San Diego’s Year in Photos: 2017 Through Our Lens

The Dalai Lama came to inspire. Joey Chestnut came to devour. Angela Davis drew radical admirers, and Rep. Duncan Hunter his conservative fans.

San Diego saw a wide range of people and events in 2017, including marches (for women, science, immigrants, etc.) and protests (of the Chargers leaving, Mickey Kasparian staying).

Times of San Diego photographers captured it all — from the Super Bloom in Borrego to the supermoon over downtown. From the joy of an Easter egg hunt to the tears of Las Vegas shooting survivors.

Here’s a sampling of our best.

Jan. 11: A Kosher-Halal Diner is Born

A ceramic rabbit figure stands guard at the salad preparation area at the new UC San Diego dining area. Photo by Chris Stone

Jan. 13: San Diegans Give Bolts an Angry Sendoff

A former fan changes the new logo into a “Lame” sign in Chargers Park protest in Murphy Canyon. Photo by Chris Stone

Jan. 15: MLK Day Parade Roars Down Route

The mascot of Samuel Morse High School in southeastern San Diego greets spectators, much to their delight. Photo by Chris Stone

Jan. 21: 40,000 at Women’s March Downtown

A young marcher joined a chant along the downtown San Diego route. This image was selected for New York Times online collection from that day. Photo by Chris Stone

Jan. 29: Thousands Rush to Lindbergh, Protest Travel Ban

Thousands of protesters cheer as travelers and fellow demonstrators honk their car horns in approval. Photo by Chris Stone

Jan. 25: Protests Begin Against Mickey Kasparian

Odett McAdams displays one of several signs intended for delegates at local labor council meeting where Mickey Kasparian presided until his later removal. Photo by Ken Stone

Jan. 25: Tiger Sighted at Torrey Pines

Tiger Woods got back into swing of PGA golf after back surgery. But he missed the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open for the first time. Photo by Chris Stone

Feb. 17: San Diegans Support Haitian Refugees

Mathila and her baby, Mariana, felt safe in a Tijuana shelter and hoped to stay in Mexico because of the fear of deportation. Photo by Chris Stone

Feb. 18: Marching in Solidarity with Immigrants

About 2,000 people joined the March in Solidarity with Immigrants in downtown San Diego. Photo by Chris Stone

Feb. 22: Protesters March on United Labor Center

Protest organizer Brent Beltrán led about 20 demonstrators up road to United Labor Center, where AFL-CIO reps met with Mickey Kasparian. Photo by Ken Stone

Feb. 25: Silver Bay Kennel Club Show at Del Mar

AKC judge Debra Thornton checked out the teeth of a Great Dane at annual show. Photo by Chris Stone

March 12: Duncan Hunter Holds Raucous Ramona Town Hall

Rep. Duncan D. Hunter listened as a shouting woman held up a “Disagree” sign at his lone town hall. Photo by Chris Stone

March 15: Angela Davis Inspires at Southwestern College

A supporter held up an Angela Davis book (one of her many) in hopes of getting it autographed. Photo by Chris Stone

March 19: Super Bloom at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Desert Sunflowers, Desert Sand Verbena and Dune Primroses blanketed the desert along Henderson Canyon Road in Borrego Springs. Photo by Chris Stone

March 23: FBI Raid on Rep. Hunter Office Confirmed

Entrance to Rep. Duncan Hunter’s office in El Cajon could be seen from Jiffy Lube on North Magnolia Avenue, where workers described an earlier FBI raid. The Republican remains under criminal investigation for misuse of campaign money. Photo by Ken Stone

April 1: Padres Fanfest a Hit at Petco Park

A young wiffle ball player sized up his teammate, the Friar. Photo by Chris Stone

April 5: Billionaire Tom Steyer Dazzles La Mesa Dems

Tom Steyer — before he became ubiquitous for his “Impeach Trump” commercials — took the microphone from Diane Takvorian during a Q&A session at the La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club. Photo by Ken Stone

April 11: Giant Bubbles Enchant at OB Pier

A young boy enjoys chasing the bubbles created by “Dead” Alan James at Ocean Beach pier. Photo by Chris Stone

April 9: Easter Egg Hunt at El Monte County Park

Young children ran toward 500 plastic eggs scattered in El Monte County Park in Lakeside. Photo by Chris Stone

April 14: Good Friday Rite in Barrio Logan

Mary cradled body of Jesus in in Barrio Logan re-enactment of crucifixion before Easter. Photo by Chris Stone

April 22: 15,000 March for Science, Against Trump

Thousands took part in the San Diego March for Science through the streets of downtown. Photo by Chris Stone

April 29: Civita Park Dedicated at Old Mission Valley Quarry

Area residents, unhappy with a proposed off-ramp into the community from I-805, let their feelings known with signs on their shirts at the Civita Park opening. Photo by Chris Stone

April 29: Senator Cash Dances at Climate March

Michael Mufson, a theater professor at Palomar College, came dressed as Senator Cash, wearing logos of oil companies. Photo by Ken Stone

April 30: Border Fence Opens Amid Tears

Lizbeth Borja Lopez and her son Rick Pernillo tried to console Sonia Lopez Vasquez at the border fence opening. Photo by Chris Stone

May 2: Joe Biden Weeps at Son Beau’s Memory

Tears momentarily welled in the eyes of former Vice President Joe Biden when his son, Beau, who died of cancer, was mentioned at event describing his cancer project. Photo by Chris Stone

May 7: Rare Spring Snow Blankets the Lagunas

Fire danger was indeed low in this unusual snowfall in May. Photo by Chris Stone

May 10: Mickey Kasparian Launches New Labor Council

Mickey Kasparian, a labor leader for decades, stood for camera crews after 20-minute news conference in Mission Valley. Photo by Ken Stone

May 11: Republican National Committee Convenes in Coronado

Alex Willette of Maine yawns midway through a long presentation to the Rules Committee at the Republican National Committee meeting. Photo by Ken Stone

May 11: Protests Greet GOP Meeting at Hotel Del

Steve Hardy of the Oceanside Citizens Coalition was confronted by an anti-Trump protester on the beach outside the Hotel del Coronado. Photo by Chris Stone

May 29: Recalling Loved Ones at Rosecrans Memorial Day

Denise Gallagher of Carlsbad wept at the grave site of her parents Norman and Joyce Ray. Photo by Chris Stone

June 3: Cattle Drive Steers Through Gaslamp Quarter

Despite a few misbehaving steers, the drive went smoothly through the streets of downtown San Diego ahead of a Western-themed San Diego County Fair. Photo by Chris Stone

June 4: Joey Chestnut Ices 44th Eating Record

Matt Stonie (left) and Joey Chestnut bore down and tied in the 6-minute competition. Chestnut won the tie-breaker — first to eat a single sandwich. Photo by Chris Stone

June 8: John Dolan Installed as San Diego Bishop

John Dolan lay prostrate at the foot of the altar during prayers of intercession of the saints at St. Therese of Carmel Church in Del Mar Heights. Photo by Chris Stone

June 10: French Bull Jumper Amazes Fairgoers

Manu Lataste, a bull jumper from France, thrilled the San Diego County Fair crowd with his acrobatic skills. Photo by Chris Stone

June 16: Dalai Lama Plays with Reporter’s Head

Having gotten Ken Stone’s permission to touch his head, the Dalai Lama moves to trace a circle around his bald spot at UCSD press conference. Photo by Chris Stone

June 19: Fun Zone Featured at County Fair

Two girls laugh during a ride in the Fun Zone at the San Diego County Fair. Photo by Chris Stone

June 23: USS Carl Vinson Returns to North Island

Leonard Caparatta is greeted by his two daughters. Photo by Chris Stone

July 8: Services for USS Fitzgerald Victim
Most Rev. John Dolan, auxiliary bishop, comforts brother Luke Sibayan as his mother, Carmen, consoles her son. Photo by Chris Stone

July 10: Junior Lifeguards Take Leap of Faith

A young girl took the leap into the sea at the Ocean Beach Pier Jump. Photo by Chris Stone

July 12: Junior Firefighters Take the Heat (and Wet)

Kevin Zahgari, 10, of Poway enjoyed the water from a fire hose in warm weather at firefighter training facility just north of Lindbergh Field. Photo by Chris Stone

July 12: USA Masters Games Speeds into San Diego

Mary Lou Johnson, 42, beat attorney Colleen Barney, 50, out of the blocks (left) in the 100-meter dash, but both won age-group golds at the split-in-half sports festival for adults. Photo by Ken Stone

July 15: Pride Parade is 3 1/2-Hour Marathon

A member of the Metropolitan Community Church danced with flags at an exceptionally long event. Photo by Chris Stone

July 21: Cosplayer Confides Motivation at Comic-Con

Megan Eisenzimmer of National City rode the trolley to the San Diego Convention Center, telling how cosplayers find love and support in a small community. Photo by Chris Stone

July 30: Force Is With Mark Hamill in Return to Clairemont

“Star Wars” actor Mark Hamill spoke with media and lingered with fans after unveiling a street named after him. He lived there as a boy. Photo by Chris Stone

Aug. 19: Clear the Shelters Day at County Facility

Arianna Anaya, 10, of Hemet was thrilled to take home a black lop-eared rabbit from a Mission Valley shelter. Photo by Chris Stone

Aug. 26: Judy the Beauty Leads Balboa Park March

Two women represented the California Equal Suffrage Association in Balboa Park at re-enactment. Photo by Chris Stone

Aug 27: 24-Hour Swim Challenge at UCSD Pool

Michelle Tice of the Anything Goes for Drowning Prevention 2017 team logged 78 laps over 1 hour, 21 minutes at the annual fund-raiser for drowning prevention. Photo by Chris Stone

Aug. 29: New Navy Secretary Tours USS Gabrielle Giffords

USS Gabrielle Giffords Cmdr. Kevin P. Meehan (second from right) gave Navy Secretary Richard Spencer and Congressmen Scott Peters a tour of the littoral combat ship. Photo by Chris Stone

Sept. 14: Burst Pipe Drenches I-8 Lanes

Westbound traffic on Interstate 8 passes scene of burst water pipe. Photo by Chris Stone

Sept. 16: KAABOO Dazzles Music Fans in Del Mar

Members of the crowd reacted to Ice Cube’s performance at KAABOO Del Mar. Photo by Chris Stone

Sept. 23: Blue Angels ‘Kiss’ at Miramar Air Show

An optical illusion made it look like speeding Blue Angels were meeting mid-air for a quick smooch. Photo by Chris Stone

Oct. 17: State of San Diego Unified Addressed

Before school chief Cindy Marten spoke, Richard Barrera, SDUSD board president, addressed colleagues and community members at Sherman Academy. Photo by Chris Stone

Oct. 21: Medal of Honor Winner Sees Ship Named for Him

Medal of Honor recipient Hershel “Woody” Williams wiped away a tear amid thunderous applause for him at NASCCO ship christening. Photo by Chris Stone

Nov. 1: San Diegans Return from Las Vegas Shooting Horror

Family members consoled San Diegans who attended the Las Vegas festival and returned home the following Monday. Photo by Chris Stone

Nov. 1: Gold Star Father Khzir Khan Inspires Students

San Diego schools Superintendent Cindy Marten (in purple) echoed action by Anti-Defamation League guest speaker Khizr Khan. Photo by Ken Stone

Nov. 13: Year-in-Space Astronaut Scott Kelly Wows USD Crowd

Retired astronaut Scott Kelly pondered a question on a book tour at the University of San Diego. Photo by Chris Stone

Nov. 17: Stadium Hosts Global Winter Wonderland

International acrobats and fire performers were among the entertainers at the Global Winter Wonderland at SDCCU Stadium (renamed after Qualcomm rights expired). Photo by Chris Stone

Nov. 18: ‘Murderball’ Returns to Municipal Gym
Thomas Moylan of the Texas Stampede expressed emotion during the second day of quadriplegic wheelchair competition. Photo by Chris Stone

Dec. 1: World AIDS Day Marked in Hillcrest

Sister Ida of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence charity was surrounded by fellow participants at the World AIDS Day event. Photo by Chris Stone

Dec. 2: OB Holiday Parade Features Black-Bearded Santa

Santa Claus (Marcus Turner) rode atop a lifeguard float, bringing up the rear of OB Holiday Parade. Photo by Ken Stone

Dec. 3: Supermoon Looms Over San Diego

An airplane bound for Lindbergh Field passed in front of the last supermoon of 2017 in downtown San Diego. Photo by Chris Stone

Dec. 8: Horses Take Refuge at Fairgrounds from Lilac Fire

Barbara Laurito of Bonsall comforted her horse Wyoming at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, where more than 800 animals were kept after fleeing wildfire. Photo by Chris Stone

Dec. 23: Corey Iverson’s Widow Comforts Colleagues

Ashley Iverson comforted Cal Fire Capt. Tim Askins after memorial service at San Diego’s Rock Church for her husband, Cal Fire Engineer Cory Iverson, killed in the Santa Barbara County Thomas fire. Photo by Chris Stone