Cover Stories

Dried Up: Gardeners in the drought age

Gardener war stories in the age of drought

Drought cost him 20 percent “Here? I do the trimming, the fertilizing, watering, and so on. This client, a commercial storefront on Herschel in La Jolla Village, wanted to save on watering, so they had ...

San Diego Burgers: Here's the beef

Nice hambies, juicy beasts, and the redonks

That Sacred Union of Beef, Bun, and Other Junk — Chad Deal The Sort of Meat You'd Expect to Find at an Upper-Tier Butcher Shop — Ambrose Martin Gateway garnishes — Mary Beth Abate Football, ...

9/11 could have been stopped in San Diego

Intelligence failures

The 9/11 attacks could have been derailed in San Diego, had the CIA not spiked a memo alerting the FBI about an Al Qaeda terrorist who was coming to the United States and ended up ...

Oldest things in San Diego

Miscellaneous leftovers

Cemetery The thing about the dead that haunts us, in addition to having lost them, is that they are here, in the ground, buried or scattered, bones or ash. Their remains are marked, heralded, and ...

Stop the irrational bike bias

The case for car-centric planning

Did you ride your bike to work today? If so, you’re part of the vaunted 1 percent. If, instead, you took the trolley or the bus, you’re still among the elite — the small minority ...

Ode to a mouse

"I'm just an O.B. guy."

Early on a foggy morning in the mid 1950s, Jim “Mouse” Robb stopped by the Ocean Beach lifeguard station. The men on duty were his friends. Until the year before, he had worked beside them ...

How broke are you?

On the water, underwater. The pride, the shame, the debt.

A stray dog for Christmas Without a safety net: JoAnne (not her real name) earns $12 per hour driving a shuttle for a major auto dealer. She also drives Uber and Lyft on the side ...

Feast! The indulgence issue

Because it's not enough to say, "It was yummy!"

Restaurants worth treating as occasions — Where going out is still a treat. By Ian Pike It’s not news, but it’s love — Critics have to eat even when they’re not critiquing. By Ambrose Martin ...

What was Omar al-Bayoumi doing in San Diego?

Why did he befriend the 9/11 Pentagon hijackers?

Bayoumi met the hijackers at a Los Angeles restaurant, found a Clairemont apartment for them, helped them open a checking account at Bank of America, and hosted parties for them in San Diego and El Cajon.

People have attacked us. It didn't end well for them.

Xtreme vigilantism

It’s 11:06 on a Saturday night and the superheroes are plotting outside the Hall of Justice on Broadway. “We’ll drive up Golf and meet the foot-patrol at Sixth and Lima,” says a large figure in ...

Child no more

Before turning 16, Sherry Sotelo won the right to adulthood in juvenile court.

Craft Cocktails 2015!

Join two Reader special operatives as they taste their way through the Craft Cocktails 2015 special issue.

Sam shares the process of creating a Go Guitar

Sam shares the process of creating his Go Guitar and the story of how the guitar and business came to be.

Sam & zebrawood

Sam Radding talks zebrawood for his guitars.

Torrey Pines Gliderport

Spanglish at the Natural History Museum

“The Desert at Night” is the Natural History Museum’s attempt to engage Spanish and English speakers at the same time.

Condos and tents in East Village, San Diego

The Pinnacle building, under construction, rises over the sidewalk tent community in San Diego's East Village neighborhood.

East Village homeless storage depot

Inside the storage depot in San Diego's East Village neighborhood where homeless people are able to safely store their belongings.

Joel Rocco's loft tour and thoughts on East Village housing

Joel Rocco of Undisputed gym shares his loft living space and view into the gym, and then discusses his experience of living near a large population of homeless people.

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