Content for Wednesday, March 18, 2015

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Someone’s living in a container at the cemetery

Mostly mundane, sometimes hysterical complaints on the city’s website

Yapping pooches, non-complying porches, and that fowl odor. Did your neighbor rat you out or not?

SDG&E, you are relieved. Love, most of the council.

Utility left out of city resolution opposing rate restructuring

After receiving a heavy dose of commentary from San Diego–area residents and conducting a spirited debate, the city council on Tuesday afternoon, March 17, passed a revised version of a resolution seeking change to a ...

Oceanside kicks dispensaries to curb

But it's like playing a game of “whack-a-mole,” says city attorney

The North County toke board tally changed today, March 18. It’s now City of Oceanside, 3. Pot dispensaries, 0. Oceanside city attorney John Mullen said last week that the future for the two remaining medical ...

Homes worth zero

Fannie Mae busts rogue stealing and selling titles

Daniel Deaibes pleaded guilty in federal court today (March 18) to stealing titles of homes and then selling them to victims who learned they owned a home worth nothing. Deaibes and two other defendants, Mazen ...

Drunk with power

The online home-vacation-stay service known as Airbnb has been making a lot of local news lately, thanks to a city regulatory crackdown that has threatened some bedroom renters with back-tax bills. To the rescue have ...

And the winner is...

If rock and roll doesn’t work out as a career for Rich Varville (ex–Trailerpark Rockstar), maybe rock videos will. On March 7, Varville took home Best Director honors at the San Diego Film Awards for ...

Jazz valley

“Kirk is a guy who wants to present this music because he thinks it’s the right art form for the hotel — he’s made a commitment, wants it to be ongoing, because he wants the ...

Story in a glass at Aero Club

You’ll thank the storyteller twice for the Be Good or Be Gone

Opened in 1947 as a flyboy-and-gal joint by aviatrix Maryann Prophet, the Aero Club has made its mark for serving whiskey flights like they mean it. “The thing about being a whiskey bartender is that ...

Getaway Contest winners: spread the word

Winners in the Reader's inaugural writing contest will be published over the next six weeks.

With an incredible variety of submissions in the Reader’s first-ever travel writing contest, all of the winning articles are deserving. And that makes our jobs tough. 2015 Getaway Contest prizes will be awarded by Reader ...

Dude, this is a joke

Many bands thought the worst thing about the collapse of the major-label music industry was that there was no longer anyone to pay for music videos. Orange County’s Terminally Ill, making their San Diego debut ...

Brother

It was a kiss on the go, I was leaving. Back to college for the semester. Your cheek rough with acne, the small blond hairs on your chin just sprouting. I didn’t know then how ...

Two saxophones and a drummer — that’s Moon Hooch

Two saxophones and a drummer — that’s Moon Hooch from Brooklyn. Michael Wilbur, one of the sax players, calls the Reader from a tour stop in Pennsylvania. “We’re looking forward to getting out west,” he ...

Double dose of taste

North Park's Awash puts Ethiopian favorites on an edible plate

"Yes,” says Habtamu. “This bread is two days old.” Okay, sounds like a confession. But, no, it’s a statement of pride. “Our bread,” he says, “needs time.” We’re talking injera, the famous Ethiopian bread that ...

Rock out in Rattlesnake Canyon

Geology is the highlight of this Anza-Borrego hike

Look for cheese bush.

More filter than 'stache

Coffee-making isn't about the tool, it's about the method

In fact, Mr. Coffee is pour-over coffee as well.

Jesus crashed into my darkness in a radical way

Membership: 2500 Pastor: Mike Reed Age: 49 Born: Fort Sill, OK Formation: Southern California College (now Vanguard University), Costa Mesa. Years Ordained: 28 San Diego Reader: What is your favorite subject on which to preach? ...

Guinness played its part

Having gigged with everyone from Robyn Hitchcock to R.E.M., Scott McCaughey brings his Minus 5 to Balboa Theatre downtown on March 24. He took some email questions from the Reader. What San Diego music memories ...

Unsung pros

Interview with The Wrecking Crew director Denny Tedesco

From Sinatra (Frank and Nancy) to Seville (David and his Chipmunks), the artists included in The Wrecking Crew backed them all. We close on a disclaimer that jokingly reads, “No musicians were harmed during the ...

Spend a bundle on Spindrift Drive

Buy it for the semicircular aquarium

The 10,715-square-foot estate occupying a lot atop the cliffs of La Jolla at 1828 Spindrift is “the most exceptional oceanfront estate available today,” listing materials for the property assert. “Think ‘Grace Kelly meets Howard Hughes.’” ...

A thousand Overheard conversations

I never wanted to be a cartoonist. And yet, I’m about to draw the 1000th weekly edition of Overheard in San Diego. Sure, I loved and collected comic books as a kid, and even drew ...

NCAA Tournament preview

There are three interesting things about the Ivy League: money, money, and money.

Before we get to the column, the Box would like to offer helpful relationship advice. If you live with someone who loves college basketball and you don’t care for it, that person owes you one ...

An evening at Villa Montezuma

A carnivorous smile among the city’s upper crust

Between 1887 and 1889, Jesse Shepard gave musicales at his Villa Montezuma. He had an international reputation as a singer/pianist. Others called him a charlatan. To bring instant culture to the pioneer town, San Diegans ...

Authenticity from the days of Oog

Pedigree questioned, and answered

Dear Hipster: I don’t doubt you per se, but how are we supposed to accept your word as THE hipster? Are there not other, perhaps more authoritative hipsters? If my doctor couldn’t show me a ...

Playing the Mongoloid card

Post Title: Object Permanence Post Date: February 8, 2015 The “Mongoloid” card gets played despite ground rules and — across the table — Jenn and I meet glances. Finn’s asleep in Jenn’s lap, thumb resolutely ...

What do you say?

Serendipitous I just finished reading Tam Hoang’s article on his experience of growing up American while being Vietnamese. What an interesting perspective — great descriptions of his feelings and the contradictions he faced in trying ...

Zipping right along

Though he’s not disclosed exactly how much he’s worth, North County Republican Darrell Issa is estimated by many observers to be the wealthiest member of Congress, with minimum assets of $432.25 million, according to a ...

Graffiti slayer

My neighborhood in North Pacific Beach is pretty much free of graffiti. When I drive into other parts of San Diego, or in Pacific Beach, there are more stickers, old garage-sale and lost-dog signs, and ...

X meets Mr. Hitchcock

Plus Black Rivers, Jeff Tweedy, and Gang of Four

Sunday 22X’s John Doe and Exene Cervenka join Robyn Hitchcock for one of Belly Up’s “Evening With” seated shows. Be aware, there’s no opening act at these things and you should be seated by 8p ...

Wild in the streets

Punk rock karaoke, indie-rock dark matter, and an experimental guitar show

Thursday 19Casbah’s culled some indie-rock dark matter for Thursday night, a curious double bill that surprises and then you’re, like, Oh yeah. Singer/songwriter (emphasis on writer) Joseph D’Agostino and his band of Jersey boys Cymbals ...

St. Patty's Day fising report

March 17 dock totals 20 anglers aboard the Dolphin 1/2 day pm run caught 2 sheephead, 5 sculpin, 1 barred sand bass and 84 rockfish. 17 anglers aboard the Malihini 3/4 day run to the ...

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