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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

October 28 Brainstorm Contenders

Ed Barno, San Diego, 4. Thanx for the cap. Helps keep the old brain warm. Mike Barry, Pine Valley, 3. Last week my penicil went awry. Cindy Fisher, San Clemente, 3. Merci… Ryan Forsythe, Alpine, ...

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