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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 ...

Women Occupy San Diego point out cop conflict

Group wants city attorney's office out of police review-board meetings

A group of activists led by Women Occupy San Diego submitted a draft ballot proposal to the City of San Diego that they hope will lead to an overhaul of the Citizens Review Board on ...

Where to buy really fresh fish

Feel free to stray away from the salmon

It’s just before 8:00 on a cool December morning. A crowd of about 30 people has gathered at the edge of a short pier on the north end of Seaport Village. A light breeze blows ...

If you have ten cars, this should be on your short list

Just south of $25 million with views in every direction

Some of the most attractive perks are found outside the main residence.

East County ATMs under attack!

Two in-store machines hit, only one gives up cash

Sheriff's deputies are looking for suspects in a pair of attacks on East County drugstore ATMs early Monday morning (January 4). Shortly after 1 a.m., sheriff's deputies responded to a commercial burglary call at a ...

Justice demanded for "stolen lives"

United Against Police Terror San Diego group stages protest

A police watchdog group gathered in front of the San Diego Police Department's downtown headquarters on Monday (January 4) to demand a thorough accounting of what they say are hundreds of deaths at the hands ...

Thirdhand smoke? Oh, brother.

SDSU researchers warn of long-lasting toxins left by cigarettes

While the public has long been aware of the dangers of smoking and passive exposure to secondhand smoke, researchers at San Diego State University are raising a call for vigilance regarding the perils posed by ...

With dollar signs recorded in his eyes...

ATM skimmer showed little good sense — security cameras, bro!

Authorities in Santee are looking to the public for help in identifying a suspect accused of using a "skimmer" device to steal debit card information from patrons of a local bank. On the afternoon of ...

Christmas bird count isn't all chirps and sunshine

Record numbers also hint that climate change will have negative effect

The efforts of about 130 bird-watchers last weekend resulted in one of the most diverse species observations on record. According to the San Diego Audubon Society, 35 teams of volunteers spread across a 15-mile-wide circle ...

Get the place next door and have an acre in La Jolla

Watch the sunset from your “resort-inspired backyard”

Current Owner: Geranium Limited | Beds: 8 | Baths: 9 | List Price: $12,500,000 This edition’s “spectacular custom estate” is “located in The Shores, a highly desired La Jolla neighborhood” less than a quarter-mile from ...

Deputy's carotid hold unwarranted?

Defendant says ununiformed officer victimized him after traffic incident

A 25-year-old security guard who captured his interaction with a "loose cannon" undercover sheriff's deputy on film last May pleaded not guilty Monday afternoon (December 21) to charges of assaulting an officer. After a traffic ...

Quiet day at SeaWorld

"The people that are going, we're here to educate them."

About two dozen protesters gathered outside the entrance gates to SeaWorld in Mission Bay on Sunday morning (December 20), continuing a years-long campaign that's evolved to target not just the theme park's orca shows but ...

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