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Stories by Andrew Bowen

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San Diego City Auditor Resigns Ahead Of Term Expiration

Aug. 16
By Andrew Bowen, City News Service

San Diego Independent Auditor Eduardo Luna submitted his resignation to Mayor Kevin Faulconer and the City Council Wednesday, saying he will leave the post on Sept. 28.

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Convention Center Expansion Initiative Fails Fast-Track To 2018 Ballot

Aug. 8
By Andrew Bowen

A citizens initiative seeking to expand the San Diego Convention Center appears unlikely to be voted on this year, after an audit failed to show enough valid signatures to immediately clear the measure for the ballot. But an alternative measure could still go before voters thanks to a last-ditch effort from Mayor Kevin Faulconer.

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Who Killed San Diego's Police Oversight Reform Measure?

Aug. 7
By Andrew Bowen

A proposal to overhaul civilian oversight of San Diego police officers once appeared to have enough support to make it on this November's ballot. So who killed it?

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State Supreme Court Rules Against San Diego Pension Reform

Aug. 2
By Andrew Bowen, City News Service

The state Supreme Court Thursday ruled against a San Diego citizens' initiative that cut back city employee pensions in favor of 401(k)-style retirement plans, and ordered an appeal court to consider a remedy for millions in lost compensation related to the initiative.

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San Diego City Council Bans Section 8 Discrimination

Aug. 1
By Andrew Bowen, Tom Fudge

The City Council passed a law that makes it illegal for landlords to reject tenant applicants only because their rent is subsidized.

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Measure To Overhaul Police Oversight Dies At San Diego City Council

July 31
By Andrew Bowen

A measure proposed for the November ballot to overhaul civilian oversight of San Diego police officers failed at the City Council, after no majority agreed to start talks on the measure with the police officers' union.

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Chief Of California's Bureau Of Cannabis Control Is 'Really, Really Busy'

July 25
By Andrew Bowen

KPBS spoke with Lori Ajax, chief of the California Bureau of Cannabis Control, on the first seven months of legal recreational marijuana sales. She says her agency has been busy issuing licenses, investigating complaints and coming up with new regulations for the industry.

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National City Wins Big In SANDAG Smart Growth Grant Program

July 18
By Andrew Bowen

National City is set to receive nearly $8 million through a competitive grant program meant to encourage smart growth and active transportation. It's an impressive showing from a relatively small city with big ambitions.

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Regulations Ban Homeowners From Renting Out Secondary Residences As Short-Term Rentals

July 17
By Andrew Bowen, Brooke Ruth

The San Diego City Council voted 6-3 on short-term rental regulations. Homeowners who want to rent out their entire homes will be required to pay $949 each year for a license and may only rent out their primary residence for up to six months of the year.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Pride Edition

July 13
By Andrew Bowen, Nina Garin

San Diego Pride is underway and the weekend is filled with celebrations, art exhibitions, theater and a historic look at San Diego's LGBTQ+ community.

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Federal Courts In San Diego Begin Group Hearings On Illegal Immigration

July 10
By Andrew Bowen

Immigrants charged with illegal entry under President Trump's "zero tolerance" policy are now undergoing group hearings in an effort to deal with an immense case backlog. Federal public defenders say the process is unjust.

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San Diego Mixes Up Traffic Death Data On New Vision Zero Webpage

July 6
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego's revamped webpage for its Vision Zero traffic safety campaign understates the number of people who died in collisions over the past two years.

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Dockless Bike Craze Leaves Some San Diego Neighborhoods Behind

July 4
By Andrew Bowen

The boom in dockless bike and scooter sharing companies in San Diego is subsiding, and the companies are starting to refine where their vehicles are available. Some bike enthusiasts are concerned the companies may abandon poor neighborhoods.

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San Diego's Biggest Infrastructure Need Isn't Streets — It's Storm Drains

June 28
By Andrew Bowen

The shortfall in funding for stormwater infrastructure in San Diego is worse than it is for streets, bridges, sidewalks or fire stations. The existing network of underground pipes is failing — and the city has nowhere near enough money to fix it.

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Delores Jacobs Bids Farewell To San Diego LGBT Community Center

June 22
By Andrew Bowen

Dr. Delores Jacobs steps down as the CEO of the San Diego LGBT Community Center at the end of this month. She has overseen a doubling of The Center's budget and a major expansion of its youth, senior and Latino services.

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San Diego City Council Approves Sorrento Valley Marijuana Dispensary

June 19
By Andrew Bowen

San Diegans will soon have another retail outlet to purchase legal cannabis, after the city approved a new dispensary in Sorrento Valley. The project faced intense opposition from both anti-pot activists and rivals in the cannabis industry.

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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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Judge Gary Kreep Advances To November Election

June 6
By Andrew Bowen, Claire Trageser

San Diego Superior Court Judge Gary Kreep, who was censured by the state Commission on Judicial Performance and rated as "lacking qualifications" by the San Diego County Bar Association, secured the most votes in the June 5 primary, at 31.6 percent.

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California Supreme Court Hears Arguments In Prop B Pension Case

May 29
By Andrew Bowen

The California Supreme Court is set to decide on the legality of Proposition B, San Diego's 2012 voter-approved pension reform measure. Unions representing city employees argue then-Mayor Jerry Sanders violated labor negotiation rules in his support for the measure.

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Lincoln Club Attack Mailer Violates Campaign Disclosure Laws

May 25
By Andrew Bowen, Claire Trageser

A campaign mailer sent out by the conservative Lincoln Club violated state laws requiring the disclosure of who paid for it. The club says it was an "internal miscommunication" and that it has reported itself to state authorities.

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After Public Shaming, SANDAG Has More Bike Project Delays

May 24
By Andrew Bowen

A proposed budget for SANDAG, the countywide transportation agency, contains delays for several bike projects. SANDAG has come under criticism lately because of its slow rollout of its regional bikeways program.

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San Diego Gives Another $2.5 Million To Homeless Tents

May 22
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego City Council members have extended the operating contracts for three tent shelters spearheaded by Mayor Kevin Faulconer. The council is increasingly skeptical of the tents, however, as data shows they are falling far short of their goals.

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San Diego City Council To Vote On Middle-Income Housing 'Bonus'

May 22
By Andrew Bowen

The proposed middle-income housing density bonus would allow developers to build more homes on a parcel of land if they agree to reserve a portion of them for middle-income earners.

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#ShowUsYourMailers: Lincoln Club Mailer Is Attack Ad In Disguise

May 16
By Andrew Bowen

The conservative Lincoln Club of San Diego County opposes Democrat Nathan Fletcher for District 4 county supervisor. So why do its campaign mailers pretend to support him?

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Four Challengers Seek To Unseat Judge Gary Kreep After Judicial Reprimand

May 15
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego Superior Court Judge Gary Kreep faces his first test at the polls since his narrow election in 2012. Four other attorneys are challenging his seat on the bench after Kreep was severely reprimanded by a state commission.

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SANDAG Board Asks State To Lower The Bar On Housing

May 11
By Andrew Bowen

Elected officials from across San Diego County are asking the state to set a lower bar for housing production — despite a crippling housing shortage that has sent home prices skyrocketing.

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#ShowUsYourMailers: Pro-Saldaña Super PAC Stretches Truth

May 10
By Andrew Bowen

A super PAC supporting Lori Saldaña for San Diego County supervisor in the June 5 election sent out a number of mailers with misleading information. The mailers attack one of Saldaña's opponents, Nathan Fletcher.

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Housing Commission Budget Reflects Shift Away From Housing

May 8
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer is increasingly using the city's Housing Commission to manage the homelessness crisis. But the money for homeless programs often comes at the expense of new affordable housing.

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What Is In Mayor Faulconer's $18 Million 'Vision Zero' Budget?

May 3
By Andrew Bowen

Mayor Kevin Faulconer says his proposed budget for fiscal year 2019 contains $18 million in spending on the city's "Vision Zero" campaign to end all traffic deaths. Some of that money is being spent in high-crash areas — but many projects to improve traffic safety remain mostly unfunded.

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Trust In Law Enforcement Key To San Diego County Sheriff's Race

May 2
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore faces an electoral challenge from within his own ranks: Commander Dave Myers. The two candidates disagree on several issues, and on their approach to the office of sheriff itself.

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District 4 Supervisor Candidates Sound Off On Homelessness

April 30
By Andrew Bowen

The race for District 4 San Diego County Supervisor is one of the most competitive local races in the June 5 primary elections. Four Democrats and one Republican are on the ballot, and all see tackling homelessness as a top priority.

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San Diego Wins $41 Million For Electric Buses, Improved Transit

April 27
By Andrew Bowen

State transportation officials have awarded San Diego's Metropolitan Transit System with $40.9 million, some of which will pay for a fleet of zero-emission buses. The money comes from the state's cap-and-trade program and last year's gas tax increase.

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Dave Myers Discusses His Run For San Diego County Sheriff

April 25
By Andrew Bowen, Marissa Cabrera

Democrat Dave Myers, a commander and 33 year veteran of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, is running to unseat incumbent San Diego County Sheriff, Bill Gore. Myers said there has to be a cultural shift in law enforcement and it needs to start now.

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MTS Parking Lots Could Be Key To San Diego Housing Crisis

April 25
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego's main public transit operator owns acres of prime real estate across the county, much of it in the form of surface parking lots. A new report says the agency's board of directors should do more to ensure the land is put to better use.

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Faulconer Proposes $3.8 Billion Budget, Averting Major Cuts

April 12
By Andrew Bowen, City News Service

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer's proposed budget for next fiscal year manages to close a deficit by carrying over unspent money from the current fiscal year, dipping into reserve accounts and trimming the budgets of several departments.

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Cole Delays Talks On Affordable Housing Bond

April 10
By Andrew Bowen

A San Diego City Council committee Wednesday was due to discuss a $900 million affordable housing bond proposed for the November ballot. But a week before the meeting, Council President Myrtle Cole took the item off the agenda.

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Mayor Faulconer Nixes 2019 Deadline For Downtown Bike Network

April 5
By Andrew Bowen

A network of protected bike lanes in downtown San Diego will not be built according to the timeline promised by Mayor Kevin Faulconer. Instead, he plans on building the network in phases.

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Independent Review Pokes Holes In SDG&E's Green Energy Plan

April 2
By Andrew Bowen

SDG&E said it has a plan to help San Diego reach its goal of 100 percent renewable energy by 2035. A review of that plan, however, found it lacks critical information and could easily fall apart.

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Budget Battle Brewing Over San Diego's Climate Action Plan

March 29
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer is under pressure from environmentalists to increase funding for bike and pedestrian infrastructure, as he prepares to release his proposed budget for the coming fiscal year.

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Little Italy Association Is Evicting Dockless Bike Sharing

March 27
By Andrew Bowen

Little Italy's business association has begun picking up shared bikes belonging to LimeBike, Mobike and ofo and moving them outside the neighborhood's commercial core to a single sidewalk. Bike advocates accuse the association of trying to "sabotage" the program's success.

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How San Diego Is Responding To The Dockless Bike Craze

March 22
By Andrew Bowen, Brooke Ruth

It's been an invasion of brightly colored bicycles. In the past month, thousands of new bikes have appeared on San Diego street corners, brought by dockless bike sharing companies.

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Storage Facility For Homeless People Lacks Stable Funding Source

March 21
By Andrew Bowen

Most of the controversy surrounding a new storage facility for homeless individuals was over its location in Logan Heights. Less attention was paid to its shaky funding source.

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Higher Costs, Delays Threaten Downtown San Diego Bike Network

March 13
By Andrew Bowen

A planned network of protected bike lanes in downtown San Diego faces an uncertain future, less than two years after it was approved unanimously by the City Council.

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San Diego Starts Cashing In On Legalized Cannabis

March 12
By Andrew Bowen

The first month of legal recreational marijuana sales in San Diego brought in just under $360,000 from a voter-approved cannabis business tax. The money could help fund raises for San Diego police officers.

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Data From San Diego's Homeless 'Bridge Shelters' Show Bumpy Start

March 9
By Andrew Bowen

Early numbers from the three industrial tents currently sheltering homeless individuals show the city has had a tough time finding the right people to fill beds.

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California's Housing Crisis Builds Appetite To Limit Local Control

March 8
By Andrew Bowen

As local governments in San Diego County work to encourage more housing production to alleviate the region's housing crisis, lawmakers in Sacramento are debating changes to a long untouchable facet of California law: local control over housing and land use.

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Rancho Peñasquitos Housing Development Clears City Council

March 5
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego City Council members approved the construction of 600 homes in Rancho Peñasquitos. The project attracted controversy because some of the current residents depend on federal housing vouchers.

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David Nisleit Unanimously Confirmed By City Council As San Diego's Next Police Chief

Feb. 26
By Andrew Bowen, City News Service

The San Diego City Council on Monday voted unanimously to confirm David Nisleit as the city's next police chief, clearing him to start the job March 2.

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San Diego Compost Haulers Have Short Window To Become Legal

Feb. 21
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego is opening up a special permitting program to businesses that want to collect organic waste and take it to small-scale composting facilities.

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New Bike Sharing Program Launching In San Diego

Feb. 15
By Andrew Bowen

Dockless bike sharing company LimeBike says it is starting operations in the city of San Diego on Thursday, promising to offer residents a cheaper and more convenient option to get around the city on two wheels.

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