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City cleans up riverbed, offers services to homeless living there to combat hepatitis A outbreak

Posted: September 29th, 2017 | News, Top Stories | No Comments

CLEANING SAN DIEGO RIVERBED PART OF AGGRESSIVE SANITATION AND VACCINATION EFFORT TO KEEP SAN DIEGANS HEALTHY & SAFE

The following is a statement from the City of San Diego:

As part of an aggressive push to stop the hepatitis A outbreak, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer and City Councilmembers Scott Sherman and Lorie Zapf today joined City crews to clear the San Diego River of debris and to relocate homeless individuals to safe and sanitary living conditions.

Riverwalk development planning underway

Posted: August 18th, 2017 | News, Top Stories | 4 Comments

By Jeff Clemetson | Editor

On July 25, residents of Mission Valley and Linda Vista got their first chance to learn about and give input on the proposed development that will replace the Riverwalk golf course.

The public input meeting held at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center brought around 100 interested residents who gave input on the various aspects of the project — design, traffic, retail and more.

A league of their own

Posted: August 18th, 2017 | Features, Health & Fitness, Lifestyle, Top Stories | No Comments

By Jess Winans

Michael Jordan has his own shoe, Maria Sharapova has a premium line of gummy candies and if you’re a Splash team member of the San Diego Senior Women’s Basketball Association (SWBA), you have Miracle Whip.

Splash is an SWBA team for players over 80 years old that has been featured by ESPN, NBC, The Huffington Post, Yahoo News and endorsed by Miracle Whip — an endorsement which they said “comes with a side of potato salad” on their Facebook page.

Jamming all day and night

Posted: August 11th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, Top Stories | No Comments

By Kit-Bacon Gressitt

To the uninitiated, “game jam” is an odd paring of words with ambiguous meaning. It could be anything from parlor games for scouts to an unctuous breakfast toast spread made from wild animals.

But to video game makers and aficionados, a game jam is an intense and exhilarating opportunity to strut their game-creation stuff. And just such an opportunity is coming up this month in Mission Valley.

Metallica brings the heavy at Petco

Posted: August 11th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, Music, Top Stories | No Comments

By Jeff Clemetson | Editor

There was a moment during the Aug. 6 Metallica concert at Petco Park where singer James Hetfield explained the uninitiated, new fans of the band that “Metallica is heavy.”

It was a perfect, if unneeded, description of the group’s sound, which has gone through a lot in its 36-year career — an early lineup shakeup at lead guitar; the tragic death of original bassist Cliff Burton; a public meltdown following the departure of Burton’s replacement Jason Newsted that was captured in the documentary “Some Kind of Monster”; and a public relations disaster when drummer Lars Ulrich waged war against fans who illegally download music off the internet. Through all of that, Metallica remains the most successful band in history to give fans “heavy” music — especially when they do it live like they did at Petco.

Kitten Nursery is a trailblazing success

Posted: July 21st, 2017 | Features, Pets, Top Stories | No Comments

By Joyell Nevins

“Awwwww.”

That is the sound most often made by visitors to the Kitten Nursery at the San Diego Humane Society in Mission Valley. The nursery, dedicated to the care of kittens under four weeks old, was the first of its kind in the country when it opened in 2009. And it’s still going strong. In June, the nursery accepted its 10,000th kitten, named Nova by a city-wide naming contest.

The nursery originally opened in response to the large amount of young kittens being euthanized locally. Much of its initial funding came from a grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Development still booming in Mission Valley

Posted: July 21st, 2017 | Features, News, Top Stories | No Comments

By Jeff Clemetson | Editor

With all the attention that SoccerCity has received over the last few months, it is easy to forget that development around Mission Valley is still booming — even if a plan for Qualcomm Stadium doesn’t materialize for several years.

Here are updates on some of the major projects that have seen some movement over the last few months:

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.