Neighborhood News

Speedway invades San Diego

Part of corporate shell game?

A popular Midwest brand of convenience stores and gas stations is quickly making a play into the competitive San Diego County market. Late last month, Speedway, headquartered in Ohio, acquired six stations in the area; ...

20 fields for soccer in Oceanside

Little League and Pop Warner not so lucky

Both of Oceanside’s high school football teams made it to the CIF finals last month. But according to youth coach Jason Mageo, that feat was achieved in spite of the support youth football gets from ...

Mission Valley shows the appeal of the mall

"This is how we bond"

Patricia M. and her daughter, Eli, frequent Westfield Mission Valley almost every month; the two have been coming here since 10-year-old Eli was a baby. “We like Nordstrom Rack,” Patricia said to me on the ...

San Diego's granny flats were last year

This year it's triplexes, and a loophole in a rent cap

Last year, San Diego opened the door wide for backyard granny flats, and not the tiny kind on wheels, but units as large as 1,200 square feet. This year brings an even bigger change. Triplexes. ...

Spin scooters, too good to be true

Gone from City College, Little Italy, Gaslamp by Dec. 16

On Christmas weekend, I looked for Spin motorized scooters to test drive; I hopped onto the Spin app, and noticed two were closeby at City College. I strolled and jogged around the campus, between the ...

The life and death of Oceanside mobile homes

"A lot of people are afraid to speak up"

Even though mobile homes remain the largest form of affordable housing in California, a state of California/Stanford University report said that because mobile home park property is worth five to six times more if it ...

Lincoln Acres loses land to National City

One of last three islands in San Diego County

Lincoln Acres doesn't want to be National City. But sitting on the edge of a growing urban area means sooner or later, Starbucks is coming. To the county, it's a good time to "measurably reduce" ...

Mexican minimum wage raised to $6.50 a day

$9.79 a day near the border

On December 16, Mexican news outlets reported of a soon to be increase in minimum wage throughout Mexico. The National Commission of Minimum Wages (Conasami) created a new Economic Wage Zone for municipalities located within ...

SDSU profs rub shoulders with Mission Valley's homeless

117 camps down to 17

The homeless who camp near the San Diego River live differently than the homeless who live on downtown streets, according to two San Diego State University professors who have been studying them. Many of the ...

Oceankamp development promises surf park

Will they succeed where North River Farms hasn't?

Disneyland has relied on themed neighborhoods like Fantasyland or Tomorrowland for decades. Now developers who want to build big in Oceanside have also tied their housing projects to enticing themes. Orange County’s Integral Communities pitched ...

Sluggish growth of tree canopy in San Diego

National City doing okay west of the 805

San Diego beat its 2020 goal for slashing greenhouse gases by two years. But tucked in its climate action plan is one key strategy that barely budged. Boosting the tree canopy by 15 percent. Not ...