Imperial Beach Stories

Surfhenge and the surfboard benches of Imperial Beach

How Malcolm Jones ended up using plexiglass in front of the pier

Surfhenge is the name of the art piece that sits in front of the Imperial Beach Pier. The project was commissioned by the Port of San Diego in 1997. The artist, Malcolm Jones, now from ...

David Meza killed his boyfriend to get inheritance, including Rosarito condo

Imperial Beach man had pregnant girlfriend who knew about the murder

David Enrique Meza of Imperial Beach was convicted by jury this morning (May 2) of killing his boyfriend to get his inheritance. The lover, Texas retiree Jake Clyde Merendino, was stabbed 24 times exactly two ...

Sudberry switches to Hampton Inn for west end of Imperial Beach's Palm Ave.

East end of Palm will see Grocery Outlet, Starbucks, Jersey Mike’s, Baskin Robbins, Chipotle, Five Guys.

Sudberry Properties’ application to have its plan changed from retail businesses to a Hampton Inn for phase two of its development on Palm Avenue was approved on Wednesday (5 – 0) by the Imperial Beach ...

Italian comfort food — plus Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin — on Palm Ave. in Imperial Beach

I just want to eat, drink, not think.

Cool evening. Aboard the 934. Swinging east along Palm in I.B. Cruising past 10th, 11th, Florida. I’m craning my neck. “Know any good places to eat along Palm?” I ask the driver. “Like, good, but ...

Federal agencies working on Tijuana estuary worry about budget cuts

No more school field trips to border area?

That there was another sewage spill in the Tijuana River estuary last Thursday paled against what’s coming down the federal pipeline. Federal dollars for programs in the Tijuana River National Estuary Research Reserve are going ...

ROTC instructor's illicit sexcapade reverberates

Coronado and I.B. school districts sued

A former Mar Vista High School student is suing the Sweetwater and Coronado school districts for failing to prevent a Navy Junior ROTC instructor from luring her into a sexual affair. In September 2016 ROTC ...

Coronado Brewing announces plans for new brewpub and distillery

Beer for the literal South Bay

On March 2, Coronado Brewing Company announced it will build a new ten-barrel brewpub in the city of Imperial Beach, located at the southernmost tip of San Diego Bay and Wildlife Refuge, where it meets ...

Goat Canyon spills...black tea?

"Not like last month when it came through red."

Border Patrol agents were surprised Wednesday morning (March 1) to see black water pouring through the grates over a drainage tube at the southeast edge of Goat Canyon. "It was like really black tea, literally ...

Signs of Tijuana sewage flow a long time ago

I.B. residents have been heaving from the smell of 143-million-gallon spill

"Three nights now, so horrible you wake in the a.m. with a sore throat and burning eyes," Imperial Beach resident Sherrie Simmons said recently on social media about a horrible stench in the air. "Fix ...

Tijuana River flushed hard

Valley weathers storm without heavy flooding

The beach north of the Tijuana River was littered with broken trees this weekend (February 18–19), a result of an enormous flow of rainwater and sewage from Tijuana hitting some of the 140,000 trees killed ...

Bayshore Bikeway hostel situation a no-go

Warehouse to be used for brewery instead of on-the-cheap travelers

Three weeks after a study found that more than two thirds of Californians interviewed said not being able to find inexpensive accommodations at the coast makes going there difficult, the California Coastal Commission voted to ...

South Bay water cost to drop (and then rise)

Meeting hints at why I.B. and Coronado are suing over sewage

Public attendance at a Thursday evening (February 9) hearing to introduce water rates for Imperial Beach, Coronado, and southwest San Diego for the next three years was so sparse that the public was easily outnumbered ...

Coronado Avenue traffic median consternation

"That island was a mistake. Total nightmare!"

The recent construction of a center divider at a busy intersection in the South Bay is causing a significant traffic problem, according to local residents. The median on Coronado Avenue (a half block east of ...

Trump border-wall project begins on beach

Chain-link fencing poses additional barrier — or does it?

The morning after Trump signed the executive order to build a wall (January 25), a couple of workers in a white van installed a 60-yard section section of chain-link fence on the existing barrier that ...

SEAL appeal on the Silver Strand

Special Warfare Command considers traffic in campus construction

If all goes well, sailors will be able to ride the bus into the billion-dollar Special Warfare Command campus being constructed on the Silver Strand between Imperial Beach and Coronado, according to Navy officials at ...

Whoa, Mexico, that water clean?

San Diego officials warn bank about funding Rosarito desalination plant

Four South Bay cities have signed off on a letter that calls on the North American Development Bank to pay attention to the sewage-tainted seawater that may go into the Rosarito desalination plant the bank ...

Coronado and Imperial Beach lay claim to sewage

"It's a good idea to consider expanding your water portfolio with wastewater."

The epic battle between the cities of Coronado and Imperial Beach for 200,000 gallons a day of sewage from the U.S. Navy landed in federal court last week, after Imperial Beach countersued Coronado, along with ...

Parkland push is on for Tijuana River Valley

County supervisor Greg Cox maintains desire for campgrounds

Nearly 100 people showed up at the Tijuana River Valley Regional Park Wednesday night (December 14) to see what county officials are thinking about putting in the large and largely undeveloped park that starts at ...

State of emergency in the Tijuana River Valley

Declared every month since 1993 over ongoing sewage spills

Since 1993, the San Diego City Council has been redeclaring a state of emergency in the Tijuana River Valley over the sewage, sediment, and rubbish as large as tires that flow into the area in ...

Another water-main break at the border

This time the runoff isn't sewage pollution

A broken pipe in Tijuana spilled clean water into Goat Canyon on Tuesday (November 29). The potable water spilled into the canyon through ten-foot-in-diameter drainage culverts for about three hours before Mexican authorities got it ...

Imperial Beach Caltrans slam

"I saw two kids — our neighborhood kids — nearly get creamed this morning."

A Caltrans project on State Route 75 — Palm Avenue to the Silver Strand — has pushed so much rush-hour traffic into a residential Imperial Beach neighborhood that residents say someone is going to be ...

Council funds Imperial Beach Sports Park shortfall

"That is still less financial impact than when the city was running it."

The Imperial Beach Sports Park was awarded $45,000 to cover a budget shortfall Wednesday night (November 16) by city-council members who said they were pleased with efforts to offer more to the community. It was ...

You've got Rebel Alliances mail

Residents receive "scary" election-related fliers from pro-Trump group

Over the weekend, Imperial Beach residents received in their mailboxes unsigned election fliers described as "disturbing" and "creepy." The double-sided fliers, which accompanied official Republican campaign material, ask people to join "Rebel Alliances" and contain ...

Imperial Beach plans first dog park

Section of Veterans Park to be carved out — everybody yappy?

Maybe it was the adorableness of Bart Bachman's dog giving Brian Bilbray a slurpy kiss — or the persistence of IB Yappy. On Wednesday night (November 2), the Imperial Beach City Council voted unanimously to ...

Home-repair permit fees drop in Imperial Beach

Real estate values and safety of firefighters cited as reasons

Imperial Beach's city council on November 2 approved a drop in permit fees for a variety of repairs on single-family residences and duplexes. The fees relate to construction work ranging from replacing the roof and ...

Surfrider's I.B. surf contest iffy

Wastewater reportedly flowing through nearby canyon

Surfrider San Diego’s No Border Sewage Committee (NoBS) organized a binational surf contest for this Sunday (November 6) where Imperial Beach abuts the border, but a sewage flow threatens to interfere, according to a spokesperson ...

From Paris to the I.B. pier

“Marc started this as Pretzels and More in 2008. By 2013 he was exhausted, about to sell up.”

This is your brain on veggies. I mean, look at it. You’d swear that’s what this was. It’s brain-shaped. It has all the wrinkles and bulges, the bike-helmet shape. Except it’s not a brain, it’s ...

Coronado wary of granny-flat legislation

Mayor Tanaka sends letter to governor urging veto of SB 1069

Granny flats won’t be pushed out. They keep coming back, even though wealthier cities have thwarted them with a slew of door-slamming zoning codes. Starting next January, a new state law will make it easier ...

Imperial Beach pulls in its horns

Not the Welcoming City it hoped to be

The mayor of Imperial Beach has retracted the Welcoming City proclamation that the city council issued in mid-August after protests at council meetings. "I am retracting the Welcoming City proclamation due to its policy directive ...

Imperial Beach right-wing backlashed

Welcoming Cities Proclamation grist for biased media mill

The Imperial Beach city government's passage of a Welcoming Cities Proclamation in mid August was a positive and benevolent occasion, but it is has generated a backlash among local right-wing voices recently. "This means a ...

City slack on preventing sediment pollution

Robust construction activity lacks assertive governance

The City of San Diego hopes to settle a $4.6 million complaint from the regional water board for allowing construction companies to bypass sediment-control measures at Los Peñasquitos Lagoon, Tijuana River Estuary, and San Diego ...

Mystery stunt plane over I.B.

"Over my house all day long."

A stunt plane performing loops and leaving trails of smoke in the sky off of Imperial Beach has attracted attention and some grumbling by locals. Most recently seen on Tuesday (September 6th), the small green ...

Kumeyaay Cemetery, No Bulldozer Welcome

Proposed Navy SEAL facility would be on site of ancient remains

Protests are promised if authorities do not change their plans for the proposed Navy SEAL training center in Imperial Beach. At issue is the preservation of ancient Native American burial grounds at the site, said ...

Dying to learn about Imperial Beach/border currents

Results in from last year's tests that colored ocean pink

The results from the pink dye dropped into the surf between Imperial Beach and the border last year are in, and they're set to color the way we think about how sewage spills and dumped ...

Many players, more talk about I.B. pocket park

Lots done, lots planned — why is community group dissatisfied?

Six months after the celebratory announcement of a "pocket park" in Imperial Beach that was supposed to turn an eyesore into a community area for this summer, the local nonprofit organization that donated $10,000 is ...

Dempsey Holder, now he was a waterman

Why I.B.?

By 1910, Imperial Beach had its first sidewalks, a general store, post office, library, a dance pavilion, and houses. A pier was constructed to provide electricity utilizing the Edwards Wave Motor. The machine never worked ...

Barkworthy: an off-leash dog park for Imperial Beach

Rover, Fido, and Bowser may soon get a spot

Imperial beach dogs may soon get a place to play off-leash, after city officials recently reviewed options and asked its Parks and Recreation committee to come up with a list of possible locations and potential ...

Hotel plan surprises Imperial Beach locals

Developer of shopping-mall project always had retail/hotel option

A new resort hotel has been announced as a possible part of the big Breakwater Town Center shopping mall being built in Imperial Beach, and some residents are expressing consternation. Developer Sudberry Properties sent a ...

Sometimes I.B. looks like Pipeline

It’s not the cleanest, but sometimes you just go out anyway.

Name: Jake Wilsie Age: 19 Occupation: Surf Instruction Location: South Mission Favorite Surf Spot: Sunset Cliffs It’s a Tuesday afternoon, and Jake Wilse is peeling off his wetsuit after giving a private lesson to a ...

Has pool, does travel

City carts around portable pools all summer

Kiki Ayala watched her five-year-old foster son splash around in the roughly constructed above-ground swimming pool outside the Robert Egger Sr. Recreation Center last week. San Diego's Department of Park and Recreation hauls around and ...

Imperial Beach homeowners assert claim to boulders

"I will sit on them anytime I damn well please," says beachgoer of private property

Imperial Beach residents are displeased with the new "Private Property/No Trespassing/No Climbing/No Sitting on Rocks" signs that have appeared on the beach between the ocean and the Boca Rio condominiums that run from 1590 to ...

Wood beach fires come to an end

Nails and leftover coals prompt state to institute new rule

Effective last week, the California State Park beaches at Carlsbad, Ponto, and Cardiff by the Sea outlawed wood fires on the sand. Banners advising of the new regulation have been posted on most lifeguard towers ...

Tijuana River mouth shut many times this spring

Deadly consequences move agencies to work on permit to keep it open

This winter's El Niño wasn't much as weather goes, but its ocean-water effects — which closed the Tijuana River mouth multiple times since March — left the river estuary vulnerable to catastrophe, according to scientist ...

Bad idea: border-adjacent campground

Scenic but potentially deadly due to smugglers and convicts

A newly released letter from the U.S. border patrol explains why a San Diego County supervisor's push to place a campground near the border may not be a great idea: it's an active crime scene ...

No bay at Border Field State Park for about 7000 years

Explore a beach and estuary at the extreme southwest corner of the continental USA

Border Field State Park is where delegations from both the U.S. and Mexico began the survey of the border in 1850 after the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was concluded on February 2, 1848, officially ending ...

Imperial Beach faces sea-level-rise problem

"We don't have a choice because we are surrounded on three sides by water."

Imperial Beach residents got a "scary" look at how the city will be affected by rising sea levels Wednesday night (May 11) and began looking at ways to keep the beach in Imperial Beach. "If ...

I.B. shopping center a boon or boondoggle?

Groundbreaking at 9th Street and Palm Avenue

Ground was broken on the 45,000-square-foot shopping center project at 9th Street and Palm Avenue in Imperial Beach on May 5th. The 4.75-acre vacant lot sat for over four years after the former Miracle Shopping ...

Adios, Imperial Beach RV park...ello-ello, 184 townhomes

Developer nears end of permitting process, bulldozer idles at the gate

The planned bulldozing of a once-thriving RV park in Imperial Beach by a developer to make way for a housing development and Bayshore Bikeway path has been delayed due to technical issues with the California ...

Still no showers at San Diego state beaches

Near-normal snow pack and water surplus won't change situation

Even though the California Department of Water Resources reports a near normal snow pack after four years of little snow, the governor’s office is not ready to turn on the rinse-off showers at local state ...

Horse, meet Bike. Bike, Horse

"She used to get spooky when she'd hear a bike coming."

Horses met the bikes — and the riders — at the Wigginton Ranch in the Tijuana River Valley on March 19. Equestrians in jeans and boots ate pizza with mountain bikers in jerseys and helmets ...

Shot borer beetle gets hot in Tijuana River Valley

"The trees are completely naive to this kind of attack."

The devastation — 140,000 trees destroyed by a beetle infestation — that has beset the Tijuana River Valley is becoming the statewide symbol of what could happen if there isn't a rush to find ways ...

A new newspaper for I.B.

"We're not going to be doing investigative articles on the city council…."

A new community newspaper, the IB Connection, will be published in Imperial Beach, filling a void left when the IB Local News stopped publishing late last year. The IB Connection, which plans for its first ...

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