Content for Wednesday, April 13, 2011

News & Stories

City Council Will Not Compromise on Cannabis Dispensaries

In a last ditch effort to ease the restrictions placed on medical marijuana dispensaries, supporters of prescription cannabis appeared before the city council on April 12, urging councilmembers to amend the ordinances that were approved ...

East Valley Christian Fellowship

Denomination: nondenominational Bible-teaching Membership: 500 Pastor: Jack Forness Age: 64 Born: Olean, NY Formation: St. Bonaventure College, St. Bonaventure, NY; National University, San Diego Years Ordained: 15 San Diego Reader: How long do you spend ...

Prank Queen

April 1. This is the day upon which we are reminded of what we are on the other three hundred and sixty-four. — Mark Twain I rolled over, reached my arm out from beneath the ...

The Conspirator: It’s 1865

The Conspirator “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,” said philosopher George Santayana. This saying has spawned many variants, including, now, director Robert Redford’s: “Those who cannot learn from history are ...

Find Coast Redwoods in Balboa Park

Balboa Park’s trail system is just about complete. After several years of planning and implementation, five trail “gateways” are in place, and a total of 19 trails emanate from those gateways. Throughout the park, sprucing ...

A Fan Boosts the San Diego Clippers

Thirty-Five Years Ago In San Diego, Los Angeles, and Bakersfield...when there were sock hops and kids went steady, there was also Gorgeous George, Mister Moto, the Destroyer, and Tricky Ricky Star. For thousands they were ...

Magic Bus

It was six years in the making. It’s got nine state-of-the-art speakers and woofers and exotic sound baffles and the best amplifiers and digital source units available, says Jon Whitledge about his otherwise nondescript white ...

Cattle Herds, Tinnitus

Matthew Alice: Every day on my way to work I pass a dairy farm. All the cows in the herd are always facing the same direction. Is there a reason for this? — Anonymous, via ...

Cardiac Kidz: We Were '77

“We only had a couple of records, but [the songs] were turning up everywhere and everybody was cashing in except us,” says singer-bassist James Ryan of ’70s punkers the Cardiac Kidz, whose recent reunion was ...

Studs

Yeeee-haw, buckaroos! Time to head for Lakeside.

If you drive north on State Route 67 until it becomes a two-lane road at Mapleview Street, you'll see the Lakeside Rodeo marquee to your right. It’s just past the Rodeo Round-Up truck dealership and ...

Unforgettable: The Long and Winding Road to Gold

After gold had been discovered in the Cuyamacas, ranchers accustomed to outback solitude witnessed an eerie parade: would-be miners trudging up an old Indian trail from Santa Ysabel to Julian City. The steep and rocky ...

Flaunt It: Racy Women from Regal Times at SDMA

As a warm-up before you see the splashy Gainsborough exhibition running at the San Diego Museum of Art, make a pass at Fragonard’s late 1770s Blindman’s Buff in the Timken. In a vaguely bucolic setting, ...

San Diego's One-of-a-Kind Spirits Festival

Centre City Development Corporation consultant Alan Edwards reported one of the more interesting positions, owner and president of the San Diego Spirits Festival, described as an “annual festival promoting local businesses” whose worth he valued ...

Yuck: Something Old Is New Again

Yuck is an exciting young London band whose songs often set distorted electric-guitar noise against understated vocals, sweet melodies, and loud-quiet-loud song structures. Does this sound familiar? To me, it sounds so much like 1991 ...

"Questions," by Hayden Carruth

Your voice comes to me, George, on the winter night In the faint mazy stars, a murmur of hesitant light In the air frozen solid, it seems, from here to Maine. Lonely and late I ...

Maserati 37:29:24

In the ’60s, the pioneers of psychedelic rock were inspired by psychedelic drugs. Not so much anymore, but the musical DNA lives on, so it comes as no surprise when Maserati’s Matt Cherry sends a ...

Mother Kwan

Don’t know why I expect things to be cheaper just because they’re in Chula Vista. Guess I think rents must be lower than, say, downtown. Or uptown. But when I check the prices at Mea ...

Jane Kenyon

On the domed ceiling God is thinking: I made them my joy, and everything else I created I made to bless them. But see what they do! I know their hearts and arguments: “We’re descended ...

Is Tiger Done?

For the first time he seemed old. I mean, not old-old, like Warren Buffett, but old, noticeably older than his closest competitors. Used to be when Tiger was tied or had the lead going into ...

Kayak Rentals

The family from the frigid East is coming for Easter, and they want San Diego water fun, no matter how cold the Pacific may be. Kellys don’t surf, but maybe kayaking… “We’re the real deal, ...

To South America with Cueva Bistro

They had me at empanadas. When I learned that Cueva Bistro was serving these sturdy Argentine/Chilean snacks — packets of thin-rolled, oven-crisped dough containing beef, chicken, and all manner of other goodies — it went ...

Punk the Fussies

Thursday 14 You miss me last week? Liar. Got lots of cool to-dos to do, so follow the bouncing balls...from Athens, GA, psych-rock trio Maserati pulls into Soda Bar behind their latest and spaciest to ...

Riviera Supper Club

A friend who frequents the Riviera Supper Club in La Mesa once remarked that drinking in the attached Turquoise Room rejuvenates his sense of machismo. While the sentiment had never occurred to me, the retro ...

Letters

Bad Bimbo I think that it is terrible that Bimbo just decided to close the stores without letting its customers know — due to a business decision (“Stringers,” April 7). My mom and I have ...

Charlie Imes, Starring Johnny Depp

Charlie Imes first earned local notice while playing guitar with local classic rockers Signs of Life and Against the Grain. For his 2008 solo debut, On an Island, he gathered nearly a dozen locals — ...

Intoxicating Suds and Gastroenteritis

A genealogy of Dead Rock West and its crew of hard-/punk-/folk-rock collaborators would gobble twice the space allotted for this emission. To the (momentary) point: since 2003, Frank Lee Drennen and Cindy Wasserman have often ...

Privatized Air's Dead Air

“We’re busy getting the van in order and getting our T-shirts and CDs all packed up,” says singer-guitarist Jonny Q, whose band Privatized Air released their sophomore album Tomorrow or Something in February. “I booked ...

San Diego Redevelopment: They Prey, We Pray

San Diego fat cats transformed the concept of redevelopment from help for the poor to welfare for the rich. They have a fear of Governor Jerry Brown, who wants to get rid of redevelopment agencies ...

Dr. Naimark: Rage or Insanity, a Change of Mind

In a surprising turn of events, a psychiatrist revealed to a jury in the Vista courthouse that he had changed his mind about the sanity of the defendant. The reversal came when Dr. David Naimark ...

Nathan Fletcher for Assembly (or Mayor)

Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, said to be interested in running to replace the termed-out Jerry Sanders as San Diego mayor next year, continued to collect thousands of dollars in his state campaign committee, Fletcher for Assembly. ...

Freebies for Officials

It’s springtime, when flowers bloom and city officials are required to disclose their personal financial dealings. There’s lots of money to be made in beer. At least that seems the conclusion best drawn from the ...

April 7 Crossword Contenders

Flo Abena, Rancho Penasquitos, 2. Aurora Alvarado , 4S Ranch, 2. Thanks Barry! Woody Anderson, Carmel Valley, 2. Government shutdown? No more Obama Boon doggles? Where's the problem? Mary Arana, Encinitas, 2. A puzzle a ...

April 7 Brainstorm Contenders

Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 2. This is the second puzzle in the second quarter of 2011. Mike Barry, Pine Valley, 2. She sells seashells by the seashore. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 2. Any gift that isn't ...

April 7 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Joe Arbusto, Rancho Penasquitos, 2. Republican Great "YoYo" Society! "Your On Your Own" American Worker! Susan Avery, Escondido, 2. This one was fun! Thanks for the cap! Peter Bartkiewicz, Chula Vista, 2. Evil is ...