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Andrew Bowen

Metro Reporter

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As the KPBS metro reporter, Andrew Bowen covers a broad range of issues across San Diego County for radio, TV, and the web.

Before moving to San Diego, Andrew worked for six years as a freelance translator, radio reporter and TV news producer in Germany. His work for the German international public broadcaster Deutsche Welle had him covering local, national and international stories across Europe. He also worked as a producer and reporter for the English-language website of Der Spiegel, Germany's largest news magazine.

Andrew is originally from Santa Rosa, California. He holds a bachelor's of science degree in journalism with a minor in Spanish from Northwestern University.

Recent Stories by Andrew Bowen

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San Diego Awaits Two Big Decisions On Prop B Pension Reform

March 15
By Andrew Bowen

The United States Supreme Court is scheduled to announce Monday whether it will grant San Diego's request to review a longstanding legal fight over the city's 2012 pension reform measure, Proposition B.

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Ridership Rebounding, Public Transit In San Diego Is Having A Moment

March 15
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego's public transit system has been struggling with declining ridership for the past few years. But recent data suggest that trend may be ending — and a host of local policy reforms may be planting the seeds for stronger transit ridership in future years.

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Pro-Density Urbanists Sweep Uptown Planners Election

March 6
By Andrew Bowen

A group of pro-density urbanists has swept a contentious election for Uptown Planners, the volunteer community planning group that advises the city on development in Bankers Hill, Hillcrest and Mission Hills. Uptown Planners has been known in the past for resisting efforts to increase density in the neighborhood.

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Report Imagines What 2020 Tax Measure Could Bring MTS

March 6
By Andrew Bowen

As the Metropolitan Transit System mulls asking voters for a tax increase next year, a new report aims to imagine what that tax measure could do for the local economy and environment.

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City Council OKs Sweeping Urban Parking Reforms

March 4
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego City Council members have approved a sweeping set of reforms to the city's parking rules, intended to help wean the city off car dependence while also tackling the city's housing shortage.

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Advocates Aim To Bring 'Vision Zero' Movement To South County

Feb. 27
By Andrew Bowen

Safe streets advocates have released a new report that aims to bring the "Vision Zero" movement to end all traffic deaths to four cities in southern San Diego County.

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SANDAG Will Delay Transportation Plan Update To Meet Climate Targets

Feb. 22
By Andrew Bowen

Board members of the San Diego Association of Governments have agreed to delay an update to its regional transportation plan. The new timeline is intended to help SANDAG meet ambitious state goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from vehicle travel.

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SANDAG Reverses Course On Talmadge Bike Safety Project

Feb. 22
By Andrew Bowen

A planned bike route along Monroe Avenue in the Talmadge neighborhood is in jeopardy after transportation officials decided it was no longer feasible. The project had come under intense scrutiny from some residents, who feared it would worsen traffic congestion.

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Disability Lawsuit Targets San Diego Over Dockless Scooters

Feb. 19
By Andrew Bowen

A recent lawsuit claims the city of San Diego and three scooter rental companies have violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by failing to prevent people from riding or parking on sidewalks. City officials will soon discuss how to regulate scooters in the city.

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Roundtable: Rethinking Transit In San Diego

Feb. 15
By Andrew Bowen, Bennett Lacy

SANDAG's new director says the region's transit plan is not meeting climate emission goals, the plan to redevelop Balboa Park's Plaza de Panama is on hold, and a legal fight over asylum policy in San Diego County.

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