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Soccer stadium plan dominates meeting of MV Planning Group

Posted: March 10th, 2017 | Features, News, Top Stories | No Comments

By Jeff Clemetson | Editor

The agenda for the March 1 meeting of the Mission Valley Planning Group included action item votes on a medical marijuana dispensary, a sidewalk improvement project and a major construction project that will reshape the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center.

But it was an information item on a proposal to develop the Qualcomm Stadium site into the future home for a Major League Soccer (MLS) team that brought a full house to the meeting.

Bill would expand community college BA degree program

Posted: March 10th, 2017 | Featured, News | No Comments

By Jack Beresford A new bill introduced in the California Senate would accelerate a pilot program that allows a limited number of California community colleges to offer four-year degrees. Senate Bill 769 would expand California’s community college baccalaureate pilot program from 15 to 30 programs and remove the current sunset, scheduled for 2023.

New look, new name for Union Tribune building

Posted: March 10th, 2017 | Features, News, Top Stories | No Comments

The Casey Brown Company is close to completing the first part of the revamp of the former home of The San Diego Union-Tribune into a modern and highly amenitized work campus, that will now be called AMP&RSAND.

The 330,000-square-foot site featuring two separate buildings is located at 350 Camino de la Reina in Mission Valley.

STEAM programs in District 7 libraries this spring

Posted: March 10th, 2017 | Columns, Featured, News | No Comments

By Scott Sherman | District 7 Dispatch The San Diego Public Library is holding a new education initiative that gives children the opportunity to learn about science and the ecosystem in a series of programs based on the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) concept. Classes and workshops will be held at each branch library […]

The state of security

Posted: February 10th, 2017 | Features, News, Top Stories | No Comments

By John Gregory | Contributing Editor

A mysterious high-tech van with seven cameras mounted along its exterior was parked beside the Town and Country Convention Center. It wasn’t a mobile command center or spy vehicle, but a video demonstration van — just one of the many displays at the inaugural San Diego Security Show, held Jan. 25 and 26 in Mission Valley.

Security.World, an online news website, produced the physical security and surveillance exposition which included demonstrations involving surveillance camera housing units, biometrics, video networking, GPS-based personnel tracking, and an ambitious schedule of guest speakers.

Planning group votes on dispensary applications

Posted: February 10th, 2017 | Featured, News | No Comments

By Jeff Clemetson | Editor If the Feb. 1 meeting of the Mission Valley Planning Group is any indication, the “green rush” for District 7’s four allotted medical marijuana dispensaries has begun. All three action items on the planning group’s agenda were applications for dispensary permits. None of the applicants were approved, but two were […]

Homelessness in Mission Valley

Posted: February 10th, 2017 | Features, News, Top Stories | No Comments

By Rob Hutsel

Staff and volunteers of The San Diego River Park Foundation (SDRPF) are often asked about homeless people in Mission Valley, especially along the river. In fact, it is one of the most frequently asked questions, and it is usually followed by, “what is being done about it?”

As an organization dedicated to restoring the health of our region’s namesake river, it is a question which we don’t have a great answer for. In recent years, we have been increasingly pulled into this question as the future of the river and the planned 52-mile-long San Diego River Park and associated trail system become intertwined with the homeless population.