Mike Madriaga

Mike Madriaga

Mike is a multimedia journalist.

Mike is able to cover a subject or gathering via photography, videography and written content; and then edit the content with post-production video and photo graphics if needed.

Mike supplies content to various automotive and alternative-lifestyle publications, but considers the San Diego Reader his homebase.


Articles by Mike Madriaga

Baja 1000 mis-adventure for El Cajon father and son

"Rain and mud forced the transmission to work harder."

El Cajon residents Felipe Mojica and his 15-year-old son Gabriel agreed to speak with me before and throughout the six days (November 19-24) they worked on the annual Baja 1000 off-road race. “The race was ...

Friendship Garden at border bulldozed

Chanting and a moment of silence follows

On January 12 at about 10 am, a handful of San Diegans travelled across the border to meet with Tijuana locals behind the Plaza Monumental de Playas de Tijuana — The Bullring by the Sea. ...

Lil Yachty sails into town

Keeping that “surreal Willy Wonka” vibe

“I miss the old Yachty, the ‘bubblegum trap’ Yachty,” said fan Jhueller, “the never, switch up-Yachty.” “I’ve got songs that sample Mario Bros., Charlie Brown, the Rugrats theme, the music that plays when you turn ...

Mission Valley shows the appeal of the mall

"This is how we bond"

Patricia M. and her daughter, Eli, frequent Westfield Mission Valley almost every month; the two have been coming here since 10-year-old Eli was a baby. “We like Nordstrom Rack,” Patricia said to me on the ...

Spin scooters, too good to be true

Gone from City College, Little Italy, Gaslamp by Dec. 16

On Christmas weekend, I looked for Spin motorized scooters to test drive; I hopped onto the Spin app, and noticed two were closeby at City College. I strolled and jogged around the campus, between the ...

Mexican minimum wage raised to $6.50 a day

$9.79 a day near the border

On December 16, Mexican news outlets reported of a soon to be increase in minimum wage throughout Mexico. The National Commission of Minimum Wages (Conasami) created a new Economic Wage Zone for municipalities located within ...

SAYMYNAME: The Godfather of Hardtrap

“I thought that remixing a child’s song like Barney could harm my career”

On December 11, I called BASSMNT to see if they’d permit our preschooler to access their club in two weeks; nobody answered and I left a message. Our preschooler and his playground homies love SAYMYNAME, ...

Accident at Ensenada parade of lights

Patrons getting on boats piled up

“I was there at that time with my family and after we crossed the bridge,” said Martin G., “it was about 30 seconds after, when I heard it fall.” On the evening or Dec. 14, ...

Otay Mesa – so unsettled

Sewage, Salt Creek, Otay Mountain, Brown Field, Otay Park, border fence, tunnels, new border entry, Nestor High School

Feds plan to make pond of Tijuana sewage Just how smelly are thirteen acres of raw sewage? Soon, very soon, we shall find out. Next Monday a federal agency is planning to start building an ...