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San Marcos Boulevard Ready for Improvements

At the San Marcos City Council meeting on April 26, the council voted to accept improvements made to San Marcos Boulevard as part of the city’s “Smart Corridor Project.” The project was mostly paid for ...

Bicyclist Steers Duck Family to Safety

On the morning of April 26, at the corner of Rancho Bernardo and Pomerado Roads, bicyclist Neil Schneider came upon a mother duck and her 11 babies, waddling along in the bike lane next to ...

Search for Shelter Site Begins and Ends on Newton Avenue

Although the winter homeless shelter in Logan Heights was closed just a few months ago, the debate about where to place it this year is already heating up. On April 27, councilmembers on the Land ...

The Beach Patrol with Selective Vision

Thirty-Five Years Ago Public nude sunbathing in San Diego has been confined, legally, to the 300 yards of Black’s Beach at the northern end of the San Diego city limit. While it is illegal elsewhere ...

Sell the Dodgers to Charlie Sheen

It’s always little people who get screwed. Look at the Dodgers. A mighty franchise brought down to the point where a soulless drone like Bud Selig is moved to seize control. This is what happens ...

Tijuana’s Public Space: The Consumption of Identity

On the morning of April 12, a crowd of approximately 700 Tijuana residents, armed with placards and megaphones, shouted on the doorsteps of city hall, “¡Eco-cidio — no a la tala de arboles! ¡No al ...

Popcorn Boy Serves Kill the Irishman, Queen to Play, and Incendies

We cull, we mull, we ponder what the god of cinema, better known as Popcorn Boy, provides us each week. Fresh from the popper: Kill the Irishman After the violent cinematic primes of Francis Coppola ...

Basil Pesto

Recipe by Mark Pelliccia, chef and co-owner, 25Forty Bistro & Bakehouse Many chefs cook the kind of food they like to eat. I am simple when it comes to the food I eat. Eggplant parmigiano ...

Very Good Flavor Del Mar

Jason Maitland was the final chef at Arterra before the Marriott fired him and everybody else to remake the restaurant from scratch. (I haven’t been to the new incarnation and can’t say I’m eager: for ...

Garageland Trailer Released

“The music scene is going downhill. It’s gone downhill,” says former Battalion of Saints band leader Chris Smith in the opening seconds of the trailer for the coming feature film Garageland. Dated by his bottle-blonde ...

Railroad Grub in Chinatown

Chinatown? What Chinatown? I’m standing at Third Avenue at Market. Looking down to…Chinatown? Who could ever tell? A century or so ago, we all would have been able to, my friend Dr. Chuang once told ...

Record-Release Roundup

New local tuneage now available includes Born with Stripes, from surf-slackers the Donkeys, who will play an in-store at M-Theory for the event on Saturday, April 30; Best Days, by spiritual songsmith Steven Ybarra; Plague ...

The Fall of Western Civilization at a North Park Coffeehouse

Meeting of the Minds, moderated by Gary Grine, meets Wednesdays at Filter Coffee House. Grine formed this group when he decided that the Thursday discussion group he had founded became “too political and too liberal.” ...

Julian? Who's Julian?

Drury Bailey and the Founding of Julian City, Part One On November 10, 1602, Sebastián Vizcaíno sailed into San Miguel Bay. He renamed it “San Diego,” after his flagship and the saint of Alcalá. For ...

It's a Trap

After first hearing Interrobang’s set at O’Connell’s a few weeks ago, I couldn’t help but suspect occult affiliations. The quartet sounded like Tortoise loosely covering Jobim tunes for a traveling freak and medicine show somewhere ...

Hey, Pal, What's Goin' Badly?

“There is a therapeutic aspect to reporting what few like to admit. What is a reporter except a kind of house detective, scavenging through the bureau drawers of men’s lives, searching for the minor vice, ...

Kitten with a Whip: Cutesy vs. Tough

“We haven’t been a band for seven years.” Kitten with a Whip founder Audrey Moesch says that, aside from the occasional reunion gig, the Kitten has been silent until now. “We did a birthday gig ...

Clean It with Vinegar

The conversation at the annual Kelly spring barbecue turned to spring-cleaning. “Spring what?” laughed Angela. “My spring-cleaning lasts all year,” said Monica. “It should really be called ‘year-cleaning.’” Nancy freshens the paint on the doors ...

The New Flume Trail Out of El Monte County Park

The County of San Diego’s brand-new Flume Trail linking El Monte Park to Blossom Valley is hardly flat, as the name “flume” might imply. On the contrary, it darts relentlessly upward on a zigzagging route, ...

Dengue Fever Brings Cannibal Courtship to the Casbah

The concept was simple: Brothers Zac and Ethan Holtzman wanted to find a Cambodian singer and relive ’60s Cambodian pop. Things clicked into place when Chhom Nimol, a singer working a Cambodian lounge in Long ...

TV on the Radio: Ponderous No More?

TV on the Radio is one of the most important bands of the past ten years, and, until recently, their music wouldn’t let you forget it. Too often, in the past, the band sounded ponderous. ...

Itching to Shred

Thursday 28 Up for some “intellegent fun”? That’s how L.A. rap duo Afro Classics (feat. Scarub of Living Legends and Very of Us Pros) describes this year’s Classic Rock, their first release together in a ...

Letters

We’ve Got No Friends Regarding “Democrats Are Not Your Friends? Protestors Rally Outside City College” (“Stringers,” April 21). The Democratic and Republican Congress are not our friends. They are owned by corporate America that has ...

Smart Meter? Her Heart’s Not in It

When a San Diego Gas and Electric technician asked Susan Foster how the company could allay her concerns about smart meters, her reply left him speechless. “Can you get me a new heart?” Foster stood ...

The Federal Reserve's Money Orgy

Back in the Old West, watering of livestock was standard business practice. A cow would be bloated with water so it could be sold at a stiff price. Pretty soon, Wall Street learned how to ...

Former City Manager Lamont Ewell Pops Up in Oakland

P. Lamont Ewell, San Diego city manager from April 2004 to November 2005, before leaving to become city manager of Santa Monica, retiring there in December 2009, has popped up on the public payroll again, ...

U-T's Tom Gores Mugs for Cameras in Detroit

L.A.’s Tom Gores, whose Platinum Equity has owned the Union-Tribune since buying it from David Copley two years ago, has been raising his public profile of late. For years, the only photograph of the discount ...

Jamul Community Church

Membership: 500 Pastor: Gary Musser Age: 60 Born: Riverside Formation: California Baptist College (University), Riverside; Biola University-Talbot Seminary, La Mirada; Bethel Seminary, San Diego Years Ordained: 35 years San Diego Reader: How long do you ...

Amanda Waggener Leaves Michigan Behind

"Being in a band is like being married to four or five very different people at once,” says singer/songwriter Amanda Waggener. “And, let’s face it, being married to just one person is tough enough. I’ve ...

Anonymous

The gates of the town are closed. The princes have gone to sleep. The chatter of voices has quieted down. Doorbolts are fastened. Not until morning will they be opened. The gods of the place, ...

"Dishwater" and "Mourners," by Ted Kooser

Dishwater Slap of the screen door, flat knock of my grandmother’s boxy black shoes on the wooden stoop, the hush and sweep of her knob-kneed, cotton-aproned stride out to the edge and then, toed in ...

April 21 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Bliss Beedle, Encinitas, 11. When friends are scarce. Garlic is good. Joe Arbusto, Rancho Penasquitos, 4. Raise the debt ceiling or open gates of economic hell. Susan Avery, Escondido, 4. Time for fun. Peter ...

April 21 Crossword Contenders

Flo Abena, Rancho Penasquitos, 4. Woody Anderson, Carmel Valley, 4. Soph & Meg- great fun building sandcastles at La Jolla Shores. Mary Arana, Encinitas, 4. An I for an o- uh oh. Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, ...

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