7500 Africans and Haitians without money or housing in Tijuana

“They have nothing”

Tijuana is no stranger to desperation. Vagrants, junkies, and deportees are ubiquitous in the streets. Stopping at traffic lights often means shooing away a sinewy street-twitch, scheming to wipe down your windshield with a filthy ...

Power of peso putters along in Tijuana

“It’s awesome for me — now I can get twice as drunk.”

“The [rise] of the dollar does not affect Mexicans,” said Andrea Legarreta, host of daily morning television show Hoy, in January of this year. The Mexican peso had just plummeted to a historic low against ...

swell Oct. 6, 2016 @ 7:05 a.m.

Every civilization has had two constants: religion and drugs. Legislate all you want, you aren't going to change that. China is trying to wipe out a religious movement, as the USSR tried a while back- it doesn't work. No country has ever prevented drug use either, although some Arab countries come close. (Maybe the Philippines will succeed?)

Pot is a good alternative to alcohol. Some people get violent with alcohol, as domestic abuse sufferers know. Few become violent under marijuana. That alone speaks well for legalizing it and encouraging a switch.


El Cajon Blvd. revamp ramps up

Business relocations and apartment projects

A couple of years ago the rundown section of El Cajon Boulevard in University Heights began a slow journey to rejuvenation. Construction crews have recently picked up the pace. The largest residential project in the ...

Don Bauder Feb. 8, 2017 @ 9:43 a.m.

bcoldpro: He understands very little about government. It appears he doesn't understand the terrifying danger of nuclear proliferation. When asked about a nuclear deterrent, he said he didn't want to take any possible threat off the table. He doesn't want to tip our hand to our enemies.

The possible use of nuclear weapons should be taken off every nation's table immediately. Best, Don Bauder


swell Feb. 8, 2017 @ 9:22 p.m.

Appreciate the effort, Matt, but as sometimes happens there is a lack of focus. A meandering column that hints at interesting information but fails to deliver any substance. Looking forward to the day when this links with additional information to give a sense of direction for the U-T, the owners or anyone of interest to Reader readers. Thanks for so many informative articles over the years.


La Jollans complain about airport noise

An issue historically griped by Point Lomans

La Jolla residents are the latest to complain about jetliner noise from the airport. However, their formal complaint to the La Jolla Town Council tonight (February 9) has been removed from the agenda because the ...

swell Feb. 9, 2017 @ 8:25 p.m.

Cloudy days, such as we've recently experienced, exacerbate the noise issue by reflecting sound that normally would be directed upward. Thus we have the normal noise plus the reflected noise, which may echo multiple times between cloud and ground, and we have the illusion of much more noise even though the source is the same as on a quiet sunny day.

The solution to this may exist in a not-yet patented system under consideration by certain local investors. Hang on to your hats, we may have an answer sooner than you think!


Ponzi Feb. 10, 2017 @ 9:13 a.m.

The noise problem is occurring in other cities where Metroplex (NextGen) airspace optimization is being deployed. In L.A. County, residents of Westside communities have been complaining about increased noise. Last year Los Angeles City Councilman Steve Bonin wrote an angry letter to the FAA about his constituents concerns.

"'To put it bluntly, the FAA's answer is pure B.S.,' Bonin wrote this week to two members of Congress who represent the noise-affected areas, including Pacific Palisades, Mar Vista and Culver City. 'There's no way they are being honest with me or the people I represent,' Bonin told U.S. Reps. Ted Lieu and Karen Bass. Lieu is part of the Quiet Skies Caucus of Congress and has co-sponsored bills to increase local authority over aviation noise." (89.3 KPCC News).

In a March 2016 story in the Washington Post, "overall noise complaints tripled between 2014 and 2015." "Many residents blame the increase in noise to the Federal Aviation Administration’s upgrade of its flight navigation system, known as NextGen. The multi-billion dollar initiative is designed to modernize the nation’s air traffic control systems by switching from radar to satellite navigation."

"The shift enables planes to fly more direct routes, saving fuel and reducing carbon emissions. But in some parts of the country, it has meant more noise for people on the ground — and not just in the District." (WaPo By Lori Aratani March 7, 2016)


Visduh Feb. 11, 2017 @ 9:06 a.m.

Just like some pseudo-newspaperman to use a fancy and obscure term like "attrit" when he could have said "shrink." We first began to hear of attrition being used widely when, in the late 70's, some major employers began to make big staffing cutbacks. One that I recall was United Airlines when it announced that is was cutting 10,000 (!) workers from its staff, and stating that much would come from attrition. (How, I asked, could an airline have ten thousand excess employees and stay in business; how would it keep its planes flying after cutting that many workers? Well, if you've dealt with those airlines in recent years, you know that they are chronically short-staffed when it comes to check-in personnel, agents reachable by telephone, and keeping the planes clean. Something had to give.)

Roger Hedgecock was an interesting study. He actually started out as a sort of liberal young politician, although his party was the GOP. That was possible back when non-partisan local offices actually were, sort of, not driven by state or national party affiliations. Roger, when he was elected a county supervisor, actually was the "bete noir" of the county bureaucracy, in that he actually asked the CAO and department heads hard questions, and had the temerity to criticize them publicly. Oh, the entrenched types in county employ hated him! But later on the lure of a more visible office, that of mayor, beckoned and his ambition had no bounds. He could have used that as a stepping stone to the governorship or US Senate, had his venality not tripped him up.


Don Bauder Feb. 13, 2017 @ 9:26 a.m.

Ponzi: Yes, and I am very glad that you do the digging. This blog relies on people like you. I do an item. You sleuths add critical information that I missed. Best, Don Bauder


Bayshore Bikeway hostel situation a no-go

Warehouse to be used for brewery instead of on-the-cheap travelers

Three weeks after a study found that more than two thirds of Californians interviewed said not being able to find inexpensive accommodations at the coast makes going there difficult, the California Coastal Commission voted to ...

swell Feb. 21, 2017 @ 7:04 p.m.

Without the bridge, it is very difficult for a car to reach the park from the west. Going around north or going south will be very complicated, cost time and energy, and leave the driver in a poor mood to enjoy the park. Try to take a cab instead and it will be very expensive.

But if there was parking around 6th Av and Laurel, then a shuttle bus over the bridge might help.


How to build a better border wall?

Audit hits lack of accountability for $2.1 billion in "tactical infrastructure"

As Donald Trump and his Republican allies in Congress ponder how to pay for the president's promised wall along the Mexican border, a new study from the Government Accountability Office contends that the Department of ...

Ponzi Oct. 8, 2016 @ 7:46 p.m.

Things could improve at the Sheriff office if the voters would stop re-electing Gore and replace him with someone who is a talented leader and has ethics. Gore has been a horrible sheriff and he needs to go. The list of ethical questions is a mile long for Gore.

The bottleneck is always at the top of the bottle.


Developer vs. developer, continued

La Jolla real estate guy reputedly writing book to expose Lennar Corp.

Nicolas Marsch, onetime La Jolla socialite and wealthy real estate developer, is apparently writing a book about his nemesis, Florida-based big builder Lennar Corp. Up until recently, Marsch had a website touting his purported book, ...

Lobbyists push for hasty Mission Valley soccer deal

Stripper-gate figure and Metropolitan Water District on “Taxpayers” board

As the big-money politics behind the drive to turn over the Qualcomm Stadium site to a secretive syndicate of La Jolla money men mounts, one of the city's mightiest pro-developer lobbies has jumped into the ...

North Park Main Street hits the road for Iowa

More people, bigger meetings required more space

North Park Main Street has vacated its office space at 3076 University Avenue in North Park and moved to new offices in the Iowa Street Seniors apartment building at 3939 Iowa Street. San Diego Housing ...

swell Jan. 18, 2017 @ 8:16 p.m.

I worked on a mink ranch in 1960. The animals were treated as badly as modern chickens, locked in tiny cages their whole life. They were vicious and we learned to keep our fingers away. By 'vicious' I mean insane, just as we would be living under those circumstances. Sad because they were beautiful, and I suspect intelligent.

But, wow, that fur feels really soft and luxurious; and you could get lost in the depth of color.


Disabilities act a shakedown vehicle?

Plaintiff filed almost 160 lawsuits in 2016

On December 29, San Diegan Chris Langer filed a suit against the Cotter Company and Cotter Church Supplies of Los Angeles. In the suit, Langer complained that the company violated the Americans with Disabilities Act ...