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Stories by Katie Orr

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

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

Aug. 22
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

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

Survey Looks At Electric Car Use In California

Aug. 21
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

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

Aug. 21
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

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

Cost To Repair Lily Pond Nearly Twice What Expected

Aug. 20
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

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

Aug. 17
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

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

Water Gun Fight Spills Into San Diego Mayor's Race

Aug. 14
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

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

Repairs To Balboa Park Lily Pond Will Cost Thousands

Aug. 13
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

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

Filner, DeMaio Debate Border Issues, Immigration

Aug. 9
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

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

The Tricky Intersection Of Politics And Philanthropy

Aug. 9
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

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

City Under Hiring Freeze Until 401(k) Program Created

Aug. 9
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

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

Ten Years Out, Affordable Housing Still Lacking In San Diego

Aug. 6
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

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

Entertainment District Proposed For Downtown San Diego

Entertainment District Proposed For Downtown San Diego

Aug. 1
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

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

San Diego Political Consultants Crossing Party Lines

San Diego Political Consultants Crossing Party Lines

Aug. 2
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

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.

Judge Denies Request To Postpone Prop B Implementation

July 31
By Claire Trageser, Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

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

Traffic Debate Not New For Balboa Park

July 30
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

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'

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

July 30
By Claire Trageser, Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

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

Judge to Rule On Implementation of Prop B

July 26
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

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

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

July 23
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

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

July 19
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

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

San Diego Police Department Asking For Budget Increase

July 18
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio and City News Service

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

Legal Hearing To Begin On San Diego's Pension Measure

July 17
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

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

Two Courts Rule Against San Diego On Prop B

July 11
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

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

Save Our Heritage Organisation Announces Lawsuit Over Balboa Park Plan

July 10
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

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

Plaza De Panama Plan Passes City Council

July 9
By Claire Trageser, Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

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

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

July 6
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

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

Labor Group Says ConVis Does Not Want To Pay Living Wage

July 5
By Alison St John, Claire Trageser, Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio, Megan Burke, Peggy Pico

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

Lifeguards Propose New Solution For Children's Pool

July 4
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

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

San Diego Mayor Raises A Glass To Craft Beer

July 4
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

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

San Diego Firefighters Being Forced To Work Overtime

July 3
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

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

Camp Aims To Get San Diego Students Excited About Science

June 29
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

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

San Diego Junior Lifeguards Take A Leap

June 27
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

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

San Diego Pension Reform Piques Interest Of State Supreme Court

June 27
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

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

Plug Pulled On San Diego Power Plant

Plug Pulled On San Diego Power Plant

June 25
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

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

Interstate 8 Divide May Lead To San Diego Political Gridlock

Interstate 8 Divide May Lead To San Diego Political Gridlock

June 25
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

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.

University City Fired Up About Possible Power Plant

June 25
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

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.

Unions Score Point In Prop. B Fight

Unions Score Point In Prop. B Fight

June 19
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

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

Roads Repair Discussion Hints At Tense San Diego Election Season

June 13
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio and James R. Riffel, City News Service

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

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

June 12
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

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

San Diego Leaders Want Quick Implementation Of Prop B

June 7
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

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

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

June 6
By Claire Trageser, Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Patty Lane

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

Showdown Between DeMaio, Filner In SD Mayor's Race

June 6
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

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

San Diego Voters Approve Cuts To City Pensions

June 5
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio and ELLIOT SPAGAT, Associated Press

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

DeMaio Warns Stations To Stop Running Negative Ad

June 1
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

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

DeMaio Leads, Filner Second In Latest Mayoral Race Poll

May 31
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio and CHANNEL 10 NEWS

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

LGBT Community Says Prop B Bad For Gay Couples

May 30
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

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

Gov. Brown Weighs In On San Diego Mayoral Race

May 30
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

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

Ensuring The Security Of Future San Diego Workers

May 28
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

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

Undercover Agents Take Down Car Thieves

May 24
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

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

Sanders Rips Into DeMaio At Budget Press Conference

Sanders Rips Into DeMaio At Budget Press Conference

May 23
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

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

Water Rates Enter San Diego Mayoral Race

May 21
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

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