Imperial Beach Stories

Stinks like sewage, it's likely sewage

Incomplete dredging of Tijuana River Valley created hazards

City dredging of the Tijuana River Valley channels was left unfinished in the spring, but it was after crews destroyed a popular river crossing, according to speakers at the San Diego City Council meeting on ...

The last word in cheap eats

First up, I’m not an early-morning guy. But on this perfect food day, you’ve got to start at the crack of dawn. Because that’s when the dja kwai are at their freshest at Trieu Chau ...

Alvarez goes down by the river

Group of border trail users invites councilman for a damage tour

A group of Tijuana River Valley hikers and equestrians took San Diego city councilmember David Alvarez to see an impassable river channel crossing on August 22. Their hope is that he will be able to ...

Open, open, open

A hit-list of planned opening dates for upcoming brewery projects.

I have nearly 50 upcoming breweries, brewpubs, tasting rooms, and other brewing company-owned facilities on my radar. Thanks to San Diego Beer News, people are well aware of this, which leads to me being asked ...

Treffen nation

Vintage VWs drive from Canada, joined by others on trip to Mexican border

A swarm of bugs and a bevy of buses — all air-cooled Volkswagens — pulled into Border Field State Park Sunday, August 10, to mark the end of the 2014 Treffen — a ten-day drive ...

Pleasure additive

An Ed-ucation in cheap, local Thai in IB, nothing tamada allowed.

‘Whu-where are we?” Yes, I’m kinda nervous. Driving with Ria, Carla’s best buddy. I mean, she’s a good driver and all, but this wagon: Volvo, 200,000 miles before the odometer stopped working, heater won’t turn ...

Left speechless

Divine intervention may be at play when Chad visits Little Bonanza.

In an era when any jerk with a Wi-Fi connection can condemn every small business on Earth for no good reason, it speaks volumes to find a bar with zero Yelp reviews. No off-topic whiners. ...

Outasight, Daddy-o

Alleged peel-out in parking lot leads to injury

A Toyota truck ended up on top of a classic maroon roadster Friday afternoon, June 27, in the parking lot of the AutoZone store at 1344 Palm Avenue. Shortly after 3:00 p.m., Imperial Beach sheriff’s ...

House fire sounds

"My husband and I were watching TV and heard a bunch of booms.”

Flames tore through an Imperial Beach house Monday night, June 23. The fire started in the kitchen of the home at 914 Fern Avenue shortly after 10:00 p.m., quickly spread to the living room and ...

Fishers vs. surfers at I.B. Pier

City posts signs that limit fishing area

Pier-fishers in Imperial Beach are complaining about the city's signs that create a protected “surf zone” that limits the area where they can fish. The signs are located on the pier, marking the point past ...

What’s in the hopper, part two

The best of the rest of San Diego’s upcoming breweries

Yesterday, I shared the top five most intriguing brewery projects on deck throughout San Diego County. Today, I’m disclosing the seven that round out my top 12 and why. 6 - Prodigy Brewing Company: When ...

Imperial Beach to go Boom

Citizen fundraisers pledge to raise $25,000 for July 4th fireworks

Last year, the City of Imperial Beach didn't fund fire works and initially had planned not to have the celebration in 2014 or 2015. But then Candy Unger and Tim O'Neal formed “I heart IB" ...

Poop-pipe redo

I.B. council approves replacement of failing sewer line

The Imperial Beach City Council voted Wednesday night, June 5, to replace a failing sewer line and to move forward on paving unpaved alleys. The repair to the sewer line that runs under Highway 75 ...

Car-crazies in I.B.

“They don’t want to win trophies.”

About 50 cars and some motorcycles — from lowriders and hotrods to Harley-Davidsons — showed up for an informal car show on Seacoast Drive in Imperial Beach on June 3. Derek Spencer, who sports a ...

Land-grabbers pay up

Borderlands dispute between state and federal agencies quietly settled

The Department of Homeland Security and the California State Parks have finally settled a lawsuit over about 58 acres of land along the U.S.-Mexico border, taken by the feds to beef up border presence in ...

I.B. Pier sports new wood

Six and a half miles of planks laid — but only at night

A $420,000 project to replace almost all of the planks on the Imperial Beach pier wrapped up last week in time for the Memorial Day weekend, which drew 55,000 people to the pier and sands, ...

Deported veterans are veterans, too

Memorial Day at Border Field State Park

A Memorial Day celebration at Border Field State Park dedicated to deported veterans suffered from blocked public access by the Border Patrol because of maximum-occupancy restrictions. The event was organized by the Border Angels group ...

Change is rough at Imperial Beach rec center

New management seems to not want old employees

Employees of Imperial Beach’s Sports Park Recreation Center worked their last day on May 23; they lost their jobs due to the city’s privatization of the facility and grounds. With tears in his eyes, program ...

Sprouts and mussels and — wait, did I miss it?

Slurping it up at Sea180.

“Everyone has waited ten years for this,” he says. “People said, ‘It’s I.B. It’ll never happen!’”

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 ...

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