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.
Andrew Keatts | September 8, 2014 |
This Little-Used Parking Lot Is the Epicenter of a Yearlong Political Power Struggle
Family Health Centers of San Diego wants the city to sell it a little-used parking lot so it can expand. The only thing standing in its way is a slow-moving bureaucracy and a community stalwart with no legal claim to the lot.
Mario Koran & Andrew Keatts | August 28, 2014 |
Reducing Red Tape – at the Expense of Residents
A slew of recently approved "mixed use" projects totally ignore a requirement for commercial projects to have off-street parking. These new gated communities have minor commercial space and little to no parking, abusing the intent of the city's land use code, if not the letter of the law.
David Little | August 4, 2014 |
The Blip on the New Civic San Diego Head’s Affordable Housing Record
The new head of Civic San Diego, Reese Jarrett, will be tasked with driving development in southeastern San Diego to boost affordable housing availability. When Jarrett was a developer in the area, his company and Civic San Diego's predecessor failed to follow restrictions meant to do just that.
Andrew Keatts | July 29, 2014 |
San Diego’s Next Density Fight
City planners are eyeing changes to Grantville: They want to take the industrial area and turn it into one with lots of apartments and retail storefronts, an urban village based around the neighborhood's trolley stop. But if history's any guide, that'll be easier said than done.