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Handwriting on the wall for city’s anti-graffiti bid

Audit blasts weakened enforcement, watered-down vendor contract

To outsource or not to outsource seems to be the question for new GOP mayor Kevin Faulconer, generally a privatization proponent, in the wake of a report by the city auditor's office on failures in ...

CPUC shows its inbred corruption

It guards company profits, fleeces consumers

Over a period of several years, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) cozied up to its buddies at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), which cares about utility profits, but not about ratepayer fairness. SDG&E ...

Macau: more than just the Asian Vegas

Beyond the glitz is a 400-year-old melting pot of East and West.

Macau has gained a reputation in recent years as a gambling mecca – “the Asian Las Vegas.” However, beneath the glitz and neon is a vibrant Portuguese-Chinese fusion culture and a former trading post with ...

Major projects at Mission Beach's Plunge

Tile repairs, new filtration system, Wyland mural to become glasswork

If you went swimming early last month at Belmont Park’s historic pool, the Plunge, you likely noticed that the Wyland sea-life mural on the south wall was split from pool deck to high ceiling, exposing ...

SD’s Tourism Marketing District’s odd strategy

Boardmembers expected to approve expenditure to file brief in case in Ontario and Rancho Cucamonga

What better way to promote San Diego than for the Tourism Marketing District to pay attorneys to file legal briefs in other cities’ fights to keep their hotel tax up and running? On March 7, ...

Not your dad's date night at Bertrand at Mister A's

A modern look at a mainstay

As a young adult in San Diego, Bertrand at Mister A’s was one of those fine-dining establishments in the sky (or 12th floor, to be precise) that I never felt “fancy enough” to enter. I ...

Ghazal Mansury denies killing 79-year-old mother

Daughter ordered to trial for mom's murder

Late yesterday, March 5, a judge ordered Ghazal Jessica Mansury, 42, to stand trial for the murder of her mother, Mehria Mansury, 79. Testimony during a three-day hearing suggested that Mehria might have been killed ...

Leaked: SDPD "Touch Guide"

USHERING IN A NEW ERA OF GENDER JUSTICE, DOWNTOWN — New San Diego Chief of Police Shelley Zimmerman says that her first order of business is "obviously, the restoration of trust between the Department and ...

An interview with Stephanie Blythe, mezzo-soprano (1 of 3)

A conversation about weather, travel and art

We started our conversation with some small talk about the weather and Girl Scout cookies. Stephanie Blythe: I spent a week in Rancho Mirage before we came here. Oh my god, I couldn't believe it. ...

Almost 40% of households can't afford San Diego

Cost of living too high, incomes too low

A new study released this morning (March 6), reveals that 38% of San Diego County's working-age households can't afford a no-frills lifestyle without public or private assistance. Even in households with someone working full-time, 23.5% ...

More clients drop San Diego's Sacramento lobbyist

Sloat fined for illegal gifting — will GOP influence-peddler be kept by Faulconer?

Sacramento’s Sloat Higgins Jensen & Associates, the lobbying firm fired by San Diego ex-mayor Bob Filner and rehired last year by interim mayor Todd Gloria, continues to face controversy and deserting clients after its agreement ...

Ripe North Park embraces unheralded sandwich toppings

Vegetables no longer an afterthought at neighborhood produce shop

You look for a couple of things when you visit a sandwich shop. Occasionally, a place will stand out by making its own meat, or offering exotic cheeses. A lot of places impress thanks to ...

Local biotech seeks solution for water shortage

Drink like a fish.

NERVOUSLY LOOKING AWAY, BIOTECH VALLEY — "As usual, big, loud, and dumb gets all the headlines," says Dr. Pisco Scales at the Sorrento Valley biotech Nucelis, LLC. "They're spending a billion dollars on that Carlsbad ...

Border X expands from the border to the Barrio

Otay brewery shares new Barrio Logan space with local taco company

It’s OK if the words “Border X” conjure little more than question marks for you. Nano-sized Border X Brewing Company opened only a few short months ago. Adding to its relative anonymity is its extreme ...

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