Sheila Pell

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My dog needs a rubdown — what's the problem?

California Veterinary Medical Board says animal massage lacks oversight

Wellness care for pets is thriving in San Diego. There are fitness trainers, massage therapists, and more. For many animal owners, it’s a tool to prevent illness. To the California Veterinary Medical Board, it’s risky ...

Nature guy and Cal Fire surround compromise

In the haze between environment and conflagration protection

A controversial plan for preventing wildfires is back. It’s the final round for Cal Fire’s vegetation-treatment plan, which targets 60,000 acres of state-responsibility land for annual brush clearing. On August 26, the new draft was ...

The fight for freedom of street sleep

Vote this week to determine lawfulness of bans to shut-eye in vehicles

After dark, parking a home is a problem. That was clear in 2010, when advocates for the houseless opened the first overnight safe parking lot. And the need goes on. “The program was a direct ...

Prices paid for San Diego public loos

Annual cleaning tab is $99,720 for two; in Portland, six cost less than $105K

A lot has, and hasn’t, happened in the decades since downtown’s public restroom shortage came to light. Two grand jury reports and vast sums of money have been aimed at the problem, the homeless population ...

That rattling sound is the food chain

Sardine fishing ban aims to help out sea lion food crisis

A ban on U.S. Pacific sardine fishing that took effect July 1 will mean more food for starving sea lions, pelicans, and other creatures. But there’s no shutting down the other forces rattling the food ...

How small can a small house be?

New ordinance “will radically change the way people live in San Diego.”

It’s the kind of change that gives tiny-house supporters hope. On June 4, new zoning rules will go into effect that make it easier to build small, detached homes on city lots outside the coastal ...

Compost County

Another way to avert new law's restrictions: eat your veggies, clean your plate

It’s not easy to be a composter in San Diego. There are state, county, and in some cases, even city rules about odors, size and more. Now, however, soil tenders have hope. CalRecycle, the state ...

Feeling the burn, San Diego?

More people likely to pay state fire-prevention fees in backcountry

The controversial California Fire Prevention Fee may soon affect more property owners in San Diego. If proposed changes to the fire-zone map are approved, some rural county residents will have to start paying the annual ...

Fungi wanted for fungal library

To contribute specimens to the herbarium isn’t all fun and foraging

San Diego is so arid, it can leave mushroom hunters foraging for irrigation. Try parks and cemeteries, some suggest. Or go see local species on display at the annual Fungus Fair in Balboa Park on ...

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