Back to profile

Stories by Dave Rice

Mayoral machinations claimed in Mission Bay's Measure J

Opponents miffed, allege lack of transparency and hypocrisy

A group of opponents to San Diego's Measure J — a down-ballot proposition that seeks to potentially reconfigure and redistribute monies generated from Mission Bay Park — gathered on Tuesday afternoon (November 1), calling out ...

Hipster zone planned for North Park

Community plans for Golden Hill and South Park also laid out

Mid-city residents packed city-council chambers on Tuesday afternoon (October 25) as councilmembers convened to consider long-awaited updates to community plans for North Park and Golden Hill. The most contentious discussion centered around the North Park ...

Warning: annual tax bill of $86,679

But, hey, it has a bocce court

Beds: 6 Baths: 11 Current Owner: Edward J Wald List Price: $8,750,000 “Set behind gates on a long and private drive in Rancho Del Lago, one of Rancho Santa Fe’s most coveted addresses,” boasts listing ...

Dakota pipeline opponents take stand in La Jolla

Issue afforded no priority by Barack, Donald, or Hillary

A group of climate activists lined La Jolla Shores Drive on Monday morning (October 24), calling on president Barack Obama to take executive action to halt construction on a controversial oil pipeline in North Dakota. ...

Barrio Logan residents demand safety above Chicano Park

Taller containment walls proposed for Coronado bridge after crash

A family member of two victims of a drunk driver whose vehicle flew off the Coronado Bridge and into Chicano Park on Saturday broke the silence from the families of those involved before assembled media ...

Unaffordable: Home price soar, salaries lag

Hot competition for a slice of the American pie.

The median price for a single-family home in San Diego County at the end of 2016’s first quarter, according to the California Association of Realtors, stood at just over $554,000. Assuming you’ve got access to ...

Mega composter in Santa Ysabel

"There's strong evidence that we could cool the earth right now..."

Ground was broken in Santa Ysabel on October 13 on an ambitious new project that seeks to prove soil management can be used to fight climate change throughout California and beyond. "This is all about ...

Ocean Beach construction project draws community ire

Protestor thwarted by 25-foot measuring tape

A small crowd of about 50 OBecians gathered Saturday afternoon (October 15) at the corner of Ebers and Greene to protest the construction of what has alternatively been billed by the developer first as a ...

Coastkeeper says water board sends wrong message

We’re saving only 15 percent, not 25

Despite the state's ongoing exceptional drought, a recent report shows conservation efforts are easing, particularly along the southern coast. In April 2015, governor Jerry Brown signed an executive order targeting a 25-percent reduction in water ...

A house that biotech built

Asian-inspired beauty

Beds: 5 Baths: 6 Current Owner: Howard Birndorf List Price: $8,900,000 The estate home situated at 5979 Rancho Digueno in the southern hills of Rancho Santa Fe is described in listing materials as an “Asian ...

Feet, not commercials or mail, decide the vote

"I hear a lot of people saying, 'Oh, my vote don't count.'"

Saturday, October 8, served as the one-month marker before next month's general election. Precinct walkers — wooing for candidates and favored propositions — will begin to pound the pavement in earnest. But for one group ...

Congressman stands up for vapers' rights

"For me, this is about freedom," says Duncan Hunter at Santee rally

A small crowd of e-cigarette enthusiasts gathered outside a Santee vape shop on Tuesday (October 4), rallying in support of access to the controversial products that some credit for breaking years-long addictions to cigarettes and ...

Compost conversations

Attendees of Food Waste Solution Summit say county could do better

Composting, the process by which plant matter and food waste is broken down into soil, has long been recognized as a key component in developing a nutrient-rich base for organic farming. But recent research, as ...

Mission Bay Campland to become marsh land

Plans unveiled on how to expand Kendall-Frost Reserve

After months of poring over notes gathered after consulting with community members in June the San Diego Audubon Society, tasked with developing a plan to restore wildlife habitat in the northeastern corner of Mission Bay ...

Police killing of Alfred Olango protested

"If the object was a gun, they would've called it a gun."

Protests continued Wednesday morning (September 28) outside the El Cajon Police Department, after officers shot and killed an unarmed black man they say was "not only endangering himself, but motorists." On Tuesday afternoon, Alfred Olango's ...

Not just a home — a soaring tour de force

A potential front seat at the convadium

Beds: 4 | Baths: 4 | Current Owner: Robert Wright | List Price: $5,900,000 The Harbor Club condominium complex, comprising two towers at the foot of Harbor Drive across from the convention center and blocks ...

Larger financial institutions receive lion's share of complaints, study finds

Big bad banks

In the wake of the housing crisis of the late 2000s, a host of fraud and misconduct charges against big banks alleging everything from illegal manipulation of financial markets to the latest scandal involving customers ...

Renewed calls for rent control

Tenants rally downtown on national day of action

Advocates for the implementation of a rent control policy joined the like-minded in 45 other cities nationwide, taking to the streets of downtown as part of a national day of action on Thursday, September 22. ...

Sales tax linked to pollution

Those against wider I-5

A coalition including environmentalists, organized labor, local chambers of commerce, and politicians gathered this afternoon outside Kimball Elementary in National City to launch a campaign against a proposal to enact a half-cent sales tax across ...

Politicians stand up for deported veterans

"Every American can look at this issue...and know that this isn't fair."

A group of advocates for veterans and local politicians gathered in Balboa Park on Monday morning (September 19) to call attention to the plight of servicemembers who, after receiving honorable discharges following their military service, ...

Downtown protest against Dakota pipeline

"We are not protesters, we are protectors."

Over 100 climate activists gathered downtown on Tuesday evening (September 13) as part of a national day of action aimed at convincing President Obama to put a stop to construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. ...

Untouched property on Neptune Drive

New, never used. Comes with Robern uplift medicine cabinets

Beds: 5 Baths: 6 Current Owner: Leonard Okun List Price: $11,995,000 The newly constructed oceanfront estate at 824 Neptune Avenue in Encinitas is billed as “an exquisite masterpiece” that is “sophisticated and inspiring” as it ...

More beds for the homeless

"Our city has a vacancy rate of nearly zero," says Father Joe's president

Local homeless services provider Father Joe’s Villages is pushing to expand its capacity of permanent housing for homeless individuals to a total of 947 beds, the group announced on Monday (September 12). "A growing part ...

SeaWorld slapped for plastic litter

Artist investigates source of washed-up detritus

The curiosity of a North County artist and beachcomber recently resulted in a slap on the wrist for SeaWorld, San Diego Coastkeeper is reporting. Janis Selby Jones has long walked the beaches of North County, ...

Try eating healthy on $4.27 a day

Hunger Coalition suggests challenge

Advocates from San Diego Hunger Coalition gathered in Point Loma on Friday (September 2) to begin a monthlong campaign to call awareness to the difficulty many San Diegans face in feeding their families. "Hunger is ...

Honduran mahogany, Brazilian granite, Venetian plaster

Honduran and Cameroonian influences in Olde Del Mar

Beds: 5 Baths: 5 Current Owners: Charles & Patricia Zuker List Price: $10,700,000 Welcome to what’s billed as an “extraordinary seaside Villa in Olde Del Mar,” where one can “enjoy spectacular whitewater ocean, sunset, and ...

Power plant ready to fire up near border

Otay Mesa facility to be used during peak demand only...allegedly

A new natural gas power plant in Otay Mesa is "essentially finished with construction and is about to enter commercial operation," according to developer Apex Power Group. Following performance testing, the controversial plant is expected ...

More trucks to barrel through Barrio Logan

Tenth Avenue terminal expansion plans objectionable to environmentalists

A local environmental advocacy group is expressing its displeasure with a plan put forth by the Port of San Diego to expand operations at the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal. The port says modernization of the ...

Massive glass doors and tidal elements everywhere

Home built in 2007; remodeled in 2015. Yours for just $18 million.

Beds: 5 Baths: 8 Current Owner: Christopher and Melanie Huber List Price: $18,000,000 “Welcome to one of the premier oceanfront estates in the world, where no expense was spared,” promise the opening lines of promotion ...

Chinese spy in San Diego sentenced to prison

Woman attempted to smuggle General Atomics Reaper drone to China

A San Diego woman was sentenced to 50 months in prison today (Friday, August 19) for conspiring to export fighter jet engines and military drones to China, the Department of Justice is reporting. Wenxia "Wency" ...

Miramar Air Show planes "don't drop food, they drop bombs"

Are 10 percent of flyers killed?

A group of anti-war activists led by San Diego Veterans for Peace spent Thursday afternoon (August 18) hanging banners above I-15 at Carrol Canyon Road protesting the Miramar Air Show, scheduled to take place next ...

Judgment against military housing firm

Accused of unlawful evictions and false filings

A private real estate firm that specializes in providing housing to active-duty servicemembers will pay $200,000 to settle claims it unlawfully evicted several of them, according to the terms of a proposed settlement released Wednesday, ...

North Park Kentucky Fried Chicken picket

"If we could get them to stop serving antibiotic-laced meat..."

Organizers with the consumer advocacy group CalPIRG gathered in front of a North Park fast-food outlet on Tuesday (August 9) to deliver signatures and entice passersby to pose for "photo petitions" aimed at ending the ...

Port District goes after parking scofflaws

Rate increases near airport and on Shelter Island

The Port of San Diego on Thursday (August 4) unveiled plans to increase the cost of parking at a handful of locations under Port control. The proposal, outlined at a sparsely attended public outreach forum, ...

PB hotel rooms more expensive than Del Mar's?

And more than Marina Del Rey and Santa Monica?

Of all the pricey spots along the coast to choose for a summer vacation, San Diego's Pacific Beach ranks as the costliest beach town in California for visitors, according to a new survey released by ...

189 avocado trees and 10,000 palms

Fallbrook avocado farmers, sharpen the shears

Beds: 7 Baths: 7 Current Owner: Burma Bigz Ranch LLC List Price: $10,000,000 The amenities at 230 Burma Road in the inland North County community of Fallbrook, listing materials promise, make up “one of the ...

Rage against Trans-Pacific Partnership and Scott Peters

Protesters say trade bill is "going to be NAFTA on steroids"

A handful of activists gathered outside the La Jolla offices of Representative Scott Peters on Monday morning (August 1), flying a 25-foot inflatable blimp and demonstrating their disapproval of Peters's stance in support of the ...

Slain officer's vigil includes policing critique

"Grave need" to bridge the animosity gap, says activist leader

A group of activists gathered in Southcrest on Friday afternoon (July 29), site of a shooting that left one San Diego police officer dead and another wounded on Thursday night during a traffic stop. The ...

Burger war in National City

Fast-food employees protest unhealthy working conditions

Unsafe working conditions are causing ailments for workers at a Burger King restaurant in National City, protesters claim. "They don't have adequate staff to provide relief [for workers] to take their legally protected ten-minute breaks ...

Prison reform bill supporters harsh on mayor

Faulconer accused of canceling meeting, spreading Prop 57 "propaganda"

A group of about 20 activists gathered outside city hall on Wednesday (July 20) to voice their support for Proposition 57, a measure advocated by governor Jerry Brown and denounced by mayor Kevin Faulconer. The ...

Police surveillance cameras activated in Ocean Beach

Protesters given no audience with council representative Zapf

After months of controversy, a system of ten police surveillance cameras focused on the shores of Ocean Beach were turned on for the first time on Thursday (July 21). News of the cameras first broke ...

104 feet of direct ocean frontage

La Jolla estate on Sea Ridge Drive

Beds: 5 Baths: 6 Current Owner: Tami Okuma/301 Sea Ridge Drive Trust List Price: $10,800,000 How about an “oceanfront paradise boasting 104 feet of direct ocean frontage” on a “premium” La Jolla bluff-top lot? The ...

"Black Lives Matter is under attack"

Movement sympathizers march in City Heights

Hundreds of protesters representing a coalition of groups sympathetic to the Black Lives Matter movement rallied in City Heights on Friday night (July 15) before embarking on a march through the neighborhood that resulted in ...

Barrio Logan group says basta to stadium rhetoric

"Any new jobs are going to be for new residents who can afford to live here."

Chargers brass was in Barrio Logan on Friday (July 15) pitching a new stadium the team hopes will be built for them at the edge of the neighborhood during a community fundraising luncheon. A group ...

Poway Unified School District in crisis?

"Corruption runs deep here, but the good outweighs the bad."

Much of the focus on the firing of Poway Unified School District superintendent John Collins on July 13 has related to the alleged misappropriation of more than $300,000 in district funds, either improperly issued as ...

County presidential primary vote fight spills into courtroom

Citing case backlog, judge postpones decision while registrar certifies results

An ongoing fight over the way results from last June's primary election are verified made its way to court Wednesday afternoon (July 6), with plaintiff Ray Lutz and his Citizens Oversight Projects group taking on ...

Mountain View residents protest prison facility

"Would you want your child walking by this place every day?"

About two dozen community members gathered in Mountain View on Tuesday afternoon (July 5) to protest the presence of a transitional corrections facility run by the for-profit private prison conglomerate Corrections Corporation of America. "We're ...

Over 15,000 square feet of living space

This Rancho Santa Fe estate has been sitting for a while

Beds: 8 Baths: 14 Current Owner: Thomas Powell List Price: $15,999,000 The 9.3-acre estate at 18181 Vis Roswitha, situated in Rancho Santa Fe, has spent years looking for its ideal buyer. That buyer would have ...

Lawsuits filed over county's primary ballot-counting

"Not that we're trying to get Sanders to a win, though I certainly wouldn't mind."

Complaints over conduct by the county registrar's office in the wake of the June primaries held earlier this month continues, with lawsuits now pending at both the county and state levels. "The registrar wants to ...

Civil disobedience over potential 1/2-cent sales tax

Because we need more roads, says San Diego Association of Governments

After lengthy public comment attacking the proposal, a Friday (June 24) meeting of the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) resulted in the regional board voting to move forward with a plan to place a ...

Win a $25 Gift Card to
The Broken Yolk Cafe

Join our newsletter list

Each newsletter subscription means another chance to win!

Close