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Coronado News & Stories

Coronado News & Stories

Last night at the Coronado’s Bistro d’Asia

It’s the evening of September 8 at Coronado’s Bistro d’Asia; everybody’s happy, in a gallows good-humored sort of way. Like passengers appreciating the band playing on the Titanic. And as the evening sky turns cerulean, ...

September 15, 2021
Coronado’s Crown Manor mansion: designed by Marston House architects Irving Gill and William S. Hebbard

Crown Manor, the palatial 24,000-square-foot mansion at 1015 Ocean Boulevard in Coronado, is billed in its Zillow listing as “the most iconic estate in Southern California.” Originally built in 1902, the home was designed by ...

July 14, 2021
Tortillagate debate at Coronado High School

“Storm in a teacup!” says my friend Eric. It’s a quiet Saturday evening. Noisiest things around are the crows. We’re talking — of course — about the flying tortilla incident a couple of weeks ago. ...

July 7, 2021
Two F-18 Hornets: from Top Gun to tin can

Coronado: you’d think we’d be pretty jaded when it comes to Top Gun planes thundering overhead in this town. Happens every day, right? Especially when a carrier’s returning from a WestPac. And yet I can’t ...

June 23, 2021
Feast and Fareway: public golf course with sliders

“This is our sport,” says Annie, “and don’t you Sassenachs forget it.” Did I mention? My friend Annie is Scottish. “Sassenachs” (“Saxons”) basically means anyone who’s not Scottish. We’re standing at the entrance to the ...

May 27, 2021
The problem with Coronado’s 4x4 accelerated learning

Real estate investor and father Steve Rauber is trying to explain why he’s fighting his school district (Coronado)’s plans to make up for covid by squeezing two years of education into one. “The 4x4 [plan] ...

May 12, 2021
Pepper tree fight spreads beyond Kensington

In the past two months, the city has cut down four of Kensington's historic pepper trees that are as old as the subdivision itself. Since there are only about 32 left, neighbors wonder where will ...

Tortilla soup for the soul

I used to have a conscience about this: eating at a place that I knew was kind of working the system. I felt, ‘What about all the others who are staying closed down, playing by ...

January 21, 2021
Gruesome Newsom

She’s standing on the street corner at Isabella and Orange in downtown Coronado. It’s a sunny morning. Helen Locker’s dressed in red, white, and blue — flag cap, flag top, red sweater, and she’s holding ...

January 6, 2021
The history of the San Diego Union’s James MacMullen and his Coronado home

The majestic MacMullen Home at 382 Glorietta Boulevard is the first building visitors to Coronado encounter when crossing the Bay bridge from downtown San Diego. Built in 1914, the home was first occupied by James ...

November 19, 2020
Shark Bait Mamas: synch or swim

Just up from the shipwreck, the Shark Bait Mamas are counting down to the music they use to, uh, swim to. Dani Grady leans over and switches on a recorder. “1, 2, 3, 4, 5, ...

November 18, 2020
Seen these weird lights on the Coronado bridge?

As the Port of San Diego has moved forward with its San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge Lighting Project, the vision for lighting up the bridge is coming more into focus. For one week which started Sunday, ...

November 16, 2020
The Parakeet Cafe lands in Coronado

It’s green, with golden wounds spilling poached yolks down over roasted, herbed tomato halves and onto a huge side of toasted sourdough bread. You think Croque Madame. I have to ask. “What is this again?” ...

November 12, 2020
What's an anti-Trump sign when you've been shot on Orange Avenue?

"Racism Lives Here,” said the sign someone planted in Jacob’s Coronado garden (He asks for first name only). It was likely picked out because he was flying a Trump flag, a yellow “Don’t Tread On ...

November 9, 2020
Fashion blogger Erin Miller: Boho, chic, and edgy

Fashion blogger Erin Miller may not be native to San Diego, but since her move from Iowa two years ago, she has managed to grow her online following here in Southern California significantly. Now, many ...

Fire rings out in Oceanside – for good?

Beach fire rings are a beloved beach tradition for families and youth groups to roast marshmallows and tell stories. Or are they an attractive nuisance drawing in transient drunks who fight and make late night ...

Sunny and money on the Hotel Del’s Sun Deck

I’m crazily tempted. Me, eating at the Del? Idea has “disaster” written all over it. Except they’ve just opened their completely revamped sun deck. Plus I have two beautiful women with me, expecting me to ...

September 10, 2020
Christian Rice coastal contemporary design in Coronado

This week, we visit what realtor.com promotional materials describe as a “sophisticated coastal contemporary farmhouse” sitting on just over a quarter-acre of land at 900 Alameda Boulevard in Coronado. Custom-built in 2013, the home was ...

August 26, 2020
Hard times for San Diego County cities

San Marcos City Manager Jack Griffin begins his annual June letter to the mayor and city council, “It is kind of my pleasure to submit the Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Operations and Maintenance Budget.” That “kind ...

Bay Books Cafe: cook the books

Guess what? Bright orange umbrellas on Orange Avenue. They light up the blue sky near Tenth in Coronado. The gods must’ve been speaking to me this morning. It so happens the scarf I wrapped around ...

July 30, 2020

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