Stories for November 2013

Saturday, November 30

Local bands with same (or similar) names

Browsing the Local Music Database, you’ll see that our fine(st) city has several same-or-similar named bands. Entre-P, aka Alvin "Entre-P" Shamoun, is a Rancho San Diego hip-hop artist (not to be confused with fellow San ...

Bomb threat at Tijuana's Centro Cultural

Search yields nothing dangerous

A Thanksgiving-morning bomb scare led to the emergency evacuation of Centro Cultural Tijuana, an iconic structure in the city's Zona Río neighborhood. According to a news release from the cultural center, police received a phone ...

Parking solutions for Kaiser hospital in Allied Gardens

Residents ponder creation of permit district

The prospect of a residential permit-parking district on streets near Kaiser Hospital/Medical Center drew some 200 people to the November 26 Allied Gardens Community Council town hall at Ascension Lutheran Church. As City of San ...

Accessories that count in La Jolla

The greatest advice my fashion-savvy mother ever gave me in regards to style was to make your accessories count. Accessories should be the ingredients around which to base your outfit. If you are going to ...

Arby's coming to North Park — with drive-thru?

Sign is placed, then removed, on construction fencing

At the beginning of November, demolition began on the two tiny boarded-up studio-sized homes on the corner of Gunn and 30th streets in North Park. Construction fencing went up around the former Saint Luke’s Episcopal ...

Protesters post at entry to Serra Mesa Walmart

Pro-union and former Occupy demonstrators set up in front of store

Gray skies and scattered rain failed to deter hordes of shoppers from descending on area retailers on Black Friday (or, in a phenomenon the media has dubbed "Gray Thursday," from shopping on Thanksgiving night as ...

Friday, November 29

Stolen purse leads to arrest

Thieves busted out the credit cards, made trail of charges

On Saturday, August 3, Joy Lomax (not her real name) was at her rental property in Cardiff-by-the-Sea. She was doing a final cleaning of the home on Lake Drive, preparing to turn over the keys ...

Televangelist Morris Cerullo's latest legal fray

TV network claims the preacher never paid balance on previous contract

Television evangelist Morris Cerullo is appealing to a higher power — the courts, to force Michigan-based religious broadcasting television network World Religious Relief, Inc., to resurrect airing Cerullo's faith-based programming. Cerullo, a longtime San Diego-based ...

OMG, I <3 BABS

How does the 4646 Convoy Street mini-mall manage to contain such a staggering array of tasty foods and drinks? Crab Hut, Shabu Shabu House, Raki Raki (except for that damn ramenburger), etc. Add BABS to ...

San Diego Zoo hires DC lobbyist for "funding opportunities"

Admission revenue and $10.5 million annual city subsidy inadequate?

The San Diego Zoo, which came in for scrutiny by the city auditor earlier this year for the way it spends its $10.5 million annual city subsidy, has hired a big-time Washington DC lobbyist to ...

Palomar Mountain: 3 tips to happy camping

Under two hours from S.D., Palomar's forest campgrounds are an easy weekend trip.

Who can resist the great outdoors in Southern California? There’s fun for all here, and California’s state parks are no exception. Witness breathtaking vistas, try new activities like fishing, hiking, biking and horseback riding, or ...

$285K grant for rubberized road in San Marcos

Less tires in landfills, more braking power for cars

The City of San Marcos announced on November 26 that it has been awarded a $285,000 grant from the state CalRecycle rubberized-pavement grant program. The funds will be used to cover a portion of the ...

Night Time, My Time, by Sky Ferreira

After several delays, starlet Sky Ferreira has released her debut. Ferreira gained popularity last year with her glossy single “Everything Is Embarrassing,” and the synth-pop singer/model/actress appears to have improved her songcraft with a new ...

“Viva Villa movement” under investigation

Note surfaces, documentary filmmakers deny involvement

Authorities are searching for who’s responsible for the attempt at a mass illegal border crossing on Sunday, November 24. At least 100 migrants tried to cross the border à la Cheech Marin in the film ...

City sued to protect burrowing owl habitat

Brown Field development would endanger species

A group of conservation and environmental groups sued the City of San Diego a week ago, claiming that the city's development plans at Brown Field would destroy burrowing owl habitat at Brown Field. Organizations such ...

Thursday, November 28

Superrich NOT leaving California, says study

Some multimillionaires may leave, but new arrive and are created

A new study by big Switzerland-based bank UBS and Wealth-X debunks theories that the superrich are leaving the high-tax states. Over the past year, California was the biggest gainer of people worth $30 million or ...

Cailin's a Bieleber

Local starlet appears with Justin Bieber in his new video "All That Matters"

It wasn't her dad that got Cailin Russo a gig to costar with Justin Bieber in his new video for “All That Matters.” Russo was born a couple years after her singer/guitarist dad Scott Russo ...

Info center for the deported opens in Tijuana

Computers and phones made available

An information center for people deported from the United States was erected at the base of the giant arch in Tijuana earlier this week. The center — located in the historic center of Tijuana, at ...

Wednesday, November 27

Ramona winemakers don't stand on ceremony

Magic in a bottle.

Ramona winemakers are a humble lot. They don’t care that Temecula gets all the limos because they have the wine.

Monday–Wednesday, December 2–4, in the San Diego clubs

Monday 2From Leeds, England, DJ George Evelyn, aka Nightmares on Wax, and our own beats-down trio Illuminauts split a bill at Belly Up. Sample-happy producer Evelyn released his first set of funk jams in five ...

The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars, Uglies. Spiderwick Chronicles, Fablehaven, newspapers

Local hotel business will lag state through next year

Military-related business is down

According to Smith Travel Research, occupancy of San Diego hotels year-to-date through October was up only 0.8 percent from the same period a year ago, to 73.6 percent. For the first ten months of this ...

Solana Beach pastor received invite to the White House

Thought it was a joke, but it was the "real deal"

Late Sunday night, November 10, Solana Beach Presbyterian Church’s senior minister, Mike McClenahan, decided to check his email. He clicked on correspondence that claimed to be from the White House. It requested his presence at ...

The most practical gift

Really sick Christmas socks, anyone?

I hated getting socks for Christmas when I was a kid. So did my husband Patrick. It always struck me as a daily necessity dressed up as a gift. So, imagine my puzzlement when, upon ...

To Zak, by John Lennon

Zach Goode, formerly of Ghoulspoon, now fronting Secret Seven, tells the story of sending away for a John Lennon autograph before he was shot to death. The envelope came back in the mail — with the autographed photo — days after Lennon was assassinated.

Capsula = Strokes + Hives

Steve Jobs would have loved this band. Capsula’s songs are perfect for any Apple product rollout: a quick burst, exhilarating and different — but not too different. Capsula sounds like a lot of other things ...

Canfield-Wright house escapes razing

420 Avenida Primavera | Del Mar, 92014 Current Owner: Douglas O. Allred Listing Price: $22,900,000 Beds: 6 Baths: 10 The Canfield-Wright House, a 101-year-old mansion named after its first owner, oil tycoon Charles Canfield, sits ...

Saturday & Sunday, November 30 & December 1,
in the San Diego clubs

Saturday 30From the same ’70s SoCal scene that gave us Black Flag and Circle Jerks came Redd Kross. But Jeff and Steve McDonald’s punk’d rawk quartet is (technically) the last band standing, and if last ...

Somewhere in India

Ed sinks his fangs into some Indian food.

‘These are the eight elements to a perfect meal,” says Kais. “Sweet, bitter, sour, salty, and umami; then smell, texture, and temperature. Your appreciation of taste and flavor evolves from the basic senses.” Huh. Kais ...

Interview with film and television star Jeffrey Tambor

Jeffrey Tambor has been a fixture on movie and television screens for the past 40 years, so it’s safe to assume that by now he has become somewhat of an authority on the subject of ...

Wild Horse Trail, Agua Tibia Wilderness

Views to Mt. San Jacinto and the San Bernardino Mountains on this scenic hike.

You are unlikely to encounter any horses, wild or tame, on this trail, but it offers a chance to hike through beautiful oak and sycamore-shaded canyons and lush chaparral that can be ablaze with color ...

Geyser murders, part 4

The first person executed by the state of California — José Gabriel — might have been an innocent man.

Spike Lee's Oldboy lacks the original’s creepy heart

Spike Lee’s remake of Chan-wook Park’s celebrated tale of a man who is mysteriously imprisoned and then just as mysteriously released has plenty of spattered brain matter and sadistic gut-punches. What it lacks is the ...

Security gaps draw U.S. scrutiny of border sewage plant

Heavily redacted State Department document cites risky practices

Could spies and terrorists be casing the gates and lurking inside the electronic bowels of San Diego's South Bay International Wastewater Treatment Plant, preparing to strike at the drop of a keystroke? That's at least ...

Guadalupe Valley’s days of wine and tacos are now

Baja boutique

You don’t have to look far to find Baja California’s influence on San Diego’s food-and-drink scene. Family-owned taco shops and mariscos trucks are hallmarks of our city’s culinary landscape. Seasonal, sea-and-farm-to-table Baja Med cuisine is ...

Two Thanksgiving POVs

Bad timing for turkeys and West Coast NFL fans

Found on Mrs. Lambert’s (Nauvoo-Colusa Middle School) Social Studies web page: “The first Thanksgiving was not a feast, but rather a time when Native Americans helped Pilgrims by bringing them food and helping them build ...

Googling San Diego

Word that the Google barge may be setting sail for San Diego is shining a new spotlight on another tie between the city by the border and the mega-data giant of the San Francisco Bay. ...

Green Flash Supper Club

Mira Mesa brewery teaming to make most of spacious environs

Nowadays, just about every brewery uses their tasting space to hold special events that explore craft beer to a deeper degree than the basic sampler flight. Some, take things to the next level in a ...

Mossy mystery solved, maybe

Who put that Mossy Nissan jingle in your noggin? Tim Hosman. He says he was surprised to see a Reader article that included an interview with a Leonard Tucker, who took credit for writing the 30-year-old song.

Stepdaughter charged in Escondido murder

Asiatae Robinette Bell denies breaking off two knives in 54-year-old woman

“This 35-year-old defendant stabbed her 54-year-old stepmother over 15 times with two separate knives,” a prosecutor said as Asiatae Robinette Bell glared at the deputy district attorney from a holding cell. Last week, on November ...

Thursday & Friday, November 28 & 29, in the San Diego clubs

Thursday 28Gobble till you wobble, Crawler followers, ain’t a darn thing I can see that warrants bumbling around town all tryptophan’d out. Besides, no better show than the Thanksgiving family eruption. Wait for it... Friday ...

Hang a flag for rock and roll

El Cajon Business District to honor San Diego musicians with its new banner project. Beryl Forman marketing manager for the district, says she’s had no trouble getting local musicians involved.

Qualcomm stock yawns at China investigation

Investors unworried about anti-monopoly rumblings

Stock of Qualcomm rose 1.6 percent yesterday, November 26, despite Monday's revelation that a Chinese government agency is investigating the chip-maker under the country's anti-monopoly laws. Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs said Monday that U.S. restrictions ...

Man punches dog, scares cats

Steals from elderly, punches animals...now we pay for his lodging.

Kenny Lowary is accused of stealing from the elderly and punching a police dog. Now taxpayers pay for his accommodations.

Baseball, free food, and lobbying

Baseball stadiums were the venue of choice for San Diego-based Sempra Energy to use for its pitches to California legislators during the third quarter of this year. In addition to a free meal and a ...

@sandiegoreader.com

Trying to Rewrite History Regarding “The Kennedy Assassination’s Last Insider” (November 21 cover story), a few statements by [Rabbi Hillel] Silverman are easily disproved. “People don’t kill unless there’s a conspiracy.” The vast majority of ...

Congregation Beth El

God’s in the ghettos and slums

Membership: 550 families Pastor: Rabbi Phillip Graubart Age: 52 Denomination: Conservative Born: Long Branch, New Jersey Formation: Jewish Theological Seminary, New York Years Ordained: 23 San Diego Reader: What is your main concern as a ...

November 21 Crossword Contenders

Burr Passenheim, Linda Vista, 10. Mary Arana, Encinitas, 7. L. Barling, El Cajon, 7. Johanna Barry, Pine Valley, 7. Evelyn Bowser, Hillcrest, 7. Bob Carlson, Serra Mesa, 7. Leslie Chase, Campo, 7. Joseph Ciprian, Little ...

November 21 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Marcia Smith, San Diego, 11. Hiroshi Miyazaki, Normal Heights, 8. Joe Arbusto, Rancho Penasquitos, 7. Bliss Beedle, Encinitas, 7. Clyde Christie, Coronado, 7. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 7. Patrick Driscoll, Santee, 7. Butch Hays, ...

Tuesday, November 26

Three Feet Deep

ALS makes for tears just above freezng.

Dina Hurwitz writes about her husband with ALS and the hope that nearly disappears by the end of each day.

Flames

Smokey the Bear heads Into the autumn woods With a red can of gasoline And a box of matches. His hat is cocked At a disturbing angle. The moonlight catches the teeth Of his smile. ...

Jacques In Ze Box?

As a kid, I used to joke, “I like French food. Especially Jacques In Ze Box.” Trust me, it had the lunchroom in stitches. But I may have been on to something if a recent ...

Shopping guide for Small Business Saturday

San Diego's best local shopping spots

I worked in retail as a teenager. Holidays were hell — long lines, grouchy customers and insane messes to clean up. I haven’t set foot in a mall on Black Friday, or within the month ...

Water authority draft master plan sees region through 2035

Document would postpone $653 million in spending

The San Diego County Water Authority is out with a draft of a new water facilities master plan and a climate action plan that will tentatively govern water distribution throughout the region through 2035. Based ...

San Diego Puppy sues slew of entities over pet-store ban

Store owner disagrees with ordinance preventing commercial pet sales

In a federal complaint, the owner of San Diego Puppy has attacked a citywide ban on the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits at pet stores. David and Veronica Salinas, the owners of the pet ...

Netherworld of the young adult

Anyway* author Arthur Salm talks about the delights and difficulties of writing for young readers

Arthur Salm spent twenty years as the book critic at the Union-Tribune, interviewing authors and writing about the works they created. To hear him tell it, he would have been perfectly happy spending the rest ...

More Walmart cash arrives for GOP's mayoral campaign

Big money mayor's race rages on behind the scenes

Another big dollop of Walmart money for Republican city councilman Kevin Faulconer and his bid to become San Diego mayor has just arrived in the campaign coffers of the local GOP. As previously reported, during ...

Border Patrol confronted the Viva Villa movement

Incident involved 100 migrants — or a revolutionary brigade?

On Sunday, November 24, a group of over 100 migrants attempted to cross the border, walking toward it via the Tijuana River flood-control channel, coming face-to-face with Border Patrol officers. They group called it part ...

All Things BBQ: Lil' Alex BBQ

A little bit about a new-ish Chula Vista barbecue joint and a lot about why there's no rushing barbecue.

Another entry in the barbecue-without-a-smoker category is Lil’ Alex BBQ (4020 Bonita Road, Chula Vista), a self-described “mesquite wood grill” where the meats get their smokiness from a smoky grill instead of the authentic barbecue ...

Teen girls strong-arm cell phones on trolley

Allegedly assaulted Korean exchange students

Officers with the La Mesa Police Department have released video-surveillance photos of two suspects in a strong-arm robbery on a trolley last month and are asking the public for assistance in identifying the pair. Police ...

The Americans are finished

I’m going to admit that the American bracket, here in The World Cup of Composers, is boring me to tears so let’s just get it over and done with so we can get on to ...

Motorcycle crash in Oceanside

Biker tried passing on the right

At approximately 1:00 p.m. on Monday, November 25, a motorcyclist traveling south on the Coast Highway in Oceanside hit a Toyota Sequoia, slid about ten yards, and ended up under a GMC Sierra parked in ...

Monday, November 25

Border Patrol agents stop advancing crowd of 100

Rocks thrown, pepperball launchers deployed

A lone U.S Border Patrol agent posted south of Camino de la Plaza near the shopping malls east of the San Ysidro port of entry Sunday found himself fending off a crowd of people running ...

Jan Goldsmith ignores legal precedent in Barrio Logan fight

Attorneys for the city to appear in court tomorrow alongside shipbuilders

Tomorrow morning, November 26, attorneys representing shipbuilders will sit side-by-side with attorneys from the City of San Diego with the goal of defeating a motion to delay the validation of a referendum that challenges the ...

Explore the Columbia River Gorge

It's not all Seattle in the Northwest... Oregon's outdoors are calling.

When you think of the Pacific Northwest, Seattle is most often the first city that's called to mind. After all, it's the Emerald City, and it's home to the famous fish market, a Starbucks on ...

Mustang hunter at Del Mar Fairgrounds

Thousands attend Good Guys Car Show

The largest custom-car show in Southern California, the Good Guys Fall Nationals, attracted thousands of car enthusiasts to the Del Mar Fairgrounds November 22–24. More than 1500 cars and trucks were on display, and the ...

Is this OB's best food deal?

Newport Quik Stop is a liquor store where you stay and eat

Chilly night in OB. Just hopped off the 35 at Cable and Santa Monica. Walking down towards the ocean, no particular place to go. The feeling kinda wraps around you as soon as you get ...

Tijuana strays may increase soon

Dog-food price hike may yield more than 250 weekly euthanizations

The skyrocketing cost of dog food along with new rules on its importation into Mexico have led animal advocates in Tijuana to warn of a new wave of canines abandoned in the street, adding to ...

Venus in Fur: #1

How many of the nation's most-produced plays have been on stage in San Diego?

At the San Diego Rep’s opening night, artistic director Sam Woodhouse announced that David Ives’ thought-provoking sex comedy, Venus in Fur, is 2013’s most-produced play. Including the Rep’s top notch effort, there have been 22 ...

Assistant San Diego sheriff took $10,000 trip to Israel

Mossad briefing and winery visit included in second officer's $5500 junket

San Diego and Israel have at least one thing in common: border troubles. So, although the degree of the difficulties may be a bit different, assistant sheriff Patricia Duke set out earlier this year for ...

FBI sting nets real estate scammers

Conspirators claimed investment regulated by Federal Reserve

Dennis J. Clinton, 64, a former San Diego real estate investment manager, was one of three persons sentenced earlier this month for participation in a fraud scheme. They promised an investor a high yield without ...

Gloria Allred files sexual harassment suit against Eyecandy Showgirls in Chula Vista

Celebrity lawyer will represent clients who felt pressured to buy nude lap dances from so-called "fatties."

Even as her sexual harassment lawsuit against ex-Mayor Bob Filner gropes its way through the courts, Gloria Allred is taking on a new challenge: suing hippy strippers for pushing their portly product on queasy customers ...

Sweetwater teachers may strike over district policies

Health-care plans, class sizes, trust at issue

Sweetwater teachers held demonstrations at the October and November school-board meetings. For over a month, many teachers have been “working-to-rule” (performing no unpaid jobs) and picketing before and after school. Outside the November 18 board ...

From Duck Foot to Wavelength

A local brewer's whirlwind journey has him heading Vista nano start-up

Those who follow my writing have probably read the name James Petti before. Two years ago, his last name was attached to a brew he created while employed at Karl Strauss Brewing Company that served ...

HUD looks into activities of San Diego's Heartland Coalition

Nonprofit allegedly flipped Vegas homes to investors

In an exclusive article sent out on November 24, Reuters news service says that a U.S. housing regulator has been investigating the activities of San Diego nonprofit Heartland Coalition. Reuters could not confirm that the ...

Sunday, November 24

Fried clams and lobster rolls at Bite of Boston

Pacific Beach restau pays homage to Red Sox with special deals on New England seafood dishes

The fact that the Boston Red Sox won the World Series has almost zero bearing on San Diego’s restaurant scene. Almost zero. So many New England sports fans live in San Diego — particularly in ...

Immigration reform activists visit Darrell Issa's office

Hunger strike begins and ends at congressman's Vista HQ

Immigration reform activists on Friday, November 22, concluded a one-day hunger strike in front of congressman Darrell Issa's office in Vista. The 14 local participants said they were part of a nationwide show of support ...

Saturday, November 23

Abandoned briefcase brings bomb squad to Pacific Beach

Suspect apprehended after he took off running from police

Shortly after 11 a.m. this morning, November 23, San Diego police officers responded to a call from a concerned employee at the Diamond Head Inn who reported that an unknown man had left a briefcase ...

Really Idol revamps lineup for 1980s Holiday Hangover Party

Tributes to Billy Idol, the Cure, Depeche Mode, R.E.M., and Tears for Fears at House of Blues

Billy Idol cover band Really Idol left keyboardist and backing vocalist Ashley Custer dancing with herself when the rest of the band (David Wilson, David Francis, and the Wheeler twins, formerly of Scarlet Symphony and ...

Vehicles crash into La Mesa car dealer’s lot

Man has seizure, setting off chain of events

On November 21 at approximately 2:30 p.m., a truck and SUV crashed into parked cars at the Truck & SUV Center, located on the corner of Lake Murray Boulevard and Parkway Drive in La Mesa. ...

City of Vista funds graffiti cleanup through graffiti auction

Nearly all costs covered as collectors snap up works by upstart art duo Selik and Slik; gallery retrospective planned

"Thanks be to Banksy," says Vista Mayor Art Krittick. And with good reason. Just weeks after the British graffitist thrilled New York City with a month-long spree of street art that turned ordinary buildings into ...

Would-be meat thief strikes and escapes in Clairemont

Frozen turkeys and hams ditched at the door

The Vons at 4725 Clairemont Drive was the scene of an attempted heist on Monday, November 18, at 1:20 p.m., as a man attempted to steal a shopping cart full of frozen meat. An alert ...

Sunny Donuts and the incoming Dunkin's

As America's favorite donut chain prepares to descend on San Diego, a local franchise preserves the past in perpetuity.

Dunkin’ Donuts’ imminent arrival in San Diego is understandably big news; perhaps even more so now that the company has officially returned to California with the opening of a store in Barstow! San Diego’s glut ...

Layoffs expected at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems

U.S. restrictions impede foreign sales of certain Predator drones

According to Reuters yesterday (Nov. 22), General Atomics Aeronautical Systems may have to lay off about one-fourth of its production staff of 1400 unless the company gets more government orders, Frank Pace, president of the ...

Friday, November 22

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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: ...

Thursday, November 21

Slumming in Budapest's ruin pubs

Hip, one-of-a-kind nightlife in this Eastern European capital.

Hungary is unlike any other country in Europe, and the enchanting city of Budapest is a center of language, culture and history. Backpackers head to Budapest to party and to party on the cheap; most ...

Back in San Diego

The San Diego Symphony Orchestra returns for their first post-tour concert.

The San Diego Symphony is back from China and ready to continue the Jacobs Masterworks season this weekend. They program the are performing is strong. For starters, the strings will be featured in Sir Edward ...

New Walmart sets up in Oceanside

Liquor license and proximity to high school a concern

As Oceanside gets ready to welcome its fourth Walmart location, community opposition is growing over the chain’s application to sell alcohol. The new store, a smaller “Walmart Neighborhood Market” concept, will be located in the ...

All Things BBQ: BBQ House

Smoking or non? And a bit about ersatz Carolina barbecue in OB.

The barbecue orthodoxy argues over much, but stays firm on one thing: barbecue must be smoked. That assumption demands to be challenged. As the late Naomi Wise, the Reader’s former restaurant critic, pointed out, smoking’s ...

Convicted child abuser skipped before the verdict

Joseph Vincent McCarron on the run, forfeits bail

A man declared guilty of multiple counts of child abuse is reportedly on the run, according to court records. Joseph Vincent McCarron, 58, was declared guilty last week of abusing two little girls, both under ...

Talking death, tattoos, and stem cells with Broken Circle Breakdown's Felix Van Groeningen

Tales of toddlers dying on film is generally not my genre du jour, but when you present the material in musical form, it’s difficult to resist. Don’t expect wet-eyed characters to break into song in ...

Mercado del Barrio developers' gifts tracked by the FPPC

State sen. Hueso and two redevelopment agency workers failed to report

Shea Properties, the developer behind the Mercado del Barrio mixed-use project in Barrio Logan, was investigated by the California Fair Political Practices Commission for dozens of unreported gifts over $50 it gave to public officials ...

Breakfast, Bonita-style: $5 roast beef and $5 Guinness

All Stars Sports Bar: Forgettable name, memorable food deals

"Even you can afford this," says my friend Joe. I've been doing my usual moan about lack of lettuce in the pocket. He turns off Bonita Road and into one of those '70's-style woodsy strip ...

SDSU to be audited for sexual assaults

California investigation will also cover UC Berkeley, UCLA, and Chico

A report by the Huffington Post says that San Diego State University has joined a list of California state-funded universities set to undergo an audit of sexual assault reporting and follow-up policies. According to the ...

I don’t need approval from a superior

The joys of striking out on your own

Vaughn Brown, creative director and founder of Parker Dusseau (ParkerDusseau.com), explains the perks and challenges of being a new business owner. Tell me a little bit about your job history. I was in sales and ...

A big mess of jobs

Despite Obamacare chaos, jobs abound in healthcare

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care website might be an unhealthy mess, but jobs in health care tech are up and running. From a career in bio-engineering to creating an application that takes images of ...

In the house at Mother Earth

Vista brewery opens its doors, shares plans for near future

The little nanobrewery that could, Mother Earth Brew Co., has been on a tear over the last year-plus. Once a single business suite operation with little more than three stock pots on portable propane burners ...

Recent big Border Patrol busts of Mexican drugs

American users might find their coke, meth, and weed elsewhere

The cross-border drug trade is in full swing, at least according to several announcements from U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers on November 20. Calexico agents had a busy weekend, reporting the seizure of more ...

Side Show at La Jolla Playhouse

They say that composer Henry Krieger and librettist/lyricist Bill Russell’s 1997 musical has a cult following. If so, the cult deserves better than their “re-imagined” version at the Playhouse. Make that de-imagined. Daisy and Violet ...

Diversity dilemma

Inclusion is often discussed, rarely achieved

Everyone knows that good intentions only go so far, and not very far at that. So it doesn’t sound surprising to learn that executives think having a diverse workforce that is inclusive of people from ...

Ten-year-old Tijuana coffeehouse demolished

La Casa de la Nueve hosted bands and high schoolers

La Casa de la Nueve, situated on 9th street in downtown Tijuana, is no more. On November 6, the coffeehouse and live-music venue was demolished, much to the surprise of its previous tenants. Married couple ...

Wednesday, November 20

The Kennedy assassination's last insider

Jack Ruby's La Jolla rabbi

According to his rabbi, Jack Ruby was visited in jail after the shooting of Oswald by Joe Campisi, an Italian restaurant owner.

In the San Diego clubs Monday–Wednesday, November 25–27

Monday 25From Denver in Colorado, traveling troubadour A. Tom Collins hits Soda Bar with Stick & Poke, “a boozy, moody record of stomp-and-wrangle-worthy anthems for the Now Times.” According to the barsite, Collins is a ...

UC hospital workers strike

In protest of "a coordinated campaign of illegal intimidation and harassment"

Thousands of workers at University of California hospitals walked off the job Wednesday, November 20, protesting what they claim are unfair labor practices. Three San Diego locations were targeted in the one-day strike. Leaders of ...

Record-release roundup

Prog-influenced electronic trio Hanging From the Rafters will play their debut album Box of Songs at the release party slated for Wednesday, November 27, at Tin Can Ale House in Bankers Hill. “All the songs ...

Interview with Bruno Gunn and Meta Golding, the actors who play Brutus and Enobaria in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The Capitol is the villain

The stakes-raising gambit that The Hunger Games: Catching Fire plays in order to surpass the original Hunger Games is this: after Katniss's rebel-tinged victory in the 74th Games, President Snow decides to make the 75th ...

SDG&E to refund customers over San Onofre shutdown?

"Unsound decision-making process" in aftermath of radiation leak

San Diego Gas & Electric customers are due a refund as a result of the premature failure of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, says an administrative law judge at the California Public Utilities Commission. ...

Swim a little deeper at the Merrow

Hillcrest’s Ruby Room transforms into the Merrow -- a Gaelic-influenced bar with a nautical theme. You’ll figure it out. Start at the bar.

San Diego's economic recovery lags state, nation

Big reason: Defense expenditures have softened since 2010

Since the bottom of the Great Recession in 2009, and through 2012, San Diego's gross domestic product, or total output of goods and services, has grown only 4.5 percent, compared with 5.3 percent for Caifornia ...

Happy medium

Jenifer Whisper says she channels new songs from dead composers such as George Gershwin, Johnny Mercer, and Jimi Hendrix. At least one musicologist suggests the claim is not true.

San Diego's political scum no match for the real thing

City seeks contractor with “Scum Haul Contingency Plan”

The just-concluded primary race for San Diego mayor may have seemed dirty to some, but no apparent match for the processed sewage kicked out each year by the city's Point Loma Wastewater Treatment plant. Just ...

In the San Diego clubs Saturday & Sunday, November 23 & 24

Saturday 23After an appearance at ATP’s flipside festival I’ll Be Your Mirror in May (at an English palace with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs!), San Diego grindcore quartet the Locust are still airborne and swarm Porter’s ...

Hooked on Vanda

Venus in Fur at the San Diego Rep

“Most women who are 24 these days sound like 6-year-olds on helium.”

Fatty, hot, tender

Ed corners the New York on Rye food truck. They can’t leave until he pushes a big sandwich into his face.

Trumpeter C-Money talks Batman, public office, and vodka and grape juice

Social music.

“Why not let the good news be heard just as much as we freak out about whatever witch-hunt the media is onto today?”

Old Banner Road, Julian

Explore San Diego’s backcountry history on this hike.

Julian’s Old Banner Road, now a hiking trail, starts in a suburban-like setting among Coulter pines and black oaks and descends through lush chaparral, providing a chance to explore a fascinating bit of San Diego’s ...

Cow-eye juice calamity

“Can you talk for a minute? Something horrible happened to me yesterday.” Jane didn’t bother to identify herself; she didn’t need to. My bleary eyes had easily made out the familiar image of her face ...

Under water at UCSD

It took a bit longer than expected, but over the summer the University of California announced it had finally found someone to take control of the venerable Scripps Institution of Oceanography from controversial Australian Tony ...

In the San Diego clubs Thursday & Friday, November 21 & 22

Thursday 21What do you get when you fLUF up your Olivelawn with Trumans Water? Yuh-huh, Octa#Grape. The blown-cone quartet is about as dissonant as a band can be and still sing and bring the hook. ...

Juan’s political tripping

Speaking of Barona, this summer the tribe’s resort was the scene of a “fundraising dinner and golf event” for the 2014 re-election committee of Congressman Juan Vargas. According to the invitation, Vargas patrons kicked in ...

Meet Booze Brothers Brewing Company

Suds-making siblings’ Vista brewery in soft open stage

The family that brews together, stays together. OK, that’s not a real adage, so I can’t confirm if it’s true, but I can say that brothers that brew together, go pro together—at least in the ...

Barista sues downtown Starbucks for age discrimination

Manager allegedly slighted 58-year-old woman over gray hair and more

A 58-year-old barista who worked at the Starbucks located at 511 F Street says she was roasted by former managers for being too old for her job. On Monday, November 18, the barista, Mary McLain, ...

Lady Catarina has a new name

Lady Catarina Pietra Toumei and two accomplices were charged with attempting to defraud investors by claiming to be connected to the Guggenheim family as they tried to make multimillion- and billion-dollar deals for diamonds, gold, oil, and works of art. Last year she pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and got two years of probation. Now she has changed her name, but has she changed her ways?

Barona birthday fun

The Barona Band of Mission Indians, which runs a big casino, golf course, and resort in East County, usually spends at least five figures every three months on its contract lobbyist, Sacramento’s Onate Group, which ...

Improvisational DJs

Thievery Corporation drummer Congo Sanchez talks about his solo work and the compilation he worked on with Sector 9 skateboard manufacturer Garrett Meister.

Threshold, Part 2

Urban parklets, iPad minis, 144 square feet of living space — local architects point out how cool it is to go micro.

You'll love the Limousines

“We got together over the internet.” This is taken from the Limousines’ self-penned backstory on their Kickstarter page. The Limousines are two guys: Giovanni Giusti and Eric Victorino. The virtual meeting took place while Victorino ...

old age does not happen slowly

Old age does not happen slowly but all at once, in the head. The body takes its time getting there, but the mind, clinging to youth flashes suddenly — behaving as if it were still ...

Letters and replies

Incomplete Tattoo Regarding Tattoo You, I feel as if the contest winners for any contest should meet the minimum requirements. What do you think? Rob National City We accept any submission that has some requirements ...

November 14 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Marcia Smith, San Diego, 10. Joe Arbusto, Rancho Penasquitos, 6. Bliss Beedle, Encinitas, 6. Clyde Christie, Coronado, 6. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 6. Patrick Driscoll, Santee, 6. Butch Hays, La Mesa, 6. Paula Henderson, ...

November 14 Crossword Contenders

Mary Arana, Encinitas, 6. L. Barling, El Cajon, 6. Johanna Barry, Pine Valley, 6. Evelyn Bowser, Hillcrest, 6. Bob Carlson, Serra Mesa, 6. Leslie Chase, Campo, 6. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 6. Allan Dorfman, Del ...

Tuesday, November 19

Five Sayings of Lal Ded

Passionate, with longing in my eyes, Searching wide, and seeking nights and days, Lo! I behold the Truthful One, the Wise, Here in mine own House to fill my gaze. That was the day of ...

All My Friends here to stay

Tijuana's eclectic music fest sees a successful fourth year

The early start of the fourth edition of the All My Friends festival at 2:00 p.m. saw barely any patrons when the first band started playing on a stage that was set up poorly on ...

Organic juicin' in El Cajon

My Organic Place serves up the sweetest wheatgrass juice, along with other grasses and sprouts

Cruising down Los Coches Road in El Cajon, right off I-8, I would have never guessed there'd be an organic wheatgrass grower in the vicinity. There it was, though, their dirt driveway weaving past a ...

Ex-San Diegan Art Laffer goes to Texas, blasts California

He also tells Sarasotans to get rid of developer regulations

Supply-side economist Art Laffer, whose Laffer Associates was based in San Diego until 2007, was part of a California hate-fest yesterday (Nov. 18) in Austin at a meeting of the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation. ...

San Ysidro School District bonds downgraded

State takeover likely, says Fitch

Fitch Ratings yesterday (Nov. 18) downgraded San Ysidro School District bonds: $82 million of general obligation bonds were dropped to BB+ from BBB+ and $29.1 million of certificates of participation were downgraded to BB- from ...

Faith scammer loses appeal to get out of prison

John Harrell claimed he controlled $1.6 trillion in Mormon Church money

In 2008, John Harrell was sentenced to 25 years in prison and ordered to pay $40.6 million in restitution to his victims. Harrell had been a leader of a group that used religious pitches to ...

The Most Not-Cussing Fella

A surprising edit in Point Loma

I caught a performance of The Most Happy Fella at Point Loma Nazarene University on Saturday night the 16th of November. It was good. What stood out to me the most in this production was ...

SD Planning Commission to tackle sticky pot-collective issues

City council to weigh in next...then state Coastal Commission

For years, medical marijuana patients and dispensary owners have been forced to occupy a netherworld, often operating in retail spaces in nondescript buildings throughout the city. State law allows dispensaries and their patients to be ...

The Irwin Jacobs newsroom votes to unionize

State-run KPBS may face new scrutiny as AFL-CIO unit seeks pay hikes

Workers at San Diego State University's taxpayer-funded broadcasting arm, KPBS radio and TV, have voted to sign up with SAG-AFTRA, the big media union affiliated with the AFL-CIO, according to an online posting by the ...

All Things BBQ: Kansas City Barbeque

A primer on Kansas City-style 'cue, and a bit about the downtown restaurant of the same name.

Where’s a better place to start a San Diego barbecue excursion than Kansas City Barbeque (600 W. Harbor Drive), the place most famous for appearing in the movie Top Gun? There’s no escaping the anecdote ...

Car stereos stolen from Vista church group

At least ten thefts occur in daylight, no witnesses

Early Sunday morning, November 17, a Jehovah's Witnesses prayer group that was holding a meeting in a home on Calinda Drive returned to their parked vehicles afterward to find many had their car stereos stolen. ...

Convicted domestic offender won't get his guns back

Daniel Chovan allegedly lied on firearm application

A federal appeals court on Monday (November 18) upheld a law prohibiting individuals convicted of domestic violence from owning a gun unless the conviction is overturned. As a result, a San Diego man will not ...

Ethics Commission fines PAC backing councilmember Myrtle Cole

District 4 rep and opponent were dinged for election missteps in May

The city's Ethics Commission has handed a $5000 fine for violating the city's campaign-finance laws to the local American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) association as well as the political action committee ...

Monday, November 18

Former SDPD vice chief Kenneth Moller succumbs to cancer

Did political secrets die with him?

A fabled San Diego vice and intelligence cop — accused by an ex-SDPD officer of running a political opposition research operation that collected intelligence on local politicos for then-chief of police Bill Kolender — has ...

St. Jude's Give Thanks

How much would you pay to run a family friendly 5K in order to support St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital? On Saturday, November 23rd there will be a 5k at De Anza Cove for St. ...

Chula Vista school admin moves forward with Common Core Standards

Resistant parents say they are ignored and harassed

The Chula Vista Elementary School District had their first public hearing November 13 on how to deploy 4.6 million state dollars to implement “Common Core State Standards” and the “Smarter Balanced Assessments.” The rollout of ...

American Breast Cancer Foundation fraudulent, says suit

Almost all money it raised went back in founders' pocket

A suit filed in San Diego federal court on Nov. 8 says that the Baltimore-based American Breast Cancer Foundation has raised $80 million since its founding in 2003, but only 5.3 percent of that sum ...

A first look at Puesto at the Headquarters

San Diego's premier tacoteurs go big

Earlier this week I had a chance to preview the new menu from Puesto at The Headquarters, slated to soft open on Tuesday, November 19th. I’ve eaten at the La Jolla location and the Puesto ...

North County radio mogul fights IRS

Salary of $6,896,974 is too much, says Tax Court

N. Arthur Astor, owner of North County Broadcasting Corp. in Carlsbad, has been in broadcasting 60 years. He owns KFSD-AM in San Diego County and sold KCEO in March. He regularly buys and sells stations, ...

Council Brewing Company aiming for a kickstart

Married couple making push to become Kearny Mesa’s third brewery

It was o-dark-hundred hours and I was driving through Kearny Mesa en route to a local television station to film a spot about San Diego Beer Week. A navigational miscalculation took me down Convoy Court. ...

Michael Shames fails to show in his lawsuit against UCAN

Former top watchdog loses cases

Michael Shames, cofounder and former head of Utility Consumers' Action Network (UCAN), earlier filed libel suits against UCAN and Mike Aguirre, attorney for two whistleblowers who exposed problems within UCAN. Both defendants filed anti-SLAPP (strategic ...

Sunday, November 17

Judge denies Sunroad's free-speech argument

In defense of a $100,000 "donation"...

The alleged pay-to-play tactics used by Sunroad Enterprises to obtain city-owned land at no cost for their Kearny Mesa mixed-use development are not protected by the first amendment. On Friday, November 15, Superior Court judge ...

Cuc Phuong, Vietnam: a typhoon experience

Category 3 storm on a motorbike.

It was October 27th, 2012, and the sun was shining down on North Vietnam. My friends and I had planned a motorbike trip to the national park of Cuc Phuong, some 120 kilometers south. Due ...

Bela Lugosi's and David Copley's Hollywood home is sold

Probably at a loss

According to real estate publications and records in Los Angeles, the home of old-time horror-movie star Bela Lugosi — purchased by David Copley in mid-2011 — has been sold. Copley bought it for $2.25 million ...

Timothy Geithner to head Bridgepoint's daddy

Sen. Tom Harkin: for-profit university "an absolute scam"

Former Department of Treasury secretary Timothy Geithner revealed yesterday (Nov. 16) that he will become president and managing director of Wall Street's Warburg Pincus LLC, a private equity firm. He will report directly to the ...

Julian Lennon's Everything Changes

Almost every rhyme, predictable. Almost every sentiment, common (hopefully). But I am behind this one, and you should be, too. For commonality and for predictability, actually. Because rock and roll has come around to the ...

Saturday, November 16

One-fourth of SD employment tied to federal government

AtlanticCities.com has a new article shedding more light on how much the San Diego economy depends on the federal government: 10 percent of jobs are directly tied to the federal government, according to calculations by ...

How cool is Buddy Guy?

Buddy Guy is cool. Leaning on an amp and playing his Fender Strat with one-hand cool. Wiping down his face and strings with a towel mid-song cool. Taking the drummers stick and using it like ...

South Bay skaters hit the slope

"We scream 'car!’ if a car is coming."

In high school, Joshua Aguirre would gaze across the 805 freeway from Hilltop High’s campus at a steep incline that curved wide at the top, had a sharp turn near the bottom, and ended in ...

Classic preppy in La Jolla

Even La Jollans wear knock-offs

I caught 25-year-old Leanna Pollen on her way to work at Kate Spade on Girard Avenue. She resembled a young Jackie Kennedy dressed in a classic black and white color palette. The feminine shape of ...

Local cities secure new funding for DUI checkpoints

Sheriff's dept. announces new roadblock — tonight! in Poway — within hours

Local cities secure new funding for DUI checkpoints A handful of local cities have secured state and national funding to thwart drunk driving through an expansion of the "DUI/driver's license checkpoint" program that establishes evening ...

Friday, November 15

Little Manila: Eating dinaguan, watching disaster

At Point-Point, all eyes are on the TV screens

Typhoon. It's the one thing you think about, down here in Little Manila. In the restaurants, the TVs are tuned to TFC, The Filipino Channel. Telethons are going on between soap operas, reports are coming ...

Wells Fargo banker looted accounts, headed for prison

Stole $293,000 from customers

Richardo Adolfo Benavente III of Chula Vista, a former banker for Wells Fargo, was sentenced Wednesday, November 13, to 27 months in prison. He stole $293,000 from Wells Fargo accounts and moved the money to ...

Compulsive gamblers may be wired to prefer money to sex

Society for Neuroscience gathering yields interesting thesis

Sciencemag.org reports that compulsive gamblers may be more turned on by money than sex. This thesis emerged from the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting held November 9–13, which reportedly attracted 30,000 to the San Diego ...

New & noteworthy San Diego Bands

These are the most recent bands added to the Local Music Database: Hitmakers, with a sound falling somewhere between punk, pop, and new wave, were one of the earliest San Diego punk bands, circa late ...

Duty-free border barons fund political interests

Falics of Florida give to Fletcher and Alvarez-backing Democrats

A little over a year ago — a week before mayoral election day in San Diego — a cool $10,000 from an outfit called Meuchadim of California, L.P., based in Hollywood, Florida, rolled into an ...

All Things BBQ: Prologue

In "celebration" of the McRib's return to San Diego's McDonald's, it's time to survey the wealth of barbecue that San Diego has to offer.

Question: What’s made of mystery meat and gets people all twitterpated with its unpredictable availability? Answer: The McRib. The fact that such a pitiful excuse for a sandwich can generate a following worthy of a ...

Hey, now! Jeffrey Tambor's coming to San Diego

Prolific character actor brings one-man show to 2nd annual Inspiring Minds Speaker Series

Call it one-man show, seminar, or question-and-answer session, Jeffrey Tambor is bringing all three of them to a synagogue near you. The name might not have clicked, but now that you've had a chance to ...

Youth problems at La Mesa Oktoberfest recounted

More oompah bands suggested to deter juvenile attendance

At the November 12 La Mesa City Council meeting, police chief Ed Aceves spoke about the Anti-Defamation League counter-terrorism seminar that he attended in Israel last month. One councilmember referred to the seminar during the ...

"Post-Pop" opens November 15 at Low Gallery

New show at North Park gallery explores the play of light and color through artistic collaboration.

A new show, “Post-Pop,” opens at Low Gallery (3778 30th Street) in North Park on Friday, November 15. The show is a collaboration between painter, Sean Brannan, and sculptor Jonathan Entler, curated by Meegan Nolan ...

Latest San Ysidro transit center plan considered users

“They want a nice public bathroom. We wouldn't have thought of that."

San Ysidro residents got their first look at the latest set of plans for a new transportation center at the San Ysidro border crossing on Wednesday night, November 13. Residents who gathered at the San ...

Beer of the Week: Pacific Beach Pumpkin Ale

Letting would-be Jack O’Lanterns fulfill their autumn destiny

Craft beer can be a hard sell in Pacific Beach. Though artisanal ales and lagers are finally starting to show up in greater quantity, bland fermented beverages described as “lite” and served out of receptacles ...

General Atomics' DC office added to anti-drone protest targets

Opponents of drone use plan to descend today (November 15) on the Washington DC offices of San Diego–based defense contractor General Atomics, manufacturers of the Reaper and Predator drones flown by governments worldwide but mostly ...

City of San Diego wins lawsuit over defective pipe

Forty-one other U.S. cities win case against J.M. Eagle

A federal jury in Los Angeles has unanimously agreed that J.M. Eagle, which claims to be the largest pipe manufacturer in the world, knowingly sold to government entities substandard plastic pipe used in water and ...

Thursday, November 14

Excalibur, A Knight’s Tale

Excalibur was released when I was rekindling my interest in armor that began when I was ten. Excalibur’s “look” departed from earlier films: the armor had weight, affected the actors’ movements.... Excalibur treated armor respectfully ...

Construction begins on Oceanside's grand entrance

Project will add restaurant patio space

After years of planning, Oceanside has finally begun its long-planned streetscape program for its main entrance into downtown. Mission Avenue, between Horne Street and Coast Highway, was closed to two-way traffic on November 12. K-rail ...

Much Ado About Nothing: Old Globe/USD Graduate Theatre Program

Shakespeare loves to build a scene or a state of mind, then flip it, in a heartbeat, to its opposite. In the olden days, this was called a volte face — an about face — ...

Tuna tune-up

Ryan Bros lead the way to guilt-free tuna melts

My friend Sorin and I have come through the sunny doors of Ryan Bros Coffee here in Barrio Logan. Beautiful place they gutted after taking over from Chuey's old school Mexican bar/eatery/dance spot and transformed ...

Ocean Beach talks about the next 30 years

Population, traffic, more beer-and-wine licenses

Over 60 people turned out for the Ocean Beach Town Council’s “town hall” meeting at the Masonic Lodge on November 13. Attendees were there to help decide how to shape the community over the next ...

Chargers Coach McCoy: "The City of San Diego doesn't much care for losers, but what they really hate are winners."

"If we won, we'd have to leave town."

"You ever hear of the San Diego Gulls?" asks Chargers Head Coach Mike McCoy as he cracks open a frosty can of Amstel Light. "Hockey team. They were around for eight seasons in the '90s ...

How Qualcomm got a UCSD institute named after itself

Inside story of how "Qualcomm Institute" came to be at taxpayer-funded university

Millions of dollars of free publicity and good will have been garnered since cell-phone-chip-making giant Qualcomm, Inc., made the fortuitous 1997 move to pay the City of San Diego a mere $18 million for two ...

City sued over petition drive to overturn Barrio Logan plan

Environmental Health Coalition claims "false statements" used to gather signatures

San Diego's shipping industry has waged an all-out assault on the newly adopted Community Plan Update for Barrio Logan. A handful of large shipping-related businesses such as General Dynamics (NASSCO), BAE Systems, Continental Maritime, and ...

Better than Hawaii?

The case for Puerto Rico: cheaper, friendlier, more accessible.

Puerto Rico offers a better travel experience than Hawaii - it is more accessible to visitors, more wildly beautiful, friendlier, less expensive, and has a rhythmic undercurrent that is infectious, lively, delicious and mindbending. San ...

And the last Blockbuster rental is...

Oh, for the sweet irony of someone choosing Last Tango in Paris or The Last Temptation of Christ — two titles that Blockbuster refused to let sully its shelves in their original form, if at ...

The trio helming El Cajon’s URBN St. Brewing Co.

URBN group has veteran beer industry team in place for upcoming brewpub

When El Cajon Brewing Company opened in 2011, there was some degree of professional brewing experience, but none where it came to operating a craft beer production business. Due mostly to that lack of experience, ...

Insurance or documentaries?

Two lesser known Americans in the World Cup of Composers

Charles Ives was a New England insurance actuary and executive. He worked for a few companies before founding Ives & Co., which later became Ives and Myrick. Ives structured life insurance policies in such a ...

Little Leucadia post office to close?

Postage-stamp-sized building has been there since the 1940s

The United States Postal Service, in an effort to reduce continuing losses, has been looking to close, consolidate, or downsize several area post offices. While the possible closures of the La Jolla, Mission Valley, and ...

Don't sing with your mouth full

Cathryn Beeks dishes up Volume 2 of her musical cookbooks

It’s no secret that music and food are a good match, so aficionados may want to check out the second volume of the Listen Local cookbook, featuring 75 recipes and 30 tunes from San Diego–based ...

Revised Harbor Island plan adds hotels

Extra density not sought by Sunroad proposal

The Port of San Diego has completed an environmental study that could serve as a precursor to expanded development on the east side of Harbor Island. As many as three hotels and 500 rooms may ...

San Diego's Berkley Hart re-create The Last Waltz

A who's who list of San Diego acoustic artists bring the Band back

On Saturday, November 16, the 809-seat Poway Center for the Performing Arts will be the site of, The Last Waltz, a re-creation of the last concert by the Band, as filmed by Martin Scorsese in ...

Wednesday, November 13

Want to out your gun-toting neighbors? There's an app for that

Guns n’ privacy

An app developed by UCSD lecturer Brett Stalbaum allows users to pinpoint exact spots of irresponsible gun ownership, storage, and use. However, it has been criticized for being unreliable and a potential invasion of privacy.

In San Diego clubs Monday–Wednesday, November 18–20

Monday 18One of the Crawler’s favorite L.A. acts, the alt-rock trio Nightmare Air drifts into Soda Bar Monday night. Bassist/vocalist Swaan Miller and guitarist Dave Dupuis (Film School) throw down layers of lush harmonics that ...

Ivanhoe, Kingdom of Heaven

When I was a kid I remember seeing Ivanhoe — starring Robert Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor, and Joan Fontaine — when I was home sick from school. The jousting scene was the first time I had ...

Study says City of San Diego underfunding health benefits

Not as bad as Deroit, though

City of San Diego employees may soon see their retiree health benefits cut significantly, according to a study by ElderBranch, an online information portal dealing with healthcare issues. Cities are underfunding employees' healthcare plans, and ...

Kelvin’s Cool Waters

Kelvin’s bartender Jeremy LaFave is helping to liberate palates burnt out on high-juice, high-fructose content of the typical tropical drink. According to LaFave, Kelvin’s Cool Waters is the inspired concoction of mixologist Charlotte Boffey, which ...

Threshold

How big you want your micro-flat?

Architects John Sheehan, Josh Hoffman write about the trend toward construction of “micro-flats.”

Downtown Partnership denied taxpayer money to fight lawsuit

Litigation is over...um, misuse of taxpayer money

The Downtown San Diego Partnership won't be able to dip into taxpayer funds to help pay for legal help needed to fight a lawsuit over mismanagement of the $5.5 million in annual revenues collected under ...

The gift of cheesemaking

Cheese 101

"I have enough stuff,” said my aunt-in-law Cheryl when I asked her what she wanted for Christmas this year. “I prefer gifts I can eat or things to do.” I thought of cheese. Cait Gunderson, ...

Penthouse at Park Laurel

Noted Spanish-language author seeks to unload $4.8 million penthouse.

I.B. Pier’s Tin Fish cures Ed’s queasiness

On the map!

Ed sinks his fangs into some hot Indian food at 8Elements.

Privet, a band in a box

Privet the duo of Sean Walsh and William Hagan and an ever-changing cast of sidemen, recently film-scored a documentary, and did sound design for a feature-length movie, Sweet Sexy Ocean, about a San Diego urchin diver.

Coyote Mountain's South Shoulder, Anza-Borrego

Take this hike for dramatic views of the Anza-Borrego Desert and a different view of Borrego Valley.

In San Diego clubs Saturday & Sunday, November 16 & 17

Saturday 16Soda Bar serves up Beverly, Mass six-piece Caspian Saturday night. The experimental instrumentalists this week released (Hymn For) The Greatest Generation, an EP of elegiac rock songs using the basic tools of the trade, ...

Migratory Crowes

Interview with Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorman. Band is scheduled to play Balboa Theatre on December 11. Band recently announced this tour is their last.

Cardiff by the Sea off ramp gets trashed

Recycling truck catches fire

On November 11, a motorist traveling northbound on I-5 through Solana Beach noticed smoke coming from the trailer of a semi truck. He reported it to the CHP at 3:45 p.m. When the truck finally ...

Life during wartime

A new study, published in the journal Pediatrics, has found that in 2012, the mean level of gun violence in PG-13 films exceeded the level of gun violence in R-rated films. That’s just gun violence ...

Rumble at the Hyatt, part 2

As of Monday, the World Chess Championship is even. There have been two quick draws. Defending his title is five-time world champion Viswanathan (Vishy) Anand, 43. The challenger is Magnus Carlsen, a 22-year-old Norwegian and ...

Wild Child: a story of two bands

Wild Child: a story of two bands that share the same name but couldn’t be less alike. One Wild Child is a Doors tribute act, the other Wild Child a freak-folk band from Austin. The ...

Development is good, except when it isn’t

On the other side of the tracks from the strip-joint business, La Jolla–based influence-peddler Matt Peterson continues to pull down heavy money from ex-GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife Anne, hard at work ...

Geyser murders, part 3

There was enough evidence to hang Indian Jose Gabriel for the killings of the Geyser family on Otay Mesa in 1892…at least by mob standards.

Qualcomm opens coffers for Fletcher's cause

To counterattack hits by GOP Lincoln Club, corporation cuts check for $49,000

San Diego's GOP Lincoln Club relentlessly nipping at its heels, cell-phone giant Qualcomm — founded by La Jolla billionaire Democrat Irwin Jacobs and run by his son Paul — has finally tossed some major money ...

Shade, heat, johns missing from library café

The City of San Diego is still looking for someone to turn the currently empty café space in the courtyard outside downtown’s posh new central library into a going concern. But due to city budget ...

Beer Touring: Barrel Harbor Brewing

Recognized while reviewing at one of Vista’s newest operations

“Are you reviewing the beers?” It was a question both innocent and unexpected.. Amazingly, this is the first time anybody has ever approached me in the middle of a quality check, so big props to ...

The bare necessities

A decade after the Cheetahs strip-club bribery scandal rocked San Diego’s city hall, resulting in the indictment of three city-council members (one, Ralph Inzunza, ended up doing hard time in a Central Valley federal lockup), ...

Lemon Grove boy claims he escaped would-be kidnapper

Deputies go on search, soon after learn the story was fake

An student at Monterey Heights Elementary in Lemon Grove apparently fabricated a story that sent sheriff's deputies and a law-enforcement helicopter on a fruitless chase for a would-be child abductor on Tuesday afternoon (November 12). ...

Child of the ’70s

Rick Reed, frontman for ’70s–’80s hard-rock band Child, hears from an Orange County label interested in reissues of his band’s music.

Poor me...some coffee

Singer/guitarist Jonny Cuz of Se Vende says his band recently did their first gig in two years because he and bassist Collin Smith were in jail. And they’re recovering addicts. The future is bright.

Clap on, clap off

Not Worthy Thanks to Dorian Hargrove for the cover article (“Friday Night Lights Out”) about a disturbing trend in district ridiculousness and poor judgement. The article highlights who really is affected: the high school athletes ...

Harmony Grove Spiritualist Association

Love is the bridge to God

Interview with pastor April Leona Cunningham of Escondido’s Harmony Grove Spiritualist Association. She says she predicted the death of Robert and John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr.

In San Diego clubs Thursday & Friday, November 14 & 15

Thursday 14Japan is an island nation of way over a million personhoods whose main export is noise rock. No, it isn’t, but with recording/touring acts such as the Boredoms, the Acid Mothers collectives, and Melt-Banana ...

November 7 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Marcia Smith, San Diego, 9. Joe Arbusto, Rancho Penasquitos, 5. Bliss Beedle, Encinitas, 5. Clyde Christie, Coronado, 5. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 5. Tyrone Davis, San Diego, 5. Patrick Driscoll, Santee, 5. George Elam, ...

November 7 Crossword Contenders

Mary Arana, Encinitas, 5. Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 5. L. Barling, El Cajon, 5. Johanna Barry, Pine Valley, 5. Evelyn Bowser, Hillcrest, 5. Marvin A. Brown, Clairemont, 5. Charlotte Brown , Clairemont, 5. Bob Carlson, Serra ...

Tuesday, November 12

Joan of Arc, Knights of the Round Table

In 1948, Hollywood cast Ingrid Bergman as the title character in Joan of Arc, about the famous French folk heroine and saint who led the French army to several victories During the Hundred Years’ War. ...

Sunday Night at Dave’s

Jazz is there and gone. It happens… That simple. — Keith Jarrett Scent of Shalimar, perfume from my youth. No one wears it anymore, but someone does tonight and it’s a jazz smell — sultry ...

SDSU business school touts high rankings

Top 50, according to three publications

The College of Business Administration at San Diego State University announced today (Nov. 12) that for the first time in the school's history it has been named among the top 50 busines schools in all ...

Small-town Italy: Orvieto and Civita

7th article in a series on the country's lesser-visited charms.

For hundreds of years, Orvieto was a major stopping point along the road from Florence to Rome. It was so highly regarded through the centuries that it is only one of two cities outside of ...

Faulconer bails, mayoral debate canceled

Last-minute back-out unexplained; city finance questions won't be asked

There was to have been a debate among three of the leading mayoral candidates tonight (Nov. 12), sponsored by the League of Women Voters and televised by UT-TV. Some time ago, Nathan Fletcher said he ...

Last call

Two productions must close this weekend that illustrate the range of subjects and the skills of local theater. And do us proud.

When I went to Lamb’s Players, I’d already seen at least three productions of Margaret Edson’s Wit. I’d also read the play several times and wrote a feature about Jerry Patch, dramaturge extraordinaire. When he ...

Dig a hole: Blockbuster Video

Chain shutters all remaining 300 company-owned stores

Blockbuster Video has shelved its last title. The video-rental giant opened its first outlet in Dallas, Texas in 1985. The chain reached its peak in 2004 with 60,000 employees in more than 9000 stores. By ...

Americans' media consumption continues to rise

USCD researcher says an average 15 hours per day by 2015

Americans will be consuming an average of more than 15 hours' worth of media outside the workplace every day by 2015, according to a new study from UCSD's San Diego Supercomputer Center. "One can actually ...

San Diego Fire Rescue Dept. faces discrimination lawsuit

Asian-American firefighter claims his ancestry resulted in mistreatment

Steve Choi, currently employed as a firefighter in San Diego, is suing the city and deputy chief of Emergency Medical Services Criss Brainard for discrimination. In his complaint, Choi says the department is rife with ...

Farewell, Bulgogi

Fat Cat Café started with such hopes, but... location, location, location

Sad to see Fat Cat Cafe didn't make it. Saw they were closed, passingly on the trolley. This location, 819 C Street, between 8th and 9th, has been the graveyard of one eatery after another. ...

Some legislators won't attend Steve Peace's Maui bash

California politicos leery of this weekend's lobbyist schmooze-fest

As most of San Diego's political class stays home toiling away on yet another mayoral election, a former Democratic state senator and his politico pals from Sacramento are soon to wing their way to Maui, ...

The art of GMONIK

San Diego painter spent time traveling the world, now he's committed to decades in front of a canvas.

“I incorporate a lot of garbage and trash imagery because that’s the byproduct of our culture. When we all die, we’re leaving our garbage behind. It’s like when we find old pottery, or whatever, from ...

San Diego Library Foundation's tea by the big dome

Donor tours show off Pelican Perch, elevator's "3D portal effect"

On November 8 at noon, the Carnegie Society's annual tea was thrown by the San Diego Public Library Foundation on the ninth floor of the new downtown library building. The luncheon is an invitation-only affair ...

Monday, November 11

Judgment of $115 million sticks against Illumina

Sufficient evidence that company violated DNA technology patent

According to Law360.com, a Washington state federal judge on Monday, November 4, refused to overturn a $115 million patent-infringement lawsuit against San Diego biotech Illumina. The judge found that Syntrix Biosytems had presented sufficient evidence ...

“HUSTUSA” protests President Obama in Rancho Santa Fe

Said he wanted to avoid getting shot by liberals

With tea bags hanging from his hat, a man who calls himself “HUSTUSA” stood on the corner of Avenida de Acacias and La Granada in Rancho Santa Fe on the afternoon of November 9. The ...

The Most Happy Fella

Two more performances by Point Loma Opera Theater

The Most Happy Fella by Frank Loesser may not officially be an opera but it was staged in 2006 by the now-decaying corpse that was once New York City Opera. The still-young and alive Point ...

San Diego Film Critics Society hosts SDAFF screening

How to Disappear Completely tomorrow night at the Digital Gym

Tag along for a treat in Tagalog tomorrow night when four members of our town's critical elite — City Beat's Glenn Heath, East County Magazine's Brian Lafferty, Movie Wallas' Yazdi Pithavala, and Cinema Spartan's always ...

Braves to leave Turner Field after only 16 years

They complain downtown stadium hurts attendance

Wretched excess: Major League Baseball's Atlanta Braves announced today (Nov. 11) that they will depart Turner Field in downtown Atlanta and move to a new ballpark in 2017 in suburban Cobb County. Turner Field opened ...

San Diego Police successfully clear homeless veterans from path of Veteran's Day parade

Parade organizer: "It's kind of hard to honor veterans when they're passed out on the sidewalk under an old Smurfs sleeping bag."

Skinless at Moxie Theatre

“You can’t kill mom. We need the money!” Thirty-five years ago, Johnna Adams’ intellectual-horror drama would have had the same fate in academia as the works of Zinnia Wells do in her play Skinless. Not ...

Not all Fletcher's campaign support is from Irwin

DermTex prez, Jack in the Box lawyer, Democratic New York moneyman

As previously reported, billionaire Democrat Irwin Jacobs, who's made seven-figure contributions to backers of Barack Obama, has so far not put all that much of his own money into the cause of his personal pick ...

Larcenists' loot displayed in Valley Center

Detective Whalen tells of burglary ring with multiple perps

The recovery of one pile of stolen loot led to another and another, according to one San Diego County sheriff’s detective. “I’ve been trying to find all the victims,” said detective Laura Whalen on November ...

Societe debuts first sour ales

Kearny Mesa brewery unveils first of its tart barrel blends

“So, when are you going to release your sours?” It’s been the most uttered question (thank in part to yours truly) since Societe Brewing Company (8262 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard, Kearny Mesa) opened last year. Even ...

Temecula teens identified as arsonists

Molotov cocktails used as incendiary devices

The identities of two teenagers sought by police for lobbing molotov cocktails at a school during the summer have been turned over to the Riverside district attorney for prosecution, fire investigators announced November 7. The ...

Will documentary whack SeaWorld stock?

Blackfish exposes truth behind theme park's orca collecting and storage

A documentary named Blackfish exposes the dark side of holding killler whales captive to do tricks for SeaWorld audiences, says columnist Al Lewis of MarketWatch. Lewis notes that the film premiered at the Sundance Film ...

Sunday, November 10

Former Chula Vista city manager not on the move

David Garcia, fired in 2010, opts out of Stockton gig

David Garcia, who was fired as city manager in Chula Vista (2008) and asked to resign from the same position in Corpus Christi (2003), was all set to take the job in bankrupt Stockton, but ...

City faces lawsuit over condos' defective pipes

Sewer problem allegedly not reported to insurance company in timely manner

The City of San Diego is being sued for millions over corroded sewage pipes that have allegedly leaked hydrogen sulfide gas into expensive condominiums downtown. Last month, a New York state judge ruled that the ...

Saturday, November 9

Alcohol sales at new Ocean Beach CVS a hot topic

Pharmacy makes their case; planning board to await new info

A heated and vociferous standing-room-only crowd attended the Ocean Beach Planning Board meeting on November 6. Residents were there to hear and discuss the proposal to allow alcohol sales in a new, as-yet-unestablished CVS Pharmacy ...

Previewing All My Friends Music Fest

Doing our due dilligence on bands we never heard of...

Tijuana's fourth annual All My Friends music festival is Saturday, November 16, at La Casa de la Cultura. The festival features the best of underground music in an eclectic mix. Bands start at 2 p.m. ...

Stealing a happy hour at Loews

If you can get there, there's bargains to be had

This place you've gotta come to. Except, be prepared to hike, if you're coming by bus. When you get here, the nearest stop is a quarter mile further south, so you have to walk back ...

Tijuana sells out of dollars

Brief greenback scarcity blamed on speculators

Several Tijuana casas de cambio ran out of dollars on Thursday, November 7, apparently the result of speculators betting that the value of the greenback against the Mexican peso was about to increase. Virtually all ...

(The real) Tijuana!

A T.J. beyond Revolución... and Americans are going there.

The gringos are back! And in large quantities! …but please stop going to every single tourist trap in downtown Tijuana. The American paranoia seems to be coming to an end. San Diegans are starting to ...

Criminal charge possible in horse's death

Unusual training method alleged

According to quarterhorsenews.com, the San Diego County Animal Services Department has recommended that criminal charges be filed against two people suspected of abusing the reining horse Bella Gunnabe Gifted prior to her death Sept. 21. ...

Friday, November 8

Reputed meth addicts wreak havoc in Ocean Beach

"They won't leave me the hell alone," says resident

On the morning of October 31, an Ocean Beach resident (“Don”) awoke to find that the front of his house had been vandalized with spray paint. While the drawings weren't offensive, they are an eyesore ...

North Park's F Street adult store property up for grabs

Available for $1.8 million

The F Street Adult Video & Gifts property at 2004 University Avenue in North Park is up for sale. It's located just west of Pecs Bar, at 2046 University Avenue. The North Park property is ...

Returning to the Snooty Asian

Hillcrest bistro is a worthy project, despite still trying to find its footing

The Snooty Asian (3925 Fourth Avenue) showed a lot of promise during its soft opening period. Making it work in the cut-throat restaurant quarter of Hillcrest is no easy task, and Snooty has yet to ...

Thor: The Dark World party game

In case you're bored after the movie

Here's how to play: Thor: The Dark World steals from a lot of films. Like, a lot. Pick one of them. Then, change one of the famous lines from that film to make it into ...

Armed man robs KFC restaurant in Imperial Beach

Employees forced into a freezer

An armed man used a black handgun to demand money from Imperial Beach KFC employees on Wednesday, November 6, according to San Diego County Sheriff's Sgt. Bill Uelen. The sergeant said the suspect forced store ...

Funnyman De Niro banks on TV commercial

Who coined the phrase “laughing all the way to the bank” and later amended it to, “You know that bank I used to laugh all the way to? I own it now.” None other than ...

Fletcher cause recruits Tom Shepard for campaign consulting

Former Filner flack pulls in $10,000 from newly hatched Democrat

In San Diego's tight world of political influence, lobbyists and consultants never die — and they don't fade away that easily, either. Case in point: Tom Shepard, who began his professional life as Roger Hedgecock's ...

Former Chargers doctor drops lawsuit against device-maker

David Chao had blamed company for malpractice suit against him

Dr. David Chao, former team doctor for the Chargers, has dropped a legal attempt to recover $2.2 million from medical device maker Smith & Nephew, according to MassDevice.com. Chao claimed in a suit in U.S. ...

Best of Beer Week: November 10

Making the most of the final day of San Diego Beer Week

Iron Fist Brunch: Every year, Churchill’s Pub & Grille closes out Beer Week the same way, by inviting Iron Fist Brewing Company brewmaster Brandon Sieminski and his beers over for brunch, which is available a ...

American caught illegally crossing border into U.S.

First he claimed he was Mexican, then...

A man apprehended attempting to cross the border illegally turned out to be a United States citizen, Border Patrol agents reported Thursday (November 7). The 37-year-old, apprehended in a canyon near Imperial Beach, had no ...

Darkside's Psychic

I'm going to take a step that Darkside would appreciate and open this review with a recklessly bold statement: Psychic is a classic album. The 11-minute opening track, the Kubrickian level of detail, the efficient ...

Seaside Courier debuts in North County

New daily paper and website aims to capture North County Times market

A new publication, the Seaside Courier and its companion website SeasideCourier.com, will attempt to cover Del Mar, Solana Beach, Encinitas, Carlsbad, and Oceanside, a market once covered by the North County Times. The U-T has ...

The 1975 — second time around

"And this is how it starts..." Ambient, synth-heavy, and loaded with pop hooks, the music of Manchester, England's latest breakouts, the 1975, met a friendly crowd at the Belly Up just three months after selling ...

San Diego Arab Film Festival announces 2013 lineup

Festival runs November 15-17 at MoPA

For the second year in a row, the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Theatre in Balboa Park's Museum of Photographic Arts will host the San Diego Arab Film Festival. A total of 15 shorts and features ...

Thursday, November 7

Carlsbad’s first “curb café” opens

Pilot program soon to expand

A colorful new “parklet” opened last weekend on State Street in Carlsbad, adding more al fresco dining to the heart of the village. Decorated with planters and umbrellas, a curb café now occupies the two ...

Motorcycle rider attempts to escape police, strikes officer

Suspected thief made getaway as the law closed in

An alleged motorcycle thief in El Cajon landed first in an area hospital and then in jail after a brief and fruitless attempt to evade authorities Wednesday afternoon, November 6. Per Lt. Rob Ransweiler, 42-year-old ...

Interview with Anchorman actor and comedian David Koechner

Champ Kind returns to San Diego for three nights at the American Comedy Company

David Koechner is probably best known for playing San Diego sportscaster Champ Kind in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and Michael Scott's obnoxious friend Todd Packer on The Office. Personally, I'm very fond of ...

La Mesa council term-limit proposal inches forward

Vice Mayor Alessio files petition papers; Mayor Madrid not pleased

A committee that includes La Mesa vice mayor Kristine Alessio filed paperwork at city hall on November 5 to launch a petition drive to place a term-limit measure on the November 2014 ballot. The committee's ...

Pho Point Loma & Grill: the OG Midway noodle shop

Point Loma Vietnamese restaurant offers sharp service and killer beer specials.

Here’s the text of the recommendation that came in for Pho Point Loma & Grill (2788 Midway Drive): “Dude! Goooood!” Yeah. That’s five o’s of good. With a sign that obscures the surrounding night sky ...

New This Week: Recent Additions to the Local Music Database

Most recent entries among over 3600 local bands and 8900 musicians

Here are the newest (and sometimes oldest) bands to be added to the Reader’s Local Music Database [http://www.sandiegoreader.com/music/], which includes profiles, discographies, MP3s, and concert dates for over 3,600 San Diego bands and more than ...

Cafe Massilia open in University Heights

French coffee shop takes over the former site of Eclipse Chocolat after a long downtime in the ECB space

For whatever reason, 2121A El Cajon Boulevard went tentantless for an eternity after the departure of Eclipse Chocolat. Downtime for empty restaurant buildings is usually minimal. Landlords want rent paid, and there’s no shortage of ...

Cambodia: one mine at a time

A day in the life of CNN Hero Akira and his de-mining team.

Stepping into a mine field gives one a whole new appreciation for the word "concentration." Akira tells me to follow him closely, and I am practically in his back pocket. The sun is a swirling ...

Dumanis funding plea goes for the jugular

Message based on foe's white-collar criminal links...which she also has

Amid the big-money heat of the current campaign to replace fallen Democrat Bob Filner for mayor of San Diego, Republican district attorney Bonnie Dumanis has been on a mission of her own to raise cash ...

Like pub crawls, but we visit restaurants

Dishcrawl’s local ambassador speaks

Lindsay Marks explains what it takes to be a Dishcrawl Ambassador. First, tell me about Dishcrawl. Dishcrawls are kind of like pub crawls, but we visit restaurants instead. It’s not your typical tour company. Rather, ...

Raw and Chad Deity: When chaos demands a cameo

Ion Theatre’s current production, The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity spoofs and critiques The WWE’s Monday Night Raw, the TV wrestling show with ratings through the roof. As the playwright points out, the WWE shamelessly ...

Design your own career

It’s not all sewing in the fashion world

Heather Maynard of Cardiff started creating prom dresses when she was 15 with her mother Lisa. She learned to sew and design patterns from Lisa who had worked in Hollywood making costumes for movies. Today ...

Papa Doug Manchester voted "Nice Guy of 2013" by San Diego chapter of Ladies Who Lunch

Newspaper and hotel magnate feted at Del Mar gala: "This time, Papa, let us pick up the tab!"

It looks like nice guys finish first, after all. The luncheon was oh-so-private — strange to see a newspaper man honored by ladies who don't believe it's in good taste to appear in the newspaper ...

Best of Beer Week: November 9

Hitting the home stretch as San Diego Beer Week nears an end

Open House: Vista’s Mother Earth Brew Co. has done some major expanding and upgrading at its original brewery, which has necessitated them closing off its tasting room. Come in for a long overdue brew and ...

It’s risky to stifle risk

Fear of blame stifles creativity

Years ago, I worked at a company that didn’t have the most progressive management. In fact, it often seemed to be backward to me. I soon noticed that no one really felt good about working ...

Scammers in Poway squatting plot arrested in Vista

Duo attempted to rip off $75,000 in belongings

A pair of con artists who targeted a Poway homeowner were arrested in Vista yesterday afternoon (November 6), according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department. Per detective Dan Meyers, in 2011 Arthur Lewis and ...

Lawyer suspended six months for multiple violations

Kenneth Matthew Cooke found culpable of 12 acts of misconduct

The State Bar of California has suspended Kenneth Matthew Cooke of San Diego for six months and until he makes restitution of money he owes clients. According to the California Bar Journal, Cooke initially stipulated ...

Wednesday, November 6

Friday Night Lights Out

Dark times for high school ball

Ongoing conflict between San Diego Unified School District and residents next to Hoover High School: stadium lights were installed with bond money and no environmental impact report. A judge ruled that the lights should remain off for now. Nevertheless, the district plans to install stadium lights at Crawford and Point Loma high schools, as well as Kearny, La Jolla, Lincoln, Mira Mesa, Mission Bay, San Diego, and Scripps Ranch.

That speakeasy type of vibe

Mexican New York speakeasy in former strip mall

You hear it all the time: “We are not Mexico. We are not the U.S. We are Tijuana.” Just as this mentality has bred a number of cultural hallmarks that are distinctly tijuas (the Caesar ...

Navy commander caught in scheme with Malaysian businessman

Allegedly traded secrets for $100,000, hookers, and travel expenses

U.S. Navy commander Jose Luis Sanchez was arrested in Tampa today (Nov. 6) and charged with accepting prostitutes, luxury travel, and $100,000 in cash from a foreign defense contractor. Sanchez will be returned to San ...

House fire in Lincoln Park

Faulty wires suspected

A fire broke out on Wednesday, November 6, at approximately 1:00 p.m. at a residence near the intersection of Castana and Escuela streets in Lincoln Park. Neighbors watched helplessly as firefighters worked from all sides ...

Mission Valley Post Office to remain open

Area's population expected to jump from 21,000 to 40,000

On Friday, November 1, San Diego postmaster Ken Snavely informed residents that the post office located at the Westfield Mission Valley Mall will remain open indefinitely. The decision is a victory for the dozens of ...

New emergency helicopter serves Encinitas

Reach Air Medical now competes with Mercy Air

Mercy Air, the longtime sole provider of emergency medical flights in San Diego, now has some competition. On the morning of November 6, Reach Air Medical Services debuted its new helicopter to Encinitas firefighters, lifeguards, ...

Coronado Bike Loop

One of the best scenic rides in San Diego, which includes a trip on the ferry

This ride offers scenic views of San Diego Bay from downtown to the South Bay, and up to Coronado. There are sweeping views of the ocean along the Silver Strand and of downtown San Diego ...

Qualcomm stock drops on low sales estimate

Demand shift to lower-priced phone components

Qualcomm stock is down 4.29% in after-hours trading after the company told Bloomberg News that there is a shift in orders: customers are ordering more parts for cheaper handsets. The company reported sharply improved earnings ...

Where beer is liver

Ed gets some goat and the requisite banana in Little Mogadishu’s Fatuma Restaurant.

“We have the sweetest bananas in the world growing in Somalia. We Somalis have a sweet tooth.”

Cholo goth

Rafael Reyes, a self-described “cholo goth” musician who says, “Killwave, occultwave, shadowave are all outlets that I use to expose and celebrate fragments of who I am, may it be my vulnerability or, at times, my ego.” Jeepers.

Faulconer claim not "flawed" — it's a blatant lie

Mayoral hopeful and crony Sanders give false picture of city finances

The U-T this morning ran a story stating that the main claims of the candidate it favors, Kevin Faulconer, is "flawed." Actually, that claim, hawked by former mayor Jerry Sanders, is not simply flawed. It ...

New San Diego lobbyist has controversial Washington past

Inter-office dust-up hints at reason for Oscar Urteaga's termination

The newest staff lobbyist for Southwest Strategies, one of San Diego's busiest downtown influence-peddling boutiques, is a veteran ruckus-raiser on Capitol Hill, says a June 2013 account of an inter-office dustup featured in Roll Call's ...

This weekend's live music in San Diego, November 9 & 10

Saturday 9Portland’s Blitzen Trapper hits Porter’s Pub at UCSD Saturday night. The alt-country quintet is out to tout its seventh studio set, VII (I feel ya), on which the band pulls back the reins on ...

The dark and heavy of ILYA

Their acidic-sweet separation is over.

Returning from a four-year hiatus (minus a local Halloween appearance in 2011), ILYA is back in the studio wrapping up their third full-length album with two new members: guitarist Demetrius Antuña (ANA, KATA, the Dropscience) ...

Ion Theatre stages The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity

Jobber to the stars

The boss screams, “They’ll hate you,” which in pro wrestling is “the best news you can hear.”

Urban Jungle Brewing pulls plug

Scripps Ranch work-in-progress finished before it begins

After years of trying to get the business off the ground, Urban Jungle Brewing Company is officially a no-go. Would-be co-founder James Lombard and his partners have officially thrown in the towel, terminating the lease ...

Before picture phones

Cheech (sans Chong) and Barb party

“Oh, my God,” Molly whispered to us. “That’s Mel Brooks.” She started to laugh nervously and, soon after, Heather joined in the muffled tittering. The name sounded familiar.

Meat Puppets: Just a band

Hailing from Phoenix, Arizona, the Meat Puppets were originally a hardcore band when they formed in 1980. From the start they mixed a little country weirdness into their sets, and, soon enough, this weirdness became ...

Geyser murders, part 2

The quivering mound of crimson-streaked grime would be the prisoner.

Attempted reconstruction of the scene of a double murder on Otay Mesa in the 1890s. They blamed the Indian, José Rafael.

Filmload of Nothing

Twenty San Diego bands featured in filmmaker Craig Rian’s independent film There Is Nothing Out Here, which premieres Thursday, November 7, at the Whistle Stop in South Park.

Son of high-roller bets on Fletcher

San Diego mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher, who already is getting major financial support for his campaign from border real estate interests, including La Jolla’s super-wealthy Jinich family, which owns a lot of land on Otay ...

Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band is pretty small

Breezy Peyton reminds an observer of a line straight out of “Witchy Woman,” that old Eagle’s song where sparks fly from fingertips. Only in the case of Breezy Peyton, they actually do. “She wears these ...

In preparation for landing: San Diego Asian Film Festival

A world of cinema in our backyard

With 140 films to choose from — the program book is as thick as the city directory — spread out over ten days, a world of cinema (aka the 14th Annual San Diego Asian Film ...

Best of Beer Week: November 8

Go beer-crazy on the eighth day of San Diego Beer Week

Ballast Point Tap Takeover: For years, The High Dive has been standout Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits’ best, most loyal account. Now, it’s time for payback in the form of specialty beers that will flow ...

Bunny call

“We all had ‘Dick’ names, too,” recalls Nino Del Pesco of his onetime Snuggle Bunnies bandmate Dan McLain, aka Country Dick Montana. “It was a real wild time, especially at the Spring Valley Inn on ...

Fairly unreported trip to Mexico

Del Mar Fair general manager Tim Fennell will soon be winging his way to balmy Mexico for free, thanks to a favorable ruling from the state’s Fair Political Practices Commission. An October 14 letter to ...

Live music in San Diego (and a bit beyond) Monday–Wednesday, November 11-13

Monday 11Hip-hop hits Ab-Soul and Joey Badass, released last week from a St. Louis jail after being busted at one of their Smokers Club Tour stops, file into Soma Monday night with Underachievers and Chevy ...

Super-rich buy newspapers, but...

Now the nabobs can natter in the newspapers they have purchased

Fat cats are buying newspapers. Should journalists rejoice? Not yet. The nabobs’ widely varying strategies for turning around their papers have not yet been tested. Warren Buffett, the multibillionaire wizard of Omaha, has his company, ...

Greenhouse-gas emissions up in wake of San Onofre closure

New report expresses doubt state can meet 2050 pollution goals

Greenhouse-gas emissions in California were up sharply last year as compared to 2011, leading to doubts that the state will be able to meet an ambitious pollution target set in 2006. Part of the problem ...

Letters from near and far

Get over Yourself, Rolando I’m writing in regard to your City Lights story, “City Sides with Developers, Residents, Developers Again.” I really appreciated this well-written and informative news piece. It shed better light on the ...

Old planners in hock

In days of yore, the downtown law and lobbying firm of Milch & Wolfsheimer was a city hall heavyweight. Co-founder Lou Wolfsheimer was chairman of the planning commission and one of then-mayor Pete Wilson’s inner ...

In the San Diego clubs Thursday and Friday, November 7 & 8

Thursday 7“Country western acid punk, if you need to put a label on it.” Like a lot of citizens of our galaxy, I came to Meat Puppets by way of Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged set, on ...

October 31 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Joe Arbusto, Rancho Penasquitos, 4. Bliss Beedle, Encinitas, 4. Clyde Christie, Coronado, 4. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 4. Tyrone Davis, San Diego, 4. George Elam, Vista, 4. Butch Hays, La Mesa, 4. * Paula ...

October 31 Crossword Contenders

Mary Arana, Encinitas, 4. Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 4. L. Barling, El Cajon, 4. Johanna Barry, Pine Valley, 4. Evelyn Bowser, Hillcrest, 4. Marvin A. Brown, Clairemont, 4. Charlotte Brown , Clairemont, 4. Bob Carlson, Serra ...

Tuesday, November 5

Yoga disparaged

The girl can’t help it — she doesn’t like yoga

Title: Towel Required Address: towelrequired.com Author: Cori Holstedt From: Little Italy Blogging since: April 2013 Post Date: September 10, 2013 If workouts could be as trendy as denim-on-denim was in the ’80s, then yoga would ...

From the “Sivagnana Potham” by Meikanda Thevar

In the presence of the Conscious, there is no Non-conscious. Yet they are twain, but do not know each other. The knower of the world and of Shiva is the knower’s soul, which is different ...

U-T referred to as Manchester's "personal campaign machine"

Local Dems criticize editorial antics, use them as fundraising plug

Francine Busby, chair of the San Diego County Democratic Party, is using U-T San Diego publisher Doug Manchester's recent purchase of eight county weeklies as a fundraising strategy. Busby has sent fellow Democrats a letter ...

Developer presents design concept for AT&T building

Finally, a plan for unsightly North Park property

The long-empty ATT/PacBell structure at the northeast corner of Texas Street and Howard Avenue in North Park has been a magnet for homeless people and taggers ever since it became empty. The nonprofit Community HousingWorks ...

Tax preparer guilty of filing for phony refunds

Kenyon Lamont Williams raked in over half a million

A federal jury in Tampa has found Kenyon Lamont Williams, a San Diego tax preparer, guilty of filing false tax claims and wire fraud. In the first half of 2012, Williams discussed an interest-income scheme ...

U-T/10News mayoral race poll "not realistic"

Firm says Alvarez and Fletcher in near-tie — no 11-point gap

Results of a poll showing David Alvarez catching the sinking Nathan Fletcher in the run-up to the mayoral special election were never meant to go public, says the polling firm that conducted the research. "It ...

Freebies to keep you downtown after work

Downtown Johnny Brown's happy hour takes off on Fridays

Mark this for Friday. I came in here around six last Friday evening, on the hunt for Stone Brewing's November "Enjoy By" beer. It's a series of brews that last for a month and are ...

She-Rantulas from Outer Space in 3D! at Diversionary

It’s a “fartire.” That’s what Phil Johnson and Ruff Yeager call their “unique combination of farce and satire.” It’s based on the B-movies of the Fifties, where monsters from who knows where threaten to obliterate ...

NSA-linked Bush frat pal Clark Randt joins Qualcomm

Skull and Bones connection to Yalies Neil and Linden Blue?

Last month San Diego's GOP Lincoln Club dispatched a hit piece featuring a grinning Nathan Fletcher standing alongside his onetime Republican backer and George W. Bush intimate Karl Rove. The mailer, aimed at Democratic and ...

Revealed: Nathan Fletcher's secret collegiate history!

Would-be Mayor was "Mayor of Mayhem" at notorious Delta Tau Chi fraternity

Republican San Diego mayoral candidate Kevin Faulconer has made political hay from Democratic candidate Nathan Fletcher's refusal to release his college transcripts from his years at California Baptist University. "In these post-Filnerian times, we need ...

County clerk Ernest Dronenburg seeks reelection

Filed paperwork reveals odd association with lawyer Charles LiMandri

Ernest Dronenburg, current San Diego County Clerk, is running for reelection in 2014, despite the commotion he caused this past July when he challenged the state supreme court's decision that overturned Prop 8, the state ...

Manly, studly Iceland

Travel tips and (phallic) observations of this Nordic isle.

Iceland – remote and north of most of the rest of Europe – was first settled just over 1,000 years ago by Norse Viking men who brought Celt women as sex slaves. This historic tidbit ...

SDSU alum recovers herself through dance

After a long battle with anxiety and depression, Brianna Lopez gets back to her roots with her debut choreography

The last time Brianna Lopez danced was during the end of her studies at SDSU. Choreographing “Mind the Gap,” a short composition for four dancers, represents her first real engagement with dance in three years. ...

Video: Amen the printmaker, Tanzania

Traditional batik printmaking in a Dar es Salaam shop.

I spent this past June traveling Tanzania. While in Dar es Salaam, I met a Tanzanian artist named Amen Ntangu. He is self-employed as a batik printmaker. I had the opportunity to interview him and ...

Rodent patrol officer lives at Mission Trails’ park center

Six-toed cat has been on the job since July

The sun, in the form of Enyaa the six-toed cat, comes out at night at Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center. Enyaa ("en" as in "hen;" "yaa" rhymes with "caw") is the Kumeyaay word for ...

New General Atomics weapon inching closer to reality

Land-based electromagnetic railgun could be reality by 2016

San Diego’s General Atomics, manufacturer of the controversial Predator and Reaper drones used by the U.S. military and others, has announced significant progress on a more conventional piece of weaponry that could be ready for ...

Walt Disney: satanic smut-peddler or Illuminati pimp?

Devotee that I am of film noir — Jim Thompson, James Ellroy, and underworld lore, in general — there are a few words in the criminal lexicon that no matter how many times their meanings ...

Best of Beer Week: November 7

Get lucky during day seven of San Diego Beer Week

Three-Day Speedway Grand Prix: From Wednesday through Friday, AleSmith will offer flights of their stunning Speedway Stout augmented by flavors including bacon, coconut, and vanilla. Bring a muffin tin (seriously) and taste to your heart’s ...

This week in jazz, November 5–11

Lots of local and national acts coming our way

More jazz than you can shake a stick at this week. Tuesday 5Joe Garrison and Night People perform at UC San Diego's The Loft. The composer is bringing in a 14-piece version of Night People, ...

Cops clip deadbeat dad cruising Ocean Beach

Bad brake light leads to bust of Missouri man

Two men were pulled over by police on the afternoon of November 2 for having a non-functioning brake light on their car. The incident, which occurred in front of the Ocean Beach Hotel on Newport ...

Embezzler of Oceanic Enterprises headed to prison

CEO Jaime Cuadra funded football league with ill-gotten gains

Jaime Cuadra, former chief financial officer of Oceanic Enterprises, was sentenced on November 4 to 41 months in custody for wire fraud and filing a false income tax return. According to U.S. Attorney records, Cuadra ...

Monday, November 4

Afton Canyon: Grand Canyon of the Mojave

Check out this desert highlight on the way to Vegas.

Often called the Grand Canyon of The Mojave, Afton Canyon is a little-known gem along the road to Vegas, excellent for a pit stop or a quiet camping trip (never mind the trains; they're part ...

Former sports talk-radio host sues Mighty 1090

John David Hayworth says company breached their contract

Radio personality John David Hayworth, former cohost of The Morning Show with Lee "Hacksaw" Hamilton on Mighty 1090, has filed a lawsuit against the station's parent company, Broadcast Company of the Americas, for breach of ...

La Mesa steakhouse moves charcoal to outdoor hookah lounge

Charcoal House puts the kibosh on karaoke night.

Sequestered on the eastern end of La Mesa on a recent Wednesday evening, I headed over to the Charcoal House (9566 Murray Drive) with my girlfriend and a buddy visiting from Colombia to dive into ...

Sweetwater Athletics Hall of Fame scrutinized

How much spent? Who chose Ed Brand’s name for award?

Most people were expelled from the October 23 Sweetwater Union High School District board meeting. So, public comment allowed prior to specific agenda items was not so public. To several trustees and apparently superintendent Ed ...

Bridgepoint stock drops; will it raise its prices?

CEO may sell 20% of holdings

Stock of controversial Bridgepoint Education is down 8.62% this afternoon (Nov. 4) to $17.92. An analyst for Deutschebank lowered his recommendation to sell from hold. The analyst notes that since other for-profit universities such as ...

Enlightenment Cage

John Cage versus George Gershwin

Let’s do a match in the World Cup of Composers. The next match for the Americans is George Gershwin versus John Cage. I think we all know George Gershwin but John Cage is another story. ...

Ballast Point building new brewery

The latest and largest link in BP’s rapidly expanding chain

I told of its coming many moons ago. I’ve known of the location for over a month, but kept it under my hat. Now, Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits is ready to disclose the location ...

Reptile Super Show in downtown San Diego

Mutant snakes, biting frogs

Ricardo Contreras said he arrived at 7 a.m. on Saturday, November 2, to ensure he would be first in line for the Reptile Super Show. Organizers of the two-day event opened the doors at 10 ...

Best of Beer Week: November 6

Kicking off the second half of San Diego Beer Week with a bang

12 Brewers, 12 Casks, 12 Mallets: Drop in on a simultaneous tapping of a dozen specialty casks of familiar Stone Brewing Co. beers augmented by myriad ingredients including blueberries, heather, elderflowers, Thai chilies, milk sugar, ...

Will Jacobs fill Fletcher's coffer to help win mayoral battle?

Poll claims billionaire Democrat's candidate sinks as GOP keeps raising cash to bash

After the fall of Bob Filner, the San Diego mayor forced from office after a sex-harassment scandal, the biggest winner in the city's latest brush with infamy seemed to be ex-GOP assemblyman Nathan Fletcher. Although ...

Labor-backed poll shows Alvarez catching Fletcher

Faulconer's numbers not as good as others claim them to be

As candidates enter the final weeks before the first round of voting in the race to replace Bob Filner as San Diego's mayor, the labor-backed "Working Families for a Better San Diego" is out with ...

Sunday, November 3

Alejandro Escovedo on writing songs and the substance of big family reunions

Alejandro Escovedo checks in with the Reader from Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he is hunkered down with a wicked case of allergies. "At least, I think that's what it is. It just started this ...

Psychic Intuitive

I watch as he tells a woman that her dead mother is on the other side, happy and safe, and the woman is smiling and teary eyed a little and so so pleased and then ...

Overtime abuse reported at Border Patrol's San Ysidro office

Whisteblowers claim officers routinely add hours to time card

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel is authorized to report violations such as wastes of funds reported by federal government whistleblowers. In a letter to President Obama, on October 31, the office reported six cases ...

Qualcomm may be bidder for ailing BlackBerry

Local chip-maker had $11.5 billion in cash a few months ago

According to a story in the Wall Street Journal that later appeared in the New York Times and on Bloomberg News, a consortium that includes Qualcomm, private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management, and BlackBerry's cofounders, ...

Saturday, November 2

Man shot to death at Tijuana flea market

He was trying on a Rey Mysterio lucha libre mask

A man was shot to death at Tijuana’s Zona Norte flea market at about 1:30 in the afternoon on October 30. The market, "el sobre ruedas" (“on wheels”), as it is known, is located at ...

Dharma Travel: Vedic City, Iowa

Enlightenment found amidst the cornfields.

"Transcendental meditation (TM) is a simple technique practiced for about 15–20 minutes sitting comfortably in a chair with the eyes closed,” reads the literature. I’m sorry – I’m with Elizabeth Gilbert. Sounds way easier said ...

Embattled Ex-Mayor of El Cajon insists incendiary statements were taken out of context

Lewis's lament

Mark Lewis resigned as Mayor of El Cajon last week, citing cancer, a stroke, a dislocated shoulder, severe halitosis, acid reflux, diabetes, a nasty hangnail, and mild indigestion as his reasons for leaving office. But ...

Vical sued over pharmaceutical failure

Stock plunged on announcement that cancer-drug testing would cease

The San Diego law firm of Johnson & Weaver announced on November 1 that it is filing a lawsuit against San Diego biopharmaceutical firm Vical, Inc. The suit, intended to be a class action, alleges ...

Friday, November 1

Cardiff’s Sandcastle Drive hosts no apparent ghosts

“Halloween street" pulls in over 1000 on spookiest night of the year

When one sells a house on the two-block-long Sandcastle Drive in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, perhaps it should be required to disclose that the home is on a “Halloween street." Five years ago, KNSD Channel 7 news listed ...

Shipping industry moves to rescind Barrio Logan community plan

$140,000 spent on signature drive, origin of money undisclosed

San Diego's shipping industry wants to reshape the land-use changes that the city council approved for Barrio Logan, located adjacent to the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal. The industrial businesses hope to do so (as reported ...

Manchester buys more San Diego papers

Mainstreet Communications, umbrella over eight publications

Doug Manchester, owner of U-T San Diego, is continuing his monopolization of San Diego print media. According to the La Jolla Patch, Manchester's U-T has purchased Mainstreet Communications, which includes the La Jolla Light, the ...

Oregon sex offender arrested at Ramona Halloween celebration

Man reportedly demanded to give children candy over parents' objections

An Oregon sex offender was arrested in Ramona on Thursday afternoon, October 31. The man reportedly harassed children and their parents at the Ramona Chamber of Commerce Main Street Trick or Treat event. San Diego ...

Signage proposal denied for Westfield's UTC

No effect on big businesses' push for a billboarded, neon downtown

The most recent court defeat over massive wall signs at Westfield's UTC Shopping Mall in La Jolla occurred yesterday, October 31. In a tentative ruling (expected to be made final today), superior-court judge Timothy Taylor ...

The Avengers of rock and roll: meet the Split Squad

"Josh Kantor." Michael Giblin, the Parallax Project bassist, checks in with the Reader to talk about his side project, a band called the Split Squad that includes Eddie Munoz (Plimsouls), Clem Burke (Blondie) and Keith ...

New releases opening this week: 12 Years a Slave, Ender's Game, and more

Everybody loves 12 Years a Slave. Well, almost everybody. Look, I know what you're thinking. "Oh, Marks is just a contrarian from the School of Armond White. Of course he's not going to like a ...

Paul McCartney's New

“Will you still need me...when I'm 64?” Yeah, even at 71 we need you, when you can still make great original music. My favorite cut on Paul McCartney’s new record is “Early Days,” an acoustic ...

Lousy Sacramento Kings closer to getting new arena

Environmentalists say passage of SB 743 has statewide implications

Supporters of the Sacramento Kings pro basketball team are trying to get a $258 million subsidy for a new arena. The deal has been controversial because of the size of the proposed giveaway and the ...

Little Italy: Don't knock the gnocchi

Ed discovers that LI's latest arrival delivers on more than just beer

I'd heard Ballast Point was open. (See Brandon Hernández' extensive pre-opening report.) Loved the idea that this bunch of guys who started as a home brew outfit in a tiny uncool strip-mall got voted small ...

Armando de la Torre's "Winter Wonderland"

Barrio Logan artist comments on his residency in Oceanside and the importance of fostering communities.

Armando de la Torre’s residence at the Oceanside Museum of Art (made possible through a James Irvine Foundation grant) begins this holiday season. The grant is supposed to provide for artists to explore ideas of ...

With a curse like a knife

Deer Tick brings Negativity to Belly Up

Rhode island–based alt-country act Deer Tick belted out the lyrics to “The Bump” — "We're full grown men, but we act like kids, we'll face the music next time we roll in!" — as the ...

The money behind Recall Bob Filner committee

Almost $100,000 to take down the San Diego Democrat, $25,000 from Los Angeles developer

As is usual with most San Diego political dramas, big real estate money played a major role in the summer campaign to recall embattled San Diego mayor Bob Filner, tainted by a sexual harassment scandal ...

Best of Beer Week: November 5

Keeping things quality nearing San Diego Beer Week’s halfway point

Boobs, Brats & Beer to Help Find the Cure: Mission Brewery Plaza’s Acoustic Ales Brewing Experiment is teaming with Hillcrest sausage outfit, Salt and Cleaver, to offer beer and bratwurst in exchange for donations to ...

San Diego's Lindbergh Field awarded $22 million in grant money

Funds will continue residential noise retrofits, reduce plane emissions, revamp drainage plan

The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, which oversees operations at Lindbergh Field, this week announced the award of $22 million in grant monies from the federal Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration. ...

Chaldean businessman considers El Cajon mayorship

Ben Kalasho sought office before Mark Lewis resigned

Shortly after the October 17 East County Democratic Club meeting started, president Frank Tsimboukakis asked the El Cajon mayoral candidate to speak. "Not yet," replied 30-year-old Ben Kalasho, a 2012 El Cajon City Council candidate ...

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