Stories for October 2010

Sunday, October 31

Redefining My Birthday

I’m done celebrating my birthday with others. Next year, the finger to everybody. I’m taking my aged self to the day spa to get a mani-pedi, a massage, and plenty of Jacuzzi time. Ahh, pure ...

William Hooker Trio's Yearn for Certainty

"Everything that rises must converge" — so wrote paleontologist and priest Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955), who envisioned an "Omega Point" right before Christ turns on his light and we all fly unto it. I'm ...

Lovetones and Asteroids, Cheesesteak and Rainbows

The guy next to me, who's wearing a kilt, says he's hoping for a Pink Floyd buzz from Asteroid No. 4. We're pretty psyched about the Lovetones, whose frontman, Matthew, shows how a Brian Jonestown ...

Stone Temple Pilots Surprise Viejas

After nearly 20 years of live performances, it might not be fair to expect Stone Temple Pilots to bring anything new to the table. But, during the band's rescheduled date at Viejas Arena, often-aloof singer ...

Saturday, October 30

Bond Money Figures Big in South Bay Schools’ Elections

Southwestern College, the Sweetwater Union High School District, and the Chula Vista Elementary School District, all located in the South Bay, have several school-board seats up for grabs in a few days. The level of ...

Carlsbad Resident Recalls Unbuilt Alga Norte Community Park

During the October 26 Carlsbad City Council meeting, Michelle Levy, a Carlsbad resident of 20 years, cited a pair of big investments by the City of Carlsbad as financial blunders and then asked, “Are we ...

San Diego Chief Lifeguard Rick Wurts Outlines Staff Cuts

The safety of city waterways and coastline and the need to patrol them was laid out at the Ocean Beach Town Council meeting on October 27. "We have done everything we could to minimize the ...

Friday, October 29

Book Nerd Nirvana

Author: Donald Breese Neighborhood: Chula Vista Age: 39 Occupation: Attorney I was standing in line for the big sale. There were about 40 of us there, waiting for the event to begin. I had only ...

Thursday, October 28

Padres to Share Risk in Escondido Ballpark Investment?

On October 27, the Escondido City Council held a workshop regarding the minor-league ballpark proposal put before the City by a Padres ownership group led by Jeff Moorad. The business-model presentation was made by Padres ...

Escondido City Employees Association Addresses Pay Cut with Council

At an Escondido City Council meeting on October 27, an attorney for the Escondido City Employees Association declared an impasse and urged councilmembers to send their negotiators "back to the table." Regarding recent budget cuts, ...

San Diego Unified District to Get Rid of School Police?

During its October 26th meeting, the San Diego Unified School District board discussed the future of the district's police force following the most recent school-budget crisis. "Our number-one mission is safe schools," schools chief of ...

South Park's Granny Flats — City Says Yea, Some Citizens Say Nay

San Diego's Development Services Department wants to tear down some of the restrictions built into the City's Land Development Code. Among the bundle of changes included in the department's update are regulations dealing with “companion ...

A Fit and Healthy Employee is a Productive Employee

Employers Eye Ways to Make Their Workers Healthier.

Remember all that employer-speak about making companies leaner and more efficient? Well, it’s about to happen. And not in the traditional way of eliminating layers of middle management and laying off unproductive workers. A new ...

Longer Hours. Lower Pay. More Responsibilities.

It all adds up to more stress.

Two years ago a friend confided that she was concerned after two of the four other workers in her department were laid off. She – the department manager – and the two remaining workers had ...

Reykjavik, Iceland

Vibrant two-toned houses covered in corrugated aluminum siding dot the cobblestone streets of Reykjavik, brightening the ancient Viking town even during the longest of dark days. Like a cross between a 1940s Monterey and a ...

The "Real" Shangri-La, Yunnan Province, China

Referencing the book The Lost Horizon, the P.R.C. changed this town’s name to Shangri-La (originally called Zhongdian) in order to attract tourism. We arrived after a long, long sleeper bus ride from Kunming, the capital ...

Wednesday, October 27

San Marcos Officials Conceal Federal Fire Map

"It is not this council's policy to keep anything hidden from the people," said San Marcos’ Mayor Jim Desmond to fire chief Todd Newman during the city council's October 26 meeting. "The first time I ...

Vista Residents Want North County Transit Trains to Lay Off the Horns

Mark Martin's alarm goes off at 4:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. The alarm is an air horn on the Sprinter rail line one mile from his Vista home. That sound has been the wake-up call ...

Say It Loud at Maria Maria

“Black Magic” cooking? Often! Maria Maria is a small but growing chain co-owned by musician Carlos Santana along with a larger restaurant company (which also owns Bing Crosby in Fashion Valley). The menus are designed ...

Life in Him Yet

Granted, Clint Eastwood in his senior years has demonstrated a remarkable readiness to broaden his boundaries as a director. A quick check of his filmography will show that as long ago as his middle-aged Breezy, ...

Letters

Wrong Guy You have a printed letter called “A Holy Ha-Ha-Ha” (October 14) signed by “Damon Cook, via email.” My name is Damon Cook, and I am a former employee of Scantibodies, and I did ...

The San Diego Rescue Mission Opens Its Doors to Just a Few Homeless Women Each Evening

The San Diego Rescue Mission opens its doors to just a few homeless women each evening. Although the facility is large and houses many men, only 50 women are allowed inside a very small area. ...

Eerie Twists in Gee's Bend

Amid Athol Fugard’s Nobel Prize–worthy opus are plays about individuals on the margin of the Big Picture. In Blood Knot, Master Harold and the Boys, Sizwe Banzai Is Dead, and others, Fugard shows the cruel ...

Ohr Shalom Synagogue

Membership: 350 families Rabbi: Scott Meltzer Age: 41 Born: Akron, Ohio Formation: Harvard University, Mass.; Hebrew Union College, Jerusalem, L.A., N.Y. Years Ordained: 14 San Diego Reader: How long do you spend writing your sermon? ...

The Shake Down on Midway

“It’s everything we love,” says Shakedown Bar owner DeadTed. “Working in bars, building motorcycles, skateboarding, punk, rock and roll. It’s who we are.” City Heights native DeadTed began working on cars and choppers when he ...

Why Did 91X Fire Mookie?

Marc “Mookie” Kaczor was escorted out the doors at 91X when he was fired October 15. He’d been on the air there since 2002, when he segued from the Grossmont College radio program to the ...

San Diego Sports Arena Repaved, Renamed

With the exception of the brief time it flew the doomed iPayOne corporate banner, for more than four decades locals have known it as the Sports Arena. But after November 1, that changes when the ...

Silverado-Modjeska Peak Loop

The goal of this marathon hike or mountain-bike ride is to reach Modjeska Peak, the lower of the two distinct peaks that form “Old Saddleback,” the defining summit ridge of the Santa Ana Mountains. If ...

Crowdsourcing — A Call for Papers

This began with a telephone call from an old friend in Vegas. Brian is a lifelong degenerate sports bettor and so his conversation inevitably buzzes around the topics of “How I won the bet” or ...

Chilled Avocado and Heirloom Tomato Soup

Recipe by Carl Schroeder, executive chef, Market Restaurant I have a sports background. I played football and ran track in college. I liked the physical aspect of work, but I knew that being a personal ...

Portugal. The Man in the American Ghetto

They sound better live. When I saw “Portugal. The Man” at SOMA the first time a couple of years ago, I didn’t know what to expect. I was thinking folksy indie-pop, the way they sound ...

Harith al-Muhasibi

God has appointed self-mortification for the seekers, for the training of the soul. Men are ignorant of the high station of that one who is preoccupied with his Lord, who is seen to be thinking ...

A Power Greater Than Ourselves

October has been very good to me. I’ll miss it. Rain and chill, overcast skies; one could squint and imagine oneself anywhere in reality as opposed to Southern California, which I never thought quite qualified. ...

Ibrahim Bin Adham

My father was one of the princes of Khurasan, and I was a youth and rode to the chase. I went out one day on a horse of mine, with my dog along, and raised ...

Watercolors: It's All in the Pigment

Every October, when the colors of autumn start to show, my creativity seems to wake from a long summer slumber. I think the seeds of my creativity were sown in my childhood in New England. ...

Jesse Davis, Starring Ne-Yo

“My inspiration growing up was Billy Eckstine and Nat King Cole,” says jazz singer Jesse Davis, whose first solo gig in Las Vegas came courtesy of a recommendation from Frank Sinatra. “I’ve been compared to ...

Horse Sleep, Flatulent Vapor, Prison Life for Disabled

Hello, Matt: My neighbors have a horse, and they told me that the horse sleeps standing up. After that I tried to see if I could see the horse do that, and I think I ...

Now You Know: Grand Tarantula

Jordan Clark moved to San Diego from a small town in Connecticut when he was 16. Inspired by local groups such as Boilermaker, Pinback, No Knife, Tanner, and Drive Like Jehu, Clark and three friends ...

How to Play the Saw

“You know how to play that thing?” asks an elderly hardware-store employee in a blue apron. Bianca Lara has taken a brand-new carpenter’s saw from a display, propped the handle against her leg, and is ...

Is My Team Ploughing, by A.E. Housman

‘Is my team ploughing, That I was used to drive And hear the harness jingle When I was man alive?’ Ay, the horses trample, The harness jingles now; No change though you lie under The ...

People Who Work with Their Hands Know

For almost 30 years Mike has helped build casinos and hotels in San Diego, Las Vegas, and even Honolulu. For several Gucci stores, he has handcrafted shell-shaped archways surrounded by exotic veneers. His work is ...

Folk Yeah!

Thursday 28That Grammy-winning animated band from Plastic Beach, Gorillaz, swings into Viejas Arena. It’s concept pop of the highest order, co-created by indie-rocker Damon Albarn (Blur) and cartoonist Jamie Hewlett (Tank Girl). The virtual quartet ...

Muhammad Ali and the Diet Mirror

Thirty-Five Years AgoThere are two ways to play the blues: One is for a band to launch an uncommitted 12 bars to flesh out a sagging set, jam on one riff relentlessly with tons of ...

Down the Rabbit Hole at Cafe Zucchero

A rabbit? In Little Italy? Can’t believe my eyes. But there he is, hopping up from the trolley tracks and into the bushes of one of those mega-condos near Date Street. This close to downtown? ...

Apples in stereo, with a Lowercase s

Robert Schneider is a gifted writer of upbeat, melodic guitar pop. With his long-running band the Apples in Stereo (or, as they prefer it, the Apples in stereo, with a lowercase s), his songs are ...

Escondido Sobriety Checkpoint Draws Protesters, Nets Five DUIs

On East El Norte Parkway east of North Ash Street, the Escondido Police Department staged a sobriety checkpoint On October 23 between 6 p.m. and midnight. According to a news release, 1450 cars were checked ...

Darrell Issa's Birthday Bash

On October 20, GOP congressman Darrell Issa threw a birthday party for himself at Carmine’s restaurant in Washington, D.C., a brand-new branch of the famous Carmine’s in New York, which boasts serving “every meal in ...

San Diego City Auditor Busts Scrap Metal Scheme

The San Diego city auditor says he has busted a scheme in which employees of a division of the City’s General Services Department sold scrap metal from city projects for $5000 and spent $3000 of ...

Allied Waste Puts Richard Ledford on Trash Detail

On September 17, Richard Ledford picked up a contract to lobby on behalf of trash hauler Allied Waste/Republic Services Inc. to help it “obtain a contract for the sale and private operation” of the City-owned ...

Carlton Oaks Golf Course, TY Investment, and the San Diego River Conservancy

A Santee company has been trying since 2008 to buy a chunk of land along the north bank of the San Diego River. The property is situated on a little finger of eastern San Diego ...

Mortgage Mess Could Hit Banks, Housing

Remember the giddy days of the real estate bubble? Crooked lenders drew up mortgages without keeping track of them. Wall Street packaged them and foisted them off on naïve investors. The real estate bubble burst, ...

October 21 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Joe Aharonoff-Arbusto, Rancho Penasquitos, 3. Tea party take note: Ignorance is teachable, stupidity is terminal! Peter Bartkiewicz, Chula Vista, 3. I think I'd know if a bat bit me. Bliss Beedle, Encinitas, 3. We'll ...

October 21 Brainstorm Contenders

* Ed Barno, San Diego, 3. I need a cap to keep my bald head dry. * Cindy Fisher, San Clemente, 2. Rats! Stomped on by shoe! Ryan Forsythe, Alpine, 2. Thought I had last ...

October 21 Crossword Contenders

Flo Abena, Rancho Penasquitos, 3. Thomas Baggot, Carlsbad, 3. Its decision time for the Chargers! L Barling, El Cajon, 3. Don't let tv ads biggest spenders buy elections. Research! Think! Johanna Barry, Pine Valley, 3. ...

Tuesday, October 26

Search for Home Invasion Suspect Leads Police to Imperial Beach Home

San Diego police and sheriff’s deputies surrounded a home in Imperial Beach early on October 24, in search of a home-invasion robbery suspect. According to San Diego police Sgt. Steve Shaw, “At approximately 9:30 this ...

Two Weeks on the Pavement at Liberty Station

Tayari Howard, late-night radio personality on Smooth Jazz 98.1 FM, recently slept in a tent at Liberty Station for two weeks. Every evening, from October 9 through October 22, he left the radio station at ...

The Music and Stories of John Sebastian at AMSD

John Sebastian opened the first of two sold out shows at AMSD Concerts with "I'm Satisfied" from his 2007 collaboration with mandolinist David Grisman, whom he related meeting at New York University as a freshmen ...

Sunday, October 24

Maximum Balloon

Maximum Balloon’s lead single “Tiger” is used in a video for an Esquire UK photo shoot with British beauty Daisy Lowe. Its beat is easy and the well-paced horn riffs and synth pulse keep the ...

Joan Osborne Wowed the Crowd at Anthology

Joan Osborne and pianist Keith Cotton wowed a sold-out crowd at Anthology Friday night. Though it seemed she was fighting a sore throat — drinking hot tea and clearing her throat between songs — Osborne's ...

Saturday, October 23

Encinitas City Council Candidate Tony Kranz Accused of “Attack”

Roger Ogden, a Hillcrest resident who claims to have worked for 30 years at a local research-and-development center as a physicist and project manager, spoke before the Encinitas City Council meeting on Wednesday, October 20, ...

San Diego City Council Stalls Vote on New Energy-Saving Streetlights

On October 19, the San Diego City Council moved to further analyze the adoption of an ordinance and resolution that would authorize issuance of $13 million in “Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds” to pay for more ...

Neighbors for a Transit Solution Address Del Mar City Council About Train Platform

A group of residents named Neighbors for a Transit Solution appeared before the Del Mar City Council on October 18 to protest the possible construction of a multimillion-dollar train platform between 21st and 24th streets ...

Redesign of Thee Bungalow Near Complete, Bo-Beau to Debut

Bo-Beau Kitchen & Bar is the name given to the restaurant once occupied by Thee Bungalow. The rear exterior has been remodeled to resemble a French chateau patio with a large outdoor pizza oven. A ...

Wrigley Field, Chicago

Built in 1914, just two years after Boston’s Fenway Park, Wrigley Field is America’s second-oldest ballpark. But the Wrigley family (as in the gum) didn’t own the venue until 1920, when it was known as ...

Kill City, by Iggy Pop and James Williamson

Was he really kickin' his habit? Although KC was cranked out during interludes from the nut house he was thrown into for heroin fixation, Pop's ferocious as ever (possibly fortified by the coke David Bowie ...

Lima, Peru

With 9.2 million people, Lima is the fifth-largest city in Latin America behind Mexico City, Rio de Janiero, Sao Paolo and Buenos Aires. The municipality of Lima, Peru, has 43 separate districts, each with its ...

Portugalia in O.B. Hosts Hip-Hop Family Reunion

Peering at the audience on the small dance floor of Portagalia in Ocean Beach, you realize that We Are Hip Hop II is less a concert than a family reunion. It starts onstage. Between Trust ...

Not in My Backyard: City Council Agrees on Civic Center Concourse for Winter Shelter

Michelle Gannon, spokesperson for city council president Ben Hueso, phoned this correspondent Thursday evening to set the record straight; the email sent by Stephen Hill stating that it was Hueso's decision to include Balboa Park's ...

Encinitas Middle School Locked Down After Traffic Accident Suspect Flees

Seventh- and eighth-grade students at Encinitas’s Oak Crest Middle School rushed to the nearest classroom after being told there was a suspect that had gotten away from police on Friday, October 22. During lunch, at ...

Friday, October 22

Border-Crossing Regulations Implemented, Longer Waits Created

Early-morning pedestrian traffic from Mexico into the U.S. at San Ysidro is taking longer due to the implementation of document requirements as demanded by the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative. For several years, border agents have ...

Thursday, October 21

Public Records Suggest Southwestern College Used Public Funds Frivolously

Southwestern College held a social gathering in May of this year at Frida’s, a Mexican restaurant in Chula Vista. The event was well attended by many local dignitaries, a plethora of contractors, and most of ...

City Council Considers Balboa Park Locales for Winter Shelter

“There is a loophole that would allow [a winter shelter for the homeless] in Balboa Park,” wrote Stephen Hill, policy advisor for councilmember Todd Gloria and consultant for the Land Use and Housing Committee in ...

Wednesday, October 20

Bob Wilson Cookbook Art Included GOP Elephant in a Sombrero

While it’s easy to imagine Mamie Eisenhower baking a pumpkin chiffon pie, it’s hard to picture Nancy Reagan (or anyone else) slicing the ends off lemons, scooping out the contents, and filling the rinds with ...

October 14 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Michelle Ammann-Sherry, San Clemente, 2. Dream! Joe Arbusto, Rancho Penasquitos, 2. What does Palim, O'donnell, Angle, Paiadino have in common? Carl Baltrunas, Milpitas, 2. Thank you Jeff Loeb- two for two * Peter Bartkiewicz, ...

October 14 Brainstorm Contenders

Ed Barno, San Diego, 2. Barney google; Snuffy Smith, Steve Canyon, The Little King, Dondi * Mike Barry, Pine Valley, 2. This was funny. * Douglas Meyers, La Mesa, 2. Japatul haunted barn party Oct ...

October 14 Crossword Contenders

Mary Arana, Encinitas, 2. Thanks for the Reader cap! Thomas Baggot, Carlsbad, 2. Chargers can beat the Rams! L Barling, El Cajon, 2. Chile showed us value of unity, compassion and creative intelligence! Johanna Barry, ...

No Photos!

Politeness is the art of choosing among one’s real thoughts. — Abel Stevens I zoomed in on a glittery globe that contained translucent swirls of pink, purple, and green. The sky was a clear, rich ...

John Cage Is Realized at Palomar College

Bonnie Whiting Smith begins the Palomar College afternoon “concert hour” with a three-minute John Cage piece entitled “A Flower.” The piece consists of melodic singing and the sound of Smith’s knuckles and fingertips tapping on ...

Reporter Calls Back After Hang-Up

When a Boy Scout offers to help a little old lady across the street, she should check her purse upon reaching the curb.That may be the message of a securities arbitration that has just been ...

Letters

Skip’s the Man Skip Frye is an icon in the surf world and a world-class boardmaker (“I Finally Got Skip Frye to Make Me a Surfboard,” Cover Story, October 14). He keeps his own schedule ...

The Squeaky Wheel Tour for Missing Persons

On October 17, 2000, Regina Marie Bos, a 40-year-old mother of three, performed during an open mic at Duggan’s Pub, a neighborhood saloon near her home in Lincoln, Nebraska. Her Saturn was parked across the ...

Animals and Mental Illness, Ants Eat Toenail Clippings?

Heymatt: I’ve been watching my crazy cat and was wondering if animals have mental illnesses like people do. We get schizophrenia and paranoia and other things. Are animals vulnerable to them too? Sometimes I wonder ...

“Hello, Cleveland!” The Batusis

Rocket from the Tombs was a mid-’70s Cleveland band that never got a lot of recognition. But Rocket spawned bands that did gain notoriety — such as Pere Ubu and the Dead Boys — and ...

Elephant Six Built to Spill BBQ

Thursday 21Chicago instrumental trio Russian Circles rolls into town behind its third and finest effort, Geneva. This proggy iceberg of a record drifts and splinters in the vein of Mogwai, replacing the Glaswegians’ ice-ax percussion ...

San Diego Hip-Hop — Very Verité

619 hip-hop kingpin Mitchy Slick did not win “Best of” in his category at last month’s San Diego Music Awards, despite a spirited write-in campaign launched by SDRaps.com. But at least considerable debate was generated ...

Excerpt from The Spirit of Pilgrims by Lyman Beecher

“The government of God is the only government which will hold society, against depravity within and temptation without; and this it must do by the force of its own law written upon the heart. This ...

Excerpt from the Sahih Bukhari by Al-Bukhari

The Messenger of God said: “While a man was walking on the road, his thirst grew strong and he found a well and descended into it and drank and was leaving, when he saw a ...

Different Strokes

Trepidation is not the ideal frame of mind in which to approach a film, even around Halloween. But after I Stand Alone and Irreversible, the French enfant terrible Gaspar Noé merits nothing less and nothing ...

The Low Life of Tom Waits

Thirty-Five Years AgoThese days, Tom Waits is sleazier than ever. He looked like he’d wandered in off Broadway that night, straight from the doorway he’d been sleeping in. It isn’t often that you see a ...

Roxy Monoxide Record Ripped Off

“It’s kind of disheartening to put so much work into a CD, get it up on iTunes and Amazon, and then have someone just make it available for anyone to steal,” says singer-guitarist Scott Samuels ...

White Rabbits Make Awesome Racket

A few months ago I went to see the XX, a young band that won just about every award available in the British music industry this year. Everything about that band is minimal and sparse, ...

Housecoat Project Punk Quotes Coltrane

“Our first guitarist, Eric Rad, died onstage mid-song at the Mabuhay Gardens from an apparent heart attack,” says saxophonist Bob Bartosik of his long-defunct punk band Housecoat Project. The group’s unreleased 1988 album Girlfiend comes ...

Johnny Lira Comin' at Ya — Pow!

Countdown to Halloween right here on TGIF: the Gutenberg cyber all-hits all-the-time blogorama and alternative weekly fishwrap and freaky friday funfest!!! your DJ? Whaddami sayin? Your KJ! That’s keyboard jockey — Johnny Lira! Comin’ at ...

Digestive Relief with the Aloe Leaf

I am in full Earth-mama mode these days, using a natural remedy whenever possible. So when Patrick started moaning from the bathroom about inheriting his father’s bad digestion, I started looking into aloe. Yes, aloe. ...

A Chat About Lemon Grove Kid Dennis Hopper

Local Boy Makes Good, Goes Bad, Makes Good Again

Of course, he didn’t stay here. Most likely, you wouldn’t either, not if you were young and ambitious and living a two-hour drive up the freeway to get to Hollywood. Not if you’d grown up ...

Patric Douglas. Part Two — More Shark Tales

Here’s a brief catch-up for last week’s truants: Patric Douglas, 42, is CEO of Shark Diver, a shark-cage-diving enterprise that will hook you up with a 20-hour boat ride to Isla Guadalupe, one of the ...

Two Poems by Sandra Alcosser

What Makes the Grizzlies Dance June and finally snow peas sweeten the Mission Valley. High behind numinous meadows ladybugs swarm, like huge lacquered fans from Hong Kong, like serrated skirts of blown poppies, whole mountains ...

Mental Eats: San Diego Cooks' Books

A reader recently asked whose food-writing I enjoy. Truth is, after so many hours of scribbling food prose, I’m totally full — when I hit the pillow I want mainly mysteries — Andy Dalziel, Inspector ...

Church of the Nativity

Membership: 1000 families Pastor: Monsignor Lawrence Purcell Age: 70 Born: Indio, California Formation: University of San Diego–St. Francis Seminary, San Diego; Pontifical North American College, Rome, Italy Years Ordained: 45 San Diego Reader: How long ...

The Glory Man at Lamb's Players Theatre

In Walden, Henry David Thoreau says doing good can have selfish motives. Goodness, he writes, “must not be a partial and transitory act, but a constant superfluity, which costs him nothing and of which he ...

Easy to Love Mixon's Downtown

You can try to love this part of town, but it’s hard. I’m at First and Ash. Land of monthly-stay hotels and parking lots. Just a stone’s throw from City Hall and its concourse, the ...

Mayor Sanders Frustrates Critic at San Diego Budget Town Hall Meeting

On the evening of October 18, things got “nutty” at University City High School, where the first of eight “Budget Town Hall” meetings was held. The meeting was organized by mayor Jerry Sanders’s office to ...

Bilbray, Issa Drink Sempra’s bitter brew

Who has been the biggest recipient of Senate campaign cash from Sempra Energy’s political action committee this year? According to figures compiled by the OpenSecrets.org, as of October 3, it’s none other than majority leader ...

Seismic Research Vital to Offshore Drilling

The National Science Foundation is planning what it calls a “marine seismic research” project during which “various research vessels operated by U.S. academic institutions or government agencies” will use a variety of underwater devices such ...

F is for Funding: F Street Owner Alma Vasic Comes Through for Toni Atkins

Alma Vasic, owner of F Street Corporation, which runs the adult bookstore chain and website by the same name, contributed $2500 to Democratic assembly candidate Toni Atkins on October 11, according to state filings. The ...

Mission Valley Village Residents Wait by the River for the Unknown

"We just want the uncertainty to end,” says Donna Fenter. “We’ve been living in limbo for years. It’s torture. It feels like a damn internment camp. We can’t make any plans. We can’t do anything ...

Tuesday, October 19

North County Transit Confounded by Photo of Del Martians

Justin Fornelli, Chief Rail Engineer for the North County Transit District, appeared before the transit system's board of directors on October 19 at NCTD’s headquarters in Oceanside to report on the status of the temporary ...

Oceanside DUI Suspect Hops Curb, Strikes Grandfather and Baby Grandson

At approximately 9:30 a.m. on October 18, the driver of a GMC Jimmy SUV lost control of their vehicle on Lake Street. The truck hopped the curb, demolishing a street sign, and then traveled down ...

San Diego City Council Passes Equal Benefits Ordinance

The San Diego City Council on October 18 unanimously approved an "equal benefits ordinance" proposed by openly gay District 3 councilmember Todd Gloria. The measure requires city contractors to provide domestic partners of employees the ...

Cowles Mountain Hikers Disregard Main Trail

I had not hiked up Cowles Mountain since June but did so again on October 17. I was stunned to discover the severity of damage done to the main trail and the surrounding habitat during ...

Coalition of Escondido Mobile/Manufactured Home Voters Activates

At the Escondido Downtown Street Faire on October 17, the Coalition of Escondido Mobile/Manufactured Home Voters was giving away free T-shirts to anyone who was willing to wear them for an hour or two. "Had ...

Monday, October 18

San Diego Master Chorale Back with a Bang

After a three-month hiatus, the San Diego Master Chorale opened its fall season with a lively concert at College Avenue Baptist Church in the College East area. The two-hour event included choral music from Henry ...

Sunday, October 17

Packing Heat (and Granola)

After a year of San Diego pollution and traffic noise, I anxiously anticipated a week in the wilderness — the brilliant blue sky, the sound of the wind in the pine trees, the scent of ...

Will Work for Cookies and Milk

Are you so desperate for work that you would risk your life for a paycheck? Well do I have a job for you! No, it’s not a stint in the military or a job at ...

Fortify Yourself During Hard Times

Mark Erwin, founder of Erwin Financial in La Jolla, offers advice on the do’s and don’ts of spending money during hard times. Please tell me a little bit about your company. We do customized, client-focused, ...

Become a Sales Superhero

Let’s be honest. Salespeople have a bad rep. They are maligned, ridiculed, avoided. When a salesperson walks toward you, do you run the other way? Many people do. But is their reputation deserved? Let us ...

John Abercrombie's East Coast Jazz Meets West Coast Manners at Anthology

Guitarist John Abercrombie brought his New York Quartet to Anthology for a rare San Diego appearance. Abercrombie shared the spotlight with violinist Mark Feldman, bassist Thomas Morgan, and downtown favorite, drummer Joey Baron. The concert ...

Clapton by Clapton

Clapton’s 19th solo album is an entertaining mix of songs old, songs new, songs borrowed, and songs blue. That is, blues as only "Old Slowhand" can sing and play them. He is joined by name-brand ...

Saturday, October 16

Saviorself's Self-Employed Mixtape

It was inevitable that Saviorself, half of National City hip-hop duo Old English, would branch out and release a solo project. In previous Old English music, he clearly comes across as the lead. Self-Employed Mixtape ...

The Melvins Incite Universal Head Banging at Casbah

No matter how many times you've seen the Melvins, you’re never prepared for the onslaught. No onstage banter at a packed Casbah this Monday night — the band got down to business and never let ...

Concrete Barriers for I-5 Freeway Expansion Rankles Cardiff Resident

During the Encinitas City Council meeting on October 13, Cardiff-by-the-Sea resident George Hejduk expressed concern for the concrete barriers that have been placed around freeway on-ramps to the Interstate 5. “I didn’t realize that I-5 ...

North County Transit Meets with Del Mar Denizens over Temporary Train Stop

Several Del Mar residents and members of the press surrounded a table in Nancy Fisher's Del Mar living room. At the table sat the executive director for North County Transit Matt Tucker, chief rail engineer ...

Friday, October 15

Homeless People Drummed Out of San Diego's Downtown Library

“Where, in fact, is a legitimate location for us?” asked Kate McClellan as she appeared before the city council on Tuesday, October 12. McClellan is a middle-aged homeless woman that previously sought shelter in the ...

Escondido City Councilmembers Excoriated as Ballpark Idea Entertained

During the Escondido City Council’s “oral communications” portion of their October 13 meeting, resident Bruce Sims expressed his views concerning the upcoming council vote regarding the construction of a ballpark in the city. Padres majority ...

Mayor Sanders Still Has Eye on Closing Marijuana Dispensaries

During the San Diego City Council’s October 11 meeting, the decision was made to hold off on calling for a moratorium on the opening of new medical marijuana dispensaries in San Diego. Instead, the council ...

Thursday, October 14

The Land Where Giants Dwell: Sequoia National Park

Sequoia National Park is home to the largest living thing on the planet. The tree, General Sherman, is tucked away along Generals Highway, about five hour’s drive from San Diego. Although not the tallest tree ...

Downtime in Montezuma, Costa Rica

I relax in the hammock, the sound of gently crashing waves reverberating in the near distance. I muster up the energy to raise my head and see a girl in her twenties relaxing on a ...

Escondido’s California Center for the Arts to Employ Roman de Salvo for “Grape Maze”

On October 13, the Escondido City Council authorized a payment from the City’s public art fund to allow an art project to be constructed in the California Center for the Arts Escondido Museum courtyard. According ...

Handicapped Sidewalk Ramps Revamped in Pacific Beach

From late 2006 through mid 2007, most of the curbs at Pacific Beach intersections were jackhammered in order for concrete handicapped ramps to be poured. Now, in the southwest quadrant of P.B., one cannot help ...

Councilmember Marti Emerald Douses Political Firestorm over San Diego's Public Safety Budget Cuts

"I am keenly aware that I have been accused by some people in the community of sensationalizing this, as has Chief [William] Lansdowne," said San Diego Fire Chief Javier Mainar during a presentation before the ...

More Decapitated Corpses Found Hung from Bridges Near Tijuana

After a decline in grisly displays of drug-related violence, the decapitated corpses of two men were found hanging from a bridge over the Tijuana-Rosarito highway early on October 11. Bound hand and foot, the bodies ...

Wednesday, October 13

Two Poems by W.B. Yeats

When You Are Old When you are old and grey and full of sleep, And nodding by the fire, take down this book, And slowly read, and dream of the soft look Your eyes had ...

The Village Pig

I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals. — Winston Churchill Bella held a mini carrot over the pygmy pig’s head, but as the animal’s ...

That's Enfoodtainment at Searsucker in the Gaslamp

Searsucker’s chef Brian Malarkey became a celeb when he got to the finals on one of those TV chef contests. He didn’t win, but his roguish style and outgoing personality made him famous. At the ...

A Good Old San Diego Political Garden Party

Thirty-Five Years AgoTom Hayden...came to a fundraising garden party in his behalf.... Admission at $15 a head included Jane Fonda and Jon Voight, finger food, plus the Versailles-type garden of the hosts. Drinks extra, at ...

Letters

Chargers On UHF Please let all NFL football fans know that they have more choices (“Sporting Box,” October 7). TV Azteca is a UHF station. They broadcast a game every Sunday at 10:00 a.m. Just ...

Eric Howarth, from M-Theory to Fluxx Live

Twelve years ago, Eric Howarth was living in San Francisco and running a label called M-Theory Records, which released albums by Slackjaw, Alien Crime Syndicate, Mars Accelerator, his band Suplex, and, later, Congress of the ...

Jeff Light Interview, Union-Tribune’s Golden Years, Fire Coverage, Does Anybody Watch Local TV News?, Sports-Talk Radio

A Gratifying Information Experience A banner hangs in the lobby of the San Diego Union-Tribune, displaying a letter from publisher Ed Moss to “our readers.” It reads, in part: “After months of polling thousands of ...

Bingo Bango Boingo, It's a Dead Man's Party

Two different Dead Man’s Parties will play locally just before Halloween. Tickets will go on sale soon for “Johnny Vatos’s Dead Man’s Party featuring former members of Oingo Boingo” October 23 at 4th&B. Six days ...

The Greek Apprentice

When I arrived at Nick’s house by Grim and Upas in North Park around 10:30 p.m., all that remained of the day’s barbecue were a few slices of watermelon, a block of cheese, some burger ...

San Diego's Record Release Roundup

The Black Heart Procession has a new EP out, Blood Bunny/Black Rabbit, from Temporary Residence Limited. Featuring three new songs, the 40-minute set includes their collaboration with dub godfather Lee “Scratch” Perry as well as ...

Frightened Rabbits Swim Until You Can’t See Land

In Frightened Rabbit’s song “Swim Until You Can’t See Land,” a man dares himself to enter the icy waters of the North Sea. He compares it to a baptism or a “drowning of the past.” ...

Islamic Center of San Diego

Congregants: daily, 100–150; Friday weekly prayer service, 1200 Weekly Services: 12:15 & 1:15 p.m., Fridays Imam: Taha Hassane Age: 41 Born: Tenes, Algeria Formation: University of Algiers-Institute of Islamic Sciences, Algiers, Algeria; Graduate Theological Foundation, ...

Broken Social Scene Will Have Its Sea and Cake and Eat It Too at House of Blues

Thursday 14Scottish indie rockers Frightened Rabbit scurry into House of Blues tonight. Since his 2003 six-track days, Scott Hutchison’s broken from the bedsit vibe, and his warren has grown to five (you know how rabbits ...

Hop Sausage at Hamilton's in South Park

"Are you seeing another woman?” It’s Carla, on the cell. “Sweetheart, corazón, what da heck makes you ask that? Seriously.” “You never come straight home these days. You’re always calling from a different place.” She’s ...

Desert View Trail: An Autumn Ramble on the Edge of Mount Laguna

The Desert View Trail in the Laguna Mountains delivers exactly what its name says, but there’s more to see than just the distant desert. From the nearly 6000-foot heights of the trail, you can enjoy ...

Best Butter: Apple or Pumpkin?

The seasonal section of the grocery stores has been beckoning, particularly the apple butters and pumpkin butters. Last shopping night, I bought every one I could find. A couple of them came from a local ...

Excerpt from the Epistle to Diognetus

Christians are not distinguished from the rest of mankind by either country, speech or customs; the fact is, they nowhere settle in cities of their own; they use no peculiar language; they cultivate no eccentric ...

Excerpt from Literary and Historical Miscellanies by George Bancroft

For the regeneration of the world it was requisite that the Divine Being should enter the abodes and hearts of men and dwell there; that a belief in Him should be received which would include ...

Happy Halloween Month, San Diego

If San Diego (and I don’t think we’re alone) can take Halloween as a month-long theme, why not me? And why not here? I don’t think the chamber of commerce has adopted the once-pagan holiday ...

Echo Revolution Spends Real Money on Counterfeit Sunshine

This November, local indie-pop quartet Echo Revolution will release their fourth studio CD, Counterfeit Sunshine. Since 2003, the band has released three full-length CDs through their own label, Open Arms Records. They hit a trifecta ...

3D TV, Carhops

Heymatt: I’ve gotten to wondering, how does 3D TV work? I’ve never seen it, but I’m having a hard time figuring out how it would work. — Bob S., Tierrasanta Bob S. has been bathing ...

Gazpacho

Recipe by Gavin Schmidt, executive chef, Blanca I like eating. A lot. When I was in high school, I took a job as a dishwasher in a restaurant because it allowed me to eat all ...

Scott Mercado's Revenge-a-Roni

When Scott Mercado ordered a Johnny Burger in Italy while on tour with Italo-French folk-rock group Grimoon, the last thing he expected was a ciabatta bun, mayo, a tomato, and a hot dog cut in ...

Patric Douglas. Part One: Meet Mr. Shark Diver

“We never know who the client is until the last possible second. Their front men contact us.” On the phone is Patric Douglas, 42, CEO of Shark Diver, a commercial shark-cage diving outfit offering five-day ...

County of San Diego Seeks Hot Wheels

The County of San Diego is in the market for some brand-new cars, including a 2010 Dodge Challenger SE, which the Yahoo! auto site says lists at $23,345; it’s a muscle car touted by its ...

Sycuan Comes Through for Whitman

The former owner and publisher of the Union-Tribune, longtime Republican donor David Copley, has come through with a $1000 donation to the assembly campaign of Democrat Toni Atkins. Copley’s occupation is listed as retired. Atkins ...

MAPlight.org ranks Marty Block

Democratic San Diego city-council candidate Howard Wayne has finally shut down his “Howard Wayne for State Senate 2012” campaign committee. According to an October 6 filing with the California secretary of state’s office, the group ...

I Finally Got Skip Frye to Make Me a Surfboard

This story begins ten years ago in the year 2000. My transition from Northern California to San Diego, specifically Pacific Beach, specifically one block up from a great surfing beach, was complete. The beach is ...

On a Day Like This: Meklit Hadero

Meklit Hadero’s ascension as a popular and critically acclaimed singer-songwriter began five years ago, when she first sang in public. Born in Ethiopia and raised in numerous cities across the U.S., Hadero came to San ...

For iPadniks, New Newsreader

‘I woke up one morning and thought, I hate looking at news on my iPad — it’s boring. I called my friend Matt Ausonio with an idea. He was gracious enough to jump in — ...

Pension Woes: Not Just San Diego

The City robbed its employees’ pension fund to help pay for the 1996 Republican National Convention. Government labor unions went along but later got their reward. In the early 2000s, the city council gave workers ...

Tuesday, October 12

October 7 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Michelle Ammann-Sherry, San Clemente, 1. Joe Arbusto, Rancho Penasquitos, 1. United States Chamber /… Carl Baltrunas, Milpitas, 1. Thank you Jeff Loeb- first of the new quarter. Peter Bartkiewicz, Chula Vista, 1. Eye glasses ...

October 7 Brainstorm Contenders

Flo Abena, Rancho Pensquitas, 1. Danny Boy Agahan, National City, 1. Im not a has been. Im a hasn't happened yet. Jim Alexander, La Jolla, 1. Hi Teagan and Grant. Martha Alvarez, Chula Vista, 1. ...

October 7 Crossword Contenders

Flo Abena, Rancho Penasquitos, 1. * Ron Akers, Sabre Springs, 1. Go Chargers! Beat the Raiders and Al Davis! * Mary Arana, Encinitas, 1. Are you registered to vote? Thomas Baggot, Carlsbad, 1. Chargers need ...

The Blur Between Southwestern College and Foundation

On September 27, Southwestern College vice president Nicholas Alioto organized a golf tournament for the Southwestern College Foundation. The tournament raised a great deal of money while utilizing the resources and prestige of the college ...

A Pawn for Proposition D in San Diego City Hall

“Whenever we enter the political season, it is important to make sure that certain processes of government stay out of politics entirely,” said councilmember Carl DeMaio at the outset of Monday's meeting of the Audit ...

Rasputina's Sister Kinderhook

On their sixth studio set, Rasputina’s dropped the cello-femmes-trio bit. A lot of the cello here comes from Daniel DeJesus, who doubles on a two-stringed Chinese instrument called an erhu. The three-cellos bit was fine ...

Monday, October 11

Steve Martin Brings Folksy Music and Humor to Balboa Theatre

Steve Martin says Hollywood will never buy the truth — that he happened upon a performance by bluegrass band Steep Canyon Rangers during a vacation to their hometown of Asheville, North Carolina — so he's ...

Sunday, October 10

Pastor Craig Gross and XXX Star Ron Jeremy Argue Porn

On October 9 at 6:30 p.m., “porn pastor” Craig Gross of XXXChurch in Las Vegas and porn king Ron Jeremy debated at the Rock Church in Liberty Station. Pastor Miles McPherson made several comical attempts ...

Escondido Hears About Lake Elsinore’s Ballpark Experience

The Escondido Democratic Club held a meeting at their headquarters in downtown Escondido on October 9. Open to the public, the meeting’s purpose was to hear presentations by San Diego Padres representatives along with pro ...

Ambulances Carry Away Two Senior Citizens From Richard Dreyfuss Appearance

On October 9 at about 11 a.m., two ambulances arrived at the San Diego County Library in Encinitas after two senior citizens — who were attending a speech given by actor Richard Dreyfuss — became ...

Saturday, October 9

National City Fire Spares 30 Stray Cats, 2 Brothers

In the early morning hours of October 7, flames broke out in a detached unit located on the 800 block of Palm Avenue. National City fire crews immediately responded and quickly knocked down the flames, ...

Linda Vista Recreation Center Needs Taller Fence, Law Enforcement

Two members of the Linda Vista community, Sarah Flora Palma and Joel Cruz, appeared before the San Diego City Council on October 5 in order bring to light problems that residents have had with the ...

Rolling Stone Ron Wood Feels Like Playing

Who's gonna chuck one of rock's MVPs (Faces, Stones, Jeff Beck Group) outta bed for eating crackers? Music bearing Wood's brand has been a window into all-nighters with the major talents he calls friends. Shining ...

Van Morrison Punches the Clock at His San Diego Civic Set

The sign at the bar read, "No drinks served after show begins," which started promptly at 8 p.m., leaving me two people back from a cold one. I don't know if Morrison’s reputation for total ...

Friday, October 8

A Six-Minute Fix for San Diego's Mid-City MTS

Richard Rachel steps out of the front lobby of the Egyptian residential mid-rise where he owns a condominium and walks ten feet to the bus stop at Park Boulevard and University Avenue. Buses stop at ...

New San Diego City Ordinance to Lockout Big-Box Stores

Councilmember Todd Gloria appeared before San Diego's planning commissioners on Thursday on behalf of a new city ordinance that would protect small neighborhood markets by making it more difficult for mega-retail stores exceeding 90,000 square ...

Thursday, October 7

Hillcrest DMV Parking Lot Open After Hours

During an October 5 San Diego City Council meeting, councilman Todd Gloria announced that an agreement had been made that will result in Hillcrest having more parking spots. “The Department of Motor Vehicles parking lot ...

Murals and Mosaics in Philly

Bits of blue, red and yellow colored glass cuts into odd shapes and formations, as creatively painted murals liven up murky walls in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The usually boring, nondescript walls lining Philly’s alleyways reflect years ...

Cartagena: The Most Interesting Man in the World

And there he was. The most interesting man in the world. Better yet, he was the encapsulation of the advertised Dos Equis man: someone who bathed with piranhas, dodged bullets, drank gasoline, and combed his ...

Wednesday, October 6

2010 Restaurant Issue

The 2010 Restaurant Issue, covering dirt to plate: foods locally grown and raised in San Diego County, top restaurant picks, top chefs to watch, and new food trends.

Le Noise

The title of Neil Young's new solo album, Le Noise, is a play on words from his collaboration with Grammy-winning producer Daniel Lanois. If you erase “Le,” you have a definitive review of the album. ...

X-Rated Pop Poet Liz Phair Hits the Highlights at Belly Up

It was raining outside and dripping sweat inside, as Liz Phair blasted into "6'1"" from Exile in Guyville, then the poignant "Divorce Song." Phair has come a long way since her early years of stage ...

Is Chula Vista's Future Blight Around the Corner?

"On July 1, 2011, we have a budget gap of $12.5 million, which depending on the outcome of Proposition H, could grow to $18 million," said Chula Vista City Manager Jim Sandoval during Tuesday's city ...

Bunch of Idioms

To speak and to speak well are two things. A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks. — Ben Jonson "I think we should hit Whole Foods first, then Fry’s, and then Iowa Meat ...

Icon Church

Membership: 100 Pastor: Will Carreras (of a three-member pastor team) Age: 47 Born: Ramey Air Force Base, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico Formation: Azusa Pacific University, Azusa Years ordained: 2 SDR: What is the most prevalent sin ...

San Diego's Backpack Burdens

What’s in the sack? That’s all they care about.Is it a rock or a rolled-up giraffe?Is it pickles or nickels or busted bicycles?And if we guess it, will you give us half?Do they ask where ...

Explore Mission Gorge by Foot, Bike, Skates, or Car

Mission Gorge is arguably San Diego’s (city, not county) most spectacular topographical feature, with walls on both sides rising several hundred feet at a nearly 45-degree pitch. From a geological perspective, the gorge was carved ...

Epistles to the Philippians by St. Polycarp

Being assured, therefore, that God is not mocked, we are obliged to live in a manner befitting His commandment and glory. Deacons, likewise, must be blameless when judged by His rule of rectitude. They are ...

Letters

Where’d The Ladies Go? I picked up a copy of the Reader today… This week’s cover is about the classic naked ladies of Balboa Park (“Who’s Looking Out for These Ladies?” September 30), but, alas, ...

“The Songs of Milarepa” by Jetsun Milarepa

At Gun Tan Castle, some men were building a house and Milarepa approached them for alms. Saying that they had no time and were busy while he appeared to be idle, they invited him to ...

Two Poems by Naomi Shihab Nye

Where Children Live Homes where children live exude a pleasant rumpledness, like a bed made by a child, or a yard littered with balloons. To be a child again one would need to shed details ...

Multitasking Myth Dispelled, Recycled Paper

Hey, Matt: I want some information on multitasking. Everybody seems to be able to do it. Sometimes I’m on my computer and texting and doing my homework at the same time. How does my brain ...

Technology Issue

My cable service went out and stayed out for six days. I loathe cable companies as much as the next man, but if cornered, I‘d have to admit this has never happened before. I was ...

Now You Know: All Leather

The latest project from Justin Pearson (Locust, Holy Molar, Crimson Curse, etc.) and former Some Girls bandmate Nathan Joyner, is one of 42 artists featured on a David Bowie tribute album released in September. We ...

San Diego Food Co-Ops ca. 1975

Thirty-Five Years AgoFood cooperatives in San Diego County began in June 1970 when approximately 50 students from UCSD unified their enthusiasm with two grants from the university and an assessment of ten dollars a household. ...

David Maldonado Sees the Eyes of the Devil

“I have been friends with Kendra for a very long time but did not know Mr. Malil until that horrific night,” says Spanish guitarist David Maldonado, who spent two days testifying at the recent attempted-murder ...

The Man at La Jolla Playhouse

In one of his gleefully apocalyptic pronouncements, William S. Burroughs said we should regard consciousness as a “failed experiment.” The Man in Dostoevsky’s Notes From Underground (1864), which Burroughs committed to memory, says consciousness is ...

Prince of Darkness Takes a Bite Out of October

San Diego is a town that loves its Halloween. I noticed this when I moved here in the first week of October 1980. Retail shops displayed PVC pumpkins and skulls amid ubiquitous floor-to-shoulder-height displays of ...

Tight Spot

Sort of a Sorry, Wrong Number for the cellphone age, Buried is a gimmicky thriller whose single gimmick, if you have not been tipped off beforehand, dawns on you with a mounting sensation of hopelessness ...

Not Quite Quiet Riot

“I’ll know in a couple of weeks how my schedule is gonna roll for me,” says Mark Huff, the new singer for ’80s headbangers Quiet Riot. (Original vocalist Kevin DuBrow died from a reported cocaine ...

Better than the Van Puts Up Traveling Bands

“I had all these visions of that scene from Almost Famous, where that guy says, ‘I’m a golden god!’ and jumps into the pool from the roof.” When Jake Feala signed up for Better Than ...

Grandmaster Rappers and Guilty Women

Thursday 7Fluxx downtown is bringing old-school hip-hop heat with Cypress Hill producer DJ Muggs and Wu-Tang’s “Genius” GZA. Muggs runs the decks while Geezy runs his mouth. The pair’s ’05 offering Grandmasters is a hardcore ...

DVD Review: Mostly Martha, Night of the Creeps, 8½

Jesus BasuelWriter and filmmaker My first pick is Mostly Martha, a German flick about life, food, and love. And it covers all kinds of love: parental, romantic, friendship. The film boasts solid acting from leads ...

The Tom Tom Club and the Genius of Live Tour

“A lot of people had no idea it was us when they first heard it.” Chris Frantz reflects on the surprise success of a song that he, his wife Tina Weymouth, and a handful of ...

The New Archaic: Kind of Like a Bonham and Yorke Bath

Based in Encinitas, the New Archaic was formed in early 2007 by Joe Harrison (guitar, keys, vocals) and Sean Carroll (drums), friends since grade school. The duo emerged from the local punk scene with their ...

Colin Hay, A Man at Work

Colin Hay doesn’t have what you’d call a household name, he doesn’t look or act like a rock star, and his solo shows don’t sell out big stadiums, but you probably recognize his slightly raspy ...

Cash and Carry

A key political ally of San Diego mayor Jerry Sanders has been on the campaign trail for Democratic congressional candidate Francine Busby, who is battling GOP incumbent Brian Bilbray. Jim Waring, who was forced out ...

Taxi-Fare Dodger Gets Free Ticket to Los Angeles

On October 3 at about 8:15 p.m., San Diego police responded to a disturbing-the-peace call at the Santa Fe Depot on Kettner Boulevard. The incident occurred shortly after 8:00 p.m., when a taxi driver dropped ...

Carlsbad's Actis: How a Pyramid Topples

Pssst! Wanna double your money in one day? Yes, the stock of Actis Global Ventures, based in Carlsbad, soared from $0.0001 to $0.0002 on September 2. Officially, the stock’s price is still $0.00, according to ...

Young Men Cause Aggravation at Mission Valley YMCA

The San Diego planning catchword “infill” might sound nice in quiet hilltop homes. But daily life in the closer quarters below usually means ever noisier conditions. In the interest of more livable neighborhoods, those who ...

Summer Tripping

Democratic congresswoman Susan Davis, who regularly travels the world for free, thanks to junkets staged by the Washington-based, nonprofit Aspen Institute, has been at it again. From August 14 through 21, according to House travel ...

San Diego to House Homeless at World Trade Center

Conversion of the former World Trade Center at 1250 Sixth Avenue into a “one stop” homeless center moved closer to reality October 5: the San Diego City Council, convened as the San Diego Redevelopment Agency, ...

September 30 Brainstorm Contenders

Conway Redding, La Mesa, 12. Now I have vertigo. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 11. It is impossible to use logic with close-minded people. Ed Barno, San Diego, 10. A mountain man with no bear skin ...

September 30 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Joe Arbusto, Rancho Penasquitos, 13. Elections should be treated as job interviews, not religious dogma! Bliss Beedle, Encinitas, 13. tyfbbh. Six games no goals vs enc. Express btsj! Loren Boyer, El Cajon, 13. Young ...

September 30 Crossword Contenders

Flo Abena, Rancho Penasquitos, 13. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 13. 93% of politicians give the rest a bad name. William Cushing, Rancho Bernardo, 13. Thanks to buster for providing a clue, Ditto, Jason. Thomas Diehl, ...

Tuesday, October 5

Scores of Dead Fish Found on San Diego River’s Banks

Today, October 5, as I exited the San Diego Trolley in Mission Valley for a relaxing day of fishing on the San Diego River, I was not prepared to see the sight that greeted me. ...

Oregon Doctors Group Holds Rally at San Diego County Administration Building

In the drizzly early afternoon of October 4, a crowd of about 50 people gathered outside the San Diego County Administration building, where the “Mad as Hell Doctors” held a rally. The Oregon-based group formed ...

Protestors Descend on San Diego Humane Society

On October 3, about 40 members of the San Diego Animal Defense Team gathered in front of San Diego Humane Society and SPCA to protest. According to the Animal Defense Team website, the demonstration was ...

Want to Work in a Bathing Suit While Sipping a Piña Colada?

Have you been kicked to the curb by corporate America? Handed your walking papers by Wall Street? Given the boot by your boss? Well, if your dream is to work for yourself, now is the ...

Be Absolutely Sure What Your References Will Say About You

What You Don’t know Can Hurt You

Maybe the trickiest part of the job-search process is finding appropriate references. You’ve probably heard the saying “you should never ask a question you don’t know the answer to.” When it comes to job references, ...

Monday, October 4

Local Natives Visit Dog Beach in O.B.

Wielding acoustic guitars, Local Natives treated O.B.'s dog beach visitors to an impromptu jam session. Those fortunate enough to catch the intimate set found themselves in exclusive company, as finding tickets for the Natives' sold-out ...

Sunday, October 3

Goias, Brazil: NEX Wildcat Refuge

“They tried to make me go to rehab: I said meow, meow, meow…” Here's a cure for the common Hollywood rehab story: Deep in the Brazilian cerrado lies a rehabilitation center for eight species of ...

Flashy Shanghai, China

Shanghai is an exciting place to visit and live – it’s essentially the New York City of China, where East meets West. It boasts not only one of the most vibrant economic centers, but also ...

Domesticated Fowl Dumped at Famosa Slough?

Famosa Slough is home to various wildlife species. As such, there has been a problem with people dumping unwanted birds and pets at the 37-acre wetland. During the years of residing near the slough, I ...

Manic Street Preachers' Postcards from a Young Man

The Manic Street Preachers previous album had new music set to old words written by their missing and presumed-dead guitarist Richey Edwards. It seemed like a swansong, an apt epitaph to their body of work. ...

Saturday, October 2

San Diego's Highwayman

Two years ago, Thomas Weller, San Diego's "Highwayman," decided not to get behind the wheel at night because he was worried he'd pose a danger on the road. Weller, who has spent the past 40 ...

City Heights Property Owner Seeks Answer on Mystery Pipe

Don Kvashay appeared before the San Diego City Council on September 28 to find answers on how to deal with an unidentified drainage pipe that falls inside his property line. Kvashay is the owner of ...

TV Buddhas Tune Down and Turn Up at Bar Pink

TV Buddha's have been dealing with evenings like the one in New Orleans — when both audience and promoter no-showed — by posting tongue-in-cheek vlogs documenting an often dismal American debut. While the Israeli trio's ...

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