Valencia Park Stories

The Malcolm X Experimental Music Festival

Stay Strange teams up with fellow sonic deviants to host Valencia Park noise fest.

Outsider art and music outpost Stay Strange is taking part in a experimental music festival at the Malcolm X Library (Valencia Park) on Saturday, September 21. “It's been a dream of mine to host a ...

Sad San Diego foreclosures and how we got there.

Of course you qualify!

Mario is a recent immigrant from Mexico, and he's typical of homeowners facing foreclosure. He doesn't want me to use his surname; he's ashamed of getting behind on his payments. He thinks he's been irresponsible, ...

St. Stephen's Church of God in Christ, Valencia Park

Denomination: Church of God in Christ Address: 5825 Imperial Avenue, Valencia Park Founded locally: 1962 Senior pastor: Bishop George McKinney Congregation size: 600--700 families Staff size: 12 Sunday school enrollment: don't know Annual budget: around ...

Best of 2003: Best Way To Give Food To The Homeless

Food for the Homeless St. Stephen's Church of God in Christ 619-262-2671 With Pastor Wilkins and colleagues, you're talking about helping people at the bottom. People who can't get into Father Joe's, who haven't made ...

Best of 2000: Best Smothered Chicken

Huffman's Bar-B-Que 5039 Imperial Avenue, Valencia Park (619) 264-3115 Muhammad Ali ate here. So did Jesse Jackson, Roger Hedgecock, George Stevens, Sheriff Bill Kolender, Susan Golding, Tom Bradley, Archie Moore, Jim Brown... Their photos, with ...

Life in Valencia Park is simple

When we got to California, life was a lot better

Valerie is an African-American woman living on a hill in Valencia Park. She is 37, but she looks younger. She has a round face surrounded by a curtain of heavy braids and large eyes that ...

San Diego on $520 a Month

Cleaned up the house in Valencia Park

Until December of last year, 51-year-old Jaime Nieto made $10 an hour working for a construction company "doing their ironwork needs. That's my trade - security. Window-guards, rails, gates, fences. But that company works on ...

Southeast San Diego: it's more than mean streets

Gateway Center East, Skyline, Emerald Hills, Chicano Park, Valencia Views, Catfish Club

He turns a corner near 38th and Acacia, where a new auto body shop has been squeezed between two homes. Nielsen shakes his head. "Only in Southeast. Where else would that be allowed to happen?"

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