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.
Andrew Keatts | July 23, 2014 |
Conflict Pushes Fulton Out of Bay Park Decision
The city is selecting a consultant to rewrite development restrictions around two new trolley stops. Planning director Bill Fulton removed himself from the decision due to a conflict of interest under the city's ethics ordinance.
Andrew Keatts | July 17, 2014 |
MTS Almost Got Off Easy on the Desert Line
A company under increasing scrutiny nearly made life easy on county transportation officials this month, when a missed lease payment almost negated its contract to rebuild a cross-border freight line. Now, if public officials want to undo the deal, they'll have to work for it.
Ari Bloomekatz & Andrew Keatts | July 16, 2014 |
Behind the ‘Ugly Baby’ Compromise That Resurrected the Housing Fee
Andrew Keatts | July 11, 2014 |
Blunting Climate Change in Our Neck of the Woods
If we hope to mitigate the worst impacts of climate change, we must start locally. The Board of Supervisors can do just that by showing residents it understands its responsibility to protect what remains of the Cleveland National Forest.
Michael Soulé | June 23, 2014 |
Inside the Sports Arena’s Fight to Maintain Center Stage
The Chargers are eyeing the land under his feet, and Viejas Arena is luring away the talent. We talked with Ernie Hahn, general manager at Valley View Casino Center, about the future of San Diego's sports arena.
Catherine Green | June 16, 2014 |
What the Recession Did to Downtown Development
Civic San Diego fielded applications for just nine new projects in 2008, while developers withdrew their request for five others. In 2009 and 2010, while the economy tried to find its footing, downtown activity almost disappeared.
Andrew Keatts | June 12, 2014 |
The 500 Percent Fee Hike on Developers That Passed With Barely a Peep
Megan Burks | June 11, 2014 |
What Happens if Only One Barrio Logan Proposition Passes
Andrew Keatts | May 30, 2014 |
The Voter’s Guide to Props. B and C
A plan to separate homes and businesses in Barrio Logan quickly became shipbuilders' Public Enemy No. 1. The issue loomed large in the mayor's race and was the subject of an aggressive signature-gathering campaign. Now voters will decide whether it lives or dies.
Andrew Keatts | May 29, 2014 |
How San Diego’s Most Disruptive Lawyer Makes His Money
No attorney sues under the state's main environmental quality law more than San Diego lawyer Cory Briggs. Depending on who you ask, that makes him either the environmental movement's MLK, or the guy who'll sue over anything – even a birdhouse.