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National City is a city in San Diego County, California. The population was 58,582 at the 2010 census, up from 54,260 at the 2000 census. National City is the second-oldest city in San Diego County.

ARTS A Reason To Survive

ARTS A Reason To Survive

If you haven’t discovered THE Arts Corridor of the Southwest, you should make the trek. From the pasajaes on Avenida Revolucion in Tijuana and the boundary monuments to The Front in San Ysidro and the studios in National City and Barrio Logan, the entire South Bay is filled with artistic gems. These are not upscale galleries that […]

Olivewood Gardens

Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center

The Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center has FREE programs for the community that include cooking, gardening and nutrition classes for kids and adults. This place not only rocks for its great atmosphere, but the house has been host to several celebrities. Marcela Valladoilid from the Food Network’s Mexican Made Easy presented the center with $50,000. Su-Mei Yu from […]

Lady Janice Martinelli

Lady Janice Martinelli

Eye On The Locals: While Mike McCoy saved the largest coastal wetland in Southern California, Janice Martinelli reduced crime by 29% in National City when she bought and turned the Heritage Square buildings into a nationally acclaimed historic site. I interviewed Lady Janice, a charming visionary, who explained, with a touch of laughter, Lady Janice Martinelli’s Victorian Heritage Lady Martinelli  is half-Cherokee, half-East […]

Manila Seafood Fish

Filipino Heaven

It’s Foodie Friday here at South Bay Compass and I’m talking about Filipino Heaven, which happens to be located in National City. Yes, La Mesa in San Diego County is colloquially known as “Little Manila,” but drive a little further South and you’ll be in heaven. First and foremost, you’ll be able to go through […]

Cotijas in National City

National City’s Mexican Cuisine

National City’s Mexican Cuisine is reasonable and THE BEST in the county. Within a small strip along Highland Avenue, border culture comes alive. This is where American chain stores jut up against the small local Mexican business. Drive to the Walmart or 7-11 and then continue on to a Mexican food market or stop at a reasonably […]

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