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I Started From Empty

Big dreams for so many small-businessmen.

In a recent Vanity Fair article, Groupon founder Andrew Mason is described as “the type of guy who comes up with wild ideas that often have no beginning or end, and then lets them rip.” ...

Salvadoran Man Charged with Violent Spree in Escondido

There was emotional testimony from three young Latinas in the Vista courthouse on October 11 as they described a night of rape, attempted robbery, and burglary in separate incidents that occurred in Escondido last May. ...

Alleged Bank of America Official Threatens Protester

Hearing about an October 11 demonstration at the Bank of America branch on University Avenue at 31st Street, I dropped by. Not connected with the Occupy San Diego movement, this protest was connected to the ...

Back When It Was Legal to Make PCP

Thirty-Five Years Ago When the new penal statutes take effect January 1, we won’t be able to do what we didn’t know, until now, that we could do. New crimes will include: the possession with ...

Jamaican Promise at La Crêperie

“Bacon, avocado, cheese... Back in Tunis, Brittany, they’d freak out at that.”

The sun slants in through the venetian blinds, casting angled stripes across Christine’s arms and face. She’s wearing a striped dress, too, so it’s kinda cute. She’s chatting away with her old school buddy, Cathy, ...

C-Level's Summer Solace

According to C-Level’s bar manager Jonathan Boyle, who developed the drink, the Summer Solace is both a backward look at the high season of sun and fun and a cool companion on that slow, leafy ...

Slow Food Fast

We were late heading out the door and needed to pick up dinner on the way to our friends Chuck and Rita’s house to watch the Raiders on Monday Night Football (yes, dear readers, Emma ...

"Miss Jones," a poem by Wanda Coleman

she was the great baby sitter — tall dignified rich warm brown we’d scream her name pretend to be endangered run and hide in mama’s clothes closet she’d search house and yard get angry and ...

God Blessed and the Devil Cursed Vizcaino’s Crews

Of Miracles and Grave Misfortunes It had to be a miracle! As Sebastián Vizcaíno’s three ships neared the bay at Cabo de San José, a fog curtained the shoreline, and the ships separated beyond hailing ...

Garden Veggie Lasagna

Recipe by Daniel Manrique, executive chef, the Red Door To tell you the truth, my mother wasn’t a good cook. I started to cook for my little sister by the time I was nine or ...

Now You Know: Kata

“We’re a bunch of positive people playing dark stuff,” says Demetrius Antuna (vox, guitar) of the nine-piece, cinematic, art-metal band Kata. “It’s a release. A way to get it out. Something about darkness feels good ...

Norteño-Flavored Punk with Mariachi El Bronx

The Bronx frontman Matt Caughthran says the inspiration for starting a new band that specialized in the playing of norteño-flavored punk music came out of thin air one day. “It was in the name of ...

Chad Cavanaugh and Coffeehouse Rebellion

“I make street-level music for the people,” says alt-country crooner Chad Cavanaugh. In 2008, the North Park singer/guitarist says he was surprised at his Best New Acoustic Artist nomination for that year’s San Diego H.A.T. ...

The Donald Trump of Punk

Thursday 13<br>Yeah Bud! Portland funky-tonk trio the Quick & Easy Boys ride into Bar Pink behind last year’s A.D.D.-afflicted disc Red Light Rabbit, a genre mashup that found the boys fiddlin’ in-studio with “a mix ...

Overdue at the Library

Lou Curtiss opened Folk Arts Rare Records on Adams Avenue more than 30 years ago. Over the years, he’s promoted folk concerts at SDSU, coffee shops, and, later, the roots festivals staged in the street ...

Gluten-Free In S.D.

My sister-in-law and I are scheduled for a birthday lunch, and she wants to go out. It’s kind of a rare event these days, because she discovered a year ago that she’s gluten intolerant. “Going ...

Hawk Hill. Part 2

So, I’m standing atop Hawk Hill, a 940-foot rise located on the north end of the Golden Gate Bridge and lookout point for the largest known raptor migration path on the West Coast. This is ...

The Visceral Surge of Spanish Art

The most memorable pictures often entail misbehavior.

The plummy walls of the San Diego Museum of Art give the exhibition they surround, From El Greco to Dalí, a velvet jewel-case warmth. If the rooms were full of Goya’s ferocious Caprichos or Disasters ...

City Heights, now East North Park

“I vowed long ago never to move east of route 805!” my friend C.C. admonished me when I told him I was looking for an apartment in an affordable area. My first choice was North ...

Geezer Breaks a Hip

Zach Goode dresses in costume every time he plays with Geezer, a Weezer tribute disguised as senior citizens who’ll play the Belly Up’s ’80s Halloween show on October 31. But he’s donning a different costume ...

How Much Oil in Earth, Newscaster Quirks

Hey, Matt: There must be an end to the earth’s supply of oil. Has anyone predicted when that will happen? — Just Wondering, via email By now you must recognize the background music to this ...

The Galápagos: Wildlife Aplenty

Six hundred miles west of continental Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean, the Galápagos Islands contain birds, fish, reptiles and mammals not found anywhere else in the world. One in four animal species is endemic – ...

Hidden Pipeline, Secret Menace?

Some residents refer to it as the Sleeping Giant. An eight-inch-diameter Navy pipeline, carrying diesel and jet fuel from Point Loma to Miramar, lies beneath San Diego streets and canyons. Each year, 323 million gallons ...

Sports Scandals 101

Ex-Padres owner John Moores, forced to unload the team during a bitter divorce battle, is expanding his lucrative sports-consulting business to universities and colleges. The latest recruits to his firm are interim Big 12 commissioner ...

Uncle Sam May Be No Help

Late last month, Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke said long-term unemployment is a “national crisis.” And it’s urgent that government give more help to the ailing housing industry. San Diego’s unemployment and housing problems are ...

Not Neighborzly

Bassist Jay Crew says he walked out of reggae band Bad Neighborz last year because lead singer Erik Trogisch was mangling his songs. “Erik screams in the mic. He has no dynamic control. Erik would ...

California Made EMA Boring

In the song “California,” Erika M. Anderson sings, “Fuck California, you made me boring.” It’s the lament of a Midwesterner who moved out West and did too much living, too fast and too young. Now ...

State of the Givers

A donor identified on federal filings as Alexander G. Spanos, A.G. Spanos Companies/Founder, gave $30,800 to the Republican National Committee on June 16. Philip Anschutz, the Denver billionaire who is developing Farmers Field in Los ...

Letters

Whom Did That? I want to make a comment on the October 6 Reader, Thomas Larson’s cover story, “Debt. Arson. Murder.” Okay, I’m just a poor old engineer — I’m not an English major — ...

Mary Karr

After ten months praying in a cave in Manresa, St. Ignatius received a vision that permitted him “to see God in all things” — the stated goal of his Spiritual Exercises, which are part of ...

October 6 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Bliss Beedle, Encinitas, 4. Felix E Charfaurs, San Diego , 4. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 4. Patrick Driscoll, Santee, 4. Roy E. Leeper, Chula Vista, 4. John Markey, San Diego, 4. Rebekah Mathieu, San ...

October 6 Brainstorm Contenders

Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 4. * Ed Barno, San Diego, 4. Ripped off again! Threw in my two cents, but only got a penny back for my thoughts. Cindy Fisher, San Clemente, 4. Flo Abena, Rancho ...

October 6 Crossword Contenders

Flo Abena, Rancho Penasquitos, 4. Mary Arana, Encinitas, 4. Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 4. Johanna Barry, Pine Valley, 4. Bob Carlson, Serra Mesa, 4. Leslie Chase, Campo, 4. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 4. Carolyn Clark, Lakeside, ...

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