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Stories by Dave Rice

How about Coronado’s “Zee Huis”?

Dutch for “sea house with eight bedrooms and eleven bathrooms”

A trend of endowing mansions with fanciful and often foreign names seems to be emerging among San Diego’s mega-rich. Many may be familiar with La Jolla’s Foxhill estate, former home of the local publishing magnate ...

Protesters defy food-sharing ban in El Cajon

"If hep A was as big a concern as they're saying it is, they'd have bathrooms."

An act of civil disobedience ended peacefully on Sunday afternoon (November 19th), as dozens from across the county gathered at Wells Park in El Cajon to offer food to the homeless in defiance of a ...

Community Choice Energy clears hurdle in San Diego

Sempra/SDG&E will still make money, just not as much

San Diego on Thursday (November 16th) took another step in the lengthy process of establishing a community choice aggregation market for city residents and businesses, as the city's Sustainable Energy Advisory Board voted to send ...

Drones with frickin' lasers

They could be used for humanitarian missions, too

San Diego–based General Atomics, makers of the military's Predator and Reaper drones (“unmanned aerial vehicles,” as the industry prefers to call them), has landed a contract to begin experiments equipping the bombing and surveillance aircraft ...

Solar vision of a refugee

Mohamed Hauter's transition from Yemen teen to green-energy guy

Hauter grew up with his family in Yemen while his father, a U.S. citizen, spent six months of the year working in the States, first as a farmer in California's Central Valley and later as ...

Rent-control battle cry in Escondido

"We were supposed to have a meeting, but they locked up the tennis courts."

For years the Eagles Point apartment complex, a collection of suburban four-story buildings comprising 519 units along East Grand Avenue in eastern Escondido, has drawn harsh criticism from residents and neighbors. Negative reviews, some dating ...

See the Del Mar racetrack from the comfort of your home

Previous owner identified cells responsible for the five basic taste perceptions

Listing materials for the hillside estate at 2116 Balboa Avenue in Del Mar invite prospective buyers to “enjoy spectacular whitewater ocean, sunset & Del Mar racetrack views from this extraordinary seaside Villa in Olde Del ...

Air Force drone fleet due for upgrade

General Atomics may use old ones for target practice

The U.S. military's fleet of Predator and Reaper drones, produced locally by San Diego's General Atomics, is preparing to enter their third decade of service. According to a new report, they're also due for some ...

Owned by philanthropists and racehorse owners

This one used to have the highest asking price in San Diego County

“Del Dios Ranch presents an outstanding opportunity to acquire one of the most expansive tracts in coveted Rancho Santa Fe,” listing materials boast of the sprawling 61-acre estate. Beds: 4 Baths: 9 Current Owner: Sahm ...

Tiny homes for the homeless and your backyard

Councilman backs plan to house "the next one million in San Diego."

Alternately referred to under terms such as "companion units," "accessory dwellings,” or, more colloquially, "granny flats" (Coronado prefers the unique term "carriage houses"), the practice of adding a second residence to a single-family lot has ...

Cops called over tenants' uprising

Linda Vista renters proceed with plan to stop paying

Tenants at a large Linda Vista apartment complex who last month threatened a rent strike are following through on their intentions. What that will eventually mean is still unclear. According to Rafael Bautista of San ...

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 ...

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 ...

Golden Rule crashes Fleet Week, peacefully

"We're not being jerks and trying to force our message onto anyone."

On Saturday (October 14), Fleet Week was in full swing at San Diego Bay. Crowds lined the waterfront from Tuna Harbor north along the Embarcadero to watch Navy and Coast Guard vessels and helicopters performing ...

Navy nerd money built this La Jolla mansion

Completed in 2015, scenic property on La Jolla Scenic Drive has yet to welcome its first resident

This newly constructed home at 6045 La Jolla Scenic Drive South, listing materials boast, is a “spectacular Santa Barbara Coastal Classic custom estate” featuring “unparalleled quality and design” sited on nearly an acre backing open ...

Star bartender stops to talk flair, etc.

"The bendy girl was cool, she was down to earth."

”The bar will always have its place in society — it's that comfortable spot between work and home. Million-dollar deals aren't made over a cup at Starbucks, they happen in bars.” — Star "Flair bartending," ...

Panhandlers pushed back in El Cajon

"I've been lucky here. I don't talk to cops that much."

The City of El Cajon has begun installing street signs discouraging local motorists from giving money to panhandlers. Announced Monday (October 9), the "Real change, not spare change" campaign "encourages the public to contribute in ...

Linda Vista renters threaten strike

Tenants demand habitability improvements, protest 15 percent hike

As many as 50 tenants at the Village Apartments complex in Linda Vista are threatening a "rent strike" beginning next week if their demands for more modest rent increases and completion of repairs affecting the ...

Tow-truck carjacker failure

Alleged erratic behavior and circumstances suggest crime of opportunity

A tow-truck driver and a pair of motorists getting help after experiencing a breakdown were able to thwart a carjacking attempt Thursday night (September 29) near Valley Center. According to sheriff's deputy Shawn Silva, two ...

Wasted food in landfills is a separate problem

"Unless there is a financial incentive, most won't do it."

A new campaign aimed at eliminating food waste, Save the Food San Diego, kicked off on Tuesday (September 26). But some of the tools needed to achieve that goal, despite being mandated by changes to ...

Own one of the largest lots in “Olde Del Mar”

Featuring one of the oldest trees in San Diego County

The half-acre estate at 901 Highland Avenue offers prospective buyers a “rare opportunity to own one of the largest lots in Olde Del Mar.” The listing goes on to describe the space as “a private ...

California least terns cared for the most

Audubon Society nest site research and maintenance at Fiesta Island

The California least tern, a light-brown shorebird that nests along the state's coastline, is one of the smallest tern species in the world, growing to just nine inches in length at adulthood. It's also one ...

Hepatitis A outbreak: Month 11 looms

"A lot of people feel safer and cleaner having to crap on the street."

An outbreak of the fecal-contamination-borne liver disease hepatitis A has sickened more than 400 people in the San Diego area since November 2016, causing national media outlets to mock the "man-made disaster" that thus far ...

Man breaches San Onofre perimeter

Confesses to carrying "electronic equipment and possibly explosives"

A man driving a stolen delivery van he claimed was loaded with explosives was apprehended in a restricted area at the shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Generating station on Tuesday afternoon (September 12). According to sheriff's ...

Unobstructed ocean views from the moment you walk in

Sandy Lane, Del Mar home drops from $23 million to $20 million

“Situated in a private gated community on the sand & intimately adjacent to the Del Mar Racetrack,” listing materials promise, lies a “spectacular oceanfront estate” at 3002 Sandy Lane. The four-bedroom, five-bath home, constructed in ...

Short-term rentals thrive in East Village

Longtime businesses dying — "It's like a ghost town down there now."

Is the demand for housing suitable to fill the thousands of rental units that have sprung up in downtown's East Village since the mid-2000s, and enough to sustain even more units currently under construction or ...

Marijuana delivery providers seek council motion

"What we're arguing for is the right to exist as businesses."

Legal marijuana consumption for purely recreational purposes will debut next January, following the passage of last year's Proposition 64. But a group of established providers of medical cannabis worry that the City of San Diego ...

San Diego medical marijuana product for Mexico

Government's buy is earmarked for treatment of epileptic children

Since early 2016, the San Diego–based Medical Marijuana Inc., doing business as HempMeds Mexico, has been exporting a version of its cannabidol (CBD) oil across the border. Last week, the company announced its first major ...

Live just north of Bird Rock for special price: $14,888,000

Designed by noted local architect Claude-Anthony Marengo

“This astounding La Jolla estate exemplifies the best of modern luxury,” promise listing materials for the newly constructed blufftop home at 5910 Camino de la Costa. Located just north of Bird Rock, the luxury residence ...

24 years of martians, murder, magic, and mayhem

In the back room with the grande dame guardian of the Mysterious Galaxy

Eat. Sleep. Read. Local. For years these edicts have presented themselves in the form of a bold red-and-white poster gracing the entryway of Mysterious Galaxy, an independent bookshop specializing in science fiction, mystery, fantasy, and ...

NFL blamed for sleepy trash-truck drivers

Strong link between football watching and alcohol consumption —really?

The Chargers' extended farewell to San Diego may be complete, but a local company claims in a study released this week the NFL poses an unlikely threat to Americans everywhere in the form of sleepy ...

Miramar Air Show protesters get Japanese bump

"Our children are being dazzled with weapons and air displays."

A group of local anti-war protesters got a boost Thursday afternoon (August 17) when their freeway overpass picket in opposition to the annual Miramar Air Show received an approving visit from members of the Japanese ...

The most ocean frontage of any Coronado home

Only three owners since 1915

“Seashore,” as the waterfront Coronado estate located at 519 Ocean Boulevard is dubbed, lays claim to “the most ocean frontage of any Coronado home,” roughly 250 feet along the peninsula’s southern edge midway between Sunset ...

SDG&E shocks solar users with rate change

"On-peak" hours switch increases cost of relying on the grid

A letter sent by San Diego Gas & Electric to customers with home solar systems has left some subscribers confused and even worried about the future of their ratepayer agreements with the utility. "Basically, I ...

What it means to be wealthy

San Diegans have modest ideas

How much money does one need in order to be considered wealthy? According to a new survey from the investment advisory firm Charles Schwab, the average San Diegan's answer is about $2.7 million. That's more ...

Water quality improving across San Diego

But Coastkeeper won't send volunteers to Tijuana

For the first time in four years, water quality in the San Diego region is showing signs of improvement. Still, that may not be cause for celebration just yet, conservationists warn. While any improvement is ...

Passing out food on the Pala reservation

Squash, peaches, nectarines

It's a slow Tuesday for Michelle Silva, a recreational aide at the Pala Youth Center near the northern border of San Diego County. Most of the center's charges, which number as many as 70 during ...

Sempra seeks to block shift from gas appliances

Electric heat pump is more efficient that even a tankless gas heater

Environmental activists at the Sierra Club and elsewhere say an outdated rule from the California Public Utilities Commission is preventing consumers from accessing incentive funds to replace old gas appliances with newer, more efficient electric ...

Ocean Front Walk gets another supermodel

This one comes with “flexibility relative to maximizing utilization of the ocean frontage”

The forthcoming estate at 3701 Ocean Front Walk in north Mission Beach hasn’t even been built yet, but it’s already been adorned with a steep price tag. The residence will consist of a six-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bath ...

Someone else can clean it up

General Atomics looks to offload uranium Superfund site in Colorado

After more than a decade in mothballs, a subsidiary of San Diego's General Atomics has indicated that it intends to offload the cleanup work at a uranium mine it owns in central Colorado. The Cañon ...

San Diego solar growth hits the brakes

Metering rule change and heavy rains blamed

The number of San Diegans installing solar panels has been slowing throughout the first half of 2017, according to data released this week by OhmHome, a green tech advisory firm. According to research analyst Casey ...

Chicken of the Sea change

Greenpeace satisfied with Thai Union's promises

After nearly two years spent petitioning for changes to tuna industry practices, activists at Greenpeace on Monday (July 10) announced a sweeping agreement with Thai Union, the global seafood giant that owns San Diego's Chicken ...

Seawall enhancement shot down

Grandview Beach homeowners lose permanent rights to stairs and concrete

Environmental advocates at the Surfrider Foundation's San Diego chapter are celebrating a state supreme court decision that overturned a challenge by homeowners on Leucadia's oceanfront who sought to remove restrictions on seawall construction permits they'd ...

Famous Greek speakers sell Bird Rock cliff home

Rolls-Royce convertible included

Villa de Fuego y Agua, or “the house of fire and water,” is the moniker bestowed upon a blufftop estate in southern La Jolla’s Bird Rock neighborhood. “Soaring high above the sea and sailing into ...

Another David Ross (Waterman) story

Struck out twice in San Diego

David Ross is full of stories. Gaunt yet sprightly at 82, Ross, known to his many friends on the streets of downtown San Diego as “Water Man Dave” or “Water Man,” has spent more than ...

Ramadan, no cheating

East County handyman chugs half gallon of water while it's dark

Said Hamdi works as a handyman for a local property management firm, maintaining houses and small apartment buildings across East County — Spring Valley, El Cajon, Santee, Lakeside. For the last month or so he's ...

Now the builders are mad at Encinitas

They fear the worst — total ban on new construction

After nearly 25 years of non-compliance with state law requiring municipalities to provide space to develop affordable housing, the city of Encinitas is headed back to court. According to a petition filed to San Diego ...

De Anza splits the baby — 40 acres to Campland, 38 acres to marsh restoration

Campers and conservationists walk away unhappy from Thurs. meeting

A committee formed to explore redevelopment options at De Anza Cove in the northeast corner of Mission Bay met for the sixth and final time on Thursday evening (June 29), adopting a tentative plan that ...

Rick Perry joins environmentalists on San Onofre

Energy department wants to revive stalled Nevada nuclear dump plan

Onetime presidential contender Rick Perry, who famously called for the elimination of the federal Department of Energy before being tapped to lead it, warned on Tuesday (June 20) that conditions at the shuttered San Onofre ...

Gaggenau appliances on La Jolla's Coast Walk

Former Price Club competitor keeps putting on market — with no success

Listing materials for the blufftop La Jolla estate at 1585 Coast Walk promise to deliver “without a doubt, one of the best waterfront homes in La Jolla.” Built in 1986 and designed by celebrated local ...

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