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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 ...

Teach your dad to fish this weekend

Established in January 1990, the San Diego Anglers is a saltwater fishing club dedicated to the preservation of marine sport-fishing. They take children in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County program out ...

Frivolous appeal

No justice yet for Anastasio Rojas-Hernandez, five years after he died

Today marks five years since Anastasio Rojas-Hernandez died. The Mexican immigrant’s tasing by a group of federal agents while he lay on the ground with zip-tied hands was video-recorded and is the basis of his ...

Gas in the morning is best

Though we still pay the most, can we hope for a price drop on July 1?

On May 6, San Diegans may have seen the past 20-day gas price run-up come to an end. Gas prices began to rise sharply, for the second time this year, on April 16. In the ...

Eastlakers don't eat what the suits serve up

Developer Baldwin & Sons called out for "bogus" traffic projections

Chula Vista city councilmember Patricia Aguilar held a town-hall meeting on Monday, May 4, at the Hub inside Otay Ranch Town Center. She wanted to hear public comments about the proposal by developer Baldwin & ...

Trendwatch: Water mobs

Are rash of hydrant busts acts of protest, or just a way to beat mandatory water restrictions?

In a move that has South County authorities baffled and concerned, two Chula Vista water hydrants were broken over the weekend. In both cases, water-loving flash-mobs were reported to have arrived on the scene just ...

600 more families for Otay Ranch?

Developer applies to revise plans to also include two hotels!

On Wednesday, April 22, Chula Vista planning commissioners deadlocked 2-2 on approving Baldwin & Sons' application to create 600 multi-family units in the Otay Ranch area of Eastlake. At the meeting, held in council chambers, ...

What happened to Sweetwater Marsh?

From 1916 through 1920, Hercules Powder Company operated a kelp processing plant built on the Sweetwater Marsh to extract materials used in the production of explosives used in World War I. A cotton seed operation ...

Plainly constitutional

Companies can't sponsor ballot measures in Chula Vista

On Friday (April 3), the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld a district court decision that keeps corporations and associations from being official proponents of ballot measures. A group called Chula ...

Adventurous eats near the puente negro?

Not-frog tacos and a day's worth of tostadas by Sinaloans for las paisas

A food truck near the Iris Avenue trolley station has caught my attention every time I go by. It has a painting of the same food truck crossing a black bridge and reads “Mariscos El ...

Eating an Iloilo feast by hand

Filipino pop-up dishes beef tongue and sweetbreads

I guess the universe wanted me to learn more about Filipino cuisine. Or at least Yana Gilbuena did. She reached out to tell me about her ambitious Salo Project, for which the chef has been ...

Next up: Sweetwater's sodbuster supe

School district selects someone with no past ties to the district

On March 12, the Sweetwater Union High School District met in closed session to interview three candidates. They selected Phil Stover to serve as interim superintendent until the search for a new superintendent is completed. ...

Something is not right at Sweetwater

New head of SD chapter of National Association for the Advancement of Colored People speaks

Dr. André José Branch became president of the San Diego chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in January. The professor at San Diego State University’s College of Education has a ...

There is a will for the Bayshore Bikeway

Two areas of concern on the 24-mile path will be worked out

The Bayshore Bikeway — 24 miles of bike path from the Coronado Ferry Landing, around the bottom of San Diego Bay, and up the east side to the piers north of Broadway where the ferry ...

There won't be a test and there will be a party

South Bay parents get together to opt their children out of standardized testing

Over 50 parents and teachers from throughout the county packed a Chula Vista home on a recent Saturday (February 21) for an “opt-out party.” Kristin Phatak and Heather Poland, educators and parents who believe that ...

Fix the cracks, leave the potholes

Road repair dilemma in Chula Vista

Screaming the loudest for road repair is a waste of time.

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