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Stories by Gail Powell

Motorhome rescued by backhoe in Point Loma

“Angel in steel” appears on Nipoma Street

A broken-down motorhome was fortunate to receive the aid of a backhoe from a nearby construction project during the morning hours of Wednesday, May 1. The Fleetwood Tioga conked out and blocked the road along ...

The El Cajon Brewing Company closed its doors as of April 1

In spite of subsidies and loans

Despite the best efforts of many in the city of El Cajon and others to help the struggling business stay afloat, the brewing company folded. The Craft Brewing Business website noted "to get off the ...

Neighbors on Long Branch save rape victim

“We all love each other.”

There is a lot to be said for the exemplary response that several citizens of Ocean Beach exhibited last Sunday night, March 24, when a woman being sexually assaulted on Long Branch Avenue cried out ...

Alleged renegade in Jeep crashes cars on Sunset Cliffs

Stolen car tips over in street

The dangers of parking your car on a busy street became clear to some Ocean Beach residents who were woken up at around 1:30 a.m. on Friday, March 22, by the sound of crashing metal. ...

Theft of Coachella tickets at 91X prompts plea

Radio station warns they’ll call cops

Josh Hammond, director of promotions and marketing at 91X, took to the station’s Facebook and Twitter pages on Friday, March 15, to put out the alert that "we have a serious problem." He posted an ...

People's Food Co-op to expand – out of Ocean Beach?

Parking lot and storage space near capacity

The Ocean Beach People's Food Co-op is looking to expand their grocery store located at 4765 Voltaire Street. General manager Nancy Cassidy addressed the issue in the March 2013 monthly newsletter. "We are reaching full ...

Admitted killer Armando Perez denied chance to speak

Judge orders defendant removed from courtroom

Armando Perez, the admitted murderer and ex-husband of Diana Gonzalez, was in court on Thursday, February 28, for an arraignment hearing. In August 2012, when the defendant was brought into San Diego Superior Court after ...

Another water pipe break in Midway District

No businesses flooded

On Saturday morning, February 9, a broken water main flooded streets in the Midway District. An aged pipe burst and made for a messy and congested effort to access the Rosecrans Street freeway entrances between ...

Midway District’s Heritage Inn explosion unrelated to meth

Burn victims were processing pot

What was first thought to be a meth-lab explosion at the Heritage Inn in the Midway District on the morning of January 30 is now being reported as a different sort of drug-related disaster that ...

Robb Field skate park crasher was asleep

Haz-mat follows rescuers

A barricade and orange cone mark the point of impact from a van that went flying over a fence surrounding Robb Field Skateboard Park on Tuesday morning, January 15. San Diego police have declared that ...

Mall cops chase off unwanted habitués of Glasshouse Square

Parking and begging problems alleviated

As recently as last summer, Glasshouse Square Shopping Center, located in the Midway District, was home turf to many shelter-challenged individuals. Many customers and patrons were turned off by the presence of vagrants who would ...

San Clemente, No Car Necessary

Take Amtrak 1.5 hours north for an authentic beach town vibe.

Halfway between San Diego and Los Angeles is the charming coastal town of San Clemente, CA. Somewhat akin to San Diego in its wholesomeness, San Clemente also boasts beachside ambiance without the pretensions commonly found ...

Drive-thru at SDG&E payment center closes willy-nilly

Disabled and moms most inconvenienced

The San Diego Gas & Electric payment and customer service center at 436 H Street in Chula Vista has a habit of closing their drive-thru bill-payment window on the side of the building unannounced. Mothers ...

Starbucks coffee machine swiped at Fashion Valley mall

Busy store, busy hands

During the days leading up to Christmas, employees at the Fashion Valley mall's undersized Starbucks pulled out their new Verismo coffee machine and demonstrated its coffee- and espresso-making abilities for passing patrons and customers. On ...

Palm Patrol gathers downed fronds in Midway District

Road hazard eliminated

What many locals refer to as the “Palm Patrol" was out in force on Thursday morning, December 27, scouring the streets of the Midway District and Ocean Beach for palm fronds that litter the streets ...

House fire above garage in Point Loma

Firefighters save ocean-view home

Christmas Eve was not a festive time for residents of a Sunset Cliffs home in Point Loma. A smoky fire was reported just after 2 a.m. on December 24 at a home located on the ...

Two water-pipe breaks in two days in Midway District

Early morning and Sunday traffic lessen impact

The weekend before Christmas 2012 was not kind to water pipes (or traffic) in the Midway District. Two incidents of burst pipes and localized flooding occurred: one along Sports Arena Blvd on Saturday, December 22, ...

Bieber tickets lead to police action in Midway District?

Handcuffed woman asks for help

San Diego police descended on the Stonewoood Gardens apartments, located on the 3800 block of Midway Drive (where it intersects with Sports Arena Boulevard), early on the morning of Wednesday, December 19. Four police cars ...

Redevelopment of Fourth Avenue Professional Center in Bankers Hill

Here come some condos

The Fourth Avenue Professional Center in Bankers Hill is no more. Boarded up and overgrown with weeds, the Spanish-style building with a clay-tile roof will soon be remodeled into a condo complex in the Park ...

Chris Isaak a-crooning, ladies a-swooning

The “Chris Isaak Christmas Show” rolled into town for two nights at the Belly Up in Solana Beach. The Stockton, California, native and swoon-worthy crooner charmed a sold-out crowd with an energetic set that ranged ...

Tiny Talkeetna, Alaska

A welcome stop on the Alaska visitor's itinerary.

A short jaunt north of Anchorage, Alaska, is the quaint town of Talkeetna, considered the jumping-off point for climbers looking to tackle Mt. McKinley. Talkeetna suddenly swells in size starting in April through July. That's ...

Midway shopping center’s spiky trees with soft name

Some people at the Vons shopping center at 3645 Midway Drive are puzzled by an odd-looking tree that is growing along the driveway behind Fantastic Sam's. Some mistakenly identified it as an avocado tree. This ...

Harsh Words for RV Driver at Liberty Station

Motorhomes are quite unwelcome on at least one street in Liberty Station. In fact, if you park your RV on Truxton Road, the street in front of Vons and Trader Joe’s grocery stores, a security ...

Beauty Restored in Ocean Beach

The scraggly-looking display of succulents along the sidewalk at the foot of Santa Monica Avenue and Abbott Street have been spruced up. The little corner area near the Ocean Beach Lifeguard Tower has the San ...

Ocean Beach Grocery Store Won’t Close Until End of Year

The Apple Tree market in Ocean Beach recently won a brief reprieve from their scheduled November 27 closure. The longtime grocer located at 4949 Santa Monica Avenue “will now be open until December 31, 2012,” ...

Extreme Value Retailer to Open…Soon

A chain-link fence, lots of scaffolding, and a face-lift now separate would-be shoppers from the soon-to-open Point Loma Grocery Outlet in Midway Towne Center. "Point Loma Grocery Outlet is coming!” read a recent company Facebook ...

Church Chips in to Maintain Ocean Beach Skatepark

If the Ocean Beach Skatepark is looking a little less ragged lately, you can thank Newbreak Church in Ocean Beach. The newly opened church on Cape May Avenue has a volunteer gardening group that gets ...

Romney Protest in the La Jolla Sand

Approximately 50 activists reportedly left a message in the sand for Mitt Romney on Saturday, October 20 in La Jolla. With the days counting down to the presidential elections, some politically inclined beachgoers wrote out ...

Imperial Beach Murder Suspect’s Facebook Page Can’t Help

The San Diego woman identified by sheriff's deputies as a suspect in the death of 28-year-old Victor Saucedo — found shot to death at the Mariners Point apartments in Imperial Beach on October 16 — ...

Ocean Beach’s Portugalia for Sale

Portugalia, the now-closed Portuguese restaurant and pub located at 4839 Newport Avenue is on the auction block. Signs promoting a "quiet auction" are posted in several places in front of the former business that was ...

Fight Breaks Out at House of Blues Hives Show

The Hives, a Swedish rock band, performed at the House of Blues downtown on the evening of Monday, October 8. Toward the end of their raucous set, a fight broke out in front of the ...

Fifty shades of Adam Ant at 4th&B

Eighties pop star Adam Ant finally made it to town after his rescheduled February date. Brothers of Brazil played an energetic opening set of Bossa Nova rock and then “Ant music” hit the stage with ...

Twinkle Lights for Hillcrest

Earlier this month, the Hillcrest Business Association voted to approve a new project that will add some sparkle to a block of the community’s streets. The Uptown News reported that "the project to install a ...

Mermaid Spotted in Ocean Beach

One of the biggest hits of the September 16 Surfrider Paddle for Clean Water event in Ocean Beach was a mermaid sighting. Mermaid Shelly hails from Carlsbad, where she has a business named Shell Tails ...

Vigil for Ambassador Stevens in downtown San Diego

A group of Arab Americans held a candlelight vigil downtown at Fourth and Broadway on the evening of September 15. The event was billed as an "Emergency Vigil in Honor of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens,” ...

Eastlake Church Holds Services at Seau’s Restaurant

Empty since its closure after Junior Seau's suicide in early May, Seau's restaurant, on Sunday, September 9, reopened its doors, this time as a church. Until a tenant takes over the space, Eastlake Church will ...

Ocean Beach Apartment Residents Riled Over Thefts

Jonathan Chambers was arrested earlier in August for suspicion of burglary at the Mariner's Cove apartment complex in Ocean Beach. After his arrest, 10News rolled into the West Point Loma Boulevard property with a camera, ...

No Window to Glaze at Point Loma Donut Shop

Winchell's Donuts in Point Loma has had an unsightly problem for a while. Channel 10 News reported on June 23 that a car had gone through the front window of the shop located at 1501 ...

Rock Church to Remain at Liberty Station

Following the recent crisis in which the Rock Church was in peril of losing their Liberty Station operating permit, congregants received via email the church’s official reply to the fiasco. Chief operations officer Mark Stevens ...

Circus Protest on Sports Arena Boulevard

Protesters were back in the Midway District again, but they weren’t there to stand up for gay rights or the personal views of Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy. This time protesters were upset about the Ringling ...

Apartment Thief Suspect Taken into Custody in Loma Portal

With guns drawn and bearing a search warrant, a task force of law-enforcement officials knocked on the door of a West Point Loma Boulevard apartment on the morning of August 15. Taken into custody at ...

Car Crashes Inside Point Loma Laundromat

Several customers washing or drying their clothes at the Point Loma Coin Laundry were lucky to have avoided tragedy on August 11. A silver Kia slammed through the glass window at around 5 p.m. A ...

Dangerous/Classy Fans at Offspring’s Del Mar Show

The Offspring show at the Del Mar Racetrack on Friday evening, August 10, kept sheriff's deputies, medical officials, and Elite security guards on edge all night. A large, boisterous crowd waited for the concert to ...

Hearts Heavy for Boy Struck by Truck on Rosecrans Street

There are still heavy hearts today along the 1700 block of Rosecrans Street, where on Thursday, August 2, at around 7:30 p.m., a three-and-a-half-year-old New Mexico boy was struck by a red pickup truck in ...

No Kiss-In, Lots of Chicken at Restaurant Protest

The Midway District Chick-fil-A location had a long line of customers waiting to eat when I arrived for lunch at 11:00 a.m. on August 1. It took at least one hour to get inside to ...

Newport Avenue Coffee Shop Reopens

The Starbucks located at 4994 Newport Avenue in Ocean Beach reopened last week after being closed for nearly two weeks for remodeling. Caffeine junkies chose other java options as the popular coffee purveyor slapped a ...

Christian Evangelists Attend Comic-Con

A group of about 30 Christian Fundamentalists holding signs spread out near the Convention Center on Friday morning, July 13. While waiting to cross Harbor Drive, I struck up a conversation with Joshua, who told ...

Summerland Tour Was a Bit of '90s Heaven

I heard it on NPR: "The ’90s are back...or whatever." The ’90s meaning "the birth of grunge, the commercial rise of hip-hop, a batch of ballsy female songwriters, and a few goofy one-hit wonders we'd ...

Beer Bottles Banished by Locals at Bermuda Beach

Bermuda Beach, at the foot of Bermuda Avenue in Ocean Beach, attracts a variety of mellow souls who enjoy the area's natural beauty and relative privacy. But on Friday, June 22, in the late afternoon, ...

Beach Boys Foster Good Vibrations in Chula Vista

The Beach Boys reunited for a 50th Anniversary Tour that stopped on a brisk and breezy May evening at Cricket Amphitheatre in Chula Vista. But the chill wind could not take away from the "good ...