Sheila Pell

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Is the farm-to-table movement over?

Unimpressive results with San Diego Grown 365 label

Of all the labels people look for when it comes to food, locally grown is number one, surveys find. But more than a decade after the county launched the San Diego Grown 365 label, few ...

Coronado, for one, has more time to think about pot shops

Nimbys not so hard on delivery

As cities rush to restrict medical marijuana before a March 1 state deadline, it turns out there’s no hurry. The date was an error. An emergency bill to strike the deadline should reach the governor ...

Preemptory strike on eucalypti

Trees pose threat in Coronado's Spreckels Park

Today, December 15, the city was set to begin removing three Coronado eucalyptus trees, longtime residents of Spreckels Park. An assessment by the city’s arborist found the sweet-scented trees, which are similar in size and ...

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 ...

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