News & Politics

Coronado High water-polo coach to stay dry

Reinstatement to be decided after sex-abuse investigation

San Diego Superior Court judge Eddie Sturgeon on October 20 denied a legal request from former Coronado High School water-polo coach Randy Burgess to return to his job as a teacher. Sturgeon ruled that the ...

James Gang to land back on Newport

"No Target in OB" T-shirt-makers to be across street from Target

The James Gang, currently located on Bacon Street (at Santa Monica) in Ocean Beach, is moving back to its original stomping grounds — Newport Avenue. “James Gang started above the mini-mart over there [on Newport],” ...

Jobs-dropping September in San Diego County

Non-farm and hospitality employment down; schools open and boost rate

The unemployment rate in San Diego County in September was 4.1 percent, down from a revised 4.7 percent in August and down from 4.6 percent a year ago, according to the California Employment Development Department. ...

Short-term vacation rental explosion

“No one wants a clown car house next door.”

Locals in Mission Beach and Pacific Beach who say their neighborhoods are increasingly jammed full of unregulated mini-hotels are right, according to the city treasurer’s annual count of short-term rentals. But other neighborhoods — downtown ...

Read before rolling into Baja

Cuidado — RV and towed-vehicle permits also new to Mexican officials

When the Baja 1000 races roll around next month (November 14–18), some Americans crossing into Mexico might be in for a big surprise. Recently, travelers crossing through the San Ysidro, Otay, Tecate, and Mexicali borders ...

She rode away from stage 3 breast cancer

The survivor behind Bikes for Boobs

Cancer wasn't about to slow Sandy Hanshaw's roll. In 2013, Hanshaw was a fairly new restaurateur, having opened The Wine Pub in Point Loma a couple of years prior. Already consumed with the long hours ...

Case of the new-moon shooter

Did Weldon McDavid schedule shooting for the month's darkest night?

The criminal case against Diana Lovejoy, 44, and Weldon McDavid, 50, in which she is accused of hiring him to shoot her estranged husband, made another step forward late yesterday afternoon (Wednesday, October 18). Judge ...

Parking lot crack mart in Lincoln Park

I drive home thinking, How is this remotely legal?

As I pull into my neighborhood market near the corner of Euclid and Imperial, I’m flagged down by a homeless gentleman who asks if I have money to spare. I reply, “Fresh out,” hopefully discouraging ...

Manchester’s Navy Broadway complex: hurry up and wait

Warren Buffet, mortgage banker, called in to find loan for Trump backer’s mega-project

Ex–Union-Tribune owner and Republican kingpin Doug Manchester, still awaiting confirmation as ambassador to the Bahamas, also continues his quest for $650 million to finance his long-stalled Navy Broadway complex in downtown San Diego. An October ...

Food-insecure in Escondido

"I know what the pain of not eating is like — it's incredibly painful."

Mike Dolbow has grand plans to bring meals to the food-insecure, including not just the residents of his trailer park in rural Escondido but throughout the state. But first, he needs a truck. I meet ...

Tackled in the stands at Qualcomm

Lawsuit suggests police misinterpreted fan's "high-spiritedness"

A football tackle can be a thrilling thing to see, but not in the stands when the police are tackling a fan, says a suit filed in federal court October 16. Jason Walker is suing ...

Bay Area influences

Big labor gets into the city-hall advocacy game in a big way

As Republicans’ grip on San Diego’s city council loosens, big labor has filled the void by getting into the city-hall advocacy game in a big way. The latest player to file as a labor lobbyist ...

A few steps from being mobsters

Bullied tenants, former employees rise up against Willmark

In May 2015, Bernard Vinluan’s job at Willmark Communities became more secret agent than apartment leasing agent. Vinluan waited for the employees to clock out of the office before he made his move. He snuck ...

DROP-out chief hits Las Vegas

Already this year Zimmerman has logged at least five major out-of-town trips

As she counts down the days until her lucrative retirement on the city’s notorious Deferred Retirement Option Plan, widely known as DROP, San Diego chief of police Shelley Zimmerman has increasingly taken to the road, ...

City code harshing on Surf Check's mellow?

Enforcement thwarts coffeeshop's humble aspirations

Since opening the Surf Check coffee shop last year, Richard Aguirre says he has been embroiled in a permitting process that is unfairly targeting his business. The Surf Check, a blue-and-white camper trailer located on ...

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