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Green Tape

San Diego's Land Use and Housing Committee met on March 24 in the city council committee room on the 12th floor of the administration building to deliberate regulating medical marijuana dispensaries in the city. On ...

Romney's Road

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, who currently serves as the chairman of the Free and Strong America PAC, spent two hours on March 22 autographing copies of his book No Apology: The Case for American ...

No Let-Up

Just to keep pace with the fast-breaking developments, a quick timeout from basketball: Chloe. A renaming and reworking by Atom Egoyan of the French film Nathalie by Anne Fontaine. Despite the pedigree (Egoyan, if you ...

See For Yourself

Tough times, tightened belts, tighter budgets — from households and big industry to small businesses and major museums. No surprise that in a time of unstable markets, museums everywhere — threatened by leaner endowments, stiffer ...

Ahi Poke

Recipe by Tim Johnson, executive chef, Zenbu Sushi Bar and Restaurant A lot of chefs don’t cook at home, but the nights I am home, I do actually like to cook. I have a wife ...

Mercy Community Church

Brightly colored banners touting secular virtues hang on the walls of the pale green elementary-school auditorium that serves as a worship space for Mercy Community Church. It’s a fine old list: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, ...

Blends Up There, Down Here

This story starts around 20 years ago, when Peter Van Alyea fell in love with the Sonoma Valley. And, he notes, “If you want to move to that valley and buy property, then you better ...

Caliente Wilderness

North of Warner Springs, a several-miles-long segment of the 2650-mile Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) traverses Cleveland National Forest land that may one day be designated the “Caliente Wilderness Area.” Certainly the area is remote enough ...

Goodbye, Trailer of Joy

Here’s one for the military. Looks like IB’s loss could be North Island’s gain. My favorite BBQ trailer is heading thataway, for Navy eyes only. And that’s one giant pity for the rest of mankind. ...

For One Week Only

Thirty Years AgoI worked at a liquor store. We always had drifters and drunks that would hang out there. Well, I got to know one drunk named George. I dialed the pay phone when George ...

Howard Stern of San Diego

“Today we’re launching San Diego Online Radio,” says Dale Seibert, who describes himself as its main guy — owner, producer, program director, and head of marketing. “It’s the new voice of San Diego,” he says. ...

Don’t Short Shorts

Short sellers are getting short shrift at a time they should be getting tall praise. They borrow a stock, sell it, and hope to replace the borrowed shares later at a lower price. They make ...

What’s Up with the Big Cortez Hole?

For the past six years, a huge construction hole in the lower Cortez neighborhood has remained a collection of rusty rebar, weeds and dirt, and wooden shoring. Located midblock between Ash and Beech, the L-shaped ...

The Death of Santa Claus

He’s had chest pains for weeks, but doctors don’t make house calls to the North Pole, he’s let his Blue Cross lapse, blood tests make him faint, hospital gowns always flap open, waiting rooms upset ...

Sons of Champlin

What some have called a huge loss for the rock band Chicago is a big gain for fans of an off-and-on-again soul band with its roots in the psychedelic ’60s called the Sons of Champlin. ...

Establishing a Bank, License Plate Symbols

Matt: I’ve been laid off from two jobs, and I’m pretty tired of it all. Since I have so much time on my hands, I was sitting around thinking about where I could work that ...

Here's the Deal: Ruby Room

Formerly the San Diego Sports Bar, Ruby Room is tucked off of the clubby Hillcrest strip behind the newish Ruby Kitchen. Weekend parking can be difficult. “When we bought the place about a year and ...

Common Ground

My mom and dad raised me conventionally. We would spend our summers skinny-dipping in the Yuba River and the winters huddled around the warm fireplace, singing protest songs of the ’60s. Accompanied by guitars and ...

Revenge of the Tiki gods

Three county tax liens have been lodged against Katherine Stuart, wife of GOP San Diego city councilman Kevin Faulconer, who is currently running for reelection and said to be eager to succeed Mayor Jerry Sanders ...

Naming rights, anyone?

Big cutbacks in state funding have left UCSD students fuming and campus administrators slashing staff, but the same financial constraints apparently don’t apply to the university’s medical center. Approval of a planned “East Campus bed ...

Egg-Laying Chicks

Spring is here, and my own little chicks have been peeping at me for some real chicken-type chicks come Easter. And you know what? I could use the eggs. Jennifer at Country Feed Store in ...

Pop Property

Local quartet Hotel St. George hit a home run when they entered a song into a Spin/EA Sports contest. The winner of the contest would have their song used in the baseball video game MLB ...

Surfer Blood

If you’ve read anything about Florida’s Surfer Blood — and in its short life so far, the band has amassed a lot of press — you’ve read that they sound a little like indie-rock giants ...

Letters

Yellow Fellow Nobody is that yellow. I liked the article on City Heights (“Changes in City Heights,” March 18), but the yellow tone to the Asian section of the portrait on the front sucks. Come ...

Your Neighborhood of Azerbaijan

Cafe 2121 began as a quiet little breakfast/lunch place a few blocks west of Cafe 21 at 2121 Adams. The neighborhood adopted it warmly, so owners Leyla and Alex Javado moved to a more copasetic, ...

Cut Your Hair

“Frank Sinatra gave me my first singing job, Bob Dylan encouraged me to pursue a recording career, and Buck Owens told me, ‘Cut your damn hair,’ ” says Temecula’s Michael Chain, whose turn at ’60s ...

Welcome to Camp Kill Yourself

Thursday 25His freak-folkness Devendra Banhart and backing band of minstrels the Grogs stumble into Belly Up behind the bearded one’s ‘09 offering What We Will Be, a critic’s pick that inspired the New York Times ...

The Wild Wild East

Brandon Stockwell, a film student at SDSU, climbs to the top of the border fence south of Campo and examines the rolling desert ridges of rural Mexico. The day is bright, the winter air clean ...

Boing Boing Clunk

Boeing-Boeing at the Old Globe: the title sounds like someone bouncing on a trampoline, which actually describes the French farce, if the bouncers are Boeing jets taking off and landing at Orly Airport and deplaning ...

Record Release Roundup

Beatleholic Dave Humphries debuts his fifth album, Hocus Pocus on Joker Lane, at Humphrey’s Backstage on April 10. “The title came to me after my wife met this interesting guy while in her art studio ...

Tuned, You and Me

“Music tunes people,” says singer Sabira Woolley. “If my music appeals to you, then my tuning is attuned with yours. I write songs that come from my truth, with the intention of bringing listeners into ...

March 18 Crossword Contenders

Flo Abena, Rancho Penasquitos, 11. Lucy Alderson, Chula Vista, 11. Here's to your health. Mary Arana, Encinitas, 11. Happy birthday weekend! Charlotte Brown, Clairemont, 11. Viva Las Vegas. Marvin A Brown, Clairemont, 11. Congratulations to ...

March 18 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Joe Arbusto, Rancho Penasquitos, 11. Laissez faire capitalism destroyed responsible capitalism to become corporate fasism!! Loren Boyer, El Cajon, 11. Mountain biking, boogie bording, here comes summertime! * Jean Bradley, Spring Valley, 11. What ...

March 18 Brainstorm Contenders

* Joe Arbusto, San Diego, 3. Only the informed and enlightened will solve the world problems! * Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, San Diego, 3. My feet smell and my nose runs - English is confusing. ...

Rome (in a Day)

“I love it here but after a while we get a little tired of seeing all these naked statues,” a Midwest couple confided to me about their first trip to Rome. I had already decided ...

Hilton Head, South Carolina

Taking a much-needed break from my grandfather's funeral, I drove to Hilton Head for some sightseeing. I didn't know much about the island – only its reputation for golf courses and wealthy tourists. When I ...

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