Stories for June 2003

Thursday, June 26

What Did David Malcolm Want From: Steve Peace, Tawfiq Khoury, Willie Brown, Bob Filner, and Larry Cushman?

David Malcolm was born to be a prince of San Diego politics. Malcolm grew up poor in Chula Vista and ached to be rich, as he repeatedly confided to reporters. In 1972, while still attending ...

Warmed-over Wilsonites

Two major players with deep roots in old-time San Diego politics have an active but low-profile role in the ongoing Gray Davis recall battle. Democrat Lynn Schenk, top Davis aide and onetime congresswoman, is said ...

Ballpark Alibis Don't Wash

The Centre City Development Corp., a city-owned, nonprofit entity promoting downtown redevelopment, has only seven board members. Two have been charged with ethics violations in complaints to the Ethics Commission, along with a former member ...

Log Rumors Rattle Julian

These days, Julian residents are seeing something that hasn't been seen in those parts for three decades: logging trucks laden with local logs growling down the mountain roads and returning empty. "Everybody in the community ...

Estimate of the Situation

One of the handier tools in the combat arms officer's bag of tricks is a thought process called the Estimate of the Situation. It's a comparison of potential courses of action in the light of ...

Explore Rose Canyon, UTC's open space park.

From its mouth at northernmost Mission Bay, Rose Canyon slices north past Soledad Mountain, then curves east toward the flat mesas of Miramar Marine Corps Air Station. A quarter million or so people unwittingly follow ...

Matthew Alice talks trash

Hey, Matt: If you've driven along 52 between 5 and Regents Road over the last half year, you've noticed that it is a dump. Every imaginable form of debris short of corpses decorates the shoulders. ...

The logic of charcoal

Mattster: Why does charcoal burn? Isn't it already burned? Or is it only mostly burned? What gives? -- B.C., O'side Charcoal is carefully cooked wood. Mankind figured out this one many centuries ago. The head-producing ...

Thursday, June 19

H is for Hacker

Like many hackers, David Nakamura Hulton goes by more than one name. His other one, his handle, is h1kari. Some people say you shouldn’t ask a hacker what his handle means. Handles aren’t always meant ...

Bankruptcy Fattens Pioneer Attorneys

'The law is a ass, a idiot," pointed out Mr. Bumble, a minor church functionary in Charles Dickens's Oliver Twist. Bumble squeezed his hat emphatically while making the perspicacious observation. These days, his hat would ...

Roadblock History

First it was a country/western restaurant and dance hall. When that failed, it became a biker restaurant called the Roadhouse. For the past year, the low white building on the west end of Ramona's main ...

Juice through strength

It's called the "Peace Through Strength PAC, Non-Federal Account," but the political fundraising committee run by House Armed Services Committee chairman Duncan Hunter has seemingly been more concerned with the Republican congressman's local political clout ...

Chill out a long way from anywhere at Mitchell Caverns in the eastern Mojave Desert.

Providence Mountains State Recreation Area, billed as California's most remote state park, hides in the midst of what some call the "Lonely Triangle" -- a four-million-acre spread of Mojave Desert landscape bounded by Interstate 15, ...

Thursday, June 12

Kafka's Last Love

“It’s been a long and difficult journey,” I said, “from Sun Up San Diego to Kafka’s Last Love: The Mystery of Dora Diamant.” “I know,” said former KFMB-TV Sun Up cohost Kathi Diamant, the author ...

Can Ed Miller Sanitize San Diego?

Mollycoddle the malefactors and revile the reformers. It's the San Diego mentality of long standing. And it's painfully evident these days. David Malcolm, the Artful Dodger in the Padres' pocket, got off with barely a ...

They're Killing My Bird Right Now

Donna Heilman, manager of Birdland in North Park, takes no chances when it comes to protecting her store full of birds, from $5 finches to $10,000 macaws, which can live over 70 years. "We have ...

Cooking the Books

It's been highly amusing to watch the flow of charges and countercharges over cooking the intelligence books on weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. "The administration deliberately bent the data to make 'the Merkin people' ...

Stripped bare

A high-profile witness in the federal probe of strip-club influence over the San Diego City Council has been in plenty of financial hot water lately, according to federal records in Las Vegas. Tom Waddell, who ...

We've got the sun in the morning and the moon at night.

Hey Matt What's the difference between a sunroof and a moonroof on a car? -- Jay, Bay Park Grandma Alice has a message for you. "Tell him the difference is like day and night!" She's ...

Find fulfillment in Young America.

Heymatt: I was just opening a Kit-Kat bar, and there's a contest under the wrapper. I got the usual, "Sorry. Try again." But in the list of rules it says, "For a free game piece, ...

Thursday, June 5

Eat Fire

One thing I’ve learned: go looking for fire eaters and you don’t know what you’ll find. After putting out the word that I was looking for fire eaters (I have a few, um, unique friends ...

Death Pays Off

Ben Franklin said that time is money. Fast-talking stockbrokers and other investment peddlers say it a different way: The elderly are a ticket to quick riches. If an old person suffers an unjust monetary loss ...

Many Sad Cases

A fog of paranoia surrounds the U.S. Department of Justice's Immigration Court in San Diego. The mentality suffuses not only the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (the former INS) in its constant watch for ...

The Loose Cannon Rolls Again

The best book so far about Special Forces in Afghanistan is Robin Moore's Hunt for Bin Laden. It will probably stand for a long time as the definitive book on that campaign. But the guy ...

On a Roel

The controversial police chief of Milwaukee is on a short list to become head of San Diego cops, though he may yet end up running for mayor of his hometown, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. ...

Hike to Sturtevant Falls in the San Gabriel Mountains.

In the lush, shady recesses of Big Santa Anita Canyon, just north of the San Gabriel Valley community of Arcadia, you can easily lose all sight and sense of the mega-millions of people living in ...