Logan Heights Stories

The Alabaman way

“People would come home from work, shower, then go out…to places like this.”

Tuesday, 8 p.m. What’s this buzz outside Felix’s? People, mostly African-American, are milling around the entrance, some dressed to the nines. Inside you can hear music and see what looks like a party going on. ...

Fire rages through Logan Heights bar

Arson closed Malena’s in 2008

A notorious neighborhood bar, Malena’s, located on the 2900 block of National Avenue, long closed due to an arson fire, was ablaze in the early morning hours of Friday, April 11. At around 2 in ...

Arson follows domestic turmoil in Logan Heights

After setting fires, boyfriend allegedly lights himself up

On Wednesday, April 9, shortly before 5 in the evening, police cars, fire trucks, and two ambulances responded to a house fire in the middle of the block on National Avenue between 30th and 31st. ...

Just a Sunday afternoon trash fire on National Ave.

What the landlord’s water device did.

Around 3:45 on Sunday afternoon, March 23, 2014, a bright clear windy afternoon, firefighters responded to a fire in the 2900 block of National Avenue. A neighbor around the corner had smelled smoke and called ...

Local, federal, and state authorities swarm Logan Heights

Serving arrest warrant on Marine

On Thursday, December 5, at approximately 10:30 in the morning, at a house on National Avenue between South 30th and 31st, a felony drug arrest warrant was carried out by members of a Joint Task ...

Pursuit of 15-year-old driver ends with smash-up of truck

"A bad kid," the officer said.

On Tuesday morning, October 29, at approximately 12:45 a.m., a high-speed police chase through the Memorial community ended on 30th Street where it intersects Newton Avenue. A small white car they were pursuing couldn't brake ...

Logan Heights at OnStage Productions

It’s too bad they don’t give a Craig Noel Award for Audience of the Year. I sat in a sure nominee recently at OnStage. High school students packed the house. They hung on every word ...

Hard to breathe in Barrio Logan

No puedo respirar

Barrio Logan’s mixture of residential and industrial use has taken its toll on the citizenry, who have higher rates of asthma than people in other San Diego neighborhoods.

Logan Heights charity overstocked with home wares

Rugs, sinks, locks, doors, deep-fat fryers...

Rebuilding Together San Diego's Logan Heights warehouse is jammed to the ceiling with rugs, cabinets, light fixtures and wiring, doors and windows, and even deep-fat fryers for turkey and the oil used to cook them. ...

What's in them sambusas?

Selling East African cuisine isn’t easy

Hasno Ali, 46-year-old owner of East African Cuisine, has to struggle to make money at San Diego’s farmers’ markets.

Ma's the backbone

Ma Eugenia’s Kitchen in Logan Heights prepares several traditional stews daily.

San Diego's Best Fried Chicken

The background photo on my brother’s iPod shows a plate of fried chicken and waffles from Roscoe’s up in Los Angeles. Before dining there, he had never enjoyed the two foods together, and he was ...

The Whitening of San Diego's 92113 Zip Code

More non-hispanic whites are moving into communities such as Barrio Logan, Logan Heights, Mountain View, and Southcrest. According to a list compiled by education expert and executive vice president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, ...

Bad Music Night in Logan Heights

It was a sad day for clowns when, last July, antiquated zoning regulations forced Technomania Circus to shut down their backyard performance space in Barrio Logan after seven years in business. Determined to continue juggling ...

All Aboard in Logan Heights!

Everyone nods or says hello. In this narrow room, it would be hard not to.

Woof! Woof! Big black dog’s barking at me. He’s standing in a strut pose on the porch of one of those great old Victorians they have here on Logan Avenue, in the barrio. But I ...

Search for Shelter Site Begins and Ends on Newton Avenue

Although the winter homeless shelter in Logan Heights was closed just a few months ago, the debate about where to place it this year is already heating up. On April 27, councilmembers on the Land ...

Downtown Garages Might Have to Wait, Says San Diego Unified

Standing in front of dozens of students at Perkins Elementary in Logan Heights on February 25, San Diego Unified School Board President Richard Barrera called on city council and the Centre City Development Corporation to ...

Awning Collapses at Strip Mall

Late in the afternoon on January 11, an awning at a strip mall in the 2600 block of Market Street collapsed and came crashing down on the sidewalk in front of five businesses. The wood-and-stucco ...

Rainwater Three to Four Feet High in Logan Heights

At approximately 9:15 am this morning (December 21) there was a flash flood in Chollas Creek near Logan and South Gregory Street that then flooded the surrounding streets and some residences and businesses. The flood ...

For Scrap

At approximately noon on May 17, two men were cutting open a propane tank (for scrap) on the 2900 block of Imperial Avenue when fumes caused the tank to ignite. A fire quickly spread to ...

Fighting Words

At the May 11 San Diego Unified School District Board of Education meeting, held in the Eugene Brucker Education Center auditorium on Normal Street, the board considered adopting a resolution introduced by board president Richard ...

St. Anne's Roman Catholic Church

A statue of the Infant Christ wearing a king’s crown stands to the left of the altar at St. Anne’s. Today, the statue also wears a purple robe trimmed with pearls over his usual finery ...

Bad Potluck

A fire broke out at the church on the corner of 30th Street and National Avenue at around 10 a.m. Thursday, November 26. The fire at Iglesia Pentecostes Jesucristo spread to the Ideal Market Liquor ...

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 ...

Tamales, Tacos, Flies

When we moved down here five years ago, there were tamale carts on every corner, tamale carts in every parking lot, tamale carts at the park, and tamale carts on the playing fields. Every market ...

Happy Birthday

A young man celebrating his 22nd birthday at a party held Saturday, August 8, received more of surprise than just the party when he received a visit from the police. San Diego police responded to ...

Truck Wins Again

At 1:31 p.m. on Sunday, February 22, at the intersection of National Avenue and 31st Street in Logan Heights, a motorcyclist became trapped underneath a truck after the two vehicles collided. The motorcyclist had been ...

Following Atkins's Lead

District 3 councilmember Toni Atkins issued a press release on October 7, asking for reconsideration of the Navy’s plan to redevelop the Navy Broadway Complex. The project puts 15 acres of waterfront property into the ...

Upside-Down? Go Short

In San Diego’s hemorrhaging real estate industry, it’s better to be upside-down and rich than upside-down and poor. That may sound axiomatic — it’s always nicer to be rich than poor — but carriage-trade folks ...

Outreach? More Like Outrage!

Mayor Sanders has stopped shaving in the shower; altering his shaving habits, he says, saves about 25 gallons of water per day. “It takes a while to shave this big of a face,” Sanders joked ...

Christ the King Catholic Church

“I have no hands but yours,” read the plaque below the statue of Christ outside the church. No tengo mas manos que las tuyas. And it was literally true — Jesus’ outstretched arms ended at ...

Tacos Are a Tiny Taste of Temptation

Eat up, little burros

Fancy wimmen are okay, but there's nuttin' like the real thing: a nice warm adobada taco on a nice cold night beside a nice hot grill outside a friendly taco catering truck, with that marinated ...

Mother of 15 Girls and 8 Boys, 1960

Mrs. Jerome Garcia and some of her children in their Logan Heights home, March 1960. "She was glad her latest child was a boy," according to our local daily. "She is the mother of 15 ...

Back When

Thirty Years Ago "Logan Heights is divided up into territories. Shelltown, which stretches from 43rd and Highland to Wabash and National and from Division to Imperial. After that comes Logan and that goes from the ...

Breakfast Laundry

“They’re growing up soft, less healthy, because they eat burgers and tacos and fries.”

Best of 2003: Best Religious Vittles

Shri Mandir Temple 9474 Black Mountain Road, Mira Mesa 858-566-5644 On Sunday mornings, the Journey Community Church in La Mesa serves up everything from tacos to pizza. And on Sunday mornings, the Buddhist Temple of ...

What's Nick Inzunza Got That You and I Don't?

Richard Russell makes no bones about it. He feels like an old man these days, though he won't say quite how old. The same goes for a lot of what Russell says about himself and ...

Best of 2001: Best Cuernavaca-Style Carne Asada

El Morelense 317 Dewey Street, Logan Heights 619-234-2750 Julio and Santos Arellano come from Cuernavaca, just south of Mexico City, in the state of Morelos, the home of revolutionary leader Emiliano Zapata. The food's just ...

Hooky Raids

On the morning of June 7, at least 25 police officers, social workers, and prosecutors, accompanied by a horde of television and print reporters, rolled out of a police substation in one of the poorest ...

Skateboard Grinds

Drive down 16th, cross the trolley tracks at Commercial, and turn left at the base of Chicano Park, then pull into what used to be a gas station. Five neighborhood kids doing skateboard grinds off ...

Good Old Boys

Stoorza, Ziegaus & Metzger, that politically well-wired downtown public relations and lobbying shop, is expanding its empire once again. This time, the Republican-based firm that has handled clients such as the Union-Tribune, Susan Golding, Pete ...

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