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Stories by Carolyn Grace Matteo

Controversy on Deck

“Is there any more comments?” asked Pacific Beach Town Council president Rose Galliher at the monthly meeting on June 16. Community members had just commented on the motion read by Scott Chipman, “That the Pacific ...

License Creep

For the past seven months, members of the Pacific Beach Planning Group have studied alcohol-related issues in Pacific Beach. On June 14, they presented their findings during a “special meeting.” Scott Chipman, chairman of the ...

Two Fires...Hmmm...

“It was an accident,” said Rebecca, a representative of Ocean View Villas, following a dumpster fire outside the hotel’s offices on Sunset Cliffs Boulevard. “We’re doing some internal investigating. It’s definitely some internal housekeeping issue. ...

Fat Boy and the Yogi

On June 10 at approximately 4 p.m., Clubber Lang was spotted waddling across the green atop the cliffs at Law Street with his owner, local yoga instructor Steve Hubbard. Clubber is a two-year-old, 150-pound pot-bellied ...

More Free Parking

Following a catered dinner at the Joyce Beers Community Center, the June 8 Hillcrest Town Council Meeting got under way. A panel of three voiced their opinions and answered questions pertaining to the issue of ...

The Right to Party Left Intact

“The city put the wrong signs up…’no alcohol at Kate Sessions Park’…that’s illegal,” said a concerned Pacific Beach resident on the afternoon of June 7. “Park and Rec were anticipating a ban — that is ...

Near Head-On

“When I do it, I do it good,” said the elderly female driver of a silver Cadillac Catera on May 18 at approximately 2:30 p.m. She had narrowly avoided a head-on collision on Cardeno Drive ...

Members Only

I attended the Friends of Kate Sessions meeting at the Soledad Club on May 18 after receiving an email invitation. The meeting was scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m., but the gates were locked and ...

Urged to Scream

Dozens of motor homes lined the curvy road leading to the 57th annual OMBAC “Coming Out Party,” held May 15 at Mariner’s Point. Two women (beers in hand) sat inside one of the trailers, screen ...

Car vs. Car

An SDPD van nabbed a silver Mercedes on May 13 at the corner of Kline and Eads streets in La Jolla. My request for information resulted in one of the parking enforcement officers walking proudly ...

Some Enchanted Gathering

"He's drunk off his ass...wavin' his dick around," said one SDPD officer to another as he pointed to a young man wearing a thong and wading through the waters at Fiesta Island's "Enchanted Cove" on ...

She Wouldn't Listen to Me

Three police vehicles arrived at the scene of an accident where a burgundy Chevy Blazer and a black Volkswagen Cabrio collided near the intersection of Fanuel and Garnet Streets in Pacific Beach, at approximately 8 ...

Newspaper Fight

At 3:40 Sunday, May 2, the following could be heard echoing through the second floor of the La Jolla Library: “I may be a nigger, but you’re a nothing…less than a nothing. Sir, sir, have ...

What Does Everybody Here Want?

Approximately 200 San Diego residents participated in the Worldwide Medical Marijuana March Saturday, May 1. The march started at Crystal Pier and moved south down the boardwalk to the rollercoaster in Mission Beach. Demonstrators passed ...

Wobbling

A drunken, grey-haired man wearing a red jacket wobbled through the parking lot outside of the CVS pharmacy at 1652 Garnet Street in Pacific Beach Thursday evening. A police car with two officers arrived on ...

The Shore Club's Deck

Chaos befell the April 21st Pacific Beach Town Council meeting when 35-year Pacific Beach resident Scott Chipman raised the issue of the Shore Club alcohol license/deck expansion, an issue Chipman felt was a land use ...

What in the Worm?

On April 14, while walking at the edge of the water in Mission Beach, I came across a strange creature that had washed up on the sand. Unsure as to whether or not this tangerine-sized, ...

Need More Cops

On April 15, at approximately 8:40 p.m., an SDPD van and patrol car arrived at the CVS pharmacy located on Garnet Avenue. As I approached the three officers standing in the parking lot outside the ...

Wake Up, Speak Up

The sole action item on the April 7 agenda of the park committee responsible for the governance of Kate Sessions Park was a proposed change to the park’s current 12-hour alcohol ban to a 24-hour ...

Wave of Concern

On April 2 at 12:30 p.m., I witnessed an adult male physically abuse his son, who was about two years old; a second, seven- or eight-year-old son was also present at the Wave House in ...

Posts Most Contentious

A tan, middle-aged man in board shorts dug a sizable hole in the sand on Mission Beach (just north of Toulon Court) on the afternoon of March 28. A tall, wooden 4"X4" post lay in ...

Dragon's Drool

On the evening of March 24, a group of 30 people enjoyed the antics of two flame-juggling acrobats on the sand adjacent to the Pacific Beach boardwalk. The flame-throwers, John and Anton, met eight months ...

Romney's Road

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, who currently serves as the chairman of the Free and Strong America PAC, spent two hours on March 22 autographing copies of his book No Apology: The Case for American ...

We All Fight the Wall

U.S./Mexico border problems and their effect on the Tijuana Estuary was the focus of the March 19 Sierra Club’s meeting in Hillcrest. According to a Sierra Club press release, laws protecting the environment, archaeological sites, ...

Clear as Mud

The Balboa Park Task Force met March 15 in the Santa Fe Room of the Balboa Park Club to discuss the future of Balboa Park with regards to fundraising management and governance. All 17 volunteer ...

Pup Love

A sea lion lay in apparent agony on the sand in Mission Beach near Ormond Court on March 13. At least nine individuals circled the pup. Some snapped photos while others placed calls to the ...

Riddle Me This

Though the March 11 Point Loma Community Park and Recreation Council meeting was scheduled to start at 6:00 p.m., it began at 5:30 p.m. The first item on the agenda turned out to not be ...

Cops Greenlight Innertubapalooza

Spring break is approaching, and the impending “Innertubapalooza” was the highlight of the March 10 Mission Beach Town Council meeting held in the community room at Belmont Park. In 2009, locals coined the title “Innertubapalooza” ...

We Don’t Want to Modernize

The Hillcrest Town Council held a meeting on March 9 at the Joyce Beers Community Center, with 45 community members in attendance. Councilmember Roy Dahl outlined the council’s Development Committee’s design principles as they pertain ...

Good News, Good Grub

Roughly 450 stockholders filled the tiered Irwin M. Jacobs Hall at 5775 Morehouse Drive on Tuesday, March 2, for Qualcomm’s annual stockholders’ meeting. Chairman/CEO Paul Jacobs presented statistics pertaining to Qualcomm’s fiscal 2009 performance, the ...

Sea Rage

The closing of the Ocean Beach Pier was announced at the March 1 Sunset Cliffs Natural Park Council meeting. “We lost a good 200 yards of railing on the south side [of the pier],” said ...

Bicyclists Be Damned

On Sunday, February 28, at approximately 11:45 a.m., a bicyclist was hit by a car on La Jolla Boulevard. An ambulance arrived on the scene, followed by two police vehicles. Officers stated the incident was ...

A Matter of Pride

The San Diego LGBT Pride board of directors hosted a town hall meeting on Monday, February 22, at their community center in Hillcrest. Representatives spoke of the direction in which the organization is headed and ...

Seal or Sea Lion Found

The carcass of what is believed to be a California sea lion was found washed up on the beach between Nantasket and Nahant courts on Sunday morning, February 21. Several calls were placed to local ...

Big Bird in Danger

The sound of laughter and then screaming erupted from a table at a PB boardwalk café on the afternoon of February 19. By the sizable crowd surrounding the table, one would have thought Angelina and ...

Prepped to Pump

In the cul-de-sac where Mission Boulevard meets Pacific Beach Drive, at about 4:30 p.m. on February 9, a City of San Diego Street Division truck blocked cars from entering the parking lot between the Best ...

Would Kate Turn in Her Grave?

A proposed change from Kate Sessions Park’s 12-hour alcohol ban to a 24-hour alcohol ban was on the Santa Clara/Pacific Beach Recreation Council’s agenda on Tuesday, January 19. Some of the reasons given for the ...

Sorry, Citizen Journalist

Near Windansea Beach on Tuesday, January 12, at about 10:00 a.m., I spotted what appeared to be a construction project at the intersection of Neptune and Playa Del Sur. I stopped to speak with Jose ...

Underground Report

On Monday morning, January 11, I passed a project in progress on the corner of Genter and Draper in La Jolla. I approached Cody Whitters (a journeyman lineman with Henkels & McCoy, working as a ...

Dirty, Suspicious

I passed three police cars stopped in the 1100 block of Felspar Street on the afternoon of January 5. I parked my car and as I walked toward them, two of the cars drove away. ...

Big Bus Breakdown

Parked by the curb on Quivira Road on Monday afternoon, January 4, was an enormous yellow Leyland Olympian bus. On its side was a sign that read: "The British Bus Company, LLC, Santee, CA." I ...

Bay Watch

I noticed a “Kohler Power Systems 24-hour Emergency Service Unit” and pump surrounded by about 30 orange cones and 30 orange-and-white-striped “City of San Diego Street Division Signs” at Santa Clara Point and Bayside on ...

Victorious Seals

Wednesday morning, December 30, volunteers from Seal Watch (an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting harbor seals) manned their posts in the cul-de-sac above the La Jolla Children’s Pool. “The most current news is unfortunate,” ...

More People, More Stuff

Last Sunday afternoon, December 27, Eric Olson and his wife Takako, each armed with a metal detector, scoured the sands of Mission Beach. "We’ve been doin’ this for about a year and a half now,” ...

Red Christmas

On Christmas day, from the boardwalk in PB, I saw set up on the beach a one-man camp punctuated by an American flag that snapped in the wind. Sitting beneath a tattered umbrella was a ...

Hey, Cowboy

Move over, Matthew McConaughey, and make room for 60-year-old Jamie Trivisonno, whom I discovered on my way to the gym on Monday afternoon, December 21. Shirtless and with a cigar in his mouth, Trivisonno danced ...

Surfer, Actor, Purveyor of Weed

I was walking through Pacific Beach on December 15 at about 6 p.m. and stopped to admire an enormous painting on a brick wall at 1421 Garnet Avenue when a voice called out to me, ...

Brutal John

During a December 9 meeting at the Mission Bay High School auditorium, Bill Kowba, interim superintendent for the SD Unified School District, addressed 2009/2010 budget cuts: “$183 million has been cut in the last two ...

If Detoxified, Will They Come?

On December 2 at an Ocean Beach Planning Board meeting, Centre City Development Corporation representative Sheila Harden spoke about the downtown site being considered for a San Diego Chargers’ stadium. Being studied is the feasibility ...

Bongtroversial

The most heated topic at the December 2 Ocean Beach Planning Board meeting was presented by Dave Martin, member of the Medical Marijuana Task Force, an 11-member organization established by the San Diego City Council ...