Sounty County San Diego

From high in the Makaha mountains to a cup in Bonita

Pavaraga coffee beans are popular among corporate execs, foreign dignitaries, and one President Barack Obama.

The oldest coffee roasting company in San Diego hails from Hawaii. Over 100 years old, family company Pavaraga Coffee goes back five generations, boasting 50 farms scattered across several Hawaiian islands. Last summer, Pavaraga quietly ...

Chiquibaby’s isn't trying to be anything but a bar

An evening of obscure karaoke corridos and two buckets of beer

San Diego is home to a number of Mexican bars that follow more or less the same format. You’re probably already familiar with it. You can hear the corridos blasting from blocks away. Buckets of ...

Accused gambling scofflaws get day in court

Of 25 defendants initially charged, 3 have pleaded guilty

Over 20 defendants and their attorneys packed the San Diego federal court house on April 18. Charges for the defendants and their businesses ranged from alleged illegal bookmaking, illegal money-laundering, prostitution, and “failure to maintain ...

Another day, another Otay Mesa drug tunnel

But this one led to over a ton of coke and was 800 yards long

Federal officials announced today (April 20) that they made arrests related to what is believed to be the longest cross-border drug transportation tunnel (800 yards in length), stretching from a house in Tijuana to a ...

Doctors in trouble

Allegations include alcohol and drug abuse and an errant orchiectomy

Two area doctors face discipline from the Medical Board of California, according to accusations filed earlier this year. Dr. Theodore Affue of El Centro is charged with giving a radical orchiectomy (testicle removal) to a ...

Still no showers at San Diego state beaches

Near-normal snow pack and water surplus won't change situation

Even though the California Department of Water Resources reports a near normal snow pack after four years of little snow, the governor’s office is not ready to turn on the rinse-off showers at local state ...

Murderer tries to kill two guards at Donovan

Large piece of concrete rock serves as weapon

Prison authorities say an inmate already serving a murder sentence attempted to kill two guards on Monday morning (April 11) at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in Otay Mesa. According to lt. Philip Bracamonte, an ...

When you wish upon a store

Disney Store reopens Saturday, April 16

The Disney Store celebrates the grand opening of its new store at Westfield Plaza Bonita in National City on Saturday, April 16. A quick call to friend and unofficial Mayor of National City John Dacapias ...

People choose to turn to God or not

"As clergy, we get too caught up in doctrine, dogma and drama."

Southeast Community Presbyterian Church Pastor: Deb Mitchell Age: 58 Born: Fort Wayne, IN Formation: Perdue University, West Lafayette, IN; Mount St. Mary’s, Los Angeles, Bethel Seminary, San Diego Years Ordained: 4 San Diego Reader: What ...

High-octane 'shroom juice

Boochcraft's potent take on the kombucha tea found in health stores

The South Bay's brewing scene has been slowly coming to life over the past year, but there's another company that recently began working in Chula Vista with an ABC type 23 Small Beer Manufacturer license. ...

School field trips for all

"It's assumed that kids have access to and go to the beach all the time."

A National City nonprofit that has spent the past decade providing locally based science curriculum to elementary students is seeking to expand its footprint in the classroom by opening to the general public its eco ...

Retirement suits Chula Vista Elementary administrator well

John Nelson III lands job with company he had dealings with while with district

Chula Vista Elementary School District’s former assistant superintendent for instructional services, John Nelson III, retired last summer. As many predicted, he’s already found a new career as a consultant for a large for-profit district client. ...

The jazz link to God

Pastor J. Lee Hill takes our questions

Christian Fellowship Congregational Church UCC Membership: 140 Pastor: J. Lee Hill Age: 37 Born: Chesterfield, VA Formation: George Mason University, Fairfax, VA; Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC; Emory University-Candler School of Theology, Atlanta, GA Years ...

Old Barrio Logan library not up for grabs

"That whole block is public land, a community center."

The nearly historic former Logan Heights Library building, a Spanish stucco charmer on 28th Street, nearly went up for sale last week but was pulled from the list of surplus land the city's selling. "It's ...

MishMash and Iron Fist bring burger-beer bars to the barrio

“What I like with the restaurant scene is that small is beautiful again."

There’s a lot of change in Barrio Logan. The building boom on César Chávez has brought several new places. For starters there’s Mariscos El Pulpo, a Mexican-style sports bar-eatery. Then there’s Malane’s place, MishMash, this ...

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