Mission Valley Stories

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 ...

Three pairs of lust-worthy fall boots

When fall rolls around, most Americans look forward to crackling fires, hot cocoa, and the changing leaves. There’s not a whole lot of that going on here in San Diego. But the fashionistas among us ...

Lowe Enterprises seeks to develop Mission Valley's Town and Country hotel

Flagship hotel of San Diego GOP kingpin may be on the block

Mission Valley's Town and Country hotel, deeply intertwined with the city's long and controversial history of big-money influence and development, may be preparing for a historic change. Built in the 1950s by the late Charlie ...

Power failures at Mission Valley YMCA

Saturday swimmers and b-ballers interrupted

As a precaution, dozens of kids and their parents and coaches were evacuated from the Mission Valley YMCA at around 1:15 Saturday afternoon, October 19, when the electrical power remaining from an earlier partial black-out ...

Kwaay Paay Peak, Mission Trails Regional Park

Get a good workout and avoid the crowd on Cowles Mountain

Kwaay Paay Peak is a good alternative to Cowles Mountain for anyone who wants a good climbing hike without a crowd. It is the fourth highest peak in Mission Trails Regional Park, at an elevation ...

We did it guerrilla style

We launched our brand on Instagram

Can’t tell the young guys from Stone Brewing, Saint Archer Brewing, or Rowlberto Productions a thing about entrepreneurialism. All have employed innovative ways of reaching their business goals.

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