Sounty County San Diego

Rough country's rewards

A hiking tour of the Tijuana River Valley

There should be a sign, I say to myself every time I park at the end of Monument Road to go hike the Tijuana River Valley. Like the “welcome to our habitat” signs for rattlesnakes ...

What happened to Sweetwater Marsh?

From 1916 through 1920, Hercules Powder Company operated a kelp processing plant built on the Sweetwater Marsh to extract materials used in the production of explosives used in World War I. A cotton seed operation ...

Bonkers for bikeways

Now you can pedal to the mall

The Plaza Bonita Bikeway and Sweetwater Bikeway are now connected and open for use. The two protected lanes linking Bonita Road to the Sweetwater Bikeway along the Sweetwater River (and on to the Bayshore Bikeway) ...

In raunchy-funky's absence...

Is Pier South hotel a boon or boondoggle for Imperial Beach?

Fifteen years ago, officials in Imperial Beach proposed transforming the raunchy, funky Seacoast Inn — its redeeming feature being the location on the sand — into a resort and luring upscale tourists to the most ...

Plainly constitutional

Companies can't sponsor ballot measures in Chula Vista

On Friday (April 3), the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld a district court decision that keeps corporations and associations from being official proponents of ballot measures. A group called Chula ...

No round and round on I.B. roundabout test

"We had a chance to do it right…. We didn't win people over with this project."

Residents near the 9th Street and Donax Avenue roundabout showed up at the Imperial Beach council meeting last week, March 18, to let council members know what they thought of the demonstration project put in ...

Growler art, shred talks, and asteroids

Thursday | 26 Stories about riding the bus, reading a map, dealing with helmet hair, and whatever else can happen when people move en masse. The VAMP (Visual/Audio Monologue Performance) reading series is an evening ...

The Mexican government lies

Parents speak out about their children who disappeared September 26

The small San Ysidro group known as Fuerza Amigo de Aztlán invited family members of the missing students from the Mexican state of Guerrero to speak at Mount Carmel Catholic Church on Monday, March 23. ...

Adventurous eats near the puente negro?

Not-frog tacos and a day's worth of tostadas by Sinaloans for las paisas

A food truck near the Iris Avenue trolley station has caught my attention every time I go by. It has a painting of the same food truck crossing a black bridge and reads “Mariscos El ...

Jet ski queen's going down

Damning testimony against U.S. citizen from crooked former TJ cop

When the federal jury heard fired Tijuana cop Angel Arceo-Sevilla testify in November of last year that Sofia Martinez was his boss in a ring of smugglers who ran people north from Rosarito in pangas ...

A meatball sub in the Barrio

One family's recipe book brings a lot of flavor

When I first heard of Barrio Logan's Strozzi So-Cal Italian, I looked them up online and read "Family Made Sausage Since 1939." Wow, I thought, how has this little family-owned restaurant stayed in business for ...

Eating an Iloilo feast by hand

Filipino pop-up dishes beef tongue and sweetbreads

I guess the universe wanted me to learn more about Filipino cuisine. Or at least Yana Gilbuena did. She reached out to tell me about her ambitious Salo Project, for which the chef has been ...

Poor, by the sea

Imperial Beach mayor says coastal commission ought to help his town

Imperial Beach mayor Serge Dedina thinks that the city should be able to get California Coastal Commission subsidies for lodgings — and not just the inexpensive ones that the commission's funds are set up to ...

Harsh and tender

Passion & Honey's choreo-poems share deep feeling at Ira Aldridge Repertory Players

Artistic director Calvin Manson opens the Ira Aldridge Repertory Players 31st season with its 199th production, a choreo-poem, based on his poetry, that begins in innocence and concludes in tragedy — and hope. Ntozsake Shange ...

National City AMC denied liquor license after concerned parents speak out

"Think of the children!"

The National City City Council voted 3-2 last week to deny the AMC Plaza Bonita movie theater a liquor license. At a hearing before the vote, parents stressed the importance of maintaining a family-friendly atmosphere ...

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