Content for Friday, December 12, 2014

News & Stories

Saginaw, MI: first American home of my ancestors

A writer's journey to uncover Midwestern roots.

Most people only know the town of Saginaw, Michigan, from the song made popular in the 1960s by country singer Lefty Frizzel. Some hipsters might know another song, “If I Ever Get to Saginaw” by ...

Valley Center man pleads not guilty to making false bomb report

Frits Versteegh made first court appearance

An elderly Valley Center man accused of threatening to bomb SDG&E trucks was briefly in court this morning, December 12. Frits Versteegh, 75, pleaded not guilty to making a false bomb report, charged as a ...

Can the Buffalo Public House work in Hillcrest?

Brazilian-influenced restaurant faces stiff conceptual challenges in competitive neighborhood scene

Brazilian cuisine receives little exposure in the US. Churrascaria restaurants, like Rei do Gado and Fogo de Chao, contribute to the popular image of South American carnivorism, where diners disappear beneath mountains of roast meat. ...

Flooding in Leucadia damages three businesses

Heavy rain on the morning of December 12 damaged three businesses at 1002 North Coast Highway in Leucadia. After several hours of heavy downpour, employees arriving around 8:00 a.m. found four inches of water in ...

Hillary’s burgeoning Bersin bump

Border czar of many trades to revisit controversial school district ties.

As the next presidential campaign season relentlessly approaches, so it appears do the Bersins, the former San Diego Unified school district honcho Alan and his wife, ex-superior court judge Lisa Foster. As first locally reported ...

Local gift guide: Lady edition

San Diego spots provide great options when shopping for her.

Christmas shopping can be such a hassle. I have the tendency to avoid malls during the entire month of December. Parking is a nightmare and sales people are overworked and grumpy. Luckily for San Diegans ...

Defendants in torture-murder case avoid death penalty

Persons accused in Brittany Killgore's death might face life without parole.

The possibility of the death penalty was removed from three defendants, Louis Perez, 48, Jessica Lopez, 27, and Dorothy Maraglino, 39, who learned during a hearing today that the maximum penalty they might face will ...

Capital Cities' spirited retro sound

Electro-pop act packs House of Blues and gets everyone moving

I got my introduction to the L.A.-based electro-pop band Capital Cities — beyond the megahit “Safe & Sound” — at Coachella this year. There I discovered their penchant for lazy hooks and lofty horns, which ...

SEC censures San Diego accounting firm

Boros & Farrington gets cease and desist order

The Securities and Exchange Commission this month censured San Diego's Boros & Farrington Accountancy Corp. for engaging in "highly unreasonable conduct that resulted in violations of applicable professional standards," according to the securities agency. The ...

Golden Boy's sweeping punches

A Lost Classic is creaky but still makes contact.

Clifford Odets’ great drama (1937) is staged so rarely, it could qualify as a Lost Classic. As in all of Odets’ work, when it becomes “found,” the story of the rise and fall of a ...

Black Star Elephant, by Nico & Vinz

Nico & Vinz have crafted a pure, primal debut album that rejoices in the band’s chosen path while applauding others’ individuality. The reach of this singer/songwriter duo from Oslo, Norway, had touched several continents with ...

No free ride

Students ask MTS to discount bus passes sold in bulk to school district

Dozens of San Diego high school students descended on Metropolitan Transit System headquarters Wednesday afternoon, December 10, pleading for transit officials' assistance in securing free or reduced-cost bus passes. Following a rally in front of ...

Liquid assets

Thirsty Rancho Santa Fe joins in County's water conservation efforts

Guest editorial by The Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe groundskeeper-in-chief, Arturo Mendes. Recently, a story in these pages took note of a New York Times article that took note of water use in the community ...

Half Door swinging open soon

The Field’s upcoming offshoot East Village brewpub project a family affair

It’s easy to typecast. You hear a tenured local restaurateur has purchased an East Village property in which to install a brewpub for his son to brew at and his daughter to manage, and you ...

See the big fish unload

December 11 dock totals Fisherman's Landing 40 Anglers, 2 Boats, 1 Sand Bass, 238 Rockfish, 100 Pacific Mackerel, 3 Calico Bass, 1 Bonito, 3 Yellowtail, 64 Yellowfin Tuna, 1 Bluefin Tuna, 25 Calico Bass Released ...

Government nabs jock swindler

Billy Crafton took undisclosed payoffs to hype Ponzi scheme

On Wednesday, December 10, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged San Diegan Bill C. (Billy) Crafton Jr., who counseled professional athletes on their finances, with fraudulent misconduct in violating federal securities laws. Importantly, Crafton agreed ...