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North Park locals patrol the neighborhood

“It’s a freak show out there”

The last time there was a seemingly life threatening conflict behind Claudia’s Spanish Revival home in North Park, she didn’t swipe her smartphone to dial 911 — instead, she pumped her 12-gauge shotgun. “Expecting the ...

San Diego city council members have distinct goals for city money

Housing, librarians, hand sanitizers, selling the downtown sky-diving building

The devil is in the details and the details are in the documents — individual San Diego City Council offices’ funding priorities for the 2020 city budget. The big issues, on which most or all ...

San Diego School District unites Democrats and Republicans

Everyone in audience seems mad about putting public at end of meetings

On December 11 the San Diego Unified School District board of trustees got rid of a thorn in its side — the non-agenda public comment segment at the beginning of their meetings. Trustees Richard Barrera, ...

Clairemont braces for density

Will NIMBY suburban go YIMBY urban?

Our mayor has a dream, a dream in which NIMBYs click their heels three times and turn into YIMBYs joyfully proclaiming, “Yes, in my backyard.” In this perfect world, constituents no longer have any anti-housing ...

Hillcrest DMV plan makes friends of enemies

Nobody likes the state's design

Watchers of land-use politics in San Diego were surprised when late last year two names usually on opposite sides of controversial building projects suddenly showed up in TV interviews espousing the same passionately held position ...

Less parking for San Diego's Old Town

Four adobe houses survive from the 1800s

‘It’s been vacant as long as I can recall” was the consensus I got when asking about the vacant lot on the corner of Congress and Harney streets in Old Town. An empty lot is ...

South Park woman's anti-scooter crusade

"Marie is trying to figure out a way to tow them off."

South Park resident Marie, who stands about five feet tall, likes to stroll her neighborhood carrying a big stick. “I yell at them motorized scooter and bike riders to get off the sidewalk,” she said, ...

Night people of San Marcos

“You can’t bring a knife to a fist fight.”

It was “righteous self-defense” against a known gang member and not assault with a deadly weapon, as charged by the State, says the attorney for a man we’ll call “Rod.” Rod and his attorney were ...

Miranda Escoto tried to report abuse of students

South Bay teachers stick together

Schools in San Diego County have a problem. Many teachers, administrators, and staff are not reporting suspected child abuse to the proper authorities, despite a legal requirement to do so. And some who do report ...

Tri-City nurse stabs boyfriend with butter knife, then steak knife

Will she be re-instated to labor and delivery?

‘We are not required to wait for her to injure a patient at work,” attorney Erin Sunseri told a judge. Representing the California nurses licensing board, Sunseri was trying to prevent Christena Potter doing any ...

Why do we keep building in Mission Valley?

San Diego’s flood central

I’m thinking that this parking lot, when it’s submerged under three feet of storm runoff, will make a great place for pick-up truck water skiing, drunken community college guys on boogie boards, and trash can ...