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Republican Councilman Might Jump Into Race For San Diego Mayor

Dec. 2
By Andrew Bowen

Scott Sherman is mulling a late entry, which would give the campaign its first significant Republican candidate. He has until Thursday to make a final decision.

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Torrey Pines Could Be The Site Of San Diego's Newest Pot Shop

Nov. 29
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego officials have given initial approval to the fourth and final retail marijuana outlet they will allow in Council District 1.

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Faulconer Proposes Late-Night Curfew For Dockless Scooters

Nov. 20
By Andrew Bowen, City News Service

San Diego officials are proposing a host of changes to the city's dockless scooter and bike regulations, including a ban on riding between midnight and 5 a.m., meant to curb dangerous behaviors.

The Federal Justice Center in downtown San Dieg...

Judge Rules Against San Diego Sex Offender Ordinance

Nov. 20
By Andrew Bowen

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that a San Diego ordinance restricting where registered sex offenders can live violates state law.

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San Diego, SDSU Inch Closer To SDCCU Stadium Site Deal

Nov. 18
By Andrew Bowen, City News Service

SDSU and the city's negotiating team have haggled in recent months over the university's pledge to offer "fair market value" for the property and what that entails.

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San Diego Projects $83.7 Million Budget Deficit Next Year

Nov. 13
By Andrew Bowen

The city projects spending, driven by increases in salaries and homeless services, to outpace revenue growth.

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State Officials Praise SANDAG's Housing Plan

Nov. 7
By Andrew Bowen

State housing officials have given high marks to the San Diego Association of Governments for the planning agency's proposal to require more housing in communities with a lot of jobs and access to mass transit.

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San Diego Marijuana Businesses Among Nearly 400 With Suspended Licenses

Nov. 6
By Andrew Bowen

California cannabis regulators last week suspended the licenses of nearly 400 businesses — including nine in San Diego County — for failing to enroll in the state's system for tracking marijuana from where it's grown to where it's sold.

Board members of the newly formed San Diego Reg...

San Diego Regional Energy Agency Holds Inaugural Board Meeting

Oct. 31
By Andrew Bowen

Elected officials from San Diego, La Mesa, Encinitas, Chula Vista and Imperial Beach held the inaugural meeting of a new government agency that aims to provide cheaper and greener electricity.

Jonathan Doolittle, senior pastor at Clairemont...

San Diego Proposes Easing Church Parking Rules In Favor Of Housing

Oct. 30
By Andrew Bowen

City officials want to revamp parking regulations for houses of worship and other site geared toward public assembly to facilitate more home construction. The changes have been pushed by a group of housing activists calling themselves YIGBY, for "Yes in God's Backyard."

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SDSU Increases Offer For Mission Valley Stadium Site To $87.7M

Oct. 29
By Andrew Bowen, Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

In a letter delivered to Mayor Kevin Faulconer Monday, SDSU is offering to pay almost $20 million more for the 135-acre site than it offered earlier this month. The new offer of nearly $87.7 million is due to be discussed by the City Council next week.

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Advocates See Room For Improvement In San Diego's 'Placemaking' Program

Oct. 25
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego City Council members last year approved a new placemaking program meant to encourage small-scale community beautification projects. Advocates say the program is an improvement, but that it's still too bureaucratic.

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Transit Authority Test Drives Zero-Emission Buses

Oct. 24
By Andrew Bowen

The Metropolitan Transit System next month will start deploying a small fleet of electric buses to San Diego streets to test the next phase of green transportation.

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Report: San Diego Needs $1.9B For Permanent Solutions To Homelessness

Oct. 11
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego's long-awaited plan to address homelessness recommends a surge in shelter beds and thousands of homes with subsidized rents and social services. The plan says its goals cannot be achieved without new taxes.

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San Diego, SDSU Bickering Over Value Of Mission Valley Stadium Property

Oct. 10
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego State University wants to purchase the city's Mission Valley stadium property for $68.2 million. But the city says that number includes discounts that put an unfair burden on city taxpayers.

San Diego City Council member Monica Montgomery...

San Diego Councilwoman Determined To Put More Teeth In Civilian Police Oversight

Oct. 10
By Andrew Bowen

Monica Montgomery is determined to avoid a repeat of the council's failure last year to place a measure on the ballot to strengthen civilian oversight of police officers.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren Draws Big Crowd In First Campaign Visit To San Diego

Oct. 4
By Andrew Bowen

Massachusetts senator and Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren told a captivated crowd of about 8,500 about her plans to tackle corruption and create big changes to the United States economy.

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Grand Jury Faults San Diego's Response To Dockless Scooters

Oct. 2
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego was slow to implement scooter regulations. As a result, reckless scooter riders filled city sidewalks, according to a recent San Diego County Grand Jury report. But the report is in many respects outdated, according to the city.

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'Free Ride Day' Returns To San Diego Public Transit Wednesday

Oct. 1
By Andrew Bowen

On Oct. 2, passengers will ride for free all regular bus routes, plus the trolley, COASTER and SPRINTER rail lines. Last year the event logged more than 50,000 additional transit trips.

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SANDAG Shifts Funds To Fast Track Transit, Highway Projects

Sept. 27
By Andrew Bowen

Elected officials on the SANDAG board approved budget amendments aimed at getting more transportation projects ready for construction. But the agency's executive director warned two proposed freeway widenings could put SANDAG "in legal jeopardy."

State Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins, D-S...

Atkins Will Be 'Really Involved' In Resurrection Of Housing Density Bill

Sept. 23
By Andrew Bowen

Senate Bill 50, a bill that would require cities to allow denser and taller apartment buildings in certain areas, was put on hold earlier this year. Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins now says she will take a more active role in helping revive it.

San Diego high school students speak after walk...

San Diego County Students, Teachers Join In Global Climate Strike

Sept. 20
By Andrew Bowen, City News Service

Students around the county participated Friday in the Global Climate Strike by rallying and marching throughout the day.

Construction workers set up the framing of an a...

Faulconer To Veto Council's Affordable Housing Policy Proposal

Sept. 19
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer says he will veto a proposed update to the city's "inclusionary housing" policy that the City Council narrowly approved. The veto would be Faulconer's first in 2019.

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San Diego City Council Approves Community Choice Energy Program

Sept. 17
By Andrew Bowen, City News Service

The San Diego City Council voted Tuesday to create joint-powers authority to buy and sell energy in competition with private companies like San Diego Gas & Electric. The program is key to the city meeting its goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Downtown San Diego federal building on Aug. 13,...

San Diego To Enter Settlement Talks In Sex Offender Residency Lawsuit

Sept. 16
By Andrew Bowen

A federal judge has ordered that San Diego discuss settling a lawsuit challenging a city ordinance restricting where sex offenders can live. The California Supreme Court has found similar ordinances unconstitutional.

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SDSU Gets Feedback On Mission Valley Campus Expansion

Sept. 12
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego State University officials are holding public forums on their proposal for a new stadium, housing and river park on the former Chargers stadium site.

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County Supervisors Move Toward 'Community Choice' Energy Purchase Program

Sept. 10
By Andrew Bowen

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to take another step toward creating a public energy purchasing program that would aim to beat the prices charged by SDG&E.

Construction workers set up the framing of an a...

SANDAG Board OKs Formula For New Homebuilding

Sept. 6
By Andrew Bowen

Board members of the regional planning agency approved a long-term housing plan that prioritizes areas rich with public transit and jobs.

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Housing Crisis Shifts Conversation On Where New Homes Belong

Sept. 5
By Andrew Bowen

The San Diego Association of Governments is scheduled to vote on how to distribute more than 171,000 homes throughout the county. Many cities and towns are being asked to plan for far more housing than ever before.

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State Moves To Turn Dilapidated Downtown Properties Into Affordable Housing

Aug. 30
By Andrew Bowen

State lawmakers and Gov. Gavin Newsom are pursuing plans to speed up redevelopment of two blocks of blighted real estate in downtown San Diego.

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State, Federal Politics Cloud San Diego's Climate Goals

Aug. 29
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego's promise to cut its greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2035 is facing challenges from outside forces. Meanwhile the city is behind on efforts to reduce waste and car travel.

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San Diego County Democrats Endorse Gloria In Mayor's Race

Aug. 21
By Andrew Bowen

The San Diego County Democratic Party's endorsement will give Assemblyman Todd Gloria's mayoral campaign a fundraising boost. Party leaders picked Gloria over his main rival in the race, City Councilwoman Barbara Bry.

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MTS Raising Fares To Close $10M Budget Shortfall

Aug. 20
By Andrew Bowen

In addition to bumping up fares, San Diego's Metropolitan Transit System will also eliminate free trolley transfers.

Attorney Craig Sherman stands with Pat Sexton o...

North Park Group Inflates Neighborhood Opposition To Bike Lanes, Review Shows

Aug. 16
By Andrew Bowen

A group of San Diego residents and business owners suing to block a bike lane project have said their supporters are all in North Park. But documents the group submitted to Mayor Kevin Faulconer's office indicate otherwise.

Attorney Craig Sherman stands with Pat Sexton o...

Lawsuit Challenges Plan For Bike Lanes On North Park Thoroughfare

Aug. 14
By Andrew Bowen

A group that calls itself Save 30th Street Parking claims San Diego violated a state law meant to protect the environment when it announced plans to eliminate parking along the road in favor of protected bike lanes.

San Diego mayoral candidates Barbara Bry and To...

Democratic Mayoral Candidates To Face Off In Friday Forum

Aug. 9
By Andrew Bowen

Assemblyman Todd Gloria added Gov. Gavin Newsom to his commanding lead in endorsements over his main opponent, City Councilwoman Barbara Bry. But the two are much closer when it comes to fundraising.

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Bernie Sanders Weighs In On Homelessness, Affordable Housing In Chat With KPBS

Aug. 5
By Andrew Bowen

Sen. Bernie Sanders spoke in San Diego at the annual conference of UnidosUS, the nation's largest nonprofit advocating Latino civil rights. KPBS spoke with Sanders about affordable housing, homelessness and whether "Medicare For All" is realistic.

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City Council OKs Plans For 9,000 Additional Homes Near Future Trolley Stations

Aug. 1
By Andrew Bowen

The San Diego City Council unanimously approved two growth plans in areas near a future trolley line. The plans angered residents concerned about traffic congestion and building height limits.

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Affordable Housing Bond Measure Takes Step Toward 2020 Ballot

July 31
By Andrew Bowen

A proposal to place a $900 million affordable housing bond on the city of San Diego’s 2020 ballot moved closer to reality Wednesday after key committee vote.

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SANDAG's New Independent Auditor Digs Into Agency's Risks

July 31
By Andrew Bowen

The San Diego Association of Governments' new "independent performance auditor" says she will not shy away from debates over transportation funding on the agency's board of directors.

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San Diego City Council Narrowly Approves Policy Update To Spur More Affordable Housing

July 30
By Andrew Bowen

The change to the city's "inclusionary housing" policy requires developers to pay a larger share of the costs to build homes for low-income people. The measure passed 5-4, meaning it might not withstand a potential veto from Mayor Kevin Faulconer.

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Construction Jobs On MTS Land Will Pay More Under New Policy

July 25
By Andrew Bowen

The transit agency's board voted Thursday to require "prevailing wage" on all of its projects. The move comes as the agency is pushing for more housing near its trolley and bus stations.

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Proposed Update To City's Affordable Housing Policy Would Change Equation For Developers

July 25
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego City Council members are set to vote next week on a new "inclusionary" housing policy that would make developers pay larger fees to avoid building affordable homes.

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SANDAG Chief Shakes Up Agency's Management; Three Top Directors Out

July 23
By Andrew Bowen

Hasan Ikhrata announced the departure of three top-level managers Tuesday, as he seeks to build support for his vision of radically revamping the region's transportation network.

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City Expands Protected Bike Lane Network Just In Time For Comic-Con

July 19
By Andrew Bowen

The new bike lanes — which are also called "cycle tracks" — are separated from traffic with plastic poles and a line of parked cars.

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Mission Valley's Population Could Triple Under New Growth Plan

July 17
By Andrew Bowen

The long-overdue zoning update would add more high-density housing and make the car-congested neighborhood more bike and pedestrian-friendly.

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Navy, SANDAG Agreement Pushes San Diego ‘Grand Central Station’ Closer To Reality

July 10
By Andrew Bowen, City News Service

The San Diego Association of Governments signed a memorandum of understanding with local U.S. Navy officials Tuesday to collaboratively draft a redevelopment plan for the Naval Base Point Loma Old Town Campus.

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Habitat For Humanity's 'Cost Of Home' Campaign Targets 2020 Housing Bond

July 9
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego Habitat for Humanity is piggybacking on a national campaign to promote a $900 million affordable housing bond for the city's 2020 ballot.

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Police Transparency Law Does Not Cover Car Accidents, SDPD Says

July 3
By Andrew Bowen

A law intended to increase public access to police records does not apply to cases of officers killing people in accidental car crashes, according to the San Diego Police Department.

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Can You Help KPBS With An Upcoming News Story On Redlining In San Diego?

July 1
By Andrew Bowen

KPBS is doing an investigation into the legacy of "redlining" in San Diego and we need your help.

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