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Stories by Marty Graham

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 ...

Stop the screeching brakes on Carmel View

Carmel Valley townhome complexes funnel into eastbound conduit

Every day that she works at home, Niveen Farmer hears the screeching brakes of cars nearly crashing at the entrance to her Carmel Valley condo complex. Her home in the Sunstream complex — 259 townhomes ...

Federal agencies working on Tijuana estuary worry about budget cuts

No more school field trips to border area?

That there was another sewage spill in the Tijuana River estuary last Thursday paled against what’s coming down the federal pipeline. Federal dollars for programs in the Tijuana River National Estuary Research Reserve are going ...

It was a quiet cul-de-sac in Sorrento Valley...

Eight more homes too many for small Mira Mesa enclave

More than 40 residents of Mira Mesa neighborhood that's small and private by topography and design showed up at a planning group meeting Monday night (March 20) to oppose a project that would add houses ...

An alternative to Brigantine's Embarcadero plan

Former Fish Grotto owner suggests Waterfront Park extension

In the midst of the battle for jurisdiction over which government agency can give permission for a restaurant to be constructed at the old Anthony's Grotto site on Harbor Drive, former tenant Craig Ghio weighed ...

Park-starved Carlsbad wins one

Council votes for peaceful place — to be paid for by developer

The Carlsbad city council on Tuesday night (March 14) unanimously approved a settlement plan that will create a new park at the chain-link-fenced Buena Vista reservoir and will resolve a lawsuit against the city over ...

Murphy Canyon gas-station grapple

Arco expansion roadblocked by Chevron? Or traffic?

Armed with the signatures of 42 Stonecrest Village residents, neighbors of the Arco gas station at Murphy Canyon and Aero Drive are fighting the business' expansion to add four new pumps and a car wash. ...

Encinitas' love/hate for a certain tree

"Like pit bulls, sometimes ficuses get a bad rap."

An attempt to pass a tree ordinance in Encinitas drew a slew of people to a meeting Wednesday night (March 8). Besides being generally interested in protecting publicly owned trees, people wanted to talk about ...

Brigantine plans for former Anthony's site hit big snag

Port district vs. California Coastal Commission

The battle between the California Coastal Commission and the Port of San Diego over whose rules a bayfront restaurant must follow comes to a head tomorrow (March 8). In December, the port gave the Brigantine ...

Home for sex-trafficking victims in Coronado?

"Living in the Hansen mansion is not realistic and attainable."

At a Wednesday-night forum, Coronado residents learned about the historic Hansen mansion (at 7th Street and A Avenue) becoming a home for sex-trafficking victims. About halfway through the meeting, 80 people were ejected after the ...

Goat Canyon spills...black tea?

"Not like last month when it came through red."

Border Patrol agents were surprised Wednesday morning (March 1) to see black water pouring through the grates over a drainage tube at the southeast edge of Goat Canyon. "It was like really black tea, literally ...

"Ugly" windows replace historic in Coronado

"If you allow the appeal to go through, you are setting such a bad example."

In 2007, Nancy Crabill asked to have her house designated historic by the City of Coronado. Ten years later, that designation has come back to haunt her family as they try to fix up the ...

Immigration info session scrapped in Vista school district

"If it was their children or their neighbors' children they would understand."

A Vista school meeting with an immigration attorney — set up to help parents prepare to protect their families should they be suddenly deported — was abruptly canceled Thursday (February 23), hours before it was ...

Goodbye, Mission Valley green acreage

“Nobody’s looking to create a cookie-cutter community.”

Linda Vista residents who overlook the 27-hole Riverwalk Golf Course in west Mission Valley got a look last week at the first conceptual drafts of the project being planned on the 200 acres of land ...

Tijuana River flushed hard

Valley weathers storm without heavy flooding

The beach north of the Tijuana River was littered with broken trees this weekend (February 18–19), a result of an enormous flow of rainwater and sewage from Tijuana hitting some of the 140,000 trees killed ...

La Jollans not soothed by airport authority

"You are retrofitting homes so people can stay inside."

A woman from Loma Portal turned to the 40 or so La Jolla residents who came to a meeting Wednesday night (February 16) on Harbor Drive to complain about low-flying and late air traffic from ...

Street repair must wait until wire undergrounding?

"They've scrapped the master list and are setting up a new schedule."

After a particularly hard crunch was suffered by his car's front end on the really bad pavement in front of his Normal Heights house, Kevin G. used the city's Get It Done app to ask ...

Bayshore Bikeway hostel situation a no-go

Warehouse to be used for brewery instead of on-the-cheap travelers

Three weeks after a study found that more than two thirds of Californians interviewed said not being able to find inexpensive accommodations at the coast makes going there difficult, the California Coastal Commission voted to ...

Caffeine found where it shouldn't be — in nature

Use your head and the head at the trailhead

Water scientists say that the discovery of caffeine in creeks and lakes throughout local recreation and open-space areas suggests that people are answering the call of nature without questioning if it's a good idea for ...

South Bay water cost to drop (and then rise)

Meeting hints at why I.B. and Coronado are suing over sewage

Public attendance at a Thursday evening (February 9) hearing to introduce water rates for Imperial Beach, Coronado, and southwest San Diego for the next three years was so sparse that the public was easily outnumbered ...

What's the affordable housing plan, Encinitas?

"Like a herd of wild turtles we are moving slowly toward our goal."

The Encinitas City Council set up a task force to put together a proposed housing plan Monday night (February 6) in hopes of avoiding another legal defeat for failing to identify how to create almost ...

Canary Island palms in peril

South American palm weevil hard to kill

San Ysidro, Chula Vista, and now Bonita residents are watching their Canary Island palms choke and die — sometimes with the entire crown falling to the ground below. The culprit? The South American palm weevil ...

Balboa Avenue trolley-stop talk

"It's not enough to get a mile away from your destination."

Although it's not yet funded, project managers for the planned trolley station at Balboa Avenue (just east of I-5) have started gathering information for what people want to see there — what will compel them ...

Encinitas eyes strawberry patch for sale

"We don't have the money to buy it but I'd like to be able to."

A 33-acre Encinitas strawberry farm landed on mayor Catherine Blakespear's wish list this week when the real estate agent representing the family owners offered it to the City of Encinitas. "It's just north of the ...

Electric companies seek taxpayer cash in the desert

"Cost recovery" letter filed in Inyo County for San Onofre reef project

Though the project is still failing its main mission, Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas and Electric last month asked for consumer rate increases for the cost of building a 150-acre reef to make ...

SEAL appeal on the Silver Strand

Special Warfare Command considers traffic in campus construction

If all goes well, sailors will be able to ride the bus into the billion-dollar Special Warfare Command campus being constructed on the Silver Strand between Imperial Beach and Coronado, according to Navy officials at ...

Bay's plastic pollution — it's in the fish

Study takes it down to the microbead level

San Diego Bay’s fish are ending up with plastics in their systems from trash that washes downstream — and the fish are fed more plastic with every rainstorm. That’s the conclusion of the first comprehensive ...

Mission Beach Plunge down to its skeleton

“It’s awesome that they decided to do it right.”

“They can do it fast or they can do it right,” says Dawn Reilly as she looks at the skeletal framing that remains from the Belmont Park building that holds the Plunge swimming pool. “It’s ...

Whoa, Mexico, that water clean?

San Diego officials warn bank about funding Rosarito desalination plant

Four South Bay cities have signed off on a letter that calls on the North American Development Bank to pay attention to the sewage-tainted seawater that may go into the Rosarito desalination plant the bank ...

Coronado Shores to fight public restroom

“We are sure Senator John McCain is not in favor..."

Coronado’s plan to build a plaza and restrooms at the ocean end of Avenida del Sol is being challenged by Coronado Shores residents — and two California Coastal Commission members. “You don’t build a bathroom ...

Friday the 13th good-luck tattoo

“Superstition runs so heavy, so we set out to take away the stigma.”

Local tattoo artists and clients celebrated Friday the 13th with tattoos meant to mark the day in a better light. “Superstition runs so heavy, so we set out to take away the stigma,” said Dom ...

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