Content for Friday, June 6, 2014

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War is Hall

One sweet, one sour. Let’s open on bitterness. This is in regards to the movie review by Scott Marks on May 29 (Run Toward Danger). As usual, the facts about the Vietnam War are misconstrued. ...

Attack of the charter cities

Group launches website decrying dangers of cronies and crooked officials

The Middle Class Taxpayers Association, a left-leaning consumer group that formed in 2011 but has been largely silent over the past three years, announced on Thursday, June 5, the launch of a website aimed at ...

Casa Sol y Mar: Technicolor Mexico

Del Mar restaurant serves up the tortillas without the border wait

I am perfectly happy eating every meal at a taco shop with some variation of “bertos” on it, but yellow-and-red-striped huts with Formica tables and vending machines for 50-cent tattoos are only going to appeal ...

Border Patrol bombarded, hatches plan B

Illegal crossers caught in Texas may be sent to Temecula

Breitbart's announcement that hundreds of illegal aliens caught in the Rio Grande would be processed and released in the San Diego area by the Border Patrol on June 4 may have been a bit premature ...

Where punk rock and comedy commingle

Black Fag and Meatmen split a bill at Soda Bar

While watching the “absolutely fabulous” Black Flag tribute band “Black Fag” at the Soda Bar, the major flaw with the current touring version of Black Flag finally dawned on me. There is no joy in ...

Labor force, deconstructed

San Marcos sting nets ten unlicensed contractors

Ten unlicensed contractors who were illegally bidding on home-repair work in areas affected by the recent Cocos Fire were arrested on June 4 in a sting operation initiated by the Contractors State License Board. Fraud ...

Sharp minors are the key

Slow start, fab finish in world premiere Dog and Pony at the Old Globe

Rick Elice and Michael Patrick Walker are the multi-talented, mega-award-winning creators of Jersey Boys, Peter and the Starcatcher, and Altar Boyz. Their world premiere musical isn’t a dog. But, even with a top flight cast, ...

The Fault in Our Stars

[This piece contains spoilers about the film. Not the ending or anything, but still. Read at your own risk.] So I joined the review aggregator that is Rotten Tomatoes. (Thanks, Rotten Tomatoes!) I don’t love ...

John Newman's Tribute

John Newman’s debut opens with a slow string section, a voice that sounds like the singer reading out great acts of ages past, and an electronically whirl-winded “Crystal,” from the AT&T Natural Voices® synthesized voice ...

Some trees and a man died for this

Michael Vilkin claims John Upton threatened him repeatedly

“Mr. Vilkin protected himself,” said attorney Richard Berkon, speaking for a man accused of killing his neighbor. “This case was justified. It was self-defense.” Trial began yesterday, June 5, for an Encinitas man charged with ...

You name it, moneyman

County to use names of trails, pools, and playgrounds as cash lure

For San Diego's billionaires, megamillionaires, and the corporations they love, renaming public real estate has long been a hallowed tradition. Qualcomm, founded by La Jolla Democrat Irwin Jacobs, has its name on the stadium in ...

Petco seeks home field advantages

"It's often been said that the hometown crowd is a kind of tenth man," says Petco-Padres liason Des Perate. "As the San Diego Padres continue to struggle this season, we here at Petco have been ...

Beer flowing the way of wine

The satellite-tasting-room model is here to stay

To meander through downtown Sonoma and stop in at a winery tasting room or two feels natural. One is in the middle of wine country, after all. Why wouldn’t a winemaker looking to increase the ...

Hold on…maybe Mayor Faulconer has a better plan

Barrio Logan community plan backers vow to continue fight

Proponents of Propositions B and C were delivered a stinging defeat on Tuesday, June 3, when voters citywide in a relatively low-turnout election rejected the Barrio Logan Community Plan Update, overturning the community-and-city council-approved plan ...

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