Mission Valley Stories

Will political money war lay waste to Mission Valley?

Council president sets up 2018 election fund for high-dollar shootout

The battle over city-owned Qualcomm Stadium has been joined by two old-line Mission Valley developers, virtually guaranteeing a costly political fight over the fate of a giant soccer-themed high-density commercial and housing complex on the ...

Secrecy shrouds Faulconer’s SoccerCity favors

City staff hands inside information to big-money developers

As Democratic Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti, a talked-of candidate for governor, bans city planning commissioners from meeting privately with developers, San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer, another putative aspirant to statewide office, is heading in ...

Goodbye, Mission Valley green acreage

“Nobody’s looking to create a cookie-cutter community.”

Linda Vista residents who overlook the 27-hole Riverwalk Golf Course in west Mission Valley got a look last week at the first conceptual drafts of the project being planned on the 200 acres of land ...

TGI open for another month

Longtime Mission Valley restaurant completing its history book

“This restaurant closes it doors on March 26,” Honorio Zarate said in an interview as he greeted patrons for happy hour this week. Zarate is the service manager for the TGI Fridays restaurant on 403 ...

Lobbyists in Mission Valley land rush

Stadium payoffs

The controversial plan by a stealthy group of La Jolla money men known as FS Investors to replace city-owned Qualcomm Stadium with a soccer venue and high-end commercial and housing development is turning into a ...

Lobbyists push for hasty Mission Valley soccer deal

Stripper-gate figure and Metropolitan Water District on “Taxpayers” board

As the big-money politics behind the drive to turn over the Qualcomm Stadium site to a secretive syndicate of La Jolla money men mounts, one of the city's mightiest pro-developer lobbies has jumped into the ...

San Diego Comic Fest — so (intentionally) not Comic-Con

The annual festival has a musical side

The fifth annual San Diego Comic Fest makes its debut in a new venue, Four Points By Sheraton, running February 17 through 20. Music-themed events will include discussion panels, a live band trivia contest, and ...

Latham joins Mission Valley's public land war

Super-rich La Jolla hedge-funders lay out big cash for L.A. lobbyist

How many dollars are San Diegans willing to surrender to developers of a new stadium for professional soccer and San Diego State University, biding its time for the lucrative opportunity to hike the price of ...

Big Fletcher donors behind MLS venue grab

Ex-Qualcomm exec, hedge-fund manager to unveil stealth stadium deal

When it comes to disposing of city-owned Qualcomm Stadium, it appears that San Diego taxpayers are the last to know. As reported late Sunday (January 22) by KNSD’s Derek Togerson and others, an "investment group" ...

County claims no record of Chargers stadium subsidy offer

U-T fans stadium flames as tax-money hype burns bright

With the Chargers on the brink of departing San Diego for Los Angeles, some local politicos have reportedly been busy proffering sizable gifts of public money to entice the team to stay in town. But ...

Demolition plans for Town and Country hotel

Apartments and pools part of $80 million makeover planned for 2018

On December 30, Bill Earl was admiring the woody surfing murals on the walls of the Terrace Café in the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center when he found out it was set to ...

Will GOP's Sherman play his stadium card for Alvarez?

Big-money closed-door deal looms over city-council presidency vote

As the battle for the presidency of the newly reconstituted San Diego City Council heads for a showdown, the contest is increasingly shaping up as a way for Mission Valley development interests to strengthen their ...

Camino del Rio South becoming pot shop center?

Two dispensaries established and a third in application phase

Camino del Rio South seems poised to become home to a third medical marijuana dispensary — and it's rumored that there may be a fourth in the works. Blake Marchand has applied to the city ...

Burger chain strives to be In-N-Out but doesn’t quite make it

Not habit-forming

I love a good burger but, these days, I’m holding out for a great one. It’s not enough for a burger to be okay — I need it to be transcendent. I’d rather have an ...

Noisy life along the Southern Wildlife Preserve

A hike along the San Diego River Estuary is a great way to see nature’s art in our own backyard.

Until the middle of the past century, the San Diego River flowed into a large wetland that encompassed parts of San Diego Bay as well as Mission Bay. However, periodic flooding deposited large amounts of ...

A road through your urban village

Quaint neighborhood vision disrupted

ON A HOT AUGUST AFTERNOON in Mission Valley, 47 men, women, and children stand on newly laid squares of sod at the temporary park inside San Diego’s largest mixed-use, environmentally sustainable communities, Civita. It sits ...

Mayor’s flip-flop leaves his political guru out of the money

Faulconer's "brain" in ethics battle with Fabiani vanishes from the stadium scene

The National Football League, known for its cast of loyal political bedfellows, has just picked up yet another apprentice, said by insiders to be enticed by the enormous pile of cash the league's mega-billionaire owners ...

Was Guns 'N Roses worth the wait?

After 23 years, a packed Qualcomm stadium screamed to think so

“Do you know where the fuck you are? You’re in the jungle, San Diego!” Axl Rose screamed as he and his Guns N’ Roses bandmates launched into “Welcome to the Jungle” at Qualcomm Stadium, the ...

Active-shooter drill in Mission Valley

Firemen escorted by police, havoc caused, hostages taken...

A quiet Sunday morning (August 28) in Mission Valley East took on a different look just after 8 a.m. A contingent of San Diego police, fire and rescue personnel, and shopping-center security cordoned off a ...

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 ...

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