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Search Warrant Cites Poway Synagogue Shooter's Hatred Of Judaism

June 17
By Andrew Bowen, Associated Press

The sole gunman in a Southern California synagogue shooting in which a woman was killed told an investigator he adopted his hatred of Judaism 18 months before the fatal attack, according to a federal search warrant.

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San Diego's 'Bridge Shelters' To Remain Open Through June 2020

June 11
By Andrew Bowen, City News Service

San Diego City Council members Tuesday approved a 12-month extension to the city's three "bridge shelters," which Mayor Kevin Faulconer has made a key component of his strategy to address homelessness.

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City Council Sides With Unions, Backs Effort To Strike Prop B From Charter

June 10
By Andrew Bowen, City News Service

The San Diego City Council voted 6-3 in closed session Monday to join a coalition of four local labor unions in their effort to strip 2012's Proposition B pension reform initiative from the city charter.

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City Council Votes To Seek Invalidation Of Prop. B Pension Reform Initiative

June 10
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego City Council members voted 6-3 Monday to direct the city attorney to seek the invalidation of Prop B., the city's pension reform initiative.

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San Diego Considers Creating New Position To Improve Childcare Access

June 6
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego City Council members next week will consider whether to hire a full-time childcare coordinator to update city policies and aid city employees with young children.

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'Yes In God's Backyard' Seeks Affordable Housing On Religious Land

June 5
By Andrew Bowen

A group of faith communities and housing advocates are exploring how to make houses of worship part of the solution to San Diego's housing crisis. They call their initiative YIGBY, for "Yes in God's Backyard."

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New Chair Of San Diego County Democrats Talks About Hot Races In 2020

May 28
By Andrew Bowen

Democrats are gearing up for some of the most hotly contested races in San Diego County: mayor, city council and county supervisor will all be on ballots in 2020. Will Rodriguez-Kennedy was elected chair of the San Diego County Democratic Party this year. He spoke with KPBS about his election strategy.

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Toni Atkins Takes No Blame For Shelving Of Major Housing Bill

May 24
By Andrew Bowen

Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins is pushing back against criticism from housing advocates that she should rescue SB 50, a stalled bill aimed at addressing the state's housing crisis.

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San Diego Homeless Program Funding Is 'Unsustainable,' Budget Analyst Says

May 23
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego's Independent Budget Analyst has said San Diego's method of funding two of Mayor Kevin Faulconer's key homeless initiatives is "unsustainable." The mayor's three bridge shelters and a storage facility for homeless individuals have been paid for with reserves and one-time dollars.

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City, County Leaders Call For Federal Aid As Migrants Fly To San Diego

May 20
By Andrew Bowen

Local elected officials on Monday called for additional resources from the federal government to help deal with hundreds of migrants expected to be flown to San Diego from Texas in the coming weeks.

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North Park's 30th Street To Get Protected Bike Lanes

May 17
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced Thursday he was directing city staffers to remove on-street parking spaces and implement protected bike lanes on a major street in North Park.

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Suspected Poway Synagogue Shooter Could Face Death Penalty On Federal Hate Crime Charges

May 9
By Andrew Bowen

Federal prosecutors on Thursday charged the suspected gunman in the April shooting at the Chabad of Poway synagogue with federal hate crimes, including murder and attempted murder.

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City Councilwoman Jen Campbell Has Politics In Her Blood

May 6
By Andrew Bowen

City Councilwoman Jen Campbell has a family history of political engagement. Her election last November tipped the partisan balance on the council, giving Democrats a veto-proof majority.

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In LA, Authorities Thwarted An Attack; In Poway, They Failed To See One Coming

May 2
By Andrew Bowen

The shooting at a Poway synagogue has raised questions about law enforcement's preparedness to counter violent white supremacy.

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Beto O'Rourke Focuses On Border, Climate Change In San Diego Town Hall

April 30
By Andrew Bowen

Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O'Rourke made border and immigration policy, veterans affairs and climate change key points in a town hall event held in San Diego on Tuesday, as he competes for attention in the crowded field of candidates.

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SANDAG Wants More Rail, Managed Lanes In Transportation Plan

April 26
By Andrew Bowen

The San Diego Association of Governments has unveiled a broad framework for its next regional transportation plan, including a big expansion of the rail network, bus-only lanes and managed freeway lanes. Notably absent are a number of freeway widening projects.

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Her Campaign Is Over, But Vivian Moreno Is Still Knocking On Doors

April 24
By Andrew Bowen

Vivian Moreno's campaign for San Diego City Council might be more than five months behind her, but that hasn't stopped her from walking door-to-door in her district and introducing herself to constituents.

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City Council Approves Regulations For Dockless Scooters, Bikes

April 23
By Andrew Bowen

The new regulations require bike and scooter sharing companies to limit speeds in high-pedestrian areas and to respond to reports of abandoned or illegally parked devices.

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San Diego City Council Committee Advances Modified Vehicle Habitation Ban

April 17
By Andrew Bowen, City News Service

The proposed ordinance would ban residents from sleeping in their vehicles anywhere in the city from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., and at any time within 500 feet of a school or home. Critics say it would further criminalize poverty and homelessness.

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City Council: Convention Center Measure Should Go To Voters In March 2020

April 15
By Andrew Bowen

A 5-4 majority of the San Diego City Council has expressed support for a March 2020 vote on a citizens' initiative that would fund an expansion of the Convention Center. Opponents of the move say it will allow special interests to exert more influence over the election.

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'Pure Water' Dominates Infrastructure Spending In Faulconer's 2020 Budget

April 11
By Andrew Bowen, City News Service

Mayor Kevin Faulconer says his proposed budget for fiscal year 2020 is the largest infrastructure investment in city history. Most of that spending is on the city's water recycling program, Pure Water.

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Update To San Diego's 'Inclusionary Housing' Policy Taking Shape

April 10
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego City Council President Georgette Gomez's office is close to unveiling a proposed update to a city policy aimed at boosting affordable housing production by the private market. Skeptics say the proposal could chill the housing market at the worst time.

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'Get It Done' App Great For Potholes—Sidewalks, Not So Much

April 9
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego's Get It Done app is nearly three years old, and has become a popular way for residents to report infrastructure repair needs. A KPBS analysis shows some problems are fixed fairly quickly, while others take months to get resolved.

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Activists Rallying For Protected Bike Lanes In North Park

April 4
By Andrew Bowen

A group of cyclists is pushing for the city to redesign a portion of 30th Street in North Park with protected bike lanes. The father behind the campaign says it's a test of the city's commitment to climate action.

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Judge Allows San Diego Sex Offender Lawsuit To Proceed

April 1
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego City Council members are under more pressure to repeal an unenforceable law restricting where sex offenders can live in the city, after a federal judge allowed a lawsuit challenging the ordinance to proceed.

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Push For Affordable Housing On MTS Land Showing Results

March 27
By Andrew Bowen

Less than six months after MTS updated its real estate policy to encourage more affordable housing, the agency is seeing growing interest in its land. One proposal for a trolley parking lot could provide a big boost in middle-income housing.

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Court Orders Back Payments To City Workers In Prop B Case

March 25
By Andrew Bowen

The California Courts of Appeal has ordered the city of San Diego to financially compensate its workers who were hired after voters passed the landmark pension reform measure, Proposition B. It is unclear how much the ruling will cost city taxpayers.

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MTS Polling Finds 2020 Tax Measure Within Reach

March 20
By Andrew Bowen

The Metropolitan Transit System has released a summary of polling results related to a potential 2020 tax measure, finding the potential boon for public transit funding could be within reach of voter approval.

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San Diego Evicts Docked Bike-Sharing Company DiscoverBike

March 19
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego is kicking out its first bike-sharing company, DiscoverBike, after finding the company in breach of its contract. DiscoverBike has struggled to thrive since the beginning, and especially since the explosion of dockless bike- and scooter-sharing.

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US Supreme Court Declines To Hear Prop B Pension Case

March 15
By Andrew Bowen

The United States Supreme Court has denied San Diego's request to review a longstanding legal fight over the city's 2012 pension reform measure, Proposition B. The fate of the measure now lies with the state Court of Appeal.

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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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Halt To Plaza De Panama Revamp Frees Up $10 Million For Balboa Park

Feb. 13
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego city leaders may have an extra $10 million to spend on upgrades to Balboa Park after news broke this week that high construction costs had halted a plan to revamp to the park's Plaza de Panama.

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San Diego Launches 'Sim City' Planning Tool For Clairemont

Feb. 13
By Andrew Bowen

City planners are launching a new online engagement tool to gather feedback on how and where to zone for more housing in Clairemont. They hope it will allow more people to participate in the planning process.

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San Diego's Infrastructure Backlog Soars To $1.86 Billion

Feb. 8
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego is short $1.86 billion when it comes to fixing the city's crumbling infrastructure, according to a recent report. The biggest unfunded needs are in stormwater infrastructure and repairs to city buildings.

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Roundtable: Decriminalizing Homelessness

Feb. 8
By Andrew Bowen, Bennett Lacy

San Diego repeals an ordinance that banned living in vehicles, Congress will hold a hearing on human research done at San Diego's VA Medical Center, and local police unions fight a new transparency law.

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San Diego Bike Advisory Board Bids Farewell

Feb. 7
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego's Bicycle Advisory Board held its final meeting last month after the City Council voted to dissolve the board and replace it with a new "Mobility Advisory Board." KPBS spoke with the former chairman about what the board accomplished.

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Montgomery Outlines Plans To Improve Police-Community Relations

Feb. 6
By Andrew Bowen

Newly-elected San Diego City Councilwoman Monica Montgomery now chairs the council's Public Safety Committee. She says she wants to improve police accountability and transparency.

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San Diego Repeals Ban On People Living In Cars

Feb. 5
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego City Council members have repealed a nearly 26-year-old ban on people living in cars, after a group of disabled people sued the city, arguing the law was discriminatory.

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Planning Commissioners Give Thumbs Up To Urban Parking Reforms

Jan. 31
By Andrew Bowen

The San Diego Planning Commission gave a unanimous thumbs up to an overhaul of the city's minimum parking standards for dense, urban housing. The reforms are meant to stimulate home building while helping residents transition away from car dependence.

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Audit Cites Poor Record Keeping Among Planning Groups

Jan. 31
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego's 42 community planning groups practice wildly inconsistent record keeping and often lack the training and support necessary to do their jobs, according to a recent report from the City Auditor's Office.

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Officials Propose Diverting Funds From Sidewalk Project

Jan. 30
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego transportation officials are seeking approval to divert $125,000 away from a project to create sidewalks on a section of Market Street in southeastern San Diego. The sidewalks are still years away from being built.

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Bankers Hill High-Rise Apartment Building Wins Council Approval

Jan. 28
By Andrew Bowen

The San Diego City Council voted unanimously to approve a 20-story apartment building in Bankers Hill next to St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral, despite neighborhood opposition over the building's height.

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