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Del Mar's North Torrey Pines Bridge retrofitted

Four-year-long project makes span good for at least another 50 years

A ceremonial ribbon-cutting on Tuesday morning, April 15, marked the completion of the lengthy restoration process for a historic bridge between San Diego and Del Mar. The North Torrey Pines Bridge, named in 1996 at ...

Spring Valley hatchet attack committed by fugitive

Witnesses and dog help nab parolee, now facing attempted-murder charges

A fugitive in violation of his parole terms is back in custody after adding robbery and attempted-murder charges to his rap sheet over the weekend. On Saturday afternoon, April 12, 24-year-old Harold Hill entered the ...

Drywall company kicked off $6 million job

Canadian company began work without license, faces fine

A Canadian drywall contractor was kicked off the job at the $150 million, 45-story Pinnacle Towers development on the 1400 block of Island Avenue downtown for failing to obtain a California contractor's license, the state ...

Hillary Clinton takes fire downtown

Day after shoe-throwing incident, she skips speech at medical convention

A pair of protest groups descended on the convention center Friday morning, April 11, to picket outside a medical convention, only to find that their target, former secretary of state and likely presidential candidate Hillary ...

Camp Pendleton contractors settle fraud claims

F-Y Inc., RQ Construction, Harper Construction Inc., to pony up

A host of Southern California contractors has agreed to pay the federal government $1.9 million to settle claims that they made fraudulent allegations in order to win bids on major construction projects at Camp Lejeune ...

CSU San Marcos to study surfers

Seeks to qualify wave-riding as viable exercise routine

While surfers have long agreed that their pastime provides for an intense workout in addition to its recreational and psychological rewards, a professor at California State University San Marcos has set out with a team ...

Two former Chargers file NFL concussion lawsuit

Helmet manufacturer also charged with negligence

Not only did the National Football League spend years withholding critical information about head injuries from its players, the league's primary helmet supplier knowingly produced and equipped players with a defective product, two former Chargers ...

Smartest home in Coronado

iPad runs my pad!

1041 G Avenue, Coronado, 92118 Current Owner: Scott Aurich Listing Price: $5,890,000 Beds: 2 Baths: 4 Local real estate broker Scott Aurich designed and built his 4500-square-foot custom “Hill Country Coastal Contemporary” home from the ...

Phony construction worker busted by Border Patrol

Attempt at coffee klatch camouflage backfires

A Mexican national was arrested on Monday, April 7, after attempting to pose as a construction worker, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials. At around 6:30 in the morning, a man arrived at ...

Lakeside man arrested following stick assault

He also had a knife

Lakeside resident Steve Nakho was arrested early Monday morning, April 7, after allegedly beating a man with a stick and chasing him while wielding a knife. Around 9:30 Sunday evening, sheriff's deputies received a call ...

Nurses push Susan Davis on Robin Hood tax

Bank of America mad chalker speaks up

A contingent led by the California Nurses Association donned pointed green caps before meeting with staffers from Representative Susan Davis's office on Friday morning, requesting her support of HR 1579, a bill introduced last year ...

Man arrested for jumping on cars in Vista

Waves not thrilling enough

A Vista man was arrested early Sunday morning following a drunken escapade that left several cars parked near the Wave Water Park significantly damaged from vandalism. Shortly before midnight, sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the ...

Workers, clergy pour into Clairemont Taco Bell to fight wage theft

Rev. Lee Hill: "I could see tears welling up.”

Following up on a promise last month to ramp up actions against illegal labor practices in the fast food industry, activists descended upon a Taco Bell/Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in Clairemont late Thursday morning, intent ...

Kearny Mesa protesters lament McCutcheon decision

MoveOn predicts 60, gets 30 to turn out

A hastily-assembled crowd of about 30 demonstrators gathered in Kearny Mesa on Wednesday afternoon, protesting a Supreme Court ruling handed down earlier in the day that weakens federal campaign contribution laws. On a 5-4 vote ...

Fuel rods must be canned

Greens to San Onofre — extra precautions needed on nuclear waste storage

Local environmental activist group San Clemente Green has launched a new petition aimed at pushing former San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station operator Southern California Edison into taking additional steps to secure highly radioactive waste from ...

Flexibility Stigma

UCSD study sees envy among 9-to-5ers

Recent trends toward allowing employees more flexible work schedules to care for children or address other life needs may be backfiring, according to a new study jointly published by Rice University and UC San Diego. ...

Security workers latest group to push for higher wages

Gloria, Alvarez, Lightner, Cole join SEIU for announcement in City Heights

Local union-backed wage protests expanded from food service workers to the private security industry on Friday (March 28), as SEIU United Service Workers West, a union representing janitors, security guards, and other property service workers ...

Edison stockholders buoyed by $3 billion San Onofre deal

Nuclear waste to sizzle until 2022

Shares in Edison International, the parent company of San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station operator Southern California Edison, have hit new year-long highs daily since last Friday (March 21), and stock analysts are predicting that Edison ...

The “Grand Chateau at Rancho Santa Fe” is no misnomer

Current Owner: John Isaac Listing Price: $15,800,000 Beds: 8 Baths: 10 The “Grand Chateau at Rancho Santa Fe” is a 20,000-square-foot estate in a well-known enclave for the ultra-wealthy, home to many of San Diego’s ...

Triton drones finish 60,000-feet flights in Palmdale

Cost six times more than Reapers

The initial phase of testing for the billion-dollar Triton unmanned aerial vehicle has concluded, defense contractor Northrop Grumman announced today. While General Atomics and its Predator and Reaper drones receive much of the local spotlight ...

Strike called off at UCSD hospitals

Four percent raise, limits on contract workers.

An eleventh-hour settlement has averted yet another strike on the University of California's medical campuses, including hospitals in Hillcrest and La Jolla. The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees union local 3299, which ...

Major concrete pour planned 7th and J, downtown

Enough for L.A.-San Diego sidewalk

Downtown residents are being warned to expect a major disturbance on Saturday morning, as work crews will be pouring concrete for the slab of a new headquarters building for Sempra Energy. Partial street closures will ...

Mexican sports agent swings at MLB

Claims a "conspiracy" funnels players' paychecks to Mexican league clubs

Major League Baseball isn't playing fair with pro-caliber Mexicans, claims David Gonzalez Camacho, a trainer with roots in both Tijuana and San Diego and the father of former Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. Gonzalez describes ...

Fast-food workers protest wage theft

McDonald's was sued last week, other suits coming, say advocates

A group of advocates for fast-food workers gathered outside a McDonald's restaurant on Main Street in Barrio Logan Tuesday morning, March 18, to protest widespread allegations of wage theft at the company and elsewhere. Workers ...

El Cajon robbery suspect captured in North Carolina

Man accused of 2010 armed robbery

A fugitive wanted in connection with an armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon in El Cajon was apprehended in North Carolina last week (March 13) by U.S. Marshals. Twenty-six-year-old Conner Douglas Burns is ...

Rally for paid sick leave, higher minimum wage

Councilmembers say voter referendum is coming

Raise Up San Diego, with backing from labor groups and their supporters, organized a rally outside city hall Wednesday afternoon, March 12, promoting a minimum-wage increase and access for workers to paid sick leave — ...

No new trial for Brent Wilkes

"Self-serving declarations by a...criminal are unlikely to persuade a jury.”

Disgraced defense contractor Brent Wilkes, currently serving a 12-year sentence for his role in the Randy "Duke" Cunningham scandal, will not get the new trial he seeks, a federal appeals court ruled March 10. Wilkes, ...

Post–San Onofre, activists demand green energy

Protest at headquarters of Southern California Edison

Southern California Edison, the operator and majority owner of San Diego's now-defunct San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, is facing similar pressure to that felt locally by San Diego Gas & Electric from activists demanding replacement ...

Shotgun murder at Alpine campground

Sheriff's helicopter orders suspect to the ground

A 73-year-old resident of the Ma-Tar-Awa campground, which sits on reservation land just east of Viejas Casino, is in custody and facing murder charges following an altercation with a neighbor on Sunday afternoon, March 9. ...

Plastic surgeon Sean Darcy and medical group sued

Patient goes blind from prolonged anesthesia, lawsuit alleges

A San Diego woman claims in court that a November 2012 plastic surgery operation scheduled to last six hours was so poorly performed that she remained under anesthesia for over nine hours, which resulted in ...

Profound effects of social media overstated?

May be “more marketing than mobilization,” says UCSD professor

While social media may have been the catalyst for launching such events as the "Arab Spring" uprisings, most rumblings of civic activism birthed on the web tend to birth much less tangible end results, a ...

Best value per square foot in San Diego

But a price tag to chase off most bargain-chasers

Current Owner: David Rosenaur Listing Price: $4,995,000 – $5,395,000 Beds: 7 Baths: 9 “It’s the best value per square foot for a house with this build quality and view, anywhere in San Diego,” says Berkshire ...

Port wants to offer industrial property for rent

Warehouse near airport will need some upgrades first

The Port of San Diego is looking to generate some revenue from an industrial property owned by the agency on a one-acre lot east of Lindbergh Field, about a block south of its headquarters. This ...

Local cities sue state over union-friendly legislation

Carlsbad, El Cajon, Oceanside, and Vista stand up for “direct democracy”

Four local cities — Carlsbad, El Cajon, Oceanside, and Vista — joined Fresno and El Centro last week in challenging the constitutionality of several laws regarding labor rates paid on public works projects. All six ...

Lost hiker rescued in Lakeside

Woman was "sliding on her backside" toward a cliff when located

San Diego sheriff's deputies from the Santee station and San Diego Fire were called in to rescue a lost hiker from the El Capitan Open Space Preserve in Lakeside early Sunday evening, March 2. According ...

Armed bandits target migrants in Imperial Valley

Firefight erupts between rival robbers

Armed attackers are taking aim at migrants crossing the border illegally near Ocotillo, according to a February 26 report from the U.S. Border Patrol. Ocotillo is located just east of San Diego County at the ...

Transgender advocates celebrate in Hillcrest

Petition drive to overturn student-rights bill falls short

A crowd gathered in Hillcrest on Monday evening, February 24, to celebrate what they see as another step toward recognition and equality for transgender people in California and beyond. Late Monday afternoon, California secretary of ...

Florida nuclear power plant in San Onofre's footsteps?

Damage to generator caused concern — not enough for shutdown

As the decommissioning process continues at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, a scenario similar to the one that led to the power plant’s demise is unfolding about halfway between Orlando and Miami. In 2007, ...

San Onofre nuke plant to auction off assets

Lathes, grinders — "no items...associated with radiological plant operations."

As the years-long process of permanently shuttering the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station continues, plant operator Southern California Edison announced on Thursday, February 20, that it will hold an auction next month to dispose of ...

Bystander in San Marcos shot in the butt

Drive-by victim was working on his car

Authorities are searching for a pair of individuals involved in a drive-by shooting in San Marcos that resulted in an innocent bystander being hit. According to a press release from San Diego sheriff's Sgt. Earnell ...

Law-school grad says Wolf of Wall Street character maligns him

Andrew Greene says “Rugrat” based on him, “Wigman”

A former San Diego law student is furious enough about the way a character based on his real-life persona is portrayed in the Oscar-nominated film Wolf of Wall Street that he has filed a lawsuit. ...

Downton Abbey in Mission Hills

Current owner: Thomas & Sylvia Vecchione Listing price: $5,000,000 Beds: 8 Baths: 8 This classic Italianate villa–styled home is introduced in listing materials as “Downton Abbey in Mission Hills.” The 7805-square-foot home, built in 1921, ...

Jamul Pygmy goat breeder sues for discrimination

Gray-brown agouti markings suddenly deemed "undesirable"

A Jamul-based goat breeder is among a dozen plaintiffs who filed a lawsuit in San Diego charging that seven individuals and five businesses have been improperly denied "meaningful economic participation in the pygmy goat industry." ...

"Environmental Justice" for low-income neighborhoods

Legislators rated on their "green" cred in poor communities

Some of San Diego's state legislators are being praised for their high scores on a first annual "Environmental Justice Scorecard," released this week by a collective of environmental activist groups. The report is published by ...

Lincoln Club mailers protested…at wrong location

Activists charge “dog-whistle racism” in phony portrayal of David Alvarez

A small but vocal group of activists organized by Presente.org and the Courage Campaign may have taken a wrong turn Tuesday afternoon, February 4, while attempting to deliver a pair of petitions. In a two-week ...

Enough space for your 20 vehicles

Current Owner: Rita Gregory Listing Price: $5,750,000 Beds: 8 | Baths: 10 The small, mostly agricultural town of Rainbow, population 1832, sits at the northernmost point of San Diego County along the border of Riverside. ...

Activists incensed over Keystone XL pipeline

Civil disobedience promised if project gains approval

A crowd of protesters was posted again outside federal buildings at the corner of Broadway and Front Street on Monday night, February 3, promising stiff opposition to the Keystone XL oil pipeline, which would transport ...

Free trade backlash at downtown protest

Congressional members Darrell Issa and Susan Davis targeted

Protesters took to the streets near the intersection of Front Street and Broadway downtown on January 31 to denounce efforts to "fast track" approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and, more broadly, free-trade agreements of ...

King tides a harbinger of sea-level rise?

San Diego Coastkeeper gives bay tour previewing 2050's "new normal"

King tides, the highest of high-water marks that come around just a few times each year, became evident at beaches and bays across San Diego during the past week. Environmental and water-quality advocacy group San ...

Tennis camp for Wounded Warriors seeking funds

Balboa Tennis Club aims to fly in 50 or more wounded, ill, or injured veterans

The San Diego District Tennis Association last week began soliciting donations for its third annual National Tennis Camp for Wounded Warriors, to take place in San Diego the week of May 19–25. "This event is ...