Mission Valley Stories

Oz-Con, Surf Dogs, and Watermelon Days ...

... and other things to do as we enter August

Thursday | 30 The morning starts with a hosted, sit-down breakfast in the Casa del Rey Moro Garden overlooking the Spreckels Organ Pavilion, where a group of presenters will speak about the future of the ...

Walk the river

Stroll through tree-shaded walkways in Mission Valley

Although located in the midst of metropolitan San Diego, this trail segment meanders along a lush wooded watercourse that winds its way to the Pacific Ocean. It is part of the San Diego River Park ...

Putting the cart before the homeless

Libraries prohibit people from bringing in their voluminous possessions

Over the course of several months, librarians at Mission Valley, San Ysidro, and downtown libraries have grappled with the problem of some patrons bringing large carts inside. Staff say the carts, often as high as ...

Classical... karaoke?

Faure's Requiem draws a participiatory crowd in Mission Valley, Vivaldi's next

There is a series of "summer sings" at Mission Valley Methodist Church over the next several weeks. I went to the first one on Wednesday, July 8. The piece for the concert was Gabriel Faure's ...

Liquored up Border Patrolmen have disagreement

A bloody one, after a union meeting, in the parking lot of the Hanalei

A Border Patrol union meeting on June 9 ended in a parking-lot brawl, a police report, and a series of requests for temporary restraining orders among current and former officials in the union. On Tuesday ...

Boltman tackles Fabiani and Spanos

Chargers mascot urges city attorney and mayor to take legal action

Mayor Kevin Faulconer is going forward with plans to release an expedited environmental review of a new stadium for the San Diego Chargers, the first step before sending the item to a public vote in ...

Kilts, capes, Viking helmets, plus beer

Homebrewers convention drew some nerds last week — what of it?

The population of beer enthusiasts in San Diego rose by 2700 for a week in June. The 37th annual National Homebrewers Conference took place in Mission Valley's Town & Country convention center. The actual event ...

As we whistle past the graveyard...

Union-Tribune employees got layoff announcements today

As expected, today (May 26) was the Union-Tribune's layoff announcement date. According to whispers among employees at the company, 179 employees got a layoff notice, but that is not confirmed. I could not get a ...

Better read than dead

U-T layoff plans supposed to be announced Tuesday

On Tuesday, May 26, the new ownership of the U-T is expected to announce layoff plans. The press room will certainly be wiped away, as Douglas Manchester will retain the Mission Valley building and the ...

On the value of fish wrap...

Expert says Tribune Co. wanted to buy U-T in gloomy 2008

Ken Doctor, probably the reigning expert on the economics of the newspaper industry, said yesterday (May 19) in a story for capitalnewyork.com that Chicago's Tribune Co. wanted to buy the U-T in depressed 2008 for ...

This Chargers stadium proposal? Watch it.

Is city really on solid financial footing? What about the plume?

The Citizens' Stadium Advisory Group today, May 18, offered a plan for a new, municipally owned Chargers Mission Valley stadium that supposedly does not raise taxes and therefore averts any two-thirds public vote. The plan ...

Clintonite, Obama-backer, and U-T publisher

Democratic power player set to seize GOP's favorite California paper

The new publisher favors raising the minimum wage and used to work with Democrats Bill Clinton and Antonio Villaraigosa. His vice president for public relations is an eight-year veteran of Barack Obama's political team. So, ...

U-T to be sold to L.A. Times parent for $85 million

"There will be layoffs," says editor

Both the U-T and the Los Angeles Times announced today that they are joining forces. The Times' parent, Tribune Publishing, will pay $85 million for the U-T. This does not include the U-T's Mission Valley ...

New U-T San Diego vice-boss same as the old

Mission Valley newspaper welcomes back exec from Platinum Equity days

U-T San Diego, the newspaper and website owned by Republican kingpin and San Diego mega-developer Douglas Manchester, has lately been twisting in a gale of uncertainty over its future, and a recent executive move may ...

Need: males, Republicans, Latinos

Stadium vote: "challenging but winnable"

The passing of a new Chargers stadium ballot measure next year will be "challenging but winnable," according to a study by the National University System Institute for Policy Research. The Republican-Latino coalition that put the ...

Could Feds be prowling mayor's Qualcomm food and booze deal?

Staff alleged to have dined on Delaware North delicacies amidst whiff of stadium scandal

How much will it cost San Diego taxpayers to lose the Chargers to Los Angeles? That's the question being bandied about privately at city hall, where an avalanche of bad news and insider lobbying allegations ...

Faulconer insider bags rich stadium deal

Qualcomm food and booze nod given to big client of mayor's political aide

San Diego's growing reputation for secret city deals with those financially linked to GOP mayor Kevin Faulconer is unlikely to be dispelled by the latest news from the Qualcomm Stadium front. The trend first received ...

Reduce water…and continue building? Huh?

Global warming could make drought last decades

Yesterday (April 1), Governor Jerry Brown imposed statewide mandatory water restrictions for the first time in history. He wants California's water use slashed by 25 percent. He read off some horrifying statistics: the state's snowpack ...

Manchester sells Grand Del Mar to Di-Fi's hubby

U-T remains on the block as would-be power brokers jockey

The San Diego footprint of Douglas Manchester, the Republican financial kingpin who likes to be called "Papa,” has been poised to shrink substantially with the putative sale of his U-T San Diego newspaper operation. Now ...

Sí, more movies

What to see at the 22nd San Diego Latino Film Festival

“The goal of this year’s festival?” said the San Diego Latino Film Festival’s proud papa Ethan van Thillo, echoing my question. “To get people to see more movies!” Now who can argue with that? Something ...

Strange bedfellows seek U-T control

Fate of beleaguered paper and local media integrity hang in the balance

With the battle for control of U-T San Diego raging behind closed doors, two distinctly dark-horse candidates to take over the troubled media operation have been surfaced by newspaper-industry blogger Ken Doctor. The first to ...

Could U-T's new owner steal Chargers for L.A.?

Chicago newspaper chain may control final destiny of San Diego’s home team

Though Doug Manchester's U-T San Diego has yet to report it, the biggest threat to keeping the Chargers in town may turn out to be Manchester's current effort to sell the paper to the owners ...

U-T pension woes emerge in takeover battle

Report has L.A. Times owner jockeying to acquire San Diego daily

One of the bigger ironies to be found in the struggle over who will be next to own San Diego's daily newspaper may turn out to be the pension problem. Not public worker pensions — ...

Tax and media intrigue envelope massive Mission Valley hotel deal

U-T Manchester’s friend is chairman of district defending room tax in Briggs case

An era dating back to the 1950s quietly ended last summer when C. Terry Brown, the hotel mogul currently embroiled in the tax case brought by lawyer Cory Briggs, cut a deal to dilute his ...

Chargers fan offers backyard for stadium site

"The best way to pay for it is to have other people pay for it"

Thousands of San Diegans showed up to party, tailgate, and generally show their support for the city's football team before a Monday-evening public forum put on by a new stadium advisory group organized by mayor ...

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