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San Diego’s Top Weekend Arts Events: From Women In Art To New Composers

Feb. 21
By Alison St John, Julia Dixon Evans

The Brentano Quartet performs new work by Matthew Aucoin, world premieres from new San Diego composers at Visceral Infinities, Alofa La'Nique Gould opens a solo show at Hill Street Country Club and SDMA's exhibit of women in abstract expressionism closes this weekend.

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A Look At The Races, Issues On The Ballot In San Diego's North County

Feb. 17
By Alison St John, Jade Hindmon

Voters in San Diego's North County will get to weigh in on several major races next month, from a county supervisor's seat to the 49th Congressional District race and a couple of housing development ballot measures.

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Brian Jones Discusses His Second Run To Represent The 50th Congressional District

Feb. 12
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

One of the Republicans running for the seat is Brian Jones, who represents parts of north and east San Diego County in the state senate. He also ran for the 50th Congressional District in 2008.

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Carl DeMaio Discusses Running For 50th Congressional District

Feb. 10
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

There are four leading candidates vying to replace former Rep. Duncan D. Hunter. Republican Carl DeMaio is one of them. He's a radio talk show host and has previously served on the San Diego City Council.

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Work To Begin Soon On Massive Natural Gas Pipeline Project

Feb. 7
By Alison St John, John Carroll

Work will begin later this month on a 50-mile stretch of natural gas pipeline in San Diego County. SDG&E says it's needed to improve safety. Environmentalists call it a waste of money that moves the state away from its carbon-free goals.

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Todd Gloria Discusses Bid For San Diego Mayor

Feb. 6
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

State Assemblyman Gloria is running against two fellow Democrats, San Diego City Councilwoman Barbara Bry and community activist Tasha Williamson, along with Republican City Councilman Scott Sherman.

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What To Expect From California's Economy In 2020

Jan. 2
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

California's economic growth is expected to slow in the new year but not as much as the rest of the nation. That's according to the latest economic forecast from the UCLA Anderson School.

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San Diego Anti-Defamation League Reacts To Increase In Anti-Semitic Violence

Dec. 31, 2019
By Alison St John, John Carroll

With last weekend's stabbing in New York and the attack at a Poway synagogue earlier this year, we get reaction from a local Jewish leader on the spate of anti-Semitic violence.

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Construction To Stabilize Tracks On Del Mar Bluffs To Continue In 2020

Dec. 30, 2019
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

The North County Transit District plans to begin construction in January on phase four of a multi-year project to stabilize the bluffs next to the railway line through Del Mar.

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Report: Sea Level Could Rise At Least 7 Feet Along California's Coastline By 2100

Dec. 16, 2019
By Alison St John, John Carroll

A new report from the California Legislative Analyst's Office predicts sea level rise will cost many millions of dollars to mitigate. It places much of that responsibility on local governments.

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Roundtable: Impeachment Inquiry Launched

Sept. 27, 2019
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.

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Roundtable: Covering The El Paso Mass Shooting

Aug. 9, 2019
By Alison St John, Bennett Lacy

A look at how Spanish-speaking media covered the El Paso mass shooting, 2020 presidential candidates speak at the UnidosUS conference in San Diego, and how a man from Honduras became the first to win asylum under the "Remain in Mexico" policy.

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Jim Bell,'Environmental Designer,' Dies

Aug. 9, 2019
By Alison St John

Bell, who died last week at his home in Ocean Beach at the age of 77, was known as a visionary environmentalist who ran for mayor four times.

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Despite Privacy Concerns, SDPD Increasingly Using Streetlight Cameras

Aug. 7, 2019
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

The San Diego Police Department has reportedly viewed streetlight video footage in connection with more than 140 investigations.

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Coastal Cities Wrestling With 'Managed Retreat' Ramifications Of Rising Sea Levels

Aug. 1, 2019
By Alison St John

The California Coastal Commission has encouraged cities to include a strategy called “managed retreat” in their plans to prepare for sea level rise. But the commission may be retreating from that position.

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Oceanside Residents Lobby For New Strategy To Save Disappearing Beach

July 23, 2019
By Alison St John

A group of Oceanside residents wants to build rock “groins” or jetties to help stabilize the sand that is disappearing from their beaches. It’s a controversial strategy.

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Treating Mental Health Crises Could Put Tri-City Hospital In Crisis

June 27, 2019
By Alison St John

Tri-City Medical Center in North County has agreed to negotiate with the county to open more beds to treat people with mental health crises. But taking that on could put the hospital in a crisis of its own.

Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside, June 2018.

County Supervisors Weigh In On Solutions To 'Public Health Emergency'

June 25, 2019
By Alison St John

San Diego County Supervisors took a number of steps to address what they called "a public health emergency," with a new plan to strengthen mental and behavioral health services region-wide.

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O’side Green Kitchen Opens In Oceanside

June 25, 2019
By Alison St John

The City of Oceanside has spent $1.5 million on a state-of-the-art community kitchen to cut down on food waste, teach sustainable cooking practices and generate meals for hungry families.

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SANDAG Vice Chair On Future Of Transportation In San Diego County

June 19, 2019
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

The San Diego Association of Governments, or SANDAG, is currently in the process of updating its regional transportation plan to bring it in line with state targets for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear, vice chair of SANDAG, joins Midday Edition to discuss the development of the plan.

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'Man In The Window' Tells Untold Story Of The Golden State Killer Case

June 18, 2019
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

A new podcast by the Los Angeles Times tells the untold story of the origins of the Golden State Killer and the man police now believe is responsible for a dozen murders and four dozen rapes across California in the 1970s.

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Novel For Middle Schoolers Tackles Body Image, Self Acceptance

June 13, 2019
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

In a fictional retelling of his own middle school years, San Diego City College English professor Chris Baron shares his struggle to find friendship and acceptance.

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California's YIMBY Movement Is Coming To North County

June 12, 2019
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

Organizers with the new "yes in my backyard" housing advocacy group in North County plan to hold a kick-off event Thursday.

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Faulconer Proposes Incentives For Developers To Build Smaller, More Affordable Units

June 12, 2019
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer has a new proposal on the table that would give incentives to developers to build smaller, more affordable units in areas close to public transit.

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Roundtable: President Trump’s Tariff Threat

June 7, 2019
By Alison St John, Bennett Lacy

An increase in border crossings leads President Trump to threaten new tariffs on Mexican goods, violent crime is rising in many San Diego neighborhoods, and newly released documents show how the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department is responding to public complaints.

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Palomar College Considers Allowing Homeless Students To Sleep Overnight In Campus Parking Lots

June 3, 2019
By Alison St John

Palomar Community College in North San Diego County is considering how to help students who can’t afford the region’s expensive housing market, including letting them sleep overnight in their cars on campus parking lots.

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San Onofre Task Force Questions Edison About Nuclear Waste Canisters

May 29, 2019
By Alison St John

Congressman Mike Levin's San Onofre Task Force plans to question Southern California Edison about the safety of the canisters being used to store spent nuclear fuel.

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Rincon Band Supports San Diego Food Bank Expansion In North County

May 29, 2019
By Alison St John

The Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians presented the San Diego Food Bank with a $300,000 check to help expand services in North County.

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North River Farms Goes Back To The Drawing Board

May 27, 2019
By Alison St John

A proposal to build an agri-community with hundreds of new homes in Oceanside’s semi-rural farmland is back on the drawing board after the city council put off voting on it last week.

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Escondido Seeks Public Input On New Denser Housing Downtown

May 21, 2019
By Alison St John

The city of Escondido is taking public comment on plans to knock down the old Palomar Hospital building and build more than 500 new homes in its place.

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NRC Questions SoCal Edison Over Corrective Actions At San Onofre Power Plant

Jan. 25, 2019
By Alison St John

The NRC held a three-hour webinar Thursday to hear Southern California Edison’s proposed corrective actions, after a near-miss accident halted radioactive waste transfers at San Onofre last year.

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As Residents Debate Safety Of Spent Nuclear Fuel, Power Company Awaits Decision On Storage

Jan. 24, 2019
By Alison St John

While the NRC considers whether the operator of the San Onofre nuclear power plant can resume storing spent nuclear fuel on site, the public is struggling to understand what the worst case scenario would be if something went wrong.

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San Diego Councilman Chris Ward Reacts To State Of The City Address

Jan. 21, 2019
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

Democrat Chris Ward gives his take on Mayor Kevin Faulconer's State of the City Address, which outlined ways to build more housing in San Diego.

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Encinitas Offers 'Off-The-Shelf' Granny Flat Plans To Save On Permit Fees

Jan. 17, 2019
By Alison St John

Encinitas is pioneering a way to make it easier for homeowners to build granny flats on their properties, in hopes that these units will help meet the city’s housing goals.

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San Marcos City Council Appoints New Councilmember

Jan. 17, 2019
By Alison St John

The San Marcos City Council voted unanimously to appoint Escondido Assistant City Manager Jay Petrek to fill a vacancy created when city councilwoman Rebecca Jones was elected mayor.

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New County Supervisor Desmond To Prioritize Creation Of Behavioral Health Facility

Jan. 10, 2019
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

This year marks major changes on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. The five-member board has two new members, including Republican Jim Desmond who replaced Bill Horn to represent District 5. Desmond spoke with Midday Edition Wednesday to discuss his priorities.

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Is Nuclear Power The Best Option To Slow Climate Change?

Jan. 9, 2019
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

California is moving away from nuclear power. But a new book is out that says nuclear power is the best tool we have to meet our energy needs and prevent climate change.

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Edison Community Engagement Panel Chair Addresses Safety Concerns At San Onofre

Jan. 9, 2019
By Alison St John

Southern California Edison has come under scrutiny for its handling of the spent nuclear fuel at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

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Young SeaSavers Lobby To Ban Kelp Dredging in Scotland

Jan. 8, 2019
By Alison St John

On the west coast of Scotland, a group of middle school kids play a role in a successful campaign to stop mechanical dredging of kelp.

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Rep. Mike Levin On His First Days In Congress

Jan. 8, 2019
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

Congressman Mike Levin, who was elected to represent San Diego County's 49th Congressional District, was sworn into office last week amid one of the longest government shutdowns in recent history.

A house for lease in San Diego, Oct. 29, 2018.

San Diego Is Still Behind In Building Housing, Keeping Rents And Home Prices Too High

Jan. 8, 2019
By Alison St John, Megan Burke

Borre Winckel, president and CEO of San Diego’s Building Industry Association joins Midday Edition Tuesday with the developers perspective on housing in San Diego County.

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San Diego Man Is Collateral Damage In Catholic Church Upheaval

Jan. 3, 2019
By Alison St John, Megan Burke

Aaron Bianco suffered a series of threats from people angry that the church is welcoming members of the LGBT community into the fold.

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Safety Concerns Mount As Edison Awaits NRC's OK To Bury Radioactive Waste

Jan. 2, 2019
By Alison St John

Southern California Edison wants to resume burying nuclear waste at San Onofre in January. But, as more details emerge about the near-miss accident at the plant last summer, opposition is mounting, and it’s not just from anti-nuclear activists.

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Criminal Investigation Sought Into Nuclear Waste Handling At San Onofre

Jan. 2, 2019
By Alison St John

A San Diego attorney wants the FBI to determine whether Southern California Edison’s handling of nuclear waste at the San Onofre Nuclear power plant went beyond violations and merits a criminal investigation. Edison is already under investigation by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

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Edison's Plans To Resume Nuclear Waste Transfer May Face Legal Challenge

Dec. 19, 2018
By Alison St John

Southern California Edison may face more legal challenges before resuming the transfer of highly radioactive spent fuel rods from cooling ponds to silos near the beach at San Onofre.

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Ruling: Encinitas Required To Adopt A State-Approved Housing Plan

Dec. 14, 2018
By Alison St John

A Superior Court judge issued his final ruling this week, that Encinitas City Council must come up with a housing plan that meets state approved targets for affordable housing within the next four months.

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Bluffs Along Del Mar Train Tracks Present Dilemma For Transit Authorities

Dec. 13, 2018
By Alison St John

The North County Transit District is hoping to hear this month about an $18 million federal grant that would help stabilize crumbling bluffs next to the railway line through Del Mar. It would cost billions to move the tracks to safer ground inland.

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In Wake Of Accident, Encinitas Mayor Calls For Speedier Action On Bike Safety Improvements

Dec. 13, 2018
By Alison St John

In response to a serious bicycle accident on Highway 101 this week, Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear is calling for speedy action on improving bike safety measures.

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San Diego's Regional Transit Board To Have Bi-Partisan Leadership In 2019

Nov. 23, 2018
By Alison St John

Two North County mayors will serve as chair and vice chair of the board of San Diego’s regional transportation planning agency: the Poway Mayor Steve Vaus, a Republican, and Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear, a Democrat.

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Wildfire Fatalities Spark Fears About Recent Land Use Decisions In San Diego

Nov. 20, 2018
By Alison St John

The death toll in the California wildfires this year has fanned the flame of fears about new housing developments being approved in San Diego’s unincorporated areas.

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