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Exotic woods and full slabs of onyx

Just know that the previous owner illegally imported three Romanian AK-47s

Beds: 7 Baths: 7 Current Owner: Harry Rady Asking Price: $11,800,000 The estate offered for sale at 6001 La Jolla Scenic Drive South boasts “almost two acres of lush tropical grounds and an expansive residence ...

Sempra proposes natural gas pipeline from Miramar to Rainbow

Opponents say use the Otay Mesa pipeline instead

Sempra Energy, the parent company of both San Diego Gas & Electric and SoCalGas (serving Riverside County), is in the planning stages for a massive new $600 million natural gas pipeline running roughly from Miramar ...

Sunset Cliffs passes Fiesta Island as dirtiest beach

Trash coming to coast from inland

The beaches of Sunset Cliffs have supplanted Fiesta Island in Mission Bay for the dubious distinction of San Diego's dirtiest shoreline, according to new data from San Diego Coastkeeper and the Surfrider Foundation's San Diego ...

Walmart sues Bumble Bee and Chicken of the Sea for price fixing

Smaller cans, secret price lists, limiting discounts

A class-action lawsuit filed by retail giant Walmart accuses canned tuna's three biggest players – including San Diego's Bumble Bee and Chicken of the Sea – of conspiring to fix prices on "shelf stable" seafood ...

A private Olde Del Mar location

“Expansive white water ocean views to the west, endless lagoon & mountain views to the east”

Beds: 6 Baths: 8 Current Owner: PDMI LLC (Denver-based developer) Asking Price: $22,500,000 The luxury estate situated at 2160 Balboa Avenue, on a peninsula of land between the San Dieguito River and Pacific Ocean just ...

San Diegans will squeeze food money May 8 to 12

Hunger Coalition challenges you to make it on food stamp budget, $4.18 a day

More than 100 San Diegans will spend the weekend making preparations to participate in the CalFresh Challenge an annual event that asks participants to spend a day or a week living off the average budget ...

Councilman Alvarez rides the neighborhood, promises money for bikes

From Park and G to Chicano Park to Harbor Drive

City councilmember David Alvarez met with more than 100 cycling enthusiasts assembled by the San Diego Bike Coalition on Thursday afternoon (May 4) to lead a ride through his native Barrio Logan. "When you're on ...

Incumbency will favor Summer Stephan over Adam Gordon to succeed Dumanis as D.A.

San Diego County supervisors won't limit candidates.

Pleas from various groups urging the San Diego County Board of Supervisors to take precautions when installing a temporary district attorney to replace the outgoing Bonnie Dumanis fell on deaf ears at a board meeting ...

San Diego lifeguards at OB Town Council blast fire department take-over of 911 calls

Fire Chief Fennessy sends email

There's a serious problem with the way 911 calls are routed between the city's fire department and its lifeguards. At least that's what the lifeguards are saying. "There's been a policy change that waterway 911 ...

Rose Creek won't be moved to flush Mission Bay

Edging closer to wetlands at De Anza Cove

The group tasked with reimagining wildlife habitat along the northern edge of Mission Bay unveiled a new set of proposals on Tuesday evening (April 25). The three draft alternatives include new developments and some departures ...

La Jolla office building goes condo

Permanently protected ocean view, brand new, unit 402

The “premiere [sic] limited edition penthouse” at 1020 Prospect Street in La Jolla promises buyers a “one-of-kind property” that “has been meticulously designed and curated for discerning home collectors.” The penthouse suite, or Unit 402, ...

San Diego homeless vets down, homeless in tents up

Jenni Criscenzo throws cold water on the Regional Task Force report

The number of homeless people on the streets of San Diego is on the rise, but fewer of them are finding their way into shelter beds. This, according to the latest numbers from the Regional ...

General Atomics scores another drone contract

Company to supply lithium-ion batteries for shallow water vessels

General Atomics, the La Jolla-based military contractor perhaps best known for its Predator and Reaper aerial drones, announced this week that the company has landed a contract for a new type of unmanned vehicle – ...

Greenpeace rates San Diego tuna firms

American Tuna ties for first, but not Chicken of the Sea or Bumble Bee

San Diego's tuna canning companies are both the best and the worst, according to a new report from the environmental advocates at Greenpeace. The best: Bonita-based American Tuna, which ties for first place among the ...

Gafcon's San Diego bayfront plan seems to please tuna fishermen

Plan to replace Seaport Village and Tuna Harbor would include parking garages, hotels, aquarium, daily fish market - but no pleasure craft in Tuna Harbor

After months of behind-the-scenes bickering and horse trading between San Diego's commercial fishing fleet and a developer tapped by the Port of San Diego to revamp a large portion of a large section of San ...

Toenail abductor at El Cajon Walmart

Police reviewing surveillance tape

Police in El Cajon are searching for a man with exceptionally long toenails in connection with an attempted abduction from the Walmart parking lot outside Parkway Plaza. According to a report from lieutenant Royal Bates, ...

This Rancho Santa Fe house doesn’t need you

Twenty-eight completely automated audio zones, HVAC, lighting, pool systems, surveillance...

Current Owner: unclear Beds: 6 Baths: 7 List Price: $24,995,000 The technological marvel that comprises the estate at 6424 La Valle Plateada in Rancho Santa Fe “excites the senses immediately as one enters the grand ...

San Onofre closed is no great loss

Despite warnings from nuclear proponents, dirty natural gas use isn't rising at area power plants

A common argument used by those in favor of repairing the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station and of renewing the license of Diablo Canyon, the state's last operating nuclear power plant (Pacific Gas & Electric ...

Embarcadero reimagined

Port presents concepts for bayfront improvements

The Port of San Diego on Wednesday evening (March 29) unveiled two new plans for the continuing redevelopment of the Embarcadero section of downtown waterfront running north from the USS Midway to Laurel Street along ...

More parking than most Del Mar homes

$8.8 million gets you space for six of your favorite cars

Beds: 6 Baths: 6 Current Owner: Mark Van Oene List Price: $8,800,000 “It’s getting harder to find a property like this,” warn listing materials for the “magnificent Del Mar Craftsman estate” constructed in 1997 at ...

Planned Parenthood march against Obamacare repeal

"With this disaster of a bill dead and buried, I hope that we can get to work."

Hundreds of Planned Parenthood supporters rallied in Balboa Park on Friday morning (March 24) in anticipation of a congressional vote to defund the organization that was pulled from the table by Republican backers moments before ...

San Diego real estate cools a smidge

Still, only 26 percent of locals can budget a home purchase

California's red-hot housing market may finally be showing signs of cooling — just not quite yet in San Diego. According to data released by the California Association of Realtors trade group, the state's median home ...

Spring-breakers go solar

"It's not like California has all the sun or all the wind."

"We provide solar at no out-of-pocket cost," explains Paul Cleary, executive director of GRID Alternatives San Diego. We're standing in the dirt driveway of a house nestled deep in a canyon on the La Jolla ...

Tiny-house movement for the homeless

"We have so many people who are sleeping in tents...."

A group of homeless advocates has unveiled examples of a long-brewing plan to create extremely low-cost emergency housing as a temporary remedy while longer term solutions to regional homelessness are sought. "We've been trying to ...

Palomar College professor picket

"We were told to give him a break, and we did."

Dozens of Palomar College staff and students picketed outside a meeting of the school's governing board on Tuesday (March 14), demanding action be taken against a controversial new dean installed before the beginning of the ...

Duncan Hunter hears from Affordable Care activists

Protesters allegedly blew their chance to keep meeting congressman

A group of demonstrators gathered outside the El Cajon offices of Representative Duncan Hunter for the sixth time in as many weeks on Tuesday (March 7) to protest a proposal to repeal and replace the ...

Anti-Trumpians root in Ocean Beach sand

Overflow protest crowd forms impromptu exclamation point

Hundreds of protesters gathered in Ocean Beach on Saturday morning (March 4) to send a simple message conveying their feelings about Donald Trump's presidency: "Impeach!" "We've been organizing for the last two or three weeks," ...

100 feet of direct ocean frontage in La Jolla

A lightly traveled strip of sand, just for you

Beds: 7 Baths: 10 Current Owner: Jack Londen List Price: $22,500,000 The oceanfront La Jolla estate at 7400 Vista Del Mar promises prospective buyers the chance to own “a euphoric escape in one of Southern ...

Police chief doesn't bite on traffic-stop study

SDSU report indicates disparities in search rates along racial lines

After nearly three hours of presentations and public testimony in support of an SDSU report on racial profiling in traffic stops, San Diego's city council took what councilmember David Alvarez termed a "deeply troubling" move ...

Congressman Issa missed at town-hall meeting

Facing repeal of Affordable Care Act, protesters ask, "Where is Darrell?"

Hundreds of North County residents packed Jim Porter Recreation Center in Vista on Tuesday night (February 21), while a thousand or more were left to gather outside for a town-hall event missing only its guest ...

Thousands to Faulconer: sanctuary city now

Former L.A. mayor among protesters warning SD mayor of a "soft stance"

Thousands of San Diegans took to the streets downtown on Saturday (February 18), calling on mayor Kevin Faulconer to establish San Diego as a sanctuary city and specifically offer support for Senate Bill 54, a ...

Standing Rock protest movement re-gears up

"This is not the last time we'll be here."

"We knew these attacks were coming, and now more than ever we must grow the resistance," opened Abel Macias, reading a statement from tribal leaders at the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota, where ...

Santa Ysabel property models world’s largest ranch

Self-sustainable estate built in African style

Beds: 5+ Baths: 5+ Current Owner: Stuart Jamieson List Price: $16,000,000 Double S Ranch, situated just west of Lake Henshaw near Santa Ysabel, comprises four residences, including “a multi million-dollar log cabin” set on 560 ...

AT&T workers vote for strike

Protest: "We're not looking for the whole pie, we just want a slice.

A crowd of red-shirted union picketers took to the streets downtown on Saturday morning (February 11), banging drums, chanting, and blowing on vuvuzelas outside an AT&T store at the corner of Third and Broadway. "We're ...

School district spearheads new power revolution

Meatless Mondays, check; biodiesel-powered buses, check

San Diego Unified School District offered a glimpse into the ongoing implementation of its climate action plan on Thursday evening (February 9) with its Family Climate Action Summit. A crowd of about 100 trickled into ...

Fair wage muscle on city hall's steps

"Latinas earn 37 cents for every dollar that white men earn."

Current and former San Diego councilmembers gathered in front of city hall Friday morning (February 10) to offer support for an ordinance being introduced by Chris Ward (District 3) that would require recipients of city ...

Beyond bicycles

“This is change for the better. It's going to help us meet climate goals.”

A crowd of about 50 cycling advocates from across the county packed into Mission Brewery downtown on Saturday morning (February 4) to learn about advocating for their cause: safer, expanded access to city streets for ...

Homeless to sweep sidewalks on Garnet

Police ride-along showed Lorie Zapf the lawlessness

A new Pacific Beach program will include private security patrols and a program that hires local homeless to sweep sidewalks, the area's business improvement district Discover Pacific Beach announced on Friday. Funded in part by ...

$45 mil gets you in Rancho Santa Fe

Third-highest asking price in San Diego County

Current Owner: Sunranch LLC Listing Price: $45,000,000 Beds: 6 Baths: 10 House Size: 20,408 square feet The 22-acre estate at 17111 El Vuelo in Rancho Santa Fe “is located on one of the most coveted ...

Canna-business beachhead established

Pot investors and entrepreneurs come together in Balboa Park

Hundreds gathered at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park Wednesday night (January 25) to celebrate the completion of San Diego's first cannabis-focused business accelerator program. "We're taking entrepreneurs just starting a company ...

Glass elevator with mosaics that change on every floor

Pick up this beauty for just under $14 mil

Current owner: Leonard M. Okun Listing price: $13,500,000 Beds: 4 Baths: 5-1/2 House size: 5540 sq ft The “Venetian Villa” located at 828 Neptune Drive on a quarter-acre oceanfront lot, according to listing materials, “offers ...

What Martin Luther King Day was all about

"This is the people's parade, where you don't have to pay to march in it."

While a parade drew thousands of spectators to San Diego Bay on Sunday (January 15) the hundreds who rallied at City College before marching on city hall Monday afternoon said their event reflected the true ...

San Vicente Reservoir considers hydroelectric project

Might take ten years, but demand for clean juice won't wane

As the world gradually shifts its energy focus to renewable sources such as solar and wind, utilities are faced with a demand for secondary sources — those that are available when the sun isn't shining ...

Downtown protest of Trump cabinet picks

Environmental activists against "gang of thugs"

As many as 100 climate activists gathered downtown on Monday evening (January 9), joining in a nationwide day of protest calling on senators across the country to vote against several of president-elect Donald Trump's cabinet ...

Robot ready for border duty

"It can even tell when you’re curling your toes."

A San Diego State University professor has developed a robotic customs agent he says "is fully ready for implementation" at border crossings worldwide. The Automated Virtual Agent for Truth Assessments in Real Time (AVATAR), according ...

San Diego’s priciest condo, a block west of Horton Plaza

It is likely a resident will never touch the front door

Beds: 3 Baths: 3 Current Owner: Raskin Family List Price: $4,750,000 The region’s priciest condo, a 26th-floor corner unit in the Meridian building at 700 Front Street, promises prospective buyers “exclusive living style in the ...

Stop ticketing the homeless, Mayor Faulconer

"We request that he do so as an emergency humanitarian action."

Advocates for San Diego's homeless population gathered downtown Tuesday morning (January 3) to rally and present mayor Kevin Faulconer's office with a petition calling on police to cease ticketing and arresting individuals living on the ...

Philippines' violence may spare UCSD grad

Former student facing deportation gets new hearing

Nearly two decades after receiving his initial deportation orders, a UC San Diego grad will have his immigration case reopened. Mark Farrales first came to the United States in 1990 after his father, a lawyer ...

Tax consultant caught filing false returns

Uncle Sam shorted $1.2 million between 2008 and 2010

An El Cajon woman has admitted to preparing false tax returns on behalf of her clients, fraudulently reducing their tax burden by $1.2 million between 2008 and 2010. According to a federal Department of Justice ...

Councilwoman Cole's cop committee picks panned

Civil rights lawyers warn of police surveillance in Branch case

Civil rights lawyers and activists from the National Action Network gathered downtown on Wednesday (December 21) to blast new city-council president Myrtle Cole for her appointments to the council's Public Safety and Livable Communities Committee. ...

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