Encanto Stories

Shots fired! But where?

Acoustic sensors will give origin of gunfire to police

Acoustic sensors tuned to capture and record the sound of gunshots and report them to the police department are coming to Southeastern San Diego. According to a September 26 public notice the city and its ...

Encanto residents feel snubbed by Civic San Diego

"We demand a more visionary project that brings together community benefits."

Encanto residents have waited for nearly 30 years for the city-owned vacant lot at Hilltop Drive and Euclid Avenue to be developed. Now that the process is underway and a developer has been selected, they ...

Unsafe Encanto intersection has predictable results

"Within a half an hour while I was there, there were two fender-benders.”

“They put these new stop signs up yesterday [Sunday, September 4] and within a half an hour while I was there, there were two fender-benders,” said David Abbott, who lives in the Encanto area by ...

Encanto charter school, facing shutdown, files lawsuit

San Diego Unified said criteria were not met to stay open

A charter school in Encanto that serves minority and underprivileged children is suing the San Diego Unified School District for wrongfully revoking its charter, resulting in the displacement of 172 elementary-school children. Twin sisters Shelia ...

My spirit will live in the presence of God

Looking forward to no more sin, racism, sexism, murder, or deception.

Are our cops really this bad?

Lawsuit alleges drug-bust action resulted in unprovoked shootings

A man and woman are suing the City of San Diego and its police force for damages after police officers allegedly shot both victims without cause through a front window of the home they were ...

Humanity is not all written off

College footballer chooses the pulpit over the gridiron

Pastor Terry Brooks preached his first sermon at age eight.

Trolley power substation delivered

For better control of speed and traction of lines and cars

At approximately 6:00 a.m. on February 27, at the corner of Woodman and 69th streets, a project to deliver and set in place a new power substation had begun. A massive crane had been erected ...

African-American Museum of Fine Arts opens February 1

Gaidi Finnie was one of the first people I met upon arriving in San Diego during the winter of 2000. He acted as co-director of the Museum of Photographic Arts during my tenure as their ...

Three SDPD Officers and City of San Diego to defend shooting of 19-year-old female during routine traffic stop in Federal Court

A 20-year-old woman caught in a crossfire of bullets from three San Diego Police officers after a brief car chase in Encanto, has taken the lawsuit she filed against the officers and City to Federal ...

Woman sues City and three officers for injuries suffered during police shooting in Encanto

Officers fired into moving vehicle after driver was said to be driving towards them.

Silvia Fletes, the 19-year-old woman who was injured in a crossfire of bullets from three San Diego Police officers after a brief car chase in Encanto, has filed a lawsuit against the officers and the ...

Bullfight at Sweetwater

Greenhorns mess with Square Head

Rodeo people christen bulls with colorful names. Country singer Tom Russell sang about East Texas Red. Chris LeDoux tells about Dust Devil Rage — there was a man killed by that bull in Jasper, Texas. ...

Salaam Fish House: Encanto-size sandwiches

Red snapper, whiting...color-coded flavor

Early evening, South Encanto. You know it’s Encanto because lines of passenger jets come cruising overhead, silent, like an invasion of UFOs, coasting in to Lindbergh. Looking to see if the Salaam Fish House is ...

Encanto: Gualberto's Fish taco replaces cow’s hoof?

Search for Caribbean delicacy uncovers hidden fish taco treasure.

Honestly, it was the cow’s hoof. That’s the only reason I hopped off the Orange Line trolley at Encanto and headed for the rack of stores beneath the clay cliff that runs up the valley ...

Cow Foot Friday

Ed Bedford shows up too late for the cow-foot stew at Caribbean Taste Jamaican Restaurant.

Ladies (and Men) Who Lunch

The first Thursday of each month has the residents of North Encanto gathering at a neighbors' house. For over twenty years, this diverse, fun, quirky group has advocated for their neighborhood while socializing surrounded by ...

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 ...

Felony Stop

According to transmissions on a police radio scanner, at about 11 p.m. on February 24, San Diego officers working a call on 50th Street and Skyline heard four shots fired. The officers on the call ...

Exxon on Top of It

In the movie Minority Report, police use supernatural methods to solve crimes and arrest criminals before the crime is committed. In Encanto, something similar has happened. In this case, however, the “criminal” was a defective ...

Upside-Down? Go Short

In San Diego’s hemorrhaging real estate industry, it’s better to be upside-down and rich than upside-down and poor. That may sound axiomatic — it’s always nicer to be rich than poor — but carriage-trade folks ...

Bayview Baptist Church

It was Father’s Day on Sunday, and fathers got at least three rounds of shouts and applause at Bayview Baptist Church — grandfathers and great-grandfathers, too. (At least five of the latter were in attendance.) ...

Where the Pain Is

What’s the difference between National City and Rancho Santa Fe? Well — er, uh — money comes to mind. Last year, median household income in National City was $44,130, according to figures provided by the ...

Backcountry Building Woes

Paul Sommers promised his mother, when she was dying in 2002, that he would wisely invest the money she was about to leave him. After she died, he began looking for land in East San ...

Best of 2000: Best Jamaican Food

Fargo's Bar-B-Q/Jamaican Cuisine 6171 Imperial Avenue, Encanto (619) 262-0201 It's in a drab row of shops against a clay cliff with a trailer park on top. Inside, with the spicy meaty smells and the huge ...

Political Brush Country

On renting a home in Southeast San Diego last year, Tim Norris was delighted to live near a canyon. "When we first got here, we explored," Norris said, recalling he and his daughters hiked several ...

The Discrete Charm of Encanto

There's no snooty people here

One of Klauber’s daughters remarked that there was not much to do in the environs [of Encanto] except look at the views and smell the sage and tar weed. But that, she said, was enough.

Southeast: It's Much More Than Mean Streets

An inexact guide to an uncertain community

He turns a corner near 38th and Acacia, where a new auto body shop has been squeezed between two homes. Nielsen shakes his head. "Only in Southeast. Where else would that be allowed to happen?"

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