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Stories by Katie Orr

Accused Killer's Courtroom Outburst: "I'm Guilty!"

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Accused killer Armando Perez stunned a downtown courtroom by shouting "I'm guilty!" at his Superior Court arraignment today.

Survey Looks At Electric Car Use In California

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The days of paying a dollar-a-gallon for gas are long gone. But a new study out says that’s what some San Diego drivers are paying.

Moody's Is Taking Another Look At California Cities

A major credit rating agency says it’s concerned more California cities will file for bankruptcy. But a local economist says San Diego isn’t likely to be one of them.

Cost To Repair Lily Pond Nearly Twice What Expected

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It will cost almost twice as much as estimated to fix the damaged lily pond in Balboa Park.

City Reaches Deal With Labor On 401(k) Plan

There’s been a thaw at San Diego City Hall. The city’s reached a tentative interim agreement with its labor unions on a 401(k) plan. That means a hiring freeze will soon be lifted.

Water Gun Fight Spills Into San Diego Mayor's Race

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The water fight gone wrong at the Balboa Park lily pond continues to cause ripples in the San Diego mayor’s race.

Repairs To Balboa Park Lily Pond Will Cost Thousands

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Balboa Park is recovering after a nasty water gun fight there this weekend left its beloved lily pond trashed.

Filner, DeMaio Debate Border Issues, Immigration

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San Diego’s two mayoral candidates faced off in a debate focusing on border issues Thursday evening at The Institute of the Americas at UC San Diego.

The Tricky Intersection Of Politics And Philanthropy

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Like many other cities, San Diego is increasingly relying on public-private partnerships to help get things done around the city. That’s raising some difficult questions for everybody involved.

City Under Hiring Freeze Until 401(k) Program Created

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It’s official: the city of San Diego has a hiring freeze in place. And it could be months before the freeze is lifted.

Ten Years Out, Affordable Housing Still Lacking In San Diego

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Affordable housing advocates in San Diego celebrated an anniversary today. But they are also using the day as a call to action.

San Diego Political Consultants Crossing Party Lines

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A prominent Republican consultant in San Diego has joined Democrat Bob Filner’s campaign for mayor. Meanwhile, Republican candidate Carl DeMaio has hired a Democrat. KPBS looks at what’s behind the cross party hiring.

Entertainment District Proposed For Downtown San Diego

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The Gaslamp Quarter is bumping. The East Village is happening. Now San Diego officials may start to focus on another part of downtown.

Judge Denies Request To Postpone Prop B Implementation

San Diego Superior Court Judge Luis Vargas ruled Tuesday that San Diego can move forward with eliminating city pensions and implementing a 401(k)-style retirement system for most new hires.

Traffic Debate Not New For Balboa Park

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Plans to revamp Balboa Park with new roads and a parking garage have sparked heated debate and threats of lawsuits. But he controversy isn’t anything new for San Diego.

Goldsmith Hopes To 'Give Stability In The Midst Of Change'

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City Attorney Jan Goldsmith, who ran unopposed for re-election this year, said he is preparing to help the city of San Diego through some big changes, including a new mayor, a new council district and two new propositions.

Judge to Rule On Implementation of Prop B

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A judge will decide Friday whether San Diego can go forward with implementing Proposition B for union employees, or if the city has to wait.

San Diego's Permanent Homeless Shelter Won't Be Open For Winter

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A permanent homeless shelter currently under construction in downtown San Diego will not be open in time for winter.

Emerald Wants A Commitment To Open Government

A San Diego councilwoman says the city needs to make a commitment to open government, even if the state won’t.

San Diego Police Department Asking For Budget Increase

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The San Diego Police Department wants $11.6 million annually through fiscal year 2018 to restore services lost to budget cuts during the city's financial crisis, according to a report scheduled to be presented today to the City Council's Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee.

Legal Hearing To Begin On San Diego's Pension Measure

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San Diego and its largest labor union will battle it out over pension reform today. A hearing will begin later this morning about whether city officials violated labor law in campaigning for Proposition B.

Two Courts Rule Against San Diego On Prop B

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San Diego was dealt two legal setbacks today in its efforts to implement Proposition B.

Save Our Heritage Organisation Announces Lawsuit Over Balboa Park Plan

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The Save Our Heritage Organisation announced Tuesday it will legally challenge the San Diego City Council’s approval of the Plaza de Panama proposal for Balboa Park.

Plaza De Panama Plan Passes City Council

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The San Diego City Council voted 6-1 to approve the Plaza de Panama plan for Balboa Park, one of the options to get cars out of the center of the park. We hear about the plan and when construction could begin.

Breaking Down The Difference Between San Diego's Bars And Breweries

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With all the new breweries opening in San Diego, there are more and more tasting rooms popping up. But what’s the difference between a tasting room and a bar?

Labor Group Says ConVis Does Not Want To Pay Living Wage

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A local labor union said Thursday that the private company recently given control of bookings at the Convention Center does not want to pay their workers the city-mandated living wage.

Lifeguards Propose New Solution For Children's Pool

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San Diego’s lifeguards are wading into the debate over the seals at the Children’s Pool in La Jolla. They think they have a rock solid solution.

San Diego Mayor Raises A Glass To Craft Beer

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San Diego is known as a hot spot for craft beer. And from tapping ceremonial kegs to pouring grand opening pints, Mayor Jerry Sanders has done his part to promote the industry.

San Diego Firefighters Being Forced To Work Overtime

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Early retirements and no fire academies have led to a staffing shortage at the San Diego Fire and Rescue Department. Firefighters are being forced to work overtime, even if they don’t want to.

Camp Aims To Get San Diego Students Excited About Science

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School may be out, but that’s not keeping a group of kids in San Diego from expanding their minds.

San Diego Junior Lifeguards Take A Leap

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Some young, aspiring lifeguards took a big leap today in San Diego.

San Diego Pension Reform Piques Interest Of State Supreme Court

The California Supreme Court could weigh in on San Diego’s recently passed pension initiative.

Plug Pulled On San Diego Power Plant

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The plug has been pulled for now on a possible power plant in University City. But the project may resurface in the future.

University City Fired Up About Possible Power Plant

A proposed power plant is firing up the residents of University City. The neighborhood planning association is holding a special meeting on the issue tonight at 6 at University Towne Center.

Interstate 8 Divide May Lead To San Diego Political Gridlock

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In San Diego, the Interstate 8 has historically acted as a dividing line for the city. But a combination of redistricting and recent elections has widened the gulf.

Unions Score Point In Prop. B Fight

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The legal wrangling over San Diego’s Prop. B continues. The city’s been ordered to take part in a hearing with the state’s Public Employment Relations Board.

Roads Repair Discussion Hints At Tense San Diego Election Season

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A San Diego City Council committee today rejected a proposed ballot measure from Councilman Carl DeMaio aimed at beefing up funding for road repairs. The committee’s discussion hints that a tense election season may be in store.

Sherman Has 90-Vote Cushion To Avoid Runoff For Council District 7

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With very few if any City Council District 7 votes left to be counted, Republican Scott Sherman has enough votes needed to avoid a runoff against Democrat Mat Kostrinsky.

San Diego Leaders Want Quick Implementation Of Prop B

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Now that pension reform has passed, city leaders want to get on with the business of implementing it. But they’ll need the buy-in of the unions to make that happen quickly.

Bob Filner Says He Will Ask For Nathan Fletcher's Endorsement

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Congressman Bob Filner, who will advance to the November general election against City Councilman Carl DeMaio, told KPBS today he will ask for the endorsement of the third place finisher, state Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher.

Showdown Between DeMaio, Filner In SD Mayor's Race

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Councilman Carl DeMaio, a Republican, will advance to a November contest against Democratic Congressman Bob Filner, who beat Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, an Independent, for the second spot in the race for San Diego Mayor.

San Diego Voters Approve Cuts To City Pensions

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Voters overwhelmingly approved a measure to cut retirement benefits for government workers in San Diego on Tuesday.

DeMaio Warns Stations To Stop Running Negative Ad

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Leading San Diego mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio is striking out against a political ad he calls libelous. But the group behind the ad is standing by it.

DeMaio Leads, Filner Second In Latest Mayoral Race Poll

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If a primary election for San Diego Mayor was held on Thursday, three of the candidates would have the potential to advance to a general election in November, according to the latest 10News Poll results.

LGBT Community Says Prop B Bad For Gay Couples

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Members of San Diego’s LGBT community say the pension reform measure on next week’s ballot would be harmful for gay couples.

Gov. Brown Weighs In On San Diego Mayoral Race

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California’s Democratic governor is weighing in on the San Diego Mayor’s race, but you may be surprised about which candidate he’s talking about.

Ensuring The Security Of Future San Diego Workers

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Voters in San Diego will decide in a few days whether the city should end its traditional pension system for most new workers and switch to a 401(k). But if Proposition B passes, it’ll raise another big question for the city.

Undercover Agents Take Down Car Thieves

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San Diego authorities are working to nab car thieves in the county through undercover operations.

Sanders Rips Into DeMaio At Budget Press Conference

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San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders ripped into fellow Republican City Councilman Carl DeMaio at a news conference today.

Water Rates Enter San Diego Mayoral Race

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Skyrocketing water rates seem to be a constant issue in San Diego. One of the mayoral candidates is pledging to stop the increases.