Bay Park news & stories

Your source for news and stories about the Bay Park neighborhood of San Diego. For more on Bay Park, including events, blog entries, photos, and places to go, visit the Bay Park neighborhood page.

Sandag members checking phones, whispering to each other

Forget the public on Clairemont shopping center plans

On September 9, the Sandag board voted to take a high-profile corner lot, directly above Mission Bay Park and off the I-5, by eminent domain. The former shopping center on Clairemont Drive between Morena Boulevard ...

Felt a bump at Bay Park McDonald’s

Lacerated liver and fractured pelvis

A 49-year-old woman is in serious condition at a local hospital after she was run over by a car in the parking lot of a restaurant Thursday night, August 4, in San Diego’s Bay Park ...

Don't worry, old-timer, cell phones don't cause cancer

Low-income seniors misinformed about rooftop work?

A little before 7:30 a.m. on July 23, a crane as well as eight commercial and flatbed trucks were parked in the middle of the street in front of Sorrento Tower, a 14-story low-income senior ...

Teenage blues

Minors in a Major Key play for music scholarships in the name of Candye Kane

“Candye Kane was a great musician.” Guitarist Serena Geroe, age 15, admits she never saw the late blues diva perform live but says she follows her on YouTube. In July, the band that Geroe fronts, ...

Bay Park remains a mere neighborhood

Quest for signage turned up fact that it's not considered a community

On February 18, city traffic engineer Gary Pence gave Dave Potter the long-awaited news that neighborhood signs for Bay Park had been ordered. I met with Potter on March 15 at Tecolote Road and Morena ...

Magma from another planet

A music so specialized it required its own language — Kobaïan

Even the most conceptually aggregated rock bands usually stop short of creating their own language. Call them prog, call them avant-garde, call them way out, but Magma founder Christian Vander took that plunge decades ago, ...

The cult of Magma

Interplanetary band lands at Brick by Brick on Tuesday

Magma sounds like a mini-opera company performing the music of Yes or King Crimson. But that doesn’t come close to describing the complete package. The full Magma ride is about prog rock with drums, electric ...

This could be the best bread in the universe

Pacific Time has got it going on, apparently

I could spread Nutella on Pacific Time’s challah till Kingdom Come, and I haven’t seen such pretty baguettes since 2009. Oh, to be a fly on the wall while their baker feeds his starters and ...

Mission Bay users ignore contamination

Don't row, row, row your boat in contaminated waters

Erosion causes break in Tecolote Canyon line

Fine meat abounds at Siesel’s

A high-end butcher shop with a gourmet market and full-service deli

Any time I find myself in Bay Park during business hours, I wind up wandering into Siesel’s Meats. The place is basically a high-end butcher shop with a gourmet market and full-service deli built around ...

Beer mules in every city

Bay Park's Poseidon Project plans for deep list of suds

The city's latest taproom-slash–bottle shop is in Bay Park. The Poseidon Project opened Thanksgiving week, transforming a onetime spin studio into a stylish eight-tap bar with a curated assortment of bottles and cans. The packaged ...

'Tis the season for porch shoppers

After absconding, thieves leave behind packaging (and undesired present)

Walking her dogs at 6:00 a.m. in Bay Ho on November 19, Stephanie Rosenbaum spotted a package ripped open in the bushes halfway down the 4000 block of Kamloop Avenue. "It was a light green ...

Rattlesnakes percolating from dry Clairemont canyons

Leave 'em alone

A few hours ago, Shannon M. of West Clairemont alerted neighbors via NextDoor.com that one of his Mt. Acadia neighbors had found two different rattlesnakes in his back yard within the past 24 hours. A ...

Clairemont speeding irks residents

Elderly and handicapped at risk on Cowley Way

Shortly after hearing about a 77-year old woman who suffered a hit-and-run in La Jolla while crossing the street last Saturday, I saw two Western tow trucks pull up in my neighborhood. I watched one ...

Sending a message from 60 feet up

Neighborhood rallies behind red balloon

Though the activists in Bay Park have fended off a plan to build 60' high buildings in their neighborhood — using a 10'-diameter red helium balloon suspended 60' up so people could see just how ...

Neighborhood Watch, mobilize!

Suspected shady activity in Clairemont precedes meeting

They look like they are checking out sticker prices at a car lot. The thing is, none of the cars they are checking out are for sale. I have witnessed what appears to be cars ...

A sign of rain ahead?

Tuna crabs indicate a forthcoming El Niño event

Walking with my dogs at Fiesta Island yesterday, I found what at first glance looked like a toy rubber lobster. Until he or she moved! As I continued walking down the shore, I discovered more ...

Plunged into gluttony at High Dive

Menu changes result in improvements and belly flops at Bay Park mainstay.

There’s nothing like a go-to neighborhood bar that provides great service, a casual vibe, and satisfying pub food. Add 20 craft beer taps and Ballast Point Fugu Vodka on draft and the experience is just ...

Red balloon sent up in Bay Park

Crouching residents, hidden developers anticipate high-density change

Driving down the streets of Bay Park from Clairemont Drive, all the way down to Linda Vista, one might wonder about particular signage posted on properties throughout the neighborhood. In three months' time, the aesthetics ...

World Beer Cup winners’ catch-up collab

International friends Coronado Brewing and Coedo join forces Stateside

Last year, I packed up my laptop and tasting glass, and boarded a plane for Japan, where I spent a week shadowing brewers from Coronado Brewing Company. The highlight of the trip was being a ...

Another music venue pulls the plug

Bay Park bar the Griffin acquired by Regal Beagle group

Another San Diego music venue has pulled the plug. The Griffin, the Bay Park bar known for its quality sound system and presenting nationally touring headliners such as Imagine Dragons, Crosses, Nico Vega, Band of ...

Beer of the Week: The Lost Abbey Cuvee de Tomme

If it’s on tap, it’s not to be missed

There are some beers that rarely make it on draft outside of their native tasting rooms. Produced in small quantities, they’re the types of brews that, regardless of what I’m in the mood for, I ...

Coronado Brewing gains solid footing

Island brewery’s mainland system dialed in nicely

A period of adjustment accompanies nearly every brewery expansion. Going from one system to another, particularly a much larger brewing apparatus, requires some getting used to. Recipes need to be ramped up, efficiencies tested, recipes ...

St. Jude's Give Thanks

How much would you pay to run a family friendly 5K in order to support St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital? On Saturday, November 23rd there will be a 5k at De Anza Cove for St. ...

Best of Beer Week: November 8

Go beer-crazy on the eighth day of San Diego Beer Week

Ballast Point Tap Takeover: For years, The High Dive has been standout Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits’ best, most loyal account. Now, it’s time for payback in the form of specialty beers that will flow ...

Coronado Brewing headed to Imperial Beach

Island brewing company adding another mainland facility

The business may be called Coronado Brewing Company (CBC), but that 17-year-old operation's brewpub roots are now securely fastened to the mainland and spreading fast. It started with CBC brewing at the Mission Brewery Plaza ...

Best of Beer Week: November 2

Reboot and get your fill of San Diego Beer Week seconds

San Diego Originals: In the beginning, there was but a handful of fledgling operations bringing craft beer to locals. For one day, beer bar The High Dive will celebrate those innovators with special beers from ...

Never homeless: Mission Bay party crash

“Plenty of food, help yourself!”

I was working in Mira Mesa as an “internet specialist” at the time, calling over 200 real estate agents a day, trying to sell them advertising. I didn't have a lot of money one day, ...

The Resolved Church

Die, get a new body, go to heaven...or hell.

As pastor Duane Smets of the Resolved Church in Morena is working on his Sunday sermon, he thinks of it as a date as he gets to know it.

Never Homeless: Sprinkler alarm in Mission Bay Park

Invite to a barbecue and baptism

Some months back, after I left Freeway Insurance, my brother got me a job as a pedicab driver downtown. I didn't want to take it, but it was a job and I needed to make ...

Tecolote Canyon Natural Park

Enjoy a pleasant walk along the southern section of the Tecolote Canyon Nature Park

Mission Bay turf wars

Park and Rec Department is not keen on cleats

San Diego’s Park & Rec Department continues with a crackdown on frisbee and soccer players who where rubber cleats at Ski Beach. Players say they don’t tear up the fields, that it’s a small number of people who complain.

Trackin' critters on Fiesta Island

Hike on a man-made island in Mission Bay where invasive plants dominate the landscape.

Brain Food

Last month, I made my way down to Offshore to meet Tommy Gomes face-to-face, drawn to a culinary-education phenomenon called Collaboration Kitchen. I’d heard Gomes’s name before, most often from chefs on their way to ...

San Diego Visitors Center Shuttered

"After 40 years, we are closed." A sign attached to the front door of the Mission Bay Visitors Information Center spelled out the unhappy news, as confused tourists milled about. According to a post on ...

Blaze Knocked Down

Just after 10:45 on August 18, police and fire crews blocked off the 3400 block of Morena Boulevard in both directions after responding to a residential structure fire. Crews quickly knocked down the blaze, which ...

Train Stops a Rollin’

An Amtrak passenger train en route from Santa Barbara to San Diego barely avoided an accident on Monday, January 4 at about 7:40 p.m. Amtrak Pacific Surfliner train number 784 was operating through Rose Canyon ...

Another Perfect Day

Snapshots of all sides of our neighborhoods.

BALBOA PARK Another Perfect DayBy downtownphotoguy, June 26Today we were in Presidio Park in the morning and Balboa Park in the afternoon. We were shooting with a variety of lenses and techniques…. It seems everybody ...

Summer Storm

Some residents of the 5100 block of Savannah Street were woken up at 4:00 a.m. on August 15 to a humming sound and the sound of a severe rainstorm. I went out to stand on ...

GPS Yourself

On days that are known as party days, I try to challenge myself. I’ve had a few New Year’s Eves when I went to over five parties in one night. This past Fourth of July, ...

Pitifully Doomed

San Diego mayor Jerry Sanders recently announced that the City has launched a new website at which people can make donations to support the fire-pit program. Despite a $259,500 donation, fire-pit funding has only been ...

Ok, this is Tuesday, but where is everybody?

Mission Bay Park is all too, too tidy.

Let’s say you’re a redhead. Duck, that is. Or a scaup. Or a falcon looking for rabbits. Or a coot, ruddy duck, bufflehead, or — more likely over Mission Bay these days — a seagull ...

Smoking or Non?

Is it myth or truth that white men can’t “Q”? (Got your attention? Kickle kickle.) Barbecue — meaning Southern-style barbecue — is a black art indeed, requiring a magical confluence of technique, timing, and taste-buds ...

They Know Fish

Bay Park. Whoever knew where that was? I’ve whisked past it a zillion times, driving with Hank up Interstate 5 or on the Coaster or aboard the Amtrak. Never even gave it a blink. I ...

Girls’ Varsity Soccer Conference Game

On Friday, January 23, 2009 at 3 p.m., the Mission Bay High School girls’ varsity soccer team competed against Clairemont under overcast skies and on slightly soggy fields. Mission Bay coach Jorge Palacios said, “It ...

Mystery Sludge at Fiesta Island

At the “town hall dialogue,” on September 20th, in the middle of a discussion about possible ways of revamping San Diego’s city council, Councilwoman Donna Frye gave an example demonstrating the ways in which the ...

Mission Bay Aquatic Center Gets New Lease on Life

After nine long years of negotiations, the Mission Bay Aquatic Center finally has it's lease. On July 15th, the city council unanimously approved the lease agreement, with only a few modifications required. The 12,500 square ...

Peek at a Penguin

“For the full-moon paddle, sometimes there’s phosphorescence in the water,” says Julie Hocking, office manager of the education department for the San Diego Natural History Museum. “It’s like a neon green. When I paddle I ...

Booze Ban Driving Homeless Inland?

Two opposing views regarding the ban on brew at San Diego's beaches inadvertently surfaced during the June 25th meeting of the Ocean Beach town council. When Officer David Surwilo, community liaison for the police department's ...

The Lion's Drum

What have you written? “‘The Lion's Drum - A Retelling of an African Folktale.’ It’s the retelling of an African folktale. It’s available at talesalive.com, and some major bookstores.” Tell me about it. “A young ...

The Kiss of the Sea Urchin

Sushi lovers think of sea urchin roe as the Japanese delicacy called uni, a coral-colored, spongy-velvety, sexy-tasting maritime fluff perched atop a puck of seasoned rice. Few Americans realize that it’s also savored worldwide wherever ...

Murder Suspect, 1961

In August of 1961, a homicide detective (left) brought in a suspect to face murder charges after a woman's body was found in the Mission Bay Channel. A newspaper editorial in 1961 noted that the ...

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