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Stories by Julie Stalmer

Miramar Marines to reopen Stowe Trail for bikes

"Everybody has to go through the permit process. No exceptions.”

The old Stowe Trail that has connected Santee to Poway for more than 100 years is slated to open back up in mid-April. The trail travels along the eastern side of Marine Corps Air Station ...

Residential puts squeeze on Linda Vista retail/industrial

Rezoning process to delay 90-foot towers and 1700 high-density homes

“The neighborhood isn’t crazy about this,” said Howard Wayne about the city’s suggestion to build up to 90 feet high on West Morena Boulevard. Wayne heads the Morena Corridor Specific Plan subcommittee for the Linda ...

Longtime trailer park in Bay Park to close

"We don't need any more overpriced apartments and condos.”

Fairfield Residential met with Bay Park and Clairemont residents on March 8 to discuss development of an approximately six-acre RV park (Coastal Trailer Villa) located at 1579 Morena Boulevard. The RV park has been in ...

About those bombs dropped on North Clairemont...

Residents told WWII ordnance investigation scheduled for 2085

Janet Lancaster came armed with questions for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers program manager Jeff Armentrout on March 2. The town-council meeting had a modest turnout but all eyes and ears were at full attention ...

Clairemont seniors anticipate crosswalk upgrade

"I’ve also seen yellow police tape when I wasn’t sure what happened.”

Sometime during the 2016 winter holidays, the city posted notices on Cowley Way (between Field Street and Iroquois Avenue) residents’ front doors. The notices stated that work would commence within a couple weeks to install ...

War over Roseville's 40-foot house continues

"What are the residents winning with this project? We haven’t won anything.”

Elisa Brent has been organizing the community ever since the morning of June 17, 2016, when the neighborhood woke to find a fourth story added to the condos at the corner of Emerson and Evergreen ...

Mission Bay jetty cats included in city's kill program

Petition seeks to have mayor remove them from predator list

A petition addressed to mayor Kevin Faulconer is making the rounds, asking him to overturn an agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to round up and kill feral cats. The petition points to one ...

Condo permit for La Playa's Kellogg Beach

“I’m not an activist by nature — this is not what I want to do.”

On February 4, more than 50 people gathered to voice opposition to a proposed condo development on Kellogg Beach in La Playa, a bayside neighborhood in Point Loma. After the meeting, Howard Haimsohn started the ...

Farmers return to Clairemont

Will the latest weekly outdoor market have lasting power?

A new farmers' market is opening up in Clairemont. The community repeatedly says they want one but once it appears, they don’t seem to support it in numbers big enough to make it viable for ...

No affordable housing on Tavara Ridge

Clairemont project on former school site to include 52 homes

Fifty-two mini-mansions are planned for a recently demolished 17.5-acre elementary-school site (4520 Pocahontas Avenue). The new neighborhood (being sold as Tavara Ridge) of two-story homes will have two- to three-car garages with up to five ...

Demolition plans for Town and Country hotel

Apartments and pools part of $80 million makeover planned for 2018

On December 30, Bill Earl was admiring the woody surfing murals on the walls of the Terrace Café in the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center when he found out it was set to ...

It smells like dead animals

Is “Zero Waste” making a stink at the Miramar landfill?

The smell of turkey wasn’t the only thing in the air Thanksgiving morning in Kim Bustos’s University City neighborhood. Bustos called the city at 7:30 a.m. to report a really bad smell coming out of ...

Brave new parking meters for Hillcrest, Mission Hills

"This change will punish residents."

Hillcrest may soon have new parking meters as well as new enforcement hours. Uptown Community Parking District chief operating officer Elizabeth Hannon said the changes may go into effect in the spring. Established in 1997, ...

Fear of a drab bridge in Point Loma

Rehab of span over Nimitz Blvd. calls for chain-link fencing

Some in the Point Loma community see the Voltaire Street bridge as a gateway to their neighborhood. So, they want something a bit more attractive than a chain-link fence when a bridge rehabilitation project conceived ...

Clairemont real estate up for grabs

San Diego Association of Governments may be doing the grabbing

On September 9, the San Diego Association of Government’s board of directors voted in favor of taking a prime corner lot above Mission Bay Park by eminent domain for a new trolley Park & Ride. ...

It costs a lot to drink sewer water

Pure Water project — aka toilet to tap — may top $3 billion

“Toilet to tap” minimal in its impact, maximum in its cost.

Artificial turf a likely health hazard at schools

"Our children shouldn’t be the canaries in the coal mine on this one.”

Erika Lundeen first became concerned about artificial turf while substitute teaching at Loma Portal Elementary last year. “When I saw the kids rolling around in this black stuff on the field, I asked the PE ...

Development Services Dept. in service to developers

"I think we've been had," says Point Loma resident

On November 15, three Point Loma residents contacted me after the city council voted on a proposed municipal code change. The change is in the form of a footnote touted as closing an alleged loophole ...

No huge demand for Tecolote Canyon crosswalk

"I don’t know if our design is in sync with city regulations...."

Clairemont resident Stephanie Rabelo put out the call to her neighbors to show up November 19 between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m. to support the idea of a proposed crosswalk on Mt. Acadia Boulevard from the ...

Dear candidates: your signs are now trash

Congressional campaign of Denise Gitsham singled out in Clairemont

Residents of Clairemont have been playing a game of “Where’s Waldo” — except it’s not much of a challenge. In this scenario, Waldo is the campaign signage of Denise Gitsham, a former candidate for U.S. ...

Council close to firing up Balboa Park revamp project

Since 2012, estimated cost has more than doubled

After numerous meetings and an epic amount of public rankling about a bridge bypass and parking garage, the San Diego City Council is about to decide whether or not to finalize plans for Balboa Park’s ...

How tall is too tall in Point Loma?

Council revisits how to measure 30 feet in the coastal overlay zone

On October 24, the city council voted 7-1 in favor of amending the Land Development Code to get developers in line with the intent of 1972's Proposition D. The amendment will take the form of ...

O.B. parking problem to continue into perpetuity

"The result is an increase of occupants and an increase in traffic congestion.”

“Parking in Ocean Beach is always two bitches and a rabid dog,” a Yelp review read about finding parking when visiting the South Beach Bar & Grille at 5059 Newport Avenue. What the Yelper probably ...

Shark Tank survivor helps take bite out of blight

Barrel Republic's effort to expand on Garnet thwarted

The 55-foot storefront at 1253 Garnet Avenue has had plastic, wood, and graffiti-covered windows for a long time, said everyone I asked. Those who have been doing business on the same block say the building ...

More apartments across Gila Avenue

Neighbor worries about crime

According to neighbors, the house at 4591 Gila Avenue was an eyesore. Neighbors lodged complaints about hoarding — the back yard looked like a construction site, complete with a forklift, Bobcat, trucks, and trailers. Edward ...

Alzheimer's patients to time-travel in Chula Vista

Day-care to rely on T-birds and jukeboxes for memory retrieval

The Glenner Center is breaking ground on a new kind of adult day-care center that could help change the way patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia are treated and also to prepare for what CEO Scott ...

Sandag members checking phones, whispering to each other

Forget the public on Clairemont shopping center plans

On September 9, the Sandag board voted to take a high-profile corner lot, directly above Mission Bay Park and off the I-5, by eminent domain. The former shopping center on Clairemont Drive between Morena Boulevard ...

A plan for the College Area mini-dorm glut

Frat house project aligned with desire for higher density near campus

Originally built in 1951, the house on 5545 Hardy Avenue has been in the possession of the SDSU Delta Upsilon Fraternity since 1998. In May, the fraternity applied to demolish their one-story fraternity house and ...

Mira Mesa braces for mega population growth

Stone Creek project may create up to 50,000 commutes a day

The decades-old Vulcan mining operation on nearly 300 acres of Carroll Canyon will be a huge housing project if developers' lobbying efforts are successful. Bordered by Mira Mesa Boulevard, Miramar Road, Camino Santa Fe, and ...

Clairemont’s home day-care shuffle

One center cited, closes, reopens two days later

On August 10, a day-care center at 6816 Boxford Drive was closed after being open for less than four months. Two days later, it opened up again under a new name. Janet Lancaster lives next ...

30-foot coastal height limit slips a peg in Point Loma

Exceptions of "certain zones" in mayor's town may come as delight to developers

On August 24, a public notice for a September 8 hearing at San Diego's planning commission was posted online. (Update 9/8, 7:55 a.m.: On September 7, the notice was removed and the hearing postponed until ...

One year to replace Clairemont grocery store

Keil's moving out, Sprouts moving in not fast enough

After 26 years, Keil’s grocery store is leaving the Clairemont Village shopping center in mid-October. Clairemont residents have been waiting for some sort of written-in-stone news since January when Keil’s lease ran out. A teary-eyed ...

Red Sails Inn takes sunset cruise

Brigantine chain to drop anchor at Shelter Island locale

The Red Sails Inn served its last diners last night (August 31). A staple in San Diego since the 1920s, the restaurant was first located at the Embarcadero on G Street and then in its ...

Hunger striker for and against Trump

"I need to talk to him.”

On August 19, Jim Dillehay put the word out via his Facebook page and blog (HungerStrike4DonaldTrump) that he was going on a hunger strike on August 22. Why? He’s hoping to get Trump’s attention long ...

Australian blubber jelly invades harbor

"We seem to have exported a game-changing pest.”

While taking a maritime tour of the San Diego Harbor the afternoon of August 16, Neisa McMillin and her tour guide William Moss (aka “Captain Bill”) spotted a dozen brown jellyfish covered in white spots. ...

Campus at center of "I Don't Like Mondays" shooting to move

Former Grover Cleveland school in San Carlos to be site of 50 homes

On August 18, a hearing with the city’s planning commission will decide if a proposed residential block development gets the green light. The project application proposes to build 50 homes where a charter school (Magnolia ...

Georgia Street Bridge restoration begins

Demise of streetcars signaled beginning of decades-long demolition talk

After decades of back-and-forth about whether to demolish or restore the Georgia Street Bridge, restoration of the 102-year-old structure began on August 3. The project was supposed to break ground in the fall of 2015 ...

East Village sign to hover over Tenth Avenue

"This is hard-scrabbling grassroots."

Downtown’s East Village will soon join the Gaslamp Quarter by having their own landmark community sign on Market Street, midblock between 10th and 11th. On July 27, East Village Association members met at Tod Firotto’s ...

Don't worry, old-timer, cell phones don't cause cancer

Low-income seniors misinformed about rooftop work?

A little before 7:30 a.m. on July 23, a crane as well as eight commercial and flatbed trucks were parked in the middle of the street in front of Sorrento Tower, a 14-story low-income senior ...

Clairemont Coco’s out, Chick-fil-A in

Some satisfied, some dismayed at approval of "another fast-food joint"

On July 19, representatives of the Chick-fil-A fast-food chain gave a presentation to the Clairemont Community Planning Group with the latest rendition of the drive-thru proposed to replace the Coco’s Restaurant at 5955 Balboa Avenue. ...

Screws put to City Heights market's booze permit

"There was no error! Absolutely no error!”

On July 20, a public hearing was held to decide the fate of My Market’s (4111 Home Avenue) Type 21 liquor license, which permits the sale of beer, wine, and distilled spirits for offsite consumption. ...

It was a perfectly healthy tree in Clairemont

Mature jacaranda chopped down in error

Henrietta Valens (not her real name) left Clairemont for Vegas with friends on June 28. On June 30 at 8:46 a.m., her 90-year-old mother called to tell her that some guys were getting ready to ...

Preservationists not done fighting for California Theatre

Complete restoration not feasible, says developer

Built in 1927 and historically designated in 1990, the California Theatre on Fourth Avenue has been owned by Sloan Capital since 2008. Sloan recently won non-historic designation for the attached Caliente sign but still has ...

City Heights needs a mural, not a wrecking ball

Some paint won't hurt 1919 "Sally Wong" building while its fate is decided

"The most activity the Sally Wong building has seen in the last decade was when a car crashed through a wall last year,” said Brian Myers. “I've lived in City Heights since 2007 and I ...

Aggressive transients put Ocean Beach on edge

This is my sidewalk!

On April 29, Blair Aeria’s father was doing what he does several times a week, spending time with his two grandchildren, aged one and three, at Cleator Community Park in Ocean Beach. “My dad had ...

Gripes over Clairemont's new bike-lane barriers

“The dividers have provided pedestrians with a false sense of security."

On May 24, the city installed white plastic barriers along the bike lane on one side of Balboa Avenue (east on Clairemont Drive heading toward Genesee Avenue). Within a few days, the barriers started getting ...

Protesters warm up to tear down Cabrillo Bridge plan

Balboa Park Heritage Association cofounder: "If I was in charge..."

David Lundin, cofounder of the Balboa Park Heritage Association, was there when Mayor Faulconer announced the resurrection of Qualcomm billionaire Irwin Jacobs's Balboa Park plan on June 30. Known as the Plaza de Panama Project, ...

Historic Resources Board hot for Caliente sign

But one dissenting vote decides demolition question

On June 23, the City of San Diego's Historic Resources Board met to decide the fate of three painted murals on downtown’s historic California Theatre at 1122 Fourth Avenue. Bruce Coons, executive director of Save ...

Roseville neighbors protest towering duplexes

Builder continues work — bringing in fill dirt to "lower" height?

Madison Bartz lives on Emerson Street next to where two extremely tall duplexes are being constructed in the Roseville neighborhood of Point Loma. On June 21, she recorded video of construction workers as she talked ...

Point Loma block dominated by new four-story duplexes

"Are you building a hotel here? That's at least 40 feet high.”

On June 20, a land surveyor taking photos on the corner of Emerson and Evergreen streets in the Roseville neighborhood of Point Loma was interrupted by a middle-aged couple driving by who asked, "Are you ...

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