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Proposed North County Housing Development Public Comment Meeting Dr...

Proposed North County Housing Development Public Comment Meeting Draws A Crowd

July 20
By Alison St John

More than 200 people showed up for a meeting Tuesday night on Newland Sierra, a proposal to build more than 2,000 new homes in rural North County.

Issa Challenger Raises More Individual Contributions So Far This Year

Issa Challenger Raises More Individual Contributions So Far This Year

July 18
By Alison St John

The latest federal campaign finance reports show one of Republican Congressman Issa’s Democratic challengers has raised more in individual contributions this year than the incumbent.

Del Mar Races See New Costs And Declining Revenues

Del Mar Races See New Costs And Declining Revenues

July 18
By Alison St John

Wednesday is opening day at the Del Mar racetrack. Horse racing is on the decline nationwide, forcing the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club to make some changes.

Carlsbad To Share Cost Of Community Choice Energy Study

Carlsbad To Share Cost Of Community Choice Energy Study

July 12
By Alison St John

Carlsbad is the fourth North County city to agree to consider the feasibility of Community Choice Energy.

How San Diego’s National Conflict Resolution Center Is Tackling Unc...

How San Diego’s National Conflict Resolution Center Is Tackling Uncivil Discourse

July 12
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

A new poll says Americans believe civility between Democrats and Republicans is getting worse. But the San Diego-based National Conflict Resolution Center has a plan to help elected leaders work through differences and find common ground.

New Plans For Escondido Country Club Property Divide Community

New Plans For Escondido Country Club Property Divide Community

July 4
By Alison St John

Residents living around the former Escondido Country Club golf course vehemently disagree over a new plan to build houses on the now-dried-up greens. Some newer residents say it is time to stop fighting and let the blighted golf course be developed.

Five North County Cities Consider Community Choice Aggregation

Five North County Cities Consider Community Choice Aggregation

July 3
By Alison St John

Five North County cities are considering whether to contract with different energy providers to increase the amount of sustainable energy they use. Encinitas is the most recent city to vote to share the cost of a feasibility study.

Vista, Oceanside Wrestle With Ban On Medical Pot Dispensaries

Vista, Oceanside Wrestle With Ban On Medical Pot Dispensaries

June 29
By Alison St John

Two North County cities, Vista and Oceanside, are wrestling this week with how to handle Proposition 64, California’s legalization of recreational marijuana, which goes into effect next year.

Poway Considering Council District Boundaries In Wake Of Legal Threat

Poway Considering Council District Boundaries In Wake Of Legal Threat

June 28
By Alison St John

The latest city in San Diego County to start a rapid shift from citywide elections to district elections is Poway.

Oceanside Considering Medical Marijuana Regulations

Oceanside Considering Medical Marijuana Regulations

June 22
By Alison St John, Michael Lipkin

Oceanside has large agricultural areas where farmers are very interested in the future potential of marijuana, but the city extended its ban on medical pot in April.

Master-Planned Community Proposed For Rural North County

Master-Planned Community Proposed For Rural North County

June 16
By Alison St John, Megan Burke

A plan to build more than 2,000 new homes in the hills north of San Marcos is now open for public review. An 8,000 page environmental review has been released and the public has 60 days to respond.

Life In An Oceanside Canyon: Homeless Take Up Residence

Life In An Oceanside Canyon: Homeless Take Up Residence

June 8
By Alison St John

Oceanside residents have shown up at City Hall recently to protest the homeless encampments taking root in neighborhood canyons. Some of those who live in the canyons say they would like to leave, but they are facing barriers.

Customers Were Right: Too Many Train Ticket Machines Do Not Work

Customers Were Right: Too Many Train Ticket Machines Do Not Work

June 5
By Alison St John

The San Diego County Grand Jury has issued a report in response to complaints from passengers that ticket machines at Coaster and Sprinter train stations too often do not work.

Oceanside, Carlsbad And Vista Hold Public Meetings On New District ...

Oceanside, Carlsbad And Vista Hold Public Meetings On New District Maps

May 30
By Alison St John

Residents of three North County cities will be poring over maps Tuesday evening. Oceanside, Vista and Carlsbad have very little time to decide the best way to divide their cities into voting districts.

Solana Beach Becomes First In County To Opt For Alternative Energy ...

Solana Beach Becomes First In County To Opt For Alternative Energy Program

May 25
By Claire Trageser

The city of Solana Beach became the first in the county to move forward with a program that allows local governments to bypass San Diego Gas & Electric and buy their energy directly.