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Bob Kuczewski couldn't believe it. Was he really getting arrested again?

“This is really a war between the traditional hang-gliding community, which tends to be older, and paragliders.”

Fleeting utopia

In Come From Away, a group of people withdraw from the world — for a time

When’s the last time a musical began not with a Carillion-style fanfare of intent, but with the crisp, insistent pounding of a hand drum? Then a fiddle slashes in and things go Celtic — tight, ...

Little less conversation, please

Wrenegades: An Ecological Adventure at Circle Circle dot dot has a lot of show but insists on tell

The latest offering from Circle Circle dot dot peeks into the world of San Diego's coastal habitat and the Sisyphean struggles conservationists face when industry moves in. We meet doctoral student Ed Leopold (Michael Nieto) ...

La Jolla perfection for between $9,990,000 and $11,449,000

Beds: 5 Baths: 7 Current Owners: Perin and Sam Parabia List Price: $11,449,000 “Perched high atop a hill, overlooking the beautiful blue Pacific Ocean and the highly coveted La Jolla Country Club neighborhood, sits the ...

La Jolla millionaire goes for Denver green

Marc Paskin aims to cash in on pot ads via Colorado radio station

La Jolla publicity maven Marc Paskin has remade himself into the pied piper of pot on the public airwaves and he says he will eventually do the same in San Diego. Published reports have said ...

Quebec-based Trifolio trio visits La Jolla

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego June 9–14

Tuesday 9Cuban firebrand pianist Chuchito Valdez kicks off the summer season of the KSDS Jazz Live concert series with a solo performance at the Saville Theatre on the campus of San Diego City College (14th ...

There's gold in that burgh

Jewish center's CFO and accounting clerk stole half a million, combined

Nancy Johnson, the former chief financial officer of La Jolla's Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, pleaded guilty Tuesday (June 2) to embezzling $412,289.64 from the organization between 2008 and 2014. During the period, she was ...

Contemporary art pay

The substantial income level for La Jolla’s Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego has been generally treading water of late. During the 12 months ending last June 30, the institution raked in total revenue of ...

La Jolla Cove tower — why so long?

Anyone who has visited La Jolla Cove this year most likely has noticed the construction project on the grassy knoll above the cove. APR Construction, Inc. was chosen to replace the old lifeguard tower, which ...

Ché has a pulse

Campus collective staging shows until the goon squad shows

When UCSD administration had an eviction notice posted on Ché Café in March, images of supporters getting hauled off by sheriff’s deputies drove four TV crews to the 35-year-old food co-op and music venue to ...

Dig a hole: Landmark La Jolla Village

Another temple of cinema bites the dust. It’s with a great deal of both frustration and consternation that I bring news of the pending demolition of the Landmark La Jolla Village to make way for ...

No! to NAFTA on steroids

Environmentalists attempt to reach congressman Scott Peters

A crowd of about 50 protesters gathered in La Jolla on Wednesday afternoon (May 27) to catch the ear of congressman Scott Peters. The group simultaneously called Peters "a champion for environmental justice" while decrying ...

Four hours to find the shutoff valve?!

Business owner sues city for $48,941 water bill

It took four hours for City of San Diego Public Utilities Department workers to respond to a water-line break at a La Jolla business in September 2014. During that four-hour window, amid numerous calls and ...

Unafraid of death, in fear of pain

Lawsuit nudges support for End of Life Option Act

A lawsuit filed in a San Diego court last week seeks confirmation of the belief that existing state law and the constitution of California provide legal cover for doctors who assist terminally ill patients in ...

Ride wild surf movies at San Diego Surf Film Fest 4

It appears as if the San Diego Surf Film Festival has hit a happy reef. The annual event has become so popular that, after three years of calling Bird’s Surf Shed their home base, SDFF ...

Hillary's big fat San Diego payday

Billionaire Democrat's Qualcomm forks over $335,000 for a single speech

With the purchase of the city's daily newspaper by Chicago-based Tribune Publishing — owner of the Los Angeles Times — San Diego may be fast on its way to becoming a frequent campaign stop for ...

Sorry, the retaining wall won't be pretty

La Jolla Planning Association displeased with renderings…but it doesn't matter

A city project to rebuild a collapsing retaining wall along Torrey Pines Road in La Jolla will proceed, no matter how much the La Jolla Planning Association apparently dislikes the renderings. Two members of the ...

Is jazz the new rock?

The Akiko Tsuruga, Graham Dechter, and Jeff Hamilton Trio may think so...

Is jazz the new rock? Yes and no. Some of jazz culture will forever remain mired in the 1950s, which the industry will support by design not unlike radio’s ultracautious love for tried-and-true music like ...

Texas-sized b.s.

Alfred Louis "Bobby" Vassallo pleads guilty to fraud

Alfred Louis "Bobby" Vassallo, former La Jollan and inveterate name-dropper, has confessed to wire fraud and will be sentenced August 24. He pleaded guilty in federal court in Santa Ana in April. The Texan blew ...

La Jolla fabulist earns what he deserves

James Yiu Lee claimed he had PhD, JD, and MBA — now he has 78 months behind bars

James Yiu Lee, a La Jolla resident, was sentenced yesterday (May 4) to 78 months in prison for defrauding investors of $10.5 million through online trading. Lee told potential clients that he was a certified ...