For years, San Diego breweries have invited local caterers to set up food stands in their tasting rooms. But a new county ordinance could spell the end to this symbiotic relationship.
Restrictions on public performances are common in many cities. Requiring permits strikes a balance that ensures safety, compensation and competition.
In this week’s San Diego Explained, NBC 7 San Diego’s Monica Dean and Voice of San Diego’s Maya Srikrishnan dig in to the drama behind alcohol permits.
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.
Museum celebrating the immigrant experience is vandalized with anti-immigrant messages, UCSD Theater staffers face layoffs, December Nights is happening and more in our weekly roundup of arts and culture news.
Aside from the city’s weird refusal to call them parklets at all, business owners say the time-consuming process for getting them permitted might be why San Diego only has two of the tiny urban spaces with amenities for pedestrians, even as other cities build dozens.
An Encanto community group tried to revitalize a neglected neighborhood space. It engaged the city, asking what it must do to make the project happen legally. Now city bureaucracy has thrown the whole thing into jeopardy.
Alcohol retailers don’t deny they have problems. But cities keep falling for their promises to self-regulate. Take a page from El Cajon’s book: Roll out the tough booze restrictions and watch the problems melt away.
We’ve been digging through the last 10 years of permit data to learn how the city’s dealing with growth, whether city bureaucracy is as stifling as you’ve heard and what’s keeping the situation from improving. Here are four early takeaways.
A big part of Civic San Diego’s sales pitch for expanding its authority is that it approves development permits faster than the city. We finally have data that proves them right.