Clairemont Stories

Burglars riffle cars for remotes

Cash, iPods, and other valuables left behind

A few weeks ago, eight houses on Black Mountain Road in Mira Mesa were all hit on the same day. A garage door opener previously stolen from one Black Mountain resident's car was used to ...

Hawaiian plate lunch at Homestyle Hawaiian

The siren call of macaroni salad in Clairemont

Macaroni salad is a guilty pleasure of mine. Here I write about all kinds of food, and I demand some semblance of quality. But apparently I’m easily won over by a little cold pasta and ...

Child beggars of Point Loma

Median walkers and parking-lot strollers under a watchful eye

Leaving the Sprouts Market in Clairemont last week, I saw a young blonde woman standing at the parking-lot exit with a cardboard sign and a stroller. As I approached the exit, she leaned into the ...

Neighborhood hood gets a new look

Uptick in Clairemont crimes prompts resurgence of vigilance program

Due to an escalation of criminal and suspicious activity in Clairemont, there has been renewed interest in Neighborhood Watch, a nationwide program introduced by the National Sheriff’s Association in 1972. A press conference was held ...

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 ...

That's one nasty rash, Clairemont

Door-to-door thieves and would-bes use the lost-dog ploy

Wednesday afternoon (June 17), several homes were broken into or targeted in the Clairemont area. Emma Erlich of West Clairemont warned her neighbors on NextDoor.com that two teenagers hid in their bedroom on Mt. Carol ...

Reel Kids series offers big-screen fun at rock-bottom prices

There’s a good chance your children have never left the house to visit the Emerald City

Looking for a low cost way to engage the kids and beat the summer heat? Reading Cinema’s Reel Kids Summer Movie Festival may be the ticket. Starting June 17 and continuing for nine weeks, Reading’s ...

Drought relief suggestion shot down

Water running down city streets can't be saved — not cost-effective

“So, we are in a drought,” ranted Lisa Hudson Barth as she snapped photos of water flowing down Mount Acadia Boulevard in Clairemont on April 10. “And the mayor requested that we cut our water ...

Adult sporting leagues out of Clairemont!

Residents rankled by San Diego Unified School District’s stadium rental deals

Residents living near Clairemont High had no reason to believe that the school and district had any intention of turning their newly renovated football stadium into a nightly playing field for adult soccer leagues. Why ...

Here's what we got for $40.5 million

Mesa College dedicates spiffy new building — "our school’s new center"

San Diego Mesa College faculty members and students cut the ribbon on its $40.5 million Social and Behavioral Sciences Building on February 11 — the latest in a years-long overhaul of the campus located where ...

This booze was saved to drink

"Tagay pa, alak pa!" yelled the group in broken harmony

Johnny and Wilfred were posted up by the side of the house chopping it up about their commonalities both being first-generation Filipino-Americans (naturalized in the 1970s and 1980s). Both lolos (“grandfathers” in Tagalog) were in ...

Barbie dog

Costumed man rapes woman at Big Lots store, woman sues

Discount retailer Big Lots needs to pay closer attention to its surveillance cameras, and the company's negligence is responsible for failing to prevent an attempted sexual assault at a Clairemont store in March 2014, according ...

Street-dumb phone stuck in the past

Consider this the formal goodbye to State Route 274

Motorists traveling northbound on 805 out of Mission Valley into Kearny Mesa may have recently noticed something covered up on the green freeway signs indicating the Balboa Avenue exit. Covered over in mismatched green is ...

If you can help me, I’ll give you my life

Membership: 2200 Pastor: Mike MacIntosh Age: 70 Born: Portland, OR Formation: Azusa Pacific University, Azusa; Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena Years Ordained: 42 San Diego Reader: What’s your favorite subject on which to preach? Pastor Mike ...

Fast-food workers’ hours cut —no idea why

“Hold your burgers, hold your fries, make our wages super-sized!"

Demonstrations from fast-food workers involved in the "Fight for 15" campaign (which seeks to unionize food-service jobs and set a wage floor of $15 per hour) continue to ramp up, as a crowd of over ...

Nothing else makes any sense for me

Pastor James West of Atonement Lutheran Church

Membership: 45 (regular attendance) Pastor: James West Age: 57 Born: Bismarck, ND Formation: Northwestern University, Evansville, IL; Lutheran Seminary, St. Paul, MN Years Ordained: 32 San Diego Reader: How long do you spend writing your ...

Workers, clergy pour into Clairemont Taco Bell to fight wage theft

Rev. Lee Hill: "I could see tears welling up.”

Following up on a promise last month to ramp up actions against illegal labor practices in the fast food industry, activists descended upon a Taco Bell/Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in Clairemont late Thursday morning, intent ...

Success amid a surplus of tofu houses

Getting to the bottom of a bowl of stew

It's probably best to make something clear up front: I am not reviewing the popular Convoy Street restaurant Tofu House. I visited a different establishment named Convoy Tofu House. Okay, they're both on Convoy, both ...

Meet Dogma Brewing Company

Husband, wife, man’s best friend working toward Clairemont nano

The eternal debate over religion and a German shepherd. These are the factors that led aptly named Michael Brewer to name his prospective business, Dogma Brewing Company. The homebrewer of more than ten years is ...

Photographs for Valentines' Day

The Bootylicious shoot is popular.

“Curves are in, and I am going to work on making those curves look delicious.”

Holiday fur fix

Petting tour of San Diego

The awe of nature or the snuggle of a warm snout or cute paw give us a fill of joy that we're looking for around this time of the year. For those of us without ...

All Things BBQ: Lightnin' Jack's

Clairemont barbecue joint dishes up huge piles of mediocre meat for cheap, proving that there's no way to cut corners.

Lightnin’ Jack’s (4705 Clairemont Drive) has some things going for it, not the least of which is the movie deal: 10 percent off if you show a same-day movie ticket from the Regal across the ...

Would-be meat thief strikes and escapes in Clairemont

Frozen turkeys and hams ditched at the door

The Vons at 4725 Clairemont Drive was the scene of an attempted heist on Monday, November 18, at 1:20 p.m., as a man attempted to steal a shopping cart full of frozen meat. An alert ...

Early voting opens for mayoral special election in San Diego

The polls have opened in San Diego to replace ousted mayor Bob Filner. Early voting began at the Registrar of Voters office at 5201 Ruffin Road in Clairemont Mesa on 8 a.m. Monday, October 21, ...

Mods Gone Wild! Clairemont High “Riot” of ‘82

Historical account of Manual Scan bopping like popcorn at Clairemont High School, c.1982.

College? No thanks.

Uneducated but not unlearned.

Young guys explain why they are passing on going to college. Absurd expense and subsequent debt is one reason, but even a young man from a well-off family sees other deterrents.

$139 for Window Tinting for Up to Five Rear Windows at Elite Image Tint

Regularly $299

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Sexagenarian skateboarder hits the bowls in Ocean Beach

But, Skater prefers ripping asphalt

You may know him, you may not. You may have heard about him, but if you haven’t, let me introduce the man, who is not a myth, but he is definitely a legend in San ...

Carlsbad memorial for fallen cyclist Eric Ringdahl

Flowers gather under ghost bike

About 50 cyclists gathered in south Clairemont on May 15 for a ten-mile “ride of silence.” It was the second memorial ride held this month to honor Eric Ringdahl, 45, who was killed April 21 ...

Clairemont Emmanuel Baptist

Jesus was pretty clear

Pastor Kenny Dodd of Clairemont Emmanuel Baptist church says his missionaries are talking to a cannibalistic tribe, translating the Bible.

Tecolote Canyon Natural Park

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

Street style: prints and patterns

Spring is all about mixing and matching prints. Stripes with floral, polka dots with graphic prints, and animal print on animal print abounds. The only problem is combining patterns can be dangerous task. It’s a ...

St. Patrick's Day: By no means sober

When The Fooks began their set at the Blarney Stone three hours prior to St. Paddy's day, singer/guitarist Kirk O’Brien slurred into the microphone, "We are by no means sober. This is our third show ...

Clairemont Mesa's spooky windowless, signless, addressless building

Heymatt: This has been bugging me for YEARS. There is a very mysterious, windowless, signless, addressless building in Clairemont Mesa. It has a high, barbed-wired fence around it and a key-card access gate, but no ...

Strange cakes at Clairemont bakery/deli/donut shop

Selection changes for Three Kings holiday

Entering Best Donuts Deli in Clairemont this past Sunday, January 6, I was greeted by a display case full of Mexican pastries unlike the ones I’m more familiar with — their empanadas, muffins, cakes, and ...

Twinkie Sales Report from Clairemont

After the Hostess Company suspended operations and closed its three San Diego County outlet stores this week, most other stores were cleared of their products by fans and those who sought to profit from the ...

Amin Nash: Journal

A San Diego newcomer (a Muslim from Vegas) falls in love with the city.

San Clemente East

Huge sycamores and live oak trees highlight this easy walk in the canyon bottom.

St. Mark's United Methodist Church

Interview with pastor Craig Dorval of St. Mark United Methodist Church.

Flying Wallet and Owner Reunited in Clairemont

Early Monday morning, July 30, as I followed a motorcyclist east on Balboa Avenue in Clairemon, he exited right onto the 805 south ramp. It was then his wallet flew straight from his backpack to ...

Vigilance of SDPD Volunteer Patrol Officers Due to Tiff?

A little over a month ago, on June 14, San Diego Police RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol) traffic officers arrived in the 4800 block of Mt. St. Helens Drive to investigate a citizen complaint about ...

Breaking and Entering Party in Clairemont

Late Thursday night, July 12, a group of high school students and/or college-age people entered a vacant rental home at 4781 Mt. Cervin Drive in Clairemont. They reportedly moved the “For Rent” sign, broke a ...

Farewell, Dave “K” Konstantin, President of Clairemont

A standing-room-only crowd overflowed the LiveWell senior center in Clairemont on the afternoon of July 1 to commemorate and celebrate the life of Dave “K” Konstantin. The amount of laughter outmatched the number of tears ...

City to Address Gopher Problem in Clairemont

After contacting District 6 councilmember Lori Zapf’s office to determine if the city was aware of a gopher infestation in Clairemont, I was soon contacted by Steve Palle of San Diego’s Parks and Recreation Department. ...

Clairemont Sinkhole Scare Over

By the end of the morning rush hour on June 8, a city road crew came and went, leaving three more cones around what seemed to have been a developing sinkhole on the 4900 block ...

Sinkhole Watch in Clairemont

Just after 5 p.m. on June 7, San Diego police officers arrived on the 4900 block of Acuna Drive, where a resident had discovered a sinkhole in front of her home's driveway. Officers confirmed that ...

Clairemont Covenant Church

When pastor Greg West talks about disciples, he’s not talking about “pew potatoes.”

Meth Lab Found in a Clairemont Canyon After Fire

In a letter published this month in the Clairemont Times, District 6 councilmember Lorie Zapf warned area residents to use caution when enjoying our canyons. The letter was prompted after a fire was extinguished in ...

Leashed Rottweiler Chomps Man and His Dog in Clairemont

Late Monday afternoon, February 6, a man and his small dog were attacked and seriously injured by a rottweiler in front of their Clairemont home on Boxwood Avenue. The man suffered large gashes to his ...

Canyon View Church of Christ

Membership: 450 Pastor: John McKeel Age: 58 Born: Wichita, Kansas Formation: Columbia Christian College, Portland, Oregon; Pepperdine University, Malibu Years Ordained: 32 San Diego Reader: What is your favorite subject on which to preach? Pastor ...

Drug-Sniffing Dogs to Routinely Visit Clairemont High School

Clairemont High School's Arrow newspaper recently reported that drug-sniffing dogs are coming to school. "Last year [the high school] received a grant from the [parent-teacher-student association] to pay for a drug dog inspection program. The ...

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