Del Cerro Stories

SDSU students and parolees with intentions

Amount of Adobe Falls trespassers is down, but problems not over

The San Diego State University Police Department's efforts to keep trespassers out of Adobe Falls has resulted in "many fewer calls for service," corporal Mark Peterson told the Del Cerro Council on October 23. However, ...

Enemies of the estate sale

“When burglars come in, it’s [usually] other family members."

“Dollar-store owners have been stealing our bright orange signs that we spent all night working on,” says Jill K, a retired teacher. “We don’t have them printed like our competitors do.” Jill says the act ...

Harshed mellow at “A Doobie Falls”

“Please find other sanctioned paths to hike...there are plenty in our beautiful city.”

To stop incidents of vandalism, drug use, and fires at Adobe Falls, SDSU authorities have posted "No Trespassing" signs and increased patrols on the land owned by the university. Campus police community liaison Briana Drost ...

District attorney candidates face off

Del Cerro hosts debate between Brewer, Dumanis, Wyatt

The three district-attorney candidates at the April 24 debate sponsored by the Del Cerro Action Council and San Carlos Area Council answered questions about medical marijuana, whether the DA's office is politicized, and the "peace ...

Navajo planners consider pot shops in District 7

No recommendations preceding council approval of new ordinance

Navajo Community Planners, Inc., listened for about an hour February 24 to discussion of the proposed medical-marijuana dispensary ordinance, but the board made no recommendation about the regulation on the San Diego City Council' s ...

Christmas praise for Del Cerro's Madra Dog

Statue owner sparks tree-and-gift drive for less fortunate

Janet Mika placed a Christmas tree near Madra Dog, the 30-inch tall rottweiler statue at the end of her Madra Avenue driveway, and posted a December 8 invitation on the dog's Facebook page. She invited ...

Navajo planners approve AT&T telecom installation

"Is this the best location?"

If the City of San Diego approves AT&T's lease proposal, work should begin next spring on a project that includes the installation of 12 antennas on the roof of Fire Station 31 in Del Cerro. ...

Del Cerro Democrat gives big to Alvarez; McMillins kick in for Fletcher

Monied super PAC donors weigh in for San Diego Democratic city councilman; GOP givers pick ex-Republican Fletcher as major cash race for mayor intensifies.

Costume-wearing Madra Dog draws visitors in Del Cerro

Rottweiler statue has a Facebook page

Madra Dog wore red, white, and blue for the September 11 Patriot Day observance. Two weeks earlier, the 30-inch tall, 300-pound statue of a rottweiler wore a birthday hat topped by a balloon. The decorated ...

Rooftop solar users worry SDG&E will raise rates

Don’t worry, the corporation assures

There are no plans to raise rates for rooftop solar users, SDG&E spokeswoman Stephanie Donovan said in a July 30 interview. "There is nothing in the current proposed rate design," she said. The prospect of ...

Del Cerro Action Council gets answers

Residents identify top concerns

Speeding drivers and the undergrounding of overhead utility lines were among the top concerns of the 38 Del Cerro residents who responded to the Del Cerro Action Council’s recent eight-question survey. Residents desire more dining ...

The highest chair in Del Cerro

Matt: Going east along the I-8 before the College turn-off to SDSU, if you look left you will see a giant highchair on the hill below Del Cerro. Or a ladder. Or something. It’s out ...

SDPD Eastern Division crime report from Capt. Andy Mills

Increases in arrests, crime, suicides

San Carlos was among the neighborhoods where residential burglaries increased during 2012, San Diego Police Department captain Andy Mills reported at the January 2 San Carlos Area Council meeting. Mills is commanding officer for the ...

Navajo Canyon Open Space

Explore an urban canyon with a riparian area and over 100 palm trees.

Del Cerro Baptist Church

Contact: 5512 Pennsylvania Lane, La Mesa, 91942; 619-460-2210; dcbc.org Membership: 400 Pastor: Mark Milwee Born: Crossville, Alabama Formation: Golden Gate Baptist Seminary, Mill Valley Ordained: 18 years San Diego Reader: Can you think of a ...

College Housing Will Ruin the Gorge

There’s a wild place in the heart of San Diego that only a few people know about — visited by even fewer — and if San Diego State has its way, it may share the ...

Home Wrecker

Shortly after 1:00 p.m. on July 1, a truck crashed into two separate residences on the 6200 block of Camino Lago Vista. The truck had come down a steep street, blew through a stop sign ...

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 ...

They Crawl Among Us

About five minutes after leaving the top of Cowles Mountain on Saturday, May 9, six flashlight-toting hikers encountered something they had never seen before. It was approximately 8:30 p.m. on a dark night, with the ...

Lend Emerald Your E.A.R.

Councilmember Carl DeMaio isn’t the only budget watchdog in town. On Thursday, April 30, District 7 representative Marti Emerald issued a memo to Budget Review Committee chair Tony Young that listed a few of her ...

"Help," Say Police

Recent commercial robberies, residential burglaries, and purse snatchings in San Carlos, Del Cerro, and La Mesa prompted a community meeting at the San Carlos Recreation Center on Wednesday, March 25. The hourlong meeting began at ...

Up on the Hill

Del Cerro, which is Spanish for “of the hill,” is located just off I-8 at College Avenue. Turn north onto College and there it is, welcoming visitors and residents alike with a small cement sign. ...

War and Peace

The night after attending a party, I was invited to another party hosted by Mike, one of the DJs. It was at a house in the Del Cerro area near SDSU. Mike lives at this ...

Temple Emanu-El

"In Reform Judaism there is no one doctrine. It is up to the individual to make this decision to what he or she believes. Individual choice is the hallmark of Reform Judaism," Rabbi Martin Lawson ...

Circumnavigate Lake Murray on foot, utilizing the shortest practical and legal loop route.

Lake Murray's paved (closed to cars) perimeter path is near East County's most pleasant and most popular place to gulp some fresh air on a summer morning or late afternoon. Unfortunately, the recreation path ends ...

Visit Irvine Regional Park in Orange County and participate in the century-old tradition of picnicking there.

For more than a century, Irvine Park has drawn Orange Countyans up into the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains. Once a meeting place for the early settlers -- then known as the Picnic Grounds ...

Best of 2000: Best Grotto

Lourdes Grotto Saint Therese Catholic Church, 6016 Camino Rico, Del Cerro (619) 582-3716 The address is a little misleading. The mission-style church stands on the corner of Navajo and College, but you enter off Camino ...

What is the deal with the name "Oliver" spelled out with white rocks off I-8, above Adobe Falls in Del Cerro?

Dear Matthew Alice: Off I-8, above Adobe Falls in Del Cerro, there is a house with an assortment of white rocks that spell out the name "Oliver." This landmark has been visible from the freeway ...

Fine Day for Sewage

In the time of Junipero Serra, Adobe Falls, at the east end of Mission Valley, was a year-round source of water for the padres and Indians at the Mission San Diego. Until the 1920s, it ...

Can you make a list of the steepest streets in San Diego?

Matt: Would you do a favor for all us bike riders and make a list of the steepest streets in San Diego? -- A. Rider, San Diego Dear Matthew Alice: What are the steepest street ...

Sun-watching spots around San Diego metro area

Winter is an often perfect time for watching the sun rise or set in San Diego. Picture yourself on a clear late afternoon, perched atop a seaside bluff or on one of the hills that ...

Adobe Creek Falls

Just north of San Diego State University, the runoff shed by some 15 square miles of chaparral-covered hillsides and suburban streets placidly crosses under ten lanes of Interstate 8 west of College Avenue. Then it ...

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