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San Diego City Council Names Convoy District A Pan-Asian Cultural, Business Hub

Oct. 20
By Andrew Bowen

Supporters say the designation will allow Convoy Street to further brand itself as a destination. It comes ahead of a community plan update that could spur a population boom in the larger Kearny Mesa area.

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Measure A: Should San Diego Raise Taxes To Fund Affordable Housing?

Oct. 16
By Andrew Bowen

Supporters say the additional property taxes are relatively small and the benefit of housing the homeless is worth it. Opponents say the cost of building affordable housing is too high and San Diegans cannot afford more taxes.

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Two Democrats Vying For County Supervisor Seat That's Been In GOP Hands For Decades

Oct. 9
By Andrew Bowen

Nora Vargas, a vice president at Planned Parenthood, says her experience in health care makes her qualified to be county supervisor. State Sen. Ben Hueso argues his 15 years in elected office show he knows how to get things done.

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Mayoral Candidates Bry and Gloria Are Two Democrats With Differing Views On City's Top Issues

Oct. 5
By Andrew Bowen

State Assemblymember Todd Gloria and San Diego City Councilmember Barbara Bry would likely take the city in different directions on issues like affordable housing, transportation and climate action.

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Pandemic Brings More Biking And Fewer Crashes — But Can It Last?

Sept. 28
By Andrew Bowen

Bike advocates are thrilled by the recent boom in biking and a drop in cyclist injuries. But they say new public policy is needed to ensure that trend continues once the pandemic is over.

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Historic Designation Scuttles Plan For Affordable Housing At Mission Hills Library Site

Sept. 24
By Andrew Bowen

Mayor Kevin Faulconer had hoped to make the small piece of land available to developers to build housing for the homeless. But its designation as a historic resource prevents the building from being redeveloped.

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San Diego's Chief Operating Officer Resigns Amid 101 Ash Street Debacle

Sept. 21
By Andrew Bowen

Kris Michell was not at the city when it signed the disastrous lease-to-own agreement on the high-rise building in downtown San Diego. But she was a key decision-maker as the project grew into a full-fledged scandal.

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SANDAG Board Seeks 'Action Plan' Following Audit

Sept. 18
By Andrew Bowen

The audit faulted management of county’s regional transportation agency for making large severance payments to departing executives and not disclosing them to board members. The audit got a mixed response from the board.

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Mayor Faulconer Endorses Measure E To Repeal Midway Height Limit

Sept. 14
By Andrew Bowen

The measure to allow buildings taller than 30 feet in Midway has also been endorsed by both the Democratic and Republican parties of San Diego County.

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NBC7 Admits Story On 101 Ash Street Was Based On Forged Document

Sept. 11
By Andrew Bowen

The local news station retracted a story that claimed investigators were reviewing Assemblymember Todd Gloria's role in a troubled city real estate deal. Gloria, who is running for mayor, said someone carried out a smear campaign against him.

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Under Pressure From Privacy Advocates, San Diego Mayor Shuts Down Streetlight Cameras

Sept. 10
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego's "smart streetlights" were originally pitched as a way to improve transportation planning, but they quickly morphed into a tool for law enforcement. An ordinance to regulate the cameras' use is awaiting a vote from the City Council.

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SANDAG Audit Alleges Improper Severance Payments, Bonuses, Promotions

Sept. 3
By Andrew Bowen

A sweeping audit of the San Diego Association of Governments alleges big problems with hiring, promotions and compensation for upper management. The findings come as the agency is still trying to rebuild credibility after a major scandal that led to the ouster of its former chief executive.

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After Defying Public Health Rules, San Diego Gym Will Likely Pay Zero In Fines

Sept. 2
By Andrew Bowen

The owner of Boulevard Fitness in University Heights unlawfully operated the gym for more than two months. But the San Diego City Attorney's Office won’t prosecute him for now.

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Legoland Officials Ask State For Permission To Reopen

Aug. 28
By Andrew Bowen

Theme parks are not among the businesses with relaxed COVID-19 restrictions announced Friday. Seaworld San Diego has reopened on weekends, but only as a zoo.

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After Months Of Defying COVID-19 Health Order, Boulevard Fitness To Close

Aug. 26
By Andrew Bowen

Boulevard Fitness, the University Heights gym that for months has refused to shut down despite the COVID-19 public health order, is temporarily closing its doors. The gym's owner says he could not afford the fines he was facing.

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San Diego Officials Remain Hesitant To Punish Public Health Order Violators

Aug. 17
By Andrew Bowen

A gym in University Heights has stayed open for weeks in violation of the COVID-19 public health order. One citation was not enough to convince the owner to close.

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SANDAG Bucks History Of Widening Freeways In New Transportation Plan

Aug. 14
By Andrew Bowen

The regional transportation planning agency wants to make big investments in trains and buses while also creating a new network of toll and HOV lanes on freeways.

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San Diego Wants Public Input On Update To 2015 Climate Action Plan

Aug. 13
By Andrew Bowen

Activists are urging the city to set a new goal of "carbon neutrality," or a net zero carbon footprint, by 2050 or sooner.

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Judge Allows North Park Bike Lane Project To Proceed Despite Lawsuit

Aug. 6
By Andrew Bowen

The ruling by a Superior Court judge means new bike lanes on a section of 30th Street in North Park could be in place as soon as September.

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San Diego County Parks To Open For Outdoor Gyms, Religious Services

Aug. 5
By Andrew Bowen

County supervisors approved a measure Wednesday to allow gyms and houses of worship to meet outdoors at county parks, as more activities move outside to limit the spread of COVID-19.

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Bry Leading Gloria In San Diego Mayoral Campaign Fundraising

Aug. 3
By Andrew Bowen

City Councilmember Barbara Bry significantly outraised Assemblyman Todd Gloria in the latest reporting period, but Gloria still had more money in the bank as of June 30.

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New MTS Chief Sharon Cooney: Safety 'Underlies Everything We Do'

Aug. 3
By Andrew Bowen

The Metropolitan Transit System got a new CEO, Sharon Cooney, after the sudden death of her predecessor in May. She spoke with KPBS about her priorities.

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Developers, MTS Aim For Denser Affordable Housing At Trolley Stop

July 30
By Andrew Bowen

A proposal for low- and middle-income housing at the Palm Avenue station has grown from 250 units to more than 400, as transit officials look to maximize the use of its real estate.

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Teleworking Can Reduce Car Travel — But Not As Much As You May Think

July 24
By Andrew Bowen

Those who work from home are taking more nonessential trips by car, and are generating more vehicle travel through the use of home delivery services, according to the San Diego Association of Governments.

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San Diego Police Routinely Blow Past Overtime Budgets

July 23
By Andrew Bowen

A decade of city budget data show the San Diego Police Department has repeatedly failed to abide by the overtime budgets approved by the City Council. Now the council is trying to crack down.

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San Diego Set To Solicit Bids On New Utility Franchise Deal

July 16
By Andrew Bowen

The current deal that allows San Diego Gas & Electric to operate its gas and utility infrastructure on public land has been in place for 50 years. Outside consultants tell the city a better deal is possible.

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Affordable Housing Bond Set For San Diego's November Ballot

July 14
By Andrew Bowen

The San Diego City Council approved a bond measure that would raise nearly a billion dollars for new affordable housing projects if passed by a two-thirds majority of city voters.

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San Diego Seeks Input On Developer Plans For Sports Arena Site

July 10
By Andrew Bowen, City News Service

The city of San Diego revealed several developer plans for San Diego Sports Arena Friday and announced it was beginning a virtual open house to gather input from the public on transforming the area into a more pedestrian and transit-friendly environment.

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Faulconer Signs Order To Boost Outdoor Dining

July 7
By Andrew Bowen

The order issued by San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer comes as COVID-19 cases surge, leading the county to halt indoor dining at restaurants for three weeks.

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San Diego Groups Calls For End To 'Pretext Stops' By Police

July 6
By Andrew Bowen

The Coalition for Police Accountability and Transparency, formed in 2016 after a study on racial profiling in San Diego, is recommending a host of changes to policies and laws. That includes ending the practice of detaining people when there is no probable cause for arrest.

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San Diego Extends Eviction Moratorium Through September

June 30
By Andrew Bowen

The freeze on all residential and commercial evictions comes as the recent spike in COVID-19 infections threatens prolong the economic pain caused by the pandemic.

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San Diego Clears Police Oversight Reform For November Ballot

June 23
By Andrew Bowen

The effort to establish a new civilian oversight body has been going on for years. But it took on new urgency after protests following the death of George Floyd.

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San Diego Again Loses Out In State Affordable Housing Grant Program

June 22
By Andrew Bowen

While projects in the Bay Area and Los Angeles are recommended for more than $400 million, San Diego will likely get zero dollars under the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities grant program.

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San Diego Mayor Wants To Expand Outdoor Dining During Pandemic

June 18
By Andrew Bowen

Mayor Kevin Faulconer unveiled a proposal Thursday to speed up permitting of outdoor dining to help restaurants and other businesses that face limited indoor capacity due to social distancing restrictions.

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San Diego LGBTQ Activists Celebrate Landmark Civil Rights Ruling

June 15
By Andrew Bowen

The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling extending workplace protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people is based on the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

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Pandemic Is Hurting Some City Budgets More Than Others In San Diego County

June 15
By Alison St John, Andrew Bowen

Cities across California are on track to lose an estimated $7 billion in tax revenues because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But while no city is immune to the economic crisis, some are in a much better position than others.

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San Diego City Council Passes Budget With No Cuts To Police Funding

June 8
By Andrew Bowen

The council took more than 10 hours of public testimony, nearly all of it from people asking for cuts to the San Diego Police Department amid nationwide outrage over police violence in the wake of the George Floyd killing.

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San Diego Approves Relief Fund For Renters Hurt By Pandemic

June 2
By Andrew Bowen

The city fund would use federal stimulus money to make direct payments to landlords on behalf of tenants who have been unable to pay rent during the coronavirus pandemic.

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San Diego Extends Eviction Moratorium Through June 30

May 19
By Andrew Bowen

The moratorium requires tenants and businesses to notify their landlords in writing if they are unable to pay, and they must prove their hardship is caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

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How Will San Diego County Spend Its $334 Million In Stimulus Funds?

May 18
By Andrew Bowen

Two county supervisors want millions for small business relief, child welfare services and enhanced telemedicine services. The full board is scheduled to vote Tuesday on an overall plan.

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MTS Offers Bonuses For Frontline Workers, Plans Return To Regular Service

May 14
By Andrew Bowen

Ridership on the bus and trolley system is slowly recovering from the coronavirus pandemic. The agency’s board passed a budget Thursday that will bring back most of the services it cut last month.

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Proposal To Nix 30-Foot Height Limit In Midway District Advances

May 14
By Andrew Bowen

Supporters of the proposal say Midway is not a true coastal neighborhood and should never have been subject to San Diego’s longstanding building height restrictions in areas west of Interstate 5.

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Late MTS Chief Jablonski Remembered For Dedication, Competence

May 12
By Andrew Bowen

Paul Jablonski, who died suddenly on Sunday, ran the Metropolitan Transit System for 16 years.

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San Diego's Legal Cannabis Industry Hasn't Escaped Economic Downturn

May 6
By Andrew Bowen

Until recently, the industry was seeing slow and steady growth. But insiders fear the coronavirus pandemic could push more consumers into the already thriving black market.

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San Diego City Council Begins Review Of Budget Devastated By Coronavirus

May 4
By Andrew Bowen

The pandemic forced Mayor Kevin Faulconer to make deep cuts to city services in his proposed 2020-2021 budget. And this is just the beginning.

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Where Is San Diego Creating 'Slow Streets' During Coronavirus Pandemic?

April 30
By Andrew Bowen

The pilot program will limit some streets to local traffic and emergency vehicles only, allowing pedestrians to practice better social distancing during the pandemic by using the street when necessary.

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Poway Synagogue Holds Online Memorial On Eve Of Shooting Anniversary

April 26
By Andrew Bowen

The Chabad of Poway prayed for those suffering because of the coronavirus pandemic and remembered victims of the 2019 shooting carried out by a white supremacist.

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SANDAG: San Diego Jobless Rate Jumps More Than Sixfold To 20.6%

April 23
By Andrew Bowen

South Bay communities have some of the highest unemployment rates, according to a new analysis from the regional planning agency. But even residents of wealthier communities such as La Jolla are seeing record job losses.

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More Biking And Walking, Fewer Cars: How Coronavirus Is Changing San Diego Streets

April 23
By Andrew Bowen

Advocates are taking the opportunity to ask city officials to make changes that will make social distancing easier on once busy roadways.

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San Diego Reopens Some Neighborhood Parks For Limited Use

April 20
By Andrew Bowen

Neighborhood parks in San Diego are set to partially reopen on Tuesday, a month after the coronavirus pandemic forced their closure. Playgrounds, beaches and regional parks will remain closed for now.

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San Diego Converts Golden Hall To Shelter, Prepares For More COVID-19 Cases

March 23
By City News Service

The city of San Diego announced Monday the entirety of Golden Hall and parts of the Convention Center will be converted to homeless shelters with hundreds of beds as the city rushes to prepare for what health officials are describing as a storm on the horizon with the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Public Safety Committee Moves Surveillance Ordinances To Full Council

July 15
By City News Service

In two separate motions, the Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee approved a proposed ordinance establishing rules for the city's acquisition and use of surveillance equipment and technology and to establish a Privacy Advisory Commission.

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San Diego City Council Extends COVID-19 Rent Repayment To Dec. 30

July 28
By City News Service

The San Diego City Council voted 5-4 Tuesday to extend the rent repayment period for commercial and residential renters to Dec. 30, giving renters who have lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic a few extra months to repay back rent.'

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