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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.

Sampler Flight: September 17–22

From chicks to pigs, it’s one animal of a week for beer lovers

September 17 | Chicks for Beer: Hey ladies, feel like a night of craft brew appreciation without fear of having it ruined by those know-it-all beer dudes? Join this Bay Park suds standout for a ...

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 ...

Beer of the Week: Coronado 17th Anniversary Specialty Ale

Coronado Brewing Company picks big beer to commemorate big year

Opened in 1996, Coronado Brewing Company is one of San Diego’s eldest brewing operations. The last year was one of, if not the biggest for the island-based company. Several months ago, CBC opened a second, ...

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 ...

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 ...

The Resolved Church, Bay Park

Resolved Church (Bay Park) Denomination: Acts 29Address: 1717 Morena Boulevard, Bay Park, 619-393-1990Founded locally: 2005Senior pastor: Duane SmetsCongregation size: 50>Staff size: 1Sunday school enrollment: 4Annual budget: n/aWeekly giving: about $500/weekSingles program: noDress: casualDiversity: mostly CaucasianSunday ...

La Jolla Liberal Learns Tolerance from Clairemont Republicans

Joys in the 'hood

Editor's note: More than 600 San Diegans submitted stories for the Reader "My Neighborhood" writing contest. Ocean Beach led all communities with over 20 entries. Writers 10 to 87 years old sent pieces from as ...

Make Room for FIDO

The Mission Bay Park Master Plan of 1994 presented a vision of Fiesta Island's future that was general enough for different decisions to fill in the picture. Recently KTU+A, a local "land planning and landscape ...

Self-Propelling in Mission Bay Park

Mission Bay Park's many miles of sidewalk serve all sectors of the self-propelled community.

For cyclists, skaters, walkers, and runners, the vast Mission Bay Park features something quite hard to find in our topographically wrinkled county: dead-flat terrain. Now that fine new or refurbished concrete sidewalks snake around South ...

Wild Enemies

'We try to get the worst first...we've got a fair shopping list of plants," says Jim Harrison, river committee coordinator for the San Diego Audubon Society. "We hope that, over time, we'll be able to ...

Best of 2001: Best Bargain Designer Furniture Store

Reliable Furniture 1210-B West Morena Boulevard, Bay Park 619-275-6006 Located next to Jerome's new furniture store on West Morena Boulevard, Reliable offers a more affordable alternative to the furniture establishment of San Diego. (You didn't ...

Something Fishy in Paranoia Bay

Despite a recent scolding, the city, some watchdogs say, continues to disrespect Mission Bay Park and those citizens who care about it. On April 18, you might remember, a San Diego County grand jury released ...

Best of 2000: Best Place To Get Your Surfboard Fixed

Joe Roper Surfboard Repair 1460 Morena Boulevard, Bay Park (619) 275-0447 In the old days, when he practiced his art out of the wooden shack behind the old Gordon & Smith shop at the foot ...

Something Stinks in Mission Bay

Between July 1952 and December 1959, the City of San Diego operated a landfill in Mission Bay Park between Sea World and Interstate 5. For ten hours a day, seven days a week, ity trucks ...

Trailmaster Schad's best picks for outdoor roller skating.

Joining the long-time joggers, walkers, and bikers on our county's recreational pathways are increasing numbers of recreational skaters, especially those using fast, sleek, in-line skates. Certain paved footpaths, bike paths and sidewalks, plus a few ...

Can you make a list of the steepest streets in San Diego?

Matt: Would you do a favor for all us bike riders and make a list of the steepest streets in San Diego? -- A. Rider, San Diego Dear Matthew Alice: What are the steepest street ...

We Try to Create a Healthy Business Climate

Three months after he cohosted a "birthday party" fundraiser for City Councilwoman Valerie Stallings's 1998 reelection campaign, veteran San Diego concert promoter Bill Silva has been given what critics are calling a sweetheart deal to ...