Cover Stories

Green invaders from Mexico

Polly want a visa?

Most parrot species in the wild are threatened or endangered, yet, here in our urban jungles, parrots are flourishing.

The first time I see Eliza Jane Schneider onstage, I want to be her friend

Who is this multimedia bombshell?

Eliza Jane Schneider, self-proclaimed “actress, oral historian, dialectologist, singer, songwriter, playwright, voice artist, and fiddle player,” has been working on Freedom of Speech, her 34-character, one-woman show, for two decades.

Bottom Scratchers with spearguns

I started to get dizzy, started to see lights

San Diego spear fishermen of today come from a lineage that began in the ’30s, with the Bottom Scratchers of La Jolla. Today there are less fish but the equipment is superior. Nevertheless, it’s easy to drown when a big sea bass takes you for a ride through a kelp ball.

We did it guerrilla style

We launched our brand on Instagram

Can’t tell the young guys from Stone Brewing, Saint Archer Brewing, or Rowlberto Productions a thing about entrepreneurialism. All have employed innovative ways of reaching their business goals.

Graveyard of the godforsaken gringos

Always take a taxi.

Expatriate T.B. Beaudeau, a resident of Tijuana, relays tales of others like him; and the stories of those who met tragic/grim ends south of the border.

Did Sunroad pay to play?

Local politicians have found that Sunroad is paved with stumbling blocks.

An account of the chronology and controversial communications between Sunroad corporation’s Tom Story and city officials about granting construction easements in exchange for donations to a couple of former mayor Bob Filner’s pet projects.

We like the idea of public high school, but we have a few concerns.

No freaking allowed

Thousands of applicants, a little over 100 seats to fill at High Tech International school.

Feast! 2013

Reader foodies set the table for you with this year's delectably eclectic restaurant guide. Dig in!

Movie lover's paradise

Scott Marks scripts Kensington Video’s story

Mom-and-pop movie shop Kensington Video is a film-renters haven for its top-shelf collection and personal — familial, even — service. Oh, and their knowledge of all things Charles Bronson.

Wind turbines are everywhere out here

They're over 300 feet high. They kill birds. They're linked to cancer.

A lot of windmills being installed on the Anza-Borrego Desert floor. Besides visual blight, backcountry residents complain of health issues and the unknown.

College? No thanks.

Uneducated but not unlearned.

Young guys explain why they are passing on going to college. Absurd expense and subsequent debt is one reason, but even a young man from a well-off family sees other deterrents.

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