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Stories by Marty Graham

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 ...

As aviation-gas lead drops over Serra Mesa...

"Small planes take off and land over and over — those are flight schools."

Usually when people complain about small regional airports, the issue is noise. But Serra Mesa resident Gary Keller is worried about lead poisoning, and a California health coalition — supported by EPA research — says ...

Normal Heights' notions for I-15–adjacent property

"We can sell it with strings attached or without strings attached."

Concerned about what the city is planning to do with two vacant lots on the northwest corner of El Cajon Boulevard at 40th Street, adjacent to the I-15 off-ramp, local groups are asking the city ...

Normal Heights park starvation anniversary

Planning group member vows to sue city over ignored agreement with schools

One year after the neighborhood called out the city and Normal Heights Elementary School for breaking the promise that the school grounds would be open to the public after school hours, the chairman of the ...

What SDPD narcs learned about weed in Colorado

“There remains a thriving black market for marijuana.”

On the eve of the election in which California voters legalized recreational marijuana use in 2016, San Diego police chief Shelley Zimmerman sent a team of narcs to Denver to learn how things were going ...

AIDS memorial plan not so great, say residents

"Todd [Gloria] came to us with the plan and we thought it was great."

The draft plans for Olive Street Park met resistance Thursday evening (October 26th) as people who live adjacent to the 80´ x 100´ plot of land raised a ruckus over not being included or notified ...

Old bike-sharing company, new plan

"We’re trying to get that first mile and last mile.”

DecoBike is looking at a dozen places for stands in North Park, Uptown, downtown, and Golden Hill after getting kicked out of the beach areas by the California Coastal Commission, city engineer Brian Genovese said ...

Proposed AIDS memorial for Olive Street

Intended park land bequeathed to city nearly 100 years ago

The announcement on September 9th that the San Diego AIDS Memorial Task Force had selected a site — 20 years after the first such task force got underway — isn’t sitting well with some community ...

Short-term vacation rental explosion

“No one wants a clown car house next door.”

Locals in Mission Beach and Pacific Beach who say their neighborhoods are increasingly jammed full of unregulated mini-hotels are right, according to the city treasurer’s annual count of short-term rentals. But other neighborhoods — downtown ...

Mission Beach's last big chunk

Coastal commission okays development on former school site

Mission Beach will see the former Mission Beach Elementary School site developed into 59 homes with the California Coastal Commission’s unanimous approval on Thursday (October 12th). The commission was the last stop in the project’s ...

Who made it first to Mission Bay drowning scene?

Emergency response time transcript easy to misread

A new twist in the March drowning death of a two-year-old in Mission Bay: the 911 system record of the calls were requested by San Diego attorney Cory Briggs, according to the city’s NextRequest document ...

A concrete border-sewage-collection basin plan

“Our goal is to divert solid waste and sewage from entering the river valley."

With the governor’s signature late Monday (October 9th), $2.1 million in state funding is on its way to the Tijuana River Valley — some of it earmarked to deal with the sewage, trash, and sediment ...

Inn like Flynn on Sunset Cliffs

Hotel's unpermitted deck repairs — 33 truckloads of concrete? — forgiven

The Inn at Sunset Cliffs, whose owner overstepped the boundaries of the emergency permit to fix a collapsed deck, won the support of the Ocean Beach Planning Group Wednesday (October 4th) on its application for ...

A lot of motorcycle deaths in San Diego County

“The older gentlemen tend to crash on windy backcountry roads."

San Diego County has the dubious honor of ranking the fourth worst — of 58 California counties — in motorcycle crash deaths. In 2016, the county broke its own record for the number of people ...

Rogue docent theory on Torrey pines die-off

Aluminum, not bark beetles, to blame for decimation of rare trees

Two years ago, Dale Williams, a volunteer docent at Torrey Pines Natural Reserve, started wondering what is killing the rare trees. Williams says about 25 percent of the reserve’s trees, which numbered about 6000, have ...

South Bay residents leery of Super 8 recovery home

Vows and phone numbers don't assure locals project won't be trouble-free

At a meeting held at the Nestor library branch Wednesday night (September 27) it became clear to South Bay residents and business owners that the city is going to place in their midst a motel-sized ...

County sees golf carts as viable future transportation

"Local jurisdictions need to allow people to use these vehicles on the roads.”

The San Diego Association of Governments has noticed a big increase throughout the county in the use of golf carts and low-speed vehicles — golf carts being two-seaters and LSVs, as they’re called, being four-seaters. ...

City Heights YMCA locks the door

"But that's the neighborhood, and I'm glad they're looking out for us."

Days after a 22-year-old man was stabbed at a bus stop at 43rd and El Cajon Boulevard on September 13th, the Copley-Price Family YMCA staff decided to lock the entrance to the Y off the ...

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 ...

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