Loma Portal News & Stories

Loma Portal residents object to recycling operation

Store owner wants to close it

On July 1, James Prince opened a recycling collection center in the parking lot of Stump’s Family Marketplace, the independently owned grocery store at the corner of Voltaire and Worden streets in the Point Loma ...

Street-dumb phone stuck in the past

Consider this the formal goodbye to State Route 274

Motorists traveling northbound on 805 out of Mission Valley into Kearny Mesa may have recently noticed something covered up on the green freeway signs indicating the Balboa Avenue exit. Covered over in mismatched green is ...

But when it does rain in Southern California...

Storm-water pump system in disrepair, says city honcho

Daniel Orozco's job is maintaining the city's 15 storm-water pump stations. He recently testified before the city council's Environment Committee, saying that about two years ago, he determined a method for being notified if a ...

Just the right amount of wrong

Ed susses out and scarfs Desi’s crunchalicious bargain half-pounder.

Oh, man. This is one desolate little stretch of street. Lytton. Loma Portal. Quarter mile of traffic-crammed blight. Maybe it’s the half light. Whatever, I come to a closed-up, windowless, brick-red-painted concrete building with no ...

Carnivore's vegan spot

Native Foods Café makes at least one "mixed family" happy

It was the day before Mother’s Day and the kids and I wanted to give my wife a nice meal. She’s been a vegetarian for more than a year so I figured a steakhouse was ...

Brush fire on side of Nimitz Boulevard

Man and dog leave with police

Police officers and firefighters arrived on the west side of Nimitz Boulevard near West Point Loma Boulevard at around 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 30. A man was sitting on the side of the road ...

Loma Portal Gas Station Robbed

A suspect who robbed a Loma Portal gas station on Wednesday, November 14, at around 10:00 p.m. was still on the loose Thursday afternoon. The Shell gas station on the corner of West Point Loma ...

Apartment Thief Suspect Taken into Custody in Loma Portal

With guns drawn and bearing a search warrant, a task force of law-enforcement officials knocked on the door of a West Point Loma Boulevard apartment on the morning of August 15. Taken into custody at ...

Barnett Avenue Safer Going Southbound

At Barnett Avenue’s southern end, where it meets Pacific Highway, the two-lane road was recently narrowed to a single lane. Though it is now a traffic bottleneck, before the conversion, I witnessed a bicyclist ride ...

Domesticated Fowl Dumped at Famosa Slough?

Famosa Slough is home to various wildlife species. As such, there has been a problem with people dumping unwanted birds and pets at the 37-acre wetland. During the years of residing near the slough, I ...

Black and Blue

The City of San Diego announced new refuse-collection schedules on July 7. According to a press release, “The redesigned routes require drivers to work four 10-hour shifts each week, which will save the City $4.4 ...

Don't Tow My Home

"There will be no more predatory towing in the streets of San Diego," said district attorney Bonnie Dumanis at a news conference on August 21, 2006. Clark Waters shakes his head. He has now fired ...

Best of 2003: Best (& Only) Place To Buy Cajun Boudin

Mardi Gras Café and Market 3185 Midway Drive, Loma Portal 619-223-5501 If you know what it means to miss New Orleans, this deli serves Louisiana cooking and sells the ingredients. The shelves are piled high ...

Best of 2003: Best Upholsterer

Point Loma Upholstery, Inc. 3950 Hicock Street, Loma Portal 619-298-3828 Owner Buzz Rodriguez's recorded message explains the "seven secrets of upholstering." The most important considerations include ergonomics (is it comfortable for your body?), foam quality, ...

Best of 2001: Best Submariners' Hideout

Horse and Cow Bar and Grill 2734 Lytton, Loma Portal 619-224-6409 Inside it's as dark as a mile-deep sub after lights out. Once you get used to it, you start seeing things. "Caution: vent tube ...

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