Stories for April 2014

Wednesday, April 30

Feel sorry for Donald Sterling?

Don't worry. Financially, he'll be all right.

The National Basketball Association has banned Donald Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, for life. Sterling was done in by racist remarks. If three-fourths of the league's team owners agree, Sterling will be forced ...

Ju-u-ust a bit outside

Meet Padre Joe and the Foul Balls. That’s the name of the band that played outside Petco Park on opening day disguised as friars. “We’ve been hired by the Padres to play before the games ...

SD-Carlsbad particle pollution among nation’s worst

But the neighbors are doing worse, says annual report card

"California is making real and steady progress in the fight for clean air," says the American Lung Association's California chair Marsha Ramos, who spoke with media on April 29 in anticipation of the group releasing ...

The Annette Funicello of cocktails

A perfect companion to SoCal clambakes or a beach blanket in Baja, it also harkens to the warmth and whitewashed villas of the Amalfi Coast. That’s the Roman Pipeline. This Annette Funicello of cocktails, according ...

Giant, vinyl sac of uncoolness

Dear Hipster: I was thinking about getting a waterbed. Is that cool? — Bob Will you not get a waterbed without the okay from yours truly? I would love to wield such absolute control over ...

Only beginning to express its potential

Teorema takes its place in the burgeoning Baja beer scene.

Behind a nondescript door next to the new TJINCHINA gallery and down a long hallway, the first batches of Tijuana’s greenest microbrewery are bubbling up in small, stainless steel tanks. “When I started at Beer ...

Capture your rain

Spooked by the water bill? Here’re solutions.

I have no idea how I ended up with a $600 water bill, but it spooked me to the point where I was hesitant to put in a garden this year. Then I saw my ...

Performance anxiety and the mob

The mysterious owners of the Las Vegas–based Cheetahs strip joint in Kearny Mesa have opened a new legal front in federal court against San Diego police, claiming that raids by the cops have been illegally ...

Jackass Journalism

Thoughts and voicemails from our readers.

Outrageous and Wonderful I’m a teacher/artist and I’ve lived in Mexico for 20 years. I’ve just come up recently for health reasons. When I come up, the Reader is the first magazine I get, and ...

Cinco Mysterioso and soaking in the Sixties

San Diego club dates Sunday, May 4, through Wednesday, May 7

Sunday 4The Bad Plus will teach the new jazz math at the Loft at UCSD. The Minneapolis three-piece is best know for turning pop and classic rock into bop. Their reimaginings know no limits, as ...

There was no scene here

Mexico City has always been a magnet. Post-Toltec Nahua tribes gravitated there to live along the shores of the now-drained Lake Texcoco. The Aztecs then claimed it as their promised land and the center of ...

Country clubbin’

“It had become too macho and hyper-misogynistic and just seemed like it was more about who could be the toughest in the pit while having the cutest haircut and who could hate their ex-girlfriend the ...

Atomic Dog, Radioactivity, Over-Gain Optimal Death

...and the 4-1-1 on all kinds of music fun

Thursday 1“Tear the roof off the sucker!” The brassy mothership blasts off at House of Blues Thursday night as far-out bandleader George Clinton and his funky bunch, Parliament Funkadelic, take the downtown stage for a ...

George Clinton, the elder funkster

William Collins, the bassist, once told an interviewer about the time he arrived at George Clinton’s house to audition for Parliament Funkadelic. He described a situation more suited to the Addams Family. The front room ...

Escape the elephant graveyard

The search for unsocial media

Dear Hipster: Now that Facebook has become the elephant graveyard of boomers searching for their lost youth, and Reddit and Imgur are full of trolls and creepers looking for a joke of the day, where ...

Movement, pressure, and force

Geologic processes at work in the Narrows Earth Trail and Quartz Vein Wash

The Narrows Earth Trail, located at the “Narrows” where San Felipe Creek turns abruptly northeast just east of the junction with Pinyon Wash, is the perfect place to observe geology and earth movement in action. ...

Record-release roundup

SDMA Best World Music winners Tribal Seeds will launch Representing on May 2 at SDSU’s Open Air Theatre, before spending the summer on tour with New Kingston. Folk-pop duo the Lovebirds recently signed with Big ...

Peoria’s a long way from Petco Park

Superfan, this story is for you.

Thomas Anthony Medica stood in the clubhouse, belly full of breakfast, dressing out as he had done every morning since camp opened. In an hour, there would be a brief meeting as there always was ...

No pot in Rachel’s lobby

Rachel Laing, the ex-media handler for GOP mayor Jerry Sanders who later went to work for political consultant Tom Shepard only to quit during the sexual harassment scandal of his top client, fallen Democratic mayor ...

I support them and give them food...

One NBA owner will watch the playoffs from the doghouse.

It hasn’t always been about glamor, fame, women, and good works for Donald Sterling, owner and, may I add, benefactor to the Los Angeles Clippers as well as a patron to all people of color ...

This is heartbreaking

SRH founder Kevin Zinger started connecting with the action-sports crowd in 1991 by selling T-shirts and caps at local shows by Sublime, Slightly Stoopid, Pennywise, NOFX, 311, and Korn. This Saturday’s SRH Fest at the ...

There is a role that each person is uniquely designed by God to fulfill

It’s not a matter of paying back, says Pastor Brown.

Membership: 2700 Pastor: Craig Brown Age: 46 Born: Long Beach Formation: Biola University, La Mirada; Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena Years Ordained: 21 San Diego Reader: What is your favorite subject on which to preach? Pastor ...

Cardiff is the new Del Mar? Says who?

Cardiff-by-the Sea was named for Cardiff, Wales; Del Mar was originally built to resemble an old English Village. But is the British connection where the similarity ends for these two North County beach towns? Realtors ...

Base Details

If I were fierce, and bald, and short of breath, I’d live with scarlet Majors at the Base, And speed glum heroes up the line to death. You’d see me with my puffy petulant face, ...

Cheeky, handsome, and future Ivy League

Gaga, goo-goo

Post Title: Looking for Miss Right Post Date: March 20, 2014 Male, English-American, almost one year old, looking for love. Cheeky, handsome, and future Ivy League–educated boy seeks a mischievous young girl with high energy ...

Horning in

The race by Republican county supervisor Bill Horn to hold on to his seat against a challenge by Oceanside mayor Jim Wood is off with a financial bang, with backers of both sides lining up ...

April 24 Crossword Contenders

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

April 24 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Tony Abboud, Coronado, 5. Joe Arbusto, Rancho Penasquitos, 5. Bliss Beedle, Encinitas, 5. Tom Burgeson, San Diego, 5. Clyde Christie, Coronado, 5. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 5. Paula Davis, Spring Valley, 5. Patrick Driscoll, ...

Tuesday, April 29

See Gallagher hang up the Sledge-O-Matic

...along with other events and things to do in San Diego this week, May 1–May 7

Bloom season begins for Keys Creek Lavender Farm. Throughout May and June, the lavender fields and Farm Store are open to the public Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tour buses available ...

Denies assault, mayhem, torture

Oceanside man "didn’t mean to” beat victim that badly

It was before 2 a.m. on Monday, April 21, when four Oceanside police officers responded to a report of yelling and fighting in a ground-floor unit at the Mission Hills apartment complex on Rancho Del ...

Not a steak, but not a bad burger

Out of the way joint dishes it cheap and tasty

Walking into Cali Steak Burger Bar forced me into a little semantic introspection. What makes a burger a "steak burger"? For that matter, what distinguishes steak from other cuts of beef? And if you make ...

Men knocked dead

Filmmaker explores "one punch homicide" in Pacific Beach

A Wisconsin filmmaker is revisiting a 2008 Pacific Beach beating death, among others across the country, in a documentary he hopes will spark a conversation about whether there should exist any acceptable level of violence ...

Acting is doing

Annie Hinton’s list of objectives for casting Circle Mirror Transformation

I wanted to interview Annie Hinton because she made her first “professional” directorial debut at New Village Arts earlier this year. And Annie Baker’s spare, almost voiceless collage, Circle Mirror Transformation, called for major directorial ...

SD tech bounceback happened last year

Industry accounts for 12% of San Diego output

By the end of last year, San Diego technology industries had more than bounced back from the Great Recession, according to a study by Kelly Cunningham of the National University System Institute for Policy Research. ...

Workers Film Festival returns to Digital Gym

May Day! May Day! The second annual Workers Film Festival returns to the Media Arts Center Digital Gym starting this Friday. No heavy lifting required: the mission of this weekend’s three-day celebration of labor is ...

Will money defeat Barrio Logan residents?

Big bucks pour in to defeat community plan that would lessen pollution

San Diego's largest military contractors continue to shovel money toward a political campaign whose goal is to sink the Barrio Logan community plan update at ballot boxes on June 3. General Dynamics spinoff National Steel ...

This time you may really be fired, Sloat

Faulconer passes on tainted Sacramento influence-peddler, seeks new one

It may finally be curtains for the Sacramento lobbying firm of Sloat Higgins Jensen & Associates, dumped by a host of big-name clients after it agreed earlier this year to pay a record $133,500 fine ...

Sampler Flight: Cinco de Drinko warm-ups

A boatload (literally) of craft beer fun leading up to May 5

May 2 | Cinco de Mayo Fiesta: People drag out birthdays for as many days as possible to extend the good times, so why not get a head start on Cinco de Mayo and carry ...

Frankencart to assist casino clients

Mechanics at Pechanga piece together service vehicle from discarded ones

Eight months after beginning the project, mechanics at Pechanga Resort & Casino’s auto shop unveiled their custom showpiece last week — a golf cart modified into a tow truck, which was made from parts of ...

Monday, April 28

Conman/minister Minkow gets another five years

As minister, he fleeced parishioners, IRS

Barry Minkow, San Diego's most publicized man of the cloth, was sentenced today (April 28) to five years in prison for embezzling more than $3 million from parishioners of San Diego Community Bible Church. He ...

Brahms, Beethoven, Ax, and Dohnányi at the San Diego Symphony

Two legendary headliners at San Diego Symphony deliver on expectations

I was tempted to recite the musical biographies of Emanuel Ax and Christoph von Dohnányi but that is always boring, especially when the musicians are Emmanuel Ax and Christoph von Dohnányi — meaning they’re such ...

Pocketful of coke and a spontaneous statement

Alleged dealer busted outside donut shop at midnight

Escondido police say they arrested a man in the parking lot of the donut shop down the street from headquarters, his pocket allegedly bulging with drugs. José Luis Fonseca, 23, pleaded not guilty to possession ...

Texas two-steppin' in Fort Worth

Calling all cowboys, cowgirls and aspiring Texans.

Cowboy culture is alive and well in Fort Worth, a city of about 775,000 just to the west of Dallas (and often lumped in the same metropolitan area). Fort Worth's a colorful composite of cattle ...

Look out — burglaries in Normal Heights

All three within a block of each other

San Diego police say Normal Heights residents need to lock their doors and windows — a series of burglaries recently hit the normally quiet neighborhood north of Adams Avenue. The burglaries took place during the ...

Opera members advise: fire the Campbells

Also want rescission of March 19 closure vote

Around 200 San Diego Opera members — considered a good turnout — gave advisory votes this morning (April 28) to: (1) Fire Ian Campbell, general director, and Ann Spira Campbell, his ex-wife and second in ...

Corruption cut from Sweetwater schools?

Superintendent Ed Brand's contract up for automatic renewal

Will superintendent Ed Brand be the last cheese standing on the Sweetwater dais? Former trustee Arlie Ricasa resigned from the Sweetwater board in December 2013, shortly before pleading guilty to a misdemeanor in relation to ...

An American orders spaghetti and meatballs in Poway

Turns out to be far less boring than it sounds thanks to Mamma Teresa

I've eaten lunch in Poway a lot over the years, and have even walked past Mamma Teresa a few times, sometimes on my way to the Five Guys next door, or to the Japanese restaurant ...

District attorney candidates face off

Del Cerro hosts debate between Brewer, Dumanis, Wyatt

The three district-attorney candidates at the April 24 debate sponsored by the Del Cerro Action Council and San Carlos Area Council answered questions about medical marijuana, whether the DA's office is politicized, and the "peace ...

Avant-garde trio the Bad Plus total UCSD this week

...and more jazz happenings in and around San Diego

Wednesday 30 The Lou Damian/Nathan Hubbard/Jerome Salazar Trio do their thing at Tin Can Ale House (1863 Fifth Avenue) at 9:00 p.m. $5 cover… Gilbert Castellanos presents the Young Lions Series at Croce’s Park West ...

Manchester gets his man on planning commission

Faulconer appoints designer of U-T’s Mission Valley condo tower

The election of mayor Kevin Faulconer appears to have paid off as expected for developer and U-T San Diego owner Douglas Manchester, who backed the Republican's campaign earlier this year with $356,000, funneled through GOP ...

Custom beers for Churchill’s and The Bellows

Local breweries craft specialties for pair of connected San Marcos restaurants

There are specialty beers, and then there are specialty beers. On the more common end of the spectrum, there are seasonal offerings that are readily available to the general beer-drinking public. When it comes to ...

Drone crash update three months later

Internal temperature rose to 215°F

After months of requests and subsequent appeals, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials on Thursday, April 24, released a pair of documents related to a drone crash off the coast of San Diego. But government-transparency ...

Sunday, April 27

Fest faves Temples take to smaller stage

The Casbah, being a smaller venue, was an opportune setting to see Temples up close. Temples is an English psychedelic-rock band that has played major European festivals (as well as this year’s Coachella) and supported ...

Wasted Years, by OFF!

The second official LP by the blessedly angry OFF! is a hell of a ride. The group is taking the foot off the gas every once in a while, and the newfound dynamics pay dividends. ...

Tanzania: the Stone Age lives

James Dorsey visits the Hadzabe tribe.

The diversity of cultural groups in Africa is unrivaled by any other continent. In East Africa, Kenya and Tanzania alone can boast close to 200 different tribal groups. The East African sites of Olduvai Gorge ...

Watch out for the multiplier hooey

States inventing wild statistics

As savvy San Diegas brace themselves for absurd claims of how a football stadium will boost the economy, and how tourism advertising will bring in tax dollars, an April 24 article by Matthew Hennessey, in ...

Saturday, April 26

Sterling's racial remarks cause a stir

Clippers owner under NBA investigation

The National Basketball Association and its players association are investigating whether Donald Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, made a racially insensitive remark that was captured on a recording, according to several publications, including ...

Shelter Island's other fish sandwich

Crossing the parking lot for beer-battered appeal

Having realized my dog enjoys scoping waterfowl while I eat, I head over to the Shelter Island area to try out the deck at Mitch's Seafood. The place sits right on top of America's Cup ...

Where dog-fur yarn comes from

Spinners gather at Lake Murray

On Wednesdays during seasonal school breaks, a patch of grass near the baseball fields at Lake Murray hosts a gathering of spinners. Up to a dozen women meet at around 9 a.m. and set up ...

Intergalactic goes to the Dark Side

Sci-fi-themed Miramar brewery celebrates 365 days in space

With flavors of all types swirling about like planets within a rather delicious galaxy, I’d be hard-pressed — and likely entirely unable — to name the style of the beer business owner and brewmaster Alex ...

Friday, April 25

Carlsbad hash-oil processor processed in Vista

But he came from Arizona…where he’s got a record

A Carlsbad man was arrested on April 22 after police found ten empty butane cans in the trash container from his home. Authorities had gotten a tip that Daniel Clark Steadman, 32, was cooking hashish ...

Eat like a caveman

Local butchers, chefs, and sommelier stir up a spring Paleo popup

On Sunday, April 27th, local Paleolithic diet advocates will host a dinner at Turquoise Cellars (5026 Cass Street, Pacific Beach) to demystify the so-called “Caveman Diet.” The dinner includes keynote speeches from local whole-animal butchers ...

Pala Indians battle against Bill Horn

Gambling tribe fighting nearby trash dump has spent secretly in past

It's a strange-bedfellows tale of trash and casino chips. The Pala Band of Mission Indians and their affiliated entity Pala Casino came up with $20,000 on April 23 for a campaign committee calling itself Citizens ...

Campbells on leave; SD Opera taking donations

Funds raised to be returned if rescue attempt fails

Confirming what the Reader reported last evening (April 24), San Diego Opera announced today (April 25) that Ian Campbell, general director, and Ann Spira Campbell, his ex-wife and second in command, are now on leave. ...

Alpine Beer Co. goes peoples’ choice route

East County brewery polls fans about potential business deal

They’ve learned to live with stymieing limitations over the years, but life is getting better for fans of Alpine Beer Co. (2351 Alpine Boulevard, Alpine). The deal owner and brewmaster Pat McIlhenney struck up with ...

Councilman Harris: "Feed the cops, not the homeless!"

Frustration with "travelers" vented at Ocean Beach meeting

The Ocean Beach Town Council introduced new Western Division police captain David Rohowits at their packed April 23 meeting along with interim District 2 councilman Ed Harris. Harris is completing the eight months left in ...

Balboa Theatre named one of world's 15 best

Epitomizes San Diego's beauty, says CNN

CNN Travel has named 15 of the world's most spectacular theaters. On the list is San Diego's Balboa Theatre, built in 1924. The Balboa fell into disrepair, and in 1959 it was set to be ...

Thursday, April 24

Jeep theft thwarted, suspect escapes on skateboard

"What are you doing? You're trying to steal my car.”

Ricki Colliflower is familiar with the sound of her car starting. She's not so used to hearing it start while she relaxes in her Imperial Beach apartment. Colliflower surprised a would-be car thief on April ...

Wanted: my freakin’ paddleboard!

Crime victim puts up surveillance pics that lead to thief

A Carlsbad man came home to find that someone had stolen the paddleboard stored on his back patio, in the 4000 block of Adams Street, about mid-day on Friday, April 4. The resident, identified as ...

Guilty Trustees (is not, unfortunately, a band name)

Sweetwater district's Jim Cartmill and Bertha Lopez take misdemeanor raps

The San Diego district attorney’s investigation into South Bay corruption involving Southwestern College, Sweetwater Union High School, and San Ysidro school districts is essentially over. Sweetwater Union High School trustees Jim Cartmill and Bertha Lopez ...

The web at my fingertips, Thai at my front door

Is it possible to make delivery even more convenient?

One perk of writing for Feast! is that I get to eat out a lot. But to look at it another way, I have to eat out a lot. Like anyone else, I have those ...

Third-floor fire at Hotel Sanford

Sprinklers douse fire and second and first floors

At approximately 7:00 p.m. on April 23, fire alarms went off at the Hotel Sanford in the 1300 block of Fifth Avenue. As the alarm is connected to the San Diego Fire Department, they and ...

Friendly with weed, indeed

Grantville pot-dispensary applicant aims to do good works

Two men who want to open a nonprofit medical-marijuana dispensary gave a presentation about their proposed business, Grantville Greens, at the April 21 Navajo Community Planners, Inc., (NCPI) meeting. Nick Hosig and Ron Miller were ...

Kilroy is here. Whatcha gonna do about it?

Carmel Valley developer’s project to increase fire-response times

When it comes to increased fire-response times as a result of a proposed development in Carmel Valley, according to Dennis Ridz, the city's thought process appears to be, “Oh, well. Service is poor throughout the ...

$7.7 million spent, 130 jobs created

South San Diego Bay Coastal Wetland Restoration Project completed

Officials gathered at the Bayshore Bikeway, where it meets Boulevard Avenue and 8th Street, in Imperial Beach on April 22 to mark the completion of the South San Diego Bay Coastal Wetland Restoration Project. Under ...

Qualcomm faces China bribery probe

Could involve disgorgement of profits

Qualcomm, San Diego's giant cell-phone chip-maker, yesterday (April 23) revealed that the Securities and Exchange Commission has warned that it could face a civil action over alleged bribery in China. The company revealed the possibility ...

Last Call: Red and Spring Awakening

Two quality shows must close this Sunday; now you see ‘em, or you won’t

Mark Rothko and his fellow Abstract Expressionists (though they didn’t like the name) battered the Cubists to pulp. Now, as Rothko contemplates what could be his masterpiece — and the place to showcase his special ...

Questionable political fundraising? Roger on that

Hedgecock and KFMB hit with unfairness charge in DeMaio race

Is one of San Diego's wealthiest women — whose family foundation backs nonprofits linked to the billionaire Koch brothers — abusing her lucrative radio and TV broadcasting licenses to muzzle an electoral opponent of Republican ...

CPUC practices crooked as a dog's hind leg

Head of regulatory body former Edison president

In trying to work a deal in which Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric could get a $3.3 billion bailout over the failure of the San Onofre nuclear operation, the California Public ...

Put a pink mustache on your car

...and make a little money giving rides

Emily Moberly says you, too, can use your car to make a little extra money. What is Lyft? Lyft is a better alternative to a cab! It’s your “friend with a car” as they say ...

Nati’s: Ground zero for ground beef tacos

Stick with what works at Ocean Beach landmark

Few cities in America have a variety of Mexican food as wide as San Diego. There are Baja-style seafood places, Mexico City-style antojitos spots, Sonora-style taco places, and gourmet spots where nary a burrito can ...

An environment I love to be in

The case for co-working

Living the life of an at-home professional can be daunting. While the perception of telecommuting is a pleasant one that evokes images of coffee house visits and sitting behind a computer while wearing flannel pajamas ...

Hazardous waste and asthma? What hazardous waste and asthma?

Barrio Logan community plan proponents aim anew at ship industry

A group of labor and environmental activists gathered Wednesday morning, April 23, outside the UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest to kick off a campaign in support of Propositions B and C, which will be put ...

South Park Brewing in the hopper

New brewpub coming from owners of Hamilton's Tavern and Monkey Paw Pub

When Scot Blair says he’s going to focus more on a new brewing project than anything beer-related that he’s applied his laser-keen attention to in the past, I believe it. One of the most passionate ...

Three years until Hillcrest fire station is replaced

In 2013, personnel responded to over 4500 calls

San Diego Fire Station 5 at University and Ninth avenues, is small, has asbestos, and is understaffed, but it still shoulders a full load. Placed into service in 1951, the Hillcrest station serves an area ...

Interview with Dom Hemingway writer-director Richard Shepherd

Okay, my bad. Dom Hemingway came out last Friday, and I’m just getting to this now. Inexcusable. Still, I believe Dom would understand — he knows about time slipping away. And anyway, it’s still in ...

It’s heaven to heal a horse

The life of a veterinarian.

Animals — they’re everywhere. Grumpy cats, silly puppies, bunnies, horses and kittens. They appear on TV, the Internet, and in homes. They’re dang cute, but who will take care of your cat when she can’t ...

Wednesday, April 23

Welcome to City Hall, now go home

Amazing audacity of local government leaders.

The claim that an elected city attorney’s discussions of city business with reporters were off limits to other reporters didn’t sit well with those at NBC.

Howler's spirit of ragged imperfection

Howler is a good-time rock-and-roll quartet from Minneapolis, nothing more, nothing less. Just good ol’ garage-rock cast in the mold of Social D, only nicer, but not as nice as, say, Maroon 5. Not so ...

Lowriders at Chicano Park Day

Born into the Klique

The old-school sirens were blaring as I drove through the cement pillars holding up the Coronado bridge on April 19. I pulled out my camera gear, and one of the members of the Klique car ...

Now You Know: Meidai

“My new album will make you laugh, cry, want to get up and party, and also make you think,” says Michael May, aka Meidai, a hip-hop MC who launched his label Off Da Wall MusiQ ...

Lighting by Cundey

A talk with distinguished cinematographer Dean Cundey

With Dean Cundey comes a 24-carat-history of cinema. Forty years of irreproachable artistry and over eighty credits under his belt have earned the prolific cinematographer a place in the pantheon of contemporary shooters. He followed ...

Voicemails, emails, and snail mail

Blowing It Maybe it’s not a good idea to tell people where bomb ranges are (City Lights, “Pearls, Petroglyphs, and Desert Shipwrecks,” April 17). People have been known to go out and collect pieces for ...

Ken Cinema remains a Landmark in every sense

Landmark Cinemas and the Berkun Family Trust have reached an agreement. Our town’s last remaining single-screen theatre is and will remain a Landmark. The following letter just arrived from Mr. Ted Mundorff, CEO Landmark Theatres: ...

The classic, current Drake Bell

Jumble the letters of Drake Bell’s name and you can spell “rockabilly”

Former TV star (Drake & Josh, filmed in San Diego)–turned–plunking tunester Drake Bell has a new persona ready to spit-shine: rockabilly boogie! He took some questions from the Reader over email. What are your memories ...

Rico suave pork torta

Between Mexican Fiesta and Stone, Ed is in danger.

"Things have been pretty horrible in the Congo for decades. So, their coffee is in this beer.”

Evil is impossible for Him

Evil is impossible for Him because He has what deters Him from it; knowledge of evil; and He has no motive for the motive would be either the need (or the wisdom) of evil, both ...

Punk singing — good training for porn

“A lot of times, I get, ‘You look really familiar,’ and usually the recognition comes from a guy who’s really close to his wife,” says La Mesa–based porn actor Dick Chibbles. “I don’t know if ...

Murder in Mexico

Drug-related homicides have been up sharply in Tijuana, but there’s a political shoot-out over just how much, according to a new report by the University of San Diego’s Justice in Mexico project. Though drug-gang conflict ...

Bloody marys and Roman showers for Ma’s day

“You’ve got to help me,” my brother William said sotto voce while glancing at his wife Beth across the room. “Mother’s Day is coming, and I’ve got nothing.” Little brother looked terrified. He’s a lousy ...

The Roof arrives

Just as the success of the Moonshine Flats country bar downtown seems to signal a turnaround in the live-music scene, word is that the Gaslamp will get another live venue in late May or June. ...

Flannel fashion history need not be

Dear Hipster, I look good in flannels. I like them a lot, too. Does the whole world see me as a hipster wannabe for the rest of my days simply because I like the “dad’s ...

Layers of history in Bow Willow

Visit a historic line shack made of rock on the vigorous Bow Willow-Rockhouse Canyon desert loop hike.

Part giraffe, part zebra, part woot-woot!

...and Creeps and Schitzos on tap at this week's Reader on Tap

Thursday 24Local electro-pop tribal-dance duo Okapi Sun will play a CD-release for their full-length debut, Techno Prisoners (sounds like take no prisoners) at Casbah. Dallas and Leo have been banging out hook-filled dance tracks since ...

Dance on a minefield

The Old Globe serves Water by the Spoonful.

He’s so addicted to alienation, he wouldn’t march in his “own parade.”

Don’t be a Dragula

Hipster vampires.

Only Lovers Left Alive is less a movie than an extended, deadpan, highly stylized rant from director Jim Jarmusch. Adam (Tom Hiddleston) is a vampire. Adam listens to vinyl, collects vintage electric guitars, and makes ...

Ginn’s discomfort

Time to take a compliment, Samantha Ginn.

After meeting Samantha Ginn twice, I’m left with the impression that at the end of a long day, when the rest of us drink beer, snap at our children, or numb our brains on reruns ...

Your only recourse is to gift ironically

Gift ideas for rich friends.

Dear Hipster, I’ve been invited to a cookout where most everyone has an Ivy League pedigree and buttloads of money. I don’t have either. I need a host gift they won’t just throw out later. ...

On the bluff tops of Olde Del Mar

Almost $7M will buy you a pizza oven by the pool (and more!)

Current Owner: Gary & Carol Arnold Listing Price: $6,795,000 Beds: 4 Baths: 4 “This entire home from the front curb to the rear fence was completely renovated” since it last sold in 1999, boast the ...

Birthday boil

A little advice would have saved Barb’s sister’s lunch.

The first thing we asked for was a round of waters. “None for me, thanks,” Jenny said to our shock, opting instead for a diet soda. “You really should drink some water,” we insisted.

Life in the rich and political lane

Democratic Assembly speaker–elect Toni Atkins hasn’t wasted time cashing in her newly won influence for campaign dollars to support the party’s roster of San Diego City Council candidates. Democrats are throwing a $125-a-head (up to ...

Love Is

A box of voices, a butt, a nose, a touch, a song, a torso’s twist; love is her sticking with me though I hurt her, what remains after burning through the lies and tentativeness and ...

Hundreds of millions for football, zilch for opera

San Diego is the nation's symbol of pedestrian pursuits (subsidies to Chargers, Olympics) trumping the high arts.

Springfield still the heartthrob

“Jorge, it’s Rick. Do you want to play with us?? Let me know ASAP. Maybe we can do a rehearsal.” When drummer Jorge Palacios saw that message from Rick Springfield in his email inbox, the ...

SEAL suits

War may be bloody hell, but life as a La Jolla venture capitalist isn’t a bed of roses either, according to an email making the rounds of local Harvard Club members. The group is offering ...

Starting a brewery is mostly not about beer

Post Title: The Romanticism of the Brewing Industry Post Date: March 26, 2014 It’s easy to dream about working in a brewery, especially when you are working on a computer all day. The thought of ...

The eternal muse meets the difficult monkey

...and a surefire litmus test for bands you've never heard of

Sunday 27Tower Bar’s got a BBQ matinee starting at 4p, with Seattle-based “love punk” four-piece Damage Done and our own Beside Myself and Caskitt...after that, go home and change your sauce-stained shirt (slob), and head ...

April 17 Crossword Contenders

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

April 17 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Tony Abboud, Coronado, 4. Joe Arbusto, Rancho Penasquitos, 4. Bliss Beedle, Encinitas, 4. Tom Burgeson, San Diego, 4. Clyde Christie, Coronado, 4. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 4. Tommy D. , Scottsdale, 4. Paula Davis, ...

Tuesday, April 22

Granada, Nicaragua: Central America on the cheap

Travel tips for this colonial city, the oldest in the New World.

Nicaragua may be one of the continent's last untarnished jewels that hasn't been flooded with foreign tourism. Lying just to the north of Costa Rica, it can be managed on an extremely low budget. Getting ...

Best of SD: Filmatic Festival, Earth Fair, OB Restaurant Week, Metaloci, and more this week!

The Filmatic Festival is a four-day event celebrating the works of UCSD faculty and students with the goal of transforming the passive film-going experience into an immersive one. This digital-media exhibition includes interactive installations, films, ...

Bungling (suspected) burglars busted with stolen stuff

Curious Carlsbad man comes across belongings in car detained by cops

A Carlsbad man walked down the street to see why the cop car was there; he then saw his stolen possessions inside a car that was being detained, according to testimony at a hearing today, ...

Let it out, let it all out

Tribal Baroque comes to San Diego

Tribal Baroque is in town for a handful of "prayformances" in Balboa Park near Casa del Prado Theater, on April 24 from 3-5 p.m., April 26 at 9 p.m., and April 27 from 3-5 p.m. ...

Bikers’ and climbers’ stake in Mission Trails park

Master plan meeting touches on the Boulders, adding acreage

At the April 17 meeting on the Mission Trails Regional Park master plan update, speakers included rock climbers, mountain bikers, and property owners. Topics for the first two groups included access and the Quail Brush ...

Local hotel business improves....but

Still lags other California metros

According to Smith Travel Research figures, occupancy in San Diego hotels has risen from 67.6% year-to-date March of last year to 70.9% this year. Average daily room rate has climbed from $126.98 to $133.1. But ...

Enchantment and injustice

To Kill a Mockingbird at New Village Arts succeeds more often than not

It’s impossible to measure these things, but surely the book (1960), by Harper Lee, and the Oscar-winning movie (1962) must have had an impact on the Civil Rights Movement of the '60s. Along with an ...

Port parking ruse — er, pilot program in effect

Meter rate jumps to $1.75 an hour in some Embarcadero lots

The Port of San Diego has decided to experiment with a "parking meter pilot program," which might better be described as a localized hike in parking-meter rates. There are 186 metered public parking spaces at ...

"NO FEES for the skatepark" in Imperial Beach

Management of I.B.'s sports park divvied, costs vague

In a compromise deal after months of heated public debate, the Imperial Beach City Council on April 16 unanimously approved resolutions that turned over management of the sports park to two private organizations. The final ...

Lobster, lamb score big at Southpaw Social Club

Revamped menu has two great signature dishes

When I went to Southpaw Social Club a while back, the menu had some good things on it, but the place was still feeling its way six months after opening. With its back patio smack ...

Douglas Manchester backs a Horton

U-T San Diego owner drops small bundle on Lincoln Club candidate

Real estate developer and U-T San Diego publisher Douglas Manchester has boarded the Board of Equalization bandwagon of GOP ex-assemblywoman and former Chula Vista mayor Shirley Horton, kicking in $6000 on April 21, according to ...

Tomatoes to fly, bulls to run in Temecula this summer

Unless a lawsuit from animal rights activists gains traction

Adrenaline junkies don’t have to travel far this summer, as a Southern California version of Pamplona’s running of the bulls is slated to come to Galway Downs Equestrian Center at 38801 Los Corralitos Road on ...

Sampler Flight: It's the Reader's turn on April 27!

This week, the Reader’s getting in on the ale-driven action!

April 22 | Homebrew Trade & Taste: Little Italy’s original Bottlecraft location is as much a center for craft beer communalism as it is a retail outlet. Helping to foster this well-earned reputation is this ...

Monday, April 21

Burrowing neighbors trigger near Mexican stand-off

Radio call made requesting agents with long rifles

A group of five possibly armed Mexican military came through the drug tunnel under the border the night of April 1 and tried to exit in an Otay Mesa warehouse being guarded by the Department ...

Paint on the bumper is insufficient evidence

Charges dropped for Vista man accused of hit-and-run

All charges were dropped for a man who was accused of felony hit-and-run with injury, in connection with a motorcycle crash in Vista seven months ago. A judge ruled there was insufficient evidence against 21-year-old ...

Mayor's nominee withdraws from major appointment

Gray says he backed out of civil service commission role to avoid conflicts

Insurance consultant and Republican Lincoln Club leader Douglas E. Gray has backed out of an appointment by San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer to the city's civil service commission. Interviewed in his downtown C Street office ...

Would-be railroad barons face steep grade

Note to MTS: Backers of Pacific Imperial Railroad have controversial past

Conflict of interest and other financial wrongdoings continue to appear around every bend for the binational railroad meant to link factories in Mexico and the U.S. Yet, despite allegations of fraud and links to dozens ...

Raising a glass to Watermark's Jennifer Baichwal

Jennifer Baichwal would loved to have been alongside co-director Edward Burtynsky when he introduced their latest collaboration, Watermark, at The Ken last night, but it was her daughter’s birthday. Joined by Baichwal’s husband, cinematographer Nick ...

Benefit for local jazz treasure Daniel Jackson is on at Dizzy's

...and more jazz happenings this week in and around San Diego

Wednesday 23 Gilbert Castellanos presents the Young Lions series at Croce’s Park West (2760 Fifth Avenue) featuring Lizzi Trumbore, 7 p.m. $5 cover… It’s the Jazz Jam Session this week at Seven Grand Whiskey Bar ...

Human faces on a rarely told story

Mandate Memories at North Coast Rep

Lionel Goldstein’s world-premiere drama has some creaky dramaturgy and overuses a trick so much that, in the first 30 or so minutes, it was tempting to phase out and do character studies of various spectators. ...

The Bailey, Julian Brewing Co. for sale

Julian’s first brewpub has been put on the open market

When news broke in early 2012 of two families with deep local brewing ties teaming up to bring Julian its first brewpub, the townspeople — and most of the beer fans in San Diego County ...

Sunday, April 20

Scammed: California’s unclaimed property website

False claimants scored $1.5M before being busted

A group of eight Southern Californians are accused of defrauding the state of at least $1.5 million by filing false claims through California's unclaimed property website. A federal indictment against the group was unsealed in ...

Doggone! The dog’s back after 7 years

Buddy the black Lab returns to owners as owners return to county

A few weeks ago, Buddy, a ten-year old Lab, was reunited with his owners after having gone missing for seven years. During the San Diego County wildfires of October 2007, Buddy and his family were ...

Saturday, April 19

Cross-genre jam session births massive IPA

Brewers helping non-brewers make their hoppy dreams come true

I’ll admit it. When I first heard Stone Brewing Co. was conducting a collaboration brew with a member of jam band The String Cheese Incident and a journeyman guitarist who’d shredded with the likes of ...

Hey, Chula Vista Elementary School District, test this

Parent invokes Constitution to opt out student from Local Measures testing

Earlier this year, parents from several Chula Vista Elementary School District campuses submitted forms to opt their children out of all tests other than those devised by classroom teachers. Parents outlined their opposition to testing ...

Friday, April 18

Digital detox in Julian

Unplug with this guide to the East County mountain town.

A digital detox vacation is one where you can’t get cellphone, satellite or internet service of any kind. Ok, I might've just sent you into a panic attack with this thought – so take a ...

"New Chicano" rapper Rossi on the rise

San Diego hip-hop artist Rossi rocked the mic at House of Blues during San Diego's inaugural DunkXChange, a trade show for sneaker heads and hip-hop enthusiasts. Rossi kicked off his set with “Crack and Some ...

Familiar face remains as Faulconer cleans house

Paul Robinson's brow-raising associations and decisions irrelevant to mayor

Continuing a string of appointments of political backers to key spots in San Diego city government, Republican mayor Kevin Faulconer has renewed the long tenure of downtown lobbyist Paul Robinson as chairman of the Mission ...

Drake Bell's Ready Steady Go!

The Kinks’ “Sunny Afternoon,” with its grousing about the taxman taking “all my dough,” might refer on the sly to Drake Bell’s ongoing bankruptcy, just as sardonic observations elsewhere on the glitter life sound like ...

Opera operative advised no discussion of fat checks

So, will the Campbells rake it in or what?

One of the biggest questions in the San Diego Opera brouhaha is about whether general director Ian Campbell and his ex-wife Ann Spira Campbell will get paid generous benefits if the opera closes down. Karen ...

DUI sting for the stung?

"It's just one bad decision after another,” says bicyclist who won’t drive.

El Cajon police set up a checkpoint in the parking lot of the El Cajon Superior Court on Thursday afternoon, April 17, checking drivers entering the lot for licenses, registration, and insurance. The checkpoint coincided ...

Viva Cervecería Azteca

Aztec Brewing Company’s beers returning to Mexico

Even before Aztec Brewing Company (2330 La Mirada Drive, #300, Vista) was up and running, owners John Webster and Claudia Faulk received inquiries from businesses in Mexico asking to carry their beer. The reason — ...

Thursday, April 17

Meet Watermark's Edward Burtynsky

The personal appearances just keep coming at Landmark. First Charlie Siskel in La Jolla and now Edward Burtynsky in Kensington. Director/executive producer and photographer/artist Edward Burtynsky will be at The Ken on Sunday, April 20 ...

Baja tax hike screwed businesses over

Economist says sales down 20% in TJ; inflation rate up 7%

Following a rancorous debate in Mexico City late last year, federal legislators voted to increase the sales tax from 11 percent to 16 percent, effective the first of the year. Baja California business leaders have ...

Do the math: proper overtime pay demanded

Lawsuit accuses Paradise Valley Hospital of deliberate salary miscalculation

Stephene Ortega, an employee of National City's Paradise Valley Hospital since 2007, filed suit this week against its parent company, the Ontario-based Prime Healthcare Paradise Valley, charging the hospital with "systematic miscalculation of the overtime ...

Meet Finding Vivian Maier's Charlie Siskel

Co-director comes to Landmark La Jolla Village Cinemas.

Charlie Siskel — who, along with John Maloof, produced and directed the documentary Finding Vivian Maier — will stop by the Landmark La Jolla Village Cinemas this weekend for a pair of audience Q & ...

Kassim Alhimidi deemed a murderer

“This is bull***t!” yells son, sparking uproar in courtroom

The courtroom erupted into shouting after Kassim Alhimidi, 49, was declared guilty of first-degree murder in the beating death of his wife two years ago. This afternoon, April 17, judge William McGrath was confirming the ...

Cheesesteak isn't the only food from Philly

At long last, I try a pork roll sandwich

A lot's been said about Giorgino's cheesesteaks — after all, the sign over the Golden Hill shop boldly claims to have the best in town. But there's been another item on the menu that's aroused ...

Who beat Shaima Alawadi to death?

Turmoil in household suggests all suspects not yet considered

According to testimony of a computer forensics expert, Shaima Alawadi was logging on to Yahoo Messenger at 10:41 a.m. on March 21, 2012, when she was attacked. The 32-year-old mother of five probably knew the ...

It ain't over until they haul the projector out of The Ken

The Loma Theatre marquee came into view while snaking up Rosecrans en route to a meeting with members of the family that owns The Ken Cinema. Now Playing: “Barnes & Noble” and “10% Off On ...

Last Call: All My Sons at Intrepid in Encinitas

Karma not instant, but inevitable

If I had a penny for every time I heard someone say “I wanted to see that show. Now I hear it closed,” I could start my own theater — and have a permanent tee-time ...

Immigrants bad for environment, TV ads say

Anti-immigration effort of failed San Diego bank exec buys TV spots

An outfit calling itself “Californians for Population Stabilization” is buying San Diego television commercials as part of what it says is an Earth Day–linked campaign against “mass immigration.” The spots begin with a child asking ...

Sneak Peek: Karl Strauss Brewery Gardens

30-year-old Sorrento Mesa restaurant undergoes a complete refresh

With magnificent Japanese-style gardens, a waterfall, and a koi lagoon flanking its northern edge, Karl Strauss Brewing Company’s Brewery Gardens location (9675 Scranton Road, Sorrento Mesa) is the crown jewel of its brewery-restaurant empire. I’ve ...

Final verdict on blood moon? Whatever.

Note: you can’t take a good picture of the moon with your iPhone.

I watched April 15’s much-hyped “blood moon” in two phases. I don’t understand the science behind the blood moon but the entire internet said that it was something that happened rarely. I was determined to ...

Wednesday, April 16

This Year's Soundcheck

San Diego Music Issue 2014

"Your favorite band sucks" — T-shirt Oh, Lord, has it come to this? We’re quoting T-shirts now? Well, yes — if only to illustrate a point about how good things can come from anywhere. Which ...

To My Dear and Loving Husband

If ever two were one, then surely we. If ever man were loved by wife, then thee; If ever wife were happy in a man, Compare with me, ye women, if you can. I prize ...

The Men go from punk to Huey Lewis

The Men is a five-piece Brooklyn guitar-rock band, somewhat new, and in touch with their inner Huey Lewis. Not the same band as the Men, a ’90s era Santa Monica group with two women as ...

Mix CDs passé?

Nothing says love like an herb garden made of used craft-beer bottles.

Dear Hipster: I was thinking of making my girlfriend a custom mix CD for her birthday. Good idea or bad idea? — Jamie Yeah. Sure. Great idea. If you guys still listen to CDs, which ...

Sarah tells us about bad beer

Sniff a can of corn, drink a Rolling Rock.

Post Title: Bad Beer Post Date: October 28, 2013 Have you ever had a craft beer that didn’t taste right? Maybe it’s all the years I worked in a lab with bacteria and yeast, but ...

Rothko is extremes

The stage picture seems to move.

When courting his second wife-to-be, Mark Rothko gave her a copy of The Trial. In Franz Kafka’s uncompleted novel, an unnamed accuser arrests Josef K for an unnamed crime. According to his biographer, James E.B. ...

Jude Law luxuriates in role of Dom Hemingway

The lyrical gangster.

Dom Hemingway opens with an extended (snicker) shot of a bare-chested and beefy Jude Law delivering an equally extended (snicker) panegyric on his penis. An encomium for his erection. A tribute to his tallywacker. On ...

In the San Diego music clubs Sunday–Wednesday, April 20–23

Sunday 20When you’re done being Easterly Sunday, mashing all them ’mallow peeps and jelly beans, get out to Casbah, where Leopold & His Fiction will split a bill with Soft White Sixties. Fueled by peanut ...

Hot, cool, beautifully squishy at La Fachada

This courtyard is an oasis from the streets of Sherman Heights.

Sherman Heights. Around seven in the evening. I’m standing over the grilled onions, breathing in their fumes. And the blackened green jalapeños. Man. You cannot beat this. With most Mexican food trucks, the health authorities ...

Plastic Bag People

Fate and fortune turn quickly in San Diego politics, for none more so than Kimberly Hale Miller and Phil Rath, influence-peddlers once employed by a lobbying firm owned by Tom Shepard, political consultant to fallen ...

Exploring a rare commodity in Anza-Borrego

Hike where modern California began and Cahuilla Indians died.

Make your way through a lush riparian area and loop back to an overview of a historic spring.

In the San Diego music clubs Thursday–Saturday, April 17–19

Thursday 17Like a psychedelic Elvis one minute and Chuck Berry on a blues-punk bender the next, New York City staple Jon Spencer and his Blues Explosion — the irrepressible, irreplaceable rock-rolling backbone Judah Bauer and ...

Racism is not cool

I, as your so-called hipster, am cool.

Dear Hipster: My sister’s boyfriend let fly a few racist remarks at a recent family gathering, and I’m pretty sure his bigotry runs deeper than that. Am I out of line if I just hit ...

Smoking, not pot

Smoking giant R.J. Reynolds of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has been handing out some big money lately to California politicos, including $1500 each to Democratic state senator Ben Hueso and Republican assemblyman Brian Maienschein. GOP senator ...

Diazepam dandelions

The first thing you notice is the whistling: this sprightly ditty that feels familiar at first, but you can’t put your finger on it. Then he rounds the corner, a willowy, relaxed figure with a ...

Del Mar's North Torrey Pines Bridge retrofitted

Four-year-long project makes span good for at least another 50 years

A ceremonial ribbon-cutting on Tuesday morning, April 15, marked the completion of the lengthy restoration process for a historic bridge between San Diego and Del Mar. The North Torrey Pines Bridge, named in 1996 at ...

Pearls, petroglyphs, and desert shipwrecks

U.S. naval bombing range before pearls.

The Spanish ship was loaded with pearls when it ran aground in the spring of 1615. The shipwreck lies six miles northwest of present-day El Centro inside an active U.S. naval bombing range. The ship ...

Country conundrum

Country music makes KSON San Diego’s second-most-popular radio station. So, why are there are so few venues for live country music? Sure, country superstars such as Toby Keith, Kenny Chesney, and Tim McGraw can be ...

The Falconer: Part 3

Finishing with Kate Marden, master falconer and owner of West Coast Falconry, an establishment that provides falconry classes and services. Marden says, “If you have a bird of prey, and you’re not hunting with that ...

All things head-banger

Hard rock and heavy metal are not the same. They are often joined at the hip by outsiders, but to the true fan they are as different as Pantera and Britney Spears. Not to mention ...

Syncopated space rockers

Progressive rock occasionally goes overboard with showy virtuosity and enough time-signature changes to induce epileptic fits. But contemporary Rush-loving, concept album-inclined bands are gaining popularity once again. One instrument endemic to the genre is the ...

Jazz came knocking

“He’s like a breath of fresh air to our community. I don’t have to worry at all about the direction the music is taking because when you play with Joshua, he’s going to bring it. ...

The Chapel at Grossmont in La Mesa

Pastor Hilton wasn’t meant for work in a lab the size of a closet.

To be absent from the body is to be present to the Lord.

Those people are like rats. You'll never get rid of them.

New Moon = No Moon Re: “Naked and Alone in the Ocean at Night,” April 10 cover story. Near the end of the story it says that she entered the water “sometime around midnight.” Two ...

Local cops have a soft spot for pop-punk?

San Diego may never get the national recognition of being a trendy musical hotbed alongside the likes of Seattle, Austin, and Brooklyn, but for the adventurous fan seeking quality indie and garage rock, the city ...

April 10 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Tony Abboud, Coronado, 3. Joe Arbusto, Rancho Penasquitos, 3. Bliss Beedle, Encinitas, 3. Tom Burgeson, San Diego, 3. Clyde Christie, Coronado, 3. * Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 3. Tommy D. , Scottsdale, 3. * ...

April 10 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. ...

Tuesday, April 15

El Cajon murder case now with jury

Racist-charged note left at scene considered false evidence

Prosecutor Kurt Mechals failed to prove that Kassim Alhimidi beat his 32-year-old wife to death in their home in 2012, his defense attorney told jurors today, April 15. A note reading “This is my county ...

Must-see Stockholm

Including design, drinking, ghosts and ABBA.

Though Stockholm has much in common with other Scandinavian cities, it has a look and cultural legacy all of its own. This harbor city gets both American tourists and lots of fresh seafood. Stockholm seems ...

Happy Vegan meal, kitten included

Animal-rights activists start food-delivery service in Tijuana

In my search to adopt a kitten in Tijuana, a friend of mine directed me to Claudia Lomelí, an animal-rights activist who spends some of her time rescuing street animals and finding them homes. The ...

Weighing in with A Haunted House 2’s Marlon Wayans

A little over an hour after watching Marlon Wayans demystify Fox5’s Raoul Martinez’s Clark Kent complex found me poolside at the W waiting to speak with a member of one of comedy’s reigning royal families. ...

Former mayor Bob Filner and city face new lawsuit

Alleged harassment occurred at Johnson Elementary School

Bob Filner's legacy as mayor continues to leave a mark on the City of San Diego. On April 9, more than six months after the former mayor was forced from office amid allegations of sexual ...

Faulconer funder nails top airport spot

Hotel mogul and major GOP donor re-upped by mayor

What a difference a year can make in San Diego's uniquely rough-and-tumble brand of municipal politics. In March of last year, then-mayor Bob Filner — a longtime critic of what he said were sweetheart Mission ...

Getting to know you, Afghanistan

Food from a place we usually only hear about

I doubt I'm alone in associating the word kabob (or kebab) with coastal Mediterranean countries — the skewered meat typically served alongside pitas and tahini, or tzatziki. However, Mira Mesa's Ariana Kabob House offers a ...

SEC charges Total Wealth Management with fraud

Local firm misled clients, raked in kickbacks, says agency

The Securities and Exchange Commission today (April 15) charged a San Diego investment advisory firm, Total Wealth Management, and its owner, Jacob Cooper, with fraud. The firm's officials engaged in undislosed revenue-sharing agreements through which ...

This week in the San Diego jazz clubs, April 16-21

Chris Speed Trio performs on Easter Sunday

Wednesday 16 L.A.-based violinist Nora Germain is the star of this weeks’ Young Lion’s series at Croce’s Park West (2760 Fifth Avenue) joined by pianist Ed Kornhauser and bassist Will Pierce. 7 p.m. $5 cover… ...

Sampler Flight: April 15 – 21

From foodie to festival-goer, there’s something for everyone this week

April 19 | One-Year Anniversary: Join owner and brewmaster Alex Van Horne as he celebrates Year One of his sci-fi-themed Intergalactic Brewing Company over the course of three sessions including his favorite brews from the ...

Monday, April 14

Dave Mustaine and the San Diego Symphony

Mustaine and the orchestra play an all classical concert together.

Saturday night at the Jacobs Music Center was about the most fun I’ve had at a symphony concert. The buzz before the April 12 concert was alien to those hallowed walls — at least in ...

San Diego and Arizona Eastern Railway to roll?

Executive from company to address allegations of fraud

Problem: Two trains leave opposite ends of San Diego. Train A is traveling at 100 miles per hour loaded with allegations of fraud; Train B is traveling on the same track at the same rate ...

Another music venue pulls the plug

Bay Park bar the Griffin acquired by Regal Beagle group

Another San Diego music venue has pulled the plug. The Griffin, the Bay Park bar known for its quality sound system and presenting nationally touring headliners such as Imagine Dragons, Crosses, Nico Vega, Band of ...

Ken Cinema to close on April 27

First the San Diego Opera and now this. Here’s what’s known: I have it on good authority that Landmark Cinemas, the company that operates the theatre, was not able to renew the lease on San ...

For better or worse: the late-night Cali burrito

Go-to post-bar staple wins every time

Burritos are tough to write about because they're not photogenic. That probably says more about what people want to read than it does burritos. But some nights, when the bar shuts down and a stomachful ...

Might Chargers eye property occupied by opera studio?

Commercial Street area could be developed near stadium site

San Diego Opera — in an internal struggle over dissolving — owns a set-making studio at 3064 Commercial Street. This studio has built more than 50 new productions for San Diego Opera through the years ...

More delays in Brittany Killgore murder case

New attorney for Maraglino, more information hamper progress

Murder defendant Dorothy Maraglino was in court on April 8, represented by the fourth attorney who has been assigned to her since 22-year-old Brittany Killgore went missing two years ago. Maraglino’s new attorney, Jane Kinsey, ...

Major upgrade for Hillcrest crosswalk

Dangerous intersection to be made safer for pedestrians in July

A crosswalk in Hillcrest is getting upgraded after reports of serious accidents and complaints from residents. The crosswalk with no traffic light is at the southeast corner of Park Boulevard and Cypress Avenue, near the ...

Afternoon at the (final?) opera

Criticism of Campbells persists, "town hall" meeting planned

The confused yet honorable Don Quixote wandering the Civic Center stage vanquishing windmills and shaming robbers served as a perfect metaphor for the final performance of the San Diego Opera. Woven around and through the ...

U-T San Diego key backer in "jobs tax" defeat

Media operation owned by developer gave more than $42,000 of ad space

The battle over the City of San Diego's so-called linkage fee on commercial development to pay for subsidized housing ended with a whimper last month. San Diego Chamber of Commerce honcho and ex-GOP mayor Jerry ...

Golden Hill "Renaissance Project” begins

Widened sidewalks, new water mains, reverse-angle parking spots planned

City leaders on April 9 broke ground on a $1.7 million effort to ease traffic, upgrade sidewalks, and revamp parking along 25th Street in Golden Hill. Work on the thoroughfare connecting SR-94 and Balboa Park ...

2014 World Beer Cup winners

Local winners from the Olympics of brewing

The Olympics of beer, the World Beer Cup, went down last Friday, and while San Diego’s brewers didn’t get to parade into the event in matching jumpsuits to the cheers of their countrymen, they left ...

Spring Valley hatchet attack committed by fugitive

Witnesses and dog help nab parolee, now facing attempted-murder charges

A fugitive in violation of his parole terms is back in custody after adding robbery and attempted-murder charges to his rap sheet over the weekend. On Saturday afternoon, April 12, 24-year-old Harold Hill entered the ...

Saturday, April 12

Three Bettys recognized in Oceanside

Library honors longtime volunteers

Three women named Betty, with a combined age of 284 years, were honored at the Oceanside Library’s Volunteer Appreciation Day on April 11. While 11 other library volunteers were honored for as “Volunteers of the ...

Instant Checkmate defied Fair Credit Reporting Act

FTC spanks local consumer-report provider

San Diego–based Instant Checkmate has agreed to pay $525,000 to the Federal Trade Commission to settle charges that it violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act. The company, using public records, sells information about consumers (addresses, ...

Project Trio at the Symphony

Beatbox and wave your hands in the air

The Project Trio was in town last weekend. I had recommended them sight-unseen earlier in the week. Having now seen them at the Jacobs Music Center on Sunday, I can say they are the most ...

Beer of the Week: Rip Current Caught In A Rip IIIPA

One of the best beers from one of the county’s most prolific breweries.

Every time I go to Rip Current Brewing Company, I’m amazed at the large number of stylistically diverse beers they have available. Homebrewers at heart, brewers Paul Sangster and Guy Shobe do an impressive job ...

Drywall company kicked off $6 million job

Canadian company began work without license, faces fine

A Canadian drywall contractor was kicked off the job at the $150 million, 45-story Pinnacle Towers development on the 1400 block of Island Avenue downtown for failing to obtain a California contractor's license, the state ...

Friday, April 11

Adventures in Adobada: Taquería Los Albañiles

Well-constructed tacos on a dismanlted Segunda

Having finally come to terms with the jeering orange pile of disillusionment that is being marketed as the original taco al pastor in Mexico City, I returned to an old Tijuana favorite to reaffirm the ...

U-T raises street sales price

Jumps from $1.00 to $1.50

The U-T has boosted the price of its street-sales papers to $1.50 from $1.00, confirmed Harry Woldt, circulation director. He does not expect street sales to go down much as a result of the boost, ...

Dig a hole: Mickey Rooney

Death finds Andy Hardy

Sunday began with a prophetic Facebook post. Big Screen devotee Rob “Colonna” Martinez placed an article on my wall from the December 15, 1959 issue of Time magazine that dished the backstory on a drunken ...

Hillary Clinton takes fire downtown

Day after shoe-throwing incident, she skips speech at medical convention

A pair of protest groups descended on the convention center Friday morning, April 11, to picket outside a medical convention, only to find that their target, former secretary of state and likely presidential candidate Hillary ...

Camp Pendleton contractors settle fraud claims

F-Y Inc., RQ Construction, Harper Construction Inc., to pony up

A host of Southern California contractors has agreed to pay the federal government $1.9 million to settle claims that they made fraudulent allegations in order to win bids on major construction projects at Camp Lejeune ...

$80,000 fine in Filner and Dumanis cash case

City ethics commission settles out with La Jolla luxury car dealer

The San Diego city ethics commission has reached a stipulated agreement with La Jolla luxury car dealer Marc Chase to fork over a hefty penalty in the political-money-laundering case involving a Mexican national, GOP district ...

ZIMMERMANHANDLED

On March 4, Shelley Zimmerman was confirmed as the new Chief of Police for San Diego. Hopes were high that the new chief — the first woman ever to hold the position — would bring ...

Lost in the Dream with War on Drugs

The third album from Philadelphia band War On Drugs finds main man Andy Granduciel filling his hazy, melodic sound with scattered layers, long tones, and phantom drum machines, delivering a record that could soundtrack any ...

La Mesa council rejects cell-phone ban

"Mini computer" use to continue while members sit on dais

La Mesa mayor Art Madrid's city-council colleagues rejected his April 8 request to prohibit cell-phone use by councilmembers during forums, including meetings, town halls, and closed sessions. Madrid's proposal for city attorney Glenn Sabine to ...

Greetings, fellow analog creatures

St. Vincent converts a full house at House of Blues

Annie Clark, better known by her moniker St. Vincent, has stated that she would like to change the concert-going experience for attendees by emanating fragrances throughout the venue. Although there were no new aromas that ...

CSU San Marcos to study surfers

Seeks to qualify wave-riding as viable exercise routine

While surfers have long agreed that their pastime provides for an intense workout in addition to its recreational and psychological rewards, a professor at California State University San Marcos has set out with a team ...

Fruit smoothies, superfoods and breakfast on the run

South Park finally gets its own organic market

As quickly as the past several years of gentrification took over South Park, one problem lingered: access to organic produce. Crack parks became dog parks, empty buildings became restaurants and restaurants became fusion restaurants, and ...

FreePB.org wins records act lawsuit against city

Judge says Chief Lansdowne’s SDPD was wrong to deny request

Emails, memos, and other communication explaining the San Diego's Police Department's reasoning for allowing some special events to be exempt from the city's alcohol ban must be turned over to the nonprofit anti-booze-ban group FreePB, ...

Brewery wanna-bes or never-will-bes

Prospective brewing company projects that are either silent or dead

At the time of this writing, I am keeping track of a whopping 42 brewing projects which are in the works within the boundaries of San Diego County. Of those, 35 are works-in-progress from new ...

Fire rages through Logan Heights bar

Arson closed Malena’s in 2008

A notorious neighborhood bar, Malena’s, located on the 2900 block of National Avenue, long closed due to an arson fire, was ablaze in the early morning hours of Friday, April 11. At around 2 in ...

Thursday, April 10

Time and the Conways at the Old Globe

J.B. Priestley’s 1937 drama is not a great play. But it’s a haunter. The Old Globe’s excellent cast probably won’t have too many standing ovations because the spell doesn’t break until long after the curtain ...

City cracks down on another pot dispensary

“[J]uvenile, who appeared to be 13 years old,” mentioned in complaint

While the city's newly adopted medical marijuana ordinance awaits final approval from the California Coastal Commission, city attorney Jan Goldsmith has continued his legal assault on dispensary owners and the property owners who lease to ...

New police trailer rolls into O.B. Pier parking lot

Smaller than old one, which critics said blocked view

The old police trailer in the Ocean Beach Pier parking lot that has caused much controversy over the past couple of decades was replaced with a new smaller unit on April 10, courtesy of the ...

David Gordon Green on his not-so-ordinary Joe

Director David Gordon Green is currently out promoting Joe, a rich, atmospheric comedy noir starring Nicolas Cage as a backwoods professional tree-poisoner and Tye Sheridan as the teenage boy in need of protection from a ...

Arson follows domestic turmoil in Logan Heights

After setting fires, boyfriend allegedly lights himself up

On Wednesday, April 9, shortly before 5 in the evening, police cars, fire trucks, and two ambulances responded to a house fire in the middle of the block on National Avenue between 30th and 31st. ...

UCSD and SDSU Engage in Social Drinking Contest

ALL HANDS MANNING THE STOMACH PUMP, LA JOLLA — The battle between established party paradise SDSU and the upchucking upstart UCSD has officially gone public, thanks to the social networking platform Twitter. Two weeks ago, ...

Manure stench plagues anti-Fletcher donor

Escondido developer with San Diego lobbyist opens front against neighbors

Could a political contribution by any other name smell sweeter to San Diego Republicans? That seems to be one of two persistent questions for Los Angeles developer Michael Schlesinger, who has been battling nearby residents ...

San Diego Opera head says all want to save company

But statement on Campbells' pay still enigmatic

Chairwoman Karen Cohn of the San Diego Opera today (April 10) issued a statement that suggests there has been a complete turnaround in sentiment. But her statement about the pay of Ian and Ann Campbell ...

East Village: Hot hot hot!

Bunch of eateries opening, but watch for The Parlour

Wow. Things are certainly taking off in East Village. Stone Brewery's setting up another Company Store at 795 J Street in the century-old Simon Levi Company building, tucked right in by the ballpark, where Proper ...

Man admits Vista robbery — but not murder attempt

Phillip Edwards Miller expects six years prison

A man who has been fighting an attempted-murder charge for years made a plea deal on April 8, the day his case was set for jury selection. Phillip Edwards Miller, previously identified as Phillip Esquire ...

PriceSmart suspends accounts of Cuban officials

Says it is merely complying with U.S. law

PriceSmart Jamaica, subsidiary of San Diego's PriceSmart, suspended the accounts of residents and staff of the Cuban Embassy and consular offices in Jamaica, according to the publication Gleaner. PriceSmart has warehouse clubs throughout much of ...

Active pursuit of happiness

Author Henry S. Miller explains why happiness may have everything to do with the success of your job search. How did you become so interested in happiness? When I read one of the very first ...

Toronado blowing down wall

North Park beer bar poised to expand into neighboring space.

Though, at the right time of day, it can be a cozy, quiet, craft beer-equipped respite from the hustle and bustle of the outside world, at peak business hours, Toronado San Diego (4026 30th Street, ...

Live the dream

You can make a living in the great outdoors

Jeremy Dawson spent two years attending UCSD before he dropped out to be a mountain guide. His parents, while not thrilled with the prospect of their son climbing mountains for a living, gave their blessing. ...

A ton of free sessions

To start a photography business

My friend Tim is a dreamer. Every other week he has a new career. Six months ago, he dropped 2K on a camera bundle with the goal of becoming a professional photographer. That camera is ...

Standardized tests shunned by South Bay parents

“My son had been experiencing headaches”

One night last year, Gretel Rodriguez was playing the word game Hangman with her son who attends HedenKamp Elementary in the Chula Vista Elementary School District. He chose an unusual word. When Rodriguez asked him ...

Three border officials face charges

Allegedly tried to push Alan Bersin–linked candidates

On Tuesday (April 8), the United States Office of Special Counsel filed complaints against three Customs and Border Protection officials, alleging they unlawfully manipulated the hiring process to put the favored candidates of Alan Bersin ...

Camping at Doheny State Beach, CA

Train to bike from downtown San Diego.

Our growing family of four is always up for an adventure, and recently we began mulling over this idea of a bicycle-train-camping expedition. Unsure if we'd be getting in over our heads, we decided to ...

Wednesday, April 9

Naked and alone in the ocean at night

The death of Michelle Von Emster is adrift in mystery.

Something you don’t see every day: seagulls standing on the ocean. A 20-year-old surfer named David Corriea would tell this to investigators and reporters later. It was a couple hours ahead of sunset and there ...

To God the Father

Great God, within whose simple essence we Nothing but that which is thyself can find, When on thy self thou didst reflect thy mind, They thought was God which took the form of thee; And ...

Two former Chargers file NFL concussion lawsuit

Helmet manufacturer also charged with negligence

Not only did the National Football League spend years withholding critical information about head injuries from its players, the league's primary helmet supplier knowingly produced and equipped players with a defective product, two former Chargers ...

Bonobo folds time

Simon Green, 38, is a British DJ/musician. He lives in New York now, but he was born in Hampshire and moved to Brighton. That’s where he began deejaying in clubs in the late ’90s. Whatever ...

Encinitas mayor keeps campaign promise

Teresa Arballo Barth won’t run for reelection

In an announcement that stunned many supporters, populist Encinitas mayor Teresa Arballo Barth recently announced that she will not run for reelection. In her April 5 email to constituents, she cited her original campaign pledge ...

Vodka verus gin

The Great Martini Debate defused.

Dear Hipster: My friend and I go back and forth on which is the right spirit for a Martini. Gin or vodka? — Joe, Kensington Gin drinkers are either old men or luxurious Noel Coward ...

Taste and vibe

When a collective of Pomona musicians and artists known as Moon Block Party got invited to host a show in Desert Hot Springs concurrent with the 2012 Coachella festival, they had no idea that they ...

Escondido truck vandal faces charges

David Gordon Huntley claims he was temporarily insane

A man on probation is accused of causing $5000 damage to a truck sitting on an Escondido car lot two months ago. At a court hearing on April 7, defendant David Gordon Huntley heard evidence ...

Lee Coulter, born with swagga

“I was never fired or anything. I like to think that’s because I’m too pretty.”

“Most of my songs consist of simple lyrical concepts in the form of a melodic pop song, broken down with raw, acoustic production,” says soulful troubadour Lee Coulter. “Then I like to change it up ...

Nine-Ten’s Martinez

Knowing a lot about a lot and enough about the rest, Nine-Ten’s sommelier and food and beverage manager Summer Haines is a wearer of many hats. To help the bar’s hotel — the Grande Colonial ...

Champagne and free BMWs

UCSD wants to build a costly new biology building, but the state hasn’t yet given it the cash, so University of California regents have said it’s okay for the school to start working on a ...

Molecular biologist learns to brew

Post Title: About Me My name is Sarah and I am currently a student of UCSD Extension’s Brewing Certificate Program. I am a part of the first cohort of students in this brewing program, and ...

Now you know: Flower Animals

Nineteen-year-old North Park native Gonzalo Meza recalls his garage-rock initiation: “I heard the White Stripes’ ‘Dead Leaves and Dirty Ground’ on my sister’s MP3 player in 2005. It sounded like nothing I’d ever heard. A ...

The treasures of Ocean Beach

Visit Dog Beach, take a bicycle ride on the Ocean Beach Bike Path to Mission Valley and back, or check out the waves on the pier.

Bedford gets happy at the Factory

Unheard of in Yarrawonga

Trivia question: "Why are sliders called "sliders"?

Kicking, clawing

Raiders gonna raid

Pit anywhere from 5 to 15 thugs against one lone tough and instead of a dogpile, the bad guys line up like they’re in a bakery waiting for their numbers to be called. (Don’t any ...

I did evil things

“When I went into prison I was under the delusion that I hadn’t done anything bad enough to merit prison time,” wrote Johnny Love (of San Diego band the Johnny Love Sound) in an email. ...

Grabby god of sun

The recently released University of California report on the “campus climate” at UCSD warns students to be on the lookout for mashers at the upcoming Sun God festival. The document relates that 94 of those ...

Lord of the prize

A birthday turtle beheaded.

“There was a huge killer whale, but man, with all the recent press, that wouldn’t be a good thing.”

Long-distance monkey

“Coinciding with reestablishing the band and calling off our indefinite hiatus, I finally came to terms with the fact that these feet will never fit into corporate shoes,” says singer/guitarist Johnny Rukkus, whose band Monkeys ...

Smartest home in Coronado

iPad runs my pad!

1041 G Avenue, Coronado, 92118 Current Owner: Scott Aurich Listing Price: $5,890,000 Beds: 2 Baths: 4 Local real estate broker Scott Aurich designed and built his 4500-square-foot custom “Hill Country Coastal Contemporary” home from the ...

iPhone versus Nexus

Device advice.

Dear Hipster: It’s new cell phone time for me, but I can’t decide between the Nexus 5 and the iPhone 5. Which one should I get, and why? I use a Macbook, and the iPhone ...

Letters of all shapes and sizes

Correction In the cover story of the March 20 issue, “Nobody Listens at Open Mics,” I quoted story subject Sydney Schumsky about a suicide attempt. Schumsky says this was a misunderstanding and that she had ...

Why more people leave than enter San Diego

Chargers blackouts and the opera’s demise are related to San Diego’s great weather.

San Diegans pay a big cost to live in perpetual sunshine. Income is moderately above the nation's, the cost of living is far above.

Bersin’s bungling?

The Customs and Border Protection department’s Advanced Training Center in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia — to which San Diego Border Patrol sector trainees are regularly dispatched for a high-tech education in all manner of shooting, ...

On Being Sixty

A poem by Po Chü-i

Addressed to Liu Mēng-tē Between thirty and forty, one is distracted by the Five Lusts; Between seventy and eighty, one is a prey to a hundred diseases. But from fifty to sixty one is free ...

April 3 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. * Mark Burton, ...

Tuesday, April 8

Former top executive embezzled from synagogue

La Jolla's Beth El lost almost $400,000

Eric Levine yesterday (April 7) admitted embezzling $394,873 from La Jolla's Beth El, of which he was executive director from 2007 to December of last year. He had control over the synagogue's bank and credit ...

Cheese plus steak doesn't always equal cheesesteak

Putting unmelted provolone on meat that can be beat

I heard some Philly boys were serving up cheesesteaks in National City, so I set my hopes to high and hustled that way, past a half dozen dilapidated mini malls and food chains. Across from ...

TJ cops threatening to tourism?

Business owners fear resurgence of extortion

Tijuana police are at it again — stopping motorists with U.S. license plates for imaginary traffic infractions so they can extort money from visitors to the city’s struggling tourist district. "We are hoping that tourists ...

Interview with Cuban Fury star Nick Frost

Nick Frost — perhaps best known as the Oliver Hardy to Simon Pegg’s Stan Laurel in the Cornetto trilogy (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End) — salsas into the spotlight in the ...

Phony construction worker busted by Border Patrol

Attempt at coffee klatch camouflage backfires

A Mexican national was arrested on Monday, April 7, after attempting to pose as a construction worker, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials. At around 6:30 in the morning, a man arrived at ...

Longtime city employee claims discrimination

Iranian says ethnicity and age hindered promotion in transportation dept.

A longtime San Diego city employee has sued for discrimination, claiming that his Iranian descent and age kept him from moving up the ranks in the transportation department. Seyed Ahmadi, 62, has worked as a ...

Children of man shot by Encinitas neighbor file lawsuit

Michael Vilkin made a quit-claim deed transfer of property after shooting

The children of a man who was allegedly shot to death by his neighbor on March 28, 2013, recently made new accusations against the alleged killer in their multimillion dollar wrongful-death suit. The last court ...

Lakeside man arrested following stick assault

He also had a knife

Lakeside resident Steve Nakho was arrested early Monday morning, April 7, after allegedly beating a man with a stick and chasing him while wielding a knife. Around 9:30 Sunday evening, sheriff's deputies received a call ...

The Liar at Scripps Ranch Theatre

"Make it cohere, and they’ll follow you anywhere.”

“The thing I’m not will make me live.” San Diego’s David Ives Victory Tour continues at Scripps Ranch Theatre with his re-invigoration of Pierre Corneille’s 1643 comedy. As with Venus in Fur at San Diego ...

San Diego unions violated campaign finance law

Labor council and Oceanside firefighters' PAC didn't disclose campaign cash

Two San Diego County–based labor groups are up for charges at this month's meeting of the state's Fair Political Practices Commission. One of the cases dates back to 2010, according to the allegations, when the ...

Sampler Flight: April 8 – 14

Slimmer pickings than most weeks, but still plenty of quality suds.

April 8 | Beer Dinner: Many are high on the rebirth of longtime Gaslamp Quarter eatery Croce’s as Croce’s Park West. Count Coronado Brewing Company among those excited about the change. Enough so that they’re ...

Golden Hill canyon to fill with 27 new homes

No opposition to development site “well known for its rich fossil beds”

Where 29th meets B Street, in a quiet part of Golden Hill, a previously undeveloped, narrow green canyon will soon be the site of 27 new homes. The canyon, which for many years included the ...

Monday, April 7

Opera: Campbells could get up to $3 million more

Board members not given compensation committee minutes

If the San Diego Opera closes down after this season, as administrative and artistic director Ian Campbell desires, Campbell and his ex-wife Ann could make $2.5 million to $3 million after their work is over, ...

Opera Wednesday in La Jolla

When was the last time you were able to critique a critic?

Opera Wednesdays are starting this Wednesday at the La Jolla Community Center. As I’ve mentioned before, opera is not dead. The lineup on Wednesday is strong and features a slew of accomplished singers. All of ...

San Diego Opera Director Ian Campbell brings down the final curtain

San Diego Opera Director Ian Campbell is being sought by police after allegedly igniting a blaze that consumed the San Diego Civic Theater during an onstage address to attendees at what may have been the ...

Qualcomm-linked foundation pays for Davis travel

Well-traveled House Democrat and staffer take mid-winter Florida junket

San Diego House Democrat Susan Davis, infamous for years of free world travel, thanks to various lobbyist-related groups, stuck closer to home in her latest gratis mid-winter foray from the nation's capital. A travel-disclosure form ...

Toni Atkins pulls Community Benefit District legislation

Bill would have made it easier to create assessment districts

Assemblymember Toni Atkins will not move ahead with legislation that would make it easier for large property owners to form assessment districts in San Diego County. As first reported by the Reader, Atkins introduced the ...

Nurses push Susan Davis on Robin Hood tax

Bank of America mad chalker speaks up

A contingent led by the California Nurses Association donned pointed green caps before meeting with staffers from Representative Susan Davis's office on Friday morning, requesting her support of HR 1579, a bill introduced last year ...

Vapers beware

Don’t try e-cigs on the Oceanside Pier

The Oceanside City Council on April 2 voted unanimously to advance an ordinance banning electronic smoking devices where traditional cigarettes are outlawed and restricting unaccompanied minors’ access to some businesses that sell them. Cited in ...

Man arrested for jumping on cars in Vista

Waves not thrilling enough

A Vista man was arrested early Sunday morning following a drunken escapade that left several cars parked near the Wave Water Park significantly damaged from vandalism. Shortly before midnight, sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the ...

Meet Magnetic Brewing

Electrician among brewery owners setting up shop in Kearny Mesa.

“I am Magnetic Brewing,” replies Morgan McCarty when asked about the staff at his new brewery-to-be in Kearny Mesa. It’s a solo operation, and though he has the support of a loving wife and two ...

Sunday, April 6

This week in the San Diego jazz clubs: April 8-13

Tuesday 8 Bassist Kyle Motl explores the music of Anthony Braxton with saxophonist Adam Tinkle, pianist Josh Charney and drummer Putu Hiranmayena, followed by a duet performance with Tobin Chodos on piano at the Loft ...

Saturday, April 5

Ichiban: with rolls at $2.50, this hour is happy

It's one of the originals, still cheap, cheery, and very Japanese

Ichiban ("Number One" in Japanese) has been here three decades, and still gets as crowded as when it first opened. Why? All-Japanese crew, real bargains, and a real easy atmosphere. And did we mention a sushi happy hour?

Former SD councilman ruled off ballot in Nevada

Mike Schaefer was disbarred in California, Nevada.

John Michael "Mike" Schaefer, a 1960s San Diego Councilman who tried to establish himself in Los Angeles, Nevada, and elsewhere, is battling election officials in Nevada. Schaefer, who was disbarred by Nevada in 2001 and ...

Paddling with gators in Florida's Myakka River State Park

Initially I was petrified at the thought of being in a body of water with alligators, but then I realized I didn’t sign up for this kayak trip to see birds. If you’ve spent much ...

Beer of the Week: Mother Earth Brew Co. Printemps Houblon Ale

First in a four-part seasonal series is a multifarious beaut’

When the San Diego Brewers Guild presented its members with the opportunity to team with a European brewery, Dan Love, head of Mother Earth Brew Co. wasted no time taking the local advocacy group up ...

Quiche envy in South Park

Quaint French café just right for those who miss Paris.

With crêpes, quiches, coffee and no shortage of charm, Café Madeleine gives Francophiles in South Park a destination to aim their morning strolls. The classy little shop pays attention to the small details while catering to the big picture; namely, that locals needed this sort of adorable little outpost to catch up with friends over light fare and hot beverages.

Friday, April 4

New York style delis aren't supposed to be street legal

Eating good pastrami off the back of a food truck

New York associations aside, packing a deli into a food truck actually kind of makes sense. It's tough to do better than a sandwich for functional street food. These guys make their own mustard and dressings, use fresh artisanal breads, and their pastrami is legit. Their traditional NYC-style sandwiches work, but skipping any grilled options will probably net you a better lunch.

Judge rules Barrio Logan referendum should be on the ballot

Judge admitted petition drive was based on lies, however, said not enough to keep it off ballot.

It's settled. The Port of San Diego Ship Repair Association's petition drive to overturn the Barrio Logan Community Plan Update was steeped in lies and false representations, ruled Superior Court Judge Randa Trapp at today's ...

Exit Through the Gift Shop's Brian Cross to launch opening night of Filmatic Festival

UCSD's four days of media exploration and creation runs April 24–27.

ArtPower! at UC San Diego is poised to debut their first annual Filmatic Festival later this month in Atkinson Hall, headquarters of the Qualcomm Institute on the UC San Diego campus. The event, billed as ...

School officials Gandara and Sandoval plead guilty

But what about the sentences?

Two major players in the South Bay corruption case, former Sweetwater superintendent Jesus Gandara and former Sweetwater trustee Gregorio Sandoval, both plead guilty to a conspiracy felony and a misdemeanor in a Chula Vista courthouse ...

Mess by Liars

Like most Liars’ music, Mess is anxiety-ridden, dissonant, frantic. The seventh album is their third to be made in Los Angeles since leaving Brooklyn. With the change in location comes a change in sound: the ...

Wiggin' out at Casbah...

...with Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks

Similar to Stephen Malkmus’s old band, Pavement, there is a Replacements-like quality to the Jicks’ live sets. They can be the best band in the world on one night, and they can be the worst ...

U.S. Customs corruption is chronic, audit says

SENTRI faces "insider threat," needs more lie detector tests of border agents.

Cooked up in 1995 as a way of easing border travel from Mexico to the United States for those who qualify for pre-approval, the so-called Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection Program, SENTRI for ...

Workers, clergy pour into Clairemont Taco Bell to fight wage theft

Rev. Lee Hill: "I could see tears welling up.”

Following up on a promise last month to ramp up actions against illegal labor practices in the fast food industry, activists descended upon a Taco Bell/Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in Clairemont late Thursday morning, intent ...

Modern Times & Half Door Hiring

Brewery and brewpub posting up help wanted signs.

Working at Stone Brewing Co., a business that regularly has between 50 and 100 job postings up at a time, I am intimately aware of how many employment opportunities exist within our burgeoning local brewing ...

Edison execs dump $18 million of stock after rate deal

Proof that ratepayers raped, shareholders coddled.

On March 27, Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric struck a proposed deal that ratepayers have denounced, because, if the deal is approved by the full California Public Utilities Commission, ratepayers will ...

Coffee Bak, Vietnam style

Café Bien is straight from the streets of Saigon.

Very Vietnamese coffee place is where it's at with the local community. Coffee is all they have, but what coffee! Early morning is when the crowd really comes.

Thursday, April 3

Huge classical weekend ahead

Wanna support music with your attendance? Get some this weekend.

It’s time to walk the talk folks. The musical community in San Diego is talking about saving the opera and the death of classical music. The simple solution is to get out there and go ...

What the emails tell us

Did shipping companies push petition signers in Barrio Logan referendum?

Did signature gatherers hired by San Diego's shipping conglomerates purposely spread misinformation in order to collect enough signatures to overturn the Barrio Logan Community Plan Update? Emails released in court from those in charge of ...

Cravory's permanent location open in Point Loma

Cookie purveyors claim to have the "ultimate cookie experience," maybe not so much.

Brick-and-mortar location for the formerly farmers' market only cookie business that grew out of 410 Degrees. Some people seem to like the Cravory's cookies (which include flavors like "pancakes and bacon" and "rosemary-balsamic"), but the reality is that they are little more than underbaked sugar bombs. The price is fair enough ($2 for a cookie), and the people who work there are always super nice, but the cookies just aren't that good, more hype than anything else.

All My Sons at Intrepid Shakespeare Company

Okay, it isn’t Death of a Salesman, to which it will forever be compared. And its form lies just this side of calculated. But Arthur Miller’s earlier play, written during World War II, still packs ...

The real reason Zimmerman got the SDPD chief gig?

In the day following ex-SDPD Chief William Lansdowne's February 25 announcement that he would retire, politicians, pundits, and police experts pronounced pious platitudes promising prolonged public participation in the process of picking a replacement. The ...

Best Pizza and Brew makes a believer out of loyal Pizza Port customer

Agrees to try it after weeks of shoulder massages and uninterrupted time with Sportscenter.

Best Pizza and Brew restaurant is an understated eatery serving up an uncommonly large variety of pizza by the slice and they offer freshly made salads (starting at $6 and served in a large modern ...

Biking the Great Western Loop

This East County route should be on every S.D. cycler's list.

A few friends and I went riding East County's Great Western Loop on a clear November morning. The GWL is a popular rural cycling route along Willow Glen, Dehesa, Japatul, Lyons Valley Roads and Jamul ...

Kearny Mesa protesters lament McCutcheon decision

MoveOn predicts 60, gets 30 to turn out

A hastily-assembled crowd of about 30 demonstrators gathered in Kearny Mesa on Wednesday afternoon, protesting a Supreme Court ruling handed down earlier in the day that weakens federal campaign contribution laws. On a 5-4 vote ...

Appeals court orders U-T San Diego publisher to pay up

Manchester loses another round in U.S. court case over $477,070 tab.

A Texas banking start-up owned by U-T San Diego publisher Douglas Manchester has lost another round in federal court in its long legal battle with an irate vendor alleging that the La Jolla real estate ...

Adventures in Adobada: Melancholy in Mexico City

Losing faith at al pastor Mecca.

El Tizoncito invented the taco al pastor in 1966 by exchanging the lamb shawarma brought by Lebanese immigrants for marinated pork shoulder on a tortilla. Blame the half century since its inception, but these tacos regrettably don't hold a candle to Baja's succulent adobada tacos served on fresh masa tortillas.

Recycling robbers

San Diego isn’t very strict, so we tell them to go there

Each week in Imperial Beach residents are putting out their blue recycling bins and thieves are stealing their aluminum cans and other beverage containers. Before the Edco garbage trucks arrive, many bins are picked clean ...

Coming Soon: The Wizard of Opera

The Wizard of Opera tells the story of Dorothea, a sweet girl from Rolando who dreams of singing for an adoring and appreciative audience. But when a terrible financial maelstrom forces her home underwater, she ...

Media publication says Manchester might sell

Wonders if Lynch looking for a buyer

The publication Nieman Journalism Lab, in a Ken Doctor article published yesterday (April 2), says that Southern California could be the epicenter of big changes in the newspaper industry. One reason, says Doctor, is that ...

Catching Up with Council Brewing

Husband and wife share details about upcoming Kearny Mesa brewery.

I entered to the sound of construction, but instead of a crew of burly dudes hammering and sanding away, I encountered a kindly looking couple wearing matching gear made dusty yet stylish by the addition ...

PE class stacks riprap along Carlsbad's coast

A tale-tell sign that spring has arrived along the beaches of North County is the appearance of rock sculpture. Made by informal artisans, they’ll find various-sized riprap rock that has been added for erosion control. ...

Wednesday, April 2

Noah Homes, an upside to Down syndrome

We should all live so well

The residents deserve to live as well as anyone else, not better.

The Falconer: Part 2

How to catch a baby dragon.

In the United States, our falconry, we’re not pet keepers, it’s a hunting sport... Kate Marden, master falconer. Marden, 55, owns West Coast Falconry in Marysville, California. Onsite are a Barn Owl, Eurasian Eagle Owl, ...

Teenage: A four-decade panacea of pop culture

Eruption of youth

Prior to 1904 and the National Child Labor Committee that was formed in the wake of the Industrial Revolution, there was no such thing as a period of adolescence. One was either a kid or ...

Evil submarines

Thousand-year-old eggs don’t exactly say “Eat me”

Determined to tackle something more adventurous, I find my answer in Vietnamese porridge.

Hot leather

“These songs are more of a coming-of-age progression with the band,” says Nathan Joyner of Hot Nerds’ upcoming three-song EP, Self Titled. “They bridge the gap between the last split 12-inch we put out...and the ...

DVD picks from a theater director

Although not my favorite Coen brothers’ film, Blood Simple is their directorial debut and shows what makes them the top filmmakers in America today. Director’s cut DVD is a must. Three minutes shorter than the ...

Oak Hills Covenant Church

Hell is a choice.

Contact: 1920 Shadowridge Drive, Vista. 760-598-3852; oakhillschurch.tumblr.com Denomination: Evangelical Covenant Church Membership: 100 Pastor: Marilyn Williams Age: 48 Born: Chula Vista Formation: Vanguard University of Southern California, Costa Mesa; Bethel West Seminary, San Diego Years ...

The three basics of proper piercing

“Each piercing needs to be its own special moment in your life.”

Are your piercings medical-implant grade?

Black Canyon’s riparian habitat of waterfalls and pools

Cascading waterfalls, pools, and an historic three-hinge bridge built in 1913 make this an interesting canyon to explore.

Opera board not provided with information requested

$10 million need not be raised by April 29

"We have improperly been denied information," says a key board member of San Diego Opera. On March 28, eight board members of the opera sent a letter to opera director Ian Campbell and Chairwoman Karen ...

Smoldering fire in Shelltown exposes a smoldering problem

Fed up neighbors watch in frustration

At around 4 in the afternoon on Monday, March 31, fire trucks and vehicles were heading down National Avenue passing 32nd Street, then some of the trucks and vehicles came back and were heading down ...

Potted plans

A noted pioneer of San Diego’s cannabis industry has turned up on an application for a medical pot license in Massachusetts by an outfit called Bay State Holistic. “Executive Director Corey Barnette brings 12 years ...

North Park Theatre a game-changer?

The remodeled 85-year-old North Park Theatre is positioning itself as a viable concert venue. Co-owner David Cohen tells the Reader that they’ve installed a new sound system, a removable seat configuration that will allow the ...

Letters — now with audio!

Believers and Unbelievers I am an atheist who supports the right to believe in God, the Devil, or anything else, as long as it does not intrude on me. Having read Siobhan Braun’s story on ...

In the San Diego music clubs Sunday–Wednesday, April 6–9

Sunday 6Casbah stages War on Drugs Sunday night. Critics are swooning over this year’s Lost in the Dream CD, for its “rust-belt-rock-like-the-Boss!”–ness. Except Adam Granduciel, he’s the main War on Drugser, has less of a ...

Anti-police, anti-prison

Donovan building for sick and disabled called a waste.

A protest against the proposed expansion of Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility brought over 60 people carrying signs and chanting slogans to a remote corner of Otay Mesa on March 29th. The new building is ...

In the San Diego music clubs Thursday–Saturday, April 3–5

Thursday 3The Two-Headed Cheetah Tour comes through town tonight, as U.S. punk progenitor Cheetah Chrome (Rocket From the Tombs/Dead Boys) and L.A. punk revivalists the Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs take the stage at Soda Bar. Chrome is ...

The many trials of Madame Tingley, part one

What Theosophists found in San Diego.

On January 8, 1903, just before his final remarks as attorney for the defense, Samuel Shortridge paused. He seemed to stare through the floor, as he struggled to find the crucial words. Then he rose ...

Five elements of fun

Despite the never-ending sunshine, San Diego is rarely thought of as a “green” city. While it ranks 14th in a 2012 study by Corporate Knights (a publication that promotes “clean capitalism”), the city failed to ...

UCSD’s god of debauchery

In the crosstown rivalry between UCSD and San Diego State University, one thing has always been seen as certain: SDSU is the town’s premier hard drinking party school, as attested to over many years by ...

City sued over murals

Art is in the eye of the permit holder.

In December 2013, Pam Anderson, founder and owner of the now-defunct ArchitectureArt, a company that specialized in large hand-painted murals, filed a lawsuit against the City of San Diego for violating her right to free ...

Chase that bunny

“This has been in the making since last August, but we couldn’t say anything until all of the higher-ups approved,” says singer/bassist Danny Tatulli of Danny & the Tramp, whose song “Chase That Bunny” was ...

Quick, sell your bike before you get stabbed

Google “bike” and “stab” and “San Diego”.

A web monkey's DVD picks

The 1982 sword-and-sorcery fantasy Beastmaster was a staple on cable. So much so HBO was jokingly referred to as “Hey, Beastmaster’s on!” Sadly, you can’t just turn on your TV anymore and see Marc Singer ...

A Psalm of Life

What the heart of the young man said to the psalmist Tell me not, in mournful numbers, Life is but an empty dream! — For the soul is dead that slumbers, And things are not ...

DVD picks from a Derby girl

In Manhattan, Woody Allen’s middle-aged Isaac quits his TV writing gig to write the Great American Novel. Graced with a preternaturally perceptive 17-year-old girlfriend, Isaac trades quips with his amusingly pretentious writer friends and engages ...

March 27 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. Mark ...

March 27 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Tony Abboud, Coronado, 1. Joe Arbusto, Rancho Penasquitos, 1. Bliss Beedle, Encinitas, 1. Tom Burgeson, San Diego, 1. Clyde Christie, Coronado, 1. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 1. * Tommy D. , Scottsdale, 1. Paula ...

Tuesday, April 1

No pigeons, rats, broken windows

City posts Abatement Notice at 815 University Avenue

A longtime antique and collectibles store at 815 University Avenue in Hillcrest closed down sometime back. The code enforcement section of the City of San Diego posted a Notice of Abatement (Vacant and Unsecured Structure) ...

Oceanside Sound System makes it safe to skank

Oceanside Sound System: not a stereo repair shop. The North County band started in 2009 as a four-piece with guitarist Ben Blessing and drummer Sid Sloth from Irieside, a jam-rock-reggae-hip-hop band, and a singer named ...

Wings were not meant to be seen by daylight

Accidentally wandering into a fast food chain and regretting it.

It looks like a fast food restaurant, and operates like a fast food chain, but it focuses almost exclusively on wings, by all rights a bar food. Yes they serve beer and have a TV on, but the place would never work as a sports bar, and doesn't actually serve food quickly enough to qualify as convenient. It is extremely cheap though.

Fuel rods must be canned

Greens to San Onofre — extra precautions needed on nuclear waste storage

Local environmental activist group San Clemente Green has launched a new petition aimed at pushing former San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station operator Southern California Edison into taking additional steps to secure highly radioactive waste from ...

The Patio on Lamont Street is worth a little drive

PB restaurant serves good enough grub to bring snobby Uptown types to sea level.

Decent wine list. Cool cocktails. Tasty, cold beers. A few inventive dishes, executed with skill, and some more pedestrian fare for the less adventurous. Nice ambiance, though too dark at night. Competent servers. Really, everything about the Patio on Lamont is what you'd look for at the price point. No disappointments. Worth a drive from outside PB, for sure.

Faulconer inaugural tab exceeded $91,000, disclosure shows

Mayoral press aide listed as getting $1000 from lobbyist-backed group.

The official report is in, and, as expected by many city hall insiders, new GOP mayor Kevin Faulconer picked up plenty of cash from the city's special interests to stage his inaugural festivities last month. ...

Atkins pushes bill so 30% of your neighbors can redevelop you

Marco LiMandri weeps elephant tears over end of assessment districts.

Assembly Speaker-elect Toni Atkins wants to make it easier for property owners to levy assessments on their neighbors property tax bills to pay for community improvements. Last month, on February 21, Atkins introduced legislation aimed ...

Sampler Flight: April 1 – 6

A trio of festivals form the basis for fermentable fun

April 5 | Craft Beer ‘N’ Bites: SILO, an open-air event space in East Village’s Makers Quarter, will play host to a beer-and-food-event featuring pairings from local restaurants and breweries including Societe Brewing Company, Green ...

Flexibility Stigma

UCSD study sees envy among 9-to-5ers

Recent trends toward allowing employees more flexible work schedules to care for children or address other life needs may be backfiring, according to a new study jointly published by Rice University and UC San Diego. ...

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