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Parking tangles at South Bay Swap Meet

Guards protect neighbors

Luis Villa-Lopez said that he catches over 20 patrons per day that come into the South Bay Swap Meet — without paying. “On Wednesday it’s only $1 to come in,” he said. “They sneak in ...

Imperial Beach closings sink beach attendance

Stress on those Pier South tax payments

Imperial Beach by the numbers: Beach closings 2016: 30 Beach closings 2017: 70 Beach attendance 2016: 3.1 million Beach attendance 2017: 2.3 million The number of beach closings in Imperial Beach more than doubled in ...

Hurt in backflip by I.B. pier

"Had to spend a week flat on my back”

Name: Paloma Aguirre Bacalski Age: 40 From: Imperial Beach Location: Imperial Beach Pier Occupation: Coastal and marine director for Wildcoast Paloma Aguirre Bacalski was one of about 12 that paddled out in honor of Doug ...

Is latest trans-border sewage spill news?

Stench of 15 million gallons arrives in I.B.

The sewage stink from the beach south of Seacoast Drive in Imperial Beach started about a quarter-mile north of the Tijuana River mouth on February 17th, with the first hints marked by that pungent, green, ...

Doggone Game of Thrones...

TV show sparks popularity of dogs — and dog-nappings?

“Lily was last seen being taken from our yard on Thursday [February 15] by a caucasian male, medium build, [in his] late 20s to early 30s,” Ivan Kanzaki said. “He then led [our Siberian husky] ...

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Civil twilight underneath IB Pier

Clouds ruled the day in Imperial ...

Imperial Beach pier

Imperial Beach HOLLER

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Lvz2srf March 27, 2013 @ 8:58 a.m.

Who decided on making Palm Avenue one lane? Makes no sense at all. There is traffic now at 7 am. Another bad idea for IB. Wouldnt a nice boardwalk on the beach be money better spent?


NormalHipster June 25, 2013 @ 12:13 a.m.

Ah yes, taxpayer money spent to create a parking lot on Palm @ rush hour.

Once again, Common Sense is not common.

If it was east of 7th, I would say Caltrans.

If it was west of 7th, I would say IB.

Either way I would file a complaint, if they receive enough complaints they will have to do something to fix the traffic problem.


christina April 22, 2013 @ 5:53 p.m.

At the end of Coronado Ave on the south west corner of Seacoast stands a three story blue trimmed white condo/apartment with a new tenant that seemingly has a beef with the existence of my feathered friends that live here at the beach. Recently there has been a new bird sound filling the sea air,. It's not any more of a real bird then Big Bird from Sesame Street, but nearly as annoying as he. Among the multiple statues of fake hawks and owls that now don the decor of this building. is a sound speaker screeching out recorded hawk cries in close intervals and frequency. I presume it's to detour the pigeons, seagulls and/or crows from doing bird things in or around their area. Problem is that it's not just the birds that are being effected.
Tell me new neighbor, if you feel so strongly about keeping birds away from your home, don't you think moving across the street from an estuary might have been a bad idea?


LoveSoCal April 24, 2013 @ 9:26 p.m.

Oh, monster neighbors are terrible. The ones who disturb others peace just for self gratification are horrible. I feel bad for you and the birds who I am sure were there before the new tenant. I live in front of jobless, drug addicts on the north end of Silver Strand Blvd. Nothing worse than having lots junkies walking by your place to go get high and hang out on a regular basis. My situation is so concerning, I actually installed surveillance cameras to protect what I work so hard for. I understand how you feel being disturbed by inconsiderate imbeciles.


NormalHipster June 24, 2013 @ 11:56 p.m.

You cannot fix Stupid! Common Sense is not common.

There are way too many inconsiderate people on the planet, that is for sure.

@Christina- Can you file a noise complaint and get rid of Big Bird?


Peter Salisbury April 28, 2013 @ 3:48 p.m.

I’m a regular Imperial Beach contributor to The Readers Neighborhood Stories and the News Ticker feature but have been silent this past April but not for lack of trying. On Wednesday, April 10 there was a 2 hour power outage affecting an elementary school and hundreds of residents south of Grove Ave. in the Oneonta neighborhood. SDG&E acknowledged it on their official Twitter feed but offered no explanation. I asked SDG&E if it was due to an accident, sabotage or poor maintenance. They replied they needed my “address” to provide an answer. I replied saying they acknowledged the outage on a public forum so they could certainly offer an explanation on a public forum. I’m still waiting. On Sunday, April 14 outside a condo near Seacoast Blvd. several people witnessed three objects flying in the sky around 8:00 pm. They heard a boom sound from the west then lights appeared in the sky. A witness talking on the phone at the time told the person on the other end “I see something strange in the sky and will call you back. I want to try and photograph it.” That person told me they would put me in touch with the witness. I’m still waiting. On Thursday, April 25 at 10:29 pm 12 gunshots were heard between 10th & 11th Street on Imperial Beach Blvd. I stood outside waiting to hear sirens or see the ASTRA helicopter buzz into the area. Nothing happened. The following morning I talked to three residents in a 2 block area and they had all heard the gunshots. I contacted the San Diego Sheriff that patrols the streets of Imperial Beach and have yet to get an explanation. If you know of any of these incidents or anything Imperial Beach related feel free to contact me. I'm on Twitter @tuckerpete


Peter Salisbury June 21, 2013 @ 4:48 p.m.

Not so bored in IB Just yesterday Thursday June 20th I complained I was bored as there was nothing happening in IB. Today the San Diego Sheriff SWAT Team set up a command center outside my gate. They were getting ready to charge a second floor condo when the felon's mother called him and convinced him to surrender. The wanted felon had barricaded himself inside a strangers condo and was throwing furniture out the window at deputies. Neighbors describe the inside of the condo as "trashed." I submitted the story to the Readers Neighborhood Stories.


Marrrrvelous June 23, 2013 @ 8:34 p.m.

Love the vibes here at IB. Chill people, places, shops, and everything. Love the small shops and locals genuine personalities. It's just a great place to hangout and enjoy life.


Peter Salisbury June 24, 2013 @ 5:18 p.m.

Surf Dog Competition Big crowds in Imperial Beach during this past Saturdays Loews Coronado Bay Resort Surf Dog Competition held along side the I.B. pier. Not happy the sponsors (Petco) kept local businesses from participating and allowed operation of a 100 seat beer garden at this traditional family event. Only positive note was that the beer garden had no more then 3 people at any one time. Might have been the $15 for the 20oz of locally made pizzwater.


Peter Salisbury June 27, 2013 @ 4:48 p.m.

Parks and Recreation? No money. Fireworks? No money. STOP signs? Plenty of money. Days after City of Imperial Beach councilman Patrick Bilbray told Sports Park supporters that there was no money in the budget to run the Parks and Recreation Dept. City officials released a statement letting residents know there will be no Big Bay Boom Fourth of July fireworks show in Imperial Beach this year: “The city isn't sponsoring the fireworks because of the cost and the funds could be spent on other projects." Meanwhile a city employee was busy replacing all the stop signs in town with brand new ones that are six inches larger then the old ones.


AlexandraGardella1 June 29, 2013 @ 9:36 p.m.

Imperial Beach is my favorite beach in the San Diego area. If you walk out on the rock barriers at low tide you can see starfish.


BritJaye June 30, 2013 @ 1:04 p.m.

I love living in IB! The beach is clean and everyone is friendly!


Ez2Luv June 30, 2013 @ 11:18 p.m.

Just wanna HOLLER and say even though I live in NP now, Imperial Beach is the place i will Forever call HOME. Its where I found myself living when I left the wicked cold and snow in STL. Imperial Beach put a warm spot where a cold chill once lived in me 4 months out of the year. That was January 1979. First day of the rest of my life


Ez2Luv June 30, 2013 @ 11:27 p.m.

If you are a shell collector like I am Imperial Beach is a great place to add to your collection. Over the years its gotten a bit sparse but when you luck upon a whole sand dollar or nice piece of angel glass it makes all the difference. Not to mention theres great fishing off the pier unless you prefer the catch of the day at the scrumptious restaurant located at the very end of the pier. Either way you cant go wrong unless you dont go at all Holler IB!!


Ibsurfer July 3, 2013 @ 7:43 a.m.

My hometown and looking good.! Alot of improvements throughout the city.. Different everytime I go back there..


nicholasgutierrez120 Aug. 13, 2013 @ 3:50 p.m.

Damn, have I really lived in IB since 1999? Time flies, especially in the IB time warp!!!


Peter Salisbury Sept. 7, 2013 @ 7:09 p.m.

The bike that was too ugly to be stolen So the bike I said was too ugly to be stolen was stolen this morning Saturday September 7, at around 8:30 am from the South Bay Drive-In Swap Meet just outside Imperial Beach/Nestor. My Schwinn Beach Cruiser, white with blue trim. The left peddle is missing the rubber so it's only a post. The seat cover is missing so it's only the plastic base with a hunk of foam covered by a plastic shopping bag. The rear reflector is attached using a zip tie. It's got rust but a very nice black front basket that can detach and act as a shopping basket. It was chained and locked by the front entrance in the same place I've been parking my bike and mopeds for the last 20 years. Security guard Bob said a homeless guy is suspected of stealing bikes in the area and they believe he had even stolen their security bike parked right outside the security booth. Bob took down my info and said he would tour the back 40 where the tweakers, methheads and homeless hang out. The photos not very good it's cropped from the background from one of my news photos. Not expecting to see it again but have a hard time believing anyone thought it was worth stealing. It is a Schwinn but from the 1980's when they were made in China so the welds are huge. So just in case you see it along side the road somewhere give me a holler.


Peter Salisbury Sept. 17, 2013 @ 4:52 p.m.

Imperial Beach Sheriff Deputies tow away "The Walking Dead" motorhome "Expired tags" explains deputy.

On Thursday September 12, 2013 residents near the corner of Florence Street and Grove Avenue awoke to the site of an old Winnebago motorhome parked on the street. When I saw it it reminded me of the motorhome Dale drove in the first two seasons of "The Walking Dead". It was last seen burning outside a barn on Hershel Greene's farm after walkers broke in and devoured the driver Jimmy. On the following Monday San Diego Sheriff deputies supervised as an employee of Cortes Towing prepared the RV to be towed. The deputies told me the RV's tags expired in 2009 and that it had been abandoned on the street for 6 months. My face my have expressed disbelief on that last fact as the deputy then said "We are towing it because of the expired tags." I then asked the deputy if he had seen "The Walking Dead" he said he had and I told him of the similarities between the two RV's. "Yeah" he said "It looks like it but I don't think this one could survive a Zombie Apocalypse."


Peter Salisbury Sept. 17, 2013 @ 5:01 p.m.

"The Walking Dead" motorhome as seen on the TV show. Note the similarities between the two RV's.


Peter Salisbury Sept. 20, 2013 @ 4:48 p.m.

Rats Across San Diego protest KGTV Channel 10 recent news story "Rats Invade Imperial Beach Home"

Spokesrodent Turdy McRat told me "Channel 10 needs to get their act together. No self respecting rat would set foot into Imperial Beach. Their city hall is full of rats but the two legged kind and we don't mix. The home my brethren have invaded is in the Nestor neighborhood but that is in San Diego not Imperial Beach. I've been in contact with Gloria Allred as were thinking of bringing a suit against reporter Cristin Severance and 10 News for defamation of character. We demand an apology."


Peter Salisbury Sept. 23, 2013 @ 6:49 p.m.

Mar Vista Middle School roof attracts teens

For the second Sunday in a row I have encountered teenage boys jumping the fence at Mar Vista Middle School located at 1267 Thermal Ave. San Diego in the Nestor neighborhood right outside the Imperial Beach city limits. The two boys were seated on the school roof drinking bottled water that they possibly bought from the vending machines located just feet from the fence they had climbed. I was on my way to the South Bay Drive-in Swap Meet around 8:30 am when I saw the boys on the roof and stopped as any concerned citizen should do when they see suspicious behavior. One of the boys gave me a thumbs up but neither seemed to be aware they were doing anything wrong. I brought up the subjects of trespassing, which they shrugged off, Neighborhood Watch which got another shrug and finally reporting suspicious behavior to the police which seemed to get their attention and them moving.


Peter Salisbury Oct. 21, 2013 @ 6:45 p.m.

What was the mystery object in the sky over Imperial Beach? For the second time in as many weeks an object floated over Imperial Beach going in the South-East direction from the beach towards San Ysidro. Looking like a huge black garbage bag, possibly 4ftX6ft. with some describing a ribbed appearance on one side. The first time was Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 11:45 AM and again today Monday, Oct. 21 at 11:55 AM. Any ideas?


Peter Salisbury Jan. 8, 2014 @ 2:51 p.m.

Posted the wrong photo with my Holler and took several attempts to rectify the whole situation so feel free to ignore this little part on see my comments about business signs in the bike lanes.


Peter Salisbury Jan. 8, 2014 @ 3 p.m.

I ride a bike almost every day in and around the Imperial Beach and Nestor neighborhoods. Several businesses along Imperial Beach/Coronado Blvd and Palm Avenue have a bad habit of placing advertising sandwich boards in the bike lanes. So far I have only taken photos of the offending signs but I have been tempted to knock them down or to even grab them and take them home.


Peter Salisbury Feb. 19, 2014 @ 3:55 p.m.

Hello Imperial Beach. It’s sad that either no one is reading the Holler section or those of us posting are just really boring. I saw this posting on Craigslist of a Job offer for an Office Manager in Imperial Beach. They say the applicant “must be able to type 50 WPM "using all fingers". This is mandatory.” I’m thinking whether you have all 10 fingers or missing a few that would count as discrimination.


Peter Salisbury Feb. 19, 2014 @ 4:14 p.m.

Dear San Diego Reader, Had some difficulty posting my Craigslist item and after some help from your web-site team I realized what was confusing me. Instead of posts on Holler going from newest to oldest they go from oldest to newest. I wasn't scrolling down because I figured I had read all the Hollers for Imperial Beach. I’m thinking if a new visitor arrives they may get turned off seeing a year or more older posts and move on. So I vote lets put the recent posts at the top! Who’s with me!!


Peter Salisbury Aug. 7, 2014 @ 5:06 p.m.

Dear NFL, Have Weird Al Yankovic headline the Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show. Imagine the halftime show for Super Bowl XLIX at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona and taking the stage Weird Al Yankovic, the pop-song parodist with the Billboard No. 1 album in the country "Mandatory Fun." Surprisingly more than 80,000 people have signed an online petition trying to make that idea a reality. Ed Ball of Washington State started a petition on asking the National Football League to have Yankovic headline the Super Bowl halftime show. Ball explains his reasons on the “For decades Weird Al has entertained fans, young and old, with his popular clever parodies and unique sense of humor. Having him headline the Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show would not only be overly accepted by the millions of views, but it would remain true to the standards and quality of the show business we have come to love and respect out of this prestigious event. The songs of artists that he is parodying could join him on stage to accompany, as well as other surprise appearances from well-known actors/actresses, adding more prestige and star power. The theatrics alone would be hilarious and a welcoming change, and draw a wider audience of fans that typically would not tune into the championship game or half-time show.”


ZapRowsdower June 13, 2016 @ 4:36 p.m.

Ok I have a strange question, night/morning of June 13 we have a helicopter flying around over Mar Vista High school area for about 2 hours yelling down at someone on the ground. Every time it flew over it woke me/the fam up, then there was the lingering concern of "is there someone in my backyard?"

Question is, anyone know what all this was about?


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