Sheila Pell

Articles by Sheila Pell

Coronado to reduce bike fines, give more tickets

Right now running a red costs nearly $500

Coronado wants to make bicycling safer by issuing more affordable tickets, and more of them. An ordinance introduced by the City Council on May 16 would reduce fines for 38 minor violations of state and ...

Del Mar anguishes over short-term rentals

Racing season visitors are a tradition

As high tourist season approaches, Del Mar is on edge. What will happen with vacation rentals? Last month, the city council drew a line in the sidewalk, separating homes and commerce. Interpreting the zoning code, ...

Lemon Grove Pets vs. animal advocate Lani Stacks

Dead fish, dead rabbit seen

Complaints about Lemon Grove Pets have piled up over the years. Online reviews describe crowded cages, empty bowls, and odors. The store, which sells fish, birds, cats, rabbits and other small pets and animal supplies, ...

Vista makes new wireless tower rules

First choice is city land, then business and industrial property. Schools — up to them.

Vista planners wants to make it easier, or in some cases harder, to operate cell towers and antennas. On March 21, the planning commission held a public hearing to discuss two proposed zoning ordinances (see ...

Escondido neighbors call it sprawl

"Safari Highlands Ranch would be terrible for San Diego's wildlife."

On rugged land north of San Diego Safari Zoo Park, developers want to build a less exotic version of the park; a rich habitat for upper-income humans. The vision statement for Safari Highlands Ranch describes ...

The fight for a wood-burning fireplace

“It’s pretty nasty stuff. This stuff really is bad news.”

Several south coast counties restrict wood burning fireplaces, but San Diego isn’t one of them. Not yet. “Although it is not prohibited, wood burning in the home is a growing source of air pollution in ...

Escondido residents resist water-treatment plant

Because: liquid ammonium sulfate, sulfuric acid, sodium bisulfite...

Escondido farms need affordable water. Though the city plans to build a recycled-water treatment plant, many residents drawn to a recent city-council meeting were not in favor of living near a “membrane filtration/ reverse osmosis ...

Veterans' affordable-housing project pulled

Minor traffic surge on Poway streets was the deal-breaker

On November 16, after two years of negotiation with Habitat for Humanity, the City of Poway rejected an affordable-housing project for veterans. Now what? The city still needs 504 affordable-housing units to meet state mandates. ...

Europa Street alley is a street, say residents

Councilmembers shut down concerns over siting of underground garage

A battle over the entry to an underground parking garage in Leucadia has been decided in favor of the developer. At a public hearing on November 9, the Encinitas City Council voted to deny two ...

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