Mission Valley Stories

The happy intersection of cheap and good

Sushi Bar Kazumi, hiding in plain sight

The words “cheap” and “high quality” are rarely found in the same sentence when referring to sushi joints. The cost of quality ingredients and the many years of training it takes to get the nigiri ...

Urban Assault via VW

Busted bug driver talks about video that helped cops pop him

“Ultimately [the police] caught me by my name being on the side of the car, not blurring out my license plate, and I didn’t expect the video to go that viral.” Blake Wilkey, 27, was ...

Could Chargers fan boycott cripple hotel magnates?

War of the super-rich looms in downtown stadium versus hotel subsidies

"More than a stadium" is a rallying cry of the multimillion-dollar campaign to get a proposed $1.8 billion combined Chargers and convention venue on the ballot for November. Now, note observers of San Diego's peculiar ...

Can San Diego’s big GOP money beat the NFL?

Mission Valley special interests regroup for well-financed frontal attack

Gauntlets are being hurled, but who is footing the bill of the throwers? The question is being asked by those tracking the byzantine political money war over a new tax-funded downtown luxury venue for the ...

From Greengo to Grater

A cheesy family story

“We started in 2011 with a food truck named Greengo grilled cheese,” explained Gaston Corbalá, chef and creator of Grater Grilled Cheese Bistro. “We wanted a name that was a play on words and represented ...

$35 tab for Moores dog-and-pony SDSU stadium show

Scandal-beset university benefactor may try again for "public-private" real estate deal

Taxpayers eager for information on the behind-the-scenes machinations regarding a downtown Chargers stadium and expanding San Diego State University to Mission Valley will have to fork over at least $35 for the privilege. That's the ...

Some things to check on Chargers' stadium plan

Be prepared to cock an eyebrow at this proposal

The plans for a new downtown Chargers stadium should come out Monday (March 28) or sometime during the week. Many of the purported details have been leaked to friendly media, so all San Diegans should ...

Is the Chargers' favorite city about to get dirtied up?

Political hitman, illegal city-council gift purveyor, flagging Chicago-owned U-T enliven stadium saga

A flagging Chicago-owned newspaper desperate for sports business, a wealthy NFL owner with an option to relocate the family football team to Los Angeles, a consultant steeped in the dark arts of the campaign hatchet ...

Music and comics

...these are a few of our favorite things...

Launched in 2012, San Diego Comic Fest is organized by several original promoters behind the first San Diego Comic-Cons. This year’s edition, staged at the Town and Country Resort (February 12–14), features music performances by ...

Crab for the kids

Joe’s, home of the giant bucket

My 11-year-old nephew Brian is the only adventurous eater among my six niephlings. For months he’s been eager to try crab — real crab, straight from the shell. My brother-in-law developed an allergy to shellfish ...

Food porn at Broken Yolk

The image leads the way at this café

Picture menus get a bad rap, but more and more I’m finding them invaluable. For example, had there not been a giant, colorful, foodporn-y image of the Border Benedict on the glossy menu at the ...

Stick with the sushi

Chicken-free is the way to be at Jump Tokyo

One thing the Kensington area is missing is a great sushi restaurant. As lovers of Japanese food, David and I are always on the lookout for a go-to sushi joint. Alas, we’ve yet to find ...

Bob McNair and John Moores: a marriage made in Texas

Super rich Houstonians play king-sized roles in Chargers departure drama

Houston Texans owner Bob McNair made substantial waves in San Diego this week by blasting the mayor and city council's failure to come up with a sufficiently gold-plated stadium proposal to keep the Chargers in ...

More Myrtle Cole cash from big time developers

Councilwoman's defamation defense fund taps Atkins and city hall special interests

It's been a lucrative year for the long-lingering legal defense fund of Myrtle Cole, paying down attorney fees and related costs run up during the San Diego councilwoman's battle against fellow Democrat Dwayne Crenshaw over ...

What to do with Qualcomm Stadium post-Chargers?

Hipsters are the perfect group to repurpose the ex-Murph

First off, Qualcomm needs a 250m, Olympic-caliber velodrome.

A Sharp eraser: U-T omits key transplant facts

$6.2 million medicare fraud case left out of 30th anniversary story

Another day, another silent ode to those behind the history of the San Diego Union-Tribune, the once powerful newspaper formerly owned by Helen Copley, and later her son, David. Last week, the U-T — currently ...

Mission Valley development machine cranks up

Town and Country hotel makes move to become "mixed-use"

Regional planners in San Diego have placed a bullseye on Mission Valley as the preferred location to absorb San Diego's forecasted population boom. According to the San Diego Association of Governments' (SANDAG) 2050 Regional Growth ...

What's next for Union-Tribune real estate?

Mission Valley boom won't be without lawsuits

The fate of Doug Manchester's U-T San Diego property in Mission Valley appears to up in the air, literally, as an environmental rights group has threatened to sue the City of San Diego and Manchester ...

Caribbean drink, Hawaiian twist

Lazy Dog's Pineapple Mojito comes from two popular spheres of influence

Over at the Lazy Dog, it’s “Hasta la vista!” to the lime and “Aloha” to the pineapple, now that accidents of circumstance have brought two popular spheres of influence – the lime and the pineapple ...

Better than expected at Adam’s Steak ’N Eggs

The aspect that pleased me most was the absolute lack of grease on my plate

I was only going for a friend. It was her birthday, and this is where she wanted to brunch. So I was fine with it, even if the place was adjacent to the notoriously kitchy ...

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 ...

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