Imperial Beach Stories

Jeep theft thwarted, suspect escapes on skateboard

"What are you doing? You're trying to steal my car.”

Ricki Colliflower is familiar with the sound of her car starting. She's not so used to hearing it start while she relaxes in her Imperial Beach apartment. Colliflower surprised a would-be car thief on April ...

$7.7 million spent, 130 jobs created

South San Diego Bay Coastal Wetland Restoration Project completed

Officials gathered at the Bayshore Bikeway, where it meets Boulevard Avenue and 8th Street, in Imperial Beach on April 22 to mark the completion of the South San Diego Bay Coastal Wetland Restoration Project. Under ...

"NO FEES for the skatepark" in Imperial Beach

Management of I.B.'s sports park divvied, costs vague

In a compromise deal after months of heated public debate, the Imperial Beach City Council on April 16 unanimously approved resolutions that turned over management of the sports park to two private organizations. The final ...

Recycling robbers

San Diego isn’t very strict, so we tell them to go there

Each week in Imperial Beach residents are putting out their blue recycling bins and thieves are stealing their aluminum cans and other beverage containers. Before the Edco garbage trucks arrive, many bins are picked clean ...

Ed talks out of school

Sweetwater High teachers complain of class size, move one step closer to strike

The imminent strike action of teachers, librarians, and nurses in the Sweetwater Union High School district has gone one step forward and two steps back. On March 27 Superintendent Ed Brand called a press conference ...

Salty Frog

Like most sterling life decisions, the Salty Frog was born out of little more than camaraderie and a sturdy dollop of beer-addled whimsy. Jason Hasty, his wife Alisha, and Kanai (pronounced “Can-I”) — a buddy ...

Tacos bulge with generosity at Mariscos Germán

Taco and beer, $2.69

Oh, man. Trolley’s crowded tonight. ’Course, Friday night, Blue Line, heading south, what else would you expect? Especially this front car. Everybody’s packed in here so they can get out closest to the line in ...

Pedestrian rage leads to stabbing in Imperial Beach

Driver came too close, crosswalker with kids punched the car

A road-rage incident involving a pedestrian in front of the Imperial Beach farmers’ market on Friday, March 14, resulted in one man in the hospital with stab wounds, another man in custody, and a large ...

Solution arrived at for Imperial Beach Sports Park

Little League, Girls Softball League, and Boys & Girls Club to manage

The Imperial Beach Sports Park privatization controversy has taken a peaceable turn. As outlined at the city-council meeting of February 19, the previously warring factions of the council and public seem to have largely agreed ...

Imperial Beach mayor’s race simmers

Environmentalist Dedina vs. two-term incumbent Janney

Last month, Serge Dedina, a frequent foe of Imperial Beach mayor Jim Janney, announced his intention to run for the office in November. Dedina, 49, who is the executive director of the Wildcoast conservation agency ...

SEA180 looking good at Pier South

Imperial Beach hotel project houses a winner

The Cohn restaurant empire has seen more successes than setbacks in recent memory, and landing the restaurant spot at Imperial Beach’s Pier South Resort fits smartly into the former category. SEA180 — so named for ...

Local travel: the Bayshore Bikeway

Get your bike out to see another side of the South Bay.

As a family of four with two preadolescent children, we’re often looking for fun, active ways to explore our own beautiful city without spending too much money. San Diego’s sunny, laid-back disposition creates an ideal ...

Patch news lets go of many reporter-editors

New ownership trims cost of running hyper-local operations nationwide

On Wednesday, January 29, the new majority-owner of hyper-local news site Patch.com laid off all but one of its San Diego County reporter-editors, remaining editor Michelle Mowad confirmed. The layoffs include journalist Khari Johnson, whose ...

You want fast food? This is fast food

At Big Kahuna's, ask for the slow-cooked pork

This time I really was in a hurry. Had a limousine departing Imperial Beach in ten minutes, and a three-minute run up to the bus stop. So I'm on Rainbow Drive, heading up from Palm ...

Pit bull attack inspires petition for Imperial Beach ban

Poodle mix had his jaw “ripped out,” lost his lower front teeth

A lifelong lover of dogs who says she lives in fear of them now is asking the Imperial Beach City Council to ban pit bulls along the shoreline. Caesarina Kelley planned to present a petition ...

SANDAG rejects damage claims of Imperial Beach residents

Sand project blamed for seawater inundating foundations

Five of the 20 Imperial Beach homeowners and groups that filed damage claims for the flooding that followed SANDAG's beach replenishment project were turned away on December 20. SANDAG's board voted that the five could ...

Puddles mandate shuttles to Friendship Park Posada

Sewage and safety the concern of state parks workers

County sewage-spill warning signs that say "keep out" were put up on Monument Road in Border Field State Park recently without the county's okay and without testing the puddles of water. The bright yellow warning ...

Imperial Beach’s state of the city address to cost how much?

Potential political rival of Mayor Janney raises the question

The seemingly innocuous announcement of a “state of the city” address by the mayor of Imperial Beach has caused controversy after a potential political rival raised questions about the motives and cost of the event. ...

Imperial Beach lifeguards save life of unconscious surfer

Not breathing, no pulse…gets to “making conversation” in ER

Lifeguards in Imperial Beach used an electronic defibrillator to revive a 65-year-old bodyboarder on November 30th who lost consciousness while surfing with friends. The man, who authorities declined to identify, had gone surfing with two ...

Fairy shrimp likely to close a Sweetwater Reservoir trail

"Conservation is becoming a dirty word," says trail-user.

More than 150 bicyclists, hikers, and equestrians heard less than good news Tuesday night, December 3, as the general manager of the Sweetwater Authority explained that a popular trail may be closed by the U.S. ...

Imperial Beach considers new lighting options

Protester objects to the expense for the financially troubled city

Various types of streetlights started blazing in Imperial Beach on November 19. The designs — part of the city’s proposal to light up I.B.’s "crown jewel,” Seacoast Drive — have garnered attention and created at ...

I.B. Pier’s Tin Fish cures Ed’s queasiness

On the map!

Ed sinks his fangs into some hot Indian food at 8Elements.

Armed man robs KFC restaurant in Imperial Beach

Employees forced into a freezer

An armed man used a black handgun to demand money from Imperial Beach KFC employees on Wednesday, November 6, according to San Diego County Sheriff's Sgt. Bill Uelen. The sergeant said the suspect forced store ...

American caught illegally crossing border into U.S.

First he claimed he was Mexican, then...

A man apprehended attempting to cross the border illegally turned out to be a United States citizen, Border Patrol agents reported Thursday (November 7). The 37-year-old, apprehended in a canyon near Imperial Beach, had no ...

Coronado Brewing headed to Imperial Beach

Island brewing company adding another mainland facility

The business may be called Coronado Brewing Company (CBC), but that 17-year-old operation's brewpub roots are now securely fastened to the mainland and spreading fast. It started with CBC brewing at the Mission Brewery Plaza ...

YMCA backs away from Imperial Beach sports park management

Residents relieved, but prospect of new fees still loom

The YMCA has pulled out of the running in the struggle over the privatization of the Sports Park Recreation Center & Park in Imperial Beach. A battle between local residents and the city government has ...

Trash becomes benches at Border Field State Park

Effort to build new entry organized by 4 Walls International

Around 150 volunteers removed trash — and helped build the trash-based entrance — at Border Field State Park on Saturday, October 12. Over a ton and a half of refuse and 130 tires were pulled ...

Attorneys Gonzalez and Briggs reap big settlement from City of San Diego

Duo sued to prevent dredging in Tijuana River Valley

The lawyers who launched the demise of mayor Bob Filner used Filner's final days in office to wrangle over the legal fees the city owed them for a lawsuit that blocked the dredging of the ...

Dredging of sediment begins in Tijuana River Valley

Ranchers relieved to see the pre-winter maintenance

San Diego city crews have begun dredging two congested river channels in the Tijuana River Valley, and ranchers, horse owners, and residents of the area, which is prone to severe flooding, say they are glad ...

Executive training on the sands of Imperial Beach

Clients prepare for their “Bin Laden moment”

People walking along the beach near Pier Plaza in the early evening of September 27 were greeted by an uncommon site: three large tan military tents erected close to one of the lifeguard towers, with ...

Mar Vista Middle School on the cheat?

L.A. Times reveals another blemish on Sweetwater Union High School District

Mar Vista Middle School, in the South Bay and part of the Sweetwater Union School District, was one of 27 California schools stripped of its scores on the state's Academic Performance Index over claims of ...

Tijuana Estuary

Tijuana Estuary’s endangered annual hemiparasite, only found in ten locations.

Reddish egrets and yellow-headed night herons are sometimes seen in this section of the Pacific Flyway.

Sediment to be trucked out of Border Field State Park

State legislature flows money to project

Starting today, September 12, the sediment piled up in Goat Canyon's enormous basins will be removed, thanks to a $1 million state-budget award in June for Border Field State Park. The three-year project calls for ...

Micaela Saucedo memorial at Friendship Park

Immigrants’ rights activist helped Border Angels and many more

People brought their memories and respect for Micaela Saucedo to Friendship Park on Sunday, September 8, for a small, sweet remembrance of the woman who worked to help the deported, displaced, endangered, and lost along ...

Film shoot in Tijuana River Valley

Reflections of a rancher

The Tijuana River Valley rancher sits in his truck, off a side road to a backroad north of Monument Road, a mile from the border and a mile from the ocean. He's been here 24 ...

Linda Halsey's internet style

Imperial Beach painter combines an MBA background with 21st-century memes

A lot of artists might balk at the suggestion that their paintings were “very internet,” but not Linda Halsey. The artist, who lives in Imperial Beach, readily admits that the imagery of popular internet culture ...

Second drowning victim found at Playas de Tijuana

Teenage boy was missing since July16

The body of a young male washed ashore in Border Field State Park on Thursday morning, August 1, quite likely the second of two teenage boys who went missing July 16 from the Playas de ...

Fugitive in custody after standoff in Imperial Beach

Mystery shots fired

Fugitive Ramiro Espinoza, sought on a one-million-dollar warrant for attempted murder, was arrested by sheriff’s SWAT officers early on Friday, July 26, after a seven-hour standoff in Imperial Beach. Twenty-two homes on Elkwood Avenue were ...

Imperial Beach surfers stage floating fireworks display

A mild protest against city’s fiscal mismanagement

Surfers in Imperial Beach created a seaborne bonfire on July 4 in protest of the city’s decision to not participate in the Big Bay Boom fireworks show. Calling their event “Light the Sea in IB,” ...

Loews Coronado: “Get off the beach, dog”

IB Groomin’ booted from corporate event

A woman wearing a dog costume at the annual Surf Dog Competition in Imperial Beach found out she was caninus non grata when sheriff’s deputies asked her to leave at the request of the event’s ...

Imperial Beach council session revisits Sports Park issue

Brakes put on handover to YMCA, more meetings to come

At the Imperial Beach City Council session on June 26, the council worked out a plan to hold a series of meetings to enable the public to take part in the decision of whether or ...

Marriage proposal at Border Field State Park

The ring arrives late

Dulce Serrano went to Friendship Park in Border Field State Park on Sunday, June 23, to see her mother for the first time in five years and to introduce her to her boyfriend. Friendship Park ...

Hostage situation averted in Imperial Beach

Elderly man escapes to tell police of intruder

At approximately 7:30 a.m. on Friday, June 21, residents in an apartment complex in the 1400 block of 14th Street in Imperial Beach heard their neighbors yelling and screaming and called 911. The responding sheriff’s ...

Incursions on the rise, says Border Patrol

Two vehicles with 35 people make attempt to cross

Faced with huge budget cuts at the midpoint of their fiscal year, Border Patrol agents from the Imperial Beach station (and other stations along the border) are doubling up in many of the patrol vehicles ...

Border Patrol reports bands of Gypsies crossing from Mexico

Canada said to be their destination

Since 2010, more than 2200 Romanians have come into California from Mexico illegally and surrendered to the first U.S. Border Patrol agent they saw, according to Border Patrol statistics and accounts. Many of them surrendered ...

YMCA to take over Imperial Beach sports park?

If so, residents expect day-use fees

Outcry over the planned privatization of the only public sports park in Imperial Beach has caused the city council to postpone its decision on the matter. During a packed city-council meeting on June 5, everyone ...

Border Field State Park gate swings open on regular basis

Every Saturday and Sunday until 7pm

The California State Parks opened the iron gates to Border Field State Park to the public Saturday and Sunday — the first time the park has been open for anything other than special events since ...

South Bay Drive-In goes digital

Projectionist loses job

The South Bay Drive-In Theatres on Coronado Avenue in South San Diego recently updated its projection booths to digital. The digital conversion is being forced on all movie theaters by the major movie studios, which ...

Pier improvements in Imperial Beach

“At No Cost to the Taxpayers”

Strollers at the Imperial Beach Pier were recently greeted by a sign at the entrance proclaiming that improvements — mainly refurbishing and replacing worn, warped, wooden planks — are being carried out “at no cost ...

Border sewage plant logs two violations since February

Far fewer than the norm

The border sewage plant that treats Mexican sewage, which the International Boundary and Water Commission oversees, has had two violations of treatment standards since February — far fewer than preceding years. One of the violations ...

Heal the Bay releases annual report on San Diego beaches

Tijuana River mouth clean as long as it doesn’t rain

On Thursday, May 23, Heal the Bay representatives met at the mouth of the Tijuana River to announce their annual “beach report card.” While the organization gave the majority of San Diego County high grades ...

U.S.-Mexico border gate swings open at Friendship Park

Residents of both countries allowed a visit

Mayor Bob Filner, his fiancé Bronwyn Ingram, and Border Angels founder Enrique Morones made history Sunday, April 28, by going into Mexico via a newly built gate in the fence, opened for the first time ...