Feature Stories

A year in an immigrant’s shirt

Garment art.

While crossing the border at San Ysidro, Valentina Forte-Hernandez, an unassuming and petite artist, aroused the suspicion of border agents due to the tangle of wires and circuits in her trunk. She had to submit ...

Difference-making fresh tortillas

Usually, I preach all corn tortillas, all the time. But for Don Pollo, I make an exception.

Tacos La Mezcla (at Fall Brewing) In Spanish, mezcla means mixture, and this mobile kitchen may be best known for mixing it up with a fusion twist, filling tortillas with carne asada recast as sweet ...

San Ysidro fizzling

Orgiastic monolith to America’s military might?

There’s nowhere to eat that isn’t a fast food chain. Nowhere to get a coffee or, god forbid, a beer. Nowhere to see anything like live music.

Susan Luzzaro

October 12, 1948 - May 1, 2017

Susan Luzzaro passed away peacefully in her home in Chula Vista on May 1 at the age of 68 following a year-long struggle with brain cancer. Luzzaro wrote for the Reader since 1999; her coverage ...

Home is where you park it

Trailer life at Sandy Shores RV Park in Oceanside

Each morning I wake up to the continuous hum of the traffic on I-5, crawl out of my bed, and take one step into the bathroom. After I shower — the shower being only half ...

Slavery trial draws all eyes to San Diego

Blue-blood justice.

In October 1946, near the end of a 33-day cross-country trip from Massachusetts to San Diego, the prominent Boston blue-blood couple of Alfred and Elizabeth Ingalls stopped over in Berkeley, California, to visit their daughter, ...

Barrio Carlsbad endures

“People stay here if they can, because it’s a walkable neighborhood with little crime.”

From the beach, walk inland up Carlsbad Village Drive. Pass the beach bungalows that rent for $4000 a month and beach mansions listed for sale at $7 million. Check out the pricey condominiums with floor-to-ceiling ...

The legs get stuck in your teeth

Tijuana grasshopper salesmen get bugged

“Buddy! Over here! Buy something, amigo! It’s all cheap! Free tequila shot!” Street salesmen in Tijuana usually try to shove things down your throat, whether you want them or not. They yell at you in ...

Not your dad’s youth group

Interview with C3 Church pastor David Chiddick

Arms wave in the air, hands outstretched as if to grab something fleeting. It’s Friday night at MyCity Youth, fists and music pumping. Teenagers and preteens sway transfixed, all eyes on the stage, where a ...

Mingus and poul fri among newest Tijuana residents

Haitian chicken fight song

Cue the upright bass solo in G minor. Enter trombones. Enter drums. Enter saxophones. All in a long crescendo. “My solo in it is a deeply concentrated one,” said jazz man Charles Mingus about “Haitian ...

Shaochen Chen discusses his bioprinter

Dr. Shaochen Chen's "homemade" bioprinter in the UCSD laboratory where he works with his team to "print" living tissue.

Dr. Shaochen Chen's bioprinter

Nanotech bioprinting created a scaffold that gives structure to heart muscle cells.

David Feeney and SD3D Printing

SD3D founder and CEO David Feeney takes the Reader inside his shop, filled with 3D printers operating "26 hours a day."

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