Mira Mesa Stories

Captured: Toy Gun Bandit

The “Toy Gun Bandit,” who has been robbing small businesses in the Mira Mesa area for the past five weeks, struck again on Friday, May 23. He entered the am/pm store on Black Mountain Road ...

Toy Gun, Real Crime

For the past three weeks, a lone male has been robbing stores in the Mira Mesa area. He strikes late at night, when there are no customers. He enters quickly, shows a knife, and demands ...

Stop Draggin' My Cart Around

At the recent March meeting of the Mira Mesa Town Council, a concerned resident stood before the group to voice her dismay on an issue that has plagued the town for years -- abandoned shopping ...

Talk’s Cheap – Free

“Mira Mesa is such a diverse area,” says Lien Dao, the community’s library branch manager. “People here are very eager to learn different languages to communicate with each other.” Dao says anyone with a library ...

Good Stuff

I'm a part-time clerk at an AM/PM in Mira Mesa. Saturday is busy, but, this past Saturday at 8 p.m., the store was empty and my coworker and I began to relax behind our registers. ...

Mira Mesa Meets Caltrans

Granted, Mira Mesa needs traffic relief, especially for entering and exiting the I-15. But how does Caltrans justify a project that is likely to increase already dangerous traffic next to a local elementary school? The ...

Poway Mint Under Threat

“People who camp out there are not wilderness people, they’re more like transients and drug addicts,” says city ranger John Garwood. “We’ve found needles and pipes. The most common [items found] are plastic bottles, vegetable ...

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 ...

Back to School

Continuing on my 20-year Mira Mesa High School reunion... I ran into Sebastian, who was in my kindergarten class. He was with his wife, and as we were chatting about the recent Beatles show LOVE, ...

My Bag

I met a guy at a party six months ago who told me that he had crashed his high school reunion. My 20-year reunion was coming up, and I decided to do the same. I ...

Bark Fest

Earlier this year, I attended a couple of business affairs. At an afternoon party, Muttropolis in La Jolla had a spread of food -- corn on the cob, grilled ribs and burgers. Upon closer inspection, ...

Loop the loop around Lake Miramar, by foot, bike or skates.

Miramar Lake, perched halfway up the dry hills overlooking Scripps Ranch, Mira Mesa, and the distant coast, was completed in 1960 as part of the second San Diego Aqueduct project. Water flowing south to the ...

Christ Community Church, Mira Mesa

The service opened with film clips: Adam Sandler doing a slow burn in Anger Management and Jane Fonda exploding with fury in Monster-in-Law . The congregation laughed throughout. Then a round of songs, ranging from ...

Community Bible Church, San Diego

"It isn't often that you find a pastor who has been in prison and been divorced but has a real heart for people. He isn't judgmental at all. If you are struggling with sin, this ...

Grace, Mira Mesa

Denomination: The Christian and Missionary Alliance Address: 9050 Mira Mesa Boulevard, Mira Mesa, 858-271-7730 Founded locally: 1975 Senior pastor: Bill Impey Congregation size: 75 Staff size: 2 Sunday school enrollment: 20 Annual budget: $175,000 Weekly ...

Dragon’s Blood and Ballistic Missiles

I went to two different parties on the Saturday before Halloween. The first one was in Imperial Beach. Lea, who invited me, told me most of the people attending were employees of the UCSD Medical ...

Oh, Deer

Matt Alice: On the streets that go through the canyons of Mira Mesa and Sorrento Mesa, you'll see yellow caution signs advising of deer. There used to be several herds there before Mira Mesa was ...

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 ...

Best of 2003: Best Place To Buy Shoelaces

Mira Mesa Shoe Repair 8965 Mira Mesa Boulevard, Mira Mesa 858-566-9280 A six-foot wall section is devoted to shoelaces. You'll find the color, length, and style of laces you're seeking. A pair of 36-inch, black, ...

Best of 2003: Best Betcha-Can't-Tell-It's-A-Veggie Burger

Islands 10669 West View Parkway, Mira Mesa www.islandsrestaurants.com 858-578-6500 At Island Burgers, the décor is tropical and the menu is full of variations on Grade-A beef burgers, like the "Hawaiian" with pineapple and teriyaki sauce, ...

Hike, bike, or skate Lake Miramar's paved perimeter path -- but not across the dam itself.

Not all San Diegans flock to the beaches on sunny summer days. Some gravitate toward inland recreational spots like Lake Miramar, which offers a spacious venue for pursuits such as walking, jogging, biking, and in-line ...

What causes the 10 degree temperature change between Miramar Way and Mira Mesa Boulevard?

Matt: A while ago I was coming home from a job downtown, heading north on the 15. When I got to about Miramar Way, I noticed the temperature dropped what felt like ten degrees Then ...

Best of 2000: Best Saturday Wine Soaks

The San Diego Wine Company 5282 Eastgate Mall, Miramar (858) 535-1400 The WineSellar and Brasserie 9550 Waples Street, Mira Mesa (858) 450-9557 www.winesellar.com Vintage Wines 6904 Miramar Road, Miramar (858) 549-2112 www.vintagewinessd.com The Wine Bank ...

Best of 2000: Best Toy Store

Zany Brainy 1530 Camino de la Reina, Mission Valley (619) 291-9500 5485 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa (619) 466-6751 10661 Westview Parkway, Mira Mesa (858) 547-8700 Stone Cold Steve Austin, the Rock, Mankind -- oh, ...

Best of 2000: Best Place To Score Primo Sheet Music

Music Central 5604 Balboa Avenue, Clairemont (858) 279-6152 8190 Mira Mesa Boulevard, Mira Mesa (858) 578-2411 After 25 years in business, Music Central boasts one of the largest selections of sheet music in San Diego. ...

What are the large cylinders for on top of the first hill north of Mira Mesa along the I-15?

Dear Matt A.: There are these large cylinders on top of the first hill north of Mira Mesa along the I-15. I think that the same type of twin cylinders exist (because I've climbed up ...