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What You Need To Know To Vote In California's Presidential Primary

Nov. 12
By Brooke Ruth, Jade Hindmon

This week, the San Diego County Registrar of Voters will begin mailing out 1.8 million postcards to remind voters that their political party registration determines which presidential primary ballot they will receive for the March election.

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Supervisors Reverse Course, OK Satellite Voting Offices

Nov. 4
By City News Service

The vote was 3-1. Supervisors Greg Cox, Nathan Fletcher and Dianne Jacob were in favor, while Supervisor Jim Desmond was opposed. Unlike last week's meeting, the proposal merited approval from three board members.

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Council Places Hotel Tax Hike, City Auditor Measures On March 2020 Ballot

Nov. 4
By City News Service

The tax increase proposed by San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer would raise the city's transient occupancy tax from 10.5% to as high as 15.75% in certain areas of the city, which supporters argue would reap an estimated $6 billion over 42 years.

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Roundtable: Blackouts Return To California Fire Zones

Oct. 25
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

Preemptive power outages return to California for the second time this month; Governor Gavin Newsom asks for an investigation into high gas prices; and critics accuse the San Diego City Council of election shopping in its move to place the hotel tax vote on the March primary ballot.

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San Diego's Politifest 2019 Will Focus On Housing And Transportation

Oct. 24
By Jade Hindmon

The public is invited to participate in big regional issues at the annual summit.

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Roundtable: Dual Crises For The Trump Administration

Oct. 18
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

The Trump White House tries to keep pace with an impeachment inquiry at home and a foreign policy crisis in the Middle East. Congressman Duncan Hunter fails to secure the endorsement of the San Diego County Republican Party for his reelection campaign. And a look at how California is better prepared for earthquakes 30 years after Loma Prieta quake.

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Roundtable: Wildfire Risk Leaves California In The Dark

Oct. 11
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

Utility companies across the state enact preventative power outages amid an escalating risk for wildfires. San Diego State University negotiates with the city council over the purchase price for the Mission Valley stadium site. And, an analysis of crime data from the San Diego Police Department reveals a small percentage of vehicle break-ins result in arrests.

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Duncan Hunter Corruption Trial Pushed Back Till Late January

Oct. 7
By Alexander Nguyen, Matt Hoffman

A federal judge on Monday pushed Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter's corruption trial further back in January.

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Roundtable: Trump Versus The Media

Oct. 4
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

President Trump lashes out at the media amid new developments in the impeachment inquiry; a new California law will allow college student-athletes to use their image and likeness for paid work; and the San Diego Padres look for a new manager after another losing season.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren Draws Big Crowd In First Campaign Visit To San Diego

Oct. 4
By Andrew Bowen

Massachusetts senator and Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren told a captivated crowd of about 8,500 about her plans to tackle corruption and create big changes to the United States economy.

Democratic presidential nominee hopefuls Bernie...

New California Poll Shows 3 Democrats In Dead Heat In Presidential Primary

Oct. 3
By John Carroll

A new poll from the Public Policy Institute of California shows Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders in a dead heat in California's Democratic Presidential Primary.

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GOP Attorney Sues California For Alleged Voter Violations

Oct. 1
Jocelyn Gecker / Associated Press

The lawsuit alleges that California Secretary of State Alex Padilla and the director of California's DMV, Steve Gordon, have violated the National Voter Registration Act and that Padilla has "forsaken his duty to ensure that non-citizens" are kept off voter rolls. The lawsuit, however, does not allege voter fraud.

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9th Circuit Court Agrees To Hear Duncan Hunter's Appeal

Sept. 27
By Alexander Nguyen

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals this week agreed to hear the congressman's appeal in the corruption case against him.

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Roundtable: Impeachment Inquiry Launched

Sept. 27
By Alison St John, Aly Sadik

The House of Representatives looks toward the impeachment of President Trump. An investigation into San Diego County's jail system raises concern. SDG&E pushes for change, but how much could it cost customers.

Former Congressman Darrell Issa announces he is...

4 GOPs Drop Out Of 50th Race, Back Issa For Hunter's Seat

Sept. 26
By City News Service

All four candidates elected to drop out of the race and throw their support behind Issa, who also received an endorsement from San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob.

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Source: Darrell Issa To Run For Duncan Hunter's Seat

Sept. 25
Julie Watson / Associated Press

Larry Wilske, a retired Navy SEAL also running for Hunter's seat, told the AP on Wednesday that Issa told him he will enter the race.

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Issa Appears Likely To Run For Duncan Hunter's Congressional Seat

Sept. 9
By Tom Fudge

Former Congressman Darrell Issa said he'll run in the 50th District unless he's appointed soon to Trump administration post.

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Congresswoman Susan Davis To Step Down After 10 Terms

Sept. 4
Michael R. Blood / Associated Press

In a statement, the 75-year-old Davis said she's ready to return to her Southern California home after serving in Congress since January 2001.

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County Asking Voters To Check Registration After 'Motor Voter' Problems

Aug. 28
Lauren J. Mapp / inewsource

A $417,700 independent audit of the “motor voter” program found 84,000 duplicate voter registration records in the state — and more than 7,000 were in San Diego County.

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Tom Steyer Set to Make First San Diego Visit Of Presidential Campaign

Aug. 27
By City News Service

Tom Steyer is set to tour an immigration center and meet with supporters Tuesday in his first visit to San Diego since declaring his candidacy for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

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California May Join Other States In OKing 17-Year-Old Voters

Aug. 23
Don Thompson / Associated Press

The measure is supported by groups including the League of Women Voters of California. It's opposed by the Election Integrity Project California Inc., which noted that 17-year-olds are still considered children, mostly in high school, who may be easily influenced by their parents and teachers.

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Roundtable: 2020 Strategy For Local Parties

Aug. 23
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

A big endorsement in the race for San Diego mayor, the local Republican Party launches its own news platform, the United Nations studies homelessness in San Diego, and schools work to update policies on teacher-student interaction.

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San Diego County Democrats Endorse Gloria In Mayor's Race

Aug. 21
By Andrew Bowen

The San Diego County Democratic Party's endorsement will give Assemblyman Todd Gloria's mayoral campaign a fundraising boost. Party leaders picked Gloria over his main rival in the race, City Councilwoman Barbara Bry.

San Diego mayoral candidates Todd Gloria, Tasha...

County Democratic Party To Consider Endorsement In Mayoral Race

Aug. 20
By City News Service

If the party endorses a candidate, it can fundraise and spend in support of that candidate in larger amounts than the city's current donation cap of $1,150 per election. The committee could also choose to forego an endorsement and let the three candidates hash it out before the March 3, 2020, primary.

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Suburban Voters Are Pressuring Republicans To Act On Guns

Aug. 19
Jonathan J. Cooper / Associated Press

The party has seen once-reliable suburbs turn competitive as women worry about their children's safety and bristle at Trump's harsh rhetoric on race and immigration, and they embraced Democratic alternatives in last year's midterm elections.

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