Chula Vista news & stories

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.

Transparent as mud in Chula Vista

Parents say (again!) they weren't included in charter high school decision

Silver Wing Elementary parents showed up at a special board meeting on February 26 in hopes of convincing Chula Vista Elementary School District trustees not to construct a charter high school on their elementary campus. ...

Only a fence between them

High-schoolers and elementary students share same Chula Vista campus

At Silver Wing Elementary School on February 18, parents crowded into an auditorium to hear about Chula Vista Elementary School District’s plans to build a two-story high school charter on the elementary campus. Many Silver ...

Prescription-drug crackdown

They kill more people in San Diego County than car crashes

Two county law-enforcement collectives led by the sheriff's department — the Methamphetamine Strike Force and Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force – swarmed the South Bay on February 19, contacting over 4700 individuals as part of ...

The garbage man challenged

Chula Vista councilman's ties to waste services company prompts scrutiny

On January 13, the Chula Vista City Council — in the wake of an acrimonious standoff — selected Steve Miesen to fill the council seat vacated by Mary Casillas Salas when she became mayor. Although ...

Lawyers on the wrong side of the law

Money-laundering attorney on suspension and one on probation

According to yesterday's (February 2), Cal Bar Journal, well-known criminal attorney James Joseph (Jimmy) Warner has been placed on interim suspension. On July 15 of last year, Warner pleaded guilty to laundering $100,000 of a ...

Land sakes, Sweetwater, get it together

School district’s real estate dealings in disarray and doubt

On January 26, Sweetwater Union High School District’s facilities director Tom Calhoun sent an email to Marc Litchman that surprised many. Litchman holds the title to some Sweetwater property through the nonprofit corporation known as ...

Catching up with John

New councilman served summons challenging his right to the seat

The makeup of Chula Vista’s city council continues to be shaky. In November, councilmember John McCann won a seat by receiving two votes more than his contestant, former mayor Steve Padilla. But, the match is ...

Don't mess with Texas' labor pool

Sweetwater district launches search for permanent superintendent

On January 26, newly elected trustees of the Sweetwater Union High School District played to a packed house and a packed agenda, but the biggest upset did not come until after 10:00 p.m., when interim ...

Okay…we'll take Steve

New Chula Vista councilmember's past hints at future

After two rough-and-tumble meetings, on January 13 the Chula Vista City Council settled on Steve Miesen to fill the seat vacated by Mary Salas. Salas’s council seat became available when she was elected mayor in ...

Condition: bleak

"Eye-opening" real estate report for Sweetwater Union High School District

Sweetwater Union High School District’s new trustees are picking their way slowly through real estate land mines bequeathed to them by the previous administration. On January 12, the district held a workshop on several items, ...

Horton's at the door

Former Chula Vista mayor doesn't get broad support to fill council seat

An edgy Chula Vista council meeting on January 8 ended with the council’s failure to appoint anyone to the seat vacated by Mary Casillas Salas when she was elected mayor in November. At the same ...

San Diego's job market sucks

But at least we have an abundance of cafés

San Diego is among the five United States cities with the lowest number of job opportunities, according to WalletHub, a statistics-compiling organization that reports on cities and states. San Diego is the best of the ...

The vote swinger

County registrar of voters Michael Vu's past and present

No fewer than five media outlets reported on January 2 that attorney John Moot filed a lawsuit challenging the San Diego Registrar of Voters to count 15 provisional ballots from the November election. In the ...

Everyone need not apply

Over 40 residents vie for Chula Vista council seat

In June, Chula Vista voters approved Proposition B, which allows the city council to appoint an applicant to a seat that “will sit vacant for more than 13 months but fewer than 25 months.” When ...

It would have been prudent...

Sweetwater board advances plan for townhomes on district property

At the regular November 20 Sweetwater Union High School district meeting, lame-duck trustees authorized the district to proceed with entitling 1130 Fifth Avenue in Chula Vista for 135 townhomes. The project, which is called the ...

Ed's gone, but this Sweetwater shenanigan isn't

District's real estate deal “a bad marriage from which neither can escape.”

“I’m not leaving the Sweetwater folks $34 million in the hole,” said Marc Litchman, a controversial figure who holds the title to Sweetwater Union High School District land. While Litchman’s statement might appear friendly to ...

Many people don’t understand the truth about God

God is close to the broken-hearted.

Membership: 1100 Pastor: Luis Mendez Age: 55 Born: Tijuana, Mexico Formation: San Diego State University; San Diego Church of Christ Missionary Years Ordained: 15 San Diego Reader: What is your favorite subject on which to ...

Dollars and nonsense in Chula Vista

Planning commissioner objects to adding 1562 more residences

Chula Vista is changing the general plan (again) to increase housing density (again) in eastern Chula Vista. On November 4, the city council passed a resolution amending the general plan to increase the density for ...

It takes a Village card room…

Raided gambling house’s owner used to employ Chula Vista’s Mayor Cox

The Village Club Card Room, located in Chula Vista, was one of two establishments raided by the FBI on October 29. In addition to the card rooms, 10News reported that a federal search warrant was ...

South Bay residents get health report

Asthma higher, cancer lower than SD region as a whole

On October 23, SANDAG presented its “Border Health Equity Transportation Study” at the San Ysidro Civic Center. The study found that the South Bay has a 17.8% higher rate of asthma, a 25.1% higher rate ...

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