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Food Waste Fiasco

"We could be feeding another 10,000 people."

Rob Greenfield returned to his home in Ocean Beach about three weeks ago. He’d been on a five-month tour of the country, by bicycle, raising awareness of food waste in many grocery stores along the ...

Lookin' at you, kitty

Local tech firm raises money for litter-box scale

A team of local entrepreneurs has struck Kickstarter gold, more than doubling the amount of cash sought to fund their invention: a digital scale attached to a litter box for cats. San Diego-based Pet Wireless ...

Defiler of the desert

Owner of RV storage site disposed of human waste on property

The owner of an RV storage facility located within the popular Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area east of farmland in the Imperial Valley has admitted in a San Diego courthouse to dumping "potentially millions of ...

Not called "toilet-to-tap"!

Nasty name shed, unanimous vote moves Pure Water plan forward

The San Diego City Council on Tuesday, November 18, unanimously voted to move forward with the implementation of Pure Water San Diego, a 20-year plan that could result in a significant portion of the region's ...

Gun up

No state appeal of concealed firearm restrictions

Thanks to a lack of action from San Diego sheriff Bill Gore, gun-control advocacy group Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence will not be allowed to push for tighter restrictions on concealed weapons permits statewide, ...

Veterans for Peace makes its (grave) mark

"The feedback has changed significantly over the years."

A group of military veterans gathered in front of the Midway museum downtown before the city's annual Veterans Day parade with a display intended to both memorialize and call attention to Southern California soldiers who've ...

Six sprawling acres in Rancho Santa Fe

Current Owners: Richard & Christine Nicholas Bedrooms: 8 Baths: 14 Price: $17,900,000 Casa de las Palmas, a sprawling, six-acre estate at 16270 Via de la Valle is located “within the most exclusive Covenant area of ...

O baby, what art thou?

Californians left out of gender-judging company’s settlement

Californians duped by a company promising to predict the gender of a fetus based upon a urine sample from the mother are out of luck when it comes to receiving restitution, a federal appeals court ...

Water-quality control taught young

Elementary-schoolers visit Birch Aquarium on World Water Monitoring Day

More than 100 elementary school students from Oceanside and Tijuana gathered Friday morning, November 7, at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps for the 12th annual World Water Monitoring Day. "It's a global initiative to teach ...

Apartment owners pushed to butt out

County jumps on federal bandwagon to encourage cigarette ban

San Diego County officials have stepped behind a push by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to encourage apartment-building owners to ban smoking anywhere on their properties. Last month, HUD released ”Change ...

No friend to Diablo Canyon

Nuclear Regulatory Commission and PG&E dodged rules, claims suit

Environmentalist collective Friends of the Earth, one of several groups that played a significant role in pushing for the permanent shutdown of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, is asking a federal judge to order ...

Dirty energy today for a clean tomorrow

As hydroelectricity dries up, Californians will rely on natural gas more

New numbers from the California Energy Commission indicate that, even excluding the effects of severe drought that have diminished the availability of hydroelectric power and the shutdown of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, state ...

"Rock House" still on the market

Maybe the biggest Craftsman-style home in Southern California, if not the U.S.

his Poway shanty created a mahogany shortage during construction.

Check the kids’ bags for boo

Sheriff’s Halloween pot-candy warning suggests nefarious plans afoot

Razor blades in apples and poisoned popcorn have fallen by the wayside as primary concerns for parents monitoring their children's goodie bags on Halloween. Instead, according to a warning issued by the San Diego sheriff's ...

Drive-by in Lemon Grove

Bullet holes in stucco; near-victims no help to investigators

Sheriff's deputies in Lemon Grove are searching for leads in an attempted drive-by shooting on yesterday afternoon (Oct. 26) that left neighbors terrified and the presumptive victims tight-lipped. Deputies were called to the 3600 block ...

General Atomics considers India

Next-generation military weapons development could be headed overseas

Aided by a friendly business climate cultivated by India’s prime minister Narendra Modi, San Diego–based General Atomics is exploring avenues to shift production and development of next-generation military weaponry and infrastructure to his country, according ...

Maybe because they don't want you to vote?

Mixed results in non-partisan outreach efforts

Two "get out the vote" efforts, both ostensibly pushing a non-partisan message encouraging San Diegans to cast a ballot, are being received differently. Social justice advocacy group Alliance San Diego had its attempt to place ...

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 ...

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