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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.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.