Otay Mesa Stories

Traverse border-hugging Otay Mountain -- by truck, bike, or foot -- and chat with a Border Patrol agent.

Rising like a rumpled pillow from the eastern extremity of Otay Mesa, Otay Mountain offers unparalleled, integrated views of the bifurcated San Diego-Tijuana metropolis, the Coronado Islands, Point Loma, and San Diego Bay. Seen on ...

Promise Breakers

How long is forever? As it turns out, forever is about two years, or so people in Chula Vista were recently surprised to discover. In March 1996, the County of San Diego and the City ...

Best of 2000: Best Auto-Wrecking Yard

Ecology Auto Wrecking 1180 Heritage Road, Otay Mesa (619) 661-4538 Over 50 auto-wrecking yards do business in San Diego. Most are located close to the border and specialize in two or three makes. For their ...

Best of 2000: Best Skydiving

Air Adventures Skydiving Inc. 1590 Continental Street, Otay Mesa (800) 992-7003 www.airadventures.com Most Air Adventures customers say they've never flung themselves from a plane at 13,000 feet and are seeking a once-in-a-lifetime thrill. Tandem leaps ...

The Drug Dealer and the Real Estate Men

Cocaine and real estate often go together in San Diego, especially along the dusty strip of border land known as Otay Mesa. Some of the district's biggest land deals were financed by drug money. One ...

Doing the Mexican Mailbox Jam

'Hi gang! Having a wonderful time in Tijuana. Wish you were here. Write back soon." I address the postcard, a view of the Jai Alai Fronton Palace on Revolución to myself in San Diego. I ...

Checkpoint Otay

At the east end of Otay Mesa, where the business parks and trucking yards give way to open grassland, stands the California Highway Patrol's Otay Mesa Truck Inspection Facility. It's a sort of nouveau-industrial building ...

Polly Wants a High Bid

Parrots are like drugs. People crave them. People smuggle them. The government tries to stop it, but smugglers are smart, and people demand parrots. After drugs, people make more money smuggling wildlife across the U.S. ...

Feds Seek Pond of Flush

Just how smelly are thirteen acres of raw sewage? Soon, very soon, we shall find out. Next Monday a federal agency is planning to start building an open pond for raw sewage just over the ...

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