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Stories by Dave Rice

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

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 ...

September 27, 2017
California least terns cared for the most

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

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 ...

September 21, 2017
Man breaches San Onofre perimeter

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 ...

September 14, 2017
Unobstructed ocean views from the moment you walk in

“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 ...

September 13, 2017
Short-term rentals thrive in East Village

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 ...

September 12, 2017
Marijuana delivery providers seek council motion

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 ...

September 8, 2017
San Diego medical marijuana product for Mexico

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 ...

August 31, 2017
Live just north of Bird Rock for special price: $14,888,000

“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 ...

August 30, 2017
24 years of martians, murder, magic, and mayhem

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 ...

August 27, 2017
NFL blamed for sleepy trash-truck drivers

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 ...

August 24, 2017
Miramar Air Show protesters get Japanese bump

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 ...

August 18, 2017
The most ocean frontage of any Coronado home

“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 ...

August 16, 2017
SDG&E shocks solar users with rate change

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 ...

August 15, 2017
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

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