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The Indian hemp defense?

Humboldt man popped for pot near Pauma reservation

A Humboldt County man was arrested in Bonsall on Tuesday afternoon, March 24, after sheriff's deputies found a large amount of marijuana and cannabis concentrates in his car. The suspect, identified by Sgt. Patrick Yates ...

Environmentalists against solar power

Plaintiffs reject weasel words, obfuscation, and unsupported assumptions

Environmental activists are gearing up for a fight against solar power in the rural borderland East County region of Boulevard, claiming that a proposed solar project will destroy thousands of acres of wildlife habitat. Backcountry ...

SDG&E, you are relieved. Love, most of the council.

Utility left out of city resolution opposing rate restructuring

After receiving a heavy dose of commentary from San Diego–area residents and conducting a spirited debate, the city council on Tuesday afternoon, March 17, passed a revised version of a resolution seeking change to a ...

Spend a bundle on Spindrift Drive

Buy it for the semicircular aquarium

The 10,715-square-foot estate occupying a lot atop the cliffs of La Jolla at 1828 Spindrift is “the most exceptional oceanfront estate available today,” listing materials for the property assert. “Think ‘Grace Kelly meets Howard Hughes.’” ...

SeaWorld sued for overzealous card swiping

And claimant seeks "unconditional gift" from theme park

Already reeling from falling stock prices as well as ongoing protests inspired by the 2013 documentary Blackfish, the theme park chain SeaWorld is now facing another lawsuit, this time from a group led by a ...

High-need students, get in line

Large share of underfunded schools in Orange and San Diego counties

Significant numbers of “high need" students (who mostly come from low-income backgrounds) are learning English as a second language, are placed in the foster-care system, or are attending schools that may not be receiving the ...

Why, Burnbook? Why do you have to exist?

Law enforcement resources get tied up tracking down juvenile males

A new social media app served as the platform for two confirmed threats of violence in San Diego area schools this week. Burnbook, a platform to "anonymously share thoughts and memories," was used to post ...

Thomas Edison might be ashamed

Southern California Edison balks at demand for communications disclosure

Energy-industry watchdogs are still wrangling with former San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station operator Southern California Edison over the release of communications both internal and between the utility and its state regulator in the buildup to ...

You on the bus?

Mass-transit ridership up — locally and nationally

Even though gas prices fell significantly during the past year, public use of mass transit hit a 58-year high in 2014, according to a March 9 report from the American Public Transit Association. San Diego ...

This is why it's called "wacky tobacky"…

Pot grower pocket-dials sheriff during drug-production conversation

Three suspects and 93 marijuana plants were taken into custody late Monday night, March 2, after one of the individuals apparently accidentally called the sheriff's department while in the middle of a conversation about processing ...

The ol' climate action plan push thing

Activists and councilman urge persistence, discourage passivity

A group of environmental activists organized by the Environmental Health Coalition and San Diego 350 gathered Monday, March 2, in Balboa Park to urge the city to "start here, start now" by fast-tracking implementation of ...

Space for one big yacht and two little ones in Coronado

Situated on the edge of an inlet to the Coronado Cays, the luxury estate at 1 Spinnaker Way offers “the largest, most private, un-matched unobstructed bay and channel views from nearly every room,” according to ...

Chargers fan offers backyard for stadium site

"The best way to pay for it is to have other people pay for it"

Thousands of San Diegans showed up to party, tailgate, and generally show their support for the city's football team before a Monday-evening public forum put on by a new stadium advisory group organized by mayor ...

Del Martians polled on new city hall options

Officials stopped calling it an "election" after a lawsuit surfaced

Results of an online "poll" of Del Mar residents are in, and it appears the bulk of the electorate want to spend more than the bare minimum when it comes to replacing the town's aging ...

Part-time professors full-time screwed

Protests against pitiful pay for adjunct faculty

Events on college campuses across the San Diego region, as well as the rest of the nation, sought on Wednesday (February 25) to call attention to the plight of adjunct professors, part-time teachers who often ...

Sunday driver sparks car fire

Bonita woman arrested after Cadillac getaway fails

A drunk driver led sheriff's deputies on a chase through Bonita on Sunday afternoon, February 22, stopping only when her car caught fire as a result of damages incurred during an attempt to flee. According ...

Sempra among "most admired" companies?

Despite allegations of influence-peddling, money-laundering, organized-crime ties...

San Diego–based Sempra Energy, parent of San Diego Gas & Electric, is touting its ranking by Fortune magazine as one of the "World's Most Admired Companies" in a press release last week. The firm ranked ...

Prescription-drug crackdown

They kill more people in San Diego County than car crashes

Two county law-enforcement collectives led by the sheriff's department — the Methamphetamine Strike Force and Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force – swarmed the South Bay on February 19, contacting over 4700 individuals as part of ...

Wake the f*** up. We’re in a drought.

Rancho Santa Fe residents among biggest water users

A new study on water consumption in the San Diego region has conservationists renewing a call for mandatory restrictions on residential water use, including ramping up enforcement efforts and considering implementation of currently temporary measures ...

Might need a ridable vacuum cleaner for this one

Current Owner: B. Edward Ewing Beds: 12 Baths: 13 List Price: $36,500,000 “No event is too large for this grand residence built to impress,” promise listing materials for Casa del Sol, a six-building “master-planned compound ...

No stone wall for National Collegiate Athletic Association

NCAA can't seal Reggie Bush lawsuit revelations

The National Collegiate Athletic Association has failed in its attempt to seal 400 pages of records stemming from an investigation into improprieties related to the collegiate career of football star Reggie Bush, an alum of ...

A matter of nuclear responsibility

Group demands all communications related to San Onofre shutdown

Following local attorney Mike Aguirre's demand for additional investigation into a previously unreported meeting between former California Public Utilities Commission president Michael Peevey and officials with Southern California Edison, operators of the now-defunct San Onofre ...

Sunday is go time

Tank of meth intercepted and four people apprehended

A Lemon Grove man was caught over the weekend attempting to cross the border into the U.S. with a gas tank full of liquid methamphetamine, Border Patrol officials are reporting. The unnamed 39-year-old was stopped ...

Let's smuggle

Two women caught in Pine Valley with two Mexicans in trunk

Two women were apprehended at a Border Patrol checkpoint on Interstate 8 east of Pine Valley Tuesday evening, February 3, after being caught with a pair of men stashed in the trunk of their compact ...

Why not vote with your home computer?

Del Mar doctor sues city for conducting an online poll (not an election!)

Despite protests from a psychiatrist, Del Mar will be allowed to proceed with an online poll of local registered voters, an act city officials say does not constitute an election and thus is exempt from ...

If Navy guys can do it, why can't the gals?

Court-martialed for adultery, officer to fight involuntary discharge

A career Navy officer will get a new chance to fight her involuntary discharge over sexual escapades "unbecoming an officer" that left her ousted just five months before she became eligible for retirement benefits. In ...

Buy this mansion from Jenny Craig

Maybe the best house in the world!

Current Owner: Genevieve (Jenny) Craig Bedrooms: 5 Baths: 6.5 Price: $39,500,000 This week we visit an 8925-square-foot mansion sitting on a nearly three-quarter-acre lot on a small spit of sand lying just across the San ...

Painkiller overload

Former Charger Marcellus Wiley and other footballers appeal tossed lawsuit

Former San Diego Charger Pro Bowl player and current ESPN personality Marcellus Wiley plus a handful of other former NFL players are appealing a federal court judge's decision to toss out their class-action lawsuit claiming ...

Swordsman in flames

Confrontation in Borrego Springs leads to mobile-home blaze

A Borrego Springs man was hospitalized with severe burns Wednesday night, January 28, following an altercation with a neighbor that ended with the subject setting his mobile home ablaze. According to a report from sergeant ...

Pseudo military, super scared

Fake carjacking allegedly carried out by Coronado company

A San Francisco event planner has filed suit against a client company, saying the group arranged to have him assaulted while he was in San Diego organizing an event for the California chapter of Young ...

Pits ahoy

Dogs found locked up in cabin of sailboat adrift

A pair of pitbulls were found in an otherwise unoccupied sailboat drifting off the coast of La Jolla by local lifeguards on Wednesday, January 21. The boat had been seen anchored near La Jolla Shores ...

They wanted to rent this joint for $25,000 a month

Current Owners: Daly Family Trust Bedrooms: 5 Baths: 9 Price: $15,750,000 Prospective buyers of the waterfront mansion on San Diego Bay at 2905 Nichols Street in the La Playa neighborhood of Point Loma are invited ...

Civil obedience marks the march

"Police brutality" protest held on MLK Day

Protesters packed a park in City Heights on Sunday, January 18, to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day — away from the traditional downtown parade. Instead, the protesters, speaking out against police brutality, marched from ...

Imagine Mission Beach underwater

Activists urge stronger enforcement of city's climate plan

Climate change activists from San Diego 350 gathered in Mission Beach on Monday morning, January 19, to give holiday beachgoers a look at what's in store for the neighborhood if sea levels continue to rise ...

San Diego loves a real estate bubble

Home sales good, lower credit standards not so good

Despite a soft market statewide, San Diego home values and sales volume continued to creep up as 2014 drew to a close, new numbers released this week indicate. Analysts fear, however, that high prices are ...

And the band droned on

Senate bill wants Homeland Security to justify use of unmanned planes

A bill introduced this week by Arizona senators John McCain and Jeff Flake seeks to put the brakes on plans to expand the use of surveillance drones along the U.S./Mexico border. Questions have been raised ...

Situation abnormal — all fracked up

"They're taking hydrochloric acid and shooting it into the ground."

Environmental activists packed a meeting hall at King-Chavez Community High School downtown on Monday night, January 12, for the first stop of the California Crossroads Tour, meant to raise awareness and pressure state government to ...

Government milk

Torrey Pines biotech overbills feds for $1.6M

A local biotech has agreed to pay $2.1 million in reimbursements and penalties after filing false claims for payment on a federal contract and grants to develop an influenza treatment, Courthouse News Service reports. Ansun ...

You need wheels, right?

Fake checks used to purchase seven cars from local dealers

A 23-year-old El Cajon woman who managed to fraudulently purchase nearly $200,000 worth of vehicles has been arrested and faces multiple charges related to the spending spree. According to a report from Lt. Frank La ...

Westinghouse aims to cork up the nuke juice

Contract sought for decommissioning of San Onofre

Westinghouse Electric Company, successor to the company that brought the first nuclear reactor online at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in 1968, announced on Monday, January 5, that it will now seek the contract for ...

“Experience the magic" of five bedrooms and eight baths

And the pool goes under the house!

Former Owners: Hughes & Sheila Potiker Bedrooms: 5 Baths: 8 Price: $14,500,000 Listing materials touting the oceanfront property at 9046 La Jolla Shores Lane — situated on the northern bluffs of La Jolla within a ...

Maybe would-be cop-killer unsuccessful

Ball bearings and a slingshot don't deter police dog

Sheriff's deputies arrested an El Cajon man on Monday, January 5, who reportedly called the station in order to issue death threats, promising to kill any law-enforcement officials who responded to his call. Shortly after ...

Car flies off cliff in Ocean Beach

"He must have been doing, like, 80 and barely hit the brakes…"

A vehicle sped off a cliff in southern Ocean Beach early Saturday morning, January 3, resulting in the death of the vehicle's male driver and a female passenger being airlifted to a hospital in critical ...

Fiesta has most garbage

Coastal preservation groups tally year's cleanup results

Nearly 208,000 pieces of trash were collected by volunteers along the San Diego coast in 2014, environmental groups San Diego Coastkeeper and the local Surfrider Foundation chapter are reporting. Once again, cigarette butts are the ...

Championship living

Your personal link has a view of the Fairbanks Ranch links.

An elegant solution for those who enjoy entertaining formally.

Casino to Jamul: Drop Dead

Hollywood’s golden era on Highway 94

Penn National Gaming, which operates 35 gambling centers across the country, and Jamul Indian Village announced the completion of a $36 million site excavation, the first phase in constructing a long-contested casino in East County. ...

Are corporations people?

Big Bopper shot down on labor initiative

An 11-judge federal appeals court panel on Tuesday affirmed an earlier ruling that "initiative power belongs to people," and wound up "butting heads" with a prominent conservative attorney behind the landmark Citizens United case, Courthouse ...

No free ride

Students ask MTS to discount bus passes sold in bulk to school district

Dozens of San Diego high school students descended on Metropolitan Transit System headquarters Wednesday afternoon, December 10, pleading for transit officials' assistance in securing free or reduced-cost bus passes. Following a rally in front of ...

Dolphin water fountains and balustrade walls in Rancho Santa Fe

“One of Fairbanks Ranch’s finest creations”

Current Owner: Exploron Corp. Bedrooms: 10 Baths: 14 Price: $11,500,000 Come home to “one of Fairbanks Ranch’s finest creations,” boasts the opening in marketing material for the estate at 16715 Camino Sierra Del Sur, a ...

Frack the environment!

Offshore-drilling permits approved despite risks to wildlife and ocean

A host of federal agencies are facing legal action after approving or modifying as many as 51 offshore-drilling permits allowing for the use of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," Courthouse News Service is reporting. Earlier this ...

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