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San Diego homeless vets down, homeless in tents up

Jenni Criscenzo throws cold water on the Regional Task Force report

The number of homeless people on the streets of San Diego is on the rise, but fewer of them are finding their way into shelter beds. This, according to the latest numbers from the Regional ...

General Atomics scores another drone contract

Company to supply lithium-ion batteries for shallow water vessels

General Atomics, the La Jolla-based military contractor perhaps best known for its Predator and Reaper aerial drones, announced this week that the company has landed a contract for a new type of unmanned vehicle – ...

Greenpeace rates San Diego tuna firms

American Tuna ties for first, but not Chicken of the Sea or Bumble Bee

San Diego's tuna canning companies are both the best and the worst, according to a new report from the environmental advocates at Greenpeace. The best: Bonita-based American Tuna, which ties for first place among the ...

Gafcon's San Diego bayfront plan seems to please tuna fishermen

Plan to replace Seaport Village and Tuna Harbor would include parking garages, hotels, aquarium, daily fish market - but no pleasure craft in Tuna Harbor

After months of behind-the-scenes bickering and horse trading between San Diego's commercial fishing fleet and a developer tapped by the Port of San Diego to revamp a large portion of a large section of San ...

Toenail abductor at El Cajon Walmart

Police reviewing surveillance tape

Police in El Cajon are searching for a man with exceptionally long toenails in connection with an attempted abduction from the Walmart parking lot outside Parkway Plaza. According to a report from lieutenant Royal Bates, ...

This Rancho Santa Fe house doesn’t need you

Twenty-eight completely automated audio zones, HVAC, lighting, pool systems, surveillance...

Current Owner: unclear Beds: 6 Baths: 7 List Price: $24,995,000 The technological marvel that comprises the estate at 6424 La Valle Plateada in Rancho Santa Fe “excites the senses immediately as one enters the grand ...

San Onofre closed is no great loss

Despite warnings from nuclear proponents, dirty natural gas use isn't rising at area power plants

A common argument used by those in favor of repairing the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station and of renewing the license of Diablo Canyon, the state's last operating nuclear power plant (Pacific Gas & Electric ...

Embarcadero reimagined

Port presents concepts for bayfront improvements

The Port of San Diego on Wednesday evening (March 29) unveiled two new plans for the continuing redevelopment of the Embarcadero section of downtown waterfront running north from the USS Midway to Laurel Street along ...

More parking than most Del Mar homes

$8.8 million gets you space for six of your favorite cars

Beds: 6 Baths: 6 Current Owner: Mark Van Oene List Price: $8,800,000 “It’s getting harder to find a property like this,” warn listing materials for the “magnificent Del Mar Craftsman estate” constructed in 1997 at ...

Planned Parenthood march against Obamacare repeal

"With this disaster of a bill dead and buried, I hope that we can get to work."

Hundreds of Planned Parenthood supporters rallied in Balboa Park on Friday morning (March 24) in anticipation of a congressional vote to defund the organization that was pulled from the table by Republican backers moments before ...

San Diego real estate cools a smidge

Still, only 26 percent of locals can budget a home purchase

California's red-hot housing market may finally be showing signs of cooling — just not quite yet in San Diego. According to data released by the California Association of Realtors trade group, the state's median home ...

Spring-breakers go solar

"It's not like California has all the sun or all the wind."

"We provide solar at no out-of-pocket cost," explains Paul Cleary, executive director of GRID Alternatives San Diego. We're standing in the dirt driveway of a house nestled deep in a canyon on the La Jolla ...

Tiny-house movement for the homeless

"We have so many people who are sleeping in tents...."

A group of homeless advocates has unveiled examples of a long-brewing plan to create extremely low-cost emergency housing as a temporary remedy while longer term solutions to regional homelessness are sought. "We've been trying to ...

Palomar College professor picket

"We were told to give him a break, and we did."

Dozens of Palomar College staff and students picketed outside a meeting of the school's governing board on Tuesday (March 14), demanding action be taken against a controversial new dean installed before the beginning of the ...

Duncan Hunter hears from Affordable Care activists

Protesters allegedly blew their chance to keep meeting congressman

A group of demonstrators gathered outside the El Cajon offices of Representative Duncan Hunter for the sixth time in as many weeks on Tuesday (March 7) to protest a proposal to repeal and replace the ...

Anti-Trumpians root in Ocean Beach sand

Overflow protest crowd forms impromptu exclamation point

Hundreds of protesters gathered in Ocean Beach on Saturday morning (March 4) to send a simple message conveying their feelings about Donald Trump's presidency: "Impeach!" "We've been organizing for the last two or three weeks," ...

100 feet of direct ocean frontage in La Jolla

A lightly traveled strip of sand, just for you

Beds: 7 Baths: 10 Current Owner: Jack Londen List Price: $22,500,000 The oceanfront La Jolla estate at 7400 Vista Del Mar promises prospective buyers the chance to own “a euphoric escape in one of Southern ...

Police chief doesn't bite on traffic-stop study

SDSU report indicates disparities in search rates along racial lines

After nearly three hours of presentations and public testimony in support of an SDSU report on racial profiling in traffic stops, San Diego's city council took what councilmember David Alvarez termed a "deeply troubling" move ...

Congressman Issa missed at town-hall meeting

Facing repeal of Affordable Care Act, protesters ask, "Where is Darrell?"

Hundreds of North County residents packed Jim Porter Recreation Center in Vista on Tuesday night (February 21), while a thousand or more were left to gather outside for a town-hall event missing only its guest ...

Thousands to Faulconer: sanctuary city now

Former L.A. mayor among protesters warning SD mayor of a "soft stance"

Thousands of San Diegans took to the streets downtown on Saturday (February 18), calling on mayor Kevin Faulconer to establish San Diego as a sanctuary city and specifically offer support for Senate Bill 54, a ...

Standing Rock protest movement re-gears up

"This is not the last time we'll be here."

"We knew these attacks were coming, and now more than ever we must grow the resistance," opened Abel Macias, reading a statement from tribal leaders at the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota, where ...

Santa Ysabel property models world’s largest ranch

Self-sustainable estate built in African style

Beds: 5+ Baths: 5+ Current Owner: Stuart Jamieson List Price: $16,000,000 Double S Ranch, situated just west of Lake Henshaw near Santa Ysabel, comprises four residences, including “a multi million-dollar log cabin” set on 560 ...

AT&T workers vote for strike

Protest: "We're not looking for the whole pie, we just want a slice.

A crowd of red-shirted union picketers took to the streets downtown on Saturday morning (February 11), banging drums, chanting, and blowing on vuvuzelas outside an AT&T store at the corner of Third and Broadway. "We're ...

School district spearheads new power revolution

Meatless Mondays, check; biodiesel-powered buses, check

San Diego Unified School District offered a glimpse into the ongoing implementation of its climate action plan on Thursday evening (February 9) with its Family Climate Action Summit. A crowd of about 100 trickled into ...

Fair wage muscle on city hall's steps

"Latinas earn 37 cents for every dollar that white men earn."

Current and former San Diego councilmembers gathered in front of city hall Friday morning (February 10) to offer support for an ordinance being introduced by Chris Ward (District 3) that would require recipients of city ...

Beyond bicycles

“This is change for the better. It's going to help us meet climate goals.”

A crowd of about 50 cycling advocates from across the county packed into Mission Brewery downtown on Saturday morning (February 4) to learn about advocating for their cause: safer, expanded access to city streets for ...

Homeless to sweep sidewalks on Garnet

Police ride-along showed Lorie Zapf the lawlessness

A new Pacific Beach program will include private security patrols and a program that hires local homeless to sweep sidewalks, the area's business improvement district Discover Pacific Beach announced on Friday. Funded in part by ...

$45 mil gets you in Rancho Santa Fe

Third-highest asking price in San Diego County

Current Owner: Sunranch LLC Listing Price: $45,000,000 Beds: 6 Baths: 10 House Size: 20,408 square feet The 22-acre estate at 17111 El Vuelo in Rancho Santa Fe “is located on one of the most coveted ...

Canna-business beachhead established

Pot investors and entrepreneurs come together in Balboa Park

Hundreds gathered at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park Wednesday night (January 25) to celebrate the completion of San Diego's first cannabis-focused business accelerator program. "We're taking entrepreneurs just starting a company ...

Glass elevator with mosaics that change on every floor

Pick up this beauty for just under $14 mil

Current owner: Leonard M. Okun Listing price: $13,500,000 Beds: 4 Baths: 5-1/2 House size: 5540 sq ft The “Venetian Villa” located at 828 Neptune Drive on a quarter-acre oceanfront lot, according to listing materials, “offers ...

What Martin Luther King Day was all about

"This is the people's parade, where you don't have to pay to march in it."

While a parade drew thousands of spectators to San Diego Bay on Sunday (January 15) the hundreds who rallied at City College before marching on city hall Monday afternoon said their event reflected the true ...

San Vicente Reservoir considers hydroelectric project

Might take ten years, but demand for clean juice won't wane

As the world gradually shifts its energy focus to renewable sources such as solar and wind, utilities are faced with a demand for secondary sources — those that are available when the sun isn't shining ...

Downtown protest of Trump cabinet picks

Environmental activists against "gang of thugs"

As many as 100 climate activists gathered downtown on Monday evening (January 9), joining in a nationwide day of protest calling on senators across the country to vote against several of president-elect Donald Trump's cabinet ...

Robot ready for border duty

"It can even tell when you’re curling your toes."

A San Diego State University professor has developed a robotic customs agent he says "is fully ready for implementation" at border crossings worldwide. The Automated Virtual Agent for Truth Assessments in Real Time (AVATAR), according ...

San Diego’s priciest condo, a block west of Horton Plaza

It is likely a resident will never touch the front door

Beds: 3 Baths: 3 Current Owner: Raskin Family List Price: $4,750,000 The region’s priciest condo, a 26th-floor corner unit in the Meridian building at 700 Front Street, promises prospective buyers “exclusive living style in the ...

Stop ticketing the homeless, Mayor Faulconer

"We request that he do so as an emergency humanitarian action."

Advocates for San Diego's homeless population gathered downtown Tuesday morning (January 3) to rally and present mayor Kevin Faulconer's office with a petition calling on police to cease ticketing and arresting individuals living on the ...

Philippines' violence may spare UCSD grad

Former student facing deportation gets new hearing

Nearly two decades after receiving his initial deportation orders, a UC San Diego grad will have his immigration case reopened. Mark Farrales first came to the United States in 1990 after his father, a lawyer ...

Tax consultant caught filing false returns

Uncle Sam shorted $1.2 million between 2008 and 2010

An El Cajon woman has admitted to preparing false tax returns on behalf of her clients, fraudulently reducing their tax burden by $1.2 million between 2008 and 2010. According to a federal Department of Justice ...

Councilwoman Cole's cop committee picks panned

Civil rights lawyers warn of police surveillance in Branch case

Civil rights lawyers and activists from the National Action Network gathered downtown on Wednesday (December 21) to blast new city-council president Myrtle Cole for her appointments to the council's Public Safety and Livable Communities Committee. ...

Gates behind the gates in Poway

Your private cul-de-sac awaits

Beds: 5 Baths: 8 Current Owner: IAB LLC, care of Matthew Kemp List Price: $11,500,000 The sprawling Poway mansion at 14105 Biscayne Place is described in listing materials as “the Trophy Estate at the Heritage,” ...

Down on the urban farm in City Heights

Youth agricultural training includes showing up on time

After several years offering San Diego youth a chance at on-the-job skills development, the Second Chance Youth Garden has found a new home market for their student-grown produce in City Heights. "We felt it was ...

"Hate Has No Business Here" in Mission Hills

Coffee man and councilman go door-to-door with message

"There's been a lot of divisive rhetoric over the last year or so that's made people fearful, and to feel unwelcome," said John Bertsch, owner of the Meshuggah Shack coffee outlet in Mission Hills, before ...

Suspected mail thief's escape thwarted

Steven Michael Johnson caught with woman's purse and other items

Despite his best efforts, a suspected mail thief in East County failed in an attempt to flee sheriff's deputies after a brief pursuit in Alpine on Wednesday morning (December 14). Shortly after 7 a.m., deputies ...

Port district talks pollution minimization

Expansion plan for marine terminal gets smiley face, deemed "holistic"

A group numbering several dozen environmental activists along with residents of Barrio Logan and surrounding communities gathered at the Port of San Diego on Tuesday afternoon (December 13) to cheer the port's board of directors ...

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, ...

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