Content for Wednesday, August 11, 2010

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Southwestern Suitors

In 2008, voters approved Proposition R, a $389 million bond for Chula Vista's Southwestern College. As construction plans begin to take shape, contractors, subcontractors, and consultants are lining up before the Southwestern Governing Board. Some ...

The Butcher's Block

"Around 2005 we found out that our checkbook wasn't looking like we needed it to. It's fair to say that this budget year is particularly treacherous," said Chris Zapata, city manager for National City, at ...

A Quiet Senior Center with a Little Ramp

Should members of affluent communities blush when their leaders go scounging for federal assistance? Probably not in the view of Lynda Hunt, who was interviewed by the La Jolla Village News in May 2006. “San ...

Now You Know: The Kabbs

“I came from NASCAR country,” says the Kabbs’ singer Brian Clinebell at Bluefoot Bar in North Park, a couple of blocks from the duplex he shares with bandmates Kyle (guitar) and Brandon (drums) Whatley. “[Kyle ...

Xavier Rudd

I’ll be the first to admit — I never got the Jack Johnson vibe. If I put on a CD by Johnson, within minutes I find myself…vacuuming. But a lot of other people dig his ...

Letters

To Buy Or Not To Buy Re: Richard Milan’s letter, “Money University,” August 5. Absolutely true but for one thing: the power elite isn’t immolating the young to maintain the lifestyle of the middle-aged. They ...

Instead of Attack Mode

“I started out as a producer and songwriter and decided to take center stage by performing my own music,” says Hershel Abram. “I’d describe it as alternative neo-soul pop. I write flirtatious, sexy, feel-good songs ...

A Day at the Races

Thirty-Five Years AgoSix days a week, with the exception of Tuesdays, the admissions gate is lifted after the seventh race at the Del Mar track, and the crowd that has gathered to play the last ...

Five Weddings and a Funeral

“I’m a singer-songwriter with alt-country leanings but a punk-rock spirit,” says acoustic troubadour Drew Douglas, aka Grampadrew. “Think John Prine and Neil Young jamming at a sawdust-floor hoedown with Wilco.” The South Park resident cut ...

August 5 Crossword Contenders

Flo Abena, Rancho Penasquitos, 5. Mary Arana, Encinitas, 5. Celebrate August - the month with no National US holidays. Thomas Baggot, Carlsbad, 5. Padres can win N.L. West. Evelyn Bowser, Hillcrest, 5. Love to Eric ...

August 5 Brainstorm Contenders

Ed Barno, San Diego, 4. I used a Hawiian typing method, it's called "whackaki". Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 4. I spend all my time wasting my money. Susan Morfey, Little Italy, 4. Wow, some people ...

After an Intermission

Todd Solondz has described his Life during Wartime as a “quasi-sequel” to Happiness. This is helpful inasmuch as it has been a dozen years since the quasi-predecessor, and although I think of that one as ...

La Jolla Lutheran Church

Membership: 70 individuals Pastor: Mark Dahle Age: 54 Born: Seattle, Wash. Formation: Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago, Ill.; Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Wash. Years ordained: 15 San Diego Reader: How long do you spend writing ...

Pony Boy

There is a smile on every face and a winner in each race, where the turf meets the surf at Del Mar. “Yeah, that’s me in the new racetrack TV commercial,” says Del Mar singer-songwriter ...

The Sake Slurpee One

Thursday 12Wavves kahuna Nathan Williams announced at New York’s Bowery Ballroom last week that “Walt Disney was a Nazi.... You go, you feel Nazi vibes. It’s disgusting.” Williams said that the Walt Corp. “mildly sued” ...

Coconut Curried Mussels

Recipe by Eric Bauer, executive chef, Anthology. I have cooked ever since I was little with my mom and grandmother. They are both Swedish, so we had a lot of Swedish meatballs and pancakes for ...

August 5 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Bliss Beedle, Encinitas, 5. Thank God, TYFTS. Loren Boyer, El Cajon, 5. Survival show. Disappointed again. Thought is said, Man, Wild Women. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 5. Will all you jumping, juvenile jackasses just ...

Oakmont Loop

The pint-sized (244-acre) Verdugo Mountains Open Space Preserve covers a scruffy patch of east-facing slopes in the city of Glendale. The circular hiking/biking route described here is pieced out of fire roads and residential streets ...

Brazil Last

I’m scouting the Other Side, which is the portion of Abadiânia that lies south of the highway that bisects the town. The Casa (John of God’s healing center) and its service industry are on one ...

East Meets West

He’s been recorded by producer Phil Spector, photographed by album-cover icon Mick Rock, and has booked headlining tours through Europe. But Hargobind Hari Singh Khalsa, the local singer-songwriter known as Hargo, rarely performs in his ...

Non Sum Qualis Eram Bonae Sub Regno Cynarae

Last night, ah, yesternight, betwixt her lips and mine There fell thy shadow, Cynara! Thy breath was shed Upon my soul between the kisses and the wine; And I was desolate and sick of an ...

From the Deep Woods to Civilization by Charles A. Eastman (Ohiyesa)

In accordance with my training, I asked few questions, although many arose in my mind. I simply tried silently to fit the new ideas like so many blocks into the pattern of my philosophy, while ...

In Praise of Folly by Desiderius Erasmus

You would never believe what sport and entertainment your mortal manikins provide daily for the gods. These gods, you know, set aside their sober forenoon hours for composing quarrels and giving ear to prayers. But ...

How the Rich Steal from Schools

March 17 of 2003 was Don Bauder Day in San Diego. (I suspected that most city council members voted for it because they were gleefully celebrating my departure from the Union-Tribune.) The honor was no ...

What's Your News IQ?

1. Toyota is recalling 412,000 cars in the United States. The majority of the cars recalled are which model? A. Prius B. Camry C. FJ Cruiser D. Avalon 2. Philanthropist Donald Shiley died recently at ...

Dan Sartain

Can there be such a thing as 21st-century gothic? The gothic imagination is all about superstitions that linger on after science has seemed to explain them away...but maybe the old superstitions are done lingering. I ...

I Have a Habit of Having Things in My Hand

Janina Hardoy was 24 years old when last seen around the Oceanside Pier, quoting the Bible to homeless people; a couple of months later, in early 2005, she was reported missing from her rented Oceanside ...

Lean Toward the Shadows

Writing this on the eve of the first full weekend of August. Coolest summer remembered in 30 years here. Chilly in more ways than one: the buses and trolleys are peopled with more than the ...

Tommy Guns and Classy Tunes

San Diegans hear a show’s “Broadway bound” so much the tag has lost pizzazz. The Old Globe’s recent musicals — The First Wives’ Club, Sammy, and The Whisper House — came decked with Great White ...

Stones and Bones

“We are glorious accidents of an unpredictable process with no drive to complexity.” — Stephen Jay Gould (paleontologist) I told myself I was being magnanimous when I invited my sister and her two sons to ...

Korea's Got Cooking Talent!

The adventure began with an email from a work colleague: “You’ve got to try this place, even if you don’t review it. You should just go and enjoy it.” After checking blogs that gave more ...

Anatomy of a Hollywood Press Junket

If there is a human being who takes himself and what he does for work more seriously than a junior Hollywood publicist, I have yet to meet that person. These fresh-faced 20-somethings make a neurosurgeon ...