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New year, new development

Posted: December 8th, 2017 | Development, News, Top Stories | No Comments

By Sara Butler | Editor

After approximately two years of construction, Millennium Mission Valley is nearing completion.

This high-density, mixed-use community – situated on 5.37 acres – is comprised of 291 apartment homes, 14 live-work units and 9,000 square feet of retail space.

Earworm alert: ‘Christmas on our Own’

Posted: December 8th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, Music, Top Stories | No Comments

By Margie M. Palmer

When Mission Valley resident DJ James decided to debut his music, he knew he’d have to go big or go home.

His newly released song, “Christmas on our Own,” not only flips the script of traditional holiday music – it also gives the catchiness of Mariah Carey’s popular hit “All I Want for Christmas is You” a solid run for its money.

SDSU proposes Mission Valley expansion

Posted: December 8th, 2017 | Development, News, Top Stories | No Comments

By Sara Butler | Editor

On Nov. 29, San Diego State University (SDSU) held a press conference to offer the detailed plan that they are proposing for the San Diego County Credit Union (SDCCU) Stadium site, formerly Qualcomm Stadium. The university’s proposal – coined “SDSU Mission Valley” — is competing with the SoccerCity plan.

Big plans on the horizon for Mission Valley

By Zach Millrood | Real estate update

Although our community is seeing consistent declines in commercial real estate vacancy rates, Mission Valley remains one of the healthiest office markets in the county.

This can be attributed in part to the stability of the region. The tenant mix in Mission Valley consists of primarily low-volatility organizations such as business services, real estate, government entities, education, medical systems and government contractors.

Kris Kringle’s moment

By Jean Lowerison

What could be better for spreading Christmas cheer than that great story about Kris Kringle winning a court case and validating his claim to be the “real” Santa Claus?

We’re in luck. San Diego Musical Theatre revives last year’s popular musical version of the old 1947 Lux Radio Hour broadcast of “Miracle on 34th Street” through Dec. 24 in its new home, the Horton Grand Theatre.

Community lends a hand to restore river

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

By Sara Butler | Editor

On Oct. 28, 121 volunteers showed up at 9 a.m. on a Saturday morning to do their part for the Mission Valley Preserve.

The cleanup, organized by the San Diego River Park Foundation (SDRPF) and the city of San Diego, was part of an annual SDRPF river preservation effort: Clean Sweep. The event also landed on Make a Difference Day, which is “one of the largest annual single-days of service nationwide,” according to their website.

Welcome to the neighborhood

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

By Joyell Nevins

The University of Redlands School of Business San Diego Regional Campus in Mission Valley now has a fresh look in its ninth-floor suite. They moved this summer from a small space on Friars Road to a newer, larger location off of Camino Del Rio North.

“Everything is brand new,” Campus Director Thomas Bozman said.

Multicultural holiday festival arrives in Mission Valley

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

By Kit-Bacon Gressitt

Lulu Huang traveled to the United States from China for a visit in 1994 – and she’s still here today. Instead of returning to her homeland, she started a computer company, had two kids and became inspired.

“[I] wanted to do something for children,” Huang said. She decided to start a cultural experience that was fun and educational.

Wine, beer and tapas in a luxury housing complex

Posted: November 10th, 2017 | Food & Drink, Top Stories | No Comments

By Dr. Ink

Scottish transplant John Fuller says his little wine bar nestled within the gorgeous grounds of The Promenade apartment complex in Mission Valley is no longer a secret.

But it used to be while under previous ownership, when only a year ago it was called Tristler’s. Unless you lived in the development, which features a lush, grassy courtyard marked by a tower clock and a large Parisian-like water fountain, only the residents were privy to it.

Construction underway on Friars Road/163 project

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

By Doug Curlee | Editor at Large

The thousands of drivers every day who pass through the Friars Road area around state Route 163 have already begun seeing roadwork signs, warning of construction work about to be done in that area.

In the next two years, they’ll see many more of those signs, as work proceeds on the two-year, $40 million project to widen and re-route roads and on- and off-ramps.