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Stories by Tom Fudge

Report: Deaths From Meth Use On The Rise In San Diego County

Report: Deaths From Meth Use On The Rise In San Diego County

May 11
By Tom Fudge

Health officials from San Diego County Thursday reported a steady rise in meth-related deaths and meth use in recent years.

More Sales And Higher Prices Hit SoCal Housing Market In March

More Sales And Higher Prices Hit SoCal Housing Market In March

April 25
By Tom Fudge

Real estate tracker Core Logic reports Southern California last month had the highest number of sales, for the month of March, in 10 years.

The Chargers Next Season Is Sold Out

The Chargers Next Season Is Sold Out

March 28
By Tom Fudge

Season ticket sales fill all the seats in the small StubHub center for the Los Angeles Chargers for 2017-18.

San Diego Malls Ride A Changing Retail Wave

San Diego Malls Ride A Changing Retail Wave

March 21
By Tom Fudge

Competition from online buying is forcing some stores to close while others struggle to think outside the big box.

Sewage Spill Fouls San Diego County's Los Coches Creek

Sewage Spill Fouls San Diego County's Los Coches Creek

March 19
By Tom Fudge

A pipe that was damaged during a February rainstorm dumps 900,000 gallons of sewage into Los Coches Creek in El Cajon.

University Degree Costs In California Are Falling — For The University

University Degree Costs In California Are Falling — For The University

March 17
By Tom Fudge

The cost of a college degree may be going up for California students. But the amount of money spent on each degree, by the University of California and CSU, has been going down.

San Diego State President Will Step Down

San Diego State President Will Step Down

March 8
By Elma Gonzalez, Tom Fudge

San Diego State University President Elliot Hirshman has announced he will be leaving at the end of June, after six years at the helm.

For The First Time In Its History, The University Of California Pro...

For The First Time In Its History, The University Of California Proposes Cap On Nonresident Students

March 6
By Tom Fudge

The University of California’s move comes in response to criticism that California high-school graduates are often locked out of enrollment.

San Diego Clubs Create A Home For Jazz

San Diego Clubs Create A Home For Jazz

Feb. 27
By Tom Fudge

A tale of jazz venues shows a network of players and impresarios who create a brimming San Diego scene.

One Dead In Plane Crash North Of Ramona

One Dead In Plane Crash North Of Ramona

Feb. 12
By Tom Fudge

A 20-year-old woman died when a small plane that was carrying three people crashed. The crash occurred north of Ramona in the Cleveland National Forest.

Yemeni Student Back In San Diego After Travel Ban Lifted

Yemeni Student Back In San Diego After Travel Ban Lifted

Feb. 6
By Tom Fudge

A court injunction, lifting Trump’s travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries, allows Wasim Ghaleb to return to the Grossmont College campus.

California Remains A State Of Immigrants

California Remains A State Of Immigrants

Jan. 27
By Tom Fudge

A new snapshot of California's immigrants shows a population that's large, working age and mostly legal.

Mission Valley Architectural Icon Seeks Tenant As Macy's Departs

Mission Valley Architectural Icon Seeks Tenant As Macy's Departs

Jan. 24
By Tom Fudge

Macy’s is closing down its Mission Valley apparel store but history buffs hope there’s another use for San Diego’s modernist landmark.

Californians Say Climate Change Effects Already Seen

Californians Say Climate Change Effects Already Seen

Jan. 11
By Tom Fudge

A new Public Policy Institute of California poll shows nearly two thirds of Californians believe the effects of global warming are already apparent.

New Law Bans California Public Schools From Using 'Redskins' As Tea...

New Law Bans California Public Schools From Using 'Redskins' As Team Name

Dec. 26
By Tom Fudge

The law says the use of racially derogatory or discriminatory athletic team names is antithetical to the California school mission.

IRS Sounds The 2016 Tax Scam Alert

IRS Sounds The 2016 Tax Scam Alert

Dec. 9
By Tom Fudge

Tax filing season is a month away and the IRS says it's time to think about getting your return in early to get ahead of fraudulent filers.

South Campus Plaza Nears Completion At San Diego State

South Campus Plaza Nears Completion At San Diego State

Nov. 28
By Tom Fudge

It will house 600 students and bring more restaurants and a Trader Joe's to the College Area.

City Pension Reform In San Diego Not Welcomed By All

City Pension Reform In San Diego Not Welcomed By All

Nov. 16
By Tom Fudge

The move from a guaranteed pension to a 401(k) for new city workers still leaves plenty unsatisfied.

Firefighters In San Diego County Battle 'Gopher Fire' Near I-15

Firefighters In San Diego County Battle 'Gopher Fire' Near I-15

Nov. 13
By Tom Fudge

Fire stops freeway traffic and threatened homes in northern San Diego County.

Long Way To Go Before All San Diego Ballots Are Counted

Long Way To Go Before All San Diego Ballots Are Counted

Nov. 11
By Tom Fudge

The San Diego County Registrar of Voters said there are still more than 500,000 ballots to be counted.

Local GOP, Democratic Party Consultants Weigh In On Trump's Election

Local GOP, Democratic Party Consultants Weigh In On Trump's Election

Nov. 9
By Tom Fudge

One Republican says a Trump presidency won’t be good for the party.

NAACP Suit Alleges El Cajon Police Violated Protesters' Freedom Of ...

NAACP Suit Alleges El Cajon Police Violated Protesters' Freedom Of Speech

Oct. 25
By Tom Fudge

On two occasions, El Cajon police declared protests in response to the police shooting death of Alfred Olango "unlawful assembly."

Truck Falls From Coronado Bridge in San Diego, Killing 4

Truck Falls From Coronado Bridge in San Diego, Killing 4

Oct. 15
By Tom Fudge

A pickup truck plunged off the Coronado Bridge causing four deaths and nine injuries. The driver was placed under arrest.

San Diego Caregivers To Get Back Wages, Damages

San Diego Caregivers To Get Back Wages, Damages

Oct. 10
By Tom Fudge

A residential care business in San Diego is ordered to pay 15 employees more than $1.1 million for violation of wage laws.

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San Diego's Little Italy Builds An Urban Vision

Oct. 7
By Tom Fudge

Piazza della Famiglia is the latest turn in the story of a historic urban neighborhood in San Diego.

The Creepy (And Funny) World Of 'Welcome To Night Vale'

The Creepy (And Funny) World Of 'Welcome To Night Vale'

Sept. 21
By Michael Lipkin, Tom Fudge

Night Vale is a dreamlike, desert town full of conspiracies, a mysterious glowing cloud and monstrous librarians. And it's the subject of a hit, fictional podcast.

San Diego Author Alex Montoya: Changing Your Mindset Changes Your O...

San Diego Author Alex Montoya: Changing Your Mindset Changes Your Outlook

Sept. 15
By Brooke Ruth, Tom Fudge

San Diego resident Alex Montoya is a triple amputee, but he hasn't let that challenge get in the way of achieving his dreams. His third book is called "See The Good."

Convoy District Looks To San Diego's Little Italy For Inspiration

Convoy District Looks To San Diego's Little Italy For Inspiration

Sept. 14
By Tom Fudge

A neighborhood in Kearny Mesa known for its Asian restaurants and shops wants a makeover to become a vibrant urban community for visitors and eventually for residents.

‘What The F’: UC San Diego Professor On Why People Swear

‘What The F’: UC San Diego Professor On Why People Swear

Sept. 13
By Marissa Cabrera, Tom Fudge

Linguist and cognitive expert Benjamin Bergen breaks down profanity into four categories: religious, sexual, bodily functions and slurs. His new book is titled “What the F: What Swearing Reveals About Our Language, Our Brains, and Ourselves.”

Mt. Soledad Cross Dispute Ends Quietly In Settlement

Mt. Soledad Cross Dispute Ends Quietly In Settlement

Sept. 9
By Megan Burke, Tom Fudge

After more than 25 years of legal battles over the cross on top of Mt. Soledad, the dispute has quietly ended in a settlement.

The Founding Fathers' History Of Trashing The Poor

The Founding Fathers' History Of Trashing The Poor

July 5
By Michael Lipkin, Tom Fudge

While slavery and racial prejudice were an obvious part of early American life, a new book argues that people who were poor and white were also seen as "subhuman" by some of the Founding Fathers.

Scientists Say Climate Change Damaging National Parks

Scientists Say Climate Change Damaging National Parks

July 4
By Michael Lipkin, Tom Fudge

As the National Park Service celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, officials are warning that climate change's impacts are threatening the future of national parks across the country.

Higher Voter Approval May Be Required For Chargers Stadium Plan

Higher Voter Approval May Be Required For Chargers Stadium Plan

June 30
By Marissa Cabrera, Tom Fudge

The California Supreme Court is reviewing an appellate court ruling that said tax hikes from initiatives need just a simple majority for approval.

House Republicans Fight Insurance Expansion For California Immigrants

House Republicans Fight Insurance Expansion For California Immigrants

June 30
By Michael Lipkin, Tom Fudge

Rep. Darrell Issa and others are asking the White House to deny California's request to allow immigrants here illegally access to Covered California.

Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus To Address UC San Diego Graduates

Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus To Address UC San Diego Graduates

June 10
By Megan Burke, Tom Fudge

He won a Nobel Peace Prize for starting a bank in Bangladesh that loans money to financially disadvantaged people. His advice to this year's college graduates? Don't just submit to the world they've inherited.

‘Rebuild San Diego’ Proposition Wins

‘Rebuild San Diego’ Proposition Wins

June 7
By Tom Fudge

Rebuild San Diego — or Proposition H, as it's called on Tuesday's ballot — seeks to reverse the trend of city infrastructure falling apart.

Is Proposition H Enough To Fix San Diego's Infrastructure?

Is Proposition H Enough To Fix San Diego's Infrastructure?

May 2
By Tom Fudge

The ballot measure would reserve funds for construction and repair in San Diego without raising taxes.

Report Shows Enrollment Declines Continue At Catholic Schools

Report Shows Enrollment Declines Continue At Catholic Schools

April 4
By Tom Fudge

At a meeting in San Diego, the National Catholic Educational Association delivered the report that shows a 1.2 percent decrease in Catholic school enrollment.

San Diego Orchid Growers Harvest Passion And Memories

San Diego Orchid Growers Harvest Passion And Memories

March 23
By Tom Fudge

Orchid enthusiasts tell their stories as their society looks back on 70 years of cultivating a magnificent plant.

San Diego County Orchid Society Celebrates 70th Birthday With Annua...

San Diego County Orchid Society Celebrates 70th Birthday With Annual Show

March 11
By Tom Fudge

The San Diego County Orchid Society kicked off its 70th annual show on Friday with plant judging. The event at the Scottish Rite Center in Mission Valley continues through Sunday.

City Council Approves Proposal Incentivizing Urban Agriculture

City Council Approves Proposal Incentivizing Urban Agriculture

Feb. 29
By City News Service, Tom Fudge

The City Council unanimously approved the Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone program, which creates an incentive for San Diego property owners to set aside vacant land for urban agriculture.

Atkins Bill Addresses Coastal Commission Transparency

Atkins Bill Addresses Coastal Commission Transparency

Feb. 25
By Pat Finn, Tom Fudge

When the California Coastal Commission voted to fire its executive director, Charles Lester, for mysterious reasons, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins introduced a bill to provide some clarity.

San Diego Immigrants' Cookbook Makes Traditional Meals Healthier

San Diego Immigrants' Cookbook Makes Traditional Meals Healthier

Feb. 25
By Megan Burke, Tom Fudge

Immigrants bring a lot to a city, especially their food culture and traditions. A new cookbook tells the story of San Diego's evolving ethnic cuisine.

Weekend Preview: From Modern Dance To Cat-Inspired Fashion Show

Weekend Preview: From Modern Dance To Cat-Inspired Fashion Show

Feb. 25
By Marissa Cabrera, Tom Fudge

KPBS Arts Calendar producer and editor Nina Garin previews some of this weekend's top arts and cultural events.

San Diego Focuses On Restorative Justice To Repair Harm And Prevent...

San Diego Focuses On Restorative Justice To Repair Harm And Prevent Crime

Feb. 24
By Megan Burke, Tom Fudge

What effects have past and current justice practices had on first-time and repeat offenders? And how is the harm caused by offenders addressed in our current justice system?

Remembering San Diego’s Role In The Gulf War

Remembering San Diego’s Role In The Gulf War

Feb. 24
By Marissa Cabrera, Tom Fudge

February 28th marks 25 years since the end of Operation Desert Storm.

Roundtable: Gas Leak Stopped, Lester Fired, Chavez Quits, Veteran S...

Roundtable: Gas Leak Stopped, Lester Fired, Chavez Quits, Veteran Suicides Raise Alarms

Feb. 12
By Pat Finn, Tom Fudge

The Porter Ranch gas leak appears to be stopped. The Coastal Commission stops Charles Lester. Rocky Chavez stops running for U.S. Senate. Twenty-seven San Diego veterans killed themselves in 18 months.

California Coastal Commission May Toss Chief Overboard

California Coastal Commission May Toss Chief Overboard

Feb. 9
By Pat Finn, Tom Fudge

The panel charged with protecting 1,100 miles of California's coastline meets Wednesday in Morro Bay to decide if its executive director, Charles Lester, should stay or go.

Salton Sea Canoe Race Organizers Hope Recreation Can Help Save The Sea

Salton Sea Canoe Race Organizers Hope Recreation Can Help Save The Sea

Feb. 9
By Brooke Ruth, Megan Burke, Tom Fudge

The idea to host an outrigger canoe race on the Salton Sea began as a way to start the racing season earlier but has evolved into a dream of something much bigger. Event organizers said they hope bringing recreation back to the Salton Sea will help save the sea itself.

San Diego's City Charter Under Review

San Diego's City Charter Under Review

Feb. 9
By Pat Finn, Tom Fudge

It's 149 pages long and sets the rules for how the city governs itself in almost every area. But it has no way to remove a sick or misbehaving mayor, and that's something the City Council hopes to change.

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