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"Mommy, why are they shooting at us again?"

Life in Tijuana goes on. The buses run, people go to work, kids go to school, traffic still jams the city’s arteries. But something has changed in the last year or so: the city’s residents ...

St. Therese of Carmel

I was just thinking that this particular stretch of Del Mar Trails Road reminded me of some ancient Italian village (only with more yard space and much bigger houses), when a bend in the road ...

White power

The proposal to build a new San Diego city hall at a cost to taxpayers of at least $587 million is slowly making its way through the City-owned Centre City Development Corporation, en route to ...

Invaded

To feel affection for the grade-Z science-fiction films of the Fifties, especially as their descendants get ever more deluxe, is perfectly natural and no cause for shame. (A Not-Guilty Pleasure.) To set out in the ...

Empirical Girl

Good judgment comes from experience, and often experience comes from bad judgment. — Rita Mae Brown "This is fantastic,” I said. “It’s not so good as Josue’s,” said Rosa, turning to her husband. Josue shrugged ...

Rattlesnake Canyon

For the second year in a row, fire-following springtime wildflowers are popping up on the slopes of Poway’s Rattlesnake Canyon. A reconnaissance of the area in late March revealed a rainbow of color: California poppies, ...

Fish Tacos with Street Fruit

Recipe by Dean Thomas, executive chef, Barona Valley Ranch Resort & Casino. I started out as a dishwasher for an Italian chef. One day, his cook didn’t show up and he said, “Come on over ...

Crawdaddy's Plight

A website, paulwilliams.com, has been set up to help raise money for the care of author Paul Williams, who in 1995 suffered a brain injury from a bicycle accident. Riding near his home in Encinitas, ...

Tissues

Instead of a handkerchief or tissues, Dad’s pockets always contained a paper towel. Usually used. And if he noticed any of us kids sniffling during a church service, out came the dirty Brawny. I feared ...

Letters

Culturally Incompetent I’m writing in regards to Ernie Grimm’s “My Gender Is Bunny” (Cover Story, March 26). I found it incredibly disrespectful that throughout the article, its subject, Micha Cárdenas, was referred to with masculine ...

Swank Ooze

Thursday 2Calico Horse rides tonight when Belly Up brews a benefit for the Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA up there in Enci. From the dregs of Clock Work Army, Emily Neveu culled a new crew in ...

Troubleshooter Gets Fired

Thirty Years AgoHe was not a typical casualty in the world of television reporting. He was Jack Walsh, the former politician who turned television celebrity after his 1976 reelection defeat as county supervisor. So when ...

Will Sun Shine on San Diego?

Late last year, local solar advocates were pleasantly surprised when San Diego mayor Jerry Sanders moved quickly to implement a new state law that allows cities to finance solar systems for homes and businesses. But ...

Ignorant Slut?

“Why would anyone pay $55 to see Creedence Clearwater [Revisited] when you can see them for free at the Del Mar Fair?” That’s what one insider asked about two upcoming shows by the band that ...

Sad Stats

"For us, business is good,” says Barry Lander, clerk of the bankruptcy court. “It’s a sad thing.” Indeed it is. The courts, judges, clerks, and the legal profession have been blown good business in San ...

Rowing Part I

‘I found your bio on a UCSD web page. Do you also play viola for the San Diego Symphony?” “No,” a woman laughs. I’m talking to Pattie Pinkerton, women’s crew head coach for UCSD. Here ...

Four, and Oneness

Sound designers usually draw raves for obvious effects: street traffic, flocks of chirping birds, hammer-the-walls thunder. Their background scores also set mood and period. But the sound designer’s primary job is far more crucial: how ...

Cisco's Salad

I still can’t believe it. My buddy Frankie. He’s gone. Checked out. Died. Had half his life to live, still. And my hands aren’t clean. All those Delicado Ovalado cigarettes I always got for him ...

Railroaded

Political operative Mark Fabiani, who worked for Democratic vice president Al Gore before striking out on his own and signing up with GOP fat cat Alex Spanos, has picked up yet another controversial client. Italian ...

Curren’s current price

Democratic assemblyman Curren Price — who moved into West L.A.’s 26th State Senate District to run for the seat vacated by newly elected county supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas — was forced into a runoff last week ...

Raw, Dirty Records

Since the late ’90s, Mike Kamoo’s Earthling Studios has been a vital cog in the San Diego music scene. The studio, headquartered in a corporate park in El Cajon, has a well-worn path to it ...

Feeling Puckish

It’s odd to think of a glitzy, Angeleno Wolfgang Puck restaurant on a bucolic, wooded college campus, but Jai (pronounced “jay,” like the bird) is no college dining hall. (The press release says the name ...

Foot Baths, M.A.'s Career, Foot the Bill

Hey, Matt: Last year at the Del Mar Fair, my wife and I came across a booth where the company was selling some kind of a detox/purification product. You put your tootsies in a foot ...

Sicarus, Feeling of Hate, and K.A.L.M.

Artist: SicarusSong: “Strength of All” (from the CD Strength of All)Heard By: Scoops, City Heights It totally sucked. It was like three different bands that weren’t really good that were playing the same song in ...

Merch Girl

“Someday I hope to have my own independent record label,” says Aileen Burns, who has spent the past four years touring with the Plain White T’s as their “merch girl.” “My responsibilities include picking designs, ...

Step Brothers, Verdi's Requiem, Bicentennial Man

Edward WilenskyDirector of media relations, San Diego Opera, sdopera.com Terry Gilliam’s Brazil serves up a tale of a man’s battle for freedom and independence. Criterion gives the film a stunning treatment in this box set, ...

Anya Marina

Anya Marina, little-girlish, standing waiflike and rib-thin on Jimmy Kimmel’s electric-blue stage is somewhere in between her alter ego Miss Halfway and her metamorphosis into a full-blooded rocker chick. The song she is performing — ...

Gut Deep

I got laid off yesterday. Two of our three offices were closed, leaving 80 of us unemployed. I’m not sure what you’re supposed to do the day you get laid off, but I’m certain of ...

Share Waves Without Judgment

Name: Michael Janzen Surfing: Tourmaline Lives: Mission Valley Miss work for surfing? “No. Get up earlier and do both.” A few months ago, surfers congregated at Tourmaline Surf Park in Pacific Beach. The mayor and ...

Out of Austin

In the days following the South by Southwest music convention, several of the two dozen or so local bands who performed around Austin reported on their experiences. Drew Andrews: “It’s hard to describe the insanity ...

Stereo Total

A few months ago, when Facebook was in the throes of a “25 Things About Myself” chain-letter epidemic, my friend Andria sent me a list of 15 albums that changed her life. Andria moved to ...

March 26 Crossword Contenders

Flo Abena, Rancho Penasquitos, 12. "Alekhya, thanks for the assist." Cecile Alcaraz, Chula Vista, 12. Mary Arana, Encinitas, 12. "Happy Birthday I, J, C, and N!" Jen Barnes, University Heights, 12. "Respiro." Shannon Barry, Pine ...

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