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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 ...

San Diego County's extra $1.7 billion attracts social activists, disgruntled employees

Everyone wants piece of pie

As San Diego County works its way toward adopting a budget for the next fiscal year, county supervisors are getting an earful from community activists and their own employees on where funds need to be ...

Hotel taxes for homeless, not a new convention center

A new survey suggests there's strong support among San Diegans for an as-yet hypothetical measure to address the city's homelessness issue by increasing hotel taxes. The study, conducted between May 31 and June 4 by ...

Black Mountain School discovers more about Nate Harrison

SDSU archeology project implies he was wealthier than expected

In the wake of a local middle school accidentally publishing a racial slur on the cover of its 2017 yearbook, civil rights leaders are looking to treat the mistake as a teachable moment. The yearbooks ...

On the sand in Del Mar for only $6864* (*per square foot)

"Built to withstand any type of weather."

The Del Mar beach house at 2606 Ocean Front promises “one of the most unique homes on the market” that “just finished a complete rebuild using the finest materials.” According to the listing, there are ...

Balboa Park dreaming — ah, but there's the retro-fitting

Who's fixing the Botanical Building, the 6th Ave. playground, what about statue of Balboa?

A crowd of about 100 gathered in an auditorium adjacent to the San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park on Tuesday evening (May 30) to discuss the state of the park's improvements and discuss ...

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 ...

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