Nuestro cine, nuestra voz!

Posted: March 10th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, Top Stories | No Comments

By Joyell Nevins

Five screens, 11 days, more than 160 films. The San Diego Latino Film Festival will incorporate drama, comedy, romance, documentary and other film styles to share the Latino experience at the AMC 18 Fashion Valley theaters from March 16-26.

The festival is in its 24th year and draws audience members from California to New York, along with special guest actors and filmmakers from Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Spain.

Conference contemplates the future of cannabis businesses

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By Jeff Clemetson | Editor

Navigating various rules and regulations is hard in any business venture — it is even more difficult if your business is in California’s marijuana industry.

On Feb. 25, a diverse group of entrepreneurs gathered at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Mission Valley to learn how to open and operate a variety of marijuana businesses at a conference called “The Inside Track: Preparing for Your Future in the Cannabis Industry.”

Soccer stadium plan dominates meeting of MV Planning Group

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By Jeff Clemetson | Editor

The agenda for the March 1 meeting of the Mission Valley Planning Group included action item votes on a medical marijuana dispensary, a sidewalk improvement project and a major construction project that will reshape the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center.

But it was an information item on a proposal to develop the Qualcomm Stadium site into the future home for a Major League Soccer (MLS) team that brought a full house to the meeting.

New look, new name for Union Tribune building

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The Casey Brown Company is close to completing the first part of the revamp of the former home of The San Diego Union-Tribune into a modern and highly amenitized work campus, that will now be called AMP&RSAND.

The 330,000-square-foot site featuring two separate buildings is located at 350 Camino de la Reina in Mission Valley.

The state of security

Posted: February 10th, 2017 | Features, News, Top Stories | No Comments

By John Gregory | Contributing Editor

A mysterious high-tech van with seven cameras mounted along its exterior was parked beside the Town and Country Convention Center. It wasn’t a mobile command center or spy vehicle, but a video demonstration van — just one of the many displays at the inaugural San Diego Security Show, held Jan. 25 and 26 in Mission Valley.

Security.World, an online news website, produced the physical security and surveillance exposition which included demonstrations involving surveillance camera housing units, biometrics, video networking, GPS-based personnel tracking, and an ambitious schedule of guest speakers.

Homelessness in Mission Valley

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By Rob Hutsel

Staff and volunteers of The San Diego River Park Foundation (SDRPF) are often asked about homeless people in Mission Valley, especially along the river. In fact, it is one of the most frequently asked questions, and it is usually followed by, “what is being done about it?”

As an organization dedicated to restoring the health of our region’s namesake river, it is a question which we don’t have a great answer for. In recent years, we have been increasingly pulled into this question as the future of the river and the planned 52-mile-long San Diego River Park and associated trail system become intertwined with the homeless population.

Local activists believe in the right to die with dignity

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By Delle Willet

Family physician, Dr. Mitsuo “Mits” Tomita, and CSI agent, Kerry Perkins, have several things in common, the most notable being that they both serve on the board of the Hemlock Society of San Diego, and believe in choice, dignity and control at the end of life.

Dr. Tomita, M.D. of San Carlos is retired from Kaiser Permanente where he was a popular family physician. Since retiring, he has worked part-time in community health centers in the San Joaquin Valley, and is an Assistant Clinical Professor on the voluntary faculty of the UCSD School of Medicine, where he continues to teach medical students and residents.

‘Teen Iron Chef’ finds a new home in Mission Valley

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By Frank Sabatini Jr.

For the first time in its 13-year history, a culinary competition open to local high school students, and tailored after Food Network’s high-energy “Iron Chef America” series, was held Jan. 19 in the spacious, gleaming kitchens of Mission Valley’s Art Institute of California – San Diego.

The annual event, Teen Iron Chef, tests the cooking skills of students from San Diego Unified District high schools as each team prepares three-course meals for a panel of judges from the food and restaurant industries. The challenge is further intensified by a secret ingredient students must use in at least one of the courses.

Art exhibits celebrate African-American History Month

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By Kit-Bacon Gressitt

Preservation of cultural history is a human tradition that spans ancient oral inquiry through contemporary digital archives. The recorded history of African-Americans, however, has suffered from the disregard of slavery and subjugation, hence the need for National African-American History Month, also known as Black History Month. It originated in 1926 as a designated week, observed primarily within black communities.

In 1976, it was expanded to a national month-long acknowledgement and celebration of, as then-President Gerald R. Ford wrote, “the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”