Mission Valley Stories

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown has been picking up campaign cash of late from local givers, including $3000 from ex–UC president Richard Atkinson; $1000 from attorney Eric Isaacson; $5000 from Price Entities owner Robert Price; ...

Grand Withdrawal Seizure

On Thursday morning, August 5, at approximately 9:30 a.m., a woman’s cries were heard in the Mission Center Road parking lot of the Ralphs grocery store. "Help me! Call 911!" she yelled as concerned shoppers ...

Where's the Park?

On May 18, San Diego city councilmembers, sans councilwoman Donna Frye who was absent due to illness, approved a proposal to build two 20-story high-rises at Hazard Center in Mission Valley. During the three-hour council ...

First United Methodist Church

Membership: 3000 individuals Pastor: Jim Standiford Age: 62 Born: West Virginia Formation: University of Redlands, Redlands, CA; Claremont School of Theology, Claremont, CA Years Ordained: 40 San Diego Reader: How long do you usually spend ...

The Maine Event

King’s Fish House’s announcement of its May–June Maine lobster event (ending July 4) set the gears spinning: I realized that my last review was eight years ago — pleasant memories, but high time for a ...

Hazard Towers

"This is an important project in my district," said councilmember Donna Frye, who felt ill and needed to leave Wednesday's council meeting. Before leaving, Frye presented a motion to delay a vote on the Hazard ...

Friars Road Chase

On Sunday, April 25th around 3:30 pm a female motorist was rear ended on Friars Road while in the left turn lane to Southbound 15 by a pick-up truck with two male occupants. In their ...

Dude, GPS My Car

The Boy Scouts of America has created a variation of the traditional Pinewood Derby through the use of “geocaching,” in which “Travel Bug” cars are hidden and then found by scouts using GPS devices. Once ...

The Beverly Hillbullies?

The union representing some of the covered employees at the San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper filed an unfair-labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C., on February 24. The grievance, filed by ...

Too Happy Too Early

Being a tourist from Germany, one of my first actions in Southern California was fulfilling a long-dreamed dream: purchasing a lovely beach cruiser. Those bikes are rare and hard to get in Germany, so my ...

Grub on the Run

On a chilly morning last weekend, the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System unveiled a new food kiosk on the platform of the Fashion Valley Transit Center. The retail kiosk — dubbed Station Shop — replaces ...

Deadly Ramification

A pickup-truck driver died in Mission Valley on Thursday morning, December 3. “While driving on I-8, I saw a truck racing with another car,” said witness Jackson Foreman. “It hit a Dodge Ram and almost ...

Nuts and Bolts

The football game is one thing, fandom is something else.

December 2, 2007: During his radio broadcast of the San Diego Chargers’ victory over the Kansas City Chiefs, announcer Hank Bauer gave a shout-out to Charger fan Alfred Silva, who was battling cancer. (Silva’s brother-in-law ...

Bent, Scalped

There was a minor accident on the 15 south off-ramp at Friars Road on Sunday, November 29, at around 11 a.m. The San Diego Chargers were in town and playing at the stadium. Traffic on ...

Chased?

Beckie Sherman saw a woman being chased by a man on the San Diego River bike path at around 5 a.m. Friday, November 27. “I was with friends at the Doubletree Hotel, across the freeway, ...

American Revolutionary

Food can be a deeply political issue, but in this case it’s the merely skin-deep question of the restaurant’s name that’s bugging me. (Didn’t Shakespeare say, “A grill by any other name would smell as ...

Shield for All

Protesters demanding that Blue Shield stop lobbying against health-care reform blocked an entrance to a Mission Valley office of the California insurance company on Monday, November 2. Company officials initially refused to meet the protesters, ...

Wiry Creatures

Residents of the Bluffs I condominium complex on Friars Road were recently reminded that coyotes frequently visit the lush compound looking for food. A notice was posted on bulletin boards with the warning to "be ...

Mega-bucks

The City of San Diego has formed a “multi-department Mass Care and Shelter Planning Committee” to put together a plan to use Qualcomm Stadium during disasters such as the October 2007 wildfires. According to a ...

What Sewage Spill?

Dog Beach was crowded with beachgoers and their dogs playing in the hazy afternoon sun on Saturday, September 26. Just a couple days earlier, signs warning of sewage contamination in the water flanked the popular ...

Hoods of a Feather

Late Thursday night on September 24 at approximately 11 p.m., two pedestrians — a man and a woman — were walking on Pershing Drive near Upas Street in North Park when two men armed with ...

BB Gun Shots Fired

San Diego police responded to a shooting at the Courtyard Marriott, located at 595 Hotel Circle South, on Saturday, September 12. At about 11:45 p.m., a police officer at the scene asked the dispatcher to ...

Right Place, Wrong Crime

The sound of a single gunshot startled residents of La Mirage, a community of apartments and townhomes overlooking Mission Valley, at approximately 1:15 a.m. on Thursday, July 30. The gunshot had reportedly come from a ...

Neighborly Noises

Two weeks after I’d moved in, one of my new neighbors, Gris Glums, asked how I liked living here. “Noise bother you yet?” I said it hadn’t, probably because I was pounding nails for pictures, ...

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