Mission Valley Stories

The pet-friendly housing problem

"No friends, no music, no smoking — but you can have your dogs here."

A pet-friendly bill hit the governor's desk on September 21. The bill (AB 1137) would mandate that new multi-family housing developments allow tenants to have pets if those developments receive financing through state programs. Former ...

Sally Roush’s suite life

SDSU brass parties hearty in exclusive stadium skyboxes

Sally Roush — who took over as interim honcho of San Diego State University following the departure of Elliott Hirshman in June, just as the fight over who would rule what used be called Qualcomm ...

Faulconer's new hepatitis spinmeister

Public relations honcho tackles city hall's deadly disease meltdown

Besieged by a burgeoning hepatitis epidemic that threatens to destroy his long-cultivated image as California's progressive Republican candidate of the future, San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer has rolled out a new public relations man to ...

Rip down Qualcomm and build new stadium?

Stupidity squared

San Diegans vote next year on the plans of FS Investors to tear down Qualcomm Stadium, erect a soccer stadium, and build residential and commercial structures on the site. Before the vote, propaganda will fill ...

Stadium spending zooms to new record

But private spending outgaining public outlays

Since 2012, inflation-adjusted spending on sports stadiums and arenas has shot up 80 percent, according to an August 31 study by the Economics Group of Wells Fargo Securities. In June, the inflation-adjusted value of stadium ...

Rocky road: Civita residents to push back plan

Proposed thoroughfare imperils "safe, walkable dense urban village"

On Thursday, August 24, San Diego's planning commissioners will consider a proposal to build a freeway connector from Mission Valley through the heart of one of San Diego's largest master-planned communities and into Serra Mesa. ...

Unintended consequences on I-15?

The bikeway to Mission Valley brings a decibel debate to Normal Heights

“The noise level has increased throughout the day and night,” said Shannon Moran, “I used to be able to sleep with the windows down and now I either have [to use a] loud ambient noise ...

At last, an easy way to get to Mission Valley

Safer for a bike than Fairmount Ave. or Texas St.

“The bikeway is almost done” said Miguel, as he walked out by the freeway exit. On June 29, Miguel walked up the State Route 15 Commuter Bikeway (northbound) towards Adams Avenue. “The pavement, walls and ...

Morris Cerullo gets nod for Bible resort in Mission Valley

Architect intimidated by Garden of Eden

Local televangelist Morris Cerullo has asked that everyone "fervently pray" for the city's favor in support of his "end-time project." Cerullo's Legacy International Center project got off to a rocky start, but appears to have ...

Civita Park’s a work-in-progress

New public park in MIssion Valley opened on April 29

Built on a 70-year old sand-and-gravel quarry, Civita Park is a work-in-progress that will total 14.3 park acres centrally located in a 230-acre residential development. The top and bottom sections opened during Arbor Day weekend ...

Cole solicits 2018 cash before SoccerCity vote

4th District councilwoman Myrtle Cole throws big-money street taco bash

With fingers pointing to inside wheeling and dealing between Republican San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer and a group of La Jolla hedge fund mavens promoting the transfer of Qualcomm Stadium to themselves for a massive ...

SoccerCity friend Dene Oliver provides Pt. Loma house for Faulconer chief of staff's wedding

Mike Stone's influence outweighs Sudberry, Fenton, and Manchester

The bomb bay doors of San Diego politics have opened on FS Investors and Mike Stone, the former Wall Street hedge fund maven seeking to grab Qualcomm Stadium, with collateral damage for the higher-office ambitions ...

North Park wants what Civita doesn't

A connector road leading to Texas Street

Adding a controversial connector road in Mission Valley's Civita came to a North Park Public Facilities committee (part of the area planning group) Wednesday night for review for its potential effect on Texas Street traffic. ...

If Linda Vista said no, maybe Mission Valley will also

7-Eleven, facing foes to Friars Road site, misses meeting

Representatives from 7-Eleven were a no-show at a Mission Valley Planning Group meeting Wednesday (May 3) — for a presentation they had asked to make on a proposed store at Via Las Cumbres and Friars ...

Homies behind in Qualcomm Stadium cash war

But SoccerCity foes putting up major money as signatures arrive.

The battle between a Wall Street hedge fund multimillionaire from La Jolla and two old-line developers over the destiny of Qualcomm Stadium is looking more formidable than ever. On Thursday April 13, a political committee ...

Mission Valley planners scorn soccer end-run-around group

Park proposal more vague than presented

Hours after Mayor Kevin Faulconer stood with FS Investors in support of their Qualcomm redo ballot initiative, the developers received a far less friendly reception at the Mission Valley Planning Group. The company has proposed ...

Mission Valley privatization's blazingly fast cash burn

Another million sunk into contentious stadium campaign

If nothing else, the knock-down, big-money brawl over the fate of the 165-acre chunk of public land in Mission Valley otherwise known as Qualcomm Stadium would make a good case study for Harvard Business School, ...

Hedge-fund figures kick in $1.4 million for stadium land grab

"SoccerCity" backers’ deep pockets on display in first financial disclosure

Big money appears to be doing plenty of the talking within the corridors of power at San Diego's city hall and outside the doors of area supermarkets, where hired guns from across the nation are ...

Will political money war lay waste to Mission Valley?

Council president sets up 2018 election fund for high-dollar shootout

The battle over city-owned Qualcomm Stadium has been joined by two old-line Mission Valley developers, virtually guaranteeing a costly political fight over the fate of a giant soccer-themed high-density commercial and housing complex on the ...

Secrecy shrouds Faulconer’s SoccerCity favors

City staff hands inside information to big-money developers

As Democratic Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti, a talked-of candidate for governor, bans city planning commissioners from meeting privately with developers, San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer, another putative aspirant to statewide office, is heading in ...

Goodbye, Mission Valley green acreage

“Nobody’s looking to create a cookie-cutter community.”

Linda Vista residents who overlook the 27-hole Riverwalk Golf Course in west Mission Valley got a look last week at the first conceptual drafts of the project being planned on the 200 acres of land ...

TGI open for another month

Longtime Mission Valley restaurant completing its history book

“This restaurant closes it doors on March 26,” Honorio Zarate said in an interview as he greeted patrons for happy hour this week. Zarate is the service manager for the TGI Fridays restaurant on 403 ...

Lobbyists in Mission Valley land rush

Stadium payoffs

The controversial plan by a stealthy group of La Jolla money men known as FS Investors to replace city-owned Qualcomm Stadium with a soccer venue and high-end commercial and housing development is turning into a ...

Lobbyists push for hasty Mission Valley soccer deal

Stripper-gate figure and Metropolitan Water District on “Taxpayers” board

As the big-money politics behind the drive to turn over the Qualcomm Stadium site to a secretive syndicate of La Jolla money men mounts, one of the city's mightiest pro-developer lobbies has jumped into the ...

San Diego Comic Fest — so (intentionally) not Comic-Con

The annual festival has a musical side

The fifth annual San Diego Comic Fest makes its debut in a new venue, Four Points By Sheraton, running February 17 through 20. Music-themed events will include discussion panels, a live band trivia contest, and ...

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