Stories by Pat
Bookstores are disappearing, leaving book lovers with fewer chances to meet the authors they love. Milane Christiansen, seasoned San Diego bookseller, has joined with Chino Farms to provide onsite book signings. This Sunday, Chino's will host Los Angeles restauranteur and cookbook author Nancy Silverton, co-owner of Pizzeria Mozza.
The authors of "Paradise Plundered" tell us about San Diego's failures of governance.
An immigration audit of employees at Escondido Disposal,Inc., found that a quarter of the Edco workforce did not have proper documentation; a major ruling in a legal battle over religious classroom banners in a Rancho Penasquitos high school; and fallout including lawsuits and damage claims, from the recent blackout.
In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, firefighters and first responders from San Diego and all across the country joined in solidarity with the forces in New York and Washington. That solidarity continues during 10th anniversary remembrances when the drums and pipes of the San Diego Firefighters Emerald Society will be heard aboard the USS Midway and a memorial to the first responders who died on 9/11 will be unveiled at Fire Station 21 in Pacific Beach.
The tenth anniversary of 9/11 is about two weeks away. County officials, warning that the date could trigger some strong emotions which could lead to some dangerous actions, have listed eight things to watch for.
Voters To Decide Oceanside Rent Control Measure.
Executive Director David Kahn is leaving the San Diego History Center in Balboa Park after three years. He's being praised for the professional expertise he brought to the job, his fund raising abilities and for renewed interest in the venerable Historical Society. But his tenure also saw the worst of the recession, and tight budgets.
San Diego it has to give up $70 million dollars in redevelopment funds this year, and 16 million in subsequent years to the state budget. Cities have filed suit, calling the move unconstitutional. A lot of redevelopment projects, from fixing roads to funding economic development projects, to paying for sports stadiums, are in jeopardy.
in San Diego, affordable housing units are about twice as expensive to build as homes that go for market rates, due to a complex mix of political and business agendas that conspire to drive up expenses and cost taxpayers millions.
The dust is still settling after the California budget passed last week. And one of the questions on a lot of peoples' minds is how redevelopment projects will be affected. Redevelopment money - the property tax increment that local governments can keep for building projects in their own communities - has been a major driver of economic growth.