Mission Hills Stories

Mission Hills United Methodist Church

“The church was built in 1913, before there was even a street here,” said a congregant at Mission Hills United Methodist. “People love it for weddings.” Between the stained-glass dome, the Arts & Crafts woodwork, ...

Mission Hills' Million Dollar Mini Park

A small group of Mission Hills residents are so adamant about scoring parkland for their neighborhood, they are willing to spend over a million dollars to hardscape a third of an acre of environmentally sensitive ...

Hillcrest VS High Rises — Judgement Day

Over 50 residents of Hillcrest, Mission Hills, and Banker's Hill attended the July 8 San Diego City Council meeting. They waved five-inch, fluorescent green signs that on one side read "IHO," the other, "YES." Their ...

United Church of Christ

“Never place a period where God has put a comma.” — Gracie Allen, quoted in UCC pamphlet. "God is Still Speaking” read the caption on the name-tag the greeter gave me on my way into ...

Daddy's Girls

Old as she was, she still missed her daddy sometimes. — Gloria Naylor Like a good amateur psychologist, when I encounter a hot mess of a woman I immediately look to her father. More often ...

Booze Ban Driving Homeless Inland?

Two opposing views regarding the ban on brew at San Diego's beaches inadvertently surfaced during the June 25th meeting of the Ocean Beach town council. When Officer David Surwilo, community liaison for the police department's ...

New Mission Hills Library: Fiction or Nonfiction?

The City of San Diego purchased the site for the new Mission Hills Library, the former IBEW Building on the corner of Washington and Front Streets, back in 2003. Two years after the purchase, the ...

The Vanishing Bees

“Colony collapse disorder is an immune system disorder. The bees’ immune system is compromised, which might be due to the stress [commercial beekeepers] are putting on the bees,” says beekeeper Diane Busch. “It’s big business. ...

Sanctimony

Title: Sanctimony Address: http://www.sanctimony.net Author: Helena Bristow From: Mission Hills Blogging since: 2002 Post Date: November 29, 2007 Post Title: Behavior Therapy for Creatures My pets are neurotic freaks of nature. My bird, Byron, is ...

Calico Horse, The Sess, Red Feathers

Artist: Calico Horse Song:"Awake in the Clouds" (from myspace.com/calicohorsemusic) Heard By: Charlie Herlevic, downtown I liked it very much; it's a very pretty song. It reminded me of a band called Quix*o*tic. It also reminded ...

The Rainbow Sign

We are a frazzled, worried country after seven years of every important decision being decided wrong by that "deciderator" and the awful gray eminences whispering in his ears. So do I dare to interpret the ...

Preservation, Renovation

How to Revive a California Bungalow

'It galls me that all these house-and-garden shows called 'restoration something' are showing people who own an old building, and the very first thing they say is, 'Well, we had to gut it,'" says preservationist ...

Drowsy Council Muffs Late-Night Vote

At close to midnight during the April 15 meeting of the San Diego City Council's consideration of the Paseo de Mission Hills project, District Seven representative Jim Madaffer observed that moments earlier he had received ...

By bicycle or by foot, discover the charms of San Diego's distinctive Mission Hills and Banker's Hill neighborhoods.

You can explore two of San Diego's most beautiful old neighborhoods -- Mission Hills and Banker's Hill -- on the seven-mile, self-propelled tour outlined here. We'll define "self propelled" as walking, jogging, or bicycle riding. ...

Middletown’s lunchtime crowd is all about chicken

Su-Mei called the city. That's what the fish guy said. "I'm Victor fucking Joseph, and if I wanna sell black pepper chicken, ain't nobody gonna stop me." A squat keg of a man with a ...

Son of Siam

“The Thai believe that in a time of weather, seasonal changes make a person vulnerable.”

Best of 2003: Best Pickled Herring

Chesapeake Fish pickled herring at Sausage King 811 Washington Street, Mission Hills 619-297-4301 Sausage King is an amazing source for all manner of Mitteleuropean foods, from their own house-made sausages and jerky (a huge assortment) ...

Best of 2003: Best "N'Awlins" Crawfish Boil

Sassafras 3667 India Street, Mission Hills 619-295-4745 This restaurant gains its moniker from ground sassafras, the primary seasoning in gumbo filé. Chef-owner, Andre Bellard, is a native son of Lafayette, Louisiana, and knows that flavor ...

Best of 2003: Best Metro-Area Source For Herb Plants

Mission Hills Nursery 1525 Fort Stockton Drive, Mission Hills www.missionhillsnursery.com 619-295-2808 Some herbs can be grown from seed, but the long-lasting perennials (such as rosemary, French tarragon, and Greek oregano) are typically best started as ...

Best of 2003: Best Place To Recover Your Face

Amy Steinmetz, International Skin Care Centre 3518 Union Street, South Mission Hills 619-299-0543 Steinmetz offers her services to burn victims and those suffering facial disfigurement. She also caters to less extreme conditions, ranging from acne ...

Best of 2003: Best Place To Play "Button, Button, Who's Got The Button?"

As Cute as a Button 814 Washington Street, Mission Hills www.ascuteasabutton.com 619-220-7012 The retail store offers over 6000 button styles; 500 styles are featured in the online catalog. Old buttons, new buttons, antique buttons, chartreuse ...

Best of 2003: Best Hypnotherapist

Shirley Boyle, CCH 4024 Ibis Street, Mission Hills 619-692-4001 "Be kind and loving and truthful," Boyle advised callers to her voice mail recently. "Take a little time to slow down and just be." Some of ...

Best of 2003: Best French Indulgences

Maison en Provence 820 Fort Stockton Drive, Mission Hills 619-298-5318 Some folks insist on table linens from Provence. Others can't do sans santons -- little Provençal Christmas figures or lavender honey for their petit dejeuner. ...

Best of 2003: Best-Kept-Secret Tennis Courts

Mission Hills Courts Corner of Washington and Randolph Streets These two city-owned and free-to-the-public courts are located across from Pioneer Park and overlook the greenery of Mission Hills Nursery. Although recently refurbished, they still have ...

Best of 2003: Best Urban Canyon Walk

South Mission Hills to Hillcrest This mile-long stroll will take you from the bottom of the Laurel Street hill to Hillcrest. Along the way you'll pass under the First Avenue Bridge, an impressive sight from ...

The late, lamented Five Points

Hey Matt: The Mission Hills residential area south of Washington to about Chalmers or Vine is sometimes referred to as "Five Points." Is Five Points technically part of Mission Hills or just an informal name ...

Best of 2001: Best Unexpected Graveyard

Pioneer Park/Calvary Cemetery West Washington and Randolph Street, Mission Hills Some picnics are spoiled by ants or drizzly weather. But festivities at this park, located about a mile from Old Town, can sour when the ...

Best of 2001: Best Dry Cleaner

Mission Dry Cleaners 105 Washington Street, Mission Hills 619-295-4139 Dry-cleaning work is the same no matter where you go; the biggest difference is service, which is top-notch at Mission Dry Cleaners. Jan and her husband, ...

Best of 2001: Best Appliance Repair Guy

Tom Jones of Mission Hills Electric and Appliance 902 Fort Stockton Drive, Mission Hills 619-291-6955 Tom Jones can repair just about anything from exhaust fans to convection ovens to washer-dryers. But if you come in ...

Best of 2001: Best Fusion Cuisine, City

Parallel 33 741 W. Washington Street, Mission Hills 619-260-0033 The energetic Amiko Gubbins is a master of this genre. Her own background is a fusion of America and Japan, and the cosmopolitan food her mother ...

Mission Hills Versus School

"Hit any traffic on the way in?" asks Scott Borden, seated at the dining room table of his exquisite 1930s Spanish villa home on Randolph Terrace in Mission Hills. "No? Well, try driving down Randolph ...

Interview with Oakley Hall

In 1953 Judy Garland made a splendid appearance at the opening reception for the Kentucky Derby. She was wearing a navy-blue, full-length coat; navy-blue, calfskin opera pumps with very high heels; white china beads; and ...

Best of 2000: Best Place To Have Magic With Your Meal

The Gathering 902 West Washington, Mission Hills (619) 260-0400 You came here for food. Instead, Dan the barman gives you a card. "Look at it. Don't show me." You look. Jack of hearts. He takes ...

Best of 2000: Best Exercisewalk With A Baby

Midtown/Mission Hills Area 3.2 Miles Get a jogging stroller or a baby backpack and get ready to hike. Park on the west side of San Diego Avenue where it veers from India Street, across from ...

Can you make a list of the steepest streets in San Diego?

Matt: Would you do a favor for all us bike riders and make a list of the steepest streets in San Diego? -- A. Rider, San Diego Dear Matthew Alice: What are the steepest street ...

The Book Club

“Mysteries,” says the sign above the shelves. From rows of books below, John Parker removes one hardback, examines the cover, opens to a page, not the first page. He reads a few lines, riffles to ...

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