Stories for October 2013

Thursday, October 31

Callaway sued over Roger Cleveland trademark

Designer's name is also name of competitor

Callaway Golf has been sued by Cleveland Golf Co. for trademark infringement and unfair competition. Roger Cleveland sold his shares in the company named after him in 1990 and joined Callaway in 1996, according to ...

High-profile Republicans turn to "Zombies" to defeat Fletcher

New PAC collects money from former chairman of California's GOP

New disclosures filed with the City Clerk's Office reveals the political action committee Zombies for Responsible Government Opposed to Nathan Fletcher for Mayor 2013 has raised an additional $7500 from two donors. The former chairman ...

Opening Shot: All Is Lost

Because a good opening shot tells you something, like a good opening sentence

The image above is actually the film's second opening shot. It's the opening of chapter one in the story. What comes before is a prologue. The prologue opens with a shot of an utterly calm ...

Immigration and Customs Enforcement shops for less-lethal armaments

PepperBall Technologies gets contract with federal agency

PepperBall Technologies of San Diego (headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana) has received a sole-source $498,970 contract from the federal government's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the investigative unit of Homeland Security, to provide pepper-ball launchers, ...

SDSU baseball players come under fire for Halloween game costumes

NAACP Spokespeson: "Blackhair has no place in baseball OR Halloween."

Every year, the San Diego State baseball team plays a game decked out in Halloween finery. This year's contest featured a homer-hitting Charger Girl, Facebook at shortstop, and King Kong as third base coach. But ...

U-T circulation drops from spring

Tops numbers reported a year ago

According to a report today, October 31, from the Alliance for Audited Media (formerly the Audit Bureau of Circulations), U-T San Diego's average Sunday circulation dropped to 381,303 for the six months ended September 30 ...

Greg's mantra

Guitarist goes zen in Escondido on November 3

“They’re like the Led Zeppelin of mantra music, an extraordinary group of musicians who have accepted me into their musical world, despite all evidence being against it,” says Lake Hodges guitarist Greg Douglass of his ...

In response to Amnesty International report on civilian casualties, General Atomics releases Rainmaker reparations drone

Raining down death, then making it rain

"Here's what's not going to happen," says General Atomics Head of Drone Relations Col Adderal. "We're not going to stop dropping bombs on the bad guys. Not even if the bad guys start standing really ...

Lincoln Club pays for more hits against Jacobs-backed Fletcher

Battle of bucks between Jacobs clan and San Diego's GOP establishment not letting up

It's been another rough-and-tumble week so far for Nathan Fletcher, the newly hatched Democrat and chosen candidate for mayor of La Jolla billionaire/Obama backer/Qualcomm founder Irwin Jacobs. As reported by U-T San Diego, the onetime ...

First look at Waypoint Public

No, it isn't just the Linkery again. Here's why.

Everybody has been talking about Waypoint Public (3794 30th Street) since rumors first spread that the Bottlecraft people, and other partners, would replace the failed Linkery. Contrary to the UT’s assertion that it opened “quietly,” ...

Coin-Op opens in North Park

New 30th Street watering hole replaces Hubcap, combines strong beer and vintage video games for beaucoup Gen-Y fun.

There must be something in the air, because exciting new bars and restaurants have been opening up left and right all over uptown San Diego. Coin-Op Game Room (3926 30th Street) might be the most ...

Scott Samuels takes a Fall

New solo EP dropping in Leucadia on November 2

“It’s about falling for someone and falling out of romance,” says former Roxy Dioxide singer/guitarist Scott Samuels of his solo EP The Fall, which drops this week. “It tells the story of a shallow L.A. ...

Fearless film shoot finishes up in Ocean Beach

"It ruins everything if everyone is staring at the actors."

Fearless, a musical, finished shooting in Ocean Beach on October 30. Some local denizens participated in the production — whether invited or not. The hacky-sack man, the blonde pole-leaner, and a rowdy woman shouting outside ...

Costume choices in Lakeside

Halloween, the one day a year where everyone cosplays

It’s Halloween season, the time of year when much of the population dresses the way San Diego cosplayers do on a regular basis. This weekend I attended a friend of a friend’s Halloween soiree in ...

Best of Beer Week: November 4

Even Monday’s a good day during San Diego Beer Week

Beer & Cheese Pairing: Equal opportunity artisan Peter Zien, the brewmaster at AleSmith who is also working on opening his own dairy project called CheeseSmith, will drop in to Encinitas Ale House to pair some ...

Trucker has heart attack while entering freeway in Encinitas

Jackknifed rig punctures fuel tank

The northbound I-5 on-ramp at Encinitas Boulevard was closed for almost four hours on October 30. The driver of a semi-truck, accelerating up the ramp, reportedly had a heart attack. As the driver tried to ...

Halloween video funhouse

Lugosi vs. Boop, a bewitching Chico Marx, and Sammy!

Hollywood on Parade No. B-5 (1933): It's the star-studded premiere of Mae West's I'm No Angel at Grauman's Chinese and the Paramount newsreel cameras were there to capture it for Hollywood on Parade, a series ...

Wednesday, October 30

San Diego's Top 10 Breweries

Awash in suds

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

South Bay schools defendants get day in court

Felonies dropped against former Southwestern superintendent Chopra

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

Prepkitchen Little Italy's Dutch Hammer

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

Castellanos wins big at the SDMA

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

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

Baja sales tax to jump 5% in 2014

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

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

Coronado Brewing headed to Imperial Beach

Island brewing company adding another mainland facility

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

Dry winter no concern, says San Diego County Water Authority

Surplus supplies mean no need to worry about water in 2014

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

In a dark room

The photography of Abelardo Morell

Abelardo Morell has used his house as his camera.

Salvation soup

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

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

California GOP money pours into Faulconer campaign

Developers, wine, tobacco, and casino interests get generous

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

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

"A bad kid," the officer said.

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

Communication: San Diego Symphony (2 of 2)

No need to interpret when you communicated clearly.

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

Taste it, Pumpkin Boy

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

Drinking kava in Fiji

An experience of the islands' unique drink and ceremony.

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

Deerhoof

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

Rumble at the Hyatt

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

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

Ramona’s Black Mountain

Waaay bigger than the other one

Excellent panoramic view of Ramona’s wilderness area.

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

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

Jim, Jimmy, and Irwin

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

Seaside Beach trash battle "kinda ongoing"

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

Geyser murders, part 1

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

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

Buy the mansion, get the yacht

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

City sides with developers, residents, developers again

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

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

Shock: the Monkey

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

Best of Beer Week: November 3

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

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

MC Lars: Halloween post-punk laptop rap

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

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

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

Uncool funnings

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

And the clubby goes to...

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

Indian company Infosys to pay record immigration fine

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

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

Hard-rock heist at the SDMAs

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

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

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

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

Grand old Hooters party

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

El Cajon Foursquare Church

Foursquare’s belief system doesn’t depend on tradition

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

Hallow-E'en, 1914

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

This Land Is My Land

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

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

Two letters

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

October 24 Sudoku Contenders

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

October 24 Crossword Contenders

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

Tuesday, October 29

On the road with Nik Turner: warships, Warhol, and Lou Reed

"I played San Diego in 1994 with a band called Sleep, I think," Hawkwind founding member Nik Turner tells the Reader. "I was on my way to Mexicali. They flew me in to San Diego, ...

San Onofre radiation study imminent

Data will be gathered on airborne and waterborne releases

A panel of overseers that will supervise a 12-month study of the cancer risks associated with living near the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station has been identified, according to the Temecula Patch. In the works ...

Three pairs of lust-worthy fall boots

When fall rolls around, most Americans look forward to crackling fires, hot cocoa, and the changing leaves. There’s not a whole lot of that going on here in San Diego. But the fashionistas among us ...

Texan sues Jack in the Box for crotch burns

Coffee spilled in sensitive area

Altaf Abro claims in a court case that he was in line at a Jack in the Box in South Houston, Texas. He says that hot coffee spilled in his groin area, and he had ...

The legacy of poor undergrounding in Kensington/Talmadge

Planning subcommittee spawns city’s Utility Underground Advisory Group

Thanks to the grassroots efforts of the Kensington/Talmadge Planning Group and its undergrounding subcommittee, the City of San Diego’s Land Use and Housing Committee unanimously voted on October 23 to create the Utility Underground Advisory ...

Young driver loses control in Morena district

Hit the gas instead of the brake

A young driver had an unexpected scare on Sunday, October 27, when her car went over a small embankment and nearly crashed into an apartment building near the corner of Colusa and Mildred streets in ...

GOP power broker Mike Schroeder behind anti-Fletcher committee

"Dark lord" gives big money to "Zombies for Responsible Government" PAC

Longtime Orange County Republican fundraiser Mike Schroeder, reputedly known as the "Dark Lord" of the statewide GOP, is one of the zombies intent on defeating democratic mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher. An October 28 campaign disclosure ...

Looking for camel for dinner

Ed has to settle for goat...and banana

Suqar, beer, ukun for breakfast? That's the choices here at Fatuma, the Somali place up in Little Mogadishu, in City Heights. Guy behind the counter says “suqar” is ground beef, “beer” is liver, and “ukun” ...

Best of Beer Week: November 2

Reboot and get your fill of San Diego Beer Week seconds

San Diego Originals: In the beginning, there was but a handful of fledgling operations bringing craft beer to locals. For one day, beer bar The High Dive will celebrate those innovators with special beers from ...

Happy retro Halloween from the boys and ghouls at The Big Scream

My introduction to the concept of trick-or-treating was so bland and uneventful that it has forever soiled my view of the holiday. Never wanting to venture too far from home, the first door we knocked ...

Tijuana shoplifters were looking to party

Almost a hundred bucks’ worth of meat and cheese

A pair of middle-aged shoppers ended up behind bars in Tijuana over the October 26-27 weekend after allegedly trying to shoplift what one newspaper called enough food for a small party. Under the headline "They ...

Halloween week jazz picks

A full week of jazz ahead

Lots of musical tricks and treats for the jazz fan this week. Here are the Reader's top picks: Tuesday 29ECM recording artist Lucian Ban makes his debut San Diego appearance at UCSD's Loft. Ban is ...

UCSD conceals Fletcher's reason for graduating five years late

Studied at California Baptist University 1995-2000, got diploma in 2005

Why did Nathan Fletcher graduate from California Baptist University five years after he was supposed to and what does UCSD know about it? That's one of several major unanswered questions regarding the Democratic candidate for ...

Monday, October 28

Bike rider crashes at Santa Fe Depot

Reportedly had plastic jug labeled "vodka"

San Diego Fire and Rescue personnel responded to a call about an injured man at the Santa Fe Depot trolley platform on Saturday afternoon, October 26, at about 1:45 p.m. An Amtrak mechanical employee called ...

Skateboarding is a crimestopper in Santee

Thief drops handbag, gets away

Bob Brown was speeding downhill east on Weld Boulevard toward the Gillespie Field Trolley Station on Friday, October 25, when he heard a woman shout in distress. “Stop, thief!” yelled Maria Sanchez as she pointed ...

Local jail inmates to join fire camps

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has entered into an agreement with the County of San Diego to divert up to 100 inmates into the Department’s Conservation Camp program, which already houses 4000 inmates ...

Lang Lang: San Diego Symphony (1 of 2)

I waited with anticipation for Saturday night’s concert at the Jacobs Music Center. It was sold out. There is nothing I love more in this world than a sold out concert at the symphony. The ...

An insiders' Chicago

Must-eats and other tips on visiting the Windy City.

“Tell Johnny Golf Shoes that you want a Ken Caminiti, and that Patty Ohio sent you,” the server at Big Bowl tells me. Am I seriously being told to go to a random bar with ...

Betancourt, ex-admiral backing Fletcher, broke federal law

Former "Navy mayor" of San Diego pled guilty to conflict of interest

There's been a bit of a sea battle royal of late between GOP mayoral candidate Kevin Faulconer and his putative top establishment foe, newly hatched Democrat Nathan Fletcher, over endorsements from big-time Navy brass. Faulconer, ...

Two new lawsuits against Pacific Beach marijuana dispensaries

City attorney revives crackdown, intel gathered from internet

City attorney Jan Goldsmith and the lawyers working for him are back on the hunt to close a new crop of medical marijuana dispensaries now operating in the City of San Diego. On October 23, ...

Best of Beer Week: November 1

On the first day of Beer Week, my brewers gave to me...

Taking place from November 1 through 10, San Diego Beer Week consists of hundreds of events of all types and sizes. For those having trouble choosing, I’ll be providing my best bet events on a ...

Sunday, October 27

Land owner Stuck in the Rough puts up fencing in Escondido

Hires “no-holds-barred” attorney, threatens action on WWII vet and others

Since the Escondido City Council passed the citizen-generated initiative on August 14, 2013, preventing development of the former Escondido Country Club property, the land-use battle moved into the court system for final resolution. But in ...

Saturday, October 26

Apocalypse Now, Tico-style

Adventure and misadventure in Costa Rica's Arenal region.

“Never get out of the boat. Unless you were going all the way. Kurtz got off the boat.” ~ Captain Benjamin L. Willard, Apocalypse Now So there we were staring at the glossy brochure deciding ...

Zombies (with links to Lincoln Club and Faulconer) attack Nathan Fletcher

PAC's disclosure lacks digits, but the names tell the tale

It is unsure whether a new political action committee named "Zombies for Responsible Government Opposing Nathan Fletcher for Mayor 2013" will implement late-night scary phone drives, send mailers, or go door-to-door in a precinct walking ...

Temecula maize maze amazes — er, is freaky

“All you can see is the sky and the corn” when in Coronas’ annual labyrinth

The exit is next to the entrance, but to get out of the largest corn maze in Southern California takes about 45 minutes of navigating through paths of circles and dead ends of gently swaying ...

La Mesa City Council postpones term-limit decision

Cost of placing measure on the ballot could cost over $15,000

The La Mesa City Council on October 22 voted 3-2 to postpone for 60 days a decision about whether to place vice mayor Kristine Alessio's term-limit measure on the November 2014 ballot. The delay allowed ...

Friday, October 25

Slapjazz Danny: Hambone around the world

Slapjazz Danny settles his muscular frame onto a stool in a La Mesa coffee shop and he goes to work, first with his left hand, then his right. The hands move from thigh to chest, ...

Ken Cinema hangs a "Help Wanted" sign

Kensington single-screen is hiring for the first time in six years

Why hasn't Landmark's Ken Cinema hired a new employee in six years? Those fortunate enough to work at Kensington's consecrated single-screen are so crazy loyal to the theater that the thought of leaving never once ...

Street race ends in South Bay home

Family of three awoken when a car slams through a wall

Early Tuesday morning, October 22, a silver sports car crashed into the dining room of a home in the 1800 block of Thelborn Way in Nestor, according to San Diego police Lt. Kevin Mayer. The ...

Treebeard trimmed?

Estate of J.R.R. Tolkein sues area landscaping company for infringement

The estate of English author J.R.R. Tolkien, creator of The Lord of the Rings fantasy trilogy, today announced a $4.4 billion dollar lawsuit against the Spring Valley company Treebeard Landscape, citing copyright infringement. "Treebeard" says ...

Samuel Barber versus John Williams

Movie music is better than I thought.

Number-two seed Samuel Barber versus John Williams. John Williams is probably the best known American composer in the world. Probably? How about definitely? Is there a better known riff than the Jaws theme? Who hasn’t ...

Papa Doug Manchester's nuptials to be before Christmas

Society expert Margo Schwab reports it

Margo Schwab's San Diego Social Diary is THE source on San Diego's beautiful people. She reports in her latest edition that Papa Doug Manchester, real estate baron and owner of the U-T, will marry his ...

Black Sabbath's 13

They wouldn’t shell out for Bill Ward. That’s one obscenity. He’s the drummer for Sabbath, dunderheads, pull out the purse. Only excuse I can think of is Tony Iommi thought maybe he was down for ...

New releases opening this week: Bad Grandpa, The Counselor, and more

Never mind the middlebrow

Poor Scott. Forced to damn Bad Grandpa with faint praise. Only three stars, alas. For any other franchise save Marty Movies Inc., that would be high praise. Here, there is the unmistakable pungency of disappointment. ...

Ramona man's hatchet attack thwarted by neighbor

Ramona sheriff's deputies arrested 23-year-old Devin Jones early Thursday morning, October 24, after he reportedly used a hatchet to attack a homeowner whose property had been damaged. At around 6 a.m., the unidentified victim on ...

Fair Political Practices Commission goes after Americans for Job Security PAC

San Diegans on big-cash mystery donor list for Prop 32 and against Prop 30

A nonprofit group that funneled more than $11 million into 2012's California battles over taxes and the political spending of labor-union dues got cash from several unidentified San Diego donors, according to a list released ...

The Grinch helpfully illustrates the fortunes of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

Tom Clancy's corpse is barely cold, and already they're pissing on his creation

So word has just come that Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit has been bumped from a Christmas Day release date to...mid-January. Thank you, Mr. Grinch, for making it clear just what that means. Judging from the ...

Jack Johnson fans win lottery

The last time Jack Johnson played in the Gaslamp, the crowd watching his 2004 Street Scene set seemed to stretch a mile from the stage. So when his latest gig at the intimate Balboa Theatre ...

Sorrento Valley representative granted a seat on Mira Mesa planning group board

How to remove “Welcome to Mira Mesa” monument at the I-805 off-ramp?

With well over 100 agitated Sorrento Valley residents and business owners clad in “Sorrento Valley, a Neighborhood of San Diego” T-shirts and waving “Stop the Mira Mesa Land Grab!” signs, the Qualcomm auditorium was packed ...

First look at American Voodoo

After many delays, University Heights' newest restau is (almost) fully operational

Getting the doors open at American Voodoo (4655 Park Boulevard) in University Heights incurred many delays, chiefly because the owner wanted a full liquor license. Considering the amount of full bars on the block, however, ...

Beer of the Week: Karl Strauss Peanut Butter Cup Porter

A beer choosy moms would likely go nuts over

A brew that made a big splash during last year’s San Diego Beer Week has resurfaced and, fittingly, is grabbing top honors as this week’s sudsy offering from yours truly. Enter, Karl Strauss Peanut Butter ...

Americans for Prosperity launches Scott Peters attack ad

Koch brothers shovel money to fight "ill-conceived, Big Government power grab"

Americans for Prosperity, the conservative think tank largely funded by the Kansas-based billionaire Koch brothers, announced yesterday, October 24, that the group would be making a three-week media buy blasting Congressman Scott Peters for his ...

Review: Bad Grandpa

Bad role models frequently make for memorable protagonists. Walter Matthau’s beer-soaked little league coach in The Bad News Bears. Chazz Palminteri as Lilo Brancato’s gangster mentor in A Bronx Tale. Toni Colette's zoned out hitchhiker-turned-babysitter ...

Possible child predator visiting Temecula parks and schools

Red Hawk and Temecula Luiseño elementary schools about a mile apart

A letter sent to parents of students at Temecula’s Red Hawk Elementary School on October 21 included a sketch of a man who was reportedly lurking near school property three days earlier. But the sketch ...

Rent hike terminates Tiki House

"This is just one more death knell for live rock and roll in San Diego.”

Why is the Tiki House closing after 39 years of hosting bands in Pacific Beach? Could it be that the roadhouse couldn't keep up with the much larger bars? Was P.B. becoming too precious for ...

Trailer Park: Captain America: Winter Soldier

a.k.a. Iron Man Lite

Not too much to say here, except maybe that this looks like a pretty terrible superhero movie and maybe a pretty good spy thriller, except for the godawful music. I mean, I enjoyed being a ...

Thursday, October 24

Neighborhood Market Association gives $100,000 to pro-Fletcher campaign committee

Trade group has strengthened since candidate's first attempt at becoming San Diego's mayor

On October 23, the Neighborhood Market Association trade group, comprised of liquor marts and small neighborhood markets, contributed $100,000 to the pro-Fletcher political action committee called "Neighborhoods for Nathan Fletcher for Mayor 2013." It's not ...

Feel the Beat

Pitbull, Ne-Yo, Afrojack, and Nayer named co-defendants in Filner sexual harassment suit

Though the criminal case against disgraced former mayor Bob "Big Hands" Filner has been closed in the wake of his guilty plea, attorney Gloria "Sue" Allred's sexual harassment suit, filed on behalf of Irene "Irate" ...

Opinions sought for improvements to C Street and beyond

Most ask Downtown San Diego Partnership for parks and green space

The Downtown San Diego Partnership took over a block of C Street this afternoon, October 24, astroturfing the sidewalks and inviting passersby in for an event the group billed "tactical urbanism." A band performed at ...

Geezer and Weezer on the same cruise? It could happen.

Now its a matter of getting the votes

After Weezer announced a contest to play on a cruise with them, Geezer launched an all-out social media blitz to get enough 'likes' for their video to win. "We're the only San Diego band and ...

The Lofty job of Brian Ross

Students learn the ins and outs of concert booking

"I'm excited about getting through this week — because we've had three sellout shows," Brian Ross, program and events manager for University Centers tells the Reader. "I'm amped about my student staff and what they ...

The good old days

No, seriously: the good old days

The image above is taken from a Paramount Pictures ad that ran in Vanity Fair back in February of 1920. (The magazine is running a bunch of its old content on its website in celebration ...

American seeding

The first seeding of the Cup.

I haven’t done a formal seeding for composers so far in the World Cup of Composers but I think it will help with the American bracket. Here they are 1-16 with their matchups. Aaron Copland ...

San Diego mayoral debate abruptly canceled...due to pension truth?

Numbers show frightful fiscal reality, suggest that Mayor Sanders lied

There was to have been a debate tonight, October 24, among three mayoral candidates. It was to be sponsored by the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Business Leadership Alliance. The U-T San ...

Lowe Enterprises seeks to develop Mission Valley's Town and Country hotel

Flagship hotel of San Diego GOP kingpin may be on the block

Mission Valley's Town and Country hotel, deeply intertwined with the city's long and controversial history of big-money influence and development, may be preparing for a historic change. Built in the 1950s by the late Charlie ...

Bridesmaids director to produce animated Peanuts feature

Aaargh!

To date, Paul Feig’s greatest contribution to film comedy has had nothing to do with bridesmaids or bumbling female cops. Am I the only one who made it all the way through I Am David, ...

Tommy's Tex-Mex comes to 30th Street

North Park restaurant specializes in flour tortillas and Texan tacos

For some people, Tex-Mex food is too gringo-fied, too Taco Bell. For others, it’s a chance to eat soft tacos wrapped in flour tortillas and topped with shredded cheese. That second group of people will ...

Work-at-home wisdom

The Executive in Sweatpants speaks.

Matt Keener, author of Executive in Sweatpants, says he can help you find success among the growing ranks of those who work from home. First, tell me a little bit about your story. After graduating ...

San Carlos residents bandy about traffic solutions

"The fact you have to wait two seconds is not worth the life of my child."

Navajo Community Planners, Inc., on October 21, considered three San Carlos traffic issues. The planning group unanimously approved the installation of a four-way stop at Green Gables Avenue and Wandermere Drive, and a board majority ...

Training new workers is expensive

So why don’t employers try harder to keep the employees they have?

Fact No. 1: 19 million American workers expect to change jobs in the next year. That’s 13.3 percent of the country’s workforce. Fact No. 2: The average wage of U.S. workers was $42,979 per year, ...

Scorsese invites "Wolfs" to his door for test screening of The Wolf of Wall Street

Film will not be bumped to 2014

It's official. After persistent rumors of a 2014 release date, the L.A. Times reports Martin Scorsese's long-awaited The Wolf of Wall Street will open on Christmas Day. That's Christmas Day, 2013. Yesterday, some of the ...

Your guide to a non-slutty Halloween

Halloween costume ideas

It’s almost Halloween which means that soon, the streets of Pacific Beach and the Gaslamp will be full of lingerie-wearing ladies come October 31st. Sexy costumes are to Halloween what ketchup is to french fries. ...

Step... kick... payday

Your love for dancing could get you a job

Tap dancing to Ricky Martin songs at the San Diego County Fair five years in a row does not make you a professional dancer, but with a little more training you could make a career ...

ON SALE NOW: Complete Guide to San Diego Breweries

First critical guide to county’s tasting spaces ready for public consumption

I warned the beer-loving world it was coming, and now it’s arrived: the San Diego Beer News Complete Guide to San Diego Breweries. An eBook designed to be use on-the-go by visitors, locals, craft beer ...

Detroit's "laughable" pension tomfoolery akin to San Diego's

The "13th check" still doled out to SD retirees — $4.7M last year

It turns out that bankrupt Detroit practiced the same pension tomfoolery as San Diego, as noted in a New York Times article yesterday (Oct. 23). Detroit gave extra payments to retirees when the return on ...

UCSD's Southwest Fisheries Science Center faces facelift

Bluffside building to be preserved, reinforced

Preparation has begun for the demolition of several buildings that once housed the Southwest Fisheries Science Center on the UC San Diego campus, employees were recently informed. Over the past several years, contractors working for ...

San Diego mayoral race whoppers abound

Citizens don't have time to check in short campaign

In a short political campaign, such as the current mayoral race, voters don't have time to check preposterous statements or to get into critical but complex issues. Example: Candidate Nathan Fletcher has been caught in ...

Opening shot: The Counselor

Because a good opening shot tells you something, just like a good opening sentence

So, here you have a straight path, Route 54. But if you turn from the straight path, you wind up in Juarez, Mexico. What's in Juarez? Why drugs and drug violence, of course. And what ...

Wednesday, October 23

Green invaders from Mexico

Polly want a visa?

Most parrot species in the wild are threatened or endangered, yet, here in our urban jungles, parrots are flourishing.

San Diego tourism lags other California cities

Billion-dollar infrastructure deficit to blame?

San Diego hotel occupancy continues to lag the results of Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Francisco, according to Smith Travel Research numbers. Hotel guru Jerry Morrison of Encinitas blames this year's weak performance on ...

Speeding Prius crashes cars in La Jolla

Driver of VW died at the scene

According to the SDPD 's Officer Townsend, at the scene of the accident, at about 11:30 a.m. on October 23, a Prius traveling west on La Jolla Village Drive at a high rate of speed ...

One less bad rock band

Primary influences are cited as being “hard times, shitty jobs, and crappy girlfriends.” Add to this concoction the dynamic duo of Merle Haggard and the Replacements and you have the basic formula for El Monte Slim.

Classes of ’39–’42 reunite at San Dieguito Academy

Lost school alma mater heard for the first time since '96

“I knew someday I’d be the last person from my class,” said 92-year-old Del Mar resident Henry Knorr. “I just didn’t expect it to be so soon.” Knorr was a member of San Dieguito High ...

Time Warped

Ed damns the torpedoes, ups the cholesterol at Goody’s Café

Goody’s Café was Kozak’s Coffee Shop from 1964 till 2000. Briefly a Chaldean restaurant, now they’re serving up classic diner food again. Ed lets greed take over and orders an egg skillet…and biscuit and bacon and coffee and…

Mini Mausoleum

What’s Halloween without a Saw sequel? This marks the second holiday in a row minus Jigsaw and a cellar filled with raw teenage bodies to exenterate. Last year at this time Frankenweenie, Sinister, Paranormal Activity ...

Wit at Lamb's Players Theatre

Salvation anxiety

“It is not my intention to give away the plot, but I think I die in the end.”

Rock 'n' roll protoplasm

Pitchfork, Drive Like Jehu, Hot Snakes guitarist Rick Froberg bashes and embraces San Diego.

That one time...

Patrick Daugherty recalls August 1983 and the pick-up baseball game in Alaska that he played in which he could do no wrong.

Police protest EDM?

Former 4th&B concert venue won’t open under Avalon name as expected this fall. New owners say they are lining up permits before they begin construction; insiders say the city doesn’t want electronic dame music.

Airplane Monument

Trail to past tragedy in the Cuyamacas

Hike this year-round trail through chaparral and oak woodland to stunning views and to see a mounted 12-cylinder aircraft engine. 

Walmart and Sempra bankroll anti-Fletcher hit piece

GOP Lincoln Club continues direct mail onslaught against ex-Republican Assemblyman backed by Qualcomm Democratic billionaire

No matter what else might be said about the Republican Lincoln Club, it's nothing if not determined to proceed with its war of the hit pieces against Nathan Fletcher, the ex-GOP state assemblyman-turned-Democrat backed by ...

This week in the San Diego clubs, October 24–30

Thursday 24I missed this year’s SDMAs. Security didn’t see the humor in my Psycho Tim Pyles “getup.” To be fair, they saw the humor — they loved last year’s Zombie Mikey Esparza — they just ...

The Perfect Crumple

Barb and David destroy a book — it’s art

“You have four left, right? Let me try it on one, I’ll show you.” Reluctantly, David tore a page from the near-empty spine and handed it to me. I closed my hand around the page.

Bullfight fight

No blood, no big deal. Right?

California Academy of Tauromaquia, a San Diego bullfight-training school owned by Coleman Cooney, is under fire by animal-rights groups. But there is no slaughter or blood spilled (in California). That won’t slow down the signature gathering for a petition to shut the school down.

San Diego woman faces U.S. citizenship revocation and deportation

Naturalized in '93, jailed in 2011, sues for false imprisonment and distress in '13

Sharon Arlanza Yost, a 33-year-old San Diegan, claims that federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers kept her wrongfully imprisoned for seven months and then tried to revoke her citizenship after she sued for emotional distress ...

Iron Fist introduces four-packs

Vista brewery doling out extra pale ale four-at-a-time

Because one can never have enough beer, even a bottle-share can lead to a second sudsy location. In the case of the share I reported on earlier this week (where I dug up early info ...

Suedehead

Songs that Joe Jackson forgot to write: that’s what comes to mind when I hear anything by the soul-pop group Suedehead. Davey Warsop’s got a way of crafting upbeat tunes in terms of big, round ...

Record-release roundup

Bassist/composer Mark Dresser will debut his CD Nourishments at Dizzy’s in P.B. on October 25, where he’ll perform with his West Coast Quintet. The CD’s long-distance musical collaborations were achieved via telematics, which allows artists in different locations to perform together using high-speed, high-bandwidth internet connections. True story. Just one in this month’s San Diego record-release roundup.

Lone star big oil rover

In addition to his Pickens connection, mayoral candidate and city councilman Kevin Faulconer has been collecting big cash from others tied to the Lone Star state. City campaign disclosure records show that David M. Grimes ...

Police take blood samples at foot of Newport Avenue in O.B.

There was a fight...there was a knife…

There was yellow police ribbon around the rock on Veterans Plaza at the foot of Newport Avenue on October 21. The ribbon was surrounding a blood splatter on the pavement. Two police officers were there ...

Bob White: pot, booze, Father Joe

California Strategies, the Sacramento-based lobbying outfit founded by San Diego State University star alum and Pete Wilson and Arnold Schwarzenegger political intimate Bob White, has been making big money of late working for purveyors of ...

Ripe pickens

She rides with the rural horsey set in Rancho Santa Fe, but the heart of Madeleine Pickens, ex-wife of billionaire Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens, appears to be in the big city of San Diego. ...

Shell game for athletes

Pro athletes get caught in Ponzi schemes

San Diegans Bill C. (Billy) Crafton, Jr., and Todd LaRocca, representing the San Diego branch of SunTrust Banks’ Sports and Entertainment Specialty Group, allegedly bilked millions from professional sports players through a shell company named Westmoore.

YMCA backs away from Imperial Beach sports park management

Residents relieved, but prospect of new fees still loom

The YMCA has pulled out of the running in the struggle over the privatization of the Sports Park Recreation Center & Park in Imperial Beach. A battle between local residents and the city government has ...

Letters received

Friend Request Re: “The First Time I See Eliza Jane Schneider Onstage, I Want to Be Her Friend.” My friend and I had the great good fortune to see Eliza JaneSchneider’s stunning one-woman show, Freedom ...

Uma and the skunk

Blogger Patty Clark envisions what it would be like to bleed to death. Then she writes about a skunk intruder in her home.

"Pious Fear" by Manikkavacakar

“Pious Fear” I fear not serpents lurking smooth; I fear no liars’ feignèd truth; But when I see fools venturing E’en to the foot of Him our king, Our three-eyed Lord with matted hair, Of ...

October 17 Crossword Contenders

* Mary Arana, Encinitas, 2. Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 2. L. Barling, El Cajon, 2. Johanna Barry, Pine Valley, 2. Evelyn Bowser, Hillcrest, 2. Marvin A. Brown, Clairemont, 2. * Charlotte Brown , Clairemont, 2. Bob ...

October 17 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Joe Arbusto, Rancho Penasquitos, 2. * Bliss Beedle, Encinitas, 2. Clyde Christie, Coronado, 2. * Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 2. Tyrone Davis, San Diego, 2. Patrick Driscoll, Santee, 2. George Elam, Vista, 2. Butch ...

Tuesday, October 22

Francisco Rafael Arellano Félix...Clowns shot him!

Murder of eldest Arellano Félix brother not expected to increase violence in Baja

The oldest Arellano Félix brother, Francisco Rafael, killed near Cabo San Lucas on Friday, October 18, was reportedly shot by a hitman dressed as a clown. The assassination of the 63-year-old took place during a ...

Moonrise among the hoodoos

See Utah's Bryce Canyon in a whole new – and spooky – light.

Many words and photos have been published in honor of the majestic Bryce Canyon, a strong contender in the Grand Circle’s showcase of nature. We wanted to do something different with our time at Bryce ...

The week in jazz 'round San Diego

Friday night is busy

Lots of jazz coming your way this week. Here are our prime picks. Wednesday 23Trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos continues his weekly Jam Session in North Park. It's the "Latin Week" session, featuring pianist Irving Flores, bassist ...

Will Bad Grandpa mean good news for Jackass habitué?

Johhny Knoxville's latex-covered solo outing opens Friday

Upon exiting my fourth screening of Jackass #2, one of the ushers at Reading Cinemas Gaslamp 15 noted, “Man, we heard you laughing all the way in the lobby!” Show me a guy walk into ...

City committee to chew on new policy for food trucks

Interim mayor Todd Gloria revved up on enforcement

A new policy aimed at regulating food trucks is moving right along. On Wednesday, October 23, the city's Land Use and Housing Committee will discuss whether to adopt certain provisions of the policy and possibly ...

Man accused of shoplifting and battery at Vista grocery

Claimed he had AIDS and threatened to bite, witness said

“He tried biting me on my left bicep,” said Alvaro Miranda, who is a loss prevention officer for a grocery store in Vista. “Shortly after that, he said, ‘I have AIDS and I’m gonna bite ...

Suspected drunk driver damages two Temecula houses

Six children and parents flee from burning homes

Just before 5 a.m. on October 21, two families were awakened when a suspected drunk driver slammed his car into the side of a house on the 43200 block of Corte Almonte in Temecula. Gerardo ...

Taco Shop Poets take it to the campus and the corner

Poets to perform at Southwestern College

The Taco Shop Poets, legends in the San Diego area, will be giving a rare reading at Southwestern College on October 24. The group’s name telegraphs the nature of their work: words written not as ...

Early voting opens for mayoral special election in San Diego

The polls have opened in San Diego to replace ousted mayor Bob Filner. Early voting began at the Registrar of Voters office at 5201 Ruffin Road in Clairemont Mesa on 8 a.m. Monday, October 21, ...

Memelas' Thai tacos disappoint

Confused Mexican-Thai fusion in Bonita hits all the wrong notes.

My imagination went bonkers over Memelas (3001 Bonita Road, Chula Vista). One look at the sign that said TACOS + THAI + ROCK was all it took. Visions of hypothetical molé drunken noodles and chicken ...

Cops kick out public from Sweetwater board meeting

Trustees retreat to back room upon realizing massive turnout

Only one month after Donna Frye, on behalf of Californians Aware, addressed the Sweetwater Union High School District board on potential Brown Act violations, the superintendent and trustees swept the meeting room clean of anyone ...

For dodging tariffs, L.A. importer gets 2 years in the pokey

San Diego businessmen reportedly in on the scam

Los Angeles businessman Sunil Jiwat Mirwani was sentenced to 27 months in prison on Monday, October 21, for dodging customs duties on more than $30 million in Chinese-made apparel. Mirwani reportedly got San Diego-based businessmen ...

Jerry Brown's Fletcher endorsement a Prop 30 payoff?

Democratic governor enters San Diego's mayoral fray by backing candidate of his billionaire political angel Irwin Jacobs

Last year, New York's mayor Mike Bloomberg reached a supportive hand across the continent to San Diego, endorsing assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, a newly independent candidate for mayor who had just quit the Republican Party. Political ...

Moo Burger: Nutty but nice

How to unite burgers and ice cream!

Walking down Orange Avenue, on the sceptered isle, waiting for the beautiful Carla to get her hair done, feeling pangs of hunger spiking my gut. Think of dropping into Clayton's coffee shop for a, well, ...

Jobs data disappoint, but unemployment rate drops

American employers added 148,000 jobs in September, lower than economists' expectations, in a report delayed by the government shutdown. The unemployment rate dropped to a five-year 7.2% low, down from 7.3% the previous month, according ...

Sampler Flight: October 22–27

Priming the pump pre-San Diego Beer Week

October 25 | Halloween Party: Costumes are optional, but Mission Brewery guarantees to hold up its end of the early All Hallow’s Eve equation, promising beer, music, food trucks and “unlimited scares.” Not sure how ...

Groundbreaking for $3.9 million park in San Marcos

The City of San Marcos is set to break ground this week on a $3.9 million park and recreation complex located on 4.7 acres of land adjacent to San Marcos Elementary, along the 300 block ...

San Diegans sign petition in favor of “Nazi-style Orwellian police state”

Local satirist asks the tough questions

One has to admire someone with a set of cast iron balls. Local video satirist Mark Dice can use his to chime the hour. It’s a sunny day in San Diego (duh) and you decide ...

Point Loma residents pick sides in Pointers’ stadium proposal

Blue and red signs declare opposing views

A battle of yard signs wages in the neighborhood surrounding Point Loma High School, and it has little to do with the upcoming special election for mayor. These yard signs debate the results of ballot ...

Monday, October 21

Bloody clown bandit captured

Not before a string of burglaries and auto thefts

La Mesa police have announced the arrest of 46-year-old transient Michael Colace in connection with last week’s robbery of a 7-Eleven store by a suspect wearing a bloody clown mask. It appears Colace led officers ...

Power failures at Mission Valley YMCA

Saturday swimmers and b-ballers interrupted

As a precaution, dozens of kids and their parents and coaches were evacuated from the Mission Valley YMCA at around 1:15 Saturday afternoon, October 19, when the electrical power remaining from an earlier partial black-out ...

Vista neighbor accused of arson

Woman said she saw the man next door use a lighter

The petite Vietnamese lady said she saw her neighbor do it. Miss Ut Jones said she was outside gardening when “He start the fire three time," the elderly woman said with a heavy accent in ...

Coal industry's D.C. advocate listed as "winemaker" on Fletcher disclosure

Top Bush and Republican Party aide with links to Karl Rove antes up for new Democrat

The Republican Lincoln Club, which has been trying to tar newly minted Democrat Nathan Fletcher with the brush of GOP stalwart Carl Rove, may have more ammunition for its recent round of hit pieces. According ...

Councilmembers to fight judge's ruling against Sherman Heights Walmart construction project

Faulconer brings forward the motion for appeal; Briggs represents other side

If at first it fails, the City of San Diego will try, try again to get on the right side of the law over the new Walmart in Sherman Heights. On October 8, councilmembers voted ...

Poker game on Agua Hedionda Lagoon

In celebration of conquered seaweed

On Saturday, October 19, the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation and California Water Sports hosted the third annual Lagoon Paddle Poker Challenge under sunny skies and calm winds. Over 190 kayakers and stand-up paddlers enjoyed a ...

Meet Toolbox Brewing Company

Early info on upcoming San Diego brewery gleaned at bottle-share

I love me a bottle-share. There are the obvious reasons—beer, often special and always plentiful. But even more than that, there’s the camaraderie of individuals from all walks of life coming together and bonding over ...

The Tallest Tree in the Forest at La Jolla Playhouse

When I see the name Moises Kaufman linked to a project I circle the date at once. He’s been involved with some of the most thorough, serious, and moving pieces in recent years: The Laramie ...

Art sought for East Village trolley stop

Business Improvement District to fund up to $25,000 for unspecified art project

East Village Association, which manages the downtown neighborhood’s Business Improvement District, has put out a request for proposals to create an art installation for the trolley station at Park Boulevard and Market Street. The association ...

Sunday, October 20

Caño Cristales, Colombia

The region's blood-red river, and other anomalies.

The army sharpshooter looks us up and down, his anti-guerrilla livery emblazoned on a tightly wound bandana. He establishes quickly that we represent no threat, shows us his rifle and smiles, revealing braces. Incongruous, I ...

The Man He Killed

Had he and I but met By some old ancient inn, We should have set us down to wet Right many a nipperkin! But ranged as infantry, And staring face to face, I shot at ...

Poway man sues Apple

He wants $50

According to CNET News, Poway resident Mark David Menacher has sued tech giant Apple's chief executive Tim Cook in small-claims court and threatens to take his case to a higher court. Menacher claims Apple's iOS ...

Saturday, October 19

Donna Frye asks Sweetwater school board to make information available to the public

While she’s at the meeting, trustees allow an earlier public comment

Donna Frye attended the September 23 Sweetwater Union High School District board meeting to offer superintendent Ed Brand and the trustees some legal advice. Frye volunteers for an open-government, nonprofit organization called Californians Aware (CalAware). ...

Real estate prices continue to climb in San Diego

Yet they fall across most of California

New housing numbers released by the California Association of Realtors for September sales show an increasing inventory and second straight month of price declines as investor appetite wanes and buyers find themselves priced out of ...

Friday, October 18

Two truckloads of pot caught headed south toward Mexican border

Perhaps they knew U.S. agents were after them

U.S. Border Patrol agents earlier this week seized nearly a ton of marijuana from two vehicles that were apparently heading south toward the Mexican border. Around 12:30 Sunday morning October 13, camera operators scanning the ...

Coachella Valley by jeep

A new way to see the desert beauty of the Palm Springs area.

Who would think that parts of the desert are full of water? Especially since the Coachella Valley gets only six to eight inches of rain every year. But when I took the Desert Adventures Red ...

Navajo planners approve AT&T telecom installation

"Is this the best location?"

If the City of San Diego approves AT&T's lease proposal, work should begin next spring on a project that includes the installation of 12 antennas on the roof of Fire Station 31 in Del Cerro. ...

Take a spin in David Copley's former yacht

It will cost you $250,000 a week

Pssst! Wanna ride in the late David Copley's yacht, once christened Happy Days? It will only cost you $250,000 a week. The yacht has been refurbished ("refitted," in yachting circles) and has been put out ...

Americans in the Cup

Time for the U.S. to enter the field.

With all the American composers at the San Diego Symphony this month, it is obviously time to start the American leg of the World Cup of Composers. Here’s the challenge: find 16 American composers. We’ve ...

Kevin Faulconer spends big money on TV ads

District 2 representative throws down $182,000

Be prepared to see a lot more of Kevin Faulconer on your television screen in coming weeks. The quiet conservative is making a mad dash to TV in order to get gain more recognition. Since ...

New beachfront homes to be built in Ocean Beach

A total of ten, with a view of the pier

Demolition has begun on the corner of Saratoga Avenue and Abbott Street in Ocean Beach. What has been an unsightly locale with a fence around it for nine months has finally been torn down to ...

The Last Goodbye at the Old Globe

First things first. Barry Edelstein, the Old Globe’s new artistic director, has begun his tenure with what amounts to a position statement: do not expect the safe, commercial fare of the previous administration. Though the ...

South Bay mayoral candidate forum held in San Ysidro

Disregarded candidates invited; Faulconer and Fletcher no-shows

Forty-eight people sat in the audience as mayoral candidates answered questions about the South Bay on Wednesday, October 16, at San Ysidro High School. The gathering, hosted jointly by the San Ysidro Chamber of Commerce ...

East Village Chinese, open at last!

This will be your go-to take-out, Villagers

Been trawling up and down 12th, Park Boulevard, in the trolley, waiting for the moment. This time I stop and jump out, because yes! "Open," says the sign. It's the Chinese place that's been building ...

Edison calls for arbitration against Mitsubishi over faulty generators at San Onofre

Partner companies or ratepayers can pay Edison's losses, as long as shareholders don't.

Manchester, on way to spending record, gives $50,000 to San Diego GOP

U-T San Diego publisher spends heavily for Republican in race for mayor as border mogul Burnham gives big to Democrat

He's already given $150,000 to the state Republican Party within the past four weeks and chipped in $25,000 to the GOP Lincoln Club for good measure. Now U-T San Diego owner and real estate magnate ...

Beer of the Week: Benchmark Oatmeal Stout

A beer tasty enough to make me break my own rules

There I was, walking the floor of the Great American Beer Festival, the country’s largest annual beer-tasting free-for-all. Breweries from all over the U.S. show up and bring out their best to wow the American ...

Sabbath: Once in a lifetime

On tour with Ozzy for the first time since 1979, Black Sabbath reciprocated the over-capacity crowd’s energy tenfold, the way only a truly great rock band can. While this tour is in support of this ...

Lousy With Sylvianbriar, by of Montreal

Two decades and 12 albums later, of Montreal mastermind Kevin Barnes has decided to throw back to the band’s earliest sounds. Lousy With Sylvianbriar steps back from the synth-soaked songs of Paralytic Stalks and Hissing ...

City attorney Goldsmith boasted how he worked on Filner ouster for 8 months

His office hired a psychologist

San Diegans have a misconception that progressives Marco Gonzalez, Cory Briggs, and Donna Frye launched the movement to oust Mayor Filner for his treatment of women. Right after the negotiations that led to Filner's decision ...

Thursday, October 17

Lakeside man pleads guilty to child molestation, firing on police

Lakeside resident Daniel Robert Witczak, who opened fire in September 2012 on two San Diego Sheriff’s deputies who were about to serve an arrest warrant on him for child molestation charges, pleaded guilty yesterday (October ...

Trailer Park: That Awkward Moment

Actually, it's more of an "end that trend" bit, but still.

So, first up: this trailer is red-band for a reason. Proceed with caution. Right, then. For a few years in a child's life, any reference to poop or pee is inherently hilarious. The reference can ...

This year's best local music: One week later and right on time

The 23rd annual San Diego Music Awards

The 23rd Annual San Diego Music Awards took place October 16 at Humphrey’s by Bay before a sold-out crowd of 1344. Presented by the nonprofit San Diego Music Foundation and organized by Kevin Hellman, the ...

Frivolous-lawsuit fighter wonders about handicap sign damage

Post recently bent twice…yeah, likely random vandalism

Days after Ann Kinner's October 7 online posting of a video — in which she spoke about being sued twice over wheelchair access at Seabreeze Nautical Books and Charts at 1254 Scott Street — the ...

Bloody clown robs La Mesa 7-Eleven

He needed smokes and Lotto tickets

Police in La Mesa are looking for an armed bandit who robbed a 7-Eleven store on the 5700 block of Amaya Drive at gunpoint early this morning, October 17. The suspect, described as a white ...

Cancer research gets little from NFL's "pink" affiliation

The league and teams get a cut

The National Football League (NFL) is covered with pink these days — on the cheerleaders, on the players, on the refs. It's supposedly for cancer research. But ESPN's Darren Rovell figured that only 8 percent ...

Far, far away in Pulau Gaya

This Malaysian island off the coast of Borneo is a true escape.

From the deck of a motorboat scuttling along at 25 knots, I saw Sabah’s capital, Kota Kinabalu, growing fainter every second until it finally blended in with the surrounding blue and green and patches of ...

Manchester's Lincoln Club hit piece vilifies Fletcher with publisher’s ally Karl Rove

Attack on Irwin Jacobs-backed Democrat Fletcher intended to boost Republican Kevin Faulconer?

San Diego's GOP Lincoln Club is out with yet another hit piece in the cascade of direct mail it has launched against newly-minted Democrat Nathan Fletcher as the political proxy war between Republican U-T San ...

A smoldering pile: San Diego Symphony (2 of 2)

The music from the Opus Gala

The theme of the Opus Gala at San Diego Symphony was "The Roaring '20s." The concert started with John Harbison. Harbison is a fairly well known American composer. He's one of those names that crops ...

The Few at the Old Globe

John Donne said “no man is an island.” Playwright Samuel D. Hunter’s world premiere disagrees. Matthew, QZ, and Bryan live sealed-off, isolated lives, though a thousand miles from any ocean. More to the point, they’re ...

Teachers for Sweetwater district face insurance cost hike

Ongoing negotiations to determine class sizes as well

The Sweetwater Union High School District has been plagued with problems but has managed to stave off labor unrest — until now. In an October 14 interview, Roberto Rodriguez, president of the Sweetwater Education Association, ...

Mission Brewery fires "cannons"

Thirty-two ounces of beer in the can…thirty-two ounces of beer

Ever had two empty pint glasses in your hand and thought to yourself: If only there was a way to fill these without having to go to the trouble of opening two beers. OK, probably ...

City Journal scoffed at convention center expansions

Called the nationwide glut "gigantic"

By and large, political and economic conservatives pushed the San Diego Convention Center expansion plans through. They didn't read, or ignored, an article that appeared in City Journal in winter of last year. The magazine ...

Wednesday, October 16

The first time I see Eliza Jane Schneider onstage, I want to be her friend

Who is this multimedia bombshell?

Eliza Jane Schneider, self-proclaimed “actress, oral historian, dialectologist, singer, songwriter, playwright, voice artist, and fiddle player,” has been working on Freedom of Speech, her 34-character, one-woman show, for two decades.

Interview with A.C.O.D. star Adam Scott

The man is everywhere these days.

Matthew Lickona: What did the script do right that attracted you to this project? Adam Scott: I thought it was really funny. I thought it was kind of a new, untapped genre — the divorce ...

Mexicali officials bury unidentified body after 18 years

Prosecutor has prevented coroner from releasing 26 more cadavers

After 18 years under refrigeration at the medical examiner's office in Mexicali, the body of a nondescript person believed to have been the victim of some long-ago foul play was finally laid to rest yesterday, ...

Alliant University's San Diego campus could be sold

Students fear that school could go for-profit

Students at the Scripps Ranch campus of Alliant International University (formerly United States Internatiional University) are worried that the school may go the for-profit route and their degrees will lose value sharply. "God forbid that ...

Bake like Jehu

Former Drive Like Jehu drummer Mark Trombino opens a donut shop in downtown L.A. Donut Friend is the name, add-ins on demand is the gimmick.

RSVP cop car runs aground on Shelter Island

Undercarriage bottoms out on traffic island

At around 10:30 a.m. on October 15, as I was leaving Shelter Island, I noticed some police activity near the Shelter Island boat-launch ramp across from Humphreys. A San Diego Police Department R.S.V.P. (Retired Senior ...

Going medieval for Halloween

Halloween costume shopping in a most olde English manner

So, we’re going medieval for Halloween this year, thinking up costumes that can do double duty at Renaissance fairs (don’t ask). Fifteen years ago, I would have jumped at the chance to play a princess. ...

Gorging in the court

Ed is summoned to José’s Courtroom on Taco Tuesday

Tuesday evening. La Jolla. Swanning along Prospect. Glimpses of the pearly Pacific flashing up from between buildings. That beautiful old pink monster La Valencia Hotel looks like it’s been through quite a makeover. Huh. Bet ...

The perils of having a rock star for a father

Sixteen-year-old Tennessee Kamanski speaks of the difficulty producing a record in the same house as her father, former Beat Farmer Paul Kamanski.

This week in the San Diego clubs, October 17–23

Thursday 17If life were lived at 33 rpm, Jim Putnam’s music would be universal. His original Radar Bros. were at the forefront of slo-fi, their Singing Hatchet an essential set to get and get. I ...

Kwaay Paay Peak, Mission Trails Regional Park

Get a good workout and avoid the crowd on Cowles Mountain

Kwaay Paay Peak is a good alternative to Cowles Mountain for anyone who wants a good climbing hike without a crowd. It is the fourth highest peak in Mission Trails Regional Park, at an elevation ...

Thinking Flashes in the Sky (Part 4)

When normally responsible persons report UFOs.

After an announcement by Roswell Army Air Field commander Col. William Blanchard that a “flying saucer” had been “captured,” there was immediate rebuke by his superiors. The press followed in discrediting the existence of UFOs. Quickly, reports of UFOs dropped off; those that were reported were ridiculed.

AMSD: Unplugged unplugged?

No pews for you

A new pastor plans to remove the pews at United Methodist Church in Normal Heights so he can interact more with congregants. But, no pews means that Carey Driscoll will have no seating for his Acoustic Music San Diego audiences. So, he’ll end the ten-year-long series of shows.

Eating goat like a kid in Little Jamaica

Island Spice is as near as you'll get to Bob Marley's paradise this side of the Rockies

Hubble, bubble, toil and trouble... The two huge ollas, pots, roil and steam away over the flames. Donna takes a big stick and stirs them around, adds more water. "Oxtail," she says. "Getting it ready ...

The Restorations

“Music for aging punks.” The Restorations, from Philadelphia, have been described in this manner by the music press, but I’m not buying into that. There are legions of 50- and 60-something punks still out there ...

Poway property with lazy river and ballpark

Owners: Jonathan & Kimberly Weisz Price: $8,900,000 - $10,900,000 Beds: 9 Baths: 14 Size: 16,207 square feet (including guest house) This palatial estate in Poway caused quite a stir with neighbors several years ago when ...

Future-future-future bets

A look at the Golden Nugget point spreads for pre-season college football, 117 days after the season got under way.

Moo shu political pork

It’s election season in San Diego, and however unexpected its timing, wealthy folks from all over America have been lining up to make their financial contributions to pay for the TV commercials and hit pieces ...

Rub my sticks

Earthless drummer Mario Rubalcaba talks about the band’s new release, From the Ages. He also insists “That we are not a stoner rock band.”

Charge it

The Chargers may be off to a rocky start this football season, but the same can’t be said of the team-owning Spanos family’s political giving. According to a disclosure dated October 4, the A.G. Spanos ...

Zip tie terror

The photographer brought zip-ties and duct tape

Matthew Nathan Terrell pretended he was a photographer to lure a college girl to a motel room. Once she was there, Terrell allegedly attempted to bind her with zip-ties. There was a struggle and the girl was able to get away after biting him more than once.

St. Didacus Catholic Parish

The thought of celibacy was painful and confusing

Father Michael Sinor of St. Didacus Catholic Parish says he “ran away from the idea of being a priest. I didn’t think I could be celibate.”

Strike up the bands

The Kumeyaay nation’s Sycuan Band of Native Americans, which runs an East County casino and golf course and owns two hotels in downtown San Diego, is spreading its money far and wide this strange special ...

Guerillas & Gringos

Still at the Bottom In the October 2 cover story, “We Did it Guerrilla Style,” a report from Carbhub.com was incorrectly cited to state that San Diego was ranked among the bottom five cities for ...

Music I Heard

Music I heard with you was more than music, And bread I broke with you was more than bread; Now that I am without you, all is desolate; All that was once so beautiful is ...

October 10 Crossword Contenders

Mary Arana, Encinitas, 1. Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 1. L. Barling, El Cajon, 1. * Johanna Barry, Pine Valley, 1. Evelyn Bowser, Hillcrest, 1. Marvin A. Brown, Clairemont, 1. Charlotte Brown , Clairemont, 1. * Bob ...

October 10 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Joe Arbusto, Rancho Penasquitos, 1. * Bliss Beedle, Encinitas, 1. * Clyde Christie, Coronado, 1. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 1. Tyrone Davis, San Diego, 1. * Patrick Driscoll, Santee, 1. George Elam, Vista, 1. ...

Tuesday, October 15

Jean Kasem fights to keep ailing Casey's kids from seeing their dad

Casey Kasem, the voice of Scooby Doo, suck-up extraordinaire on The Jerry Lewis Telethon, and the one man who can count backwards better than all others has been absent from the limelight for some time ...

Hate pre-show commercials? Eat popcorn and forget!

Commercials generally don't offer viewers much to chew on. Next time you're confronted with 10 minutes of pre-show advertisements, try munching on popcorn as a means of counteracting the effects of subliminal seduction. According to ...

What to do in Barrow, Alaska

"Walk around."

"Going all the way to Barrow?" the Alaska Air ticketing agent confirms somewhat incredulously. "Yes." "And just one of you traveling today?" "Yes." "You're fortunate the flight is leaving as scheduled. It's rather cold there ...

Green surprise at the Greyhound

Downtown's shabby corner is reborn - healthy

Trotting down Broadway around nine at night, heading to the brick hotel where the Greyhound Depot used to be, at First Avenue. Used to be a pretty shabby corner, too. But recently I'd seen signs ...

Tribal print is to 2013 what Hypercolor was to 1991

San Diego men put a unique spin on Aztec print

Everyone and their mom is wearing tribal print clothing. It’s on backpacks, sweatshirts, shoes, and leggings. It’s to 2013 what Hypercolor shirts were to 1991. I recently ran into two men wearing the trend. Each ...

Meet Legacy Brewing Company

New Oceanside brewery set to open this week

Most of the beer writing I’ve done regarding the coastal municipality of Oceanside has revolved around the highly anticipated work-in-progress Bagby Beer Co. Its debut is scheduled for next spring, but O-siders won’t have to ...

Sampler Flight: October 16–20

A trio of festivals and more are right around the corner

October 19 | Grand Opening Celebrewtion: After 11 months in business, Vista’s Belching Beaver Brewery is finally holding its official grand opening. Realizing they’re almost a year in, they’re also releasing their first anniversary ale. ...

Velomobile on the Lake Murray running trail

Commuter says he’ll stop using his bicycle as work transportation

A different kind of transportation made its debut at Lake Murray on October 14 at about 2:30 p.m. A long, hot-dog-shaped, bright red car/bike rolled along past joggers and walkers as they stared. As it ...

Monday, October 14

Afterimage: Gravity

Three separate trailers that basically show the same cataclysmic incident from three different angles did little to arouse my interest. It looked like more effects-driven outer space shenanigans, this time with Bullock and Clooney on ...

Medical marijuana patient sues City and two police officers for discrimination and for conducting an illegal search

Man says officers harassed him after finding a "tugger" in his front pocket.

In a lawsuit filed in federal court, San Diego resident Justin Stewart says police officers violated his Fourth Amendment rights and discriminated against him after they found a "tugger" in his front pocket, a device ...

Trash becomes benches at Border Field State Park

Effort to build new entry organized by 4 Walls International

Around 150 volunteers removed trash — and helped build the trash-based entrance — at Border Field State Park on Saturday, October 12. Over a ton and a half of refuse and 130 tires were pulled ...

Meet John Donne

Lamb’s Players is currently staging Margaret Edson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Wit. A major character never comes on stage. But he hovers over it like a severe, yet benevolent angel. Before Vivian Bearing was diagnosed with stage-four ...

Opus Gala: San Diego Symphony (1 of 2)

At of 8:00 pm on Friday, the 11th of October, the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Music Center was opened at Symphony Hall. At the Opus Gala on Saturday night, the Jacobs’ were brought onstage to ...

Local Great American Beer Festival Winners

San Diego racks up 14 awards at the Great American Beer Festival

Beer writers and brewing industry personnel reference it all the time—the Great American Beer Festival. Held annually in Denver, Colorado, it is the single most well-known and well-respected brewing competition in the country. To win ...

Sunday, October 13

Sweetwater school district's real estate deals gain momentum

But will sales of surplus property help the financial situation?

The Sweetwater Union High School District's financial picture looked grim at the September 23 board meeting. During the budget report, it was established that the district continues to spend and holds the minimum that the ...

Saturday, October 12

Newest Baja-Med pop-up?

Artisan Baja Tacos takes Coronado by surprise

One thing you can pretty much guarantee: when in Coronado you won't see food trucks. Or taco stands. But one guy who has slipped through the City's cracks is John Renison. Found him and his ...

Haim's Days Are Gone

Meet Este, Danielle, and Alana Haim. The three sisters, along with drummer Dash Hutton, make up indie-pop band Haim (rhymes with “time”). Haim’s soft rock-meets-R&B sound got a nod to Fleetwood Mac by critics in ...

Bugged at Bugg show

The popular young British singer/songwriter Jake Bugg was either being very polite to the chatty attendees in the back of the room, or the monitors facing Bugg were loud enough so that he could not ...

Friday, October 11

Owner of loose horses located

Says she's had problems with fences being cut at her border-area ranch.

A small herd of six horses that had been wandering a Boulevard-area campground for the last few weeks were reunited with their owner, who came forward to claim them late Wednesday morning (October 9). The ...

La Mesa chicken ordinance proposed by the Tweets

Family offers guidelines so they can get their birds back

Addie Tweet, age nine, and her six-year-old sister Ellie asked the La Mesa City Council on October 8 to approve a backyard-chicken law so their chickens can come home. Several months ago, the hens were ...

Beer of the Week: Iron Fist Renegade Blonde Ale

The quintessential gateway craft beer? I think so!

The term “gateway beer” is used to describe a craft beer that is similar in appearance and style to the American adjunct lagers produced by large brewing companies like Miller-Coors and AB-InBev. At this point, ...

Thursday, October 10

Group of Rolando residents file suit over controversial mixed-use project Centrepoint

In March, ex-mayor Bob Filner ordered a halt to construction after complaints that the project was more dormitory than apartment building.

Cops naysay downtown opening of Phantom Lounge

“Highest crime area in the city”

Phantom Lounge and Nightclub may open soon downtown at 1014 Fifth Avenue (just north of Broadway). This will be the third Phantom Lounge location in San Diego County. Unlike the two existing businesses, this one ...

Escondido trio tied to string of Fallbrook car burglaries

Three Escondido residents were arrested yesterday (October 9) in connection with a string of “smash-and-grab” robberies taking place at the trailhead of the Monserate Mountain Preserve in Fallbrook between September 19 and October 4. Bryan ...

Burning Man people to host Youtopia near Palomar Mtn.

Celebrants from Ventura to Vancouver on the way

"The entire thing is volunteer-run and a gift to people in the community," says Persep Sion, one of the organizers of Youtopia, set for October 17–21. She says the gathering is based on the ten ...

Prokofiev 5: San Diego Symphony (2 of 2)

Swagger.

There was a good reason for Augustin Hadelich to join the audience for Prokoviev's 5th Symphony. I was at the Saturday night concert which meant Augustin had already heard the Prokofiev on Friday. He knew ...

Lauren Skinker paints monsters

Bonita-based artist lives the modern tale of the underemployed Millennial, and paints fantastic creatures while she's at it.

“I don’t know if I believe in monsters,” says Lauren Skinker, a 23-year-old painter living in Bonita. “I just like the idea of them.” Monsters, and all that which is generally fantastic, inspire Skinker. One ...

G.I. Joe needs a job

The case for hiring ex-military.

The unemployment rate for former military is reportedly more than 10%, which higher than the national rate. This is a tragedy. One of the factors contributing to this high rate is that folks in the ...

The Top Knot

How to achieve the effortless look of the top knot

This fall it’s all about the top knot. Buns have been in vogue for decades but this season, the traditional yawn-worthy updo has been replaced with an updated effortless and chic look. The top knot ...

Are you ready for a football job?

Score a career in America's favorite sport.

Even if you’re too skinny or the wrong sex to make it as a linebacker in the NFL you can still have a career in football. With a background in everything from public relations to ...

The entrepreneur problem

Why don’t employers like hiring former business owners?

The beauty and joy of starting your own business might turn out to be an ugly blemish if you are older and fail. Increasingly, it is more difficult for workers ages 55-plus to re-enter the ...

Wednesday, October 9

Daughter of cyclist who was struck and killed by a City Water Truck to receive $425,000

City agrees to settle the case after spending three years in court

San Diego City Council will award a young woman a total of $425,000 for the death of her father, Juan Carlos Navarro, who was struck by and City water truck while riding his bicycle in ...

Group of horses found, captured in Boulevard

County Animal Services is looking for the owner of a half dozen horses discovered running wild through Cottonwood Campground in the East County mountain community of Boulevard. According to authorities, the county was contacted by ...

Bottom Scratchers with spearguns

I started to get dizzy, started to see lights

San Diego spear fishermen of today come from a lineage that began in the ’30s, with the Bottom Scratchers of La Jolla. Today there are less fish but the equipment is superior. Nevertheless, it’s easy to drown when a big sea bass takes you for a ride through a kelp ball.

Small-town Italy: Vernazza

Explore this highlight of northern Italy's Cinque Terre.

Life seems mellow and tranquil in the tiny, idyllic seaside town of Vernazza in Italy’s Cinque Terre. But the community suffered a traumatic experience in October 2011 when torrential rains led to a flash flood ...

Looking for the 99-cent Shish kabob

At Sagmani's in El Cajon, Kabob prices start waay low

"Eat onion in the morning. Give it to friends at noon. Give it to your enemies at night." That's the ancient wisdom on the power of onions from my friend Mr. Sagmani. He's Chaldean, a ...

La Mesa City Council talks term limits

Vice mayor Kristine Alessio’s proposal

At the October 8 La Mesa City Council meeting, discussion of a proposal to put a term-limit measure on the November 2014 ballot led to protests from two residents, support from seven others, and the ...

Spirited Away, A Beautiful Life

Spirited Away is Hayao Miyazaki’s opus. The film offers masterful storytelling and brilliant animation. Ten-year-old Chihiro, or “Sen” as she’s known after a witch steals her name, inadvertently finds herself in a secret world at ...

Salty skin

It’s not all sunshine and rainbows, and Emily Drew’s new EP, The Finer Things, reflect the struggles and happiness resultant of a life lived.

Savor every sip at 1994 Bar

“All four shareholders have a thing for 1994” at the 1994 Bar in Tijuana. There, you can “go anachronistalgic to “All Apologies” while choosing from over 35 beers.

Ordinary People, Bionic Woman Season 2

Ordinary People is a profoundly moving and unsentimental look at a family spiraling out of control after the death of one of their sons. The themes of unconditional love and forgiveness, or lack thereof, propel ...

Worship rock

Hailing the Lord and rock and roll at the same time.

Musicians Bill Maeda, Kenrick Buchanan, and Anthony West play in bands at San Diego churches. It is believed that worship rock is here to stay, due to the youthful congregants’ interest in music.

Jetpack dreams become reality

At Jetpack America, one can practice their corkscrews, backflips, and high-speed donuts over water. Over 150 bucks for 15 minutes, though.

Seasons of life

Therapist-songsmith Christine Parker’s Looking Glass LP includes songs spanning a 13-year period. “Each song served as a mirror, reflecting back to me who I was and what was happening in that moment.”

A view back into geologic time at La Jolla Shores

Encounter several natural habitats and an Indian acorn-grinding area on this short trail.

Green vinyl

Tower Bar owner Mick Rossler chooses the Lumps as the first band on his Tower Bar Records label.

Captain Phillips: Unacceptable exceptionalism

We've all got bosses.

If you can get past the bombastic score and the wavering, seasick camera and what is perhaps the hackiest, laziest opening-scene conversation of the year, you might find something remarkable in Captain Phillips: a quietly ...

The importance of seeing Travesties at Cygnet

Social revolution.

“Unaccompanied women smoking at the opera, that sort of thing?”

Hellboy, The Seventh Seal

Guillermo Del Toro’s films are about being in awe of the monster. Pan’s Labyrinth is in my all-time top ten. But my DVD pick for a Del Toro film would have to be Hellboy, with ...

This week in the San Diego clubs, October 10–16

Thursday 10The Residents of Amsterdam. With 40 records and 34 “Premonitions” over 33 years, the experiment that is the Legendary Pink Dots continues tonight at Casbah. Avant-gardeans Edward Ka-Spel and Phil (“the Silverman”) Knight are ...

Thinking Flashes in the Sky (Part 3)

UFO vapor trails in San Marcos

A look back on the Fourth of July weekend of 1947, when reports of UFOs went viral!

Diva Las Vegas

"That weekend, there were Bellagio-fountain-worthy waterworks, women traipsing naked in hotel hallways, bitchy pool encounters, and just enough scandalous activity to keep me interested."

Know your meat

No mechanical slaughter here, folks

I didn’t know sheep had rectangular pupils. I guess I’d never gotten close enough to notice. But there they were, pleading up at me as I held the animal’s head and torso in place over ...

The American Craft Beer Cookbook

A thorough, beer-centric author and cookbook you can trust

At the same time as I was getting into craft beer, I was discovering the amazingly wide-ranging culinary arts. Because of this brilliant accident, the thought of using good beer as an ingredient and finding ...

High-priced highbrow

How much does it take for the nonprofit San Diego Symphony to cut a deal to provide semi high culture on public land by the bay? By the latest lobbying report of Richard Ledford, it ...

Sandollar holds it down for San Diego

Fifteen minutes....

Baron Lunbeck admits surprise at learning his band Sandollar was singled out as San Diego’s best unsigned band and thus taped for an appearance on the web TV series Indie Across America..

Nathan Fletcher's heading south

Qualcomm has amended its lobbyist disclosure statement to add another task of influence to its already considerable agenda at San Diego’s city hall. According to the document, filed September 26, the corporate giant has dispatched ...

Murder folkies Vandaveer

What stands out about the new Vandaveer album is not so much the material — murder ballads and songs of self-ruin — as it is the way that it has been presented. Mark Heidinger is ...

Ask Greece about economic gains from Olympics

Liars line up to hype future Super Bowls, NCAA Final Fours, Olympics

Such balderdash that the expansion of the San Diego Convention Center or a new Chargers stadium would result in huge revenues from the hosting of Final Four tournaments, Super Bowls, or the Olympics. Poppycock!

The Fussy Fork

Does anything scream summer like fresh corn?

A blogger eats her way through San Diego in search of vegan restaurants.

A Bed for the Night

I have been informed that in New York City, At the corner of Broadway and 26th Street, Every evening during the winter A man solicits money from those passing by So a few homeless souls ...

Reader mail

Poor Souls Thoroughly enjoyed the article by T.B. Beaudeau,“Graveyard of the Godforsaken Gringos.” He is a talented author with a flair for description, and comparing the experience with one’s own life experience. We can all ...

“Presence of God” by Appar

Appar No man holds sway o’er us, Nor death nor hell fear we; No tremblings, griefs of mind, No pains nor cringings see. Joy, day by day, unchanged Is ours, for we are His, His ...

October 3 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Richard Hutchings, Santee, 13. Joe Arbusto, Rancho Penasquitos, 12. * Bliss Beedle, Encinitas, 12. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 12. * Patrick Driscoll, Santee, 12. Butch Hays, La Mesa, 12. * Paula Henderson, La Jolla, ...

October 3 Crossword Contenders

Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 12. L. Barling, El Cajon, 12. Johanna Barry, Pine Valley, 12. * Marvin A. Brown, Clairemont, 12. Charlotte Brown , Clairemont, 12. * Bob Carlson, Serra Mesa, 12. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, ...

Tuesday, October 8

International Space Station flying over San Diego tonight

Oh, at about 17,500 miles per hour

The International Space Station will overfly San Diego this evening, October 8, at 6:59 p.m. The station will appear as bright as Venus. It is approximately 220 miles above the Earth and traveling at 17,500 ...

Filipino street food at Kalye Hits

National City restaurant somehow fits karaoke and skewered pig's blood under one roof.

The Philippines is known for wild street foods. Balut (usually much younger and soupier than the Vietnamese fashion) is probably the most famous, but the list includes all manner of intense little skewered and barbecued ...

Wait Until Dark at New Village Arts

I know people who’ve vowed never to see the 1967 movie again. Even though they know what’s coming: just when you think it’s safe at 27B Grogan Street, Greenwich Village, Alan Arkin’s full profile dives ...

New San Diego Central Library hosts first board meeting

Three new branch libraries in the works

A few days after its opening, the San Diego Central Library’s board of commissioners met on the ninth floor of the new building on October 2. The monthly meeting, always open to the public, was ...

Sampler Flight: October 8–13

Local ways to let the good times roll, craft-style

October 8 | Listening & Tasting Party: Due to permitting, many San Diego breweries aren’t allowed to provide live entertainment. Bummer, right? So, the opportunity to spend time bobbing along with The Silent Comedy at ...

Drink beer and go to hell

What they wore at La Mesa Oktoberfest

The first sight I saw upon my arrival at La Mesa’s annual Oktoberfest was this guy, holding a bullhorn asking people if they wanted to go to Heaven or Hell. Talk about a buzz kill. ...

Attorneys Gonzalez and Briggs reap big settlement from City of San Diego

Duo sued to prevent dredging in Tijuana River Valley

The lawyers who launched the demise of mayor Bob Filner used Filner's final days in office to wrangle over the legal fees the city owed them for a lawsuit that blocked the dredging of the ...

Monday, October 7

Home Depot accused of hatching plot to fire gay employees

Home Depot illegally embarked on a cost-cutting campaign during the economic downturn in 2008 that involved firing all of its gay male employees, a former worker at the company’s Lemon Grove location claims in court. ...

U.S. government shutdown slows maquiladoras

Increased border waits limits exports

Ever since the “shutdown” of the U.S. government, maquiladoras have experienced plenty of extra expenditures, including fuel costs, keeping vehicles in “overnight” lots, and fines for delivering merchandise late. Gabriel Merino Fausto, president of a ...

Budget-friendly Sofia, Bulgaria

Word to the wise: get here before the tourists do.

Most travelers are unaware that Bulgaria is one of the best travel values in Europe and its capital, Sofia, is one of the cheapest cities to visit. The country has more green space than most ...

Fashion Week San Diego Spectators

I am a strong believer that disasters come in threes. On Friday night my first disaster came in the form of a robbery--the self-pay parking machine ate my $5 bill. The injustice left me $10 ...

He inspires romance: San Diego Symphony (1 of 2)

Augustin Hadelich and San Diego Symphony.

When I saw the size of the orchestra on the stage at Symphony Hall for David Bruce’s Night Parade, I knew we were in for a rumpus. I love, love, loved, this piece of music ...

Fire fought on hill in Santee

Four planes drop retardant, contain fire

At about 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, October 6, wisps of smoke were seen from the foothills just north of El Nopal Avenue on the border of Santee and Lakeside. Immediately, up to four S-2 CDF ...

Craft Beer: America's Most Underexamined Culinary Component?

A call to chefs to embrace craft beer and incorporate it into the daily operations

Today’s chefs are stretching the gastronomic envelope further than it’s ever gone. From space-aged toques of the molecular ilk to those taking traditional dishes to flavorful new places, there’s never been a more exciting time ...

Sunday, October 6

Ohio's best-kept secret: state park lodges

An unexpected find in the Buckeye State.

Last summer, I stayed with a close friend of mine for almost three months in a small city called Stowe, Ohio. Not once during my local travels and explorations of the Buckeye State did I ...

Goodbye, "Chain Reaction"?

Ten years after her final donations to charitable and artistic causes, we are just now seeing the beginning of the end of Joan Kroc's philanthropy.

On October 12th, it will have been ten years since Joan Kroc’s passing. Despite that, it’s nigh impossible to spend a day in San Diego without encountering some dedication to the late fast food heiress’ ...

Saturday, October 5

Medical emergency aboard a North County Transit bus

Hostile passenger hogtied with help from eight deputies

A North County Transit District bus driver reported a medical emergency with a passenger aboard his bus at around 2:00 p.m. on October 4. Prior to the ambulance arriving, the driver pulled the bus into ...

Unreasonable search of Olympian High School students?

Alleged stolen wallet and “misidentified” suspects raise suspicions

Two young women were chatting as they walked around the track during P.E. at Olympian High School on Friday, September 13. It was third period and no doubt both 14-year-olds, were looking forward to the ...

Quadra-guitar party jam at Soda Bar

Whereas the early ’90s were all about 20-somethings drowning in a sea of grunge, the onset of this decade seems to find its youngsters awash in a sea of folk and indie-pop. So it was ...

OMD's English Electric

Slow. Dissolve. As opposed to slow dazzle. Cinematic synth-pop owing at least as much to German Expressionism as the actually Krautrock Kraftwerk they salute through synth and textures. Impeccable ‘tis, in counterpoint and timbre, to ...

Friday, October 4

Suspects sought in open space pot grows

The San Diego Sheriff’s Department is looking for information that might lead them to the individuals behind several marijuana farming operations unearthed over the last week. Between September 24 and 25, deputies on the Narcotics ...

Grow your own veggies at La Casita

City College standby will be the scene of a new experiment

A downtown restaurant growing its own tomatoes, veggies, grapes in its yard? Sure, here at La Casita (1247 C Street, 619-531-0044). It's the li'l place that City College teachers and students have been cramming into ...

Without Walls Festival: Cornerstone and The Myth Project: Altar

Cornerstone We’ve been hired to work at the world’s most important power plant, in the center of civilization. We will be responsible not just for providing energy to the masses but also for the air ...

Win a Corona Tailgate Party!

Corona and San Diego tailgating: a combination as perfect as Corona and lime

To celebrate Corona's new status as the official beer of the San Diego Chargers, Corona is offering to throw a blowout tailgate party for you and twenty of your friends before December 8th's game against ...

Without Walls Festival: Seafoam Sleepwalk and Hedda-ing

Seafoam Sleepwalk. The Scripps Institute of Oceanography has catalogued countless species of marine life. But they have never - and will never again after this coming Sunday - witnessed who emerges from the whitewater at ...

Bruce, Barber, Prokofiev

The San Diego Symphony starts masterwork season

It’s finally here, the opening of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra Masterworks Season. This weekend, October 4th, 5th, and 6th at Symphony Hall, the orchestra will be performing with renowned violinist Augustin Hadelich. The Concert ...

RELÁMPAGO: imperfect family photos

Omar Lopex's pretend family portraits on tintype wet plates

At first glance, the colorless photos don’t appear to be anything out of the ordinary. Weathered and faded around the edges, the collection looks like something you might find in an unmarked shoebox at the ...

Beer of the Week: Two Kids Pirlie-Winkie Scottish Ale

One of the first drafts from San Diego’s newest nanobrewery

Patience is important for a beer writer—well, a beer-loving beer writer, anyway. Often, I’m in the know about an upcoming brewing company long before they’re anywhere even close to serving their first beer. In the ...

Thursday, October 3

Mira Mesa signage unwanted in Sorrento Valley

Residents pack recent meeting to state their displeasure

About 100 concerned citizens and business owners poured into the Mira Mesa Community Planning Group meeting room on September 16, requiring many people to stand in the corridor because the hot, stuffy room was packed. ...

China's Tiger Leaping Gorge

Dramatic vistas throughout this UNESCO Heritage Site in Yunnan province.

Mention China and the first image in your mind is likely the Great Wall. Or Mao’s portrait at Tiananmen Square. Or maybe the Shaolin Temple. It’s not likely, though, to be the Tiger Leaping Gorge ...

Shamu and you

Walk a mile or four with Shamu?

Everyone's best buddy Shamu, the killer whale, is raising money for The Rady Children's Hospital. The name of the the event is the Shamu and You Walk. I’m not sure how much walking Shamu is ...

Book Review: Bodies of Water

A look inside the new novel from T. Greenwood, with commentary from the author.

When she talked to the Reader in July, T. Greenwood remained tight-lipped on details about her newest novel, Bodies of Water, saying nothing more than that it was “sort of a taboo love story.” The ...

The Local to go the brewery route

Crafty eatery and drinking hole entering brewing arena

Popular watering hole The Local Eatery and Drinking Hole (1065 Fourth Avenue, Downtown) is working on establishing its own brewery. A an early adapter to the craft beer model, The Local regularly serves a long ...

Wednesday, October 2

We did it guerrilla style

We launched our brand on Instagram

Can’t tell the young guys from Stone Brewing, Saint Archer Brewing, or Rowlberto Productions a thing about entrepreneurialism. All have employed innovative ways of reaching their business goals.

Suspected thieves caught at Temecula’s Chaparral High School

Nocturnal foray doesn’t help escape effort

Two men were arrested and booked into jail on burglary and other charges after police responded to an alarm at Temecula's Chaparral High School at around 3:20 a.m. on September 30. Arrestees Adam Macciocchi, 22, ...

Dredging of sediment begins in Tijuana River Valley

Ranchers relieved to see the pre-winter maintenance

San Diego city crews have begun dredging two congested river channels in the Tijuana River Valley, and ranchers, horse owners, and residents of the area, which is prone to severe flooding, say they are glad ...

Black light fashion

Show up right under black light

What to wear to your next black-light-themed party? Eve Kelly is glad you asked.

Blood, Sweat, and Spit: Memories of Adams Avenue Theater and the Rock Palace

A quarter-century after the concerts at Adams Avenue Theater and the Palace, a blogger imagines an entryway streaked with the scuff of Doc Martens and cigarette butts; blood, sweat, and spit in the hall; the pit, swinging fists and bodies, a stage bomb, a swan dive from the balcony...

German import

Yay! Beer!

The twinkle lights of the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Theatre at the Museum of Photographic Arts will once again shine upon German Currents, the third annual festival of German films. Limited to four films and ...

For-real deal on Congress Street

Ed feels guilty for getting a lunch so cheap at Christopher’s on Congress. “You know, that’s the biggest complaint I get,” Chris says. “People say I’m undercharging."

Sun Diego drops in on Nineteen Nineteen

Oceanside’s Ocean House was poised to become a big nightspot, say investors; then, Sun Diego, a surf-shop chain, allegedly agreed to pay $29,000/month in rent, $7000 over the price that was to be paid by the disappointed investors, a group of Carlsbad businessmen that included owners of the Boar Cross’n and Mas Fina Cantina nightspots.

Holo-rap

Like Tupac Shakur at Coachella in 2012, ODB and Eazy-E were holograms produced by San Diego company AV Concepts. Interview with company co-owner Nick Smith.

Staricide saga

A collection of local experimental musicians and physics enthusiasts will be transforming the captivating saga of “staricide” — the tale of the sun’s impending death in six billion years — into death-metal performance Our Star Will Die Alone.

Mission Trails, Visitor Center Loop

The nation’s largest urban natural park, right off I-8

Encounter several natural habitats and an Indian acorn-grinding area on this short trail.

San Diego Center for Spiritual Living

As an altar boy, John Poleski’s pastor at the time said, “Watch that Poleski boy — he’s going to be a priest someday!”

The firing of Lane Kiffin

Another team lets Lane go

USC becomes another employer who has a hard time being satisfied with the coaching savvy of Lane Kiffin.

Ben Schachter, straight ahead

It’s a tough gig, straight-ahead jazz. To wit: on a Sunday night not so very long ago, I stopped in at a Thai eatery on Adams Avenue to check out the talent. It was just ...

Powwows and ghost dances

Mario Carrillo, singer/songwriter/guitarist of Cloud Feather, is a Native-American member of the Juaneño tribe. About a fourth of his band’s repertoire is about how rich tribes are not helping the poor ones.

This week in the San Diego clubs, October 3–9

Thursday 3Light ’em up and watch ’em rock, pop, and roll. From Laramie, Wyoming, Fat Wreck recording artists Teenage Bottlerocket shoot into town and go off at Soda Bar behind their fifth, Freak Out!, which ...

Thinking Flashes in the Sky (Part 2)

On 1947’s Fourth of July weekend, 500 people per day reported seeing UFOs…and we’re talking all over the country, not just flaky-nutty Southern California.

COMING SOON: The San Diego Beer News Complete Guide to San Diego Breweries

The first comprehensive, critical guide to San Diego's craft beer scene is en route

It was going to happen—it was just a matter of time. I have written a book. Not surprisingly, it is a guide to all of the breweries, brewpubs, brewery-restaurants, and other tasting venues in San ...

San Diego overlords and unions — who can stop them?

Construction-related unions, which are persuasive among Democrats, sleep with corporate welfare mendicants, who are Republicans. Result: the construction of unnecessary and wasteful structures.

SOS — Save Our Sealife — in Chula Vista

Discovery Center faces closure this month

The Living Coast Discovery Center, formerly known as the Chula Vista Nature Center, announced on October 1 that it will close its doors on October 28. A South Bay landmark, the center includes exhibits of ...

Letters: Porridge-pourri

Porridge Request Re “Graveyard of the Godforsaken Gringos,” September 26 cover story. This Bukowskiesque opus is the most evocative writing the Reader has published in decades. More porridge, please. Sue Garson Clairemont Kid of War ...

Crépuscule du Matin

All night I wrestled with a memory Which knocked insurgent at the gates of thought. The crumbled wreck of years behind has wrought Its disillusion; now I only cry For peace, for power to forget ...

September 26 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Richard Hutchings, Santee, 12. * Joe Arbusto, Rancho Penasquitos, 11. Bliss Beedle, Encinitas, 11. * Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 11. Patrick Driscoll, Santee, 11. Butch Hays, La Mesa, 11. Paula Henderson, La Jolla, 11. ...

September 26 Crossword Contenders

Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 11. L. Barling, El Cajon, 11. Johanna Barry, Pine Valley, 11. Marvin A. Brown, Clairemont, 11. Charlotte Brown , Clairemont, 11. Bob Carlson, Serra Mesa, 11. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 11. Allan ...

Tuesday, October 1

Ghost towns of New Mexico

Way off-the-beaten-path kicks on Route 66.

After a recent trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico, I was faced with the difficult question of how to keep entertained on the desolate 280-mile trek to my next stop, Amarillo, Texas. The only thing ...

Car misses freeway ramp in Oceanside

No driver found at accident scene

At around 1:00 p.m. on September 29, other drivers must have seen the car careen off the freeway near the west end of Hwy. 78 just before the transition ramp to northbound I-5. Otherwise, the ...

Seal threateningly follows man at La Jolla Cove

Lifeguard laughs

A seal decided to join human beach activity when it swam ashore at La Jolla Cove at 3 p.m. on September 28. No one could believe that the seal would come so close to people ...

Saturday in South Park: beer and bicyclists

Brave soul trades their car for a bike

Hundreds of costumed bicyclists rode along South Park streets on Saturday, September 28, during Tour de Fat, New Belgium brewery’s celebration of beer and bikes. The Colorado brewery is taking this festival to 12 cities ...

Ain’t Misbehavin’ at San Diego Musical Theatre

Some definitions: Harlem Renaissance: a flourishing of African-American art centered on, but not exclusive to, Harlem. Begun in the 1920s, it included writing by Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston, and innovative music by Duke ...

English Conclusion

Elgar and Finzi conclude the English bracket

And here we are at the conclusion of the first round for England. The final two players are Finzi and Elgar. Believe it or not, I used to know a baritone who was so enamoured ...

Sampler Flight: October 2–6

Kick off October with some solid craft beer events

October 4 | Hamilton’s Anniversary Kick-Off: Wildly popular craft beer hotspot Hamilton’s Tavern is celebrating seven years in business, and doing starting off a month of celebrations in the most appropriate way — with beer. ...

Cardiff’s Chevron gas station NOT for sale

Don’t believe the Trulia bogus listing

Want to own your own gas station? If you have an extra $1.75 million, the real estate website Trulia lists the Cardiff-by-the-Sea Chevron station for sale. The site stated last week that the asking price ...

The Importance of Being Earnest at Cygnet Theatre

There are probably plays as funny, though I doubt there’s one funnier than Oscar Wilde’s “trivial comedy for serious people.” The jokes flow like ocean waves, in sets of three, with the third the capper. ...