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Alison St John

North County Reporter

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Alison St John fell in love with KPBS Radio when she arrived in San Diego in 1985 and first heard NPR.

She has been a voice on KPBS Radio since 1989, and has served as a news reporter for radio, TV and the web, as well as anchoring, hosting, producing and editing. She now focuses on stories about North County and is based in the KPBS' North County Bureau.

Alison covered the metro beat during the critical period of the San Diego City pension crisis, and the education beat while Alan Bersin was the controversial Superintendent of San Diego City School District. She covered health when the industry was converting to managed care and told welfare reform stories in the late 1990s when Clinton was “ending welfare as we know it.”

She has covered land use issues extensively, looking at the challenges of meeting a growing population while preserving community character, and developing a better transportation system to meet environmental concerns. She has done many stories on the military in San Diego, and the series she edited on the challenges veterans face returning from active duty to civilian life won “Best of Show” from the San Diego Society of Professional Journalists. She occasionally hosts the KPBS Roundtable and KPBS Midday Edition.

Alison has won awards from the San Diego Press Club, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Associated Press TV and Radio Association, and the California Golden Mike Awards.

Alison was born in Tanzania, brought up in Scotland, and earned her degree in psychology and sociology from Durham University in England. Her postgraduate diploma is in student counseling. She worked in England, Nigeria, Switzerland, Belgium, India, and Japan before moving to the United States in 1981. She now lives in Oceanside and enjoys how her community is growing and changing.

Recent Stories by Alison St John

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State Lands Commission To Hear Public Input On San Onofre Decommissioning

Aug. 6
By Alison St John

A public hearing Tuesday is a key milestone for the decommissioning of the now-closed San Onofre nuclear power plant, 50 miles north of San Diego.

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Former NRC Chief Says San Onofre's Nuclear Waste May Never Be Moved

Aug. 2
By Alison St John

A former head of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Greg Jaczko, said Southern California Edison should stop burying nuclear waste next to the beach at San Onofre.

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Supervisors Approve Hundreds Of New Homes In North San Diego County

July 25
By Alison St John

San Diego County Supervisors have approved a new development that will add hundreds of new homes in Harmony Grove in North County. A key concern was whether residents will be able to evacuate in time to escape a wildfire.

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San Diego County Fast-Tracks Waivers To General Plan For New Housing

July 24
By Alison St John

Years of community planning may be abandoned in an effort to address San Diego’s housing shortage. On Wednesday, San Diego County Supervisors will take the first of several votes that could ultimately allow developers to build about 10,000 new homes.

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North County Leaders Use Summit To Explore Ways To Solve Housing Crunch

July 19
By Alison St John

Suburban cities in San Diego’s North County need to let go of their small-town identities if the region is to meet its housing needs. That’s one of the conclusions of the North County Housing Summit.

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Del Mar Initiative Would Restrict Size Of Beach-Front Mansions

July 16
By Alison St John

Del Mar property owners are fighting over the size of homes they can build along the beach. The issue is likely to become a ballot initiative.

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Carlsbad Council To Reconsider Rules Governing Public Protests

July 12
By Alison St John

Carlsbad city leaders will consider changing the municipal code’s rules on public protests, after complaints from a group protesting family separations at the border.

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San Diego Artists Become Subjects In New Photo Book

July 11
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

San Diego photographer Jennifer Spencer goes behind the scenes with San Diego artists in a new book, “The Artist Portrait Project: A Photographic Memoir Of Portrait Sessions With San Diego Artists.”

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Many Landlords Don’t Accept Rental Vouchers, Adding To Homeless Problem

July 11
By Alison St John

Millions of dollars are pouring into programs to help the homeless find permanent housing. But even with subsidized rents and incentive programs, many landlords refuse to accept government-backed housing vouchers.

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Encinitas Falls Short of Housing Goals, Seeks Solution

July 5
By Alison St John

Encinitas is the only city in San Diego County that has not yet approved a “Housing Element”: a plan where enough new housing can be built. Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear went to Sacramento to lobby for a new law that could help cities in California to meet the requirement.

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