Justin O'Connell

Articles by Justin O'Connell

Tijuana’s new public bus system – not great once you leave downtown

Does current mayor Juan Manuel Gastélum want it to fail?

Shattered glass. Sandstone rocks. Soiled clothing. Human feces. Exposed electrical cables hanging from ceilings. Trash strewn along the floor. These are generally not the things one imagines when newly built ‘modern transportation’ comes to mind. ...

Baseball is different in Tijuana

“We know baseball games are too long, so we are there to help make the game more fun.”

Every pitch is a party at a Toros de Tijuana baseball game. At least that’s the atmosphere the team is trying to create. The Toros compete in Liga Mexicana de Beisbol, an international AAA affiliate ...

Exasperated by landmines

Ex-Cuckoo Chaos find clarity in Exasperation

Exasperation has yet to tour, but guitarist/vocalist Garrett Prange and drummer Dave Mead first played together in 2010. Upon their recent departure from post-punk outfit Ditches after one EP, the two Encinitas natives began playing ...

Mexican photojournalist recalls Pemex arrest

“They threw me on my back and flipped me face down and pushed down."

Gas prices in Mexico have jumped since January 1. Coupled with the decline of the peso, the situation has caused a great deal of unrest throughout Baja California. On the morning of Saturday, January 7, ...

Jake Loban — from punk to Americana

Loban splits his time between North County and Nashville and will play Soda Bar on Tuesday, October 11

The first show Jake Loban played as an Americana artist? A dive bar in El Cajon. “There were more prostitutes outside than people inside,” Loban says. A few years later, in February 2016, Loban played ...

County supervisors vote against adult pot use

“There’s overwhelming reason to oppose" Prop 64

With San Diego County district attorney Bonnie Dumanis and sheriff Bill Gore in attendance, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted unaminously on Tuesday, October 4, against Proposition 64. In a move that drew ...

Where Gandhi and C-3PO converse

Writers, artists, musicians floated to San Dieguito Academy.

SAN DIEGUITO ACADEMY’S DESIGN would fit better amid the incohesive architecture of Tijuana than the square sterility of Southern California, where rows of beige-and-white dwellings and office buildings cloak themselves in the camouflage of each ...

International refugee crisis reported south of San Diego

“Thousands” more are coming, say those who have arrived in Tijuana

On May 26 at high noon, Casa del Migrante in Tijuana received a phone call from the regional delegate of Mexican immigration for a 2:00 p.m. emergency meeting. Casa del Migrante representatives learned that refugees ...

All Tomorrow's Parties pulls the plug on Jehu and friends

The Drive Like Jehu–curated event, which would have brought several San Diego bands to England, is canceled

The Drive Like Jehu–curated All Tomorrow’s Parties 2.0 festival, reported in the Reader last year and promising rare performances by bands such as Wire and Flamin’ Groovies from April 22–24 in Manchester, England, has been ...

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