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Stories by Tom Fudge

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Chula Vista Moves Into The Marijuana Business

March 1
By Tom Fudge

The Chula Vista City Council votes to allow sales and cultivation of recreational pot, as long as voters allow it to be taxed.

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San Diego Symphony Names Rafael Payare Its New Musical Director

Feb. 13
By Tom Fudge

Thirty-seven year old Venezuelan Rafael Payare will replace Jahja Ling as musical director of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra.

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San Diego Pursues Drought-Proof Water Supply

Feb. 13
By Tom Fudge

Following a record dry June-to-December, San Diego water officials still say the region has plenty of water.

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Festival Celebrates Fermented Food And Drinks

Feb. 8
By Marissa Cabrera, Tom Fudge

The 4th annual Fermented Food Festival takes place Sunday in Encinitas. UC San Diego biologist Rob Knight will deliver the keynote and discuss the links between fermented food and gut health.

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UC San Diego Conference Aims To 'Rethink The War On Drugs'

Feb. 8
By Brooke Ruth, Tom Fudge

Drugs have claimed hundreds of thousands of lives on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border in the last decade.

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USS Portland Arrives Monday In Home Port San Diego

Jan. 22
By Tom Fudge

The Navy's new ship joins an existing fleet of five transport dock ships in San Diego.

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Gondolas In San Diego Have Powerful Backer But Still No Liftoff

Dec. 18, 2017
By Tom Fudge

Supporters say mass transit gondolas are affordable and have a light touch on the urban landscape. So why hasn’t San Diego built any?

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Supervisor Ron Roberts On The Continued Push For Gondolas In San Diego

Nov. 21, 2017
By Tom Fudge

Roberts first introduced the idea for a sky tram from Balboa Park to downtown San Diego in 2014. But getting the political support has been challenging. Some estimates put the cost of sky trams at $50 million per mile.

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San Diego To Partner With Ford And Qualcomm To Test Driverless Cars

Nov. 20, 2017
By Tom Fudge

Qualcomm, along with other tech firms and Ford Motor Company, will be testing their driverless car technology in San Diego County.

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What San Diegans Want In A New Police Chief

Nov. 16, 2017
By City News Service, Tom Fudge

The next San Diego police chief should be compassionate and fair or should be a "cop's cop," depending who you ask.

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SeaWorld Has Another Disappointing Balance Sheet

Nov. 8, 2017
By Tom Fudge

SeaWorld Entertainment just shared some bad news with their investors. Both attendance and revenue were down in the third quarter of this year.

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Short-Term Rentals Could Worsen San Diego Housing Crisis

Oct. 9, 2017
By Tom Fudge

A San Diego economist says city policy must protect the housing supply for people who live here.

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San Diego Sidewalk Policy ‘Needs Additional Analysis’

Oct. 4, 2017
By Tom Fudge

San Diego City Council Rules Committee says a new policy aimed at fixing broken sidewalks is not ready to be sent on to the city council.

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San Diego's Driverless Car Tests Get People Thinking

Sept. 28, 2017
By Tom Fudge

San Diego County and Chula Vista prepare to become a testing grounds for automated vehicles. Meanwhile, academics and urban planners try to imagine a world where cars drive themselves.

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Study: Gap In Homeownership Between Races Is Smaller In San Diego

Aug. 28, 2017
By Tom Fudge

Study: Gap In Homeownership Between Races Is Smaller In San Diego

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Judges Say SDG&E Shouldn't Raise Rates To Cover Fire Costs

Aug. 23, 2017
By Tom Fudge

The proposed decision by two administrative law judges says the San Diego utility should not charge ratepayers for damages caused by 2007 fires.

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Another Turning Point For Mission Valley

Aug. 21, 2017
By Tom Fudge

Once farmland for crops and dairy cows, San Diego’s community plan update for Mission Valley wants to change the valley again - from a series of shopping malls to a place to live.

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San Diego Council To Vote On Motel's Conversion To Transitional Housing

July 17, 2017
By Tom Fudge

The San Diego City Council takes up the controversial plan to convert a South County motel to transitional housing for low-level offenders on Monday.

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US Forest Service Enacts Fire Restrictions In San Diego County

July 17, 2017
By Tom Fudge

Due to recent wildfires, prevailing high temperatures and ongoing combustion threat levels, Cleveland National Forest will operate under elevated fire restrictions beginning Monday, the U.S. Forest Service announced.

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La Mesa Could Become A Sanctuary City — For Ferrets

July 7, 2017
By Tom Fudge

Ferret owners in La Mesa want the city council to make a strong statement in favor of legalizing ferrets as pets.

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Financial Troubles Shut Down Suzie's Farm

June 27, 2017
By Tom Fudge

Suzie's Farm, in the Tijuana River Valley, is closing down after more than eight years in the business of growing organic food.

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Fighting Obesity: What We Learned From The Battle On Smoking

June 9, 2017
By Tom Fudge

Smoking is still called the leading cause of preventable death. But as smoking rates continue to drop it looks like another preventable problem, obesity, is taking its place.

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Hooligan Gangsters Indicted In San Diego For Stealing Jeep Wranglers

May 30, 2017
By Tom Fudge

The alleged auto-theft ring transported $4.5 million worth of vehicles from San Diego County to Mexico.

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

May 11, 2017
By Tom Fudge

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

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More Sales And Higher Prices Hit SoCal Housing Market In March

April 25, 2017
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.

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The Chargers Next Season Is Sold Out

March 28, 2017
By Tom Fudge

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

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San Diego Malls Ride A Changing Retail Wave

March 21, 2017
By Tom Fudge

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

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Sewage Spill Fouls San Diego County's Los Coches Creek

March 19, 2017
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.

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University Degree Costs In California Are Falling — For The University

March 17, 2017
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.

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San Diego State President Will Step Down

March 8, 2017
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.

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

March 6, 2017
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.

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San Diego Clubs Create A Home For Jazz

Feb. 27, 2017
By Tom Fudge

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

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One Dead In Plane Crash North Of Ramona

Feb. 12, 2017
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.

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Yemeni Student Back In San Diego After Travel Ban Lifted

Feb. 6, 2017
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.

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California Remains A State Of Immigrants

Jan. 27, 2017
By Tom Fudge

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

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Mission Valley Architectural Icon Seeks Tenant As Macy's Departs

Jan. 24, 2017
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.

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Californians Say Climate Change Effects Already Seen

Jan. 11, 2017
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.

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

Dec. 26, 2016
By Tom Fudge

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

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IRS Sounds The 2016 Tax Scam Alert

Dec. 9, 2016
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.

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South Campus Plaza Nears Completion At San Diego State

Nov. 28, 2016
By Tom Fudge

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

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City Pension Reform In San Diego Not Welcomed By All

Nov. 16, 2016
By Tom Fudge

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

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

Nov. 13, 2016
By Tom Fudge

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

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Long Way To Go Before All San Diego Ballots Are Counted

Nov. 11, 2016
By Tom Fudge

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

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

Nov. 9, 2016
By Tom Fudge

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

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

Oct. 25, 2016
By Tom Fudge

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

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Truck Falls From Coronado Bridge in San Diego, Killing 4

Oct. 15, 2016
By Tom Fudge

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

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San Diego Caregivers To Get Back Wages, Damages

Oct. 10, 2016
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, 2016
By Tom Fudge

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

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

Sept. 21, 2016
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.

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

Sept. 15, 2016
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."

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