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Trolley Fatally Wounds Caltrans Worker in National City

On May 4 at around 1:00 in the afternoon, a southbound trolley hit a man who, according to a trolley engineer, “leaped out of a palm tree” located adjacent to the tracks. The victim turned ...

San Diego’s Redistricting Commission Meeting Held in City Heights

The seven members of San Diego‘s Redistricting Commission met on May 2 in City Heights. In 2008, City of San Diego voters approved Proposition D, which established a “strong mayor” form of government. Voters also ...

Chomp and Chat at Côté Sud Bistro

Cote Sud appears to have closed for good. Please see Ed Bedford's update of Monday, May 9. For posterity's sake, here is the review: "You sit next to Eva,” says Carla. “Then we won’t bump ...

Diana Death: The Female Johnny Thunders

“I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard, ‘You’re like a female Johnny Thunders,’” says singer-guitarist Diana Death. “If I have to be compared to somebody, it may as well be him. His talent ...

The Really Real Reason We Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Please: Please, please. Why do we celebrate Cinco de Mayo? And don’t give me that same-old same-old description of what it is. I know it’s not Mexican Independence Day. It happened so long ago, and ...

See, This Is Like My History Right Here

Darrell Anderson steps out from behind an iron gate. Two dogs follow. One, a Maltese named Sugar, jumps up at me playfully. The other, Buddy, a muscular tan dog that Darrell refers to as a ...

Arrayist Visions

Bill Wesley moved to San Diego from Missouri in 1974. The then-teenaged Wesley created light shows for Blue Cheer and Vanilla Fudge, with projectors that he “modified so I could use foot switches to turn ...

I've Got a Hole in My Chest

“What do you call a can opener that won’t work? A can’t opener.” Greg Morton is, by his own description, “not a particularly funny man,” and yet he ekes out a living — specifically, eking ...

Unforgettable: Banner Challenges Julian's Supremacy

Drury “Drew” Bailey and the Founding of Julian City, Part Two In 1858, asked to write about why “A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss,” Drury “Drew” Bailey compared it to “the wanderer who starts…with bright ...

Depths, Hollows: Circo, Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Meek's Cutoff, and Poetry

Sometimes a little movie is a big movie. Sometimes a little movie offers riches, and I am happy to spill the news one week early for: Circo The Ken Cinema, a one-screen theater, will rightly ...

Smugglersville

“The cops mess with us. The thieves mess with us. Everybody messes with us.”

I was hobbling back from the store with a liter of milk, when I saw three young men sitting on the steps in front of a house in my Tijuana neighborhood. My friend Trini’s son ...

Catch the Drips at Mama's Lebanese

In our pre-kid life, my husband and I spent a lot of time crashing on our friends’ hardwood floor in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. We would roam around the city all day and recover at ...

Rentable, Blow-Upable Hot Tubs

“We were sitting around a campfire in 2005,” recalled Michael Hawkins, owner of San Diego Hot Tub Rentals (858-578-8822, sandiegohottubrentals.com), “and we saw an inflatable hot tub in a Popular Science magazine. We thought, That ...

Mayoral Maltreatment

Harmony seldom makes a headline. — Silas Bent I hadn’t set out to torture the mayor of Coronado, but things rarely turn out the way I expect. I didn’t even know Coronado had a mayor, ...

Chiquito Basin

If you want to spot wildlife, the earlier you make the hike to Chiquito Basin, the better. One morning, in the soft wet ground along the way, I discovered fresh tracks of a deer and ...

Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction Pays Manager Well

Though the economy is down, local political dollars have continued to flow to those in the know. Poway’s Eric Christen, manager of the nonprofit Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction, which battles public project labor ...

Anna Deveare Smith in Let Me Down Easy

It took an historic, three-way collaboration — the San Diego Rep, Vantage Theatre, and the La Jolla Playhouse — to bring Anna Deavere Smith to San Diego for the first time. The collaboration breaks ground ...

Letters

Bad News On The Beach Thank you for publishing an article concerning the investment firm of WFP Securities (“These Are Right for Client?” “City Lights,” April 21). I hope that other people will be forewarned ...

Guitar Grab at 4th&B

Downtown nightspot 4th&B has among the most stringent security measures of any local venues, including a pat-down on entry, surveillance cameras, and security roaming inside and outside the club. On February 11, however, none of ...

Johnny V Good

Familiar faces will accompany local blues guitarist Johnny Vernazza when he takes the stage during Zydeco-and-blues fest Gator by the Bay on May 7 and 8. During the two shows, Vernazza is bringing revered Bay ...

Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will

Thursday 5 Cinco de Mayo means “games and prizes!” at Eleven and a helluva garage-punk rawker with early sets by ’70s slurrers los Last Years, ex-Sess cats los Shiva Trash, and Spanish 101 Ramones Los ...

The Case of the Wandering Charles Fries and Ivan Messenger Oils

Even if it’s at the expense of the public, the City of San Diego wants to ensure that certain employees of America’s finest city have an appreciation for fine arts — or so it seems, ...

Rural/Metro: Secret Memos, Campaign Donations, and An Alleged $5.8 Million Excess Withdrawal

Last week, city auditor Eduardo Luna released a report that strongly criticized the City’s management of its paramedic contractor, Scottsdale, Arizona–based Rural/Metro Corporation, finding that “the City has not adequately managed or monitored the financial ...

Bonnie Dumanis Releases Butterflies to Honor Crime Victims

Another mayoral hopeful, this one actually declared, is Republican district attorney Bonnie Dumanis. On Friday, April 15, she and her friend and political ally county sheriff Bill Gore held a Citizens of Courage Awards Ceremony ...

Now You Know: Todo Mundo

“One of my favorite Manu Chao songs is ‘Bienvenidos a Tijuana,’” says Santiago Orozco of reggae/latin/acoustic group Todo Mundo. “I love this song. It has a line that says, ‘I want to go to San ...

Concerted Comedy

Thirty-Five Years Ago LANCE: IF HALF THE female population knew you work at the Mission Beach Plunge, it would be one crowded pool. You’ve got a hell of a body. HOW MANY (if any) wish ...

Gateway Community Church

Membership: 400 Pastor: Craig Harrison Age: 61 Born: Beloit, Wis. Formation: Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Ill., Bethel Seminary, St. Paul, Minn. Ordained: 31 years San Diego Reader: How long do you spend writing your sermon? ...

Anonymous

The sky is a dark bowl, the stars die and fall. The celestial bows quiver, The bones of the earthgods shake and planets come to a halt When they sight the king in all his ...

Atmosphere and the Midwestern Hip-Hop Scene

“Say Shh...,” by Atmosphere, is a hip-hop anti-anthem: Instead of going the traditional route and boasting about the mean streets where he grew up, MC Slug raps about how his home, Minneapolis, is a good ...

Robert Cray's Endless Metaphors for Infidelity

The blues-man’s stock-in-trade: endless metaphors for infidelity. “I got a feeling you’re eating out now, baby,” sings five-time Grammy winner Robert Cray, “and someone else is doing the fryin’.” But when Cray sings, it’s not ...

"To His Coy Mistress," by Andrew Marvell

Had we but world enough, and time, This coyness, lady, were no crime. We would sit down and think which way To walk, and pass our long love’s day; Thou by the Indian Ganges’ side ...

April 28 Crossword Contenders

Flo Abena, Rancho Penasquitos, 5. Woody Anderson, Carmel Valley, 5. Obama reveals birth certificate now how about a federal budget. Mary Arana, Encinitas, 5. This one's for Chuck- keep surfin'. Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 5. Will ...

April 28 Brainstorm Contenders

Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 5. What a clever puzzle. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 5. Who laughs last should do so from a safe distance. * Jeff Lutz, Jacumba, 5. What would Einstein do? Conway Redding, La ...

April 28 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Joe Arbusto, Rancho Penasquitos, 5. Donald Trump is skunky for calling Obama illegal duncery! Susan Avery, Escondido, 5. Peter Bartkiewicz, Chula Vista, 5. Hi Kate and Kevin. Bliss Beedle, Encinitas, 5. One life: many ...

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