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Maya Srikrishnan

Maya Srikrishnan is a reporter for Voice of San Diego. She can be reached at maya.srikrishnan@voiceofsandiego.org.

City Heights residents are never happy about alcohol permits being approved in their neighborhood, but one has sparked a whole new level of pushback. The man leading the charge against a proposed 7-11’s alcohol permit owns a competing business nearby. The new permit would come with a number of restrictions intended to ease community concerns, but community members are unmoved.

National City has increased the density developers can build to and sped up the time it takes to get a building permit. But even combining those regulatory incentives with the area’s low land costs, bayfront views and proximity to downtown San Diego, the freeway and the trolley hasn’t made a difference.

The measure that sought to approve the 1,700-home Lilac Hills Ranch master-planned development near Valley Center failed Tuesday. One expert says the developers will now have to figure out how to change the project in such a way that they can still meet their financial goals while doing something politically feasible.

After Ditas Yamane’s involvement in a matter where the proper use of taxpayer funds was brought into question, she is now running for treasurer of National City, a position that oversees the management, budgeting and use of the city and taxpayer funds. Yamane said the case isn’t reflective of her abilities to serve as city treasurer.

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