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Stories by Dave Rice

What it means to be wealthy

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 ...

August 10, 2017
Water quality improving across San Diego

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 ...

August 3, 2017
Passing out food on the Pala reservation

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

Environmental activists at the Sierra Club and elsewhere say an outdated rule from the California Public Utilities Commission is preventing consumers from accessing incentive funds to replace old gas appliances with newer, more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

July 30, 2017
Ocean Front Walk gets another supermodel

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 ...

July 26, 2017
Someone else can clean it up

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 ...

July 24, 2017
San Diego solar growth hits the brakes

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 ...

July 21, 2017
Chicken of the Sea change

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 ...

July 11, 2017
Seawall enhancement shot down

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

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 ...

July 5, 2017
Another David Ross (Waterman) story

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

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

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 ...

July 1, 2017
De Anza splits the baby — 40 acres to Campland, 38 acres to marsh restoration

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

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 ...

June 22, 2017
San Diego Reader 2017 Fun issue

Climb the California Tower in Balboa Park Balboa Park’s California Tower at the San Diego Museum of Man was closed to the public in 1935, but after extensive construction and safety renovations it reopened for ...

June 21, 2017
Gaggenau appliances on La Jolla's Coast Walk

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 ...

June 21, 2017
San Diego County's extra $1.7 billion attracts social activists, disgruntled employees

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 ...

June 16, 2017
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 ...

June 10, 2017
Black Mountain School discovers more about Nate Harrison

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 ...

June 9, 2017
On the sand in Del Mar for only $6864* (*per square foot)

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 ...

June 7, 2017
Balboa Park dreaming — ah, but there's the retro-fitting

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 ...

June 1, 2017
Exotic woods and full slabs of onyx

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 ...

May 24, 2017
Sempra proposes natural gas pipeline from Miramar to Rainbow

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 ...

May 21, 2017
Sunset Cliffs passes Fiesta Island as dirtiest beach

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

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 ...

May 17, 2017
A private Olde Del Mar location

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 ...

May 10, 2017
San Diegans will squeeze food money May 8 to 12

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 ...

May 6, 2017
Councilman Alvarez rides the neighborhood, promises money for bikes

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.

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 ...

May 2, 2017
San Diego lifeguards at OB Town Council blast fire department take-over of 911 calls

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 ...

April 27, 2017
Rose Creek won't be moved to flush Mission Bay

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 ...

April 27, 2017
La Jolla office building goes condo

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, ...

April 26, 2017
San Diego homeless vets down, homeless in tents up

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 ...

April 21, 2017
General Atomics scores another drone contract

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 – ...

April 20, 2017
Greenpeace rates San Diego tuna firms

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 ...

April 18, 2017
Gafcon's San Diego bayfront plan seems to please tuna fishermen

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 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, ...

April 13, 2017
This Rancho Santa Fe house doesn’t need you

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

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 ...

March 31, 2017
Embarcadero reimagined

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

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 ...

March 29, 2017
Planned Parenthood march against Obamacare repeal

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 ...

March 24, 2017
San Diego real estate cools a smidge

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 ...

March 23, 2017
Spring-breakers go solar

"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 ...

March 17, 2017
Tiny-house movement for the homeless

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 ...

March 16, 2017
Palomar College professor picket

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 ...

March 16, 2017
Duncan Hunter hears from Affordable Care activists

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

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

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 ...

March 1, 2017

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