Content for Wednesday, January 22, 2014

News & Stories

Theo Tucker bikes, swims, and runs to find his sporting identity again

I'm looking at you looking at me.

She's like, "It's cycling, running, and swimming stuff." And I'm like, "I don't swim."

Former Rev. Barry Minkow admits fleecing church

Defrauded SD Community Bible Church of more than $3 million

Barry Minkow (formerly Rev. Barry Minkow) admitted today (January 22) that he defrauded his former San Diego Community Bible Church of more than $3 million. Minkow is currently serving time in the Federal Medical Center ...

Scott Peters at UCSD to support campaign finance reform

"My race last year was one of the most expensive in the country."

A group of UC San Diego students and activists gathered Tuesday (January 21) to commemorate the four-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling and to renew demands ...

Galactic Girl to depart Golden Hill grocery store

Jaycee's Market to be sold, art to go along with former owner

For now Galactic Girl, a work by professional aerosol artist Caleb Aero, resides where she has for the past several years — among 15 to 20 other 6´x 4´ paintings decorating the wall above the ...

Union-Tribune loses suit to carriers

Judge orders payment of $10 million

Superior court judge John S. Meyer has ruled against the Union-Tribune in a class-action suit brought in early 2009 by the newspaper's carriers. The carriers claimed they were misclassified as independent contractors when they actually ...

The waiting room to heaven is Nelson’s bar in Tijuana

Hotel Nelson premiered in 1948 as an extravagant south-of-the-border vacation destination boasting telephones in every room and the first elevator in northwest Mexico. Thanks to its central location and (at the time) luxurious accommodations, the ...

Restaurant rockers

“A lot of chefs are rebels and punk rockers at heart, and this carries over to music,” says Josh Kopelman, organizer of “Battle of the Chef Bands,” a charity concert taking place January 27 at ...

Yelled at by Skinny Puppy

After listening to a Skinny Puppy record, one feels as if having been yelled at by an angry parent. Dark moods, riddled with an irritation that either leaves you speechless or that you can completely ...

Venue News: Belly Up loses a talentbuyer; the Griffin offers its 48 license

There are a couple of significant changes afoot on the local music-venue front, as Belly Up in Solana Beach is about to announce a new talent buyer and the Griffin in Bay Park is up ...

Wretched excess XLVIII

Behold, sports fan, the most expensive game ever played.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times... Super Bowl 48 will be played in the $1.6 billion MetLife Stadium, which is nestled within the romantic confines of East Rutherford, New ...

Blood on the page

A showcase from director-star Ralph Fiennes, he of the fierce visage and pleading eyes. First, it is a visual marvel — the framing is now theatrical, now unobtrusive, but always masterful and appropriate. Second, it ...

Fast cars and faster times: Filner backer of interest

Symbolic name has long and colorful La Jolla big money history

Back in October 2012 we first reported here on a conspicuously large contribution made to "San Diegans in Support of Bob Filner for Mayor - 2012," an independent expenditure committee formed to support the Democratic ...

Pork chops and nostalgia at YMCA’s Grand Central Café

Army & Navy brekky

“Don’t get me wrong. If I didn’t love my place up in the Hollywood Hills, I’d come live down here.”

Walking San Diego

“It’s a bit of a mountain getaway feeling if you ignore the freeway noise.”

Walks around town, walks in the mountains, walks next to the freeway that make it easy to pretend you’ve gotten away from it all (if you ignore the sound of traffic).

Lake Ramona via Lake Poway

Hike from lake to lake while passing through shady oak woodlands and lush chaparral.

Lake Poway Recreation Area is a convenient starting point since it provides abundant free parking during much of the year. The lake also provides numerous additional recreational opportunities. The hike to Lake Ramona offers a ...

In San Diego clubs Sunday-Wednesday, January 26–29

Sunday 26Gary Heffern & Friends will play a matinee (starts at 2p) at the Middletown mainstay with sound collagist and ex–San Diegan Robert Turman, Black Tango, and Social Spit, and I understand they’ll also be ...

Raccoons in the pool

Joseph Waters' “Raccoons in the Pool,” performed and recorded entirely underwater, is a fanciful piece that shapeshifts, builds on maddening waves of tension, then resolves in a crest of sonic textures.

Escondido police called for domestic drama

Ballistic shield and police canine deployed to remove boyfriend

Officer Robert Craig said at a court hearing on January 21 that he was called to speak with a distraught woman on the evening of November 3 of last year. Twenty-seven-year-old Catalina Botello said she ...

In San Diego clubs Thursday–Saturday, January 23–25

Thursday 23The Casbah crowd will be celebrating the club’s 25-year run as San Diego’s credible showcase of up-and-coming alternative bands and a must-play stage for many underground and international acts. The Birch North Park Theatre ...

Conflicted interests

Last year wasn’t the best in the ethics department for the University of California San Diego. The nadir was reached with release of an email by the university after a public records act request. It ...

I’m dizzy, I’m hot, my chest aches

Communing with the heaviness.

An excerpt from The Sanctuary of Illness: A Memoir of Heart Disease by longtime Reader contributor Thomas Larson.

Second life for La Jolla brewpub

La Jolla Brewing Company picks up where Brew House fizzled

It’s too early to tell if it’s a phoenix, but something has risen from the ashes of the defunct La Jolla Brew House. Namely, La Jolla Brewing Company (7536 Fay Avenue, La Jolla). The space ...

Dystopia You Can Dance To

Broken promises of an industrialized maquiladora-polis.

For a party dubbed “El Futuro,” the Tijuana-modern house situated above the Caliente greyhound track felt perfect. The façade’s dominant feature — a series of angled mirror-windows — echoed the outside swath of streetlights and ...

Portable parties

Officials of the San Diego port authority who remained close to home during the party season still managed to take advantage of many free opportunities to celebrate in style. On November 9, it was the ...

Record-release roundup

Steve Poltz has recorded a new duet version of the hit song he originally wrote with Jewel, “You Were Meant for Me,” with Valencia, Spain–based singer Soledad Vélez and produced by six-time Grammy Award–winner Chris ...

Will Nicolas Marsch get invited to Jewel Ball?

Patricia and Nicolas Marsch III are society darlings, but judges in San Diego and Florida doubt Nicolas's credibility.

A Florida judge awarded a billion dollars in damages to builder Lennar Corporation in a defamation suit against Nicolas Marsch III and fraudster-turned-pastor Barry Minkow. Marsch filed bankruptcy. Minkow went back to prison.

Christmas in Jerusalem

Following the lead of his boss, a staffer for freshman Democratic congressman Juan Vargas has jetted off to Israel, courtesy of the American Israel Education Foundation, a project of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, ...

Barking about the barking

The Barking, the Biting, and the Smell Someone is inhabiting the wrong place (“La Jolla Cove Is Becoming a Sea Lion Cesspool,” January 16 cover story. Mr. Merkel referenced the colony of sea lions saying ...

Holy Trinity Parish of Ocean Beach

Faith can keep the mind open to mystery.

Interview with Lawrence Bausch of Holy Trinity Parish of Ocean Beach. He says “it’s the fullness of the Catholic faith that keeps the mind open to mystery,” echoing Flannery O’Connor.

January 16 Crossword Contenders

Mary Arana, Encinitas, 3. Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 3. L. Barling, El Cajon, 3. Evelyn Bowser, Hillcrest, 3. Marvin A. Brown, Clairemont, 3. Charlotte Brown , Clairemont, 3. Bob Carlson, Serra Mesa, 3. Leslie Chase, Campo, ...

January 16 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Bliss Beedle, Encinitas, 3. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 3. Patrick Driscoll, Santee, 3. Martin Guillen, Oceanside, 3. Richard Hutchings, Santee, 3. Ralph Levy, La Jolla, 3. Hiroshi Miyazaki, Normal Heights, 3. Randy Paddock, San ...