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Stories by Dave Rice

No trolley dancing here, folks

Deputies make 53 arrests by checking names of scofflaw transit riders

Sheriff's deputies and transit police swarmed a trolley stop in Lemon Grove on Friday evening, July 11, contacting 3330 people and arresting 53. According to Lt. Chris May, the sweep, dubbed "Operation Lemon Drop," was ...

Welcome the children

Speakers at vigil for immigrant children blame NAFTA & war on drugs for influx

Hundreds of protesters descended on the plaza outside federal government offices downtown on Wednesday evening, July 9, as part of a nationwide day of action in support of a stream of Central American children and ...

3000+ cars, more than nine DUIs

Another night in P.B.

Authorities staging a DUI checkpoint in Mission Bay beginning Saturday night and running into Sunday morning were more successful than the June 6 screening in Oceanside, with a total of ten intoxicated individuals arrested in ...

Used and abused

Car dealer nabbed pocketing sales taxes

A Lemon Grove car dealer nailed for failing to remit sales tax on over $4.9 million in used-vehicle sales has been sentenced to work furlough and ordered to pay over $400,000 after pleading guilty to ...

Biker town

SD makes list

Local cycling advocates are celebrating San Diego's inclusion on a USA Today list of the country's ten most bicycle-friendly cities. "San Diego is making great strides and we’ve got even more on the way to ...

Former councilman Madaffer sells newspapers

Publisher David Mannis adds to ScoopSanDiego conglomeration

Consolidation of San Diego media large and small is marching on, as San Diego Community News Network announced the acquisition of four Mission Publishing Group properties formerly owned by ex–San Diego city councilman Jim Madaffer. ...

Ocean Beach, not Miami Beach

Concern over permitting building-size variances

As most of the media people broke down their cameras and clapped their notebooks shut after the marshmallow issue was discussed at the June 25 O.B. Town Council meeting, the council moved on to what ...

O.B. leaders harsh the marshmallow war

Annual event following July 4 fireworks "no longer family-friendly at all"

The first issue on the Ocean Beach Town Council's monthly meeting agenda on Wednesday evening, June 25, drew a host of television news crews. They’ve been made aware of a campaign initiated by the council ...

La Jolla’s “Street of Dreams” leads to a cliffside manse

Current Owners: Peter and Judy Corrente Listing Price: $11,900,000 Beds: 5 Baths: 5 Real estate broker Peter Corrente and his wife Judy, also an agent at the Pacific Sotheby’s brokerage, have been involved in remodeling ...

Want to buy a house? Go elsewhere

"At some point you run out of buyers willing to pay these prices.”

New numbers on home sales released this week might suggest to some the signs of a market approaching its latest peak. Real-estate industry talking heads are scrambling to inject some optimism as summer, which typically ...

All the leaves are brown...

"Over three in five believe droughts are the 'new normal' in California."

A survey commissioned by the California Water Foundation, a group pushing for water-conservation policies statewide, claimed on June 17 that the drought is one of the most pressing issues on the minds of voters. A ...

Yes, nightmare

Imperial Valley man fights exile to Mexico

Top directors of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, along with secretary of state John Kerry, face a federal lawsuit from an American citizen who claims he's been trapped in Mexico by the border patrol since ...

Jobless, with children

Illegal workers and union renew call for immigration reform

"Even though the politicians have stopped talking about it, we still need immigration reform," said Genoveva Aguilar, one of about two dozen protesters who gathered outside the federal courthouse downtown on Friday afternoon, June 13. ...

Drone and man work good

Navy conducts joint automated/manned test flights off San Diego

Northrop Grumman, usually second fiddle to General Atomics when it comes to news on local military-drone technology, has announced the first successful series of tests involving unmanned aircraft flying a mission jointly with pilot-operated craft. ...

Former mayor backs “flawed” wage-rate study?

Report isn’t based on “the reality of living in San Diego.”

On Thursday, June 5, the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, led by CEO and former mayor Jerry Sanders, released a study disputing findings from a March report prepared by the Center on Policy Initiatives. ...

Attack of the charter cities

Group launches website decrying dangers of cronies and crooked officials

The Middle Class Taxpayers Association, a left-leaning consumer group that formed in 2011 but has been largely silent over the past three years, announced on Thursday, June 5, the launch of a website aimed at ...

Labor force, deconstructed

San Marcos sting nets ten unlicensed contractors

Ten unlicensed contractors who were illegally bidding on home-repair work in areas affected by the recent Cocos Fire were arrested on June 4 in a sting operation initiated by the Contractors State License Board. Fraud ...

Hold on…maybe Mayor Faulconer has a better plan

Barrio Logan community plan backers vow to continue fight

Proponents of Propositions B and C were delivered a stinging defeat on Tuesday, June 3, when voters citywide in a relatively low-turnout election rejected the Barrio Logan Community Plan Update, overturning the community-and-city council-approved plan ...

Talkin' 'bout new generation

"The contrast between Scott Peters and...Carl DeMaio could not be more stark."

Votes were hardly tallied before shots began flying in what's expected to be a hotly contested 52nd Congressional District race between Democratic incumbent Scott Peters and former city councilmember and onetime mayoral hopeful Carl DeMaio, ...

Disorder in the court

Case-management system described as “fiasco” to be replaced

San Diego Superior Court will soon begin another costly changeover to its computerized case-management system. A deal was inked on Friday, May 30, to pay $6.8 million to Tyler Technologies to implement a new program, ...

Art brought to Barrio Logan battle

"It's a fight between corporate moneyed interests and the regular people."

Barrio Logan residents and other San Diegans packed the Chicano Arts Gallery on Logan Avenue Saturday evening, May 31. Showing was Until our Last Breath, a one-day art exhibit organized by longtime Barrio activist Brent ...

Did Toni Atkins side with "dirty energy companies"?

Assemblywoman's vote against "community choice" energy prompts accusation

A group of picketers took to the streets outside newly installed California Assembly speaker Toni Atkins’s office Friday afternoon, May 30, in protest of her vote in favor of Assembly Bill 2145, which environmental activists ...

GMO labeling bill fails

State senators Block and Wyland in league with Monsanto

Skeptics of genetically modified food gathered in Carlsbad on Wednesday morning, May 28, to meet with staff for state senator Mark Wyland. They sought his support for SB-1381, a bill that would have required food ...

Who doesn't not want hazardous chemicals?

Pro-business advocates assemble to endorse Barrio Logan plan update

A group of local professionals convened in Barrio Logan on morning to express support for local ballot Propositions B and C, which would collectively allow for the implementation of the Barrio Logan Community plan update, ...

Jesse James of the beehive industry

Riverside sheriff inadvertently comes to the aid of repeat offender

A Riverside man who has described himself as "the Jesse James of the beehive industry" is accused of stealing and damaging bees and equipment from two Murrieta beekeepers, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in ...

“Sustainability program manager” would cost $200,000

City funds sought to battle climate change

A host of environmentalist groups led by the Environmental Health Coalition are pushing mayor Kevin Faulconer to back the city's draft Climate Action Plan, released in February, in a revised budget submitted to the city ...

PETA makes Lindbergh Field eat it

Animal-rights ad against SeaWorld to go up at airport today

In the face of a pending lawsuit, officials at the San Diego International Airport have backed down on a refusal to run an anti-SeaWorld advertisement directed at incoming tourists. The ad, sponsored by People for ...

Villa V

Pick up this Requa gem and park the yacht in the front yard.

Current Owner: Veronica Engel Listing Price: $4,595,000 Beds (main house): 4 Baths (main house): 4 This vintage villa was designed and built in 1930 by renowned local architect Richard Requa. He is known for works ...

The goal is a half century of tragedy and drama

San Diego Opera draws donations from 36 states, announces 2015 season

Circumstances surrounding the imminent closure, and then possible closure of the San Diego Opera have now done a complete about-face: the opera company announced that the vote to shut down had been rescinded and released ...

Snapchat info grab leads to hand-slap

Data did not disappear into ether as users believed

Federal Trade Commission officials in San Diego last week announced a proposed settlement with the popular mobile messaging service Snapchat, which will admit to making a series of false statements to users. The service has ...

Fast-food workers’ hours cut —no idea why

“Hold your burgers, hold your fries, make our wages super-sized!"

Demonstrations from fast-food workers involved in the "Fight for 15" campaign (which seeks to unionize food-service jobs and set a wage floor of $15 per hour) continue to ramp up, as a crowd of over ...

Not canned — Campbells "part ways" with opera

Terms of departure not disclosed

After facing months of public criticism, the San Diego Opera's general director Ian Campbell and his ex-wife, deputy general director Ann Spira Campbell, have finally parted ways with the company, opera officials announced via a ...

Edison exec forecast San Onofre failure

Letter indicates VP was “concerned” about “design flaws”

Information gleaned from a letter between San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station operator Southern California Edison and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, manufacturer of the failed steam generators that shuttered to plant, could prove that Edison intentionally skirted ...

California fracking

Environmental activists demand anti-mining legislation from governor

Environmental activists representing SanDiego350.org assembled downtown on Tuesday, May 14, to confront governor Jerry Brown — here on a visit —and to urge support of SB 1132, which would ban a controversial method of extracting ...

Pot shop popped after robbery

Crime at marijuana dispensary yields thief and proprietor

Sheriff's deputies responding to the burglary of a Lakeside medical marijuana dispensary on Friday, May 9, caught the thief, but also left the dispensary's operator facing criminal charges of her own. Shortly before 4 a.m., ...

Real estate scammer pleads guilty

Sold loans on properties he didn't even own

in federal court on Thursday, May 9, a San Diego–based real estate developer admitted to swindling 50 victims out of approximately $50 million according to a Department of Justice announcement. Bradley Holcom, 55, pleaded guilty ...

Why so glum, gangsta?

Graffiti vandal "Smilez" identified while in juvenile hall

Local law enforcement investment in Graffiti Tracker software appears to be paying off, after sheriff's deputies apprehended a 15-year-old tagger linked to at least 90 graffiti incidents. According to Sgt. Matt Blumenthal, the crimes committed ...

The highest-priced estate in San Diego

Not interested in a horse-breeding facility? Develop it

Current Owner: Frank Vessels Family Trust Listing Price: $55,600,000 Beds (main house): 3 Baths (main house): 5 Vessels Ranch, tucked away in the rural North County community of Bonsall, could set a new record for ...

Anti-asthma councilmembers reaffirm Barrio plan

Voting yes “will not interfere with existing industrial uses," says Gloria

The majority of San Diego's city council gathered in front of city hall Monday morning (May 5) to affirm their support of the Barrio Logan community plan update, previously approved by the council but under ...

Nearly drowned in the Imperial Valley

Car and driver end up in irrigation canal

Border Patrol agents based in El Centro saved an unconscious woman from drowning Sunday afternoon (May 4) after she was pulled from a car that had driven into an irrigation canal near farmland in the ...

Group battles aims of utility giants

“Community choice" for electricity at risk?

A local group pushing to establish "community choice aggregation (CCA)," an energy supply method that proponents say would compete with San Diego Gas & Electric by attempting to distribute both cheaper and greener power to ...

Beware of “sham” wage-increase proposal!

Competing ballot measure pushes for $12/hour — not Gloria’s $13.09

A group of about 50 activists rallied Wednesday morning (April 30), holding a prayer circle on the city seal 12 floors below the city-council chambers downtown in support of council president Todd Gloria's proposal to ...

SD-Carlsbad particle pollution among nation’s worst

But the neighbors are doing worse, says annual report card

"California is making real and steady progress in the fight for clean air," says the American Lung Association's California chair Marsha Ramos, who spoke with media on April 29 in anticipation of the group releasing ...

Men knocked dead

Filmmaker explores "one punch homicide" in Pacific Beach

A Wisconsin filmmaker is revisiting a 2008 Pacific Beach beating death, among others across the country, in a documentary he hopes will spark a conversation about whether there should exist any acceptable level of violence ...

Drone crash update three months later

Internal temperature rose to 215°F

After months of requests and subsequent appeals, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials on Thursday, April 24, released a pair of documents related to a drone crash off the coast of San Diego. But government-transparency ...

Hazardous waste and asthma? What hazardous waste and asthma?

Barrio Logan community plan proponents aim anew at ship industry

A group of labor and environmental activists gathered Wednesday morning, April 23, outside the UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest to kick off a campaign in support of Propositions B and C, which will be put ...

On the bluff tops of Olde Del Mar

Almost $7M will buy you a pizza oven by the pool (and more!)

Current Owner: Gary & Carol Arnold Listing Price: $6,795,000 Beds: 4 Baths: 4 “This entire home from the front curb to the rear fence was completely renovated” since it last sold in 1999, boast the ...

Port parking ruse — er, pilot program in effect

Meter rate jumps to $1.75 an hour in some Embarcadero lots

The Port of San Diego has decided to experiment with a "parking meter pilot program," which might better be described as a localized hike in parking-meter rates. There are 186 metered public parking spaces at ...

Scammed: California’s unclaimed property website

False claimants scored $1.5M before being busted

A group of eight Southern Californians are accused of defrauding the state of at least $1.5 million by filing false claims through California's unclaimed property website. A federal indictment against the group was unsealed in ...

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