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Stories by Joe Deegan

California nurses board spends $53,000 to prosecute Kathleen Holt

In early March, as COVID-19 began to spread, Kathleen Holt, 64, thought she might be needed to work again as the traditional hospital nurse she used to be. The California Board of Registered Nurses had ...

June 17, 2020
San Diego's nay-sayers on opening up businesses now

On the rare occasions that he leaves his home now, Robert, who wishes to remain anonymous, notices many people failing to maintain social distancing. It concerns him, because he has two underlying medical conditions that ...

May 20, 2020
Juan Vargas as cash magnet, J. David Dominelli as town sugar daddy

San Diego State's growing contempt for undergrads “We have pulled resources out of undergraduate education in order to build expensive, elite PhD programs that cater to very few students proportionately." By Joe Deegan, March 27, ...

May 16, 2020
Mission Valley – garden-land gave way to shopping centers

The never-ending fix to Hazard Center Drive Hazard Center Drive in Mission Valley East is probably the shortest road incurring the longest completion of any in San Diego. It is approximately three blocks long and ...

El Cajon – from rednecks to immigrants

The slow end of the Kalasho regime At a city council meeting in September Elia spoke publicly to Kalasho: “Ben, you need help. It hurts me to see fellow Chaldeans spiral like this. It might ...

Hey, Gavin Newsom, we need to work

Sawaya Carpet Care has been in business for 29 years. Recently, owner Steve Sawaya (pronounced Sa-why-a) approached the owner of “a fancy restaurant in La Jolla” about getting paid for a job he’d completed. “Before ...

April 29, 2020
Little Italy – will the flavor last?

Tiny rooms in Little Italy On a Little Italy plot where a Victorian house stood for more than a century, construction of tiny apartments is underway. The house, built in the 1890s at the corner ...

Normal Heights – you want to be involved

We the people of Normal Heights Adam Deutsch and his wife Claire moved to Normal Heights in 2014. Shortly after their move, the couple went to a meeting of the Normal Heights Community Planning Group ...

Best Reader stories from 2013

Movie lover's paradise Meanwhile, Blockbuster and Hollywood Video have shuttered their local outlets. Owner and buyer Guy Hanford understands why. “When you went into a Blockbuster or Hollywood to rent a film, you never engaged ...

March 14, 2020
A green roof over Interstate 5

One might look at former CalTrans engineer Neil Prescott as a latter day Don Quixote tilting at the North Coast Corridor highway project. Rather than defeat it, however, he wants to enhance the project with ...

March 11, 2020
Mira Mesa – what there is to love

Mira Mesa braces for mega population growth The decades-old Vulcan mining operation on nearly 300 acres of Carroll Canyon will be a huge housing project if developers' lobbying efforts are successful. Bordered by Mira Mesa ...

San Diego's City College squeezes the adjunct profs

The tiresome story of colleges hiring adjunct professors to carry the burden of teaching is starting to come full circle. At the San Diego Community College District, cutting classes taught by adjuncts is the latest ...

January 29, 2020
Otay Mesa – so unsettled

Feds plan to make pond of Tijuana sewage Just how smelly are thirteen acres of raw sewage? Soon, very soon, we shall find out. Next Monday a federal agency is planning to start building an ...

December 23, 2019
Old Town – early and later stories

General store ledgers tell how people lived in Old Town Finding which store the ledger came from involved detective work. In 1864, there were only two general merchandise stores, one in Old Town, the other ...

How the San Diego Airport is going to sneak in more flights

Terminal 1 at the San Diego International Airport has been disparaged of late as not befitting the high-class city that San Diego aspires to be. The characterization is part of a Regional Airport Authority campaign ...

December 4, 2019
San Diego City College's spending scandal

In a recent post, the San Diego Community College District News Center crowed that a “process called re-funding” of its Propositions S and N bonds will save taxpayers $150 million. The claim is ironic, say ...

November 13, 2019
Can Susan Davis adjust to funding her own travel?

Congresswoman Susan Davis’s September 4, 2019, announcement that she will not seek reelection next year makes one wonder how she will adjust to paying her own travel bills. In an April 10 “News Under the ...

September 25, 2019
Serra Mesa – outsiders easily get lost

New generations in Serra Mesa That first southbound walk home from Wegeforth Elementary, back in '68, was long and hot, each shadow on Mobley Street a refuge. For a transplanted fourth-grader, it was an arduous ...

Software headaches at San Diego city colleges

During the 2019 - 20 academic year that started this week, the San Diego Community College District will have to trim its spending by $30 million in order to achieve a balanced budget. So stated ...

Joe Deegan and the Reader

Deegan has written for the Reader since 1998. Deegan's favorite stories he has written for the Reader: San Diego State's growing contempt for undergrads “The joke is we would like to swap students with Arizona,” ...

August 18, 2019
University City – UCSD's bedrooms

No trolley in my backyard A group of neighborhood conservationists in University City are hoping to put the brakes on a plan to extend trolley service from downtown San Diego's Santa Fe Depot to a ...

San Diego's Presidio is crumbling

Almost five years ago, Bill Lawrence, president of the San Diego History Center, went to Los Angeles to accept an award from the California Preservation Foundation. The purpose of the award was to honor the ...

July 10, 2019
Now in Balboa Park: Secrets that take your breath away

“Having feelings for my best friend isn't (sic) romantic - it’s terrifying.” So reads a recent postcard sent to the Museum of Man in Balboa Park. It is posted on the San Diego wall of ...

June 26, 2019
Scripps Ranch – starter homes

Good intentions behind paving of Scripps Trail Claudia Walker's family bought a home on the 10400 block of the street, a quiet, neatly manicured tract in Scripps Ranch near where the northeastern edge of the ...

Eastlake – growing pains

Peace east of Eastlake It was inevitable that there would be development. The Olympic Training Center sits on land donated by Eastlake, the sprawling development to its immediate west. Every time I pass through Eastlake, ...

Will Horvath assembly bill solve Mission Beach airbnb problem?

At her dining room table in South Mission Beach, Stevie Wheeler is wondering aloud about how reducing the number of already existing short term rentals in Mission Beach could possibly work. “How would you choose ...

May 15, 2019
Allied Gardens – a fight for serenity

Superior Ready Mix dusts Allied Gardens “We sweep the streets three times a day, at 4:00 am, mid-day and then mid-afternoon. We paved the interior street that is the extension of Princess View several months ...

SDSU profs fight cuts to humanities

Along with their general education courses, San Diego State undergraduates and all others of the Cal State University must take coursework in an area called “American Institutions.” The focus areas of this requirement, mandated by ...

April 17, 2019
Yellow Cab driver's death by Camp Pendleton Marine solved 40 years later

On January 29, 2019, before Superior Court judge Louis Hanoian, six women and six men stepped into the jury box to begin hearing evidence in the trial of Jeffery Duane Cauble on charges of murdering ...

San Diego biodynamic farms – are they better?

“My favorite thing about farming is putting my hands in the soil and feeling its life,” says Audrey James, proprietor of Odd Trees Biodynamic Farm. The phrase “Odd Trees” is a play on her first ...

March 13, 2019
Poway loves its old people

Inside the City of Poway’s Community Center, located two blocks south of Poway Road down Civic Center Drive, the Poway Senior Center has a multi-purpose room it uses Tuesday afternoons and Saturday evenings for its ...

February 25, 2019
Mission Beach Town Council stakes are big

Matt Gardner, whose shop Cheap Rentals on Mission Boulevard ¾ of a mile north of the roller coaster rents bikes, surfboards, and other beach equipment, will be the new president of the Mission Beach Town ...

December 19, 2018
The problem with San Diego's historic neighborhoods

“If I went to the city and said I wanted my house to be a historic resource,” says South Park resident Dave Twining, “and I wanted the tax benefits associated with that, there would be ...

November 14, 2018
City College getting used to recent prisoners

The Urban Scholars Union, established at San Diego City College in 2016, is a student organization helping formerly incarcerated persons create new lives through attending college and earning academic credits and degrees. To jump start ...

November 7, 2018
Where hash browns and French fries are cooked

Shortly after 7 this morning, October 26, as I was approaching SDSU on the Number 11 bus, I saw smoke billowing up beyond the intersection of Montezuma Road and Campanile Drive. It looked to be ...

October 26, 2018
Superior Ready Mix dusts Allied Gardens

It might seem that Kirk Riley set a trap for investigators at the San Diego County Air Pollution Control District. But it was inadvertent. Riley, who is 45 and a resident of Del Cerro, had ...

October 4, 2018
The squeezed turn from Aero to Murphy Canyon Dr.

During our conversation about potholes (see “What It Takes to Fill a Pothole” on August 10), Misty Haskins expressed what struck me as an exaggerated worry about her safety on the buses she rides. She ...

What it takes to fill a pothole

Although, in March, Mark Kersey ended his candidacy to become California’s 38th District senator, he may be forgiven for still bragging about all the recent street resurfacing in his San Diego city council District 5. ...

Power Surge – Lakeside's impressive girls softball payers

On an empty lot at Maine Avenue near the rodeo grounds in Lakeside, I find Power Surge Chavez, a fastpitch softball team of ten-year-old girls that practice twice a week, attend conditioning on another two ...

August 8, 2018
Airport noise — from La Mesa to La Jolla

Ever since Lindbergh Field was dedicated in 1928, there have been outcries over noisy aircraft over San Diego neighborhoods. But a new rapprochement between recently tone deaf aviation officials and irritated residents in the flight ...

August 1, 2018
Lemon Grove Bakery needs customer chairs

Lemon Grove Bakery looks the same - except for one thing. The open space in front of the display case is now missing the tables and chairs that customers used for chatting over coffee and ...

Cleveland Ave. and Ohio St. chimeras

The birth rate of suckers “born every minute” seems at times to keep pace with their rising desperation to find reasonable rent. Recently, at Twiggs Coffee House on Park Boulevard in University Heights, conversations have ...

Rodeo clown builds Alpine water slide

Ever the entertainer, Danny “Buffalo Chip” Alvarez, bull rider and rodeo clown in the Lakeside Rodeo, recently took his enthusiasm for fun to Alpine. There he installed a water slide on a hillside adjacent to ...

July 10, 2018
Romance of the beach fire tainted

Fire pits at South Mission Beach are heating up again. Residents complain that smoke blown on the wind is polluting their homes. It comes not only from the permitted burning of wood and paper but ...

City Heights' freeway-friendly bus stop

Ramon Garcia used to board the bus right before El Cajon Boulevard as it came up the off-ramp from the 15 freeway. After picking up its passengers, Rapid 235 waited for a green light to ...

Scandal-plagued regional teams, crowds absent from local March Madness

San Diegans lost a last chance to see one of their former prep basketball stars play again locally. Give credit (blame?) to the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s deployment of teams for the first two rounds ...

April 4, 2018
We the people of Normal Heights

Adam Deutsch and his wife Claire moved to Normal Heights in 2014. Shortly after their move, the couple went to a meeting of the Normal Heights Community Planning Group to see what was going on ...

February 28, 2018
How much does it cost to settle a refugee in San Diego?

On an airplane over the Atlantic Ocean, Talal Shaheen, his wife and three sons, who are Syrian refugees, looked forward to a new life in Florida. Shaheen says that American government officials had told him ...

April 12, 2017
Former Saint Augustine and Padres hurler John D'Acquisto remembers when...

In the spring of 1970, former baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Carl Hubbell came to Patrick Henry High School for a baseball game between the home team and Saint Augustine’s High. As a representative from ...

November 9, 2016
Discount textbook shop forced out at San Diego State

Taxpayer-subsidized Aztec Shops buys the land under their book-selling competitor.

August 24, 2016

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