As San Diego and California experience a housing construction slowdown, the city has been developing blueprints for a long-term building boom.Several sweeping plans have been approved in recent years to make room for tens of thousands of additional residents in the decades to come, and that won’t be the end of it.Granted, this doesn’t do much to ease the immediate critical shortage of affordable housing. The relatively small number of building permits sought recently has been startling, considering the pent-up demand.San Diego County had the biggest drop in housing construction in Southern California in the first six months of 2019, the Union-Tribune’s Phillip Molnar wrote earlier this month. That should change given the community plan updates adopted by the City Council and mayor. But while getting such plans approved is important, they don’t, by themselves, reduce home prices or guarantee a faster rate of construction.The infrastructure needed for planned … [Read more...] about Column: San Diego is laying plans for a future building boom
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By Rebecca Hennes Updated 2:49 pm CDT, Wednesday, April 24, 2019 Wharton Police Department Suspect three is hiding within and behind one of the exterior CVS columns (labeled here). We are in the process of attempting to remove him so he can safely be placed in custody. #UPDATE: @10:56a - suspect three (formally “stick man”) is IN CUSTODY. less Wharton Police Department Suspect three is hiding within and behind one of the exterior CVS columns (labeled here). We are in the process of attempting to remove him so he can safely be placed in custody. ... more Photo: Wharton Police Photo: Wharton Police Image 1 of / 13 Caption Close Image 1 of 13 Wharton Police Department Suspect three is hiding within and behind one of the exterior CVS columns (labeled here). We are in … [Read more...] about Burglary suspects hide inside CVS store ceiling and column, but can’t escape from Wharton police
“Is it OK to cry?”Minutes after Tiger Woods won the Masters, a Facebook friend and golf instructor in San Diego posted that question. The answer: Who wasn’t crying Sunday afternoon?Tiger Woods was crying. His children were crying. His media handler of many years, Glenn Greenspan, was sobbing when he hugged Woods coming off the 18th green at Augusta National. Fans were crying between spontaneous shouts of “Tiger!” as they made their way to the exits. In the interview room, Craig Heatley, a towering figure of a man and the Augusta National member who conducted the news conference, nearly had teardrops falling onto the lapel of his green jacket when he introduced Woods.“Tiger, welcome back,” Heatley, his voice cracking, said in his Australian accent. “Or should I say, more appropriately, welcome home.”And yes, an hour earlier, this reporter blinked away tears as I sat a few rows behind the 18th green in the tiny, roped-off spot … [Read more...] about Column: Who wasn’t crying during Woods’ emotional victory in the Masters?
On a typical workday, David Acevedo uses his hands, his back and a forklift to move tons of lumber around a warehouse in Van Nuys.His hours are not fixed, because incoming shipments of wood and outgoing orders to customers dictate the flow. He and fellow employees have to be flexible and available on short notice, working a six-hour shift one day, a 12-hour shift the next.“They’re jumping off a forklift 150 times a day, up and down, strapping loads. It’s all physical labor,” said Kevin Kelley, one of the owners of Valencia Lumber and Panel.Good employees are hard to find, Kelley said, so you try to hold onto the ones you’ve trained, invested in and know you can count on. That’s why, when President Trump announced his intention last year to revoke temporary protected status for people from El Salvador, Kelley was worried. He stood to lose one of his best employees, a Salvadoran man who had been able to work legally because of protected status granted … [Read more...] about Column: When Trump wanted to boot immigrants with temporary status, one Van Nuys firm fought back
You write me, I’ll write back. That’s a promise.Disagreement is a big part of what makes life fun. Not just saying that. Truly believe that. I can grow through disagreement. So can you.So, feel free to disagree. Or agree. Or a little bit of both. I promise to read your message and ponder your message and respond to your message. My email: [email protected] Colorado Springs News David Ramsey: Bike lanes in Colorado Springs help us pedal happily toward better future David Ramsey Here’s my first mailbag, a sampling of responses to a column in support of bike lanes along with a rebuttal to my Valentine to the wonderfulness of Colorado Springs. Messages edited for length....What’s missing in your photo — ANYONE RIDING A BIKE. I drive the streets of downtown Cascade, Tejon, and Wasatch and no one is using these lanes identical to what you show in your photo.From what I see, this was the biggest waste of city funds. My viewpoint, it was a … [Read more...] about Readers share thoughts on past columns on bike lanes, living in Colorado Springs