Barbara Zaragoza

Articles by Barbara Zaragoza

Thanks for the food desert, Albertsons

Chula Vistans clamor for action on shuttered grocery store

Julie Lee, the owner of Beasley Cleaners, said when Albertsons shuttered its doors her revenue went down, even though her rent continued to increase each year. “I’m trying my best, whatever I can do to ...

San Ysidro's Gateway Inn demolished

Built in '56, hotel became residence for low-income people — now what?

A demolition crew razed the historic Gateway Inn last week. The property, located at 701 East San Ysidro Boulevard, one block from the U.S.-Mexico border, had been a single-room occupancy motel that provided shelter for ...

San Ysidro Port of Entry after Carmageddon

What about that promised 30-minute wait time?

In December 2014, the federal General Services Administration completed Phase 1B of a three-phase San Ysidro Port of Entry makeover. The construction project opened 25 new northbound lanes and 46 new primary inspection booths at ...

Where will future Chula Vistans go to school?

Massive growth expected, but no funding for new high school

Chula Vista expects up to 7397 new housing units by 2022, predominantly in the east, but the Sweetwater Union High School District still doesn’t have land or funding for a new high school. The district ...

Otay Ranch charter school could lose campus

Court says local authorization required for Temecula-based operation

More than 400 students attending Otay Ranch Academy of Arts, a charter school located on the Mater Dei property in eastern Chula Vista, might lose their campus if the Chula Vista Elementary School District refuses ...

Suzie’s Farm closes

Owners were losing five-digit figures each week

On Monday, June 26th owner Lucila De Alejandro announced that Suzie’s Farm will close. Having started in 2009 with a mere three acres, the farm offered a CSA (community supported agriculture program) and sold produce ...

A dystopia of sorts

San Ysidro - where it's cheaper for kids to live in a motel

Veronica Medina sits in an office overflowing with blankets, shoes, and donated school supplies. A native of San Ysidro, she has a perennial smile and wears pink lipstick that accents her jolly laugh. She doesn’t ...

Sweetwater school district resolves boundary issue

Eight-month fight concludes in victory for students

For years, schools in the Sweetwater Union High School District have either been severely impacted or under-enrolled. To address the issue, the district held five "Long Range Facility Master Plan" meetings in 2015 and invited ...

San Ysidro will check its own dang air quality

Community leaders not satisfied with monitoring by government agencies

San Ysidro has three freeways cutting through it. The approximately 29,000 residents also live next to the largest land port of entry in the world — an estimated 50,000 vehicles cross the border daily. It’s ...

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