Stories for December 2011

Friday, December 30

More Contractor Coziness with Southwestern College Officials

There is a connection between the Sweetwater Union High School District’s alleged corruption and Southwestern College’s. Affidavits recently unsealed by the San Diego County district attorney’s office help make those connections. Paul Bunton, CEO of ...

From a Bean

I can understand why people think I don’t like kids. I don’t have any children of my own (nor do I want any), and I’m often the first to pipe up in a crowded area ...

Thursday, December 29

Geezerville

I used to scoff at people who lived in senior citizen communities. I called them “Geezervilles,” and swore I would never live in one of them. Not me. I’m too hip. But, after yet another ...

El Camino, by the Black Keys

Beginning with 2008's Attack & Release, each subsequent Black Keys record has taken their sound a step further away from its garage-rock origins. While some purists may decry the Danger Mouse-influenced shift to a more ...

Shortcuts - John Smith III (No, really)

Car: Tastefully modified 1998 Honda Civic hatchback. Previous Cars: 1994 Civic sedan with an LS motor swap, 1989 Nova, and my prized 1986 Toyota Corolla AE86 GT5. How’s your commute? I commute from Mira Mesa ...

Secret Coziness Between Seville Construction Services and Southwestern College Revealed

Affidavits were released on December 28 that detailed the San Diego DA’s motivations for the December 20 raids on former and current trustees of the Sweetwater Union High School District, contractors associated with them, and ...

Wednesday, December 28

O’Hungry Boy

“Cupboard’s bare, buddy. We have to stretch it till Friday.”

"Malagueña salerosa…” Krizanto sings his heart out. I chomp into my $5 dinner: ribs, carrots, broccoli, blob of mash, white-bread bun, and butter. Take a slurp of my $1 beer. Yeah, one Washington. In Old ...

Lighthouse Christian Church

Affiliation: Independent Christian Churches Membership: 920 Pastor: Michael Openshaw Age: 53 Born: Atlanta, Georgia Formation: Lincoln Christian College and Lincoln Christian Seminary, Lincoln, Illinois Years in Ministry: 33 San Diego Reader: What is your favorite ...

El Ten Eleven and the Double-Neck Guitar

Double-neck guitars are inherently ridiculous. Did Jimmy Page really need to cart that gigantic Gibson EDS-1275 along on tour just so he could switch from 12-string to 6-string for the solo in “Stairway to Heaven”? ...

AstroAlchemy

Title: AstroAlchemy Address: astroalchemy.com Author: Simone Butler From: Community Blogging since: September 2007 Post Title: An Angel on Her Shoulder Post Date: December 8, 2011 I first spotted Amanda at a busy intersection not long ...

Start at the Oceanside Pier. Stop in 3000 Miles.

Most of us onlookers conquered the mountain the easy way — by car — and had gathered for the big moment, trying at the same time to exploit the 10,857-foot elevation for an alpine vista. ...

Get on the Stick!

Thursday 29Middle East boogaloo. And belly-dancing! Oaktown entertainers and festival faves Beats Antique bring their latest and greatest, Elektrafone, to Belly Up for a night of tribal partying and gyrating belly buttons. “Sidecar” Tommy says ...

Environmentally Friendly Burial

Ever since Aunt Azelda’s dog died, the dear old bird has been thinking of her own demise. “I don’t want to be in the way, Evie,” she told me. “Just burn me up and put ...

Who Are Those Guys?

Joe Walsh heard a copy of their debut CD and liked it. “He said it was pretty fucking good,” says Steve Bulger — Stevie B — the singer/harpist who fronts 145th Street. The band recently ...

Reviews of War Horse, We Bought a Zoo, Pariah

The ritual Top Ten ceremony waits until next week, as we look at the last movie glimmers of 2011: There is a hellish episode in War Horse. The English stallion Joey, having endured over three ...

Doing the Deed on a Pig Farm

A few weeks ago, Hank, a businessman in his 50s, invited about 30 people out to his rural estate in Valley Center to take part in the slaughtering of two large pigs. “My conclusion from ...

Moonshake's Techy Grooves

Pro BMX biking, the dance-club Moonshake, and North Park boutique Hunt & Gather all have something in common: Lee Reynolds, also known as Dr. Indulgent. While growing up in the United Kingdom, Lee gained notoriety ...

Top Sports Stories of 2011

Depends where you live. If you live in Huntsville, Texas, the big story of 2011 is Sam Houston State University winning a championship at the College Finals Rodeo for the first time in 43 years. ...

Where Chia Pets Came From

Heymatt: It’s Christmas time again or as I call it Chia season. I finally need to know, what the heck is chia? What would happen if I dumped all my chia seeds in my garden ...

Fred Wesley & the Greyboy Allstars

Trombonist Fred Wesley would like to be known for more than just funk and soul. Since the late ’90s, straight-ahead jazz has been the focus of his Fred Wesley Group. “But trying to get back ...

Hey, That's My Song!

If you saw the recent Glee episode with Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” covered as a slow and somber ballad (and charting this week in the Billboard’s Hot 100), singer/songwriter Greg Laswell ...

Woo-hoo! Chula Vista U!

Will Harvard or Notre Dame come to a South Bay university site as Sweetwater school district boardmember John McCann suggested in November? Will taxpayers vote for another bond to build a university? Will the City ...

What’s Your American Dream?

The American Dream — at least what it seems to have become over the past three or four decades — is getting a bit of an overhaul. In times of great prosperity, the American Dream ...

Letters

Save A Seat At The Table Adios, Naomi. I was saddened to read of the death of Naomi Wise in Ed Bedford’s blog tribute. I began reading Naomi’s restaurant reviews from the very beginning. After ...

Borrower

A poem by Una Nichols Hynum

A hesitant knock at the door. I look out, then down. The neighbor’s little boy, I think his name is Christian, Stands staring at his tennis shoes, Faded t-shirt ripped at the neck. He holds ...

December 22 Brainstorm Contenders

* Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 3. The famous chauffer for the Apple Corporation was caught grieving. The newspaper headline read: "Jeeves Sobs for Steve Jobs." * Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 2. The economy is so bad ...

December 22 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Susan Avery, Escondido, 3. Carl Baltrunas, Milpitas, 3. Felix E Charfaurs, San Diego , 3. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 3. Patrick Driscoll, Santee, 3. Michael Fabonan, Chula vista, 3. Paula Henderson, La Jolla, 3. ...

December 22 Crossword Contenders

Flo Abena, Rancho Penasquitos, 3. * Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 3. We all know that new years resolution goes in one year and out the other. L. Barling, El Cajon, 3. Evelyn Bowser, Hillcrest, 3. Bob ...

Tuesday, December 27

Congressman Bob Filner Stands Up for Medical Marijuana

Democratic congressman and San Diego mayoral candidate Bob Filner was the featured speaker at a medical marijuana rally and march that took place in Ocean Beach on Monday, December 26. The organization Americans for Safe ...

Former Southwestern College VP Alioto Linked Again to Contractor?

The legacy of former Southwestern College vice president Nicholas Alioto is not a closed chapter, as attested to by the following: Alioto’s house was searched by the San Diego district attorney’s office on December 20 ...

Monday, December 26

Dog Walking Ain’t Easy

If you’ve got the right set of skills and attributes, Roxanne and Kristyne of Walk-N-Roll Doggie might want to hire you. First tell me about Walk N Roll Doggie. Walk N Roll Doggie is a ...

Sunday, December 25

Southwestern College Leery of “Pay for Play” Perception

Southwestern College issued a statement on December 22 that calls for “procedures and protocols…to ensure the integrity of the contract selection process.” The statement continued, “No employee associated with construction or general acquisition shall accept ...

Friday, December 23

The Heat Rises for Sweetwater Union High School District Trustees and Associates

While attention from the district attorney’s December 20 raids was focused on Sweetwater Union High School District trustees, the agents also searched the homes of former of Southwestern College officials. Both districts were recipients of ...

Boo Boo Davis's Undercover Blues

Yes, his name is Boo Boo, except on legal documents. But the technically James Davis never went to school (or so sayeth his press kit), so he can't read legal documents. So, he's better off ...

Chris Cornell Opens His Songbook at the Balboa Theatre

Chris Cornell finished out his 2011 Songbook tour playing to a sold-out crowd at San Diego's Balboa Theatre. Cornell, the former frontman for Seattle alt-rockers Soundgarden, as well as Audioslave and Temple of the Dog, ...

Thursday, December 22

The Atharva-veda

The great guardian among these gods sees as if from anear. He that thinketh he is moving stealthily — all this the gods know. If a man stands, walks, or sneaks about, if he goes ...

Merry Christmas, and Happy New Job

Is the holiday season, Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, a bad time to do a job search? A common misconception holds that the holiday season is a time for the job search candidate to take ...

Wednesday, December 21

Joy to the Screen

Scott: The first inkling that Christmas was not a holiday for Hebrews came from a neighbor kid, the fine Aryan specimen Timothy Murphy: “My Uncle Roy says Jews celebrate Christmas by staying home and counting ...

Notes on American Freedom

My first 2 hours on American soil — Dallas Ft. Worth airport to be exact — were spent in long lines: ‘Freedom’ lines. Because I’d complained about the wait to the person next to me, ...

Indestructible Ideas!

Title: Indestructible Ideas! Address: indestructibleideas.com Author: Gino Montessi from: Bonita Blogging since: September 2011 Post Title: Revolutionary Bitch! Post Date: October 15, 2011 I want a revolutionary bitch. Scratch that, I want a revolutionary chick. ...

Wonderful Wagashi

It’s amazing what you can learn sitting at your friendly neighborhood sushi bar. Back in 1999, when we were still living in the greater Los Angeles area, I took on a consulting gig here in ...

The Death Ship Returns to Baja and Salvation

The Death Ship Comes Alive When the crew of the San Diego heard they were finally going home, relief erupted. “They thought they might have a few more days to live,” writes Father Antonio Ascensión, ...

Celia St Croix Digs Bar Eleven

I first came across acoustic singer/songwriter Celia St Croix on Twitter via local-bandleader and fellow-tweeter Scott West, who cowrote the four songs on her debut EP. Even though St Croix, a student at City College, ...

If You Want Blood, You Got It

On November 8, Cherry Bar owner James Young flew the hard-rocking San Diego band Bloody Hollies to Melbourne for two shows. Guitarist Joey Horgen describes the junket as “a test run” for an alliance between ...

Private Eye Rock

“I’ve worked on some heinous cases involving polygamists, murder, various detached body parts, the Mexican mafia, and Los Palillos, a kidnapping and extortion ring” says Psychosally frontman Trevor Sesma, who works as a private investigator ...

Movie Reviews: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Adventures of Tintin, A Dangerous Method

Playing George Smiley in the new film of John le Carré’s most famous book, Gary Oldman is a long, gentlemanly way from his punky Sid Vicious in 1986’s Sid and Nancy. At times he is ...

Borderline Tours

Mike Harris drives his blue Ford Ranger pickup south on Hollister Street, through the Tijuana River Valley, toward the border. He stops the truck on the shoulder and calls the Border Patrol to tell a ...

Tracy Shedd, Simpatico with Sonic Youth

Tracy Shedd’s “Whatever It Takes” at first sounds as if it’s going to turn into one of those über-positive “don’t let life get you down” girlpop rants, but no. It’s more about evading the suffocation ...

Occupy's Liquid Asset

“We believe in the Occupy movement and others like it,” says Scott Stephens, manager and vocalist of local pop-rock entourage Liquid Blue. “We’ve been an activist group for many years. We’re really hyped to support ...

The Merk Bistro’s Fresh Basil Gimlet

David Oliver, bar manager and resident mixologist at the Merk Bistro, was in a quandary: he loves gimlets, but hates the syrupy lime-juice flavoring most traditional recipes call for. His solution was to reinvent the ...

Analog Bar

Analog Bar’s slogan — “Good Food Strong Drinks” — is spot-on. The nu-retro music-themed bar’s cocktails are mixed (and priced) aggressively. The food is creative and, yeah, good, but not great, especially at prices that ...

College Football Has Become a Busy Brothel

Greed until somebody makes you stop. You see it in banking, drug cartels, and politics. It’s especially raw in college football. Big-league college football has become a busy brothel. University presidents glide into the front ...

Lot 373W: Sgt. Pepper's Amp?

Those who may have searched Bonham’s auction website in the days following November 29 for news about “sale 19037, lot 373W” found a cryptic message posted in red: “This lot has been withdrawn.” Lot 373W ...

Fretful Fiasco

During my childhood, Christmas was, without question, my favorite holiday. The myth, the magic, the mirth: everything about it was wonderful. I was raised Catholic, but by the time my sisters and I entered adolescence, ...

Why Kids Love Sweets

Heymatt: My kids love candy and anything sweet. If I put sugar on spinach, I’m sure they’d eat it. It seems to be true for most kids. I really had to be careful at Halloween ...

The Stock Market Roller Coaster

The stock market is like Pavlov’s dogs. It starts to salivate at the thought of a juicy meal, long before it gets one. (About a century ago, Russian scientist Ivan Petrovich Pavlov found that if ...

Navy Loses Shirt on Solar Project at Camp Pendleton

An audit by the Pentagon’s inspector general has found that the Navy, in a hurry to spend funds appropriated by Congress in February 2009’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, commissioned a series of expensive and ...

County Can Afford Fords

Public budgets are said to be tight, but San Diego County is in the market for 26 new 2012 Ford Taurus SEL four-wheel-drive sedans for its general service fleet, according to a November 29 request ...

Beats and Samples: TV Girl

The first thing you notice about TV Girl is that it sounds old-fashioned and modern at the same time. Brad Petering and Trung Ngo piece their music together from digital beats and samples of old ...

Let Christmas Songs Inspire Your Party Decor

Am I suddenly in the middle of a 1940s Christmas musical? I wondered. Images of Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” danced in my head as Alexis walked around her house, dreaming up ideas for her holiday-party ...

Praying Hands

A poem by Ted Kooser

There is at least one pair in every thrift shop in America, molded in plastic or plaster of paris and glued to a plaque, or printed in church-pamphlet colors and framed under glass. Today I ...

Letters

It’s Lies, All Lies! Regarding Elizabeth Salaam’s article “The Unkindest Cut” (Cover Story, December 15). She has no MD or DO interviewed, she references Drugs.com about Pitocin (all on the internet is not truth!), she ...

December 15 Brainstorm Contenders

Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 2. Flo Abena, Rancho Pensquitas, 1. Carl Baltrunas, Milpitas, 1. Mike Barry, Pine Valley, 1. * Fred Delgado, San Diego, 1. Man, had to break out the Russian night goggles for ...

December 15 Crossword Contenders

Flo Abena, Rancho Penasquitos, 2. Ron Akers, Sabre Springs, 2. Mary Arana, Encinitas, 2. Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 2. L. Barling, El Cajon, 2. Evelyn Bowser, Hillcrest, 2. Bob Carlson, Serra Mesa, 2. * Leslie Chase, ...

December 15 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Susan Avery, Escondido, 2. Carl Baltrunas, Milpitas, 2. Felix E Charfaurs, San Diego , 2. * Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 2. How much "sham" and how much "pain" is there in champagne. Larry Clark, ...

Tuesday, December 20

Sweetwater Union High School District Boardmembers' Homes Raided

Today, December 20, district attorney investigators raided the homes of several Sweetwater Union High School District boardmembers and Henry Amigable, who served as a bond construction program manager for both the district and Southwestern College. ...

Mysterious Bird Deaths Near Ocean Beach

Shawn Steele, a birding enthusiast who lives near Robb Field, was driving across the Sunset Cliffs Bridge on the afternoon of December 7 when he saw an osprey carcass in the road. “It did not ...

Monday, December 19

The Christmas Tool

I was up early today watching for Santa Claus/The U.S. Postal Service. I have never been threatened by, or treated poorly by, a member of the United States Postal Service. I have however been accused ...

Saturday, December 17

Catching the Holiday Spirit: Newtown, Pennsylvania

By nature, Philadelphia is a hectic city. The people are tough. The suburbs extend forever. The highways are always congested. Plus it was Christmastime, and family obligations amplified every stressful second. Philly is not my ...

An Ecuadorian Christmas in Quito

Over Christmas break in 2009, I chose to participate in a brief volunteer project in Quito, Ecuador, working with street kids. Once my volunteer stint was over, I wasted no time exploring this magnificent city ...

Tidal Living in Bahia, Brazil

Those who abide in the coastal state of Bahia in northeastern Brazil live according to something like "tidal time": when it ebbs, and it ebbs hundreds of meters, it's time for business; when it flows, ...

Friday, December 16

Escondido’s Mayor Abed Says No to Applause

At the beginning of the oral communication portion of the Escondido City Council’s meeting on December 14, mayor Sam Abed issued the warning: “I want to make it very clear, that applause, standing, cheering, and ...

Thursday, December 15

An Unforgettable Trip to Salzburg, Austria, and Dachau, Germany

They say every little girl’s dream is to be a princess. When I told a family friend that I’d been accepted into the Salzburg Global Seminar and would be living in an 18th century castle, ...

Evil of America

“Barb, I don’t know what to do -- they want me to testify,” Jane said. “Wow. Shit just got real,” I said. “What do you mean you don’t know what to do? You have to. ...

Fewer Mexicans Attempting to Cross Border into U.S.

Tijuana’s daily Frontera recently reported a 40 percent drop in what the Mexicans call repatriaciones — the process wherein Mexican nationals deported from the U.S. are officially received into Mexico. The paper concluded that the ...

Wednesday, December 14

DrMindBodyIsIN

Title: DrMindBodyIsIN Address: drmindbodyisin.com Author: Howard Koseff, M.D. From: Carlsbad Blogging since: September 2011 Title: “A” is for Arsenic, not Apple. Date: December 6, 2011 In what looks like a fairly comprehensive study, Consumer Reports ...

Mulling in S.D.

“Mulling is when you infuse your cider with other flavors and aromas,” said Kathy. “You can use spices, herbs, fruits, or even sugars.” She pulled a pile of saucepans from under her stovetop. “Shall we ...

Totally Wicked

“I used to have a ranch down Toluca way,” Guillermo says. “Lamb is very popular.”

Who says there’s no more new food to create? Last big food invention I can remember around here happened a century ago, when Caesar Cardini accidentally invented the Caesar Salad. But, hey, how about Michael ...

Bitter Cold and Scurvy Dog Vizcaíno’s Ships

Toward the Freezing North As Sebastian Vizcaíno’s expedition prepared to leave San Diego Bay, a member of the crew struggled to board a launch. Stiff-legged, barely able to walk, he stumbled, struggled to stand up, ...

The Unkindest Cut: Countdown to a C-Section

My introduction to Elizabeth Cooper-Schultz comes by way of a text message in which she refers to Mary Birch as “that hospital that claims to be mother and baby friendly.” When I arrive at the ...

Efficiency of Teen Multitaskers

Hey Matt: My teenager always seems to be doing ten things at once. I can barely manage one or two. Is there something special about the teenage brain that makes them good multitaskers? — Mom ...

Canyon View Church of Christ

Membership: 450 Pastor: John McKeel Age: 58 Born: Wichita, Kansas Formation: Columbia Christian College, Portland, Oregon; Pepperdine University, Malibu Years Ordained: 32 San Diego Reader: What is your favorite subject on which to preach? Pastor ...

This Reminds Me of December

It took me years to learn that the books I had sent home were unread and gathering dust.

Associations with December: too many. I will economize on my reflections. My birthday is in December, as is that of my good friend, writer and elementary school teacher Elizabeth Cullen, as well as historical and ...

The Colts' Luck

Six weeks ago I wrote a column about the Indianapolis Colts deliberately losing their games in order to guarantee owning the number 1 pick in April’s NFL draft. Said pick to be used to acquire ...

The White Arrows Have Direction

When Mickey Schiff rings from Los Angeles, I ask about his voice. If he’s not using a megaphone or something like that, it sounds like it must hurt to sing. “There’s no real tricks,” he ...

Legion Air

Last year, when the Far West band went looking for a place to record, they settled on the American Legion post in Encinitas. “Our drummer, Tony Sanborn, lives just south of Oceanside,” says Lee Briante. ...

Rewind the Clock to the Ghosts of Seasons Past

He’s nostalgic for something that’s gone, not hopeful for what could be.

Jacob Marley’s isn’t the only Ghost of Christmas Past. Everyone probably has a few. They may not arrive in chains, shaking a bony finger at the void, and whispering “beware.” In fact, they may be ...

Big Black Sun

Art criticizes everything, especially the way art itself frames reality.

I know people who say they’re from the ’60s as some people say they’re from Paris or New York. It’s not descriptive, it’s declarative, proudly (or smugly) so, and vaguely definitive of their politics. I ...

Blowing Up Skirts

Thursday 15According to the Wik, white buffalo are American bison considered sacred signs in several Native American religions. Last.fm says White Buffalo’s “a throwback to the time of hard-touring, hard-drinking artists who lived what they ...

Movie Reviews: The Artist and Carnage

Glad tidings, of coming holiday gifts: “I won’t talk!” silently mouths an actor in the silent movie being made inside The Artist, a film that is itself almost entirely silent in speech. Soon after, a ...

A Jung Technology

Carl Jung once posited, “The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.” It was ...

Rob and Zach Do Pinback

When Rob Crow and Zach Smith formed Pinback in 1998, they quickly became one of the most-talked about San Diego bands in indie rock (even if they weren’t necessarily all that famous in San Diego). ...

Watch Your Step in City Heights

Last Sunday, while jogging up Wightman Street through City Heights, I had to avoid five piles of dog crap, seven fecal smears, and one brown lumpy puddle — all on city sidewalks. These numbers do ...

Penetrating Questions with Chris Sullivan

The rough cut of Eric Rife’s rockumentary Garageland begins with the shrill alarm of “Walk the Beat” by the Penetrators. And rightly so — some local rock historians say that the Penetrators, in 1978, were ...

The Convention Center Liars

"Even in the face of the current economic downturn, the San Diego Convention Center continues to deliver significant benefits to the greater San Diego region,” boasted the center in its 2010 annual report. Do not ...

Deficit Dollar Art

The U.S. government may be laden with debt, but that hasn’t kept the feds from looking for an artist to help ornament the soon-to-be completed Broadway courthouse downtown. “In addition to a new courthouse, the ...

Letters

A Great Green Read What a joy it was to read Bill Manson’s piece “Wild” (Cover Story, December 8). Having interviewed Phil Unitt many years ago while working on a piece about the ecological destruction ...

Porn and Politicos

Downtown’s F Street X-rated bookstore has vacated its longtime premises in the Gaslamp Quarter on Fourth Avenue. The business got its start just around the corner on F Street in the 1970s, in a narrow ...

Local SoCal

“The show is made by local musicians, for local musicians,” says producer Joe Stevens, whose TV program So-Cal Showcase will debut in January on Time Warner public access channel 19. “Each 30-minute episode is dedicated ...

One of 1 Percent

Molecular biologist Suresh Subramani, appointed earlier this year as senior vice chancellor for academic affairs at UCSD, is pulling down a cool $350,000 a year, plus car allowance of $8916. Besides that, the longtime biology ...

"Lilith," by Ron Koertge

She did not graze on all fours but wrapped her arms and legs around Adam and said, “Oh, Daddy. It feels so good,” and he promised her a little place of her own in Manhattan. ...

December 8 Crossword Contenders

Flo Abena, Rancho Penasquitos, 1. Ron Akers, Sabre Springs, 1. Mary Arana, Encinitas, 1. Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 1. L. Barling, El Cajon, 1. Evelyn Bowser, Hillcrest, 1. Bob Carlson, Serra Mesa, 1. Leslie Chase, Campo, ...

December 8 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Susan Avery, Escondido, 1. Carl Baltrunas, Milpitas, 1. David Brokiewrcz, Spring Valley, 1. Felix E Charfaurs, San Diego , 1. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 1. * Larry Clark, Clairemont, 1. Treat a house guest ...

Tuesday, December 13

Sweetwater Union High School District Board Refuses to Consider Campaign Cash Cap

On December 12, the Sweetwater Union High School District board was asked to consider a resolution that would place a $500 limit on campaign contributions from individuals or committees to trustee candidates. The resolution died ...

Escondido Police Nab Alleged Reckless Driver Who Had Cocaine

Police said they were doing one of their regular DUI “saturation patrols” in Escondido on December 2 when they saw a man driving toward them on the wrong side of the street. When police tried ...

Monday, December 12

Real Estate Days

It sounds like something you've heard before. The jangle of guitars and a soft boyish voice is nothing new in indie-music world. But the New Jersey boys of Real Estate turn those played-out elements into ...

Los Lobos — 40 Years Strong

What could be more ironic then a mariachi band covering Neil Diamond's "Coming to America?" Opening act El Mariachi did just that, and I hope the well-lubricated crowd at the Belly Up enjoyed the humor ...

Sunday, December 11

Checking Out Boston

Whether you want to learn about early American history, explore art museums, watch leaves change color or sip a pint, Boston does not disappoint. The easiest way for someone unfamiliar with Boston to get around ...

Saturday, December 10

Dry-Rotten Electric Pole Falls on Imperial Beach Apartment Building

A utility pole fell against an Imperial Beach apartment building on the morning of December 7, cutting off power to approximately two city blocks. At around 6:30 a.m., the wooden pole fell against the two-story ...

Diving with Manta Rays in Kona, Hawaii

As a frequent visitor to Hawaii, I’m always looking for a new experience to expand my appreciation for the islands. A friend recommended I try the manta ray night snorkel in Kona, and at first ...

Thursday, December 8

Al-Juwayni

[The prophets] bring both what reason cannot deny and would not be guided to independently; provisions of the Law, the Divine promises and threats, on which depend judgments and which reason would not perceive, even ...

Inn at the Park

Built as a residential hotel in 1926, Inn at the Park (née Park Manor Suites) in Bankers Hill was bought by Shell Vacations in May and is currently undergoing renovations to give rooms a kitschy, ...

Chula Vista Redevelopment Corporation Dismantled

On December 6, the Chula Vista City Council voted unanimously to dissolve the Chula Vista Redevelopment Corporation. Modeled after San Diego’s Centre City Development Corporation, it was hoped that the organization would inspire redevelopment projects ...

Don’t Hang Up on Telemarketing

If you’ve spent most of 2011 looking for a job and come up short, you might want to think of taking desperate measures. No, not that desperate! But close. Psst, have you thought of becoming ...

Montaña de Oro State Park, California

"Come forth into the light of things, Let Nature be your teacher." ~ John Muir I don’t know if John Muir ever visited what is now Montaña de Oro State Park, but the bard of ...

Wednesday, December 7

Apple and Brown Butter Cake

Recipe by Amy Simpson, Pastry chef, Bertrand at Mr. A’s I grew up in a pretty traditional Italian family. And my mom and grandmother happen to be the best cooks in the whole world. One ...

Tijuana River Bridge Undergoes Reinforcement

The 50-year-old Tijuana River Bridge has been crossed by hundreds of thousands of pedestrians over the years. The structure replaced a wooden bridge, which had undergone several incarnations since the 1920s and was used for ...

DVD Xmas Review: Gremlins, Still Bill, Lethal Weapon

Erika Hughes Kindergarten teacher, Chula Vista Elementary School District Everyone has a “my Christmas movie,” the classic they watch religiously year after year. For me, that film is A Christmas Story. Watching Ralphie and his ...

In the Doghouse

David and I rarely argue. Bicker, sure, everyone bickers -- a cranky huff, a misunderstanding that leads to irritation, we are human after all. But argue? As in fundamentally disagree and dig our respective heels ...

Karen Boyd

Title: Karen Boyd Address: karenboyd.org Author: Karen Boyd From: Normal Heights Blogging since: January 2009 Post Title: Be Honest: Those Yellow Smileys Give You The Willies, Too. Post Date: August 9, 2011 From a business ...

Milton the Barber

“Don’t take my picture,” he says. “I don’t like my picture taken.”

The waiting area at Headlinerz Barbershop on El Cajon Boulevard looks like a swank doctor’s office. In one corner of the spacious room, five men wait on a leather-cushioned, L-shaped bench. The black, laquered floors ...

Sour Power

Of all the world’s adult beverages, beer offers the widest range of flavors for pairing with food. The vast number of taste combinations attained through mixing malt, hops, water, and yeast with an endless list ...

Fuzz-Huzzi Revival

Based in Imperial Beach, Fuzz-Huzzi is fronted by singer/guitarist Allen Camp. His late-’80s hardcore punk band Misguided Children was once booked by Eddie Vedder when the future Pearl Jam singer was organizing local shows. “We ...

That Meat Melts!

“My grandmother’s Armenian. She puts lots of fruit and nuts into dishes.”

Whew. Walking, walking... North up Mission Boulevard. I’m in P.B. Looking for breakfast, dammit. Okay, so it’s lunchtime. Need a place that doesn’t cut off at 11:00 a.m. I come up on this guy in ...

Sometimes, Wildlife Comes to You

Is Mother Nature nibbling around the edges of San Diego, ready to take her back?

Midsummer. Japatul Valley, south of Alpine. Too hot to sleep indoors. Warren Storm-thunder snoozes in his hammock. He has slung it under trees down by a creek bottom near his isolated valley home. Then, around ...

Earth's Magnetic Field, Beer Bubbles, Silicon/Silicone Boobs

Dear Matthew: I learned that electrical power can be produced using magnets and other things. I know the Earth has a big magnetic field around it. Could this be used to generate power for the ...

Toy-tronica

“Our band utilizes modified children’s toys to create our sounds,” says Jacob Roske, one half of art-rock duo Beatrix*JAR. “It’s an art form called circuit bending, the creative short-circuiting of battery-powered devices like toys and ...

Little Extra Holiday Cash

Thursday 8“Well, it’s hard to get too bored when you pick the right two chords.” There’s the rub. Anti-folkie/cartoonist Jeffrey Lewis has a knack for the two-chord attack; like early Mountain Goats or Jonathan Richman, ...

Don't Take Exit 40

“That douchebag was definitely not at our show.” It’s James Smith, the Drowning Men’s singer on the phone from Boston. On November 18, a Friday night, the Oceanside band’s van was hit by a drunk ...

Holiday Makeup Tips: Highlighters, Glitters, and Sparkles

“I think the wintertime is a great time to use your highlighters, glitters, and sparkles because it’s cold and gray outside, and you want to liven up your skin a little bit,” offered Alexis Hoerres ...

Now You Know: Pal&Drome

Having grown up on the unevent horizon of suburban Rancho San Diego and rural Jamul, I was never accustomed to nightlife in my homogenized hometown. So it came as some surprise when, as a high ...

Boxer Rebellion: “The Best Men in Black”

Spin Magazine’s critic called Boxer Rebellion the “Best Men in Black,” following their performance this year at SXSW. Was that a reference to Johnny Cash? Will Smith? No. Spin tagged Boxer Rebellion as a standard ...

Soul of San Diego

Three and a half years ago, singer/songwriter Tori Roze played her first show with her current band the Hot Mess at the now defunct Portugalia in Ocean Beach. “The owner loved the turnout, so we ...

Super Bowl Count: Packers 13, Chargers 0

I’m assuming you’ve heard about the Green Bay Packers’ stock sale that began Tuesday. The defending Super Bowl champion and only publicly owned nonprofit franchise in SportsWorld, USA division, is offering 250,000 Green Bay Packers, ...

Tennis at the Casbah

The past few years in indie music have belonged to bands such as Vampire Weekend, who celebrate the fashion and sensibilities of East Coast trust-fund kids. But in recent months, we’ve become aware of how ...

Letters

We Need You, Go Away Although this week’s cover story is about using the SENTRI system to cross the border, the cover photo speaks volumes about the philosophies and policies of the United States and ...

Movie Review: Shame, London Boulevard, New Year's Eve

In the early moments of Shame, we learn that sex addict Brandon Sullivan (Michael Fassbender) has a huge member, as if nature was instructing him in the way he ought to go and he was ...

Rock the Cynics

Superstar despairs about the spirit of Christmas getting lost in the tinsel of commercialism.

‘What’s buzz? Tell me what’s a-happening!” “When do we arrive in Jerusalem?” “Will no one stay awake with me?” “Did Mohammed move a mountain, or was that just PR?” “Did you mean to die like ...

“And you as well must die”

A sonnet by Edna St. Vincent Millay

And you as well must die, belovèd dust, And all your beauty stand you in no stead; This flawless, vital hand, this perfect head, This body of flame and steel, before the gust Of Death, ...

Head Case

San Diego needs counseling. If you could bring back a great name from the past to give advice, who would it be? Real estate wizards Alonzo Horton or John Spreckels? Civic activist George Marston, who ...

Mary Walshok at the Oasis

UCSD’s associate vice chancellor for Extended Studies and Public Programs and professor of sociology Mary Lindenstein Walshok has long been noted around campus for her many extracurricular activities. She’s on the board of La Jolla ...

Victors Write Chula Vista's History? Politicians Do

Chula Vista turned 100 this year. Along with holding celebrations, the city published a centennial book detailing the growth of San Diego County’s second-largest city. A popular adage maintains that history is written by the ...

Jerry Sanders and San Diego County Play Computer Santa

San Diego’s budget has been out of whack for years, but that hasn’t stopped Mayor Jerry Sanders from embarking on a pre-Christmas shopping spree, starting with an elaborate new computerized scheduling system for the police ...

Susan Davis Seeks Holiday Funds

The holiday season presents an excuse for politicians to stage fund-raising parties. On Tuesday of this week, San Diego Democratic congresswoman Susan Davis was to hold a home-cooked omelet event at her house on E ...

A Very She and Him Christmas

The two best-selling Christmas albums this year are Christmas from crooner Michael Buble, who channels Sinatra and Dino Martin's jazzy renderings of Christmas albums past, and A Very She and Him Christmas, a future classic ...

The Beautiful and Brutal My Morning Jacket

Virtuosity is the name of the game when the Louisville-based My Morning Jacket takes the stage. The band's dynamic instrumentation makes it impossible to tell where one note ends and the next begins, where the ...

December 1 Brainstorm Contenders

Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 11. Ed Barno, San Diego, 11. * Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 10. Coaching 101: If you take advice from the fans you will soon be sitting with them. * L Barling, El ...

December 1 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 12. Richard Hutchings, Santee, 12. Roy E. Leeper, Chula Vista, 12. John Markey, San Diego, 12. Rebekah Mathieu, San Diego, 12. * Jerry Noser, Bankers Hill, 12. You know it's ...

December 1 Crossword Contenders

Mary Arana, Encinitas, 11. Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 11. Leslie Chase, Campo, 11. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 11. * Carolyn Clark, Lakeside, 11. If you really hate being a victim of road rage, why don't you ...

Tuesday, December 6

Ten-Year Prison Term for Oceanside Bar Fight

An Oceanside man agreed to a ten-year prison term in a plea deal today, admitting to the assault of a man who died from a single punch to his head in an Oceanside bar on ...

Monday, December 5

On Such a Winter's Day

City Council Passes Ruling Mandating That San Diego Transplants Who Claim to "Miss the Seasons" Be Forced to Paint Local Fall Foliage in 40-Degree Weather While Wearing Only a Bathing Suit PUTTING ON A SWEATER, ...

Edinburgh, Scotland’s Royal Mile

The prime sites to visit in Scotland's capital dot the Royal Mile from Edinburgh Castle at the west end to Holyrood Palace at the east end. The Castle is worth touring at any time, but ...

Hip Boise, Idaho: The Modern Hotel

My husband doesn’t care for anything too fancy or too hip, especially not a hotel. Give him a Residence Inn, and he’s happy. So when a friend of mine recommended we stay at the Modern ...

Myth Busters: Job Search Edition

I have been in the employment industry for several years, and over the years I have come to realize that there is a vast difference between what most people believe works in a job search ...

Saturday, December 3

Blaze at SDG&E substation in Imperial Beach

Residents living near the SDG&E substation at Palm Avenue and Thermal Avenue were blasted awake at about 6:30 on Saturday morning, December 3, by three loud explosions. Soon after, residents observed fire and smoke coming ...

Does it Still Pay to Have a College Degree?

Remember when people told you that if you went to college you would earn $1 million more over your working life than if you didn’t? I’m not sure anyone really believed that, but if they ...

Friday, December 2

You May Qualify for Free Technical Training

Daniel Romero of San Diego Futures Foundation says you may be eligible for IT training and job assistance. Please start by telling me about your program. The N.E.O. program (Network of Emerging Opportunities) was created ...

Backpacking in Europe, the Hard Way

This was the trip of a lifetime. Traveling to Budapest, Hungary, I experienced the time of my life while trekking simultaneously through the hardships of a stolen passport, wallet and train pass. I was studying ...

University City Bikini Lady Reunited with Her Missing Dog

Some commuters who drive in the University City and La Jolla area may be crestfallen to learn that the bikini-wearing lady who was waving signs last week has found her dog. Someone dropped off Arlene ...

Thursday, December 1

Good Old Boys’ Club Exposed at Sweetwater Union High School District Meeting?

The Sweetwater Union High School District board called a special meeting on November 29 that raised as many questions as it answered. The meeting reviewed expenditures for Proposition O, a $644 million construction bond, with ...

Annecy: Beauty in the French Alps

Upon his visit to a town in France, Jean-Jacques Rousseau wrote, “Now I have been happy, now I have lived.” No, he was not writing of Paris, but praising the beauty of Annecy. We decided ...

Westport, Washington: Untamed Coast

I parked and walked into John’s River Lodge. It’s populated by the graying, the retired and plump. I’d just surfed Westport, and wanted a place to wet my whistle. I ordered a PBR and sat ...

The Judge

“Will you call Michelle?” “You call her,” I said. David huffed in frustration. “I don’t have my phone with me, and I’m driving. And it was your idea,” he said. “You can use my phone, ...

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