Content for Tuesday, February 4, 2014

News & Stories

San Diego economy to lag state, nation

Weakening defense spending to hurt…but techies to do well

Last year, the San Diego economy, adjusted for inflation, grew faster than both the state and the nation. This year, though, the standings will flip, says Kelly Cunningham, economist for the National University System Institute ...

Nude-industry lobbyist in current scandal scored $10k

Marco Polo Cortes got cash from "adult/nude" coalition and food-truck group

Who did Marco Polo Cortes lobby and when did he lobby them? That's the question making the rounds of San Diego city hall in the wake of the lobbyist's arrest on federal charges related to ...

Drinking in history

Toasted cheese sandwiches Ed's choice for Gaslamp on cheap

"Sometimes," says Wes, "late at night, when I'm cleaning up and nobody's around, you feel them. You don't exactly hear them or see them, but you feel them. The spirits." He's talking about the women ...

Activists incensed over Keystone XL pipeline

Civil disobedience promised if project gains approval

A crowd of protesters was posted again outside federal buildings at the corner of Broadway and Front Street on Monday night, February 3, promising stiff opposition to the Keystone XL oil pipeline, which would transport ...

Hillcrest’s Uptown shopping center due for “re-do”

Makeover prompted by business closures?

The Uptown District Shopping Center at 1030 University Avenue in Hillcrest, built in the early ’90s, is a busy location. But vacancies have been popping up in the 148,638-square-foot urban center, anchored by Ralphs. The ...

The Foreigner at Lamb’s Players

Though unlike in countless ways, Joe Orton and Larry Shue shared two things in common: one comic, the other tragic. They wrote two of the funniest plays in the English language, and both died young. ...

Fishtank Ensemble and the musical saw

Something you don’t hear every day: musical saw. And a virtuoso musical saw at that, which is hard to define since there are so few people practicing that antediluvian backwoods art. Opera singer Ursula Knudsen ...

Sempra to get fat subsidy from Nevada

To rake in $66 million for solar-energy product

The Nevada governor's Office of Energy has approved $66 million in tax incentives for Sempra Energy to build a solar project in Boulder City in Southern Nevada, 20 miles from Las Vegas. The tax breaks ...

Trying to find a niche at the farmers' market

Or, what happens when capitalism gives you the munchies

A certain La Jolla resident/presidential candidate made the wrong kind of headlines a couple years ago when he suggested not enough Americans have the entrepreneurial spirit required to borrow twenty grand from their parents to ...

Thugs shot by would-be victim make plea deals

Wounded defendants can expect four years prison

Two men who got shot while trying to rob Uncle Tony's Italian restaurant in Vista admitted to assault with a firearm, and each can expect four years in prison, according to their plea-deal paperwork. Louis ...

Sampler Flight: February 4–10

February kicks off with no shortage of fun beer events

February 4-9 | 5th Anniversary Celebrations: Six days and six special events to celebrate five years of operation for Blind Lady Ale House will include a little something for every type of beer fan: an ...

Klein, Morgan U-T departures, considered together

Company was weakening, both had good salaries and big egos

I spent much of yesterday interviewing people about the February 2004 firing of Neil Morgan, who died February 1 this year at 89. People who were close to the situation told me that Morgan's firing ...