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Controlled Burns Aim To Reforest San Diego's Mountains

Dec. 24, 2019
By Tom Fudge

The California Parks Department is setting fires in San Diego County's eastern mountains to try to bring back the forest in parts of Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.

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Californians Wait For New Laws Before They Stop Changing The Clock

Nov. 4, 2019
By Tom Fudge

California Voters passed Proposition 7 to stay on Daylight Saving Time. More needs to be done, but the author of Prop 7 says the change is well underway.

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Orchid Ventures Places Big Bet On Calexico And The Legal Marijuana Market

Oct. 1, 2019
By Tom Fudge

The Orange County-based company Orchid Ventures will build a cultivation facility in Calexico it says will soon produce more than 12,000 pounds of marijuana every month.

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Church Leaders Indicted For Alleged Labor Trafficking In San Diego, Other Cities

Sept. 10, 2019
By Tom Fudge

The U.S. Attorney in San Diego has indicted 12 leaders of the Imperial Valley Ministries for allegedly holding dozens of homeless people against their will and forcing them to panhandle.

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Issa Appears Likely To Run For Duncan Hunter's Congressional Seat

Sept. 9, 2019
By Tom Fudge

Former Congressman Darrell Issa said he'll run in the 50th District unless he's appointed soon to Trump administration post.

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Rep. Duncan Hunter Outpacing Opponents In Campaign Fundraising

July 17, 2019
By Tom Fudge

Congressman's indictment for misusing campaign funds hasn't prevented him from getting more money.

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Family Of Man Killed By San Diego Police Has Suit Reinstated

July 11, 2019
By Tom Fudge

A lawsuit filed against the City of San Diego, by a man killed by police four years ago, was found to have merit by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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New Poll Brings Good News For Opponents Of California Death Penalty

March 28, 2019
By Tom Fudge

Results from a Public Policy Institute of California survey show record opposition to death penalty and growing concerns about housing affordability.

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San Diego's Westfield UTC Mall Will Charge For Parking Beginning Next Week

Jan. 21, 2019
By Tom Fudge

When you go to the mall, you expect to park for free for as long as you like. But that's not going to be the case at San Diego's Westfield UTC mall.

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San Diego Homeless Shelter Prepares For Rain

Jan. 14, 2019
By Tom Fudge

The head of one downtown homeless shelter which flooded last month, said they have the shelter "buttoned up" as another rainstorm hits San Diego this week.

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San Diego Property Tax Payments Due Monday

Dec. 10, 2018
By Tom Fudge

San Diego County property taxes are due on Monday. And the county tax collector says he's expecting a big bump in tax revenue again this year.

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San Diego Wonders What's Next After Repeal Of Vacation Rental Rules

Oct. 29, 2018
By Tom Fudge

A week after repealing new regulations for vacation rental properties, San Diego is looking for a new proposal and considering the enforcement of current law.

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CPUC Sets Exit Fee, Paves Way For CCA In San Diego

Oct. 12, 2018
By Brooke Ruth, Tom Fudge

The California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday established a set of so-called exit fees for energy users, when they stop being customers of SDG&E and other utilities.

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Teen Pregnancy Rates Fall Dramatically In San Diego And Imperial Valley

Oct. 1, 2018
By Tom Fudge

San Diego and Imperial Counties are part of a statewide trend of dropping rates of teen pregnancy.

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Report Shows Uptick In San Diego Apartment Construction

Aug. 24, 2018
By Tom Fudge

A report by RENTCafe shows the San Diego region has increased its creation of apartment units by 48 percent in 2018.

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Many California Communities Will Be Hard To Count For 2020 Census

Aug. 6, 2018
By Tom Fudge

As the 2020 census approaches, California officials are confronting the possibility that their population will be undercounted.

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San Diego City Council Bans Section 8 Discrimination

Aug. 1, 2018
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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San Diego Voter Turnout In June Was More Than We've Seen Before

July 9, 2018
By Tom Fudge

Last week, the San Diego County's Registrar of Voters office finished counting votes and found about 40 percent of registered voters cast ballots in the June primary election. Only 27 percent voted in the primary four years before.

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Report: Racial Segregation Is Lower In Cities Like San Diego

May 28, 2018
By Tom Fudge

San Diego is on the low end of the racial segregation scale among American cities because it grew quickly in recent decades.

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Report: San Diego Housing Pinch Linked To Redevelopment Loss

May 21, 2018
By Tom Fudge

A study says the loss of state-approved redevelopment funding was a major cause of San Diego's housing and homelessness crisis.

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Monday Is California's Voter Registration Deadline

May 21, 2018
By Tom Fudge

Monday is the deadline for anyone who is not registered to vote in California, but wants to vote in the June primary.

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Chula Vista Moves Into The Marijuana Business

March 1, 2018
By Tom Fudge

The Chula Vista City Council votes to allow sales and cultivation of recreational pot, as long as voters allow it to be taxed.

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San Diego Symphony Names Rafael Payare Its New Musical Director

Feb. 13, 2018
By Tom Fudge

Thirty-seven year old Venezuelan Rafael Payare will replace Jahja Ling as musical director of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra.

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San Diego Pursues Drought-Proof Water Supply

Feb. 13, 2018
By Tom Fudge

Following a record dry June-to-December, San Diego water officials still say the region has plenty of water.

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Festival Celebrates Fermented Food And Drinks

Feb. 8, 2018
By Marissa Cabrera, Tom Fudge

The 4th annual Fermented Food Festival takes place Sunday in Encinitas. UC San Diego biologist Rob Knight will deliver the keynote and discuss the links between fermented food and gut health.

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UC San Diego Conference Aims To 'Rethink The War On Drugs'

Feb. 8, 2018
By Brooke Ruth, Tom Fudge

Drugs have claimed hundreds of thousands of lives on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border in the last decade.

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USS Portland Arrives Monday In Home Port San Diego

Jan. 22, 2018
By Tom Fudge

The Navy's new ship joins an existing fleet of five transport dock ships in San Diego.

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Gondolas In San Diego Have Powerful Backer But Still No Liftoff

Dec. 18, 2017
By Tom Fudge

Supporters say mass transit gondolas are affordable and have a light touch on the urban landscape. So why hasn’t San Diego built any?

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Supervisor Ron Roberts On The Continued Push For Gondolas In San Diego

Nov. 21, 2017
By Tom Fudge

Roberts first introduced the idea for a sky tram from Balboa Park to downtown San Diego in 2014. But getting the political support has been challenging. Some estimates put the cost of sky trams at $50 million per mile.

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San Diego To Partner With Ford And Qualcomm To Test Driverless Cars

Nov. 20, 2017
By Tom Fudge

Qualcomm, along with other tech firms and Ford Motor Company, will be testing their driverless car technology in San Diego County.

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What San Diegans Want In A New Police Chief

Nov. 16, 2017
By City News Service, Tom Fudge

The next San Diego police chief should be compassionate and fair or should be a "cop's cop," depending who you ask.

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SeaWorld Has Another Disappointing Balance Sheet

Nov. 8, 2017
By Tom Fudge

SeaWorld Entertainment just shared some bad news with their investors. Both attendance and revenue were down in the third quarter of this year.

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Short-Term Rentals Could Worsen San Diego Housing Crisis

Oct. 9, 2017
By Tom Fudge

A San Diego economist says city policy must protect the housing supply for people who live here.

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San Diego Sidewalk Policy ‘Needs Additional Analysis’

Oct. 4, 2017
By Tom Fudge

San Diego City Council Rules Committee says a new policy aimed at fixing broken sidewalks is not ready to be sent on to the city council.

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San Diego's Driverless Car Tests Get People Thinking

Sept. 28, 2017
By Tom Fudge

San Diego County and Chula Vista prepare to become a testing grounds for automated vehicles. Meanwhile, academics and urban planners try to imagine a world where cars drive themselves.

Homes in the San Diego neighborhood; El Cerrito.

Study: Gap In Homeownership Between Races Is Smaller In San Diego

Aug. 28, 2017
By Tom Fudge

Study: Gap In Homeownership Between Races Is Smaller In San Diego

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Judges Say SDG&E Shouldn't Raise Rates To Cover Fire Costs

Aug. 23, 2017
By Tom Fudge

The proposed decision by two administrative law judges says the San Diego utility should not charge ratepayers for damages caused by 2007 fires.

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Another Turning Point For Mission Valley

Aug. 21, 2017
By Tom Fudge

Once farmland for crops and dairy cows, San Diego’s community plan update for Mission Valley wants to change the valley again - from a series of shopping malls to a place to live.

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San Diego Council To Vote On Motel's Conversion To Transitional Housing

July 17, 2017
By Tom Fudge

The San Diego City Council takes up the controversial plan to convert a South County motel to transitional housing for low-level offenders on Monday.

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US Forest Service Enacts Fire Restrictions In San Diego County

July 17, 2017
By Tom Fudge

Due to recent wildfires, prevailing high temperatures and ongoing combustion threat levels, Cleveland National Forest will operate under elevated fire restrictions beginning Monday, the U.S. Forest Service announced.

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La Mesa Could Become A Sanctuary City — For Ferrets

July 7, 2017
By Tom Fudge

Ferret owners in La Mesa want the city council to make a strong statement in favor of legalizing ferrets as pets.

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Financial Troubles Shut Down Suzie's Farm

June 27, 2017
By Tom Fudge

Suzie's Farm, in the Tijuana River Valley, is closing down after more than eight years in the business of growing organic food.

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Fighting Obesity: What We Learned From The Battle On Smoking

June 9, 2017
By Tom Fudge

Smoking is still called the leading cause of preventable death. But as smoking rates continue to drop it looks like another preventable problem, obesity, is taking its place.

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Hooligan Gangsters Indicted In San Diego For Stealing Jeep Wranglers

May 30, 2017
By Tom Fudge

The alleged auto-theft ring transported $4.5 million worth of vehicles from San Diego County to Mexico.

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Report: Deaths From Meth Use On The Rise In San Diego County

May 11, 2017
By Tom Fudge

Health officials from San Diego County Thursday reported a steady rise in meth-related deaths and meth use in recent years.

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More Sales And Higher Prices Hit SoCal Housing Market In March

April 25, 2017
By Tom Fudge

Real estate tracker Core Logic reports Southern California last month had the highest number of sales, for the month of March, in 10 years.

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The Chargers Next Season Is Sold Out

March 28, 2017
By Tom Fudge

Season ticket sales fill all the seats in the small StubHub center for the Los Angeles Chargers for 2017-18.

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San Diego Malls Ride A Changing Retail Wave

March 21, 2017
By Tom Fudge

Competition from online buying is forcing some stores to close while others struggle to think outside the big box.

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Sewage Spill Fouls San Diego County's Los Coches Creek

March 19, 2017
By Tom Fudge

A pipe that was damaged during a February rainstorm dumps 900,000 gallons of sewage into Los Coches Creek in El Cajon.

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University Degree Costs In California Are Falling — For The University

March 17, 2017
By Tom Fudge

The cost of a college degree may be going up for California students. But the amount of money spent on each degree, by the University of California and CSU, has been going down.

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