Neighborhood News

Artificial turf a likely health hazard at schools

"Our children shouldn’t be the canaries in the coal mine on this one.”

Erika Lundeen first became concerned about artificial turf while substitute teaching at Loma Portal Elementary last year. “When I saw the kids rolling around in this black stuff on the field, I asked the PE ...

Another water-main break at the border

This time the runoff isn't sewage pollution

A broken pipe in Tijuana spilled clean water into Goat Canyon on Tuesday (November 29). The potable water spilled into the canyon through ten-foot-in-diameter drainage culverts for about three hours before Mexican authorities got it ...

Development Services Dept. in service to developers

"I think we've been had," says Point Loma resident

On November 15, three Point Loma residents contacted me after the city council voted on a proposed municipal code change. The change is in the form of a footnote touted as closing an alleged loophole ...

Life of a vagabond clown newspaper salesman

Tijuana's Pepe Nacho a little vague on the details

“But first, my presentation.” Pepe Nacho breathes in and places his calloused right hand on his ear, pretending he has an earpiece. It’s a Wednesday morning and Pepe Nacho, a newspaper salesman, has been out ...

Veterans' affordable-housing project pulled

Minor traffic surge on Poway streets was the deal-breaker

On November 16, after two years of negotiation with Habitat for Humanity, the City of Poway rejected an affordable-housing project for veterans. Now what? The city still needs 504 affordable-housing units to meet state mandates. ...

Pauma Valley farmers rule

Votes still being counted, but water district board is changed already

Of San Diego's 153 county, city, school, and special district races on the November 8 ballot, Pauma Valley’s Yuima Municipal Water’s 2nd district seat had one of the highest voter turnouts in the county — ...

A window for Ocean Beach's Pac Shores? NO!

"When people walk by during the day, they’re not sure we’re open."

Back in September of this year, OBecians expressed concern about Pacific Shores — a Newport Avenue "dive bar," according to many — installing a front window. Known for its darkness, black lights, and cave-like feel, ...

Willie's Shoe Shine must move

Longtime O.B. businessman given until Wednesday

For over 30 years, Willie’s Shoe Shine has been on the southwest corner of Cable Street and Newport Avenue in Ocean Beach. Now his shack being replaced by a coffee cart. Willie is being forced ...

No huge demand for Tecolote Canyon crosswalk

"I don’t know if our design is in sync with city regulations...."

Clairemont resident Stephanie Rabelo put out the call to her neighbors to show up November 19 between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m. to support the idea of a proposed crosswalk on Mt. Acadia Boulevard from the ...

La Paloma Theatre restoration in progress

Tiles removed, replaced, good for another 80 years

The arts and music community of Encinitas recently got together and held a benefit concert to kick-start the restoration of La Paloma Theatre, built in 1928. "Love the Dove" (paloma is Spanish for dove) featured ...

Imperial Beach Caltrans slam

"I saw two kids — our neighborhood kids — nearly get creamed this morning."

A Caltrans project on State Route 75 — Palm Avenue to the Silver Strand — has pushed so much rush-hour traffic into a residential Imperial Beach neighborhood that residents say someone is going to be ...

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