Mike Madriaga

Mike Madriaga

Mike is a proto-journalist.

A proto(type) journalist is able to cover a subject or gathering via photography, videography, written editorial, and post-production video/photo graphics.

Mike is currently supplying content to various automotive and alternative-lifestyle publications, but considers the San Diego Reader his homebase.

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Articles by Mike Madriaga

TGI open for another month

Longtime Mission Valley restaurant completing its history book

“This restaurant closes it doors on March 26,” Honorio Zarate said in an interview as he greeted patrons for happy hour this week. Zarate is the service manager for the TGI Fridays restaurant on 403 ...

Where there's no smoke, there's no chicken

“The wind usually blows towards the east in the Pancho Villa parking lot."

“We just lost their main flagship,” said Mr. Robinson, a resident who lives one block away from the Pancho Villa supermarket at 3245 El Cajon Boulevard. Robinson said he is “bummed out” by the pollos ...

Car stars in Del Mar

Import-auto competition has changed a bit since the '90s

“A lot has changed from the first time I attended these shows,” said Walter Manongdo on February 4 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. His yellow Nissan race car was posted at the entrance next to ...

The unliking of the SD-LA Chargers

"Bye Felicia!" says at least one former fan

Many social-media users switched their profile picture yesterday (January 12) to the new LA Chargers logo that's been modified to read "LAME." This was in response to team owner Dean Spanos's breakup letter and updated ...

Mid-project tour of City College

Cafeteria leaks to be fixed and rooftop hangout established

“Part of the project is to remove all of the concrete here and redo it,” said City College project manager Tom Fine last week during a construction-zone tour of the campus. “And I don’t know ...

Southbound toy smugglers wanted

“We are not sophisticated with tunnels and all that.”

A group of smugglers huddled in a prayer circle a couple weeks ago to ask God for help crossing into Mexico. “We prayed for [aduanas, Mexican customs officials] to turn a blind eye when we ...

Mustang hate

Social punishment for burnout on Mira Mesa Boulevard

“Prepare for some repair bills to that Mustang bud … your s-its gonna be scratched the f-ck up, people know where you live,” read one of the instant message threats sent to Danny Diaz at ...

Thunder or students jumping?

Something caused shutdown of City College elevators

“Tower of Terror” is what some City College students are calling the elevators in the MS building on their campus. Since early morning on Sept. 19, three of the five elevators in the MS building ...

Unsafe Encanto intersection has predictable results

"Within a half an hour while I was there, there were two fender-benders.”

“They put these new stop signs up yesterday [Sunday, September 4] and within a half an hour while I was there, there were two fender-benders,” said David Abbott, who lives in the Encanto area by ...

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