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Stories by Gary Cornaglia

Drivers clog La Jolla to try and see Tiger win

Traffic a bear

The announcement of free entry to watch the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament at Torrey Pines on Monday morning, January 28, created a run on parking spaces at the Torrey Pines Gliderport. The parking area, ...

Mayor Bob Filner visits Tijuana

Discounts State Dept. warnings

Together with Tijuana mayor Carlos Bustamante and border entrepreneurs, on January 21 San Diego mayor Bob Filner dismissed U.S. State Department–issued travel-alert warnings for visitors to Tijuana and Mexicali. According to Uniradioinforma, Filner said, "I ...

Strange cakes at Clairemont bakery/deli/donut shop

Selection changes for Three Kings holiday

Entering Best Donuts Deli in Clairemont this past Sunday, January 6, I was greeted by a display case full of Mexican pastries unlike the ones I’m more familiar with — their empanadas, muffins, cakes, and ...

More parking problems soon for La Jolla’s VA Medical Center

Shortage for patients and employees

The troublesome parking situation at the VA Medical Center in La Jolla began to percolate about a decade ago; for a few reasons, it has now boiled over. Space remains finite. Most mornings, lines of ...

Stolen Corvette surfaces from Morena storage unit 24 years later

Cops okay eBay auction?

A 1989 Chevrolet Corvette that was stolen from a Morena car dealership when new was for sale on an eBay Motors auction this week. The Corvette was reportedly taken off the C&M Chevrolet lot and ...

Mexican lawmaker urges database to track young border crossers

Over 237,000 adolescents returned by U.S. in 2011

In a December 17 posting on El Sol de Tijuana’s website, it was reported that a member of the PRI political party stated that a reliable database must be created to keep track of children ...

Homeless couple rescued from Tijuana River

Others left before flood waters got worse

A posting today on the Tijuana Press website reported that, following heavy rains in the border area overnight and throughout the morning, a homeless couple had to wait around four hours before being rescued from ...

Santee resident bilked in Disney ticket scam

Seeking a bargain on Disneyland Hopper Tickets, Kim posted a want ad on Craigslist. Now the young woman from North County is telling others, through a subsequent ad, doing so may not be a good ...

Twinkie Sales Report from Clairemont

After the Hostess Company suspended operations and closed its three San Diego County outlet stores this week, most other stores were cleared of their products by fans and those who sought to profit from the ...

Car-Smashing Criminals Caught (on Video) in Mira Mesa

Between 1:45 and 2:15 a.m. on Wednesday, November 7, thieves smashed the windows on several cars in a Mira Mesa neighborhood. Kim’s car was damaged and her Nook reading tablet was taken. She confirmed other ...

Carlsbad Considers Ordinance to Limit RV Parking

Richard Shapiro is fighting a campaign on behalf of recreational vehicle owners against the City of Carlsbad. Effective January 1, 2013, the city intends to ban RVs on Carlsbad city streets due to complaints of ...

Mexican Gas Pumps Updated

The long-term practice in Mexico of charging customers for a liter of fuel when only 900 ml of fuel (or less) is actually dispensed is now prohibited and expected to change starting today, October 26. ...

Presidential Debate and BBQ at Democratic HQ

On October 3, the San Diego Democratic Unity Campaign Center hosted a viewing party for the first of three presidential debates at their Kearny Mesa headquarters. Many of the same people showed up who were ...

San Diego Senior Games in Progress

The 2012 San Diego Senior Games are now under way. Games will continue through the month of September. On Sunday, September 9, the Chula Vista Elks Lodge hosted three tournaments: bocce ball, “cornhole,” and ladder ...

Democratic Convention Viewing Party in Kearny Mesa

The San Diego County Democratic Party announced a viewing party of the national convention proceedings on Thursday evening, September 6, at their new Kearny Mesa headquarters. I called to RSVP and spoke with Chris, who ...

The Car Show Scene at Qualcomm Stadium

Ray is the operator of the “Auto Expo” held at Qualcomm Stadium twice a year — on Memorial Day and Labor Day. “I used to do it ten times a year,” he says, “but I’m ...

Catch the Bakery Thief, Get Rolls for Life

Baked, a bakery located near the boardwalk in Mission Beach, has been robbed twice since June. Owner Nanci Houlgate said the burglar took “a whole bunch of bread, cookie dough and, oh…some change,” referring to ...

Nagasaki Bombing Commemorated at Shelter Island

I’ve driven past the Yokohama Friendship Bell at the western end of Shelter Island dozens of times and each time found the secluded place quiet and empty. I have since learned it is usually gonged ...

Flying Wallet and Owner Reunited in Clairemont

Early Monday morning, July 30, as I followed a motorcyclist east on Balboa Avenue in Clairemon, he exited right onto the 805 south ramp. It was then his wallet flew straight from his backpack to ...

Vigilance of SDPD Volunteer Patrol Officers Due to Tiff?

A little over a month ago, on June 14, San Diego Police RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol) traffic officers arrived in the 4800 block of Mt. St. Helens Drive to investigate a citizen complaint about ...

Breaking and Entering Party in Clairemont

Late Thursday night, July 12, a group of high school students and/or college-age people entered a vacant rental home at 4781 Mt. Cervin Drive in Clairemont. They reportedly moved the “For Rent” sign, broke a ...

Farewell, Dave “K” Konstantin, President of Clairemont

A standing-room-only crowd overflowed the LiveWell senior center in Clairemont on the afternoon of July 1 to commemorate and celebrate the life of Dave “K” Konstantin. The amount of laughter outmatched the number of tears ...

City to Address Gopher Problem in Clairemont

After contacting District 6 councilmember Lori Zapf’s office to determine if the city was aware of a gopher infestation in Clairemont, I was soon contacted by Steve Palle of San Diego’s Parks and Recreation Department. ...

Clairemont Sinkhole Scare Over

By the end of the morning rush hour on June 8, a city road crew came and went, leaving three more cones around what seemed to have been a developing sinkhole on the 4900 block ...

Sinkhole Watch in Clairemont

Just after 5 p.m. on June 7, San Diego police officers arrived on the 4900 block of Acuna Drive, where a resident had discovered a sinkhole in front of her home's driveway. Officers confirmed that ...

Meth Lab Found in a Clairemont Canyon After Fire

In a letter published this month in the Clairemont Times, District 6 councilmember Lorie Zapf warned area residents to use caution when enjoying our canyons. The letter was prompted after a fire was extinguished in ...

Finnish Luxury Hybrid Vehicle Sells in Mission Valley

The latest breed of hybrid has arrived from Finland in the form of an electric luxury vehicle. The Marvin K. Brown dealership in Mission Valley has an inventory of a dozen Fisker Karmas. A showroom ...

La Jolla High School “Senior Benches,” Free Speech at Last

A statement posted on the San Diego and Imperial County ACLU website on February 16 indicates a settlement has been reached on a yearlong free-speech case at La Jolla High School. In February 2011, principal ...

Sea World Protesters Don’t Give Up Fight for Shamu’s Freedom

On the morning of February 18, a sparse protest group demonstrated at Sea World’s San Diego park entrance. The protest followed last week’s decision by a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit against Sea World ...

Tijuana Warehouse Used as a Garbage Dump

On Tuesday, February 6, Tijuana waste-management crews and emergency officials began removing more than 100 tons of garbage that were discovered in a 9000-square-foot warehouse in the colonia known as Las Huertas. Area residents indicated ...

Leashed Rottweiler Chomps Man and His Dog in Clairemont

Late Monday afternoon, February 6, a man and his small dog were attacked and seriously injured by a rottweiler in front of their Clairemont home on Boxwood Avenue. The man suffered large gashes to his ...

Authorities Raid Clairemont Home

Wednesday morning, September 29, federal, state and local law enforcement agencies converged on a Clairemont home for a pre-dawn raid that reportedly targeted Hell’s Angels gang members. At 6 a.m., neighbors were awakened and brought ...

Driver Crashes Through Clairemont UPS Store

Late Friday afternoon, September 16, Rosemary, 66, drove her car bearing Maryland plates through the front doors of the Clairemont Town Square UPS Store. She was triaged by a paramedic squad, which was able to ...

Richard Becker's POW Statue Installed at Miramar National Veterans Cemetery

A new bronze statue was recently installed at the new Miramar National Veterans Cemetery by the San Diego chapter of American Ex-Prisoners of War. The ten-foot-tall figure of a male prisoner of war emerging from ...

San Diego County Juvenile Hall Hosts Teens and Parents

The May 22 open house at Kearny Mesa Juvenile Detention Facility was also an information fair. Tables holding pamphlets were shaded with canopies. Behind each table stood helpful staff who provided information about programs available ...

Body Found in Car Near San Ysidro Border Crossing

On May 4, the body of a woman was found in an abandoned car with California plates near the San Ysidro border crossing. At around 11:30 a.m., police received a report that a person may ...

Interview with a Bimbo Truck Driver

This is an update regarding the recent closure of 13 Bimbo bread and baked-goods outlet stores in Southern California. About 5 of those stores were in San Diego County, located in north, south, east, west, ...

Billboard on Morena Boulevard Predicts May 21 Will Be Judgment Day

At the south end of Morena Boulevard, seen by many thousands of drivers and passengers on I-5 north, a full-sized billboard declares that May 21, 2011, is Judgment Day for Christians. Harold Camping is responsible ...

University City Homes Rebuilt at Site of Marine Corps Jet Crash

Two homes destroyed by the crash of a Marine Corps fighter jet on December 8, 2008, have been rebuilt and occupied. One family has returned to their home after multiple years away in a rental. ...

Four Bakery Outlets Close in San Diego County

This month, Bimbo Bakeries closed all of its San Diego-area bakery outlet stores: in Kearny Mesa, El Cajon, Escondido, and Chula Vista. By shopping at the discount stores, many folks, particularly those on fixed incomes, ...

Carpenters Union Members Picket at Scripps La Jolla

On Monday afternoon, March 28, visitors and patients arriving at Scripps La Jolla Hospital were greeted at the parking entrance by two gentlemen from Carpenters Local Union 1506. The flyers they were distributing spelled out ...

Patriot Flag Raised in Kearny Mesa

The Patriot Flag made a brief San Diego stopover this morning, March 1, on its way from Hawaii. According to project coordinator Mitch Mendler, the flag is scheduled to fly in all 50 states in ...

Storefront Windows Defaced with Scratches

During an overnight vandalism spree in late January, the storefront windows of more than 30 Ocean Beach businesses were defaced. Over 90 sheets of glass were deeply scratched; the replacement cost was estimated in the ...

Junked U.S. Cars Operate Illegally in Tijuana, Mexicali

A study from Tijuana’s Colegio de la Frontera Norte, released in January by researcher Alejandro Díaz Bautista, estimates that at least 80 percent of air pollution in the border cities of Tijuana, Mexicali, and Ciudad ...

Pacific Beach Christmas-Car Story

Larry Poppins will not tell you his true name at first. First, it’s “Peter picked a peck of…” He claims to live in Pacific Beach, has long hair, is maybe in his 40s, and walks ...

Man Rescues Cell Phone Via Manhole

A desperate traveler named Robin pleaded with waiting taxicab and pedicab drivers to help retrieve her phone, which she dropped down the storm drain outside the Santa Fe train station on the afternoon of September ...

Hickman the Hero

On December 4, 1959, at about noon, an F3H Demon piloted by Ensign Albert Joseph Hickman, 21, crashed into a Clairemont canyon. The pilot deliberately stayed with the aircraft to avoid crashing into Hawthorne Elementary ...

Chance Gets Another

On Friday, February 27, at 10:15 a.m., on the corner of Diane Avenue and Kings Way in Clairemont, a 52-year-old man and his dog were attacked by two pitbulls while walking past the dogs' fence. ...