Weekly Buzz (June 27 - July 1)

Horton Plaza cuts free parking to just an hour

The Westfield mall located in downtown has just shifted its three-hour-long complimentary parking policy. The new policy allows shoppers to park for free for just one hour. The rates thereafter are somewhat steep at $2 every 15 minutes after the first hour. There are a few businesses, like Jimbo’s and 24 Hour Fitness, who will validate two hours of free parking. Westfield did not offer a reason for its change in policy.

San Diego County Chipotle restaurants now offering chorizo

As if the Chipotle menu could make us crave their unique style of Mexican food any more, they have now added chorizo to their menu. The chorizo will be available to order in burritos, tacos, bowls and salads. The new protein option is made with a blend of pork and white-meat chicken and is seasoned with paprika, toasted cumin and chipotle peppers.

With the debut of the chorizo option, Chipotle also will be rolling out a Chiptopia loyalty program. The loyalty program will begin on Friday and run through September. Sign up for a card and earn rewards with accumulating purchases. Those who join in July will receive free chips and guacamole with their first Chiptopia card purchase.

Thursday was National Blink 182 day

June 30 marked the 182nd day of this year (usually that day falls on July 1, but this year is a leap year) which means yesterday was National Blink 182 day! The Poway-based band, who have recently debuted a new album with a line-up change, hold a special place in the hearts of San Diegans who grew up listening to their self-proclaimed “crappy punk rock” music. Celebrate your love of Blink by jamming out to one of their classic, pop-punk hits like “Dammit,” “First Date,” “All the Small Things” or our personal favorite, “What’s My Age Again?”

Blink 182 - What’s My Age Again?

Oceanside man catches a 500-pound black sea bass

A huge catch took place in Oceanside this last week. Raul Espinoza, who has been fishing at Oceanside Pier since age five, caught a massive black sea bass while fishing for a shark. The sea bass was no ordinary fish; this particular fish was over 500 pounds and prior to reeling it in, there was no way to know it was a protected fish under California state law. He had to let the fish go safely and make sure it survived after wrestling to catch it for over four hours.

“No one realized there was a fish that big in the water around here,” Espinoza said. “The official California black sea bass record stands at 563.5 pounds set in 1968 before protections were put in place. “I think this one was bigger,” he said.

Syucan casino offers new buffet options

If you enjoy chowing down at top-notch casino buffets, we’ve got the latest on that circuit. Head over to Sycuan Casino to try out their new buffet menus after winning big at the slots. Choose between Baja Brunch Buffet on Sundays, the All American Build-A-Burger lunch or Loco Lobster Fiesta dinner. Baja Brunch Buffet offers an authentic, Mexican brunch with items like menudo, tres leches bread pudding, chili relleno carnitas hash, tamales and more. If burgers are more your thing, choose from up to five different burger options with various toppings, cheeses, specialty sauces and your choice of sweet potato waffle fries, onion rings, tater tots or good ol’ fashioned french fries. Lastly, the Loco Lobster Fiesta dinner will offer a build-your-own taco and burrito bar with selections of carne asada, pollo asado, beer-battered cod and of course, lobster. For more information, visit

Source: DiscoverSD