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San Diego Judge To Rule On De Anza Cove

Mayor Faulconer is dead on correct when he says that the property on DeAnza Point, currently occupied by squatters, must be returned to public parkland. This is dedicated city parkland and should not be used for any commercial purposes at all.

May 6, 2014 at 5:58 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

What Do You Think About San Diego's Future?

The rich will get richer and the poor will either leave or live under local bridges. Housing prices and rents will keep going up until no one with less than $1 million will be able to live here. Rich immigrants from places like New York, Connecticut and Washing DC will follow Mitt Romney here. If you're not rich, you'll be able to get jobs as hotel staff, tourism attraction workers or house maids, but you'll have to live in the canyons. Local politicians will continue to sell their souls and zoning rights to the building industry and rich hotel owners. San Diego will remain what it's always been, a Navy town and a tourist trap that fleeces visitors. Existing lower and middle income neighborhoods will be "gentrified" in the name of "smart growth". Eventually they will build a wall and gates around the city to keep out the riff-raff who can't afford a ticket.

April 18, 2014 at 6:33 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Financial Review Of Balboa Park Centennial Group Approved By San Diego's Audit Committee

The city council may find itself with similar problems with the Balboa Park Conservancy, with several BPCI board members on its board, taking over some the event planning efforts.

April 8, 2014 at 6:46 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Filner's Annual San Diego City Pension Reduced By Nearly $1,800

I'd like to see our sleepy local media "watchdogs" devote one tenth the time to investigating our new mayor that they're spending hounding our old mayor. I guess its easier to shoot sitting ducks in a barrel than to practice real journalism. I can see why the UT sends its goons after Filner after he's out of office, but can see no reason why KPBS does, unless it aspires to be as quality a news outlet as the UT.

April 8, 2014 at 4:36 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Ex-Mayor Filner Completes 90 Days Of House Arrest

Saw the TV items on this. Watching local media reporters and cameramen camped out in front of the former mayor's downtown condominium turned my stomach, reflecting how little real news these is in this sleep beach town and how desperate reporter are for anything to fill in the space between the ads in their news shows. This isn't news folks, it's just vultures picking at the carcass of an involuntarily retired old pol Leave the old guy alone and go find some real news. Or would that be too much work?

April 8, 2014 at 4:32 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Ratepayer Group: Proposed Settlement Of San Onofre Nuclear Costs 'Theft'

1. SoCal Edison, not the ratepayers, decided they could force more power and profits out of SONGs by replacing its operational steam generators with bigger units before the existing one were worn out.

2. SDG&E opposed premature replacement of the operating steam generators, pointing out that the existing ones still had years of life left. SCE convinced the CPUC to allow it to move forward with the replacement project regardless.

3. SoCal Edison and Mitsubishi's engineers mis-designed the new steam generators in a misbegotten effort to force more power out of the reactors, to boost SCE's profits. Again, the ratepayers did nothing wrong and had no say in the matter.

4. The new steam generators wore out prematurely, forcing the retirement of the entire powerplant. All actions leading up to this event were taken by SoCal Edison, not ratepayers.

5. It seems very clear that the full responsibility for the mess we're in belongs to SoCal Edison. Not SDG&E or the utility ratepayers. So SCE should be the party to bear ALL the costs of plant retirement, decommissioning and replacement power, NOT the ratepayers.

6. Apparently Edison is now threatening to tie the entire proceeding up in litigation until hell freezes over, so the CPUC and TURN are looking for ways to expedite some kind of solution. But there is no way they should try to quicken the decision making process at the expense of the blameless ratepayers. That would be irresponsible and contrary to their own organizational missions, and would invite costly ratepayer lawsuits.

April 8, 2014 at 4:28 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Drought Forces Ensenada To Ration Water — And It’s Only Spring

Ensenada is experiencing what all cities built in a desert will experience when the weather changes, rains stop and there are no more ways to import water from elsewhere. Because it is a third world city in a third world country, it is having to deal with these problems sooner than Southern California. But if long weather patterns and climate change stop snow and rain from falling, SoCal cities will eventually face problems similar to what Ensenada is facing now.

April 4, 2014 at 5:33 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Mayor's Office Plans Meeting With San Diego Chargers On Stadium

The city owns acres of valuable land at the Qualcomm Stadium site in Mission Valley and the sports arena site in the Midway area. Together, these taxpayer owned sites might be worth up to a billion dollars. The new mayor has said that he wouldn't sign off on any deal where city general funds were invested in building a new stadium. Why would he now even consider selling off this valuable city land or giving it away to developers in order to subsidize the billionaire Spanos family? Selling off highly valuable city property to invest the revenue into a stadium subsidy isn't all that far from spending taxpayer dollars on one. If the city no longer has any use for those two properties, why doesn't it sell them off to the highest bidders and use the money to fix street potholes and the $ billion backlog in infrastructure repair it is now talking about issuing bonds to pay for?

April 4, 2014 at 3:42 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Edison Bosses Sell $18M In Stock After Rate Deal

So the same SoCal Edison executives who decided to replace the fully operational existing steam generators early, then spent hundreds of millions of ratepayer dollars to mis-design new ones which failed because they tried to crank too much power and profits out of them, now walk away with millions. Is this the kind of justice the ratepayers can expect from this CPUC?

April 4, 2014 at 3:35 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Judge Rules Barrio Logan Community Plan Will Be Referendum On June 3 Ballot

Only a San Diego judge would ever rule that it's now legal to flat out lie to voters, or pay others to lie to them.

April 4, 2014 at 3:26 p.m. ( | suggest removal )