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Content for Thursday, March 13, 2014

News & Stories

Dear Mayor Faulconer: repeal the email retention policy

Kevin Faulconer's decision to suspend a city policy to delete all city emails one year or older was good news for open-government advocates. But since that announcement, the mayor and city staff have been silent; ...

March 13, 2014
A taste of Southern Italy: Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast

Sorrento is well positioned as the gateway to several locations of interest in southern Italy, including Pompeii, Capri, and the spectacular, meandering Amalfi Coast. But the town of 17,000 is also worth exploring in its ...

Bonsall’s length of Highway 76 to become four lanes

Motorists along Highway 76 between Bonsall and I-15 are happy to see that the final six-mile phase of the Highway 76 widening project has begun. Last week, crews started clearing out heavy brush and trees ...

Tribal print and bunny rabbit purses at City College

Tracy Yang wanted to give me a gift for taking her photograph at City College. The 18-year-old music major shuffled around in her bunny rabbit purse, a bag she purchased while visiting China, searching for ...

March 13, 2014
West Side Spielberg?

“I always wanted to make another picture about sharks,” Steve Spielberg joked during last night’s fever dream, “and given the success of The Terminal, I wouldn’t mind throwing in a couple of jets to spark ...

March 13, 2014
How Cashae got the gig

Lynn Nottage’s Crumbs from the Table of Joy, recently in a highly praised production at Moxie Theatre, has two roles for teenage women. Ernestine, the oldest, tells how she, her father and younger sister moved ...

March 13, 2014
SD County Indian gambling board lacks disclosure

The county of San Diego has been playing fast and loose with transparency and the distribution of Indian gambling cash awarded to it by the state, ostensibly to cover the adverse impacts of tribal casinos ...

March 13, 2014
Manchester rumored to drop Austin hotel

The rumor is hot that Doug Manchester is not going ahead with his 1035-room, $350-million hotel in Austin, Texas. I could not get confirmation from Manchester or the owner of the property. The groundbreaking has ...

March 13, 2014
¡Bienvenidos al Festival de Cine Latino de San Diego!

My piñata runneth over as the most wonderful time of the year for los amantes del cine locales — the 21st Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival — rolls into town for the next 11 ...

March 13, 2014
All Things BBQ: Best of the rest

All Things BBQ is just about at an end. Here’s a few spots that didn’t get a solo treatment, but bear mentioning as the “best of the rest.” Bull’s Smokin’ BBQ: Good, solid, Texas-style ‘cue. ...

Camp Lots-a-jobs

Frank Kasunic explains how you can get work as a YMCA camp counselor. First, please tell me what you do. I’m the recruiter for the YMCA of San Diego County, which serves 390,000 members and ...

Follow your dreams... but not over a cliff

So you want to be a rock star? Or maybe you have your sights set on becoming a professional golfer or your dreams are to become an actress, eventually becoming a movie star. Maybe your ...

Life imitates art, cheesecake edition

On the left, a promo photo from 2012’s Spring Breakers. On the right, the cover of the 2014 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. Good artists borrow; great artists get the girls to go topless.

March 13, 2014
Sweetwater district teachers vote on strike

Sweetwater Union High School District teachers will be taking a strike vote March 13–14. The vote, according to Roberto Rodriguez, president of Sweetwater Education Association, is to authorize the association’s board of directors to go ...

Food truckin ain’t easy

On any given night in San Diego you can find a food truck gathering; whether it is in the parking lot of a local high school, on a military base, outside your favorite bar, or ...

March 13, 2014
SeaWorld announces shift from orcas to sharks

On March 7, California State Assemblyman Richard Bloom introduced the Orca Safety and Welfare Act. If passed, the bill would outlaw the use of orcas for "entertainment" or "performance purposes." Bloom told the press that ...

Rally for paid sick leave, higher minimum wage

Raise Up San Diego, with backing from labor groups and their supporters, organized a rally outside city hall Wednesday afternoon, March 12, promoting a minimum-wage increase and access for workers to paid sick leave — ...

A tale of two brewpubs

This is a tale of two brewpubs…neither of which exist. This is nothing new for me, writing about businesses that aren’t yet tangible. In fact, reporting on the not-yet-realized dreams of hopeful brewers is pretty ...

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