Cover Stories

Ode to a mouse

"I'm just an O.B. guy."

Early on a foggy morning in the mid 1950s, Jim “Mouse” Robb stopped by the Ocean Beach lifeguard station. The men on duty were his friends. Until the year before, he had worked beside them ...

How broke are you?

On the water, underwater. The pride, the shame, the debt.

A stray dog for Christmas Without a safety net: JoAnne (not her real name) earns $12 per hour driving a shuttle for a major auto dealer. She also drives Uber and Lyft on the side ...

Feast! The indulgence issue

Because it's not enough to say, "It was yummy!"

Restaurants worth treating as occasions — Where going out is still a treat. By Ian Pike It’s not news, but it’s love — Critics have to eat even when they’re not critiquing. By Ambrose Martin ...

What was Omar al-Bayoumi doing in San Diego?

Why did he befriend the 9/11 Pentagon hijackers?

Bayoumi met the hijackers at a Los Angeles restaurant, found a Clairemont apartment for them, helped them open a checking account at Bank of America, and hosted parties for them in San Diego and El Cajon.

People have attacked us. It didn't end well for them.

Xtreme vigilantism

It’s 11:06 on a Saturday night and the superheroes are plotting outside the Hall of Justice on Broadway. “We’ll drive up Golf and meet the foot-patrol at Sixth and Lima,” says a large figure in ...

Linda Vista is San Diego's cucuy room

People here just do and just are

Comedian George Lopez jokes that every Mexican family has a haunted room somewhere on the premises — “the cucuy room.” It’s the one you sprint past on your way to the commode in the middle ...

Empty-nose syndrome sufferers feel invisible

Like trying to come up for air

If you’ve ever had a bad toothache in your upper jaw, you know the general area where the human animal experiences life in its greatest intensity. You can’t get away from the pain because it’s ...

Steal beer and die

Sometimes, mercy is better than justice

The bloodstains have long since faded, courtesy of Scram, sun, and time. More than a decade ago, in the parking lot of a Vons in Santee, Christopher St. Louis, 18, lost his life in the ...

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 ...

Fun things to do in San Diego

A million things under the sun — we offer a few (some indoors)

County Administration Center Waterfront Park In 2014, 12 acres of former parking lots were converted into a public park facing San Diego Bay. Running both north and south of the county government headquarters established in ...

Chargerspeak

Wordplay unlikely to entertain true Boltlievers.

“Convadium,” crooned my partner in gadabouting Pemberton Throckmorton III, drawing out the “a” and lingering just a moment on the “m.” “Just listen to it! It’s the space of the future! What can’t you do ...

Deport the eucalyptus

Taking them all out would not be fine and dandy.

“Deport the eucalyptus back to Australia!” That’s Johnny Sevier, a certified arborist, on the tree he loves to hate but that many San Diegans revere, the ubiquitous eucalyptus. Long an arboreal staple in San Diego ...

Death of a Landlord

Tribute from “the kind of tenant everybody wants!”

You should come home. Rod died. I got the text from my roommate on a Sunday night. “Oh, Rod,” I sighed. It was sudden news, and I wanted to be surprised. But I couldn’t be. ...

Sharks rampage in La Jolla

Kayakers hooted and hollered as large threshers took them on sleigh rides out to sea.

May the Fourth. International Star Wars day to some, but to La Jolla kayak fishermen, it will forever be the beginning of the Wide Open Thresher Bite of 2016. The gray, windless day — with ...

Tacos

Good-mood food

Asada days and adobada nights — A little taste of Loreto in San Diego. by Mary Beth Abate Tacos where you least expect them — Looking beyond standard tacolandia. By Ed Bedford Taco mecca — ...

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