Stories for November 2010

Tuesday, November 30

The Sadies Serve a Cocktail of Psych Rock and Liquid Light

Dressed in drab green Army jackets and thrift-store chic, the Sadies tower over me as they walk by, each over six feet tall. While large in stature, they aren’t the least bit intimidating, carrying a ...

Blame One's Endurance

If you've ever read Wooden on Leadership, a motivational book by UCLA basketball coach John Wooden, you'll remember that one of his keys to success was never playing to win. Rather, he trained with the ...

In Thermals Watching Thermals

Fans flocked to the Casbah on one of the first chilly nights of the season to catch Pacific Northwest trio the Thermals. It was a rare instance that found many locals in thermals while watching ...

Stress in the Workplace Has Reached New Heights

Several weeks ago, CareerBuilder.com reported that an estimated 30 percent of American workers had played hooky from their jobs at least of American workers had played hooky from their jobs at least once in the ...

Bush International Airport, Houston, Texas

A United States customs worker in the Bush Houston International Airport points to a white-countered window where a middle-aged woman, appearing to be of Asian descent, sits patiently behind a counter. One of the uniformed ...

Monday, November 29

Head of Borrego Water District Steps Down

"I have reluctantly decided that it is in the best interests of the community that I resign my position as general manager and allow the board of directors and the community an opportunity for a ...

Sunday, November 28

Lone Pine, California: Hollywood's Backlot

You can't miss Lone Pine along Hwy. 395. Just look for the one-stoplight Western-style town 10,772 feet directly below the continental U.S.'s tallest mountain, Mt. Whitney, at 14,505 feet tall. With a current population of ...

Danish Days in Solvang, California

The rolling green hills in Santa Barbara County wine country provide little clue as to what awaits the visitor approaching the little town of Solvang. Also known as the "Copenhagen of the Pacific," Solvang is ...

Saturday, November 27

Hidden Pictographs of Indian Valley

High up on a ridge overlooking the vast expanse of Anza-Borrego 's Indian Valley is a room-size rock shelter once used by Native Americans to honor and perhaps foretell the coming of the summer solstice. ...

Daniel Lanois' Black Dub

You may not have heard of Daniel Lanois, but that doesn't mean you haven't heard him. From Bob Dylan to U2, the acclaimed musician and rock producer's touch can be found on some of the ...

How to Write a Song with Willy Porter

For the fourth time in as many years, Milwaukee native Willy Porter returned to Acoustic Music San Diego and amazed and amused the receptive crowd. Touring in support of his How to Rob a Bank ...

Animal Rights Activists Protest at Fashion Valley Mall

Activists protested the sale of fur at the crowded Fashion Valley mall on the afternoon of November 26, designated “Fur Free Friday” by more than one animal-rights group. Groups of activists passed out leaflets depicting ...

Friday, November 26

Imperial Beach Stop Sign Gets Mixed Reviews

Imperial Beach residents living along Connecticut Street on the south side of Imperial Beach Boulevard have been concerned for years about vehicular traffic. They complained that cars traveled too fast and something needed to be ...

Del Mar and Solana Beach Are Off to the Races

Solana Beach city councilmembers gathered in council chambers on Thanksgiving eve expecting to review the response from Del Mar councilmembers about their proposal for both cities to combine efforts and buy the Del Mar Fairgrounds ...

Wednesday, November 24

San Diego City Planners Put Parking at the Top of Their List

"In the code now, for a Planned Development Permit, there is a statement that the proposed development, considered s a whole, would be beneficial to the community. But the city proposes to strike that out," ...

Tuesday, November 23

Streets of Central Tijuana Replaced

After months of digging and upheaval, the streets of El Centro de Tijuana (the downtown center) are accepting maiden voyages. All the primary downtown traffic conduits have undergone radical reconstruction and improvement. Dug-up streets where ...

Now You Know: The Last Years

“I joined the band to become a bartender,” says singer John “Moon Boots” Thompson of ’77-style punk band the Last Years. “I think that’s how it works.” Moon Boots once tended his dream bar, Tower, ...

Sludge Scene Rising in San Diego

“We wrote a sludge opera and called it Blind Dead,” says guitarist-drummer Sam Lopez. “Mandy sings.” She also plays bass. “Esteban sings. It’s got six acts. We recorded it, but we don’t know what we’ll ...

Letters

Straighten Those Facts It’s always good to get media attention for the plight of 50,000 seniors that live in poverty in San Diego County and the Angel’s Depot mission to feed them. However, Matt Potter ...

Nifty Ninety

When it comes to staying young, a mind-lift beats a face-lift any day. — Marty Bucella My laptop sat atop the piano, two windows open: one displayed sheet music for an advanced, chord-heavy version of ...

Here's the Deal: Til-Two Club

A good friend of mine has this theory that In-N-Out Burger employees are actually reanimated dead kids from the ‘50s. Think about it. They’re hardworking, way too nice, and have names like Bucky, Peggy Sue, ...

La Jolla Shores Has It All — Surf, Sand, and Sea Creatures

For beachcombing, tidepool exploration, and all-over suntanning, the coastal stretch north of La Jolla Shores can’t be beat. This coming winter’s extreme low tides (typically a tide of -1 foot or lower) are especially conducive ...

Old Spice Is New Again: Deodorants

My son walked into the room, and I nearly passed out. The aroma from his Speed Stick deodorant was overpowering ($2.99 for 3.25 ounces at Walgreens). I’d prefer body odor to that heavy, cheap-cologne smell. ...

Go Stuff Yourself

Thursday 25Go stuff yourself. Friday 26It’s Black Friday, that vortex of consumerism that sucks us into the holiday shopping season. Go easy, you don’t want to throw out your credit-card sliding arm this early on, ...

How a Trip to Tijuana Changed My Heart

Your Dad Has Lost His Mind

Last November Conrad, my father-in-law, sent me an email, a long one, stating that he was in love. Considering that his studio apartment was situated in Point Loma, a short 15-minute drive from our home, ...

Thanksgiving Edition

Thanksgiving is thought of as family time. But, we all know Thanksgiving is more than family, bigger than family. Thanksgiving means the NFL is coming at you with three rock-’em sock-’em football games running from ...

Flight to Athena Rerouted

For San Diego pop-rock band Flight to Athena, most of the summer was spent alternating its course. In June, guitarists Pat Alcoke and Stephen Colbertson disembarked to stay closer to home. In July, the remaining ...

Roy Ruiz Clayton vs. Leonard Cohen

Folk troubadour Roy Ruiz Clayton was raised in the steel-mill town of Fontana, California, before moving on his own to San Diego at age 16. “I started writing songs while playing guitar at an early ...

One Thousand Ways to Die

Dead of night. Dead of the week. Dead of November. At 1:15 a.m. I am looking north at the unhurried, shimmering serpent of Highway 163, up from Mission Valley to a borderland of gaudy neon ...

"I Like My Own Poems," by Jack Grapes

I like my own poems best. I quote from them from time to time saying, “A poet once said,” and then follow up with a line or two from one of my own poems appropriate ...

Pedways to Tomorrow

Thirty Years AgoToday, the casual visitor to the north part of University City remarks two major features: the University Towne Centre and the vast open spaces surrounding it. Tomorrow — or so it will seem ...

Red Lights, Slow Time: Storyville at the Lyceum

‘What is our town coming to?” asks Mama Cecelyn. “We got whores, pimps, drug addicts, murderers, and liars in Storyville. But now we even have horn thieves amongst us. Mmm. Mmm. Mmm.” She just put ...

Harry Potter: Anything Goes

Movies invade us, and we invade them. It’s a personal transaction. When the Harry Potter film series launched, my children were close to the ages of kid Harry and his new chums at the Hogwarts ...

Bees! of Jim Wells County

Bees! The Jim Wells County Sheriff’s Office locked down Ben Bolt Middle School in early October after a yard worker disturbed a large nest of bees across the street from the school. Ben Bolt Fire ...

3D Rock, Featuring Slash

“We converted the original video into 3D for Slash and did the deal with him,” says Steve Glum of PassmoreLab on Morena Boulevard. The Bay Park–based company, founded here in 2003 by Greg Passmore, produced ...

Steve Poltz’s Dream House

Ask Steve Poltz how he would like to be remembered, and he doesn’t hesitate: He says he’d like to be thought of as a guy who brought people together. He explains that his audiences are ...

Highland Avenue Baptist Church

Membership: 300 Pastor: Emilio Meza Age: 55 Born: Coahuila, Mexico Formation: Golden State University, California Years Ordained: 15 San Diego Reader: How long do you spend writing your sermon? Pastor Emilio Meza: I spend all ...

Gold, Newspaper Ink

Heymatt: How did gold become the “metal of choice”? Even back in the ancient days it was revered. Why not lead, tin, copper or...? Who or what made gold the precious metal? — Doug Blackstock, ...

Freeway-Side Revelations

Author: Charles Arsenault Neighborhood: Spring Valley Age: 30 Occupation: Electronics technician (seasonally at McMurdo Station, Antarctica) The judge had sentenced me to many hours of hard labor. He hadn’t mentioned the complete lack of intelligence ...

If I Could Have, I Would Have Lived at the Ballet Studio

I still live for the holiday season. I love hearing The Nutcracker Suite. But it’s a different feeling now. I am not jolted by adrenaline but filled with sadness because something is missing. People still ...

No Cigar for Craft and Commerce

Craft and Commerce occupies the spot in Little Italy where a wannabe trendy restaurant named Illume briefly bloomed and died, trying to be a magnet for the hip young crowd moving into the nearby condos. ...

An Anthology by George MacDonald

In such evil case I believe the man would be glad to come in contact with the worst loathed insect: it would be a shape of life, something beyond and beside his own huge, void, ...

Taharat al-Qulub by Izzadin Abu Mohammad Abdal-aziz

My God and my Lord, eyes are at rest, stars are setting, hushed are the movements of birds in their nests, of monsters in the deep. And Thou art the Just who knoweth no change, ...

Mental Illness Meets a Bullet in Normal Heights

Anné Josefson walks toward a table outside the Starbucks in La Mesa’s Grossmont Center, carrying a black three-ring binder. Clasped inside are two 11-by-24-inch pictures of her son, Nathan Manning. She opens the binder, displaying ...

Don’t Lien on Me: The Pala Band Tries to Return to Warner Springs

In 1903, Native Americans who had occupied Warner Hot Springs and surrounding land for many generations were forced by the United States to evacuate in a three-day trek called the Trail of Tears. But a ...

Party Time for Darrell Issa

The nonpartisan Sunlight Foundation’s “Party Time” website, which tracks fund-raising celebrations by members of Congress and their sponsors, is out with a list of invitations to events held by House Republicans vying for the power ...

Chamber of Commerce Wages

It hasn’t been the greatest of political years for the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. Its last-minute, closed-door deal with Mayor Jerry Sanders to pass the sales-tax-raising Proposition D backfired when proponents failed to ...

November 18 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Joe Arbusto, Rancho Penasquitos, 7. Draw line in the sand- tax cuts 4 rich- absurd! Peter Bartkiewicz, Chula Vista, 7. Elections in November, it's the best time to pick a turkey! Loren Boyer, El ...

November 18 Crossword Contenders

Flo Abena, Rancho Penasquitos, 7. Thomas Baggot, Carlsbad, 7. Chargers can beat the Broncos! Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 7. I'm angry whenever I find someone more apathetic than myself. Betsy Cory, Chula Vista, 7. My ...

Sunday, November 21

Paula Carino's Open on Sunday

A song cycle, as I hear it, about an aspiring Jersey Girl — aspirant to Jersey City, at least, and Anything With Capital Letters Above All (Even If She Hasn't Thought That Through). She runs ...

Lord Howler and the Dragons Cause Pileup at Eleven

A lot of women like the Dragons — so many that even though I've staked out a prime spot, I regret running outside for a smoke — when I return, 10 minutes before show time, ...

Saturday, November 20

Life on the Rocks: Salvador, Brazil

“Thirty percent of Brazilians live in favelas,” says Michael David Lynch, proprietor of Albergue Pedras da Sereia in Salvador, speaking of neighborhoods like the one he moved to 25 years ago. Basically, favelas are built ...

San Diego Family Feud — Electronic Survey Says!?

In October, San Diego's City Planning and Community Investment Department introduced electronic polling stations at public workshops for the community-plan updates in North Park, Uptown, and Golden Hill. The polling stations are used to collect ...

Does California Interscholastic Federation Bilk Sweetwater Schools?

On November 15, Stewart Payne went before the Sweetwater Union High School Board and asked for the creation of an independent task force to investigate charges against the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF), the governing body ...

Crushed Stars: Convalescing in Braille

I'd like to think that everyone has moments of nearsightedness. That eases my chagrin at the knee-jerk wince evinced earlier this year when Crushed Stars were making waves with "99 Red Balloons." The wince was ...

Legendary Pink Dots at Casbah

First, original LPD member Silverman came onstage to set up his modified keyboard and assorted, unidentifiable electrodevices. Cofounder Edward Ka-Spell joined him later with recent addition Erik. A buzzy speaker prompted a restart of show ...

Kid Cudi's New Collection of Trunk-Rattlers

Between thick layers of glossy production, Kid Cudi delves into matters of the psyche untouched by mainstream rap. One can draw a comparison to Eminem's recent work in terms of rapping about drug addiction, but ...

Comedy Roadshow Rolls into Town

News out of Hollywood suggests that Tom Cruise is considering coming back for a Top Gun sequel. If that movie gets made, we'd all better hope it's nothing like the version Vince Vaughn and Kevin ...

Friday, November 19

City of Escondido to Close Senior Center Craft Shop?

Escondido resident Ann McDonald appeared before the city council on November 17 in order to urge reconsideration of the decision to close down the gift/craft shop at the Joslyn Senior Center, which has been open ...

Escondido City Council Votes to Lease Former Police Headquarters

On November 17, the Escondido City Council unanimously agreed to lease its old police department building on Grand Avenue to the San Diego North Economic Development Council. The rent? One dollar per year for up ...

Volunteers Enlist to Find Christopher Connor’s Murderer

Mission Beach residents awoke on the morning of November 16 to find a banner promising a $25,000 reward hanging from the roof of an empty storefront near the rollercoaster. "I'm not sure who put that ...

Last Call Too Loud and Too Late for Neighbors of Bluefoot Bar in North Park

On Tuesday, November 16, owners of Bluefoot Bar & Lounge in North Park, Cuong Nguyen and Adam Cook, and dozens of supporters appeared before the North Park Planning Committee looking to amend their Neighborhood Use ...

Thursday, November 18

Ghent, Belgium

Ghent, a small Belgian city (pop. 240,000) in the Flemish part of Belgium, may not be first on your Belgium list – but it should at least be in the top 5. My friend who ...

Escondido City Council Makes Way for New Ballpark

At the Escondido City Council meeting on November 17, the council voted unanimously to purchase property located at 2120 Harmony Grove Road for use as a public-works yard. The cost will be $6,050,000 plus escrow ...

Underrated Seoul, South Korea

Seoul, South Korea, is one of the most underrated places to visit. I highly recommend you visit this vibrant, animated “city of the future.” Although I visited Seoul in November and froze the entirety of ...

Kebler Pass, Colorado

Vibrant gold and amber leaves shimmered in the sunlight as I drove through the Colorado mountains on “Colorado Color Sunday.” Passing working coal mines in Bowie, Colorado, with stacks of dark black coal piled high, ...

Your Creativity Could Be Your Livelihood

You’ve had creative urges all your life. You’re an aspiring musician, composer, writer, artist, dancer, actor, comedian, or filmmaker. And you were fired from your damn day job. AGAIN! Only this time being downsized in ...

North Park Animal Hospital to Include Holistic Treatments

A building at 2200 University Avenue is undergoing a total renovation after its purchase by longtime North Park veterinarian Robert Nagell. Located across from Albertsons, the structure was originally a Jack LaLanne gym, “so was ...

Wednesday, November 17

Letters

Lost In Netflix Land No-o-o-o-o-o!!! Say not so. Duncan, don’t leave! What am I gonna do? Who am I gonna use as a guide for my Netflix queue? Don’t do it! David Waltersvia email True ...

Jungle Fever Spreading

Not long after the March 2009 breakup of Wild Weekend, guitarist Kelly Alvarez and bassist Cara Bowman recruited drummer Mikey Peterson and got started on their new band, the Ramones-influenced garage-rock band Jungle Fever. Since ...

Diwan of Shams-i-Tabriz by Jalal al-Din Rumi

What is to be done, O Moslems? For I do not recognize myself. I am neither Christian nor Jew nor Gabr nor Moslem. I am not of the East, nor of the West, nor of ...

Extra-Special Education

He Honestly Believes He's Smarter Than Everyone, Including the Teacher

Sammy Gonzales didn’t speak until she was four years old. In her first two years of school, she was considered “slow,” often completing assignments long after all the other children had finished. Sometimes she drifted ...

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin on The O.C.

The name “Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin” needs a comma. It should read like “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” In fact, every time I see the band name, I imagine a Peanuts-style drawing ...

Pilgrim Lutheran Church

Pastor: Tim Gerdes Age: 37 Born: Flint, Michigan Formation: Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri Years Ordained: 11 San Diego Reader: Can you think of a time when you gave a sermon that completely flopped? Pastor ...

David Elliott’s Declaration of Pleasure

Duncan Shepherd filled this column for 38 years. I step in with gratitude (he asked) and with serene confidence that I will not be writing in 2048. “Style,” said Susan Sontag, “is the principle of ...

The Thermals’ Personal Life

They are the third Portland-based band I’ve talked to in as many weeks. First STRFKR, then Boy Eats Drum Machine, and now the Thermals. Is every group from Portland on tour? “It’s an infestation,” says ...

Psychology of Sound

When the Black Veil Brides from West Hollywood decided to film their San Diego performance on November 15, they chose SOMA near the Sports Arena, a decision that came down from the Black Veil Brides’ ...

How to Rob a Bank

Thursday 18Ikea, girls with dragon tattoos, crazy-delicious little meatballs, black-metal music. These are Sweden’s main exports, according to the Swedish Trade Council, which, y’know, I totally called. From Sweden, black-metal trio Watain will challenge your ...

A Walker in Our Town

Thirty-Five Years AgoWhenever there’s a lull at a party I lean forward and say, “You know I don’t drive.” Of course, if I announced that I had given up sex, not a head would turn, ...

Moderate as Heck

Madness is rare in individuals — but in groups, political parties, nations, and eras it’s the rule. — Friedrich Nietzsche By 9:30 a.m., we’d been standing on the grass at the National Mall in Washington, ...

Three Poems by Rae Armantrout

The HoleA string of notes — A string of words could be a worm or a needle passing in and out through some hole — stitching what to what? I imagine myself passing among your ...

Southern Shrimp and Grits

Recipe by Camron Woods, chef, Amaya I love the creativity of being a chef. I remember once when I was starting out, a sous chef in the kitchen made everyone a snack to eat and ...

Daniel Jackson and Ray Charles on Tour

On the day that I go to hear the man many hail as San Diego’s preeminent straight-ahead jazz tenor saxist, he is playing piano. Sunday morning at Croce’s is the only gig that Daniel Jackson ...

The Crucible at Moxie Theatre

’It were sport, Uncle,” Abigail Williams tells the Reverend Parris three pages into The Crucible. Arthur Miller took the quotation from the testimony of Mary Warren, a servant of John Proctor. Accused of witchcraft in ...

Wine for Thanksgiving

Hallelujah! I’m not cooking for Thanksgiving this year — the Kellys have gotten themselves invited to a monster gathering up north. When I asked what I could bring, they just said, “Wine, and lots of ...

TV Girl's Forkcast

Trung Ngo and Brad Petering, otherwise known as TV Girl, were as surprised as anybody to find that Pitchfork had given their new EP, a catchy patchwork quilt of songs crafted over time and distance ...

Myer Valley in the Jacumba Wilderness

Have you ever driven down Interstate 8 east of Jacumba and, eyeing the immense boulder piles that rise on both sides, wondered what it would be like to clamber over them? Here’s your chance. Follow ...

Poi and Poke It Ain't at L&L Hawaiian Barbecue

Look at the skyline: this could be the land of Ali Baba. Blue domes, red towers, gold domes. Right now, evening time, even the Food 4 Less looks muy romantica. Or, you could be thinking: ...

Guns and Ammo Edition

I’ve never met a gun enthusiast I didn’t like, which is strange and probably means I haven’t met many. Even so, I’m still surprised when mouth-foaming, flag-waving, gun-emblem T-shirt-owning, gun-show-booth-manning true believers turn out to ...

Batwings Rejuvenated

“That whole Chilean-miner story was weird for me,” Batwings singer/keys/bassist Robert Lopez relates in the band’s Mission Valley practice space. “It’s this feeling of being stuck and told you can’t get out. A lot of ...

"Yusuf and Zulaykha" by Mulla Nur al-Din ‘Abd al-Rahman Jami

Each speck of matter did He constitute A mirror, causing each one to reflect The beauty of His Visage. From the roe Flashed forth His Beauty, and the nightingale Beholding it, loved madly. From that ...

Martin Garrick Earns His Political Wings at Angel's Depot

The practice called behesting, wherein state legislators tell their fat-cat campaign donors which nonprofit organizations to contribute to — and in turn bask in the reflected political glory of the donated cash — is alive ...

Local Meat for Foodies

It all started last year, when I tried and failed to find a local turkey for Thanksgiving. I defined “local” as raised and processed entirely in San Diego County. This year, I decided to find ...

Lynn Schenk's Trip to Spain Questioned

La Jolla’s Lynn Schenk, the ex–Democratic congressmember and former aide to Jerry Brown who was written up last month in the Los Angeles Times for allegedly taking a questionable foreign trip in conjunction with her ...

Little Girl Strays From Imperial Beach Daycare Center

Shortly before sunset on Tuesday, November 16, a couple responding to a Craigslist ad about a “free trailer” found a small child wandering at Florida Street and Grove Avenue in Imperial Beach. They immediately notified ...

Private Booty at Barona

As usual, recent disclosures show that the county’s gambling tribes have been offering hospitality to politicians from far and wide. In particular, on September 14 Barona’s “private gaming area” hosted a $56.25-a-plate meal for some ...

Where Did the Save-A-Life Money Go?

The Chicago Tribune of January 16, 1995, ran a story of a mother, Carol Spizzirri, lamenting the death in an auto accident of her 18-year-old daughter, Christina, in 1992. “This is my girl,” whispered Spizzirri ...

November 11 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Joe Arbusto, Rancho Penasquitos, 6. Rich get richer- Obama (doesn't) care- except for the rich! Peter Bartkiewicz, Chula Vista, 6. Crime does not pay as well as politics. Loren Boyer, El Cajon, 6. Election ...

November 11 Crossword Contenders

Flo Abena, Rancho Penasquitos, 6. Thomas Baggot, Carlsbad, 6. Bye week should help the Chargers! Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 6. The ones who don't enjoy themselves even when they laugh. Maria Coda, Oceanside, 6. Love ...

Tuesday, November 16

Tijuana Adult Entertainment Signage Crackdown

At breakfast today, November 16, two Mexican caballeros were discussing an article in the daily Frontera regarding the number of billboards advertising “adult entertainment.” One diner, surprised at the uproar, shrugged his shoulders and said, ...

I.B. Watchdog Finds Signs of Election Tampering

Ed Kravitz, webmaster for political watchdog site saveib.com, wants to see some action from Imperial Beach political candidates whose campaign signs were pulled by city employees and thrown into a city hall closet days before ...

Home Video Screens Koyaanisqatsi at Soda Bar

Home Video looks about to start. A film projects the sandstone of Horseshoe Canyon onto a sheet behind the stage — unusual imagery to introduce synthesized and guitar/drum amplification pumped so deep my blood cells ...

Burglaries at Mountain Shadows Mobile Home Park in Escondido

In the second week of November, two units at Mountain Shadows Mobile Home Park were burglarized while residents were gone during the day. According to the manager for the park, only one street was targeted. ...

Monday, November 15

KT Tunstall's Intimate House Party

From the moment she bounded onto the stage, KT Tunstall filled House of Blues with energy and thrilled the small crowd with stories and Drastic Fantastic music for about 90 minutes. She opened the set ...

Sunday, November 14

Guitar Heaven, by Carlos Santana

There are two worthy new versions of rock classics on Carlos Santana's latest compilation album: one is a tag-team take of Carlos on his soaring guitar and Rob Thomas on guest vocal, recapturing and possibly ...

Saturday, November 13

Pacific Beach Christmas-Car Story

Larry Poppins will not tell you his true name at first. First, it’s “Peter picked a peck of…” He claims to live in Pacific Beach, has long hair, is maybe in his 40s, and walks ...

Nnenna Freelon Wows the Crowd at Sold Out Saville Theatre

Six-time Grammy nominee and Concord recording artist, Nnenna Freelon brought her golden pipes to the Saville Theater at City College. Accompanying her was pianist Mike Garson (David Bowie, Smashing Pumpkins, Nine Inch Nails) and locals ...

Elizabeth Cook's Welder

On Elizabeth Cook's last album, Balls, she sang "Sometimes it takes balls/to be a woman" — the record's only good joke — and the Velvet Underground's "Sunday Morning," the record's only earworm melody, and it's ...

Friday, November 12

Fallbrook Man Catches Tasmanian Tiger by the Tail

Bill Warrren sounds as if he has seen too many Dos Equis' commercials when he says that he is the "most interesting man in San Diego...if not the world." Warren talks of Navassa, the Guano-filled ...

Carlsbad Treehouse Goes Over Property Line

Janelle Butler, a Carlsbad resident for the past 34 years in the Rancho Ponderosa neighborhood, appeared before the city council on Tuesday, November 9, in order to express her concerns about a treehouse that her ...

San Diego City Council's Un-Due Process over Neighborhood Business Ordinance

Last week, before city councilmembers adopted the Small and Neighborhood Business Ordinance, a law that makes it more difficult for big-box retailers to open stores in San Diego, several citizens, including city councilmember Sherri Lightner, ...

What Not to Do at Your Job Interview

Don’t Get Fired Before You Get Hired

Do not get fired before you get hired. If you are in the process of conducting a job search, you may wish to consider some of the following ideas. Remember, the hiring decision is often ...

Too Much Information

The Real Risk of Overload

Bless all this technology we have in our workplaces today … and pass the aspirin. It seems the Great Information Age – which allows information to be transferred from one person to the next with ...

Thursday, November 11

Carnival Splendor Docks in San Diego with “New Chilean Miners”

Early morning on Veteran's Day, November 11, tugs dragged the dead-in-the-water Carnival Splendor into the Embarcadero. The cruise ship had been disabled since a November 8 engine-room fire. Tugs brought the vessel and its nearly ...

Tijuana Kentucky Fried Chicken Stops Accepting U.S. Dollars

The Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet on Avenida Revolución recently posted a sign on its door stating that it will no longer accept dollars in cash for any of its chicken dishes. (They'll accept dollars only ...

Wednesday, November 10

North Park Resident Begins Work on Christmas Lights

"Let me show you something,” said Jeff Matthias proudly from the Christmas-light-draped front yard of his home on 28th Street in North Park on November 9. “You're just going to freak out." Matthias, a serious ...

Rabid Fox Found in Jamul

A rabid, adult gray fox was recently found in a remote area of rural Jamul, county officials announced on November 5. Dr. Gundula Dunne, veterinary medical officer for the County of San Diego, says, “The ...

Fashion Police

Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society. — Mark Twain "Jane’s waiting for me downstairs. I’ll see you in a few hours,” I said, kissing David on each cheek. ...

Block Party

In 8 years, home prices went from $320,000 to $750,000 and back

This is not a story about sexual predators. If anything, it’s a story about life in a modern suburban neighborhood in the wake of the foreclosure implosion. But it does start with sexual predators, or ...

Fingers' Nerves, Old Drinking Water

Hi, Matt: I’m a former San Diegan who now lives in China. The bed here is provided by my employer, and it is a bit more firm than the average bed in America. Strangely, every ...

San Diego's Record-Release Roundup

Gayle Skidmore’s CD-release show for Make Believe happens November 13 at the Ruby Room. “I played over a dozen instruments on the album and took over a year and a half to record it,” reports ...

So Long

It had to end sometime. Now’s as bad a time as any. After thirty-eight years of them — commencing with a typo-marred encomium on Hickey and Boggs dated November 2, 1972 — this is to ...

Make Death a Monster

The cactus and Joshua tree’d villa at 30th and Quince in North Park lent the perfect aesthetic for a Halloween Dia de los Muertos party. Roommates Hannah and Emily, both half Mexican, had decorated the ...

Letters

Kelptown What a cool surprise for me to see a photo of one of my kelp art installations on page 135 this week (“Pictures of a Town,” November 4)! With the onset (hopefully) of winter ...

The Lush Life of Toulouse-Lautrec

Don’t get the wrong idea. I don’t frequent adult entertainment establishments. Not anymore. But whenever I drive from the airport to Balboa Park, while going up Laurel I sometimes give a friendly nod to Pure ...

Farid ud-Din ‘Attar

The sun of my Perfection is a Glass Wherein from Seeing into Being pass All who, reflecting as reflected see Themselves in Me, and Me in them, not Me, But all of Me that a ...

Khajah Abdullah ‘Abdallah al-Ansari

Thou, Whose breath is sweetest perfume to the spent and anguished heart, Thy remembrance to Thy lovers bringeth ease for every smart. Multitudes like Moses, reeling, cry to earth’s remotest place “Give me sight, O ...

Thanks to the Cook — T-Day Dining

Back in the Neolithic Era, the year my in-laws were coming for Thanksgiving dinner, I was so nervous that when the doorbell rang, I dropped a raw egg on the kitchen floor. Today we have ...

Of Sons and Ghosts Are Extreme Music Lovers

Of Sons and Ghosts are based in North Park and played their debut gig in May 2010. “The band is named after the recent departure of three of our most influential father figures,” says singer-keyboardist ...

La Tuna Traverse in the Verdugo Mountains

The 1100-acre La Tuna Canyon Park, basically an open-space area with minimal picnic facilities, drapes over the north-facing slopes of the Verdugo Mountains near Glendale. On this trek, which is perfect for a cool late ...

Harry Wilmans, by Edgar Lee Masters

I was just turned twenty-one, And Henry Phipps, the Sunday-school superintendent, Made a speech in Bindle’s Opera House. “The honor of the flag must be upheld,” he said, “Whether it be assailed by a barbarous ...

San Diego Copper Chimney Food Truck

Aha... There he is. Allen and his ’88 Chevy lunch-truck, parked here on Carroll Centre Road. It’s Monday evening, about dusk. Takes a bit of street-scanning after the 210 bus leaves me. Then I see ...

Southwestern College's Mariachi Major

At 6 p.m. on a Monday evening, an ex-rocker named Bob Bell, along with 18 other music students, tune various instruments in classroom 801 at Southwestern College. Music 157, also known as Mariachi Garibaldi, is ...

Dragon Breath? You Need Mint Gum

You can’t be blasting your fellow man with dragon breath. So, when Patrick complained of the chalkiness of his Dentyne Pure Mint gum ($1.49 for 9 pieces at Ralphs), I knew a replacement was needed. ...

Boy Eats Drum Machine Meets Primitive Noyes

Jon Ragel from Portland, Oregon, performs as his alter ego, Boy Eats Drum Machine, a one-man act that leans heavily on turntables and digital sampling. “Also saxophone,” he says. “A tenor saxophone. A real one.” ...

Where Are You From? Faroe Islands to University City and Back

Whenever I say, “I am from the Faroe Islands,” the most common reaction I get is “Sorry, what, where is that?” So here is a brief description of the Faroe Islands before we continue: The ...

The American Stage

"Each of us who loves the theater,” writes John Lithgow, “has a secret list of the great shows we never got to ­see.” His may be. Mine’s not. I would love to have seen the ...

Unthinkable — Raider Nation Rising

Had to smile at what was happening on one corner of the big split-screen TV. I’m talking about Sunday’s game, specifically, the last Oakland Raiders drive, the one in overtime, the one that set up ...

San Diego's Beat Scene Has a Pulse

“People think it’s making beats,” says UCSD doctorate student Mike Gao, “but it’s actually programming things to make music with, or making things to make things to make music.” Thanks to the guidance he received ...

Reinventing Nautical Disaster

“There were a lot of extenuating circumstances that led to the death of Nautical Disaster, both private and public,” writes Berkeley Kent Austin, singer-guitarist for San Diego psych-rockers Heart Beat Trail. In April of this ...

Avant-guardians

Thursday 11A pair of seasoned punks from the Palm Desert scene — Circle Jerk Zander Schloss shredding an acoustic and wordsmith Sean Wheeler of Throw Rag — bring their folk-raunch shtick to Brick by Brick ...

Heaven Is Whenever: Hold Steady

This year’s Heaven Is Whenever is the fifth studio album by Brooklyn’s Hold Steady, and if you’ve been paying any attention, you know what to expect. There are big, butt-rockin’ guitar riffs. There are boozy, ...

San Diego Lifeguard Tells the Full Story

Thirty-Five Years Ago“Al would come to work every day on time. From the moment he arrived at the beach he never took his eyes off the water until it was time to leave.... When the ...

Unification Church of San Diego

Membership: 100 Pastor: Walter Frank Born: San Diego Formation: Pastoral training in Korea Ordained: 14 years San Diego Reader: Can you think of a sermon that flopped? PF: It was July about two years ago…. ...

Remember the Economy of September 2006?

"Try to remember the kind of September…” The song was from a musical named The Fantasticks. In that spirit, try to remember September of 2006. The media crowed that the state added 17,300 jobs that ...

Young and Hueso Play Political Soccer

Twenty-nine politicos from the League of California Cities got in free to September 19’s Chargers versus Jacksonville game at Qualcomm, thanks to tickets with a face value of $98 each, distributed by San Diego city ...

David Copley Unloads His Jet on Texan Bobby Patton

700CN, the gleaming blue and white 1990 Gulfstream Aerospace G-IV executive jet that was the pride of Copley Newspapers and its owner David Copley, has finally been sold. The new owner, according to Federal Aviation ...

City Seeks Care for Canines' Canines

Forget the price of health insurance for its employees, the City of San Diego also has to deal with setting up a health and dental plan for its police dogs. According to a recently posted ...

Einstein, That Clown: Special Relativity Refuted at Bull's Smokin' BBQ

If he’d take it as a compliment, I’d call him the Einstein of West Morena Boulevard. That’s where Tony Iaquinta holds forth in his restaurant, Bull’s Smokin’ BBQ. It’s mighty good food, the barbecued ribs, ...

November 4 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Joe Arbusto, Rancho Penasquitos, 5. …cant read… Peter Bartkiewicz, Chula Vista, 5. The problem with political jokes is they get elected. Bliss Beedle, Encinitas, 5. Happy birthday Ann. Loren Boyer, El Cajon, 5. Rag ...

November 4 Crossword Contenders

Flo Abena, Rancho Penasquitos, 5. Thomas Baggot, Carlsbad, 5. Chargers path to playoffs is questionable. Ryan Bresnahan, San Diego , 5. Go Ravens! Leslie Chase, Campo, 5. Oh what a wonderful world! Joseph Ciprian, Little ...

Tuesday, November 9

Southwestern College School Board Calls Special Meeting

Three days after election day, when Southwestern College school-board incumbents Yolanda Salcido and Jorge Dominquez were voted out of office, the board called a special meeting. The meeting — called for by the board only ...

Health Cards for Tijuana Hookers Double in Three Years

The city-government office that administers health-inspection cards to prostitutes in Tijuana has noted a twofold increase in card issuances during the past three years. According to Angel de La Torre, director of Servicios Medicos Municipales, ...

Angry Customer Breaks Door in Vista

On November 7 at about 9:30 p.m., a customer broke the glass on the front door of the Circle K store on the corner of Shadowridge Drive and Watson Way in Vista. According to a ...

Belmont Park Predicament Not Amusing

Tom Lochtefeld stood before San Diego city councilmembers Tuesday, November 9, and urged them to direct the city's Real Estate Assets Department to restart negotiations on Belmont Park's land lease and rethink the 700 percent ...

From the Moon to the Stones: Chicago's West Side

It’s around 2am, and I’ve taken the “L” train in the wrong direction. There are two “Western” stops on the blue line. I could have sworn that I knew which was which – one located ...

Salzburg, Austria

My sleepy eyes drank in the Austrian countryside as the overnight train from Venice moved closer to Salzburg. The glorious green hills were a refreshing change from the equally stunning but distinct Italian scenery. I ...

Monday, November 8

Art Fag Retro Fest at Tin Can Ale House

After setting his axe down, Dirty Beaches' Alex Zhang Hungtai sticks a finger in his ear and wiggles it, blurting, "Fuck!" The feedback demons he's attempting to exorcise did little to deter paeans to empty ...

Sunday, November 7

Investigations of Former Chula Vista City Council Member Mitch Thompson Completed and Dropped

The Reader reported in May and July of this year that Derrick Roach appeared before the Chula Vista City City Council to accuse former interim councilmember Mitch Thompson of unlawful activity. All complaints filed by ...

Midnight Poopers

We Tierrasantans love our dogs. We’ve given over our parks, our streets, and even some of our restaurants to them. One local man and his fluffy friend hit the streets daily, riding on a Segway, ...

Atmosphere: To All My Friends, Blood Makes the Blade Holy

Minnesota hip-hop duo Slug and Ant are back with a double EP of instrument-infused indie rap. On To All My Friends, Blood Makes The Blade Holy, Slug has become the Bruce Springsteen of the genre, ...

Joe Pug and His Hundred Mile Band at UCSD

So, we're walking around UCSD looking for the Loft in the airport-like Price Center and locate it tucked up among students tapping on laptops. Upon entering, the Loft continues the airport vibe, with an upscale ...

Saturday, November 6

Delta II Rocket Soars by San Diego

A Delta II rocket carried the Thales Alenia Space-Italia COSMO-SkyMed Satellite southbound over the Pacific, past San Diego, at 7:20 p.m. on November 5. The rocket, launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base (north of Santa ...

Oceanside Resident Pleas for Assistance From City Council

“I can’t get any help…where do I go? I’ve paid taxes and I’m waiting for disability,” said longtime Oceanside resident Samantha Ewen as she spoke before the city council on Wednesday, November 3. According to ...

False Priest

of Montreal’s tenth studio album completes the third installment of an unofficial trilogy highlighting frontman Kevin Barnes's penchant for love, lust, loss, and all the sweat-soaked alleyways in-between. Enlisting producer Jon Brion (Fiona Apple, Kanye ...

of Montreal — Too Weird for Hollywood?

When I tell you that of Montreal's set at the Hollywood Palladium included machine gun-wielding fish, straight-jacketed dancers, men in checkered body suits, and mimed intercourse with pigs, I don't expect you to "get it." ...

Friday, November 5

Will Uptown Partnership Dissolve?

"The Uptown Partnership voted to take the suicide pill," reported one Hillcrest denizen in an email after returning from the parking agency's November 4 meeting. According to several area residents who attended the meeting, Uptown ...

Thursday, November 4

LaRouche Supporters in Rancho Santa Fe Call for Obama’s Impeachment

On Thursday, November 4, supporters of the LaRouche Political Action Committee set up shop on the sidewalk in front of Stumps Village Market on Via De Santa Fe. Two activists maintained their post all day ...

Florida Man Shot Outside Rosarito Beach Bakery

A 30-year-old Florida man named Donald Johnson was shot with a 9-millmeter pistol while he waited in his car for a friend who had gone inside a Rosarito bakery to buy bread. The director of ...

Officer Chris Wilson’s Memorial Draws Thousands to the Rock Church in Point Loma

An estimated 2000 people turned out on the scorching-hot morning of November 4 to pay their last respects to fallen San Diego policeman Christopher Wilson. Wilson was shot while helping to do a probation check ...

Knowth, County Meath, Ireland

"All of these mounds have a hole straight down into them. When you go up top, you'll see," says the guide at Knowth. County Meath, Ireland, is one of the earliest known developments – older ...

Tombstone, Arizona

October 26, 1881, gunshots rang out, men lay dead and the O.K. Corral was forever known as the famous Old West shootout. Today, gunslinging characters slowly swagger down the boot-worn wooden sidewalks of Tombstone, Arizona. ...

A Fast-Paced Job Working with Kids and Food

Shirley Cabri-Rumrill, Food Service Labor Supervisor for San Diego Unified School District, explains what to expect as a part-time substitute for school lunch service. First, let me ask, are you really hiring, or just accepting ...

Volunteering Leads to Jobs

If your idea of searching for a new job is posting your résumé on Monster.com and then plopping down on the couch to watch The View, the odds of finding your perfect career are pretty ...

Wednesday, November 3

Walmart Woos; San Diego Plays Hard to Get

On Wednesday, November 3, city councilmembers met to discuss a city ordinance that would deter big-box superstores from opening in San Diego's neighborhoods. The Small and Neighborhood Businesses Ordinance, proposed by councilmember Todd Gloria, requires ...

Council Votes to Reopen Winter Shelter in Barrio Logan

"We don't need the harassment anymore," said Jonathon Rosita at Wednesday's city council meeting. "Why don't you just put it at Newton, huh? Stop playing with Golden Hall, and stop playing games with us." Rosita ...

EdVoice Backs Republican Party

The EdVoice Independent Expenditure Committee, whose parent EdVoice has been backed by wealthy charter school advocates such as Los Angeles billionaire Eli Broad and San Diego investor Buzz Woolley, gave $25,000 to the Republican Party ...

DVD Review: Seven, Robocop, The Kids Are All Right

Alberto LopezFilmmaker and member, San Diego Latino Film Festival selection committee With Thanksgiving approaching, here are two movies that I am most thankful for right now. One is David ­Fincher’s Seven because ­it’s not only ...

A Visit to Carruth Cellars Winery in Solana Beach

In 1998, Carlsbad native Adam Carruth was “kind of a life student — just [kept] going back to school.” He’d studied botany at UC Riverside, so for a change of pace, he headed north to ...

Daddy Docent

I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him. — Abraham Lincoln Dad apologized ...

San Diego Indie Fest Can Kiss the Mature Audiences Goodbye

The six-year-old Indie Music Fest will be moving from North Park to the NTC Promenade at Liberty Station for the next event, March 12 and 13, 2011. While the first day will be music-based, the ...

Swingle and King: The Moaners

The Moaners are a guitar-and-drum rock duo from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, a couple of part-time bartenders named Melissa Swingle and Laura King who make music steeped in both punk and the Mississippi Delta. The ...

Maple Canyon to Banker's Hill

With quaint footbridges spanning two wooded ravines, scores of historic homes, plus mature landscaping, Banker’s Hill speaks to historic elegance and the preservation of nature. The following short ramble through canyon bottom and along quiet ...

Letters

Hey, Lay Off! I think Matthew Alice ought to be ashamed of himself, unless you did this deliberately as part of your “Typo Patrol” test. I’m talking about the October 28 Reader, page 6, Matthew ...

Beyond This Mortal Coil

I consider the ghost story essentially optimistic: it presupposes something, after all, beyond this mortal coil. This first week of November promises to continue the interesting variety of autumnal as well as desert coastal weather ...

Coolness Factor of CDs — 15 Years Ago

Thirty-Five Years AgoOctober 29 was Alice Doesn’t Day, the National Organization of Women’s much-heralded attempt to organize a show of force by women. The conservative Copley Press was not without incident. Advertising secretaries, who are ...

Put Helen Earth Band in a Van

A few months ago, the Helen Earth Band unloaded all its cash and maxed out a credit card to buy a tour van that singer-guitarist Marc Allen describes as “a total lemon. They sold us ...

Teen-Acne Facial Treatments

My poor son’s face has become a wasteland of angry red bumps. It brings him no end of misery, and nothing I’m bringing home from the drugstore is doing much good. Time to call in ...

Gary Wilson on Ducks, Porn, and Flour

Longtime San Diego resident Gary Wilson, conceptual artist and second-generation lounge musician, has been an underground legend since his 1977 lounge/soul/freakout debut LP You Think You Really Know Me. His new album, Electric Endicott (named ...

America's Got Talent, But Does Happy Ron?

“I won’t know for a month if I’ll get called back for the show,” says comedic singer-songwriter Ron Hill — aka Happy Ron — who auditioned October 23 for the upcoming sixth season of America’s ...

With Candice and Da Man at Izakaya Sakura

My first meal at Izakaya Sakura was an especially joyous occasion. Not only did I get to enjoy sharing bites with Candice Woo (former CityBeat food critic who just replaced David Nelson at San Diego ...

Mavis Staples and Charlie Musselwhite Go Belly Up

After the Second World War, a couple moved from Mississippi to Chicago, where they put together a family gospel-singing act and began singing in churches. As the ‘50s turned into the ‘60s, they became active ...

There May Be Fire on the Other Side of This Door

PrologueNow that I’m getting into my late 60s, I’m developing a gag reaction to jewelry in particular and sales in general. Just one problem: it’s how I’ve made my living since 1975. But writing is ...

One Ticket to Where the Penguins Live, Please

“I’m starting to think I should just start busking every day instead of looking for jobs,” says Incomplete Neighbor guitarist Tyson Zamora. “Busking pays a lot better.” The band recently pared down to a three-piece ...

Readings from the Mystics of Islam by Abu Sa`id ibn Abi Khayr

If men wish to draw near to God, they must seek Him in the hearts of men. They should speak well of all men, whether present or absent, and if they themselves seek to be ...

The Lost Suitcase, by Carolyn Forché

So it was with the suitcase left in front of the hotel — cinched, broken-locked, papered with world ports, carrying what mattered until then, when turning your back to cup a match it was taken, ...

Kung Pow at Leon's Cuisine in Chula Vista

Anybody heard of Castle Park? I sure hadn’t. Everybody except Thomas Bros. calls this part of town southern Chula Vista. Whatever, Castle Park’s where I am, hoofing it up Third Avenue at around eight at ...

Ramona Lutheran Church

Membership: 200 Pastor: David Keil Age: 61 Born: Los Angeles Formation: California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks; Concordia Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana Years Ordained: 35 San Diego Reader: Can you think of a time when you ...

The Chargers Don't Wear Pink

Ten minutes into the second quarter of the Chargers’ second preseason game, a crowd in the end-zone View section of Qualcomm Stadium stands up to shout, “Raiders suck! Raiders suck!” But the Chargers are playing ...

Varmint, I'm Gonna Blow You to Smithereens

Thursday 4Bethesda band Trans Am drives into Casbah tonight. The Thrill Jockey transformers (krautfunk, anyone?) this year turned in Thing, the trio’s ninth proper on the indie stalwart. The 20-year vets keep up the sci-fi ...

Muhyi al-Din ibn Al-‘Arabi

God is: there is no existence save His existence. To this the Prophet pointed when he said, “Revile not the world, for the world is God’s” — it is related that…God said to Moses, “O ...

Timeless Athens

En route to Athens, my flight connected in London with a stopover just long enough to view the famous Elgin Marbles in the British Museum. Greece has been determined to have them returned to their ...

Bridgepoint Spreads Its Cash to Juan Vargas and Marty Block

Bridgepoint Education, Inc., the controversial private schools outfit, was spreading the campaign cash around this election season. On October 13, it gave $1500 to Democratic senate candidate Juan Vargas; the same day, Democratic assemblyman Marty ...

Jerry Brown, Meg Whitman Pick Up 25 Grand from Tom Gores

Union-Tribune owner Tom Gores played it straight down the middle in the high-stakes battle for California governor. On October 20, the Beverly Hills billionaire gave $25,000 to Democrat Jerry Brown. The same day he gave ...

Raphael Ramey's Road Rage, Without the Car, in Oceanside

Raphael Ramey cursed, yelled, and swore some more. This mechanic Eddie had demanded money to fix his car, a job that was supposed to be done two months ago. Ramey had bought the 1970 Chevy, ...

October 28 Crossword Contenders

Flo Abena, Rancho Penasquitos, 4. Thomas Baggot, Carlsbad, 4. Good start for Giants! L Barling, El Cajon, 4. 96 months spent digging hole- 22 to fill it? Impossible! Ryan Bresnahan, San Diego , 4. Go ...

October 28 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Peter Bartkiewicz, Chula Vista, 4. Now that the oil spill is out of the news we can pay for it. Bliss Beedle, Encinitas, 4. Almighty god! Loren Boyer, El Cajon, 4. FDA approves 100 ...

Tuesday, November 2

San Diego Housing Commission to Overhaul Hotel Sandford

The timeworn Hotel Sandford, a single-room occupancy facility for low-income seniors at 1301 Fifth Avenue, will soon receive long-overdue renovations. The San Diego Housing Commission purchased the building earlier this year for $6.8 million and ...

Entrepreneur Refutes Mayor Cheryl Cox’s Assertions About Medical Pot

During an October 12 Chula Vista City Council meeting, mayor Cheryl Cox gave a statement regarding her thoughts and opposition to the legalization of marijuana. “The potential for criminal action is enormous and threatens the ...

Metropolitan Transit System to Work on Trolley Line From San Ysidro Northward

Blue Line trolley service from the San Ysidro station to points north has been halted on weekends so the Metropolitan Transit System can rebuild sections of track and station platforms to accommodate the more modern ...

Big Turnout for “Wipeout” Auditions in Mission Valley

Before 11 a.m. on October 30, hundreds of people lined up at Seau's restaurant to audition for a TV show. Twenty-four competitors on a large obstacle course will be the basis for a program to ...

Monday, November 1

West Indies

According to some official-looking maps on some official- looking websites, I live in Hillcrest. This is a problem for me. I drove 3000 miles to live in North Park. And when I found a small ...

The Incredible Machine, by Sugarland

I became aware of Sugarland while watching a country-music awards show and heard hit song “Life in a Northern Town.” This spellbinding song, which packs original lyrics, world beats, and a reggae-gospel chorus, is unlike ...

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