Stories for February 2014

Friday, February 28

Hackers break into mortgage-broker accounts

Charged with stealing $100,000 from Tijuana

Two men were charged in indictments unsealed this week with hacking into computer servers of a major U.S. mortgage broker to steal personal information and siphon $100,000 in funds from the accounts. They used the ...

Cox Communications to cut about 500 jobs

“It’s about real estate,” says spokesman

On the heels of Sony Electronics announcing job cuts of at least 400 employees in the San Diego area, Cox Communications is also drawing back in the region. Notices were sent to employees this week ...

Hotel business slumps in January

But competing state cities go gangbusters

According to Smith Travel Research statistics, San Diego's hotel business continues to sag while Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Francisco soar. January hotel occupancy locally dropped from 62.8% to 62.6%, a decline of 0.4%. ...

Sunset Cliffs — whose paradise is it?

Graffiti vandalism and recent attack on teen have some wondering

Following a month that saw a violent carjacking and excessive tagging, residents of the normally quiet neighborhood of Sunset Cliffs have been left to wonder whether urban blight is going to be a persisting problem ...

Sushi, SoCal-style, on a roll!

Sushi Freak wants you to play chef

What if you could walk into a sushi joint and invent your own sushi roll? Just tell the chef "Gimme some of this, some of that, and I don't care if they shouldn't go together, ...

Technology meets art at the park

Balboa Park partners with Maker Faire for first STEAM Day

This marks the first year that Balboa Park includes “A” for Art in their annual event to highlight the education movement traditionally known as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). On March 16, from 11 ...

Carlsbad CPA charged with theft, misappropriation

James Comstock can't practice, pending criminal case outcome

North County Superior Court has granted the California Board of Accountancy's request to block a Carlsbad certified public accountant from practicing until criminal cases against him are cleared up. James Milton Comstock is charged with ...

Johnny's Fire & Berry Old Fashioned

According to bartender Faith Taylor, the Tractor Room offers high-quality cocktails with a low-altitude attitude. “It’s kind of like Manhattan meets Montana,” she says. But if the restaurant tries not to take itself too seriously, ...

City of San Diego to purge year-old emails

Cost of storage declared prohibitive; action could result in litigation

The City of San Diego is running out of space to store all those old emails — internal emails between staff and elected officials and correspondence from constituents. To remedy that, city officials have opted ...

The School for Lies at North Coast Rep

These days, in order to function, theaters must run on tight schedules — open a show, run four weeks, open another — even though word of mouth takes three to four weeks to take hold. ...

Free screening of Casablanca at Landmark Hillcrest

Hey, Turner Classic Movies! You must remember this: there is more to vintage cinema (and the vast holdings in the M-G-M/Warner Bros. vaults) than, "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn," "We'll always have ...

Sun Kil Moon's Benji

Recording as Sun Kil Moon, Mark Kozelek’s new album, Benji, walks a fine line between tear-jerk confessionals and R. Kelly–style stream-of-consciousness stories. The everyday recollections of “Ben’s My Friend” feel kind of like Kozelek’s own ...

Danzig sues distribution company in federal court

Heavy metal singer accuses company of not paying proceeds

Glenn Danzig, former Misfits frontman and lead singer for the heavy metal band Danzig, is ready to bang heads with his former distributor in court. On February 27, the self-proclaimed "Evil Elvis" filed a lawsuit ...

Tacocat's NVM

Never heard Tacocat before. First impressions of “Bridge to Hawaii”: (1) I’m getting impatient with the song’s two resounding opening guitar chords, cringing at the prospect of overdramatized, underwritten music...is there going to be a ...

Allied Gardens residents address parking problem

"A new one is people dressing in the street."

People who park on streets near Kaiser Hospital/Medical Center on Zion Avenue may find "a friendly reminder" from District 7 city councilman Scott Sherman on their vehicles. A packet containing the reminder (printed on yellow ...

Valley Center Brewery finds home at home

Homegrown craft beer springing up in North County Inland burg

Last September, I introduced readers to Valley Center’s first brewery, Valley Center Brewery. At the time, the family-run operation was in the midst of its very humble beginnings, but they’ve been busy in their northerly ...

Armed bandits target migrants in Imperial Valley

Firefight erupts between rival robbers

Armed attackers are taking aim at migrants crossing the border illegally near Ocotillo, according to a February 26 report from the U.S. Border Patrol. Ocotillo is located just east of San Diego County at the ...

Thursday, February 27

Attorney General appeals handgun restriction ruling

Sheriff Gore hadn't appealed; people fear gun proliferation

California Attorney General Kamala Harris today (February 27) asked the Ninth U.S. District Circuit of Appeals to review and reverse a decision February 13 in which a panel of the court ruled 2 to 1 ...

Trolley power substation delivered

For better control of speed and traction of lines and cars

At approximately 6:00 a.m. on February 27, at the corner of Woodman and 69th streets, a project to deliver and set in place a new power substation had begun. A massive crane had been erected ...

All Things BBQ: Smitty's Taste of the Bayou

Surprise, surprise, this North Park newcomer produces some good ribs!

It turns out that BBQ 81 isn’t North Park’s only barbecue restaurant. Smitty’s Taste of the Bayou opened up quietly at the end of last year, sharing kitchen space two days a week with the ...

Escondido police heat up cold murder case

Rene Sanchez, then 16, denies shooting at Halloween party

On February 19, Rene Sanchez was brought into a San Diego courtroom, where he denied killing a man during a Halloween party at an Escondido home in 2007. Sanchez pleaded not guilty to one count ...

Interview with As the Palaces Burn director Don Argott

Documentary delves into the trial of Lamb of God lead singer Randy Blythe.

Don Argott's documentary As the Palaces Burn tells two interconnected stories, but it started out to tell just one. The idea was to travel with the metal band Lamb of God on the world tour ...

Chief Zimmerman: four years and out

New police chief signed up for tenure-limiting DROP pension a year ago

The term of San Diego mayor-elect Kevin Faulconer's quick pick to be chief of police, succeeding the controversial Bill Lansdowne, may be limited to four years, based on records of the city's retirement system. According ...

Go green in Encinitas

Day tripping to a couple North County public gardens.

When most people think of Encinitas, the beach is probably the first thing to come to mind. Moonlight and Swami’s are two of the best in the county. But the seaside community is also home ...

Study determines food-truck regulations insensible

SDSU students measure foot traffic and decibel levels for facts

A group of students from San Diego State University, inspired by a social science course, gave a closer look at the newly proposed food-truck regulations set to go before the city council on March 3. ...

Oliver Goldsmith: the “Inspired Idiot”?

Goldsmith’s She Stoops to Conquer plays in a wonderful production through this weekend at UCSD. The 18th century comedy has such a light and tender spirit you’d think the author knew only sunny days. Not ...

I recommend Purple Cow

To those who want to venture out on their own

Felena Hanson, founder of Hera Hub, offers five bold tips for success. Tell me about Hera Hub. Hera Hub is a shared, flexible work and meeting space where business women can create and collaborate in ...

A life on the ocean waves

A job on the rolling sea

Captain Richard Phillips, (Tom Hanks played him in the movie) who was at the helm of the container ship Maersk Alabama when four Somali pirates seized it in 2009 went back to work a year ...

Business as usual for Local Habit

New ownership keeping Cali-Creole craft beer haven true to original vision

Last July, I reported the establishers of Local Habit (3827 Fifth Avenue, Hillcrest) were selling the business. Immediately, regulars at the “Cali-Creole” spot were worried it would veer away from that unique style of cuisine ...

Navajo planners consider pot shops in District 7

No recommendations preceding council approval of new ordinance

Navajo Community Planners, Inc., listened for about an hour February 24 to discussion of the proposed medical-marijuana dispensary ordinance, but the board made no recommendation about the regulation on the San Diego City Council' s ...

A big and daunting proposition

To prove yourself at a new job

Your résumé got you an interview, and you answered the questions in your job well enough to get hired. What’s next? Next is the most important step in your new job. Nothing in the past ...

Wednesday, February 26

Laughing my way out of the gutter

Money became the most important thing in life and the love for bathrooms second.

My family taught me that the world was cruel, cold, heartless.

Collie rescue group saves Korean dog from butcher

Flown to Southern California for adoption

On February 22, the annual San Diego Collie Club dog show took place at Magee Park along Carlsbad Boulevard. The show helps raise money for the Southland Collie Rescue organization. In addition to the judging ...

Record-release roundup

Cult DIY rocker Gary Wilson, soon to play Poland’s Off Festival, has a new seven-inch out this week: “Sea Cruise” b/w “I Just Want to Hold You in My Arms Tonight,” both from his upcoming ...

Faulconer names SD's first female police chief

Assistant chief Shelley Zimmerman gets the nod

Mayor-elect Kevin Faulconer made an intelligent move this afternoon (February 26) by naming assistant police chief Shelley Zimmerman as San Diego's first female chief, replacing William Lansdowne, who stepped down yesterday. Zimmerman is an ideal ...

Move On

Kissed by another man’s wife.

“So? David didn’t get me flowers either,” I said. “Is it at all possible that you’re looking for ways to vilify the guy because that would somehow make kissing his wife an acceptable thing to do?”

Transgender advocates celebrate in Hillcrest

Petition drive to overturn student-rights bill falls short

A crowd gathered in Hillcrest on Monday evening, February 24, to celebrate what they see as another step toward recognition and equality for transgender people in California and beyond. Late Monday afternoon, California secretary of ...

Health problem: workers lack earned sick days

Three-fourths of food workers don't get paid sick days

When you catch a cold or the flu, you often suspect that you got it in a restaurant. In San Diego, you certainly may have. A new study by the Institute for Women's Policy Research ...

Craft/science

After four EPs and three full-lengths, the Dum Dum Girls, masterminded by Dee Dee Penny (née onetime San Diego resident and Grand Ole Party drummer Kristin Welchez, aka Kristin Gundred), seems poised to go ubiquitous, ...

How to find the perfect dog-walker

Not all dog walkers are created equal. When I acquired my Frenchie Bleu, I knew that I needed dog walking services midday for my little guy because I work full-time and can be gone for ...

Walking the Camino, an intermission

Near the end of Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago — Lydia Smith’s finely observed documentary about travelers along Spain’s 500-mile pilgrim trail, the Camino de Santiago — one of the pilgrims makes a ...

Medal music

Larry Groupé had no problem that Canadian figure-skater Kevin Reynolds used his music for the Olympics. “My brother called me from back East.” says Groupé, Oceanside’s two-time Emmy-winning composer. “They got the Olympics three hours ...

Revolutionizing La Revu

Tijuana cantina serves up a deconstructed margarita.

About a year and a half ago, Jaime Brambila and five associates began transforming the 1800-square-foot curio stall above his family’s former restaurant, Café La Especial (1952–2008), into a contemporary gastro bar. La Justina — ...

Great, though not goat

The golden-brown steaming lake of birria sends wafts of beefy, spicy, cilantro-y, almost mole-ish richness swirling up my nostrils. And now the lime I’ve squirted on it makes it so purr-fect it almost sings as ...

The Manifest

I love being a woman to be forty years old to be mistress of my life to fall in love with men to easily forget men to write my poems to cook aromatic dishes to ...

What beliefs

The Critic’s Code says we can’t talk about endings. But the final scene of Ayad Akhtar’s otherwise involving comedy-drama, The Who & The What, doesn’t feel right at all. Up to that point the play ...

In San Diego clubs Sunday-Wednesday, March 2–5

Hit play on the podcast for clips of the bands!

Sunday 2The Wailers will be at Belly Up on Sunday, celebrating the 30th anniversary of reggae staple Legend. Among the greatest of all greatest-hits collections, Legend holds the distinction of being the second-longest-charting record in ...

Ironwood Wash and Canyon

Hike in a pristine desert wilderness where over 100 ironwood trees are found.

Ironwood Wash and Canyon are not on any map prior to March 11, 2010. That was the date that the U.S. Board on Geographic Names unanimously approved the official naming of this wash and canyon, ...

School of Rock's sympatico vibe

Asked why San Diego’s School of Rock chose to open an new branch in Encinitas, music director Tyler Ward credits popular demand and sympatico vibe. “We have recently had tons of requests from families in ...

In San Diego clubs Thursday–Saturday, February 27–March 1

Hit play on the podcast for clips of the bands!

Thursday 27“If you didn’t see me then you weren’t on the dance floor.” It’s no surprise that Dale Earnhardt Jr. is a fan of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., the Detroit indie-pop duo’s Beach Boys-meets-Ghetto Boys ...

Meaty matter

While Brian Bilbray hung out at the club, back on the real Capitol Hill, staffers for House freshman Democrat Juan Vargas were meeting with lobbyists for the government of Mexico regarding “Country of Origin Labeling.” ...

Beyond Race

Stubborn, not subversive, Andrea Rushing.

In 1973, if you’d asked 15-year-old Andrea Rushing if he’d rather meet Salvador Dalí or Michael Jackson, he would have picked Salvador Dalí. “I was probably the only black boy in the South whose hero ...

Animated Numan

Synthesizer maestro and resident alien of alienation, Gary Numan’s music was, and is, dark, strong, and rich — goth when goth wasn’t cool. He took time from touring behind his new album, Splinter (Songs from ...

The grand old party that never ends

Republican ex-congressman Brian Bilbray, defeated by Democrat Scott Peters in November 2012, is still entertaining constituents in the nation’s capital, according to his most recent campaign disclosure statement, dated this January 31. In October of ...

What’s laundered and what’s dark political money?

Laundered money in politics is money whose source is hidden. Dark money is political spending by tax-exempt organizations that don't have to reveal individual donors and might not reveal donations until the election is over.

County water district wins a round against L.A.'s Metro

In tentative ruling, judge says Metro's rates too high

The San Diego County Water Authority won a tentative ruling late yesterday (Feb. 25) in its two long-running lawsuits against Los Angeles's Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, which supplies 46 percent of the county's ...

What to do in San Diego this week, February 27–March 5

Share in the festive atmosphere and immerse yourself in the culture of San Diego’s Irish community. Enjoy performances of traditional music and dance, sample classic pub fare, and, of course, delight in a pint of ...

Hands out

How many fundraisers can a university use? An army, more or less, at least based on the latest job announcement from UC San Diego Health Sciences. “The current needs for campaign recruitment include four seasoned ...

SDPD chief Lansdowne retires

Mayor-elect Faulconer says top cop wasn't asked to resign

Police chief William Lansdowne, beset by his force's sex and other scandals, resigned yesterday afternoon (Feb. 25), effective Monday, March 3. Mayor-elect Kevin Faulconer reportedly did not ask the chief to resign, although the two ...

Re the Reader

More to the Arts Perhaps I missed something, but I was quite disappointed that the Reader’s “2014 Guide to the Arts in San Diego” (February 13 cover story) apparently did not feature dance or music ...

February 20 Crossword Contenders

Mary Arana, Encinitas, 8. Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 8. L. Barling, El Cajon, 8. Evelyn Bowser, Hillcrest, 8. Marvin A. Brown, Clairemont, 8. Charlotte Brown , Clairemont, 8. Bob Carlson, Serra Mesa, 8. Leslie Chase, Campo, ...

February 20 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Bliss Beedle, Encinitas, 8. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 8. Patrick Driscoll, Santee, 8. Martin Guillen, Oceanside, 8. Richard Hutchings, Santee, 8. Ralph Levy, La Jolla, 8. Hiroshi Miyazaki, Normal Heights, 8. Randy Paddock, San ...

Tuesday, February 25

The Quakes are not strictly psychobilly

The Quakes, a power trio started in the late ’80s in Buffalo, NY, by guitarist Paul Roman, bassist Rob Peltier, and a 15-year-old drummer named Dave Hoy, floundered for lack of a hometown audience. That’s ...

Eating burgers in boat country

Fresh fish isn't the only option, slipside

Shelter Island may be rightfully perceived as the domain of boat owners and fresh seafood restaurants, but every community needs a reliable burger and beer spot, and in this little corner of Point Loma, it's ...

Improper payment for Barrio Logan maintenance district?

Resident says a lawsuit is on the way

In April of this year, residents of Barrio Logan will once again see an extra fee on their property-tax bill. The pot of cash will go toward Barrio Logan's Maintenance Assessment District, which was officially ...

The Ring, without words

The Ring Without Words. That’s all I need to write. The Ring Without Words. I’ll add the time and dates as well. Friday, February 28th and Saturday, March 1st, at 8:00 pm and Sunday, March ...

SDG&E decries Michael Shames's attempt to get fees

After ouster from UCAN, he set up SDCAN

San Diego Gas & Electric is strongly protesting the attempt of Michael Shames to get $365 an hour, plus $50 as an "efficency adder," for his work on SDG&E's October 3, 2011, filing before the ...

Scott Peters aide junkets to Philly

Dark-money group held "issues retreat" starring Fox's Tucker Carlson

The chief of staff for freshman Democratic congressman Scott Peters, who is expected by many to face a fierce reelection battle against GOP ex–San Diego city councilman Carl DeMaio, recently returned from a two-day trip ...

El Cajon license scam attracted out-of-towners

FBI reveals more details of license bribery

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has released more details of the El Cajon Department of Motor Vehicles driver's license scam. Thirty defendants have been charged with conspiracy to commit bribery, and the investgation is ...

Lights! Camera! The first annual San Diego Film Awards!

Awards gala takes place March 6 at Horton Grand.

TIMPANI! Ladies and gentlemen, the Film Consortium San Diego is proud to announce the star-studded, first ever San Diego Film Awards! A relative new kid in town, the FCSD "has been actively working to mobilize ...

UT-TV Hires Ron Burgundy for New Web Venture

THINKING WHAT COULD BE DONE AT SD ON THE QT WITH $5 MILLION — When word came down that UT-TV was closing its cable TV operations, U-T Chief Operator John Lynch-Mobbe "couldn't help thinking what ...

Surprising delights at Juan Chou

Japanese and Mexican flavors found on the same menu

I’ve been spending more time in South Park since my friend Mellie moved from Venice Beach to South Park central, right on Fern Street. One recent evening, Mellie invited David and me to dinner at ...

Murder trial delayed for Carlsbad housewife

Julie Harper accused in 2012 shooting of husband

The trial of Julie Elizabeth Harper, 40, who pleads not guilty to the murder of her 39-year-old husband while their children played downstairs, has been delayed from April until June of this year, on defense ...

Solution arrived at for Imperial Beach Sports Park

Little League, Girls Softball League, and Boys & Girls Club to manage

The Imperial Beach Sports Park privatization controversy has taken a peaceable turn. As outlined at the city-council meeting of February 19, the previously warring factions of the council and public seem to have largely agreed ...

She Stoops to Conquer at UCSD

Oliver Goldsmith is proof that writers come in all shapes, sizes, and temperaments. His detractors said he couldn’t hold his life together. Their proof: he wrote thousands of pages of hackwork to pay for gambling ...

La Jolla seal advocates win at hearing

Children’s Pool to close during pupping season

Seal-protection activists achieved their main goal February 24 when the San Diego City Council voted 6-3 in favor of closing the La Jolla Children’s Pool between 15 December and 15 May. The ruling, which accommodates ...

Monday, February 24

Faith at Lima's witches market

Sometimes the power of belief is the most important part of a medical treatment. At the witches' market in Lima, Peru, the curanderos gather in early morning, setting up their stalls and hanging their banners. ...

Florida nuclear power plant in San Onofre's footsteps?

Damage to generator caused concern — not enough for shutdown

As the decommissioning process continues at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, a scenario similar to the one that led to the power plant’s demise is unfolding about halfway between Orlando and Miami. In 2007, ...

Croce's happy hour: so-so food, go-go beer

At the new "Park West" location: baby-backs is it!

It looks kinda like a sheikh's tent from across the street. Cabana-style brown and black drapes and awnings half conceal the big sidewalk terrazza. We're at the "Fifth and Olive Building" up here at, well, ...

County clerk has infused $147K into reelection campaign

Dronenberg loans “Friends of Ernest Dronenburg 2014” $50,000

San Diego county clerk Ernest Dronenburg is relying on one well-heeled financial supporter to fund his reelection campaign: himself. Disclosures filed with the county show Dronenburg loaned his campaign committee (“Friends of Ernest Dronenburg 2014”) ...

This week in the San Diego Jazz clubs: February 25–March 2

Joe Garrison's Night People are coming.

Tuesday 25 BrainTweet plays the Loft at UCSD (911 Lyman lane). The band features Boaz Roberts, Kyle Blair, Zach Chase Lipton, Tobin Chodos, and Kevin Higuchi. 8 p.m. FREE! Wednesday 26 Trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos does ...

Local diver brings us "Adventures in a Cafe"

Scott McGee's underwater photography captures nature normally hidden from view

Scott McGee’s photography exhibition, a collection of dive and dryland photography called “Adventures in a Cafe,” opens at Vinaka Cafe in Carlsbad with a morning reception on March 9th from 8AM to 2PM. McGee’s collected ...

Dumanis in Casual (Political) Encounter?

REALIZING JUST WHAT THOSE MOTOR CARS ARE SYMBOLIC OF, LA JOLLA — Marc Chase, co-owner of Symbolic Motor Cars in La Jolla and alleged middleman in the Jose Azano Matsura political donation scandal, has come ...

Pet almost abducted from Grape Street Dog Park

Dog-napper or aggressively altruistic dog-owner?

On Wednesday, February 19, what seemed to be an attempted dog-napping at Grape Street Dog Park was thwarted by park regulars, who stopped the would-be perpetrator in the parking lot. More than one eyewitness claimed ...

Memorial built where El Pozolero dissolved bodies

Tijuana art project constructed in vacant lot, site of remains

The story of Santiago Meza López is one of the most gruesome and well-known narco stories to come out from Baja. Meza earned his nickname of “El Pozolero” because he dissolved more than 300 bodies ...

Faulconer’s wife pitches street closing for event in June

Gaslamp group gives stamp of approval for future first lady's business

With the mayoral election decided in favor of her husband, Republican city councilman Kevin Faulconer, Katherine Stuart was busy at work last week, pitching yet another multi-block closure and private street party to the special-event ...

Meet Social Jack’s Craft Brewing Company

Upcoming Little Italy nanobrewery tribute to fallen friend, beer aficionado

So, this guy walks into a bar (University Heights’ Small Bar to be exact), orders a beer, and promptly has it snatched up by a young woman who takes a sip and correctly identifies its ...

San Diegan stiffs Detroit on parking tickets

Bankrupt city trying to recover $82 million

Detroit-area media are reporting that the bankrupt city is trying to $82 million in unpaid parking tickets, including late fees and court costs. The media list nine egregious offenders. One is Michelle Marlo-Klims of San ...

Sunday, February 23

Serious changes bode ill for Saltbox restaurant

With a dumbed-down menu and a reduced dining room, Hotel Palomar restaurant isn't the spot it once was

Pity about Saltbox at the Hotel Palomar. The place used to have something going for it when Simon Dolinky wore the big hat in the kitchen. His dishes weren’t always mind blowing, but they had ...

Historic building to become University Heights library?

Shared–use space for the community and school district envisioned

For several years, the University Heights Community Development Corporation has been pushing to acquire the old Teachers Training Annex 1, owned by the San Diego Unified School District. The development corporation’s plan would renovate the ...

Auction looms for Encinitas' Pacific View school

Residents aim to stop sale of parcel that was donated in 1883

Recently, Leucadia resident Scott Chatfield woke up one morning at 3:00 a.m. and realized he had to do something to save the old Pacific View Elementary School. The 2.8-acre property comes up for public auction ...

Chhatrala Group in even deeper trouble

Default judgments, possible foreclosure hit

Woes at San Diego real estate firm Chhatrala Group have multiplied since the Reader reported on its financial problems January 6. In Michigan, Kent County treasurer Ken Parrish said on February 13 that the company ...

Saturday, February 22

For sale: Tony McCune's yacht at reduced price

Former Karen Wilkening client retired as auto dealer last year

Longtime San Diego auto dealer Richard "Tony" McCune retired in April of last year after selling his National City auto dealership. It had been in his family for 65 years. Now, a yacht, November Tango, ...

Big plans for Chula Vista’s Vogue Theater

Opened in 1945, dormant since 2006

The building permit to renovate the Vogue Theater has been issued by the City of Chula Vista, giving the green light to bringing the currently dormant historical building back to life. Janice Kluth, the senior ...

Eco-friendly surfboards is the goal

Groundswell Society talks vinegar-soluble resin and mushroom foam

At Scripps Institute of Oceanography last weekend, February 15, more than 70 people gathered to learn why “The Future of Surfing Is Not Disposable” — this was among the topics at the Groundswell Society’s 12th ...

A bunch of animals: critter-named bands in the Local Music Database

Locals who favor fur and feathers

As we’re building up the 3,700-plus band pages in the Reader’s Local Music Database, we occasionally notice some surprising statistical anomalies. This week, let’s look at a few of around 160 local bands and performers ...

Druggie problem at La Mesa’s Northmont Park?

"Let the grass die. We need more police."

Citizens at the February 18 La Mesa Town Hall meeting at Northmont Elementary School told the city council that they were concerned about crime, particularly drug use, at nearby Northmont Park. The meeting, held in ...

San Onofre nuke plant to auction off assets

Lathes, grinders — "no items...associated with radiological plant operations."

As the years-long process of permanently shuttering the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station continues, plant operator Southern California Edison announced on Thursday, February 20, that it will hold an auction next month to dispose of ...

Party cash clashes in Sixth District council race

Rerun of big-money mayor's race — special interests dominate donating

The battle for San Diego's open Sixth District city-council seat is rapidly shaping up as a familiar big-money political party-dominated contest, with the two partisan candidates as well as the major independent running for the ...

Carla Bley's Trios

Pianist/composer Carla Bley, 77 years old now, knows outrage and energy; her early masterwork Escalator Over the Hill ends with repetition infinite — or at least, until the needle punches through the lock groove at ...

Friday, February 21

The quasi-religious experience of Oneothrix Point Never

In a nondescript church with high ceilings, listeners assume a wide variety of positions; some sit cross-legged on the floor and some lie on their backs, some close their eyes and some stare catatonically. Other ...

Major League Soccer eyeing San Diego market

But Sockers are not involved in talks

According to the Associated Press, Major League Soccer aims to have 24 teams by 2020 and is talking to San Diego. "There have been some discussions in Southern California, in San Diego," commissioner Don Garber ...

Residential rehab facility opens in Old Town

Aspire Center to treat veterans, help stop homelessness

On Monday, February 17, community dignitaries, public officials, veterans’ representatives, and members of the neighborhood gathered in Old Town for a grand-opening ceremony for the Aspire Center; Aspire is an acronym for "American Service members ...

Isis stock soars on positive data

Biotech's treatment does well in early stages

San Diego biotech Isis Pharmaceuticals announced before market opening this morning (February 21) that it has had very successful results in early-stage tests for its experimental treatment for spinal muscular atrophy in children. The stock ...

U-31 taken over by scantily clad models

Valentine's edition of Fashion Whore brings runway models to North Park

On a recent Saturday night at North Park's U-31, the usual beard-wearing, IPA-drinking scene was turned upside by MayStar's Club Fashion Whore. Fashion Whore is a monthly runway show taking place on the second Saturday ...

UCSD = UC Seeking Diversity

TIRED OF THE SAME-OLD SAME-OLD, LA JOLLA — In 2012, UC San Diego hired Wisconsin-based law professor Linda Greene to fill the newly created position of Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Now, after ...

Off-ramp improvements part of I-5 HOV lanes

Dangerous exit to be redesigned for safer traffic flow

On February 20, Caltrans began construction on the long awaited improvements at the I-5/Santa Fe Drive on and off ramps — on the west side of the freeway. The southbound I-5 off-ramp is one of ...

Chickens may come to roost in La Mesa

Planning commission votes to recommend allowance of fowl

The topic of chickens and eggs came up before the February 19 La Mesa Planning Commission hearing on a zoning amendment to allow residents in single-family homes to keep poultry — excluding roosters. The meeting ...

In for a sandwich, out with a slice

Nostalgic market turns up some nontraditional pizza

From the outside, The Market Place looks like a convenience store four or five decades past its heyday. But, like other nearby fixtures Hobnob Hill and Nunu's, the place must have been doing something right ...

Beer of the Week: Coronado / Cigar City Jurata

Coast-to-coast collaboration yields mermaid-inspired Baltic porter

Last September, a most alliterate duo — Coronado Brewing Company and Tampa, Florida’s acclaimed Cigar City Brewing — collaborated to create a “not so common” India pale ale. Dubbed “Last Spike,” it was the first ...

Thursday, February 20

Port district holds SD Bay master-plan forum

How about opening a southern entrance?

The San Diego Unified Port District is embarking on the first phase of a comprehensive master plan for the San Diego Bay, which is expected to take a total of five to seven years to ...

Bystander in San Marcos shot in the butt

Drive-by victim was working on his car

Authorities are searching for a pair of individuals involved in a drive-by shooting in San Marcos that resulted in an innocent bystander being hit. According to a press release from San Diego sheriff's Sgt. Earnell ...

Everyone loves the soprano

Tatiana Lisnic is winning the ears and hearts of San Diego

Something amazing is happening at San Diego Opera right now. In an opinionated industry, as we discussed with Frank Porretta, there is a consensus regarding soprano Tatiana Lisnic. Every, single person I know who has ...

Armed thugs shot in Vista sent to prison

Four years each for duo who tried to hold up Uncle Tony’s

Two men were sent to prison yesterday, February 19, after they admitted assault with a firearm inside a shopping mall eatery on January 3, 2014. Luís Enrique Cruz, 19, and Sergio Rivera Ramos, 24, were ...

Lansdowne Lays Down…the Law

WISHING THOSE POSTERS HAD NOT ACTUALLY BEEN FOUND ON THE WALL IN THE SDPD'S SEX CRIMES UNIT, DOWNTOWN — "Being chief is a tough job," says San Diego Police Chief Bill Lansdowne. "It's hard to ...

Law-school grad says Wolf of Wall Street character maligns him

Andrew Greene says “Rugrat” based on him, “Wigman”

A former San Diego law student is furious enough about the way a character based on his real-life persona is portrayed in the Oscar-nominated film Wolf of Wall Street that he has filed a lawsuit. ...

The Stars come out

The San Diego Performing Arts League is an umbrella organization dedicated to promoting local arts groups. The SDPL operates the Arts Tix booth at Horton Plaza (selling discount and full-price tickets) and the ArtsTix website. ...

Wasted water in Bankers Hill?

Runoff from pipe-replacement project raises concern

City efforts to replace the water mains in Bankers Hill have subjected residents to road and lane closures in the past few weeks, but it's the water runoff streaming down Fifth Avenue that has residents ...

Wine and dine in Baja's Guadalupe Valley

The culinary scene in this close-to-home wine region is taking off.

Recently I went back to northern Baja's Guadalupe Valley. I hadn’t been there since the late 1980s. Back then, it was just emerging as a serious wine-growing region, with two giant producers (Cetto and Pedro ...

Lobbyists pay tab for Issa aide's retreat

Republicans gathered to plot strategy at posh Maryland resort

It's been a busy week on the road for Darrell Issa, the North County GOP congressman who has set out for New Hampshire in quest of what many believe is his party's nomination for the ...

Carlsbad's Blue Ocean Sushi + Robata

The Love Boat Sushi group takes it to the next level

The Love Boat sushi restaurants aren’t upscale. They’re fun, in an “eat sushi till you drop” kind of way, but there’s nothing special there, and that’s using the word “sushi” in its broadest sense. Blue ...

Leaked: Kevin Faulconer's Inauguration Poem

SHOUTING "BOO YA!" AT WIKILEAKS AND SNOWDEN, NOBLE EXPERIMENT — Ever since Mayor-elect Kevin Faulconer's Media Manager Cara Talkingpoint announced the appointment of San Diego poet laureate Wanmor Bonghit to write the verse to be ...

Deercreek coyote story

Shot for hunting chickens

There's a big difference between a triumphant group coyote yip and a single wailing coyote howl. It's now 5:00 am and I have been torn out of my REM sleep because I am hearing a ...

Enter the Green Dragon

Combo tavern/museum celebrates history and the future of beer

When most San Diegans celebrate the history of beer, they start out with Karl Strauss Brewing Company. Or, if they really comb the annals of suds’ story, they mention the original Aztec Brewing Company and ...

San Diegan convicted of advance fee fraud scheme

Group fleeced more than 1000 victims of $26 million

San Diegan Joel Nathanson was convicted yesterday (February 19) of his role in an "advance fee" fraud scheme. Six defendants in all were convicted in Philadelphia, according to the United States Attorney's Office there. An ...

"It depends on the copyright of the movie."

So The Spectacular Now is on YouTube. You can rent it for $4.99! Or you can watch it for free right here, in full Blu-ray resolution, because the Internet. Below, you can have a look ...

Wednesday, February 19

No rules for pop-ups

Business for gypsies.

I stand on Kettner Boulevard experiencing a tinge of regret that I’m already married. Not because my eyes feast on some hunk of fine-ass man but because I’m witnessing the wedding I kinda wish I’d ...

Imperial Beach mayor’s race simmers

Environmentalist Dedina vs. two-term incumbent Janney

Last month, Serge Dedina, a frequent foe of Imperial Beach mayor Jim Janney, announced his intention to run for the office in November. Dedina, 49, who is the executive director of the Wildcoast conservation agency ...

Almost $82K salary buys a median-priced SD home

Of 25 metro areas, San Diego second least affordable

It's always been known that San Diego has among the least affordable homes in the nation. But a new study by hsh.com, a mortgage research firm, breaks new ground. It lists the salary required to ...

Grandmother “did not like” her son-in-law

Cynthia Kaye Cdebaca denies murder but says she “was responsible”

A prosecutor said a 63-year-old grandmother reloaded her five-shot revolver twice and fired 15 rounds at her son-in-law, killing him in the home they shared in Fallbrook last week. The prosecutor spoke on February 18 ...

Rolando residents fight dorm-style project

District 9 councilmember Marti Emerald declines to comment

Details on the controversial Boulevard at 63rd development, formerly known as Centrepointe Luxury Apartments, are beginning to emerge as construction proceeds and as the lawsuit filed by residents opposed to the project makes its way ...

What goes around...and around

Return of the cassette tape.

Just when you thought it was safe to throw out that old cassette deck, it appears as if magnetic tape is making a comeback. Nestled in a nook in the southwest corner of M-Theory Music ...

UT-TV goes dark on cable

Was losing $500,000 monthly, according to estimates

U-T San Diego's TV station is going off cable tonight after two years, the company announced today. Some believe it had been losing $500,000 monthly, as the company has admitted in internal memos that it ...

Anthology to reopen

Back-door deal

Clarification from the editor We received a letter on March 19 from Mr. Berkson's law firm stating the following facts: Although our client Howard Berkson did at one time have an interest in India Street ...

Cinderella’d into Acme Southern Kitchen

Wow. What a difference from last time. I stuck my nose in in early January. This is near the old Central Library, Ninth and E. The sign, “Acme Southern Kitchen” was up, but inside it ...

Sweetwater district meeting marked by chaos

Four-member board leads to bottlenecking on votes

Sweetwater Union High School District slid deeper into the tar pit February 18. After former trustee Arlie Ricasa was obliged to retire in December, the four-member board was unable to come to a consensus on ...

Guardian angel

Just in time for your post-Valentine’s low, In Secret serves up a murky bowl of curdled desire, soured by a generous dollop of good old-fashioned guilt. No, wait — come back! It’s good, honest! It’s ...

Forgiveness reigns

Time is a destroyer that will “come and take my love away.”

Why does Leontes go stark raving mad in The Winter’s Tale? The King of Sicilia looks to have it all. His beautiful wife, Hermione, is pregnant with their second child. His son, Mamillius, is a ...

Coast to Crest Trail — Old Coach Staging Area to Raptor Ridge

Hike to Raptor Ridge and see many species of raptors from this viewpoint.

Kumeyaays’ “valley of the eagles” still worthy of the name.

Metal boots on the ground

“We don’t have a problem with Soma, but it seems like bands with no talent get to play [Soma’s] main stage. It’s all about who you know. It makes it difficult for bands that are ...

Olympic Games Party

Shaun White has nothing on Morph Man.

The invitations went out through Facebook. They included a photo of my man in a morphsuit: full-body stretchy spandex, red and white stripes over the face, stars down the right arm, the American flag. This ...

It’s about the locker room?

Gayedition

It’s Gay Week in the NFL. Michael Sam, 24, will be auditioning at the NFL Scouting Combine starting Saturday. As anyone with a TV or internet access knows, Michael Sam is gay. He came out ...

Unsafe border buses

A little-noticed report by the inspector general’s office of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has found that software problems lasting almost a year, from September 2012 through August 2013, prevented U.S. state officials from ...

In San Diego clubs Sunday-Wednesday, February 23–26

Sunday 23Jagjaguwar artist Stephen McBean (Black Mountain) and his other other other Canada band Pink Mountaintops set up at Soda Bar Sunday night. The Mountaintops are touring in advance of April’s Get Back release. They ...

Manzanita Brewing’s new name

Santee brewery goes national, adopts new moniker

From day one, the first image visitors to the tasting room at Manzanita Brewing Company’s associated with the Santee operation was its namesake lumber. The twisted tree was painted on the walls, and front and ...

Downton Abbey in Mission Hills

Current owner: Thomas & Sylvia Vecchione Listing price: $5,000,000 Beds: 8 Baths: 8 This classic Italianate villa–styled home is introduced in listing materials as “Downton Abbey in Mission Hills.” The 7805-square-foot home, built in 1921, ...

In San Diego clubs Thursday–Saturday, February 20–22

Thursday 20Blue Note buffs, one of the vintage label’s lions of the electric organ, Dr. Lonnie Smith, will wheel his Hammond B3 into the Loft at UCSD. Whereas his soul-jazz forebear Jimmy Smith’s greazy riffs ...

Airport cabbies Uber angry

Mustachioed ride-sharing puts pinch on traditional cabbies.

“If San Diego were a human body, then San Diego airport would be the butt,” said a taxi driver at San Diego International Airport. He was referring to how he felt cabbies are treated since ...

Extremes: The Final Days of Father Zalvidea, Part Two

As young Santiago entered the dark room, morning sunlight speared the old, crippled padre on the cot. He lay on his back where, to himself, he’d performed nightly baptisms, heard confessions, joined neophytes in wedlock ...

The O.C., DeMaio’s way

Ex–San Diego city councilman Carl DeMaio, running for Congress against freshman Democrat Scott Peters, has lined up some big GOP stars for a giant Orange County cocktail reception and fundraising bash set for next month ...

Taxes, no death

San Diego County is out with a list of its top property taxpayers for fiscal year 2014 and, as usual, the “winner” is utility behemoth San Diego Gas & Electric, paying a handsome $87,007,049. Another ...

Reader mailbag

Simply Impressed Enjoyed your Arts in San Diego issue (February 13). It’s nice to know this is no longer simply some fun-in-the-sun beach town. But one glaring omission: the San Diego Civic Dance Arts Association. ...

Prince of Peace Lutheran

True Christians don’t necessarily belong to a church.

Membership: 60 Pastor: Paul Willweber Age: 45 Born: Mission Hills Formation: Concordia College, Seward, NE; Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO Years Ordained: 18 San Diego Reader: What is your favorite subject on which to preach? ...

A change of life at Stone Farms

Life on the farm must include beer.

Post Title: Crops and Hops: Inside Stone Brewing’s Organic (and Public!) Farm Post Date: November 4, 2013 “When I moved onto the farm, it was me and my wife Jessica trying to find a change ...

Pigging Out

— for Austin at the restaurant we sit down to wine we are so hungry the crisp appetizers/early loves and lightly seasoned salad we’ve developed appetites for the garlic & onion of life gorging on ...

February 13 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Bliss Beedle, Encinitas, 7. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 7. Patrick Driscoll, Santee, 7. Martin Guillen, Oceanside, 7. Richard Hutchings, Santee, 7. Ralph Levy, La Jolla, 7. Hiroshi Miyazaki, Normal Heights, 7. Randy Paddock, San ...

February 13 Crossword Contenders

Mary Arana, Encinitas, 7. Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 7. L. Barling, El Cajon, 7. Evelyn Bowser, Hillcrest, 7. Marvin A. Brown, Clairemont, 7. Charlotte Brown , Clairemont, 7. Bob Carlson, Serra Mesa, 7. Leslie Chase, Campo, ...

Tuesday, February 18

What to do in San Diego this week, February 20–February 26

Become part of the show when the comedic duo of Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood host an interactive evening of entertainment and improvisation, driven by audience suggestions. Enjoy several new improv games and classics, including ...

A marketable-adjective bistro takes over

Meatballs and tapas supplant French appeal

I never made it to Café Paris, but there's enough Francophile to me that I'd looked forward to it. Wine and small plates can be just the thing some evenings, even if you have to ...

Pago Pago, American Samoa

On the soggy trail of Somerset Maugham.

A thick drizzle soaked me one Saturday afternoon in Pago Pago, American Samoa. (Pronounced something like “Pango Pango.) But the drizzle was a welcome relief from the Deluge of Heaven that had just raced across ...

Fly Moon Royalty sounds large

“The live show? It’s pretty simple,” Mike Illvester says when asked about the mechanics of how his duo, Fly Moon Royalty, manages to sound so large. “I sing and play keys, and Adra sings. I ...

Fundamental(ist) Flaw

WATCHING THE SKY FOR BRIMSTONE, SANTEE — "It's not complicated," says Second Baptist Church of Santee Pastor T. Rebel Swiftsword, explaining his opposition to the Light & Life Foundation's decision to keep its Creation Museum ...

Subsidy proponent pledges big to SDSU sports building

"No better entertainment in San Diego" than university’s basketball, says Kings vice chairman

A chief backer of an elaborate new "basketball performance center" at San Diego State University — approved last month by state university trustees — is a partner in the Sacramento Kings. The professional basketball team ...

Circle Mirror Transformation at New Village Arts

Actors stand in a circle. One waves both hands up and down. The others mimic the movements. Someone says “transform.” Another actor initiates a new gesture, maybe grunts something. The others follow suit in the ...

Monday, February 17

South Carolina woman imprisoned for failure to return VHS rental

We turn to Kensington Video's Winnie Hanford for answers.

If anyone should be doing hard time on account of this crime against cinema, it's Jane Fonda and future Amateur Hour hostess, JLo, not some poor simp in South Carolina who failed to return a ...

Coronado’s good Samaritan

No such thing as a free shrimp burrito? Think again

On an early February evening, we arrived in San Diego seeking respite from well-below-freezing temperatures back East. Our first impression was of pleasing warmth, soft breezes, palm trees, bougainvillea, and hibiscus. Then there were unexpected, ...

The week in jazz in San Diego, February 18–23

Everything from dixieland to the avant-garde

Tuesday 18 Saxophonist David Borgo is joined by pianist Tobin Chodos and bassist Tim McNalley for happy-hour at UC San Diego’s the Loft. Free admission. 5:00-6:00 pm. Wednesday 19 Trumpeter Jeff Kaiser will appear with ...

Dean in UCSD money "laundering" case to step down

Email discussed using mayoral candidate Fletcher to raise cash from billionaire Jacobs

UCSD dean of social sciences Jeffrey Elman, whose widely publicized email about using ex-assemblyman and mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher to raise money to pay for his own part-time professorship first came to light here in ...

Drinking soda at a bottle shop

New North Park eatery serving great food, not beer, inside Bottlecraft

Juan Miron and Kevin Ho seem intent on feeding beer drinkers. Their MiHo Gastrotruck established a following by parking outside breweries and bars, serving street food to happy hour denizens and craft beer fans. Now ...

Surf rage at Swami’s: board used as weapon?

Kern Glaubitz admits to “making criminal threats"

Surfer Kern Vincent Glaubitz was charged with assault with a deadly weapon — a surfboard — by the San Diego County District Attorney’s office on January 15. After being held in custody two weeks, Glaubitz ...

Jamul Pygmy goat breeder sues for discrimination

Gray-brown agouti markings suddenly deemed "undesirable"

A Jamul-based goat breeder is among a dozen plaintiffs who filed a lawsuit in San Diego charging that seven individuals and five businesses have been improperly denied "meaningful economic participation in the pygmy goat industry." ...

City attorney’s report on medical marijuana ordinance

Councilmembers' questions addressed

City councilmembers now have the legal advice they need to move ahead with a medical marijuana ordinance. Last week, the city attorney's office issued a report to council and the mayor answering in detail many ...

Kevin Burdette: Feel the love

The conclusion of our interview with opera singer Kevin Burdette

...Continuing with our interview of opera singer Kevin Burdette. San Diego Reader: Are you married? Kevin Burdette: I am. I met my wife while working at a law firm in New York — well, wait. ...

Sunday, February 16

Münich's surfers

Finding a Bavarian surf "break" miles from any ocean.

Sitting near the base of the Alps in southern Germany, Münich's nearest coastline would be where Venice slowly sinks into the Adriatic some 300 miles away. But while one might make the case a gondolier ...

San Diegan can't get his New York law license back

Earlier couldn't get California real estate license

Former Albany, New York, attorney Leonard Krouner, now living in San Diego, this month was turned down in his attempt to win back his New York law license. On February 6, the Appellate Division of ...

Employers squeezing employees' 401 (k) plans

San Diego expert comments on the practices

The private sector boasts how it has replaced employees' defined benefit pension practices with 401(k) plans, which are pushed by Wall Street. But a Bloomberg News story dated Thursday (February 13) is extremely disturbing. It ...

Saturday, February 15

Balboa Golf Course clubhouse to expand?

Expansion contingent on pedestrian pathway

On February 12, the Golden Hill Planning Committee unanimously voted to deny support of a proposed extension of the Balboa Golf Course clubhouse. All present members of the community advisory group took issue with the ...

Cheap Buds, saintly salads

Crossroads at House of Blues has sweet food/booze/music deals

Will somebody please tell me where there is a better happy hour deal than here at the House of Blues' Crossroads Bar? Two-dollar pints of Bud Light! Five-buck quesadillas. Free live music! So okay, the ...

Success amid a surplus of tofu houses

Getting to the bottom of a bowl of stew

It's probably best to make something clear up front: I am not reviewing the popular Convoy Street restaurant Tofu House. I visited a different establishment named Convoy Tofu House. Okay, they're both on Convoy, both ...

Guy in the sky: Drought no joke

Local reservoirs indicate water shortages

Flying over San Diego County's various reservoirs on the morning of February 14 at about 1500' above each, it's easy to see that the water levels are not where they should be at this time ...

Beer of the Week: Societe The Roustabout

An award-winning double IPA makes triumphant return

Last year, Societe Brewing Company (8262 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard, Kearny Mesa) made a lot of noise behind an ever-expanding fleet of diverse India pale ales that, even in a town awash with IPA, rated among ...

La Jollan James Y. Lee charged with defrauding clients

Didn't reveal risks or his criminal past

On Thursday (February 13), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charged La Jolla resident James Y. Lee with defrauding his clients. According to the agency's complaint, Lee portrayed himself as a securities expert with several ...

Food-truck regulations expected to rankle operators

New proposed rules most fair for who?

Interim mayor Todd Gloria has taken to the media to dispel some misconceptions swirling on the internet and in media reports on new food-truck regulations soon to be discussed, quite possibly adopted, at an upcoming ...

Friday, February 14

"Albert and the Black Hearts" open for Valentine's Day and beyond

New show at Low Gallery depicts love's many faces with original artwork and prints from Albert Reyes

The new installation from Albert Reyes at Low Gallery in North Park pays tongue-in-cheek homage to Valentine’s Day. “Albert and the Black Hearts,” which features a series of illustrations from the artist, is “a celebration ...

North Park’s Labor Ready office closes permanently

Other area storefronts await new tenants…landlords being “choosey"?

Labor Ready, the temp-job agency located at 2884 University Avenue in North Park, is closed for business. A sign on the door reads: “North Park office will be consolidating with the El Cajon and Downtown ...

Winter skiing's finally on in the Eastern Sierras

The Pineapple Express has been dumping snow the past two weeks.

Just when SoCal skiers and snowboarders thought winter would never come, the Pineapple Express has opened up and is dumping tons of snow on Mammoth and June Mountain. The weather phenomenon picks up moisture-laden air ...

Plans for Chula Vista’s Orange Avenue park discussed

Concerns expressed for homeless habitués and leash-free dog area

The City of Chula Vista held a meeting in the Orange Avenue library February 12. Three representatives from the city, including landscape designers, explained to a roomful of residents the timeline for the construction of ...

Broken Bells' After the Disco

Wondertwins James Mercer (the Shins) and Danger Mouse (recent producer of every band in the universe) have once again transformed into Broken Bells to deliver full-length number two to their eager listeners. Unfortunately, this one ...

Alt-Sexy?

QUICKENING MY PACE AS I PASS THE NEWSPAPER RACKS, DOWNTOWN — In honor of Valentine's Day, both the San Diego Reader and San Diego CityBeat released their annual sex-themed issues today. And as usual, both ...

The art of the spoon

Local twosome hope to bridge gap between art and commerce, one spoon at a time

Where does the line between art and industry lie? Rachel Eva and Shawn Michael, a Hillcrest couple who together make up Work of My Hands, are in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign to fund ...

Oceanside's "Top Gun" house gets a coat of paint

Renovation and move of structure scheduled

Last week, the 125-year old Oceanside house in disrepair at 102 Pacific Street received a fresh coat of paint, its first since 1985. For all its problems — peeling paint, crumbling overhangs, and leaning porches ...

Meet Dogma Brewing Company

Husband, wife, man’s best friend working toward Clairemont nano

The eternal debate over religion and a German shepherd. These are the factors that led aptly named Michael Brewer to name his prospective business, Dogma Brewing Company. The homebrewer of more than ten years is ...

Controversial "diversity" officer out at UCSD

Vice chancellor leaves quietly after only a year on the job

Linda S. Greene, the $250,000-a-year diversity vice chancellor hired in 2012 by UCSD after several racial incidents on campus, has quietly left that job and returned to her previous position as a professor of law ...

Switchfoot's arena-sized set at Casbah

The Casbah’s 25th anniversary, celebrated throughout the month of January, featured some of San Diego’s best bands from years gone by, playing the way we remember them: a little too fast, a little too sloppy, ...

Thursday, February 13

Eating with a Southern California accent

Deep-fried tomatoes get their due

Americans tend to be sentimental about Southern food whether or not they've ever lived below the Mason-Dixon. It seems to be linked to some sort of nostalgic national identity, to the point that poor-quality biscuits, ...

Water board calls for more conservation efforts

Despite drought, only adopts Stage 1 measures

At a noon meeting today, February 13, the board of the San Diego County Water Authority adopted its staff recommendation to call upon residents to step up water-conservation efforts. The water authority's long-term plan has ...

Cinematic arithmetic: Transcendence

Dying human put into machine, with attendant complications? Robocop. Intelligent consciousness in a machine, with attendant complications? Her. Dying human's intelligent consciousness put into a machine, with attendant complications? Transcendence. Here's a trailer.

Vista man denies murder and dumping body

Kirk Stapleton allegedly feared he had been exposed to AIDS

A sheriff’s detective claimed in court on February 11 that he has eight minutes of surveillance video showing a man pushing a shopping cart down the street to dump his girlfriend’s body beside a trash ...

Shadow-walk with Mission Trails photographer

Former bureaucrat David Cooksy gets outside, stays there

Birds in Mission Trails Regional Park displayed varied reactions when David Cooksy's camera made a beeping sound while focusing. Egrets became "panicky. They looked around; they thought it was a bird," Cooksy said during a ...

Cop Accused of Multiple Sexual Assaults Pleads Not Guilty

Statement from SDPD Chief Laydown: "In every case, Officer Hays was acting on credible tips from concerned citizens in downtown bars. One woman was said to be carrying 'sweater bombs,' another, 'a pair of bazookas,' ...

Coastal Rail Trail discussed in Cardiff

Consideration of Encinitas segment of Oceanside-San Diego bike road

The San Diego Association for Governments (SANDAG), in partnership with the City of Encinitas and the North County Transit District, held a meeting with Cardiff residents on February 11 to discuss the Coastal Rail Trail. ...

All Things BBQ: Valley Farm BBQ Stand

An out-of-the-way shack in Spring Valley serves up delicious 'cue at a fair price. What more could you ask?

Part of the Valley Farm BBQ Stand’s charm is its utter lack of ambiance. The place is nothing but a shack in a grocery store parking lot, with a few patio tables for “seating.” Hulking ...

Yet another $450,000 man arrives at UCSD

New vice chancellor getting almost a half million dollars in first year, document shows

California taxpayers are footing the bill for yet another demi-millionaire over at the University of California San Diego, already home to a bevy of high six- and seven-figure administrators. Latest to join the ranks of ...

Cardiff School marks 100th year

Historic school bell rung once for each year

In 1913, Cardiff by the Sea’s founder, J. Frank Cullen, realized his growing town’s kids should probably have something better than a classroom in the MacKinnon farm’s barn. So he donated land and built Cardiff’s ...

Who ordered the WWE sanctioned sequel to Jingle All The Way starring Larry the Cable Guy?

Please Christmas, don't be late!

Christmas and professional wresting go together like Larry the Cable Guy and nothing even remotely amusing. Somewhere Daryl F. Zanuck is vomiting blood. 20th Century Fox Home "Entertainment" and WWE "Studios" are joining forces on ...

Wear pants to your job interview

Even if it is on Skype

Megan Johnson of TipsyWriter.com, explains that yes, you really should wear pants to your Skype interview. First, please tell me what you do? I’m going to avoid job titles here because those can be boring ...

Landlocked mermaids in North Park

Punky hair colors are popping up on celebrities ranging from risk-takers like Kelly Osborne and Katie Perry to the more conservative Lauren Conrad and January Jones. The trend is starting to seep into the mainstream. ...

"Environmental Justice" for low-income neighborhoods

Legislators rated on their "green" cred in poor communities

Some of San Diego's state legislators are being praised for their high scores on a first annual "Environmental Justice Scorecard," released this week by a collective of environmental activist groups. The report is published by ...

Is RoboCop's Omnicorp really Apple?

Short answer: no, of course not. Apple doesn't manufacture weapons systems. But we have to think about SEO, you know? Because of Google. Which Omnicorp isn't, either. Longer answer: Hilariously, sort of, maybe! Or at ...

The pregnant worker dilemma

Workplace discrimination comes in many forms, from the subtlest type of excluding some affected employees in work discussions to blatant racism and ageism. It’s nothing new and broad efforts over several decades at the state ...

Big doin’s for Belching Beaver

The history of Belching Beaver Brewery (980 Park Center Drive, Vista) is short, but with a number of projects near completion, its future’s looking bright. A recent conversation with owner Tom Vogel turned up plans ...

San Diego Christian College sued for firing pregnant woman

School says she was fired for having premarital sex, violating agreement

A former employee at San Diego Christian College claims administrators fired her after learning she had engaged in premarital sex with her then-fiancé, becoming pregnant out of wedlock, a violation of the school's contract with ...

Work without stress

Doesn’t that sound nice?

Imagine a job that doesn’t stress you out. Imagine a gig where people are almost always nice to you and they appreciate everything that you do for them. Now imagine leaving work each week, paycheck ...

Escondido teen accused of robberies at knife-point

Ruben Trejo Cardenas denies gang allegations

A criminal defense attorney on February 10 suggested that the tattoo “ESCO VIEJO” on his client merely expresses fondness for his hometown and is not connected to a violent street gang. “Esco viejo” translates as ...

Wednesday, February 12

2014 Guide to the Arts in San Diego

A palette of possibilities

Our affinity for artistic expression sets us humans apart from all other animals. We continue to find innovative ways to communicate our complex emotions and philosophical reflections. Though it is inarguably enriching to appreciate works ...

In San Diego clubs Sunday-Wednesday, February 16–19

Sunday 16For fans of the hippy-dippy brand, Boston band Quilt has a new record out on the flavor-of-the-day Mexican Summer label. It’s called Held in Splendor and is getting all kinds of press juice for ...

Partied with Page

“We’re just a rock band with a very heavy groove,” says Sledd guitarist Kevin Michael. “We have a modern sound, but we don’t sound like any of the other contemporary groups because we pull from ...

DeMaio to run ad holding hands with boyfriend

Wall Street Journal does story on "New Generation Republican" approach

The Wall Street Journal will run a story tomorrow (February 13) noting that San Diego Republican Carl DeMaio plans to run an ad showing him holding hands with his same-sex partner, Johnathan Hale. The Journal ...

Aching loins, lonely heart

Brian got married “around age 28. We had Anthony about two years afterwards and had Adriana in ’94.” Though he didn’t relish the thought of being “50 years old and worrying about [my daughter’s] virginity,” ...

Brian Regan confirms blue is not necessarily the funniest color

If fierce logic is something you demand in a stand up, then put Brian Regan’s name at the top of the list. It’s not enough for Regan to make an audience laugh. He dares the ...

Music you can touch

“This album is intended for aging art-punks who complain about bearded bands and [for] teenage listeners realizing blog culture sold them a bill of goods,” says Aaron Poehler, whose post–punk rock full-length Dietrich, co-created with ...

Portable Paintings

“Small paintings whisper to you. They tell a secret to you and you only.”

One of the great movie gangsters was also a smart, discriminating art collector. As Rico Bandello in Little Caesar (“Mother of Mercy, is this the end of Rico?”), Edward G. Robinson, born Emmanuel Goldenberg in ...

You need a crowbar to break into the music business

“Imagine rehearsing your song and seeing Paul McCartney dancing to it.” Nathan East, who scored Grammy Record of the Year gold for his work on Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” calls the Reader from “somewhere on ...

Three decades of San Diego theater

Our venerable theater writer Jeff Smith offers his thoughts on the San Diego theater scene he's observed for more than three decades.

Fletcher Cove Community Center open for partying

Voters overturn restrictive regulations with passage of Prop B

The San Diego mayoral race wasn’t the only special election on February 11. The majority of Solana Beach voters passed Proposition B — an initiative brought to the ballot box by citizens. It asked voters ...

Can afford to sin

Sapori makes Ed feel virtuous, light, healthy, and smug.

“Darlin’, best way you can help is getting your butt out of sight,” says Carla.

Belly Up Unincorporated

Most clubs that host national acts rely on one of the “big three” concert companies — AEG, Live Nation/House of Blues, Nederlander — to route headliners to their stages. The Belly Up Tavern has never ...

The wrong kid

Forty-five years after the Japanese practice of nurses identifying newborns by names written in Magic Marker on the soles of their feet was thought to have ceased, it took one thoughtless orderly to forever alter ...

Santa Fe or Scandanavia?

Can't pet a reindeer in Nicaragua

I sighed and then held up my phone so David could see the image of the castle I’d been ogling. “I love that Stephanie is posting pics of all her adventures,” I said. Steph, my ...

Morteros Trail (Anza-Borrego Desert State Park)

View Kumeyaay rock art, a rock shelter, and bedrock mortars in a cultural preserve.

The Morteros Trail is part of the 4757-acre Little Blair Valley Cultural Preserve that was created in December 2010 in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. The area was a seasonal home for the Kumeyaay people who ...

In San Diego clubs Thursday–Saturday, February 13–15

Thursday 13Former guitarist of the Gun Club, Cramps, Nick Cave’s Bad Seeds, and one-time president of the Ramones Fan Club, Cali native Kid Congo Powers and his Pink Monkey Birds swing into Casbah Thursday night. ...

Pete Wilson maxes out late to Faulconer

L.A. money from Prop 187 champion and wife disclosed on election day

Their cash arrived the day before the election — traditional timing for controversial contributions that might otherwise become negative campaign fodder — but ex–San Diego mayor Pete Wilson and his wife Gayle came through for ...

Beachy PACs

GOP congressman Duncan Hunter is set to hit the road to Orange County for a fundraising “Laguna Beach Trip” this coming August 10 through 12 at the oceanfront Montage Hotel, according to an invitation posted ...

Jingle business

Butterfinger. With that one word, Rafter Roberts has answered the Reader’s question: Which Super Bowl XLVIII television commercial did he write and produce the soundtrack for? The vaguely naughty Butterfinger ad (it winks at the ...

Kreep’s payback

Gary Kreep, the conservative superior court judge who San Diego liberals and local prosecutors love to hate, has been paying off a few campaign debts of late, according to a recently filed disclosure statement. The ...

Minor leaguers sue Major League Baseball

Players say tax exemption allows collusion

Three former minor league baseball players filed a suit yesterday (February 11) in federal court in San Francisco, claiming that 19th-century laws essentially keep minor leaguers in a state of indentured servitude. The suit is ...

Bread and circuses

Roman leaders mollified the masses by providing food handouts and violent games to enjoy. Is this happening again in America?

Bread and circuses. Back in the Roman Empire, those were the keys to diverting the public’s attention from political greed and corruption — and, particularly, from the massive gap between the rich and the poor. ...

Bailing out the last frontier

There’s been a lot of talk about the northern part of California breaking away from its nether regions to form one or more new states. Last September, before a standing-room-only crowd of 40, Modoc County ...

Letters

2 Sic, Yes, Good Catch Re: Unreal Estate, February 6. If the quoted word “mantle” required a [sic] then the word “florescent” should also have had one, yes? Name Withheld Poway No Common Denominator From ...

80/10/10 = radiant skin

Post Title: Fruit of the Matter Post Date: September 30, 2013 “I felt like I needed a detox from my life,” Yovana Mendoza explains early into our visit to the Hillcrest Farmers’ Market, moments before ...

Semper Fi

I meet this friend for lunch once a month. His name is Bud. Forty years ago Bud was swigging Scotch in an officers’ club. I was in Berkeley handing out anti-war pamphlets. Now we’re both ...

The Nativity of Christ

The Nativity of Christ Behold the father is his daughter’s son, The bird that built the nest is hatch’d therein, The old of years an hour hath not outrun, Eternal life to live doth now ...

February 6 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Bliss Beedle, Encinitas, 6. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 6. Patrick Driscoll, Santee, 6. * Martin Guillen, Oceanside, 6. * Richard Hutchings, Santee, 6. * Ralph Levy, La Jolla, 6. Hiroshi Miyazaki, Normal Heights, 6. ...

February 6 Crossword Contenders

Mary Arana, Encinitas, 6. Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 6. * L. Barling, El Cajon, 6. Evelyn Bowser, Hillcrest, 6. Marvin A. Brown, Clairemont, 6. Charlotte Brown , Clairemont, 6. * Bob Carlson, Serra Mesa, 6. * ...

Tuesday, February 11

Tournament time in Indian Wells

The BNP Paribas Open draws tennis stars to the SoCal desert March 5–16.

Each March I make my pilgrimage to the desert to pay homage to the world’s greatest tennis players. Framed by the snow-summitted Mt. San Jacinto, the BNP Paribas Open is hosted at the Indian Wells ...

Carlsbad mall security banishes steampunk group

Manners beyond the pale — carousel ride and shopping plans foregone

Over 40 people in steampunk garb (Victorian dress meets sci-fi/time traveler) were turned away from the Westfield Plaza Mall in Carlsbad on February 9 — mall security told them to leave because they were breaking ...

Kevin Burdette: Shakespeare is a "gateway drug into opera"

An interview with a comedic opera singer: part 1 of 2

Watching Kevin Burdette perform a comedic opera is kind of like watching Jim Carey perform opera — only Kevin sings better. Kevin is a lanky bass from Knoxville who nearly stole the show last season ...

San Diego’s Marine Protected Areas surveyed

Human activity and impact measured at county coastal areas

About 45 volunteers learned how to do surveys of the year-old Marine Protected Areas on February 8 at Scripps Oceanographic Institute and on the beach near the pier. San Diego Coastkeeper and Wildcoast, two clean-water ...

My Goodness reinhabits grunge

A good 20 years late to the dance, My Goodness is a Seattle-based blues-rock power duo that seems bent on re-inhabiting grunge. No complaints from me. Among my all-time favorites include Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, ...

What to do in San Diego this week, February 13–February 19

The cats perform remarkable feats of agility such as pushing carts, riding skateboards, rolling barrels, ringing bells, turning on lights, walking tight ropes, and jumping through hoops. The all-cat band, the Rock Cat, has added ...

Ramona returns to Old Town

Saturday, February 15, the Save Our Heritage Organization offers two screenings of D. W. Griffith’s silent film, Ramona. Griffith based the 1910 movie on Helen Hunt Jackson’s best seller about star-crossed lovers in 1850, the ...

Duck egg: cure for happy hour blues?

Grant Grill has novel dish that it, uh, curates

I swear. If I see the word "curated" one more time I'm gonna scream. "Curated," "hand-crafted" "flights" of booze, food, you name it... the hand-ringing pretentiousness has swept like a virus through the menus of ...

Sunglasses company pays for new billboard message

Last time it was provocative; this time it's ambiguous…or is it not?

Spy, a sunglass company based in Carlsbad, has created controversy again, with their newest billboard on Coast Highway 101 in Encinitas. Last week, a new (possibly provocative) billboard message was put up to promote the ...

School traffic addressed at La Mesa meeting

“There are 40 moms [each driving] with one kid."

Three of the ten speakers at the City of La Mesa's Town Hall meeting on February 6 talked about the effect of school traffic in their neighborhoods. Two residents spoke about traffic around Rolando Elementary ...

San Diego chick-lit author runner-up for MARSocial Author of the Year

Sarka-Jonae Miller's novel, Between Boyfriends, finishes strong in contest for film rights

San Diego author Sarka-Jonae Miller was recently named as a runner-up in the MARSocial Author of the Year contest for her novel, Between Boyfriends. Had she won, her book would have been on the fast ...

Jacobs partnership spends heavily for Kings subsidy

Battle over Sacramento basketball arena ballot has multiple ties to San Diego

The battle to build a subsidized arena for the Sacramento Kings professional basketball team has long been tied to San Diego. The team, bought last year by a big-money high-tech partnership including Qualcomm chairman Paul ...

Carlsbad's Palomar Airport readies for expansion

Talk of hush kits, runway length, passenger projections at workshop

More than 100 people turned out for the first public workshop to write a new master plan for McClellan Palomar Airport on February 5, as the county works to draft an updated plan. The current ...

The best würst place to take your pup

A "very dog friendly" beer and sausage spot

When a restaurant describes itself as having "a new dining concept based on the ancient art of sausage making," a lot of thoughts pass through my head, but two words that don't leap to mind ...

Goldsmith and Code Enforcement dept. out for bud

No easing in litigation against pot dispensary and landlord

Two weeks before the San Diego City Council is set to discuss a new medical marijuana ordinance, the Code Enforcement department, under the direction of city attorney Jan Goldsmith, remains poised to shut down and ...

This Week in San Diego Jazz, February 12–16

Busy week for Gilbert Castellanos

Wednesday 12 Mark Dresser performs solo at the Conrad Prebys Music Center. (UCSD). Dresser only does this once a year, and last year’s show was off the charts. 7 p.m. $ 15.50 Gilbert Castellanos presents ...

Craig Noel Award Winners for 2013

The San Diego Theater Critics Circle held its 12th annual awards ceremony last night. Congratulations to the winners, the nominees, and the entire community of theater artists for one heck of a year. Resident Musical: ...

Monday, February 10

Cardiff’s Beach House Restaurant closed

Employees had no clue…neither did valet service or linens provider

Last Monday, February 3, employees arriving at the Beach House Restaurant in Cardiff were surprised to learn they no longer had a job. Servers Justin and Dylan arrived at 10:00 a.m. to find the owners ...

All Things BBQ: BBQ 81

The lowdown on North Park's only barbecue restaurant, and just what are baby back ribs, anyway?

When the short-lived branch of the Barbecue Pit on University Avenue closed, North Park remained without ‘cue for a good while, until BBQ 81 opened up with the promise of ribs and tri-tip on El ...

Filner accuser McCormack Jackson to get $250K

Lawyer Gloria Allred likely to get 30% to 50% of that

The San Diego City Council today (February 10) agreed to pay Irene McCormack Jackson, former publicist for ex-mayor Bob Filner, $250,000 for sexual harassment she allegedly endured from the mayor. In cases such as this, ...

Inside Veterans Village cold-weather shelter

Some call it "the Nut Hut"

The Veterans Village of San Diego cold-weather shelter, located at 2801 1/2 Sports Arena Boulevard, is designed to be a refuge for veterans who are on the street and need a bed for a while ...

On eve of election, Alvarez campaign seeks to distance itself from Cheech & Chong endorsement

THINKING ABOUT MAYBE VOTING UNDER THE INFLUENCE, BARRIO LOGAN — Mayoral candidate David Alvarez's campaign manager today issued a semi-formal quasi-disavowal of a pro-Alvarez endorsement from the famed Latino comedy duo of Cheech Marin and ...

Cabrillo Chamber Orchestra

The Cabrillo Chamber Orchestra is presenting the "An American Experience" concert next weekend. This showcase of American composers will begin at 8 pm on February the 15th at Crill Hall on the Point Loma Nazarene ...

On eve of election, Faulconer campaign distances itself from problematic ad

GIRDING MY LOINS FOR THE COMING TRIBULATION, GOLDEN HALL — Mayoral candidate Kevin Faulconer's campaign manager today issued a semi-formal quasi-disavowal of a pro-Faulconer ad placed in local shopping circulars by the Sons of Free ...

Arm candy

Purses worn in San Diego

“You're never too fat for a new purse.” ― Nia Vardalos I gained a couple of pounds over the holiday season. As a result of my refusal to go up a dress size, I have ...

Brass moves Marine Corps Times to back of the store

Newspaper banished from checkout stands at base exchanges after investigation of commandant

The venerable Marine Corps Times, for years a source of independent news both bad and good about the U.S. Marine Corps, is being evicted from its familiar newsstand at checkout stations and moved to the ...

"Hispanic 100" backs Faulconer

Same Tea Party–backed group bashed Romney in 2012

A political action committee going by the name "Hispanic 100" has taken to the airwaves in an effort to attract voters to their cause. Only, the candidate they support isn't the one with Hispanic heritage. ...

Coming Soon: The Bellows

A new artisanal venture from the creator of Churchill’s Pub

When it comes to craft beer bars and restaurants, it’s important to the success of such a venture (at least in San Diego, where there’s such a high level of competition) to have an owner ...

Defective U-T editorial cartoon could help Alvarez

Did no one notice the logical fallacy?

"Hitler was a vegetarian. Therefore, vegetarians are bad people." "Sammy is a con artist. Sammy wears black socks. Therefore, all people who wear black socks are con artists." "You have friends who are not physically ...

Sunday, February 9

Lawsuit against golf-course subsidy proceeds

Scottsdale course managed by investors including SD's Mickelson

Here and there, wise and courageous citizens are rising up to oppose taxpayer subsidies for sports facilities in which private interests rake in all the money. The retired treasurer of Scottsdale told the Arizona Republic ...

Maximum sentence for Matthew Nathan Terrell

Would-be rapist lured victim to Carlsbad hotel room

Matthew Nathan Terrell, 28, was sentenced to six years prison for the attempted rape of a young woman he had met on the internet just the day before. A San Diego County Superior Court judge ...

Hidden Bruges: Bonifacius Bridge

Discovery in Belgium's Venice of the North.

Bruges can easily be called one of Belgium's greatest tourist traps. Loads of expensive restaurants, hundreds of surely overpriced hotels and many, many tourists. Thanks to a great guide, though, I experienced an idyllic moment ...

County board of education occupies Sweetwater

Superintendent Ed Brand and nearly all board members not in attendance

On February 6, the San Diego County Board of Education held a meeting in the Sweetwater Union High School District boardroom to receive community input on the issue of area representation within the Sweetwater district. ...

SD mayoral vote the last stand for state Republicans?

NY Times, Politico see populism as key factor on election day

Today's (February 9) New York Times features a story on Tuesday's San Diego election. The publication Politico did the same February 5. Both articles stress the populist approach of David Alvarez combatting the business-oriented slant ...

Crumbs from the Table of Joy at Moxie Theatre

In 1995, Crumbs was Lynn Nottage’s breakout play. She went on to write Intimate Apparel (2003) and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Ruined (2007). Moxie Theatre’s fine production has breakout written all over it as well. Under ...

Saturday, February 8

SEA180 looking good at Pier South

Imperial Beach hotel project houses a winner

The Cohn restaurant empire has seen more successes than setbacks in recent memory, and landing the restaurant spot at Imperial Beach’s Pier South Resort fits smartly into the former category. SEA180 — so named for ...

Pio Pico power plant approved for Otay

"SDG&E is not interested in updating its archaic business models."

Environmental health activists on February 6 decried the approval of the Pio Pico power plant by the California Public Utilities Commission in San Francisco the day before, saying that the fossil-fuel-burning plant isn't needed and ...

San Diegan charged with prime bank scam in Alabama

Brandon Colker out on $100,000 bond

San Diegan Brandon Colker turned himself in to the Baldwin County, Alabama, sheriff's department on Wednesday, February 5. A grand jury has charged Colker with one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud and one ...

New York water in Coronado pizza

Village Pizzeria ships in New York water for pies made in Coronado

“It’s a huge expense financially and environmentally it’s a disaster, but nine out of 10 people prefer it,” says David Spatafore, owner of two Village Pizzerias in Coronado. The “it” he is referring to, is ...

Manchester puts last-minute money into race for mayor

Media champion of GOP's candidate kicks in additional $20,000

Business at U-T San Diego may not be as good as expected, according to a February 6 company memo, but its publisher, La Jolla real estate developer and hotel magnate Douglas Manchester, has come up ...

Beer of the Week: Karl Strauss 25th Anniversary Barrel-Aged Doppelbock

Celebrating a quarter-century of San Diego craft brewing

How does a modern day San Diego brewing business go about celebrating a quarter-century of continual operation? It’s a daunting task and there is no blueprint for it, as none of our county’s 70 brewing ...

Friday, February 7

Meet Cherries Jubilee, Zachary Deak, Broken Stems, and more

Newest bands added to the Local Music Database

The Reader’s Local Music Database now has over 3,700 individual band pages, covering performers from the 1950s through today. Most pages also include custom-created band histories, membership rosters then and now, discographies, MP3s, videos, links ...

Gai-jin on a katsudon mission

Ordering fried pork when sushi would do

I spent a disproportionate number of my high school days eating katsu from a small, family-owned restaurant just outside the gate of a military base on Okinawa. Attempts to replicate the experience in San Diego ...

Downtown bathroom project plans approved

East Village to get two “Portland Loos”

The San Diego City Council on February 4 unanimously approved plans and specifications for two downtown restrooms (Portland Loos) to be placed in the East Village. They will be installed at the northwest corner of ...

Council to discuss new pot ordinance

To limit number, places, and quantities sold

Nearly three years after city councilmembers repealed San Diego's first medical marijuana ordinance instead of placing it on the ballot, a new ordinance has finally made its way back to the dais. The council will ...

All About Shailene

Watch your back, J-Law.

Y'all have seen All About Eve, right? [Um, if you haven't, spoilers ahead.] It's a classic backstage story of a fame-hungry woman who decides that her best bet is to learn how to act. But ...

Philip Seymour Hoffman: one more loss

Of course, the real tragedy is the addiction and death. But there is also this: Hoffman could have been truly amazing in that great will-o-the-wisp of films, the adaptation of John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy ...

The River & the Thread, by Rosanne Cash

This is Rosanne Cash's first collection of original material in eight years. The daughter of country-music royalty, Cash is done writing songs about her rebellious youth and her traumatic marriage to Rodney Crowell. Although she ...

Convicted child abuser committed suicide

Fugitive Joseph McCarron failed to show for jury verdict

A man considered a fugitive when he failed to show up for a jury verdict was declared dead by suicide in a report released by the San Diego County Medical Examiner on January 30. Joseph ...

San Diego's Sacramento lobbyist to admit illegal gifting

Fifty California legislators, state and local officials to get warning letters

Two California daily newspapers (not the one in San Diego) are reporting that Kevin Sloat of the Sacramento-based Sloat Higgins Jensen and Associates lobbying firm is about to cut a deal with the Fair Political ...

Blue Öyster Cult takes no prisoners at Sycuan

Thud! Thud! Monstrous footsteps echo throughout the room. “Oh no, can it be,” singer Eric Bloom’s voice quivers. “Rising out of the Pacific Ocean, he lurches his way toward San Diego!” The footsteps grow louder ...

Barleyanfigs open in La Jolla

New Greek restaurant improves Windansea's flavor profile

Some restaurants open with fireworks and frenzied PR campaigns. Others do so with extreme quietude. Barleyanfigs, a new Greek restaurant near Windansea, chose the latter option after a prolonged period spent refurbishing a former pizza ...

Beer Q&A: The Lost Episode

One publication's outtakes are another pub's content

Late last year, the journalistic tables were turned on me as I, the perennial interviewer, became the interviewee. The reason for this 180-degree shift was the release of my e-book, the San Diego Beer News ...

Political advocacy group tied to Koch Brothers targets Scott Peters

Americans for Prosperity will put in $145,000.

According to the publication Politico, Americans for Prosperity, a conservative political action group tied to multibillionaires David and Charles Koch, wil put $145,000 into ads on San Diego area cable TV stations in an attempt ...

Thursday, February 6

Following disappointing year, management shakeup at U-T coming

CEO John Lynch already sidelined to work on acquisitions.

Following a disappointing 2013, John Lynch, chief executive officer of the Union-Tribune, has lost management of day-to-day operations at the Union-Tribune. Mike Hodges, president and chief operating officer, will take on these duties, he said ...

March's ArtPower! "Foovie," Yung Chang's The Fruit Hunters

We haven't heard much of Yung Chang in these parts since Up the Yangtze, his exacting impressionistic documentary on China's ever-changing landscape during the construction of the Three Gorges Dam, played the Landmark Hillcrest in ...

Was Dumanis DUPED?

FOLLOWING THE MONEY IN CIRCLES, DOWNTOWN — District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis received over 25 different contributions to her terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad mayoral campaign that were in some way connected to Azano Matsura, the ...

Restaurant lobby sets table for Faulconer

Food and hotel workers union goes with Alvarez

When it comes to picking up campaign tabs for San Diego's two mayoral candidates, the city's main restaurant lobby appears to favor Republican Kevin Faulconer over his Democratic city-council colleague David Alvarez. Latest contributions to ...

San Diego Symphony back from opera

Pipa master Wu Man to solo with orchestra

With Pagliacci in the books at San Diego Opera, the San Diego Symphony Orchestra returns to the Jacobs Music Center for a concert off the beaten path this coming weekend. The first rarity of the ...

Macbeth at Intrepid Shakespeare Company

In his excellent book, How to Do Shakespeare, Adrian Noble says “the golden rule is to make the audience listen.” Noble lists several ways. I would add one more: when you “do” Shakespeare, or theater ...

Cusp chef also cooks up children's books

Donald Lockhart gets inspiration for kiddie lit while in kitchen

When Donald Lockhart, the executive chef at Cusp Restaurant in La Jolla, isn’t creating menus, he’s writing children's books. “I enjoy playing with food ingredients and words,” he says. “In both, the simplest things work ...

San Diego food trucks to oppose proposed regulations

"Unfair to the consumer that the city is protecting [restaurants]."

Next week, February 12, a council committee is set to discuss new regulations governing food trucks in San Diego. The proposed regulations would essentially ban truck operators from pulling up in San Diego's busiest entertainment ...

SeaWorld Sends Much Maligned Whale to Debate Young Local Activist

TRYING TO TIME MY CAMERA TO CATCH THAT FIRST SPURT OF BLOOD, SEAWORLD — When young Max Guinn sees a problem, he sets out to do something about it. Guinn, the cofounder of Kids Eco ...

Shadow and Bone, by Leigh Bardugo

What brought you to this bookstore? “I found it on the internet and thought I’d like to come.” Have you found anything interesting? “Shadow and Bone, by Leigh Bardugo. It looks like a Russian story. ...

A taco platter silver lining

Learning the true meaning of antojitos

Due more to bad luck than to any exhilarating lifestyle choice, I've found a nail stuck in my tire four times the past two years. It's made me somewhat of a regular at a Grant ...

Large mural unveiled at strip mall in Tijuana

Movimiento Artístico Red Mental has done this work before

It was a cold and windy Saturday evening when I made my way to the Otay area of Tijuana for the unveiling of a 70.5´ x 23´ mural in the back of a strip mall ...

Man in stolen car claimed to be Marine

CHP officer said he was given false ID

California Highway Patrol officer Adam DeGraffenreid said the license plate on the red Honda Accord came back registered to a Toyota on the afternoon of October 19, 2013. The driver said his name was Christian ...

Lawyer cusses out judge, gets suspended

But "f*** you" constitutionally protected, says State Bar

The State Bar of California has suspended Iwo Ostoja-Lojasiewicz for 90 days and placed him on two years of probation for trying to serve a subpoena on superior-court judge Timothy B. Taylor at his home ...

Going Public: Waypoint rocks!

Have you ever walked into a restaurant, perused the menu, and felt like it was custom-designed around your taste? It’s a rare occurrence, but every now and then, it’s like a chef has reached into ...

Wednesday, February 5

We don't call them drones anymore

Contrary to popular wisdom, drones are already among — or above — us.

I want to believe that when we talk about drones — also known as unmanned aerial vehicles or unmanned aerial systems — whose bodies vary from pterodactyl-big to mosquito-small (the Robobee, a robotic insect, weighs ...

Lincoln Club mailers protested…at wrong location

Activists charge “dog-whistle racism” in phony portrayal of David Alvarez

A small but vocal group of activists organized by Presente.org and the Courage Campaign may have taken a wrong turn Tuesday afternoon, February 4, while attempting to deliver a pair of petitions. In a two-week ...

Castle Park Middle School principal punches back!!

“Who is this Susan luzzaro bitch?!”

Throughout 2013, the Reader reported on Castle Park Middle School’s extracurricular priorities: recruiting Sweetwater students to Alliant, a costly private university; extending the Steven Hawking charter school into the Castle Park Middle site; questionable spending ...

Pop fell away from the heart

Asked how San Diego treats his now-L.A.–based band Xiu Xiu, singer Jamie Stewart tells the Reader via email: “It has been mixed. There have been shows that were totally sold out and the people were ...

Brush up on your Shakespeare at Reading Cinemas Gaslamp 15

National Theatre Live! and Broadway HD present Coriolanus and Romeo and Juliet.

It's being billed as "Love and agony, Shakespeare style," when National Theatre Live! and Broadway HD bring the Bard to the big screen at Reading Cinemas Gaslamp 15. Based on the life of legendary Roman ...

Philip Seymour Hoffman to be digitally inserted into final Hunger Games sequel

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Philip Seymour Hoffman died leaving behind only one crucial scene to film in order to tie up his character's plot thread in the final Hunger Games sequel. It was today ...

Michael Shames owes more than $100,000

Former UCAN head sued for defamation, lost

Superior-court judge Ronald S. Prager has ruled that Michael Shames, former head of Utility Consumers' Action Network (UCAN), owes $104,609 in fees and costs to the parties he unsuccessfully sued for defamation and related transgressions. ...

Say bye to 1927 railroad bridge near Camp Pendleton

Also, the end of the train-traffic logjam

Motorists traveling northbound on I-5 through Camp Pendleton have probably noticed the slow disappearance of the old, rusty, white railroad bridge over the Santa Margarita River. The Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company built ...

O’ahu on a plate

A foodie list for this popular Hawaiian island.

A culinary expedition: journalist resolves to achieve edible incapacitation in the Aloha state. Let us resolve to gain weight this new year! Known as the melting pot of the Pacific, Hawaii is home to hundreds ...

God’s sense of humor

“I know that, when with Fleetwood Mac, we played San Diego back in the late ’60s, but I don’t remember much about it, except it was in a large hall of some kind,” says Jeremy ...

Just the right amount of South Pacific kitsch

In 1949, Tahitian artist Felix Lynch opened up what is now San Diego’s oldest tattoo shop, at 317 F Street, catering to sailors who landed in port just blocks away. Six location changes and two ...

D.A. Dumanis rakes in $21,000 from used-car interests

"She just simply listened and said, ‘Talk to the legislature.’”

San Diego district attorney Bonnie Dumanis, under scrutiny in part as a result of a trove of campaign cash she got from employees of La Jolla luxury-car dealer Marc Chase in 2011, has accepted at ...

Fresh and fluffy

Ed gets a quick class in cheesemanship at Venissimo.

“It’s Hook’s cheddar. Costs $40 a pound. That would come to about $15 per sandwich.”

Record-release roundup

Schitzophonics have a record-release party set for February 8 at the Casbah, on a bill that includes Neighbors to the North, Amerikan Bear, and Gloomsday. “It’s a three-song seven-inch that Munster Records is putting out,” ...

Downsized dreams

Old Globe stages Laura Marks’s Bethany in the round

Bethany, by Laura Marks Old Globe Theatre, Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, Balboa Park Directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch; cast: Carlo Alban, DeAnna Driscoll, Jennifer Ferrin, Amanda Naughton, James Shanklin, Sylvia M’Lafi Thompson; scenic design ...

In San Diego clubs Sunday-Wednesday, February 9–12

Sunday 9Soda Bar serves Woolen Men. (It’s true.) Woodsist’s windows-down daytrippers do the label proud with their galloping garage-rock sound and off-key, out-of-time, sing-along-with-me singer. Like listening to a young Michael Stipe fronting the dBs. ...

Democrat Aguirre endorses Republican Faulconer

Former city attorney is leery of Alvarez backers

Former city attorney Michael Aguirre was scheduled to hold a press conference at the park at Harbor Island at 11 a.m. this morning (Feb. 5) to endorse Kevin Faulconer for mayor. In an interview earlier ...

In San Diego clubs Thursday–Saturday, February 6–8

Thursday 6Barcelona band Delorean pulls their stainless-steel dance-rock act into Casbah Thursday night. One of Spain’s most popular underground bands, the quartet “takes cues from their native Balearic beat, Madchester house, techno, and R&B, to ...

Photographs for Valentines' Day

The Bootylicious shoot is popular.

“Curves are in, and I am going to work on making those curves look delicious.”

NBC and Facebook won’t skimp on the Winter Olympics

We’re talking real money. The 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City cost $2 billion to produce. The 2006 edition in Turin, Italy, cost $4.1 billion. Four years later, in Vancouver, the bill was $8 ...

Jewish film fest faves

The punch.

The San Diego Jewish Film Festival ushers in its 24th year with a showcase of 60 shorts, documentaries, and features chosen from across the globe. With this year’s film festival comes two fresh faces: publicist ...

Extremes: The Life and Times of Father José Maria Zalvidea

Father Zalvidea’s organization kept up with the lash!

Part One Herbert Howe Bancroft: “There is no evidence that Father José Maria de Zalvidea ever had an enemy or said an unkind word to any man…. He was doubtless a model missionary, and then ...

Enough space for your 20 vehicles

Current Owner: Rita Gregory Listing Price: $5,750,000 Beds: 8 | Baths: 10 The small, mostly agricultural town of Rainbow, population 1832, sits at the northernmost point of San Diego County along the border of Riverside. ...

Triple bogey

Democratic freshman congressman Juan Vargas, who has found himself uncomfortably caught up in San Diego’s latest political-corruption scandal, has scheduled his latest big-money fundraiser, this one to feature House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland. ...

International influx of sound

Anything but a newcomer to electronic music, Aaron Hastings (aka Arkon) has hosted local late nights such as Ajna After Hours, Bordello Breaks, Trance Mission, and — starting in 2007 — began working alongside Gage ...

County Office of Education loves to pay lawyers

Rodger Hartnett won’t stop fighting the San Diego County Office of Education.

Handout-getting 101

Money demands seem never to stop growing at San Diego State University, despite 2012’s voter approval of Jerry Brown’s massive state-tax increase. So the venerable institution — led by president Elliot Hirshman, who famously makes ...

Sunset Mountain, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

A bird’s eye view of Borrego Valley and the surrounding desert and mountains from a mountaintop.

Sunset Mountain takes its name from the last rays of sunshine that enshroud the top with the setting sun. The 3657-foot peak is located south of SR-78 between Pinyon Wash and Harper Canyon. From the ...

Straight from the Sea Lion's Mouth

Judging by the Cover Just seeing the January 30 cover, “I Only Date Vegans,” was enough for me to decide I did not want to read the article. Al Stanko Alpine That’s Weird You guys ...

Cinder blocks: clean ’em, paint ’em, stack ’em!

Garden art

Post Title: Concrete Thinking: How to Make Mod, Stackable Sculptures with Cinder Blocks Post Date: November 27, 2013 “What is garden art to you?” That was the theme of the night during this week’s #GardenChat, ...

Shiloh Spiritual Center

Roxie Hart grabs the truth wherever she can weave it in.

Contact: 3288 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego 619-640-2020; shilohspiritualcenter.com Membership: 50 Pastor: Reverend Roxie Hart Age: “Young enough to enjoy life and old enough to know I really want to.” Born: Oakland Formation: Holmes Institute, ...

Magic in the movies

My life is all about magic these days, but I love Practical Magic because it’s really about sisters and how powerful that bond can be. Some very grounded performances from Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman ...

Wax on, wax off

The Karate Kid. No, I don’t mean The Karate Kid with Will Smith’s baby boy and Jackie Chan — I mean the only real Karate Kid with Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita! I have great ...

Fascinating but disturbing

Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Mark Caro opened up a whole new world of cinema for me with Delicatessen. The film is set in a post-apocalyptic future where food is scarce. A landlord of an apartment building, ...

January 30 Sudoku Contenders

Evil * Bliss Beedle, Encinitas, 5. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 5. * Patrick Driscoll, Santee, 5. Martin Guillen, Oceanside, 5. Richard Hutchings, Santee, 5. Ralph Levy, La Jolla, 5. Hiroshi Miyazaki, Normal Heights, 5. Randy ...

January 30 Crossword Contenders

* Mary Arana, Encinitas, 5. * Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 5. L. Barling, El Cajon, 5. * Evelyn Bowser, Hillcrest, 5. Marvin A. Brown, Clairemont, 5. * Charlotte Brown , Clairemont, 5. Bob Carlson, Serra Mesa, ...

Tuesday, February 4

San Diego economy to lag state, nation

Weakening defense spending to hurt…but techies to do well

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

Nude-industry lobbyist in current scandal scored $10k

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

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

Drinking in history

Toasted cheese sandwiches Ed's choice for Gaslamp on cheap

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

Activists incensed over Keystone XL pipeline

Civil disobedience promised if project gains approval

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

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

Makeover prompted by business closures?

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

The Foreigner at Lamb’s Players

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

Fishtank Ensemble and the musical saw

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

Sempra to get fat subsidy from Nevada

To rake in $66 million for solar-energy product

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

Trying to find a niche at the farmers' market

Or, what happens when capitalism gives you the munchies

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

Thugs shot by would-be victim make plea deals

Wounded defendants can expect four years prison

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

Klein, Morgan U-T departures, considered together

Company was weakening, both had good salaries and big egos

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

Monday, February 3

Bikers gather to pay tribute to one of their own

Oceanside man killed in unavoidable motorcycle accident

On February 1, close to 300 friends and family showed up at the Kraken on Coast Highway 101 for a remembrance and celebration of life of Oceanside resident Hugh Williams. Williams was killed on the ...

Food as entertainment at Hash House a Go Go

Dinner in Hillcrest with a week's worth of leftovers

For me, Hash House has always been a scene-y brunch spot for the not-hungover-so-much-as-still-drunk group of friends. There’s a somewhat-annoying, but “fun to mingle in if you know a bunch of people in the hood” ...

Protect Our Jobs Coalition financially underwater

Spent $287,000 more than they collected to fight Barrio Logan plan

The Protect Our Jobs Coalition — the group spearheading the referendum aimed at overturning the Barrio Logan Community Plan — has spent $730,000 on the petition drive, legal fees, and consultants who were working to ...

San Diego hotel results weak last year

Hotel guru Morrison says 2014 will lag, too

According to Smith Travel Research figures, San Diego's hotel occupancy rate last year climbed only 1.5%, to 71.6%; that lagged the nation's top 25 markets with a combined rise of 2.1%. San Diego also lagged ...

Special-events fees and the mayoral hopeful’s wife

Katherine Stuart Faulconer has stake in negotiated city fees, pushed against invoice, emails show

Whether the city should impose a so-called “linkage fee” on new commercial development to subsidize low-income housing has been at the top of the list of controversies dominating the race for mayor between Kevin Faulconer ...

This week in the Jazz clubs, February 4–8

Han Bennink, Charles McPherson, and more

Tuesday 4 Dutch drummer Han Bennink is joined by Mary Oliver on violin, Mark Dresser on bass, and Michael Dessen on trombone at UCSD’s Loft. Fresh off a hit at L.A.’s Blue Whale, this band ...

Big score for IDW

Local comics publisher to release Angry Birds comic, among other projects

“We’re essentially one-third the size of DC Comics, as far as our market share is concerned,” says Chris Ryall, editor-in-chief at San Diego-based IDW Publishing, the fourth-largest comic book publisher in the country . The ...

Local travel: the Bayshore Bikeway

Get your bike out to see another side of the South Bay.

As a family of four with two preadolescent children, we’re often looking for fun, active ways to explore our own beautiful city without spending too much money. San Diego’s sunny, laid-back disposition creates an ideal ...

It's not just the bread you need to worry about at Con Pane

Options let your imagination run wild at 'Rustic' sandwich shop

The orderly rows of architecturally identical old Naval buildings of Liberty Station are not the easiest to navigate. But I'm more than willing to get lost for a few minutes on a quest for a ...

Free trade backlash at downtown protest

Congressional members Darrell Issa and Susan Davis targeted

Protesters took to the streets near the intersection of Front Street and Broadway downtown on January 31 to denounce efforts to "fast track" approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and, more broadly, free-trade agreements of ...

Bagby Beer wears heart on its wall

Anticipated brewpub's pre-open support of cancer awareness

The most anticipated brewery opening of 2014 is that of Bagby Beer Company. As reported in September, it is the passion project of award-winning former Pizza Port director of brewery operations Jeff Bagby and his ...

Sunday, February 2

Senior citizens considered by East County planners

Mobile-home residents likely to use ball field in emergency

Allied Gardens Navajo Community Planners, Inc., on January 27 voted unanimously to "support the idea in concept" of the Cliffs mobile home park's proposal for an emergency evacuation easement on land owned by the Allied ...

King tides a harbinger of sea-level rise?

San Diego Coastkeeper gives bay tour previewing 2050's "new normal"

King tides, the highest of high-water marks that come around just a few times each year, became evident at beaches and bays across San Diego during the past week. Environmental and water-quality advocacy group San ...

Brabant Bar & Café brings Belgium to South Park

It had been a frustrating day so far — putting out work-related fires and waiting around for a plumber for actual water issues; before I knew it, it was 3 p.m. and neither David nor ...

Finding La Maguana, a homeless icon of Tijuana

Maria Luisa Castro was a dancer — is a dancer

Facebook post: “I'm in love with Tijuana.” Comment reply by David Duran: “Until you make love to La Maguana I'm not going to believe that you truly love this city.” If you have walked around ...

Military contractors target Barrio Logan plan

General Dynamics subsidiary and allies spend $729,000 to quash Alvarez-favored plan — deemed a jobs killer by Faulconer

Some of America's biggest military contractors are on a big-money warpath against the Barrio Logan community plan that has become a proxy battlefield for Republican city councilman Kevin Faulconer and his Democratic colleague David Alvarez ...

Neil Morgan dead at 89

An icon for 54 years, then got fired from U-T in 2004

Neil Morgan, one of the greats of San Diego journalism — maybe the greatest — died Saturday, February 1, at 89 years of age. He was a skilled writer who could praise San Diego but ...

Saturday, February 1

What's the delay at Manchester's Austin hotel?

Papa Doug's son says financing still not nailed down

Texas media are wondering what's holding up the beginning of Papa Doug Manchester's 1035-room hotel in downtown Austin, to be named the Fairmont. A headline in the Austin Business Journal this week asked, "Hotels abound ...

Claudio Raygoza: the acting process at Ion Theatre, part two

Read part one of this interview. Claudio Raygoza, artistic director of Ion Theatre, and Glenn Paris, the producing director, stage plays in a 49-seat theater, with obviously special demands. They include others for the plays ...

Pickleball vs. tennis in La Mesa

Players raise issues of court use and conversions

The La Mesa Community Services Commission on January 29 denied the USA Pickleball Association's request to remove the tennis court at Collier Park and replace it with four pickleball courts. Pickleball was created in Washington ...

Light organic fare where you'd least expect it

Student architects get a jump start on redesigning East Village

For all the talk in the past few years of East Village having become someplace worth being — with upscale restaurants, condo developments, an urban ballpark, and a big new public library – it's got ...

City attorney considers conflict of interest

Unwise to have hoteliers on convention center board, says memo.

Turns out, it probably isn't the best idea to appoint a hotelier to San Diego's Convention Center board of directors. Considering that many hotels depend on revenue from large conventions but also due to the ...

Beer of the Week: Matt’s Burning Rosids

It’s not about the beer…it’s about the person that beer pays tribute to

Last August, news of a fatal accident at Stone Brewing Co. made its way across the Internet, radio, and airwaves. Many reports listed the victim as merely a “worker,” “employee,” or “brewer.” Eventually, the media ...

Korean War vet hoists first flag at Carlsbad restaurant

Colonial-themed Green Dragon Tavern includes museum

Korean War veteran Vic Caruana is known throughout coastal North County as “the flag guy.” He helps local businesses maintain their American flags and takes part in flag-raising ceremonies. On January 31, Caruana was asked ...

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