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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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In The Mail: New Medicare Cards To Combat Fraud

July 5
By Alison St John, Pat Finn

The federal government will replace the nearly 58 million Medicare cards in circulation. In an effort to combat fraud and identity theft, the new cards do not display Social Security numbers.

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Mental Health Advocates Concerned By Loss Of Inpatient Beds At Tri-City

July 2
By Alison St John

Mental health advocates are reacting to the decision by North County’s Tri-City Medical Center to close its inpatient mental health and crisis stabilization units.

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Proposed North County Housing Development Moves Ahead

June 29
By Alison St John

The proposed Newland Sierra master-planned community of more than 2,000 homes has a green light from the county’s planning commission. But the project could still face hurdles.

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North County Housing Proposal Approved by Planning Commission

June 27
By Alison St John

A plan to build a master-planned community of more than 2,000 new homes in the hills of North County now goes before the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. The controversial housing development was approved by the San Diego County Planning Commission on Thursday.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Punk And Samba And A Hint Of Irish

June 22
By Alison St John, Nina Garin

This weekend marks the end of an iconic music festival. Plus you can go on a musical journey to Ireland and Brazil.

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Reveal: Operators Of Shelters Housing Immigrant Children Accused Of Neglect, Abuse

June 20
By Alison St John, Megan Burke

An investigation by Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting found that some of the private companies running the shelters housing immigrant children have been accused of neglect, lapses in health care and sexual and physical abuse.

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‘Vanishing Frontiers’ Explores Growing Ties Between US-Mexico

June 20
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

Despite news reports that may suggest otherwise, Andrew Selee of the Migration Policy Institute, writes in his new book that Mexico and the United States are more connected than ever before: culturally, economically and politically.

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Oceanside Council To Take Up Medical Marijuana Again

June 20
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

At 1 p.m. Wednesday, the Oceanside City Council is holding a workshop on medical marijuana and may make some changes to a city ordinance passed three months ago.

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Inaugural San Diego Bike Summit To Focus On Diversity, Equity And Inclusion

June 19
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

The San Diego Bike Coalition will host panels and workshops on strategies to improve bicycling in the region. The three-day conference kicks off Thursday at the Museum of Photographic Arts.

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Nonprofit Launches Podcast To Increase Community's Understanding Of Homelessness

June 19
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

Greg Anglea, the CEO of Interfaith Community Services based in Escondido, is on a mission to get the stories of people experiencing homeless told.

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Mayor Faulconer Proposes Vacation Rental Rules

June 14
By Alison St John, Andrew Bowen, City News Service, Marissa Cabrera

The mayor’s plan would allow homeowners to rent their home for up to 6 months and a second property year round. The city council will take up the proposal July 16.

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San Diego: A Temporary Paradise?

June 14
By Alison St John, Pat Finn

A 44-year-old book looking at how to preserve San Diego’s uniqueness has been re-released. “Temporary Paradise?” is as relevant today as in 1974.

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Former Coach Bruce Arena On The State Of Soccer In The US

June 14
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

Bruce Arena, the former coach of the U.S. men's national soccer team, will be speaking about his new book, “What’s Wrong With US?,” Thursday at Warwick’s in La Jolla.

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'Brewchive' Tells The History Of San Diego Beer

June 13
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

Cal State San Marcos has a beer-centric special collection, one of only a few like it in the country. It’s called the "Brewchive."

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Immigrant Rights Advocate Denounces Sessions' Change To Asylum Policy

June 13
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

Nicole Ramos, an immigration attorney with the Tijuana-based group Al Otro Lado, says the large majority of asylum seekers she works with are fleeing domestic and gang violence in Central America.

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First Person: The Personal Impact Of Being Racially Profiled By A Neighbor

June 11
By Alison St John, Megan Burke

Last month a neighbor took a photograph of Ike Iloputaife while he was walking his dogs. The photograph was then used by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department identifying him as a person of interest in a burglary investigation.

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What An Encinitas Writer Learned From His Father’s Suicide

June 11
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

Sebastian Slovin was just 6 years old when his father took his own life. In his new memoir, “Ashes in the Ocean,” Slovin chronicles his experience living through and learning from his father’s suicide.

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New Initiative Aims To Help Family Caregivers In San Diego

June 8
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

CaregiverSD.com is a new website with information, resources and support for the nearly 650,000 family caregivers living in San Diego County.

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New Program Will Guarantee Monthly Income For Some People Living In Stockton

June 7
By Alison St John, Matt Hoffman

If you were given $500 a month, with no strings attached, how would you spend it? That's what researchers in Stockton want to know.

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San Diego And Carlsbad: Two Different Approaches To Homelessness

June 7
By Alison St John, Matt Hoffman, Maureen Cavanaugh

The San Diego City Council recently approved $2.5 million to keep three industrial tents sheltering hundreds of homeless people open, while Carlsbad is deploying two social workers to address a rising number of people living on the streets.

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A Novel Matchmaker For Authors And Readers

June 7
By Alison St John, Megan Burke

Novel Network is a website where book club members can sign up to be set up with best selling authors who are willing to attend their meetings, either in person or electronically, to talk about their books.

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Republican Harkey Holding On To Lead In Race For 49th Congressional Seat

June 5
By Alison St John

Diane Harkey, a Republican, of Dana Point has taken the early lead in the race to replace Rep. Darrell Issa in the 49th Congressional District.

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Conflicting Voter Polls Show Different Front Runners For 49th Congressional District

June 4
By Alison St John

Polls with significantly different results for the the 49th congressional race came out in the past week — the results of polls can depend on who paid for them.

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Poll In The 49th District Suggests Front Runners Have Changed

June 1
By Alison St John

A new poll on the 49th congressional race to replace Republican Darrell Issa suggests the dynamics of the race have changed.

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Final Day To Request Mail-In Ballot Is Tuesday

May 29
By Alison St John, City News Service

Tuesday is the deadline to request a mail-in ballot for the June 5 primary election.

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Oceanside Beaches Won't Get Additional Sand This Summer

May 23
By Alison St John

Oceanside is preparing for the summer season without the benefit of fresh sand pumped onto its beaches. The annual dredging of the Oceanside harbor mouth has been delayed.

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#ShowUsYourMailers: 49th Congressional District Campaigns Turn Negative

May 22
By Alison St John

The campaign for the 49th Congressional District is getting aggressive, with negative attack ads appearing on TV and in mailers. Voters might be surprised to find out who’s paying for those ads.

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North County Still Has Almost Quarter Of Region's Homeless

May 18
By Alison St John

The latest Point-in-Time-Count of homeless people shows North County’s share of the county’s homeless population remained steady at 23 percent of the region’s total.

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North County's 76th State Assembly Seat Up For Grabs

May 16
By Alison St John

California's 76th State Assembly seat in North County is the only open assembly seat in San Diego County this year.

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House Legislation Is A Step Toward Safer Storage Of San Onofre's Nuclear Waste

May 11
By Alison St John

The House has passed bipartisan legislation that opens the door to finding alternative nuclear waste storage sites. It is a step toward moving spent nuclear fuel that is currently being buried near the beach at San Onofre.

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Roundtable: Billionaire Targets San Diego County District Attorney Race

May 11
By Alison St John, Bennett Lacy

The race for San Diego County District Attorney is about to see a flood of ads paid by outside money, the city of Riverside has found a way to effectively end homelessness among veterans and a conversation with NPR White House correspondent Scott Horsley.

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Oceanside Open Space Development Initiative Heads To November Ballot

May 10
By Alison St John

The Oceanside City Council has asked for an independent report on a citizen’s initiative that would limit development of the city’s remaining open space.

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CSU San Marcos Using Public-Private Partnership For Newest Addition To Campus

May 8
By Alison St John

Cal State San Marcos officially broke ground Tuesday on a new Extended Learning building that will house a combination of academic space and retail outlets.

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Decision Looms On San Diego's Future Transportation Priorities

May 4
By Alison St John

San Diegans have less than a week to submit comments on the next version of the region’s transportation plan. The plan will prioritize how to spend millions of public dollars on ways to travel around the region.

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'Jungle Primary' Makes 49th Congressional District Race Unpredictable

May 3
By Alison St John

The 49th Congressional District, currently held by Rep. Darrell Issa, was initially seen as one of the most vulnerable Republican seats in the nation. But that changed with Issa’s decision to not run again.

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Housing Lawsuits Against Encinitas Get Court Hearing Monday

April 30
By Alison St John

A Vista Superior Court judge will hear arguments Monday on three lawsuits filed against the city of Encinitas, the only city in the county that has not complied with state law to develop a housing plan.

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Oceanside Open Space Development Initiative Qualifies For Ballot

April 26
By Alison St John

Oceanside is the latest city in San Diego County to mount an initiative to restrict housing development on land currently zoned as open space. The “SOAR” initiative has collected enough signatures to qualify for the ballot.

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Anti-Issa Protesters End Rallies, Turn to Canvassing

April 24
By Alison St John

A long-running congressional protest came to an end Tuesday. Demonstrators who have rallied weekly outside Republican Congressman Darrell Issa office in Vista for more than a year, are now planning to focus their energies on getting out the vote.

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Encinitas Marijuana Advocates Pushing For November Ballot Measure

April 18
By Alison St John

Signature gatherers are gearing up to put a marijuana initiative on the November ballot in Encinitas. Encinitas is likely to be the second city, after Vista, to see a recreational marijuana initiative campaign this year.

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49th Congressional Candidates Jockey For Money, Attention

April 18
By Alison St John

The latest campaign fundraising disclosures show which candidates in the race to replace Rep. Darrell Issa have the most cash on hand.

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