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Pearl Jamming Viejas, intimately

You know a band is gigantic when they refer to a concert at Viejas Arena as being “intimate.” When Eddie Vedder announced this to an audience of 12,000 fans, he was not joking. Circa 2013, ...

Adventures in Adobada: An introduction

If you like bacon, you'll love its sophisticated, eccentric uncle, adobada.

While glistening towers of adobada are ubiquitous in the streets of Tijuana, San Diego’s bouquet of badass ‘bada is limited. Adobada (“marinated”) is better known beyond borderland as al pastor (“shepherd style”), a nod to ...

Former DA Pfingst and accused murderer Julie Harper

Prosecutor accused attorney of removing items of evidence

Deputy district attorney Keith Watanabe said that he intends to call a former DA of San Diego County, Paul Pfingst, as a witness in an upcoming murder trial. Pfingst, now a private criminal defense attorney, ...

San Diego unemployment rate stays at 7%

County adds 10,800 jobs in October

The October unemployment rate in San Diego County was 7 percent, unchanged from a revised 7 percent in September, according to the California Employment Development Department. This was below the 8.6 percent of a year ...

Imperial Beach considers new lighting options

Protester objects to the expense for the financially troubled city

Various types of streetlights started blazing in Imperial Beach on November 19. The designs — part of the city’s proposal to light up I.B.’s "crown jewel,” Seacoast Drive — have garnered attention and created at ...

San Diego's Salton Sea plan might get expensive

Audit warns of air pollution and other problems

San Diego's deal to take water from the Imperial Valley to meet the demands of growth and development here will begin taking a dramatic and expensive toll on the environment of the Salton Sea in ...

New This Week in the Local Music Database

3600 San Diego bands, 8900 musicians, 3700 albums, and more

The Reader’s Local Music Database includes profiles, discographies, music, and concert dates for over 3,600 San Diego bands, all searchable by name, genre, etc, covering the music of our city from the 1940s through this ...

Ben Harper gets personal at the Copley

Ever wish you could host one of your favorite musicians in your living room, interacting and listening to your favorite songs? Ben Harper turned his show at the Copley into just such an event, dishing ...

Layoffs possible at Qualcomm

Consistent with CEO's recent comments

The tech publication gigaom.com is reporting that Qualcomm has been trimming its ranks. Several executives at the vice-president level have been severed and others demoted, reports the publication. At one division, there have been nearly ...

Mission Beach, a Surf Cowboy and a German Exchange Student

Sometimes I miss Midwest winters. I got a nice dose of reality when I went home to Chicago for a weekend visit during in October. I had to wear a winter jacket — the entire ...

Former Filner staffer asks for $1.48 million in damages

Irene McCormack Jackson's "emotional distress, pain and suffering" worth $950,000

Irene McCormack Jackson, the former communications director who accused former mayor Bob Filner of sexual harrasment, estimates the emotional and personal injuries she suffered at the hands of Filner to be $1.48 million. In an ...

Cage the Elephant's Melophobia

Many of my friends will give me grief for this review. Until the release of Melophobia, I loathed Cage the Elephant. Their previous songs were so unbearably cheesy to me that I dismissed this album ...

Beer of the Week: Lost Abbey Merry Taj IPA

Center for Belgian-inspired excellence debuts first India pale ale

The staff at The Lost Abbey (155 Mata Way, Suite 104, San Marcos) is known throughout the world—seriously—for its inspired takes on Belgian-style beers. From peppery saisons to a dubbel and quad rich in dried ...

Taggers caught in the act in Ocean Beach

Five suspects, one arrested (the one with the marker)

A citizen saw several young men tagging a public handrail on Ocean Front Street and Del Monte Avenue on November 21 and called in a description of the men and their vehicle to the police. ...

Future Chula Vista sewer bills discussed at breakfast

Percentage increases may be hard to stomach for some

Chula Vista sewer bills were a surprisingly popular topic at city-council member Pat Aguilar’s Third Thursday breakfast. Over 25 people attended the November 21 gathering to listen to city engineering staff discuss two unpopular proposals: ...

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