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City bites doggie daycare for $100K

Bureaucracy run amok at Camp Run-A-Mutt

Wishful doggy daycare doyennes bedeviled by details.

Casa Mira View — city of villages or mecca for crime?

Two views of a housing project

Will Mira Mesa mega-development become a slum?

Triple Crown dreams from $2000 to $230,000

Triple Crown dreams begin with two-year-olds, and some of those dreams were for sale in Del Mar on May 28. If you want to buy a horse, specifically a thoroughbred, the action’s at the auction, ...

Who's giving injections at Planned Parenthood?

Court case pits nurse practitioner against former employer

There’s a showdown downtown scheduled for Friday, August 14, when the case of Murray v. Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest goes to trial in superior court. Carla M. Murray, a nurse practitioner, had worked ...

Coronado Bridge to eternity

Could officials do more to prevent suicides?

If you want to die, the odds are in your favor if you’ve chosen the Coronado Bridge as your suicide site. And since the steel-and-concrete span opened in 1969, over 250 people have made the ...

Las Colinas is something to Yelp about

Definitely not coming back

“For the only jail I’ve been to, I guess it’s okay. I slept well and wasn’t disturbed. The holding cell I was confined to had a phone and I was able to make unlimited phone ...

The wishful world of tiny houses

Cottage industry

Tiny houses are great if you’re fresh from a divorce.

Someone’s living in a container at the cemetery

Mostly mundane, sometimes hysterical complaints on the city’s website

Yapping pooches, non-complying porches, and that fowl odor. Did your neighbor rat you out or not?

Cops and hops

Now read this if headed for malted barley along SR-78

“It’s not like we’re going to camp out in the parking lot of an establishment.” Lt. Eric Skaja, spokesman for the Escondido Police Department, maintains that the “Avoid the Eight on the 78” campaign isn’t ...

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