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Imagine Mission Beach underwater

Activists urge stronger enforcement of city's climate plan

Climate change activists from San Diego 350 gathered in Mission Beach on Monday morning, January 19, to give holiday beachgoers a look at what's in store for the neighborhood if sea levels continue to rise ...

San Diego loves a real estate bubble

Home sales good, lower credit standards not so good

Despite a soft market statewide, San Diego home values and sales volume continued to creep up as 2014 drew to a close, new numbers released this week indicate. Analysts fear, however, that high prices are ...

And the band droned on

Senate bill wants Homeland Security to justify use of unmanned planes

A bill introduced this week by Arizona senators John McCain and Jeff Flake seeks to put the brakes on plans to expand the use of surveillance drones along the U.S./Mexico border. Questions have been raised ...

Situation abnormal — all fracked up

"They're taking hydrochloric acid and shooting it into the ground."

Environmental activists packed a meeting hall at King-Chavez Community High School downtown on Monday night, January 12, for the first stop of the California Crossroads Tour, meant to raise awareness and pressure state government to ...

Government milk

Torrey Pines biotech overbills feds for $1.6M

A local biotech has agreed to pay $2.1 million in reimbursements and penalties after filing false claims for payment on a federal contract and grants to develop an influenza treatment, Courthouse News Service reports. Ansun ...

You need wheels, right?

Fake checks used to purchase seven cars from local dealers

A 23-year-old El Cajon woman who managed to fraudulently purchase nearly $200,000 worth of vehicles has been arrested and faces multiple charges related to the spending spree. According to a report from Lt. Frank La ...

Westinghouse aims to cork up the nuke juice

Contract sought for decommissioning of San Onofre

Westinghouse Electric Company, successor to the company that brought the first nuclear reactor online at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in 1968, announced on Monday, January 5, that it will now seek the contract for ...

“Experience the magic" of five bedrooms and eight baths

And the pool goes under the house!

Former Owners: Hughes & Sheila Potiker Bedrooms: 5 Baths: 8 Price: $14,500,000 Listing materials touting the oceanfront property at 9046 La Jolla Shores Lane — situated on the northern bluffs of La Jolla within a ...

Maybe would-be cop-killer unsuccessful

Ball bearings and a slingshot don't deter police dog

Sheriff's deputies arrested an El Cajon man on Monday, January 5, who reportedly called the station in order to issue death threats, promising to kill any law-enforcement officials who responded to his call. Shortly after ...

Car flies off cliff in Ocean Beach

"He must have been doing, like, 80 and barely hit the brakes…"

A vehicle sped off a cliff in southern Ocean Beach early Saturday morning, January 3, resulting in the death of the vehicle's male driver and a female passenger being airlifted to a hospital in critical ...

Fiesta has most garbage

Coastal preservation groups tally year's cleanup results

Nearly 208,000 pieces of trash were collected by volunteers along the San Diego coast in 2014, environmental groups San Diego Coastkeeper and the local Surfrider Foundation chapter are reporting. Once again, cigarette butts are the ...

Championship living

Your personal link has a view of the Fairbanks Ranch links.

An elegant solution for those who enjoy entertaining formally.

Casino to Jamul: Drop Dead

Hollywood’s golden era on Highway 94

Penn National Gaming, which operates 35 gambling centers across the country, and Jamul Indian Village announced the completion of a $36 million site excavation, the first phase in constructing a long-contested casino in East County. ...

Are corporations people?

Big Bopper shot down on labor initiative

An 11-judge federal appeals court panel on Tuesday affirmed an earlier ruling that "initiative power belongs to people," and wound up "butting heads" with a prominent conservative attorney behind the landmark Citizens United case, Courthouse ...

No free ride

Students ask MTS to discount bus passes sold in bulk to school district

Dozens of San Diego high school students descended on Metropolitan Transit System headquarters Wednesday afternoon, December 10, pleading for transit officials' assistance in securing free or reduced-cost bus passes. Following a rally in front of ...

Dolphin water fountains and balustrade walls in Rancho Santa Fe

“One of Fairbanks Ranch’s finest creations”

Current Owner: Exploron Corp. Bedrooms: 10 Baths: 14 Price: $11,500,000 Come home to “one of Fairbanks Ranch’s finest creations,” boasts the opening in marketing material for the estate at 16715 Camino Sierra Del Sur, a ...

Frack the environment!

Offshore-drilling permits approved despite risks to wildlife and ocean

A host of federal agencies are facing legal action after approving or modifying as many as 51 offshore-drilling permits allowing for the use of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," Courthouse News Service is reporting. Earlier this ...

Perils of the first flush

Storm-water system awakens from dormancy

The unusually pungent aromas blanketing O.B.'s Dog Beach and Mission Bay on a Tuesday morning are enough to tell even the most casual observer that something's not right. Indeed, these two popular coastal destinations are ...

Barbie dog

Costumed man rapes woman at Big Lots store, woman sues

Discount retailer Big Lots needs to pay closer attention to its surveillance cameras, and the company's negligence is responsible for failing to prevent an attempted sexual assault at a Clairemont store in March 2014, according ...

Birds, you're gonna die

Petition against opening millions of acres to renewable energy apparatus

A group of activists in San Diego's backcountry have launched an online petition seeking to block implementation of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan, which would potentially open up as many as 22 million acres ...

Almost a dirty secret

Assemblywoman Gonzalez to introduce bill to increase holiday pay

Californians who come in to work on Thanksgiving and Christmas will be getting a pay bump next year if a bill assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez plans to introduce is successful. At a media gathering on the ...

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 ...

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