Stories for November 2011

Wednesday, November 30

Alleged Killer Michael David Robles Arraigned

A 43-year-old Fallbrook man was brought before a judge on November 30 and charged with strangling to death his ex-girlfriend on the eve of her birthday, November 23. Michael David Robles pleaded not guilty and ...

From Life in Ohio to Life on Ohio

A women goes over 2,000 miles west and ends up in the same place, how is this possible? I didn’t pull that question out of the MindTrap deck (note cultural reference that makes me feel ...

Belly-Fillers at Landini's

“Have you decided?” Angelo asks. Can see he’s getting stressed by the growing line.

My buddy John turned me on to Landini’s. He works at Caffe Italia, farther down India Street, here in Little Italy. It was a couple of months back. Friday evening. Spotted John and his buddy ...

Tale of Two Fishes

It’s been ten years since I last ate at Top of the Market. Back then, the menu was similar to the downstairs Fish Market (plus a few luxury bites), with higher prices for identical upstairs-downstairs ...

A Brave New World of Liberated Tourists

An afternoon of neon lights and ’80s pop, washed down with a pitcher of draft beer at the roller rink...a night of charalitos con chile, flying chairs, fake blood, and a screaming crowd that competes ...

Pet Burial, Goldfish to Horse

Aunt Azelda’s tiny mutt Taffy has died. I’m on duty for the burial arrangements. “We have taken care of pets ranging from goldfish to horses,” says Mick Palermo of San Diego Pet Memorial Park in ...

Movie Review: Hugo, Le Havre, The Women on the 6th Floor, Young Goethe in Love

As the year starts to fade, we find time for some three-star entertainments: Martin Scorsese, our national auteur and No. 1 movie fan, converts his status into both commercial and emotional terms with Hugo. Without ...

David Patrone Tips His Hat Toward Sinatra

“I never really knew much about Frank Sinatra as a kid,” says crooner David Patrone, whose decade in the United States Marine Corps was spent as a fan of classical and blues music. That is, ...

My House Has Wheels

Home is where the car is.

“I’ve never been homeless before.” At least Osiris Murillo still has her car — where she and her three-year-old daughter will sleep tonight, behind the gates of a designated “safe lot” in an unsafe neighborhood. ...

Wrestling Angels

People as disparate as Mormons in Utah and ex–drag queens in Brooklyn make connections.

When a close friend died from AIDS, Tony Kushner dreamed about an angel “crashing through someone’s bedroom ceiling.” It wasn’t an archangel — a Gabriel or a Michael — or a chubby Disney cherub plucking ...

Exploring San Diego Bay

Fifty years after Columbus first set sail, Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo discovered “a sheltered port and a very good one” on the California coast. Guarded by a steep promontory, dark green with vegetation, a channel doglegged ...

Whisky in a Barrel

On December 7, Queen Divas of the Universe hosts a CD-release show at Humphrey’s Backstage Lounge, for their debut album All Wrapped Up in Christmas. The band consists of three music vets: bassist Shaaron Hancock-Schuemaker ...

From Future Bass to Dubstep to Glitch-Hop to Wobble

In a city partial to its indie rock, Jamie Minotti is striving for balance. “A year ago, there was no way [Toronto-based progressive/electro/house DJ] Deadmau5 would be in local alt weeklies,” Minotti says. “It would ...

I call spare change “spange”

I once bought a half-pint of whiskey with a fiver I borrowed from a colleague in a 12-step program.

I am constantly revising my own rules regarding panhandlers. I can’t seem to stick to one policy with any consistency. For a time, my rule was to give some money — never a great amount ...

Season's Beatings

Thursday 1Avant-gardians Cave will play Neverendless at Tin Can Ale House. It’ll seem that way, anyway, if you’re not into adventurous instrumentalists. Measure your head against this year’s Drag City disc, as the Chicago-based psych-rock ...

World Cup Fever

We have a sporting pause before the NFL playoffs and college conference football tournaments begin, before NCAA basketball is cranked up to speed, and well before the NBA resumes its struggle to make you give ...

Chelsea Wolfe and the Apokalypsis

This year’s International Tournament of Witchy Women in Rock is entering its final phase, and the brackets are quickly narrowing. Florence Welch, of Florence & the Machine, has easily established herself as The New Stevie ...

Memoirs of a Revolutionary

Title: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Address: sdoccupymemoirs.tumblr.com Author: Anonymous Blogging since: October 2011 Excerpts from the four-entry diary of an Anonymous volunteer at Occupy San Diego. First, euphoria tempered with concern for the future: Post ...

You pee. Then you pee and pee and pee and pee

Matthew: I’ve noticed that when I drink, after a while I have to pee. And maybe I’m imagining this. After a real short time, I have to pee again. That goes on all night. A ...

Record-Release Roundup

Jesse LaMonaca and the Dime Novels will preview the Lament of Tumbleweed Hawk (recorded locally at Lost Ark Studio) on December 2 at the Soda Bar. The full-length, designed to resemble an old dime novel ...

Nick Waterhouse @ Soda

In due time, all things pop music eventually get recycled. Punk, girl bands, new wave, rockabilly, jam bands, metal, fusion, funk — you name it. Granted, some artists merely repurpose rather than recycle. Moby’s first ...

Joe Bauguess's Last, Worst Wipeout

In the 1940s and early 1950s, when other surfboard shapers worked intuitively, legendary surfer Bob Simmons was applying mathematics and boat-building and aircraft technology to board designs. In 1954, he died in a surfing accident ...

Letters

Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum The information for cost of the SENTRI border-crossing pass is not only $25, as was said (“The Only Way to Walk Across the Border in Five Minutes,” Cover Story, November 23). Many other fees ...

Escondido: Tighten Your Rules

Early next year, the California Supreme Court will decide whether the state can abolish or weaken redevelopment agencies. If the City of Escondido is lucky, the high court’s decision will thwart the City’s dubious plan ...

Bonita Orthodox Presbyterian Church

Membership: 90 Pastor: Stephen Parker Age: 63 Born: Buffalo, NY Formation: Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton, Mass.; U.S. Navy chaplain (1986–2004). Years Ordained: 33 San Diego Reader: What is your favorite subject on which ...

Mr. Flood’s Party

A poem by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Old Eben Flood, climbing alone one night Over the hill between the town below And the forsaken upland hermitage That held as much as he should ever know On earth again of home, paused warily. ...

November 24 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 11. Richard Hutchings, Santee, 11. Roy E. Leeper, Chula Vista, 11. John Markey, San Diego, 11. Rebekah Mathieu, San Diego, 11. Hiroshi Miyazaki, Normal Heights, 11. Jerry Noser, Bankers Hill, ...

November 24 Crossword Contenders

Mary Arana, Encinitas, 10. Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 10. Leslie Chase, Campo, 10. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 10. * Carolyn Clark, Lakeside, 10. If walls actually did have ears, wallpaper would be way too lumpy. Maria ...

Tuesday, November 29

The Pope of Mope Visits Escondido

Long live the legacy of the crooner from Manchester, England. May his presence instill in you a feeling of natural...moodiness? Random as it is, the “pope of mope” played a sold out show in the ...

The Great Escape Artist, by Jane's Addiction

Jane's Addiction walked away from music at the top of their game. In the late '80s and early '90s, they brought art back to rock 'n' roll with two studio albums that had the poetry ...

Hillel of San Diego Still Battles for a New UCSD Facility

After Hillel of San Diego purchased a parcel for a UCSD facility, the La Jolla Shores Association and a group of La Jolla residents sued the City of San Diego in June 2006. The San ...

Monday, November 28

Do's and Don'ts in Bangkok

Bangkok is the introductory city to Asia for many Americans, and the hectic pace and traffic may remind New Yorkers and Angelenos of home. A city of eleven million, Bangkok can be a slow crawl ...

Doggy Doo On a Village Woods Balcony

Well, the kooky neighbors are at it again at Village Woods. The upstairs neighbor finally rented her apartment to, wait for it, a weirdo. But before I go on and on about the new weirdo ...

Broncos QB Tim Tebow Spotted at Church Before Game

Before the Denver Broncos played the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on November 27, Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow made the Sunday-morning service at the Rock Church in Point Loma. Called "the Chosen One" by ...

Friday, November 25

Gramado, Brazil: A South American Anomaly

Below the heat and subtropical savannas that spread out across millions of acres of the sub-Amazonian Brazilian interior is the Serra Gaúcha. "Serra" is a Latin American subtropical forest. The Gaúcho is the Latin American ...

Oklahoma City: Who Knew?

The last time I'd been in Oklahoma City was as a 6 year-old child. My family was passing through on our annual road trip from California to Indiana to visit aging relatives. What I remember ...

Looking for Bears in Juneau, Alaska

It had been a long, rainy week aboard our Celebrity cruise ship when we pulled into the port of Juneau on the morning of September 24, 2011. The weather was a brisk 48 degrees and ...

Rats! at the Old Town Transit Center

It may not be a scene out of Willard or an ordinary day at India’s Karni Mata Temple, but the rats are bold and plentiful at the Old Town Transit Center. Built in the early ...

Wednesday, November 23

Eighteen

“Eighteen. That’s a big one,” I said. “We should get her lottery tickets.” “I don’t know what your thing is with lottery tickets, that’s the third time you’ve mentioned them,” David said. “Dana suggested something ...

Shortcuts - Jan Shefler

Car: 2006 Ford Fusion Previous Cars: 1994 Cadillac El Dorado, 1988 Peugeot 505 Turbo Wagon, and a 1985 Chevrolet K5 Blazer How’s your commute? Not bad...Grossmont College area to Miramar Road. Cheapest Gas? Arco typically ...

Tuesday, November 22

Lighting Up Mt. Hope

Volunteers from San Diego non-profit Rebuilding Together will be knocking on doors in the Mt. Hope neighborhood today asking residents if they would like to have solar panel lights installed on their property free of ...

Surf Trip to Jalama Beach, CA

We left at 12:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 25, 2011, en route to Jalama Beach County Park from San Diego for a surf trip. Research told us that campers have to arrive at the park's flag ...

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: A Study in Contrasts

Kuala Lumpur is, above all, a city of contrasts. The capital of Malaysia is an interesting mix of the historic, traditional Asia and the modern, hip Asia. Its ethnically diverse population of Malays, Chinese and ...

Shot in Tijuana: Edificio Mexico 1945

Scaffold-leaping laborers chisel off paint from a building façade labeled, in bas relief letters, “Edificio Mexico 1945." They’re preparing to slather the building with cement for the new tenant. The building, located by the grand ...

When in El Salvador...

It was a dark and rainstormy night. Marvel as our hero tramps undaunted through the dripping streets of Grant Hill. Crosses 26th, 27th, 28th, ever searching for his Shangri-La. Aha! Suddenly, lights! Camera! ¡Acción! A ...

Missoula, Montana

“Hey! It’s a red light!” I screamed as Sarah drove into the intersection. “Sorry, I really can’t drive and talk at the same time,” she said, “I’m on antidepressants.” At the next light I gestured ...

333 Pacific’s Pier View Cocktail

One of the newest items on 333 Pacific’s drink menu is bar manager Kevin Kitchen’s Pier View cocktail. Named in honor of the third-of-a-mile-long Oceanside Pier that serves as the restaurant’s nighttime vista, Kitchen’s concoction ...

Tots on the Side at Tobey's 19th Hole

The sun glinted off oak trees. Golf carts waddled down the fairway. A dry, light breeze signaled an impending Santa Ana. I gazed upon this glorious scene, sipping Stella Artois, happy to be alive and ...

Inheritance, by Christopher Paolini

What are you reading? “Inheritance, by Christopher Paolini. This is the last book in his Eragon series, and it just came out today. I started reading the series because my brother read the first one, ...

Work 10 Weeks, Take 10 Months Off, Part 3

I’m at table with Ms. Abby in the tea room of the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco. My current girlfriend has dressed me with care (Harris Tweed sports coat, matching slacks, shoes, and tie), ...

Pumpkin Pies: A Ten-Pie Test

“You’ll have to do without the bourbon-cherry-apple pie,” I told Patrick. “This year, I’m bringing a ready-made pumpkin pie.” A few days later, after making the store rounds, Patrick and I sat down with friend ...

The Only Way to Walk Across the Border in Five Minutes

It is with some reluctance that I write about my recent acquisition of the SENTRI border-crossing card because, well, I got a good thing going. After years of standing for hours in that long, sinuous ...

The Kelsea Little Story, starring Zooey Deschanel

“My music sounds like Joanna Newsom meets Wilco meets Gershwin meets Rilo Kiley,” says Kelsea Little, who first earned widespread attention in 2006 with local teen-trio the Wrong Trousers. Their acoustic performance of the Buggles’ ...

Gross-Out Contest

So, Thanksgiving. I’m guessing I’ll have my son bunking here, and I don’t know how to roast a turkey. Going out to dinner sounds like unnecessary stress. I’ll see if he will go for a ...

Reelin’ in the Years' Profit of the Heart

Music and DVD sales continue their downward spiral, but San Diego–based video archive company Reelin’ in the Years has had a banner 2011. Over the past two months, RITY has released nine DVDs, including titles ...

Super Rare, Super Weird Vinyl

“I was asked to be in a documentary film about Misfits record collecting called ’77–’83,” says Justin Pearson from Europe, where he’s touring with his San Diego/L.A. hardcore band ReTox. “They want to interview me ...

Who Is Chris Isaak?

Who is Chris Isaak? The crooner of heartbreak ballads, a fashion icon, a comic television host, or all of the above? He’s always been a hard target; I’ve never known how to assimilate his act. ...

Owl and Bear

Title: Owl and Bear: A San Diego Music Blog Address: owlandbear.com Author: Chris Maroulakos | From: University Heights | Blogging since: October 2007 Post Title: Album Review: Lou Reed & Metallica — Lulu Post Date: ...

Penn State Is a Plantation, and JoePa Was the Owner

There is a continental stench coming out of Penn State. Step back, consider yourself a neutral observer with no stake in the scandal. Let’s say you knew there was an eyewitness to the (alleged) rape ...

Melt-Banana, with a Spice of Punk

Melt-Banana often sounds like an early ’80s hardcore 45 played at 78 rpm. At other times they sound like a hyperactive five-year-old playing a video game while a badger attacks a drum kit and an ...

Pride and Prejudice: Milk Like Sugar at the La Jolla Playhouse

Playwright Kirsten Greenidge does not use the restroom during intermission when her plays are performed. “I get so wary about what I’m going to overhear,” she admits. “You have no voice in that situation. You ...

Contentious Corner

Ali Nilforshan says he will be taking back 4th&B, the downtown venue he owned from 2003 to 2009. The current owners, Vince and Judy Puma, say that is not going happen. Nilforshan says he sold ...

U-T Probably Went Cheap Again

The market for metropolitan daily newspapers is stone cold. Experts are convinced that daily newspapers, even those with a promising online presence, are becoming obsolete. That suggests that the Union-Tribune, which was sold to hotelier ...

Steve Peace Rakes in $160,000 From Prison Guards

An El Cajon firm headed by former Democratic state senator Steve Peace has been raking in big bucks from the California Correctional Peace Officers Association. According to state campaign finance disclosure records, J.S. Peace & ...

Democrats Ante Up $27,000 to Park and Rec

Rancho Santa Fe–based political fund-raiser Karolyn Dorsee spent the first half of this year collecting cash for the GOP’s New Majority California PAC, which is out to “broaden the appeal of the Republican Party.” Dorsee ...

Andrew Jackson Jihad's Knife Man

While peddling fare such as the burdens of loneliness and self-loathing, Andrew Jackson Jihad also explores the plight of the homeless en route to one of this year's most human releases. Through 16 folk-punk constructions, ...

Pink Martini — Larger than Life

Pink Martini took the stage just after 8 p.m. "Amado Mio" revealed Storm Large, the Martinis interim lead vocalist. She looked as she sounded, tall, blonde, and ready to entice. (The usual singer, China Forbes, ...

"One Day I Wrote Her Name," by Edmund Spenser

One day I wrote her name upon the strand, But came the waves and washed it away: Again I wrote it with a second hand, But came the tide, and made my pains his prey. ...

Letters

Career Counselor I believe Siobhan Braun needs a reality check (“For My Birthday, My Husband Bought Me a House,” Cover Story, November 17). You should be on your knees every night thanking God for a ...

November 17 Crossword Contenders

Mary Arana, Encinitas, 9. Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 9. Bob Carlson, Serra Mesa, 9. Leslie Chase, Campo, 9. * Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 9. I kept kicking the can down the road until there wasn't any ...

November 17 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 10. * Richard Hutchings, Santee, 10. I told the policeman my driver's license photo didn't do me justice. He said, I needed mercy not justice! Roy E. Leeper, Chula Vista, ...

Monday, November 21

Ocean Beach Woman Seeks to Reclaim Child From CPS

Larissa Danielli, the Ocean Beach woman who was arrested after a fire broke out in her apartment complex in early November, has had to start a "Save Silas" donation page to raise funds to reclaim ...

Movie Review: My Week with Marilyn, The Descendants, Into the Abyss, Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life

Marilyn Monroe in England, Werner Herzog in Texas, George Clooney in Hawaii, Serge Gainsbourg in Paris (and next week, Scorsese’s Hugo in Paris). Off we go: Hardly anyone recalls that Marilyn Monroe won major French ...

Meeting Minutes of Mayoral Forum in Bankers Hill

For the first time, all four mayoral candidates were set to address business leaders at a breakfast held at Cucina Urbana on the morning of November 18. Nathan Fletcher, however, canceled at the last minute ...

Thursday, November 17

After 80 Years, San Diego’s Greyhound Terminal Moves

The Greyhound bus terminal — at 120 W. Broadway for the past 80 years — moved to 1313 National Avenue on November 14. Greyhound’s lease expired on October 1, so the company has leased a ...

Sweetwater Union High School Board Prompted for Report on Scott Alevy's Work

For months, community activists have asked the Sweetwater Union High School board, “Where is the Vega report?” In May, board president John McCann called for attorney Greg Vega to conduct an independent review of controversial ...

New York City, 4 a.m. – 7 a.m.

I left Boston at midnight, bound for Pittsburgh, and I knew I'd face a layover. When I ordered my Megabus tickets, I knew the first leg would only last four hours. I knew I'd have ...

Little Rock: The New Indie Music Mecca

Little Rock, Arkansas, has quietly become an indie music lover’s paradise. People who ponder going to SxSW, but worry about the expense, the hassle and its growing commercialism are discovering Arkansas’ indie musician– and audience-friendly ...

Wednesday, November 16

Xunantunich Ruins, Belize

Over the river and through the trees lie the Mayan ruins of Xunantunich. First unearthed in British Honduras at the turn of the last century, this ancient archeological site is one of the finest in ...

Die, Ralph, Die

Kevin looked more confused than surprised when he found me on his doorstep. “Are you C.C.’s chauffer?” He gestured at my father, who was standing behind me. Though I had indeed done the driving, it ...

Wang's North Park Restaurant Plans “Soft” Opening

While a little behind the planned opening date (but said to be right on budget), Wang's North Park restaurant will have a “soft opening” on November 21, said co-owner and operator Joel Herzer in a ...

Mellow Out in Topanga, California

When you’re staring at a deer beneath a grove of oak trees, it might be difficult to realize that you’re within the city limits of Los Angeles. Topanga is a hilly, wooded oasis located within ...

Harvest Fests at Your Ease

It’s no longer difficult to find a restaurant serving Thanksgiving dinner, in part because, in these hard times, it’s a good opportunity (like Valentine’s Day) for a restaurant to reap a little profit and possibly ...

Downtown Johnny Brown’s

“We were the first bar to have Arrogant Bastard,” says Downtown Johnny Brown’s owner Todd Alexander. “Stone had their release party here. John Brown really embraced the local beer movement. When I bought the bar ...

Beautiful Mess of Cheesesteak

“You want to watch out for a heart attack, eating all this Philly food.”

If I were more of a man, I’d actually do this. I’m looking at a sign on an artist’s easel: “McGonagle’s Cheesesteak Challenge: Eat 3 and Win $50!...Three double-meat cheesesteaks in 30 minutes.” Hmm…double-meat. Meaning ...

The Best Apple Cider

The days are still warm, but the nights are getting cold enough for cider. Patrick and I hail from the Northeast, and this time of year starts us hankering. I didn’t make it up to ...

Abstract Swing

As Declan Halloran sees it, the all-age local band scene is easy to sum up. “The bands that play at Soma are either pop-punk, cookie monster [sreamo], or ska. They pretty much come in one ...

My Husband Bought Me a House

For my birthday, my husband bought me a house. I like to mention this nonchalantly to strangers because I think it makes us sound like the type of people who might own a yacht or ...

X-Ray Eyes

As the others battle with despair, Anne’s vitality — and radiant optimism — can irk most of all.

During OnStage Playhouse’s intermissions, the houselights come up, but the actors remain in character onstage. As audience members talk among themselves or scan text messages, the characters play cards and do small tasks in whispers. ...

Work Ten Weeks, Take Ten Months Off, Part Two

Chapter TWO – “What pipeline?” I say.

And what in the fuck is it with me that I can’t roll a straight joint? Todd snorts. “The one from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez. The one that’s gonna hire 20,000 people. The one that’s ...

Was Penn State a party to pedophilia?

Remembering that even this bastard is presumed innocent, it’s a quick transformation between a breaking news story and a corporate media storyline about said breaking news story. This is how torture becomes enhanced interrogation. You ...

Listen Up, Philistines

Thursday 17They Might Be Giants share a crate at my place with Devo, Ridgeway, Pere Ubu, Zevon...the satirists. Witty distractions from too-commercial pop culture, like movies by the Coens or reading Vonnegut. Healthy snacks! Johns ...

Chinese Beetles

“We just returned from our 15th trip to China,” says Scott Stephens of Liquid Blue, the first San Diego band to sign with a Chinese record label (Shanghai Audio and Video). “Some of us are ...

It Was Supposed to Be a Suicide

“I was gonna get drunk and kill myself. I figured I’d do it with the oven, you know?”

This is a true story. This was told to me by a man I’ll call Tom Fuller. The story came to me outside of a meeting hall where an anonymous group meeting had been held. ...

The Farmers Plow Ahead

The hellbillies formerly known as the Beat Farmers are no strangers to lineup changes. Their longtime pedigree assures that some folks will find fault with any version of the band, including the omission of those ...

I Gotta Use Words When I Talk to You

You get caught up in the nebular gas pulsing from an “e” or the windswept blur of an “o.”

Born in 1960, the African-American artist Glenn Ligon grew up in housing projects in the Bronx but attended the privileged, mostly white Walden School in Manhattan, a one-hour commute each way. Later, after majoring in ...

To Market, To Market with San Diego Foodstuff

Tuesday, November 8, 2011: Finding Your “Inner Chef” at Hipcooks I’m a cooking class slut. Okay, that’s pretty dramatic. But, I just love them. You just never know what great little tip you’ll walk out ...

Raccoon Newsie Zombie

because Halloween is the greatest holiday of the year, especially when it falls on a Monday and, therefore, begins the previous Thursday, your humble crasher went to about 39 celebrations this All Hallows’ Eve megaweekend. ...

The Largest Hole in Earth

Heymatt: As usual, while contemplating my navel I came up with another Matthew Alice question. How big is the biggest hole ever dug in the earth? And please tell us some ridiculous facts about it, ...

Petroleum Pigs Underreporting Pipeline Decay

Greg Palast is a corporate fraud investigator turned investigative journalist. In his new book, Vultures’ Picnic: In Pursuit of Petroleum Pigs, Power Pirates, and High-Finance Carnivores, he and his team crisscross the globe in a ...

Sharon Jones + the Dap-Kings

The past couple of years have seen a wealth of good records from Raphael Saadiq, Fitz & the Tantrums, Mayer Hawthorne, and others working in the style of ’60s and ’70s soul and funk. But ...

Who Pockets Your Retirement Money?

Forget Occupy Wall Street. Forget Occupy Oakland and Occupy San Diego. The next protest movement should be OccupyTowers Watson. Or Occupy Mercer. Or Occupy International Business Machines or San Diego’s Sempra Energy. Towers Watson and ...

All the Influence Money Can Buy

Former city development director Marcela Escobar-Eck, let go along with colleague and land-use chief Jim Waring during 2007’s Sunroad Montgomery Field building fiasco, is now plying the lobbying trade. Her October 19 filing as principal ...

Cops Reach the Video Age

Beset by sex scandals, a bad audit, budget cuts, and city hall demonstrators, some good news for the San Diego Police Department seemed last week to have finally arrived in the form of its latest ...

Sniffing Out New Marijuana Lobbyists

There’s a new hired gun in town, and it’s smoking. Sacramento lobbying shop California Capitol Solutions has registered to cast its spell on San Diego city hall on behalf of five medical pot shops, including ...

The Sounds. Not Blondie.

Comparisons to Blondie, says Jesper Anderberg, are to be forgiven. “I think there’s a slight similarity between us.” Anderberg plays keyboards and guitar in a Swedish indie-rock band called the Sounds. “I mean, we have ...

Annual Report (for Doug Lang)

A poem by Terence Winch

I hate this entire year, the way it stops and starts, dries you out, soaks you, lulls you to sleep, then wakes you up in a cold sweat. Not to mention the pills that are ...

Lather, Rinse, Repeat

“I had my moment as a rock star,” says Larry Groupe. “I now equate being on tour with the directions on a bottle of shampoo: lather, rinse, repeat.” When Groupe, a San Diego–based composer/keyboardist chanced ...

Not Open-Mouth

Happy Ron Hill’s 1500th performance happens at Lestat’s on Wednesday, November 23. It’ll also be the native San Diegan’s first full show with his “smooth jazz combo,” the Smoothies. “I’ve been saying for years that ...

International Christian Center

Membership: 250 Pastor: David Montajes Age: 55 Born: Manila, Philippines Formation: Bethel Bible College, Venezuela City, Philippines Years Ordained: 13 San Diego Reader: What is your favorite subject on which to preach? Pastor David Montajes: ...

Letters

Nostalgia Bump I just love that Fred Hardin III’s letter “Chicken-Killing Thursdays” (November 3). It’s just really well written. I enjoyed it. It’s humorous. He should think about writing. It really gave me a bump ...

November 10 Crossword Contenders

Mary Arana, Encinitas, 8. Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 8. Bob Carlson, Serra Mesa, 8. Leslie Chase, Campo, 8. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 8. Carolyn Clark, Lakeside, 8. Maria Coda, Oceanside, 8. Betsy Cory, Chula Vista, 8. ...

November 10 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 9. Richard Hutchings, Santee, 9. Roy E. Leeper, Chula Vista, 9. John Markey, San Diego, 9. Rebekah Mathieu, San Diego, 9. Hiroshi Miyazaki, Normal Heights, 9. Jerry Noser, Bankers Hill, ...

Tuesday, November 15

New Submarine Border Fence Construction in Imperial Beach

The Imperial Beach border fence of rusted metal posts has been torn down, and construction of a taller, sturdier structure began in October. People, birds, and dogs have celebrated the chance to stand on the ...

San Diego City Council Considers Regulations for Home Farming

During a two-week review and comment period that began on November 4 and ends November 18, the San Diego City Council will consider new urban-agriculture amendments to allow more access to home-grown foods. The council ...

Sunday, November 13

Culinary Discovery in Terme di Castrocaro, Italy

When in France, my husband and I decided to squander beaucoup d' euros on a Michelin one-star restaurant. The experience was so satisfactory that, on a subsequent trip to Italy, we decided to make a ...

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

Ex-Oasis guitarist/songwriter Noel Gallagher returns shooting from the lip with his solo debut. Already a U.K. number one and outselling Liam's Beady Eye by two to one, the elder brother appears to be on top ...

Hotpants and Tequila! Rubblebucket at Soda Bar

Brooklyn-based dance band Rubblebucket hit the Soda Bar stage with "Worker" from their album Omega La La. The band's bad-ass brass front line punched horn blasts over a dreamy and funky rhythm section. On "Breatherz ...

Saturday, November 12

Shot in Tijuana: Zona Norte On-Ramp

A recent view of the construction of an on-ramp to Carretera Federal 1D (or the Tijuana-Ensenada toll road) in Tijuana’s Zona Norte area. At nearly this point, the highway veers south toward the Playas area ...

Friday, November 11

500,000 Holiday Jobs

Are there better times ahead for jobseekers? Well, as much as Americans would like to think that jobs will magically appear as the economy gains steam, it simply isn’t that easy anymore. But, it also ...

Thursday, November 10

Al-Ash’ari

Question: Is God free to inflict pain on infants in the next life? Answer: God is free to do that, and in doing it He would be just. Likewise, whenever He inflicts an infinite punishment ...

Official Proclamation of the First Thanksgiving

To all ye Pilgrims: Inasmuch as the great Father has given us this year an abundant harvest of Indian corn, wheat, peas, squashes, and garden vegetable, and has made the forest to abound with game ...

Whitefish, Montana

The train screeched and jerked to a stop. I awoke in an unknown yard in pitch darkness. I hopped on this train back in Everett, Washington, where the day before I was napping in a ...

Manatees in Blue Spring State Park, Florida

Blue Spring State Park is located in Orange City, Florida – a one-hour drive from Orlando, so it's a perfect place to spend the day and get away from the theme parks. This is one ...

Go Green, Make Green

But What Exactly Is a “Green Job?

Green is the new black. Green is cool, it’s fashionable, and it’s profitable. For those who don’t believe in global warming, that’s fine. But, hopefully if you’re out of work you will at least consider ...

What Kind of Leader Are You?

Thrust into a leadership position? Need to make important decisions quickly? Are others looking to you for inspiration, focus, motivation, mentoring, coaching, guidance? You make decisions, and others follow? Are you a leader? A group ...

Wednesday, November 9

Shot in Tijuana: Border Crossers After the Rains

TJ bridge crossers on the old pedestrian bridge hugged the rails as last weekend’s rain puddles threatened to soak their shoes. (Click photo below to enlarge)

South Bay Power Plant Demo Stalled Due to Bankruptcy?

The ink had just dried on Dynegy’s South Bay LLC’s contract with the Port of San Diego to demolish Chula Vista’s defunct power plant when Dynegy Holdings filed for bankruptcy. Dynegy’s website says of the ...

South Park Abbey’s Cause-Mo

The newest item on South Park Abbey’s menu, the Cause-Mo, is part of the Abbey’s effort to establish a cocktail presence at an establishment better known for its bonanza of Belgian potables. Since unveiling it ...

The Bun Bo Hue Dossier

Nothing gets my Vietnamese friends’ blood boiling more than when some foodie calls bun bo hue “spicy pho.” They tell me, “Bun bo is about as close to pho as chicken noodle soup is to ...

Taking Back 4th&B

The former owner of 4th&B, the 1500-capacity downtown concert venue, says he is in the process of taking the club back from its current owner and that he is suing Live Nation, the concert promoter ...

Vokabulary

Vokab Kompany’s collaborative song “Burn It Down” (with Crush Effect, a local DJ/beat production trio) is serving as the soundtrack to a national TV commercial for Southern Comfort’s new Fiery Pepper liquor. However, Vokab’s official ...

Work 10 Weeks, Take 10 Months Off

Chapter 1 I found my first year-round job at the age of 45. Birthday boy was broke, living in a downtown Oakland, California, apartment, and 23 days from eviction. Normally, this would not be a ...

The Adventures of SailorDad

Title: The Adventures of SailorDad Address: sailordad.com Author: Thomas Permuy From: El Cajon Blogging since: September 2011 September 27, 2011: The Longest Week We’re all just going through the motions, trying to pass the time ...

Is there really such a thing as luck?

Matthew Alice: Is there really such a thing as luck? My neighbor seems to keep winning money on scratch-offs all the time and I’ve only won ten dollars every once in a while. I can’t ...

Birria in the Barrio

Call it the next best thing to Mexico. I’m in Barrio Logan, walking down Beardsley, past the Logan Heights Family Health Center Clinic. What I like — apart from the clinic and the half-dozen apartment ...

Movie Review: J. Edgar, Melancholia

Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar needs a livelier title. May I suggest Anal-Retention Serenade? In this movie, a young American discovers his anti-Red obsession by finding Bolshevik propaganda flyers on the street and is soon proudly ...

Lestat’s Can Have Chris Carpenter's Piano

“I write my songs with piano,” says Chris Carpenter, “so you’re going to hear a melodic singer/songwriter if you take an ear of me. I love the wide range of song possibilities on the piano. ...

Is SWRV the MTV of Old?

In October, Music Choice announced the launch of SWRV (“swerve”) TV with Cox Communications in San Diego. Promoted as the first 24/7 interactive music video network, SWRV is available on Cox cable channel 900 as ...

Tufnel Day Is Upon Us

Thursday 10<br>Austin rock-n-soul septet Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears pours into Belly Up behind Scandalous, the big band’s sophomore set of feel-good rhythm-n-blues. Scandalous dropped in March via Americana staple Lost Highway, but this ...

Los Cabos Fights Back

As gun battles go in Mexico, it was nothing special. At 11:00 p.m., Friday, October 28, Mexican military authorities and the local municipal police cornered a group of sicarios, or gunmen, in a house located ...

Sempra Lights Up the Pols

Sempra Energy also handed out some pre-Halloween treats to state politicians and utility regulators, including refreshments at San Diego’s Kensington Grill worth $29.79 on August 8 to Elaine Jennings, director for planning, preparedness, and emergency ...

How They Played the Accounting Game

The accounting profession has stark similarities with the world’s oldest profession. Both attempt to operate below the radar, asking few probing questions of their clients. This has been going on a long time, as the ...

This Cash Is for Martin Garrick, Joel Anderson

Solana Beach’s GOP assemblyman Martin Garrick, arrested in his state car for drunk driving in June, later pled no contest to driving with a blood-alcohol content nearly twice the legal limit. He was sentenced to ...

Political Gifts of Green

Sempra Energy has been spreading around its campaign cash to a variety of local special interest groups, according to its recently filed state disclosure, including, on September 15, the county’s Democratic Party ($3000) and the ...

Real Estate Is Warm and Cozy

New Jersey band Real Estate plays mid-tempo songs with three or four chords strummed on an electric guitar with a vocalist who’s so laid back it might take you awhile to notice when the band ...

Dang, It's O’Brother

O’Brother, a five-piece from Atlanta, has three guitarists and a huge sound. I ask Johnny Dang how O’Brother manages to sound like a big stack of amps crammed into a small bag. “We don’t try ...

Letters

Floyd Unmasked I want to commend the journalism of Jay Allen Sanford on page 122 (“Famous Former Neighbors,” November 3). I always liked Floyd the Barber immensely and never knew the man’s name who plays ...

A Sonnet by Edna St. Vincent Millay

What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why, I have forgotten, and what arms have lain Under my head till morning; but the rain Is full of ghosts tonight, that tap and sigh ...

November 3 Crossword Contenders

Mary Arana, Encinitas, 7. Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 7. Bob Carlson, Serra Mesa, 7. Leslie Chase, Campo, 7. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 7. Carolyn Clark, Lakeside, 7. Maria Coda, Oceanside, 7. Betsy Cory, Chula Vista, 7. ...

November 3 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 8. Patrick Driscoll, Santee, 8. * Richard Hutchings, Santee, 8. A chess player watches pawns. A thief pawns watches. Roy E. Leeper, Chula Vista, 8. John Markey, San Diego, 8. ...

Tuesday, November 8

Ocean Beach Apartment Fire Victim Speaks Out on Arrest

Last week, the OB Rag reported that Larissa Danielli, an Ocean Beach woman, returned to her apartment building on November 3 in the aftermath of a fire that had begun in the unit above hers. ...

The Accident: Part 2

I’d been traveling for 20 hours: from Shinjuku to Narita, Narita to San Francisco, San Francisco to San Diego, and finally, the short cab ride home. Once I’d dropped my suitcase in my bedroom, I ...

Labor of Love: Life of a Doula

Sarah Burns, a 24-year-old doula, explains what it takes to get started, and stay in business, as a doula. First, please define “doula” for me. What does a doula do? A birth doula provides emotional ...

Escondido’s Sidewalk Sign Policy Under Review

Business owner Bill Durney appeared before the Escondido City Council on November 2 and asked the city to consider adding a future agenda item regarding easing restrictions and regulations for sidewalk signs used by businesses. ...

Monday, November 7

Das Racist, Too Funny, Too Short

The anthemic "Rainbow in the Dark" and irony-laden "Michael Jackson" kept heads bobbing to the stoner Zen of Das Racist, Brooklyn's funniest export. Lines like "Urban Dictionary is for demons with college degrees" struck the ...

Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom

As I've mentioned elsewhere, this music produced a profound spiritual experience wherein I, a proud atheist, felt an overwhelming connection to the One, something beyond space and time, in a perpetual state of being and ...

Sunday, November 6

The Japatul Fire Station: For Jerry Schad

The thing that keeps hikers going is an insatiable desire to see what is beyond the crest of the next hill. Even late in the afternoon, when we know that we really should be getting ...

Saturday, November 5

St. Paul's Cathedral Project to Move Forward in Bankers Hill

In a November 4 interview, the Very Reverend Scott Richardson, dean of St. Paul's Cathedral, said it appears their project to renovate the cathedral and construct two high-rise, mixed-use condominium towers is a done deal. ...

Friday, November 4

Bangkok is Drowning

About four months ago, in the hot, laboring days of summer, I decided I needed something to work for – something to get me through the weeks. A trip. I set my sights on Southeast ...

Thursday, November 3

Shot in Tijuana: Las Pulgas’ New Neighbor

A new edificio (building) is going up next door to Las Pulgas, the famed Tijuana nightclub (named after “fleas”) on Avenida Revolución. Being built over the former Las Pulgas parking lot, the building so far ...

Sweetwater Union HS District Supe Ed Brand Addresses Problems with U-T Coverage

On October 29, Sweetwater Union High School District superintendent Ed Brand dressed down the Union-Tribune. The district’s website tells it this way: “In an ongoing effort to bring balanced media coverage, [Brand] met with San ...

Wednesday, November 2

Drug-Sniffing Dogs to Routinely Visit Clairemont High School

Clairemont High School's Arrow newspaper recently reported that drug-sniffing dogs are coming to school. "Last year [the high school] received a grant from the [parent-teacher-student association] to pay for a drug dog inspection program. The ...

Reverse Explorers

“But our bread is different. Piadina. From Romagna, Italy. It goes back to the 1300s.”

‘"She gives me everything…and tenderly…” Her voice rings out loud, clear, and beautiful. She’s singing along with the Beatles tune on the sound system, “And I Love Her,” looking at the tiny baby in her ...

Secret Love

“Once, I had a secret love/ That lived within the heart of me./ All too soon, my secret love/ Became impatient to be free.” So sang Doris Day in the Eisenhower-era film Calamity Jane. My ...

He Cleans Up on Foreclosures

You get ousted, they get busy.

From Yahoo News, December 2010: A suit was filed in March by Pennsylvania homeowner Angela Lannelli. She was up to date on her payments when, she says, she arrived home in October 2009 to find ...

San Diego Mobile Oil Change

“‘Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’, into the future,” I serenaded hubby Patrick with the Steve Miller song as I hustled through chores last Saturday. “Oil keeps on burnin’, burnin’, burnin’, out of my Chevy,” ...

Vizcaíno Meets Storms, Natives, and, Finally, San Diego

Lost and Found Onboard the flagship San Diego, Sebastían Vizcaíno hadn’t seen the Santo Tomás in 41 days. Before his expedition left Acapulco to chart the California coast in 1602, the old Santo Tomás had ...

Last Call

Boasting a weekend happy hour from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., Last Call’s slogan entreats you to “Go ugly early.” And while easily dismissed as another sketchy El Cajon Boulevard hole, Last Call proves to be ...

Senior Moments

They strategize like young soldiers, forgetting that they’re almost immobile.

Back in the ’60s, Robert Anderson wrote a one-act called I’m Herbert. Depending on how old you are, it could be a comedy or a tragedy. In the play, a man and a woman, senior ...

Rubik and Lights

“We think that we make pop songs, but definitely with a certain kind of twist.” It’s Artturi Taira on the phone from Madrid, talking about his band Rubik. “You might wanna call it art rock ...

Imitation Diamond

When Diamond Is Forever! hits the AVO Playhouse stage in Vista on Saturday, November 5, two fans in the audience will have traversed over 5800 miles to catch the local Neil Diamond tribute act. “Jutta ...

To Tank Or Not To Tank

On the phone with a friend I’ll call Henry Hill. He’s a family man, casino consultant, degenerate gambler, and believer in conspiracy theories. Henry thinks the Indianapolis Colts are tanking the season. Conspiracy theories are ...

Brief Peace for Chet Cannon

“At this point, we’ve done so many of them, I really couldn’t pinpoint it,” Chet Cannon says in response to a question about when, exactly, he began putting on benefit concerts. Cannon, 59, a harpist ...

Romeri's Got the Beats

“I’ve always been seeking out exploratory music,” says Santino (or Sonny, like in The Godfather) Romeri, a Golden Hill–via–Chula Vista experimental beat musician (Illuminauts), promoter, and overseer of boutique vinyl and cassette label Kill Quanti. ...

Letters

Finally Vegan I was glad to see that some of your writers were thoughtful to mention vegan and vegetarian options in the recent October 20 restaurant issue (“Eat”). This was an improvement on previous years. ...

A Happy Chorus of Small Voices

“I was walking through the park/ goosing statues in the dark/ If Sherman’s horse can take it so can you.”

Heady Metal

Thursday 3<br>Vancouver musician Stephen McBean has a split personality. Lucky for him — and classic-rock revivalists — both personalities are guitarists into album rock. The diff: one’s got a closet full of hard-rock concert Tees ...

Movie Review: The Rum Diary, Hell and Back Again, Habana Eva

Photographed in a dry, dingy beige, the film looks like it were being viewed through a discarded snakeskin. This is not altogether a fault; the anemic film stock suits the sultry drip of setting and ...

Please Upgrade the Tenants in City Heights Apartment Buildings

On a hot Friday evening in late August, Jennifer Bernal and Jamila DeCarli sit at the kitchen table in their 998-square-foot home on the rim of Fox Canyon in City Heights. Their two small dogs ...

Seen on DVD: Almost Famous, Inland Empire, Love and Death

Rebecca Hicks Writer and illustrator, little-vampires.com Traditional romantic comedies have never been a reflection of my relationship reality, which is why I’m grateful for 1991’s Addams Family. Raul Julia and Anjelica Huston have a joyous ...

Carmen Caserta ♥s Tori Amos

North Park singer/songwriter Carmen Caserta was 19 when she dragged her piano from L.A. to San Diego, originally to attend college. “I got my undergraduate degree in psychology and then started law school in 2008,” ...

You Can Take Susan Davis to Libya

The violent death of Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi has evoked varying recollections of his decades-long absolute rule. Back in March 2004, congressional Democrat Susan Davis traveled to Libya. According to a gift report filed by ...

Cash Without Cause

Robert Nascenzi, the computer executive who dropped out of the 52nd District primary in the race to take on GOP congressman Brian Bilbray next year, managed to collect a healthy $77,654 in contributions through September ...

Ffunny Ffriends Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s music sounds as if it’s off an old cassette tape that sat warping in the sun on a dashboard before falling into a puddle. And it gets weirder the closer you listen ...

Presidential Bets in Rancho Santa Fe

Early results are in from horsey Rancho Santa Fe regarding the presidential fund-raising derby, and so far the winner is Mitt Romney, with $112,000 from the beginning of the year through September 30. According to ...

Our Redeemer Lutheran Church

Membership: 400 Pastor: David Weber Age: 56 Born: Hampton, Iowa Formation: University of Laverne, Laverne; Concordia Seminary, St. Louis Years Ordained: 9 years San Diego Reader: What is your favorite subject on which to preach? ...

Imperial Beach, Our Coastal Orphan

Thirty-Five Years Ago [A] local symbol has almost gone up in flames. The hut at the base of Bonair and Neptune Place was damaged in a fire last week. Refurbished with new palm fronds each ...

Wigs Galore

A poem by Claire Hsu Accomondo

Wigs are in style. There’s a store in every town. There’s a kiosk in every mall. Golden blond, near crimson, silky black, cascading brown. They glamorize, maximize, voluminize and dramatize. Human hair or synthetic? Not ...

October 27 Crossword Contenders

Mary Arana, Encinitas, 6. Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 6. Bob Carlson, Serra Mesa, 6. Leslie Chase, Campo, 6. * Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 6. Definition of "marine layer"- a prostitute that works in Oceanside. Carolyn Clark, ...

October 27 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 7. Patrick Driscoll, Santee, 7. * Richard Hutchings, Santee, 7. The Flower shop owner was held up at gunpoint! I'll bet he was a petrified florist! Roy E. Leeper, Chula ...

Tuesday, November 1

Two Weeks in the Cook Islands

Those travelers looking for an authentic South Pacific experience without the exorbitant price tag should look no further than the Cook Islands. A nine-hour flight from LAX (one weekly nonstop) made the main island of ...

The Accident: Part 1

“How’s he doing, everything okay?” It was an empty question -- I was sure of the answer. There was no room in my mind to consider any alternative to fine. Dad had still been in ...

Senior Students Paint Parking Spaces at Patrick Henry High

Throughout San Diego, a coveted perk for high school seniors is the right to claim their own parking spot in the seniors-only section of their school's parking lot. But many schools have added a twist ...

Unconquerable Chickasaw Nation, Oklahoma

The Chickasaw Nation, an active tribe now in the Arbuckle Mountains of Oklahoma, was once known as the “Spartans of the Lower Mississippi Valley” and the “Unconquered and Unconquerable Chickasaw.” The Chickasaw's original homeland was ...

Caltrans Deems Georgia Street Bridge Deficient

The San Diego City Council on November 1 approved an amended agreement with Simon Wong Engineering for services on the Georgia Street Bridge renovation. This will add an additional payment of $493,000, boosting the firm's ...

Living Local in Paris

My husband, six-year-old and I spent a month in Paris. The best part was learning to live what the French call a "quotidien" life (just the day-to-day goodies) in the City of Lights. Since there ...

Lou Reed and Metallica's Lulu Is a Lulu

Lou Reed and Metallica's collaboration is a head on collision between two trains and the casualties are the ears of the listeners. The first words uttered on Lulu ("I would cut my legs and tits ...

Grouplove on the "Boos Cruise"

The expansive indie rock of Grouplove spilled over the brightly lit San Diego Bay as the audience aboard the Hornblower kicked Halloween weekend into high gear. The band, which was formed during an artists' residency ...

Mount St. Helens, Washington: An American Volcano

Mount St. Helens is an active stratovolcano located near Washington State's southern border – 96 miles south of Seattle and 50 miles northeast of Portland. On May 18, 1980, the eruption changed more than 200 ...

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