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Coronado: drama under the rectilinear streets

Ed McVaney, Prince Edward, Chris Kyle and Jesse Ventura, Spreckels mansion death, bridge rescue, Oz roots in Coronado, Spanish land grant, school board fight, Cays architecture, SEALS

 “If any place was a marriage market, the Mexican Village was it. Who’s worrying about salary when you’re about to become the wife of a future admiral? Coronado! That’s Coronado!”
“If any place was a marriage market, the Mexican Village was it. Who’s worrying about salary when you’re about to become the wife of a future admiral? Coronado! That’s Coronado!”
  • Coronado driveway contested

  • Ed McVaney, who owns a couple of houses in Coronado, apparently doesn’t take no for an answer. So when a San Diego Superior Court ruling required him to restore his neighbors’ access to the frontage road he’d deconstructed, his lawyers appealed the ruling. And when the appellate court ruled the lower court got it right, he went to the state supreme court.
  • By Marty Graham, Sept. 3, 2017
“It would sure be nice if we didn’t have to back up all the way to the end of the block to get out of here,” said a neighbor.
  • Home for sex-trafficking victims in Coronado?

  • At a Wednesday-night forum, Coronado residents learned about the historic Hansen mansion (at 7th Street and A Avenue) becoming a home for sex-trafficking victims. About halfway through the meeting, 80 people were ejected after the fire chief determined more than 200 people had packed the 114-person capacity library meeting room — though organizers said they had only 18 confirmed RSVPs.
  • By Marty Graham, March 2, 2017
  • Hotel del Coronado expels prince

  • “If it hadn’t been for new royals like Princess Di and Kate and William, no one would know who on Earth Edward and Mrs. Simpson were,” confirms Nancy Cobb, who with Gerry MacCartee has been leading history walking tours through the Del for 35 years. “But I do think the hotel has pulled back on promoting them, as the Nazi thing has become better known."
  • By Bill Manson, July 22, 2015
Wallis and the Prince of Wales
  • Did Chris Kyle deck Jesse Ventura at McP's?

  • It’s a Friday night. I’m heading into McP’s, the Coronado pub where Navy SEALs hang out. McP’s was recently in the news because Prince Harry turned up with his buddies while he was helicopter training in the desert, and because of something that may or may not have happened seven years ago.
  • By Bill Manson, Aug. 7, 2013
The late Chris Kyle, author of American Sniper, had 160 confirmed kills and one unconfirmed decking of Jesse Ventura.
The death of Rebecca Zahau has Coronado buzzing.
  • Coronadans voice opinions on Spreckels Mansion death

  • Rarely has Coronado been so abuzz. In the early morning of July 13, a young naked woman hanged herself (or did she?) at the Spreckels mansion on Ocean Boulevard. Two days before, a six-year-old boy fell down the house’s grand staircase (or did he?) and was put in a coma from which he never recovered.
  • By Bill Manson, July 27, 2011
  • It Was Scary Up There

  • What would you do at witnessing someone about to jump from the Coronado Bay Bridge? Consider the tale of real estate appraiser Bryan Knowlton, a 42-year-old resident of Kearny Mesa. On Thursday, May 12, Knowlton left his office near home and headed for Coronado, where he had an 11:00 a.m. appraisal appointment. “It was about 10:30 as I was driving over the bridge,” he tells me. “I like to arrive a little early to take pictures of surrounding properties.
  • By Joe Deegan, June 1, 2011
As of May 1, 2008, there have been 233 suicides from the Coronado Bay Bridge.
  • Coronado Spawns Woggle-Bug

  • “I’m coming to San Diego for the Dr. Seuss birthday party,” Michael Patrick Hearn said by phone from New York City last week. “The organizers wanted to include other writers associated with the Hotel Del, and L. Frank Baum spent his winters there from 1904 to 1909, with one break in 1906, when he was in Europe.”
  • By Jeanne Schinto, May 15, 2003
As Baum developed the series, the Emerald City took on the physical attributes of Coronado and the social milieu of hotel living.
  • Pancho from The Cisco Kid inherited peninsula from his parents

  • In 1835, as he sailed up and down the Alta California coast on the Pilgrim, 19-year-old Richard Henry Dana, Jr., described the peninsula-island, on the western shore of San Diego Bay, as “low, green, but without trees.”
  • By Jeff Smith, Aug. 3, 2000
Elisha Babcock, c. 1890
It’s a slash of light blue against the bay’s darker blue.
  • Drive to the sky

  • It’s what’s known as an orthotropic structure, a word that reminded me of “orthopedic” and made me think of aching shoulder joints and hip replacements. What it means is: it has unequal flexibility in two perpendicular directions. Which means, metaphorically, what it’s really about is great strength, apparent spareness, and a kind of architectural cunning. It’s a design originally used by German naval engineers building battle ships.
  • By Thomas Lux, March 16, 2000
  • The 1966 school board fight

  • It was a simple recall movement of three school board members. But it was also the nearest thing to civil war that Coronado has come to. It made the bridge controversy look like a lovers’ spat. The recall of’66 made the L.A. Times. CBS news. Newsweek. But above all, here, it made enemies of neighbors and friends, from that day to this, almost 30 years later.
  • By Bill Manson, Aug. 10, 1995
  • No amount of pith-helmeted colonials can protect you from chaos

  • Take a drive along the Silver Strand area of the beach just south of Coronado on the 75, down toward Imperial Beach, and you come across a little oasis of West Indian architectural chic named the Coronado Cays, a sort of residential marina made up of quaint aquatic villages giving onto the lagoon and consisting of hundreds of high-priced townhouses with their own mooring docks.
  • By Lawrence Osborne, April 22, 1993
Coronado Cays "It was designed for boat owners, so we have a lot of slips, about 700, with between 72 and 279 houses per village."
  • SEALs fight in Vietnam and in Coronado bars

  • The time is the late ’60s and it is a typically quiet afternoon at the Coronado bar, the Tradewinds. Suddenly the tranquility is disturbed when a group of 20 to 25 young Navy midshipmen enter the bar to do some afternoon drinking. They are away from home on a weekend cruise and are feeling festive and carefree.
  • By R.W. Bell, Jr., April 2, 1981
“I’ve heard conversations like, ‘I joined the Navy too late.'"
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 “If any place was a marriage market, the Mexican Village was it. Who’s worrying about salary when you’re about to become the wife of a future admiral? Coronado! That’s Coronado!”
“If any place was a marriage market, the Mexican Village was it. Who’s worrying about salary when you’re about to become the wife of a future admiral? Coronado! That’s Coronado!”
  • Coronado driveway contested

  • Ed McVaney, who owns a couple of houses in Coronado, apparently doesn’t take no for an answer. So when a San Diego Superior Court ruling required him to restore his neighbors’ access to the frontage road he’d deconstructed, his lawyers appealed the ruling. And when the appellate court ruled the lower court got it right, he went to the state supreme court.
  • By Marty Graham, Sept. 3, 2017
“It would sure be nice if we didn’t have to back up all the way to the end of the block to get out of here,” said a neighbor.
  • Home for sex-trafficking victims in Coronado?

  • At a Wednesday-night forum, Coronado residents learned about the historic Hansen mansion (at 7th Street and A Avenue) becoming a home for sex-trafficking victims. About halfway through the meeting, 80 people were ejected after the fire chief determined more than 200 people had packed the 114-person capacity library meeting room — though organizers said they had only 18 confirmed RSVPs.
  • By Marty Graham, March 2, 2017
  • Hotel del Coronado expels prince

  • “If it hadn’t been for new royals like Princess Di and Kate and William, no one would know who on Earth Edward and Mrs. Simpson were,” confirms Nancy Cobb, who with Gerry MacCartee has been leading history walking tours through the Del for 35 years. “But I do think the hotel has pulled back on promoting them, as the Nazi thing has become better known."
  • By Bill Manson, July 22, 2015
Wallis and the Prince of Wales
  • Did Chris Kyle deck Jesse Ventura at McP's?

  • It’s a Friday night. I’m heading into McP’s, the Coronado pub where Navy SEALs hang out. McP’s was recently in the news because Prince Harry turned up with his buddies while he was helicopter training in the desert, and because of something that may or may not have happened seven years ago.
  • By Bill Manson, Aug. 7, 2013
The late Chris Kyle, author of American Sniper, had 160 confirmed kills and one unconfirmed decking of Jesse Ventura.
The death of Rebecca Zahau has Coronado buzzing.
  • Coronadans voice opinions on Spreckels Mansion death

  • Rarely has Coronado been so abuzz. In the early morning of July 13, a young naked woman hanged herself (or did she?) at the Spreckels mansion on Ocean Boulevard. Two days before, a six-year-old boy fell down the house’s grand staircase (or did he?) and was put in a coma from which he never recovered.
  • By Bill Manson, July 27, 2011
  • It Was Scary Up There

  • What would you do at witnessing someone about to jump from the Coronado Bay Bridge? Consider the tale of real estate appraiser Bryan Knowlton, a 42-year-old resident of Kearny Mesa. On Thursday, May 12, Knowlton left his office near home and headed for Coronado, where he had an 11:00 a.m. appraisal appointment. “It was about 10:30 as I was driving over the bridge,” he tells me. “I like to arrive a little early to take pictures of surrounding properties.
  • By Joe Deegan, June 1, 2011
As of May 1, 2008, there have been 233 suicides from the Coronado Bay Bridge.
  • Coronado Spawns Woggle-Bug

  • “I’m coming to San Diego for the Dr. Seuss birthday party,” Michael Patrick Hearn said by phone from New York City last week. “The organizers wanted to include other writers associated with the Hotel Del, and L. Frank Baum spent his winters there from 1904 to 1909, with one break in 1906, when he was in Europe.”
  • By Jeanne Schinto, May 15, 2003
As Baum developed the series, the Emerald City took on the physical attributes of Coronado and the social milieu of hotel living.
  • Pancho from The Cisco Kid inherited peninsula from his parents

  • In 1835, as he sailed up and down the Alta California coast on the Pilgrim, 19-year-old Richard Henry Dana, Jr., described the peninsula-island, on the western shore of San Diego Bay, as “low, green, but without trees.”
  • By Jeff Smith, Aug. 3, 2000
Elisha Babcock, c. 1890
It’s a slash of light blue against the bay’s darker blue.
  • Drive to the sky

  • It’s what’s known as an orthotropic structure, a word that reminded me of “orthopedic” and made me think of aching shoulder joints and hip replacements. What it means is: it has unequal flexibility in two perpendicular directions. Which means, metaphorically, what it’s really about is great strength, apparent spareness, and a kind of architectural cunning. It’s a design originally used by German naval engineers building battle ships.
  • By Thomas Lux, March 16, 2000
  • The 1966 school board fight

  • It was a simple recall movement of three school board members. But it was also the nearest thing to civil war that Coronado has come to. It made the bridge controversy look like a lovers’ spat. The recall of’66 made the L.A. Times. CBS news. Newsweek. But above all, here, it made enemies of neighbors and friends, from that day to this, almost 30 years later.
  • By Bill Manson, Aug. 10, 1995
  • No amount of pith-helmeted colonials can protect you from chaos

  • Take a drive along the Silver Strand area of the beach just south of Coronado on the 75, down toward Imperial Beach, and you come across a little oasis of West Indian architectural chic named the Coronado Cays, a sort of residential marina made up of quaint aquatic villages giving onto the lagoon and consisting of hundreds of high-priced townhouses with their own mooring docks.
  • By Lawrence Osborne, April 22, 1993
Coronado Cays "It was designed for boat owners, so we have a lot of slips, about 700, with between 72 and 279 houses per village."
  • SEALs fight in Vietnam and in Coronado bars

  • The time is the late ’60s and it is a typically quiet afternoon at the Coronado bar, the Tradewinds. Suddenly the tranquility is disturbed when a group of 20 to 25 young Navy midshipmen enter the bar to do some afternoon drinking. They are away from home on a weekend cruise and are feeling festive and carefree.
  • By R.W. Bell, Jr., April 2, 1981
“I’ve heard conversations like, ‘I joined the Navy too late.'"
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