When you think about it, our feet are pretty amazing. For most, they're an unfaltering foundation - two shock absorbers we rely on daily to hold our weight and propel us through life. Comprised of dozens of bones and hundreds of ligaments, muscles, and tendons, the average person's feet take a fair beating every day - on average, people stand for about four hours every day and take around 5K steps as well. Because your feet are smaller than most other parts of your body, they endure an enormous impact with each step, adding up to hundreds of tons of weight daily.
Strangely, when our feet, ankles, or toes begin to hurt, we do our best to ignore the pain and push through the day. We even give up sports and outdoor activities that we love. Unfortunately, ignoring pain and delaying treatment will further damage your feet and, by proxy, your whole body.
If you're living with foot and ankle pain or have given up on fun activities like hiking and jogging, it's time to change. Why sacrifice a life full of outdoor activities in our beautiful part of the world when you can visit an expert podiatrist in Sorrento Valley, CA?
Welcome to North County Foot and Ankle - where men and women just like you get new leases on life through some of the most advanced podiatric treatments available in California. With more than 50 years of combined experience treating a wide range of foot and ankle problems, our pioneering doctors have helped hundreds of people reclaim their love of walking, jogging, and life in general.
What makes North County Foot and Ankle stand out from other foot and ankle doctors in Sorrento Valley? Unlike some foot doctors, our podiatrists work with a client-first mentality. When you walk through our front doors, the time you spend in our office is all about you. We believe in a strong physician-patient relationship fortified by one-on-one attention and honest communication.
Before offering foot pain treatment options, we perform a thorough evaluation, taking into account your individual needs, goals, and preferences. Once that's done, we'll discuss your treatment options in detail and come to a mutual decision regarding the best treatment plan for you.
Whether you have a minor hangnail or need complex surgery, you will receive the same level of compassionate care from our medical team. As board-certified podiatrists in Sorrento Valley, our doctors are proud to treat you. You can rest easy knowing they will take the time to explain what's causing your foot pain, what treatments are best suited to your problem, and what steps you should take after treatment.
And while our podiatrists are uniquely qualified to perform surgery, we often recommend non-surgical options, using treatments like orthotics to relieve foot, arch, and heel pain. From sports injuries and bunions to gout and blisters, we're here to help you live life to the fullest without nagging, debilitating foot pain.
Patients visit our foot clinic in Sorrento Valley, CA, for many podiatric problems, including:
If you're dealing with chronic foot pain or are concerned about a long-lasting symptom that affects your daily life, we're here to help. Unsure if you need to call to make an appointment? These symptoms are often signs that you might need to visit our foot and ankle doctors:
Most people over 40 know that strange body aches and pains become more common with age. The same can be said with our feet. As we get older, our feet usually spread out and lose the fatty pads that help cushion our feet. If you're overweight, the ligaments and bones in your feet also take an extra beating. Also, with age, foot abnormalities that you were born with become more pronounced, as the joints in your feet lose flexibility and become rigid. To make matters worse, the skin covering your feet dries out, resulting in more cuts, scrapes, and infections.
It's clear that we endure more foot pain as we get older, but what kind of foot pain should we be most concerned about? It can be hard to tell - pain from what looks like normal bruising may actually be a sign that something more serious is occurring. That's why we're listing some of the most common symptoms of serious foot problems. That way, you're better educated and have a better shot at figuring out whether you need a simple bag of ice or a visit to your podiatrist in Sorrento Valley, CA.
When you sprain your foot or ankle or suffer an acute injury, it's normal for your foot to swell up. This type of swelling typically goes down after 48 hours have passed. However, if you hurt your foot and the swelling is severe and doesn't go away after a couple of days, it's cause for concern. Persistent swelling often indicates an ankle or foot injury that needs podiatric care.
North County Foot and Ankle Pro Tip: If you notice persistent swelling of any kind on your body, it's wise to see a doctor. Ankle swelling, in particular, could be a warning sign that a blood clot or heart issue is present.
It's normal for your foot or ankle to "smart" after you stub your toe or twist your ankle. However, if you're experiencing ongoing ankle and foot pain, it's probably not normal. The pain doesn't have to be sharp, either - if you have dull pain, tenderness, or weakness that lasts more than two days, a trip to the foot doctor may be in order.
Minor ankle and foot injuries, like sprains, are quite common. When a sprain happens, it's normal to experience some instability or weakness afterward. Chronic instability, however, is a more serious problem. Long-term instability or weakness may signify torn ligaments or something worse. If you've had trouble standing or walking for a long time, it's best to make an appointment at a foot clinic in Sorrento Valley.
North County Foot and Ankle Pro Tip: Podiatric experts like those at North County Foot and Ankle may have a long-term solution to help reclaim your mobility without surgery. Give our office call today to learn more!
Stiffness is a normal symptom that should be expected with sprains, plantar fasciitis, and arthritis. Often, you can alleviate such stiffness with rest, weight loss, stretching, or even new shoes. With that said, if you're experiencing ongoing stiffness, it could be a red flag that something more serious is going on.
When you've been sitting for a long time, you may have noticed a popping sound from your feet when you stand. That sound is perfectly normal. So long as it's painless, you've got nothing to worry about. However, if you feel pain when you hear a popping noise, it could indicate a subluxation or dislocation, which are conditions that require a podiatrist's attention.
If you're not sure whether you should be concerned about a painful foot or ankle symptom, give our clinic in Sorrento Valley a call ASAP. Our helpful technicians can help answer your questions and set up a time for you to speak with one of our friendly podiatrists.
Here are just a few of the typical foot problems we treat daily.
Do you have intense heel pain that appears when you first stand up, only for it to disappear after a few steps? If so, you could be one of the millions of people in the U.S. suffering from plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is most often caused by an inflamed ligament covering bones on the bottom of your feet. Also called "Policeman's Heel," this painful condition is a common reason for heel pain, but it won't go away on its own.
Almost all cases of plantar fasciitis will get better with easy, non-surgical treatments and lifestyle changes. A good place to start is by refraining from activities or sports that cause pain, like jogging, hiking, running, or aerobic exercises.
Common treatment options at North County Foot and Ankle include:
Orthotic shoe inserts provide you with the arch support that your feet need, especially with shoes like women's flats that don't have much foot support. We also recommend wearing shoes that are appropriate for the activity you're enjoying, like hiking boots on your favorite trail and running shoes on the street or track.
Stretching regularly with gentle exercises can help prevent plantar fasciitis and stop flare-ups. Stretching your calves, specifically, reduces heel pain effectively. After you schedule an appointment at our foot clinic in Sorrento Valley, one of our doctors can explain the proper exercises in more detail.
Wearing a brace or splint while you sleep will keep your plantar fascia stretched. That way, when you wake up and take your first steps of the day, you shouldn't have as much pain because your plantar fascia won't have a chance to tighten up overnight.
North County Foot and Ankle Pro Tip: If you're still struggling with plantar fasciitis after using orthotics, treatments like orthobiologics, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment, or extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) may be more effective.
Ingrown toenails are among the most common foot maladies in the United States. Though common, ingrown toenails can be painful, resulting in swelling, bleeding, pus, and more. Various factors cause ingrown toenails, such as heredity, trauma, hygiene, nail conditions, and improper trimming. Thankfully, with the help of an expert, most ingrown toenails can be treated at home or in a podiatrist's office.
Ingrown toenails happen when the corners and sides of your toenails grow and eventually dig into the flesh around your nail. Most often occurring on the big toe, ingrown toenails become a serious concern when they are left untreated or when an infection is involved. To determine whether your ingrown toenail needs an evaluation by a foot doctor in Sorrento Valley, CA, keep an eye out for initial symptoms and infection symptoms:
To help prevent infection, try cutting your nails in a straight line, and don't cut them too short. Do not cut your nails to match the shape of your toe.
When your toenail becomes ingrown, you need doctors with real expertise in diagnosing and treating foot problems. At North County Foot and Ankle, our doctors are highly qualified to treat the underlying conditions causing your ingrown toenail. That way, you can enjoy long-term relief and also learn the ways to prevent ingrown toenails in the future.
If you have a bony bump near the bottom joint of your big toe, chances are it's a bunion. Bunions are deformities on your feet that are formed when your front foot bones become misaligned. When this happens, the misaligned bones cause the top half of your big toe to point inward toward your second toe. From there, your tendons will tighten, which pulls your toe even further inward. Once your toe is pulled more inward, the bottom joint of your big toe will bulge outward. The bulge you see is actually what we refer to as a bunion.
Without treatment, your toe pain can worsen, and the bunion can grow. Painful swelling in the balls of your feet can also cause hammertoe. Hammertoe happens your second toe is bent out of shape by your misaligned big toe.
Luckily, North County Foot and Ankle is California's go-to clinic for bunion treatment in Sorrento Valley, CA. Our highly-trained doctors can stop these uncomfortable conditions from happening and help prevent worse conditions from developing.
Jason Morris, a board-certified podiatric foot surgeon in Sorrento Valley, CA, is one of the top podiatrists in the greater San Diego area and has successfully treated patients with bunions for over ten years. He offers advanced treatments for bunion pain, such as:
Our hand-made orthotics, which are worn in your shoes, are molded to fit your foot exactly, correcting bone misalignments and relieving pain much better than cookie-cutter, store-bought options.
Drs. Morris and Redkar performs state-of-the-art triplanar correction surgery using 3-D digital imaging and a minimal incision approach. This procedure is very effective and works by rotating misaligned big toe bones back to the proper position. Once your toe bones are back in position, a metal plate is attached to your bones so that they remain aligned over long-term use.
Drs. Morris and Redkar may recommend both surgery and custom orthotics to keep your foot pain-free and your bunion from growing back.
If you’ve been enduring foot or ankle pain that affects your mobility and quality of life, why not make a change for the better? At North County Foot & Ankle Specialists, our podiatrists in Escondido help patients of all ages. Drs. Morris and Redkar take a patient-first approach with all of our podiatry services. Both are highly qualified and recipients of prestigious awards.
Featured in Los Angeles Magazine’s prestigious Top Doctors list of 2021, Dr. Avanti Redkar is a board-certified podiatrist that specializes in foot and ankle pathology. Dr. Redkar earned her undergrad degree in biology at the University of Scranton and her master’s degree in nutrition at SUNY Buffalo. She attended podiatry school at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine. Her three-year surgical residency at Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip, New York, included foot and rearfoot surgery, wound care, and hyperbaric medicine training. Dr. Redkar also completed a one-year fellowship in sports medicine and ankle reconstruction.
After a rigorous three-year residency at the University of Pittsburgh, Jason Morris, DPM, moved to sunny California to practice podiatric medicine. Once there, Dr. Morris worked as an attending physician at UCLA Medical Center and Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. Since relocating to the Escondido area, he has been a staff physician at Palomar Medical Center in Escondido and Poway. Dr. Morris is a podiatric foot and ankle specialist with board certification in rearfoot and forefoot reconstructive surgery. Dr. Morris has undergone extensive training in sports medicine, ankle trauma, diabetic limb salvage, and reconstructive surgery.
If you've been enduring foot or ankle pain that affects your mobility and quality of life, why not make a change for the better? At North County Foot & Ankle Specialists, our podiatrists in Sorrento Valley help patients of all ages. Drs. Morris and Redkar take a patient-first approach with all of our podiatry services. From minor bunion treatments to complex issues like foot fractures, every treatment option we consider is chosen with your best interest in mind.
Our podiatrists are members of several professional organizations, including:
If more conservative treatments are better for your condition, non-surgical solutions like custom orthotics may be the best route. If you need ankle or foot surgery, our podiatrists will complete your procedure with time-tested skill and precision. Because, at the end of the day, our goal is to provide you with the most effective foot and ankle pain solutions with the quickest recovery options available.
Contact us online or via phone today to schedule an appointment at our Sorrento Valley office. By tomorrow, you'll be one step closer to loving life without foot or ankle pain.
An episode of the show’s 13th season was filmed at Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen restaurant at the Harrah’s Rincon Southern California Resort in Valley CenterVALLEY CENTER — Last fall, fiery British chef Gordon Ramsay opened a Hell’s Kitchen restaurant in Valley Center, inspired by his long-running cooking competition series of the same name.But on Wednesday, the 332-seat restaurant at the Harrah’s Resort Southern California was closed for the day to accommodate the filming of anothe...
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Last fall, fiery British chef Gordon Ramsay opened a Hell’s Kitchen restaurant in Valley Center, inspired by his long-running cooking competition series of the same name.
But on Wednesday, the 332-seat restaurant at the Harrah’s Resort Southern California was closed for the day to accommodate the filming of another one of Ramsay’s television shows. The final six contestants in season 13 of the Fox TV series “MasterChef” were going to be cooking all day for invited diners and the judges inside the Hell’s Kitchen restaurant. The new season will premiere in the summer.
Ramsay has served as head judge on “MasterChef” since 2010, and he asked the producers if the cast, crew and contestants could leave their Los Angeles studio for one episode to film at his North County restaurant, which is the only Hell’s Kitchen eatery on the West Coast.
In an interview inside the restaurant a few hours before filming began Wednesday morning, the soft-spoken and thoughtful Ramsay said he was excited to introduce “MasterChef” viewers to his newest restaurant, which opened last August in the space at Harrah’s formerly occupied by the buffet, which closed when the pandemic hit. Ramsay’s first Hell’s Kitchen restaurant opened five years ago at Harrah’s Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, and that location just served its 2 millionth diner.
Ramsay said this week’s visit was the first time he’d been able to visit with the restaurant’s cooks and serving staff since it opened last summer. He said the Valley Center restaurant serves more of a local and regular clientele than the transient convention and vacation crowd at his Vegas restaurant, so good food and customer service has been key to building repeat business.
The local restaurant opened with a limited menu, to give the kitchen staff time to become comfortable with the items, but he said that in the coming months new items are likely to be added from the larger menu in Las Vegas. The first nine months, he said, is a shakedown period to work out the kinks, like reducing wait times for dishes. But once he’s satisfied that the kitchen and service teams are working at the highest level, new menu items can be introduced.
“I’m very pleased with the beginning. The demand’s off the charts. But all restaurants need a settle-down point,” he said. “When you’ve got a brand like Hell’s Kitchen, people become pickier earlier ... everyone’s a critic ... all I want to know at the beginning of owning any restaurant are the negatives.”
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Ramsay said the international restaurant industry is still in recovery mode after three years of pandemic. He said that in the first 12 months after restaurants were able to reopen, diners flooded in for the social experience of dining out, and they rewarded themselves with luxury items like caviar and shaved truffles. He believes that luxury-ingredient trend is on its way out and diners now are more interested in good service and eating food that’s locally sourced.
Besides filming the “Hell’s Kitchen” and “MasterChef” TV shows, Ramsay also recently launched a third cooking competition series on Fox called “Next Level Chef.” Like “MasterChef,” it was adapted from the U.K. version of the show, and it features chefs competing on a three-story glass-walled set where they vie to move up to the top floor by the episode’s end.
One of Ramsay’s fellow judges on the U.S. version of “Next Level Chef” is Del Mar celebrity chef Richard Blais, who just opened his second San Diego restaurant, California English, earlier this month in Sorrento Mesa. Ramsay joked about Blais’s sky-high hair but praised his intelligence as both a judge and a chef.
“He’s this powerhouse nugget that is just electrifying with his A to Zed encyclopedia of knowledge,” Ramsay said. “Very few chefs at his level can cook and talk at the same time and he can do everything. He’s the real deal.”
Ramsay also talked about his love for San Diego County, which he said he visits whenever he can, particularly to swim in the ocean. He has competed in the Ironman 70.3 Oceanside triathlon, and he said a tour of Camp Pendleton a decade ago with his then-12-year-old son, Jack, was a life-changing experience. That visit convinced Jack he wanted to serve in the military, and in October 2020, he joined the United Kingdom’s Royal Marines and is now stationed in Norway.
Trendy golf entertainment outfit Topgolf is pushing ahead with plans to build two new high-tech driving range venues in San Diego — one on waterfront land across from San Diego International Airport and a second at an existing driving range in Sorrento Valley.The company, an arm of what was formerly Callaway Golf, officially announced the two proposed projects on Thursday — though Topgolf’s efforts to expand into San Diego have been ...
Trendy golf entertainment outfit Topgolf is pushing ahead with plans to build two new high-tech driving range venues in San Diego — one on waterfront land across from San Diego International Airport and a second at an existing driving range in Sorrento Valley.
The company, an arm of what was formerly Callaway Golf, officially announced the two proposed projects on Thursday — though Topgolf’s efforts to expand into San Diego have been widely reported previously by the Union-Tribune.
The best-known proposal calls for a 68,000-square-foot, three-level driving range on East Harbor Island. The Port of San Diego, which controls the land, gave informal support for the development in July. That kicked off real estate negotiations over the 8.5-acre site that’s currently a parking lot for rental cars. But additional land-use hurdles remain, including an environmental review and permitting.
Less known is Topgolf’s efforts to redevelop the Sorrento Canyon Golf Center, a traditional driving range on an 18-acre parcel along Carroll Canyon Road. Topgolf seeks to replace the aging facility with a new three-level, 57,000-square-foot venue equipped with its latest technology and more than 80 hitting bays. The land-use application for the project is under review, according to the San Diego Planning Department.
“We’ve wanted to bring the Topgolf venue experience to San Diego for a long time, and it’s encouraging to see us making progress toward that goal,” said Topgolf Chief Development Officer Chris Callaway. “While still in the early stages, we’re excited by the potential to bring even more play to the San Diego community.”
In March 2021, Dallas-based Topgolf International was acquired by Callaway Golf of Carlsbad in a deal valued at $3 billion. Shortly afterward, Callaway changed its name to Topgolf Callaway Brands.
The move highlights the importance of Topgolf to Callaway’s “modern golf” strategy to attract younger, more diverse players to the game.
It also changed Callaway’s financial foundation. In the third quarter, Topgolf venues accounted for $414 million of the company’s overall revenue. That beat golf clubs and balls—$297 million —and Callaway’s apparel brands such as TravisMathew and OGIO — $278 million. Topgolf same-store sales rose 11 percent in the quarter.
“Topgolf is growing exponentially and continues to bring modern golf to cities across the country and the globe,” said Chip Brewer, chief executive of Topgolf Callaway Brands. “The San Diego area has been the proud home of Topgolf Callaway Brands for more than 40 years, and we’re thrilled Topgolf is coming to the neighborhood.”
Topgolf is a mash-up of a golf driving range, video arcade and restaurant/sports bar. Players score points hitting balls from bays equipped with the company’s Toptracer ball-tracking technology, which measures distance, height, speed and other variables. Players compete against others in their group or across the venue.
The company opened new Topgolf locations in Knoxville, Tenn. and Renton, Wash. during the third quarter, as well as one international franchise venue in Thailand. It expects to open six more before year end, bringing its total company-owned facilities to 81.
“And we have a clear road map for the growth ahead of us, as we plan to successfully open 11 new venues a year,” said Brewer in a recent conference call with analysts.
Timing for the San Diego facilities remains uncertain. Efforts to reach Topgolf Callaway Brands headquarters were unsuccessful, and Topgolf officials declined further comment. The landowner for the Sorrento Canyon Golf Center was unavailable.
But it could be a while for construction to begin --- at least at the East Harbor Island location. Real estate talks with the Port are ongoing, but any development would require additional regulatory scrutiny that likely would take more than a .year.
“The timeline is dependent on various approvals by the Port of San Diego Board of Port Commissioners, real estate negotiations, environmental review, drafting and issuing a Coastal Development Permit,” said Port Spokesperson Brianne Mundy Page.
Topgolf Callaway Brands shares ended trading Thursday up nearly 7 percent at $20.04 on an overall strong day for stocks on a better-than-expected inflation report.
SAN DIEGO —The city of San Diego aims to transform the car-dependent neighborhood of Mira Mesa and its suburban strip malls into several pedestrian-friendly urban villages featuring high-rise housing and less traffic, under a new growth blueprint approved Monday.It’s the first time San Diego has tried to solve its housing crisis by rezoning large swaths of commercial land for high-density housing, but the so-called innovation districts in Miramar and Sorrento Valley — hubs of the biotech industry — would...
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The city of San Diego aims to transform the car-dependent neighborhood of Mira Mesa and its suburban strip malls into several pedestrian-friendly urban villages featuring high-rise housing and less traffic, under a new growth blueprint approved Monday.
It’s the first time San Diego has tried to solve its housing crisis by rezoning large swaths of commercial land for high-density housing, but the so-called innovation districts in Miramar and Sorrento Valley — hubs of the biotech industry — would remain mostly unchanged.
To ease congestion and make Mira Mesa a more appealing place to live in coming decades, developers would get incentives to break up car-centric superblocks with new streets and to build walking bridges over some major roadways.
Some vehicle travel lanes on major streets would be transformed into lanes for buses or bikes under the new growth blueprint, which also includes ambitious proposals for features such as aerial skyways.
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City officials and local developers touted the plan, which was approved unanimously by the City Council on Monday, as a balanced effort that will help solve San Diego’s housing crisis and make Mira Mesa a more livable area.
Critics, including Mira Mesa neighborhood leaders, said the plan would bring many more residents without the necessary infrastructure and parks to support them all.
Environmental advocates also complained the plan doesn’t do enough to shift commuters away from cars toward transit, biking and walking. The percentage of people expected to commute alone in a car would drop from 54% to 39%, a much more modest drop than citywide goals.
The plan, the first update to Mira Mesa’s growth blueprint since 1992, would increase the neighborhood’s population from 78,000 to 143,000 primarily by adding 24,000 new homes, mostly in high-density developments.
Some commercial areas would be rezoned, but the number of jobs in the community would still rise from 85,000 to 117,000.
Mira Mesa, one of San Diego’s largest neighborhoods by both population and acreage, is bordered on the east by Interstate 15, on the west by I-805, on the south by Marine Corps Air Station Miramar and on the north by Los Peñasquitos Canyon, Torrey Hills and Carmel Valley.
Mira Mesa is the city’s third-largest employment center behind Kearny Mesa and University City.
“As one of San Diego’s largest communities by land area, population and employment, Mira Mesa will greatly benefit from having more mixed-used areas where people can live, work and play,” said Mayor Todd Gloria, adding that the plan calls for homes for a variety of incomes and ages.
Councilmember Chris Cate, whose district includes Mira Mesa, said he’s optimistic city officials will follow through on promises to prioritize needed infrastructure in San Diego neighborhoods that are willing to accept the most growth.
Cate praised the plan as something that will boost an already thriving neighborhood.
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“Despite what some might say, Mira Mesa is a very vibrant and diverse community,” he said.
The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and the local chapter of the Building Industry Assn. also praised the plan as a boon for the economy and significant progress toward solving the local housing crisis.
“The only way we’re going to solve the housing shortage is to provide opportunities for more housing,” said Matt Adams of the BIA. “It’s an appropriate balance between residential and non-residential.”
Critics said the plan is developer-driven and would make an already-congested neighborhood much worse by allowing intense growth without the infrastructure they say is needed to support it.
“The plan will increase the population of Mira Mesa by about 50,000, but it provides very little infrastructure beyond that already in place,” said Jeff Stevens, chairman of the Mira Mesa Community Planning Group, which had 13 proposed amendments to the plan get rejected by city planning staff.
“We have no estimates of the costs of the public facilities identified in the plan,” Stevens said. “We have no estimates of how much money will be available and we can’t predict when any of the public facilities will be constructed. These are serious deficiencies.”
The plan identifies more than 91 lane miles of new bike lanes and routes. It also proposes more than 100 acres of new parkland, 17 miles of trails, two new recreation centers, one new aquatic complex and a new fire station.
But critics note that locations aren’t identified for many of the new amenities and that land will only become scarcer over time, making available sites steadily harder to come by.
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The plan calls for rapid buses on Carroll Canyon Road, which would be extended westward. There would be “flexible lanes” for buses and bikes on Camino Ruiz, Westview Parkway, Mira Mesa Boulevard, Miramar Road, Black Mountain Road and Camino Santa Fe.
A key factor mitigating future traffic congestion is a planned extension of the San Diego Trolley through North Park, Kearny Mesa and the western edge of Mira Mesa, with a station planned for Sorrento Mesa when the new purple line is complete in 2045.
City officials said there are also plans for connection to the Coaster and the blue line extension of the trolley, which has stations in nearby University City.
Annexed to the city in 1958 along with Miramar and land east of Del Mar, Mira Mesa was developed mostly in the 1970s when car-dependent strip malls were popular. City officials say a key goal of the plan is to revamp that development model in the community.
Swift-water rescue crews guided 11 people to safety Monday across San Diego County where back-to-back storms over the holiday weekend drenched a region that was already saturated from a series of storms dating to mid-December.The lower San Diego River in Mission Valley quickly reached flood stage, spilling water onto streets next to the Fashion Valley Mall while football-field-sized ponds formed along Escondido Creek near Encinitas. The rain also caused massive boulders to tumble onto State Route 94 east of Jamul.The latest sto...
Swift-water rescue crews guided 11 people to safety Monday across San Diego County where back-to-back storms over the holiday weekend drenched a region that was already saturated from a series of storms dating to mid-December.
The lower San Diego River in Mission Valley quickly reached flood stage, spilling water onto streets next to the Fashion Valley Mall while football-field-sized ponds formed along Escondido Creek near Encinitas. The rain also caused massive boulders to tumble onto State Route 94 east of Jamul.
The latest storm arrived late Sunday and lasted into Monday, packing fierce winds that appear to have contributed to significant power outages. About 14,000 San Diego Gas & Electric customers lost electricity in Coronado and other parts of the county.
The winds gusted to 44 mph at Naval Station North Island, 48 mph at Camp Pendleton and 74 mph at Palomar Mountain. The latter figure is the equivalent of a category one hurricane. The National Weather Service said the winds toppled a large pine tree on apartments on Marathon Drive in Mission Valley, making some units uninhabitable.
During a three-day period ending at 5:04 p.m. Monday, the two storms dropped an extraordinary 11.21 inches of rain on Palomar Mountain, 7.32 inches at Julian and 5.42 inches at Escondido. The totals were expected to rise by Tuesday morning.
The mayhem was caused by the polar jet stream, which has dropped unusually far south in recent weeks, allowing a series of storms to clobber California.
Until Monday, such areas as San Francisco, Santa Cruz and Los Angeles had taken the toughest beatings. But the storms that occurred from late Saturday into Sunday and late Sunday into Monday took unusually straight paths into San Diego County, which was alternately soaked with light, misty rain and wild downpours.
The largest swift-water rescue on Monday involved seven people who became stuck on a small island in fast-moving water near 4700 Pacific Highway in San Diego just after 9 a.m. Some of the victims ended up in the water. Rescue crews quickly moved the people to safety.
About two hours earlier, an unidentified person got caught in swift waters flowing through the Otay Lakes area east of Chula Vista. Cal Fire said they found a vehicle in the water with the victim on top. The person was rescued, assessed and released by paramedic crews.
Later on Monday, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department aerial unit and Cal Fire San Diego crews worked to find and rescue two men who had climbed trees to escape flooding in a nearby area of the river, close to the 13000 block of Otay Lakes Road, that flows into the Lower Otay Lake, Cal Fire San Diego Fire Captain Michael Cornette said. The men were taken to the hospital and said to be in stable condition.
Earlier in the day, around 6 a.m., a swift-water rescue team rescued a woman whose car entered the San Diego River in Mission Valley near Camino Del Este and Station Village Lane. The driver’s car was in about 2 feet of water when the incident occurred.
That area has received 2 to 3 inches of water over a 24-hour period, and the river was at flood stage — 12.77 feet — at the time, the weather service said.
The storm also triggered a debris flow along State Route 78 east of Julian, blocking both lanes of traffic, the weather service said. A portion of the eastbound highway, from El Camino Real to College Boulevard, was also closed for a couple of hours Monday morning and into the early afternoon because of “extreme flooding,” the California Department of Transportation said. Lanes reopened around 12:50 p.m., the agency said.
Flooding also was a factor in the closure of a portion of Discovery Street in San Marcos, Harmony Grove Road in Escondido and Central Avenue near Bonita. Flooding closed part of a popular horse trail in Carmel Valley.
Portions of State Route 94 east of Jamul at Otay Lakes Road, Barrett Lakes Road and State Route 188 were closed for several hours on Monday morning after large boulders fell onto the highway overnight, Caltrans said. The stretch of highway was reopened by midday.
The winds also have had an impact.
The weather service said a downed tree slowed traffic at the intersection of Valley Center Road and Mac Tan Road in Valley Center. The area was hit by nearly 2 inches of rain over a 24-hour period and winds gusting nearly 30 mph.
In Scripps Ranch, a tree fell on a car near Pomerado Road and Avenue of Nations at around 10:12 a.m., partially blocking the roadway, police said. The driver, who was not injured, was helped out by a passerby, and the tree was relocated to the south side of Pomerado.
About 14,000 San Diego Gas & Electric customers in Coronado and other communities in San Diego County lost power Monday, the utility reported.
In Coronado, a minor fire at an area substation resulted in 8,835 customers in the northern part of the city losing power for about an hour, SDG&E spokesperson Alex Welling said. Power was restored to all customers in the area by 11:56 a.m., he said.
Other communities experiencing power outages included Bonita, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Fallbrook, La Mesa, Mission Beach, Oceanside, Ramona and Sorrento Valley, according to the SDG&E outage map.
Rainfall figures are equally eye-catching.
During the three-day period, the two storms dropped 8.47 inches of rain at Lake Cuyamaca, 8.02 inches at Pine Hills, 7.11 inches at Otay Mountain, 6.02 inches at Lake Wohlford and Mount Woodson, 5.65 inches at Mount Laguna, 5.29 inches at Valley Center, 5.08 inches at Alpine, 4.74 inches at Ramona, 4.65 inches at Bonsall, 4.60 inches at Campo, 4.59 inches at Cameron, 4.55 inches at Valley Center, and 4.51 inches at Fallbrook.
The storms also dropped 4.44 inches at Barona, 4.40 inches at La Mesa, 4.34 inches at San Diego Country Estates, 4.18 inches at National City, 4.04 inches at Santee, 3.96 inches at Carlsbad, 3.83 inches at Encinitas, 3.80 inches at San Marcos, 3.64 inches at Oceanside, 3.60 inches at Rancho Bernardo, 3.52 inches at Fashion Valley, 2.68 inches at San Diego International Airport, 2.63 inches at Chula Vista, 2.53 inches at Point Loma, and 0.59 inches at Borrego Springs.
A high surf advisory will be in effect at the coast through 10 p.m. Tuesday. The waves have been slamming local beaches for days.
“The surf will gradually lower Tuesday night and Wednesday, with no high surf expected the rest of the week,” the weather service said.
Monday, the San Diego County Office of Education announced that schools in five East County districts — Julian Union Elementary School District, Julian Union High School District, Mountain Empire Unified School District, Spencer Valley School District and Warner Unified School District — will be closed on Tuesday because of the extreme weather and hazardous road conditions.
City News Service contributed to this story.
7:05 p.m. Jan. 16, 2023: Updated with new rain and wind data.
6:13 p.m. Jan. 16, 2023: Updated with additional information.
5:26 p.m. Jan. 16, 2023: Updated with info on the latest Otay Lakes rescue.
3:07 p.m. Jan. 16, 2023: New rain and wind information added.
1:39 p.m. Jan. 16, 2023: Traffic updates.
12:06 p.m. Jan. 16, 2023: Information on power outages.
11:51 a.m. Jan. 16, 2023: Updated traffic incidents.
11:18 a.m. Jan. 16, 2023: Latest water rescues
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Also this week: New restaurant openings include Sea Tavern, the Sushi Stand, the Great Greek and moreThe Lodge at Torrey Pines has announced plans for its 20th culinary and wine showcase from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 16. Tickets are $250.The event features tasting stations helmed by some of San Diego and Baja’s most acclaimed chefs, as well as artisan food purveyors, winemakers, brewers and distillers from throughout California.Among this year’s featured chefs are the Lodge’s Kelli Crosson and Jeff ...
The Lodge at Torrey Pines has announced plans for its 20th culinary and wine showcase from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 16. Tickets are $250.
The event features tasting stations helmed by some of San Diego and Baja’s most acclaimed chefs, as well as artisan food purveyors, winemakers, brewers and distillers from throughout California.
Among this year’s featured chefs are the Lodge’s Kelli Crosson and Jeff Jackson; Roberto Alcocer of Valle in Oceanside; Michelin-starred Drew Deckman of Deckman’s en el Mogor in Baja’s Valle de Guadalupe; Greg Frey Jr. of the Golden Door resort; Jason Knibb of Nine-Ten; Tim “TK” Kolanko of the Urban Kitchen Group; Monica Szepesy of Q'ero; Jojo Ruiz of Clique Hospitality’s Lionfish and Serẽa; and many more. For tickets, go to lodgetorreypines.com/celebrate-the-craft.
Three friends have taken over the former End Zone Sports Bar in North Park and turned it into a lobster-roll-themed fresh seafood restaurant.
Sea Tavern is a project of restaurateur DJ Mull, chef-partner Chris Casinger and another friend. Casinger formerly worked for Clique Hospitality Group and was executive chef at Sycuan Casino. The restaurant’s menu features Maine lobster rolls, a lobster knuckle sandwich, a fried fish sandwich, fish ‘n’ chips, and a surf & turf wagyu burger with crab croquette. The menu also features New England clam chowder, crab cakes, fried calamari, lobster & shrimp egg rolls, and a peel-and-eat shrimp cocktail.
Sea Tavern is at 2859 University Ave., San Diego. Hours are 2 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays. (619) 677-2928, seatavern.com
The Sushi Stand, a new food concept from Le Parfait Paris owners Guillaume and Ludivine Ryon, has opened inside Liberty Public Market in Point Loma.
The Sushi Stand offers grab-and-go sushi rolls in recyclable and compostable boxes rather than the plastic packaging usually used for takeout sushi. The boxes are similar to the oblong, sleeved boxes used for Le Parfait Paris’ signature macaron cookies.
Chef Jerald Tolentino’s nontraditional sushi rolls include the Heat Wave with tuna, kanikama (imitation crab), seared togarashi and ponzu; the Fresh Prince, with spicy tuna, salmon, avocado and lemon slices; and the Orange Crush, with spicy kanikama, tempura asparagus, salmon, avocado and orange miso sauce. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 2820 Historic Decatur Road, San Diego. libertypublicmarketsd.com
The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill, a Nevada-born fast-casual chain, opened its first California location last week in Kearny Mesa.
The Great Greek menu features gyro and souvlaki plates, Greek salads, feta fries, four house-made dips and baklava ice cream. Manish Sharma opened the franchise location at 7951 Othello Ave., Suite 104, in San Diego. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. thegreatgreekgrill.com
Bistro 39, a California cuisine restaurant at the Hilton Garden Inn near Del Mar, reopened last week following a three-month renovation. The hotel and restaurant were closed for a good portion of the pandemic, so the 14-year-old restaurant’s refresh was designed to reintroduce its American bistro-meets-California seasonal cuisine to the public. Chef Jose Fraire’s menu features California-grown produce that arrives fresh every morning. 3939 Ocean Bluff Ave., San Diego. bistro39sandiego.com
Gravity Heights, the Sorrento Mesa brew pub and restaurant, has unveiled plans for a second location in Mission Valley. The new, 4,400-square-foot location will be constructed at the new Townsend apartment complex at 5075 Camino de la Siesta in San Diego. No opening date has been announced. gravityheights.com
Black Rail Kitchen + Bar in Carlsbad will launch a weekly Sunday jazz brunch series this weekend, featuring top local jazz artists who will perform live indoors or outdoors, depending on the weather. Dishes on chef Moises Hernandez’s menu include beet-cured smoked salmon with potato pancake, with cocktails by Hayden Webb that include the Good Morning Sunshine, made with Aperol and orange juice, a breakfast Negroni and a cold brew cocktail with bourbon. 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays, beginning Feb. 26. 6981 El Camino Real, Carlsbad. blackrailkitchen.com
The Hotel del Coronado will host a pop-up brunch this Sunday in its historic Crown Room, featuring a chilled seafood bar, regional dishes, carving stations and a dessert bar. Mimosas, sparkling wine and a bloody mary bar are included for diners 21 and over. 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. Hotel del Coronado, 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado. $165 adults; $75 children ages 4 to 12; children 3 and under free with a paid adult. (619) 522-8100, hoteldel.com/events/sunday-brunch-in-the-crown-room
In honor of its 40th anniversary, San Diego-based Rubio’s Coastal Grill is inviting fish taco lovers in California, Arizona and Nevada to submit their best original fish taco recipes for the chance to win a $1,000 prize and have their taco featured on the Rubio’s menu. The deadline to enter is Monday, Feb. 27. Entrants must include photos with their entry, live in one of those three states and be over the age of 18. Three finalists will be selected and invited to the Rubio’s test kitchen in San Diego during the week of April 17, where a panel of judges — including company founder Ralph Rubio — will select the winner. To enter, visit rubios.com/fish-taco-battle
To celebrate its new Oreo Cookies & Cream cake, Nothing Bundt Cakes shops in San Diego County will give away one free small Oreo cake to the first 111 guests at each location, beginning at 1:11 p.m. on March 6. The celebration marks the 111th birthday of Nabisco’s Oreo cookie brand. The limited edition cakes are available for sale through March 26. Nothing Bundt Cakes has eight San Diego County locations. For details, visit: nothingbundtcakes.com/find-a-bakery
Pechanga Resort Casino hosts its annual Pechanga Wine & Chocolate Festival from 1 to 5 p.m. March 4. The event will feature samples of chocolate and sips of wine from several regional wineries, as well as gourmet food samples, live music and a silent auction. 45000 Pechanga Parkway, Temecula. General admission tickets are $100. VIP tickets, which include early entry and food items, are $175. Visit pechanga.com/entertain/wine-festival-and-chocolate-decadence
The Downtown Chula Vista Association has announced its 27th annual tasting tour next month. Passports are $40-$45, depending on date of purchase, and they entitle ticket-buyers to tastes and sips at restaurants, shops and breweries along the Third Avenue business corridor. Participants include Attitude Brewing, The Balboa South, Don Pedro Taco Shop, Grindhouse, Lime in the Coconut, Mmm... Cakes, the Vogue Tavern, Chula Vista Brewery and more. 4 to 8 p.m. March 23. For tickets and details, visit downtownchulavista.com/events/taste-of-third.
On Wednesday, this finer-dining restaurant at the Pendry Hotel in the Gaslamp Quarter will introduce new dinner entrees by chef Jojo Ruiz. New dishes include truffle fried chicken and waffles, with Korean hot chicken and mochi waffles; the Bonecrusha sushi roll with king crab, tuna toro and caviar; lamb lollipop anticucho (meat skewers) with miso sauce; king crab dynamite with pickled peppers and grilled line; bacon-wrapped bacon and swordfish al pastor; and a 180-ounce prime strip beef loin crusted with blue crab. 435 Fifth Ave., San Diego. lionfishsd.com
North Park Beer Co. has launched a weekend brunch service at its Bankers Hill location, developed by Samuel Navarro, who is both the Bankers Hill location taproom manager and an experienced chef, and who and has worked at Stone World Bistro & Gardens, the US Grant Hotel and the Lodge at Torrey Pines. His brunch menu includes chicken and waffles, short-stack pancakes with pork belly slab, French toast biscuits and chorizo breakfast burger. All jams, sauces, gravy and biscuits are made in house. Brunch hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The lunch menu will be available after 1 p.m. on weekends. 3095 Fifth Ave., San Diego. northparkbeerco.com
The Lakehouse Resort in Lake San Marcos returns for its second year on March 11. The festival will feature unlimited tastings at booths hosted by local restaurants, businesses and bars, including Nectarine Grove, Grand Del Mar, Ranch 45, the Golden Door, Leucadia Co., Califino Tequila, Karl Strauss Brewing and more. Live music will be presented at the outdoor event. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 11. Lakehouse Resort, 1025 La Bonita Drive, San Marcos. Tickets are $85, or for $125, guests get a private boat ride to Lakehouse Island for a private sushi tasting by Cannonball Sushi. lakehousehotelandresort.com
Kragen writes about restaurants for the San Diego Union-Tribune. Email her at email@example.com.
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