By Frank Sabatini Jr.
The widely rooted concept of a “gastropub” has arrived to Mission Valley, in a tucked-away segment of Camino del Rio South that dead-ends at TGI Fridays.
Situated at the base of a low-rise office building, the Mission Valley Gastropub is the re-branded version of Bali Thai Café under the same ownership. So for customers who grew fond of the café’s Asian-fusion cuisine and small craft beer selection, most of it still remains. Read More
By SDCNN Staff
On June 17, the city of San Diego and Kinder Morgan announced that they have entered into a settlement resolving all claims related to the historical contamination at the Qualcomm Stadium property.
The settlement provides for a $20 million payment to the city, and also includes an agreement by Kinder Morgan to cover additional, incremental costs, if any, incurred by the city in the redevelopment of the Qualcomm Stadium property or development of the groundwater beneath the property, that are caused by historical releases from the Mission Valley Terminal. This settlement ends nine years of litigation between the parties. Read More
The 2016 graduates of CONNECT’s Springboard program include two Mission Valley-based businesses — H2Bid and One Earth Recycling.
CONNECT is an innovation company accelerator in San Diego that creates and scales companies in the technology and life sciences sectors. Springboard is a mentorship program for innovators and entrepreneurs that helps them develop compelling commercialization strategies and prepare for future funding and growth. Read More
Frank Sabatini Jr.
Rumors that The Hole in the Wall in Point Loma was sold and will be closing are not true, said owner Karen Sherman, whose son, Crosby Roper, is about to begin managing the bar once Sherman moves to France at the end of June.
The business was actually up for sale recently, with the goal of selling it to a buyer within the LGBT community. Read More
By Gary Jones
Succulents are pretty darn smart. They store water in their leaves and are smart-looking. Who doesn’t love their dramatic architectural quality? Better yet, they are virtually carefree plants. It should come as no surprise that they are hugely popular. Read More
By Dr. Ink
There are normally two reasons why I go to malls. Those being when my iPhone needs repair at the Apple Store, and on fewer occasions, to shop for things I don’t need with gift certificates given to me for Christmas. Neither provides social or spiritual fulfillment. Read More
By Sari Reis
When it comes to choosing cat litter, there are a multitude of choices available these days.
There is clumping and non-clumping, scented and unscented. You can also choose between granules, crystals, grains, pellets and silica gel beads. Litter may be made of clay, corncobs, walnuts, pine chips, wheat or recycled newspapers. Some have added deodorizers like baking soda. The size of the particles can also vary from very small (a fine sand) to much larger (as in the crystals). Read More
By Kathy McSherry
I purchased a new home from a builder in Mission Valley towards the end of last year. About eight months after I moved in, I received a separate tax bill called a Supplemental Property tax. Can you explain the difference between normal property taxes and supplemental taxes? I’m originally from New York and also not familiar with Proposition 13.
—Michael H. Read More
By Andy Cohen | Congressional Watch
June 22 turned out to be quite a historic day. It was the day that House Democrats decided to stop talking about gun violence and do something about gun violence. “Thoughts and prayers are not enough,” they’ve repeatedly insisted after each massacre. “Thoughts and prayers” won’t do anything to prevent the next massacre from happening. And yet “thoughts and prayers” are all that have been offered up by this Congress — both the House and the Senate — after Aurora, Newtown, Charleston, San Bernardino, and now Orlando. Read More
By Erica Moe | Get Fit
Outside, that is! When was the last time you played outside? Literally, played —catch, tag or Frisbee? Remember when your mom would call you from the back door, and you would come running? Physical activity wasn’t putting in time on a machine; it was playing games, which can be considered physical activity. Half of Americans participate in outdoor activities and 70 percent of them consider their outdoor activities exercise. There are many ways that adults can play that can count as physical activity. Read More
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Re: [Volume 10, Issue 6, bit.ly/29bUVSd]
Just received my second copy of your Mission Valley News and LOVED it!
I particularly enjoyed reading Andy Cohen’s Congressional Watch column. I don’t know if he’s in every issue or not, but I hope so. Read More
Assemblymember Weber’s mobile office
Second Tuesday of the month, 6 – 8 p.m. and third Monday of the month, 10 a.m. – noon
Connect with Assemblymember Shirley Weber’s staff in your community, get help with any problems you are having with public agencies, ask questions about legislation and learn about state and local services. Issues that staff can assist with include renters and homeowners assistance programs, property tax issues, consumer complaints, unemployment and disability insurance. No need to make an appointment; just stop in. Read More
Crafts for kids
Tuesdays, 4 – 5 p.m.
Stretch your imagination and create fabulous crafts. The craft is different every week. Read More
Thursday and Fridays: Antonio Fe at the Cosmo in The Cosmopolitan Restaurant and Hotel. Free. 6 p.m. 2660 Calhoun St., Old Town. OldTownCosmopolitan.com.
Fridays: Jazz Happy Hour at Handlery Hotel’s 950 Lounge. Free. 5 p.m. 950 Hotel Circle North, Mission Valley. SD.Handlery.com. Read More
By Jeff Clemetson | Editor
At the June 1 meeting of the Mission Valley Planning Group, residents and board members debated the merits of a road proposed to connect Serra Mesa and Mission Valley through the Civita development.
Seth Litchney from the San Diego City Planning Department presented the findings of the Programmatic Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) for the connector road that would extend Franklin Ridge Road to meet up with Phyllis Place. The road has been controversial because the Mission Valley Community Plan includes the road but the Serra Mesa Community Plan does not. Read More
By Frank Sabatini Jr.
“This isn’t like the Mexican food up the road,” I said to my companion when tapping into a brittle sheet of rolled, fried cheese the size of our forearms. The appetizer, chicharron de queso, ranks among several dishes at El Charko that are well-known throughout Mexico City but absent along San Diego Avenue in Old Town. Read More
Exciting new versions of old stalwarts
By Gary Jones
In just a few weeks, summer’s hot days will be upon us. But it is not too late to fill pots and borders with hot weather flowers that will pump out color all summer. The key to success will be to keep these plants well-watered while they root in. While they become established, they should never be allowed to become completely dry. Read More
Friday nights at the movies and Sunday concerts and sunsets are once again on the summer schedule at Civita’s temporary park located at the corner of Civita Boulevard and Via Alta in Mission Valley. Read More
By Frank Sabatini Jr.
After a six-year run, The Wellington Steak & Martini Lounge in Mission Hills will close June 20 in preparation for a bar-focused establishment yet to be named. Owner Trish Watlington, who also owns the adjoining Red Door Restaurant & Wine Bar, said “Wellington’s beef-heavy menu no longer fits our commitment to local sourcing.” Her decision to re-brand was fueled also by the lack of a “true cocktail bar in Mission Hills.” Read More
By Erica Moe
Everything we do has a measurement. In school, grades on tests measure how much we learned. We get annual performance reviews at work. Even for fun, you see how many likes you can get on Facebook. Exercise is no different. We count sets, reps, calories, minutes and miles. All these numbers help us know we’re making progress — right? So you run, you sweat, and you want results. But how do you REALLY know that you are on the right track with your weight loss? Read More