Joe Deegan

Joe Deegan
Joe Deegan started writing for the Reader in 1998 and enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics. Feel free to contact him directly.

Latest Articles

Discount textbook shop forced out at San Diego State

When your competitor becomes your landlord

Taxpayer-subsidized Aztec Shops buys the land under their book-selling competitor.

A moral question about Francis Parker school’s expansion goes unanswered

Francis Parker vs. neighbors...again

Lights, traffic among residents’ objections to the school’s plans

The Fight for $15 wages on SDSU's doorstep

“President Hirshman would pay you $2 an hour if he could.”

Shortly after 8 a.m. this morning (April 14), approximately 100 people rallied in front of SDSU's East Commons and next to the offices of Aztec Shops in protest of student and other workers’ pay on ...

World War I refought in San Diego

Can’t blame it all on Germany

When Raphael Courtney was two, his mother took him to live in her father’s National City home. Her husband had recently died in a plane crash. As the boy matured, he and his grandfather grew ...

Two Talmadges

Those people want to close access to Monroe Avenue.

“The bike path will be about 8 1/2 feet wide. The traffic lanes in the road will be shrunk from 15 feet wide to 10 and 10 1/2 feet.”

The mobster's nephew

Nobody messed with Frank Bompensiero...but Joey did.

One conjecture about why people are so fascinated by organized crime figures attributes it to a timid envy of those who flout the law so boldly. But after selling his book at a four-hour signing ...

Will Grizzly's past bite his future?

Tough guy comes clean, becomes clean

“I’ve always been hard-headed,” confesses Lucas Taylor, “and I have lots of trouble listening to other people’s views. I like math, though. There’s always one right answer.” The first semester has ended, and Taylor and ...

Disabled? You’re hired. Not disabled? Pretend you are.

Federal government investigates Pride Industries

“Do you have a disability?” That’s what would-be stevedores applying for a job at Pride Industries are asked. The private company maintains a contract with the federal government’s Ability One to load Navy ships with ...

Selling businesses is his business

Bruised feelings and divorce are both in Gary Grine’s line of work.

Not long ago, business broker Gary Grine was summoned to a mailbox franchise outlet. The owner had purchased the business as an investment and now wanted to sell. From the glowing terms the man was ...

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