Imperial Beach Stories

Hotel plan surprises Imperial Beach locals

Developer of shopping-mall project always had retail/hotel option

A new resort hotel has been announced as a possible part of the big Breakwater Town Center shopping mall being built in Imperial Beach, and some residents are expressing consternation. Developer Sudberry Properties sent a ...

Sometimes I.B. looks like Pipeline

It’s not the cleanest, but sometimes you just go out anyway.

Name: Jake Wilsie Age: 19 Occupation: Surf Instruction Location: South Mission Favorite Surf Spot: Sunset Cliffs It’s a Tuesday afternoon, and Jake Wilse is peeling off his wetsuit after giving a private lesson to a ...

Has pool, does travel

City carts around portable pools all summer

Kiki Ayala watched her five-year-old foster son splash around in the roughly constructed above-ground swimming pool outside the Robert Egger Sr. Recreation Center last week. San Diego's Department of Park and Recreation hauls around and ...

Imperial Beach homeowners assert claim to boulders

"I will sit on them anytime I damn well please," says beachgoer of private property

Imperial Beach residents are displeased with the new "Private Property/No Trespassing/No Climbing/No Sitting on Rocks" signs that have appeared on the beach between the ocean and the Boca Rio condominiums that run from 1590 to ...

Wood beach fires come to an end

Nails and leftover coals prompt state to institute new rule

Effective last week, the California State Park beaches at Carlsbad, Ponto, and Cardiff by the Sea outlawed wood fires on the sand. Banners advising of the new regulation have been posted on most lifeguard towers ...

Tijuana River mouth shut many times this spring

Deadly consequences move agencies to work on permit to keep it open

This winter's El Niño wasn't much as weather goes, but its ocean-water effects — which closed the Tijuana River mouth multiple times since March — left the river estuary vulnerable to catastrophe, according to scientist ...

Bad idea: border-adjacent campground

Scenic but potentially deadly due to smugglers and convicts

A newly released letter from the U.S. border patrol explains why a San Diego County supervisor's push to place a campground near the border may not be a great idea: it's an active crime scene ...

No bay at Border Field State Park for about 7000 years

Explore a beach and estuary at the extreme southwest corner of the continental USA

Border Field State Park is where delegations from both the U.S. and Mexico began the survey of the border in 1850 after the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was concluded on February 2, 1848, officially ending ...

Imperial Beach faces sea-level-rise problem

"We don't have a choice because we are surrounded on three sides by water."

Imperial Beach residents got a "scary" look at how the city will be affected by rising sea levels Wednesday night (May 11) and began looking at ways to keep the beach in Imperial Beach. "If ...

I.B. shopping center a boon or boondoggle?

Groundbreaking at 9th Street and Palm Avenue

Ground was broken on the 45,000-square-foot shopping center project at 9th Street and Palm Avenue in Imperial Beach on May 5th. The 4.75-acre vacant lot sat for over four years after the former Miracle Shopping ...

Adios, Imperial Beach RV park...ello-ello, 184 townhomes

Developer nears end of permitting process, bulldozer idles at the gate

The planned bulldozing of a once-thriving RV park in Imperial Beach by a developer to make way for a housing development and Bayshore Bikeway path has been delayed due to technical issues with the California ...

Still no showers at San Diego state beaches

Near-normal snow pack and water surplus won't change situation

Even though the California Department of Water Resources reports a near normal snow pack after four years of little snow, the governor’s office is not ready to turn on the rinse-off showers at local state ...

Horse, meet Bike. Bike, Horse

"She used to get spooky when she'd hear a bike coming."

Horses met the bikes — and the riders — at the Wigginton Ranch in the Tijuana River Valley on March 19. Equestrians in jeans and boots ate pizza with mountain bikers in jerseys and helmets ...

Shot borer beetle gets hot in Tijuana River Valley

"The trees are completely naive to this kind of attack."

The devastation — 140,000 trees destroyed by a beetle infestation — that has beset the Tijuana River Valley is becoming the statewide symbol of what could happen if there isn't a rush to find ways ...

A new newspaper for I.B.

"We're not going to be doing investigative articles on the city council…."

A new community newspaper, the IB Connection, will be published in Imperial Beach, filling a void left when the IB Local News stopped publishing late last year. The IB Connection, which plans for its first ...

Real estate moguls stand their ground

Raided, picketed, and accused, the Schaumburgs' court date is set

The real estate moguls of Imperial Beach who were accused of involvement with financial irregularities in 2014 have pleaded not guilty to multiple charges of grand theft and embezzlement in San Diego criminal court. Cheryl ...

Math is done on Pier South hotel

City's return on investment is looking rosy

In January, 2013, the Pier South Resort hotel opened on the sand in Imperial Beach after more than a decade of delays. The project got a $7 million push from the city, enough to cover ...

Alleged thieves nabbed with bait bike

“We prefer not to use that term," says Coronado police spokesperson

On Monday, February 22nd, Coronado police officers nabbed two people who allegedly attempted to steal the department’s bicycle, according to officer Lea Corbin. "It's a bicycle with a tracking device in it," said Corbin. "When ...

Misunderstanding at the Wow Café

Gurk!

“He wants some food,” says Marianna. “But he only eats raw fish.”

Fortress with a view

Navy's Special Warfare Command to take place of WW2-era bunker

The only high point on the coast between Monument Mesa at the border and Point Loma is about to come down. But it won't be easy, says Jim Nible, the U.S. Navy contractor in charge ...

Razor wire stops lots of border-fence jumpers

"We've been able to keep the illegal aliens and our people out of the hospital."

Recently installed razor wire along the border from Imperial Beach to San Ysidro has cut traumatic injuries to fence-jumpers by more than 70 percent. The need for border patrol agents to be stationed at hospitals ...

The high cost and value of sewage

I.B. has a problem while Coronado claims Navy's dirty water

The Imperial Beach City Council set aside up to $350,000 last week (January 20) for an emergency repair to a sinkhole discovered under a sewer-system pump station; the city's Public Works Department then went to ...

Zapped in Imperial Beach

Crosswalk electrical shorts all fixed now, says city manager

Imperial Beach resident Sarah Teck said she got shocked in the early evening on Saturday, January 23rd, when she stepped on a metal plate imprinted with the words "TRAFFIC SIGNAL" on Seacoast Drive near Encanto ...

Dirt flies at Bikeway Village

Contractor at groundbreaking touts “greenest development on the bay”

The groundbreaking ceremony for the Bikeway Village, the latest improvement on the San Diego's Bayshore Bikeway, took place on January 25th in Imperial Beach. Located at the north end of 13th Street, the Bikeway Village ...

Can’t blame it all on El Niño

San Diego County’s war against water pollution

Keith Kezer, program coordinator of the land and water-quality division of the Department of Environmental Health and San Diego Coastkeeper's interim executive director Travis Pritchard discussed the recent contaminations in the waters of Imperial Beach, ...

South Bay teachers get squeaky wheel rolling

"Our superintendent makes more $ than our governor"

Teachers and supporters marched through Imperial Beach on January 21st to protest the South Bay Union School District budget plans, which include a pay raise for the superintendent that would reportedly make her salary higher ...

Mr. Mayor, tear down this fence

Imperial Beach pocket park on Seacoast Drive sparks priorities question

Imperial Beach held a fence-destroying ceremony last week in a vacant lot on the city’s shoreline street to announce a new temporary pocket park, but some community members are questioning whether the focus on the ...

Beetles invasion rocks biologists' world

"Buy your firewood where you will burn it; don't haul it around."

More than 70,000 trees in the Tijuana River Valley are damaged — many are dying — from a Southeast Asian beetle that has also harmed more than two dozen North County avocado growers. Trees in ...

Sewer creep: IB vs. Coronado

Elephant cage taken over by SEALs

Imperial Beach has accused Coronado of jeopardizing the War on Terror by suing Imperial Beach over who has the right to provide sewage services to the new Navy SEAL training facility proposed for the south ...

Cheap rents fleeting in Imperial Beach

Factors: new hotel, restaurants, Navy’s Strand training center

"I lived there 15 years,” a former Imperial Beach renter said about his apartment complex at 642 Ocean Lane. “When it sold, the new owner gave everyone 60-day notice that the rent was going to ...

Expansion continues on Bayshore Bikeway

Car-traffic minimization also expected to help with pedestrian safety

Construction began in December on an extension of the Bayshore Bikeway that will cut across Imperial Beach on 13th Street and reach the Naval Outlying Landing Field (NOLF) helicopter training base on the other side ...

Imperial Beach, polluted again

"The U.S. agency is fast to respond. The Mexican agencies are not."

The rain that started on January 4th closed the beaches in south San Diego due to water contamination. These beach closures continue long after rainstorms because of inaction at the sewage treatment plant in Mexico, ...

Who you calling a sarcastic fringehead?

Sign posted in mudflats insults presidential candidate

With the downtown San Diego skyline and the Coronado Bridge as a background, a “Dump Trump” sign was recently posted in the fenced-off area around Pond 20, the 95-acre piece of land that falls within ...

Competitive yoga in Imperial Beach

"There's a sushi place here. What if I wanted to offer sushi? I couldn't."

Three days after moving to a new location, Imperial Beach's IB Yoga studio found itself homeless on Christmas Eve. The studio had moved on the weekend of December 19th into the location of Clube de ...

Imperial Beach real estate office raided

Agents go after the Schaumburgs' data as part of investigation

Sheriff's deputies and San Diego police officers raided the office of One Source Realty in Imperial Beach on the morning of December 21st. The raid added to the recent troubles of well-known local property managers ...

While I.B. is still I.B.

Chewing the fat (and mussels and chicken) with Ken

“Name’s Ken,” says the guy on the right. “As in ‘Ken, still looking for Barbie.’"

IB Street Tacos

“You should try it. They’re the real thing. ’Specially the battered shrimp. Or the octopus.”

The sign looks new: IB Street Tacos. Now Open. It’s been slung up on a banner above the street frontage. Always suspicious when a place says it has “street tacos.” Means it’s actually middle class, ...

Paved alleys for Imperial Beach

"I'm ecstatic. It looked like south of the border."

Imperial Beach residents celebrated the completion of an alley-paving project at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on December 9. About 40 residents and government officials attended the nighttime ceremony in an alley off 12th Street and Ebony ...

Wagon Man hit the final trail

Imperial Beach veteran, craftsman, advertiser died in November

Imperial Beach lost one of its celebrated locals last month — Kermit Brown, known as the "Wagon Man" for the advertising-covered Conestoga wagons he used to pull around the beach town with his motorized wheelchair. ...

14% alcohol in a can? That's Loko

Meeting scheduled in Imperial Beach to address perils of booze product

An Imperial Beach church is holding a "community conversation" on December 10 to discuss a ban on the Four Loko alcoholic beverage, which has been linked to deaths and binge-drinking problems. The action comes a ...

New restaurant for Imperial Beach Pier?

Tin Fish likely won't bid on new lease

On November 19, about two dozen people came to the port of San Diego's meeting for businesses interested in bidding on the Imperial Beach Pier restaurant space now held by Tin Fish. "Imperial Beach's motto ...

Dead dolphins aren’t much fun

Recent lawsuit mandates investigation into Navy's role

Three dolphins washed up dead on the shores of Imperial Beach in the past month — a fourth on Silver Strand State Beach — and officials are investigating at least two of them to determine ...

Another newspaper bites it

I.B. Local News stopped publishing due to lack of funds

It has been almost two months since the last issue of the muckraking bimonthly newspaper, which started publishing in April of 2014, was seen on the streets of Imperial Beach. In early October, publisher Ed ...

That's no useless salt flat in Imperial Beach

Port and city eye Pond 20 for development/restoration project

In a process that has taken 19 years, the former salt flat in the southern part of San Diego Bay near Imperial Beach is finally going to be developed in a plan that combines economic ...

I.B. conditions just right for mosquitoes

"Heat, humidity, and rain put out the welcome mat for breeding."

Imperial Beach mayor Serge Dedina and mayor pro tem Brian Bilbray must be hearing that ultra-high-pitched buzz and feeling the sting of an unusually large swarm of mosquitoes this fall. Both went on the record ...

Code Compliance on speed-dial in Imperial Beach

"These were relatively minor issues that were selectively enforced."

The long fight between Imperial Beach's Code Compliance Division and the owners of a residence on Hickory Court seems to be over. The house has been the subject of energetic code enforcement since 2010, and ...

Accounting and accountability awry in I.B.

“He did not [withdraw the funds] deliberately; he did it by mistake.”

For over 20 years, real estate managers Richard and Cheryl Schaumburg have been a well-respected couple in Imperial Beach, with their photos on placards posted in front of properties that they managed listing them as ...

Save-A-Lot no more

I.B. store changes name, health inspection allegedly yields no violations

Ten days after an angry public protest in front of the Save-A-Lot supermarket in south San Diego, the store has taken down its sign, leaving a big blank spot on its façade, and is changing ...

Surf and dye in Imperial Beach

Scripps drops 30 gallons of colorant into ocean to monitor currents

Morning beachgoers in Imperial Beach on September 23rd found surprising colors in the ocean after bright pink tracer dye was released by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in an experiment to study the movement of ...

Why rains result in U.S. pollution from Tijuana River

Pump house across border was built to handle dry-weather flow only

Sandwiched between Tijuana’s Central de Bomberos and the auto-import syndicate parking lot just south of the concrete-lined Tijuana River, the tiny CILA pumping station in Tijuana looks pretty innocuous. But when the pump station shuts ...

Funky chicken protest in Imperial Beach

Save-A-Lot customers say they're tired of being sold rotten food

Upset over what they say is rotten food and an unwillingness to address their complaints, angry residents of Imperial Beach and south San Diego held a protest in front of the Save-A-Lot grocery store on ...

Marian Catholic High School in pieces

Demolition of eyesore welcomed, but “I still can't believe it's gone.”

Demolition of the abandoned buildings of the former Marian Catholic High School in South San Diego began in late August, and by September 7 there wasn’t much more than rubble. The campus, which was shut ...

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