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Democrats Fighting For Congress Refuse Corporate Donors

Oct. 17
By Jill Castellano / inewsource

In San Diego’s most competitive races for Congress, the Democratic candidates are avoiding donations from corporations while outraising their Republican challengers.

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Outside Spending Surges In San Diego City Council Races

Oct. 12
By Claire Trageser

Political action committees and other outside organizations are spending heavily in the San Diego City Council races that will be decided Nov. 6, especially in Republican incumbent Lorie Zapf’s District 2. That race could potentially change the balance of power on the council.

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Election 2018 San Diego Votes: Which Elections Have Local Candidates Missed?

Oct. 5
By Claire Trageser

KPBS pulled records from the San Diego and Orange County registrars of voters to show when candidates registered to vote, which party (or parties) they registered with and whether they neglected to vote in past elections.

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What We Know About Whether Earl McNeil Was An Informant For The DA

Sept. 5
By Claire Trageser

Activists maintain the San Diego District Attorney's office had an ongoing relationship with Earl McNeil. So what exactly do we know about McNeil's history as an informant?

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Latest Fundraising Numbers For San Diego City Council Races

Aug. 10
By Claire Trageser

The November general election is three months away, but fundraising and campaign spending are picking up in San Diego's City Council races.

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San Diego Water Department Sent 2,750 Incorrect Bills In 2017, Audit Found

July 26
By Claire Trageser

An audit released Thursday of San Diego's Public Utilities Department prompted by reports of sky-high water bills found that last year 2,750 water bills had to be corrected after customers received them. That's out of 1.3 million customers billed.

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San Diego Police Issues New Policy On Handling People Living In The US Illegally

June 11
By Claire Trageser

The San Diego Police Department recently released an updated policy on how officers should handle people living in the U.S. illegally that reflects California's new "sanctuary state law," SB 54, that went into effect this year.

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What Elections Have Local Candidates Missed?

May 14
By Claire Trageser

A long line of candidates will be asking for your vote this June, but many of them haven't always made it to the polls themselves in past elections.

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Displaced By Two Countries: Tijuana’s Homeless Migrants

March 28
By Jean Guerrero

Tijuana’s homeless migrants have long been seen by many locals as a nuisance: bad for business, protagonists of petty crime, drug addicts.

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The Most Common Places Dog Owners Are Ticketed In San Diego

March 22
By Claire Trageser

The city of San Diego gave out more than 600 citations to dog owners from 2015 to 2017. Almost half of those were received at the same location.

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Another Woman Comes Forward In Sexual Misconduct Case Against Sheriff's Deputy

Feb. 28
By Claire Trageser

A 15th woman has come forward to accuse a San Diego County Sheriff's Deputy of sexual misconduct. The deputy, Richard Fischer, was arrested last week on 14 counts of assault, sexual battery and false imprisonment.

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Federal Monitors Warned San Diego Refugee Nonprofit Of Problems With Resettlement Practices

Feb. 23
By Tarryn Mento

The International Rescue Committee knew as early as June 2016 that it was improperly placing some San Diego refugee families in homes too small to accommodate them, yet the practice continued.

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San Diego Won't Join Federal Voucher Program Aimed At Desegregating Neighborhoods

Feb. 22
By Claire Trageser

The high cost of living in San Diego is pushing poorer, often minority residents into certain neighborhoods. However, a federal housing voucher plan aims to change this by helping San Diegans who want to live in more expensive areas. But the city isn’t using the program.

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Eight Businesses That Have Violated San Diego's Minimum Wage Law

Feb. 5
By Claire Trageser

Employees received back wages from eight businesses that operate in San Diego, after a city audit found the employees were not getting what they were owed. Two of those businesses also paid the city a total of $28,000 in fines.

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Mexican Billionaire-Linked Donations To Dumanis’ 2012 Mayoral Campaign Higher Than Thought

Jan. 23
By Amita Sharma

Even though a Mexican businessman convicted of illegally pumping cash into San Diego campaigns went to prison in October, his shadow may linger over an upcoming county supervisor’s race.

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