Rancho Bernardo Stories

Palomar Community College District's growing pain

City seeks to halt plans for 27-acre campus in Rancho Bernardo

The City of San Diego is asking a judge to halt progress on Palomar Community College District's proposal to build a new campus on 27 acres in Rancho Bernardo. The proposed South Education Center Project ...

Former chief warns of dire fire threat

"Look at Rancho Bernardo, which is 30 square miles and has one fire station..."

Former San Diego Fire and Rescue chief Jeff Bowman, who quit in part over the city's lack of commitment to the department, recently sent a letter to the city supporting the bond measure for new ...

Maybe we get to work alongside the Creator later on

Q&A with Hope United Methodist's pastor Brian Kent

Hope United Methodist Church Contact: 16550 Bernardo Heights Pkwy., Rancho Bernardo; 858-485-5840; hopeumc.com Membership: 870 Pastor: Brian Kent Age: 60 Born: Greeley, CO Formation: Point Loma Nazarene University, Point Loma; Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley Years ...

Cell-phone companies want more antennae in parks

City to entertain proposals from Sprint and T-Mobile May 12

The City of San Diego continues to lease public park space to cell-phone companies as attorneys for the city prepare to defend the practice in court. On May 12, planning commissioners will consider a proposal ...

Fancy a game of octopush?

170 strong and counting

What began in England in 1954 as a game called “octopush” has now become underwater hockey. Alan Blake, the founder of the Southsea Sub-Aqua Club, along with other scuba divers, hopped into a pool in ...

Wine, love, coffee

“Aha!” exclaimed the commodity coffee drinker

Manzanita Roasting Company opened in December, cooking single-origin beans on a 15-kg Loring roaster in North County. The couple behind the coffee wholesaler is relatively new to the business. Weston and Samantha Nawrocki initially met ...

Four sisters + four husbands

Cacophonous din at the Barrel Room

Because I have two sisters who live in North County (one in Poway, the other in San Marcos), David and I occasionally trek north for dinner. The Barrel Room in Rancho Bernardo has proven itself ...

Abnormally rapid expansion

Young beer company adding capacity already

Barely six months in business, Rancho Bernardo's Abnormal Beer Company has announced plans for a million-dollar expansion to its brewhouse. Abnormal's ten-barrel system will continue to operate inside restaurant Cork and Craft, which also houses ...

The bail man is richer than the thief

Julius Anthony Keeler's overhead cut deep into his ill-gotten profits

Career criminal Julius Anthony Keeler made a plea deal to settle five criminal cases in San Diego County and was sentenced to four years in prison on October 19. He is being held at the ...

North County millionaires' buyers market

Slowdown or just a blip in normally robust real estate sales?

Are rising post-recession real estate prices starting to crack? Yes, for high-end properties, says inland North County realtor Suzan Isber. “Three weeks ago we started noticing sellers of million-dollar-plus properties not getting their asking price. ...

Chocolates, cheeses, and meats make way for beer

"Now there are probably 250 beer dinners each year in San Diego"

Along with the proliferation of craft breweries in San Diego has come a proliferation of beer-pairing dinners, and even brunches. While fine-dining restaurants have long offered multi-course tasting menus paired with a sommeliers' choice of ...

Feast! North County Inland

Growing foodie movement in the county's northwest corner

Food chains and family restaurants once dominated the dining hours of Escondido, Rancho Bernardo, and Poway, and the rest. But a growing foodie movement looks to change this. They've added some quality midrange fare to ...

The foodie’s sandwich shop

I could shop here every day for a month

Passing through Rancho Bernardo, I stopped by a shop known to have a great bottled beer selection and wound up with an incredible lunch spot. I knew Brothers Provisions shares ownership with Urge Gastropub, so ...

Fastest beer in the west

Chasing a whale to Rancho Bernardo

At 11 a.m. on July 20, 450 bottles of Velvet Speedway Stout became available for purchase on the website BrownPaperTickets.com at $35 apiece, with a two-bottle limit. According to multiple sources involved with the beer, ...

Listen to the nudge of the Holy Spirit

Isolation is hell

Membership: 1800 Attendance: 1200–1300 Pastor: Bruce Humphrey Age: 63 Born: Moscow, ID Formation: University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ; Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (Boston Campus) Roxbury, MA; San Francisco Seminary, San Anselmo, CA; Trinity Theological School, Newburgh, ...

Eating all you can at Big Bang! Sushi

“Uh, guys? The waiter’s writing down everything you say.”

When I heard a new sushi spot had opened up in Rancho Bernardo, I figured I might check it out, someday, if I happened to be in the neighborhood. Then I heard Big Bang! Sushi ...

Not bulky but bueno

Glitterati shows to glug offerings from nth-level brewer-geek

Since the Cork and Craft debuted late last year, beer fans have awaited the debut of its onsite brewery’s ales. This has a lot to do with the fact that the man at the brewhouse ...

Best beer futures: Part I

A list of the county’s most exciting upcoming brewery projects.

Per San Diego Beer News tradition, I’m closing out the year by taking a look back at some of the best 2014 had to offer, while keeping an eye trained on what 2015 holds. In ...

Meet Second Chance Beer Co.

Longtime Rock Bottom brewmaster going his own way in RB.

In San Diego, award-winning, long-tenured brewers are treated like rock stars. Jeff Bagby (Bagby Beer, Pizza Port), Tomme Arthur (Lost Abbey, Port Brewing, Pizza Port), Chuck Silva (Green Flash Brewing), Peter Zien (AleSmith), Pat McIlhenney ...

No beer, no problem

The Cork and Craft’s food makes waiting for house beers easy.

“I cook food. I roast coffee.” This is the mantra Mike Arquines leads with from the helm of newly opened restaurant, urban winery, and soon-to-debut brewery, The Cork and Craft (16990 Via Tazon, Rancho Bernardo). ...

Aviara Trio free concert

San Diego libraries provide great concerts all year.

The Rancho Bernardo Public library has a chamber music series. Several libraries have similar programs. They are a rich source of music in San Diego County and they’re all free. I bring up Rancho Bernardo ...

Drought on display

Bernardo Mountain, for views and illustrations of drought

Bernardo Mountain, with an elevation of 1150 feet, rises steeply from the north shore of Lake Hodges, southwest of Escondido. It offers a relatively short, vigorous hike to the peak for dramatic views of this ...

Abnormal Beer and more for RB

Upcoming Rancho Bernardo business has restaurant, brewery, winery all under one roof

It’s not all that abnormal, but it is unheard of — a combination restaurant, winery, and brewery all under one roof. Such will be the concept behind The Cork and Craft (16990 Via Tazon, Suite ...

Open, open, open

A hit-list of planned opening dates for upcoming brewery projects.

I have nearly 50 upcoming breweries, brewpubs, tasting rooms, and other brewing company-owned facilities on my radar. Thanks to San Diego Beer News, people are well aware of this, which leads to me being asked ...

Serious as a heart attack

Ken Norton, "Ironman of Golf," approaches record

Little did 59-year old Rancho Bernardo resident Ken Norton know, when he had his fifth heart attack in 2008, and when the housing crisis was taking his construction business downhill fast, he would soon find ...

Bagels in RB

Rancho Bernardo has some of the best bagels around

A small-but-vocal contingent of bagel fanciers like to raise their common battle cry: that San Diego has no delicious bagels, and that, if only they were back in NY/DC/Kalamazoo/Boston/Walla Walla/Philly, or wherever their favorite bagel ...

Best of Beer Week: November 2

Reboot and get your fill of San Diego Beer Week seconds

San Diego Originals: In the beginning, there was but a handful of fledgling operations bringing craft beer to locals. For one day, beer bar The High Dive will celebrate those innovators with special beers from ...

An update on the Aztec empire

Vista brewery closing out year dos with new beers and ambition

At nearly two years of age, Aztec Brewing Company (2330 La Mirada Drive, Suite 300, Vista) is one of the elder statesmen in its North County municipality, which is home to eight operating brewhouses with ...

Accessible Gourmet Fare

Mid-range restaurants, gastropubs, and shops taking things to the next level.

Nowadays, I spend much of my time eating in restaurants or locked up in my office documenting those experiences. But before I wrote my first word about food, most of my time was spent in ...

Mesa View Baptist Church

Membership: 300 Pastor: Darrow Perkins Age: 46 Born: Baton Rouge, La Formation: Andersonville Theological Seminary, Camilla, Ga.; U.S. Marine Corps (1983–2003) Years Ordained: 19 San Diego Reader: What is your favorite subject on which to ...

Cloudbreak Church

Membership: 110 Affiliation: Southern Baptist Pastor: Jeff Langley Age: 45 Born: San Diego Formation: Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Forth Worth, Texas; Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, San Francisco Years Ordained: 10 San Diego Reader: How ...

Heart of God Church

Membership: 125 Pastor: Mark McElwee Age: 51 Born: Groton, Conn. Formation: Southwest Bible College, Gainesville, Ga.; Logos International Bible College, England; Vision International Education Network, Ramona. Years Ordained: 12 years San Diego Reader: How long ...

Bicyclist Steers Duck Family to Safety

On the morning of April 26, at the corner of Rancho Bernardo and Pomerado Roads, bicyclist Neil Schneider came upon a mother duck and her 11 babies, waddling along in the bike lane next to ...

Rancho Bernardo House Fire and Looky Loo Struck by Truck

Shortly after 12:30 p.m. on January 17, a blaze broke out at a residence located in the 16000 block of Avenida Suavidad. The fire appeared to have started in a bedroom used as an office. ...

Another Man Done Gone from El Bizcocho

Stop the presses! The chef whose work is reviewed in this column abruptly departed El Bizcocho three days after this dinner. When our valiant mensch of a photographer, Alan Decker, phoned to make an appointment ...

Trash Pickup in Peril in Rancho Bernardo

David Kreitzer spoke during the public-comment portion of the November 30 San Diego City Council meeting to ask the council to review the sudden enforcement of an old ordinance that has affected the city-provided collection ...

Late-Night New-Guy Blues

Two men stopped by the Circle K on West Bernardo Drive a little before 3:30 a.m. on August 27; they robbed the store at gunpoint, making off with an undetermined amount of money. Four San ...

Chelsea's Voice

On March 30 at 6:30 p.m., a large crowd of people gathered at the Maranatha Chapel in Rancho Bernardo for a public forum hosted by Kelly and Brent King, the parents of murdered teen Chelsea ...

When Thieves Attack

San Diego police are investigating three burglaries that occurred on March 22 in North County communities. The break-ins appear to be related, according to an SDPD news release. A Rancho Bernardo resident confronted a burglar ...

Maranatha Chapel

Maranatha Chapel is a big church. The kind with a proper campus. The kind with a lot going on outside the Sunday service, including weekday small-group discussion of the previous Sunday’s sermon. (Sunday’s sermon notes ...

The Church at Rancho Bernardo

As my eyes adjusted to the half-light of the church and my ears absorbed the happy boom of the band, I thought, is that the theme from Friends? It was. A little ways into the ...

Car Crime

The first of many signs banning vehicles for sale along a busy street recently went up, addressing a neighborhood nuisance long ago dubbed the Rancho Bernardo “Mile of Cars.” Starting September 5, those who leave ...

Cloudbreak Church

“Begin County Maintained Road,” read the sign as I headed out Bernardo Center Drive away from the center of Rancho Bernardo. A right on Dove took me into the depths of 4S Ranch, a development ...

Magic

“There may be trouble ahead/ But while there’s moonlight and music/ And love and romance/ Let’s face the music and dance.” Irving Berlin wrote that at the height of the Depression, and Fred and Ginger ...

Green Valley Church

The wall of windows looking into Green Valley’s vestibule was frosted around the transparent words: “Believe, Belong, Become...self-control, kindness, faithfulness, goodness, patience, peace, love.” Inside the vestibule stood a painting of what looked like a ...

Extra-Virgin Maggoty Oil

At Bernardo Winery, one of the oldest olive oil producers in California, oil flow has come to a standstill. While the Rancho Bernardo company has historically produced 300 to 400 gallons of olive oil per ...

Light of Life Church

“Allow yourself to simply be one with the service,” read one of the suggestions in the program for the Good Friday Taizé Service at Light of Life Church. But there’s nothing like a nagging cough ...

Not to fear, Joseph

A visit to Hope United Methodist Church

A number of spiritual currents ran through the service on the Sunday before Christmas at Hope United Methodist; several made themselves felt within the choir’s opening set. We began with the traditional: a straight-up rendition ...

The Rainbow Sign

We are a frazzled, worried country after seven years of every important decision being decided wrong by that "deciderator" and the awful gray eminences whispering in his ears. So do I dare to interpret the ...

A Feeling of Hope in Rancho Bernardo

How do I even begin to tell you about the incredible turnaround my neighborhood has taken? I will start here. Hi, my name is Mychal McMahon. I am a single mom living with my mom ...

Dam Leaks

Anyone living downriver from the Lake Hodges Dam, just north of Rancho Bernardo, might wish to take note. The City of San Diego is spending "not-to-exceed" $159,026 on a consultant who is supposed to find ...

Talk Jocks

Radio station 103.7 changed its format from classic rock to talk radio. Listeners disapproved, but was it necessary to have two stations in town playing Boston, Journey, and Heart? And 103.7's new shows are funny. ...

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