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Armenians recall genocide in theater

“They survived by throwing themselves on piles of dead bodies."

On April 24, 1915, the government of the Turkish Ottoman Empire arrested 250 Armenian intellectual, community, and religious leaders. Most were later killed. It was the start of what would become the 20th Century’s first ...

Crappy Earth Day, Ocean Beach

Native plant garden vandalized

On Earth Day (April 22), Joel Kalmonson was checking on the Ocean Beach Native Plant Garden when he found all 24 of the plant identification markers knocked over. Kalmonson is a lead volunteer who regularly ...

Downtown Caliente sign destined for doom?

Councilmembers' seats about to get hot — will they side with developer?

Enrique Limón is on a mission to save the Caliente mural on the west façade of the nearly 90-year-old, decades-abandoned, California Theatre (1122 Fourth Avenue). Limón started a petition on April 22 when he caught ...

Car windows smashed in Ocean Beach

“Who does these types of things so close to the beautiful Pacific?”

Monday morning (April 25), residents along the 4800 block of Coronado Avenue in Ocean Beach woke up to find their cars had been vandalized in what appeared to be a drive-by smashing of windows between ...

Suspicious seagulls in Ocean Beach

More than peckish...and what's with the red poop?

Anyone recognize this innocent looking guy? He’s wanted in connection to a series of attempted break-ins (or should I say beak-ins?) around Ocean Beach. Gulls are well known as clever birds: they learn, remember, and ...

Everyone will be moving to La Mesa

Development plans on the books include lots of residential units

A reader's request for a follow-up on my February 2015 story about vacant land on El Cajon Boulevard that La Mesa resident Linda Johnson labeled an "eyesore" produced information about that location and details about ...

Here comes Mission Beach fly season

Some blame the boom in short-term rentals that increase garbage

Mission Beach residents and businesses are gearing up to fight the annual fly infestation, and some are saying the problem is made worse by short-term rentals that have diminished the number of full-time residents. "Seventy ...

Accused gambling scofflaws get day in court

Of 25 defendants initially charged, 3 have pleaded guilty

Over 20 defendants and their attorneys packed the San Diego federal court house on April 18. Charges for the defendants and their businesses ranged from alleged illegal bookmaking, illegal money-laundering, prostitution, and “failure to maintain ...

Encinitas planning commission nixes Cardiff 8

Development on former flower grower's site seems to pack in too much

The developer of the former Maldonado Farm, next to I-5, has run into a bit of a snag. The City of Encinitas’ planning commission doesn’t like their plan for eight homes on the 1.25-acre parcel. ...

Plaza La Ocho opens in downtown Tijuana

Nice park, but city green space is still lacking (understatement)

“El Parque de la Ocho is more than just a space for activities, it is also an area to develop values like respect, harmony, and a sense of belonging,” Dr. Jorge Astiazarán, Tijuana’s mayor said ...

Suicide in Clairemont

Man jumped from 14th floor of seniors' residence

At 1:00 p.m. on April 19, I witnessed an elderly woman with short dark hair sitting on an overturned shopping cart in the Clairemont Village parking lot. She was crying and distraught and being comforted ...

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