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It's Kilroy, from L.A. We're suing again.

Hopeful developer of One Paseo files suit over neighbor's eye-raising tactics

The cost incurred by the City of San Diego over the proposed mixed-use development in Carmel Valley, One Paseo, is increasing. The city has been slapped with a third lawsuit over the now-overturned development. On ...

Live behind 14-foot walnut doors in Carmel Valley

Current Owner: Glenn Abadir Bedrooms: 5 Baths: 8 List Price: $16,900,000 The luxury estate at 5131 Rancho Del Mar Trail in northern San Diego’s Carmel Valley was completed in 2011, following more than four years ...

But will there be enough water for One Paseo?

Development opponents point out "historic drought of Biblical proportions."

Three community groups today (April 8) filed a writ of mandate in Superior Court to overturn the city council's March approval of the massive One Paseo development project and the council's certification of the environmental ...

Reduce water…and continue building? Huh?

Global warming could make drought last decades

Yesterday (April 1), Governor Jerry Brown imposed statewide mandatory water restrictions for the first time in history. He wants California's water use slashed by 25 percent. He read off some horrifying statistics: the state's snowpack ...

Manchester sells Grand Del Mar to Di-Fi's hubby

U-T remains on the block as would-be power brokers jockey

The San Diego footprint of Douglas Manchester, the Republican financial kingpin who likes to be called "Papa,” has been poised to shrink substantially with the putative sale of his U-T San Diego newspaper operation. Now ...

Big money talking in One Paseo ballot war

L.A. developers go bankroll-to-bankroll over lucrative development rights

Pioneered by San Diego Republican ex-mayor Jerry Sanders and his allies in the local shipbuilding, hotel, and restaurant industries, big-money referendum campaigns have become the device of choice to thwart the will of San Diego's ...

Manchester’s U-T joins Briggs fray

Newspaper fails to mention publisher’s role on defendant’s board

As the confrontation between city attorney Jan Goldsmith and Cory Briggs over the city’s so-called Tourism Marketing District heats up, another local media player has entered the fray without revealing a key link to the ...

This ain't no shell game, Kilroy

Residents against Carmel Valley development claim bona fide grassroots

While looking for city approval to build their One Paseo mixed-use development in Carmel Valley, Kilroy Realty has spent money on public relations campaigns, hired expensive lobbying outfits to grease the wheels in City Hall, ...

One Paseo pissing match

Residents' group addresses developer's claims as council vote nears

In the weeks leading up to city council's final vote, Los Angeles–based heavyweight developer Kilroy Realty will continue to lobby hard for their proposed mixed-used development One Paseo. To help push through the 1.5-million-square-foot development ...

Kilroy's still here, promising campaign juice

New political committee set up by L.A. developer of controversial One Paseo

Whether or not San Diego is sufficiently business friendly has been a debate fostered over the past year by those who derive sizable funding from the city's so-called entrepreneurial and developer classes. “I felt like ...

We’re special

Most expensive gas in San Diego

Here’s one list a small business may not want to be on: the highest price gas in San Diego County. With global demand for oil decreasing, and U.S. production increasing, gas prices are falling daily. ...

Unfair bidding over Carmel Valley's polo fields?

Soccer club sues city for tight grip on public documents

On November 14, the city was slapped with another lawsuit for violating the California Public Records Act. In the latest lawsuit, Presidio Soccer League, San Diego County's largest competitive youth soccer league (with over 15,000 ...

Manchester's Grand Del Mar approved by commission

"The behavior of this developer impugns all developers."

In January 2013, Douglas Manchester cut a deal with the City of San Diego to remedy years of permit violations at his Grand Del Mar resort, which included illegal grading and destroying natural habitat. In ...

Kilroy's cronies

Decision on One Paseo plan may yet be in L.A. realty company's favor

The community has spoken. Now it's time for San Diego's planning commission to decide the fate of One Paseo, Kilroy Realty’s proposed mixed-use development planned for Carmel Valley. Earlier this month, on September 12, the ...

Serious Manhattan

Mia Francesca's take on the classic aims to be richer and more flavorful.

Every so often in life, paperback utility ought to give over to leather-bound editions; the joy of a Swisher Sweet to the experience of a Romeo y Julieta; the usual Manhattan cocktail to nothing less ...

Who's bitch-slapping who?

Unpermitted work on Grand Del Mar still under toothless scrutiny

Doug Manchester, owner of the Grand Del Mar and publisher of the U-T, is coming closer to having permits for the illegal work done on his property over the course of the past decade. Next ...

Some of that California money

Manchester hosts cash roundup for Texas candidate — $5000 gets you in

Doug Manchester, who intends to build a long-delayed hotel in Austin, is putting on a glitzy fundraiser for Greg Abbott, the Republican who is running for Texas governor against Democrat Wendy Davis. Manchester and his ...

Casa Sol y Mar: Technicolor Mexico

Del Mar restaurant serves up the tortillas without the border wait

I am perfectly happy eating every meal at a taco shop with some variation of “bertos” on it, but yellow-and-red-striped huts with Formica tables and vending machines for 50-cent tattoos are only going to appeal ...

The Carmel Valley battle for square footage

L.A.-based Kilroy Realty sues SD for illegally giving away easements

The bell has sounded in a heavyweight battle between two Carmel Valley developers and the City is caught in the middle of it all. Kilroy Realty, the Los Angeles–based developer of the massive One Paseo ...

Kilroy is here. Whatcha gonna do about it?

Carmel Valley developer’s project to increase fire-response times

When it comes to increased fire-response times as a result of a proposed development in Carmel Valley, according to Dennis Ridz, the city's thought process appears to be, “Oh, well. Service is poor throughout the ...

City sued by bicyclist who spent ten days in hospital

Uneven sidewalk led to serious injuries on Carmel Valley Road

Regardless of how difficult court victories might be for those suing the city for dangerous sidewalk conditions, as long as conditions on city streets and sidewalks remain subpar, the lawsuits will continue. In the latest ...

Councilmember Lightner mum on One Paseo development

Neighbors say public safety will be impacted by massive development

Up until now, the battle over One Paseo, the 1.4-million-square-foot mixed-use development proposal, has been fought in Carmel Valley. Residents there claim cramming the super-sized project on 23 acres of land will clog nearby streets ...

A cool extra million for Papa Doug's ex

U-T San Diego publisher and reputed mega-millionaire Douglas Manchester got married on the weekend before Christmas at his Manchester Grand Del Mar resort in the northern reaches of the city of San Diego, and, as ...

Deputies say they caught San Marcos burglar

Allegedly connected to other crimes through pawn shop

After officers witnessed a young man leap from a second-story window of a San Marcos home this summer, deputy Jason Allen asked him what he was doing. “He said, ‘Uh, breaking and entering?’” The deputy ...

Beer of the Week: Oggi's Barrel-Aged McGarvey's Scottish Ale

Local brewery chain upping the craftiness with foray into barrel aging

It’s hard to remember back to the earliest days of my craft beer journey with as much clarity as I’d like (must be all the beer), but if memory serves, my first draft hefeweizen and ...

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Will it Bloom This Year?

Welcome to April, the cruelest of months.

Neighbor helps nab hit-and-runner

A hit-and-run driver in Rancho Santa Fe is reported by a neighbor who noticed extensive damage to the vehicle.

What Might Have Been

A Carmel Valley dad writes about his son’s developmental issues.

The Astroturfing of Carmel Valley

Our roots are grass.

What better way to defeat a grassroots movement than to create an astroturf campaign? That’s what residents of Carmel Valley believe Kilroy Realty is doing to gain approval for its massive mixed-use project, One Paseo. ...

What We Do for Our Kids

Author: Stephen Gallup Neighborhood: Carmel Valley Age: 61 Occupation: Technical writer I don’t claim to be a competent speaker of anything other than English, but when I hear Mandarin spoken, I’m often able to discern ...

Goin' Native

California State Parks and the Los Peñasquitos Lagoon Foundation have been working on habitat restoration along the southern side of Carmel Valley Road since mid October 2008. The three-acre Carmel Valley Road Restoration Project's aim ...

Crest Canyon Open Space

Crest Canyon, an open-space park within the city limits of San Diego, helps separate the woodsy City of Del Mar from the bustling sprawl of inland Del Mar and Carmel Valley to the east. The ...

Shy Sherri

District 1 Councilmember Sherri Lightner isn’t San Diego’s most outspoken city politician. Typically, her comments at council meetings are succinct, slightly awkward, and usually start off with a clumsy grab at the microphone. She’s not ...

Oh, Boil

Life is returning to normal for residents of Carmel Valley after nearly four days under a boil-water order. The state lifted the order this morning, March 25, notifying residents that their tap water was once ...

The Big Eat

I’d been eating in low-down dives for months. Some were high-rent dives, with coastside views that give them an exaggerated sense of their own value, and I was tired of swallowing slop at any price. ...

Upside-Down? Go Short

In San Diego’s hemorrhaging real estate industry, it’s better to be upside-down and rich than upside-down and poor. That may sound axiomatic — it’s always nicer to be rich than poor — but carriage-trade folks ...

In Defense of the Suburbs

Author: Hailey Moore Neighborhood: Carmel Valley Age: 24 Occupation: Freelance writer When asked where ­I’m from, I often hesitate to respond. I pause and vacillate between versions of the truth before finally settling upon “San ...

Letters

It’s Good Good article on soccer moms! Karyl Miller via email Neurotic Moms I came out of Vons and saw the Reader cover story (“Soccer Moms Are the Absolute Worst,” Cover Story, January 10), and ...

Christian City Church San Diego, Carmel Valley

The resource table by the entrance to the gymnasium that hosted Christian City Church San Diego offered several titles from CCC founder Phil Pringle: You The Leader, Leadership Excellence, Keys to Financial Excellence . The ...

Carmel Valley brims with clichés

On the surface, Carmel Valley is not the most charming town. It is a village of strivers: young professionals pushing to move up the ladder, students scrambling for accolades, parents and high schoolers pumping away ...

Best of 2000: Best Delivered Organic Food

Seabreeze Organic Farm 3909 Arroyo Sorrento Road, Carmel Valley (858) 481-0209 Also at Farmer's Markets in O.B., Encinitas, Del Mar, Hillcrest You stand at the supermarket veggie display. It looks too good to be true. ...

K, M, and Environmental Soup

It seems about as likely as a sudden agreement between the heads of Serbia, Croatia, and Bosnia to reunite and redevelop Yugoslavia. Yet there they are, the heads of two of San Diego's most powerful ...

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