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Stories by Susan Murphy

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As San Diego Home Prices Continue To Rise, Some Mortgage Lending Eases

Aug. 4, 2017
By Susan Murphy

If you applied for a mortgage last month and didn’t quite qualify, you might want to try again this month. Some lending standards have been eased to allow more people to get into the market.

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UC San Diego Extension Spreads Education Reach To Downtown

Aug. 2, 2017
By Susan Murphy

A four-story facility managed by UC San Diego Extension will offer academic and cultural programs and provide the community with entrepreneurship and business resources. Attached to the education hub will be a 34-story residential tower providing 426 housing units, some reserved for low-income residents.

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Two Businessmen Announce Plan For Housing San Diego's Homeless

July 21, 2017
By Susan Murphy

Two business leaders in San Diego announced a proposal on Thursday to shelter hundreds of homeless people in large industrial tents.

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San Diego County On Track For A 50 Percent Housing Deficit By 2020

July 13, 2017
By Susan Murphy

San Diego’s housing crisis is expected to worsen over the next three years, driving more seniors and families out of the region, according to a report by the Regional Chamber of Commerce.

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Growing Deportation Fears Prompt Congressman Juan Vargas To Hold Town Hall

July 11, 2017
By Susan Murphy

Rep. Juan Vargas, D-San Diego, invited his constituents and a panel of immigration experts to come together on Monday night to talk about immigrant rights.

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San Diego Housing Homeless To Change Lives, Tent-Covered Landscapes

July 6, 2017
By Susan Murphy

An increasing number of people living on the streets has San Diego County leaders coordinating efforts to build more permanent supportive housing.

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Social Workers Go 'Tent To Tent' In Push To Help San Diego's Homeless

July 5, 2017
By Susan Murphy

As San Diego leaders scramble in boardrooms and high-rise offices to combat one of the worst homeless problems in the nation, social workers are on the front lines of the crisis, putting the plans into action.

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San Diego Airport Janitors Threaten To Strike During July Travel Season

June 23, 2017
By Susan Murphy

Janitors gathered outside of Terminal 1 at the San Diego International Airport on Friday to announce their intent to strike in July if their demands for higher pay are not met.

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Juvenile Great White Sharks Return To San Diego For Summer Season

June 12, 2017
By Susan Murphy

Sightings of dorsal fins piercing the surfline along San Diego’s coastline are common this time of year. The mostly harmless juvenile great white sharks are attracted to the high abundances of fish, stingrays and warming waters.

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San Diego Researcher Troubled Over Trump's Withdrawal From Paris Climate Pact

June 5, 2017
By Susan Murphy

“There’s going to be at some point a cascade of events that happen that we’re not going to be able to just hit rewind,” said Kimberly Prather, distinguished chair in Atmospheric Chemistry at UC San Diego.

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Jimmy Buffett's Broadway-Bound Musical 'Escape To Margaritaville' Launches In San Diego

June 2, 2017
By Susan Murphy

A tropical paradise is sweeping over the La Jolla Playhouse for Parrotheads and non-Parrotheads alike. 'Escape to Margaritaville' includes brand new music, specifically written for the musical by Jimmy Buffett, along with many of his hit songs.

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Dangerous Fire Season Ahead For San Diego County

May 23, 2017
By Susan Murphy

San Diego County leaders and emergency officials Tuesday said the region could be poised for one of its most dangerous fire seasons ever.

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High Unemployment, Low Wages Drive Growing Homeless Population In Imperial County

May 11, 2017
By Susan Murphy

Countywide, nearly 1,100 homeless people were tallied during the annual count taken in January, up from 380 homeless people counted last year.

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Prayer Services, Vigil To Be Held In Honor Of University City Shooting Victim

May 2, 2017
By City News Service, Susan Murphy

Prayer services and a vigil are scheduled Wednesday to remember a woman fatally wounded by a gunman who opened fire at his University City apartment complex, shooting a total of seven people before before being killed by police.

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Some Homeless Policies Need Updating, Says San Diego Councilman

April 28, 2017
By Susan Murphy

Policies tied to homelessness will soon be reviewed by a new San Diego City Council committee devoted to the growing crisis. Councilman Chris Ward plans to take an active role.

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Policing San Diego Homeless Is Much More Than Citations, Says Assistant Police Chief

April 27, 2017
By Susan Murphy

When it comes to policing the hundreds of desperate men and women living in tents and extensive handmade structures, Assistant Police Chief Chuck Kaye said it is not just about tickets and arrests.

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Advocate Wages Social Media Campaign Against San Diego's Homeless Enforcement

April 26, 2017
By Susan Murphy

Homelessness is swelling in downtown San Diego, and some of the 1,300 people sleeping in tents on city sidewalks are finding themselves on the wrong side of the law.

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People Sleeping On Streets In San Diego County Increases 14 Percent

April 20, 2017
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh, Susan Murphy

San Diego County's homeless count in January found that 9,116 people were living in shelters or on the streets. That's a five percent increase countywide as compared to the previous year.

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Tribes Look Beyond Slot Machines For Future Income

April 11, 2017
By Susan Murphy

Casinos have brought decades of prosperity to many Native American tribes in San Diego County and across the nation. Now, tribes are looking to expand their economic opportunities with expansive resorts, online gaming and eSports.

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Rise In Home Prices Leads To Big Boost In San Diego County Property Taxes

April 10, 2017
By Susan Murphy

San Diego’s low housing supply and skyrocketing home prices mean higher property taxes.

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San Diego Public Absent As US Honors 100th Anniversary Of World War I

April 6, 2017
By Susan Murphy

The somber ceremony on the green rolling hills of Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in Point Loma included a tribute, wreath laying, gun salute and the playing of taps. But no one from the public showed up for the event.

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Pinwheels Displayed At Rady Children's Hospital Represent Child Abuse Victims

April 5, 2017
By Susan Murphy

A display of royal blue pinwheels were set up on the front lawn at Rady Children’s Hospital to represent abused or neglected children over the past year.

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Mayor Faulconer Pushes For Hotel Tax To Fund Convention Center Expansion

April 3, 2017
By City News Service, Susan Murphy

Mayor Kevin Faulconer touted a proposed ballot measure on Monday that he said would raise hotel room taxes to pay for an expansion of the San Diego Convention Center and produce funding streams for road repairs and homelessness programs.

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State Senator Toni Atkins Announces Legislation To Combat Human Trafficking

March 31, 2017
By Susan Murphy

State Senator Toni Atkins announced on Friday a package of new legislation focused on targeting human traffickers and protecting victims.

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San Diego Emergency Officials, Geologist Sound Alarm On Tsunami Risk

March 23, 2017
By Susan Murphy

If a large earthquake struck offshore, thousands of people along San Diego’s 70 miles of coastline could be in danger.

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San Diego Women See Hope In President Trump's Vision Of America

March 23, 2017
By Susan Murphy

Two months ago, an estimated 40,000 women marched in protest through downtown San Diego as President Trump took office. But it was women who helped lead Trump to victory, including some in San Diego who say their support for the president remains steadfast.

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America's Oldest Pearl Harbor Survivor Turns 105

March 10, 2017
By Susan Murphy

“I’m really excited because I never expected to live this long,” said Ray Chavez, America's oldest Pearl Harbor survivor. “I’m enjoying my old age. I really am."

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Camp Pendleton-Based Marines Move Into Syria For 'Temporary' Ground Mission

March 9, 2017
By Susan Murphy

A group of Camp Pendleton Marines with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit have departed their ships in the Middle East and moved into Syria to help fight ISIS.

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Study: Offshore Fault System Could Produce 7.3 Earthquake

March 8, 2017
By Susan Murphy

The offshore Newport-Inglewood and Rose Canyon faults are part of the same fault system and could produce earthquakes of a magnitude 7.3 or greater, according to a study released by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography Wednesday.

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San Diego Supporters Join Nationwide 'March 4 Trump'

March 4, 2017
By Susan Murphy

President Trump supporters marched Saturday along the Embarcadero, while another group gathered behind the convention center to hear speeches supporting his policies.

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Super Bloom Of Wildflowers Days Away In Anza-Borrego Desert

March 2, 2017
By Susan Murphy

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

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

Feb. 28, 2017
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.

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San Diego's Downtown Library Keeps Homeless Warm And Dry

Feb. 27, 2017
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.

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Vista Town Hall On Health Care Proceeds Without Congressman Issa

Feb. 22, 2017
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.

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

Feb. 14, 2017
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.

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San Diego Gun Owners Applaud Supreme Court Nominee

Feb. 3, 2017
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.

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

Jan. 31, 2017
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.

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San Diego Homeless Count Kicks Off

Jan. 27, 2017
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.

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

Jan. 25, 2017
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.

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

Jan. 19, 2017
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.

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

Jan. 18, 2017
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.

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

Jan. 13, 2017
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.

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

Jan. 9, 2017
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.

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Hundreds Of Small Earthquakes Rattle Imperial County

Jan. 2, 2017
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.

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

Dec. 29, 2016
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.

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San Diego Nun Retiring After Three Decades Of Helping Homeless

Dec. 22, 2016
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.

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Volunteers Needed To Count San Diego County's Homeless

Dec. 19, 2016
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.

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

Dec. 12, 2016
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.

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

Dec. 2, 2016
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.

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San Diego Homeless Brace For Wet, Windy Weather

Nov. 25, 2016
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.