Sheila Pell

Articles by Sheila Pell

Safe or not, crossing tracks in Del Mar isn't trespassing

170 incidents in 2018-2019

Del Mar officials want the trains off the bluffs. Transit officials want the people off the tracks. Neither side is succeeding, and with the number of trains increasing from 50 to 79 this year, the ...

Why San Diego farmers worry about water

Fallbrook and Rainbow districts jumping to Riverside; San Diego looks forward to recycled

Valley Center farmers aren't alone when it comes to the high cost of water. But it could get lonelier and costlier if two neighboring water districts unyoke from the Water Authority to get a fresh ...

San Diego's granny flats were last year

This year it's triplexes, and a loophole in a rent cap

Last year, San Diego opened the door wide for backyard granny flats, and not the tiny kind on wheels, but units as large as 1,200 square feet. This year brings an even bigger change. Triplexes. ...

Lincoln Acres loses land to National City

One of last three islands in San Diego County

Lincoln Acres doesn't want to be National City. But sitting on the edge of a growing urban area means sooner or later, Starbucks is coming. To the county, it's a good time to "measurably reduce" ...

Sluggish growth of tree canopy in San Diego

National City doing okay west of the 805

San Diego beat its 2020 goal for slashing greenhouse gases by two years. But tucked in its climate action plan is one key strategy that barely budged. Boosting the tree canopy by 15 percent. Not ...

Encinitas mulls ban on natural gas

Report says methane more trouble than CO2

An expected vote on a ban on natural gas in new buildings took a surprise turn last week, when the Encinitas Environmental Commission announced a change of plans. They would devote the meeting to public ...

Del Mar, Solana Beach, Encinitas not giving up on red light cameras

El Cajon, Poway, Vista saw benefits, but chose to dump them

While other cities in San Diego have stopped using red light cameras, a photo enforcement tool meant to reduce accidents, Del Mar, Solana Beach and Encinitas, which installed the cameras in 2004, are keeping theirs. ...

Hearings near for Harvest Hills

Will the gardens, groves, boutique greenhouses prevent spread of wildfires?

After many delays, the final environmental impact report for Harvest Hills, a hard-fought, high-end housing proposal in rural Escondido, is expected as early as this month. In November, 23 environmental, climate and community groups sent ...

Puppy sales will go on March ballot in National City

But store owner willing to negotiate

National City voters will decide in March if a new ordinance banning the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits should be overturned. Like a state law that took effect this year, the city's ban ...