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What’s next after Shamu splashes the last guest?

New group offers plans for retiring SeaWorld residents

In November of last year, the California Coastal Commission decided the San Diego location of the SeaWorld theme-park chain could expand its concrete tanks housing orca whales only on the condition that the park curtail ...

San Diego watershed survey yields fair–poor results

Some H2O levels so low, sample collections not viable, says Coastkeeper

Water-quality watchdog San Diego Coastkeeper released results on Tuesday (May 10) of its annual water-quality survey that compiles monthly data collected from San Diego's nine watersheds. As has been a trend in recent years, the ...

Edward, Prince of Wales, lived here

Melrose Ranch has quite a history

Current Owner: de Jong Family Beds: 5 Baths: 4 List Price: $28,000,000 Listing materials for Melrose Ranch, a “one of a kind property,” assure that the place has been “amazingly restored by a family of ...

Protest at Sports Arena Verizon store

Telecom union workers speak out against jobs being sent abroad

As many as 100 local telecom union workers converged on a Verizon Wireless storefront on Sports Arena Boulevard Thursday afternoon (May 5) in support of striking Verizon workers. The workers they're supporting, however, are call-center ...

May Day rally and march downtown

"Economic rights are won through struggle in the streets."

About 250 activists gathered downtown on Sunday (May 1, or May Day) to rally and march from City College to Chicano Park in support of workers' rights, higher wages, reduced immigration enforcement, and lower incarceration ...

Response Expo/invention convention held downtown

"As seen on TV" wares seen here first

Inventors from across the country converged on San Diego this week with the hopes of being discovered by one of a host of "as seen on TV" marketing firms gathered to talk shop. For ten ...

Time-out for pot shops, say county supervisors

"The groups here today have started or are on the verge of creating solid businesses..."

After hours of public testimony and discussion, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted on Wednesday (April 27) to freeze the status of several proposed or approved medical marijuana dispensaries, potentially for as long ...

Apartment tenant action in Linda Vista

"...cockroach and rodent infestations, leaky roofs and windows, broken windows..."

Dozens of protesters rallied in front of a Linda Vista apartment complex Wednesday afternoon (April 27), demanding property managers immediately begin dealing with a backlog of habitability complaints ranging from deferred maintenance to rodent infestation ...

A whale of a house

Full barbecue service area? Do go on

Current Owner: Chenago Family Trust Beds: 5 Baths: 6 List Price: $15,950,000 Advertising remarks for the estate at 8410 Whale Watch Way, situated on a hillside about a half-mile from La Jolla Shores, begin with ...

Optimistic "Beyond Drought" report from water authority

San Diego water use less today than three decades ago

Despite an ongoing drought, the San Diego County Water Authority is boasting in its annual report — released April 21 and titled "Beyond Drought" — that the region's water supply is stable and in excess ...

Not if — when weed is legal

"It's really difficult to determine exactly where and how the product is grown."

Earlier this month the Public Policy Institute of California released a report outlining recommendations for the state if any of several competing measures to legalize the recreational use of marijuana passes this November. The main ...

Murderer tries to kill two guards at Donovan

Large piece of concrete rock serves as weapon

Prison authorities say an inmate already serving a murder sentence attempted to kill two guards on Monday morning (April 11) at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in Otay Mesa. According to lt. Philip Bracamonte, an ...

Live on Coronado’s 1st Street

The ultimate in...everything

Sales literature that almost achieves mysticism.

School field trips for all

"It's assumed that kids have access to and go to the beach all the time."

A National City nonprofit that has spent the past decade providing locally based science curriculum to elementary students is seeking to expand its footprint in the classroom by opening to the general public its eco ...

Divide is deep between voters and nonvoters

Study reveals perspectives of haves and have-nots

Only about half of California's adult residents are likely to vote in this year's presidential election, according to a study released last week by the Public Policy Institute of California. While low voter turnout is ...

Four all-usable acres

Prepare to be stunned in Rancho Del Lago

Current Owners: Gregorio & Vanessa Reyes Beds: 7 Baths: 11 List Price: $8,995,000 The “magnificient” Summerhill Estate is a 15,000-square-foot estate “sited on four all-usable acres atop a private knoll” in the “high end luxury ...

Excessive police force in pursuit of Cheetos bandit?

"What would happen if we were in La Jolla?"

A pair of religious leaders and community organizers stood in front of a gas station Thursday evening (March 31) to protest what they say was an excessive police reaction to a failed petty-theft attempt that ...

SD lags in food-assistance enrollment

County ranks 42nd out of 58 counties in the state

Despite repeated criticism and refutation by local government officials, a report released last week by the Public Policy Institute of California finds that San Diego still lags well behind the state and nation in enrolling ...

UC students road trip in support of plastic bag ban

This report brought to you by Tizzy the turtle

Student members from California Student Public Interest Research Group chapters at various University of California campuses were stationed along the boardwalk in Pacific Beach on Friday (March 25) with their mascot Tizzy, a 30-foot inflatable ...

Unholy Thursday for janitor treatment

Downtown march sought to open blind eye to low pay and harassment

A group of spiritual leaders assembled by the Interfaith Coalition for Worker Justice used the celebration of Holy Thursday to join with organized-labor supporters in a push to publicize ongoing negotiations between commercial building owners ...

Healthy food powwow

"Does the consumer know how to use it?" Hamburger asked.

A group of healthcare experts and local food-industry professionals gathered on Monday (March 21) to discuss the link between access to food and overall health and to explore ways to get healthy food into underserved ...

Silly, don't water the lawn

"Most of our residential water use is actually in our yards."

Home gardeners from across San Diego gathered on Sunday (March 20) for an event hosted by water-quality watchdog San Diego Coastkeeper to discuss the potential impact of rainwater capture in the face of the region's ...

SeaWorld's last orca generation

Theme-park CEO takes some credit for "attitudinal change"

After years of protests, negative advertising campaigns, and lawsuits that have led to plunging revenues and stock prices, SeaWorld executives announced on Thursday (March 17) that they would begin taking steps to end the practice ...

Supes put kibosh on pot shops

Moratorium on approvals and openings of new storefronts before April 27

The County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously yesterday (March 16) to place a temporary moratorium on the approval of new medical marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated areas. The issue packed the board's chambers with residents, most ...

Life on the top

Get a unit at Downtown’s first residential high-rise

This joint has a separate elevator for tradespeople.

Justice sought for Robert Branch

"Bonnie Dumanis has continued to criminalize black and brown communities of color."

A small contingent of protesters assembled downtown on Thursday afternoon (March 10) in anticipation of preliminary hearings for the criminal trial of Robert Branch, a security-guard accused of assaulting a sheriff's deputy after an apparent ...

Urban farming is on like King Kong

Vacant parcels between 0.1 and 3 acres in size to get big tax breaks

San Diego's city council voted last week to implement the measures of Assembly Bill 551, a law passed in 2014 that provides tax incentives to owners of vacant parcels between 0.1 and 3 acres in ...

Live like Junior Seau

In 1994, the Seaus purchased the home for $2.9 million

Stones and Bowie money bought this one ten years ago.

San Diego County declares war on HIV

New case reported every 18 hours?

San Diego on Tuesday (March 1) moved closer to the rollout of a program with the ambitious goal of completely eliminating new cases of HIV within the county. In 2014, the San Diego County Board ...

San Clemente buzzkillers

Smorgasbord of party drugs intercepted at checkpoint

Border Patrol agents are trumpeting the seizure of what they're referring to as "a smorgasbord of drugs" at the San Clemente checkpoint along Interstate 5 on Monday, February 22. The first checkpoint catch occurred shortly ...

Reenter the Snapdragon

Samsung reengages with Qualcomm

Shares in Qualcomm, one of San Diego's largest employers, are on the rise following the announcement that mobile-phone giant Samsung will return to using the company's Snapdragon processors. The announcement last October that Samsung was ...

Give up the keys, drunkie

Bill would mandate server training to recognize intoxicated drivers

Dozens of UC San Diego medical students gathered with California assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez on Friday (February 19) to promote Gonzalez's proposed Assembly Bill 2121, which would mandate participation in a program that provides education to ...

Pledge to go a year without a car

Neighborhoods come alive

“I think of the bike being like a prism ­— the trader is a beam of light going in, and from that they emit a rainbow.”

Still intimate under 12,000 square feet of roof in Roxbury Terrace

East Coast flair + West Coast ambience

Current Owner: Sunwest Builders Development Beds: 7 Baths: 11 List Price: $9,800,000 This week, a visit to “the newest home at Rancho Santa Fe’s intimate gated enclave of Roxbury Estates.” The residence at 14771 Roxbury ...

Former Charger Shawne Merriman settles Nike lawsuit

Thanks, sportswear giant!

Former San Diego Chargers and Buffalo Bills linebacker Shawne Merriman, whose NFL All Pro career was marred by domestic violence charges, steroid-related suspensions, and injuries, has settled a lawsuit with athletic-apparel maker Nike, which he ...

Unlit, ill-equipped and overloaded

Smugglers popped in waters off O.B. pier

Customs and Border Patrol officials, working in cooperation with the U.S. Coast Guard, seized an "unlit and overloaded vessel" packed with undocumented immigrants off the municipal fishing pier in Ocean Beach on Monday night (February ...

Dave Mustaine was here

House of rock for sale in Fallbrook

Current Owner: Shmily Land Trust (Dave & Pamela Mustaine) Beds: 7 Baths: 7 List Price: $5,375,000 The whimsically named Le Rêve Fallbrook is an “English garden style home with Old California influences” that listing materials ...

SDG&E is on our side this time

Lawsuit filed against Chevron and Texas-based NRG Energy

San Diego Gas & Electric customers are paying $1.2 million a month to transport natural gas to a power plant that doesn't even supply the region with energy, the California Department of Water Resources and ...

How to bust this drought?

Report suggests solutions should come from feds, focus on agriculture

Local actions like lawn-watering restrictions and other calls on residents to reduce their water use aren't what will sustain California in what's expected to be an increasingly dry future, according to a study released Monday ...

40 acres and a dream for Mission Bay

Kendall-Frost Marsh isn’t as big as it should be

A January 30 open-house event provided community members, students, and a handful of interested passers-by a rare glimpse into a piece of land on the edge of Mission Bay that contains the last bit of ...

Now gobble this...

Wage bill for Thanksgiving workers may yield double pay

After more than a year of campaigning, a measure backed by former labor leader and current California assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez that would require large retailers to pay at least double time to employees called in ...

"I feel like I'm forced to use my car."

San Diego Association of Governments loves them some freeway

A group of environmentalists and labor organizations billing themselves as the San Diego Quality of Life Coalition rallied in National City yesterday (January 25), calling on the San Diego Association of Governments to focus on ...

No fish farm in federal waters off O.B.!

"Super-sized 11-million-pound commercial fish factory" protested

Water-quality advocates with San Diego Coastkeeper announced this week that the group is petitioning the federal Environmental Protection Agency to deny a discharge permit for the proposed Rose Canyon Aquaculture Project, which detractors say would ...

Realtor vs. realtor

Federal lawsuit filed over data-sharing agreement

An ongoing war between local divisions of the nation's primary real estate trade group has resulted in the filing of a federal lawsuit last week by the Greater San Diego Association of Realtors against its ...

A rare chance to own history

Henry Hester home comes on the market

Current Owner: Richard & Laura Anderson Beds: 7 Baths: 10 List: $15.5 million Promotional materials for the estate listed for sale at 7400 Hillside in La Jolla promise to deliver “one of the most amazing ...

Here come the cameras, O.B.

Will police have available budget to monitor video in real-time?

A group of Ocean Beach residents, organized under the banner Citizens Against Privacy Abuse, gathered at the foot of Newport Avenue on Saturday afternoon (January 16) to protest the planned installation of ten surveillance cameras ...

Costco conspiracy gone wrong

Trio of would-be shoplifters arrested

Three local residents were arrested following a botched attempt at robbing a Poway area Costco on Thursday afternoon, sheriff's deputies are reporting. According to an account from sergeant Mark Haynesworth, two suspects later identified as ...

Exploring the future of energy in Carlsbad

"El Nino isn't going to fix the problem — it'll fix next summer's problem at best."

A group of about 100 Carlsbad residents gathered on the afternoon of January 13 to participate in a forum focused on the future of energy generation and delivery for the region and beyond. A discussion ...

Another first Bitcoin ATM

North Park firm places cryptocurrency trading kiosk in Encinitas teriyaki shop

A device being billed as "San Diego's first 2-way Bitcoin ATM" made its debut in a North County fast food restaurant this week. A similar device where users could purchase the so-called "crypto-currency," which is ...

Behind the green screen

Democrats trot out environmental credentials for primary endorsements

It’s the beginning of an election year, and politicos angling for offices from the local to the national scale are lining up to collect endorsements from clubs and advocacy groups in advance of California’s June ...

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