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California electricity rates top nation’s — by far

Utilities commission assures Wall Street that profits will remain high

California residential electricity rates are the highest in the nation — by far. A major reason is that the California Public Utilities Commission, the so-called regulator, schmoozes Wall Street, promising to keep the profits of ...

Musical cars

Some will lose Sunroad’s parking game in Kearny Mesa.

Residents of Kearny Mesa refer to it as “musical cars,” the nightly race against hundreds of neighbors for a parking spot. If unsuccessful, the loser must decide between parking as far as five blocks away ...

Lubricated meals

Who will watch the watchdogs?

Courts have generally let the California Public Utilities Commission do what it wants. With the regulators in scandal, courts may wake up.

Loma Portal residents object to recycling operation

Store owner wants to close it

On July 1, James Prince opened a recycling collection center in the parking lot of Stump’s Family Marketplace, the independently owned grocery store at the corner of Voltaire and Worden streets in the Point Loma ...

Borrego: build a home, lose a farm

San Diego may have to adopt the Borrego strategy: fallow farms in order to permit development.

We don’t want to work for the maquiladoras

Tapping the power to change things in Tijuana.

Miguel Buenrostro sits on the second floor of the old Mexicoach station, half a block from the nocturnal nexus of Sexta and Revolución. We are in a vacant, black-walled room that will soon be converted ...

Could Brown reappoint unpopular Peevey?

Mike Peevey, president of the CPUC, has a reputation for being crude. Worse, he works for utility profits at the expense of ratepayers.

Tough vines

San Diego grape growers don’t blame it all on the rain.

When it comes to the California aggie scene, news headlines scream “drought,” conjuring up, at least in the minds of outsiders, sepia-toned images of impoverished farmers toiling in Dust Bowl grit. But whatever havoc has ...

Stadium, convention center lies you will hear

Convention center propaganda machine is lubed and ready to spew.

Suppose San Diego spends $2 billion on a stadium and convention center expansion — then goes without adequate water

A world of style in City Heights

Fanny packs, Somalian dresses, and hijabs

Mother/daughter pair, Madina Mah and Khadija Musame, infused some serious style into the City Heights farmer’s market with their beautiful and vividly colored traditional Somali Bantu dresses. 21-year-old Mah told me that she always dresses ...

Musical cars

John Forouzandeh speaks about his experience when parking in his Kearny Mesa neighborhood..

The Free Ride, San Diego

Take a jaunt with the Free Ride, an "experiential marketing" service that will drive you wherever you want to go.

UCAN Destroys Documents

This video shows Bob Ames, UCAN chief operating officer, destroying documents. He was brought aboard in April, the month after UCAN CEO Michael Shames told staffers that unless complaints stopped, he would dissolve the organization. The complaints did not stop, and two whistleblowers are now in court. Ames wants to be named receiver.

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