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Imperial Beach, town without pretense

Sleeping ban. sandcastle stomping, immigrant shelter, breakwater, Brian Bilbray

Marisol: “Those parents need to apprehend their kids,"
Marisol: “Those parents need to apprehend their kids,"
  • Complete public sleeping ban

  • Imperial Beach has banned camping or sleeping in public with an ordinance that reaches into every last corner, from pavement to median, "including but not limited to dirt or landscaped areas." The new law prohibits storing belongings on public property.
  • By Sheila Pell, Sept. 24, 2019
End of Dahlia Avenue in Imperial Beach
  • Sandcastle stomping – a tradition

  • On July 12 at about dusk, two kids scurried away from an upset man and woman, after the kids demolished parts of a sandcastle sculpture by the Imperial Beach Pier. IB local Joey Bradley was coming up on the other side of the pier when he noticed his daughter’s surf-buddies getting the stink-eye from the adults. “All the kids tear down the sand castles at the end of competition, every year,” Bradley said
  • By Mike Madriaga, July 29, 2019
The stomping of the Coliseum
  • "This here, so disgusting"

  • A shelter for legal immigrants in the South San Diego is gaining attention from anti-immigrant activists and local residents who have started a campaign of filming in front of the shelter and confronting the workers there, resulting in a police response on at least one occasion. In the past week or so, several videos have been posted of the shelter located on 18th Street.
  • By Vincent Farnsworth, Feb. 27, 2019
Amy Sutton, Melinda Oporto
  • Imperial Beach Walk

  • Imperial Beach’s beaches are not as glamorous as others farther north, but they do include some very secluded stretches of sand, including the one described here, lying within the Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge. To get there, drive to the south end of Imperial Beach’s Seacoast Drive, where hopefully you can find a parking space nearby.
  • By Jerry Schad, June 15, 2011
  • On the edge in I.B.

  • He was mourning something on the way to being lost, as if IB itself were on the endangered species list. And maybe he’s right. The last rough-hewn, working-class, Midwestern beach town on the coast looks all primed to be slicked up. The harbingers are the millionaires’ houses that are starting to block off IB’s oceanfront. How long before real money falls from the sky and low-rent, workaday IB is given the eviction notice?
  • By Bill Manson, Dec. 24, 2003
In I.B. you’ll sit next to off-duty Customs and Border Patrol guys, nurses, teachers, actors, trailer-park retirees, long-bearded musicians, eccentrics, and even the odd millionaire.
  • One tough town

  • The third thing to remember is that local politics in Imperial Beach is, frankly, quite insane. There is a viciousness, a personalization of issues that goes beyond the pale. There are two camps, each with a local publication behind them, roughly little-growth vs. growth, and both sides go for the throat, the belly, and the jugular.
  • By Patrick Daugherty, Dec. 8, 1994
Tijuana estuary. “Back then, business was booming. Potential was unbelievable. You had all that estuary down there, a boat marina coming in just tomorrow, for sure."
  • To be I.B. or not to be I.B.?

  • Late last week, the San Diego County Grand Jury nodded paternally toward the citizens of Imperial Beach, patted them on their heads like good dogs, and told them to heel. Jurors found no substance to persistent rumors of political corruption and recommended no further inquiry.
  • By Bob McPhail, Sept. 29, 1988
Council meeting hall, Imperial Beach. “Those city council meetings were unbelievable. There were hundreds of screaming people.”
  • Bill Kellogg fights Imperial Beach breakwater

  • “They don’t know what they’re doing, but they go ahead and do it anyway,” says William Kellogg, referring to the Army Corps of Engineers, the California Coastal Commission, and the City of Imperial Beach. The Corps opened the bidding last week for the construction of a mile-long breakwater off Imperial Beach, and if Kellogg’s latest legal challenge to the project is not upheld in court this week, construction of the $5.6 million structure is due to begin within a month.
  • By Neal Matthews, Sept. 23, 1985
  • Endless illegals in front of my condo

  • Your view of the world is unique if you live in Imperial Beach, just five miles north of the Mexican border. If the street where you live is on a narrow corridor of land between the Pacific Ocean and the Tia Juana sloughs, you have a wide window on an ever changing panorama –almost 300 degrees on the compass. How could you not look?
  • By Jackie Dewey, Feb. 18, 1982
  • Brian Bilbray's Imperial Beach

  • A sign outside of the Marina Inn in Imperial Beach proclaims it as the most southwesterly bar in the United States. It is no idle bit of public relations. From the inn’s parking lot you can look south three miles across a marsh to the coastal hills of Mexico. About 500 feet to the west is the Pacific Ocean. People in Imperial Beach are generally proud of this accident of geography and political boundary-drawing.
  • By Gordon Smith, Nov. 5, 1981
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Marisol: “Those parents need to apprehend their kids,"
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  • Complete public sleeping ban

  • Imperial Beach has banned camping or sleeping in public with an ordinance that reaches into every last corner, from pavement to median, "including but not limited to dirt or landscaped areas." The new law prohibits storing belongings on public property.
  • By Sheila Pell, Sept. 24, 2019
End of Dahlia Avenue in Imperial Beach
  • Sandcastle stomping – a tradition

  • On July 12 at about dusk, two kids scurried away from an upset man and woman, after the kids demolished parts of a sandcastle sculpture by the Imperial Beach Pier. IB local Joey Bradley was coming up on the other side of the pier when he noticed his daughter’s surf-buddies getting the stink-eye from the adults. “All the kids tear down the sand castles at the end of competition, every year,” Bradley said
  • By Mike Madriaga, July 29, 2019
The stomping of the Coliseum
  • "This here, so disgusting"

  • A shelter for legal immigrants in the South San Diego is gaining attention from anti-immigrant activists and local residents who have started a campaign of filming in front of the shelter and confronting the workers there, resulting in a police response on at least one occasion. In the past week or so, several videos have been posted of the shelter located on 18th Street.
  • By Vincent Farnsworth, Feb. 27, 2019
Amy Sutton, Melinda Oporto
  • Imperial Beach Walk

  • Imperial Beach’s beaches are not as glamorous as others farther north, but they do include some very secluded stretches of sand, including the one described here, lying within the Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge. To get there, drive to the south end of Imperial Beach’s Seacoast Drive, where hopefully you can find a parking space nearby.
  • By Jerry Schad, June 15, 2011
  • On the edge in I.B.

  • He was mourning something on the way to being lost, as if IB itself were on the endangered species list. And maybe he’s right. The last rough-hewn, working-class, Midwestern beach town on the coast looks all primed to be slicked up. The harbingers are the millionaires’ houses that are starting to block off IB’s oceanfront. How long before real money falls from the sky and low-rent, workaday IB is given the eviction notice?
  • By Bill Manson, Dec. 24, 2003
In I.B. you’ll sit next to off-duty Customs and Border Patrol guys, nurses, teachers, actors, trailer-park retirees, long-bearded musicians, eccentrics, and even the odd millionaire.
  • One tough town

  • The third thing to remember is that local politics in Imperial Beach is, frankly, quite insane. There is a viciousness, a personalization of issues that goes beyond the pale. There are two camps, each with a local publication behind them, roughly little-growth vs. growth, and both sides go for the throat, the belly, and the jugular.
  • By Patrick Daugherty, Dec. 8, 1994
Tijuana estuary. “Back then, business was booming. Potential was unbelievable. You had all that estuary down there, a boat marina coming in just tomorrow, for sure."
  • To be I.B. or not to be I.B.?

  • Late last week, the San Diego County Grand Jury nodded paternally toward the citizens of Imperial Beach, patted them on their heads like good dogs, and told them to heel. Jurors found no substance to persistent rumors of political corruption and recommended no further inquiry.
  • By Bob McPhail, Sept. 29, 1988
Council meeting hall, Imperial Beach. “Those city council meetings were unbelievable. There were hundreds of screaming people.”
  • Bill Kellogg fights Imperial Beach breakwater

  • “They don’t know what they’re doing, but they go ahead and do it anyway,” says William Kellogg, referring to the Army Corps of Engineers, the California Coastal Commission, and the City of Imperial Beach. The Corps opened the bidding last week for the construction of a mile-long breakwater off Imperial Beach, and if Kellogg’s latest legal challenge to the project is not upheld in court this week, construction of the $5.6 million structure is due to begin within a month.
  • By Neal Matthews, Sept. 23, 1985
  • Endless illegals in front of my condo

  • Your view of the world is unique if you live in Imperial Beach, just five miles north of the Mexican border. If the street where you live is on a narrow corridor of land between the Pacific Ocean and the Tia Juana sloughs, you have a wide window on an ever changing panorama –almost 300 degrees on the compass. How could you not look?
  • By Jackie Dewey, Feb. 18, 1982
  • Brian Bilbray's Imperial Beach

  • A sign outside of the Marina Inn in Imperial Beach proclaims it as the most southwesterly bar in the United States. It is no idle bit of public relations. From the inn’s parking lot you can look south three miles across a marsh to the coastal hills of Mexico. About 500 feet to the west is the Pacific Ocean. People in Imperial Beach are generally proud of this accident of geography and political boundary-drawing.
  • By Gordon Smith, Nov. 5, 1981
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The top photo shows a woman with her dog on a stretch of beach where dogs are expressly prohibited.

Typical of the entitled youth of IB.

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