Where the jazz goes down

By Jeff Clemetson

A list of San Diego’s successful music clubs would include places like The Casbah, The Observatory North Park, The Music Box, Soda Bar, Winston’s and many other hotspots located in Uptown, Downtown or the beach areas. But there is also one surprising addition to that list that has been successful for jazz music in Mission Valley — The Handlery Hotel.

For the past two and half years, jazz fans have packed the Handlery Hotel’s 950 Lounge every Friday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. to hear their favorite local and occasional touring jazz players.

Endangered species

By Frank Sabatini Jr. | Restaurant Review

Given its fossilized environment — red booths, heavy carpeting and drab, wood paneling — Bully’s offers a welcoming atmosphere staffed with young energy. Though loaded with sports memorabilia and flat screens, it’s one of the last classic steakhouses in San Diego stamped with the same level of nostalgia as The Red Fox Room in North Park, The Butcher Shop in Kearny Mesa, and not long ago, Albie’s Beef Inn in Hotel Circle before it vanished.

A couple of old menus are showcased just past the heavy-wood entrance doors, which feature a horse jockey carved into them. The insignia reflects the restaurant’s roots when it first debuted 50 years ago in La Jolla by a racing agent and a thoroughbred trainer.

The mayor of San Diego music

By Jen Lothspeich

He can be heard on local radio airwaves, he can be seen Saturday nights on television, and he can be encountered at rock venues nearly every night of the week; and he is arguably, the most interesting man in San Diego.

Local music guru Tim Pyles is essentially a native, having lived in San Diego since age 4 and growing up as what he calls a “Mod Ska kid” of the ’80s and a raver in the ’90s. He said his love of live music reignited in the late ’90s while his radio career began in 1997.

The ‘wonder’ of it all

By Kit-Bacon Gressitt

“Wonderspaces: A Pop-Up Arts Celebration,” the brainchild of former Marines Jason Shin and Patrick Charles, opened June 2, and it indeed displays some wonders to behold — and to engage.

Located in a large-scale tent in an undeveloped portion of Mission Valley’s new Civita Park, the exhibit is entered through David McCarty’s Plexiglas sculpture, “Pulse Portal.” The portal was previously displayed at Burning Man 2016, which, in part, inspired Shin and Charles’ vision of Wonderspaces as an easily accessible and affordable arts experience.

Fight over SoccerCity heats up

Posted: June 9th, 2017 | Features, News, Top Stories | No Comments

By Jeff Clemetson | Editor

At its June 5 meeting, San Diego City Council threw a proverbial wrench into a plan to develop the Qualcomm Stadium site with housing, commercial buildings, retail space, and a park surrounding a stadium for Major League Soccer.

The council voted 5–4 to strip $5 million from the budget to fund a special election this November seeking voter approval of what is called the “SoccerCity plan” for Qualcomm, as well as a vote on the expansion of the Convention Center. Mayor Kevin Faulconer vowed to veto the council’s decision.

More action on medical marijuana

Posted: June 9th, 2017 | Features, News, Top Stories | No Comments

By Jeff Clemetson

The June 7 meeting of the Mission Valley Planning Group once again saw action on a familiar type of item — medical marijuana dispensaries.

The planning group voted to postpone a decision on a new applicant because a report from city staff on the application had not been completed. There was also a vote to appeal a decision by the city to allow an application that the planning group had previously rejected.

A new housing ‘context’

Posted: June 9th, 2017 | Features, News, Top Stories | No Comments

By Joyell Nevins

San Diego’s population is expected to increase 30 percent by 2050, adding one million new residents who will require 330,000 new housing units. So what will that housing, and the neighborhoods they fall into, look like? How will it change our environment and our lifestyle?

Those were the statistics and questions posed by the San Diego Architectural Foundation (SDAF) at its fourth annual “Context: People, Places, Engage! forum.” SDAF is a nonprofit organization dedicated to education and the promotion of outstanding architecture, planning and urban design throughout the region.

Local firm wins tax credit award to bring jobs

Posted: June 9th, 2017 | Features, News, Top Stories | No Comments

By Dave Schwab

A Kearny Mesa firm has been awarded a state income tax credit which it intends to reinvest creating jobs for the local economy in Mission Valley and environs.

Diakont (located at 3853 Calle Fortunada) is a leading provider of high‐tech robotic solutions that focuses on inspecting gas and oil pipelines that run beneath cities. A lot of its work is regulatory-driven. Diakont often delivers solutions that result in a complete change in the way a task is completed — or enables a task to be completed where it was not previously considered possible.

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.