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Outside Spending Surges In San Diego City Council Races

Oct. 12
By Claire Trageser

Political action committees and other outside organizations are spending heavily in the San Diego City Council races that will be decided Nov. 6, especially in Republican incumbent Lorie Zapf’s District 2. That race could potentially change the balance of power on the council.

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Former Radio Host Hopes To Unseat Incumbent In City Council District 6 Race

Oct. 10
By Claire Trageser

Democrat Tommy Hough hopes to unseat Chris Cate, the Republican incumbent councilman, in San Diego City Council District 6, which covers communities including Clairemont Mesa, Kearny Mesa, Mira Mesa and Sorrento Valley.

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Monica Montgomery On The Race For San Diego City Council District 4

Oct. 8
By Claire Trageser, Marissa Cabrera

Monica Montgomery is challenging incumbent City Council President Myrtle Cole to represent voters in District 4, which covers neighborhoods such as Oak Park, Encanto and Paradise Hills.

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November 2018: How To Use The KPBS Voter Guide

Oct. 8
By Claire Trageser

From local to state elections, KPBS has created an online Voter Guide to help you navigate candidates, ballot measures, polling locations and more.

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Election 2018 San Diego Votes: Which Elections Have Local Candidates Missed?

Oct. 5
By Claire Trageser

KPBS pulled records from the San Diego and Orange County registrars of voters to show when candidates registered to vote, which party (or parties) they registered with and whether they neglected to vote in past elections.

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What We Know About Whether Earl McNeil Was An Informant For The DA

Sept. 5
By Claire Trageser

Activists maintain the San Diego District Attorney's office had an ongoing relationship with Earl McNeil. So what exactly do we know about McNeil's history as an informant?

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What Happened To Earl McNeil?

Aug. 14
By Claire Trageser

There are large holes in the timeline of what happened to Earl McNeil, a man who was hospitalized after being arrested by National City police back in May.

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Latest Fundraising Numbers For San Diego City Council Races

Aug. 10
By Claire Trageser

The November general election is three months away, but fundraising and campaign spending are picking up in San Diego's City Council races.

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Citizens Group Is Tackling Racial Bias In San Diego Police Department

Aug. 1
By Claire Trageser

The Citizens Advisory Board On Police/Community Relations has been meeting for a year and a half, with two subcommittees that focus on how the police department recruits officers and on training within the department.

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How To Know If You Were One Of The San Diegans Overcharged For Water

July 30
By Brooke Ruth, Claire Trageser, Maureen Cavanaugh

At least 2,750 water customers in San Diego had bills that were corrected or need to be corrected in 2017, according to an audit released last week. But how will San Diegans know whether they are on that list?

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San Diego Water Department Sent 2,750 Incorrect Bills In 2017, Audit Found

July 26
By Claire Trageser

An audit released Thursday of San Diego's Public Utilities Department prompted by reports of sky-high water bills found that last year 2,750 water bills had to be corrected after customers received them. That's out of 1.3 million customers billed.

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District 4 Residents Respond To Myrtle Cole's Poor Election Performance

July 19
By Claire Trageser

One of the biggest surprises in the June election was that San Diego City Council President Myrtle Cole got six fewer votes than her challenger.

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Coyote Sightings On The Rise In San Diego

July 16
By Claire Trageser

The San Diego Humane Society, which now runs animal control for most cities in the county, recently has received four to five reports of coyotes a week, up from the norm of two to three reports a week.

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Pets Lost On Fourth Of July Waiting To Be Claimed At San Diego Shelters

July 9
By Claire Trageser

From July 4 to 8, 166 stray dogs were turned into animal shelters in San Diego, Oceanside and Escondido, said Nina Thompson, a spokeswoman for the San Diego Humane Society.

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San Diego Councilwoman Puts Stricter Control Over Housing Commission On Back Burner

July 2
By Claire Trageser

San Diego City Councilwoman Georgette Gomez had planned to ask her colleagues on the council to take more authority over the San Diego Housing Commission, but now those plans are at least temporarily on hold.

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San Diego's Audit Of Water Bills Delayed

June 21
By Claire Trageser

The city of San Diego audit that is meant to answer why some customers were overcharged hundreds of dollars on their water bills has been delayed.

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San Diego Homeowners Prepare To Build Granny Flats After Council Cuts Fees

June 14
By Claire Trageser

In May, the San Diego City Council took a step aimed to encourage the construction of more granny flats as one way to address San Diego's affordable housing issues.

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San Diego Police Issues New Policy On Handling People Living In The US Illegally

June 11
By Claire Trageser

The San Diego Police Department recently released an updated policy on how officers should handle people living in the U.S. illegally that reflects California's new "sanctuary state law," SB 54, that went into effect this year.

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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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Incumbent Bill Gore Keeps His Seat As San Diego County Sheriff

June 5
By Claire Trageser

San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore has likely kept his seat. With all precincts reporting, he has 56 percent of the vote, trailed by Dave Myers at 43 percent.

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Incumbent Ernie Dronenburg Keeps Seat In County Assessor/Recorder Race

June 5
By Claire Trageser

With all precincts reporting, San Diego County Assessor/Recorder/Clerk incumbent Ernie Dronenburg has secured 63.5 percent of the vote. His challenger, ethics lawyer Matt Strabone, has 36.3 percent.

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Chula Vista Voters Approve Sales Tax Bump To Fund Public Safety

May 8
By Claire Trageser

With all precincts reporting, Chula Vista's sales tax increase appears headed to victory. Just under 52.8 percent of voters said yes on Measure A, while 47.2 percent voted no.

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San Diego Man Has Worked Polls In 50 Elections, But Is Now Retiring

June 5
By Claire Trageser

Douglas Dannemiller, 70, said he started volunteering at polls back in 1992. But this year Dannemiller is retiring from his job as a tax preparer, so he feels it’s also time to hang up his hat as a poll worker.

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#ShowUsYourMailers: Dueling Ads Over Tax Breaks In San Diego Assessor Race

June 4
By Claire Trageser

Subscribers to The San Diego Union-Tribune on Sunday got something extra with their paper: a campaign ad for Matt Strabone, who's running to be the county assessor/recorder/clerk.

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San Diego County Prepares For Mosquito Season By Offering Free Home Inspections

May 28
By Claire Trageser

San Diego County health officials say the populations of the invasive Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes — which can carry diseases including Zika, dengue and yellow fever — are increasing.

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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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If You Missed The California Voter Registration Deadline, There's Another Option

May 22
By Claire Trageser

In San Diego County, anyone who missed the voter registration deadline can go to the Registrar of Voters Office and register to vote and cast your ballot at the same time.

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Taking A 'Ballot Selfie' At The Voting Booth Is Now Legal In California

May 18
By Claire Trageser

In past elections, some voters have wanted to take "ballot selfies"— pictures of their ballots to post on social media. But that social sharing had been illegal in California to prevent vote buying and voter coercion.

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What Elections Have Local Candidates Missed?

May 14
By Claire Trageser

A long line of candidates will be asking for your vote this June, but many of them haven't always made it to the polls themselves in past elections.

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An Obscure Race: Meet The Candidates Running For San Diego County Assessor

May 11
By Claire Trageser

The California constitution requires each county to have an elected assessor. That means every four years, voters head to the polls to choose San Diego County's next Assessor/Recorder/Clerk.

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How To Use The KPBS Voter Guide

May 7
By Claire Trageser

KPBS has created an online Voter Guide to help you navigate candidates, ballot measures and polling locations for the upcoming primary election on June 5th.

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San Diego City Council Makes It Cheaper To Build 'Granny Flats'

May 1
By Claire Trageser

The San Diego City Council on Monday voted unanimously to waive certain fees for homeowners who want to build "granny flats," or small companion apartments that are not attached to the existing home.

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San Diego City Council Approves Animal Services Contract With Humane Society

April 30
By City News Service, Claire Trageser

The San Diego City Council on Monday approved spending $12.8 million so the San Diego Humane Society can take over the city's animal service needs starting July 1.

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San Diego City Council Will Consider Making 'Placemaking' Easier

April 16
By Claire Trageser

The San Diego City Council on Tuesday will consider changing city rules meant to make it easier to spruce up unused spots in neighborhoods across the city.

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San Diego's Temporary Park Quartyard Opens In New Location This Week

April 12
By Claire Trageser

The original park closed last summer but is now reopening in a new vacant lot just a few blocks away on 13th and Market streets. The new location has been in a soft opening all week and will have a relaunch party at 6 p.m. Friday.

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What Do Craft Brewers Do With Some Of Their Waste? Feed It To The Cows

April 9
By Claire Trageser

Craft beer and farms have a symbiotic relationship because cows can eat the spent grains from the breweries. But what happens when there aren't enough cows?

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Mayors Nationwide Sign Letter Supporting Net Neutrality, But Not Mayor Faulconer

April 6
By Claire Trageser

Sixty-eight mayors recently signed a letter asking the Federal Communications Commission to repeal its decision on net neutrality, but not San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer.

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After Dispute, Barrio Logan Planning Group Will Vote Again On New Members

April 4
By Claire Trageser

The group that would help draft a new zoning plan for the southern San Diego neighborhood of Barrio Logan will redo its election for new members after a dispute about how the election last month was run.

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Election Dispute Is Another Setback For Barrio Logan's Community Plan

March 30
By Claire Trageser

The Barrio Logan neighborhood community building plan has not been updated in 40 years. But now, the group that would have helped with that process has hit another setback.

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San Diego Man's Challenge To California Gang Database Fails

March 26
By Brooke Ruth, Claire Trageser, Maureen Cavanaugh

One of the first legal challenges to the California gang database by an individual named as a gang member failed in a San Diego court Friday.

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The Most Common Places Dog Owners Are Ticketed In San Diego

March 22
By Claire Trageser

The city of San Diego gave out more than 600 citations to dog owners from 2015 to 2017. Almost half of those were received at the same location.

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San Diego Councilwoman Wants More Authority Over Housing Commission

March 23
By Claire Trageser

San Diego City Councilwoman Georgette Gomez wants to take back some authority from the San Diego Housing Commission to have more say over programs, including the amount of money it gives out for housing vouchers.

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How To Check Your Own Water Meter

March 15
By Claire Trageser

San Diego's Public Utilities Department is encouraging customers to check their water meters to ensure their bills are accurate. This GIF guide walks you through the process.

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#ShowUsYourMailers: Mailer From Duncan Hunter Prepared At Taxpayer Expense

March 12
By Claire Trageser

The first in our #ShowUsYourMailers series comes from Congressman Duncan Hunter. It is technically not a campaign mailer even though it looks a lot like one.

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What Sound Does A Fish Make? Scripps Scientist Wants To Know

March 7
By Claire Trageser

Ana Širović, an oceanographer at the Marine Bioacoustics Lab at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, is trying to find out what sounds fish make in the kelp beds off La Jolla Shores.

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San Diego Council Committee To Hear From Housing Commission On Voucher Program

March 5
By Claire Trageser

The San Diego Housing Commission will appear before a council committee later this month to explain its decision to opt out of a federal program aimed at desegregating cities.

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Another Woman Comes Forward In Sexual Misconduct Case Against Sheriff's Deputy

Feb. 28
By Claire Trageser

A 15th woman has come forward to accuse a San Diego County Sheriff's Deputy of sexual misconduct. The deputy, Richard Fischer, was arrested last week on 14 counts of assault, sexual battery and false imprisonment.

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San Diego Won't Join Federal Voucher Program Aimed At Desegregating Neighborhoods

Feb. 22
By Claire Trageser

The high cost of living in San Diego is pushing poorer, often minority residents into certain neighborhoods. However, a federal housing voucher plan aims to change this by helping San Diegans who want to live in more expensive areas. But the city isn’t using the program.

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Mira Mesa Woman Covers Her Yard In A Mosaic 'An Inch At A Time'

Feb. 19
By Claire Trageser

People honor loved ones who've passed away in different ways. For Mira Mesa resident Lois Horowitz, that means completing a project her husband started years ago.

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San Diego Case Will Be Second In State Challenging Gang Database

Feb. 15
By Claire Trageser

A new state law that went into effect at the beginning of last year allows people listed in CalGang to challenge their designations as gang members.

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