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From housing to labor issues, North Coast city leaders see full slate for 2015

Alex Groves

January 23, 2015

At the start of a new year, city officials across North County are attempting to prioritize issues and come up with comprehensive solutions to challenges associated with growth and an improving economy. Many cities are also trying to determine the best way to finance projects while being fiscally...

Business leaders optimistic about 2015

From an upturn in housing to stable city coffers, local observers of the economy anticipate a positive 2015. (stock.xchang)

Alex Groves

January 22, 2015

With 2015 underway, officials in North County say they see good things in store for business and the region’s economy overall. But in spite of noticeable gains in sales tax revenue, increases in chamber of commerce memberships and other tell-tale signs of a prosperous economy, some leaders in the...

North Coast Current wins several SPJ awards

North Coast Current

July 10, 2014

North Coast Current contributors, and its editorial director, won multiple awards July 10 from the San Diego chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. The Current also won Second Place for Online News Site behind U-T San Diego. Contributors Scott Allison, Alex Groves and Helen Hawes,...

Escondido to build pipeline as part of larger vision to meet water demand

Escondido City Hall is pictured July 31. (North Coast Current photo)

Alex Groves

June 18, 2014

The city of Escondido is in the initial phases of creating a $5 million pipeline to transport recycled wastewater from a treatment facility on its west side to agricultural entities on its east and northeast sides. It’s a project that’s one of many slated for completion over the coming decades,...

North County Health Services installs automated patient notification system with receipt of grant

Alex Groves

June 3, 2014

North County Health Services will activate a new system of patient notification this week to better serve individuals with conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes, something it was able to do after receiving a grant of more than $38,000 from a national organization. The Innovations in...

No surplus of debate in Pacific View school quandary: Opinions differ on state act as online campaign builds

The original Encinitas schoolhouse, maintained by the Encinitas Historical Society, sits on the site of Pacific View Elementary School. The Encinitas Union School District plans to auction the long-closed Pacific View in March. (Photo by Scott Allison)

Alex Groves

February 27, 2014

The battle over an unoccupied Encinitas school site rages on as the Encinitas Union School District has set the property up for auction in March with a minimum bid of $9.5 million, sparking a grassroots movement to preserve the property that has City Council members and school district officials alike...

Better days ahead for 2014 economy? From Encinitas to Escondido, observers weigh strengths and challenges

From an upturn in housing to stable city coffers, local observers of the economy anticipate a positive 2014. (stock.xchang)

Alex Groves

January 22, 2014

As North County enters 2014, local officials say they feel confident that the economy is on the upswing from years past but that there’s still a long way to go. Within the past year, cities across the county have facilitated a number of infrastructure and business deals in the hopes of bolstering...

San Marcos residents fighting controversial housing project

Opponents to the proposed San Marcos Highlands development have been tracking the project at (North Coast Current)

Alex Groves

December 30, 2013

San Marcos city planners are set to give their official analysis of a proposed 198-unit, high-density home development on Jan. 6 before the City Council, but the project will face a number of challenges from residents who say they are less than thrilled about its implications for the surrounding environment. The...

Industry observers weigh impact of U-T San Diego’s entry into local weekly media market

U-T Community News, part of the daily U-T San Diego, announced its purchase of eight community newspapers on Nov. 1. (North Coast Current photo)

Alex Groves

November 24, 2013

U-T San Diego, the last remaining daily newspaper in San Diego County, recently purchased eight weekly community newspapers from Mainstreet Communications, and experts in the field of media and active journalists are holding their breath to see what the paper will do with its newly claimed acquisitions. The...

Current wins special award for media coverage

North Coast current

November 1, 2013

The North Coast Current won a special award Oct. 30 for its reporting on the state of local media. Writers Alex Groves and Ernesto Lopez received the Wildcard award from the San Diego Press Club during the organization’s 40th annual awards celebration. The Current won 19 awards overall. The special...

Elfin Forest, Harmony Grove keeping eye on development

Grading and erosion control measures are pictured Oct. 6 at the site of Harmony Grove Village, a new development in the rural enclaves of Elfin Forest and Harmony Grove. (North Coast Current photo)

Alex Groves

October 11, 2013

Residents of the communities of Elfin Forrest and Harmony Grove have long been at odds with potential development in the form of housing, schools and light industry, and that’s likely because there aren’t many places in North County that resemble the rural area that comprises them both. The to...

School buys NCT building; open house Sept. 26

The North County Times building in Escondido, pictured earlier this year, is owned by U-T San Diego. The office closed in mid-May, and the building is set to be sold to The Classical Academy charter high school. (North Coast Current file photo by Scott Allison)

Alex Groves

September 22, 2013

The sale of the old North County Times building to The Classical Academy of Escondido officially went through Sept. 12, and school officials are now working to prepare the facility to be a school. The sale comes following an extended escrow period. The school was waiting for the allocation of necessary...

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