Skip to main content

‹ Back to profile

Stories by Andrew Bowen

Tease photo for story

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.

Tease photo for story

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.

Tease photo for story

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.

Tease photo for story

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.

Tease photo for story

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.

Tease photo for story

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.

Tease photo for story

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.

Tease photo for story

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.

Tease photo for story

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.

Tease photo for story

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.

Tease photo for story

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.

Tease photo for story

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.

Tease photo for story

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.

Tease photo for story

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.

Tease photo for story

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.

Tease photo for story

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.

Tease photo for story

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.

Tease photo for story

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.

Tease photo for story

Clairemont Housing Plans Get Warm Reception At Planning Commission

June 27
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego planning commissioners gave high marks to city staffers on their plans to increase housing density in Clairemont, as the city struggles to address a housing shortage that has contributed to skyrocketing rents and home prices.

Tease photo for story

MTS Approves Affordable And Student-Oriented Housing On Trolley Parking Lot

June 19
By Andrew Bowen

Board members of the Metropolitan Transit System last week approved plans to build 410 apartments on an underutilized parking lot at the Grantville trolley station, as the agency continues to push development on its real estate.

Tease photo for story

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.

Tease photo for story

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.

Tease photo for story

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.

Tease photo for story

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.

Tease photo for story

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.

Tease photo for story

'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."

Tease photo for story

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.

Tease photo for story

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.

Tease photo for story

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.

Tease photo for story

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.

Tease photo for story

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.

Tease photo for story

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.

Tease photo for story

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.

Tease photo for story

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.

Tease photo for story

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.

Tease photo for story

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.

Tease photo for story

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.

Tease photo for story

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.

Tease photo for story

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.

Tease photo for story

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.

Tease photo for story

'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.

Tease photo for story

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.

Tease photo for story

'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.

Tease photo for story

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.

Tease photo for story

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.

Tease photo for story

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.

Tease photo for story

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.

Tease photo for story

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.

Tease photo for story

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.

Tease photo for story

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.

‹ Newer Stories