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San Diego's sex-trafficking shame

We need our hearts broken over this

A leopard-print sign hanging on Andrea Smith’s front door announces, “I am a luxury few can afford.” Three years ago there was heavy truth in that statement. Smith was bringing in about $2500 a night ...

Mexico is off limits

Not your Zumwalt’s Navy

It’s almost summer, time for “Career Orientation and Training for Midshipmen West, 2016,” hosted by the Navy in San Diego for the latest crop of Annapolis midshipmen, who are being advised to avoid trouble during ...

Roque De La Fuente to run for U.S. Senate in Florida

San Diego–born businessman/car dealer finds popularity back East

San Diego businessman Roque (Rocky) De La Fuente, who failed in his attempt to get the Democratic nomination for president, this week filed to run for the U.S. Senate in Florida. According to saintpetersblog.com, De ...

Horse with no permit

Former GG Allin bandmate talks busking in San Diego

“Federal law says we can busk, ’cause we’re entertaining for tips, not panhandling, or begging,” says Brian Demers, who used to play guitar in GG Allin’s hard-rock band Malpractice but now can be found busking ...

Women in politics

Cori Schumacher and Mara Elliott in the news

Former liberal Democratic House member Barney Frank of Massachusetts was set to host a June 18 $500-a-person fundraiser for Cori Schumacher, the one-time world longboard surfing champion currently running for city council in Carlsbad. “In ...

Glue as record cleaner?

Get your groove-cleaning on

Dear Hipster: I found a great solution to a common hipster problem, and I thought that I’d share it with you, and by extension the Reader’s readers. Did you know you can clean your vinyl ...

Pupusa ceremony

“These foods we cook are ancient and more healthful than Mexican or American food.”

"You can sit over here if you like,” says this guy over in the booth. He’s noticed me craning my head to catch the Costa Rica game. Against mighty Colombia. Copa América. David and Goliath. ...

Glorious sci-fi futures of slave robots

Three poems by Rick Hill

True Love at Seventy is passion honed by anticipation of coming despair and a certain prayer one of us will bid for one day more or one warm morning or just one shared moment of ...

Bi this song by Alicia Champion

New single about bisexuality may not be a hit with the LGBT community

Alicia Champion knew she was bisexual from a young age. “When I was nine or ten [years old], I remember watching Power Rangers,” she recalls. “I had a crush on the pink ranger but was ...

Independence Day — a resurgence?

More of the same, but more

Twenty years ago, my new wife and I stood in line for what seemed like hours at Horton Plaza to see Independence Day. Why? Because of those fantastic teasers that showed the shadow of a ...

Pastor Burkey appreciates the wrestling

Christ Lutheran Church: “Developing dynamic disciples for Christ.”

Membership: 1000 Pastor: Richard Burkey Age: 56 Born: Chicago Formation: Concordia College, Austin, TX; Concordia College, River Forest, IL; Concordia Theological Seminary, St. Louis, MO. Years Ordained: 31 San Diego Reader: How long do you ...

Los Jilgueros, a small retreat in suburban Fallbrook

Relax in this small preserve with great wooded areas and wetlands

This 46-acre nature preserve was an orchard and farmland before it was acquired by the Fallbrook Land Conservancy (FLC) as their first acquisition. There is still some farm equipment and waterworks visible. For its small ...

Cops on boards

Police and fire surfing event at Oceanside Harbor

The image of a cigar-smoking cop with a Jackie Gleeson–like waistline hiding in his cruiser behind a billboard alongside the road in speed-trap mode is much more Hollywood than fact these days. Truth is, first ...

Are you theater people?

A rich and tricky question. Ask it of yourselves before and after attending Matt Thompson’s The Complete History of Theatre (Abridged) at the Point Loma Playhouse. As the play’s second act finally delivers the titular ...

Beautiful disgusts after some masterpieces

By the 18th Century, mighty Venice had become what Goethe called “the drawing room of Europe.”

Many of us seek and cherish essences when traveling to foreign places: a food, a shop, a fall of light, an open-air market, the peculiar curve or steep of street or hillside, the play of ...

Sour Stan not keen on the GoFundMe movement

Express your disapproval by giving nothing

Dear Hipster: Every day, my news feed alerts me of some extremely presumptuous GoFundMe or other. If it isn’t, “Help, I can’t afford to get my cat neutered,” it’s “Donate money so I can buy ...

The restless mind of Sonny Smith

SanFran band Sonny & the Sunsets brings Moods Baby Moods to Soda Bar

Sonny Smith seems like one of those individuals who has no trouble whatsoever bending people to their various whims. One example: half a dozen years ago, the Bay Area author/songwriter/filmmaker invented 100 bands, none of ...

Park your boat and stay a while

Another stunner on Scott Street

Beds: 4 Baths: 6 Current Owner: Morgan Dene Oliver List Price: $8,800,000 How about a “unique and stunning 6500-square-foot bay front contemporary home” in Point Loma with a private dock? Built in 1988, the residence ...

Tijuana free to rock again

Mexico's back in the rock concert/festival business

Chim Arrieta Espinoza, singer/guitarist with Tijuana-based Rabbit Fever says the Mexican government has opened up to live-rock events. Arrieta has put on a number of multiband shows in small venues in TJ and San Diego ...

Being served, unforgettable

Electronics forensics enter the battle of the universities

The costly legal battle between UCSD and the University of Southern California over a disputed Alzheimer’s Disease research program that could ultimately be worth billions of dollars in pharmaceutical patents, may come down to a ...

Julian residents object to Linden Blue’s backcountry development plans

General Atomics co-owner’s plans for 1416 acres

Regardless of how you slice it, if approved, a proposed development of 1416 acres of untouched wilderness in Julian, known as the Hosking’s Ranch Development, violates state law, reads a February 4 letter from California’s ...

George Clinton on the logistics of funk and the fight to get paid

One bootie ain't enough

Funk music pioneer George Clinton, who is bringing his 22-piece Parliament-Funkadelic band back to the Belly Up on June 23, says the small Solana Beach club is often considered a yardstick for other venues. “We’ve ...

Letters and notes to the editor

Readers write in

To the [Dog] Rescue My husband and I have been involved in rescuing Baja dogs for years. We noticed your section, “Play with Baja Rescue Pets,” in the “Fun Things to Do” issue of the ...

June 16 Crossword Contenders

Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 9. L. Barling, El Cajon, 9. Evelyn Bowser, Hillcrest, 9. Dennis Butterworth, San Diego, 9. (winner!) Chris Byzewski, San Diego, 9. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 9. Annette Coppede, San Diego, 9. Allan ...

June 16 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Bliss Beedle, Encinitas, 9. Gregory Chauncey, La Jolla, 9. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 9. Alford Claibone, San Diego, 9. Patrick Driscoll, Santee, 9. Rafael Gaceta, San Diego, 9. Don Ganoe, San Diego, 9. Larry ...

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