Content for Tuesday, January 21, 2014

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Former SDPD detective wanted Chief Lansdowne out

Cop took part in scheme to funnel illegal campaign contributions

Ravneet Singh, head of a Washington DC political firm, was arraigned today (January 21) on charges that he conspired to steer illegal foreign money into San Diego political campaigns. Also charged was retired San Diego ...

Public balks at Balboa Park "West End"

But it's temporary! says PR firm

Over the weekend, I posted this story announcing the new website and name, Balboa Park West End, which was created to alert the public to the fact that the museums and institutions at Balboa Park ...

Frank Porretta: A tenor talks (1 of 2)

The star of the upcoming production of Pagliacci at San Diego Opera talks about the biz.

The last time Frank Porretta sang with San Diego Opera was the last time he sang the role of Duca in Verdi's Rigoletto. His voice has matured into roles such as Andrea Chenier, Calaf, and ...

Happy National Squirrel Appreciation Day!

Next to edible pizza, Italian beef "sangwitches," and Pekin House egg rolls (made with baby shrimp, morsels of barbecued pork, and peanut butter to bind them), squirrels are what I most miss about Chicago. Apart ...

Cocktail queen becomes west coast’s only mezcalier

All tequilas are mezcal, not all mezcal is tequila.

Sommeliers, professional wine experts in charge of ordering and pairing wines, are fairly common in upscale restaurants. One San Diego restaurant pro is doing the same thing with mezcal, one of Mexico’s most important contributions ...

Dept. of Digital Correction

Everybody is oohing and aahing over this bit from Fight Club where Tyler Durden has been digitally edited out. Well and good. But when are they going to edit the rabbit into Harvey?

Strong Lineup at the Fourth Annual Human Rights Film Festival

“What would I be if I weren’t strong?” asks one of the characters in director Jeremy Teicher’s Tall As the Baobab Tree. Strength is a quality that reverberates throughout the six films to be screened ...

"Eternal Spring" open at Low Gallery

North Park gallery's first show of 2014 centers on life and rebirth

Low Gallery’s new show, “Eternal Spring,” opened with an artists’ reception and live performance on January 17. The ongoing show features work from Portland-based photographer, Colin Manning; LA visual artist and psychic, Marcella Kroll; and ...

Manchester and Wisdom face off in mayoral money race

U-T publisher antes up $90,000 for GOP as ex-DJ and financial manager from Rancho Santa Fe backs Democrat

It’s been a busy few days of disclosure by treasurers for the two candidates for mayor — as well as their big-money backers — as next month’s run-off election looms closer. Republican April Boling — ...

Miguelito’s Rye Manhattan

Uptown Tavern’s bar back Miguel Duran is in the advanced placement class of bartenders-in-training. Observing Uptown’s bartenders at work, he’s come up with his own signature cocktail. When he began creating what’s now known as ...

Encinitas man arrested for guns in Mono County

Sheriff Obenberger's deputies use sloppy tactics to make bust, says attorney

On January 13, Encinitas resident Youssef Boulaalam, through his attorney Allen Berrey, filed a 40-page claim of civil rights violations, illegal search, fabrication of evidence, false arrest, and imprisonment against Mono County and their sheriff’s ...

Pepe's Produce is the must-stop spot

Ramona grocery store has (maybe) East County's best tacos

If Ramona has one must-stop spot, it’s Pepe’s Produce, a grocery store in an ex-Pizza Hut. The place may be the king of dingy little holes in the wall. It’s a little country store, with ...

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