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Civita Park makes a splash

Posted: May 12th, 2017 | Features, News, Top Stories | No Comments

By Jeff Clemetson | Editor

Speeches, live music, a lottery for community garden plots and a ribbon-cutting ceremony highlighted the grand opening of Civita Park in Mission Valley on April 29, which kept to a Civita tradition of holding events on Arbor Day weekend.

For the last seven years, the Civita planned community has held an Arbor Day event to mark progress in its construction. Last year, the first tree was planted in the 14.3-acre Civita Park construction site. This year, Civita celebrated the completion of the 10-acre phase one of the park, which features a water fountain, seasonal waterfall feature, amphitheater and community garden.

Hotel Circle’s hidden oasis

Posted: May 12th, 2017 | Features, News, Top Stories | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr.

What sat for years as a weed-infested parking lot behind the former Mission Valley Travelodge at 1201 Hotel Circle South has been transformed into a stylish outdoor events venue enclosed by 12-foot-high redwood walls and filled with copious succulents and greenery.

Named Lot 8 after its proximity to Interstate 8, the 4,200-square-foot parcel is now fronted by The Atwood, a modern incarnation of the Travelodge that came under new ownership in 2016.

Oriental medicine for veterans

Posted: May 12th, 2017 | Featured, Health & Fitness, Lifestyle, News | 1 Comment

By Joyell Nevins Have a pain, take a pill. Have another pain, take another pill. And keep going until the pain stops or your tolerance to the pills grows too strong. But is there another way to fix the problem? The Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) community clinicians and patients think so. One of […]

Celebrate the San Diego River at River Days

Posted: May 12th, 2017 | Featured, News | No Comments

By Rob Hutsel The San Diego River Park Foundation continues to grow as one of our region’s largest environmental nonprofits dedicated to taking local action. Most people know it for its efforts to organize the community to remove trash from in and along the San Diego River, especially in Mission Valley. Some also know about […]

Nonprofit ‘reboots’ veterans for success

Posted: May 12th, 2017 | Features, News, Top Stories | No Comments

By Margie M. Palmer

Some veterans have a more difficult time adjusting to civilian live than others, which is why the Mission Valley-based National Veterans Transition Services Inc. (NVTSI) is asking for your help.

The San Diego 501(c)(3) is not only dedicated to helping veterans adjust to life outside of the service, they work to help provide veterans with the skills needed to secure meaningful employment.

Town halls, taxes and bunnies

Posted: May 12th, 2017 | Congressional Watch, Featured, News | No Comments

By Andy Cohen | Congressional Watch In our last column, Darrell Issa (R-49), Duncan Hunter (R-50), and Susan Davis (D-53) had each held town hall events in their respective districts, and as we noted at the time, the tenor of the gatherings was much different for the Republican members of Congress than it was for Susan […]

Sharing the magic of reading

Posted: May 12th, 2017 | Features, News, Top Stories | No Comments

By Jeff Clemetson | Editor
Over 500,000 adults in San Diego County have a below-standard level of literacy, according to the San Diego Council on Literacy (SDCOL).

This is why the Mission Valley-based nonprofit group works to “unite the community to support literacy through advocacy, partnerships, resources, and coordination,” according to its mission statement.

News Briefs – May 12, 2017

Posted: May 12th, 2017 | Briefs, Briefs, Calendar and Opinion, News | No Comments

Free mammograms at Petco Park On Saturday, May 13 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Padres Foundation and Susan G. Komen San Diego are partnering to offer free mammograms at Petco Park. “The Padres and Padres Foundation are proud to support Susan G. Komen San Diego as they work to provide free, life-saving mammograms […]

Public will decide SoccerCity

Posted: April 14th, 2017 | Features, News, Top Stories | 1 Comment

By Jeff Clemetson | Editor

The decision whether to turn the Qualcomm Stadium site into a commercial, residential and entertainment hub centered around a Major League Soccer (MLS) stadium will be turned over to the citizens of San Diego on a special ballot this November. And just like previous initiative proposals involving professional sports stadiums, the SoccerCity proposal is generating controversy.

On April 5, FS Investors representative Nick Stone returned to the Mission Valley Planning Group to talk about the new initiative before the planning group voted on what action they would take about the proposal.