Kearny Mesa Stories

Crash on Kearny Villa Road

Shortly after 11:30 a.m. today, January 5, a late-model Honda Accord was traveling south on Kearny Villa Road and slammed into another vehicle heading north on Kearny Villa at the Balboa Avenue intersection. The other ...

Walmart's All-Out War Against San Diego City Hall; Bridgepoint Leases New Space

Lobbyist and ex-Tribune reporter Al Ziegaus and his Southwest Strategies have gone to bat for Walmart in the company’s all-out war against San Diego city hall. According to recent filings, Ziegaus and sidekick Clint Carney ...

With Candice and Da Man at Izakaya Sakura

My first meal at Izakaya Sakura was an especially joyous occasion. Not only did I get to enjoy sharing bites with Candice Woo (former CityBeat food critic who just replaced David Nelson at San Diego ...

Islamic Center of San Diego

Congregants: daily, 100–150; Friday weekly prayer service, 1200 Weekly Services: 12:15 & 1:15 p.m., Fridays Imam: Taha Hassane Age: 41 Born: Tenes, Algeria Formation: University of Algiers-Institute of Islamic Sciences, Algiers, Algeria; Graduate Theological Foundation, ...

Beer Medals

So this is it? The Holy Grail? Where the Beer Capital of the New World was born? I’m fresh off the number 44 bus, searching through a typical Kearny Mesa strip mall. Yogurt World, Tofu ...

Korea's Got Cooking Talent!

The adventure began with an email from a work colleague: “You’ve got to try this place, even if you don’t review it. You should just go and enjoy it.” After checking blogs that gave more ...

Pecks of Pickled Peppers

Who’ll be the winner of Szechuan Idol? The two local finalists for the most authentic Szechuan food in San Diego are Ba Ren and Dede’s. After thoroughly enjoying Dede’s (reviewed 10/22/08), I was eager to ...

Into the Swarm

Walking at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 18, I neared the corner of Balboa Avenue and Kearny Villa Road and noticed a large cloud of movement. I thought they were just flies, but as I ...

Like Weeds

Inside the auditorium at the Metropolitan Wastewater Operations Center in Kearny Mesa, community planners from across the city gathered for the February 23 meeting of the Community Planning Committee to discuss the issue of medical ...

Strip to This

“I’ve got to be the first person ever to play Joy Division in that club,” says DJ Atari, after being hired with Junior the Disco Punk to bring their club DJ sound to Kearny Mesa ...

Crunched

On Tuesday, October 20, a budget workshop for the San Diego Unified School District was held in Kearny Mesa. District officials estimated the deficit for the 2010–'11 budget to be $100 million. This does not ...

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 ...

Stripped

San Diego police were called to the Dream Girls Cabaret Wednesday night, August 26, after a disturbance involving customers who left the establishment without paying their bill. According to an SDPD report, two units were ...

Invisible Dog and Man with Knife

Last Thursday morning, August 13, anyone driving up northbound I-15 trying to get on SR 52 found a middle-aged man assaulting vehicles and stopping traffic. The man was screaming that he had been assaulted and ...

No-wait Nuptials Nixed

San Diego County is putting the brakes on spur-of-the-moment marriages. Beginning Monday, July 6, marriage licenses and civil ceremonies will be offered by appointment only. “The walk-in marriage services are being discontinued due to budgetary ...

Another Side of BBQ

And now, for a completely different style of barbecue: Japanese yakiniku. Sensei Shima, Samurai Jim’s martial-arts teacher, favors Suzuya for it; Jim and his fellow students often eat there with the master after class. Jim ...

KFMB Channel 8 Blood Drive in Kearny Mesa

On Friday, January 23, 2009 from 11:00 a.m. through 6:30 p.m., San Diego residents waited in the parking lot of the Kearny Mesa Walmart to help replenish the dwindling supply of blood at the San ...

New Stephen Birch Healthcare Center Unveiled

On Saturday, January 10, 2009, the new Stephen Birch Healthcare Center at Sharp Memorial Hospital was officially unveiled to the public. Hospital staff members were on hand at the 315,000-square-foot, 334-bed facility to provide tours ...

Congregation Dor Hadash

Shabbat was over; the spare, clean-lined synagogue at Dor Hadash was empty. Instead, the community gathered in the adjacent room, decorated for a party. Tinfoil runners gleamed over blue-and-white tablecloths; clusters of silver-and-blue-foil dreidels hung ...

Beepers and Omelettes

Nobody goes to the hospital unless they have to. Or their buddy has to. My buddy Cisco had to today. Tests. He’s like me: car-free. So our neighbor Linda offered her Nissan. Bless that gal. ...

Dog Is My Copilot

The last weekend in August, I was invited to a party in an airplane hangar, which is funny because the word one associates with parties is “hangover,” not “hangar.” James, a local doctor with a ...

Heat Lightning

Enter the Dragon! I am breathing fire after enjoying the spicy cuisine of Szechuan every night for a week. One of my favorite occasional email pen-pals, a UCSD social science prof (another expat New Yorker), ...

Charity Checkers

“Some people will flat out tell you, ‘I don’t want anything too hard,’” says Kathryn Smith. “With most people, you can just kind of tell what games they’d be good at. I had one crowd ...

Crabba the Hut

Crab Hut advertises, "You'll swear you're in New Orleans." (They clearly don't mean the drowned, empty neighborhoods and the crack-dealer gangs, but the pre-"Brownie" foodies' paradise.) But you can't believe everything you read. Take Crab ...

The Penetrators, 1980

The Penetrators at Western Audio recording studios in Kearny Mesa, May 15, 1980. "Need good personality art," reads the photo assignment sheet. Standing in the back of the room are Gary Heffern, Chris Sullivan, and ...

Hearing No Evil

Fighting a two-front war with the Federal Aviation Administration over the too-tall high-rise he is building near Kearny Mesa's Montgomery Field and two towers he's proposing for Harbor Island near Lindbergh Field, Sunroad Enterprises' Aaron ...

Flood, Kearny Mesa

Denomination: associated with the Baptist General Conference Address: services held at Kearny High School, 7651 Wellington Way, Kearny Mesa, 858-268-2330 Founded locally: 2005 (as independent entity) Senior pastor: Matt Hammett Congregation size: 1600 Staff size: ...

Kearny Mesa: Next Boom?

San Diego wants to build up, not out. Single-family detached homes will become historical artifacts. High-rises will mushroom out of the ground. But will it work? The infrastructure to support the population growth doesn't exist. ...

Fuzzy Little Hats

When I was a kid, I saw a Shriner wearing a fez in Kearny Mesa. It reminded me of Tom Bosley's character, "Mr. C.," on Happy Days, who would sometimes wear those fuzzy hats. (And ...

The Rock Church

Polished pop filled the vast, low, pale-gray box that housed The Rock Church. On stage behind the band stood mock highway signs, highlighting the book of Numbers as a road trip: a caution triangle warning ...

Back When

Thirty Years Ago The bare bottom of San Diego sport is epitomized by the face of Canadian entrepreneur and Sports Arena operator Peter Graham. This contemptuous double-dealer is the best case yet for confiscatory inheritance ...

The Mystery of Lot 3

Buzz Gibbs smells something fishy in Kearny Mesa.

For decades, the Gibbs family and Montgomery Field, the city-owned airport on Kearny Mesa, have been joined at the hip. The family's concrete-block buildings and metal hangars, its gas pumps, taxiways, and tie-down areas, have ...

It's a Crime: Verbatim Police Reports

ARMED ROBBERY Location: 9310 Kearny Mesa Road Time/Date: 12:30 p.m. on 1/30/05 Investigation: I was dispatched to the Best Western Motel on an armed robbery that had just occurred. The radio message said the suspects ...

What Insiders Eat

Restaurant staff gab and gobble.

Food = joy…guilt…anger…pain…nurturing… friendship…hatred…the way you look and feel.… Food = everything you can imagine. —Susan Powter Tim Klepeis, the chef at Adams Avenue Grill, spoke hesitatingly at first. “I think the greatest reward is ...

Best of 2003: Best Place To Volunteer

Volunteer San Diego 4699 Murphy Canyon Road, Kearny Mesa www.volunteersandiego.org 858-636-4131 In January 2002, San Diego Cares and the Volunteer Center of San Diego County merged to become Volunteer San Diego. Their entire purpose is ...

Best of 2003: Best Place To Meet Cool Asian Youth

TeaZone 4688 Convoy Street, Kearny Mesa 858-279-6888 They come from Taipei, from Seoul, from Asia's trendiest capitals. They carry walnut-size cell phones that twitter like sparrows. They drive sassy low-slung subcompacts with dazzling rims and ...

Best of 2003: Best Exotic Nightspot

San Diego Min Sok Chon 4620 Convoy Street, Kearny Mesa 858-560-8168 True aficionados of exotic nightlife head to San Diego Min Sok Chon, a self-described "Korean folk village" that is a cavernous bar/restaurant with thatch-roofed ...

Best of 2003: Best Used Running Shoes

Road Runner Sports 5553 Copley Drive, Kearny Mesa 858-974-4455 All the used shoes on the shelves, and there are hundreds of pairs, are returns from catalog sales. The fit wasn't right or the arch didn't ...

Best of 2003: Best Satellite Dish Dealer

AmeriSat 7370 Opportunity Road, Suite P, Kearny Mesa www.digitaldishnet.com 858-505-1122 HDTV or TiVO? You want programs in Russian, Portuguese, or Arabic? Ask here and you'll get a knowledgeable answer. Although AmeriSat has specialized in commercial ...

Best of 2003: Best Chinese Breakfast Porridge

Sam Woo Bar-B-Q Restaurant In the 99 Ranch Supermarket 7330 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard #A103, Kearny Mesa 858-505-9888 The Chinese say jok, Chinese porridge, is the healthy, gentle way to start the day. Jok is made ...

Best of 2003: Best Bean-Based Pastries

Crown Bakery 4690 Convoy Street, Suite 104, Kearny Mesa 858-499-0067 Every morning, Korean-owned Crown Bakery produces the city's freshest and tastiest green, red, and white bean paste buns at its Convoy Street storefront. Bean paste ...

Best of 2001: Best Garden For Sick Children

Carley's Magical Garden/Oncology Gardens, Children's Hospital 3020 Children's Way, Kearny Mesa 858-576-1700 www.chsd.org Carley died of leukemia when she was three. Her parents wanted to do something in her memory. They came up with a ...

Best of 2001: Best TV Repair

Contec Video And Audio 4425 Convoy Street, Suite 212, Kearny Mesa 858-277-2641 With the low price of VCRs and the imminent dominance of DVD, not many places repair VCRs anymore, but Contec still does. They ...

Best of 2001: Best Place To Get Your Nails Done

Lynn's Nails of Kearny Mesa 4411 Mercury Street, Suite 109 (Mercury and Balboa), Kearny Mesa 858-495-0816 Lynn's Nails doesn't appear to be anything more than another nail salon sporting a fruit shrine worshipping Buddha. But ...

Best of 2001: Best Place To Pick Up Classic One-Armed Bandits

Olhausen Pool Tables 5620 Kearny Mesa Road, Kearny Mesa 800-570-7665 The law says you can't buy one-armed bandits that require coins unless they're genuine antiques, i.e., 1940 or earlier. No problem, says Sheila Roesink, the ...

Best of 2001: Best Magic Shop

Brad Burt's Magic Shop 4204 Convoy Street, Kearny Mesa 858-571-4749 This is a one-stop source for bendable keys, flying coins, dove pans, vanishing bottles, magic ropes, die cyphers, and other tools of the conjurer's trade. ...

Best of 2001: Best Housecleaning Service

Panda's Domestic Service 7677 Ronson Road #202, Kearny Mesa 858-292-5503 Panda's offers reliable housecleaners who will clean to your specifications and stay out of your way. When Pam Thompson started Panda's in 1986, she was ...

Best of 2001: Best Place To Fish For Crabs

99 Ranch Market 7330 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard, Kearny Mesa 858-974-8899 A zillion live rock crabs, each the size of a woman's hand, are sitting on a bed of ice. Luckily, they're not as crabby as ...

Best of 2001: Best Jellyfish East Of Hong Kong

Dumpling Inn 4619 Convoy Street, Kearny Mesa 858-268-9638 It's hard to find good jellyfish this side of the ocean. Most jellyfish served in the U.S. are rubbery or totally tasteless. Or maybe it's been cooked ...

Best of 2000: Best Venue For Salsaholics

Davis Dance School 8303 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard #205, Kearny Mesa (858) 467-0557 www.sdsalsa.com Davis Dance School's bimonthly salsa dance parties from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m., following an hour lesson at 7:30 p.m., are the site ...

Best of 2000: Best Party For Baby-Boomer Singles

Darlena's Turning Point at 94th Aero Squadron 8885 Balboa Avenue, Kearny Mesa (858) 259-6166 www.singlesinsandiego.com More than a hundred singles show up each Tuesday for this dance party geared toward thirtysomethings. Guests shell out $10 ...

Best of 2000: Best Computer Game Store

Software and Such 4411 Mercury Street, Kearny Mesa (858) 627-9700 The facilities aren't much to look at, and the selection of games at first glance may not appear abundant. But this place seems to have ...