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A report on our progress

Posted: October 6th, 2017 | Columns, Featured, Notes from Toni | No Comments

By Toni G. Atkins | Notes from Toni

On Thursday night, Sept. 14, with little time to spare before the end of this year’s legislative session, the state Assembly provided the 54 votes needed to pass my highest-priority bill, SB 2. The next day, the Senate sent the bill to the governor for his signature and he signed it on Sept. 29.

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Hillcrest Town Council update on homelessness, hepatitis A crisis

By Benny Cartwright

The Hillcrest Town Council meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 12, saw one of its largest crowds in recent years, with over 145 people in attendance to hear District 3 Councilmember Chris Ward speak about his strategies to address homelessness in San Diego.

With the homeless situation particularly visible in urban areas like Hillcrest, many residents spoke up demanding immediate solutions.

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The Kensington story

Posted: September 22nd, 2017 | Columns, Communities, Feature, HouseCalls, Kensington, Top Story | No Comments

By Michael Good | House Calls

For such a quiet, respectable community, Kensington has had its fair share of mystery and intrigue over the years.

Neighborhood lore has it that someone on Marlborough Drive forgot to mow his lawn back in 1952, and apparently more than one of those speakeasy doors you can still find in the middle of Kensington’s classic, solid Spanish entry portals actually was used to receive a liquor delivery, back in the Prohibition days. Whew! And then there was a trashcan mix-up a couple years back. A Mr. Jones rolled home a Mr. Smith’s much-better-maintained trashcan — supposedly by mistake. It was a real mess. A stink was raised. You get the idea.

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Guest Editorial: Building more homes and jobs

By Toni G. Atkins | Notes from Toni

As this column, derived from my newsletter “Toni Times,” was being prepared, my top-priority bill, SB 2, was still under consideration in the Assembly — the deadline for Senate bills to pass “the other house” is Sept. 15.

SB 2 — the Building Homes and Jobs Act — is part of a package of bills aimed at addressing California’s severe housing crisis. Gov. Jerry Brown, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon all pledged to make the package a priority during this session’s home stretch.

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Honoring a local legend

Posted: September 8th, 2017 | Columns, PastMatters, Top Story | 2 Comments

By Katherine Hon | Past Matters

Longtime San Diego residents may remember shopping or working in the grand Marston Department Store along the north side of C Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues.

The five-story building constructed in 1912 has been gone since the late 1960s, when the store founded by George Marston became the Broadway after nearly 90 years in business.

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The art and craft of remodeling

Posted: August 25th, 2017 | Columns, Feature, HouseCalls, Top Story | 1 Comment

By Michael Good | House Calls

When the Craftsman revival began in the late 1980s, there were basically two ways to get ideas about how to restore a house: You could read a book or go on a home tour.

Some of those books — many with variations of the word “bungalow” on their cover — are still available, although the bookstores where you could once peruse their pages are gone.

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Guest Editorial: Extending ‘cap and trade’

By Toni G. Atkins | Notes from Toni

There was reason for celebration on July 17 when the Senate and Assembly worked with Gov. Jerry Brown to pass a package of bills that will extend California’s Cap and Trade program, clean up the air in our communities and continue our leadership role in the fight against climate change.

But what made it even better was that it passed with bipartisan support — Democrats and Republicans coming together to move California forward.

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