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Stories by Julie Stalmer

Presidio Hills golf course: storied past, unsure future

Old Town ready to roll up sleeves — will the city help them?

On May 24, a city council subcommittee unanimously recommended to make $14 million available for golf course projects over the next three years. Kris Shackelford, city’s public works department, gave a one-minute presentation. The whole ...

War pilot Frederick Crosby to be buried this Sunday at Ft. Rosecrans

Hip bone found in North Vietnamese levee

It’s been a year since John Crosby found out his father’s remains had finally been found. On Friday, May 26, when his father’s flag-draped coffin arrives at Naval Air Station North Island, it will be ...

Perkins school and neighborhood prepare to take K1 Speed land

Go-kart business applies for beer and wine but is in crosshairs for other reasons

K1 Speed, an indoor go kart racing operation with a zero tolerance policy when it comes to alcohol and racing go karts, has plans to get a liquor license. The city has already issued a ...

High Tech High requests permit for 1636 students instead of 1110

Clairemont neighbors get hot

The first official public meeting for the High Tech High project was held on May 10. It was the first meeting for the new Clairemont subcommittee planning group since electing a new chair. The meeting ...

San Diego County school boards — do they need training?

And should they defer to staff on matters of teaching?

The county’s grand jury put out two reports in May concerning school boards. One discusses elections and term limits while the other points to inconsistent training of both school board members and superintendents. California is ...

Pacific Highlands Ranch will host first San Diego library inside a development

But locals want the open space first

Misty Jones, San Diego Public Library director, talked to the Carmel Valley community on April 27 about the future of the Pacific Highlands Ranch library. At present, the library doesn't exist. According to Jones, the ...

Ocean Beach parking stand-off

Antique Center on Newport Ave. can't sell property

“We have very high-profile buyers from San Diego and Orange County ready to step up and buy the Antique Center property, but not with that shared parking agreement on the table,” said Tony Franco, the ...

Dueling car washes on Aero Drive

Arco pulls plans in deference to Happy Car Wash traffic study.

“Well this sure seems like a backhanded way to stop the people across the street from competing with you. I’m at a loss for words, I really am,” said Councilmember Scott Sherman on April 25. ...

City council prepares to throw $40 million subsidy to tourism

Faulconer warms up troops for Nov. 5 special election.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer gave a proclamation on April 24 declaring May 7 to May 13 as National Travel and Tourism Week in San Diego. Surrounded by tourism professionals, Faulconer praised them for helping to generate ...

San Diego grand jury challenges city council on transparency law

Either enforce it or go back to the ballot in 2018

The San Diego County Grand Jury filed a report on April 13 asking the mayor and city council to “stop kicking the can down the road” when it comes to the transparency law that voters ...

Bay Parkers praise Highway 101 signs on Morena Blvd.

But one old-timer says 101 was where I-5 is now.

The last stop for Dave Potter, before ordering historic Highway 101 signage to put up along Morena Boulevard, was to get one last final thumbs-up from the Clairemont community planning group on April 18. Potter, ...

High Tech High to take over Horizon Christian Academy Clairemont site

Horizon parents worry, but San Diego Unified needs the money.

Time is running out for Horizon Christian Academy. The K-12 private school that has called 5331 Mt. Alifan Drive home since 1985 has until the end of June to relocate. High Tech High, a K-12 ...

Booze-smoking head scratcher

Why do Art Hookah, Mazzika Hookah, Blue Moon Hookah, Phantom Hookah, Med Cafe, 3 Kings Hookah, Blue Nile Hookah cause their neighbors fits?

Hookah lounges were on the agenda at the Eastern Area communities planning group meeting on April 11. Specifically, the lack of regulatory teeth the police have when it comes to the new version of old-world ...

San Diego alarm users will pay less for permits, more for false alarms

Council passes new rules 6-3 - Ward, Zapf, and Alvarez against

On April 10, the city council voted to change an ordinance regarding alarm system fees and penalties. SDPD Lt. Kevin Mayer told the city council that three key things had driven the changes. First was ...

Normal Heights reacts to homeless spillover

Benches may be gone at park next to Adams Elementary

“It’s shameful. I don’t feel safe walking in my own neighborhood or even using this park sometimes. You can’t go more than few blocks without seeing people sleeping on the streets.” This was from a ...

Neighbors cheer three-story Stay hotel on India and Olive

Budget truck rental lot replaced by Dominique Houriet design

A vacation spot named “Stay” is in the works for the corner lot on India and West Olive in Middletown. The property owner (Indio Live LP/Mark Mandell) of the 0.35-acre site located at 2801 India ...

Grace Brethren Church in Clairemont to subdivide property

Eight 5000-foot houses on Atlas Street

On March 21, Sam listened to an engineer from Leppert Engineering present a project to the Clairemont community planning group. The project proposes to build eight houses on what is currently a one acre church ...

Will Chris Cate make things right at Clairemont and Balboa?

Sharok Eslamian’s former gas station still painful for neighbors

“The city has been sitting on their hands doing nothing. They did nothing until I complained."

Shelter Island boat ramp revamp

Extent of disruption at what could be California's busiest launch spot

On April 11, the Port of San Diego board of commissioners will consider approving a contract for improvements to the Shelter Island boat-launch facility (2210 Shelter Island Drive). Originally constructed in the 1950s, the ramp ...

Barrio Logan besieged by truck traffic

Port says they don't have the funds for a dedicated "haul road"

For decades, residents of Barrio Logan have been dealing with air and noise pollution from Port of San Diego semi-trucks taking unsanctioned short-cuts through their neighborhoods. Now the port is planning a 400 percent expansion ...

Miramar Marines to reopen Stowe Trail for bikes

"Everybody has to go through the permit process. No exceptions.”

The old Stowe Trail that has connected Santee to Poway for more than 100 years is slated to open back up in mid-April. The trail travels along the eastern side of Marine Corps Air Station ...

Residential puts squeeze on Linda Vista retail/industrial

Rezoning process to delay 90-foot towers and 1700 high-density homes

“The neighborhood isn’t crazy about this,” said Howard Wayne about the city’s suggestion to build up to 90 feet high on West Morena Boulevard. Wayne heads the Morena Corridor Specific Plan subcommittee for the Linda ...

Longtime trailer park in Bay Park to close

"We don't need any more overpriced apartments and condos.”

Fairfield Residential met with Bay Park and Clairemont residents on March 8 to discuss development of an approximately six-acre RV park (Coastal Trailer Villa) located at 1579 Morena Boulevard. The RV park has been in ...

About those bombs dropped on North Clairemont...

Residents told WWII ordnance investigation scheduled for 2085

Janet Lancaster came armed with questions for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers program manager Jeff Armentrout on March 2. The town-council meeting had a modest turnout but all eyes and ears were at full attention ...

Clairemont seniors anticipate crosswalk upgrade

"I’ve also seen yellow police tape when I wasn’t sure what happened.”

Sometime during the 2016 winter holidays, the city posted notices on Cowley Way (between Field Street and Iroquois Avenue) residents’ front doors. The notices stated that work would commence within a couple weeks to install ...

War over Roseville's 40-foot house continues

"What are the residents winning with this project? We haven’t won anything.”

Elisa Brent has been organizing the community ever since the morning of June 17, 2016, when the neighborhood woke to find a fourth story added to the condos at the corner of Emerson and Evergreen ...

Mission Bay jetty cats included in city's kill program

Petition seeks to have mayor remove them from predator list

A petition addressed to mayor Kevin Faulconer is making the rounds, asking him to overturn an agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to round up and kill feral cats. The petition points to one ...

Condo permit for La Playa's Kellogg Beach

“I’m not an activist by nature — this is not what I want to do.”

On February 4, more than 50 people gathered to voice opposition to a proposed condo development on Kellogg Beach in La Playa, a bayside neighborhood in Point Loma. After the meeting, Howard Haimsohn started the ...

Farmers return to Clairemont

Will the latest weekly outdoor market have lasting power?

A new farmers' market is opening up in Clairemont. The community repeatedly says they want one but once it appears, they don’t seem to support it in numbers big enough to make it viable for ...

No affordable housing on Tavara Ridge

Clairemont project on former school site to include 52 homes

Fifty-two mini-mansions are planned for a recently demolished 17.5-acre elementary-school site (4520 Pocahontas Avenue). The new neighborhood (being sold as Tavara Ridge) of two-story homes will have two- to three-car garages with up to five ...

Demolition plans for Town and Country hotel

Apartments and pools part of $80 million makeover planned for 2018

On December 30, Bill Earl was admiring the woody surfing murals on the walls of the Terrace Café in the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center when he found out it was set to ...

It smells like dead animals

Is “Zero Waste” making a stink at the Miramar landfill?

The smell of turkey wasn’t the only thing in the air Thanksgiving morning in Kim Bustos’s University City neighborhood. Bustos called the city at 7:30 a.m. to report a really bad smell coming out of ...

Brave new parking meters for Hillcrest, Mission Hills

"This change will punish residents."

Hillcrest may soon have new parking meters as well as new enforcement hours. Uptown Community Parking District chief operating officer Elizabeth Hannon said the changes may go into effect in the spring. Established in 1997, ...

Fear of a drab bridge in Point Loma

Rehab of span over Nimitz Blvd. calls for chain-link fencing

Some in the Point Loma community see the Voltaire Street bridge as a gateway to their neighborhood. So, they want something a bit more attractive than a chain-link fence when a bridge rehabilitation project conceived ...

Clairemont real estate up for grabs

San Diego Association of Governments may be doing the grabbing

On September 9, the San Diego Association of Government’s board of directors voted in favor of taking a prime corner lot above Mission Bay Park by eminent domain for a new trolley Park & Ride. ...

It costs a lot to drink sewer water

Pure Water project — aka toilet to tap — may top $3 billion

“Toilet to tap” minimal in its impact, maximum in its cost.

Artificial turf a likely health hazard at schools

"Our children shouldn’t be the canaries in the coal mine on this one.”

Erika Lundeen first became concerned about artificial turf while substitute teaching at Loma Portal Elementary last year. “When I saw the kids rolling around in this black stuff on the field, I asked the PE ...

Development Services Dept. in service to developers

"I think we've been had," says Point Loma resident

On November 15, three Point Loma residents contacted me after the city council voted on a proposed municipal code change. The change is in the form of a footnote touted as closing an alleged loophole ...

No huge demand for Tecolote Canyon crosswalk

"I don’t know if our design is in sync with city regulations...."

Clairemont resident Stephanie Rabelo put out the call to her neighbors to show up November 19 between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m. to support the idea of a proposed crosswalk on Mt. Acadia Boulevard from the ...

Dear candidates: your signs are now trash

Congressional campaign of Denise Gitsham singled out in Clairemont

Residents of Clairemont have been playing a game of “Where’s Waldo” — except it’s not much of a challenge. In this scenario, Waldo is the campaign signage of Denise Gitsham, a former candidate for U.S. ...

Council close to firing up Balboa Park revamp project

Since 2012, estimated cost has more than doubled

After numerous meetings and an epic amount of public rankling about a bridge bypass and parking garage, the San Diego City Council is about to decide whether or not to finalize plans for Balboa Park’s ...

How tall is too tall in Point Loma?

Council revisits how to measure 30 feet in the coastal overlay zone

On October 24, the city council voted 7-1 in favor of amending the Land Development Code to get developers in line with the intent of 1972's Proposition D. The amendment will take the form of ...

O.B. parking problem to continue into perpetuity

"The result is an increase of occupants and an increase in traffic congestion.”

“Parking in Ocean Beach is always two bitches and a rabid dog,” a Yelp review read about finding parking when visiting the South Beach Bar & Grille at 5059 Newport Avenue. What the Yelper probably ...

Shark Tank survivor helps take bite out of blight

Barrel Republic's effort to expand on Garnet thwarted

The 55-foot storefront at 1253 Garnet Avenue has had plastic, wood, and graffiti-covered windows for a long time, said everyone I asked. Those who have been doing business on the same block say the building ...

More apartments across Gila Avenue

Neighbor worries about crime

According to neighbors, the house at 4591 Gila Avenue was an eyesore. Neighbors lodged complaints about hoarding — the back yard looked like a construction site, complete with a forklift, Bobcat, trucks, and trailers. Edward ...

Alzheimer's patients to time-travel in Chula Vista

Day-care to rely on T-birds and jukeboxes for memory retrieval

The Glenner Center is breaking ground on a new kind of adult day-care center that could help change the way patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia are treated and also to prepare for what CEO Scott ...

Sandag members checking phones, whispering to each other

Forget the public on Clairemont shopping center plans

On September 9, the Sandag board voted to take a high-profile corner lot, directly above Mission Bay Park and off the I-5, by eminent domain. The former shopping center on Clairemont Drive between Morena Boulevard ...

A plan for the College Area mini-dorm glut

Frat house project aligned with desire for higher density near campus

Originally built in 1951, the house on 5545 Hardy Avenue has been in the possession of the SDSU Delta Upsilon Fraternity since 1998. In May, the fraternity applied to demolish their one-story fraternity house and ...

Mira Mesa braces for mega population growth

Stone Creek project may create up to 50,000 commutes a day

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 Boulevard, Miramar Road, Camino Santa Fe, and ...

Clairemont’s home day-care shuffle

One center cited, closes, reopens two days later

On August 10, a day-care center at 6816 Boxford Drive was closed after being open for less than four months. Two days later, it opened up again under a new name. Janet Lancaster lives next ...

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