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Sunday, December 17, 2017

100 Things Padre Fans Should Know

by Bill Swank   The 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be played next month at Petco Park. Brown robes are traditionally worn by Franciscan Friars. When the 1969 San Diego Padres debuted in beige uniforms...

Tecolte Canyon Part 2

By Bill Swank The euphemism "landfill" entered our language in 1916, but its usage was not popularized until the late 1940s. In 1957, the City of San Diego planned to turn Tecolote Canyon into a...


Tecolote Canyon – Part 1

By Bill Swank The Kumeyaay people lived at the mouth of Tecolote Canyon for over 2,500 years. The name Tecolote Canyon appeared in 1845 on the first pueblo map of San Diego. By 1872, the San...

How did Clairemont streets get their names?

By Bill Swank In my January 2016 column, I mistakenly wrote that Burgener Boulevard was named after former U.S. Representative Clair Burgener. Thanks to eagle-eyed readers Adam Chimowicz and Jim Richardson, who each caught the...


The Heart and Soul of Clairemont

By Bill Swank When I began writing this column in 2014, my goal was to tap into the heart and soul of Clairemont. I've lived here for almost 60 years and frequently heard that Clairemont had...

Who’s Who in Clairemont?

By Bill Swank Contrary to common misconception, Clairemont is not named after former U.S. Congressman Clair Burgener. He has a street named for him, but not the entire community. Google "Clairemont" and you will learn that 80,000 of...


Clairemont Christmas Lights

Season Greetings To Clairemont Christmas Park By Bill Swank I carried a large, black garbage bag into Fairlane Cleaners on Clairemont Mesa Boulevard and the proprietor, Sarah Na, laughed. She asked, "Is it already that time...

The Soldier’s Heart

Early every morning, for over 34 years, I jogged (and later walked) the same three mile route through Clairemont, around Marston Junior High School to the south end of the Buena Vista Gardens Apartments...


“Christmas in San Diego” the Book

Owning and publishing this newspaper I have over the past four years met and spoke with a lot of local people.  One such person is Bill Swank a long time Clairemont resident.  The more...

Haunted Houses in Bay Park?

Boo! It's Halloween. By Bill Swank Pumpkins, goblins, witches, you know the drill.  Let's do, "The monster mash, it was a graveyard smash." I don't like chainsaw, zombie, vampire, extraterrestrial, alien, ghost, werewolf, axe murder, walking dead, serial...