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Stories by Kevin Crowe

State Forces San Diego Schools To Shift Money Around To Pay Bills

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In California, school districts borrow from one account to pay back another while they wait for payments the state is obligated to provide.

Poway Unified Superintendent Talks Special Taxes

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Poway’s superintendent, John Collins, talks about Poway Unified’s use of Mello-Roos fees to build new, top-flight schools.

52nd Congressional Voters Cross Party Lines In Mayoral Election

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A lot of those voters were in neighborhoods such as La Jolla, Bay Park, Bay Ho, North Clairemont and University City south of UCSD.

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Homeowners Willing To Pay Higher Taxes Can Buy Nicer Schools

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Some San Diego homeowners are willing to pay hundreds of dollars extra in property taxes every month for newer and better-equipped public schools.

Outside Donors Fuel Prop. Opponents, Fund Mayoral Hopefuls

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If all politics is local, all fundraising isn’t. Councilman Carl DeMaio headed north to Orange County last week to raise money for his mayoral campaign in San Diego.

Whooping Cough Vaccine Failures Increasing

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Two years after a KPBS/Investigative Newsource investigation posed serious questions about how well the whooping cough vaccine works, new research confirms the vaccine is failing at a higher rate than expected. Troubling news as the country is on track to experience its worst whooping cough epidemic in 50 years. Health officials are looking at recommending a seventh dose of vaccine to control the outbreak.

DeMaio Has Fundraising Lead In Mayor's Race

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Councilman Carl DeMaio outspent and outraised Congressman Bob Filner in the primary election for San Diego mayor, but pro-Filner forces are lining up to make the runoff in November competitive and expensive.

At Clark Middle, A Shift In Discipline Strategies

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Although expulsion and suspension rates overall are falling across San Diego County, middle schools are the exception. Their suspension rates are holding steady. Experts say this is no surprise. As children grow into adulthood, challenging authority and breaking the rules are part of the transition.

Filner's Second-Spot Primary Win Comes At Bargain Price

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Bob Filner definitely got the most bang for his buck in Tuesday’s primary. The Democrat congressman spent just $8.75 per vote to make it into the general election for mayor of San Diego against Republican councilman Carl DeMaio.

Fundraising Amps Up For Proposition A, B Committees

On Tuesday's ballot, voters will choose whether to approve two propositions involving city labor agreements and workers' pensions.

Business Groups, Builders And Labor Battle Over Propositions

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Supporters of the proposition to reform the City of San Diego’s pension system have outspent the opposition committees more than six to one according to the most recent financial statements filed with the City Clerk.

DeMaio Spends Big On Own Campaign, Super PACs Start Raising Cash For Mayoral Candidates

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Two candidates for San Diego mayor have each raised more than $1 million so far, underscoring that this is a high stakes, high money contest. And it’s only the primary.

PACs Playing Major Role In Congressional Fundraising

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As the June primary nears, candidates running for federal office in the 52nd and 51st Congressional Districts are drumming up support for their campaigns.