City Lights

Hundreds of millions for football, zilch for opera

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

Pearls, petroglyphs, and desert shipwrecks

U.S. naval bombing range before pearls.

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

Why more people leave than enter San Diego

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

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

City sued over murals

Art is in the eye of the permit holder.

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

San Diego water: You will pay

Even if the drought miraculously ends, water will be taking money from your pocketbook.

March was supposed to come in with a deluge. But populated areas got disappointingly little rain. And the rest of the month has been desert-dry. An El Niño may help later, but that’s iffy. Maybe ...

Scripps Ranch to Walmart: Put it in Mira Mesa

This would substantially alter the character of Scripps Ranch,” fumes Jenny Marshall, whose 15-member Save Our Scripps (“SOS”) Ranch group is determined to stop a big-box project from crashing the gates of the “Ranch.” In ...

Who told the feds about Azano? Bob Brewer, that’s who.

Bob Brewer gleefully shouts how Bonnie Dumanis is cozy with Mexican moneybags Azano. But it was Brewer who initially put the Feds on Azano's tail.

The roommate who wanted the music turned down is dead

Goat noises and howling

“He attempted to punch me in the face as he ran towards me,” said Carlsbad police detective Scott Stallman. The murder suspect had become increasingly “agitated” and “animated” after detectives confronted him with evidence that ...

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.

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 ...

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. ...

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