East Village Stories

Monkey Paw Pub & Brewery

Unless you outright loathe good beer, you probably know the name Scot Blair. In fact, you’ve probably been to his University Heights, South Park, and City Heights bars, which specialize in select local and craft ...

No Vacation at "the Restaurant"

Mama Teresa... After 12 years, here she is, beautiful, smiling, slim, fair-haired, 87. I first met her 15 years back. Her place at Park (12th) and Broadway hasn’t changed much. On the outside, it’s still ...

Conventions, Football Don’t Mix

Southern California has balmy weather and, seemingly, balmy leadership. For one thing, both Los Angeles and San Diego want to expand convention centers in the teeth of a grossly overbuilt market and slumping convention attendance. ...

Anatomy of a Good Idea: the Water Man Check-In Center

Last December in federal court, Dan Bamberg was trying to figure out how homeless men and women could store their belongings safely and out of sight rather than carry them around everywhere. Transport containers of ...

Brooklyn Bagel and Biali

Mike Altman says, “People tell me, ‘I’m from Brooklyn. These bagels better be good.’ I get that all the time.” When you call your business Brooklyn Bagel and Bialy, I guess you’ve gotta expect it. ...

Tires Punctured, Warrant Sweep, Waterman Beaten

The residents of Father Joe’s Village who park their cars between National and Logan avenues on Commercial Street had a rude awakening on Sunday, June 19. Practically all the tires of every vehicle were punctured ...

Six SDPD Officers Make Arrest at Park & Market Trolley Station

“Whatever that man said, I didn’t give him nothing,” the 30-ish African-American man told the six police officers who had descended on him at the Park & Market trolley station on the evening of April ...

San Diego’s Fire Station 4 Story

Is the City ashamed of Fire Station 4, located on the corner of Eighth Avenue and J Street? The building has no signs indicating it’s a fire station and doesn’t fly the California or United ...

Padres’ Single-Game Ticket Sales Date Changes

Folks have been lining up at Petco Park on the first Saturday in March to buy single-game tickets ever since the park opened in 2004. This Saturday, March 5, will be different because the Padres ...

Cafe Chloe Looks Vintage

He comes bounding across G Street against the light, stops, looks at me for a moment, then lopes on up Ninth Avenue. He’s a beautiful, big German shepherd, young, free, strutty, and out to cause ...

Icon Church

Membership: 100 Pastor: Will Carreras (of a three-member pastor team) Age: 47 Born: Ramey Air Force Base, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico Formation: Azusa Pacific University, Azusa Years ordained: 2 SDR: What is the most prevalent sin ...

Here's the Deal: El Dorado

Set between the Gaslamp District and Golden Hill, Wednesday’s monthly-gone-fortnightly Dub Dorado packs the rustic lounge with a miscellany of Downtown clubbers, Uptown hipsters, and old-school dubstep and drum & bass heads. Bartenders in gold-miner ...

Cheese, Redux

Holy cow. This might be a first in San Diego. “Yours?” I ask the gal. Her name’s Verena. Verena Garnett. “It’s me and my sister’s,” she says. We’re looking at a little red three-wheeled auto-rickshaw, ...

Raking in Redevelopment Riches

‘If you build it, they will come.” It works in fantasy movies (Field of Dreams, 1989). But it hasn’t worked in San Diego’s East Village. As part of the $301 million ballpark subsidy, developers created ...

Oh, the Language! Oh, the Noise!

Twenty feet south of the intersection of Market and 14 streets in the East Village is a yellow street sign affixed to a pole. In black capital letters, the sign reads “Senior Citizen Facility.” The ...

Getting Dizzy?

“Dizzy’s,” explains Chuck Perrin, “has always been an artist-driven space.” He offers this on a Saturday morning as an explanation for why he is setting up a stage, chairs, and sound system in the Culy ...

Like a BBQ Gone Wrong

At around 8 p.m. on July 1, flames rose from the abandoned former Great Brakes warehouse, located at the intersection of Ninth Avenue and B Street. The smell of burning rubber and the sight of ...

Padres Baseball

Well, I think I may be right about the Padres and the fact that Mr. Moorad or whomever is in charge, has some sort of BIG payment due in August. First of all he sent ...

No-See Reality TV

News that the Neil Good Day Center will soon close is causing much angst among the ever-growing homeless population in downtown San Diego. Myra, supervisor at Neil Good Day Center, recently said, "Layoffs have already ...

Padres Go "Boom" Late

“What the hell were they thinking?” was the remark of an East Village resident who awoke to blasts of fireworks at nearby Petco Park on Monday, May 31. The Padres were celebrating Memorial Day and ...

Village Grifters

The con appears to be on for residents and merchants in the East Village. During the past week, there have been reports of at least three grifters trying to talk their way into getting money ...

Juke and Jive

On May 17, the Padres squared off against their divisional opponents, the San Francisco Giants. In the top of the ninth inning, Padres pitcher Heath Bell took the mound in hopes of scoring a save ...

Nuts Roll In

It’s true: God did tilt the world on its axis, and all the nuts rolled into Southern California. Proof: entrepreneurs in Los Angeles are discussing a billion-dollar retractable-roof football stadium downtown. Not to be out-loose-screwed, ...

Up the Stairs

"Why don’t you come up and see me sometime?” Or was it, “Why don’t you come up sometime’n see me?” Either way, Mae West, right? In She Done Him Wrong, 1933, propositioning Cary Grant. Turner ...

They’ve Got to Be Removed

The Sixteenth Avenue sidewalk — between Market Street and Island Avenue in the East Village — is known around the neighborhood as a hangout for the homeless. At night and on most days, they can ...

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