By Joe LaCava
Mission Valley is the heart of San Diego. Proximity to nearly everything, facilitated by easy access to San Diego’s key transportation corridors, has long made Mission Valley an attractive place to live, work and play.
Unfortunately, that may change if the proposed SoccerCity development moves forward. This massive, mixed-use development — which is about soccer in name only — would dramatically and permanently alter the Mission Valley that residents have come to know and love. Read More
Sunday, June 25
Energetic, live cover band CalPhonics will kick off Civita’s fourth annual “Sundown Sunday” concert series. Free. 5:30-7 p.m. at the new Civita Park Amphitheater, located on Civita Boulevard at Russell Parkway. Visit bit.ly/2qYXjoD. Read More
Have fun at Mission Trails – all activities are FREE!
June 17 – Guided Bird Walk, 8 a.m. (KLC); Guided Nature Walk, 9:30 a.m. (VC); Guided Twilight Walk, 7:15 p.m. (KLC); Star Party, 7:30 to 10 p.m. (KLC)
June 18 – Trail Improvement Crew, 8 a.m. (KLC); Guided Nature Walk, 9:30 a.m. (VC)
June 20 – Lake Murray Walk & Talk, 9 a.m. (LM 7001 Murray Park Drive)
June 21 – Guided Nature Walk, 9:30 a.m. (VC) Read More
By Elizabeth Gillingham
Spring sports finish strong
Donald Kay, Patrick Henry’s extraordinary golfer, shot a 68 at Poppy Hills in Monterey to finish tied for second in the CIF State golfing championship. The round was virtually flawless and included six birdies.
Congratulations also go to the track team, who participated in the city league conference finals. The team was well represented at the CIF prelims at Mt. Carmel High School. The team was led by individual league champs: Clara Lane (pole vault); Madison Simmons (shot put and discus); Roxanne Foltz (long jump); and Troy Cristobal (long jump, triple jump, and high jump). Read More
By Yahairah Aristy and Jeff Benesch | La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club
On Wednesday, July 5 from 6 to 9 p.m., the La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club (LMFDC) will celebrate the Fourth of July by holding our now annual Party in the Park at the beautiful Mission Trails Park Visitors Center.
Party in the Park will feature food, talk and camaraderie on the beautiful patio overlooking Mission Trails Regional Park and the San Diego River canyon. It’s particularly convenient for our many members living in San Carlos, Del Cerro, Allied Gardens, La Mesa, Santee, Mt. Helix, Casa de Oro, and the College Area. The dinner costs $5 for members and $15 for non-members. We’ll be signing up new members at the door. Read More
By Kathryn Johnson
On your mark, get set, shop
Clear off your bookshelves and mark your calendar for July 29 for our Friends of the Library quarterly book sale! By shopping the thousands of books for sale, you help our amazing Friends of the Allied Gardens Library group generate funds to go toward our programming and equipment needs. When you support our Friends, you are supporting your community library. Read More
By Shain Haug and Tommy Thornton
Town Hall Meetings
We had good attendance at the May 23 Allied Gardens/Grantville Community Council (AGGCC) Town Hall Meeting where representatives of SoccerCity gave us a look at the Qualcomm site development initiative that will go to the City Council in June. The minutes of that meeting will be published in the July newsletter. Read More
By Jay Wilson
25th Amateur Photo Contest
All the entries for the Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation’s 25th annual Amateur Photo Contest will be on display in the Visitor Center Gallery from June 17 through July 14. The public reception and awards will be at the Visitor Center on Sunday, June 25, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Come and view all the photographs and cast your vote for the “People’s Choice Award” which will also be awarded on June 25. This year’s contest sponsor is San Diego Family Magazine. Read More
By Judy McCarty | Navajo Canyon Republican Women Federated
Although Navajo Canyon Republican Women Federated (NCRWF) has no official luncheon meetings in July and August, there’s still time for Republican fun! So, we will be hosting “Navajo Nights” during the summer months.
This social, informal event is for any Republican woman who wants to spend an evening with other like-minded conservative women, meet new friends and partake in lively discussions. Read More
By Ron Stern | Global Gumshoe
Madrid is a city of passion! Locals, known as madrileños, are ardent about their history, culture and perhaps most of all, their food. From tapas to tomatoes to treats, they love it all and are eager to share their love with visitors looking for a sensory culinary taste explosion.
Unlike people living in the United States, Spaniards prefer to dine late. While Americans might typically eat around 6 p.m., in Madrid it is not uncommon to start a meal at 9:30 or 10 p.m. This is when things really start happening anyway as the downtown neighborhoods fill up with locals and tourists sampling tapas at some 250 tapas bars. Read More
By Sue Hotz
Let the summer fun begin
This week marked the school year’s end for most of our neighborhood youths. Families will be on the road enjoying much needed vacations. We wish all safe travels. Many San Diegans opt for staycations—why not, we live in a resort town! If you haven’t yet made your summer plans, we would like to offer some suggestions. The Library’s 94th Annual Summer Reading Program (SRP), “Reading by Design,” runs June 15-Aug. 15. Read More
By Mickey Zeichick
Our next San Carlos Area Council (SCAC) meeting will be Wednesday, July 5 at 6 p.m. at the San Carlos Branch Library at 7265 Jackson Drive. Our meetings are open to the public. We will allot more time for our elected officials’ representatives and to the San Diego Police and Fire Departments. Bring your questions and concerns.
I am pleased to inform you that I will continue as the president of SCAC and Mark Schulze will be vice president. Patty Mooney will be secretary and April Boling continues as treasurer. We are looking to add to our board, so if you are interested, we ask only two or three hours of your time a month. If you are interested, please contact me at 619-861-3071. Read More
By Dianne Jacob | Dianne’s Corner
There’s no place like home: A growing number of San Diegans struggle to keep a roof over their head. I’m talking about folks from across the entire county — seniors, veterans, families and others.
We need to step up our game in a big way and give them a helping hand — a hand up, not a handout. Read More
By Jay Wilson
The major concern for Del Cerro continues to be the proposed ColRich development that will result in the construction of 24 homes east of College Avenue and just below the Chevron Station. Navajo Community Planners, Inc. (NCPI) voted 6–4 to oppose the project at its May 10 meeting. Read More
By Scripps Health | To Your Health
Migraine headache is one of the most common medical conditions in the United States – and also one of the most commonly misdiagnosed. Despite the belief that migraines are rare, statistics estimate that migraine headache affects about 20 percent of the population.
Moreover, because migraines are often missed by physicians or not reported by patients, the actual number is likely much higher. Read More
By Audrey F. Baker
For several weeks, a highlight of the Trail Guide-led nature walk on Visitor Center Loop Trail was the opportunity for eye-level observation of the nesting activities of a Mourning Dove. The female displayed abundant patience as park guests enjoyed the hushed thrill. Memorized expression lit the faces of adults and children alike.
Zenaida macroura is a member of dove family (Columbidae) which worldwide represents 300 species of doves and pigeons. Eight are native to the U.S. The species name references its long, tapered and pointed tail with white outer edging. The graduated tail is a unique attribute among North American doves and allows quick identification. Read More
Fireworks and Music Fest are on!
Re: “LETTERS: Fireworks only, please” [Volume 23, Issue 5]
The May 19th edition included a letter from San Carlos resident Anna Covington recommending that any funds raised for the Lake Murray Fireworks and Music Fest be put toward the fireworks display first, with a scaled back music festival. Ms. Covington’s suggestions were likely based on some misinformation in Mission Times Courier Editor At Large Doug Curlee’s April 21st story that understated our fundraising totals to date. Read More
Jeff Clemetson | Editor
In a narrow 6 to 4 vote, the Navajo Community Planners, Inc. (NCPI) voted to oppose the development of 24 single family homes in the area behind the Chevron station on College Avenue in Del Cerro.
By Sen. Toni Atkins
On May 4, the Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives were finally successful in voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It is yet unclear whether the Senate will pass the repeal bill and replace it with their own bill, but we’ll have to be ready. Read More
Grossmont College Concerts
Sunday, May 21-Friday, May 26
Grossmont College presents four student performances in May. Most events will be held at Grossmont College, 8800 Grossmont College Drive.
Sunday, May 21: “Jazz Night” of student jazz improvisation at 6 p.m. Building 26, Room 220. Tickets $5-10. Visit bit.ly/2pHUpUX. Read More
By Sue Hotz
Congratulations, Caroline Beail
City-wide winners of the 20th annual Writing for Literacy Essay Contest were announced April 27, at the Balboa Park Club. Pershing Middle School student Caroline Beail was one of this year’s four city-wide, eighth grade winners.
By Rob Hutsel
The San Diego River Park Foundation continues to grow as one of our region’s largest environmental nonprofits dedicated to taking local action. Most people know it for its efforts to organize the community to remove trash from in and along the San Diego River. Some also know about its efforts to conserve open spaces in the upper reaches of the river’s watershed.