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Norma Damashek keeps tabs on City Hall.

Norma Damashek is not a household name. A longtime citizen of La Jolla, graduate of Barnard College of Columbia University, mother of three, and married to a prominent physician, she is largely staying clear of ...

American Way

California attorney general Bill Lockyer wants San Diego developer Irving Okovita to stop suing three forest-service workers and an environmentalist who have stymied his efforts to build luxury condos in a bald-eagle habitat near Big ...

The Champ

He understands a ballad is not an opera.

Kudos have come raining down on Clint Eastwood in monsoon proportions. If these are perceived to be a little excessive for his latest directorial venture, Million Dollar Baby, it would be hard to begrudge him. ...

Always Answer

“I loved diving into a tank and having to scoop out 8000 pounds of expired must.”

Waiting for the Ball to Drop

When New Year's Eve rolled around, I was surprised to not be inundated with party invites. I did get one from a woman named Sally, whom I'd known back in my junior-high days. Then on ...

Bound for Freedom: Black Los Angeles in Jim Crow America

Bound for Freedom: Black Los Angeles in Jim Crow America (George Gund Foundation Imprint in African American Studies). University of California Press; January 2005; 472 pp.; $29.95 FROM THE DUST JACKET: Paul Bontemps decided to ...

Back When

Thirty Years Ago My estranged wife Dot and I, along with our two young sons David and Andy, boarded her old Chevy station wagon at 2:30 a.m. one cold January morning to see the famous ...

I've Never Seen the Desert So Green

'The Borrego Valley is a harsh place to make a living," says Anza-Borrego Desert State Park's Brian Cahill. "Creatures have to be opportunistic to survive." For wildflowers, a two- to six-week window of opportunity comes ...

Family jewels (2)

In November, UCSD announced that 56-year-old Judith L. Swain had been named the first director of the College of Integrated Life Sciences (COILS) at a reported starting salary of $275,000. According to a university news ...

Explore San Dieguito River Park's South San Pasqual trail system for close-up looks at native greenery and long views to the ocean.

The San Dieguito River Park's San Pasqual (a.k.a. Clevenger Canyon) trail system east of Escondido visits canyon slopes already as green as Ireland's and likely to be greener and more fragrant with blooming wildflowers during ...

A Lot of People Get Electrocuted

Fifteen or 20 miles east of downtown Tijuana, on the toll road to Tecate, neighborhoods of roughly paved streets and concrete houses give way to dirt roads running amid shacks made of pallets, plywood, and ...

EEEK!

San Diego's "EEEK" shriek was not, unfortunately, the "EEEK" heard round the world or the country or county or city or even city hall, where it should have set off a cry, "The Red Ink ...

Throwing My Friends Away

Abraham Lim, a senior at Mt. Carmel High School, arrived in San Diego from New York in May 2003. How has your lifestyle changed? “When I first came to San Diego, I was actually extremely ...

For the Early, For the Late

"Someone compared us to Urge Overkill- I have no idea what that's supposed to mean."

Bud-Weis Art

It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors. -- Oscar Wilde Watching Catherine shift her weight from foot to foot, I rejoiced in my decision to wear practical shoes. It took only ...

Christ Lutheran Church, Pacific Beach

Denomination: Lutheran Founded locally: 1946 Pastor: Interim senior pastor Paul Thomton Congregation size: 750 members Staff size: 5 full-time, 3 part-time Sunday school enrollment: 15 Annual budget: $700,000 Weekly giving: $13,500 Singles program: third Sunday ...

Mower Drummer Dan Harper

Mower drummer Dan Harper has been found after being missing for five days. The Oceanside Police Department said Harper has been found and is at Tri City Hospital. Sergeant Rick Favela would not disclose Harper's ...

"The Only F-Word I Wanted to Say was 'Freedom' "

"The only F-word I wanted to say was 'freedom,' " says Mojo Nixon in response to KGB exec Mike Thomas's quote in the San Diego Business Journal January 10 about why KGB lost its afternoon-drive ...

"The Five Stages of Beer"

"The Five Stages of Beer," a locally made film airing at the second annual Park City Film Music Festival this week, includes music by locals CLA (Steve Foth, Sam Chammas, and Dennis Borlek), Mercedes Scalzitti ...

Java Joe's is Closing

Insiders say Joe Flammini, whose Ocean Beach coffeehouse played an integral part in launching the careers of Atlantic recording artists Jason Mraz and Jewel, has sold his latest business, Java Joe's Pub. The California Alcoholic ...

Until Recently, 4th & B

Until recently, 4th & B was controlled by Pacific Entertainment LLC, which had 15 owners. Now one of those owners, Ali Nilforshan of Del Mar, is buying out the other 14. Nilforshan was not available ...

Our Guitar Player, Mason Boogie

"Our guitar player, Mason Boogie, borrowed his roommate's pink girl's bike. He went to the store in OB to buy food. He got pulled over by the cops, and they said they had a report ...

U2's 2005 Worldwide "Vertigo" Tour

U2's 2005 worldwide "Vertigo" tour will open March 28 at the San Diego Sports Arena, with tickets going on sale January 29, says the January 21 issue of Billboard magazine. It's called the Vertigo tour ...

When I Asked Al Kooper

When I asked Al Kooper if he would be selling shirts at his show (which was a couple of weeks ago at the United Methodist Church as part of their Acoustic Music Series), he said ...

The Reader's Eye on Television

The counselor at my first drunk-driving school said the word "sometimes" with a space between the two words: "some...times." His shaved pate showed the marks of a raucous youth. The length of his salt-and-pepper beard ...

Intimate Photography

Even when I score a victory in the bulge battle, age and children do their work -- a stretch mark on the hips, a sag in the belly. My best gal pal Bernice and I ...

Southern Comfort

This restaurant is closed.Mardi Gras always makes me hungry for Louisiana cooking -- not that I require a special occasion for that craving. For months, my partner and I peeked through the windows of a ...

Juice Rule

“Never combine peach with papaya. It causes trouble.”

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