Clairemont Stories

Authorities Raid Clairemont Home

Wednesday morning, September 29, federal, state and local law enforcement agencies converged on a Clairemont home for a pre-dawn raid that reportedly targeted Hell’s Angels gang members. At 6 a.m., neighbors were awakened and brought ...

Driver Crashes Through Clairemont UPS Store

Late Friday afternoon, September 16, Rosemary, 66, drove her car bearing Maryland plates through the front doors of the Clairemont Town Square UPS Store. She was triaged by a paramedic squad, which was able to ...

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Offers Free Charging Stations in Clairemont

On July 22, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 569 celebrated the installation of two new electric-vehicle charging stations powered by solar panels on their building’s Clairemont Mesa roof. Senator Christine Kehoe and representatives ...

East Tecolote Canyon

Rustic signs along some of Clairemont’s and Bay Park’s major streets call attention to one of the oldest designated open-space parks in San Diego: the 900-acre Tecolote Canyon Natural Park. The park’s unpaved service roads ...

Reformation Lutheran Church

Membership: 300 Pastor: Pastor Kevin Schultz Age: 48 Born: Milwaukee, Wisconsin Formation: Northwestern College, Watertown, Wis. and Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, Wis. Years Ordained: 23 San Diego Reader: How long do you spend writing your ...

Storefront Windows Defaced with Scratches

During an overnight vandalism spree in late January, the storefront windows of more than 30 Ocean Beach businesses were defaced. Over 90 sheets of glass were deeply scratched; the replacement cost was estimated in the ...

Conflict at Tecolote Canyon’s Edge

On September 8, 2009, eight property owners along Mount Terminus Drive in Clairemont received a letter from the City of San Diego entitled “Encroachment into Tecolote Canyon Natural Open Space Park.” Stapled to the letters ...

Clairemont Fire the Result of Marijuana Growing Operation

On Monday, November 29, a fire started in the garage of a residence on Mt. Burnham Court just after 9:30 a.m. The garage of the rental home had been used for growing marijuana, according to ...

East Clairemont Southern Baptist Church

Membership: 85–100 Pastor: Christopher Clark Age: 50 Born: Long Beach, Calif. Formation: Occidental College, Los Angeles; California Baptist University, Riverside; Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Forth Worth, Texas Years Ordained: Licensed 31 years; ordained 22 years ...

Not "Baah" but "Ahh"

I had to think twice about trying Little Sheep, a Mongolian hot-pot restaurant, but I figured that if I hated it, I could title the review “Baah, humbug!” That’s because my prior experience with hot ...

Sometimes, You Can Go Home Again

I moved to Clairemont in October, 1959. Technically. My mother was five months pregnant with a creature that was to eventually become myself, third in line below a sister and first-born brother; a relocation from ...

One for the Bicyclists

On December 17, a group calling itself the Clairemont Residents for Common Sense called a meeting with City of San Diego senior traffic engineer Gary Pence to discuss the loss of two lanes on a ...

Hickman the Hero

On December 4, 1959, at about noon, an F3H Demon piloted by Ensign Albert Joseph Hickman, 21, crashed into a Clairemont canyon. The pilot deliberately stayed with the aircraft to avoid crashing into Hawthorne Elementary ...

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 ...

I’m King of This Alley

A tour of San Diego, way off Main Street.

Xavier Nuez photographs alleys. His candy-colored images of urban decay have been exhibited internationally, including here at the San Diego Art Institute, and featured on NPR. Ruin is his gig. “History,” Nuez says. “Rust, bent ...

No Knife Fight

A man armed with a knife on the 3500 block of Ashford Street was reported via police radio on Sunday evening, September 13. A dispatcher said that a caller had contacted police because a man ...

Boy Hit

At 7:24 p.m. on Tuesday, September 8, police radio reported that a vehicle had struck a child on the 3300 block of Idlewild Way in a residential area of Clairemont. A two-year-old boy reportedly ran ...

Golding's Grudge

I was having a rough patch in crashing some events. It started with Comic-Con. Organizers refused to give me a press pass because something I wrote on the Reader website last year bothered them. I ...

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, ...

Skullcrusher and Vaporizer

Chad teaches at SDSU and lives in the Clairemont area. He threw a party for his 30th birthday about a month ago. I brought a few women with me. We stopped and bought some booze ...

Northminster Presbyterian Church

A loaf of bread and a pitcher (presumably of wine) flanked the oversized open Bible on the long stone altar at Northminster Presbyterian on Sunday, but there was no communion service. There wasn’t much liturgy ...

Games Gangs Play

A search by gang investigators of the San Diego Police Department began on Tuesday for a male teenager who shot and wounded a 20-year-old man at a Clairemont recreation center. The victim was standing with ...

Bob the Hermit Crab

Author: Tennyson Neighborhood: Clairemont Age: 65 Occupation: Retired A rainy-day trip to Wings on Newport (amuse the outta-town guests — Seattle/Pasadena — with some local O.B. color), my oldest granddaughter approaches with an obscenely blue ...

Chance Gets Another

On Friday, February 27, at 10:15 a.m., on the corner of Diane Avenue and Kings Way in Clairemont, a 52-year-old man and his dog were attacked by two pitbulls while walking past the dogs' fence. ...

Supervalu Blues

On Friday, February 20, Albertsons corporate parent Supervalu Inc. closed the Albertsons store at East Orange and Melrose Avenues in Chula Vista. On April 9, the Clairemont store at Balboa Avenue and Clairemont Drive will ...

Hat Trick

My girlfriend spent $20 on a pirate hat for me to wear to a party. I gave her crap because I didn’t think I’d ever wear it more than once. Then, three months ago, a ...

Carpenters Union Protests Pacific Honda

Members of the Carpenters Local 1506 union are demonstrating in front of Pacific Honda in Clairemont using a huge banner and handing out fliers in protest of Pacific Honda’s use of a contractor with whom ...

San Diego Christian Worship Center

“Yes on 8,” read the sign held by the man across the street from San Diego Christian Worship Center. Pastor Art Evans did mention Proposition 8 on Sunday, but he kept it pretty brief: “We ...

Don't Harsh My Mellow

Last week I wrote about a ‘50s party. This week, we move forward a decade into the Summer of Love. I wore a crazy orange shirt with flowers all over it that I bought in ...

Wasted Effort?

The fight to extend the lifespan of the Miramar landfill continues. On July 1st, Mayor Sanders announced the implementation of a new ordinance that requires all building contractors, homeowners, and demolition companies to pay a ...

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 ...

No Shushing in This Library

You won’t know you had one until it’s gone.

Grace Carroll is the kind of girl you’d trust for a scoop on the San Diego scene. She’s pretty, blonde, smart. She tends bar in one of La Jolla’s hottest restaurants, where the clientele isn’t ...

Be My Thumper

I was talking to a musician at a club and he said, “Have you ever been to a pole party? I know about one next weekend.” A few things entered my mind: with the primaries ...

Leap Day

I heard from a friend of a friend about a leap-year party in Clairemont. I brought a few of my friends who are in their late 20s. I didn’t think there was much of a ...

San Diego Church of Christ, West Congregation

“I want to encourage you to enjoy really close fellowship today — about 15 people to a pew,” said Pastor Mark Wilkinson as the congregation poured through the doors of the small, spare church. The ...

Burger Creativity

"We never got to go to McDonald's. Sometimes we were pretty hungry."

Helen Copley and Vince Miranda

Thirty Years Ago Vince Miranda, king of the Pussycat Theaters, had blown into town and was visiting his new venture, the Backstage. It was past 9:30 p.m., time for the show, and Miranda was watching ...

Lorna And Three Teen-Age Friends, 1965

In June of 1965, the Evening Tribune sent a photographer to 3535 Tomahawk Lane in Clairemont. The angle of the story isn't clear today, but the assignment sheet reads: "Take photo of Lorna [Montgomery, standing, ...

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 ...

The Sarcastic Killer

San Diego’s mean streets

A boy 3-1/2 months old was the youngest homicide victim in San Diego County during the first half of 2007. The oldest was a 75-year-old woman. Both were killed by family members, allegedly, the infant ...

Dirty Harriet

When my friend Mike told me that he was offered a gig to announce for a San Diego roller derby team, I responded, "San Diego has a roller derby team?" I had yet to see ...

Piercing Party

Have you ever seen a party in a movie and wondered why the parties you go to are never as cool? Well, I went to a bash in Clairemont that was as cool as one ...

Horror in Clairemont

There are no good girls gone wrong, just bad girls found out. -- Mae West Jen and I sat on the bench in the entryway to the theater. We rested our backs against a poster ...

Horizon Christian Fellowship, Clairemont

"Come, now is the time to worship," crooned the praise leader to the congregation. Then he turned his call to heaven: "Come, Lord Jesus, come." Then back to the people: "Let the pain and the ...

Clairemont Church of God

"We have a new song today," announced worship director Janet Werdowatz. "It's a new song by Chris Tomlin called, 'Made to Worship.' We were made to worship Him -- that is our first purpose of ...

East Clairemont Southern Baptist Church

Nearly everything about East Clairemont Southern Baptist's church was unabashedly midcentury Modern, from the rust-orange carpet and pew cushions to the rough-face concrete block to the space-age chandeliers to the quarter-circle shape of the place, ...

St. Mark's United Methodist Church, Clairemont

Glass, stained in various shades of smoky watercolor blue -- indigo, teal, cornflower -- covers nearly all of the church's side and back walls. Here and there, slashes of red and orange catch the light, ...

Reformation Evangelical Lutheran Church, Clairemont

"A prayer before worship," read the screen at the front of the tidy church, its oak-and-white simplicity spruced up with poinsettias, garland, wreaths, and Christmas trees outfitted with gold and white ornaments fashioned along Christian ...

Roller Derby Queen

I heard about a party for a company called CH1 Productions. As I drove to the Clairemont location, I assumed it would be in a studio, but it was a house with a RockStar Energy ...

Three Slushees, Two Pools, One Old Lady

A party I went to in Clairemont had trouble written all over it. The host had a live band in a residential area, and he took down the fence separating his house from his neighbor's ...

Missing Chef Found in Clairemont Mall

The last two years, we've seen a game of musical chefs. Now it's progressed to musical restaurants, with a mad swirl of newcomers replacing old- and not-so-old-timers. In a recent change, Cucina Italiana ("Italian kitchen") ...

Hop Heads

When I was invited to an "S & M" party in Clairemont, I didn't know what to expect. I imagined people snapping leather whips and wearing ball gags in their mouths. Approaching the party, I ...

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