Ralphs may face fines for late night construction

Posted at 6:06 PM, Jul 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-28 21:06:34-04

A week after 10News received a promise from Ralphs that it would stop noisy nighttime construction in Carmel Mountain, a neighbor said they are back at it again.

Jared Shirk said the noise stopped for a few days after 10News brought the complaints to the grocer, and the city of San Diego issued a warning.

However, he said he woke up to noise behind the grocery store at 2 a.m. Thursday. He got out of bed and walked over, where he confronted a man working with loud machinery.

In videos posted on YouTube, Shirk asked the worker, "You see that building over yonder? Guess whose house it is."

The worker wasn't actually involved with the expansion, but was pumping out grease from under the grocery store for Atlas Pumping Service. It's a common nighttime practice because the smell is horrendous.

Shirk walked to the front of the store, where work continued on the inside renovation. He got the construction manager to stop the grease pumping outside. The manager told Shirk he wasn't supposed to be there until 7 a.m. The man returned then to complete the job.

Daniel Stonesifer, who owns Atlas Pumping Service, told 10News that it might have been a scheduling mishap.

A spokeswoman for Ralphs said the grocer is working on a solution.

San Diego police responded to the noise complaint at 2:46 a.m., once the work stopped, but the city said in a statement that they may be going back:

"It's clear from the video that the contractors are violating San Diego Municipal Codes prohibiting unpermitted night construction, night construction noise and disregarding the warning issued by city inspectors on Friday July 22, 2016."