will move forward without input from San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith. Now Goldsmith is speaking out about the decision.

Judge Tentatively Approves Funding Plan For San Diego Convention Center Expansion

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A tentative ruling has been issued on whether San Diego’s method of paying for the latest Convention Center expansion is legal.

Filner Presents Plan To Add 6,000 Port Jobs, Reduce Waterfront Pollution

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Mayor Bob Filner's plan to use the Port of San Diego as a center of job creation received support from three City Council members at its first public airing today.

San Diego Hoteliers Win First Court Battle Against Filner

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A judge weighed in today on the fight between Mayor Bob Filner and San Diego hoteliers and the hoteliers walked away with a small victory.

Filner And San Diego Hoteliers Clash Again

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Looks like there’s another fight brewing between San Diego Mayor Bob Filner and the hotel industry over marketing duties.

Filner Has New Plans For Plaza de Panama

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From political realities to Plaza de Panama, San Diego Mayor Bob Filner covered a lot of ground in his official monthly meeting with the media.

San Diego Housing Services Bracing For Impact Of Sequestration

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It’s well known that across-the-board federal budget cuts would have a huge impact on the defense industry. But social service programs would be affected as well.

City Council Shows Strong Support For Tourism Marketing District

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San Diego City Council members today expressed strong support for the city's Tourism Marketing District and declined to offer amendments to an operating agreement that is being held up by Mayor Bob Filner.

Busted San Diego Water Pipe Installed When Taft Was President

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Another day, another water main break that closes a busy San Diego street. So why do the pipes keep busting?

State Agency Rules Against San Diego's Pension Reform Initiative

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Supporters of San Diego’s pension reform initiative may have suffered a legal setback, but they’re not backing down in their efforts to eliminate most city pensions in San Diego.

San Diego Councilmen Want Port Issue Raised Again

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The fight over San Diego’s Port appointments may not be over yet. Two city councilmen are trying to revive the issue.

Filner Wins Battle Over Port Appointments

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San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has won the battle over the city’s Port appointments. The City Council today failed to override the mayor’s veto of two appointments.

Gloria Hoping To Revive Plaza de Panama Plan

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The Plaza de Panama project in Balboa Park appears to be dead in the water, but one San Diego councilman is looking for ways to revive it.

Filner's Tijuana Office Still Not Open

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San Diego Mayor Bob Filner promises his new Tijuana office will open soon, but there have been a couple of hiccups so far.

San Diego Council To Consider Veto Override

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An ongoing battle between Mayor Bob Filner and the San Diego City Council will take another turn today. The council will consider overriding the mayor’s veto of two Port appointments.

Texas Coming After California Jobs

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They’re coming for our jobs. A new ad from Texas Gov. Rick Perry hit the California airwaves this week.

Jacobs On Plaza De Panama Plan: 'It's Over'

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A San Diego Superior Court judge has affirmed his tentative ruling that the city of San Diego violated its own municipal code when approving a plan to remove cars from Balboa Park.

Filner Kicks Off 'Pen And Paper' Sessions With Press

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From the smell in La Jolla to the fight over Balboa Park, San Diego Mayor Bob Filner covered it all Wednesday in a meeting with the press.

Super Bowl Ads Setting Records

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The Super Bowl is just a few days away, and while a lot of people tune in to see the game, a lot tune in to see the commercials too, and advertisers know it.

Judge Tentatively Rules Against Plaza De Panama Project

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A tentative court ruling could foreshadow trouble for the Plaza de Panama project in San Diego’s Balboa Park.

List of San Diego District 4 Candidates Narrows

The list of potential candidates for San Diego’s District 4 special election is getting smaller.

Fixing Streets, Pipes Will Cost $1 Billion And Take Years

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Crumbling streets and cracked sidewalks have long been a thorn in the side of San Diegans. But one councilman has a plan to tackle these problems for good.

Demographic Shift Could Lead To Leadership Shake-Up

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Changing demographics in San Diego may mean the city’s traditionally African American City Council district could look different in the future.

San Diegans Rally For Immigration Reform

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Immigrant rights activists in San Diego rallied today in support of a federal immigration overhaul.

Potential Candidates Lining Up To Run In San Diego's District 4

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There’s one spot available, roughly two months to campaign, and, so far, 14 potential candidates for San Diego’s District 4 City Council seat.

Filner Stresses Transit, Environments, Neighborhoods In State Of The City

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Newly elected Mayor Bob Filner delivered his inaugural State of the City address Tuesday to a full house at Balboa Theater.

San Diego Will Take A $40 Million Hit On Pension Costs

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The numbers are in and the city of San Diego is facing a significant jump in its pension payment next year.

DeMaio Plans To Keep An Eye On San Diego

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Former City Councilman Carl DeMaio is determined to stay involved in city government, even though he didn’t win the San Diego mayor's race.

San Diego GOP Looks To Reach More Voters

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The San Diego County Republican Party is trying to step up its game. One of its first steps is appointing a new executive director.

San Diego Sets Special Election Date For District 4

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San Diego will hold a special election at the end of March to replace former City Council President Tony Young. But the election is raising a couple sticky issues.

Filner Introduces Staff To San Diego Public

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San Diego Mayor Bob Filner introduced his top staff to the public today.

San Diego To Appoint Two New Port Commissioners

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The Unified Port of San Diego regulates development, business and recreation along miles of the San Diego Bay. Five cities have delegates to the Port board and next week San Diego will choose its newest representatives.

Odd Rule Excludes Some Voters From San Diego City Council Race

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Almost as soon as the San Diego City Council grew to nine members, a surprise resignation shrunk it back to eight again. The race is on to fill the open seat, but not everyone will get a chance to vote in it.

Winter Rain Is Helping San Diego Farmers

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The winter weather hasn’t hurt local crops. In fact, farmers are likely happy with the conditions.

2012: Top City Government And Military Stories

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KPBS takes a look at the top stories involving San Diego government and military with reporters Katie Orr and Beth Ford Roth.

More Than 360 Guns Exchanged For Gift Cards

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More than 360 weapons—including an Uzi—were collected today in an annual for Guns for Gift Cards exchange held in Southeast San Diego.

Guns For Gift Cards Exchange Enters Its Fifth Year

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Community leaders in Southeast San Diego are hoping free gift cards will entice people to turn in their guns. The guns for gift cards exchange takes place tomorrow.

San Diego Could Lose $41 Million Next Year Through Redevelopment, Pension Costs

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San Diego got some bad news Wednesday about its redevelopment plans. The city's budget could also take a $41 million hit next year.

Filner's First Ordinance Deals With Foreclosures

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New San Diego Mayor Bob Filner signed his first ordinance into law today. It deals with keeping foreclosed homes in good condition.

Murdered Taxi Driver's Daughter Advocates For Cab Cameras

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Driving a taxi is a notoriously dangerous profession. It’s been a little over a year since two taxi drivers in the San Diego region were killed in robberies. Yet in that time, progress on safety improvements for cabs has stalled.

San Diego Leaders Discuss School Safety

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San Diego police were maintaining a higher-than-usual presence at schools today in response to the elementary school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, where a gunman killed 20 children, including a 6-year-old girl who used to live in Mira Mesa, San Diego Unified School District officials said.

Faulconer Now Most Senior Member Of San Diego City Council

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The San Diego City Council will hold its last meeting of the calendar year today. It will start 2013 with several new faces, but also some experienced veterans.

San Diego Facing Several Special Elections

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Elections and resignations have led to a game of political musical chairs in south San Diego County. But different deadlines and jurisdictions means it’s unlikely one special election can sort everything out.

Gloria Pushing 'Sexy Streets' In San Diego

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Newly-elected City Council President Todd Gloria wants to make San Diego’s streets sexy, and he wants communities to help.

San Diego Law Enforcement Agencies React To Immigration Opinion

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The San Diego Police Department says it will not change any of its policies relating to the treatment of undocumented arrestees.

Filner Takes Over Democratic San Diego

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It was an historic day for San Diego government. Congressman Bob Filner was sworn in as mayor. He’s the city’s first Democratic mayor in decades and he’s taking over with a majority Democratic city council as well.

Filner Sworn In As San Diego's 35th Mayor

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Bob Filner was sworn in today as San Diego's 35th mayor during a Balboa Park Club inauguration ceremony.

Gloria Likely To Be Next San Diego City Council President

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It looks like Democrat Todd Gloria will become the next San Diego City Council president. The official vote will take place Monday, but today, current Council President Tony Young told KPBS he would be supporting Gloria for the position.

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