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Recent articles by David:

San Diego softening its financial reserves policy despite recession fears

City officials blame the pandemic and say a slower approach to increasing reserves is more achievable and realistic. → Read More

Late ballots propel San Diego's Measure B to likely win, ending no-fee trash pickup for single-family homes

By a margin of just over 3,000 votes, San Diegans appear likely to have chosen to repeal the 1919 People's Ordinance. For single-family homeowners, monthly bills are expected to be $23 to $29 — or more. → Read More

Program helps middle-class San Diego first-time home-buyers

Cash for down payments and closing costs would go to as many as 30 families in the pilot program. The city estimates 45,000 households need such help. → Read More

In-N-Out Burger opening new location Friday near U.S.-Mexico border, Imperial Beach

The new restaurant in Palm City will be the eighth in the city and the 21st in the county. → Read More

Could Measure B pass? After trailing, measure to end no-fee trash pickup now leads by fewer than 3,000 votes

After steadily but narrowly trailing, San Diego’s Measure B now holds a slim lead of fewer than 3,000 votes. → Read More

San Diego ready to take drastic action on ambulance service to solve staffing, response time problems

Falck USA's continuing failures to fulfill its promises may prompt the city to add a second provider or bring service in-house. 'We can't just wait for it to get better,' the city's fire chief said. → Read More

San Diego approves long-delayed ban on polystyrene foam food trays, coolers, pool toys

The legislation, which takes effect in April, also makes straws and plastic utensils available only by request. → Read More

San Diego approves new financing method that's expected to generate millions for river park upgrades

The city and the county are partnering on EIFDs, which are expected to bring parks and riverfront dining to the long-neglected San Diego River. → Read More

In naming contest for new street sweeper, San Diego narrows list of finalists to three

The new sweeper is narrower, so more effective at picking out trash and debris from narrow spaces like bike lanes → Read More

San Diego police disproportionately tow low-income people’s cars, audit finds

Over the last five years, more than a quarter of all tows led to owners giving up their car instead of paying the fines. → Read More

San Diego extends street vendor crackdown to beaches, coastal zone with new council vote

Enforcement of the long-awaited law has thus far been limited to inland areas because of state Coastal Commission concerns. → Read More

More repaving, fewer patches: San Diego cracks down on road trenching to boost street quality and safety

The proposal would sharply increase fees paid by utility companies and would require faster and more comprehensive fixes to city streets. → Read More

Measure B trailing, supporters may try again in 2024

With measure to repeal San Diego's no-fee trash pickup trailing, supporters may try again in 2024. Electorate expected to be larger, less conservative and less concerned about fee increases if inflation eases → Read More

Lake Miramar closing to recreational boats, kayaks as Pure Water construction ramps up

Lake Miramar closing to recreational boats, kayaks as Pure Water construction ramps up. Boating and kayaking will be suspended at popular Lake Miramar in Scripps Ranch next week to allow construction of the city's Pure Water sewage recycling system. → Read More

San Diego budget troubles loom as pandemic aid dries up, pension costs rise and state mandates kick in

The city is facing more than $350 million in deficits over the next five years, despite annual revenues projected to surpass $2 billion for the first time → Read More

San Diego Democrats will have a 9-0 City Council majority for the first time

The lack of a conservative voice on the council could be concern, but its leaders say the panel reflects a spectrum of ideologies. → Read More

Voters rejecting repeal of San Diego's no-fee trash for single-family homes

Two other initiatives — one that would allow child care facilities in city recreation centers, and one that would end a city ban on union-friendly project labor agreements — appeared headed for approval in early election returns. → Read More

Lee leads Hough for San Diego City Council; 9-0 Democratic majority likely

Incumbent Councilmembers Jennifer Campbell, Vivian Moreno and Monica Montgomery Steppe all held big leads in their re-election bids in early returns Tuesday night. → Read More

What's fair? What makes trash pickup free? Those questions are driving the battle over San Diego's Measure B

Battle over San Diego's Measure B focused on fairness, whether single-family homes get 'free' trash pickup. Supporters call two-tiered system egregiously unfair, both sides say free is wrong word to describe inequities → Read More

Lawsuit seeks to block San Diego plan to shift infrastructure money from wealthy to poor areas

The plaintiffs argue that allowing developer money to be spent in neighborhoods far from the site of the development is unconstitutional and violates state laws. → Read More