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San Diego's Highest Paid Executives

Salaries, stock options, corporate jets, limousines, interest-free loans, trust funds.

Personal Assistant

Uncle Max's lady friends come and go, along with their unsolicited shopping advice and their dubious aid in the lifestyle department. But he always comes to me for counsel on the stuff that really matters ...

La Jolla Shores

Name: Michelle Quezada Lives: La Jolla Surfing: La Jolla Shores "In there you have to be fighting for the waves," Michelle says, pointing to the crowded surf at La Jolla Shores. A study of sports ...

Sportsman of the Year

The Box would like to award its Sportsman of the Year trophy. Regulars will recall that the trophy is a handsome bronze statue depicting a solitary professional athlete standing in an Iowa cornfield, weathered cap ...

Union for Reform Judaism Biennial Convention

"My work as Director of the Commission for Inter-Religious Affairs has made for some interesting travels," said Mark Pelavin, addressing the December 16 plenary session of the Union for Reform Judaism biennial convention, held at ...

Cleaned House

Al Guerra began hosting local-music radio shows 16 years ago at Rock 102 (105.3's predecessor). During the past 3 years, he's been the talent behind Loudspeaker, the all-local two-hour program on 91X. Last week his ...

Tonight on the News

Ron and I were eating a sugary scone and talking about our plans to pork up over the coming holidays. I had decidedly given up, and I planned to get a good amount of bloat ...

Guns Dumped At Sea, 1968

Mayor Frank Curran (left) and detective William Gore display guns to be dumped at sea, 1968. The mayor had instituted a voluntary gun turn-in program modeled after San Francisco's. SDPD chief O.J. Roed, meanwhile, stated ...

Mike Press, Keep Your Head

Album: Keep Your Head (2007) Artist: Mike Press Label: self-released Where available/price: M-Theory in Mission Hills for $10. Online at iTunes, CDBaby.com, mikepress.com for $10. Songs: 1) Teams 2) Short Supplies 3) Taboo 4) Barista ...

Guys Gone Wild

I am leaving the town to the invaders: increasingly numerous, mediocre, dirty, badly behaved, shameless tourists. -- Brigitte Bardot W e told our friends we were going for the food, but that was a partial ...

Hear Me Roar!

"I broke my ankle playing a singing, dancing mermaid on the Disney Cruise Line."

Last Call

His commitment is forever seen as something of a pose.

Yes, Nuttyish

"You want us to become sheep again? There's a reason they're stupid!"

Silky Smooth

I went to parties at two different bars. I was told there would be food at the first one — Hamilton's Tavern in South Park. When I got there with my friends, however, the food ...

Club Crawler

Thursday 27 No band was more seminal to the L.A. punk scene than the gang of high school misfits who, in 1975, got expelled and formed a group called Germs . Centered around singer Darby ...

Casablanca, The Hunger, Almost Famous

Teresa OyosCommunity activist diva I have to go to a classic first. Casablanca , with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, is simply the best movie ever made! It makes me sigh every time I see ...

Golden Globe

Old Globe impresario Jack O'Brien has sold his Mission Hills mansion, built a house in Connecticut, and is finally retiring after 26 years to spend more time directing Broadway hits and, most likely, collecting more ...

Bad News Bloggers

Did 2007 finally mark the beginning of the end for KPBS, the public radio and television station pair owned and operated by San Diego State University? With public contributions flat and growing competition from streaming ...

Yer Mom

Shawn Gray Age: 31 Occupation: Cafe Manager Lives: University Heights YER MOM It works with everything. Like... Anything, anything. We used to always bust it back and forth. "Yer mom's this, yer mom's dah- dah-dah-dah-dah." ...

PR Move of the Year

The former public relations aide to Alan Bersin during his stormy tenure as superintendent of schools here made some headlines of her own up the road in Fresno in 2007. After leaving the school district ...

Saved from Smoke and Flames

Each day, Jim Grant drives from Shelter Island to his job at Hammond and Masing General Contractors in Mira Mesa. On Tuesday morning, December 11, as he approached Midway Drive on Rosecrans Street, he saw ...

Fire recovery is a work-in-progress at Oakoasis Open Space Preserve near Lakeside

Serene Oakoasis Open Space Preserve covers 397 acres of oak woodland, boulder-studded hillsides, and young chaparral vegetation recovering from the 2003 Cedar Fire. Try visiting during winter, when the air is clean and fresh, or ...

The Kite Runner

What are you reading? "I just finished The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. A friend gave it to me as a birthday present. I haven't talked to her about it yet because she's in France ...

This Is Luxury Retirement?

Chicago's Pritzker family is one of the world's richest. There are ten Pritzkers listed in the 2007 Forbes 400, the magazine's compilation of the nation's wealthiest people. Those ten Pritzkers are worth a collective $26.6 ...

The Aggrolites

Belly Up Tavern, Monday, December 31, 9 p.m. 858-481-8140. $38. The Aggrolites say they are not a ska band, but for the life of me they sound like one, minus horns. That's the tipping point ...

The Germs

Of all the bands to come out of the Los Angeles punk scene, the Germs were always the best cut out for a tacky biopic. Their story had it all: the male-female lineup, the tragic ...

Sanctimony

Title: Sanctimony Address: http://www.sanctimony.net Author: Helena Bristow From: Mission Hills Blogging since: 2002 Post Date: November 29, 2007 Post Title: Behavior Therapy for Creatures My pets are neurotic freaks of nature. My bird, Byron, is ...

Letters

Pay Bump For Patrick Whatever you are paying Patrick Daugherty ("Farewell, Nazi Harlot," Feature Story, December 13), it's definitely not nearly enough. Patrick is clearly a talented and very funny writer. I look forward to ...

The Blue Barrel

"The Miramar landfill is set to reach capacity by 2013," says Steve South, president of Edco Disposal, a waste-collection and recycling company headquartered in Lemon Grove. "This means we're going to have to recycle more ...

Genius Oddballs

"People ask, 'After Sideways dies down, do you think it will go away?'"

Calico Horse, The Sess, Red Feathers

Artist: Calico Horse Song:"Awake in the Clouds" (from myspace.com/calicohorsemusic) Heard By: Charlie Herlevic, downtown I liked it very much; it's a very pretty song. It reminded me of a band called Quix*o*tic. It also reminded ...

The Rainbow Sign

We are a frazzled, worried country after seven years of every important decision being decided wrong by that "deciderator" and the awful gray eminences whispering in his ears. So do I dare to interpret the ...

Cellular Nation

"Tori [Amos] was screaming and swearing at two girls in the front row," reads a post on the toriforum message board concerning the singer's December 12 concert at Copley Symphony Hall. A YouTube video posted ...

Native American Hustle

The Dago Braves -- rappers Mike "Odoe" Allen, 18, and Terrence "Poodeezy" Brown, 19 -- are cousins who live on the Sycuan reservation near Alpine. "We are both three-quarters black and a quarter Native American," ...

Short Shorts

After disbanding for a year and a half, Irradio will reform. Front man Dan Dasher remains as the only original member. He chose to finish writing the songs that became Irradio's third album (to be ...

Strange Stage Moments

Chet Cannon (the Committee): "Well, the strangest thing that has happened to me while onstage is when one night this tequila-swilling female went Vampirella on me. I mean, she actually jumped up onstage, over my ...

That's the Way They Like It

When K.C. & the Sunshine Band appear at 4th&B on Saturday, December 29, KC's dressing room requirements include a bucket of fried chicken ("fresh"), a large bag of Ruffles ("light"), a deli tray of meat ...

Wicked Grasp

If I could host a dinner for five "unforgettable" San Diegans from long ago, one guest would have to be Apolinaria Lorenzana. Called "La Beata" -- "the blessed one" -- she came to Alta California ...

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