Mission Valley Stories

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, ...

Y Us?

At least six residents of the Presidio Place condos in west Mission Valley have had enough with the noise from the adjacent YMCA just south of Friars Road. So they have sued the YMCA. Plaintiffs ...

Fire Code Scrambled?

The City of San Diego requires a 100-foot-wide zone of flammable brush clearance between new buildings and existing brush. A 2007 email from San Diego Fire Department representative Mike Benoit stated that since this 100-foot-wide ...

Time's Up

In an April 1993 Reader article, a Chevron Land and Development spokesperson was quoted as saying Mission Valley’s Stardust Golf Course (now Riverwalk) “will be closed in July 1993” for the long-planned construction of 1300 ...

Jim and the Volcano

After nearly nine years in San Diego, I’d never been to any of the Bully’s restaurants and felt a tad guilty about my ignorance of a local institution. The mini-chain was established back in 1967, ...

Playoff Fever

On the afternoon of January 2, 2009 at Seau's in Mission Valley, it was apparent that NFL playoff fever has already taken ahold of San Diego. Hundreds of Chargers fans gathered inside and outside of ...

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