Content for Wednesday, October 30, 2013

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San Diego's Top 10 Breweries

Awash in suds

San Diego’s top-ten breweries, according to Brandon Hernández, who was here when it all began.

South Bay schools defendants get day in court

Felonies dropped against former Southwestern superintendent Chopra

Readiness hearings for Southwestern College, Sweetwater Union High School District, and San Ysidro School District defendants were held October 29 in the South Bay courthouse. Defendants indicted in pay-to-play corruption cases had been ordered to ...

Prepkitchen Little Italy's Dutch Hammer

While Southern California’s live oaks and palms show little of the colors that ignite the landscape of such northern neighbors as Washington and Oregon, San Diego bartender Adam Lockridge honors the harvest season by changing ...

Castellanos wins big at the SDMA

First time an Artist of the Year goes to a jazz musician

"To be honest, I've been going to these things every year for the last 18 years," says trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos of the San Diego Music Awards. "And I've learned to accept that I'm probably not ...

Baja sales tax to jump 5% in 2014

State senate votes in favor of President Peña Nieto’s proposal

Baja Californians are bracing for what some economists and political leaders have warned will be a major financial crisis after Mexico's senate voted in the wee hours of Wednesday, October 30, to increase the state's ...

Coronado Brewing headed to Imperial Beach

Island brewing company adding another mainland facility

The business may be called Coronado Brewing Company (CBC), but that 17-year-old operation's brewpub roots are now securely fastened to the mainland and spreading fast. It started with CBC brewing at the Mission Brewery Plaza ...

Dry winter no concern, says San Diego County Water Authority

Surplus supplies mean no need to worry about water in 2014

There’s little need to worry about the region’s water supply through at least 2014, the San Diego County Water Authority is reporting. Even if San Diego is in for another dry winter, the agency says, ...

In a dark room

The photography of Abelardo Morell

Abelardo Morell has used his house as his camera.

Salvation soup

Ed drops in at the Salvation Army kitchen in Tijuana, where he fills his gut for $1.30.

“I spent my whole life in the U.S.,” says this guy Nick. “This is a foreign country to me.”

California GOP money pours into Faulconer campaign

Developers, wine, tobacco, and casino interests get generous

The battle for San Diego's mayoral seat continues to draw cash from some of the city's biggest special interests, most notably wealthy Republican U-T San Diego publisher Douglas Manchester and archrival/billionaire Democrat Irwin Jacobs, duking ...

Pursuit of 15-year-old driver ends with smash-up of truck

"A bad kid," the officer said.

On Tuesday morning, October 29, at approximately 12:45 a.m., a high-speed police chase through the Memorial community ended on 30th Street where it intersects Newton Avenue. A small white car they were pursuing couldn't brake ...

Taste it, Pumpkin Boy

‘Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.” — George Eliot I love that quotation. It captures my ...

Communication: San Diego Symphony (2 of 2)

No need to interpret when you communicated clearly.

While I was fuming about Lang Lang during the intermission, I saw my old friend Gerry two rows over. We chatted a bit about the trumpets sounding better this year. He mentioned how tight and ...

Drinking kava in Fiji

An experience of the islands' unique drink and ceremony.

The Fiji Islands are known for their friendly natives, good-natured spirit and outgoingness of their people. Set in the South Pacific, Fiji is made up of over 300 islands, although most visitors touch base on ...

Deerhoof

And now for something completely different: Deerhoof, a band that sounds either machine-made or as if manufactured using really crappy equipment. Except that the musicianship is impeccable and, in this case, the only conclusion a ...

Rumble at the Hyatt

World-class chess is sexy...and full of weirdness

A friend, who has been a serious chess player, recently emailed me, “I don’t know if you have any interest in covering professional chess, but something pretty epic is happening right now: a Westerner is ...

Ramona’s Black Mountain

Waaay bigger than the other one

Excellent panoramic view of Ramona’s wilderness area.

This week in the San Diego clubs, October 31–November 6

Thursday 31Scream, Dracula, Scream! Happy Halloween, creepy Crawler followers. The big gig’s at House of Blues tonight, as John Reis’s reunited brass-punk act Rocket From the Crypt takes flight from the downtown rock spot’s mainstage. ...

Jim, Jimmy, and Irwin

A campaign committee that goes by the name DRIVE — Democrat, Republican, Independent Voter Education — last week gave $5000 to an independent committee backing the mayoral candidacy of Democratic city councilman David Alvarez. According ...

Seaside Beach trash battle "kinda ongoing"

Surfer Rob Machado succeeds at navigating state bureaucracy to have new trash bins (seagull proof) at Seaside Beach in Cardiff.

Geyser murders, part 1

Double murder up on Otay Mesa, 1892. An old Indian laborer is blamed.

Sunday, October 16, 1892Thomas Smallcomb got the news around 11:00 p.m. Trouble up at the Geyser’s. A double murder. The deputy constable flicked the reins and steered his two-horse buckboard east on Otay Valley Road. ...

Buy the mansion, get the yacht

Current owner: David Banks and Kathryn Ferrell Banks Listing price: $8,800,000 Beds: 5 Baths: 6 House size: 5400 square feet What is there to sweeten the pot when marketing one of the priciest mansions within ...

City sides with developers, residents, developers again

The developer wanted more bang for its buck, the city obliged — but Rolando won’t roll over

The Boulevard at 63rd development in Rolando, formerly known as Centrepoint Luxury Apartments, becomes center of controversy as developer Carmel Partners converts the project into a quasi-dormitory that was approved by the city. Rolandans fight back, saying that a proper review wasn’t carried out before construction began.

Shock: the Monkey

Sprung Monkey regrouped five years ago. Their fifth studio album (“sweat-drenched, down-and-dirty rock and roll,” according to Summers) is set for release on November 26.

Best of Beer Week: November 3

Suggestions for closing out the first weekend of San Diego Beer Week

Chargers vs. Redskins Sour Brunch: The Chargers appear to be on the right track. Catch this case of lightning in a bottle along with glass after glass of tart, tasty sour beer from a board ...

MC Lars: Halloween post-punk laptop rap

The Merrow hosts a cosplay and Nerdcore extravaganza for All Hallows' Eve

Fresh off a UK tour with Wheatus and summer’s Warped Tour, MC Lars is bringing his tongue-in-cheek white-boy rhymes (he calls it “post-punk laptop rap”) to The Merrow (1271 University Avenue, Hillcrest) on Thursday, October ...

Founding member of Jamaican Bobsled Team calls for removal of Junipero Serra coaches after Halloween photo surfaces

Uncool funnings

PISSING RIGHT ON THE OLD THIRD RAIL WHILE SINGING "MAMMY," JUNIPERO SERRA HIGH SCHOOL: Devon Harris gained fame as a founding member of the Jamaican Bobsled Team that competed in the 1988 Winter Olympics. It ...

And the clubby goes to...

The San Diego Press Club is out with its list of winners, though it didn’t say exactly who won what until yesterday, after our deadline. For certain, though, a few politicos are happy. Victors include ...

Indian company Infosys to pay record immigration fine

Company abused H-1B rules — should Qualcomm be worried?

Infosys, the big outsourcing company based in India, has agreed to pay a $34 million fine for committing "systemic visa fraud and abuse" in bringing temporary workers into the United States. According to the New ...

Hard-rock heist at the SDMAs

Suicide Chords bassist Dylan Wills hijacks Best Rock Album award from Author & Punisher, Tristan Shone.

U.S. border agency warns against importation of citrus and fruit

Día de los Muertos celebration (and Asian citrus psyllid) prompt advisory

Friday, November 1, is Día de los Inocentes (Day of the Innocents), honoring deceased children, and Saturday, November 2, marks the annual Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), celebrating the lives of deceased ...

Grand old Hooters party

Taking advantage of the media frenzy surrounding this summer’s Bob Filner sexual harassment scandal, the Hooters chain of beer-and-chicken-wings bistros, which also feature scantily clad young female waitresses, got lots of publicity out of its ...

El Cajon Foursquare Church

Foursquare’s belief system doesn’t depend on tradition

El Cajon Foursquare Church pastor Dennis Estill “didn’t want to be a minister. I wanted to be a cop.”

Hallow-E'en, 1914

“Why do you wait at your door, woman, Alone in the night?” “I am waiting for one who will come, stranger, To show him a light. He will see me afar on the road And ...

This Land Is My Land

The author of Shallow Be My Name has something to say about California

A San Diego visitor from Edmonton writes about getting older and the the clichés inherent in folk music.

Two letters

Know Your Parrots You’ve got a problem with your cover photo for “Green Invaders from Mexico." That cutie about to bite is not from Mexico, or even South America. He is an Eclectus parrot, native ...

October 24 Crossword Contenders

Mary Arana, Encinitas, 3. Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 3. L. Barling, El Cajon, 3. Johanna Barry, Pine Valley, 3. Evelyn Bowser, Hillcrest, 3. Marvin A. Brown, Clairemont, 3. Charlotte Brown , Clairemont, 3. Bob Carlson, Serra ...

October 24 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Joe Arbusto, Rancho Penasquitos, 3. Bliss Beedle, Encinitas, 3. Clyde Christie, Coronado, 3. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 3. * Tyrone Davis, San Diego, 3. Patrick Driscoll, Santee, 3. * George Elam, Vista, 3. Butch ...