Mission Beach Stories

Top events and things to do in San Diego this week, April 17–April 23

An evening of artists’ talks presented in conjunction with the gallery’s exhibition Personal Narratives. You will have an opportunity to view the exhibition before the talks, present questions, and mingle afterward. Artists: Richard Burkett, Maryann ...

FreePB.org wins records act lawsuit against city

Judge says Chief Lansdowne’s SDPD was wrong to deny request

Emails, memos, and other communication explaining the San Diego's Police Department's reasoning for allowing some special events to be exempt from the city's alcohol ban must be turned over to the nonprofit anti-booze-ban group FreePB, ...

Major projects at Mission Beach's Plunge

Tile repairs, new filtration system, Wyland mural to become glasswork

If you went swimming early last month at Belmont Park’s historic pool, the Plunge, you likely noticed that the Wyland sea-life mural on the south wall was split from pool deck to high ceiling, exposing ...

King tides a harbinger of sea-level rise?

San Diego Coastkeeper gives bay tour previewing 2050's "new normal"

King tides, the highest of high-water marks that come around just a few times each year, became evident at beaches and bays across San Diego during the past week. Environmental and water-quality advocacy group San ...

San Diego's top spots for picnics

“The park offers a bird’s-eye view of downtown skyscrapers, planes lifting off from the airport, Mission Bay, the ocean...”

Never homeless: Ripped off in Mission Bay Park

And then suicide seemed the only solution

I can remember that day like it was yesterday. I woke up in the morning like I always do, rolled up in my wet, blue sleeping bag around 3:50. I knew the finkin’ sprinkler system ...

Zip-line races soon at Mission Beach’s Belmont Park

New attractions expected to be done before summer

The California Coastal Commission on January 10 approved another attraction for Mission Beach’s Belmont Park — a 300-foot zip-line. The zip-line and a laser-tag arena that’s already approved and under construction, will be operational on ...

Blackfish backlash continues — protest at SeaWorld

Two days later, company reports record profits

Animal-rights activists staged a demonstration at the entrance to SeaWorld on Saturday afternoon, January 11. Approximately 50 activists brandished picket signs and formed a line along Sea World Drive on both sides of South Shores ...

Mission Beach fire follows boom, destroys bayfront home

Birds and humans escape raging inferno

A major fire broke out on Sunday night, December 29, at a multi-unit residence in Mission Beach. Flames ripped through the entire structure within minutes. San Diego Fire-Rescue battled the two-alarm blaze in the 800 ...

Mission Beach, a Surf Cowboy and a German Exchange Student

Sometimes I miss Midwest winters. I got a nice dose of reality when I went home to Chicago for a weekend visit during in October. I had to wear a winter jacket — the entire ...

St. Jude's Give Thanks

How much would you pay to run a family friendly 5K in order to support St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital? On Saturday, November 23rd there will be a 5k at De Anza Cove for St. ...

Bottom Scratchers with spearguns

I started to get dizzy, started to see lights

San Diego spear fishermen of today come from a lineage that began in the ’30s, with the Bottom Scratchers of La Jolla. Today there are less fish but the equipment is superior. Nevertheless, it’s easy to drown when a big sea bass takes you for a ride through a kelp ball.

Shamu and you

Walk a mile or four with Shamu?

Everyone's best buddy Shamu, the killer whale, is raising money for The Rady Children's Hospital. The name of the the event is the Shamu and You Walk. I’m not sure how much walking Shamu is ...

Savage rocks the boat

Red Not Chili Peppers bassist Jonathan Savage organizes “Rock the Boat,” a paddleboat cruise party on Mission Bay to benefit Marine veterans.

See and be seen

Mission Beach house on the market for 1411 days.

On the Boardwalk

Mission Beach’s boardwalk is one of the greatest locales in San Diego for people watching. There is a superb mixture of out-of-towners, drunk frat boys, scantily clad beach goers, and bizarre buskers whose talents include ...

Sampler Flight: August 7–11

Local events ranging from a pub crawl to a convention

August 7 | PB Craft Crawl: No community is more primed for a pub crawl than Pacific Beach. But thanks to the teaming of several selective watering holes in and around PB, crawlers now have ...

Paddleboard safari

Stand-up paddle board lessons are a good, easy way to learn how to surf. But don’t do it. Surfing is no fun.

How supply meets demand at the Wave House

The Wave House in Mission Beach will present Barrington Levy July 4. Promoter Eat.Drink.Sleep is charging only $10 for tickets but will raise the price as the date comes closer.

Rescues in the surf zone

There are many ways to go about becoming a San Diego lifeguard.

Lexus in the sand of South Mission Beach

Nobody claims ownership

At approximately 3 a.m. on Saturday, April 6, a Lexus coupe was discovered on South Mission Beach at Ocean Front Walk near Anacapa Court. The car had apparently been abandoned after the driver realized they ...

Parasailing with the Evans family

Fresh from a big controversy over who gets to run kayaks at La Jolla Shores, the City of San Diego is now preparing to award an exclusive deal for parasailing operations on Mission Bay. But ...

Soulless P.B.

The building formerly known as Canes and then SoundWave is coming back as a club, but with less emphasis on big-name concerts.

Grown Men on Big Wheels

My brother-in-law lived in Mission Beach for five years. He lovingly refers to it as Neverland. Saturday night in MB, I witnessed two middle aged men riding big wheels. Also, I was nearly run over ...

Abuse of Shamu and friends continues, say SeaWorld protesters

Group pickets outside theme park

It has been about a year since a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit that was filed against SeaWorld for enslaving their marine animals. But a hardy group of animal-abuse protesters did not let that fact ...

Mission Bay turf wars

Park and Rec Department is not keen on cleats

San Diego’s Park & Rec Department continues with a crackdown on frisbee and soccer players who where rubber cleats at Ski Beach. Players say they don’t tear up the fields, that it’s a small number of people who complain.

Why the Yukon will continue to kill divers

Staci Johnson, a 26-year-old Marine , recently became the fifth diver to die while diving the Yukon, a Canadian escort ship sunk off of Mission Beach in 2000. Because the vessel is on its side, it is disorienting.

No SeaWorld fireworks after Mission Bay Parade of Lights

The annual nighttime holiday boat procession known as the Mission Bay Parade of Lights, held on Saturday, December 8, was not what it was advertised to be. Some websites stated approximately 100 boats would participate, ...

Trackin' critters on Fiesta Island

Hike on a man-made island in Mission Bay where invasive plants dominate the landscape.

Catch the Bakery Thief, Get Rolls for Life

Baked, a bakery located near the boardwalk in Mission Beach, has been robbed twice since June. Owner Nanci Houlgate said the burglar took “a whole bunch of bread, cookie dough and, oh…some change,” referring to ...

Afro Puffs

’Dos that don’t.

San Diego’s ethnic populations are segregated, for better and worse.

Fun-Runners Crash Wedding Near Mission Bay

A herd of over 200 fun-run participants inadvertently stormed through the Marina Village Conference Center on the afternoon of June 23, interrupting a quiet outdoor wedding. The entire group, participants in the San Diego Hash ...

Seaside Sellout

Will the March 16 show headlined by local reggae band Stranger be the last show ever at Sound Wave (formerly Canes)? No shows are being booked at the 700-capacity beachfront venue after that date. The ...

Sea World Protesters Don’t Give Up Fight for Shamu’s Freedom

On the morning of February 18, a sparse protest group demonstrated at Sea World’s San Diego park entrance. The protest followed last week’s decision by a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit against Sea World ...

Mission Beach Apartment Fire

At around 1:30 p.m. on September 30, a fire broke out at a three-story residential structure on the corner of Dover Court and Mission Boulevard. Five fire companies responded; it took almost an hour to ...

Mission Beach Closed After Sharks Spotted

At around 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, August 25, lifeguards near tower 15 in Mission Beach spotted the dorsal fin of a shark just off the coastline. First estimates were that the shark was approximately 12 ...

Sailing on the Bay

“Take it off!” shouted the salty ex-marine at the bow of the boat. “Take it off!” “What the hell is he talking about? Are we all supposed to strip?” I asked Lou, who was manning ...

Smokers Targeted in Anti-Litter Campaign

The corner of Mission Boulevard and Mission Bay Drive in Mission Beach came alive on the morning of Saturday, August 13 with a dozen or so Surfrider volunteers who urged everyone to "Hold On To ...

SoundWave Crashes

The beach-front music venue that was known for 13 years as Cane’s has ceased operations. The 900-capacity Cane’s hosted Snoop Dogg, Prince, Linkin Park as well as local bands when previous owner Eric Leitstein ran ...

One Ugly Thirst

It all started in Mission Beach, where so many of us got stuck back in the Roaring ’90s. The place sucked us in like the rip current; and now, 20 years and a million beers ...

Storefront Windows Defaced with Scratches

During an overnight vandalism spree in late January, the storefront windows of more than 30 Ocean Beach businesses were defaced. Over 90 sheets of glass were deeply scratched; the replacement cost was estimated in the ...

PETA Protests Sea World’s Confinement of Orcas

Before noon on Saturday, February 5, at the intersection of Sea World Drive and Sea World Way, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals protested Sea World's confinement of orcas. An activist’s sign read, "Honk ...

Project to Remedy Flooding in Mission Beach

Along the northern bank of the San Diego River bike path near Mission Beach, a large area has been fenced off near the City of San Diego Park & Rec refuse dump area. On this ...

San Diego Visitors Center Shuttered

"After 40 years, we are closed." A sign attached to the front door of the Mission Bay Visitors Information Center spelled out the unhappy news, as confused tourists milled about. According to a post on ...

Un-Sound Wave Hits Mission Beach's Belmont Park

Eric Leitstein spent 13 years building up Canes, the oceanfront venue that brought Prince, Linkin Park, Maroon 5, and Snoop Dogg to Mission Beach. In October of last year, Leitstein was squeezed out when landlord ...

Volunteers Enlist to Find Christopher Connor’s Murderer

Mission Beach residents awoke on the morning of November 16 to find a banner promising a $25,000 reward hanging from the roof of an empty storefront near the rollercoaster. "I'm not sure who put that ...

Belmont Park Predicament Not Amusing

Tom Lochtefeld stood before San Diego city councilmembers Tuesday, November 9, and urged them to direct the city's Real Estate Assets Department to restart negotiations on Belmont Park's land lease and rethink the 700 percent ...

The Sneak Joint Is Jammin' in Mission Beach

It seemed like a good idea...a great idea. What can beat sunset, PB, and happy hour at a place where you’re gonna see the green flashes? At a place that’s filled with experts? Because, well, ...

Dolphins Spotted in Mission Bay

On the morning of September 13, several of residents of South Mission Beach woke up and witnessed two rare sightings: a sunny morning devoid of any persistent marine layer and an animated pod of dolphins ...

Paid in the Shade

Signs hang on the wood gazebos in Mission Bay Park informing park goers that beginning October 1, shade provided by the picnic gazebos is no longer free. Starting in October, picnic shelters located in East ...

Krazy Kabbie

On Friday, July 2, at 10:35 p.m., pedestrians on the boardwalk in Mission Beach had to act quickly to get out of the way as a taxi sped by them. Yellow Cab number 1013 alarmed ...

Beer Float

Before San Diego Police Captain Chris Ball had the chance to sit down at Wednesday's Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee meeting, the issue of "floatillas" surfaced. "These floatillas...I imagine we're going to have our ...