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Chula Vista deemed the worst staycation spot

Mosquitoes in Cleveland, heat in Bakersfield considered in study?

WalletHub, which compiles statistics on cities, metro areas, and states, is out with a study measuring the best and worst cities for staycations, or periods in which the family stays home, sleeping in their own ...

Bad Co. and Joe Walsh deliver "One Hell of a Night" to Chula Vista

A rock-and-roll fantasy comes true at Sleep Train Amphitheatre

Classic-rock acts Bad Company and Joe Walsh wowed the gray-haired and balding crowd at the Sleep Train Amphitheatre on their “One Hell of a Night” tour. As co-headliners, they rotate the main spot each night ...

Urban Assault via VW

Busted bug driver talks about video that helped cops pop him

“Ultimately [the police] caught me by my name being on the side of the car, not blurring out my license plate, and I didn’t expect the video to go that viral.” Blake Wilkey, 27, was ...

Accused gambling scofflaws get day in court

Of 25 defendants initially charged, 3 have pleaded guilty

Over 20 defendants and their attorneys packed the San Diego federal court house on April 18. Charges for the defendants and their businesses ranged from alleged illegal bookmaking, illegal money-laundering, prostitution, and “failure to maintain ...

Doctors in trouble

Allegations include alcohol and drug abuse and an errant orchiectomy

Two area doctors face discipline from the Medical Board of California, according to accusations filed earlier this year. Dr. Theodore Affue of El Centro is charged with giving a radical orchiectomy (testicle removal) to a ...

High-octane 'shroom juice

Boochcraft's potent take on the kombucha tea found in health stores

The South Bay's brewing scene has been slowly coming to life over the past year, but there's another company that recently began working in Chula Vista with an ABC type 23 Small Beer Manufacturer license. ...

Retirement suits Chula Vista Elementary administrator well

John Nelson III lands job with company he had dealings with while with district

Chula Vista Elementary School District’s former assistant superintendent for instructional services, John Nelson III, retired last summer. As many predicted, he’s already found a new career as a consultant for a large for-profit district client. ...

Did citizens lose when Councilman McCann won?

“There’s no legal precedent for the ruling."

Aurora Clark, a community advocate, has been ordered to pay Chula Vista councilman John McCann $99,918 to cover legal bills in connection with a 2014 election challenge. According to a recent U-T article, San Diego ...

Chula Vista’s city jail loses major green

Jailhouse blues

Why is Chula Vista's jail filled with young Hispanic women?

Chula Vista addresses homeless crisis

"He was afraid; he’d been out on the streets so long."

The agenda for the City of Chula Vista’s council meeting on March 8 was the homeless situation in the city. After innumerable multi-colored PowerPoints, a speaker from the audience said — “the city is in ...

Watch birds eat flies and shrimp at Saltworks

Birding by Kayak event this Saturday

If you head out of Chula Vista Marina into the open bay and make a left turn to the south, you’ll see a spit of land jutting westward out into the east side of the ...

Educational turf war down south

"Until the courts say we have to, we won’t leave.”

In the latest round of charter-school wrangles, the legality of Otay Ranch Academy for the Arts has been challenged by the Chula Vista Elementary School District. On February 25, the San Diego Union -Tribune reported ...

New plan for Chula Vista's west side

New home buyers won't have to groan for ten years

On February 9 the Chula Vista City Council declared their intent to form the first Community Facility District on the western side of the city. The city proposes to use this district and the deferment ...

Growing pains in the South Bay

Chula Vista's storm drains, fire trucks, and parks need financial attention

The City of Chula Vista needs $600 million for infrastructure repairs, according to a report presented by a city employee to the Growth Management Oversight Commission on February 18th inside City Hall. Amanda Mills, the ...

Crisis at Bayfront Charter High

Lease with United States University presents problem

The troubled United States University is looking to break its lease on 830 Bay Boulevard in Chula Vista. In 2013, the Reader’s Don Bauder reported the school was fined for falsifying Pell grant loan applications ...

Sense of mistrust at Southwestern Community College

Accreditation warning issued to Chula Vista school

On February 5, The Sun, Southwestern College’s newspaper, reported that the school had been “slapped with a warning by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC).” In 2010 Southwestern Community College was in ...

You, too, will be frisked

Coyote on a Fence at OnStage Playhouse

You don’t just walk into OnStage Playhouse’s theater. You must stop and spread your arms out wide. A prison guard (Twila Burnett) frisks you with a metal detector and points if it makes a noise. ...

Homeless and confused in Chula Vista

“If you live on the street, you can get a permit? Wow.”

There’s a buzz on the streets of Chula Vista among those who live out of their vehicles. Some think that they can go to city hall and obtain a “Special Parking Permit,” as it seems ...

Behold the roses, beware the bees at Otay Valley Delta

Stroll through a restored riparian habitat in South Bay

The Otay Delta Habitat Restoration Project is part of a much larger management plan to restore ecosystems and provide necessary habitat corridors for wildlife between San Diego Bay and Otay Mountain along the Otay River ...

Thr3e Punk Ales signs a lease in Chula Vista

Third Avenue Village gets the craft brewery the city's been hoping for

Chula Vista's Third Avenue Village is gaining a brewery to add to the #southbayuprising craft beer movement. Thr3e Punk Ales has signed a ten-year lease on a 4000-square-foot storefront at 259 Third Avenue, in what ...

Water wrecked my race car

Submerged Lamborghini sparks hydrolock talk

“That vehicle is built for speed, that is something you would not use in this kind of water,” said Emilio Ramirez of the San Diego Police Department. Ramirez was referring to the white Lamborghini on ...

Brace for culture change, Chula Vista

Sale of lots to developers to affect parking on Third Avenue

“Parking on Third Avenue is an issue and will become more of an issue,” said Chula Vista councilmember John McCann shortly before the council voted to sell two lots that provide parking spaces for the ...

Unwritten Lager, anyone?

Thr3e Punk Ales bubbles onto the scene

For the moment at least, another brewery has joined the craft-beer ranks of Santee. Thr3e Punk Ales debuted December 12th at the New Kids fest, an event dedicated to San Diego's newest breweries. Thr3e Punk ...

Chula Vista condo plan misses mark again

"When a statement says ‘avoid,’ it doesn’t mean ‘prohibited.’”

On December 16, residents gathered a second time to review a proposed development on Third Avenue and K Street in downtown Chula Vista. Although city staff provided pastries and coffee, the mood of the crowd ...

Border Patrol agent crossed the line

Concealed video camera in ladies' room — 21 months in prison

United States supervisory Border Patrol agent Armando Gonzalez was sentenced today (December 14) to 21 months in prison for secreting a camera in a women's restroom to capture images. The camera had been placed in ...

Chula Vista's cleanup act

“I wonder if city politicians got contributions from the card club?

EyeCandy, a nude dancing establishment, opened in Chula Vista in October 2012. Seven Mile Casino, a gambling establishment, opened on the same street as EyeCandy in August 2015. EyeCandy is gone for good, and Seven ...

Vogue Theater for sale — not to be destroyed

Owners seek historic designation for façade

After more than 60 years in business, the Vogue Theater in Chula Vista closed its doors in July 2006 — and people have been waiting for it to reopen ever since. The single-screen theater opened ...

Hike along one of the three rivers that discharge into San Diego Bay

Otay Valley Regional Park Loop features ponds, rare flora, and lots of options

Natives populated Otay Valley 9000 years ago.

Retired cop sues Border Patrol

Donald Lumb says he was assaulted at I-8 inspection checkpoint

Retired Chula Vista police officer Donald Lumb is accusing Customs and Border Protection agents stationed at a checkpoint on Interstate 8 east of Pine Valley of attacking him, then arresting him on false charges of ...

Gambling good. Stripping bad.

Chula Vista fetes casino as FBI investigates it

Travel Interstate 5 through the South Bay and you will notice the flashy billboards beckoning you to Seven Mile Casino. Located on Bay Boulevard in Chula Vista, the casino is an extravagant piece of work ...

Chula Vista goes all 21st Century

Council votes to require electronic filing of disclosure statements

Chula Vista has tiptoed closer to transparency. On November 3, the city council approved an ordinance that compels elected officers and candidates to electronically file economic interest statements, also known as Form 700, and campaign ...

Lamb on the cheap

Slow-cooked barbacoa at Aquí es Texcoco

Bracero Cocina debuted as one of the hottest restaurant tickets in town this year, thanks to a healthy amount of buzz in culinary circles surrounding chef Javier Plascencia’s Baja Med cuisine. Infusing Mexican dishes with ...

Chula Vista considers all-mail voting

City council seat appointment in January bites city in seat

Chula Vista opted for democracy-on-the-cheap last January when they filled a council vacancy through appointment rather than special election. Then, shortly after Steve Miesen was appointed to mayor Mary Casillas Salas's open seat, Chris Shilling, ...

Chula Vista schools' east side–west side divide

Sweetwater district will need to spend $780M for modernization

“I think there’s a perception out there that literally the majority of students from the west are going east,” Manuel Rubio, director of grants & communications for the Sweetwater Union High School District, explained in ...

Development-crazy on Chula Vista's west side

There's plenty wrong with plans for Third Avenue, say residents

A five-story building with 80 condominium units has been proposed for the northeast corner of Third Avenue and K Street in downtown Chula Vista. When the proposal was brought before the public in mid-October, it ...

Castle Park schools besieged by age

But, “Our teachers will blow them out of the water on the east side.”

On Tuesday, October 20, the Sweetwater Union High School District held a community meeting at Castle Park Middle School to receive feedback about the condition of existing schools. Paul Woods, director of planning and construction, ...

Nonprofit bingo hall proposed for Chula Vista

South Bay PR wiz and La Jolla real-estater join forces

Many media outlets recently bid a sentimental farewell to Chula Vista’s Fun-4-All, a micro-sized amusement park that had offered kids batting cages and boat rides since the 1970s. But some unexpected entrepreneurs may fill the ...

There’s a unique emphasis which Lutherans have on grace

Jesus will forgive some cruddy things

Pastor Richard Schmidt of Concordia Church in Chula Vista takes our questions.

South Bay suds in the news

Chula Vista drinkers no longer have to drive north

This may be remembered as the year the craft-beer boom finally hit the South Bay. The brewery count south of the 54 is up to three, and rumors swirl about existing breweries planning to open ...

Van Halen and Crazy Dave

"...acting like a possessed matador one minute and a martial arts master the next"

“Halloween is around the corner. How many of you are going as me?” David Lee Roth asked the crowd at Van Halen’s Sleep Train Amphitheatre show. While the singer’s quip yielded the biggest chuckle of ...

Go for the fruit and score a bulging torta also

Generous crispy whale of a thing

Was Frederico's Mexico-style frutería the first across the border?

This county is lousy for the disabled

Out of 150 cities, Chula Vista ranks 120th

San Diego is a disappointing middle-of-the-pack as a residence for those with disabilities, according to a new study by WalletHub, a firm that does statistical studies on states, metro areas, and cities. Out of 150 ...

Beer-friendlier in Chula Vista

Nine years later, the South Bay’s first brewery has a tasting room

A recent social-media surge around the hashtag #southbayuprising has been calling attention to the proliferation of craft beer in the South Bay. While the recent addition of Border X Brewing, Novo Brazil Brewing, and a ...

Meet shore crabs

Coastweeks is a monthlong celebration of the coastal habitats and water resources found along San Diego’s coast. Among the events and activities this coming weekend are an animal-tracking walk in the Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve, ...

Sweetwater district sued from Texas

Former Castle Park principal Robert Bleisch claims discrimination

Robert Bleisch, a former principal at Castle Park Middle School, is suing his former employee, Sweetwater Union High School District. Bleisch claims he was discriminated against and subjected to retaliation for blowing the whistle on ...

Marian Catholic High School in pieces

Demolition of eyesore welcomed, but “I still can't believe it's gone.”

Demolition of the abandoned buildings of the former Marian Catholic High School in South San Diego began in late August, and by September 7 there wasn’t much more than rubble. The campus, which was shut ...

Sweetwater contractors slapped down

Their lawyers more than a bit late in filing challenge

A lawsuit over the alleged pay-to-play construction scheme at Sweetwater Union High School District will move forward, according to a ruling from the Fourth District Court of Appeals. On August 31, the appellate court found ...

Sharp rebuked

Hospital loses wrongful termination suit on appeal

A wrongful-termination suit that had been thrown out by a Superior Court judge was reinstated in August by the Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District. Karen Nosal-Tabor, a registered nurse who formerly worked in the ...

The fight for freedom of street sleep

Vote this week to determine lawfulness of bans to shut-eye in vehicles

After dark, parking a home is a problem. That was clear in 2010, when advocates for the houseless opened the first overnight safe parking lot. And the need goes on. “The program was a direct ...

Puppy supply line threatened

Vista City Council delays vote that would spell out source requirements

Even though pet-store operator David Salinas's legal bills are mounting, cities are outlawing his puppy-supply pipeline, and animal-welfare activists continue to bite into him, he plans to continue selling puppies. "If you run a small ...

Chula Vista University, anyone?

With land secured for school, city looks to Mexico for partnerships

Chula Vista wants a four-year university and they're looking to Mexico to find one. "It took years, but we've assembled the land," Chula Vista city manager Gary Halbert said in an interview on July 14. ...

Who's giving injections at Planned Parenthood?

Court case pits nurse practitioner against former employer

There’s a showdown downtown scheduled for Friday, August 14, when the case of Murray v. Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest goes to trial in superior court. Carla M. Murray, a nurse practitioner, had worked ...

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