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Maybe your grandkids won't pay the SR-125 toll

Debt owed on South Bay Expressway suggests no free drive anytime soon

Last week the Reader made note of a proposal by Chula Vista City Council candidate John McCann to stop collecting tolls on the southern section of SR-125, a highway constructed with the aim of alleviating ...

Flora, fauna, and surfboards

Port to spend $223,600 on 950-foot section of fencing

The San Diego Unified Port District is set to spend nearly a quarter-million dollars installing a 950-foot section of fencing along Palm Avenue where southern San Diego meets Imperial Beach, port officials announced October 17. ...

No nuclear emergency sirens for you

"Protecting...the public remains our most important responsibility,"

Possibly for the last time, nuclear alert sirens sounded off three times across Camp Pendleton and southern Orange County on Wednesday morning (October 15). Between 10 a.m. and noon, San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station operator ...

Del Mar resort is “still relevant for today’s beach front living”

Dang. Probably can’t afford this one either.

Current Owner: Robert Driver Family Trust Beds: 4 Baths: 4 Price $20,000,000 This luxury waterfront resort is located in a small gated community along the northern beaches of Del Mar, just across San Dieguito Lagoon ...

You’re on notice, SDG&E

Death blow to community-choice energy option averted

Dozens of residents from across San Diego County gathered inside city hall in Solana Beach on Monday evening, October 13. They were there for a presentation by local clean-energy activist Lane Sharman concerning a push ...

Stone rolls to Virginia

Public funds and a desirable property lure SD’s biggest brewer

Richmond, the capital of Virginia, has won out in a contest also involving Norfolk, Virginia, to host a new brewing facility for San Diego–based Stone Brewing, the nation's tenth-largest craft brewer. Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe ...

Don’t water when it’s raining, San Diegan!

City council outlines restrictions after move toward Level 2 Drought Alert

The San Diego City Council's Environment Committee voted Wednesday, October 8, to move San Diego into a "Level 2 Drought Alert" that calls for a 20 percent reduction in water use, up from a 4 ...

Sorry, Hells Angels

Motorcycle club's clubhouse owner loses lawsuit

The federal government and Drug Enforcement Administration officers will not face charges they needlessly "blew up" an El Cajon clubhouse of the Hells Angels in 2011, U.S. district judge Gonzalo Curiel has ruled. Property owner ...

Details not in the Diablo report

PG&E’s peculiar unconcern for fault line beneath state's last nuclear plant

Parallel narratives between the defunct San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station and Diablo Canyon, the state's last operational nuclear power plant, are continuing to emerge. Back in 2010, the lights were still on at San Onofre ...

Mighty hospitable, CBP

Morning border expansion at Tecate to remain in place

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol will extend a program to expedite border crossings at the Tecate port of entry at least through the end of the year, officials announced October 3. "Our hope is to ...

Poop legal

Public restrooms on the way to downtown

More than four years after they were originally promised, a pair of "Portland Loo" public restrooms is on their way to downtown San Diego. City councilwoman Marti Emerald worked with the homeless advocacy group Girls ...

First look at Faulconer's climate plan

Environmental community leery but generally satisfied

Mayor Kevin Faulconer on Tuesday, September 30, released his long-awaited update to the city's draft Climate Action Plan. The move came just a week after city-council president Todd Gloria, who released his own climate plan ...

Between Diablo and the deep blue sea

Pacific Gas & Electric struggles to keep open California's last nuclear plant

With the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station out of commission (though a debate over who will pay for the plant's decommissioning still rages), environmentalists have set their sights on the state's last remaining active nuclear ...

The second-priciest home in La Jolla

And the county’s sixth most expensive home currently for sale.

Current Owner: Gary Barber Beds: 6 Baths: 11 Price: $26,950,000 This week’s home, the second-priciest in the already exclusive neighborhood of La Jolla, sits at 6114 Camino de la Costa on an oceanfront lot along ...

Contractor outed by ironworkers

Past violations include lack of safety equipment and drinkable water

Local ironworkers are taking aim at North America Sekisui House (NASH), a national developer with offices in San Diego, asking the firm to reconsider its business relationship with a San Clemente–based subcontractor accused of wage ...

Deploy the teenager

One out of four La Mesans bought booze for minors

One in four La Mesa residents approached recently by minor decoys seeking access to alcohol have been arrested after willingly providing booze to teenagers, La Mesa police are reporting. Funded by a $21,668 state grant, ...

What's the climate action plan, Mayor Faulconer?

On the same schedule as planned by the Sanders administration

On Monday, September 22, city-council president Todd Gloria followed through on his Sunday promise to environmental activists. Gloria said he would push mayor Kevin Faulconer to take action on the city's “Climate Action Plan,” introduced ...

Gold-standard environmentalism sought

Councilman Gloria touts "near-zero waste policy" at protest

Approximately 1000 environmental activists took to the streets of downtown San Diego on Sunday afternoon, September 21. They — among people at over 2700 sites in 140 countries — demanded a heightened effort from government ...

Power demand record set

SDG&E says heat and consumption required conservation measures last week

Extreme heat during the past week resulted in new records for energy consumption being set on back-to-back days, local utility SDG&E said in a release the afternoon of September 19. Electricity demand, according to SDG&E, ...

The worm in the Apple

Union activists protest low wages of Cupertino security guards

Hundreds of people packed into a line snaking through the Fashion Valley mall outside the Apple Store were greeted by a group of protesters sympathetic to a group of security guards working at the company's ...

This Coronado Cays beauty has a dock for the super yacht

Current Owner: Rosario Guerra Beds: 4 Baths: 6 Price: $5,990,000 This week, for the first time, the column highlights a Coronado Cays property, a private community of homes along a series of manmade islets along ...

Not a lie: minimum-wage ordinance is law

Officials publicize signature-gathering liars — Mayor Faulconer absent

Local and state legislators gathered downtown on Monday morning, September 15, to demand an investigation from county district attorney Bonnie Dumanis and/or California district attorney Kamala Harris into alleged misconduct by paid signature-gatherers seeking to ...

Lead candy web page launch

Environmental Health Coalition seeks to cut down brain-damage danger

The Environmental Health Coalition, a local advocacy group most recently involved in the unsuccessful attempt to implement a community plan update in Barrio Logan and a push to improve transit options in SANDAG's plan to ...

The warmonger Obama

Local veterans protest expansion of Middle East campaign

A handful of military veterans congregated along the Sixth Avenue overpass of Interstate 5 during the afternoon rush hour on Thursday, September 11, to express their dismay over president Barack Obama's September 10 statement of ...

Shame heaped on Justice Scalia

“He’s one of the justices who has consistently voted against women.”

Protesters lined West Harbor Drive in front of the Manchester Grand Hyatt during the lunch hour on Thursday demonstrating against a host of perceived injustices at the hands of the federal Supreme Court. From women’s-rights ...

Drought doesn’t diminish county crop yield

Less lettuce, more wine grapes and nuts harvested

San Diego County released figures on the region's annual agricultural output Wednesday, September 10, placing the total value of the farming industry within the county at over $1.8 billion in 2013, an increase of more ...

Lies, lies, signature-gatherers lie

Minimum-wage-hike proponents claim they were duped by petition reps

Former California assemblywoman Lori Saldaña held a press conference on Tuesday, September 9, highlighting "hundreds" of San Diego voters officially submitting forms to withdraw their signatures from a signature-gathering effort intended to place the city's ...

Downtown jailbreak

Last seen in khaki shorts, slippers, and a blue shirt with a large star on it

Authorities were on the lookout Tuesday evening, December 9, for a 26-year-old that managed to escape from downtown's Central Jail shortly before 6 p.m. Don Andrea Torrillo was arrested in Santee on September 5 for ...

Will shoot flames for tools

Alleged thief wields aerosol can to try and escape Poway Home Depot

A Lakeside man and his wife were arrested over the weekend after an attempted theft from a Poway Home Depot location ended with 37-year-old Ignacio Brambila wielding a makeshift flame-thrower against employees. According to a ...

Fast-food workers vs. fat cats

"Jerry Sanders and the chamber of commerce is at war with the working poor."

Fast-food workers and their supporters took to the streets again on Thursday, September 4, in the latest round of one-day strikes in the "Fight for 15" campaign for a $15 minimum hourly wage. Before the ...

Gloria to walk the walk for minimum-wagers

Councilman aims to highlight "deceptive petitions" slithering about town

City council president Todd Gloria, who introduced the hotly contested ordinance calling for a minimum-wage increase and the provision of sick days, is embarking on a weeklong stint wherein he and supporters will attempt to ...

It’ll cost almost $13 million to live next to Mitt

Current Owner: Yaz, LP Listing Price: $12,980,000 Beds: 5 Baths: 7 With only 2850 square feet of living space, the just-remodeled luxury home at 310 Dunemere Drive in La Jolla doesn’t match up in size ...

Collection-call nightmare

Cancer patient sues Kaiser, alleges harassment

A San Diego man is pursuing two lawsuits against healthcare giant Kaiser, claiming that his first suit alleging harassment and violation of state debt collection law wasn't enough to keep the organization's collectors at bay. ...

Warning and message from deportees

Settlement could allow voluntary returnees a second chance at American life

The federal Department of Homeland Security has agreed, as a result of a settlement announced in San Diego courts this week, to inform undocumented immigrants of the consequences of voluntarily submitting to deportation. The news ...

A chip off the bold Rock

Ex-con says mega-church fired him for reporting child molester

A pastor formerly employed by the Rock mega-church, a Point Loma–based operation with more than 16,000 members, claims that he was fired in an attempt to stop him from testifying in a child-molestation case brought ...

Paranoia will destroy ya

Fake cops demand cash to clear bogus warrants

A phone scam employing the threat of arrest is bilking money out of local residents, sheriff's deputies warn. In early 2013, local authorities uncovered an operation in which individuals posing as sheriff's deputies would contact ...

Summer sales sucked

SD housing market declines in June and July hint at a bad year

While housing prices continue to increase in other parts of the state, data released this week by the California Association of Realtors shows San Diegans' appetite for homes at inflated prices is waning. Reports from ...

Please don't read this if you are a terrorist

Rapiscan Secure 1000 full-body scanners not 100 percent secure

Beyond creating controversy over the lifelike nude body images they generated, the Rapiscan Secure 1000 full-body scanners deployed at airports nationwide were susceptible to missing various contraband, researchers from UC San Diego, the University of ...

A Rancho Santa Fe house so extravagant, it does the boasting

Current Owners: The Waite family Listing Price: $10,900,000 Beds: 8 Baths: 10 Casa Bonito Del Rio is a Spanish-style estate encompassing nearly 13,000 square feet of living space on a 9.9-acre equestrian parcel within the ...

Fare enough?

Repeated stings net more arrests at Lemon Grove trolley station

Since launching Operation Lemon Drop in mid-July, sheriff's deputies have continued to target trolley passengers in Lemon Grove for fare-payment enforcement and as a catch-all for other offenders. Criminals, however, seem to not be reading ...

Trail for Humanity ends in San Ysidro

March for migrants — in protest of immigration policy

More than 100 people gathered at Chicano Park in Barrio Logan on Saturday morning, August 16, in support of Trail for Humanity, which was to conclude a 26-day journey from California's Central Valley to the ...

Fracking the ocean blue

Protesters demand halt to dumping of toxic oil-drilling waste.

A group of protesters organized by environmental organizations SanDiego350 and the Center for Biological Diversity, some donning mock hazmat suits, gathered Wednesday morning outside the Catamaran Resort on Mission Bay. Inside, the California Coastal Commission ...

Pave it

I-5 expansion passes Coastal Commission review

After hearing hours of commentary both in favor of and against a proposed multibillion-dollar expansion of Interstate 5 in North County, members of the California Coastal Commission gave their blessing to the plan. The plan ...

War Machine on the loose

Former pro fighter allegedly beat ex-girlfriend in Vegas

Police across the Southwest are still on the hunt for Jonathan "War Machine" Koppenhaver, a San Diego–based mixed martial artist accused of assaulting his supposed porn-star ex-girlfriend and a companion in Las Vegas early Friday ...

Fewer pot dispensaries = more pollution

San Diego and coastal commission sued

The Union of Medical Marijuana Patients has adopted an unusual tactic in the battle being waged for cannabis users. The organization is suing the California Coastal Commission and the city over regulations that restrict the ...

Not so steady as she goes, Mayor Faulconer

Poll: voters back minimum-wage hike

Polling data released on August 7 by Raise Up San Diego claims strong community support for an increase in the minimum wage and provision to provide workers with paid sick leave. It also indicates that ...

Wine for the people

County supervisors order zoning-change exploration

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted on Wednesday, August 6, to begin exploring a proposal to open a significant portion of the county's unincorporated land to uses such as wineries, microbrew operations, cheese-making, ...

It doesn't get any better than this* (*if you have $17.5 million)

35 feet of ocean frontage in the heart of Del Mar

Current Owners: David and Lori Sykes Listing Price: $17,500,000 Beds: 3 Baths: 5 Listing materials for this week’s home invite would-be buyers to “take your front row seat to the spectacular Pacific Ocean and California’s ...

California commits to women in prison

State to spend $2.4 million annually on “reentry” program

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation announced on Monday, August 4, that it will open a new facility providing female inmates approaching the end of their sentences with transitional services to assist with their ...

Mass-transit shame!

San Diego 33rd in nationwide usage

San Diego, the country's eighth-largest city, according to 2012 population statistics, ranks 33rd in mass-transit use, according to data compiled last week by FiveThirtyEight.com. The survey, which looked at 290 of the most populated regions ...

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