Waterfront

Shark fins at Black's Beach and Pacific Beach

“Did I freak out? Yes! Did I get out of the water? No.”

Name: Beth Colton Age: 34 From: National City Location: Ocean Beach Pier Occupation: Staff at the San Diego Humane Society Beth Colton just got done surfing with her nine-foot Sunova board inlaid with balsa wood ...

OB Pier steps to get makeover

Rebar was making concrete pop

The Ocean Beach Pier gets roughly 500,000 people visiting each year, so its no surprise that after fifty-plus years, the stairs leading up from the pier parking lot at the foot of Niagara Avenue have ...

Sucker punched

"They looked totally normal — like tourists or spring breakers"

An Ocean Beach resident was sucker-punched Tuesday, April 3, around 8:00 pm while in his car on Santa Monica Avenue (near Cable Street). The victim, who wished to remain anonymous, told me he was about ...

Mission Bay Classic kayak fishing

A non-impact activity

For those of us that have it in our blood, fishing can be a cathartic thing; a way to purge stress. The more one can quiet the noise of human hustle and bustle, the better. ...

Snowboarding easier than surfing

The only one at Coronado Shores this day

Name: Adam Hiscock Age: 29 From: Coronado and Utah Location: Coronado Beach Occupation: Geologist Adam Hiscock was surfing behind the high rises south of the Hotel Del Coronado when I saw him. He was coming ...

An alternative to Children's Pool

Try South Casa — and maybe Wipeout Beach

The following comes from the DiveBums site. With all the issues around using Children's Pool, people sometimes use South Casa instead—the other possible entrance to the wonderful shallow, rock reefs off just outside the seawall ...

Encinitas — roundabout capital of California

There goes the funky Leucadia vibe

Six roundabouts are planned on Coast Highway 101 between La Costa Avenue, south to Leucadia Boulevard. Most will be placed one-fifth of mile from each other. Opponents say four of the traffic circles, at only ...

Blood from head to toe

You see coral reefs at Rock Bottoms

I met Chris Duenas and his son Jonah on the north side of the Imperial Beach Pier. Before our interview, the waves were about three feet, and Jonah just wiped out on his boogie board ...

Scripps pedestrians in a hurry avoid the bridge

Crosswalk beefed up

When a Scripps Institution of Oceanography affiliate was hit and injured while crossing La Jolla Shores Drive at Downwind Way in October 2017, staff, faculty, and students had been voicing the need for improvements to ...

People will be held liable for what they say

Dog Beach jetty is my favorite spot

Name: Timothy “Harps” Harper Age: 44 From: Pacific Beach Location: Ocean Beach Pier Occupation: Disabled combat veteran for the U.S. Army/college student I saw Harps on the north side of the Ocean Beach pier on ...

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 ...

Grunion Invasion!

Funny enough for the Beverly Hillbillies

The headline of the Malibu Sandpiper screamed “Grunion Invasion Tonight” in the largest font possible to allow the three words in a single row. Granny came from the kitchen with a double-barrel shotgun, sounding the ...

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 ...

The improvement of Sunset Cliffs

"No concrete, no picnic tables, no playgrounds."

This aerial map shows the planned trail alignment for the Hillside Improvement Project at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park. The exhibit was used during the planning phase to illustrate the general goals and vision for the ...

Nice bruise

Mission Beach jetty has the best left along this whole coastline

Name: Kian Barker Age: 13 From: North Park Occupation: 7th grade student At dusk, I saw Kian Reese Barker loading his six-foot Mitsven surfboard into his dad’s truck parked by the South Mission Beach jetty. ...