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.

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.

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.

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.

Taste of Morena turns 10

Posted: April 14th, 2017 | Features, Food & Drink, News, Top Stories | No Comments

By Margie M. Palmer

The 10th Annual Taste of Morena will take place on April 26 and as with Tastes of the past, this year’s event will feature an array of savory food samples, drink specials and delectable sweets from several local eateries.

For just $25, attendees will be able to partake in a culinary adventure that spans 23 restaurants, breweries and bars including Bay Park Coffee, Pita Pit, Andres Restaurant, Baci Ristorante, Bay Park Fish Company, Siesel’s Old Fashioned Meats, Bull’s Smokin’ BBQ, Dan Diegos, JV’s Mexican Food, La Gran Terraza, Luce Bar & Kitchen, Tio Leo’s, Offshore Tavern & Grill, Sardina’s Italian Restaurant & Bar, zPizza, Fiji Yogurt, Home Brew Mart by Ballast Point, The Clutch Bar, Side Car Bar, and Poseidon Project.

Home Start’s mission to prevent child abuse

Posted: April 14th, 2017 | Features, News, Top Stories | No Comments

By Jeff Clemetson

Home Start CEO Laura Tancredi-Baese has lots of success stories about how the 45-year-old nonprofit has helped families throughout San Diego County — stories like this one:

“I’m here one night, it’s like 7 o’clock, I’m working on a report and Liz the therapist comes to my door and says, ‘There is somebody here that wants to talk to you.’ I come to out the door and there is a young mother with a cutie 4-year-old son and she’s holding her graduation certificate in her hand. She said, ‘I needed to tell somebody else thank you. I just finished six months in therapy with Liz and it changed my life and changed my son’s life.’”

SDSU proposes to buy, lease Qualcomm Stadium property

Posted: April 14th, 2017 | Features, News, Top Stories | No Comments

By Erik Anderson, Christopher Underwood

San Diego State University issued a proposal on March 20 for the redevelopment of the Qualcomm Stadium site in Mission Valley.

The university is interested in buying or leasing 47 acres of land at the site to build a football stadium and expand the school’s campus. San Diego State officials met with Mayor Kevin Faulconer on March 20 before discussing what they refer to as a two-page position paper.

April is Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month

Posted: April 14th, 2017 | Features, News, Pets, Top Stories | No Comments

By Sari Reis

It is unconscionable that anyone would intentionally or inadvertently hurt or abuse an innocent animal, but because it is so prevalent, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has designated the month of April as Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month with the hope of raising awareness.

Animal cruelty, according to the ASPCA is defined as “acts of violence or neglect perpetrated against animals.”