Imperial Beach Stories

Another water-main break at the border

This time the runoff isn't sewage pollution

A broken pipe in Tijuana spilled clean water into Goat Canyon on Tuesday (November 29). The potable water spilled into the canyon through ten-foot-in-diameter drainage culverts for about three hours before Mexican authorities got it ...

Imperial Beach Caltrans slam

"I saw two kids — our neighborhood kids — nearly get creamed this morning."

A Caltrans project on State Route 75 — Palm Avenue to the Silver Strand — has pushed so much rush-hour traffic into a residential Imperial Beach neighborhood that residents say someone is going to be ...

Council funds Imperial Beach Sports Park shortfall

"That is still less financial impact than when the city was running it."

The Imperial Beach Sports Park was awarded $45,000 to cover a budget shortfall Wednesday night (November 16) by city-council members who said they were pleased with efforts to offer more to the community. It was ...

You've got Rebel Alliances mail

Residents receive "scary" election-related fliers from pro-Trump group

Over the weekend, Imperial Beach residents received in their mailboxes unsigned election fliers described as "disturbing" and "creepy." The double-sided fliers, which accompanied official Republican campaign material, ask people to join "Rebel Alliances" and contain ...

Imperial Beach plans first dog park

Section of Veterans Park to be carved out — everybody yappy?

Maybe it was the adorableness of Bart Bachman's dog giving Brian Bilbray a slurpy kiss — or the persistence of IB Yappy. On Wednesday night (November 2), the Imperial Beach City Council voted unanimously to ...

Home-repair permit fees drop in Imperial Beach

Real estate values and safety of firefighters cited as reasons

Imperial Beach's city council on November 2 approved a drop in permit fees for a variety of repairs on single-family residences and duplexes. The fees relate to construction work ranging from replacing the roof and ...

Surfrider's I.B. surf contest iffy

Wastewater reportedly flowing through nearby canyon

Surfrider San Diego’s No Border Sewage Committee (NoBS) organized a binational surf contest for this Sunday (November 6) where Imperial Beach abuts the border, but a sewage flow threatens to interfere, according to a spokesperson ...

From Paris to the I.B. pier

“Marc started this as Pretzels and More in 2008. By 2013 he was exhausted, about to sell up.”

This is your brain on veggies. I mean, look at it. You’d swear that’s what this was. It’s brain-shaped. It has all the wrinkles and bulges, the bike-helmet shape. Except it’s not a brain, it’s ...

Coronado wary of granny-flat legislation

Mayor Tanaka sends letter to governor urging veto of SB 1069

Granny flats won’t be pushed out. They keep coming back, even though wealthier cities have thwarted them with a slew of door-slamming zoning codes. Starting next January, a new state law will make it easier ...

Imperial Beach pulls in its horns

Not the Welcoming City it hoped to be

The mayor of Imperial Beach has retracted the Welcoming City proclamation that the city council issued in mid-August after protests at council meetings. "I am retracting the Welcoming City proclamation due to its policy directive ...

Imperial Beach right-wing backlashed

Welcoming Cities Proclamation grist for biased media mill

The Imperial Beach city government's passage of a Welcoming Cities Proclamation in mid August was a positive and benevolent occasion, but it is has generated a backlash among local right-wing voices recently. "This means a ...

City slack on preventing sediment pollution

Robust construction activity lacks assertive governance

The City of San Diego hopes to settle a $4.6 million complaint from the regional water board for allowing construction companies to bypass sediment-control measures at Los Peñasquitos Lagoon, Tijuana River Estuary, and San Diego ...

Mystery stunt plane over I.B.

"Over my house all day long."

A stunt plane performing loops and leaving trails of smoke in the sky off of Imperial Beach has attracted attention and some grumbling by locals. Most recently seen on Tuesday (September 6th), the small green ...

Kumeyaay Cemetery, No Bulldozer Welcome

Proposed Navy SEAL facility would be on site of ancient remains

Protests are promised if authorities do not change their plans for the proposed Navy SEAL training center in Imperial Beach. At issue is the preservation of ancient Native American burial grounds at the site, said ...

Dying to learn about Imperial Beach/border currents

Results in from last year's tests that colored ocean pink

The results from the pink dye dropped into the surf between Imperial Beach and the border last year are in, and they're set to color the way we think about how sewage spills and dumped ...

Many players, more talk about I.B. pocket park

Lots done, lots planned — why is community group dissatisfied?

Six months after the celebratory announcement of a "pocket park" in Imperial Beach that was supposed to turn an eyesore into a community area for this summer, the local nonprofit organization that donated $10,000 is ...

Dempsey Holder, now he was a waterman

Why I.B.?

By 1910, Imperial Beach had its first sidewalks, a general store, post office, library, a dance pavilion, and houses. A pier was constructed to provide electricity utilizing the Edwards Wave Motor. The machine never worked ...

Barkworthy: an off-leash dog park for Imperial Beach

Rover, Fido, and Bowser may soon get a spot

Imperial beach dogs may soon get a place to play off-leash, after city officials recently reviewed options and asked its Parks and Recreation committee to come up with a list of possible locations and potential ...

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 ...

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