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SDG&E is on our side this time

Lawsuit filed against Chevron and Texas-based NRG Energy

San Diego Gas & Electric customers are paying $1.2 million a month to transport natural gas to a power plant that doesn't even supply the region with energy, the California Department of Water Resources and ...

How to bust this drought?

Report suggests solutions should come from feds, focus on agriculture

Local actions like lawn-watering restrictions and other calls on residents to reduce their water use aren't what will sustain California in what's expected to be an increasingly dry future, according to a study released Monday ...

40 acres and a dream for Mission Bay

Kendall-Frost Marsh isn’t as big as it should be

A January 30 open-house event provided community members, students, and a handful of interested passers-by a rare glimpse into a piece of land on the edge of Mission Bay that contains the last bit of ...

Now gobble this...

Wage bill for Thanksgiving workers may yield double pay

After more than a year of campaigning, a measure backed by former labor leader and current California assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez that would require large retailers to pay at least double time to employees called in ...

"I feel like I'm forced to use my car."

San Diego Association of Governments loves them some freeway

A group of environmentalists and labor organizations billing themselves as the San Diego Quality of Life Coalition rallied in National City yesterday (January 25), calling on the San Diego Association of Governments to focus on ...

No fish farm in federal waters off O.B.!

"Super-sized 11-million-pound commercial fish factory" protested

Water-quality advocates with San Diego Coastkeeper announced this week that the group is petitioning the federal Environmental Protection Agency to deny a discharge permit for the proposed Rose Canyon Aquaculture Project, which detractors say would ...

Realtor vs. realtor

Federal lawsuit filed over data-sharing agreement

An ongoing war between local divisions of the nation's primary real estate trade group has resulted in the filing of a federal lawsuit last week by the Greater San Diego Association of Realtors against its ...

A rare chance to own history

Henry Hester home comes on the market

Current Owner: Richard & Laura Anderson Beds: 7 Baths: 10 List: $15.5 million Promotional materials for the estate listed for sale at 7400 Hillside in La Jolla promise to deliver “one of the most amazing ...

Here come the cameras, O.B.

Will police have available budget to monitor video in real-time?

A group of Ocean Beach residents, organized under the banner Citizens Against Privacy Abuse, gathered at the foot of Newport Avenue on Saturday afternoon (January 16) to protest the planned installation of ten surveillance cameras ...

Costco conspiracy gone wrong

Trio of would-be shoplifters arrested

Three local residents were arrested following a botched attempt at robbing a Poway area Costco on Thursday afternoon, sheriff's deputies are reporting. According to an account from sergeant Mark Haynesworth, two suspects later identified as ...

Exploring the future of energy in Carlsbad

"El Nino isn't going to fix the problem — it'll fix next summer's problem at best."

A group of about 100 Carlsbad residents gathered on the afternoon of January 13 to participate in a forum focused on the future of energy generation and delivery for the region and beyond. A discussion ...

Another first Bitcoin ATM

North Park firm places cryptocurrency trading kiosk in Encinitas teriyaki shop

A device being billed as "San Diego's first 2-way Bitcoin ATM" made its debut in a North County fast food restaurant this week. A similar device where users could purchase the so-called "crypto-currency," which is ...

Behind the green screen

Democrats trot out environmental credentials for primary endorsements

It’s the beginning of an election year, and politicos angling for offices from the local to the national scale are lining up to collect endorsements from clubs and advocacy groups in advance of California’s June ...

Women Occupy San Diego point out cop conflict

Group wants city attorney's office out of police review-board meetings

A group of activists led by Women Occupy San Diego submitted a draft ballot proposal to the City of San Diego that they hope will lead to an overhaul of the Citizens Review Board on ...

Where to buy really fresh fish

Feel free to stray away from the salmon

It’s just before 8:00 on a cool December morning. A crowd of about 30 people has gathered at the edge of a short pier on the north end of Seaport Village. A light breeze blows ...

If you have ten cars, this should be on your short list

Just south of $25 million with views in every direction

Some of the most attractive perks are found outside the main residence.

East County ATMs under attack!

Two in-store machines hit, only one gives up cash

Sheriff's deputies are looking for suspects in a pair of attacks on East County drugstore ATMs early Monday morning (January 4). Shortly after 1 a.m., sheriff's deputies responded to a commercial burglary call at a ...

Justice demanded for "stolen lives"

United Against Police Terror San Diego group stages protest

A police watchdog group gathered in front of the San Diego Police Department's downtown headquarters on Monday (January 4) to demand a thorough accounting of what they say are hundreds of deaths at the hands ...

Thirdhand smoke? Oh, brother.

SDSU researchers warn of long-lasting toxins left by cigarettes

While the public has long been aware of the dangers of smoking and passive exposure to secondhand smoke, researchers at San Diego State University are raising a call for vigilance regarding the perils posed by ...

With dollar signs recorded in his eyes...

ATM skimmer showed little good sense — security cameras, bro!

Authorities in Santee are looking to the public for help in identifying a suspect accused of using a "skimmer" device to steal debit card information from patrons of a local bank. On the afternoon of ...

Christmas bird count isn't all chirps and sunshine

Record numbers also hint that climate change will have negative effect

The efforts of about 130 bird-watchers last weekend resulted in one of the most diverse species observations on record. According to the San Diego Audubon Society, 35 teams of volunteers spread across a 15-mile-wide circle ...

Get the place next door and have an acre in La Jolla

Watch the sunset from your “resort-inspired backyard”

Current Owner: Geranium Limited | Beds: 8 | Baths: 9 | List Price: $12,500,000 This edition’s “spectacular custom estate” is “located in The Shores, a highly desired La Jolla neighborhood” less than a quarter-mile from ...

Deputy's carotid hold unwarranted?

Defendant says ununiformed officer victimized him after traffic incident

A 25-year-old security guard who captured his interaction with a "loose cannon" undercover sheriff's deputy on film last May pleaded not guilty Monday afternoon (December 21) to charges of assaulting an officer. After a traffic ...

Quiet day at SeaWorld

"The people that are going, we're here to educate them."

About two dozen protesters gathered outside the entrance gates to SeaWorld in Mission Bay on Sunday morning (December 20), continuing a years-long campaign that's evolved to target not just the theme park's orca shows but ...

Pollution controls weakened by water agency

"This amendment says that trying is enough — it gives an 'A' for effort."

Local water-quality activists are protesting what they say is a weakening of pollution controls on water runoff in storm drains by the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board. Last month, the board added a ...

City to implement climate action plan

Goal: 100 percent of energy from renewable sources by 2035

Following years of planning and nearly two hours' worth of public comment on December 15, San Diego's city council voted unanimously (8-0, with councilmember Scott Sherman not attending) to approve a final climate action plan ...

Sequester yourself in the Secret Ranch

This one is worth the $23 million asking price

Current Owner: El Secreto LLC (William & Kathryn Scripps) Bedrooms: 8 Baths: 13 Price: $23,000,000 Welcome to “The Secret Ranch,” a 12-acre estate with more than 12,400 square feet of living space under roof located ...

From Pacific to plate

Local fishermen help craft new law governing dockside markets

A group of local fishermen and others in the food industry gathered downtown on Monday afternoon (December 7) to celebrate the passage of a new state law aimed at helping establish dockside fish markets in ...

San Diego deputies "obviously intoxicated"

Undercover operation stings 4 out of 8 liquor stores visited

Undercover sheriff deputies in Vista found plenty of liquor-store clerks willing to sell booze to "obviously intoxicated" patrons, according to the results of a sting on Saturday afternoon (December 5). "An undercover deputy entered a ...

So 1860s: Robert E. Lee Elementary

"We will see the name change, or else we're coming for you."

California assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez joined the San Diego chapter of the National Action Network and the San Diego Black Police Officers' Association on Wednesday afternoon (December 2) to call for a name change to Robert ...

More trees to hug in San Diego's future

Climate action plan approved by council committee

After more than a year of prodding from activists and planning by officials, a climate action plan for San Diego introduced by city councilmember Todd Gloria during his stint as interim mayor is moving toward ...

Thanksgiving hunger strike

Foreign nationals protest long-term incarceration

Over a hundred immigrants being held at three detention centers, including one in Otay Mesa and others in Orange County and Alabama, started a hunger strike last week to protest bed quotas requiring the U.S. ...

A home with a place to park your seaplane

Remodeled mansion below the Silver Strand

Beds: 6 Baths: 7 Current Owner: Roger Anderson Asking Price: $10,990,000 This week: a newly remodeled mansion in the exclusive Coronado Cays, a private community below Silver Strand State Beach on the southwestern edge of ...

Retired cop sues Border Patrol

Donald Lumb says he was assaulted at I-8 inspection checkpoint

Retired Chula Vista police officer Donald Lumb is accusing Customs and Border Protection agents stationed at a checkpoint on Interstate 8 east of Pine Valley of attacking him, then arresting him on false charges of ...

San Diego's toxic air "hot spots" revealed

Six facilities singled out

The County of San Diego has released its annual Air Toxics "Hot Spots" report, highlighting pollution problems around the county. "Motor vehicles, area sources, and natural sources are key contributors to the toxic air contaminants ...

File under: La Mesa Lunkheads

Suspected stun-gunning purse-snatcher caught

A couple suspected in a purse-snatching incident were arrested Wednesday night (November 18), police are reporting. On November 5, a suspect later identified as 18-year-old Dante Bahena approached a woman in her 50s who had ...

Just make sure it's a nice beach in 37 years

Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility leery of Edison

Piling on to issues already faced by the failed San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station and the state agencies that regulate it, including the California Public Utilities Commission and the California Coastal Commission, nuclear watchdog group ...

City slickness for East County

Construction on four-star Marriott expected to begin in January

Last week, the City of El Cajon closed on the sale of land at the northeast corner of Magnolia and Rea avenues that will one day be occupied by a hotel. The Marriott will be ...

Sweat equity added to Veterans Day

Lakeside townhouse building gets solar panels installed

A group of volunteers spent their Veterans Day putting the finishing touches on a new solar power system donated to four disabled veterans and their families at a small Lakeside townhome complex. According to Tom ...

Awake and registered to vote

Protesters vow to steer minimum-wage issue to the ballot box

Protesters from the "Fight for 15" movement to boost minimum wages staged a series of events across San Diego on Tuesday (November 10) as part of a larger nationwide action taking place exactly a year ...

King of Costco looks to offload Bird Rock mansion

Complete with secluded sandy beach

Beds: 6 Baths: 8 Current Owners: Sinegal Family Asking Price: $16,900,000 This week, what sellers’ agents describe as “La Jolla’s premier ocean front residence” and its “spectacular views of Windansea Beach and ‘Big Rock’ surf ...

F.O., Sierra Club

Utilities commission disregards petition against Carlsbad power plant

Plans to build a controversial new gas power plant in Carlsbad are moving forward, after the California Public Utilities Commission on Friday (November 6) refused to consider a petition from the Sierra Club to reconsider ...

Everything expired except the rider

Motorcyclist who crashed didn't have valid tags or license

A motorcyclist ended up hospitalized November 6 after a failed attempt to evade sheriff's deputies. According to Sgt. Daniel Morsch, deputies attempted to stop the rider of a Kawasaki Ninja for expired registration shortly before ...

Here's the plan to ban SDG&E

...and then we take their transmission equipment by eminent domain

A ballot initiative being pushed by a longtime anti-nuclear power activist would spell the end of the reign of San Diego Gas & Electric and other private-investor-owned utilities in the state of California if enacted ...

They only want safe places to ride

Bicycle Tour Network comes to town

A national conference dedicated to expanding bicycle tourism throughout the country kicked off in San Diego on Wednesday (November 4). It’s the second year in a row the Bicycle Tour Network brought its flagship event ...

Shame on tuna fishermen and executives

Mermaid calls b.s. on Chicken of the Sea's greenwashing

A group of environmental activists led by a mermaid descended on Chicken of the Sea's headquarters in downtown San Diego on Wednesday afternoon (October 28) to protest what they call a "greenwashing" of the company's ...

Westerly views over Presidio Park

Luxury home buyers are invited to Mission Hills

Mission Hills history for sale as well.

MillerCoors, Blue Moon, what's the difference?

Could be that question is years away from being answered in court

A local beer drinker's case against domestic brewing giant MillerCoors for mislabeling its Blue Moon offerings as "craft beer" has, as MillerCoors lawyers predicted shortly after its May filing, apparently fizzled out. Evan Parent, who ...

Study this would-be kidnapper's face

Two perps try dragging 17-year-old girl into white pickup truck

Authorities in North County are looking for two men accused of attempting to kidnap a 17-year-old girl on her way to school in Encinitas. According to a report from Capt. John Maryon with the San ...

Guns slated for destruction

Turn weaponry into a Walmart shopping spree

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department is planning to use up to $28,500 in confiscated funds to offer Walmart gift cards to North County residents willing to turn over unwanted firearms. The latest installment of ...

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