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Stories by Dave Rice

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 ...

Pollution controls weakened by water agency

"This amendment says that trying is enough — it gives an 'A' for effort."

Local water-quality activists are protesting what they say is a weakening of pollution controls on water runoff in storm drains by the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board. Last month, the board added a ...

City to implement climate action plan

Goal: 100 percent of energy from renewable sources by 2035

Following years of planning and nearly two hours' worth of public comment on December 15, San Diego's city council voted unanimously (8-0, with councilmember Scott Sherman not attending) to approve a final climate action plan ...

Sequester yourself in the Secret Ranch

This one is worth the $23 million asking price

Current Owner: El Secreto LLC (William & Kathryn Scripps) Bedrooms: 8 Baths: 13 Price: $23,000,000 Welcome to “The Secret Ranch,” a 12-acre estate with more than 12,400 square feet of living space under roof located ...

From Pacific to plate

Local fishermen help craft new law governing dockside markets

A group of local fishermen and others in the food industry gathered downtown on Monday afternoon (December 7) to celebrate the passage of a new state law aimed at helping establish dockside fish markets in ...

San Diego deputies "obviously intoxicated"

Undercover operation stings 4 out of 8 liquor stores visited

Undercover sheriff deputies in Vista found plenty of liquor-store clerks willing to sell booze to "obviously intoxicated" patrons, according to the results of a sting on Saturday afternoon (December 5). "An undercover deputy entered a ...

So 1860s: Robert E. Lee Elementary

"We will see the name change, or else we're coming for you."

California assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez joined the San Diego chapter of the National Action Network and the San Diego Black Police Officers' Association on Wednesday afternoon (December 2) to call for a name change to Robert ...

More trees to hug in San Diego's future

Climate action plan approved by council committee

After more than a year of prodding from activists and planning by officials, a climate action plan for San Diego introduced by city councilmember Todd Gloria during his stint as interim mayor is moving toward ...

Thanksgiving hunger strike

Foreign nationals protest long-term incarceration

Over a hundred immigrants being held at three detention centers, including one in Otay Mesa and others in Orange County and Alabama, started a hunger strike last week to protest bed quotas requiring the U.S. ...

A home with a place to park your seaplane

Remodeled mansion below the Silver Strand

Beds: 6 Baths: 7 Current Owner: Roger Anderson Asking Price: $10,990,000 This week: a newly remodeled mansion in the exclusive Coronado Cays, a private community below Silver Strand State Beach on the southwestern edge of ...

Retired cop sues Border Patrol

Donald Lumb says he was assaulted at I-8 inspection checkpoint

Retired Chula Vista police officer Donald Lumb is accusing Customs and Border Protection agents stationed at a checkpoint on Interstate 8 east of Pine Valley of attacking him, then arresting him on false charges of ...

San Diego's toxic air "hot spots" revealed

Six facilities singled out

The County of San Diego has released its annual Air Toxics "Hot Spots" report, highlighting pollution problems around the county. "Motor vehicles, area sources, and natural sources are key contributors to the toxic air contaminants ...

File under: La Mesa Lunkheads

Suspected stun-gunning purse-snatcher caught

A couple suspected in a purse-snatching incident were arrested Wednesday night (November 18), police are reporting. On November 5, a suspect later identified as 18-year-old Dante Bahena approached a woman in her 50s who had ...

Just make sure it's a nice beach in 37 years

Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility leery of Edison

Piling on to issues already faced by the failed San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station and the state agencies that regulate it, including the California Public Utilities Commission and the California Coastal Commission, nuclear watchdog group ...

City slickness for East County

Construction on four-star Marriott expected to begin in January

Last week, the City of El Cajon closed on the sale of land at the northeast corner of Magnolia and Rea avenues that will one day be occupied by a hotel. The Marriott will be ...

Sweat equity added to Veterans Day

Lakeside townhouse building gets solar panels installed

A group of volunteers spent their Veterans Day putting the finishing touches on a new solar power system donated to four disabled veterans and their families at a small Lakeside townhome complex. According to Tom ...

Awake and registered to vote

Protesters vow to steer minimum-wage issue to the ballot box

Protesters from the "Fight for 15" movement to boost minimum wages staged a series of events across San Diego on Tuesday (November 10) as part of a larger nationwide action taking place exactly a year ...

King of Costco looks to offload Bird Rock mansion

Complete with secluded sandy beach

Beds: 6 Baths: 8 Current Owners: Sinegal Family Asking Price: $16,900,000 This week, what sellers’ agents describe as “La Jolla’s premier ocean front residence” and its “spectacular views of Windansea Beach and ‘Big Rock’ surf ...

F.O., Sierra Club

Utilities commission disregards petition against Carlsbad power plant

Plans to build a controversial new gas power plant in Carlsbad are moving forward, after the California Public Utilities Commission on Friday (November 6) refused to consider a petition from the Sierra Club to reconsider ...

Everything expired except the rider

Motorcyclist who crashed didn't have valid tags or license

A motorcyclist ended up hospitalized November 6 after a failed attempt to evade sheriff's deputies. According to Sgt. Daniel Morsch, deputies attempted to stop the rider of a Kawasaki Ninja for expired registration shortly before ...

Here's the plan to ban SDG&E

...and then we take their transmission equipment by eminent domain

A ballot initiative being pushed by a longtime anti-nuclear power activist would spell the end of the reign of San Diego Gas & Electric and other private-investor-owned utilities in the state of California if enacted ...

They only want safe places to ride

Bicycle Tour Network comes to town

A national conference dedicated to expanding bicycle tourism throughout the country kicked off in San Diego on Wednesday (November 4). It’s the second year in a row the Bicycle Tour Network brought its flagship event ...

Shame on tuna fishermen and executives

Mermaid calls b.s. on Chicken of the Sea's greenwashing

A group of environmental activists led by a mermaid descended on Chicken of the Sea's headquarters in downtown San Diego on Wednesday afternoon (October 28) to protest what they call a "greenwashing" of the company's ...

Westerly views over Presidio Park

Luxury home buyers are invited to Mission Hills

Mission Hills history for sale as well.

MillerCoors, Blue Moon, what's the difference?

Could be that question is years away from being answered in court

A local beer drinker's case against domestic brewing giant MillerCoors for mislabeling its Blue Moon offerings as "craft beer" has, as MillerCoors lawyers predicted shortly after its May filing, apparently fizzled out. Evan Parent, who ...

Study this would-be kidnapper's face

Two perps try dragging 17-year-old girl into white pickup truck

Authorities in North County are looking for two men accused of attempting to kidnap a 17-year-old girl on her way to school in Encinitas. According to a report from Capt. John Maryon with the San ...

Guns slated for destruction

Turn weaponry into a Walmart shopping spree

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department is planning to use up to $28,500 in confiscated funds to offer Walmart gift cards to North County residents willing to turn over unwanted firearms. The latest installment of ...

Bilked out of bike lanes in Coronado?

Riders take route that shows current state of street improvements

A group of about 30 cycling enthusiasts descended on Coronado Saturday morning (October 17) for a group ride to highlight and protest what they believe is an unwise decision to suspend bicycle-related improvements in the ...

Ready for some beachfront property, Mission Hills?

Maps project sea level's rise from unchecked use of fossil fuels

A group of scientists studying climate change this week released a series of maps illustrating projections of the effects of sea levels rising for coastal communities around the globe, including San Diego. The maps offer ...

What happened to you, Joshua Drinnon?

Donovan inmate who escaped in Illinois recaptured in Oregon

After more than a month on the run, authorities have recaptured an inmate from San Diego's R.J. Donovan Correctional Facility who escaped while in transit back to prison from a trial for additional charges in ...

The priciest property in Carmel Valley

Is this the ultimate San Diego address?

Property includes a dream of a playhouse and handsome fireplaces.

Obama hounded in Miramar over trade deal

Not everyone was interested in his golf swing

Most media attention surrounding President Obama's weekend jaunt to San Diego focused on his two golf outings and local admirers out to catch a glimpse of the presidential foursome on the links. But a handful ...

L.A. overcharges S.D. for water

Now Metropolitan district must pay up...plus interest

The Los Angeles–based Metropolitan Water District of Southern California owes the San Diego County Water Authority nearly $232 million, a San Francisco federal judge ruled Friday afternoon (October 9). The San Diego agency had already ...

Southern California wasters, listen up

"Hunger is not a supply problem, it's a distribution problem."

At an event on Tuesday, October 6, organized by the San Diego Food System Alliance, a crowd of food and waste professionals shared their roles in solving the problems in our local supply chain and ...

That's the Marti Emerald we like to see

Following report, apartment repairs promised for City Heights tenant

It seems relief is on the way for Maria Villanueva. The single mother from City Heights has been at the center of recent protests by residents who've heard their pleas for home repairs fall on ...

More criticism of county transportation plan

Again, SANDAG projections considered at odds with reality

New criticism of the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) plan to manage transportation in the coming decades has arisen as the group prepares to consider a revised transit plan this week. The Cleveland National ...

Solar power vs. SDG&E

Utilities commission soon to rule on measure to end net metering

A statewide panel convened by the Sierra Club on Wednesday (September 30) took aim at efforts by San Diego Gas & Electric and other utilities statewide that could limit the spread of private solar installations ...

La Osita, the teddy bear of Rancho Santa Fe

This is what L.A. car dealership money will buy

Beds: 6 Baths: 7 Current Owner: Coberly Family Asking Price: $10,495,000 This week we visit “La Osita,” a property billed as having “one of the most magnificent hilltop ocean view locations in all of Rancho ...

Tour de Fat rides into Golden Hill

Folks of all types come out to celebrate two wheels and liquid bread

Cyclists of all stripes converged on Golden Hill Park Saturday afternoon (September 26) for the latest installment of Tour de Fat, a bicycle-centric traveling carnival used as both a cycling advocacy fundraiser and promotional venue ...

Taking care of planet Earth is a moral thing

Pope's climate message to be echoed at multiple-faith gathering tonight

The latest local climate action group to launch, dubbed San Diego Coalition to Preserve our Common Home, gathered on the steps of Saint Joseph Cathedral downtown on Thursday morning (September 24) to cheer on Pope ...

SD climate plan moving backward or forward?

Association of governments' vision at odds with city's aims, say activists

The long-controversial transit plan inching toward implementation by the San Diego Association of Governments, dubbed San Diego Forward, could actually move the city backward when it comes to meeting pollution goals set by its own ...

City Heights slumlord on notice

Group marches to derelict apartment house, no response from manager

Anti-slumlord protesters organized by the San Diego Socialist Campaign and city-council-hopeful Sandra Galindo were back on the streets of City Heights Monday evening (September 21), following through on what they'd planned a month earlier — ...

Port offers up 35 acres of waterfront

Airport's rental-car facilities soon to be moved

A call for "visionary redevelopment plans" for a parcel including 35 acres of land and 13 acres of water along Harbor Island's east basin was issued this week by the Port of San Diego. The ...

Best in La Jolla? Try all of Southern California

Outdoor flat-screen television and much more

Beds: 11 Baths: 13 Current Owner: Doug Manchester (through corporate layers) Asking Price: $13,900,000 This property promises “the premier in-village living experience in La Jolla, if not all of Southern California.” Indeed, the 11-bedroom, 13-bath ...

Emergency equine rescue in Jamul

Neglected stable prompts intervention, now 15 horses up for adoption

Fifteen horses seized from their owner by the county Department of Animal Services are being offered up for adoption today (September 15), according to a report from the county. Beginning last Saturday (September 5) when ...

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