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San Diego climate cleanup report card is in

Most municipalities don't meet state's 2030 greenhouse gas reduction target

The City of San Diego's adopted climate action plan is a great start, but there's much more work to be done throughout the county, according to a regional report card issued Wednesday (December 7) by ...

Yo-yo price on Rancho Santa Fe estate

A property so special that it gets its own name

Beds: 7 Baths: 10 Current Owners: Hugh III and Joy Bancroft List Price: $10,800,000 Marketing materials describe the Rancho Santa Fe estate at 6605 La Valle Plateada using the name Il Incanto, Italian for “the ...

Cop traffic-stop report points to racial profiling

"The police department tends to use traffic stops as an investigative tool."

Local activists gathered on Monday (December 5) to call for action from the San Diego Police Department in the wake of a study released by San Diego State University on racial profiling during traffic stops ...

Vigilance expressed at Dakota pipeline rally

Corporation vows to push through plan despite government decision

A candlelight vigil in support of a group of self-described "water protectors" blocking the construction of the oil pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe reservation in North Dakota had an atmosphere of cautious celebration ...

Dirty gas dream to come true in Carlsbad

State court denies another hearing to prevent power-plant construction

Opponents of a controversial gas power plant proposed along Carlsbad's coast were dealt a blow this week, as a three-judge panel at the state First District Court of Appeals denied a request to have the ...

North County carjackers go 1-for-3

Perps traded an Acura and Honda for a Dodge

Sheriff's deputies reported that North County tow-truck driver narrowly escaped a carjacking attempt early Wednesday morning (November 30). A woman who stopped to help the thieves after one of them crashed during a getaway attempt, ...

San Diego Guide to Holiday Fun

Even if yuletide music burns your cochlea on contact ... something for you

I read somewhere that the reason you’re sad around Christmastime is because it’s a reminder of what you’ve lost since childhood: the belief that the world is a magical place that is interested in your ...

Fast-food wage rally snowballs

Marchers also rage for rent control and against Olango killing, Dakota pipeline

As many as 1000 activists pushing a broad range of causes gathered downtown Tuesday evening (November 29), the fourth anniversary of the "Fight for 15" movement backed by fast-food workers and labor unions to raise ...

"Modern Coastal Living" for sale on Mission Bay

Space for you and 20 friends

Beds: 7 Baths: 8 Current Owner: Jeanne Bender-Zehrer List Price: $11,375,000 “This Villa on the Bay is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Modern Coastal Living on the bay,” according to listing materials for the seven-bedroom, seven-and-a-half-bath ...

Dakota pipeline protesters flood Kearny Mesa courtyard

Water vs. oil war brought to Army Corps of Engineers' doorstep

Despite a call from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Monday (November 14) for a round of additional studies that would temporarily delay construction of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline, supporters of residents at ...

Balboa Park bypass bridge and parking project okayed

"We're talking about $80 million for 267 spaces, or about $300,000 a space."

After years of delays that included criticism from many sources, lawsuits, and the withdrawal and later reinstatement of millions of dollars' worth of private funding, San Diego's city council on Monday (November 14) approved up ...

50 murders by the Border Patrol?

"We will not live in fear; we will not get used to this."

"Even if you do something wrong, you should make it to jail alive," says Birdie Gutierrez, an organizer whose group, La Flor De La Resistencia, was represented among about 30 protesters who gathered in San ...

Local housing affordability rate lags

San Diego, 26%; statewide, 31%

Home affordability in San Diego County continues to lag much of the state, according to new statistics released this week by the California Association of Realtors trade group. Roughly 26 percent of San Diegans could ...

A $13 million piece of Bird Rock

"Always have your camera ready!"

Beds: 5 Baths: 6 Current owner: Grossman family List price: $12,000,800 “Escape to your own private sanctuary and fill your senses with sights, sounds and the serenity of this amazing rare La Jolla custom oceanfront ...

Barrio takes last stand against convadium

"This is a community that will fight tooth and nail to avoid being erased."

A group of Barrio Logan residents and supporters gathered Monday evening (November 7) on the corner of Cesar E. Chavez Parkway and Logan Avenue in a last-minute effort to discourage support for Measures C and ...

"Cowboy" cop blamed for Olango killing

Police department sued for unconstitutional policies and practices

The family of Alfred Olango, an unarmed black man who was shot and killed by El Cajon police in September, have filed a second claim against the police department, accusing the officers involved of excessive ...

Mayoral machinations claimed in Mission Bay's Measure J

Opponents miffed, allege lack of transparency and hypocrisy

A group of opponents to San Diego's Measure J — a down-ballot proposition that seeks to potentially reconfigure and redistribute monies generated from Mission Bay Park — gathered on Tuesday afternoon (November 1), calling out ...

Hipster zone planned for North Park

Community plans for Golden Hill and South Park also laid out

Mid-city residents packed city-council chambers on Tuesday afternoon (October 25) as councilmembers convened to consider long-awaited updates to community plans for North Park and Golden Hill. The most contentious discussion centered around the North Park ...

Warning: annual tax bill of $86,679

But, hey, it has a bocce court

Beds: 6 Baths: 11 Current Owner: Edward J Wald List Price: $8,750,000 “Set behind gates on a long and private drive in Rancho Del Lago, one of Rancho Santa Fe’s most coveted addresses,” boasts listing ...

Dakota pipeline opponents take stand in La Jolla

Issue afforded no priority by Barack, Donald, or Hillary

A group of climate activists lined La Jolla Shores Drive on Monday morning (October 24), calling on president Barack Obama to take executive action to halt construction on a controversial oil pipeline in North Dakota. ...

Barrio Logan residents demand safety above Chicano Park

Taller containment walls proposed for Coronado bridge after crash

A family member of two victims of a drunk driver whose vehicle flew off the Coronado Bridge and into Chicano Park on Saturday broke the silence from the families of those involved before assembled media ...

Unaffordable: Home price soar, salaries lag

Hot competition for a slice of the American pie.

The median price for a single-family home in San Diego County at the end of 2016’s first quarter, according to the California Association of Realtors, stood at just over $554,000. Assuming you’ve got access to ...

Mega composter in Santa Ysabel

"There's strong evidence that we could cool the earth right now..."

Ground was broken in Santa Ysabel on October 13 on an ambitious new project that seeks to prove soil management can be used to fight climate change throughout California and beyond. "This is all about ...

Ocean Beach construction project draws community ire

Protestor thwarted by 25-foot measuring tape

A small crowd of about 50 OBecians gathered Saturday afternoon (October 15) at the corner of Ebers and Greene to protest the construction of what has alternatively been billed by the developer first as a ...

Coastkeeper says water board sends wrong message

We’re saving only 15 percent, not 25

Despite the state's ongoing exceptional drought, a recent report shows conservation efforts are easing, particularly along the southern coast. In April 2015, governor Jerry Brown signed an executive order targeting a 25-percent reduction in water ...

A house that biotech built

Asian-inspired beauty

Beds: 5 Baths: 6 Current Owner: Howard Birndorf List Price: $8,900,000 The estate home situated at 5979 Rancho Digueno in the southern hills of Rancho Santa Fe is described in listing materials as an “Asian ...

Feet, not commercials or mail, decide the vote

"I hear a lot of people saying, 'Oh, my vote don't count.'"

Saturday, October 8, served as the one-month marker before next month's general election. Precinct walkers — wooing for candidates and favored propositions — will begin to pound the pavement in earnest. But for one group ...

Congressman stands up for vapers' rights

"For me, this is about freedom," says Duncan Hunter at Santee rally

A small crowd of e-cigarette enthusiasts gathered outside a Santee vape shop on Tuesday (October 4), rallying in support of access to the controversial products that some credit for breaking years-long addictions to cigarettes and ...

Compost conversations

Attendees of Food Waste Solution Summit say county could do better

Composting, the process by which plant matter and food waste is broken down into soil, has long been recognized as a key component in developing a nutrient-rich base for organic farming. But recent research, as ...

Mission Bay Campland to become marsh land

Plans unveiled on how to expand Kendall-Frost Reserve

After months of poring over notes gathered after consulting with community members in June the San Diego Audubon Society, tasked with developing a plan to restore wildlife habitat in the northeastern corner of Mission Bay ...

Police killing of Alfred Olango protested

"If the object was a gun, they would've called it a gun."

Protests continued Wednesday morning (September 28) outside the El Cajon Police Department, after officers shot and killed an unarmed black man they say was "not only endangering himself, but motorists." On Tuesday afternoon, Alfred Olango's ...

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, ...

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