Sheila Pell

Articles by Sheila Pell

The fight for a wood-burning fireplace

“It’s pretty nasty stuff. This stuff really is bad news.”

Several south coast counties restrict wood burning fireplaces, but San Diego isn’t one of them. Not yet. “Although it is not prohibited, wood burning in the home is a growing source of air pollution in ...

Escondido residents resist water-treatment plant

Because: liquid ammonium sulfate, sulfuric acid, sodium bisulfite...

Escondido farms need affordable water. Though the city plans to build a recycled-water treatment plant, many residents drawn to a recent city-council meeting were not in favor of living near a “membrane filtration/ reverse osmosis ...

Veterans' affordable-housing project pulled

Minor traffic surge on Poway streets was the deal-breaker

On November 16, after two years of negotiation with Habitat for Humanity, the City of Poway rejected an affordable-housing project for veterans. Now what? The city still needs 504 affordable-housing units to meet state mandates. ...

Europa Street alley is a street, say residents

Councilmembers shut down concerns over siting of underground garage

A battle over the entry to an underground parking garage in Leucadia has been decided in favor of the developer. At a public hearing on November 9, the Encinitas City Council voted to deny two ...

Barrio Loganeños fret over next airborne auto

Coronado bridge speeders persist due to "infinitesimal" ratio of tickets to traffic

More accidents are waiting to happen. That’s what residents say as Caltrans and the California Highway Patrol investigate why a truck flew off the San Diego-Coronado bridge and landed in Chicano Park on October 15. ...

Coronado wary of granny-flat legislation

Mayor Tanaka sends letter to governor urging veto of SB 1069

Granny flats won’t be pushed out. They keep coming back, even though wealthier cities have thwarted them with a slew of door-slamming zoning codes. Starting next January, a new state law will make it easier ...

Del Mar train-track crossers being ticketed

Crackdown said to emanate from federal government

It used to be easier to get to the beach in Del Mar, and most residents wish they could turn back the clock. All they want is a convenient way to cross the railroad tracks ...

Solana Beach seeks electricity options

SDG&E, meanwhile, seeks approval to campaign against community choice

Last month, Solana Beach announced the hunt for a service provider to help launch the county’s first local power program, which aims to curb greenhouse gases. This month, a war on community choice aggregation, as ...

Pedestrian restrictions in Coronado

No-crossing signs are “a prudent measure,” says mayor

In Coronado, pedestrians face new restrictions on crossing two major streets at intersections near the bridge. The roadway, also known as SR-75, runs to and from the bridge along Third and Fourth streets, acting as ...

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