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Stories by Marty Graham

Crossroads' last gun show at Del Mar Fairgrounds?

ACLU aids opponents in threatening SLAPP suit

A month after gun show opponents Ira and Rose Ann Sharp and their advocacy group helped convince the Del Mar Fairgrounds board that public land was no place for a gun show, Ms. Sharp received ...

$100 for place to walk your dog? Not bad.

Animals vs. kids at Park and Washington

University Heights residents are divided on the highest, best use for the joint-use park that is the playground for Alice Birney Elementary School. Neighborhood dog lovers have been letting as many as 30 of their ...

Carmel Valley accidental pond to be drained

Government needs wetlands north of 56

More than 17 years ago, land owner Robert Barczewski had a grading crew push a pile of dirt into a dip in a dirt road on his private property in northern Carmel Valley. The dip ...

IB tries to calm fears of eminent domain

But surrendering beachfront property is included in possible strategies

Hundreds of Imperial Beach residents showed up to a land-use workshop Wednesday night to tell their city council they are opposed to the city using eminent domain to take ocean-affected property and give them to ...

What Prop 6 is repealing in San Diego

HOV lanes on Manchester Ave. and Palomar Airport Road, Viejas Creek and Pine Valley bridges

In the last few months, city council members, state legislators, unions, and city officials have been schlepping around to community meetings to voice their support for the excise tax of 12 cents per gallon that ...

Imperial Beach in the balance

Will voters swallow the $150K spent against Tijuana sewage?

You’d think elections in a town that covers about four square miles and is home to 27,400 people would be a pretty simple affair. But the races in Imperial Beach are anything but that. While ...

Transit center enables wildcatters at border

Unlicensed shuttles hang east of plaza

Shifty shacks have been popping up around the Intermodal Transportation Center as the federal government opened the updated Ped East border crossing at the San Ysidro port of entry, and San Ysidrans aren’t happy about ...

I-5 has the worst, 805 is second

Homeless trash eats up 30 percent of local highway maintenance

The numbers are alarming: 30 percent of Caltrans’ $18.1 million local maintenance budget went for picking up after people last year. $6.2 million went toward picking up litter off the freeway and for cleaning out ...

DMV building doesn't fit the neighborhood

No more blare in Hillcrest from 1961-era project, please

The loudspeaker blasts go on all day, says Mary Alsop, who lives a half block from the Hillcrest Department of Motor Vehicles office. So when the DMV presented its proposed design for the replacement building ...

Robert Venturi's columns tucked behind La Jolla bungalow

Museum of Contemporary Art ready to demolish them

The columns of the colonnade behind the bungalow are strangely out of place, with the words ‘Contemporary Art’ in red letters jumping out from the white woodwork. Is it a Jeff Koons piece? Well no, ...

Trapped in Scripps Ranch

Beata Piehl wants buses closer than 3/4 mile

Beata Piehl learned that mass transit won’t come to her neighborhood when her disabled son began going to Miramar Community College. For him to catch a bus to his 8:00 am class, she had to ...

The irony of historic districts

Park Boulevard the latest to test the waters

Two planning groups that share Park Boulevard as a boundary formed a task force to look at the historic district on Park between Upas St. and Robinson street, one that the city’s historic resources board ...

Deceptive calm in University City

Even as talks on water pipes continue, lawsuit filed

As the San Diego water department plans to plant several dozen miles of pressurized 48-inch-diameter steel pipes to and from its pure water plant, residents of University City are worried. They are expressing those concerns ...

How high can Bankers Hill go?

St. Paul's tests the limits

A project to build a 20-story residential tower next to the St. Paul’s cathedral on Sixth Avenue between Maple and Nutmeg won praise and criticism from the community Thursday night at a well-attended meeting. More ...

Angry PB residents don’t like mayor’s plan

But the state may nullify any rules

A meeting turned testy Wednesday night as leaders of three different groups vied for the support of the Pacific Beach Planning Group on their concerns with and opposition to the new plan for short term ...

East San Ysidro loses the foot traffic

Mexican shoppers shuttled to Ralph Lauren, Coach at Las Americas, the Vitamin Shoppe, T.J.Maxx

More than 20,000 pedestrians come across the border into the neighborhood each day; San Ysidro should be booming with commercial redevelopment. But it’s not. “SANDAG and SDMTS are spending millions to improve transportation for people ...

Neighbors hire Aguirre to fight Jacobs Center

Don't want parolees nearby

In a deal that helps the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation at Euclid and Market, San Diego County is buying some of the center’s excess acreage to the east, with plans to tear down the ...

Jamul tribe denies casino imploding

Penn National removes Hollywood sign

The Jamul Tribe casino is advertising more than 30 job openings, which seems to dispel the notion that the casino is imploding. At the end of May, the Penn National Gaming Corp., which owns the ...

Who cares about 40th and El Cajon?

26,000 square feet to the highest bidder

When John O’Connor looks at the lot on the northwest corner of El Cajon Boulevard and 40th where the I-15 exit ramps end, he sees a great opportunity for a building with housing and shops ...

City lowers the bar

Barking dogs, garage sales, signs get the upper hand

In Jean Hoeger’s neighborhood, cars parked atop the front yard are becoming the norm. And with recent changes in code enforcement, residents have lost their chance to get the municipal code enforced. “In the College ...

Video of Punta Bandera sewage explodes

Half million views

A video of slightly treated sewage flowing like a waterfall from a southwestern Tijuana treatment plant as it arrives at the beach at Punta Bandera has gone viral, with more than a half million views ...

One million dollar houses atop San Pasqual Valley

EIR says no problem in wildfires

When Charlie Jancic thinks about wildfire in the San Pasqual Valley, it’s from real life. In 2007, the Witch Fire and Guejito Fire took his house. “The roads aren’t great — they’re mostly two lanes, ...

Circulate San Diego: Planning groups kill needed housing

Auditor: No, they don’t

The affordable housing crisis has been tough on community planning groups. Developers, city officials, and housing advocates blame these volunteer groups for slowing or blocking construction of the homes that everyone seems to agree the ...

Was Bilbray right?

Earthen berms pushed up against Tijuana River

Following a model created more than 30 years ago by former Imperial Beach mayor Brian Bilbray on top of a bulldozer, crews from the International Boundary and Water Commission pushed up an earthen berm at ...

No-man's land in San Ysidro to get trees

Bandits made San Diego cops leave

Although the hoped-for park in San Ysidro has gotten smaller, the plan for a piece of land at the end of Beyer Boulevard is now sharpened to a fine point. Monday night, planning group members ...

Don't tell them you are a reporter

Simple question gets the run-around

San Diego city officials confirmed that the city has suspended the creation of Maintenance Assessment Districts — but couldn’t find any documentation of that policy shift during the more than four weeks they searched after ...

Can't blame North Chapel plan on Corky

McMillin Companies' plan to turn sanctuary into restaurant...and more!

The Corky McMillin Company’s quiet plan to turn the historic North Chapel at the Naval Training Center into a “restaurant space” is meeting with growing community resistance ranging from the congregations that pray there to ...

North Park’s crusade against shifty developers

No respect in fight over end-run around planning group

The North Park Planning Committee has lost track of how often apartment developers apparently realize they’ve built condos at the end of construction and come to ask for a map that divides the apartment building ...

Not good, Chabad

Scripps Ranch apartment marketing vexes planning group

If you rent one of the 84 apartments at the Scripps Ranch Chabad’s Campus of Life, now offered on a variety of apartment rental sites, your enrollment in a class is part of the rent. ...

School improvements cut Normal Heights park space

“We had a solemn promise: no encroachment on the green."

When angry Normal Heights residents and the planning group began fighting the latest “park” shrinkage at the joint-use Adams Elementary School, they expected some resistance. But, instead, they learned that the joint-use agreement between the ...

AIDS memorial to arise from murky process?

“To say it’s not going to work is a disingenuous and ridiculous assertion.”

Ahead of today's (February 22) planning-group meeting to discuss the Olive Street park and AIDS memorial, some people are worried that the convoluted process has overwhelmed the most important idea. The plan (to be discussed ...

Santa Fe Christian School's "truth"

"We wouldn’t consider sending our child there now."

Both Matt Bosse and Joe Mosca, an Encinitas couple, grew up Catholic and want to share their faith with their children. So when they started to think about a middle school for their older son ...

Is latest trans-border sewage spill news?

Stench of 15 million gallons arrives in I.B.

The sewage stink from the beach south of Seacoast Drive in Imperial Beach started about a quarter-mile north of the Tijuana River mouth on February 17th, with the first hints marked by that pungent, green, ...

Dog on death row since December

Moose's owner feels set up, betrayed by La Mesa police

John Correia wants his dog back. He hasn’t seen the dog, a Labrador-pitbull mix named Moose, since the day the La Mesa police officer shot at the dog and missed. “I raised him from a ...

Egged in the city

“It just seemed so dumb, like a dumb thing to do.”

A spate of incidents where people walking in North Park and Normal Heights were hit by or nearly hit by eggs has left social media abuzz, but the police say they haven’t heard about it. ...

Retail/residential to take place of Scripps school?

Residents seek answers for environmental impacts of 264-unit project

The draft environmental review for a four-story apartment project that will be built on San Diego Unified School District land in Scripps Ranch has been released, and residents are not happy with it. "We gave ...

Nestor high school to fit in industrial zone

“We have learned to make do with what’s allotted.”

An Otay-Nestor area full of shipping warehouses, dialysis facilities, storage facilities, and a few manufacturing companies may soon get a charter school for a neighbor. The Stephen W. Hawking 2 charter school, which focuses on ...

Border outlet store robberies up

“Some of the thieves are coming from Mexico and returning there.”

Robberies are up 38 percent at the outlet malls in San Ysidro, police say, and the new pedestrian crossing to Tijuana seems to be playing an unintended role. Officer Carlos Lacarra, a community relations officer ...

Speeders' fun at Rolando intersection soon over

Residents' petition — not statistics — earns stop signs

At 58th Street in Rolando, Meade Avenue is less than two blocks long and modestly sloped. But the rolling hills on 58th — coupled with poor visibility and unrestricted right-of-way — are creating danger for ...

Kroc Center's soccer field to be finished in 2020

“You don’t build nighttime facilities and not use them.”

The soccer field at the Ray and Joan Kroc Center in Rolando will be on the roof of a new parking garage, with plans for the 23,000-square-foot project in the final approval stages. The Eastern ...

Councilmember got on Rolando catwalk project long ago

TV news' Turko blasts Georgette Gomez for not coming before camera

City Councilmember Georgette Gomez — called out by Michael Turko for not participating in his stories on the need to repair Rolando’s “catwalk” walkways — didn’t want to appear to take credit for other people’s ...

Sandag accused of eminent domain abuse

“We absolutely need this. We have buses laying over in eight different locations."

The San Diego Association of Governments is considering using eminent domain to take an entire downtown block. The land owners say they are concerned about what the agency plans to do with it, since the ...

7-Eleven greenlit to occupy Greene Cat

“It’s an existing license. We’re not here to ask for a liquor license.”

The Encanto Planning Group gave 7-Eleven — which proposes to buy out the Greene Cat liquor store if the franchise chain's conditions are okayed — permission to stay open 24 hours at a meeting on ...

Border wedding included drug-smuggling groom

Agents angry over "propaganda coup for the bad guys"

While local, national and international media delighted in the cross-border marriage through the open border gate at Friendship Park last month, federal agents with the U.S. Border Patrol were less than delighted. In stories for ...

South Bay Super 8 recovery home a smashed success?

Of 16 people in first implementation of program, 11 "walked away"

In their push for the conversion of a Super 8 motel to a transitional housing facility for up to 84 people, the city attorney's office failed to honor a public records request by the Reader ...

Cleanup on Sweetwater Marsh

Farmers, gunpowder manufacturer, heavy industry fouled wetland

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service on Tuesday (December 5th) unveiled its plan to clean up three areas in the Sweetwater Marsh, bayfront land north and south of the boundary between National City and Chula ...

Decision made on Mission Bay wetlands plan

Campland reduced, golf course intact, ReWild rankled by mere 38-acre allotment

A conflicted, somewhat confused Mission Bay Park Committee voted 5-3 to go forward with a plan for the DeAnza Cove Tuesday night (December 5th) after hours of passionate testimony from people who want different things ...

Downtown homeless people driven north by cops

Normal Heights residents vexed with influx

Normal Heights residents remain frustrated and angry over the recent influx of homeless people in their neighborhood — which city staff say was prompted by the downtown streets bleaching to ward off hepatitis A. The ...

La Jollans pick bones over noisy airspace

Airport authority criticized for giving Congressman Peters bad info

Some residents of La Jolla Shores and Bird Rock say that U.S. Rep. Scott Peters’s undated letter that blames aircraft-noise increases on Montgomery-Gibbs Field is "nonsense." "The [San Diego County Regional] Airport Authority's noise specialists ...

Border sewage and campground vie for state funds

Why's everyone picking on county supervisor Greg Cox?

Surfrider and Wildcoast, along with three citizens’ groups, have challenged county supervisor Greg Cox over funding for a campground included in a state bill the groups supported. The groups are asking that the $1.6 million ...

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