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Stories for December 2013

Tuesday, December 31

Rabbit rescue at Lake Murray

At 10 a.m. on December 27, Chris and Dave, two Lake Murray runners, discovered five tame, domesticated rabbits wandering around the edge of the service road near the 2 ¼ mile marker of the trail. ...

December 31, 2013
Author & Punisher to premiere voice-modulating masks at Soda Bar

“Yeah, the music is dark. It’s what comes out, but it’s kind of heartfelt. But some people think it sounds like nightmares.” Music from one of Dante’s seven circles of hell: ex-metal guitarist Tristan Shone, ...

December 31, 2013
Wild, traditional Faroe Islands

Most Americans probably don’t know where the Faroe Islands are. They’re a small island chain between Iceland and Scotland, speaking a language derived from Old Norse and Western Norwegian dialects. If anyone's heard of the ...

Top 13 food/drink stories of 2013

1 ) Early Look: Ballast Point in Little Italy — Bursting-at-the-seams company’s new brewery-restaurant 2 ) URBN and co. taking over El Cajon Brewing Co. — East County brewpub reopening under coal-fired pizza giant and ...

December 31, 2013
Paddle-out for Loren Nancarrow

I first met newscaster Loren Nancarrow in the early 1980s. I was a community activist in Encinitas, helping our unincorporated communities advance toward cityhood. When he would show up to one of our press conferences ...

Almost hog wild

Hoo-wee! Zingy, but tasty. And this little pot of fire is a meal in itself.

ProSound: unplugged

“Carlos Santana picked up an unplugged electric guitar I had here in the office and he played three notes.” Michael Krewitsky sits in what used to be the mixing studio at ProSound in Mission Valley, ...

December 31, 2013
Kick out the jams

The Casbah is celebrating its 25th anniversary this month with a slate of local-centric reunions and all-star jams, and it’s hard to pick just one night worth showcasing. For my money, the January 17 Penetrators ...

December 31, 2013
The theater year in review

For musicals, San Diego must be World Premiere Central. We see all kinds, in varying stages, and send two or three to Broadway each year. But once in a blue moon, one’s produced here that’s ...

December 31, 2013
Hard truths

The nervousness I felt was rote — anxiety is my body’s automatic response when I’m awaiting test results of any kind, be they medical or scholastic. This one was called a “personality assessment.” It was ...

December 31, 2013
The freeway struggle from Fallbrook – why migrants want that legal status

In California, legal noncitizens are 10 percent of the population.

December 31, 2013
A few blocks from the bay

Current owner: Sharon Zell Listing Price: $5,000,000 Beds: 5 Baths: 7 This week’s estate is perched atop a hill, just a few blocks from the San Diego Bay in the Point Loma neighborhood of La ...

December 31, 2013
False source of $37,000 to Lincoln Club and GOP revealed

Touchstone Golf — an Austin, Texas-based golf course management company that according to Republican party and Lincoln Club disclosure filings has been delivering some big San Diego political money of late —has denied that it ...

December 31, 2013
San Diego’s 2014 economy looking so-so

San Diego economy this year will be weak, very much like last year.

December 31, 2013
Missing in the ranks

One big name in local charity salaries was missing from a list of nonprofit chief executives paid more than $200,000, compiled recently by U-T San Diego. Hugh M. Davies, CEO and the David C. Copley ...

December 31, 2013
Holiday cheers and jeers

Demonized Unions With reference to the December 19 cover story, “We’re Constantly in Fear,” I am fully aware of the disparity in the treatment of adjunct and tenured faculty. You see, I was a tenured ...

December 31, 2013

Monday, December 30

Not really church music

“The number could be off by a few in either direction, but I think it’s been around 520.” Carey Driscoll says he’s lost count of the number of shows he has produced over ten years ...

Top 13 Reader articles of 2013

1 ) Roman Abramovich yacht on San Diego’s Embarcadero — Two helicopter pads, pool, spa, hot tub... 2 ) San Diego Chargers Philip Rivers on indefinite hiatus following political endorsement — All-Pro quarterback's statement on ...

December 30, 2013
Stevie’s no identity thief

The Styletones were paid a one-time fee for the use of their version of Sam and Dave’s “Hold on I’m Comin’” that ran in a Super Bowl TV ad for milk last February. Steve Harris ...

December 30, 2013
Fancy feast

Though my man and I dine out frequently, we tend to save the super-high-end foodie adventures for special occasions, such as David’s birthday. Last year, we splurged for what ultimately turned out to be a ...

Acción Poética invades Tijuana

In Tijuana over the summer, many walls were painted white and then short verses were painted on them. The lines that seemingly were intended to promote art, culture, and poetry are now filled with tags, ...

December 30, 2013
Carl DeMaio, King of New York

GOP congressional candidate Carl DeMaio, running against freshman La Jolla Democrat Scott Peters, has been raising money in New York City. According to the website PoliticalPartyTime.org, Log Cabin New York threw a December 10 Manhattan ...

December 30, 2013
Hindemith versus Beethoven

Since the last two concert weekends at San Diego Symphony have been all German affairs, this is the perfect time to start the German love-fest section of the World Cup. The first contest is between ...

East Shepherd Canyon

East Shepherd, or Greenbelt, trail is interesting in all seasons, with a combination of native coastal sage scrub and nonnative plants in the canyon. Walk north on Santo Road for about 160 feet, where the ...

December 30, 2013
Shoot-out in Point Loma, U.S. Marshal injured

After a December 30 shoot-out on Catalina Boulevard in Point Loma, a briefing was given by Lt. Jose Duran of the San Diego Police Department at 11 a.m. He said a U.S. Marshal Violent Crimes ...

December 30, 2013
The cruelest month

It’s hard out there for a film critic. It’s especially hard right now — January. People say, “Happy New Year.” People think of new beginnings and better times. A chance to slough off the encrusted ...

December 30, 2013
SEC whacks NY firm for helping San Diego adviser

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on December 26 sanctioned New York-based Instinet for ignoring signs that San Diego's J.S. Oliver Capital Management was ripping off its clients. Instinet agreed to pay $800,000 to settle ...

December 30, 2013
Mission Beach fire follows boom, destroys bayfront home

A major fire broke out on Sunday night, December 29, at a multi-unit residence in Mission Beach. Flames ripped through the entire structure within minutes. San Diego Fire-Rescue battled the two-alarm blaze in the 800 ...

December 30, 2013
A cool extra million for Papa Doug's ex

U-T San Diego publisher and reputed mega-millionaire Douglas Manchester got married on the weekend before Christmas at his Manchester Grand Del Mar resort in the northern reaches of the city of San Diego, and, as ...

The Blood spills at Brick by Brick

Coagulating in 1980s London, the Blood is a unique punk band led by “Cardinal Jesus Hate.” This show did not disappoint, even though the crowd at Brick by Brick maxed out at 25 (including the ...

December 30, 2013
Holiday in South Africa, part 3

“The man was an informer.” Riggs and I are sharing daytime fun, a black guy and a white guy driving around black townships, at risk both from South African security forces and enraged blacks who, ...

December 30, 2013
How My Heart Sings by Bill Evans

The bassist Scott LaFaro, whom Evans lost to a car crash prior to recording this, was staking out entirely striking counterpoint on his instrument, so anything without him was likely to seem a letdown. Evans ...

December 30, 2013

Sunday, December 29

Lorraine Israel Rountree to be interred on Dec. 30

Lorraine Henrietta Israel Rountree passed away on April 7, 2010, at the age of 87. Since her remains were cremated, the ashes have been with one of her daughters, who also kept Rountree’s husband's ashes.The ...

December 29, 2013
Man down in Vista (then up, then gone)

At 1:00 p.m., on December 26, one engine and a paramedic unit from the Vista Fire Deptartment responded to a report of a “man down.” The homeless-looking man was said to be lying on the ...

December 29, 2013
"Cheap" nuclear power a myth, suggests economist

The long-touted economic benefits of using nuclear energy may turn out to have been a pipe dream for customers of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station and other nuclear plants nationwide, according to newly released ...

December 29, 2013
Not so pretty: Bonita’s sign replacement cost

Though Bonita's welcome mat has been pulled, the South Bay community is hardly discouraging people from coming by. The “Welcome to Bonita” sign, designed to convey a warm hello to those entering the community's portal, ...

December 29, 2013
All Things BBQ: Barnes BBQ

At a Lemon Grove restaurant, looking at the shared history of soul food, barbecue, and African-American cooks.

Top 13 music stories of 2013

1 ) Sun Diego drops in on Nineteen Nineteen — Oceanside’s Ocean House was poised to become a big nightspot, say investors; then, Sun Diego, a surf-shop chain, allegedly agreed to pay $29,000/month in rent, ...

December 29, 2013

Saturday, December 28

Few details on Sweetwater district's student-data-sharing deal

A data-sharing agreement between Sweetwater Union High School District and South Bay Community Services/Promise Neighborhoods continues to be withheld from the Reader and the public from whom the data was collected. South Bay Community Services ...

December 28, 2013
SANDAG rejects damage claims of Imperial Beach residents

Five of the 20 Imperial Beach homeowners and groups that filed damage claims for the flooding that followed SANDAG's beach replenishment project were turned away on December 20. SANDAG's board voted that the five could ...

December 28, 2013
All Things BBQ: the Barbecue Pit

San Diego's original barbecue restaurant still going after almost seventy years and half a dozen locations.

City of Escondido contemplates equine-centric park

Ensconced in the eastern edge of Escondido between the Humane Society and Dog Park, the Charros Arena and its surroundings serve as a staging ground for hikers, bikers, and horse riders. The south end of ...

December 28, 2013
Chula Vista's UltraStar theater to close

There will be less options for low-budget South Bay moviegoers in 2014 when the UltraStar Cinemas movie theater in Chula Vista shuts down early in the year. "We've been purchased by AMC," said Cheryl Dodge, ...

December 28, 2013
Poway Pollo Spot Proves Local Beats Loco

In theory, any of the thousands of strip malls paving their way across Southern California could house delicious locally-owned restaurants worthy of repeat business. In reality, they don't. Most strip malls offer a scourge of ...

December 28, 2013

Friday, December 27

Affordable housing for Nestor

The San Diego Community Land Trust on December 26 announced that the group will take possession of 3.3 acres in the southern San Diego community of Nestor in exchange for the nominal fee of 16 ...

December 27, 2013
Cable companies fight undergrounding advisory committee

Residents of Kensington and Talmadge say the city must take a greater role in regulating where the green utility boxes are placed during the massive effort to bury overhead utility lines. Cable companies disagree, claiming ...

December 27, 2013
The ten worst films of 2013

If a film is so bad that I can’t make it all the way through to the end, then it automatically qualifies as one of the year’s worst. This year found me making a mad ...

December 27, 2013
San Diego's lobbyist accused of arranging illegal gifts

Before his fall into ignominy and out of a job as a result of a sexual harassment scandal, ex–San Diego Democratic mayor Bob Filner raised a ruckus among the local Republican establishment when, as one ...

December 27, 2013
Is Downtown eating its own?

Croce's is on the way out — of downtown — and on the way in, to Bankers Hill. Like Café Bassam before it, the beloved live music icon had to abandon downtown and retreat up the hill because it had been too successful. It sounds as though Croce's Park West will be pretty much the same, but the Gaslamp won't. A bit more life has just been sapped from it.

Randsburg, CA: a living ghost town

If you're a fan of Westerns, at one time or another you've seen one filmed in Randsburg, where the spirit of the old West is alive and thriving just three hours' drive from San Diego. ...

Dog-Friendly Dining: Tower Two Beach Café

For this series, I've recruited my dog Loki to help me review canine-friendly restaurants around town. Not because I necessarily want her to dine with me, but because sometimes, when we're out exploring the world, I get hungry.

Citizens for Odor Nuisance Abatement sues city

A group calling itself Citizens for Odor Nuisance Abatement has filed a Superior Court suit against the City of San Diego and interim mayor Todd Gloria, according to Courthouse News Service. The suit demands that ...

December 27, 2013

Thursday, December 26

Environmental Health Coalition files second lawsuit

Now that the date for voters to decide on the Barrio Logan Community Plan update is set for June 2014, the legal fight will resume. Earlier this week, attorneys for the Environmental Health Coalition — ...

December 26, 2013
Mystical Glendalough, Ireland

As I walked near the mist-shrouded lakes beyond the ruins of the Glendalough monastery, it was easy to imagine there were magical creatures just beyond my field of vision. A misty morning stroll past the ...

December 26, 2013
Ex-SEAL cops plea in CIA-linked secrecy case

Back in October 1994, when he was a member of the Navy's elite SEAL training team at Coronado, Bruce Schliemann was featured in an official Navy account of his South Pacific exploits. Three Navy SEALs ...

December 26, 2013
Creative sandwiches with artisan toppings? BFD

In this age of text and twitter shorthand, it's tough to say whether branding your storefront with the bright bold letters "BFD" should be taken as a bold declaration, or act of self-deprecation. Fortunately, the ...

San Diego Cellars open in Little Italy

While not wholly unique, the concept behind San Diego Cellars is fun. The novelty lies in putting a fully functional winery, kitchen, and tasting room within the confines of the city, rather than exiling winemaking ...

Wednesday, December 25

9/11 is the best thing that ever happened to Baja cuisine

Cool cats from both sides of la linea rip away at Tijuana’s new food.

December 25, 2013
In San Diego clubs Sunday-Wednesday, December 29–January 1

Sunday 29Sunday’s a tough Crawler call, cuz as Cracker and Camper Van pull into Belly Up Tavern for a night of fun punk’d alt-rock favorites...closer to home, the Gene Taylor Blues Band, featuring fellow Blaster ...

December 25, 2013
America's Finest Print

The Importance of Tagging I am the biologist responsible for the tagged fish going into San Diego County reservoirs. If you would like me to explain the different tagging studies and why they are important ...

December 25, 2013
Terraplane Sun doesn't need to show off

If the ’60s taught us anything, it is this: exactly how a rock and roll band should look. As a quintet, Terraplane Sun, which lists Venice Beach as their hometown, surely agree. Pick any British ...

December 25, 2013
Weird ride home

The roots of Drunkin’ Punkin’ Idiots (aka D.P.I.) go back to early 2002, when their original bassist and singer were both working at Pride, an O.B. surf shop. In short order, their debut self-titled CD ...

December 25, 2013
West Butte, Borrego Mountain

This is one of the most popular hikes in the Anza-Borrego Desert. From the top, there is an almost 360-degree view that includes a major part of both the state park and the state vehicular ...

Dumpster dining host planned a street Christmas

After spending a whole week eating nothing but food found in dumpsters of grocery stores, Rob Greenfield hosted a dinner party at his home in Ocean Beach on Friday, December 20. With the goal to ...

Holiday in South Africa, part 2

Next morning I begin making the rounds, schedule interviews with a well-known activist who’s teaching at University of Witwatersrand (he has since been detained), with Brendon Berry, president of the National University Student Association, recently ...

December 25, 2013
Christmas joy over all 12 days

“On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, twelve drummers drumming, eleven pipers piping, ten lords a leaping, nine ladies dancing, eight maids a milking, seven swans a swimming, six geese ...

December 25, 2013
The NFL — get this — is a nonprofit trade association

The best way to become an NFL team owner is by inheriting an NFL team. Second best is by marrying someone who owns an NFL team. Third best is by inheriting a colossal amount of ...

December 25, 2013
May as well eat

“Sushi chefs’d freak,” says Big John. “We have sushi that we just make up, like our Dr. Eel Good, the Betty, the Joint, the Mary Jane, the O’Beef. That has seared filet mignon on top…” ...

Vikings' owners' exec gives to Faulconer and Alvarez

This October, the New York Observer ran a lengthy exposé of members of New Jersey's Wilf family and its patriarch Zygmunt Wilf — Zygi for short — who made their fortune in housing complexes before ...

December 25, 2013
Scorsese’s fugazis

Having never read Jordan Belfort’s autobiography, The Wolf of Wall Street — which forms the basis of Martin Scorsese’s latest, most outrageous essay on common denominators living the life of upscale, drug-enhanced, and power-infested businessmen ...

December 25, 2013
In San Diego clubs Thursday–Saturday, December 26–28

Thursday 26Gearing up for New Year’s Eve, here’s a good way to work off that holiday roast beast and work on that woozy two-step, as psychonaut beach-goth boys the Growlers bring their first Fat Cat ...

December 25, 2013
Country showdown

Suzanne Harper, after losing the locally based “3 Minutes to Stardom” music performance contest and accompanying $10,000 grand prize, goes on to finals in the Texaco Country Showdown contest, with a prize of $100,000.

December 25, 2013
Jumpin' jatropha! Are our energy worries over?

The New York Times this morning, December 25, features a long, positive story on a San Diego startup company, SGB (seeds, genetics, biofuels), which is growing a plant named jatropha. The seeds of the Jatropha ...

December 25, 2013
Double tracking it at SDSU

The administration of $400,000-a-year president Elliot Hirshman over at San Diego State University, widely known as one of America’s biggest sex, drugs, and party schools, is spending major money to obtain a more refined experience ...

Shots fired on the San Pasqual Reservation

Michelle Ortega said Richard Murillo showed her the gun when he met her down by the front gate of her property on the San Pasqual Indian Reservation in Valley Center. It was after 11 o’clock ...

December 25, 2013
Off to the freebies

Members of the board that runs the Del Mar Fair were, as usual, generous with their free ticket handouts to this year’s July 17 opening day at the track. Board president Adam Day, assistant tribal ...

December 25, 2013
Ramona’s First Congregationalist wraps up Operation Christmas Child

Contact: 404 8th St., Ramona, 760-789-3348 fccramona.org Membership: 240 Pastor: David Auten Age: 35 Born: Erie, PA Formation: Yale University, New Haven, CT; University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT; Years Ordained: 6 San Diego Reader: ...

December 25, 2013

Tuesday, December 24

An Interruption

A boy had stopped his car To save a turtle in the road; I was not far Behind, and slowed, And stopped to watch as he began To shoo it off into the undergrowth — ...

December 24, 2013
Merry Movie Christmas from The Big Screen

Tonight brings a stereotypical Jewish Christmas Eve: Chinese food and a movie. The festive pre-show meal takes place at China Too on Fifth, the only Cantonese chow house in town where ambiance is defined by ...

December 24, 2013
Cold Weather Comfort Food in a Warm Weather Town

The mildly cold days of winter descend on San Diego as early as November some years, forcing us to don knit beanies and hooded sweatshirts for as many as two or three evenings in a ...

From Brewskie to Booties

Following phenomenal success of BEEROLOGY exhibit, San Diego Museum of Man applies similar format to another cultural craze.

Buttology

Over 10,000 years ago, playa-gatherers admired the first badonkadonk. Since then, butts have spread across the globe and have come to be known by many names. Other than breasts, and perhaps legs, they are the ...

America’s Finest Christmas songs

If you’re going to be in sunny San Diego for Christmas, here’s a playlist of local-centric holiday tunes. The newest, “Please Santa,” was just released as a free download from Flaggs, a relatively new ensemble ...

December 24, 2013
Tijuana junkie and dealer interviews

“Lo que venga del gringo es lo mejor, es la mas pura,” a junkie in the Tijuana River channel area told me when I recently asked him about his drugs of choice. He was a ...

December 24, 2013
Gothic in the Gaslamp

You can’t go wrong with black. It’s slimming. It’s simple. It’s sleek. It’s the shade that Audrey Hepburn is remembered most for wearing in Breakfast at Tiffany's. Her little black dress is a look that ...

December 24, 2013
SDG&E in legal tangle with Montana wind farms

NaturEner, which operates three wind farms in Montana, has filed a suit in Montana District Court against San Diego Gas & Electric, according to the publications North American Windpower and Power Engineering. Those three wind ...

December 24, 2013
Sriracha Shutdown Inspires Burger At Slater’s 50/50

The 33-day Sriracha shutdown ordered by the California Department of Public Health on Huy Fong Foods in Irwindale caused a heated reaction by the owner of one southern California burger chain. Slater’s 50/50, which has ...

Monday, December 23

San Diego Holiday Half Marathon sells out

The first edition of the San Diego Holiday Half Marathon is sold out. However, there will be additional spots up for grabs at Road Runner Sports this Saturday, December 28. The event will take place ...

December 23, 2013
Who's he think he is? Santa Claus?

Congressman Scott Peters spent Friday morning, December 20, making a few public appearances in the downtown area, stumping for policies to promote access to food for the disadvantaged and elderly at each. Peters started the ...

December 23, 2013
The Nutcracker's incorrect notes

I went to The Nutcracker on Friday night at the Civic Theater. The production was by California Ballet and I have to admit that I was impressed. Of course, I'm not an expert when it ...

Christmas praise for Del Cerro's Madra Dog

Janet Mika placed a Christmas tree near Madra Dog, the 30-inch tall rottweiler statue at the end of her Madra Avenue driveway, and posted a December 8 invitation on the dog's Facebook page. She invited ...

December 23, 2013
Spencer Epps on...everything.

“I don’t know if you’ve ever had a chance to look at a picture of the cosmic microwave background. It’s basically the afterbirth of the Big Bang. This is sort of an interpretation of that, ...

December 23, 2013
Puddles mandate shuttles to Friendship Park Posada

County sewage-spill warning signs that say "keep out" were put up on Monument Road in Border Field State Park recently without the county's okay and without testing the puddles of water. The bright yellow warning ...

Lucha Libre straddles the line between real and good

San Diegans reserve a special sort of judgment for Mexican food — one where quality is less associated with fine dining as it is a feeling that the food could have been wrapped up and ...

Dumanis campaign guru arranging TV spots for Faulconer

Led by a familiar face in county politics, a campaign fund backing Republican city councilman Kevin Faulconer for mayor is arranging to purchase TV commercials ahead of this coming February's special election in which Faulconer ...

December 23, 2013
Big Screen Christmas Mailbag

When you consider all the questionable "bile" this column pumps, I am amazed to report that one Joseph Genoese has decided to take offense to a goof column written under the guise of "Earl Stiff." ...

December 23, 2013
Lamb’s Players Festival of Christmas: Catch a Falling Star

You get the feeling Ella Eden wants something to go right, just this once. With good reason: her father no longer recognizes her — Alzheimer’s. All he can recall is the moment, years ago, when ...

December 23, 2013

Sunday, December 22

Mexican judge says Sempra LNG land belongs to rancher

The Agrarian Tribunal of Baja California has ruled that the government wrongly issued the title to land on which Sempra Energy's liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant sits. The land in Baja California belongs to a ...

December 22, 2013
Commonwealth Ultra Lounge already ailing?

There’s just something about 1263 University Avenue. Restaurants there are always already doomed to failure. How many have come and come in recent years? Most recently, the Range (which wasn’t any good) made a go ...

Three-car collision in La Mesa

On December 17 at 6:45 p.m., a three-car collision on the corner of Fletcher Parkway Drive and Baltimore Drive in La Mesa drew six police cars, a fire truck, and an ambulance. The destruction was ...

December 22, 2013
Defendants in Killgore murder case got new attorneys

Dorothy Maraglino, a 38-year-old woman from Fallbrook who is currently charged with kidnap, torture, and murder, said, “I’m prepared to represent myself” in San Diego Superior Court on December 18, 2013. Maraglino made the statement ...

December 22, 2013
A lesson in Vietnamese road culture

How I ended up in Hai Phong, Vietnam, with 10 other teachers is somewhat of a mystery. Being the only tays (meaning “Westerner” in Vietnamese), we were pseudo-celebrities in this small town. It was not ...

Holiday fur fix

The awe of nature or the snuggle of a warm snout or cute paw give us a fill of joy that we're looking for around this time of the year. For those of us without ...

Argyll Equities fleeced top executives, others

Jeffrey Spanier was convicted by a federal jury on Friday, December 20, for his role in a scam that took $100 million from people, including top executives. Spanier, Douglas McClain, and James Miceli ran an ...

December 22, 2013
More local bands with similar names

Among the 3600 or so San Diego band names we’ve chronicled over the years, certain key phrases seem most popular. Some are understandable, like 19 with “west” in their names (look at our locale) and ...

December 22, 2013

Saturday, December 21

High concept sandwich shop aims for the sweet spot

Fusion's not a difficult a culinary concept to embrace. Combining the flavor profiles of unrelated global cuisines makes for a great narrative — just as appealing to bored young chefs as to bored young foodies. ...

SeaWorld fights killer whale controversy with ads

SeaWorld Entertainment, beset by the documentary Blackfish, which blasts the company's treatment of orcas, on December 20 placed ads in several newspapers, including the U-T. SeaWorld has a park here. The ads attempt to exonerate ...

December 21, 2013
City attorney Goldsmith met with NASSCO shipbuilders

One week before a coalition of shipbuilders submitted more than 53,000 signatures to initiate a referendum aimed at overturning the city council's update of the Barrio Logan Community Plan, city attorney Jan Goldsmith was at ...

December 21, 2013
Sweetwater school district invites more suspicion

The Sweetwater Union High School District has four pieces of property it wants to sell. At the December 9 board meeting, Tom Calhoun, the executive director of facilities for Sweetwater, gave a presentation on asset ...

December 21, 2013

Friday, December 20

Rose Wine Pub is an essay in good design

Photographs deceive from the virtual walls of restaurant website image galleries, or the constructed space of press releases, providing would-be guests with a virtual tour of a restaurant’s interior. Enhanced colors create an extra lustrous ...

Wall Street freebies for Vargas staffer

Things may be busy on Capitol Hill with the budget deal and all, but Scott Hinkle, acting legislative director for freshman Democratic congressman Juan Vargas, still managed to get away for two days in Manhattan ...

December 20, 2013
Kelly Clarkson's Wrapped in Red

'Tis the season for pop stars to release Christmas music. Kelly Clarkson, the successful first-season American Idol, has given America a musical gift. Her album Wrapped in Red consists of 14 songs plus two deluxe ...

December 20, 2013
Nuclear activist's art highlights Edison’s obfuscation

Although the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station has produced its final megawatt of power, many battles between regulators, activists, and energy companies with ownership stakes in the plant remain to be fought. It remains to ...

December 20, 2013
Hoppy trails in Austin

It's no surprise to anyone that Austin, Texas, is a hip destination, boasting one of the best live music scenes in the country, some fantastic barbecue, and the University of Texas. I was already aware ...

December 20, 2013
The making of a taco

Some people express their thoughts by making speeches, joining movements, speaking out, singing protest songs. Guillermo “Oso” Campos Moreno does it through cooking. Cooking tacos with a message. On the street, in Tijuana. Which is ...

Timberlake takes back the night

Justin Timberlake and the Tennessee Kids brought "crowd surfing" to a new level. Multi-colored laser beams gleamed throughout the arena as Timberlake and his crew opened the show with "Pusher Love Girl" and danced across ...

December 20, 2013
Qualcomm reportedly frightened of Apple innovation

According to an article on the Hubspot website, Apple's iPhone5 has a 64-bit A7 microprocessor that has competitors quaking. Qualcomm provides microprocessors for Android phones that compete against Apple. Hubspot quotes an alleged Qualcomm insider ...

December 20, 2013
2013’s Most Anticipated Projects

One of the biggest parts of my job as a beer journalist is keeping up on work-in-progress brewing companies looking to come online throughout the county. The current number of upcoming breweries I’m monitoring is ...

Eureka! SD Theater History Gold

I was researching at the San Diego History Center and Jane Kenealy, she of the encyclopedic memory, asked me if I’d ever seen the Temple collection. I hadn’t. She emerged from the archives with two ...

December 20, 2013

Thursday, December 19

Former dean sues University of San Diego

University of San Diego's Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies is more a crock than a well-run, properly managed school, says a new federal lawsuit filed by the school's former dean, Dr. Edward Luck. ...

December 19, 2013
Big bites at Little Oaks

“Over there,” says the bouncer. He points across Highway 101. I’ve just asked him where the best happy hour is around this town. I’m up in Encinitas (“Little Oaks”). He’s nodding towards a low modern-looking ...

Fast verdict for assault in Carlsbad motel room

A jury declared Matthew Nathan Terrell guilty of assault with intent to commit rape and false imprisonment, on December 18. The attack happened in a Carlsbad motel room on June 9, 2013. The jury declared ...

December 19, 2013
Drones are humanitarian, misnamed, says General Atomics

The United Kingdom is holding a select committee inquiry into remote-controlled warfare. San Diego's General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, the big drone-maker, submitted a paper, complaining that the word "drone" has pejorative connotations. Indeed, that word ...

December 19, 2013
Bronfman, Beethoven, and Schumann

I'm getting a little weary of praising the San Diego Symphony to the heavens, but they're not giving much of a choice. Last week's "most beautiful sound ever" has now been replaced by the brass ...

December 19, 2013
Spring Valley’s Christmas tree guy

If you have lived in Spring Valley for any period of time, then you have probably bought a Christmas tree from Tim Gross. Since 1981, he has transported thousands of Christmas trees from his 200-acre ...

December 19, 2013
Billionaire Buffett partner's son backs Faulconer

Charles Thomas Munger, Jr., son of a wealthy sideman to Omaha, Nebraska, billionaire Warren Buffett, has become the latest super-rich American to wade into the battle for San Diego mayor, cutting a $1000 check for ...

December 19, 2013
San Diego Chargers place Philip Rivers on indefinite hiatus following political endorsement

All-Pro quarterback's statement on abortion and traditional marriage "in no way represents the views of the San Diego Chargers football organization."

Polite persistence is the key

Grant Cooper explains how to best use the Internet in your job search. First, please tell me what you do. For the past 19 years, I have operated a résumé writing and career coaching business ...

December 19, 2013
Trash your career

Chris Francis of Oceanside was a party planner before the recession hit her business. After a year of searching for a job in her field, a friend told her about a part-time job for an ...

Minimum wage is becoming a local matter

It’s difficult to find anyone who really is happy with a minimum wage. The workers who receive it think it should be higher; the employers who pay it are aggravated by it; and, the legislators ...

December 19, 2013
2013’s Best New Beers

As one might expect, I sample a lot of beers over the course of a year; easily hundreds. It’s rare that I drink the same beer twice in twelve months as I’m too addicted to ...

December 19, 2013
Family of injured Grossmont High football player loses lawsuit

Are high schools liable for students injured during high-school sports? On December 16, the Fourth District Court of Appeal weighed in on that question by dismissing a lawsuit brought against the Grossmont Union High School ...

December 19, 2013
Posada Cañamera: Baja underground spiked with holiday punch

It’s December in Tijuana, and that means residences and public spaces across the city are exploding with seasonal posada parties. The 400-year-old Mexican custom celebrates the Virgin Mary’s immaculate conception and pregnancy with candle-lit processions, ...

December 19, 2013
Georgia (the country)

Google “Georgia,” and you are much more likely to get recipes for peach pie than to learn about the unique ex-Soviet republic where wine was invented and a special language and culture survived a thousand ...

Wednesday, December 18

The life of a San Diego's adjunct professor

Interviews with adjunct professors who realize that the colleges and universities that employ them never intend to give them tenure. Most teachers who make a living out of it have to hold down more than one job.

December 18, 2013
In San Diego clubs Sunday-Wednesday, December 22–25

Sunday 22For the first time ever again, human jukebox El Vez and rockabilly filly Rosie Flores join forces at Casbah for the annual Mexmas show — ¡Christmas con queso! According to the Casbah’s billing, “Perhaps ...

December 18, 2013
Leaving Home Without It

Wanda Sykes made a joke about leaving her vagina at home so she could go out safely at night. Think of it. Taking away their greatest weapon, hiding it in a jewelry box lined with ...

December 18, 2013
Record-release roundup

Blues-rocker Laurel Sorenson will debut her See What You Got EP with a free all-ages concert on December 20 at Seaweed and Gravel, an Encinitas motorcycle/vintage clothing/surf shop. Attendees are asked to bring a new, ...

December 18, 2013
Desi N Friends rings of a ’90s sitcom

Writer Chad Deal gets drunk under the table with Fireball shots by a 90-some-year-old woman in a wheelchair.

December 18, 2013
Heffern’s redemption

Interview with Gary Heffern, former frontman for the Penetrators.

December 18, 2013
Sweetwater trustee Arlie Ricasa to resign

Sweetwater Union High School District trustee Arlie Ricasa, who had initially been charged with 28 felony and misdemeanor counts in the South Bay’s schools corruption case, pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor today, December 18. Early ...

December 18, 2013
New mom traded margaritas for vomit, feces, and love

Heart on Sleeve Author: Casey McCarthy From: La Jolla Blogging since: 2008 About Hi. I’m Casey and among other things I’m a writer, feminist, activist, media & communications advisor, mother, wife, nomad, hopeless idealist and ...

December 18, 2013
Home of La Costa co-founder Allard Roen for sale

A home near the third tee of La Costa Country Club, at 2050 Caleta Court in Carlsbad, is up for sale for $2.2 million. It was the home of Allard Roen, one of four controversial ...

December 18, 2013
Six-string theory

H.P. Newquist talks about the giant replica of a Gibson Flying V on exhibit at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Theater in Balboa Park, part of Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked the World. It’s over 43 feet long!

December 18, 2013
Street jam

Balboa Park’s got Women, War, and Industry and Staking Claim: A California Invitational.

December 18, 2013
Dig a Hole: Tom Laughlin

When news hit this desk that Tom Laughlin died earlier this month of complications from pneumonia, I...just...went...BERSERK! You want berserk? I was in the audience the night Laughlin four-walled the UA Cinema 150 in Oakbrook, ...

December 18, 2013
Wise to the Hustle

I’m not sure American Hustle is the best picture of the year. I’m not even sure if it’s my favorite picture of the year. But I’m pretty sure it brought me more oh-hell-yes pleasure than ...

December 18, 2013
Sticks and stones

Neil LaBute’s reasons to be pretty begins, before it starts, with a single word. Asked to compare Steph, his girlfriend of four years, to the new “hottie” at the warehouse, Greg said Steph has a ...

December 18, 2013
Dear Santa...

San Diego musicians are asked what they want for Christmas. Among desires: guitar pickups, Pabst Blue Ribbon, skateboard, Harley-Davidson, a four-week Tahitian vacation…

December 18, 2013
In San Diego clubs Thursday–Saturday, December 19–21

Thursday 19Devised in Cleveland, home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, “avant-garage” act Pere Ubu warps, distorts, and addles traditional time without rhyme or rock-and-roll reason. I often imagine Father Ubu David Thomas ...

December 18, 2013
Sidewalk Sicilian

Perfect night for sitting out. If you have a heater. And that makes it a perfect night to be in El Cajon. Because, by my reckoning, the City of the Valley has the best sidewalk ...

Pio Pico power plant opponents gather in San Ysidro

Dozens of protesters from across the county gathered outside San Ysidro Middle School on Tuesday afternoon, December 17, to rally before heading into a meeting arranged by the Environmental Protection Agency. The purpose of the ...

December 18, 2013
City named as second defendant in Filner lawsuit

So much for keeping the city's legal expenses at $90,000 when defending sexual harassment allegations against former mayor Bob Filner. The city is instead forced to fight the level of sexual harassment training it provides ...

December 18, 2013
Holiday in South Africa: Johannesburg in 1986, revisited

May 8, 1986. I am the only passenger on the 30-minute shuttle from Jans Smuts International Airport to Johannesburg’s city center. Joburg’s population is three million plus and its downtown bears an uncanny resemblance to ...

December 18, 2013
Moonlight Trail, Agua Caliente County Park

This is one of the most popular hiking trails in the Anza-Borrego Desert. Where else can you camp in comfort with full facilities, including hot showers, and soak in pools of geothermally heated mineral water ...

City employee fired for refusing to join union?

A former employee of the city's Economic Development Department says his bosses fired him because he refused to join the Municipal Employees Association. Trevor Howell, a former Community Development Specialist, claims that his bosses Eliana ...

December 18, 2013
I. Hate. Mimes.

“Ooh, I know!” Terri’s face lit up so suddenly and brightly, I pictured a little cartoon bulb over her head. “What about mimes? I even have the perfect outfit to wear.” “No mimes,” David said ...

December 18, 2013
Scary Stuff with TV Ghost

Here’s another late-breaking young-band-on-the-rise alert: TV Ghost. I can say this even though they started in 2006 because each of their albums has sounded a little different. They grew up as musicians in the garage-punk ...

December 18, 2013
Charity and VD begin at Del Mar

It’s time to tally up the annual take of Del Mar’s so-called charity race days, representing the net proceeds required by law to be turned over for worthy causes during certain designated days of each ...

December 18, 2013
2013’s Fastest-Growing Brewing Companies

The number of brewing companies opening around the county in 2013 was unmatched, and so too was the number of new facilities opened by existing brewing companies. The following is a list of the most ...

Navy scandal expands

The scandal surrounding Singapore-based Glenn David Marine Asia, and the gifts the company provided to Navy personnel in exchange for luxury living and prostitutes, expanded yesterday, December 17. Supervisory special agent John Bertrand Beliveau pleaded ...

December 18, 2013
San Diego's Code Monitoring Team: Foxes guard the henhouse

It reads like a page out of a comic book: an underground team of developers and building-industry professionals whose sole mission is to change land-use policies, in some cases easing development regulations. But this isn’t ...

December 18, 2013
Wreckers’ haul wrecks Wrex the Halls

Attendees to events at the Valley View Casino Center (Sports Arena) frequently park offsite, where their cars are frequently towed, resulting in $300 fines. Arena operator Ernie Hahn says it’s egregious the way tow trucks line up after events begin.

December 18, 2013
From Canada, with cash

Qualcomm, which has been lobbying hard this year for more visas for foreign workers, isn’t the only local concern that has been spending heavily in a bid to get more people from abroad into the ...

December 18, 2013
Complaint Department

Stick to Canvas I’m calling about the cover of last week’s Reader, “There’s No Feeling Equal to Tagging” (December 12). Even though the headline is a quotation, I feel it was irresponsible of you to ...

December 18, 2013
Off a cliff

Out of a job is Cliff Albert, the KOGO chieftain who ruled the airwaves and a sizable chunk of local San Diego political life in the glory days of fallen San Diego GOP mayor Roger ...

December 18, 2013

Tuesday, December 17

Rowena, Playing in the Sun

God, who stirred the void and in Motion’s birth Revealed yourself; the warm limbs wake Along the dark stairways, the far eyes life to take The fixed commotion of the stars, their dim furious speed ...

All Things BBQ: Brazen BBQ

Barbecue has its roots in the humblest corners of the American South. The “low and slow” cooking method was developed as a way of increasing the palatability of tough, sinewy cuts of meat. ‘Cue isn’t ...

City of Carlsbad in a fight for water

City officials in Carlsbad have been on the hunt for small-scale water sources to meet demands and to supplement the existing supply. On December 5, the City of Carlsbad came one step closer to achieving ...

December 17, 2013
Coronado gets a steak house

Island native David Spatafore and his cousin Leroy Mossel are on the move again. In recent years, the cousins created MooTime Creamery, Leroy's Kitchen, Village Pizzeria, Lil' Piggy's Bar-B-Q, and Coronado Coffee Company, all successful ...

Sushi Showdown

“If you look at it from Japanese culture, America has more variety of chefs,” explains Jerry Warner, the executive chef in Café Japengo in La Jolla. “Over there, women are not allowed to make sushi ...

Adventures in Adobada: "Tacos Coahuila"

Tijuana’s so-called “tolerance zone” has been canonized as a post-topian hive of lechers, dope fiends, harlots, swindlers, and godforsaken gringos — and all for good reason. The infamous red light district is Biff Tannen’s alternate ...

Hitchcock star wins $1.5 million for San Diego accident

Actress Tippi Hedren, whose most famous role was in Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds in 1963, has won a $1.5 million case over a gallon of water that hit her on the head at San Diego's ...

December 17, 2013
UCSD computer program to ID "urban tribe" members

Computer-science researchers at UC San Diego have announced progress in developing an algorithm that can be used to classify someone as a member of an "urban tribe" — such as a surfer, hipster, goth, or ...

December 17, 2013
Spike strip ends low-speed car chase in O.B.

A police helicopter threw its spotlight on a slow-speed car chase through Ocean Beach Friday night, December 13. As many as nine patrol cars attempted to corral a stolen Honda Civic as it weaved on ...

December 17, 2013
2013’s Best New Brewing Companies

As I did last year, I’m calling out the best new brewing operations to debut in 2013 or so late last year that they didn’t qualify for the 2012 rookie of the year race. Last ...

Tijuana taxistas chase hit-and-run driver

Friday the 13th didn’t work out so well for a certain taxi and its driver in the sketchy Zona Norte section of downtown Tijuana. Clientele of the local taco cart, wayward pedestrians, sidewalk prostitutes, and ...

December 17, 2013
Two cozeners get prison time

John G. Rizzo was sentenced yesterday, December 16, to 30 months in prison for fraudulently hiring offshore boiler rooms to sell penny stock in software firm iTracker. Investors were not told that only 20 percent ...

December 17, 2013

Monday, December 16

From cactus to clouds in SoCal

“You in town?” Little did I know my text would lead to hiking 22 miles within the next 24 hours. Seriously. A marathon minus four miles – but with 10,500 feet of climbing, hurting, bonding, ...

Imperial Beach’s state of the city address to cost how much?

The seemingly innocuous announcement of a “state of the city” address by the mayor of Imperial Beach has caused controversy after a potential political rival raised questions about the motives and cost of the event. ...

December 16, 2013
Gun protest on anniversary of Sandy Hook massacre

About 40 men and women held a silent rally at Westfield North County Mall in Escondido on Saturday, December 14, the first anniversary of the Sandy Hook mass murder of 26 people at a Connecticut ...

December 16, 2013
Dig a hole: Joan Fontaine

The mention of Melanie Hamilton in GWTW or the second Mrs. de Winter in Rebecca might be enough to jog a few memories, but seeing how it's been over 20 years since either Olivia de ...

December 16, 2013
The Humbug Holiday Spectacular at North Coast Rep

When it is good, Phil Johnson and Omri Schein’s spoof of upbeat, life-affirming Christmas shows is very good. But when it is bad, and it is too often, the the writing flags, the comedy’s too ...

December 16, 2013
Hookah up in Sorrento Valley

This Thanksgiving, for once, I was neither cooking for a crowd nor eating with a crowd. It’s been an exhausting year, so John and I decided we were overdue for a long weekend of lazy ...

Lindbergh Field’s costly picnic table takes a bow

Back in April 2012. we first reported here about Sheryl Oring, a former newspaper writer and editor who was about to embark on a new gig as artist-in-residence at San Diego International Airport. Oring gave ...

December 16, 2013
San Marcos driver crashes into sign, hydrant, rail, canyon

A 37 year-old man (unnamed in police report) seemed to have suffered a seizure or other medical condition on Saturday afternoon, December 14, before his car launched into a canyon near the California State University ...

December 16, 2013
Steve Jobs, Julian Assange appear in Playas de Tijuana

The Steve Jobs portrait by Albert M. Watson has been recreated on a wall in Playas de Tijuana right next to the bullfighting ring. The mural is located a block away from the beach and ...

December 16, 2013
2013’s Most Improved Breweries

Last week, I shared my opinion that Saint Archer Brewery just may be the most improved brewing company in San Diego over the last year. That assessment led me to the idea that I should ...

Sunday, December 15

Girard Securities brokerage disciplined

San Diego-based Girard Securities has been censured by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority for unknowingly permitting fraudulent money transfers from customers' accounts. The firm, which has 360 brokers and 136 branches, has changed its procedures, ...

December 15, 2013
Border Patrol training exercise moved up on schedule

With horses, shields, fake and real tear gas, and one biting dog, about 90 U.S. Border Patrol agents from the San Diego Sector trained for crowd and riot control atop Spooner's Mesa in the Tijuana ...

December 15, 2013

Saturday, December 14

Playa El Espino, El Salvador

Call me a spoiled Southern Californian, but until I visited Playa El Espino I had never been forced to walk through a herd of milling cattle (left) to get to the ocean. This small fishing ...

"Sea Changes: Act" coral regeneration project shows signs of life

“I know that when you combine statistics and art, you have a way of reaching people that’s much deeper, because you’re reaching them through the heart,” says Kira Corser, director of “Sea Changes: Act.” The ...

San Diego supergroups invade the Local Music Database

The most recent band pages in the Local Music Database include several new “supergroups,” mixing up players from established — and mostly still extant — ensembles. Jack City Blues Band plays boogie, jump, swing, and ...

December 14, 2013

Friday, December 13

Boots, Boots, and More Boots

My favorite part of the cold-weather season, if you call 65 degrees "cold," is not hot cocoa or crackling fires, it’s digging my boots out of storage. I’m kind of obsessed with shoes. My husband ...

Lawsuit over wheelchair access at Torrey Pines Gliderport

It's a bumpy ride for disabled persons hoping to catch a glimpse of the hang gliders and paragliders at the Torrey Pines Gliderport — at least that's the claim made by two men in a ...

December 13, 2013
Earl Stiff on this year's Golden Globes nominations

My column on the San Diego Film Critics Society year-end picks met with such little resistance that I received a callback. On top of that, I think there’s a Christmas present in my future! While ...

December 13, 2013
Pit bull kills baby in Tijuana

A 37-day-old baby girl died on Wednesday, December 11, shortly after she was bitten on the head by a pit bull at her grandmother's house in Tijuana, according to newspaper accounts. The infant, identified only ...

December 13, 2013
There be (lots of) dragons

The hobbit in The Hobbit may get the title, but it's pretty clear by now that the real star of Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy is the dragon Smaug. This isn't exactly surprising; Jackson's roots are ...

December 13, 2013
Bad Religion's Christmas Songs

If you want to put a little skip into Santa's step this holiday season, throw on Bad Religion's new album, Christmas Songs, to greet him as he slides down your chimney. You read correctly, Bad ...

December 13, 2013
Queens highlight this year's Wrex

The annual holiday event known as Wrex the Halls is a production of alt-rock radio station 91X. Usually composed of a smorgasbord of choice acts, 2013's Wrex was an exceptional bill. One attendee told me ...

December 13, 2013
Double-dipping SDSU pensioner gets $270,000 CSU job

In June, when last we checked on Sally Roush, the scandal-plagued vice president of business and financial affairs at San Diego State University was retiring from her position after 30 years of university service. Her ...

December 13, 2013
All Things BBQ: Phil's

Any survey of San Diego’s barbecue scene would be woefully incomplete without considering the juggernaut of local ‘cue: Phil’s BBQ. (3750 Sports Arena Boulevard) Phil’s needs little introduction. The restaurant’s website runs a webcam so ...

In landmark deal, bankrupt Detroit agrees to pipe water to thirsty San Diego

Interim Mayor Gloria: "Detroit has not one, but two major freshwater lakes in its backyard. And thanks to our city's efforts at pension reform, San Diego has a budget surplus. Really, it just made sense ...

Beethoven 9th: San Diego Symphony (2 of 2)

As beautiful as the Brahms performance was, it was not the primary draw to last weekend’s concerts. The big piece of music was Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. We weren’t disappointed. The performance was magnificent. The ...

La Mesa considers ban on panhandling

The City of La Mesa may ask Democratic assemblywoman Shirley Weber for help with a bill to ban panhandling on medians because Senate Bill 604 (a median-panhandling ban introduced by Republican state senator Joel Anderson) ...

December 13, 2013
Beer of the Week: Karl Strauss Four Scowling Owls

I’m a completionist. If there’s a series of something, I want every single component and usually can’t rest until I have each securely hoarded. Music, books, collectibles…it really doesn’t matter. Make a set of anything ...

December 13, 2013
Local real-estate tax hike totals less than a half percent

Even though real estate prices have soared in the past year — rising by an average of 18.29 percent across the county, according to the market-tracking firm DataQuick — most property owners in San Diego ...

December 13, 2013
Paul Jacobs out — Steve Mollenkopf in as Qualcomm's new CEO

Steve Mollenkopf, who was considered a dark horse to run Microsoft, will be chief executive of Qualcomm. The surprise announcement was made this morning, December 13. Mollenkopf is currently chief operating officer of Qualcomm. The ...

December 13, 2013
Jefferson law school's dean admits school's errors

Thomas Guernsey, who has been dean of the ailing Thomas Jefferson School of Law since July, has sent a memo to staff admitting past sins and revealing massive pay and staff cuts. Among the troubled ...

December 13, 2013

Thursday, December 12

City to pay illegally detained San Diego couple $450K

A San Diego couple falsely detained, pepper-sprayed, and stung with a taser gun will receive $450,000 in exchange for dropping their case against the city and police officers who errantly flagged their Pontiac Sunfire as ...

December 12, 2013
Coffee with the Captain of Encinitas’ sheriff’s station

Captain Robert Haley, head of the Encinitas sheriff’s station, held a “Coffee with the Captain” public meeting on December 9. The 8 a.m. session was held at the Chick-fil-A across the street from the sheriff’s ...

December 12, 2013
Alleged tax dodger stole dead children's identities

Lloyd Irving Taylor was arraigned in San Diego's U.S. District Court today, December 12, on charges of aggravated identity theft, tax evasion, and other crimes. The indictment alleges that Taylor stole the identities of nine ...

December 12, 2013
Guest editorial from CityBeat editor Donald Androll about paper's Judge Kreep series

Why we published "Better Dead Than Red (State)," by Donald Androll, San Diego CityBeat Looking back over our previous 49 articles on local Judge Gary Kreep — a man who is not only a Conservative, ...

All Things BBQ: Lightnin' Jack's

Lightnin’ Jack’s (4705 Clairemont Drive) has some things going for it, not the least of which is the movie deal: 10 percent off if you show a same-day movie ticket from the Regal across the ...

Canadian condo king piles up cash for Faulconer

As GOP ex-mayor and San Diego chamber of commerce chief Jerry Sanders sets out to vanquish the city's so-called linkage fee on commercial building to subsidize so-called affordable housing here, a distinctly high-end residential developer ...

December 12, 2013
Bob Filner lands on his feet as cartoon superstar

Why waste time and money on Miyazaki's animated wallpaper or Disney's sitcom ice princess when this holiday season's foremost anthropomorphic amusement stars our disgraced former mayor, Bob Filner, and could be coming soon to a ...

December 12, 2013
Boosterism, long ago

Boosterism: “the act of ‘boosting’ or promoting a town with the goal of improving public perception of it.” “America’s Finest City” (see what I mean?) has a long, purple-prosy tradition of hyping itself to the ...

December 12, 2013
Hotel group HEI and Unite Here smoke peace pipe

Connecticut-based HEI Hotels & Resorts and the labor union Unite Here have announced the foundation of a long-term partnership to improve industry-wide relations. HEI owns the San Diego Marriott La Jolla (purchased in mid-2011 for ...

December 12, 2013
Assistance needed for Lyle (Rocky) Neptun (R.I.P)

I just want to inform those who knew Lyle (Rocky) Neptun that he died December 7 in Tijuana, Mexico. I heard he had been murdered. As of this moment he is still at the morgue ...

December 12, 2013
17 travel tips for Thailand

1) Leave your rolly luggage at home. Wear a backpack and only fill it ⅔ full. You will shop – if not for yourself, for your friends. Most of all, make sure that your bag ...

Encinitas plumber says he was threatened and robbed

During a court hearing on December 11, Michael Welch claimed that a houseguest, Bryan Paul Jeffries, 30, threatened and punched him and demanded money in December of 2012. The attorney for Jeffries suggested that he ...

December 12, 2013
UCSD, where majors are more impressive than wardrobes

On a recent visit to UCSD I was much more impressed by the students' majors than their wardrobes (as it should be). There were a whole lot of yoga pants and sweat pants ensembles going ...

December 12, 2013
Beer Touring: Wiens Brewing Company

I’d heard good things and even sampled some good beers from Wiens Brewing Company (27941 Diaz Road, Temecula). I’d even made one of the company’s brews, Far Post Brown Ale, a San Diego Beer News ...

December 12, 2013
Burger King on El Cajon Boulevard exits North Park

You won't “have it your way” anymore from Burger King at 2829 El Cajon Boulevard. It's closed down. The building and parking lot are now surrounded by a chain-link fence. A request by the Reader ...

December 12, 2013

Wednesday, December 11

ESD, the tag that stands for East San Diego

How some graffiti vandals became graffiti artists, thanks in part to City Heights’ Writerz Blok art park.

December 11, 2013
In San Diego clubs Sunday-Wednesday, December 15-18

Sunday 15Mika Miko’s Jessica and Jennifer Clavin are Bleached, a duo that distills scuzzy guitar-pop on its Dead Oceans debut Ride Your Heart. It’s a driving, darling racket of ’60s girl-group revisionism that has rock ...

December 11, 2013
SeaWorld's Cheap Trick booking dries up

Cheap Trick is the latest band to back out of a booking at SeaWorld Orlando over the theme park's treatment of orcas, as shown in the recent documentary Blackfish. Rick Nielsen, Robin Zander, and the ...

December 11, 2013
Santa and Grinch visit Sweetwater District meeting

The continued presence of three JDS security guards at Sweetwater Union High School District board meetings is a monthly reminder of the deteriorated relations between the district, the public, and teachers. Even with the presence ...

December 11, 2013
Mullet revolution

“Our show is a lot more than music,” says Guy Boyd, guitarist for the ’80s tribute band Hott Mess. “It’s tongue-in-cheek, but when you get the critical mass — the energy between audience and band ...

December 11, 2013
The gift of raptors

“This year, I’m giving the kids the gift of raptors,” said Patrick. Lord, help me, I thought he said Rapture. But, no: we have several sons who are nature enthusiasts, and Patrick had just stumbled ...

December 11, 2013
San Diego Film Critics vote on year's best

Let me begin by thanking Marx and Lickona for allowing me to cover the San Diego Film Critics Society year-end vote for The Big Screen. It's been my pleasure to work the society pages at ...

December 11, 2013
Qualcomm spent millions on political clout

Qualcomm, the San Diego–based cell-phone technology giant founded by billionaire La Jolla Democrat Irwin Jacobs, made a total of $2,955,786 in politically related expenditures during the 12-month period ending this past September, according to a ...

December 11, 2013
Bus busking in TJ

From playing on buses around Tijuana to winning Rockampeonato in 2012, Cañamo has evolved. They have opened for international acts such as Café Tacvba, Don McCarlos, Los Cafres, and Cultura Profetica. Together for more than ...

December 11, 2013
Bowls full of money and mushy teams

College bowl games are all about money — for sponsors, advertisers, television, university athletic departments, coaches — everybody except players (the players claim, anyway.) Decades ago, bowl games featured top teams playing other top teams. ...

December 11, 2013
The Comeback of Jake E. Lee

The news is that Jake E. Lee’s on the comeback trail with a new band and a new record and everything is okay. For fans of ’80s hard rock, not a whole lot about that ...

December 11, 2013
Save Desert Rose v. City of Encinitas

Residents of Olivenhain, a community within the City of Encinitas, east of El Camino Real, continue their fight against a proposal from Woodbridge Farms Estates, LLC, to raze 7.87 acres of parkland at Desert Rose ...

December 11, 2013
The Hobbit's unreal things

My favorite moment in The Desolation of Smaug, part two of Peter Jackson’s epic expansion of J.R.R. Tolkien’s children’s book The Hobbit, came when the titular hobbit and his thirteen dwarvish companions were buried under ...

December 11, 2013
Lawyer notches third December takedown of city attorney

In addition to a pair of settlements already announced this month, the lawyer representing both victors over city attorney Jan Goldsmith's office has declared a victory of his own. Bryan Pease — whose clients included ...

December 11, 2013
French country estate on Clubhouse Drive

Current Owners: John & Kathleen Urquhart Listing Price: $16,950,000 Beds: 6 Baths: 8 In order to be allowed on the grounds to look at many of the homes featured in Unreal Estate, you’ve got to ...

December 11, 2013
San Dieguito River Park, Highland Valley Trail

The Highland Valley Trail is part of the San Dieguito River Park trail system. Eventually it will extend 55 miles from Volcan Mountain near Julian to the Pacific Ocean at Del Mar. The Highland Valley ...

December 11, 2013
Chasing Gregory Page

“The moment I came to San Diego, when I asked about making an album of music, Gregory Page was the man everyone remembered,” says singer/songwriter Tom Brosseau, whose upcoming album, Grass Punks, includes a song ...

December 11, 2013
Not too late to stake your claim in Flyboarding

The first Flyboard video I saw was a game-changer. There was a man in a wet suit, slowly emerging from the ocean. His head, now shoulders, now torso, grow out of the water. And then ...

December 11, 2013
Prog-rock on the prairie

“It’s a concept album, with a storyline that goes with the music,” says Chapman Stick player Tom Griesgraber, whose newest collaboration with Bert Lams (California Guitar Trio), Unnamed Lands, is a prog-rock western set in ...

December 11, 2013
Taxing dinner with Lorena and the two Brians

There are no free dinners, except for San Diego politicos. That’s the word contained in a lobbying disclosure report filed by the County of San Diego last month. According to a recently amended statement with ...

December 11, 2013
In San Diego clubs Thursday-Saturday, December 12-14

Thursday 12For all you tent-pitching, rock-climbing, star-gazing, firepit-blazing, punk-rock throwback barbecue fanatics, first-wave punks the Weirdos will headline a high-desert dust-up at that rock-roll pork-pit of Pioneertown, Pappy & Harriet’s. From late-’70s Hollyweird, John and ...

December 11, 2013
Beer Touring: Acoustic Ales Brewing Experiment

The beers of Acoustic Ales Brewing Experiment (1718 Hancock Street, Mission Hills) have been available at local bars and restaurants for much of the past year, but it took the company a long time to ...

December 11, 2013
Manpower sees mild job market in first quarter 2014

San Diego's job market will be mild in the first quarter of 2014 — slightly weaker than this year's first quarter, according to the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey. In next year's first quarter, 15 percent ...

December 11, 2013
Foodie’s acquittal

Ex–San Diego city councilman and Democratic assemblyman Ben Hueso, suspected by California’s Fair Political Practices Commission of chowing down gratis at a June 20, 2010, developer event, was let off the hook when he explained ...

December 11, 2013
Tom Gildred gets Entrepreneur of the Year award, but was he the innovator?

On June 13 of last year, Tom Gildred, chief executive officer of Emerald Textiles, got one of six San Diego “Entrepreneur of the Year” awards from the accounting firm of Ernst & Young. The honor ...

December 11, 2013
Legislative lounge lizard

December is the month for all kinds of partying, including political. In San Diego, the season kicked off last week with “Legislative Lounge,” at downtown’s U.S. Grant Hotel, a newly instituted function by the San ...

December 11, 2013
Incoming!

Sloppy Work I was quite surprised to read the article, “Border Patrol Combats Crowd of 100,” (News Ticker, December 5) and find typing and grammar error after error. Do you know about spell check and ...

December 11, 2013
Palomar Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Contact: 1600 Buena Vista Drive, Vista, 760-941-4319; vistauu.org Membership: 180 Pastor: Beth Johnson Born: Chicago, Ill. Formation: Claremont School of Theology, Claremont, CA Years Ordained: 10 San Diego Reader: What’s your favorite subject on which ...

December 11, 2013

Tuesday, December 10

"So you see, Dr. Jones, it really is a small world after all."

I mean, why else would Disney buy the aging Indiana Jones franchise unless Indy was close to discovering the truth?!?

December 10, 2013
San Diego selected as test city for CAL-TRANS anti-texting campaign

DOT Head Don Dent: "We've already contracted with the estate of Paul Evans, whose 1959 hit 'Seven Little Girls (Sitting in the Back Seat)' contains the immortal chorus: 'Keep your mind on your driving/Keep your ...

At the Padre Hotel in Bakersfield, California

It’s Saturday night and all the heterosexuals in smart little dresses and sport coats are streaming into what we didn’t know was the hottest spot between Las Vegas and LA. Janet and I are in ...

December 10, 2013
Beautiful Brahms at San Diego Symphony (1 of 2)

Saturday night was the first time I've been able to catch the San Diego Symphony after their return from touring China. The first sound they made was Brahms' Variations on a Theme by Haydn and ...

The movie critic's measuring stick

I overheard a fellow critic at a screening recently saying what a terrible year it had been for movies. His conversational fellows seemed to agree. I haven't been playing the critical game long enough to ...

December 10, 2013
Catch and cash-in trout at Lake Murray

On December 5, Lake Murray was stocked with a load of 1/2- to 1-pound trout. The day before, Lake Murray management gave trout fishermen a new incentive to fish at the park: orange-tagged trout that ...

December 10, 2013
"Fast Forward" opens at Low Gallery

“Fast Forward,” a new group art show at North Park’s Low Gallery, opens Friday the 13th with an artists reception from 6-10 p.m. Following that, the show will remain on display through January 14, 2014. ...

December 10, 2013
San Diego auditor blasts city's web services

When it comes to finding and accessing city services online, San Diego has a pretty bad app for that. So says a newly released report by city auditor Eduardo Luna, entitled "Performance Audit of IT ...

December 10, 2013
Prison realignment program tied to higher crime rates

Crime is up across the state in the wake of Supreme Court-mandated prison realignment that sent many state inmates back to local jails or set them free early, a December 9 report from the Public ...

December 10, 2013
Adventures in Adobada: Diego-MXN

Before we head south to navigate the late night street carts and hole-in-the-wall taqueros of Tijuana, let’s check in at one of our most widespread (with at least 14 locations countywide) Diego-Mex institutions: MXN. There ...

Old-school weight-training gym in Cardiff to close

In business for over ten years, CardifFit, a weight-training gym, has notified its hundreds of members that it will be closing on December 31. The announcement came five months early, according to some members, who ...

Escondido burglars sent to prison

On December 5, Antonio Gabriel Amador, 18, and Brandon Douglas Martinez, 20, were both sentenced to seven years in state prison for burglary and robbery. In their plea deals, four other felonies were dismissed for ...

December 10, 2013

Monday, December 9

Luxe Stuttgart, Germany

Stuttgart isn’t as frantically busy as many other cities in Europe and even in Germany can be, but it’s lively and thriving. With luxury auto manufacturing, palaces and wine, the city is a place to ...

December 9, 2013
Surfer Joel Tudor attacked in Kookbox lawsuit

Del Mar's Joel Tudor is a surfing icon, having won the United States Open of longboarding eight times. But on November 19 in federal court in New York, a onetime business partner, Andrew Blauschild, a ...

December 9, 2013
Lotus Thai Happy Hour: where's the Thai?

"Uncle Jerry was from Baton Rouge," says David. He's at the next stool, sipping his ruby-red Zen of Zin ($5). "He'd make his own seasoning and for the holidays, send it out to our family ...

City attorney loses two more First Amendment battles

The First Amendment is alive and well in San Diego, however, not without the help of attorneys and the courts. On Tuesday, December 10, the city council is expected to approve a $60,000 payout to ...

December 9, 2013
Bearded at Circle Circle dot dot

I’ll never forget the time I took a young niece — she was maybe seven or eight — to see Santa Claus. She’d been hearing rumors that there was no such dude, but remained defiant. ...

December 9, 2013
L.A. NFL stadium rivals sink big cash into Brown bid

The professional football season is nearing a wrap and the campaign for San Diego mayor is ramping up, time yet again for another push by La Jolla real estate maven, Republican money-man, and U-T San ...

Desert polluter Eric Russell gets light sentence

Las Vegas resident Eric Russell received a six-month jail sentence and was ordered to pay $21,240 in restitution last week by a San Diego court for dumping between 1500 and 2000 gallons of raw sewage ...

December 9, 2013
Pizzeria Mozza opens strong

Highly-anticipated LA pizza restaurant serves exceptional cuisine, living up to its own hype and then some.

Video footage before “Viva Villa” border incident

The three filmmakers producing under the name UK Balaam Productions seem to have nothing to do with instigating the November 24 border incident in which over 100 migrants confronted Border Patrol officers. In a long ...

December 9, 2013
Beer Touring: Saint Archer Brewery

Few, if any, breweries have been as polarizing among local beer fans and industry members as Saint Archer Brewery (9550 Distribution Avenue, Miramar). Some see the business — partially owned by, and marketed by, action ...

December 9, 2013
SeaWorld in more hot water

Three music groups have pulled out of SeaWorld Entertainment's Orlando Band, Brew & BBQ festival planned to begin February 1. Rock band Barenaked Ladies canceled its appearance because of the Blackfish documentary, which pillories the ...

December 9, 2013

Sunday, December 8

All Things BBQ: the Wrangler Family Barbecue

After all that talk about barbecue without a legitimate smoking pit, meritorious as it may be, this is where shit gets real. Walk into the [Wrangler Family Barbecue]1, where a taxidermied bison overlooks the dining ...

In memory of...

Taking into account three passing’s in December 2012, the past 12 months have seen a depressingly large amount of the area’s musicians and associates leave this mortal coil. Here the San Diego Reader pays tribute: ...

December 8, 2013

Saturday, December 7

Former South Bay schools officials have day in court

On December 6, readiness conferences began in the South Bay courthouse at 1:30 p.m. and lasted until 4:00. All of the Sweetwater Union High School District and Southwestern College defendants appeared in court with the ...

December 7, 2013
Local, federal, and state authorities swarm Logan Heights

On Thursday, December 5, at approximately 10:30 in the morning, at a house on National Avenue between South 30th and 31st, a felony drug arrest warrant was carried out by members of a Joint Task ...

December 7, 2013
California's castle in the sand

When castles and California are mentioned in conversation, Hearst Castle, which dominates a stretch of Central Coast skyline, usually comes to mind. You might be surprised to learn that a less opulent but even more ...

Getting crafty with Optimus Volts

"The idea for the portraits on paper money came from a Thumbprint Gallery show called C.R.E.A.M. which stood for ‘cash rules everything around me,’ explains Isaac Coronado, better known as Optimus Volts. “I found a ...

O.B. Planning Board approves liquor license for new CVS

On December 5 the Ocean Beach Planning Board voted 8-1 in favor of allowing the proposed new CVS Pharmacy to sell liquor; it will be an ABC license Type 21 with certain limitations that relate ...

December 7, 2013
Debt-laden Jefferson law school gets "junk" bond rating

Standard & Poor's has put out a new study questioning the stability of private law schools. Enrollments grew during the recession because young people could not find jobs, so they went to law school. But ...

December 7, 2013
Demonstrators back off near San Ysidro Port of Entry

This week, immigrant-rights activist Enrique Morones again praised the U.S. Border Patrol for the restraint they showed during the November 24 confrontation in the Tijuana River channel just east of the shopping malls. "They showed ...

December 7, 2013
Not necessarily on the comeback trail

"So it's the old Spirit?" That's Jake E. Lee's reply when I tell him Brick by Brick was once the Spirit Club of old. "When they told me we'd be playing in San Diego," he ...

December 7, 2013
Pearl Harbor sidetracked Japanese American from Encinitas

On December 7, 1941, an Encinitas vegetable-farming family of Japanese descent had little idea how their lives would be impacted. In February of 1942, San Dieguito High School student Tak Sugimoto’s family received notice of ...

December 7, 2013

Friday, December 6

Chillin' in El Chaltén

In South America, religious icons are as common as sunrise, and shrines are ubiquitous. But a shrine studded with cigarette packs, bottles of beer and decks of playing cards? Welcome to El Chaltén, Argentina – ...

Harrowing tales of Lindbergh Field air traffic

The gleaming new terminals at San Diego's Lindbergh Field, seemingly the ultimate in 21st-century transportation technology, bely a troubled air-traffic control system prone to outages and human error that are, in the words of one ...

December 6, 2013
Encinitas’ tallest Christmas tree strung with lights

The first Monday after Thanksgiving, December 2, was a big day above Moonlight Beach. That’s when Encinitas local Louie Ortiz with his volunteer crew, Bob Joval and Surfer Mike, came together, as Louie has for ...

December 6, 2013
Besnard Lakes — rock and roll at its chilling best

Not the first time the Besnard Lakes have been to town, but I can say with certainty that it was the best time. The Canadian indie-rock quartet has honed their skills to perform live a ...

December 6, 2013
Lawsuit seeks to halt Interstate 5 expansion

The Cleveland National Forest Foundation filed suit against the California Department of Transportation this week, seeking to stop construction on a $3.5 billion expansion of Interstate 5, known as the North Coast Corridor Project. The ...

December 6, 2013
Adventures in Adobada: Tacos El Paisa

In deference to the spirit of Yuletide cheer, let’s kick off our inquiry into the mesmerizing porcine monument known interchangeably as adobada and al pastor with a success story. Tacos El Paisa (2494 Imperial Avenue, ...

Waterfront bar customers demand beer

While the rest of the United States may be up in arms over the Second Amendment or argumentative about the First Amendment, the amendment that is of most concern to the owners and patrons of ...

December 6, 2013
Snow Globe, by Erasure

“Loving Man,” with its ecstatic gender-blurring one minute (“I’m A boy/I’m a girl/Who has everything”), bipolar furor at rejection the next, and frustrating refusal to climax musically, sounds dragged in from another project, matching the ...

December 6, 2013
Riverside spent $60,000 wooing San Diego leaders

The San Diego Water Authority has a long-running battle with Los Angeles-based Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, which provides water throughout the southern part of the state. The donnybrook goes to court this month. ...

December 6, 2013
Liquor-store owners sue the City of El Cajon

The City of El Cajon will have to defend in federal court a newly adopted ordinance that places tougher regulations on liquor stores. Two liquor-store owners who own and operate three stores in El Cajon ...

December 6, 2013
Beer of the Week: Manzanita Danger Ranger

There’s more for small brewing companies to focus on than simply brewing beer. Once fully fermented and kegged, that beer has to somehow be transported to market. With the exception of a few new brewing ...

December 6, 2013

Thursday, December 5

Deviled Egg Craze

The one item on the menu that keeps me coming back to the Lion's Share is their deviled eggs. The restaurant sits at the south end of Kettner Boulevard in Downtown's Marina neighborhood. Dark wood ...

There’s no place like holiday movies for the maladies

What can be said of a Christmas season wherein Disney's holiday offering ends with its heroine resorting to senseless physical violence to make her point? Remember the good old days when the plight of Bedford ...

December 5, 2013
DVD picks from a lover of apocalyptic media

After nuclear fallout, rockers from all over trek to Vegas where they hope to claim the crown from the recently deceased king, Elvis. Anti-hero Buddy (Jeffrey Falcon) — dressed in a suit and armed with ...

December 5, 2013
DVD picks from a Mexican movie fan

The Vampire Collection is one of the finest Mexican cinema golden era horror releases to date. Germán Robles stars as Count Lavud. He excels as one of cinema’s all-time best vampires. Both El Vampiro and ...

December 5, 2013
Leery drone-zone denizens convene in Julian

A crowd of about 30 gathered at the Julian Town Hall on Wednesday night (December 4) for the second official meeting of the newly formed Back Country Voices, a group that sprung up in opposition ...

December 5, 2013
Good News/Bad News at San Diego Rep.

The Good: the Rep has been chosen as the site for this year’s NNPN National Showcase of New Plays 2013. This is a prestigious deal. Beginning on Friday, December 6, and running through Sunday, 31 ...

December 5, 2013
Liberal "dark money" group spends big for Scott Peters

Scott Peters, the freshman House Democrat from La Jolla who is facing a big-money reelection battle with ex–San Diego City Council Republican Carl DeMaio, has been the beneficiary of an independent expenditure by a Washington ...

December 5, 2013
RB Sushi invades Hillcrest

It took a while, but somebody finally moved into the spot, formerly Lotus Cafe, at 3955 Fifth Avenue in Hillcrest. That somebody is RB Sushi, a North County and College Area stalwart most known for ...

City to pay in full for illegal maintenance assessment districts

For many residents of Golden Hill and South Park, the fight to dissolve their maintenance assessment district was long, hard, and expensive. In 2011, more than four years after filing a complaint against the city, ...

Local Maker Movement

There is a growing community comprised of electronics enthusiasts, tinkerers, artists, and even entrepreneurs who gravitate towards Make Magazine, where Do-It-Yourself projects are shared online in a step-by-step format. In addition to a growing internet ...

December 5, 2013
‘Tis the season for seasonal work

Christmas is around the corner, but if a job is at the top of your ‘wish list,’ put down the egg nog and start applying for part-time gigs. According to CareerBuilder’s annual holiday hiring survey, ...

Nice Ocean Beach Christmas tree, Charlie Brown

The O.B. Christmas tree has been a much-talked-about tradition for 34 years. If it looks perfect, people complain it's not O.B. enough. But when it gets partially destroyed, as it did several years ago at ...

December 5, 2013
Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow

When workers worry about today, they often forget about tomorrow. That’s what appears to be happening today as workers in a revived economy are still reluctant to set aside more money for retirement. In a ...

December 5, 2013
Beer Touring: Groundswell Brewing Company

When I originally wrote about Groundswell Brewing Company (6304 Riverdale Street, Grantville), it was in the very early start-up stages. Owner Kevin Rhodes and his crew had their location, a storefront almost perfectly equidistant to ...

December 5, 2013
Woman gives birth in Tijuana River canal

A 28-year-old woman of meager circumstances gave birth to a child in the Tijuana River canal on Monday, December 2. The woman was first observed in a pool of blood. An informant tipped off police ...

December 5, 2013
Getting to know Jaws of Terror, Alley Cat Street, Champ, and more

These are the most recent band pages in the Local Music Database, including old acts newly added and brand new ensembles. Jaws of Terror is fronted by Leighton Koizumi, who first came to local notice ...

December 5, 2013

Wednesday, December 4

In the San Diego Clubs Monday–Wednesday, December 9–11

Monday 9Canada band Dinosaur Bones rattles into Soda Bar Monday night behind its latest, Shaky Dream. This is Dave Good’s Of Noted show this week, but I couldn’t not add this cut-n-pastable from Allmusic: “[Shaky ...

December 4, 2013
Imperial Beach lifeguards save life of unconscious surfer

Lifeguards in Imperial Beach used an electronic defibrillator to revive a 65-year-old bodyboarder on November 30th who lost consciousness while surfing with friends. The man, who authorities declined to identify, had gone surfing with two ...

Study on fast-food workers reveals reliance on tax dollars

Employees of the Wendy's at 101 Broadway go on strike at noon Thursday, December 5, along with fast-food workers in 100 cities. But the strike doesn't tell the story. A study by the University of ...

December 4, 2013
Jesus Christ. At the movies?

Spoilers ahead, folks. I need to see Gravity again before I can really go after my co-critic for his dismissal of a film that actually manages to dramatize the Christian notion of being “born again” ...

December 4, 2013
Florida jury awards $1 billion to Lennar

Giant homebuilder Lennar Corp. was awarded $1 billion yesterday (Dec. 3) by a Florida jury as compensation for defamation and conspiracy to extort money from the company. Expected to pay the $1 billion are developer ...

December 4, 2013
In the San Diego clubs Saturday & Sunday, December 7 & 8

Saturday 7Casbah and Daydream Nation host another Vinyl Junkies afternoon of quaffing and record-swapping to the tunes of special guest DJ David J (Bauhaus, Love & Rockets). And then on Saturday night, it’s San Clemente ...

December 4, 2013
Fairy shrimp likely to close a Sweetwater Reservoir trail

More than 150 bicyclists, hikers, and equestrians heard less than good news Tuesday night, December 3, as the general manager of the Sweetwater Authority explained that a popular trail may be closed by the U.S. ...

Ubu is the idea

Pere Ubu can and have been praised for their salvo of dark matter fired from America’s heart (their native Cleveland) starting with their first single “30 Seconds Over Tokyo” in 1975. They bring their Lady ...

December 4, 2013
Dinosaur Bones on the launch pad

Write this down: Dinosaur Bones is a band to watch. Stick a little memo on your record collection (or wherever you store music). One day, you will be glad you did. Listen to Shaky Dream, ...

December 4, 2013
Beethoven 9th

Speaking of Germans, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 is coming up this weekend at Symphony Hall. The orchestra, conductor Ken-David Masur, and the San Diego Master Chorale are all familiar entities, but what about the soloists? ...

Steak and no mistake

“Well you know you can get half-size entrées for half off the normal price during happy hour.”

Cage the Elephant gets honest with their music

Interview with Brad Shultz of Cage the Elephant, who recounts the story of his brother eating a fish taco in San Diego and his face “swelled up huge.” Not bad fish, just a clogged salivary gland. His bro “squeezed it out.” Eww, gross, amirate? LOL!

Billboard execs, Walmart continue pouring cash into mayoral race

Retail giant Walmart, which is said to have big plans for its San Diego development portfolio, this Monday (Dec. 2) kicked in another $10,000 to the county Republican Party, according to a filing made yesterday ...

December 4, 2013
File under “Genuine”

How did the band X come to establish an annual holiday show in San Diego? This year they play the Belly Up on December 8.

December 4, 2013
Old new media

“The open-source movement and creative-commons licensing have been central to my ongoing learning and creative practice,” says computer-music grad student, educator, and do-it-yourself instrument designer Brendan Gaffney. Open-source software and creative-commons licenses offer alternative approaches ...

December 4, 2013
Los Peñasquitos Canyon, Camino Ruiz Trailhead

This is the only trail that accesses Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve from the south rim between Black Mountain Road and the West End parking lot off Sorrento Valley Blvd. Before the Camino Ruiz Trailhead was ...

December 4, 2013
DVD picks from a vault-dweller/horror geek

When I saw the Divimax release of George Romero’s Day of the Dead on the shelf, I knew that it was something special. More than simply an enhanced widescreen version of the film, this fold-out ...

December 4, 2013
And into the Oven

The only enjoyable part of Out of the Furnace was untangling its plot loopholes on the car ride home. An ex-con (Christian Bale) with the word “fishy” tattooed across his forehead takes a road trip ...

December 4, 2013
Gah! Ugh.

“Gah!” I grumbled at my computer screen. “What?” Of course David had to ask. You can’t sit four feet away from someone who’s grumbling at her computer screen and not ask. “Remember those funny cards ...

December 4, 2013
Infighting among East County Chaldean community

Members of San Diego County's large Chaldean community are clashing with one another in hopes of gaining power, and naming rights, to a Chaldean business community. On November 27, a group of Iraqi Christians known ...

December 4, 2013
In the San Diego clubs Thursday & Friday, December 5 & 6

Thursday 5It took buds Pete Yorn and J.D. King, both accomplished singer-songwriters, ten years to make a record together, but when they did, as the Olms, it came pretty quick. The pair reportedly sneezed out ...

December 4, 2013
Beer Touring: Legacy Brewing Company

For many, it’s monuments in Washington, D.C. that put people in a patriotic mood. But for me, the son of a soldier born on an Army base, the grandson of a Navy man who served ...

December 4, 2013
Stealing bases

The award for most political bases covered so far this unusual mayoral election season must go to Michael Gelfand of Terra Vista Management, which has the lucrative city leasehold at Campland on the Bay. The ...

December 4, 2013
Fed shovels money to Wall Street, not Main Street

Wall Street, with its ties to housing and the auto industry, has prospered during these years following the government bailout via “qualitative easing.” The little people? We have done terribly.

December 4, 2013
Former Charger among five suing Kansas City Chiefs

Five former players for the Kansas City Chiefs — all of whom suffered head injuries while playing — filed a lawsuit yesterday (Dec. 3) against the team, charging management was aware of head dangers but ...

December 4, 2013
Don we now our pol apparel

Once-imprisoned super lawyer Bill Lerach, now ensconced on a lavish La Jolla estate overlooking the Pacific, didn’t come out a winner in the derby to replace fallen Democratic mayor Bob Filner. The onetime Bill Clinton ...

December 4, 2013
The hooks

Interview with 91X DJ Steve West, here since 1983, playing the “classic alternative” hits when they were new, alternative — not classic. Meanwhile, competitor FM94/9 played the same three hits every two hours on November 25. Bad FM94/9! or giving the people what they want?

December 4, 2013
Really smoking

Termed-out Republican state senator Mark Wyland, who has his eye on a Board of Equalization seat next year, picked up $5800 last week from tobacco giant Phillip Morris… When it comes to stealing, crime was ...

The Caffeinated Thinker

Jewish woman blogs about terminal illness and hope.

December 4, 2013
Ku Sang

As this country rocked like a boat in Galilee’s storms, I spent the whole year not losing my belief in God alone, just doing as I could what had to be done. Laid up, sick, ...

December 4, 2013

Tuesday, December 3

Not just about shrubs, says Ocean Beach resident

Ocean Beach resident Vince Adame and his lawyer Frank Gormlie, who also publishes the OB Rag community news website, drew a crowd of news media this morning, December 3. The day before, district attorney Bonnie ...

December 3, 2013
San Diego County lawyers run afoul of California Bar

Dean Gregory Chandler of Oceanside has been disbarred by the State Bar of California. Chandler failed to respond to a notice of disciplinary charges against him. According to the Bar, Chandler committed 234 counts of ...

December 3, 2013
Love in the Kingdom of Jordan

It doesn’t seem possible, but my Jordanian friend insists that he is now married. I look carefully into Awad’s dark eyes, magnified by the thick lenses of his black framed glasses, to see if he’s ...

Letters to the editor

Settling for Mediocrity This is in response to “Lousy Bolts Won’t Bolt” (SD on the QT, November 21) where, once again, Coach McCoy is placing the team’s poor performance on the field into the laps ...

December 3, 2013
Sweetwater district spent big for Arne Duncan visit

When Arne Duncan visited Sweetwater’s Castle Park Middle School in September, it created quite a stir — not because he is the U.S. secretary of education but because there were concerns that the school, and ...

December 3, 2013
Tri-tips and home-made pickles: Hot!

They're smoking, upstairs above the Tivoli Bar. Smoking tri-tip, that is. JJ and Ashley, his wife. They're the new proprietors of the grill at the far end of the ancient bar, the one with the ...

The Muslim Experience comes to the Central Library

A film series focused on presenting the history and diverse cultures of Muslims around the world is coming to downtown San Diego. The new Central Library downtown begins this month’s series of Friday Talking Pictures ...

December 3, 2013
Building begins on busy corner in Point Loma

A long-empty corner of Point Loma Heights is getting a makeover. A developer named Veritas Urban Properties recently broke ground on the empty lot at the intersection of Voltaire Street and Catalina Boulevard, a site ...

Deputies say they caught San Marcos burglar

After officers witnessed a young man leap from a second-story window of a San Marcos home this summer, deputy Jason Allen asked him what he was doing. “He said, ‘Uh, breaking and entering?’” The deputy ...

Kickstarting in San Diego for November

When they want the finances to materialize their dreams, San Diego’s creative minds turn to Kickstarter, the world’s largest crowdfunding website. Kickstarter hosts a bevy of San Diego-based projects (it’s easy to filter the website’s ...

December 3, 2013
Emails show SDSU fight against KPBS unionization

Editorial workers at the politically complicated organization that is KPBS, the public broadcasting arm of San Diego State University, now have themselves a labor union, but the organizing process wasn't without contention, according to copies ...

December 3, 2013
Psychologist loses license over meth

The California Board of Psychology has suspended the license of Robert Edward Brizendine, PhD, for use of methamphetamine. He used it many times over a period of years, according to the hearing. In one case, ...

December 3, 2013
How the Grinch Stole Christmas at the Old Globe

FINDING BIGFOOT. “Hi. I’m Matt Moneymaker. We’re here at a Whoville Town Hall meeting. Show of hands: How many’ve seen a big, brown-haired creature? Cindy-Loo Who. “Me! Me! Only his hair wasn’t brown. It was ...

December 3, 2013
Cyber Monday ad-buy blasts local Rep. Scott Peters

The "center-right" nonprofit advocacy group American Action Network on December 2 unleashed a flurry of online ads slamming local congressman Scott Peters over his support of the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare ...

December 3, 2013
Beer Touring: Booze Brothers Brewing Company

Two weeks ago, I shared news about the latest entrant into Vista, the county’s most brewery-saturated municipality on a per capita basis. That operation goes by the name Booze Brothers Brewing Company (2545 Progress Street, ...

December 3, 2013
Ten best Frank Zappa albums for people who think they hate Zappa

A lot of my friends, including/especially those with musical tastes as refined and open-minded as my own, say they’re baffled by my love for the music of Frank Zappa. However, once a discussion starts revealing ...

December 3, 2013
No running water for 82 Tijuana neighborhoods

Tijuana water agency CESPT (Comisión Estatal de Servicios Públicos de Tijuana) will suspend running water to 82 neighborhoods starting early today, Tuesday, December 3 and will renew its services partially on Thursday, December 5. The ...

December 3, 2013
Libertarian Mark Schwartz joins District 2 council race

There's a new city-council candidate in town. On November 29, former long-shot mayoral hopeful and self-proclaimed Libertarian Mark Schwartz filed papers to join the race to replace termed-out District 2 councilmember and mayoral candidate Kevin ...

December 3, 2013

Monday, December 2

All Things BBQ: Bubba's Smoke House

If smoky flavor is the sine qua non of barbecued meat, then sauce is the desideratum. Barbecue without sauce is like the ocean without swell: beautiful, but where’s the fun? As much as meat choice, ...

To Kiss a Forehead

December 2, 2013
Tijuana extortionists preyed on illegal border-crossers

José Manuel Rodríguez Lozano, 25, was detained last week in Tijuana’s Zona Norte as a presumed member of a group of kidnappers that had been terrorizing people trying to cross the border. According to Tijuana's ...

December 2, 2013
King Kong versus Godzilla

The Germans are here and ready to rumble in the World Cup of Composers. This group has several contenders who could take it all. This bracket is brimming with rivalries and they’re not friendly. We’re ...

Hillcrest car-repair shop closure signals gentrification

Town's Auto Repair at 3752 Park Boulevard in Hillcrest has repaired its last engine, carburetor, and transmission. The business was directly across from the DECA luxury condo development, on the northwest corner of Park Boulevard ...

December 2, 2013
Masquerade in Hillcrest

Last weekend I went to a masquerade party at Snooze in Hillcrest. It ended up being a bit of a disaster — not the event itself, as Snooze raised over $2,000 for Feeding America San ...

December 2, 2013
Small-town Italy: a Tuscan welcome, Greve in Chianti

While visiting Florence, I took the opportunity to spend a few nights in a little town about 30 kilometers to the south called Greve in Chianti. The Chianti region, well known for its Chianti Classico ...

Paul Walker is dead, no word on The Fast & the Furious film franchise

"Oh, my God," said my friend, staring at her smartphone. "Paul Walker died in a fiery crash." For a split-second, it registered as maybe a joke. Paul Walker? The star of the Fast & Furious ...

December 2, 2013
Beer Touring: Nickel Beer Co.

Gazing downhill at a former jailhouse, being met by a cuttingly chilly wind carrying with it the scent of freshly cut cedar — this was my introduction to Nickel Beer Company (1485 Hollow Glen Road, ...

December 2, 2013
Tijuana leads Mexico in tuberculosis cases

Dr. Rafael Laniado Laborín, head of the multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis clinic at Hospital General de Tijuana, recently told El Mexicano that the clinic diagnoses an average of 1000 TB cases a year, leading Mexico in the ...

December 2, 2013
Cardiff's Masonic Lodge vacant

Neighborhood residents have been wondering what’s up with the empty Cardiff by the Sea Masonic Lodge at 1401Windsor Road. The large building from the 1950s was used for decades as a social gathering spot for ...

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