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Stories by Julie Stalmer

Hillcrest parking structure 10 years overdue

"For me, it's progress. If you live in the city, you should expect it."

A parking garage that hasn't gotten past the vision stage since first being proposed two decades ago is being resurrected by the Uptown Gateway Council. This group of Hillcrest commercial property owners is giving the ...

Roseville developers' runaround in progress

"Opposing these projects is like putting out a brush fire with a wet towel."

Since moving into the Roseville neighborhood in May, Toni Popoki Reed had not seen much happening in the vacant lot across the street. She knew of the housing project that broke ground there in 2016. ...

The pet-friendly housing problem

"No friends, no music, no smoking — but you can have your dogs here."

A pet-friendly bill hit the governor's desk on September 21. The bill (AB 1137) would mandate that new multi-family housing developments allow tenants to have pets if those developments receive financing through state programs. Former ...

Will O.B. parking situation stop Target?

South Beach bar's agreement with Antique Center muddles situation

O.B. locals reported seeing a notice posted at South Beach Bar and Grille (5059 Newport Avenue) in mid-August. The notice announced an application was filed with the city to turn the restaurant and bar on ...

Barrio Logan community plan not updated much

"This is crazy. Why are they asking us to do this again?"

The San Diego City Council approved Barrio Logan's community plan update in 2013. The plan addressed the unhealthy mix of residential and industrial zoning — issues such as industrial businesses opening up next door to ...

Hope for winds of change at Miramar Landfill

Beginning September 30, the city will use tarps to cover the garbage

With the post-summer wind direction about to shift from east to west, the city and county are working overtime to solidify a plan to quell odor complaints that skyrocket between November and April against Miramar ...

Point Loma fourplex controversy not done yet

"It makes developers look bad, and I'll just leave it at that."

The housing project on the corner of Emerson and Evergreen streets in the Roseville neighborhood of Point Loma has had more ups and downs and twists and turns than a roller coaster. The fourplex has ...

Breaking Bad: Clairemont edition

"Do you know Theresa?... That's all I need to ask."

On July 10, an East Clairemont neighborhood was faced with a vandalized SUV asking people to "Call Turko" because "This neighborhood is a meth op." Michael Turko said no one ever did "Call Turko." On ...

Debate on community choice for electricity heats up

"Choice under a monopoly is not a choice."

The city's goal of reaching 100 percent renewable energy by 2035 is kicking in to high gear with a new study that explores the feasibility of community choice — a program that would hand over ...

Linda Vista skaters snort at park completion date

First scheduled to open in August, then September, now November

San Diego's largest skate park is 90 percent complete, says the city. Many hoped it would open in August and then September. Last week, a worker at the skate park, located at the intersection of ...

Interview with a Balboa Park transient

"I thought there was doors into the bridge but they are locked."

Back in 2007, it was reported that a group of transients was evicted from inside the columns of Cabrillo Bridge. A photograph featured in an article showed a makeshift apartment inside the bridge complete with ...

Transients block access to Cabrillo Bridge interior

They come and go via manholes in Balboa Park landmark

"We've had some transients living in the bridge," Balboa Park operations district manager Mario Llanos said last month. "They're going in and out of the manholes on the bridge, so I'm not sure what we ...

Perpetual war between Evergreen and the city

Compost piles, sales permits, grading, zoning

"How did you find out about this?" asked Mark Collins, owner of Evergreen Nursery. I told him I spotted an item on the Rancho Penasquitos planning group agenda about his near 50-acre wholesale nursery going ...

Special events aren't so special for Sixth Avenue residents

"There are times we're blown away with 100 decibels."

A topic of discussion at Balboa Park Committee's July meeting was that of noise along the western edge of Balboa Park, also known as the West Mesa. Specifically, noise from special events that are causing ...

Balboa Park's Moreton Bay fig — how to keep the love

Viewing platform proposed

Trees were a hot topic at last week's (July 6) Balboa Park committee meeting. There was talk of planting new trees (500 over the next two years), inventorying all trees (1200 done so far), and ...

Is Kaiser adding to Kearny Mesa traffic?

New hospital allows for end of double rooms on Zion Ave.

Kaiser Permanente's Tana Lorah checked in with the Tierrasanta community in June to get their feedback on the new Kaiser hospital that opened up in April at the bustling corner of Clairemont Mesa Blvd and ...

AP tests at Scripps Ranch invalidated

Cruel summer, courtesy of six-foot tables

Madison Dekker is returning home from a family vacation today (July 9) just as students across California get to find out how they did on their advanced placement exams. Dekker was one of 3 million ...

Seabreeze Farms in Carmel Valley will cut horses to make room for elderly

Affordable luxury for those that can already afford luxury

"So, is it affordable then?" someone asked Jim Rivard of SRM Development. "No," Rivard uttered curtly. The room erupted into laughter. What Rivard was referring to was the posh senior residential care facility he wants ...

Morris Cerullo gets nod for Bible resort in Mission Valley

Architect intimidated by Garden of Eden

Local televangelist Morris Cerullo has asked that everyone "fervently pray" for the city's favor in support of his "end-time project." Cerullo's Legacy International Center project got off to a rocky start, but appears to have ...

What lies in Clairemont's future?

Single-family paradise resistant to change

The update of the Clairemont community plan is in full swing. How this plan shapes up will determine the future of Clairemont and Bay Park until at least 2040. Senior city planner Marlon Pangilinan gave ...

What are those easterly winds blowing to Clairemont?

What happened to Miramar Landfill to change things?

On May 25, the Air Pollution Control District hearing board ordered the city to return on July 27 with a diagnosis and a concrete plan to deal with the smells that are vexing residents downwind ...

Want offshore wind turbines off La Jolla?

Lobbyists, planning groups, and SDG&E debate choosing your energy

The Sustainable Energy Advisory Board is discussing community choice aggregation today. It’s a hot topic revolving around greenhouse gas emissions and whether to stay with SDG&E or create a new local government agency tasked with ...

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 ...

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