Video: Dynamite Downs Eyesore Power Plant, Sends Booms Across South Bay

South Bay Power Plant Implosion from Khari Johnson on Vimeo. Published Feb. 2, 2013 by Imperial Beach Patch. After 50 years in operation and 55 years on San Diego Bay, the South Bay Power Plant came down Saturday morning in an implosion that took less than two minutes. With noises like rolling thunder or the […]

Video: Police Sergeant Seen Pulling Woman by Hair Is Subject of Internal Probe

Published Oct. 20, 2013 by Imperial Beach Patch. A San Diego police sergeant shown pulling a distraught woman by the hair at a fire scene is the subject of an internal police probe, authorities said Saturday. He also may be sued, the victim told U-­T San Diego. “Due to allegations arising from this incident, we […]

Teachers, Staff Take Over Sweetwater Board Meeting

Published Oct. 22, 2013 by Imperial Beach Patch. Sweetwater Union High School District Board of Trustees stopped their meeting after about 30 minutes Monday as hundreds of district employees protesting outside made their way into the meeting. As contract negotiations continue, union representatives said they are upset about recent changes that would require teachers and staff to […]

Elvis of Lowriders Gets ‘Timeless’ Tribute at Legends Auto Exhibit

Published Feb. 27, 2013 by Imperial Beach Patch. When Gaspar Martinez passed away in 1998, dozens of lowriders from car clubs across San Diego were part of the funeral procession. “You would have thought Elvis Presley passed away the day of the funeral. That’s how many people and car clubs turned out,” his brother Pablo said. […]

Old El Camino Motel Inspired ‘Absurd’ Patron Saint of Postcards

Published March 19, 2013 by Imperial Beach Patch. The old El Camino Motel in Imperial Beach inspired Leah Stephens “for reasons of absurdity.” She took a picture of the motel and began inserting random objects in its abandoned pool by hand—a 1970s roller skater, a mountain of peanuts, bunny rabbits with a bride and so on. “I’m […]

Is Sign Spinning a Sport?

Greg Hakanson, 20 used to sign for a nutritional supplement company. He heard about AArow Advertising, which teaches people tricks to spin and flip signs, about a year ago, and started coming to weekly practices to “be the best.” “It’s more like our little culture, sign spinning. Everyone outside of sign spinning are like ‘whoa, […]

Burglars Steal Dancing from Barbershop

Published March 7, 2013 by Imperial Beach Patch. Phil Fedalizo’s love for dancing started as a teenager in the Philippines. “My passion is dancing,” he said. After retiring from the Navy, Fedalizo went to barber college and took dance lessons. When he opened Phil’s Barbershop and Dance Studio in 1998 he taught merengue, lambada, the […]

Sandcastle Hat Takes First Place in Del Mar Races Hat Contest

Published July 23, 2011 by Imperial Beach Patch. IB Resident and employee Mike Guthrey never thought the hat he made in honor of this year’s would score him a first place win in theDel Mar Race hat contest. “It was all kind of a fluke,” he said. “On Sunday night I realized that [Opening Day] […]

Groovy Van, Man

Published July 2, 2011 by Imperial Beach Patch. Mellow Yellow. Flower Power. The Beatles. Vietnam. Neil Armstrong. On a van with a “IB HIPPY” license plate that can sometimes be seen around town or found outside the Beach Club Grille, there are more than 100 cultural symbols and musicians from the 1960s. Among icons remembered on […]

Faces of the Fallen: Banner Honors Service Members Killed Overseas

Published May 7, 2013 by Imperial Beach Patch. The names and faces of more than 6,000 Americans killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were on display at VFW Post 5477 on Palm Avenue in Imperial Beach Saturday from 5-6 p.m. In the hour the banner was on display, about 20 members of the […]

4th of July Bike Parade ‘Phenomenon’ Rolls Through IB

Published July 4, 2013 by Imperial Beach Patch. Near 400 people decked out in their best red, white and blue getups took an Independence Day cruise around Imperial Beach Thursday morning as part of what has become a tradition for some local residents. The parade started at Mar Vista High School, proceeded west on Imperial Beach Boulevard […]

Tiki Dan: Creation with a Chainsaw

  Published Sept. 27, 2013 by Imperial Beach Patch. Kelly Tracy, former head of the now inactive IB Art Guild, recently got a warning from code compliance officer Tommy Simmons after a neighbor claimed that a tree in his yard may contain rats or vermon. So instead of a typical tree trimming, Tracy last week […]

Magnolia’s Soul Food Restaurant Closes, Southeast SD Loses One of Few Restaurant

Published in July 2010 by The People’s Post. Charles and Bessie Johnson opened Magnolia’s Authentic Southern Dining five years ago at Market Creek Plaza, part of a group of local business owners asked to open shop in the new shopping center. Last month they closed their doors for the last time. Here Charles shares his […]

Low Turnout at Denver Protests, Delray Beach Congressional Candidate Still Shows

Published Aug. 26, 2008 on assignment in Denver, Colo. for South Florida Sun-Sentinel politics blog at Democratic National Convention. Before the convention began, Recreate ’68, an activist group, took out a permit with the city of Denver for 25,000 people to demonstrate but only had 1,000 for Sunday’s anti-war march through downtown. Monday’s Recreate ’68 protest, which […]

Musical Icon Nina Simone Lives on in ‘Nina’

Published May 11, 2010 by San Diego News Network (SDNN) and San Diego Gay and Lesbian News. Calvin Manson — writer and director of the musical “Nina” — saw Nina Simone perform while he was a student at UC San Diego in 1972. When it came time for the outspoken icon to sing “To Be Young, […]

Wolf King Part of Terminal 2 Expansion at San Diego International Airport

  Published Aug. 12, 2013 by by Imperial Beach Patch. Throughout history, most often, “the victor tells the story and everybody else is in debt or in jail,” said Imperial Beach artist Jeff Kirkeeng. That’s the inspiration of his latest piece, Legend of the Wolf King, one of several pieces of art on display in the newly expanded Terminal 2 at San Diego […]

Microloans Help San Diego Refugees Grow Businesses, Jobs

Published Feb. 2, 2010 by Allvoices as part of its Provoices program. Osman Osman, 38, is a security guard who works 40 hours a week at construction sites, then cleans houses and businesses. He took out a $10,000 loan to expand his company American Cleaning Expert, $7,000 for more carpet and window cleaning equipment. Growing his business […]

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Last Hour Alive

Published Jan. 18, 2010 by Allvoices. The San Diego County YMCA hosted its 25th annual Martin Luther King Jr Human Dignity Award breakfast Friday with more than 1,000 people in attendance. The morning’s keynote speaker was Rev. Samuel Billy Kyles, the last person alive who was with Dr. King an hour before an assassin fired a […]

4th Grader Known as ‘The Dominator’ Headed to Junior Olympics

Published Feb. 20, 2013 by Imperial Beach Patch. You don’t get the nickname “The Dominator” by being a couch potato. After more than an hour of swimming laps a few times a week for the past two years, 9-year-old Imperial Beach Charter School student Kayla Quinones will compete in the USA Swimming 2013 Junior Olympics Meet for San […]

Beware Zombies: Savage House Comes to Grossmont Center

Originally published Oct. 20, 2013 by La Mesa-Mount Helix Patch. For the first time ever, Savage House, a haunted attraction with a zombie theme, has come to La Mesa. Savage House will be open at 7 p.m. every weekend through Nov. 2 on the top floor of a parking structure next to Target. Click here to learn more about […]

Fried Butter and Chocolate Covered Bacon at Heart Attack Cafe

Published by San Diego News Network in June 2010. Heart-bursting food options at the San Diego County Fair in 2010. Related posts: Corti heart attack detection AI can now deploy on the edge with Scandinavian design Bee Attack in Nightclub Parking Lot Sends 2 to Hospital Foie Gras and Fried Chicken: Eating Habits in Old […]

Cardboard Tube Fighting Hits SF

Originally published by Nov. 15, 2007. Samurais, knights, robots and people of all ages gathered in Justin Herman Plaza as part of the first Cardboard Tube Fighting League (CTFL) tournament in San Francisco. Click here to see a CTFL slideshow. The free event involved more than 50 people beating each other with cardboard tubes in […]

Wesla Whitfield

Over the course of a decades long career in music, Whitfield has performed in more than 10,000 shows, playing Carnegie Hall and the White House along the way. She recently passed the milestone of spending half her life in a wheelchair and half walking and talks about lessons learned along the way. Related posts: Musical […]

Cardboard Tube Fighting League

Originally published Nov. 15, 20007 by Samurais, knights, robots and people of all ages gathered in Justin Herman Plaza as part of the first Cardboard Tube Fighting League tournament in San Francisco. The free event involved more than 50 people beating each other with cardboard tubes in individual rounds depending on the amount of […]