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Stories by Susan Murphy

Super Bloom Of Wildflowers Days Away In Anza-Borrego Desert

Super Bloom Of Wildflowers Days Away In Anza-Borrego Desert

March 2
By Susan Murphy

The same rains that drenched San Diego this winter are turning the barren desert floor into a carpet of color.

San Diego Exceeds Annual Rainfall Average With Potentially Wet Marc...

San Diego Exceeds Annual Rainfall Average With Potentially Wet March Still Ahead

Feb. 28
By Susan Murphy

A storm on Monday unleashed record amounts of rain, causing flooding, downed trees, mudslides and power outages. Now, the region has exceeded its average rainfall for the year and the potentially wet month of March is still ahead.

San Diego's Downtown Library Keeps Homeless Warm And Dry

San Diego's Downtown Library Keeps Homeless Warm And Dry

Feb. 27
By Susan Murphy

San Diego’s wet winter is great for the drought, but miserable for the hundreds of homeless who have to endure the harsh conditions on the streets.

Vista Town Hall On Health Care Proceeds Without Congressman Issa

Vista Town Hall On Health Care Proceeds Without Congressman Issa

Feb. 22
By Elma Gonzalez, Susan Murphy

With standing room only, hundreds of people including District 49 constituents, local groups and others gathered Tuesday night at the Jim Porter Recreation Center in Vista for an "Emergency Town Hall On Health Care." Their guest, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, did not attend, as expected.

'We've Come Too Far To Go Back' Say Elderly Activists Protesting Tr...

'We've Come Too Far To Go Back' Say Elderly Activists Protesting Trump Administration

Feb. 14
By Susan Murphy

A group of 50 women in their 80s, 90s and 100s marched last month with walkers and canes through their Seacrest Village retirement home in Encinitas in solidarity with the nationwide Women’s Marches. Now, the seniors have put down their handmade signs and picked up pens and paper.

San Diego Gun Owners Applaud Supreme Court Nominee

San Diego Gun Owners Applaud Supreme Court Nominee

Feb. 3
By Susan Murphy

Quickly backed by the National Rifle Association, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is also getting applause from San Diego gun owners who want some of California’s six tough new gun laws to be challenged in the High Court.

After 7 Decades And Countless Bowls Of Clam Chowder, Anthony's Fish...

After 7 Decades And Countless Bowls Of Clam Chowder, Anthony's Fish Grotto Closes

Jan. 31
By Susan Murphy

One of the most beloved seafood restaurants along the downtown San Diego waterfront is serving up its last bowl of clam chowder on Tuesday.

San Diego Homeless Count Kicks Off

San Diego Homeless Count Kicks Off

Jan. 27
By City News Service, Susan Murphy

Hundreds of volunteers are scheduled to fan out around San Diego County Friday to help officials get a handle on the extent of homelessness in the region.

Golden Hall Transformed Into A One-Stop-Shop Of Resources For The H...

Golden Hall Transformed Into A One-Stop-Shop Of Resources For The Homeless

Jan. 25
By Susan Murphy

More than 1,000 people sought assistance on Wednesday at an annual one-day resource fair for the homeless at Golden Hall in downtown San Diego. Salon workers washed and styled, dental specialists provided checkups and cleanings, and podiatrists offered foot massages.

Hundreds Of Shelter Beds Coming, But Not In Time For Storms

Hundreds Of Shelter Beds Coming, But Not In Time For Storms

Jan. 19
By Susan Murphy

“We are also working to identify a new facility and add hundreds of emergency beds to address the immediate need and shelter those that are on the streets,” Faulconer said.

Three Strong 'Atmospheric River' Storms Take Aim At San Diego County

Three Strong 'Atmospheric River' Storms Take Aim At San Diego County

Jan. 18
By Susan Murphy

The long plumes of moisture moving toward the county from the Pacific, called Atmospheric Rivers, are the same type of storm that pounded Northern California last week with nearly a dozen inches of rain and ten feet of snow.

As San Diego Leaders Vow Action On Homelessness, Child Lives In Per...

As San Diego Leaders Vow Action On Homelessness, Child Lives In Peril On Streets

Jan. 13
By Susan Murphy

Desire Navas' childhood is unfolding on the streets of San Diego's East Village. Her neighbors are 1,100 other homeless who sleep outside on the sidewalks.

SDG&E Seeks $379 Million From Ratepayers In 2007 Wildfire Costs

SDG&E Seeks $379 Million From Ratepayers In 2007 Wildfire Costs

Jan. 9
By Susan Murphy

The public will have an opportunity on Monday to weigh in on SDG&E's request to recover $379 million in costs from the 2007 wildfires. It is the utility's second attempt to pass on hundreds of millions of dollars stemming from the fires to its ratepayers.

Hundreds Of Small Earthquakes Rattle Imperial County

Hundreds Of Small Earthquakes Rattle Imperial County

Jan. 2
By Susan Murphy

The cluster of magnitude 3s and 2s is not necessarily a precursor to a big one, said geologist Pat Abbott. The activity is more likely the continuation of tectonic plates pulling apart.

San Diego Says Homeless Shut Out Of Emergency Shelters Due To ‘Misc...

San Diego Says Homeless Shut Out Of Emergency Shelters Due To ‘Miscommunication’

Dec. 29
By Claire Trageser, Susan Murphy

When a strong Pacific storm pounded San Diego with heavy rain and strong winds Dec. 23, the city kept its emergency homeless shelter closed — even after announcing the shelters would be open.

San Diego Nun Retiring After Three Decades Of Helping Homeless

San Diego Nun Retiring After Three Decades Of Helping Homeless

Dec. 22
By Susan Murphy

Sister RayMonda DuVall said it’s difficult to leave her role as executive director of San Diego Catholic Charities as rising numbers of desperate people are seeking help.

Volunteers Needed To Count San Diego County's Homeless

Volunteers Needed To Count San Diego County's Homeless

Dec. 19
By Susan Murphy

It will take nearly 1,600 volunteers to scour San Diego County by foot and car to get a head count of those who are sleeping on the streets, in cars and shelters.

As City Leaders Are Sworn In, Homeless Choir Urges End To Ticketing...

As City Leaders Are Sworn In, Homeless Choir Urges End To Ticketing Street Population

Dec. 12
By Susan Murphy

Some homeless members of the Voices of Our City Choir were given citations by police last week for sleeping in their tents on city sidewalks, but they say they had nowhere else to go.

As Cold Nighttime Temperatures Set In, San Diego Homeless Need Blan...

As Cold Nighttime Temperatures Set In, San Diego Homeless Need Blankets, Jackets

Dec. 2
By Susan Murphy

Nearly 5,000 homeless people in San Diego County are sleeping outside on the streets. As cold and windy conditions loom over the weekend, there’s an urgent need for blankets and jackets to help those without shelter.

San Diego Homeless Brace For Wet, Windy Weather

San Diego Homeless Brace For Wet, Windy Weather

Nov. 25
By Susan Murphy

With cold, wet and blustery weather expected to move into San Diego Saturday, some temporary emergency homeless shelters across the county are expected to open. Still, thousands of homeless will have to endure the harsh conditions on the streets.

Homeless Choir Singers In San Diego Find Healing Through Music

Homeless Choir Singers In San Diego Find Healing Through Music

Nov. 23
By Susan Murphy

“I thought, well, what a wonderful way to have a really wonderful, beautiful choir singing and sounding excellent and to be like, ‘Yes, and all of these people happen to not have a home.’”

On Historic Election Day, San Diego World War II Veterans Reflect O...

On Historic Election Day, San Diego World War II Veterans Reflect On Lifetime Of Voting

Nov. 7
By Susan Murphy

For some members of the so-called Greatest Generation, Election Day is more than just the candidates and issues. Casting a ballot is a way to pay tribute to those who have fought courageously to protect America’s freedoms and right to vote.

San Diego Housing Crisis Drives Some To Relocate, Others To Invest

San Diego Housing Crisis Drives Some To Relocate, Others To Invest

Nov. 2
By Susan Murphy

The county is in the grips of a housing crisis, pushing some people to seek greener pastures and others to search for buying opportunities.

Invasive Insect Threatens San Diego County's Palm Trees

Invasive Insect Threatens San Diego County's Palm Trees

Oct. 26
By Susan Murphy

Researchers in San Diego County are in a race against an invasive creature on a path of destruction.

Red Flag Fire Warning Reminds San Diegans Of Past October Wildfires

Red Flag Fire Warning Reminds San Diegans Of Past October Wildfires

Oct. 19
By Susan Murphy

San Diego’s most destructive wildfires have occurred during the month of October — typically the time of year when vegetation reaches its driest point and strong Santa Ana winds blow in.

Rady Children's Hospital Doctors Urge Flu Vaccine

Rady Children's Hospital Doctors Urge Flu Vaccine

Oct. 11
By Susan Murphy

The peak of San Diego’s flu season is likely still weeks away, but health officials at Rady Children’s Hospital are urging everyone 6 months and older to get vaccinated now.

Cameras Keep Watch Over Fire-Prone Regions Across San Diego County

Cameras Keep Watch Over Fire-Prone Regions Across San Diego County

Oct. 10
By Susan Murphy

The high-tech instruments that measure seismic motion and monitor climate hazards are also equipped with cameras that allow fire officials to keep watch over remote fire-prone regions.

San Diego Researcher Discovers New 'Potentially Significant' Earthq...

San Diego Researcher Discovers New 'Potentially Significant' Earthquake Fault

Oct. 5
By Susan Murphy

The newly discovered Salton Trough Fault could be as long as 40 kilometers (about 25 miles), long enough to produce a large-magnitude quake.

San Diego Leaders Urge Support For Plastic Bag Ban

San Diego Leaders Urge Support For Plastic Bag Ban

Oct. 3
By Susan Murphy

San Diego already approved a plastic bag ordinance in July, which is set to take effect next year. A statewide ban would take effect immediately.

Alpha Project Proposes Plan To House 800 San Diego Homeless

Alpha Project Proposes Plan To House 800 San Diego Homeless

Sept. 29
By Susan Murphy

The soaring homeless street population has reached a crisis level, so Bob McElroy of the Alpha Project is proposing a plan to take as many as 800 people off the streets.

ITT Closure Leaves Some Veterans Without A Housing Allowance

ITT Closure Leaves Some Veterans Without A Housing Allowance

Sept. 23
By Susan Murphy

The sudden shutdown this month of ITT Technical Institute has not only left students scrambling to transfer their credits, it has also left some veterans worrying about how they’ll pay their rent.

Restored Churchill Hotel Houses 72 Homeless

Restored Churchill Hotel Houses 72 Homeless

Sept. 19
By Susan Murphy

The century-old Hotel Churchill is restored and providing affordable rentals to 72 homeless people, including veterans and at-risk youth.

San Diego County Rents Rise As Vacancies Fall

San Diego County Rents Rise As Vacancies Fall

Sept. 16
By Susan Murphy

The average cost to rent in San Diego County has risen 7.7 percent since March, while vacancy rates for apartments have dropped to 2 percent.

Father Joe's To Expand Permanent Housing Programs

Father Joe's To Expand Permanent Housing Programs

Sept. 13
By Susan Murphy

More than 200 homeless people in San Diego County will soon have a key to their own front door. Father Joe’s Villages is turning some of its transitional units into permanent housing.

9/11 Ceremony In San Diego Marks 15 Years Since Terrorist Attacks

9/11 Ceremony In San Diego Marks 15 Years Since Terrorist Attacks

Sept. 8
By City News Service, Susan Murphy

San Diego leaders and first responders gathered Wednesday at the San Diego Civic Concourse to mark 15 years since 9/11.

Affordability Report Ranks San Diego County Near The Bottom

Affordability Report Ranks San Diego County Near The Bottom

Sept. 5
By Susan Murphy

San Diegans are making lower salaries and paying higher housing costs compared to nine competing metropolitan areas, including San Francisco, Seattle and Denver.

Paper Plates With Hand-Drawn Messages Spotlight Hunger In San Diego

Paper Plates With Hand-Drawn Messages Spotlight Hunger In San Diego

Sept. 2
By Susan Murphy

A display in Point Loma shows drawings and letters from children and adults in the county struggling with hunger. A group plans to send the plates to elected officials to urge them to take action.

Scripps Health Joins MD Anderson Cancer Network

Scripps Health Joins MD Anderson Cancer Network

Aug. 29
By City News Service, Susan Murphy

The partnership will enable San Diego patients to have access to medical, radiation and surgical oncology; pathology; laboratory and diagnostic imaging, as well as other clinical and support services.

San Diego's Homeless Are Struggling To Find Open Public Bathrooms

San Diego's Homeless Are Struggling To Find Open Public Bathrooms

Aug. 24
By Susan Murphy

East Village has 1,100 homeless people sleeping outside on the street, but fewer than a dozen public toilets.

San Diego Police Reach Out To Children In City Heights

San Diego Police Reach Out To Children In City Heights

Aug. 11
By Susan Murphy

San Diego police officers spent time with kids in City Heights this week as part of an effort to build relationships and trust in the wake of police and community tensions across the country.

UC Berkeley Student From Del Mar Killed In Bastille Day Attack

UC Berkeley Student From Del Mar Killed In Bastille Day Attack

July 17
By City News Service, Susan Murphy

Students at UC Berkeley planned a vigil Monday afternoon on the campus for classmate Nick Leslie, who the FBI confirmed on Sunday was killed in the truck attack in Nice, France.

San Diego VA Reports Progress In Veterans' Care

San Diego VA Reports Progress In Veterans' Care

July 15
By Susan Murphy

Disability benefits now take about three months, compared to 10 months in 2013, and the wait for mental health care has been cut in half compared to last year, according to San Diego's top VA officials.

Social Services Project Launches To Help Southeastern San Diego

Social Services Project Launches To Help Southeastern San Diego

July 11
By Susan Murphy

The CARE Center will focus on crime prevention and community intervention.

Mondays Are Moving Day For San Diego's Homeless

Mondays Are Moving Day For San Diego's Homeless

July 6
By Susan Murphy

Every Monday morning, police officers and city crews show up in the East Village to move out the hundreds of homeless people living there. By late afternoon, the homeless are back.

Apollo Astronauts Touch Down In San Diego

Apollo Astronauts Touch Down In San Diego

June 23
By Susan Murphy

Four Apollo astronauts and three flight directors visited the San Diego Air and Space Museum Thursday night to talk about NASA’s moon-walking missions that put them in the history books.

Scientists Gather In San Diego To Talk About Global Warming

Scientists Gather In San Diego To Talk About Global Warming

June 15
By Susan Murphy

Climate change, heat waves and acid levels in the ocean are some of the major topics at a conference this week at the University of San Diego.

San Diego Food Bank Turns Food Waste Into Compost For Community Gar...

San Diego Food Bank Turns Food Waste Into Compost For Community Gardens

June 13
By Susan Murphy

Some community gardens and farms will soon be nourished by food waste from the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank. The nonprofit has a new high-tech composting machine, and the city has just given them the green light to go green in a big way.

Candidates Vie For 3 San Diego Unified School Board Seats

Candidates Vie For 3 San Diego Unified School Board Seats

June 7
By City News Service, Susan Murphy

Three contests for the San Diego Unified School District board are on Tuesday's ballot. The district is the second largest in the state, serving 130,000 students at more than 225 campuses.

San Diego Heat Wave Kicks Off Projected Sizzling Summer

San Diego Heat Wave Kicks Off Projected Sizzling Summer

June 3
By Susan Murphy

The heat wave will move out by Monday, but looking ahead, forecasters are projecting a warm and dry summer of above average temperatures and periodic heat waves.

San Diego Councilman Alvarez Rallies With Bus Drivers On Strike

San Diego Councilman Alvarez Rallies With Bus Drivers On Strike

May 31
By Susan Murphy

A dozen Metropolitan Transit System bus routes in San Diego continue to be disrupted as striking workers walk the picket line. A San Diego city councilman boosted their cause on Tuesday by rallying with them.