Dave Rice

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SeaWorld's leased land is their land

"[A] further step toward the ability of corporations to privatize public parks."

The public has no right to stage protests on park land leased to SeaWorld in Mission Bay, an appellate court ruled this week in a decision a lawyer representing a handful of protesters is calling ...

Utilities on the trail to tiers

Electricity rate spikes move closer to reality

An administrative law judge for the California Public Utilities Commission has issued a proposed decision on a push by utility companies, including San Diego Gas & Electric, for a rate hike for lower-tier customers. If ...

The party house next door

Cities, state debate residential vacation rentals

While local cities continue to seek regulations on short-term vacation rentals, a bill making its way to the state legislature may provide the teeth needed for effective enforcement. Unless, that is, web businesses like Airbnb ...

Mission Bay? Eww

Once a natural wetland, now an aquatic park of biological pollution

Long known as False Bay, the former marshlands were dredged between the 1940s and 1960s to create Mission Bay, the nation’s largest man-made aquatic park, much of it islands and peninsulas. While not scarred by ...

Port District parking cost to rise

PR spin touts "modern, user-friendly interface to visitors" — Yay!

The price to park is set to spike across San Diego's bay front, following approval last week by the Port of San Diego of the purchase and installation of 520 new solar-powered "smart meters" and ...

Jamul, the state's street-pizzeria

Study says drought may be motivating animals to cross roads

The rural East County community of Jamul has garnered some statewide attention: the stretch of Highway 94 that runs from Rancho San Diego east toward Dulzura was ranked by researchers at UC Davis as one ...

Living on the edge with no living wage

Another day of action observed, another day of inaction from politicos

Activists pushing for a higher minimum wage through the labor-backed Fight for 15 campaign staged their biggest protest yet on Wednesday. Starting early on the morning of April 15, the protest — timed to coincide ...

Nuclear plant could produce fresh water, say scientists

Huge hit to the budget, but it could end California drought problem

A father-son team of scientists writing for the right-leaning news site WorldNetDaily have determined a solution for fighting California's extreme drought. According to Art Robinson, a UC San Diego graduate and former staffer before founding ...

Which bay is dirtier? San Diego or Mission?

San Diego’s big bay has been the hub of travel and commerce in the region since Western civilization arrived in California. It’s been fronted by heavy industry for over a century. It hosts four major ...

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