Neighborhood News

North Park vibe spreads north

Is the University Heights “dead zone” along El Cajon Boulevard resurrecting?

While the renovated Lafayette Hotel on El Cajon Boulevard in University Heights has raised the bar, commercial properties nearby haven’t been so successful. Going west on El Cajon Boulevard from Louisiana Street to Florida Street, ...

Confidence high, but store remains dry

Ocean Beach pharmacy awaits judgment on liquor-license application

Maybe it’s no Boston, but the city of Lowell, Massachusetts, is not without its charms. It’s the fourth-largest city in the state and has been home to such notables as Ed McMahon, Bette Davis, and ...

Post-coital knife attack

Prostitute's screams awaken guests at Tijuana hotel

A Tijuana prostitute who ridiculed the sexual performance of a client found herself fighting for her life when the angry man pulled a four-inch knife from his pocket and began attacking her. The unidentified woman's ...

Black hole development in Little Italy

Former Reader building slated for demo

One block of West Date Street, between Columbia and India, was permanently closed to car traffic on December 1st for the groundbreaking of Piazza Famiglia, a European-style pedestrian plaza projected "to become the new 'heart' ...

Zero-tolerance Oceanside

Pot shop allegedly reopens under a different name

The day after the City of Oceanside closed the Nature’s Leaf marijuana dispensary on October 31, city attorney John Mullen drove by the shuttered business near the intersection of Interstate 5 and Hwy 78. “I ...

Environmental roshambo: Navy smashes lotus

Coastal Campus would wipe out rare plants and habitat

Last month, the Navy’s proposed Coastal Campus on the Silver Strand took another step forward, despite concerns about natural resources, sea rise, and traffic and visual impacts on Coronado and Imperial Beach. Against a staff ...

For goats, not the Roma

Border Patrol tends to weak spot in fencing

The steep slope into a drainage ditch on the U.S.-Mexico border — reportedly an entrance ramp to the U.S. for hundreds of Roma people since 2010 — is being blocked by new fencing. The slope, ...

O.B. Christmas tree: too normal

Loma Portal family donates star pine

The journey of the Ocean Beach Christmas tree always has a good backstory and this year was no exception. The tree was donated by a family in the Loma Portal area. Sal and Nancy DeMaria, ...

Gulp! Rancho Santa Fe is how thirsty?

Article says residents use five times the average of coastal area

The New York Times today (November 30) has a long story on the huge water usage of Rancho Santa Fe, San Diego County's most upscale community. According to state data, the tony town's residents used ...

Walmart protest a call to unionize

But raising the minimum wage would lead to less jobs…right?

While thousands of shoppers were out on November 28 making Black Friday purchases, about 30 protesters were picketing the Walmart in Vista. A group of teachers, labor union leaders, students, and one priest gathered at ...

Chips truck and the chief to retire

La Mesa top cop Ed Aceves and converted Doritos police van to hit the road

The new year will bring the retirement of La Mesa police chief Ed Aceves as well as the 1995 Frito-Lay delivery truck purchased in 2002 and converted into a mobile command vehicle. Twelve years ago, ...

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