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Stories by Dave Rice

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 ...

Here comes SDG&E for their giveaway

Implementation of new rate structure has begun

San Diego Gas & Electric has begun the process of implementing a new rate system under which heavy energy users will benefit from lower rates and conservation-minded consumers will see their bills spike. Approved earlier ...

San Onofre cancer risks to remain unknown

Feds kill study on living near nuclear plants

The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced on Tuesday (September 8) that it will cease funding on a cancer risk study associated with living near nuclear facilities, including the now-shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. "The ...

Illinois fugitive is also San Diego runaway

Joshua Drinnon escaped en route back to Donovan prison

After a two-day manhunt, law-enforcement officials in Illinois conceded defeat in locating a prisoner who'd escaped from custody at a rest stop last week. Joshua Drinnon was being transported back to San Diego's R. J. ...

Attack of the kangaroo rats!

Farmers file suit to have rodents taken off endangered list

Farmers from areas surrounding the San Diego region in Riverside and Imperial counties are asking federal courts to exclude the Stephens' kangaroo rat from a list of endangered species, arguing that the rat's inclusion prevents ...

State tax slackers list is out

San Diego has 11 who owe over $1M. And the dishonorees are...

The California Board of Equalization has released an updated list of the 500 most egregious offenders in terms of failing to remit customer-collected sales and use taxes. Among them are 11 listings for San Diego–area ...

An irreplaceable French Chateau

Rancho Santa Fe estate comes with two caves

Beds: 7 Baths: 10 Current Owner: James Kidrick Asking Price: $11,880,000 This week, an “irreplaceable French Chateau offering every amenity you could imagine.” The 2002-built Rancho Santa Fe estate located at 6397 Clubhouse Drive, within ...

It's a banker's world...until they get caught

Israel Hecther paid nearly $1 million in mortgage-loan-related bribes

A local banker has been dealt an 18-month federal prison sentence for his role in a bribery scheme, Courthouse News Service is reporting. San Diegan Israel Hecther paid nearly $1 million during his time as ...

Amazon wouldn't be able to deliver by drone. Wah.

State bill to restrict flights awaits Governor Brown's signature

A newly passed bill awaiting signature by governor Jerry Brown seeks to impose a restriction on pilots of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones), which would prevent them from being flown at an altitude lower than 350 ...

Micro-robots released at UC-San Diego

They swim! They remove toxins! They glow red!

Researchers at the University of California San Diego have announced the development of 3-D printed "microrobots" that can be programmed to swim through a liquid, removing specific toxins found within. "We have developed an entirely ...

The pay is decent, but is Greenpeace?

Striking workers say their environmentally conscious employer is unfair

Under the support and guidance of a budding political movement calling itself Socialist Alternative, the bulk of the local fundraising staff for Greenpeace have walked off the job amid demands for a change in employment ...

Who can afford a house in California?

Considering recently released numbers, not that many people

A study released last week by the California Association of Realtors trade group lays bare the facts about how far housing affordability has fallen in the county and throughout the state since prices began to ...

Statewide records for solar generation shattered

Figures don't include power produced on residential rooftops

California's solar industry has been setting records, and then breaking them, for total energy generated from utility-scale solar installations all summer. According to PV Magazine the California Independent System Operator, which controls the state's power ...

San Diego slumlords on notice

Socialist group cites leaky roofs, roach and vermin infestations

About two dozen activists from the San Diego Socialist Campaign, including their 2016 city-council candidate, gathered Saturday afternoon, August 22, in City Heights to protest what they say are intolerable living conditions created by landlords. ...

Front-row seats to nature’s show for just under 19 mil

Plush lawns never go out of style in Point Loma

Beds: 7 Baths: 11 Current Owner: Lawrence Cushman Asking Price: $18,995,000 Prospective buyers of the Point Loma estate at 3403 Kellogg Way are invited by its listing to “come let the warm feeling of summer ...

It won’t solve America’s tobacco epidemic

UCSD study suggests Chantix smoking-cessation pill ineffective

A heavily advertised smoking-cessation drug that's been on the market since 2006 has no discernible effect on decreasing cigarette use among adults, researchers at the UC San Diego School of Medicine are reporting. The main ...

Why didn't SDG&E come up with this idea?

Carlsbad bio-gas facility expected to produce cheaper electricity

Escondido is set to ink a deal today (August 17) with the Carlsbad-based private firm Anaergia in which the company will capture waste from a city water-treatment facility, convert it into energy, and then sell ...

Fines upheld on local tuna boats

And Florida-based boat owner found guilty of bribery

A federal judge this week upheld over $1.5 million in fines levied against several San Diego-based tuna fishing vessels for violations of rules implemented in order to prevent over-fishing. Captains of the Sea Quest, Ocean ...

Contractor earns customized prison sentence

Alexander Pike Mitchell "has a history of contracting without a license"

The jail term for an asphalt contractor who's pled guilty to numerous felony counts continues to grow, according to an August 11 statement from the California Contractors State License Board. In April 2013, the San ...

EcoNauts rejoice

High marks in environmental friendliness survey for UCSD

The Sierra Club is getting into the college rankings game, on Tuesday morning (August 11) releasing a list of top universities nationwide based on their eco-friendliness. UC San Diego finds itself among four schools in ...

Lemon Grove man crashes truck eight times before drunk-driving arrest

Hits light pole and car on Federal and College Avenue

A drunk driver was involved in a series of crashes spanning from Lemon Grove to San Diego before finally being apprehended early Wednesday morning (August 5), authorities are reporting. Shortly before 7 a.m., sheriff's deputies ...

UCSD loses Alzheimer's research contract

Pharmaceutical giant Lilly shifts to USC, new home of alleged staff/data poacher

The financial repercussions of a controversial move by one of UC San Diego's top researchers to the University of Southern California appear to be surfacing. Eli Lilly and Company, a global pharmaceutical giant, announced Tuesday ...

Cell phone bandit hits stores from Solana Beach to Chula Vista

Red baseball cap, red shirt, red Toyota Camry

Law enforcement officials are looking for help in identifying a man associated with at least five robberies at mobile phone stores in recent weeks. Cuts the cables on display models The suspect, described as a ...

Overlooking the bow on the Barber Tract

Take the helm of this shipshape bluff-top lot in La Jolla

Beds: 5 Baths: 7 Current Owner: Meyer Gottlieb Asking Price: $14,000,000 This week we visit an oceanfront La Jolla home in the exclusive Barber Tract, where the listing promises that “sitting in the living room ...

Border Patrol agent who shot rock-thrower faces lawsuit

Otay Mesa site of latest "rocking policy" suit

The family of a Mexican man shot by a Border Patrol officer last year is seeking at least $10 million in a newly filed lawsuit, Courthouse News Service is reporting. Rocks the size of basketballs ...

Historic protest boat arrives in San Diego for pro-peace veterans' convention

Golden Rule peace ship first launched in 1958

Golden Rule is here commemorate the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the 50th anniversary of Vietnam, and the 30th anniversary of Veterans for Peace.

Environmentalists to Governor Brown: stop fracking California

Environmental activists assembled by San Diego 350 gathered in Ocean Beach on Saturday morning to distribute petitions and create a mural the group hopes to send to Governor Jerry Brown in an attempt to lobby ...

Edison hikes San Onofre payoff demand

Claimed losses due to Mitsubishi generator failure rise from $4 to $7.6 billion.

Southern California Edison, operator of the now-defunct San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, is doubling down on warranty claims against Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, the Japanese manufacturer of four steam turbine generators that failed prematurely and ultimately ...

The onetime estate of Pete Rozelle

Beds: 5 Baths: 9 Current Owner: Duyane and Michelle Weinger Asking Price: $14,995,000 This week we visit the onetime estate of Pete Rozelle, credited by the property’s listing agent as being “the Commissioner known for ...

Nuke storage by the sea

Aguirre equates Southern California Edison to "drunken frat boys"

Concerns over nuclear waste generated by the now-defunct San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station expressed by environmental activists for years took another turn in the spotlight on Monday (July 20), as local activist attorney Mike Aguirre ...

Liquid loophole?

Lawyer files suit rejecting tiered water rates that affect heavy users

Heavy water users opposed to statewide conservation efforts are using California's Proposition 218 as a tool to undermine water agencies' pricing tiers, which charge more to higher-consumption customers. The measure, passed in 1996, requires voter ...

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