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Stories by Marty Graham

12-story buildings sprinkled around San Diego

Imagine a near-future trip to a central San Diego neighborhood reshaped by the zoning plans proposed by Mayor Kevin Faulconer. 12-story buildings line 30th Street, University Avenue and El Cajon Boulevard – and up to ...

During pandemic San Diego bicyclists push street closures

The initial push behind the Slow Streets project launched by Mayor Kevin Faulconer on Wednesday evening – at the behest of a coalition of cycling and climate change lobbyists – was opposed by all but ...

Mission Beach – true character

Tiny Island Court has 31 short-timers Bayside Walk listed 121 rentals spread out between 15 blocks, with 50 rentals on just two blocks. Mission Boulevard listed 81 rentals on 17 blocks. It then dropped to ...

San Diego's border dogs are our kryptonite

The first time I saw Biggie, she was sitting next to the Border Patrol Yukon parked at the K rail at the east end of Spooner’s Mesa looking down into Smuggler’s Gulch and south into ...

April 15, 2020
San Ysidro – America's last gasp

San Ysidro – the town that San Diego would like to forget San Ysidro’s Jack-in-the-Box sells more fast food than any other Jack-in-the-Box in California. Its Big Bear market alone sells more eggs than the ...

Solana Beach: artists and developers

Solana Beach seeks electricity options Last month, Solana Beach announced the hunt for a service provider to help launch the county’s first local power program, which aims to curb greenhouse gases. This month, a war ...

Lorena Gonzalez law damages local workers

Assembly Bill 5 continues to shake San Diego’s — and California’s — independent contractors, even as state lawmakers scramble to amend it. Many people have been hurt by the bill and are saying it loudly ...

February 19, 2020
Lakeside – not rednecks

Lakeside turns out “I don’t know if you noticed, but the whole town of Lakeside is here,” said local resident Barbara Sessions, pointing to over 500 people who recently filled up a 250-seat room at ...

SDSU profs rub shoulders with Mission Valley's homeless

The homeless who camp near the San Diego River live differently than the homeless who live on downtown streets, according to two San Diego State University professors who have been studying them. Many of the ...

December 30, 2019
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
Surfrider to IB residents: Shut up or get sued

A group of IB locals who have organized opposition to Surfrider's plan to manage sewage and toxic flows from TIjuana's failed infrastructure have received a letter threatening them with legal action if they don't stop ...

Jamul – last bastion of civilization on the 94

Jamul Residents Wage Indian Blood Battle over Gaming Site The Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs is asking a lot of questions about the Jamul Indian Village. The government agency has launched an investigation to determine ...

Don't let Linda Vista fool you

Butt out, Clairemont, says Linda Vista "I have a lot of respect for the Clairemont planning group and the other planning groups — they're citizens like us who are investing in their community," said Howard ...

You won't recognize new UCSD hospital

Change is coming to the UCSD Health hospital campus in Hillcrest, change so sweeping that the campus will look completely different when it’s over. Instead of the sprawling, built-as-needed mish mash of 37 buildings and ...

October 2, 2019
Bucolic Bonita

Not so pretty: Bonita’s sign replacement cost Though Bonita's welcome mat has been pulled, the South Bay community is hardly discouraging people from coming by. The “Welcome to Bonita” sign, designed to convey a warm ...

Rancho Peñasquitos, barely suburban

Beaner bashers They identify themselves as the border patrol. They demand money. The Mexican stranger drops the grocery bag and sprints into the valley. The teen-age boys shout taunts as the shadow disappears around a ...

Trail cancellation shocks mountain biking association

After nearly three years of planning, paying and preparing to build a trail on Orosco Ridge, the San Diego Mountain Biking Association was stunned to learn their work with the U.S. Forest Service was cast ...

September 6, 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 ...

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 ...

Marty Graham and the Reader

How Graham cam to write for the Reader: As dementia began to take my mom, she confided that her big brother wanted to be a journalist when he came home from the war. Instead, he ...

August 11, 2019
Encanto slated for about 8000 low-income apartments

About 100 Encanto and Southeastern attendees gathered at the Malcolm X Library July 10 to learn about the unique lawsuit filed by longtime locals demanding the city and county stop jamming the neighborhood with poor ...

July 30, 2019
Sleepy Descanso

Roberts Ranch Opens its Gates to Hikers Thanks to the crusading efforts of Descanso cabinet-maker Duncan McFetridge, affectionately known by some as the "Robin Hood of Cleveland Forest," two inholdings (islands of private property inside ...

Carmel Valley – the anxiety of a new suburb

Carmel Valley accidental pond to be drained 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 ...

Ward-Faulconer parking plan to Adams Ave. and Mid City groups: drop dead

After several years of hard work developing bike lane plans, Normal Heights business groups and the city parking district were stunned when City Councilman Chris Ward – and then the mayor- launched their own plan ...

First SEAL to complain about Gallagher first to get weapons permit

In spite of testimony that a half dozen Navy SEAL witnesses who agreed to testify against Navy Special Operations Chief Ed Gallagher were offered permits to carry concealed weapons, only one permit has been issued. ...

July 12, 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 ...

Leucadia – funky no more

La Costa Ave. missing time capsule found In the 1970s, Encinitas sheriff’s deputies would make the Leucadia rest area one of their first stops in their morning patrols, to kick out squatting hippies and camping ...

Bay Park – around long before Clairemont

Red balloon sent up in Bay Park "I am against high density,” says Johnson. “I think it’s wrong. I'm very unhappy with the way that this is going. We don't need more people [here]. That's ...

Children’s pool ramp fight flares up

Pupping season at the Children’s Pool in La Jolla just ended and the pool area reopened to the public last week, just in time for the latest in the fight over human access to the ...

Briggs pulls out of San Diego mayor race

Cory Briggs confirmed late Tuesday night that he is ending his campaign for mayor of San Diego. "Four months of campaigning reminds me how much better I am at practicing law than politics," he said ...

May 15, 2019
The sewage that Imperial Beach wants to put near San Ysidro

San Ysidro residents were stunned and angry when they learned that neighboring Imperial Beach and the Surfrider Foundation are pushing a plan for an 80-acre capture basin for sewage, sediment and trash within a mile ...

Moshe Krafchow's plan to prevent San Diego wildfires

When Moshe Krafchow talks about his novel approach to reducing the risk of fueling wildfires, he looks like a true believer. “The best thing we can do is work with the plants to get them ...

Bankers Hill volunteer attempt to save Maple Canyon stymied by city

A Bankers Hill volunteer group – along with San Diego Canyonlands – has lined up a $2 million federal grant for work in Maple Canyon to stabilize and restore it – and to prevent tons ...

San Elijo Lagoon temporary road headed for permanence

The North County Transit District and SANDAG, with the support of Encinitas's mayor, want to make a temporary construction road near the San Elijo Lagoon permanent, and they quietly took the request to the California ...

San Diego city council members have distinct goals for city money

The devil is in the details and the details are in the documents — individual San Diego City Council offices’ funding priorities for the 2020 city budget. The big issues, on which most or all ...

March 13, 2019
Linda Vista's Skate World, you're fine, now go away

Linda Vista residents were stunned to learn Monday night that Civic San Diego, a wing of city government, is quietly selling off the land beneath the historic building that is Skate World, where 15,000 people ...

Sandag fined for pumping dirty water into street in Morena area

The State Regional Water Quality Control Board is crediting former Reader reporter Dorian Hargrove for a complaint against the San Diego Association of Governments and its contractor that resulted in a $36,371 fine for "actively ...

February 25, 2019
The people who named Live Well center had a sense of humor

For the people in the community near the intersection of Euclid and Market streets, the 80,000-square-foot Live Well center that is expected to be home to consolidated probation offices, looks like a big box that ...

February 8, 2019
Cory Briggs runs for mayor of San Diego

The white board in the conference room behind Cory Briggs tells the story: On one side, in green ink it says: Donor class v. voter class What does it mean to stand up for working ...

January 29, 2019
Bankers Hill opens umbrellas to protest 'shady' project

Nearly 100 people opened black umbrellas in western Balboa Park on Sunday to demonstrate how far the shadow from a project will fall and darken the park. “This is the early afternoon shadow,” said organizer ...

January 22, 2019
Guns aimed at Solana Beach cheap housing

10 units of affordable housing built on a parking lot in Solana Beach should not be built because “affordable housing does not belong at the coast,” according to the Arizona resident who invested in the ...

January 18, 2019
Maybe a Coronado bayfront house is not what you want

When retired Colorado software company founder Ed McVaney bought a bayfront house in Coronado in 2010, he didn’t like the look of the front yard – a patch of green with a frontage road running ...

January 15, 2019
New Linda Vista apartments welcomes present tenants

Lillibelle and Jimmy have lived in their Linda Vista apartment complex for more than twenty years. So when the 36-apartment complex was sold for $8.3 million last year, the couple began keeping track of the ...

December 18, 2018
Crossroads' last gun show at Del Mar Fairgrounds?

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 ...

December 14, 2018
$100 for place to walk your dog? Not bad.

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

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 ...

December 12, 2018
IB tries to calm fears of eminent domain

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 ...

November 16, 2018
What Prop 6 is repealing in San Diego

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 ...

November 2, 2018
Imperial Beach in the balance

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

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 ...

October 5, 2018

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