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Burger war in National City

Fast-food employees protest unhealthy working conditions

Unsafe working conditions are causing ailments for workers at a Burger King restaurant in National City, protesters claim. "They don't have adequate staff to provide relief [for workers] to take their legally protected ten-minute breaks ...

Prison reform bill supporters harsh on mayor

Faulconer accused of canceling meeting, spreading Prop 57 "propaganda"

A group of about 20 activists gathered outside city hall on Wednesday (July 20) to voice their support for Proposition 57, a measure advocated by governor Jerry Brown and denounced by mayor Kevin Faulconer. The ...

Police surveillance cameras activated in Ocean Beach

Protesters given no audience with council representative Zapf

After months of controversy, a system of ten police surveillance cameras focused on the shores of Ocean Beach were turned on for the first time on Thursday (July 21). News of the cameras first broke ...

104 feet of direct ocean frontage

La Jolla estate on Sea Ridge Drive

Beds: 5 Baths: 6 Current Owner: Tami Okuma/301 Sea Ridge Drive Trust List Price: $10,800,000 How about an “oceanfront paradise boasting 104 feet of direct ocean frontage” on a “premium” La Jolla bluff-top lot? The ...

"Black Lives Matter is under attack"

Movement sympathizers march in City Heights

Hundreds of protesters representing a coalition of groups sympathetic to the Black Lives Matter movement rallied in City Heights on Friday night (July 15) before embarking on a march through the neighborhood that resulted in ...

Barrio Logan group says basta to stadium rhetoric

"Any new jobs are going to be for new residents who can afford to live here."

Chargers brass was in Barrio Logan on Friday (July 15) pitching a new stadium the team hopes will be built for them at the edge of the neighborhood during a community fundraising luncheon. A group ...

Poway Unified School District in crisis?

"Corruption runs deep here, but the good outweighs the bad."

Much of the focus on the firing of Poway Unified School District superintendent John Collins on July 13 has related to the alleged misappropriation of more than $300,000 in district funds, either improperly issued as ...

County presidential primary vote fight spills into courtroom

Citing case backlog, judge postpones decision while registrar certifies results

An ongoing fight over the way results from last June's primary election are verified made its way to court Wednesday afternoon (July 6), with plaintiff Ray Lutz and his Citizens Oversight Projects group taking on ...

Mountain View residents protest prison facility

"Would you want your child walking by this place every day?"

About two dozen community members gathered in Mountain View on Tuesday afternoon (July 5) to protest the presence of a transitional corrections facility run by the for-profit private prison conglomerate Corrections Corporation of America. "We're ...

Over 15,000 square feet of living space

This Rancho Santa Fe estate has been sitting for a while

Beds: 8 Baths: 14 Current Owner: Thomas Powell List Price: $15,999,000 The 9.3-acre estate at 18181 Vis Roswitha, situated in Rancho Santa Fe, has spent years looking for its ideal buyer. That buyer would have ...

Lawsuits filed over county's primary ballot-counting

"Not that we're trying to get Sanders to a win, though I certainly wouldn't mind."

Complaints over conduct by the county registrar's office in the wake of the June primaries held earlier this month continues, with lawsuits now pending at both the county and state levels. "The registrar wants to ...

Civil disobedience over potential 1/2-cent sales tax

Because we need more roads, says San Diego Association of Governments

After lengthy public comment attacking the proposal, a Friday (June 24) meeting of the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) resulted in the regional board voting to move forward with a plan to place a ...

Park your boat and stay a while

Another stunner on Scott Street

Beds: 4 Baths: 6 Current Owner: Morgan Dene Oliver List Price: $8,800,000 How about a “unique and stunning 6500-square-foot bay front contemporary home” in Point Loma with a private dock? Built in 1988, the residence ...

Pot tax proposal heads to city council

A 15 percent levy on Pineapple Express?

The city council's Rules Committee on Monday (June 20) voted to move a proposal floated by councilmember Mark Kersey to impose a 10 percent tax on the sale of marijuana at approved dispensaries within city ...

Unreasonable eviction in Linda Vista

Tenants say they're being forced out after complaining to media

About 50 tenants from several apartment complexes marched throughout Linda Vista on Monday evening (June 20), demanding better living conditions and a halt to what they're calling retaliatory evictions against tenants who've spoken up about ...

Fun things to do in San Diego

A million things under the sun — we offer a few (some indoors)

County Administration Center Waterfront Park In 2014, 12 acres of former parking lots were converted into a public park facing San Diego Bay. Running both north and south of the county government headquarters established in ...

Relaxed livability for the discerning buyer

$9.2 million gets you in the door

Classic elegance sprawls out in Rancho Santa Fe

Slater's wave to break at Seaport Village?

Whatever gets built, fishermen demand inclusion in bayfront redevelopment

The Port of San Diego on Monday (June 13) opened a two-day workshop in which six competing bidders were offered the opportunity to share proposals for developing a stretch of San Diego Bay including 30 ...

Post-election protest at Registrar of Voters office

"Michael Vu, we're watching you," read one sign

Protesters gathered outside the San Diego Registrar of Voters on Monday morning (June 13), demanding county registrar Michael Vu change the method used for selecting a sample of ballots to be manually tallied from last ...

Del Martian demolition party

After 40 years, "temporary" city hall to be replaced

Del Mar residents and government officials gathered in front of city hall on Saturday morning (June 11) to celebrate the impending demolition of the government headquarters. Originally incorporated in 1959, Del Mar purchased its current ...

Locals shamed on sales tax delinquency list

Nineteen individuals who allegedly owe $500,000 or more

The California Board of Equalization last week released an updated list of the 500 accounts with the highest use and sales-tax delinquency. Combined, the list names and shames individuals and companies that collectively owe nearly ...

Rent control protest in O.B.

"The people we're targeting are really unscrupulous."

A group of activists seeking a rent-control ordinance and other tenant-protection measures gathered in Ocean Beach on Saturday (June 4), circulating a petition they hope will convince the city council to open a dialogue concerning ...

Cinder block vs. taser in Lakeside

Man arrested after threatening deputies outside fast-food joint

Two suspects, which authorities have declined to identify, are in custody following an altercation outside a Lakeside Jack in the Box restaurant. According to a report from Sgt. Cliff Rinder, sheriff's deputies were dispatched to ...

Civil breakdown at Trump appearance

Janitors and Border Angels show to protest Republican presidential candidate

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's campaign stop in San Diego on Friday (May 27) resulted in a full day of pandemonium downtown, with thousands of protesters representing several agendas converging on the convention center ...

Real estate property values for utilities (including SDG&E) don't mirror reality

Translation: local government is getting ripped off in a way

Private utility giants across the state, including San Diego Gas & Electric, received notice on Tuesday (May 24) that the state Board of Equalization (BOE) was increasing assessments on utility-owned real estate just over 2 ...

Live life in a modern sculpture

The residence took four years to design and build

Current Owner: Stefan Lemperle Beds: 4 Baths: 4 List Price: $8,795,000 La Jolla’s Lemperle Glass House, a 2007-built modern contemporary home is described in listing materials as “warm modern luxury redefined” and named after owner ...

Fewer marchers against Monsanto

Corporation clashers minimized — maybe by appearances elsewhere by Bernie and Bill

Hundreds of people gathered in Balboa Park on Saturday (May 21) to participate in San Diego's March Against Monsanto, an annual event targeting genetically modified food in general and specifically the Monsanto Company, a leader ...

Guild Mortgage sued

Real estate bubble's done popping, but the law is not

San Diego–based Guild Mortgage is being sued by the U.S. Department of Justice for allegedly failing to properly underwrite hundreds of federally backed FHA mortgages between 2006 and 2011, the Department announced Thursday (May 19). ...

What’s next after Shamu splashes the last guest?

New group offers plans for retiring SeaWorld residents

In November of last year, the California Coastal Commission decided the San Diego location of the SeaWorld theme-park chain could expand its concrete tanks housing orca whales only on the condition that the park curtail ...

San Diego watershed survey yields fair–poor results

Some H2O levels so low, sample collections not viable, says Coastkeeper

Water-quality watchdog San Diego Coastkeeper released results on Tuesday (May 10) of its annual water-quality survey that compiles monthly data collected from San Diego's nine watersheds. As has been a trend in recent years, the ...

Edward, Prince of Wales, lived here

Melrose Ranch has quite a history

Current Owner: de Jong Family Beds: 5 Baths: 4 List Price: $28,000,000 Listing materials for Melrose Ranch, a “one of a kind property,” assure that the place has been “amazingly restored by a family of ...

Protest at Sports Arena Verizon store

Telecom union workers speak out against jobs being sent abroad

As many as 100 local telecom union workers converged on a Verizon Wireless storefront on Sports Arena Boulevard Thursday afternoon (May 5) in support of striking Verizon workers. The workers they're supporting, however, are call-center ...

May Day rally and march downtown

"Economic rights are won through struggle in the streets."

About 250 activists gathered downtown on Sunday (May 1, or May Day) to rally and march from City College to Chicano Park in support of workers' rights, higher wages, reduced immigration enforcement, and lower incarceration ...

Response Expo/invention convention held downtown

"As seen on TV" wares seen here first

Inventors from across the country converged on San Diego this week with the hopes of being discovered by one of a host of "as seen on TV" marketing firms gathered to talk shop. For ten ...

Time-out for pot shops, say county supervisors

"The groups here today have started or are on the verge of creating solid businesses..."

After hours of public testimony and discussion, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted on Wednesday (April 27) to freeze the status of several proposed or approved medical marijuana dispensaries, potentially for as long ...

Apartment tenant action in Linda Vista

"...cockroach and rodent infestations, leaky roofs and windows, broken windows..."

Dozens of protesters rallied in front of a Linda Vista apartment complex Wednesday afternoon (April 27), demanding property managers immediately begin dealing with a backlog of habitability complaints ranging from deferred maintenance to rodent infestation ...

A whale of a house

Full barbecue service area? Do go on

Current Owner: Chenago Family Trust Beds: 5 Baths: 6 List Price: $15,950,000 Advertising remarks for the estate at 8410 Whale Watch Way, situated on a hillside about a half-mile from La Jolla Shores, begin with ...

Optimistic "Beyond Drought" report from water authority

San Diego water use less today than three decades ago

Despite an ongoing drought, the San Diego County Water Authority is boasting in its annual report — released April 21 and titled "Beyond Drought" — that the region's water supply is stable and in excess ...

Not if — when weed is legal

"It's really difficult to determine exactly where and how the product is grown."

Earlier this month the Public Policy Institute of California released a report outlining recommendations for the state if any of several competing measures to legalize the recreational use of marijuana passes this November. The main ...

Murderer tries to kill two guards at Donovan

Large piece of concrete rock serves as weapon

Prison authorities say an inmate already serving a murder sentence attempted to kill two guards on Monday morning (April 11) at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in Otay Mesa. According to lt. Philip Bracamonte, an ...

Live on Coronado’s 1st Street

The ultimate in...everything

Sales literature that almost achieves mysticism.

School field trips for all

"It's assumed that kids have access to and go to the beach all the time."

A National City nonprofit that has spent the past decade providing locally based science curriculum to elementary students is seeking to expand its footprint in the classroom by opening to the general public its eco ...

Divide is deep between voters and nonvoters

Study reveals perspectives of haves and have-nots

Only about half of California's adult residents are likely to vote in this year's presidential election, according to a study released last week by the Public Policy Institute of California. While low voter turnout is ...

Four all-usable acres

Prepare to be stunned in Rancho Del Lago

Current Owners: Gregorio & Vanessa Reyes Beds: 7 Baths: 11 List Price: $8,995,000 The “magnificient” Summerhill Estate is a 15,000-square-foot estate “sited on four all-usable acres atop a private knoll” in the “high end luxury ...

Excessive police force in pursuit of Cheetos bandit?

"What would happen if we were in La Jolla?"

A pair of religious leaders and community organizers stood in front of a gas station Thursday evening (March 31) to protest what they say was an excessive police reaction to a failed petty-theft attempt that ...

SD lags in food-assistance enrollment

County ranks 42nd out of 58 counties in the state

Despite repeated criticism and refutation by local government officials, a report released last week by the Public Policy Institute of California finds that San Diego still lags well behind the state and nation in enrolling ...

UC students road trip in support of plastic bag ban

This report brought to you by Tizzy the turtle

Student members from California Student Public Interest Research Group chapters at various University of California campuses were stationed along the boardwalk in Pacific Beach on Friday (March 25) with their mascot Tizzy, a 30-foot inflatable ...

Unholy Thursday for janitor treatment

Downtown march sought to open blind eye to low pay and harassment

A group of spiritual leaders assembled by the Interfaith Coalition for Worker Justice used the celebration of Holy Thursday to join with organized-labor supporters in a push to publicize ongoing negotiations between commercial building owners ...

Healthy food powwow

"Does the consumer know how to use it?" Hamburger asked.

A group of healthcare experts and local food-industry professionals gathered on Monday (March 21) to discuss the link between access to food and overall health and to explore ways to get healthy food into underserved ...

Silly, don't water the lawn

"Most of our residential water use is actually in our yards."

Home gardeners from across San Diego gathered on Sunday (March 20) for an event hosted by water-quality watchdog San Diego Coastkeeper to discuss the potential impact of rainwater capture in the face of the region's ...

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