East Village Stories

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 ...

Found: More Downtown Parking

Downtown San Diego has earned a reputation for having little street parking available when you need it. When a “Public Parking” sign appeared last week at the driveway of a privately owned lot on Tenth ...

Lean Times

“Far-fetched” was the word used by one local to describe the four-minute and ten-minute workouts that were offered by Club Motivate, a fitness center in the East Village. At the beginning of March, the gym ...

Sworn Loyalty

A local Navy man recommitted to another hitch in the service while standing just behind home plate at Petco Park on the drizzly morning of Monday, February 22. Fire Controlman First Class Jeremy Bondy reenlisted ...

Realty Reality Check

Like so many retail spaces in the East Village, a storefront that measures just over 1000 square feet (located on Tenth Avenue, near the baseball stadium) is vacant. In fact, in the almost four years ...

Cursed Crimson Curbs

On the East Village Community Action Network (EVCAN) agenda for their Thursday, February 18, meeting was a new action to discuss the potential addition of public street parking. To East Village condominium dwellers, parking spaces ...

Key Freak Caught

Early Wednesday morning on February 10, a man was seen rummaging through a white Mercedes Benz parked on the corner of Tenth and Island avenues in the East Village. He had allegedly broken into the ...

Stolen Access

Two recent car break-ins at a downtown condo garage have residents concerned for their vehicles and personal property. Despite having a gated residential parking area that requires a remote fob for entry, thieves have still ...

Unbaked

Last summer, when word spread of a new business opening up in the neighborhood surrounding Petco Park, residents in the area were excited. The new business would potentially occupy a space on a list of ...

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