Mission Valley Stories

Imaginative apps, classic entrees

Bully's East, simple and sincere for over 40 years

We bustling foodies tend to be so focused on what’s new and hip that it’s all too easy to forget the unassuming time-honored restaurants that have been steadily serving hungry San Diegans for generations. One ...

Latino Film Festival finds a new home in Fashion Valley

Hazard Center out, Fashion Valley in

Over the years, UltraStar Mission Valley at Hazard Center has played host to just about every film festival in town. This week one of its loyalist sublessees, the San Diego Latino Film Festival, announced it ...

An empty Holiday Bowl still means a fat check

Chief of city-subsidized bowl association paid $324,329

Local innkeepers and restaurateurs hoping to make a killing on this year's Holiday Bowl battle between the University of Nebraska and the University of Southern California may have to lower their expectations, judging from an ...

The Messiah and pals are upon us again

Three amigos of Baroque provide the Christmas thing with three events December 7.

It’s December, which means the Messiah and pals are upon us again. Who are the pals of the Messiah? Bach and Vivaldi for sure. Sometimes Vaughan Williams gets invited to play, along with Puccini, but ...

Far above the raging hoi polloi...

Last call for city box's $25 food and open bar at Chargers games?

Life in the city’s Qualcomm stadium box is not as civil as it used to be, judging by recent remarks recorded in the minutes of the stadium's advisory board. During the group's September meeting, chairman ...

Almost a dirty secret

Assemblywoman Gonzalez to introduce bill to increase holiday pay

Californians who come in to work on Thanksgiving and Christmas will be getting a pay bump next year if a bill assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez plans to introduce is successful. At a media gathering on the ...

No, the war on drugs didn't end

DEA on the lookout for a San Diego HQ

The Drug Enforcement Administration is looking for a home in San Diego. On November 24 the General Services Administration released a pre-solicitation notice to building owners, making them aware of the plans. According to the ...

World-class throwback

Albie's is the ideal spot to canoodle with those who have improved with age.

It doesn’t look like much, the windowless portico brooding in the glow of a Hotel Circle Travelodge. However, behind a red door next to the lobby lies a world-class throwback that shows little indication of ...

Too hot for ta-ta check

Machines at free mammogram event rendered nonfunctional

A free mammogram day went bust midday Thursday, October 2, as outdoor temperatures rendered three of the four mammography machines nonfunctional. The Susan G. Komen and San Diego Chargers sponsored–event offering free mammograms for women ...

Blue Smoke drifts in from Blue Ocean

Love Boat pig-out spot sets sail as North County concept comes to Fashion Valley.

Love Boat Fashion Valley is no more. The former K-pop sushi pig-out spot (best known for gargantuan “Love Boat” platters) shut down for a remodel period, and recently reopened as Blue Smoke Sushi Lounge. Ooooh. ...

Islands left me shipwrecked

Cold fries, lame teriyaki burger make unsatisfying meal

My family and went on vacation to Kauai this summer. Loved it, but the whole time I was craving a decent teriyaki burger — and never found one. When we got back, I was still ...

Burnham confirms U-T takeover bid

Point Loma financier says publisher Manchester backs move to nonprofit

Downtown financier and philanthropist Malin Burnham has confirmed that he is organizing a nonprofit corporation to take over U-T San Diego, the city’s daily newspaper and website, as first reported here earlier this week by ...

The worm in the Apple

Union activists protest low wages of Cupertino security guards

Hundreds of people packed into a line snaking through the Fashion Valley mall outside the Apple Store were greeted by a group of protesters sympathetic to a group of security guards working at the company's ...

U-T San Diego for sale again?

Rumor: Burnham raising money to buy the paper — no real estate in the deal

A rumor is going around among San Diego business executives that real-estate mogul and city leader Malin Burnham is trying to raise money to buy U-T San Diego from real-estate mogul Douglas Manchester. The sale ...

Five Bartell Hotels hit by data breach

Up to 55,000 guests may have had credit-card info stolen

Bartell Hotels today (September 8) said it is notifying customers of five of its seven San Diego hotels that there was a data breach earlier this year. The compromised information includes credit-card numbers of 43,000 ...

Raider Nation invades Mission Valley

You didn’t hear about the convention because they behaved

Soon after exiting the 8 freeway off Hotel Circle on August 23, you could hear, “Raaaiiiiiiiders, Raaaiiiiiiiders.” Oakland Raiders flags, banners, and decals were plastered over the majority of the cars in the lot. The ...

Down by del Rio

Entrance to Fashion Valley needs a fix

For weeks, the right-hand lane of the private Avenida del Rio leading from Camino de la Reina into the back entrance to garages and shops at Fashion Valley Mall has been closed…for good reason. The ...

Corporate quinoa

Ed gets the lowdown on inside-out superfoods

‘Look, I’m telling you,” says my buddy Daley, “this place is the real deal. Ya gotta have the quinoa burger.” He’s talking about this health chain. I mean, Daley was in the Army. Likes no-nonsense ...

There is a role that each person is uniquely designed by God to fulfill

It’s not a matter of paying back, says Pastor Brown.

Membership: 2700 Pastor: Craig Brown Age: 46 Born: Long Beach Formation: Biola University, La Mirada; Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena Years Ordained: 21 San Diego Reader: What is your favorite subject on which to preach? Pastor ...

Manchester gets his man on planning commission

Faulconer appoints designer of U-T’s Mission Valley condo tower

The election of mayor Kevin Faulconer appears to have paid off as expected for developer and U-T San Diego owner Douglas Manchester, who backed the Republican's campaign earlier this year with $356,000, funneled through GOP ...

San Diego considered floating stadium 50 years ago

But Mission Bay structure was too expensive

"The Strike Zone," a feature of Sports Illustrated, pointed out on February 28 that half a century ago, San Diego considered a floating sports stadium. It would float on Mission Bay, attached to Fiesta Island. ...

Holy Angels Byzantine Catholic Church

Practical guideposts for embracing the cross daily

Contact: 858-277-2511; holyangelssandiego.com Membership: 60 households Pastor: Father Robert Pipta Age: 46 Born: Anaheim Formation: St. Cyril and Methodius Byzantine Catholic Seminary, Pittsburgh, PA Years Ordained: 20 San Diego Reader: What is your favorite subject ...

2013 Street Style Round-Up

The good, the ho-hum, and the ugly

Fashion was all over the map in 2013. I like to think of it as the year of individual style. We saw a lot of camo-inspired gear — combat boots and military jackets. There was ...

ProSound: unplugged

“Carlos Santana picked up an unplugged electric guitar I had here in the office and he played three notes.” Michael Krewitsky sits in what used to be the mixing studio at ProSound in Mission Valley, ...

Protesters post at entry to Serra Mesa Walmart

Pro-union and former Occupy demonstrators set up in front of store

Gray skies and scattered rain failed to deter hordes of shoppers from descending on area retailers on Black Friday (or, in a phenomenon the media has dubbed "Gray Thursday," from shopping on Thanksgiving night as ...

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