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Stories by Tom Fudge

San Diego Adds To Open Space Land Preserves

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The San Diego City Council voted to preserve an additional 6,572 acres of open space, though environmentalists wanted even more.

Drop In San Diego Arrests Linked To New Marijuana Law

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A dramatic drop in 2011 arrests in San Diego County is linked to a new law that reduced the charge for possession of up to an once of marijuana from a misdemeanor to an infraction.

San Diego Zoo's Solar-Powered Parking Lot Opens

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A facility that will use solar energy to charge plug-in electric vehicles and feed the electrical grid has opened in the San Diego Zoo's parking lot.

Are Cycle Tracks A Better Way To Bike?

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Protected bike lanes are an emerging idea that could make San Diego cycling safer and more popular.

Scripps Plumbs Ocean Mysteries In 6-Year Voyage Of Discovery

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Just days ago the research vessel the "Roger Revelle" returned to its homeport of San Diego after six years of hosting scientific research spanning the globe. Science teams studied everything from meteorology to geology to climate change.

Freeway Use Increases 11 Percent In San Diego County

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A dramatic boost in highway car counts means an improving economy and an increase in greenhouse gas emissions.

Bike Sharing To Come To San Diego Next Year

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San Diego officials today announced that Miami-based DecoBike was selected as the operating partner for a proposed bikeshare program, expected to begin next year.

Research Vessel ‘Roger Revelle’ Returns Home After Six Years At Sea

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Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s research vessel is back in San Diego Bay following six years of scientific research around the globe.

CALTRANS Tries To Correct Notorious Traffic Bottleneck

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Lanes were added to the Nordahl Bridge in San Marcos in an effort to improve a part of Highway 78 that's famous for traffic pileups.

Local Bands Sing Of San Diego Bus Travel

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The San Diego transit agency gets some jingles about bus and trolley use from hip local bands.

South Bay Expressway Has Lower Tolls, Greater Use

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More motorists are traversing the South Bay Expressway (SR 125) since public ownership brought lower costs to the San Diego County toll road.

Activists Fight For A Popular Vote For President

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The group National Popular Vote wants presidents to be elected by every voter, not just those who live in swing states.

Chicken Farmers Still Baffled By Proposition 2

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An animal welfare proposition passed in 2008 is two years from taking effect. But California chicken farmers still don't know how to follow it.

National City Honored As Most 'Walkable' City

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Walk San Diego recognizes National City as San Diego County's number one city for encouraging people to walk as a means of transportation.

'Dragon Fruit' One Answer To Farm Water Shortage

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San Diego farmers explore the possibilities of dragon fruit, a new cash crop that doesn't need a lot of water.

Group Promises To Target Voter Intimidation On Election Day

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Common Cause sets up a command center to prevent something they see as a big problem: Voter intimidation by organized groups.

Italy Invites Ethnic Italians In San Diego To 'Come Back Home'

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Italy is appealing to ethnic Italians in San Diego and around the world to become citizens of the old country, in hopes it will beef up their dwindling native population.

San Diego Aims To Have Fewer Parking Spaces And More Affordable Housing

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The San Diego City Council will require less parking for affordable housing developments to reduce costs and encourage alternative transportation.

SD City Hall Gives Mixed Signals On Land Preservation

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San Diego conservationists say the city might be blowing its chance to preserve thousands of acres of open space.

San Diego Law Enforcement Defends Death Penalty

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The San Diego District Attorney, police groups and victims' family members urged voters to defeat Proposition 34, which would repeal the death penalty in California.

Californians To Cast A Life Or Death Vote On Prop 34

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Supporters and opponents of the death penalty look to an election showdown over Proposition 34.

UCAN Demands Former Executive Director Return $474,000

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The chairman of the board of the Utility Consumers' Action Network (UCAN) demands Michael Shames return hundreds of thousands in "bonuses."

Sister Helen Prejean, Church Leaders Urge Passage Of Prop 34

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A dozen San Diego religious leaders joined the author of "Dead Man Walking" in a movement to repeal the death penalty.

Housing Construction Boom Transforms San Diego State

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Demand for student housing and construction of apartment buildings is turning San Diego State into a true campus community.

Chula Vista Looks For Bayfront Investors In China

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Chula Vista and port authority officials visit China to drum up financing for a $2 billion bay-front redevelopment.

Rich And Poor San Diegans Take Stock Of The American Dream

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In San Diego, rich people believe in the American dream because they lived it. Poor people believe because they need to.

Shockey Fire Near Campo Blackens 2,851 Acres, Leaves One Dead

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Crews made accelerating progress today in defeating a wildfire that claimed one life and leveled at least 20 back-country homes in rural southeastern San Diego County over the last three days.

Supporters Of Prop 34 Say Death Penalty Is Broken And Can’t Be Fixed

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Legislative committee hosts a hearing in which people debate the merits of the death penalty and of Proposition 34, which would repeal it.

How To Get A Skatepark In City Heights

Skateboarders in City Heights skate wherever they can, in hopes that a skatepark will someday be built in their neighborhood.

Some Question The Tactics Of The Election Integrity Project In San Diego

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A citizen's group will watch out for voter fraud at San Diego polling places this November. Whether the group is good influence or not depends on who you ask.

Legal Battleships Are Still Docked At De Anza Cove

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The years-long court battle over 76 acres of Mission Bay Park, and the mobile homes that remain there, could end early next year... unless it's appealed.

San Diego Sees Chance To Bolster Land Preservation

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The California Legislature passes a bill allowing San Diego to boost the number of acres that are off-limits to developers.

City Heights Looks For A Place To Skate

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A neighborhood eyes the obstacles to getting skaters off the street and into the skatepark of their dreams.

Tests Show Majority Of People Arrested In San Diego Are High On Drugs

Annual tests of inmates in San Diego county jails indicate well over half the people brought into custody test positive for illegal drugs.

San Diego Zoo Parking Lot Goes Solar

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The San Diego Zoo will get a system of solar panels that will provide energy for five vehicle charging stations. It will also provide shade for up to 50 cars in the parking lot.

County Treasurer Hopes Home Sales Bring Further Uptick In Tax Revenues

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Treasurer Dan McAllister tells association of realtors short supply and rising prices are good for county coffers.

San Diego Trolley Celebrates One-Seat Ride To Downtown

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Mayor Sanders and other city bigwigs touted the extension of Green Line and $720 million in transit improvements.

New Padres Owners Take Questions But Give Few Answers About Team's Future

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Today, the Padres formally introduced the team's new owners in a news conference at Petco Park. Members of the O'Malley group offered guarded answers to questions about investing in players.

'Cave Robber' Reveals New Spider Family

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California scientists discovered a one-of-a-kind spider in Oregon caves, though it may have relatives in the redwoods.

San Diego Rescue Team Eyes New Orleans As Isaac Approaches

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California Rescue Task Force 8, based in San Diego, is ready to head for the Crescent City if Hurricane Isaac puts people in danger.

San Diego Zoo Will Mimic Nature To Create New Products

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The San Diego Zoo wants to create innovative products for the American marketplace by stealing ideas from mother nature.

Lawyers Say We'll Soon Know The Cost Of Reclaiming De Anza Cove

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Court is expected to settle the legal question of relocating mobile home park residents early next year.

Cal Fire Dismisses Al Qaeda's Plot To Start Wildfires

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Al Qaeda has schooled would-be terrorists in starting wildfires. But Cal Fire says their 'Ember Bomb' is no big deal.

MLB Owners Approve Padres Sale

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Major League Baseball owners have approved the sale of the San Diego Padres to a group that includes the O'Malley family and pro golfer Phil Mickelson.

San Diego-Built Exxon Valdez Is Being Dismantled

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The infamous Exxon Valdez was built in San Diego. Now it's being dismantled on the coast of India.

Grantville Is Split On Subject Of 'Riverbend'

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A plan to turn some beat-up industrial land along the San Diego River into the Riverbend housing development has won over the people Grantville... unless they are opposed to it.

Chula Vista Waterfront Development Approved By Coastal Commission

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The California Coastal Commission approved a plan to develop the Chula Vista waterfront, which means construction can soon begin.

Baby You Can Drive My Car2Go

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Car-sharing and companies like Zipcar and Car2Go have put a dent in the expectation of car ownership, even in auto-dependent San Diego.

Move To Install Charging Stations Still Not Charging Ahead

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"Parking problems" are standing in the way of installing electric car charging stations in San Diego County.

Study Says High-Speed Rail Will Be Good For Environment

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The proposed high-speed rail system in California may be expensive, but two researchers say it will almost certainly reduce California's greenhouse emissions.