Stories for May 2013

Friday, May 31

Birding Basics at Mission Trails Regional Park

Crows ’n’ Ravens 101

Winona Sollock, a Mission Trails Regional Park trail guide and resident birder, used to collect parrots and moved with 65 birds in 1988 to "the last house on a hill" east of Temecula. Sollock bred ...

Dog House Diner told to scram from Encinitas Home Depot

Food-trailer owner theorizes as to why

Shoppers arriving at the Encinitas Home Depot over Memorial Day weekend were disappointed to see the Dog House Diner was gone. The popular 1950s-style food stand sat at the entrance to the store for over ...

New lifeguard statue vandalized in Ocean Beach

Call him “O.B. Barney”?

The San Diego lifeguard statue in Ocean Beach, dedicated in a ceremony last week (May 23), has been vandalized. Last night, May 30, someone painted portions of the statue in three different colors. In a ...

Beer of the Week: Saint Archer Blonde Ale

Beery beast belongs outside shadow cast by Sculpin and Victory At Sea.

A beautiful Ugly Things weekender

Three days of long nights, and the perpetrator is a fellow ex-pat named Mike Stax. The 30-year anniversary of Stax’s magazine, Ugly Things, was celebrated by players past and present. Santa Ana’s the Neumans kicked ...

The Mad Greek

Fear and gyros: illusory roadside attraction in the Mojave.

What am I doing out here in the middle of the desert? The lights of Las Vegas are a distant memory, faded away into the early morning, and now about a hundred miles into the ...

Deerhunter's Monomania

“Finding the fluorescence in the junk” is the first line Bradford Cox sings on opening track “Neon Junkyard.” It stands as a descriptor of Deerhunter’s Monomania. The fuzz-rock band from Atlanta is back. After all, ...

Thursday, May 30

Jogger has heart attack in Balboa Park

Nurse passing by does CPR

A man fell to the ground, suffering from a apparent heart attack while jogging in Balboa Park on Wednesday, May 29. A woman, walking by with her husband, turned out to be a registered nurse ...

New fitness survey ranks San Diego region 14th

San Diego may not quite qualify as America’s Fittest City, but the region is definitely in the hunt, according to figures newly released from the American College of Sports Medicine. The group’s sixth annual report ...

Prancersice

Yes, prancercise, as in prance like a pony.

Every now and then a fitness idea arrives which cannot be ignored. That is not to say that it shouldn’t be ignored but that it is impossible to ignore. There is a vast menagerie of ...

South Bay Drive-In goes digital

Projectionist loses job

The South Bay Drive-In Theatres on Coronado Avenue in South San Diego recently updated its projection booths to digital. The digital conversion is being forced on all movie theaters by the major movie studios, which ...

Large apartment complex approved by La Mesa City Council

More traffic, but more property tax revenue also

After a nearly two-and-a-half-hour hearing, the La Mesa City Council on May 28 voted 4-1 on actions to allow the construction of a 198-unit apartment complex on an 8.64-acre site located at 7834 Parkway Drive. ...

Karnataka's untouched paradise

Pristine tropical beaches, no development.

On the west coast of India, the state of Karnataka has a spectacular 300-kilometer-long rocky coastline dotted with pristine white sand beaches. The most popular are Murudeshwar, Kumta, Malpe, Gokarna and Maravanthe. Along Karnataka’s coast, ...

Wednesday, May 29

You can't pet a solar panel

Wrong project, wrong place

Some Ramona residents don’t like at all the plan to install 42 acres of solar panels on a neighboring property…mostly for aesthetic reasons, despite assurances, promises, and revised plans from the contractor.

Tom yum and pizza on Park

Ed visits Bahn Thai and Red House Pizza in University Heights…eats tom yum and pizza for lunch.

The Mar Dels are 30 years strong but still backup-singer-challenged

The gigs just keep coming

“December 31, 1982, was the last New Year’s Eve that we didn’t work. Last year we played the Hotel Del. We’re booked to go back again this year.” Mar Dels founder Doug Allen admits he ...

Pier improvements in Imperial Beach

“At No Cost to the Taxpayers”

Strollers at the Imperial Beach Pier were recently greeted by a sign at the entrance proclaiming that improvements — mainly refurbishing and replacing worn, warped, wooden planks — are being carried out “at no cost ...

Parquet Courts

Light Up Gold could very well land in the stack of contemporary records that we will be listening to, and drawing inspiration from, in the coming decades. That’s a hot topic of late on social ...

A Dog's Purpose, by Bruce Cameron

What are you reading? “A Dog’s Purpose, by W. Bruce Cameron. I’m a graduate student in Speech and Language Therapy at SDSU, and I was reading it for one of my clients. It’s trying to ...

Zero competition

Sensori Collective cofounder Phil Sergi (aka Five05) aims to start a beats academy in Barrio Logan, Golden Hill, North Park, or University Heights.

NCAA baseball is a pig

The latest NCAA Division I baseball rankings have the University of San Diego at number 54 in the nation. Not bad, since there are, depending where you look, 296 or 298 schools in the Division ...

This week in the San Diego clubs, May 30–June 5

Thursday 30With Vacation, bedsit recorder Matt Adams announces the arrival of his fully realized Blank Tapes, the L.A.-via-Bay Area psych-pop band that has dipped K-Tel deep into ’70s summer fun. It’s a guilt-free bubble-gum-rock collection ...

Pomp and Resistance

It had been cold and cloudy when I’d dressed that morning, and the commencement ceremony wasn’t scheduled to begin until 4:30 p.m.; it never occurred to me that I might find myself trapped for over ...

Before Midnight: For starters, you’re crazy

Modern Greek drama

As Before Midnight draws near to its titular hour, Jesse (Ethan Hawke) gets a mid-argument chance to make a list of his beloved Celine’s (July Delpy) flaws. “Well, for starters, you’re fucking crazy,” he begins ...

Let it breathe

San Diego jazz artists Leonard Patton and Joshua White are heading to NYC to make a record with members of Pat Metheny’s Unity Band and other big-name musicians.

Go time: Rosarito to Ensenada

Minnie mice and proud inebriates on the road to Ensenada.

Lakeside's River Park

Sand mine becomes riparian willow forest in Lakeside.

This hike features the work of a local conservancy to restore this section of the San Diego River.

Yacht shopping

Heymatt: Where can I get a huge yacht like the one the Russian billionaire has parked in the harbor? I doubt you can just go down to the yacht store and pick one up. Is ...

New Orleans poaching

There’s been a bit of argument lately in San Diego over how and how much tourist tax money to spend promoting San Diego to out-of-towners as a visitor destination, but meanwhile the State of Louisiana ...

It was always about animals

From helping your hound die happy to equine acupuncture, veterinarian Cynthia Redfield makes house calls for ailing animals.

Star Wars fanboy question

Heymatt: Now that Disney owns the rights to Star Wars, do you or one of your Ewoks know if they are going to release the original, unmolested Star Wars movies IV-VI? As far as I ...

Staying awake behind the wheel

Heymatt: I do a lot of long-distance driving and keeping myself alert and wakeful is always a challenge. Drinking coffee and caffeinated energy drinks like Red Bull and whatnot is a pretty good strategy to ...

Gone drummer gone

Female-fronted garage-rockers Gone Baby Gone are once again minus a drummer. “Truth be told, our drummers seem to have commitment, health, or mental issues that keep them from playing shows, rehearsing, or touring,” says singer ...

Teaming up with Sempra

The Teamsters Union’s public affairs council and utility giant Sempra Energy have something in common: Both gave $2500 last week to the San Diego County Democratic Party, only the recent of many off-year special-interest contributions ...

Border sewage plant logs two violations since February

Far fewer than the norm

The border sewage plant that treats Mexican sewage, which the International Boundary and Water Commission oversees, has had two violations of treatment standards since February — far fewer than preceding years. One of the violations ...

Scripps institution of mystery

A replacement for Tony Haymet, the former director of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego and a global warming champion with close links to Democratic ex–vice president Al Gore ...

Blue Monday, or: Finding Serenity in San Diego

A San Diego visitor finds the place is good for uncluttering your mind.

Reader letters

Will Work for Suckers I just picked up the May 23 Reader, and I’m looking at the “artwork” on the cover, “She Gave Her Son an Ocean-View House, a New Lexus, and $130,000.” Whom do ...

Bug Splat

When a drone kills an insurgent (or whomever), it is called bug splat. Bug splat. That’s funny. Is it because it happens on a computer screen, or because they are killed by insects (drones)? or ...

May 23 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 5. Patrick Driscoll, Santee, 5. George Elam, Vista, 5. Butch Hays, La Mesa, 5. Ralph Hayward, El Cajon, 5. Hiroshi Miyazaki, Normal Heights, 5. Michael Rewa, Allied Gardens, 5. Sergio ...

May 23 Crossword Contenders

Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 5. L. Barling, El Cajon, 5. Johanna Barry, Pine Valley, 5. David Christie, Cardiff, 5. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 5. * Maria Coda, Oceanside, 5. Thomas Diehl, Escondido, 5. Allan Dorfman, Del ...

Tuesday, May 28

5th Avenue Style in the Gaslamp

Mickey Mouse tattoos and chunky boots

I am continually amazed over the stillness of the Gaslamp Quarter during daytime hours. It’s an eerie sight to find the streets empty of cocktail dress and dangerously tall stiletto clad bar goers. At 12pm ...

Safety of Sweetwater school district’s buses below par

Bus driver testifies before board of trustees

Lawrence Gilly, who has been driving school buses for the Sweetwater Union High School District for 21 years, felt compelled to stand before the board of trustees on May 13 and advise them of the ...

Warsaw revived, Poland renewed

Varsav (Warsaw) is a large, booming city full of treasures. The Royal Łazienki Park offers palaces, gardens, lakes and forests in a less intimidating, family-friendlier format than Versailles. Animals in the park include peacocks, squirrels, ...

Drug-related arrest outside Brighton Ave. bathroom in Ocean Beach

Someone called the cops

I had just arrived at the beach at 11:30 a.m. on Memorial Day, May 27, when I saw a police van, a patrol car, and two officers handcuffing a woman outside the Brighton Avenue bathrooms. ...

Monday, May 27

Five years later, construction of mixed-use development project in Kensington has begun

Construction of Kensington Commons has begun, five years after residents agreed to drop a lawsuit filed over environmental concerns.

Construction has begun on three-story mixed-use development Kensington Commons. The presence of bulldozers and earth movers at the corner of Adams Avenue and Marlborough Road is a sight that many Kensington neighbors tried desperately to ...

Cave rave at Sunset Cliffs attracts about 100 partiers

Broken glass, public urination, trash, draws cops

On Memorial Day, May 27, at 8:30 a.m., San Diego police responded to a citizen’s call at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park. Early-morning surfers were surprised to find a low-tide rave taking place in a sea ...

New Ocean Beach restroom to close at night?

Extended trial period rankles some residents

Should the restrooms at the foot of Brighton Avenue in Ocean Beach be locked up at night? The city has given itself a time extension to decide, and some members of the public are none ...

Sunday, May 26

March Against Monsanto in Balboa Park...and 45 countries

Organizers say government in league with corporation

An enthusiastic crowd estimated at over 1000 gathered at the fountain in Balboa Park on May 25 as part of the international “March Against Monsanto.” The event took place simultaneously in 45 countries and 400 ...

Saturday, May 25

Heal the Bay releases annual report on San Diego beaches

Tijuana River mouth clean as long as it doesn’t rain

On Thursday, May 23, Heal the Bay representatives met at the mouth of the Tijuana River to announce their annual “beach report card.” While the organization gave the majority of San Diego County high grades ...

Charter school to expand into Escondido’s East Valley Community Center

Mayor Sam Abed says lease revenues to be funneled to citizenry

The Escondido City Council on May 22 voted 4-1 to lease a portion of the city’s East Valley Community Center to Heritage Digital Academy, a charter school. The ten-year lease includes 20,000 square feet of ...

Friday, May 24

San Diego City Council meeting minutes, May 22

Budget, seal cam, student bus passes discussed

The San Diego City Council wrapped up this month's budget hearings with a May 22 evening meeting. The agenda included mayor Bob Filner's revisions to the proposed 2014 budget. Public comment lasted nearly two hours ...

Eastern Sierra trout bite is on

Plenty of angling in the June Lake Loop.

Fish on! That’s usually a term used by deep-sea fisherman when they get a big bite, but also best describes the fishing frenzy going on now in the Eastern Sierras. The 2013 season trout opener ...

Devotion, by Jessie Ware

Following on the heels of Amy Winehouse and Adele, Jessie Ware is the latest in an ever-expanding line of soul-inflected female pop singers from the U.K. But where the two superstars made vocal drama their ...

More Hispanic than hippie — Banhart at the Belly Up

Devendra Banhart brought his multilingual show to the Belly Up, and from what I could see in the dim lighting and from behind some girls iPad (really, people?), he appeared in fine, if restrained form. ...

Lifeguard statue dedication in Ocean Beach

Commemoration of drowned swimmers

The new bronze lifeguard statue next to the main lifeguard station at 1950 Abbott Street in O.B. was unveiled on May 23. About 200 people, an ROTC color guard from Point Loma High School, a ...

Thursday, May 23

Osprey nests facilitated by San Diego Unified Port District

They scare away the seagulls

The two manmade platforms in the port area of National City are home to young osprey this year — for at least the third time in the past five years. There are two chicks on ...

Patient-care workers strike at UC’s Thornton Hospital in La Jolla

Statewide protest to voice objections with management

Thirty minutes into a healthcare workers rally at UC San Diego Thornton Hospital, La Jolla, on May 21, a healthcare technician in blue scrubs approached the microphone and said a deal had been reached between ...

Camp Get-A-Job

"I worked at a dude ranch for five summers, and I loved it."

Remember when you were a kid and your parents bought you new sneakers, wrote your name in your underwear, and shipped you off to summer camp while they went to Hawaii? Do you recall all ...

Print jobs are not dead

Everyone’s a writer. Or so it seems these days with all the blogs and gossip and news sites. Communication and journalism degrees are still being sought after by college students… but why? Recently CareerCast.com, a ...

No noisy bracelets

...and other job interview dress tips

Warren Carter, of The QualiFind Group, explains the importance of dressing for success. First, please tell me what you do. I’m the founder and president of The QualiFind Group. We are composed of three separate ...

Sweetwater teachers await funding news

Career-opportunity training in peril

On Friday, May 17, teachers from Sweetwater’s Regional Occupation/Career Technical Education program attended a hearing in district offices in hopes of averting their fate — they are scheduled to lose their jobs in June. Last ...

Compassion and the bottom line

Compassion isn’t a word that is easily digested in the business world. More often, we like to define our businesses as results-oriented, hard-driving and able to steamroll any obstacles that stand in the way of ...

Antwerp: spiritual, corporeal, coarse and refined

Definitive high-meets-low Belgian culture.

I got off the train to Antwerp, Belgium, at Central Station, named by Newsweek as the fourth most beautiful train station in the world, just around the crack of dawn. The town square was lifeless, ...

Tijuana busload of student passengers robbed at gunpoint

People trembling with fear

Three armed thieves boarded a Tijuana city bus bound for an outlying campus of the Autonomous University of Baja California on Tuesday, May 21, and robbed about 50 terrified passengers, most of them students. The ...

Wednesday, May 22

Forecast calls for Lightning, new beers

Poway brewery introducing several first-time and one-off brews.

Food trucks cause concern near San Marcos elementary school

Narrow streets, hungry kids could be problematic

Food trucks have reportedly been causing unsafe traffic conditions while they sell snacks to children as they leave Joli Ann Leichtag Elementary School in the afternoon. According to Hector Romans, the father of two daughters, ...

Help! say Allied Gardens SpringFest organizers

Onstage plea is made at recent event

The Allied Gardens SpringFest board will meet later this month to discuss the future of the two-day celebration, SpringFest president Sherry Kelly said in a May 21 interview. The 14th annual SpringFest, held last weekend, ...

Calafia confidential: mission accomplished

Ed Bedford finds a meal at Los Cristales, a restaurant at Las Olas Grand Hotel in Calafia.

The cranky conjurer

Fool me once...

If you’ve already had your fill of illusory summer movie magic, why not set aside the comic books and spend some time watching the Iron Man of misrepresentation. In the hands of crackerjack conjurer Ricky ...

Record-release roundup

“I’m doing a release show for my Great Big World solo CD at Café Ipé on Pacific Coast Highway in Leucadia on Sunday, May 26,” says former Roxy Dioxide singer/guitarist Scott Samuels, who’ll be performing ...

Lake Jennings opens for night-fishing

Recently stocked with catfish

Cars lined up for the first weekend of night-fishing at Lake Jennings on May 17. The lake — actually a water-supply reservoir — is open until midnight every Friday and Saturday night until Labor Day. ...

Battle of the riches on San Francisco Bay

I hear sailors talking

America’s Cup is coming up — only the richest and 175th richest to take part in what will be a race of catamarans.

Brothers Gow

I came away from my first Brothers Gow experience with no clear idea what manner of band I was listening to. There is no defining sound here. The music seems to be the end result ...

Lopez Canyon, Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve

This Los Peñasquitos tributary canyon has varied natural resources and a rich biodiversity of species.

Be a Good Little Widow at the Old Globe

Miscast melody

She flits about like a sand flea, never in one place, or one state of mind, for long.

Baja plates no hindrance for CHP

Heymatt: Every day I see cars here in San Diego with Baja California license plates. I was wondering if our cops can run the plates on cars that are registered in Mexico or if those ...

Rhymes to fight

A May 3 “Hip-Hop vs. Punk” event at Tower Bar gets physical outside.

Hands on the bar

The San Diego County Fair starts next month at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, but in the meantime one of the fair board members has been making good use of the facilities himself. On May 25 ...

This week in the San Diego clubs, May 23–29

Thursday 23“I’ve been starting over for a long time,” sings Mikal Cronin on this summer’s briny beaut, MCII, a heady headphone set that demands a beachside romp and a re-evaluation of what passes for garage-pop ...

Calm the F Down

Jane’s Evite said the show began at 6. My father, like me, is loath to feel rushed and is absolutely opposed to any and all kinds of tardiness. When I suggested we ride together, he ...

Unforgettable: Floating Target, part 2

Tuna clipper becomes troop transporter

YP-346 Goes to WarVincent Battaglia, machinist mate of Yard Patrol boat 346, never wore dog-tags in the engine room. No one did. Tropical heat made them so white hot they’d brand you. But on the ...

Star-gazer setup in University City

Hey Matt, I grew up in the University City area. I’m a grownup now, but I still go back up Regents and then up Pennant Way from time to time to visit Mom when she ...

As I Lay Dying in jail

A recounting of the arrest of As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis, suspected of attempting to hire a hit man to kill his wife.

The job-stealing scam — Texas is the biggest con

Texas woos gunmakers — and everybody else

Today's civil war — states bribing companies to move — is a negative sum game for the nation.

“Catch my drift?”

Heymatt: I hate the phrase, “if you catch my drift.” I think it sounds stupid and it doesn’t even make much sense. What is my drift and why should anyone have to catch it? — ...

Falling for Humpty

Daniel Bucheli, a staffer for Republican congressman Darrell Issa (who has of late been watchdogging the Obama administration’s Benghazi record), recently took a two-day free trip up the road from the nation’s capital to visit ...

Really smoking

With the battle over San Diego medical pot parlors raging between the city council and mayor Bob Filner and full-on legalization unfolding in Washington and Colorado, it’s probably not too surprising that more marijuana is ...

From “A Catechism on Christian Doctrine”

Why is the Ave Maria used so often to be said for a prayer seeing there is no petition in it? Whosoever hath any suit or request that he would gladly obtain of a prince, ...

Real letters about real women

Real Women Regarding your May 9 Reader cover photo (“We Spend Every Dime on Our Costumes”) — it’s good to see real women on the face of the Reader. Best cover ever. This is great! ...

May 16 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Joe Arbusto, Rancho Penasquitos, 4. Bliss Beedle, Encinitas, 4. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 4. Tommy DiPietro, San Diego, 4. Patrick Driscoll, Santee, 4. George Elam, Vista, 4. Butch Hays, La Mesa, 4. Ralph Hayward, ...

May 16 Crossword Contenders

Mary Arana, Encinitas, 4. Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 4. L. Barling, El Cajon, 4. Johanna Barry, Pine Valley, 4. * Bob Carlson, Serra Mesa, 4. Leslie Chase, Campo, 4. David Christie, Cardiff, 4. Joseph Ciprian, Little ...

Tuesday, May 21

More West Coast via the Midwest

Alpine Beer Co. looking to increase production in Minnesota

For many brewing companies, expansion means opening a tasting room in a different neighborhood, constructing an ell or a whole other building. Recently, those with the funds and the demand, including San Diego’s own Green ...

Unexpected L.A.

With time to kill, the City of Angels reveals a couple surprises.

It’s amazing how one person on a business trip in Los Angeles can have a really cool adventure for three bucks. I wish my husband and kids could have been here – it would've been ...

Bootleggers busted making bucks off Mexican Olympics

Selling items from truck with suspect documentation

Late last month, Tijuana hoteliers and restaurateurs were celebrating a respite from generally bleak economic circumstances when the Mexican National Olympics got under way in Baja California. Authorities estimated that hotel occupancy would reach 90 ...

Hidden gem: Gillespie Field Duck Pond

Once an eyesore, now look at it

The Gillespie Field Duck Pond? What is it? Where is it? Why? These are all good questions. Rumor has it, the pond was part of a golf course long, long ago, but for decades it ...

Monday, May 20

Logan Heights charity overstocked with home wares

Rugs, sinks, locks, doors, deep-fat fryers...

Rebuilding Together San Diego's Logan Heights warehouse is jammed to the ceiling with rugs, cabinets, light fixtures and wiring, doors and windows, and even deep-fat fryers for turkey and the oil used to cook them. ...

Just another manic Sunday in Balboa Park

Belly dancers and nuke protesters

Strollers in Balboa Park on Sunday, April 19, were treated to a colorful and exotic treat as Sabrina Fox and her belly-dance students put on a show near the large fountain in front of the ...

The temples of Nara

Ancient Japan at its finest: bronze Buddhas, towering pagodas, sacred (and tame) deer.

In its history as a unified nation, Japan has had three major capitals. Tokyo (the modern capital) and Kyoto (the longest-serving capital) garner most of the international visitors. Tokyo draws those who want to see ...

Torpedo found by dolphin in Coronado

Munition is at least 125 years old

Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific (SPAWAR) reported that one of its Navy dolphins discovered an old torpedo last month just off the shore of the Hotel Del Coronado, during a mine-hunting training exercise. ...

Sunday, May 19

Frontier soul: Anchorage, AK

It was my second day in Anchorage and I was lost. Winding along side streets in a residential neighborhood, trying to find my way back to the main highway, I noticed a vehicle with a ...

Robbery suspect caught for Tijuana police

Perpetrator becomes victim

Angry business owners came to the rescue of the victims of a robbery in downtown Tijuana on May 15, pummeling an alleged thief on the face and head and holding him down until police arrived. ...

Friday, May 17

Bike to Work Day across San Diego

Today (May 17) is National Bike to Work Day, celebrated annually on the third Friday in May, and the San Diego Association of Governments, along with others in regional government, have gone to considerable lengths ...

Ombres and Mermaid Hair

Every summer, my daughter's hair turns green. No matter how much I spend on chlorine-fighting shampoo or how religiously I rinse her white-blonde tresses after swimming, it inevitably develops an aqua tint. I worry that ...

Carlsbad memorial for fallen cyclist Eric Ringdahl

Flowers gather under ghost bike

About 50 cyclists gathered in south Clairemont on May 15 for a ten-mile “ride of silence.” It was the second memorial ride held this month to honor Eric Ringdahl, 45, who was killed April 21 ...

Roadwork resumes (in time for Memorial Day) on Carlsbad Blvd.

Delayed due to permitting and contractor concerns

In April, coastal drivers on Carlsbad Boulevard (Coast Highway) may have wondered why the city sandblasted away all the pedestrian crosswalk markings, especially in light of the reported overkill by the city in pedestrian signage ...

Urge: Craft Alley hires brewer

Vet of The Lost Abbey, Boulevard to helm upcoming Vista brewpub.

Escape to Muir Beach

This easy SF getaway offers redwoods and great coastal hikes.

The quiet shoreline of Muir Beach is set among centuries-old redwoods on a remote stretch of Northern California coast. You'll feel a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of nearby San Francisco. At ...

Sweetwater school district board approves Alliant partnership

Trustee Jim Cartmill: "Tonight we are beginning the dance."

The Monday, May 13, meeting of the Sweetwater Union High School District was raucous…again. The potential agreement with Alliant University was one source of contention. Trustee Bertha Lopez said while she supported choices for students, ...

Wounded baby dolphin rescued in Tijuana

Picked up by SeaWorld later

Swimmers and lifeguards at Playas de Tijuana saved a stranded dolphin on the evening of Tuesday, May 14, as it floundered about in the beach shallows. According to 14-year-old beach-goer Azul Garibaldi, the youthful delfin ...

Amplified Ale Works ups volume

California Kebab’s anniversary happening amid brewhouse flux.

Beer of the Week: Mother Earth Big Mother IIIPA

India pale ale? family-run Vista brewery says, "make it a triple!"

Last year was the first in which triple IPAs like Russian River Pliny the Younger and Dogfish Head 120-Minute IPA became available enough that I had the chance to taste them not once, but several ...

Memphis, by Boz Scaggs

The first time I saw Boz Scaggs perform live was at the Matrix club in San Francisco in the early ’60s. Scaggs and another unknown, the future "gangster of love," Steve Miller, were fronting a ...

Let's go crazy: Prince packs 'em in at the Hard Rock Hotel

When Prince sang the words “let’s go crazy” during the third of his four Hard Rock Hotel shows, was he talking about the people who forked over an eye-widening $250 a ticket? Was he referring ...

La Mesa sewer rates to jump 7% in 2014, 7% in 2015

For want of some mail

The 48 protest letters from property owners fell short of the 6451-majority needed to block the sewer-rate increase that the La Mesa City Council approved unanimously on May 14. Provisions in Proposition 218, which voters ...

Thursday, May 16

Slow driver busted in Carlsbad

Gun and pot found in his car

While on routine patrol along the coast of Carlsbad at around 4:30 p.m. on May 14, two state Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) game wardens came up behind a silver Lexus on Carlsbad Boulevard. ...

Tijuana curio shops struggle to stay in business

Movement to stock “higher quality” products

The once-booming curio business on Tijuana's Avenida Revolución has dwindled to a trickle as the tastes of tourists who still visit what was once known as "the most traveled avenue in the world" have shifted, ...

Mali: my almost nomad wife

A modest proposal in West Africa's Sahara.

In my capacity as a travel writer, I journeyed through much of Mali's Sahara Desert with the fabled Blue Men in the years before it was desecrated by Al-Qaida. For two thousand years, Tuareg nomads ...

North Park/University Heights residents host “Cookies with the Cops”

Area sees 17 percent drop in crime

A group of North Park/University Heights residents gathered at the intersection of Texas and Polk streets on May 15 at 6 p.m. for an informal meeting with three San Diego Police Department officers. The “Cookies ...

Wednesday, May 15

SOHO seeks volunteer craftsmen for Adobe University

Local preservationist group Saving Our Heritage Organisation has issued a call for participants in a renewal of its Adobe University program to train modern amateur craftsmen in the art of adobe construction. According to a ...

Campus Style at San Diego Mesa College

Stripes, stripes, and more stripes

Stripes have always been in. Your grandmother once rocked stripes and probably still does. They are as much of a wardrobe staple as a crisp white button-down. Whether they are subtle, chunky, thick, pin,zig-zag, horizontal ...

They Do It the Hard Way: San Diegans who refuse to modernize

Deep-blue collar

The Printer “My buddy in San Francisco got his finger smashed in an old printing press. It actually turned the bone to powder. He had no phone in his warehouse to call for help, so ...

Chula Vista exhibit documents WWII Japanese internment

Prewar, they established “Celery Capital of the World”

A cot, a hand-hewn chest of drawers, and tight quarters for six men — this is the display that dominates the visual and conceptual space of the current exhibit in the Chula Vista Heritage Museum. ...

Maizbaan cooks up one hot stew

Maizbaan’s Pakistani cuisine is so good, Ed returns days later for another meal.

Margarita mixer matchup

Taste-rating away the margarita mixes

‘If life gives you limes, make margaritas,” I sang, channeling my best Jimmy Buffett. “If life gives you hordes of guests, buy margarita mixes,” responded my man Patrick. We were in the midst of planning ...

Booming bivalves at the Brig

Depending on who you believe, the origins of the Baja-style fish taco will take you two places. Fans of entrepreneurial success stories will favor the narrative popularized by San Diego restaurant mogul Ralph Rubio, who ...

Ilan Rubin: exhibitionist

Nine Inch Nails drummer Ilan Rubin talks about his band Regime’s EPs.

Kona Kai relaunch

Former Humphrey’s talent-buyer Shawna Aguirre hopes to revitalize Kona Kai as the hotel’s entertainment director.

Super Water Sympathy

A busy year ahead for Super Water Sympathy: the band is hitting the road in support of their second full-length, Hydrogen Child, and then picking up a couple months of Warped Tour road work that ...

Piranesi’s hoard of haunted spaces

The Arts of Piranesi, on view at the San Diego Museum of Art until July 7. 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619-232-7931; sdmart.org You can’t always get what you want, and you can’t always determine ...

Heavy-hitters from the peace-and-love generation

Like pioneers

Slightly Stoopid enlists Bob Weir, a couple Neville Brothers, Tommy Chong, and Karl Denson for their new live CD/DVD, Slightly Stoopid & Friends: Live at Roberto’s TRI Studios.

Dammit, Jim

Boldly going nostalgic

Star Trek into Darkness is a showcase for director J.J. Abrams at his most J.J. Abrams-y. Do you identify Abrams by his fondness for lens flares? You will not be disappointed. Lens Flare spends enough ...

Squirrelik the Red

Dad thought I was kidding when I warned him that I wouldn’t be able to restrain myself if he lured that squirrel any closer. “David says I have a Snow White complex, but he doesn’t ...

Bubble butt history

Heymatt: Okay, I’m sure there are more pressing questions out there but, what causes bubble butt? For some people, it’s like their body weight accumulates disproportionately around the hips and booty, even if they don’t ...

Ugly at 30

Mike Stax of the Loons to celebrate the 30th anniversary of his publication Ugly Things at the Casbah over Memorial Day weekend.

Unforgettable: Floating Target, part 1

The edge of a minefield is no place to procrastinate.

A recounting of the WII experiences of YP-346, a San Diego tuna boat known as the the Prospect before it was conscripted into the South Pacific war effort.

Homeland security blanket

Whether or not it makes the citizenry feel more secure or not, the City of San Diego is looking for a few good Homeland Security Coordinators, according to an online job notice. The new hires ...

Ugly, yellow, truncated domes for the disabled

Dear Matt: Please help my poor husband solve his ongoing perplexity. When there are perfectly good and relatively new wheelchair ramps on each corner of an intersection, why do we see crews tearing them out ...

Music critic snobbery

Local tribute Rushed is a band in demand now that Rush is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

SDSU's criminal state

The good news out at San Diego State University is that through March of this year there has been only one rape, compared to last year’s five during the same period. Robberies were also down, ...

Stonewall Peak Loop

Beware of Stonewall Peak's poodle-dog bush

Follow this switchback trail to granitic 5730-foot-high Stonewall Peak for views of Cuyamaca Reservoir and the nearby peaks of Cuyamaca, Middle, and North.

Owl Serenade

A blogger who’s learned lessons from owls and people who have behaved like owls.

Eternal flame of freebies

Maybe it was because they were still recovering from New Year’s Eve, but state legislators seemed to go easier on the receipt of corporate freebies during the first three months of this year. That’s not ...

Ben Hueso's taxi cab conflict

Before he became a congressman, Ben Hueso threw his taxi-business-owning brother a bone.

Letters to the Editor

Nuff Said Regarding “We Spend Every Dime on Our Costumes." Best cover ever! Thomas Coynevia email Sound the Alarm The Don Bauder article on Michael Clifford and for-profit colleges is not enough (City Lights: “For-Profit ...

The Great Wall of China

for Sue After a day of paving, we sit on our new patio to appreciate our results. For five minutes we enjoy our silence, but then you ask me, “What are you thinking?” I say, ...

May 9 Crossword Contenders

Thomas Diehl, Escondido, 4. George Jackson, Oceanside, 4. Willie McGee, San Diego, 4. Mary Arana, Encinitas, 3. Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 3. L. Barling, El Cajon, 3. Johanna Barry, Pine Valley, 3. Evelyn Bowser, Hillcrest, 3. ...

May 9 Sudoku Contenders

Evil David Najman, Chicago, 4. Joe Arbusto, Rancho Penasquitos, 3. * Carl Baltrunas, Milpitas, 3. Bliss Beedle, Encinitas, 3. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 3. Rosalyn Clark, Carlsbad, 3. Tommy DiPietro, San Diego, 3. * Patrick ...

Tuesday, May 14

Street Style San Marcos:The Lost Abbey Bartenders

Tasting beer at Lost Abbey brewery is not a bad way to spend a Saturday afternoon. Tasters are only $1 a pop. Do not be deceived, while tasters are only 4 0z, their beer is ...

Urge bowling into Vista

Urge: Craft Alley to bring brewpub, bottle shop, bowling alley to North County

Cowles Mountain trail repaired, ready to open on May 18

And, more accurately, call it “Coals” Mountain

The main trailhead leading to the peak of 1591-foot-high Cowles Mountain is scheduled to reopen May 18, a date coinciding with Explore Mission Trails Regional Park Day, a celebration for the park that includes Cowles ...

Carlsbad Quality Inn to become Holiday Inn Express

Renovation to update ’80s design

A $4.3 million renovation is under way at the former Quality Inn at 751 Raintree Drive in Carlsbad. After the facelift is complete, the three-story, 125-room hotel will become a Holiday Inn Express. The construction ...

Monday, May 13

Biker Babes in North Park

Confession: I want to learn how to ride a motorcycle. My husband has one—an old Suzuki street bike that he bought for $500. Before he bought it, I rattled off a million reasons why it ...

Taking the monkey by the paw

In February, Monkey Paw Pub & Brewery (805 16th Street, East Village) brewmaster Derek Freese unexpectedly gave notice at the brewpub so he could take a job with Point Loma work-in-progress Modern Times Beer. He ...

San Diego Natural History Museum shows off a new fossil

Extinct bison bones found during highway construction last month

During construction of a highway ramp in San Diego’s North County last month, a paleontologist working for a local museum spotted some ancient bones in the dirt. Brad Riney, who is described as a “paleontological ...

Escondido residents mobilize to try and save golf course

Petition drive aims to gather 6000 signatures

Saturday mornings were usually quiet affairs at the Escondido home of Gary Johnson, board member of Escondido Country Club Homeowners Organization. However, Saturday morning, May 11, was different. At 9:00 a.m., about 200 Escondido Country ...

Skeletons in the armoire: Paris catacombs

Under the city's streets is a vast, ancient network of tunnels.

The air was cool and exuded a musty, almost earthy odor. The passageway with squat ceilings no more than six feet high was lit by small dim lights, each bright enough to see only a ...

Los Peñasquitos Lagoon reopened to ocean tides

Two months since saltwater flowed

At 7:00 this morning, California State Parks personnel began the process of opening the Los Peñasquitos Lagoon in Del Mar. On hand are Natural Resources personnel as well as heavy-equipment operators, lifeguards, and maintenance crews. ...

Tucson – what a desert should be

Just a six-hour drive (or two-hour flight) from San Diego, Tucson is perfect for a long weekend getaway, although one could easily spend a week here. For those of us who grew up with the ...

Sunday, May 12

Two-fire weekend in Lakeside

Homeless woman burned

At about 1 p.m. on May 12, a fire broke out in the Glenview area in the East County, marking the second fire in as many days. A mobile home burned in the Glen View ...

Sweetwater school district to team with Alliant University?

According to YouTube, they already have

Sweetwater Union High School District superintendent Ed Brand will be bringing another university plan to the board of trustees on May 13. In January of this year, the district made a controversial agreement with the ...

I survived Carlsbad Village Faire

Nation's largest street fest attracts 100,000+.

Today I was a very brave person. Despite my inner voice telling me to stay home, give my busy self a relaxing day for a change, I put the leash on my dog and we ...

Saturday, May 11

Encinitas business owner faces citation for signage

Steve Amster says city is being unfair

Business owner Steve Amster is about to fight city hall — again. He says the City of Encinitas’ sign ordinance discriminates against small businesses such as his while it gives special privileges to corporate stores ...

TV swipe scam at Encinitas Rite Aid

No plates on getaway car

Just before 10:00 a.m. on May 8, the Rite Aid store at 439 Santa Fe Drive lost a $300 TV set to a shoplifter. The man, described as a tall Caucasian, inquired about the item, ...

Friday, May 10

Beer of the Week: Green Flash West Coast IPA

Celebrating the winner of a recent San Diego India pale ale challenge.

The San Ysidro Port of Entry reconstruction plan

Entry lanes to nearly double

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) held a meeting at Casa Familiar’s arts and cultural center in San Ysidro on Thursday, May 9, to display plans for a massive reconstruction of the San Ysidro Port ...

Other people's luggage

A thought-provoking visit to the Unclaimed Baggage Center.

Imagine any Mr. and Mrs. Smith and their six-year-old daughter Suzie from Cairo, Illinois. They have just finished touring England on a bus. At Heathrow, they check in for their flight home. They give their ...

Churro vendor calls the law on Tijuana policeman

A stop is put to cop’s extortion racket

Tijuana police have arrested one of their own for allegedly extorting money from a woman trying to make a living by selling churros on a well-traveled public sidewalk in the eastern part of the city, ...

Ladies and gentlemen, the Rolling Stones!

Iconic rock band the Rolling Stones continues to defy the odds with their ability to seemingly turn back the hands of time. After 50 years, they continue to fill arenas, ignite crowds, and deliver Satisfaction ...

Phoenix's Bankrupt!

Phoenix's 2009 album, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, was a commercial and critical hit. It brought the French band to the world stage. This year, fresh off a headlining spot at Coachella, they keep up the pace ...

Thursday, May 9

Street Style: Tijuana with Turista Libre

Yesterday afternoon, Derrik Chinn of Turista Libre, gave my friend Beth and I a quick day tour of Tijuana. Chinn wore Levis, an H&M button-down, a blazer from Lob, a store that can be described ...

Madewell opens at Fashion Valley Mall

Fashion Valley Mall opened a Madewell on Tuesday May 7th. I was beside myself with anticipation. I finally got the chance to drop in this afternoon. I am pleased to see so many great stores ...

New Walgreens store rises on University Ave. in Hillcrest

Community leaders hope for a good neighbor

The long-planned, controversial Walgreens store in Hillcrest is well under construction at 301 University Avenue. The former vacant structure, last used for medical offices, was on the site located directly across University from Urban Mo's ...

Eco-luxury in the Amazon: Ariau Towers

This treetop hotel makes for a must-see.

I’ve been traveling around the world for years and always attempt to practice socially responsible tourism. I had read about the Ariau Amazon Towers for several years and decided to make it my eco-lodge destination ...

Steampunks swoon at Gaslight Gathering in Mission Valley

An interview with Lithobius Quick

Over 1000 people of all ages donned Victorian fashion mixed with sci-fi gadgetry and converged at the Town & Country hotel during the May 3–5 third-annual Gaslight Gathering steampunk convention. Attendees were welcome to participate ...

A smile, a handshake, a positive attitude

These are the beginnings of your self-marketing plan.

When a company produces a new widget, that is is the culmination of months or maybe years of research, development, design, and manufacturing. But the work is not over yet. When a software company designs ...

LinkedIn or left out

The professional networking site is an essential part of a job search

This week, fourth in a six-part series, business coach Kate Kerr (nee Hanley) explains the importance of using LinkedIn to step up your job search or job upgrade your process. We’ve talked about the key ...

Sweetwater cheer coaches seek pay from district

Broken promises and runaround, they say

Revanna Gonzalez and Vanessa Gamez love what they do: on top of work, family, and attending college, they coach cheerleaders for the Sweetwater Union High School District…or, they used to. Revanna and Vanessa were former ...

Employers will hire more college graduates this year

…but only 2.1% more than last year.

Nothing seems to come easy for college graduates these days. Not only do they face the highest tuitions in history, but the job market hasn’t been as welcoming in recent years as they hoped. Now ...

Wednesday, May 8

We spend every dime on our costumes

Some don't do it for the money.

Interviews with women of the San Diego burlesque scene/business.

Point Loma Sprouts fires longtime employee for alleged theft

Ian Rey says it was an honest mistake

About 15 people and a 10News crew showed up at the Point Loma Sprouts market at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8, to rally support for Ian Rey, a 38-year-old developmentally disabled man who started ...

Bill Payne, last man standing

Bill Payne’s on the phone from his home in Montana — “It’s a good place to land up” — to talk about his present tour with a character named Dennis McNally (and Gabe Ford on ...

Lemony moments

Tori Roze and the Hot Mess release new LP Turbulence.

The "great" character

Gatsby née Gatz

Anyone who’s seen the screamy, thudding trailers for Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby knows that it is not a paint-by-numbers cinematic re-presentation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s elegant, economic novel. The numbers are there, of course: ...

Lute Ridge, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

The largest known fault scarp on the North American continent existing on unconsolidated sediments.

Heaviest skiers the fastest speed skiers?

Hey, Matt: During the 1992 Winter Olympics, speed skiing was a demonstration sport. Speed skiing is just another name for schussing. Knowing some physics, I commented that this sport was silly because (all other things ...

Old Globe maps Other Desert Cities

"Families are terrorized by their weakest member,” says a character in Jon Robin Baitz’s Other Desert Cities. The line’s got that yowza zing to it, as if a fire-spewing profundity. But give it some thought ...

Rescues in the surf zone

There are many ways to go about becoming a San Diego lifeguard.

8 days. 750 miles.

Professional cycling’s uphill climb

Rundown of bicyclists who’ve been caught doping and the Tour of California bike race.

San Diego Bay: How polluted in 2013?

Navy agency gives update

At their monthly meeting on May 7, members of the Oceanside Senior Anglers fishing club received an update on the Navy’s effort to increase recreational fishing and protect coastal resources. Mitch Perdue, senior biologist from ...

A good man has died

"Did you hear about Graham?” I shook my head and smiled because I imagined some hilarious Graham-shenanigan story was forthcoming. My friend’s face was somber as she reported, “He’s in the hospital. He was in ...

Thank you, Johnny Depp

Clint Perry of the pirate-themed Boo Hoo Crew describes his band as “the only kids rock band that actually rocks the kids.”

Will Barton thought he was dead

Will Barton was walking home late one night in October 2012 when Philip Martin Hernandez, on a crime rampage with his young wife (Cindy Altamirano Garcia), shot him a few times and left him for dead. As he struggles to heal, health insurance companies create barriers.

Gallstone special

Those with a hankering for gourmet hospital food may hope that a recent sponsorship opportunity by UCSD’s health system is repeated. According to an online fundraising flier, a $25,000 “masters” sponsorship of the health system’s ...

Plastic covered what off the 125 Freeway

Heymatt: Driving north on the 125 into Santee, I see mounds of something covered with white plastic. They’re on the west side of the freeway. They look like grave sites and there are dozens of ...

This week in the San Diego clubs, May 9–15

Thursday 9Freaky folkie Devendra Banhart’s evolution/devolution from the charmed if awkward songsmith of his early four-track output (listening to Oh Me Oh My as I type) into a full-fledged hippie-jam-band leader (Crippled Crow) into this ...

What 4th&B will be

John Lyons, one of the owners of the venue who will take over 4th&B, has an unusual challenge. He will be competing for business with the nearby House of Blues, a chain he cofounded with ...

Port's fishy business, redux

Back on April 10, a report here about ten free tickets given to a group of San Diego Unified Port District staffers to attend the “Sustainable Seafood Gala 2013” thrown by the San Diego Oceans ...

For-profit college tried to recruit homeless

Michael Clifford boasts that his for-profit college investments are winners, but woes suggest otherwise.

Stalled car backs up traffic in Midway District

Gets bumped to safety by SDPD

At around 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 7, a Toyota sedan ran out of gas and stalled along Sports Arena Boulevard., near the corner of Midway Drive. As traffic backed up in the Midway District, ...

How canine became K-9

Dear Matt: While watching TV, there was a police scene where they were waiting for the K-9 unit to arrive to track the suspect. This led me to wonder where the term/name K-9 came from ...

Article Fallout

Still Highest An April 24 Don Bauder article, “San Diego Gas & Electric rates are nation’s highest,” (City Lights) incorrectly stated that San Diego Gas & Electric’s (SDG&E) rates are the nation’s highest. The article ...

Quail Mutterings

The owl reminds an empty nester of loneliness.

From “The Assault of the Sacrament of the Altar”

But first one text I will note to the more: What will you say saith Christ, when you shall see, The Son of Man ascend where he was before, Doth not this text now express ...

Pam

called me long distance at midnight woke me and told me her father died in the hospital that evening died while talking with her stepmom in mid-laugh she cried a bit on her way to ...

May 2 Crossword Contenders

Mary Arana, Encinitas, 2. Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 2. L. Barling, El Cajon, 2. Johanna Barry, Pine Valley, 2. Evelyn Bowser, Hillcrest, 2. Bob Carlson, Serra Mesa, 2. Leslie Chase, Campo, 2. David Christie, Cardiff, 2. ...

May 2 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Joe Arbusto, Rancho Penasquitos, 2. Carl Baltrunas, Milpitas, 2. Bliss Beedle, Encinitas, 2. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 2. Rosalyn Clark, Carlsbad, 2. Tommy DiPietro, San Diego, 2. Patrick Driscoll, Santee, 2. George Elam, Vista, ...

Tuesday, May 7

Owl vs. crows in Ramona backyard

No one hurt

For the past month or so we've had an adult pair of great horned owls hanging around in our palm trees, usually right at dusk. On May 6, at around 1 p.m., and while it ...

Downtown TailGate on hold

SDSU alum's brewpub delayed but it's full steam ahead for new beer series.

Secrets of Ghent

Most of us in the U.S. remember the name “Ghent” from the Treaty of Ghent that finally ended the War of 1812 with the British. At the time, communication was slow, and Gen. Andrew Jackson ...

Odd robber meets success and failure in El Cajon

Asks employees to call the police

A man entered the Chase Bank on Avocado Boulevard in El Cajon shortly after 5:00 p.m. and demanded money from the tellers. The man left the bank carrying bundles of cash and went down the ...

Video: Eagle watch at Ramona Grasslands

Youngster to fly soon

For the first time in many years, according to the Wildlife Research Institute, a young pair of bald eagles are nesting and raising a single offspring. The eaglet is about one month old, according to ...

Citizens practice for budget hearings in Chollas View

Infrastructure needs prioritized

After a presentation on the City of San Diego's proposed 2014 budget, participants at a May 4 Community Budget Alliance event learned how to write and give testimony of two minutes or less during the ...

Monday, May 6

Car Show Sunday in San Marcos in its second year

Exotics, race cars, trucks, low-riders, classics

On the first Sunday of each month, from March to October, UPS drivers Steve Sherman and Frank Renteria put the brakes on delivering packages to North County residents and host Car Show Sundays in the ...

Lemon Grove: Maxi Dresses vs. Skinny jeans

I found Lindbergh Field customer service employee Laurice Richie grocery shopping at Food for Less in Lemon Grove (I am on a serious budget).The 19-year-old wore a pale pink maxi dress from Foreign Exchange and ...

ALERT: Wooden Nickel

Identity thief impersonating local publican, Tom Nickel

Back in 2009, I went to dinner at Azul La Jolla. Upon arrival, I provided my name to the hostess and was shown to my table. A minute later, the restaurant’s general manager and chef ...

Old-time California in Cambria

A classic coastal town on the PCH.

Unexpected. That’s the word that comes to mind when I think about my recent trip to Cambria, California. Cambria, located roughly a half hour north of San Louis Obispo, reminded me of the Midwest somehow. ...

Tijuana nightclub shooting occurs in broad daylight

Street-level drug dealers reportedly involved

A suspected drug dealer was shot to death in a Zona Norte nightclub on Friday, May 3, at around half past noon. The bar, named Malquerida ("bad girlfriend"), on the corner of Constitución and Callejon ...

Saturday, May 4

No 2013 fireworks over Lake Murray?

Lawsuit cloud still looms

Plans for a Fourth of July fireworks display at Lake Murray Reservoir are "on hold" until a court of appeals decision is announced, San Carlos Area Council president John Pilch said at the May 1 ...

Volkswagen Bugs, buses, and Corvairs welcome

San Diego Air Cooled motors to Chula Vista

The Volkswagen enthusiasts of San Diego Air Cooled have lined up at least 200 cars — Bugs, Karmann Ghias, and vans — for the First Annual Air Cooled Fiesta at Southwestern College on Sunday, May ...

Gaslight Anthem brings the '59 Sound to Belly Up

"You can tell Gayle if she calls, that I'm famous now for all of these rock and roll songs," sang Brian Fallon. "And even if that's a lie, she should've given me a try," he ...

Beth Orton's Sugaring Season

“Alive, alive, alive, alive/ Alive, alive, alive, alive-o/ Alive-o,” she finishes. And if that sounds too simple, remember it’s shorn of her melody. Remember, too, that after Boston, after Waco (again), after Washington D.C. (why ...

Friday, May 3

Mesa College 32nd Annual Golden Scissors Fashion Show

Mesa College fashion and design students are holding their 32nd annual Golden Scissors fashion show on Friday May 10th, 5:30-9pm at the Sheraton Hotel and Marina. What sets Golden Scissors apart from other fashion shows ...

San Carlos Area Council meeting hosts Carl DeMaio

Ex-mayoral candidate decides to “stay in the game”

Carl DeMaio referred to a defeat and some victories during his talk at the May 1 San Carlos Area Council meeting. He also weighed in on the proposed City of San Diego budget and discussed ...

Down in Austin, Franklin is the king

Pinnacle of Texas BBQ.

As Waylon Jennings once sang, Austin, Texas, is "the home of Willie Nelson, it's the home of Western swing..." And today, it's also home to the famed Franklin BBQ. This will not be your "off ...

Ocean Beach ashcans cut down on cigarette litter

Surfrider says they still find plenty on beach

If you're still addicted to cigarettes but you're within easy reach of a place to dispose of that nasty stub, there's a good chance you're in Ocean Beach. Since launching the “Hold On To Your ...

Thursday, May 2

San Diego Police debut low rider to strengthen community relations

"We want drug-dealing gangbangers to feel more at home in the back seat."

"Right now," said San Diego Po-Po Super-Chief William "Hands Down" Lansdowne at the cruiser's inaugural pump-n-bump, "there is a stigma associated with police cruisers. Hoodlums feel self-conscious about being taken downtown in such spec machines." ...

Who wants to run the 2014 Boston Marathon

With massive interest in the 2014 edition of the Boston Marathon it will be more competitive than ever to qualify for a spot.

Bridging the gap in Haiti

Only three hours in Haiti, I'd seen forms of travel that spanned hundreds of years – a woman on a mule, a man on a horse, people walking, riding bicycles and on mopeds, brightly colored ...

Motorhome rescued by backhoe in Point Loma

“Angel in steel” appears on Nipoma Street

A broken-down motorhome was fortunate to receive the aid of a backhoe from a nearby construction project during the morning hours of Wednesday, May 1. The Fleetwood Tioga conked out and blocked the road along ...

Isla Mujeres

Sail away from Cancun crowds.

Isla Mujeres, once home to occasional pirates and Mexican fishing families, has become a popular off-the-beaten-path destination for tourists and divers as well as an expat art colony. Many tourists visit the island as a ...

Wednesday, May 1

Lords of the Drink

The art of the sip.

Alchemy's Ricardo Heredia, Noble Experiment's Anthony Schmidt, and the U.S. Grant's Jeff Josenhans share their glass art.

Fire near Eastlake’s Olympian High School

Extinguished before sundown

On April 28 at approximately 5:45 p.m., a large cloud of gray smoke could be seen rising above southeastern Chula Vista. The smoke appeared to be very close to homes in the area, so I ...

The Cranes are Flying, Caltiki the Immortal Monster

The Cranes Are Flying is a groundbreaking movie that escaped the Soviet’s relentless orthodoxy to celebrate individuality during war. The stunning Tatiana Samoilova is Veronika, a girl in love with a soldier. A simple story ...

Cody Lovaas drops in

Carlsbad resident Cody Lovaas, 14, begins his recording career with Hurley and Bill Silva Management.

94th Aero Squadron's Coyote Margarita

Adorned with the parti-colored relics and memorabilia of winged battle’s golden age, the 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant has the look and feel of a rural French chalet that’s been commandeered by World War I flyboys. ...

The indelibly linked Greg Friedman

Truckee Brothers bassist Greg Friedman releases solo album Can’t Talk Now.

Going Socialist at Sobaka

Kafe Sobaka/Restoran Pomegranate offers Ed Bedford plate sizes ranging from “Communist” to “Imperialist.”

The Dekalog, Béla Fleck: Throw Down Your Heart

Two grad professors have taught and praised The Decalogue in their poetry/fiction classes this semester. Originally airing in the late ’80s on Polish television, The Decalogue is a collection of ten potent vignettes loosely corresponding ...

Rancho La Costa Habitat Conservation Area

Carlsbad’s high point offers a 360-degree view from the coast to the mountains.

A single guy in an endless summer

One-time Blizzard frontman Chris Leyva starts a band called the Falling Doves.

Jamming econo

San Diegans Chris Wilson and Joe Cardillo raised $6029 on Kickstarter to finance a low-frills tour of the U.S.

WWII bomber mystery parts

Heymatt: Watching [the movie] Battle of Britain, I saw a ball-shaped device just back of the pilot’s window on the left side. It was mounted on cables or wires top and bottom. Could this be ...

Ip Man, Arrested Development

Ip Man is absolute perfection — crazy choreographed fun at its finest. Donnie Yen awes with lightning-fast hands and tight technique as innovative martial-arts legend Ip Man, mentor to Bruce Lee and innovator of the ...

Desert DINKs

David held a tight grip on his phone as he snapped photos out the window of our speeding Mini. “How can it be 95 degrees down here when there’s snow on top of that hill?” ...

Empty nesters open Craftlab Gallery

Craftlab Gallery in Oceanside opened its doors on April 6 with a solo exhibition by San Diego artist and musician Fernando Apodaca.

Wowee — like Maui in Carlsbad

PREVIOUS RESIDENT: William T. and Susan B. Walters LISTING PRICE: $29,000,000 BEDS: 5 BATHS: 9 HOUSE SIZE: 10,000 sq ft For most, a 10,000-square-foot oceanfront estate along San Diego County’s northern coast with a price ...

Invasion of pigs!

Wild pigs are coming, and there’s nowhere to hide.

The restroom gender conundrum

Heymatt: Why do gender-specific, single-occupancy restrooms exist? I see things like, for example, a queue of women outside the women’s room when there is plenty of space in the adjacent men’s room, or vice-versa. Why ...

Lumbering Man

More metal mancrush

Iron Man 3 is, like its hero Tony Stark at the outset and Stark’s girlfriend Pepper Potts at another point in the story, a hot mess. It does what third installments tend to do: revisit ...

Fletcher Hills’ mystery radio station

Heymatt: I grew up in Fletcher Hills. Ever since I was a kid, I have wondered what was going on at the corner of Hacienda Drive and Hacienda Circle. There is a fenced-off area with ...

Lights! Camera! Nathan!

Back on February 15, ex-GOP assemblyman Nathan Fletcher tweeted his fans with some big news: “Just accepted award from Chancellor Khosla for work on behalf of UCSD while in the legislature.” The former San Diego ...

Got a permit for that, Manchester?

Doug Manchester needs no permits, just lawyers and ineffectual city government.

Helado Negro

Sometimes I hear music that is so far outside the realm of possibilities that I want to know who likes it and who dances to it. I want to meet the kinds of people that ...

Emails to the Editor

Not Easy Being Green Don Bauder was right to highlight SDG&E’s high electricity rates for San Diego (City Lights: “You Pay Highest Electric Rates In San Diego,” April 25). But he made no mention of ...

Clairemont Emmanuel Baptist

Jesus was pretty clear

Pastor Kenny Dodd of Clairemont Emmanuel Baptist church says his missionaries are talking to a cannibalistic tribe, translating the Bible.

Musical theater is a sport!!

A Winkie, a Roman soldier, and an enchanted rug — all the same guy!

Who will come to save me now?

(Written during the first Gulf War) When did I become so hardened to human suffering? Who is this monster I do not recognize, who can sit in front of a T.V. watching a war as ...

April 25 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Joe Arbusto, Rancho Penasquitos, 1. Carl Baltrunas, Milpitas, 1. Bliss Beedle, Encinitas, 1. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 1. Rosalyn Clark, Carlsbad, 1. Tommy DiPietro, San Diego, 1. Patrick Driscoll, Santee, 1. George Elam, Vista, ...

April 25 Crossword Contenders

Mary Arana, Encinitas, 1. Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 1. L. Barling, El Cajon, 1. Johanna Barry, Pine Valley, 1. Evelyn Bowser, Hillcrest, 1. Bob Carlson, Serra Mesa, 1. * Leslie Chase, Campo, 1. * David Christie, ...