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Not just a home — a soaring tour de force

A potential front seat at the convadium

Beds: 4 | Baths: 4 | Current Owner: Robert Wright | List Price: $5,900,000 The Harbor Club condominium complex, comprising two towers at the foot of Harbor Drive across from the convention center and blocks ...

Larger financial institutions receive lion's share of complaints, study finds

Big bad banks

In the wake of the housing crisis of the late 2000s, a host of fraud and misconduct charges against big banks alleging everything from illegal manipulation of financial markets to the latest scandal involving customers ...

Renewed calls for rent control

Tenants rally downtown on national day of action

Advocates for the implementation of a rent control policy joined the like-minded in 45 other cities nationwide, taking to the streets of downtown as part of a national day of action on Thursday, September 22. ...

Sales tax linked to pollution

Those against wider I-5

A coalition including environmentalists, organized labor, local chambers of commerce, and politicians gathered this afternoon outside Kimball Elementary in National City to launch a campaign against a proposal to enact a half-cent sales tax across ...

Politicians stand up for deported veterans

"Every American can look at this issue...and know that this isn't fair."

A group of advocates for veterans and local politicians gathered in Balboa Park on Monday morning (September 19) to call attention to the plight of servicemembers who, after receiving honorable discharges following their military service, ...

Downtown protest against Dakota pipeline

"We are not protesters, we are protectors."

Over 100 climate activists gathered downtown on Tuesday evening (September 13) as part of a national day of action aimed at convincing President Obama to put a stop to construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. ...

Untouched property on Neptune Drive

New, never used. Comes with Robern uplift medicine cabinets

Beds: 5 Baths: 6 Current Owner: Leonard Okun List Price: $11,995,000 The newly constructed oceanfront estate at 824 Neptune Avenue in Encinitas is billed as “an exquisite masterpiece” that is “sophisticated and inspiring” as it ...

More beds for the homeless

"Our city has a vacancy rate of nearly zero," says Father Joe's president

Local homeless services provider Father Joe’s Villages is pushing to expand its capacity of permanent housing for homeless individuals to a total of 947 beds, the group announced on Monday (September 12). "A growing part ...

SeaWorld slapped for plastic litter

Artist investigates source of washed-up detritus

The curiosity of a North County artist and beachcomber recently resulted in a slap on the wrist for SeaWorld, San Diego Coastkeeper is reporting. Janis Selby Jones has long walked the beaches of North County, ...

Try eating healthy on $4.27 a day

Hunger Coalition suggests challenge

Advocates from San Diego Hunger Coalition gathered in Point Loma on Friday (September 2) to begin a monthlong campaign to call awareness to the difficulty many San Diegans face in feeding their families. "Hunger is ...

Honduran mahogany, Brazilian granite, Venetian plaster

Honduran and Cameroonian influences in Olde Del Mar

Beds: 5 Baths: 5 Current Owners: Charles & Patricia Zuker List Price: $10,700,000 Welcome to what’s billed as an “extraordinary seaside Villa in Olde Del Mar,” where one can “enjoy spectacular whitewater ocean, sunset, and ...

Power plant ready to fire up near border

Otay Mesa facility to be used during peak demand only...allegedly

A new natural gas power plant in Otay Mesa is "essentially finished with construction and is about to enter commercial operation," according to developer Apex Power Group. Following performance testing, the controversial plant is expected ...

More trucks to barrel through Barrio Logan

Tenth Avenue terminal expansion plans objectionable to environmentalists

A local environmental advocacy group is expressing its displeasure with a plan put forth by the Port of San Diego to expand operations at the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal. The port says modernization of the ...

Massive glass doors and tidal elements everywhere

Home built in 2007; remodeled in 2015. Yours for just $18 million.

Beds: 5 Baths: 8 Current Owner: Christopher and Melanie Huber List Price: $18,000,000 “Welcome to one of the premier oceanfront estates in the world, where no expense was spared,” promise the opening lines of promotion ...

Chinese spy in San Diego sentenced to prison

Woman attempted to smuggle General Atomics Reaper drone to China

A San Diego woman was sentenced to 50 months in prison today (Friday, August 19) for conspiring to export fighter jet engines and military drones to China, the Department of Justice is reporting. Wenxia "Wency" ...

Miramar Air Show planes "don't drop food, they drop bombs"

Are 10 percent of flyers killed?

A group of anti-war activists led by San Diego Veterans for Peace spent Thursday afternoon (August 18) hanging banners above I-15 at Carrol Canyon Road protesting the Miramar Air Show, scheduled to take place next ...

Judgment against military housing firm

Accused of unlawful evictions and false filings

A private real estate firm that specializes in providing housing to active-duty servicemembers will pay $200,000 to settle claims it unlawfully evicted several of them, according to the terms of a proposed settlement released Wednesday, ...

North Park Kentucky Fried Chicken picket

"If we could get them to stop serving antibiotic-laced meat..."

Organizers with the consumer advocacy group CalPIRG gathered in front of a North Park fast-food outlet on Tuesday (August 9) to deliver signatures and entice passersby to pose for "photo petitions" aimed at ending the ...

Port District goes after parking scofflaws

Rate increases near airport and on Shelter Island

The Port of San Diego on Thursday (August 4) unveiled plans to increase the cost of parking at a handful of locations under Port control. The proposal, outlined at a sparsely attended public outreach forum, ...

PB hotel rooms more expensive than Del Mar's?

And more than Marina Del Rey and Santa Monica?

Of all the pricey spots along the coast to choose for a summer vacation, San Diego's Pacific Beach ranks as the costliest beach town in California for visitors, according to a new survey released by ...

189 avocado trees and 10,000 palms

Fallbrook avocado farmers, sharpen the shears

Beds: 7 Baths: 7 Current Owner: Burma Bigz Ranch LLC List Price: $10,000,000 The amenities at 230 Burma Road in the inland North County community of Fallbrook, listing materials promise, make up “one of the ...

Rage against Trans-Pacific Partnership and Scott Peters

Protesters say trade bill is "going to be NAFTA on steroids"

A handful of activists gathered outside the La Jolla offices of Representative Scott Peters on Monday morning (August 1), flying a 25-foot inflatable blimp and demonstrating their disapproval of Peters's stance in support of the ...

Slain officer's vigil includes policing critique

"Grave need" to bridge the animosity gap, says activist leader

A group of activists gathered in Southcrest on Friday afternoon (July 29), site of a shooting that left one San Diego police officer dead and another wounded on Thursday night during a traffic stop. The ...

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 ...

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