Sheila Pell

Articles by Sheila Pell

Border dirty water suits inch forward

Tijuana deficiencies laid at feet of agencies

What happens when toxic wastewater escapes cleansing, crosses an international border, picks up more pollutants, dodges treatment again, and finds its way onto beaches? Lawsuits. After decades of spills, of human and environmental health threats, ...

San Diego builds itself into danger

254,400 housing units in brushy, steep, and hard to reach places

According to a new report, San Diego is among the five California counties that have the most homes in high fire risk zones. The county has 254,400 housing units in brushy, steep, and hard to ...

San Diego charter backers lose

City staff mistake stands

On June 19, the San Diego City Council took on a staff error made in 2015 that limited the growth of schools, assembly, entertainment, and religious uses. That code change has been hard on charter ...

IB wavers on pot

Only one dispensary? 600 or 900 feet from schools?

Smoking lounges, neighborhood grows, and pot dispensaries won't go on the ballot in Imperial Beach, but where exactly will they go? Anywhere? On April 27, a judge upheld the city's decision to deny a petition ...

10 bedrooms with their own bathrooms and closets — in National City

Don't need picket fence

The lot is irregular, and so is the proposed housing model; developers see it as lemons to lemonade. Neighbors and some National City planning commissioners, however, see the four-unit communal living style project as a ...

Escondido's elderly deal with San Francisco's slick

Alarm-permit fee collectors raise ire of son

In 2004 Escondido passed an ordinance to charge an annual fee to register burglar alarms. When the program rolled out, affecting both homes and businesses, alarm owners were confused and frustrated by questions about their ...

Rec pot grapple in Del Mar

"It's time for us to get with the 21st Century."

On January 1, when recreational pot became legal in California, so did its sale and consumption at county fairgrounds, where businesses can host events such as festivals. But first come the permits, and that's not ...

Composters emerge from the shadows

Longtime trash-haulers say they’re concerned about city revenues declining

It's a rule that small composters love, trash haulers dread, and the city can live with. On December 7, the City of San Diego’s Environment Committee voted in favor of a code change that will ...

Mobile-home owner sees water bill jump

Carefree Rancher's quixotic quest to find out what's with the doubled cost

It's one of those fuzzy numbers on a utility bill; in this case, a water-sevice fee charged by Carefree Ranch Mobile Home Park in Escondido, where 77 of its 185 spaces fall under the city's ...

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