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Stories by Marty Graham

San Ysidro swap meet replaced with Goodwill

"Oh yes, we all know it will close at the end of the year."

Colorful displays of toddler clothes and princess backpacks line the remaining vendadoras' (saleswomen's) stalls inside the huge buildings that house San Ysidro's only indoor swap meet. Almost half of the stalls are empty, but those ...

San Diego still cheaping out on cops

“We lose officers to Murrieta — it’s the closest place they can afford to live."

Since July 2015, at least 32 San Diego police officers have left the department to join other law-enforcement agencies — according to exit interviews the departing officers gave the department. “Those are the people who ...

Plastic-bag ban led to hep A health crisis?

“The outbreak was completely predictable — it's why I left San Diego.”

“The plastic bag ban is the main reason for the hepatitis outbreak,” says the homeless man who writes the Homeless Survival Guide. “The hepatitis outbreak was completely predictable — it's why I left San Diego.” ...

Coronado driveway contested

Bayside neighbors say Ed McVaney claimed frontage road

Ed McVaney, who owns a couple of houses in Coronado, apparently doesn’t take no for an answer. So when a San Diego Superior Court ruling required him to restore his neighbors’ access to the frontage ...

Lifeguards given false hope to help Houston?

"Our guys were staged and ready, then they were told to stand down."

Eleven San Diego lifeguards, whose union rep Sgt. Ed Harris seemed to have embarrassed San Diego Fire and Rescue into allowing them to go to the flood zone after initially refusing to send them, were ...

No master plan for Maple Canyon

"Some previous deputy director must have thought it would be a good idea."

Maple Canyon lovers heard the echo of the freeway building in the early 1960s at the start of summer, when they found about 50 feet of the west entry to the canyon had been paved ...

Sorry, Houston, writes SD Lifeguard union head

"Ed Harris is a disgusting hack for politicizing this."

They're well-practiced at water rescues — 9000 last year — and at handling boats. They practice swift-water rescues and perform them, most often in Mission Valley and the Tijuana River Valley. They've deployed to floods ...

Mexico: Keep that s*** out of the Tijuana River

U.S. diplomat suggests speaking directly and forcefully to our neighbor

Kevin Vaillancort, a foreign-service officer assigned to the U.S. embassy in Tijuana, wants to assure the people who have banded together to stop the sewage and contaminants flowing across the border that applying pressure on ...

“The diesel death zone is a thousand feet”

CalTrans finalizes environmental report for I-5 - 56 project

A group of residents have begun organizing a fight against a proposed‘fly-over freeway ramp from westbound state route 56 to the northbound Interstate 5, a ramp they fear will bring noise, soot and cut-through traffic ...

Salty water kills beneficial bugs at San Elijo

Rescued by seed sludge from other sewage plants

Most wastewater treatment plants rely on microorganisms to dine on sewage and render it harmless during secondary treatment; and, much like wine and sourdough bread, if the beneficial bugs die, what’s left is an unappetizing ...

Will Carlsbad allow drinking and driving?

Aug. 22 decision on K1 Speed kart beer and wine

A group of Carlsbad residents fighting to keep K1 Speed kart racing from getting city permission to serve wine and beer to onlookers includes the teenager who holds the top scoring position nationwide for performance ...

More reasons why city will pay for water projects

Pt. Loma, Jacobs Center Poway Bike Path, Lusardi Creek Torrey Hills, and more

Half of a $3.2 million fine levied against San Diego for city construction inspectors’ past failure to require efforts to keep construction sediment out of storm drains will go to restoration efforts at Los Peñasquitos, ...

Ugly cyclist-car encounter in Kensington

GoPro video shows up on local Reddit

A bicyclist who GoPro'ed herself as she followed a car, argued with the driver and then hit or kicked the rear view mirror lit up Reddit yesterday by posting the video of the encounter. The ...

Quiet Peñasquitos neighborhood gets No Pedestrian signs

“This isn’t Mira Mesa Boulevard or Black Mountain Road.”

Some Rancho Peñasquitos residents who were pleased to see yellow wheelchair ramps put in at the corner of Rife Way and Sparren Avenue were astounded days later when city crews showed up and installed ‘No ...

These cops in PB want people to know there are bait bikes

“Our average apprehension time is four minutes"

San Diego Police Officer Daniel Neifer spent a lot of his youth in Pacific Beach. One of the rare bad days was the day his bicycle was stolen. “I went to the boardwalk and stared ...

Otay neighbors say whoa! to addicts at Super 8

But San Diego and state have their ways

The Otay Mesa Nestor community planning group voted unanimously Wednesday night to write a letter of opposition to San Diego's plan to spend $6 million buying a Palm Ave. Super 8 motel and turn it ...

Christian Ramirez announces for Alvarez city council seat

Lives in Sherman Heights

Christian Ramirez, the human rights director for Alliance San Diego who grew up in Nestor, confirmed Thursday that he will announce that he will run for the city council seat held by David Alvarez. Alvarez ...

Immigration lawyers grilled in Sherman Heights

Juan Vargas confronts shouting by Make America Great Again attendees

Immigration lawyers in the San Diego community say that undocumented immigrants have more rights than they know and have more ways to be allowed to remain in the U.S. than they believe. But there’s one ...

Mountain bikers fret over office complex called Torrey Highlands Preserve

"It's not a preserve and they shouldn't say it is"

Rancho Peñasquitos residents and mountain bikers say they are worried that the coming development of an office complex called the Torrey Highlands Preserve will impede their ability to enjoy trails on the adjoining Del Mar ...

IB will get the sewage, Navy will pay

Special Warfare Command sits in Coronado

A fight between two coastal cities over sewage from the US Navy base in between has ended in a settlement where the sewage is recognized as Coronado crap while it runs through IB pipes — ...

Humane Society takes over from San Diego County

Too much euthanasia vs. privatizing jobs

The San Diego Humane Society is poised to become top dog for animal services in San Diego County, as the county begins to negotiate service contract with the nonprofit. With a target date of June ...

No one wants Lakeside's Linden Road

“Visitors have such a hard time driving in”

Carlos Contreras stands at the edge of a roadway that looks like a combination of sinkholes and earthquake damage. He points up the short, narrow street to a nice looking, well-kept house with a For ...

Wait — UCSD planning for 45,000

5,500 new dorm beds crowd La Jolla, University City

People who live around the UCSD campus — both in University City and in La Jolla — say the coming addition of more than 5,500 dorm beds came as an unpleasant surprise. "They tell you ...

Eritreans march in Normal Heights for Day of Martyrs

Freedom fighter became dictator

The procession started slowly Tuesday night as people walked a block along the fence on School Street that defines the John Adams Elementary School park boundaries — we didn't pay heed at first, thinking it ...

I.B. ready to sue

Decision tonight?

The clues are splattered over the documents for the meeting Wednesday night: IB's city council is positioning itself to sue over sewage. The Wednesday meeting agenda shows that, on June 7, in a part of ...

Miramar jet IDs withheld from tracking website

How will University City observers complain?

University City residents continue to express their concerns for the safety of residents at the west end of Miramar Marine Corps Air Station runways, saying that the flight webtracker they used to identify aircraft they ...

South Bay as dumping ground

Busted homeless headed for east end of Palm Ave.

Angry citizens showed their resistance to the city's plan to house misdemeanor drug offenders in the old Super 8 Motel on Palm Avenue in Nestor. "We're the dumping ground. We have the prisons and the ...

"No Haters," No B(order) S(ewage) campaign leader says

Catch and contain, but keep talking

A Saturday forum on environmental justice became another platform for Imperial Beach anger over the prolonged, extraordinary sewage dumps into the Tijuana River. By the end of the forum, state water quality officials had committed ...

"We heard you" claim developers of Hillcrest 111

Greystar gives 10-foot step-back on Robinson

The developer whose proposed project at 7th and Robinson was rejected by Uptown planners and Hillcrest residents in April won the group's support Tuesday night by returning with compromises. "We heard you," said Jim Ivory ...

Border Patrol on Tijuana River gains respect from enviros

Agents catch stench first

When newly assigned U.S. Border Patrol agents arrive at the Imperial Beach Station, one of the first things they are told: Don’t go in the Tijuana River. You don’t have to ever enter the water ...

May 24 Tijuana sewage, on top of Feb. dump, spurs coalition

Border patrol agents join Wildcoast and Surfrider

Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina and Councilman Mark West are out to change how the federal government deals with sewage that comes into the the city from Mexico. They’ve gained an unexpected partner: the union ...

Pirates, sharks, and boat debris of Zuniga Point

In the last 17 months, 31 boats have washed up between the dog beach and the tip of North Island

The no-man's-land of east of the jetty jutting off Zuniga Point, where people anchor for free, may be a boon to broke boaters, but for Naval Base Coronado North Island, it's a source of expensive ...

Angle parking for North Park may hang on who decides

"A simple majority vote could hurt our quality of life."

A draft ordinance that will speed up changing street parking from parallel to angle won the endorsement of the North Park Planning Committee Tuesday night, with a few suggestions. The proposed ordinance will reduce the ...

7-Eleven pushes for more liquor licenses — City Heights, Ocean Beach, Linda Vista

Already owns more than 20 percent of beer and wines permits in San Diego County

In the past year, the 7-Eleven corporation — which now holds more than 20 percent of the beer and wine sales licenses in the county — has launched a push into at least five San ...

North Park wants what Civita doesn't

A connector road leading to Texas Street

Adding a controversial connector road in Mission Valley's Civita came to a North Park Public Facilities committee (part of the area planning group) Wednesday night for review for its potential effect on Texas Street traffic. ...

Chula Vista pot crack-down may not last long

Daily fine upped to $2500

The Chula Vista city council Tuesday night voted unanimously to increase fines for illegal marijuana dispensaries from $1,000 to $2,500 a day with no limit on how large the fines can be — and to ...

San Diego dog parks becoming dust boxes

Dusty Rhodes in Ocean Beach, Morley Field, Nate’s Point at Balboa Park, and the dog park south of Mesa College

About two dozen dog and park lovers braved the rain Sunday for a protest over the lack of city care for the very dusty Dusty Rhodes dog park in Ocean Beach. The dog park that ...

If Linda Vista said no, maybe Mission Valley will also

7-Eleven, facing foes to Friars Road site, misses meeting

Representatives from 7-Eleven were a no-show at a Mission Valley Planning Group meeting Wednesday (May 3) — for a presentation they had asked to make on a proposed store at Via Las Cumbres and Friars ...

Bay Park zoning change could lead to 90-foot tall buildings east of Morena Blvd.

"They will steal our breezes."

Bay Park residents raised that big red balloon high in the sky between Morena Boulevard and the I-5 Saturday to demonstrate how tall the new developments along the Morena corridor could be. "I could see ...

Normal Heights seeks curfews to roust homeless

The very worst kind of NIMBYism?

The Adams Avenue Recreation Council voted Tuesday night to take action seeking curfews at two parks that will allow the police to roust the homeless who are camping there. "Who wants to bring their children ...

Century-old oak near Crest gets haircut

County road crew takes off too much of tree at entry to the Crestridge Ecological Reserve.

A county road crew, armed with permission to trim, cut off a substantial part of the century-old oak tree at the Horsemill Road entry to the Crestridge Ecological Reserve near Crest last week. "I was ...

"It's really University City where they are in after-burner mode."

Where the noise comes from at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar - this week and in the long term

There may be a shift in the military aircraft noise from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, this week and in the long term, base commander Col. Jason Woodworth told the Mira Mesa Planning Group Monday ...

Otay Water Board member Gastellum can't be removed for Facebook, Twitter posts

His targets include Muslims, women, LGBT and Somalis

The Otay Water District board of directors voted 4-1 to censure director Hector Gastelum for his posts to Facebook and Twitter, including some that referred to Muslims as "subhuman scum" Monday afternoon after hearing many ...

Will East Hillcrest get special assessment to take care of homeless?

Little Italy envy

The Hillcrest Business Association is urging east Hillcrest to look at setting up maintenance assessment district to provide businesses and residents with services that west Hillcrest already enjoys — private security patrols to deal with ...

Mission Valley planners scorn soccer end-run-around group

Park proposal more vague than presented

Hours after Mayor Kevin Faulconer stood with FS Investors in support of their Qualcomm redo ballot initiative, the developers received a far less friendly reception at the Mission Valley Planning Group. The company has proposed ...

Grand jury cites San Diego garbage trucks breaking trash bins

Users apply duct tape and wood to avoid $70 replacement fee

Complaints about city of San Diego garbage trucks damaging trash bins that the city then requires people to pay for have increased 25 percent a year for the last two years — and are probably ...

Second thoughts about Hillcrest 111 at Seventh and Robinson

Cheap housing means going 92 feet straight up from sidewalk

A deeply divided Uptown Planners voted 9-5 to appeal its approval of an 111-unit, 92-foot tall project at Seventh and Robinson if the developers fail to incorporate the group's suggestions in the building design. The ...

St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox church versus SOHO

Park Blvd. church plans to pull down two historic houses on Indiana St.

Historic preservationists have found a taker for at least one of the two homes Indiana Street that St. Spyridon church plans to demolish, but has yet to win the delay needed to get the paperwork ...

La Jolla Shores neighbors propose gating new development, worry about drainage

Residents surprise developer with plan to block beach parking

More than 50 La Jollans — including former U.S. Congresswoman and frequent Democrat appointee Lynn Schenk — got their first look at plans to put eight houses on the last big lot uphill from La ...

Butt out, Clairemont, says Linda Vista

Affordable housing and cyclist groups don’t like neighborhood planning groups

Linda Vista should have a neighborhood voice in planning how the neighborhood is developed and maintained, the neighborhood's planning group voted unanimously Monday night. "I have a lot of respect for the Clairemont planning group ...

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