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Bucolic Bonita

Boredom, Sweetwater Trail, Canary Island palms, Welcome to Bonita sign

Residents staged a drama against Caltrans incursion into Bonita Valley ending with the chorus:  I won’t drive 125 as long as I’m alive/ As long as I’m alive/ As long as I’m alive. - Image by Andy Boyd
Residents staged a drama against Caltrans incursion into Bonita Valley ending with the chorus: I won’t drive 125 as long as I’m alive/ As long as I’m alive/ As long as I’m alive.
  • Not so pretty: Bonita’s sign replacement cost

  • Though Bonita's welcome mat has been pulled, the South Bay community is hardly discouraging people from coming by. The “Welcome to Bonita” sign, designed to convey a warm hello to those entering the community's portal, was destroyed November 26 by a eucalyptus tree that toppled over across Bonita Road just east of I-805.
  • By Bruce Kauffman, Dec. 29, 2013
Photos by Charles Bailey
  • Bonita

  • Bucolic Bonita first bloomed in my experience during a 1965 visit to the shallow valley scooped out across millennia by the Sweetwater River on its run to the Pacific. Even in the mid-’60s the lemon groves, lima bean fields, and dairy farms east of Chula Vista were fading memories.
  • By Bill Salisbury, Dec. 24, 2003
  • Fairy shrimp likely to close a Sweetwater Reservoir trail

  • More than 150 bicyclists, hikers, and equestrians heard less than good news Tuesday night, December 3, as the general manager of the Sweetwater Authority explained that a popular trail may be closed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
  • By Marty Graham, Dec. 4, 2013
Dwayne Severn and the map of the Sweetwater County Park and Reservoir
  • It’s Fairly Easy to Get Bored Around Here

  • Bonita lies in the Sweetwater Valley, nestled inside three freeways--I-805 to the west, 54 to the north, and 125 to the east. To the south lies the city of Chula Vista. Small though Bonita may be, it has put itself on the map with several outdoor attractions, including the inaptly named Chula Vista Municipal Golf Course and horse-friendly Sweetwater Regional Park,
  • By RF Jurjevics, Oct. 18, 2007
  • South Bay’s most mysterious property

  • Sitting on a one-acre lot that the listing office describes as the “highest point in Bonita,” the 9045-square-foot estate at 368 Surrey Drive is the most luxurious property currently available in any of San Diego’s South Bay neighborhoods.
  • By Dave Rice, July 24, 2013
The most luxurious and most expensive property currently available in the South Bay.
  • Canary Island palms in peril

  • San Ysidro, Chula Vista, and now Bonita residents are watching their Canary Island palms choke and die — sometimes with the entire crown falling to the ground below. The culprit? The South American palm weevil (Rhynchophorus palmarum) on its first forays into Southern California.
  • By Marty Graham, Feb. 7, 2017
"Crown collapse" of a San Ysidro date palm
  • The trails don’t end in Bonita

  • Defining the borders of Bonita can spark debate. Plaza Bonita shopping mall used to be the Bonita Golf Course and Little League baseball field until it was annexed by National City. Rohr Park, which is at Bonita’s center, was annexed by Chula Vista. Perhaps our home got lost in the tangled mess of shifting borders.
  • By Jonah Valdez, March 1, 2017
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Residents staged a drama against Caltrans incursion into Bonita Valley ending with the chorus:  I won’t drive 125 as long as I’m alive/ As long as I’m alive/ As long as I’m alive. - Image by Andy Boyd
Residents staged a drama against Caltrans incursion into Bonita Valley ending with the chorus: I won’t drive 125 as long as I’m alive/ As long as I’m alive/ As long as I’m alive.
  • Not so pretty: Bonita’s sign replacement cost

  • Though Bonita's welcome mat has been pulled, the South Bay community is hardly discouraging people from coming by. The “Welcome to Bonita” sign, designed to convey a warm hello to those entering the community's portal, was destroyed November 26 by a eucalyptus tree that toppled over across Bonita Road just east of I-805.
  • By Bruce Kauffman, Dec. 29, 2013
Photos by Charles Bailey
  • Bonita

  • Bucolic Bonita first bloomed in my experience during a 1965 visit to the shallow valley scooped out across millennia by the Sweetwater River on its run to the Pacific. Even in the mid-’60s the lemon groves, lima bean fields, and dairy farms east of Chula Vista were fading memories.
  • By Bill Salisbury, Dec. 24, 2003
  • Fairy shrimp likely to close a Sweetwater Reservoir trail

  • More than 150 bicyclists, hikers, and equestrians heard less than good news Tuesday night, December 3, as the general manager of the Sweetwater Authority explained that a popular trail may be closed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
  • By Marty Graham, Dec. 4, 2013
Dwayne Severn and the map of the Sweetwater County Park and Reservoir
  • It’s Fairly Easy to Get Bored Around Here

  • Bonita lies in the Sweetwater Valley, nestled inside three freeways--I-805 to the west, 54 to the north, and 125 to the east. To the south lies the city of Chula Vista. Small though Bonita may be, it has put itself on the map with several outdoor attractions, including the inaptly named Chula Vista Municipal Golf Course and horse-friendly Sweetwater Regional Park,
  • By RF Jurjevics, Oct. 18, 2007
  • South Bay’s most mysterious property

  • Sitting on a one-acre lot that the listing office describes as the “highest point in Bonita,” the 9045-square-foot estate at 368 Surrey Drive is the most luxurious property currently available in any of San Diego’s South Bay neighborhoods.
  • By Dave Rice, July 24, 2013
The most luxurious and most expensive property currently available in the South Bay.
  • Canary Island palms in peril

  • San Ysidro, Chula Vista, and now Bonita residents are watching their Canary Island palms choke and die — sometimes with the entire crown falling to the ground below. The culprit? The South American palm weevil (Rhynchophorus palmarum) on its first forays into Southern California.
  • By Marty Graham, Feb. 7, 2017
"Crown collapse" of a San Ysidro date palm
  • The trails don’t end in Bonita

  • Defining the borders of Bonita can spark debate. Plaza Bonita shopping mall used to be the Bonita Golf Course and Little League baseball field until it was annexed by National City. Rohr Park, which is at Bonita’s center, was annexed by Chula Vista. Perhaps our home got lost in the tangled mess of shifting borders.
  • By Jonah Valdez, March 1, 2017
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