Phil Diehl

Writer

Phil Diehl has been a reporter and editor in North County since 1989, and has written about city government, education, health care, military issues, nuclear power and more. He was the night city editor for the North County Times for about five years until it was purchased by the U-T San Diego. A graduate of West Virginia University, he began his newspaper career at the Parkersburg Sentinel in West Virginia. He lives in Carlsbad.

Recent Articles

  • 'Third option' proposed for Del Mar law enforcement

    'Third option' proposed for Del Mar law enforcement

    Community service officers could provide a “middle option” for Del Mar, which has been trying for years to decide whether to continue its contract with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department or create its own police department. Del Mar has been studying the possibility of creating its own police...

  • No 'retreat' from rising sea levels for homes in Del Mar

    No 'retreat' from rising sea levels for homes in Del Mar

    The community of Del Mar is facing a reckoning. It has about 600 homes at beach level on the northern end of the city. They include some of San Diego County’s most expensive properties, including a home owned by Kim Fletcher, a member of one of San Diego’s pioneering families who lives with his...

  • Solana Beach tries new approach to parking regulation

    Solana Beach tries new approach to parking regulation

    Solana Beach is trying a new way to control its downtown parking problem — requiring more indoor workspace for employees. The city has proposed an ordinance that requires office buildings to have a minimum average workspace of 125 square feet per employee. That may seem like a wealth of space for...

  • Solana Beach delays implementation of new seawall fee

    Solana Beach delays implementation of new seawall fee

    Solana Beach decided Nov. 8 to postpone for a year the adoption of a recreation impact fee to be charged for seawall permits, so the city can consider new modifications suggested by the California Coastal Commission. “We want more vetting on this new scientific information that they’ve added,”...

  • Solana Beach OKs 2nd phase of community energy

    Solana Beach OKs 2nd phase of community energy

    Solana Beach took another step Wednesday, Oct. 11, toward becoming the first city in San Diego County to provide its residents with a renewable alternative to electricity provided by San Diego Gas & Electric Co. City Council members agreed to enter the second of three phases that would lead to...

  • Del Mar City Council seeks ban on wood-burning fireplaces

    Del Mar City Council seeks ban on wood-burning fireplaces

    The coastal enclave of Del Mar, among the first California cities to ban single-use plastic bags, polystyrene take-out containers and cigarettes in public places, is now taking aim at wood-burning fireplaces. City council members have asked staffers to draw up regulations that would ban wood-burning...

  • Woman critical after Encinitas hit-and-run

    Woman critical after Encinitas hit-and-run

    Sheriff’s deputies are looking for the driver of a white Ford F-150 pickup that hit a 33-year-old woman crossing Encinitas Boulevard, leaving her with critical injuries Friday night, Sept. 22. The woman was mid-block, walking south between Interstate 5 and North Coast Highway at 7:27 p.m. when...

  • Solana Beach to feel effects of Del Mar resort

    Solana Beach to feel effects of Del Mar resort

    Del Mar will get the high-paying guests and their tax revenue, while Solana Beach will get the traffic, noise and other drawbacks from a 16-acre bluff-top resort proposed just north of Dog Beach at the mouth of the San Dieguito River. That’s the opinion of Solana Beach Mayor Mike Nichols on the...

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