Mission Valley Keeps Getting More Roads – and More Traffic
Matthew Hose | December 15, 2014 |
City Staff Forgot to Mention Major Change to Belmont Park Lease
When San Diego city staff made its case that a new lease for Belmont Park was a good deal, it laid out all the ways the new lease was different from the old one — minus one change that was crucial to understanding the arrangement.
Andrew Keatts | November 24, 2014 |
Zapf, Harris Split on a Path Forward for Belmont Park
Two City Council members are split over what any lease deal for Belmont Park should look like. Their differing views emphasize once again that the city is figuring out on the fly how to get the most out of the property it leases to private companies.
Andrew Keatts | November 12, 2014 |
Welcome to 2016, San Diego (Just Kidding. Sort of.)
Council President Todd Gloria joined this week’s podcast to talk about some of the biggest issues facing San Diego and how they’ll play out politically following Tuesday’s election. One major issue he helped usher through the City Council — an increase of the minimum wage in San Diego — will be on the ballot in 2016.
Andrew Keatts | November 7, 2014 |
The City and County Diverged on Their Climate Plans — and the County’s Losing
This week, an appellate court ruled the county’s climate plan didn’t do enough to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as required by the state. When Mayor Kevin Faulconer released a draft of a new city plan last month, the biggest decision he made was intended to avoid exactly this sort of legal challenge.
Andrew Keatts | October 30, 2014 |
Civic San Diego Will Remain Its Own Boss — for Now
Megan Burks | October 30, 2014 |
The Strange Group of Allies and Enemies Born Out of Escondido’s Prop. H
The proposal to build homes on the old Escondido Country Club site has collected an unusual patchwork of supporters. It's also created some bizarre rifts, most notably among a local union and the Democratic candidate for mayor of Escondido.
Lyle Moran | October 23, 2014 |
The City Puts Its Showdown With the State on Pause
The City Council, city attorney, state representatives and the mayor's office figured out a way to temporarily end a conflict between state and local law that threatened to close the tap to hundreds of millions of dollars in state money for local construction projects.
Andrew Keatts | October 20, 2014 |
Marco Gonzalez Calls ‘Bullshit’ on Dense Development Objectors
Andrew Keatts | October 20, 2014 |
City of San Diego: Nevermind About That New Tasting Room Regulation
Andrew Keatts | October 17, 2014 |
San Diego Unified Wants to Transition from Land Sellers to Landlords
Lyle Moran | October 15, 2014 |
The Standoff Over Prop. A Threatens a Big Water Compromise
Andrew Keatts | October 14, 2014 |
Stop Talking About Density. Start Talking About Place.
Howard Blackson | October 8, 2014 |
Faulconer’s Plan to Cut Greenhouse Gases Comes With Teeth
Andrew Keatts | September 30, 2014 |
On Long-term Leases, San Diego Figures it Out on the Fly
The City Council's consideration of a new lease for Belmont Park underscores a strange truth when it comes to city property: There isn't any common understanding of what makes a good deal, and deals are rarely reached with any long-term vision in mind.
Andrew Keatts | September 29, 2014 |
Sometimes Quick and Dirty Urban Upgrades Are the Best Urban Upgrades
The mastermind of "tactical urbanism" – think cheap, temporary improvements like painting over a parking lot to create a cool plaza – says sometimes the best way to improve a city is by making tangible and incremental upgrades, not thinking 30 years into the future.
Andrew Keatts | September 18, 2014 |
Faulconer Makes the First Snip to the Red Tape Menace
A new city plan will cut anywhere from two weeks to a month in the time it takes a project to get approved. It's the first piece of the proverbial red tape Mayor Kevin Faulconer promised to cut, to get homes and offices built faster.
Andrew Keatts | September 17, 2014 |
Carmel Valley Takes the Goldilocks Approach to One Paseo
Worried they'd be written off as NIMBYs if they rejected the development project outright, planning group members OK'd their own "just right" version of it – and it's much smaller than what Kilroy Realty has in mind.
Andrew Keatts | September 12, 2014 |
Where One Paseo Stands on the Smart-Growth Checklist
The city wants to steer growth toward dense developments near public transit. It isn't clear whether One Paseo — a 23-acre, $650 million project in Carmel Valley — really counts as a win toward that end.