Jonah Valdez

Articles by Jonah Valdez

Redbeard carries a backpack and a sacred calling

He ministers to the Sweetwater jungle

I once saw Redbeard riding his skateboard along Otay Lakes Road. It was close to midnight, there were only a few cars on the road, and the light from the streetlamps was dim. As he ...

Rob Stone, Lemon Grove's Soulja Boy

I want to be a legend

Rob Stone twisted his neck to reveal a tattooed pair of lemons, accented with citrus blossoms and lush leaves. I had asked the 22-year-old rapper from Lemon Grove how he hopes to stay connected with ...

Our little hills, forever near

The trails don’t end in Bonita.

Our little hills forever near Tell us your secret rare, Through progress of change you never care? Though they plow up your cover of greens and browns, Disturbing your colorful restful mounds? We humans would ...

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