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Stories for November 2014

Sunday, November 30

Gulp! Rancho Santa Fe is how thirsty?

The New York Times today (November 30) has a long story on the huge water usage of Rancho Santa Fe, San Diego County's most upscale community. According to state data, the tony town's residents used ...

New York trumpeter plays free concert

Monday 1 Saxophonist Gabriel Sundy and pianist Ed Kornhauser team up for an evening at the Turf Supper Club (1116 25th Street) at 9:00 p.m., no cover charge. Tuesday 2 Joe Garrison and his large ...

November 30, 2014
Cou D'Etit? Cheetah's owner fights license revocation

To hear Suzanna Cou tell it, Cheetah's strip club is being punished for standing up for its rights. The club filed suit against the San Diego Police Department after a March vice raid on the ...

Catch. And release.

November 29 dock totals Chubasco 2 Sportfishing 35 Anglers, 1 Boat, 12 Vermilion Rockfish, 17 California Sheephead, 3 Barred Sand Bass, 76 Rockfish, 1 California Halibut, 4 Kelp Bass, 1 Cabezon, 1 Pacific Bonito H&M ...

November 30, 2014
Walmart protest a call to unionize

While thousands of shoppers were out on November 28 making Black Friday purchases, about 30 protesters were picketing the Walmart in Vista. A group of teachers, labor union leaders, students, and one priest gathered at ...

November 30, 2014

Saturday, November 29

Some go shopping, some go fishing

November 28 dock totals Chubasco 2 Sportfishing 38 Anglers, 1 Boat, 19 Vermilion Rockfish, 13 California Sheephead, 73 Rockfish, 1 Lingcod, 7 Kelp Bass, 5 Pacific Bonito H&M Landing 137 Anglers, 3 Boats, 2 Lingcod, ...

November 29, 2014

Friday, November 28

Pool for poor panned in U-T San Diego

Developer Douglas Manchester's U-T San Diego has been all over the fate of the new fountain at the county administration center. Heavily used by inner-city families, the giant water feature has been singled out by ...

November 28, 2014
Redeemer of Souls, by Judas Priest

A wonderful friend of mine, gay, wants to know what the new Judas Priest album is all about (lyrically). I tell him that (lyrically) it’s about blood, glory, bloody glory, steel blades, fighting and dying ...

November 28, 2014
Primus rocks the Chocolate Factory

“I know we’re Primus and we suck,” said frontman Les Claypool, to cheers from the packed California Center for the Arts in Escondido. “But if you want to yell and scream, get it out of ...

November 28, 2014
Holiday blunderland

Guest editorial by Theo Dissy, President of the San Diego Grinch Lodge San Diegans have long since stopped expecting displays of competence when they visit Petco Park, so it should come as no surprise to ...

100 years of avant garde

It dawned on me that avant garde music, so to speak, is about 100 years old if we count the 1913 premiere of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring as the starting point. It also dawned on ...

November 28, 2014
A day with the Gipper: Reagan Presidential Library

Air Force One is a lot cozier than I imagined. The comfortable leather chairs, soft blue carpeting and large jars of jelly beans remind me of my aunt’s living room. From the inside it’s almost ...

A Modern take on amber ale

Remember when the most popular style of beer was amber ale, AKA red ale? Not Irish-style red or West Coast-style red... just a nondescript red ale that looked pretty much the same color as those ...

Chips truck and the chief to retire

The new year will bring the retirement of La Mesa police chief Ed Aceves as well as the 1995 Frito-Lay delivery truck purchased in 2002 and converted into a mobile command vehicle. Twelve years ago, ...

November 28, 2014

Thursday, November 27

CPUC'd: Utility Commission seeks to quell outcry over San Onofre costs

Two weeks ago, the California Public Utility Commission determined that Southern California electricity consumers will have to pay $3.3 billion for the closing and dismantling of the San Onofre nuclear power plant. The plant shut ...

The 12 Beers of Remembrance

Receiving emails from readers is something I look forward to. Every now and then I get to help people out with suggestions about breweries or beers. It’s one of the best parts of this job ...

November 27, 2014
Almost a dirty secret

Californians who come in to work on Thanksgiving and Christmas will be getting a pay bump next year if a bill assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez plans to introduce is successful. At a media gathering on the ...

November 27, 2014
Notable catches

November 26 dock totals Chubasco 2 Sportfishing 35 Anglers, 1 Boat, 4 Bocaccio, 1 Ocean Whitefish, 1 Lingcod, 3 California Sheephead, 34 Rockfish H&M Landing 39 Anglers, 3 Boats, 5 California Spiny Lobster, 3 Red ...

November 27, 2014

Wednesday, November 26

Phoenix, September 1977

Standing naked in the front yard of my girlfriend’s house, 3:00 a.m. Sunday morning, a small, delicious defiance, air smelling clean, temperature in the 70s, breeze like cashmere across my skin, each pore open to ...

November 26, 2014
One fan–funded

“We took this album to Nashville to record at the famous Blackbird Studio, owned by Martina McBride,” says singer-songwriter Rob Bondurant of his new album, Hurricane. “I wanted a sound, a vibe, a story, and ...

November 26, 2014
Our vision is to glorify God

Far Easterners with folky beliefs, or brain-washed by Communists, find counsel at Chinese Bible Church.

November 26, 2014
Horrible Bosses 2: Cheerfully dirty

Often, the minds behind superhero movie franchises decide to start things off with an origin story. And often, that origin story, however mythologically compelling, is not as dramatic or interesting as what follows. Think: Batman ...

November 26, 2014
Citrus savory showcase of balance

Yes, summer is over, but in San Diego, the season makes subtle adjustments to her wardrobe, calls herself “Indian,” and parties on…. To that end, Mister A’s Southern Dove could serve as official drink of ...

November 26, 2014
Cookie Monster rock

Call it “screamo” or call it “post hardcore,” locals Focus in Frame say they have no intention of backing away from the guttural groans that identify many modern metal bands. Detractors slag the incomprehensible singing ...

November 26, 2014
Poop deck

For virus expert Don Mosier, who also serves as a city father of beachy Del Mar, it was a smelly, if not costly circumstance. “A sewer back-up on May 25, 2014 in the City of ...

November 26, 2014
Hardcore roots

“John Waters asked for my number so we could talk about our mutual love of pre–World War II documentaries. He never called.”

November 26, 2014
Charlie Arbelaez, explosive bebop alto saxist

The liveliest of jazz jams happens on Friday nights in La Mesa. A chance move brought it here: “I lived just up the hill, off University Avenue,” says Charlie Arbelaez, 27. Recently out of the ...

November 26, 2014
Way, way before they were cool

Dear Hipster: Is this man on his way to Polite Provisions (see attached picture)? — Dryw Keltz I recognize that guy! That only looks like an old-timey illustration. In fact, it’s a heavily filtered Instagram ...

November 26, 2014
Rocking the half-pipe

Cass McCombs is a road dog. On tour, he has witnessed a mix of cultures across the U.S. and often travels solely for the sake of learning about a new regional music scene. Though he ...

November 26, 2014
Manic about organic

"Become totally manic about organic. Get your healthy on. Super foods for super humans!” Uh-oh. Back in the land of the super-healthy again. It’s incredible. Healthy is busting out all over. This cute place with ...

Young Keno: The marshal gets his man

Sylvestro Morales swore to get even with Wilson and Castillo. “I will never rest,” he shouted, “until I have squared accounts!”

Pulso del Barrio

B-Side Players founder Karlos Paez makes it clear that he’s a benevolent bandleader. He’s still friends with his former B-Side bandmates. All 52 of them. “We just had our 20th reunion at the Belly Up,” ...

November 26, 2014
Hollywood pursues Brian Regan

San Diegans love Brian Regan. It’s not often that a major comic works the same town twice in one year, but just a few months ago — Valentine’s Day, to be exact — Regan packed ...

November 26, 2014
Thanksgiving as we know it

True greed has no end. Greed grows until something makes it stop. There will be three NFL games televised on Thanksgiving. Games run from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. According to a 2010 Wall Street ...

November 26, 2014
Aw...Bill Cosby, too? Right in the childhood

Dear Hipster: You used the phrase, “right in the childhood” a little while back. What does that mean? I could probably Google it, but I want to hear your explanation. — Dave, Bonita The scandalous ...

November 26, 2014
Demos’ dough

Besides Scott Peters, just who has been getting major cash from Democratic fat cats in La Jolla’s 92037 zip code during the election cycle recently concluded? According to Political Money Line’s database, once-imprisoned former super ...

November 26, 2014
La Jolla's Pottery Canyon: Steep climb or slow stroll?

Pottery Canyon is a historical site that was named after the La Jolla Clay Products Company. This small company developed because a potter from Mexico found raw clay in the area and took up residence ...

November 26, 2014
Squeezed by tradition

Dear Hipster: Can I be hip if I can’t get “into” skinny jeans? They lack the drape of classic denim, and are so tight fitting, one might as well be wearing Spandex. — James Let’s ...

November 26, 2014
What's that you're reading?

Name: Adriana Millar Age: 19 Occupation: Student Neighborhood: College Area Interviewed at: College/Rolando Library What are you reading right now? “Mostly textbooks. So, the other stuff is not really high quality; it’s just something fun ...

November 26, 2014
Why are you crossing?

Post Title: My new project: Faces of the Line. The birth of an idea. Post Date: August 30, 2014 I’ve started a new page on Facebook. It’s called Caras de la Linea, or Faces of ...

November 26, 2014
A 41st-floor condo is running $6.75 million this week

One of the city’s toniest (and priciest) high-rise condos.

November 26, 2014
Barking SEALs on Osama bin Laden killer

One thing you know: in Coronado, at SEAL hangouts such as Danny’s Palm Bar and McP’s Irish Pub, the talk has been all Robert O’Neill. Matt Bissonnette. Team Six. The Shooter. The Point Man. Zero ...

November 26, 2014
Your two cents

Walked the Walk Thank you for writing the article concerning the City of San Diego’s attempt to have the height limits increased to 60 feet, increasing the density and decreasing the lanes of traffic on ...

November 26, 2014
The unused wetsuit

This was the best summer for surfing in San Diego… ever. There was no May Gray, June Gloom, or July Cry. It was perfect weather at the beach almost every day, and that clear weather ...

Forecast: politics, as usual

Is San Diego’s new “climate action plan” about to be transformed into an expensive political football, costing taxpayers a bundle for high-salaried patronage positions to tout the wonders of mayor Kevin Faulconer and the city ...

November 26, 2014
Orca pod sightings

November 25 dock totals Chubasco 2 Sportfishing 20 Anglers, 1 Boat, 3 Ocean Whitefish, 12 Vermilion Rockfish, 8 California Sheephead, 36 Rockfish, 1 Cabezon, 6 Bocaccio H&M Landing 45 Anglers, 3 Boats, 1 Red Rock ...

November 26, 2014

Tuesday, November 25

Ringing of the bells: St. Petersburg, Russia

Cemeteries have always fascinated me, and I have visited them all over the world. On a recent trip to Saint Petersburg, Russia, I visited the Alexander Nevsky Monastery. Founded in 1710, it contains some of ...

November 25, 2014
Flat Albert: Mother Goose parade float suffers mysterious deflation

Everybody knows Bill Cosby's lovable animated creation, Fat Albert. But what everybody doesn't know is that the corpulent cartoon was all set to appear in this year's Mother Goose parade in El Cajon. All set, ...

Dave Boyle’s Man from Reno receives Independent Spirit Awards nomination

“Nobody,” came Dave Boyle’s response when asked who he was wearing this morning when news arrived that his latest film was recognized by the Independent Spirit Awards. Man from Reno was nominated for the John ...

November 25, 2014
Spare, direct contact

By definition, staged readings are not reviewable. They have no set, little lighting, few rehearsals. They’re actors seated behind music stands reading a play, maybe a bottled water to one side, maybe a costume that ...

November 25, 2014
No, the war on drugs didn't end

The Drug Enforcement Administration is looking for a home in San Diego. On November 24 the General Services Administration released a pre-solicitation notice to building owners, making them aware of the plans. According to the ...

November 25, 2014
Transition tower

Folks on Coast Highway 101, passing by Cardiff by the Sea’s San Elijo State Beach campground, often ask what’s up with the scaffolding on the bluff with the lifeguard tower on top. The three levels ...

It would have been prudent...

At the regular November 20 Sweetwater Union High School district meeting, lame-duck trustees authorized the district to proceed with entitling 1130 Fifth Avenue in Chula Vista for 135 townhomes. The project, which is called the ...

November 25, 2014
The hoppiest comeback ever

They say it’s what's inside that counts and that’s true of any business, including Bolt Brewery (8179 Center Street, La Mesa). After all, it’s inside that soon-to-open operation’s Quonset hut brewhouse where the beer is ...

November 25, 2014
November 24 dock totals

Yesterday's fishing report: Chubasco 2 Sportfishing 15 Anglers, 1 Boat, 2 California Yellowtail, 4 Ocean Whitefish, 8 Vermilion Rockfish, 3 California Sheephead, 23 Rockfish, 6 Bocaccio H&M Landing 71 Anglers, 4 Boats, 12 California Spiny ...

November 25, 2014

Monday, November 24

Appeal to "illegal tax" every year

This month, property owners in the county’s semi-rural areas are receiving their annual $150 bill for the state’s “Fire Prevention Fee.” Since the per-parcel fee was enacted in 2011, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayer Association has ...

A question of safety...and address

UCSD pulled the trigger last week. The school went to court November 19 to obtain a writ of possession for the Ché Café, to evict the collective that has operated the café and venue for ...

November 24, 2014
Which Tamara Green we talking about?

Tamara Lucier Green is making headlines for relating her story of entertainer Bill Cosby drugging her, abusing her, and satisfying himself sexually in her presence in the 1970s. She is quoted now as Tamara Green, ...

November 24, 2014
Food Waste Fiasco

Rob Greenfield returned to his home in Ocean Beach about three weeks ago. He’d been on a five-month tour of the country, by bicycle, raising awareness of food waste in many grocery stores along the ...

November 24, 2014
Now Try This: Frozen Custard at Bruxie

SoCal waffle sandwich chain, Bruxie, has carved out its niche by stuffing lunch meats and fried chicken between slender waffles, marketing the result as, “a new take on The Sandwich.” The most popular item, fried ...

Mahler Seventh? No problem.

“It’s kind of like a road trip, you’ve gotta at least try.” I was trying to be jocular during intermission on Saturday night but the gentleman I was trying to engage with my humor stared ...

Three-ring circus

Rich Kinder doesn’t appear in Laura Prebble’s satirical, three-ring circus based on the colossal collapse of Enron. From 1990 to 1996, he was President and Chief of Operations. According to Robert Bryce, author of Pipe ...

November 24, 2014
Jazz and turkey at the U.S. Grant Hotel

Thursday 27 Celebrate Turkey Day in style and some irony with committed vegetarians Steph Johnson/ Rob Thorsen Duo at the U.S. Grant Hotel (326 Broadway) from 1:00 to 5:30 p.m. adults $87, children $35. Friday ...

November 24, 2014
Lookin' at you, kitty

A team of local entrepreneurs has struck Kickstarter gold, more than doubling the amount of cash sought to fund their invention: a digital scale attached to a litter box for cats. San Diego-based Pet Wireless ...

November 24, 2014
Beer Touring: Fall Brewing Company

With hundreds of events going on throughout the county over a ten-day span, San Diego Beer Week was a blast, but the following week was actually far more exciting from a beer news standpoint. There ...

November 24, 2014
Caught up

November 23 dock totals H&M Landing 78 Anglers, 4 Boats, 88 Yellowtail, 1 Ling cod, 58 Rockfish, 18 Whitefish, 17 Reds, 1 Sheephead Seaforth Sportfishing 48 Anglers, 3 Boats, 108 Yellowtail, 1 Whitefish, 4 Sheephead, ...

November 24, 2014

Sunday, November 23

Only looks illegal

"Last week we posted up right there at the Tapioca Express by the golf course [in Bonita], and there were a couple [of] five-o scopin' out my whip with flashlights," explains Warren Manongdo as he ...

November 23, 2014
Yellowtail in the hold

November 22 dock totals Chubasco 2 Sportfishing 12 Anglers, 1 Boat, 18 California Yellowtail, 5 Ocean Whitefish, 41 Vermilion Rockfish, 4 California Sheephead, 32 Rockfish, 4 Lingcod, 1 Cabezon, 2 Pacific Bonito, 13 Bocaccio H&M ...

November 23, 2014

Saturday, November 22

Illuminated, evolving medium

Bring Your Own Beamer is a project launched by Berlin artist Rafaël Rozendaal in 2010 that gives an open-call to visual projection artists of every inclination. In a DIY showcase of the developing frontier of ...

November 22, 2014
Former cop to go on trial again

Fifty-three-year-old Katherine Ann Heinzel, a former cop who was convicted of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, is due in San Diego Superior Court again on Monday, November 24. Heinzel is said to have been a ...

November 22, 2014
Coming distractions

Move over, Tilikum; a new captive beastie is about to take your place on the silver screen. Tilikum is the killer whale at the heart of Blackfish, the searing documentary that exposed the danger posed ...

Luck and fate in Mexico's Tepotzotlán

Hidden in Mexico City's northern outskirts is the town of Tepotzotlán. Despite how close they are to one another, Tepotzotlán is about a two-hour drive from Mexico City due to havoc traffic. When I arrived, ...

Beer Week surprise

It was the best of times. No, really, it was the best of times! This year’s edition of San Diego Beer Week was one of the finest since the 2009 advent of this annual ten-day ...

Fishing. And catching

November 21 dock totals Chubasco 2 Sportfishing 17 Anglers, 1 Boat, 26 Rockfish, 7 Pacific Bonito, 1 Cabezon, 2 Kelp Bass, 22 Bocaccio, 7 Barred Sand Bass, 1 California Sheephead, 3 Lingcod, 10 Vermilion Rockfish, ...

November 22, 2014

Friday, November 21

Mahler's problem child

Let’s talk a little more about Mahler. His Seventh Symphony is this weekend at San Diego Symphony and I was able to speak to non other than Maestro Ling about Mahler’s “problem child”. We spoke ...

Poke salad trumps my best intentions

For a quarter century, Pelly's Fish Market & Café has been serving fresh seafood out of a shopping center in Carlsbad. I've known about it for about three days. Figuring I had a lot to ...

East Coast Pizza open in Hillcrest

Cardiff-based East Coast Pizza’s Hillcrest location is up and running regular hours now, including moderately late-night service (till 2:30 a.m.) on Fridays and Saturdays. ECP closes before midnight other days, but being able to get ...

Can new conductor beat Ling's $429,960 deal?

The price of fine music could be going up even more for the San Diego Symphony with the departure of conductor Jahja Ling. The Indonesian-born Ling said on Thursday, November 20, that he will be ...

November 21, 2014
Puppies guaranteed for 10 years

An animal-rights group is suing a retail property owner for First Amendment violations, claiming the owner's management company is prohibiting the group from conducting peaceful demonstrations against a tenant, National City Puppy. The Animal Protection ...

November 21, 2014
Life in prison? "I didn't plan this."

“There was never anything pre-meditated to murder this girl — I was driving the vehicle when this happened,” said Destin Lee Withers, 38, before he was sentenced to life in prison on November 18. The ...

November 21, 2014
Run the Jewels put a beat on Porter's Pub

“This place is ratchet as f##k!" exclaimed a damp El-P to the Porter's Pub crowd, summoning cheers from the dank pit of restless angst. The recently formed duo Run the Jewels, an amalgam of former ...

November 21, 2014
Unidentified corpses pile up in Baja

Between 2013 and June of this year, Baja California medical examiners have been unable to identify more than 1100 cadavers presented to them for autopsy. Most of the unclaimed bodies have been buried in unmarked ...

November 21, 2014
Tom Stephenson’s Bucket List

I’m asking veteran local actors to name five dream roles and say why. The answers not only reveal aspirations, they may put an idea in the minds of artistic directors and producers – even choices ...

November 21, 2014
We Are Nots, by Nots

Any band that says they’re punk but then tries to sneak in a slow song — imposters. If you’re looking for authentic, brazen punk, the four women in Nots have it. There’s a bold intensity ...

November 21, 2014
Yay, more jobs for slaves

The San Diego County unemployment rate in October declined to 5.8 percent from a revised 5.9 percent in September, according to the California Employment Development Department. The county added 12,500 jobs over the month, and ...

November 21, 2014
Fish Taco TKO Competition 2014 Part 2

A day later, I'm still reeling from the number of fish tacos I attempted to eat at the San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival's Fish Taco TKO Competition. Thirteen restaurants participated, some well known, ...

Defiler of the desert

The owner of an RV storage facility located within the popular Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area east of farmland in the Imperial Valley has admitted in a San Diego courthouse to dumping "potentially millions of ...

November 21, 2014
Intergalactic Brewing’s growing universe

Even before trying a single beer, one can’t help but be charmed by the collection of sci-fi cinema paraphernalia gracing the walls of Intergalactic Brewing Company (9835 Carroll Centre Road, #108, Miramar). During a recent ...

November 21, 2014
God denies robbing Rivers' rib

MARVELING AT THE WONDERS OF GOD'S CREATION, CHARGERS STADIUM — Ever since San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates let slip to reporters that Jesus-loving quarterback Philip Rivers has been playing through the pain of ...

Hooked

November 20 dock totals Chubasco 2 Sportfishing 13 Anglers, 1 Boat, 1 California Yellowtail, 21 Vermilion Rockfish, 4 California Sheephead, 33 Rockfish, 2 Lingcod, 3 Kelp Bass, 6 Pacific Bonito H&M Landing 27 Anglers, 3 ...

November 21, 2014

Thursday, November 20

My first brush with celebrity: Flipper...sort of

“I took you to see Filpper yesterday, didn’t I?” That was Larry’s subtle way of saying there wasn’t a chance in hell we were going to spend Independence Day “meeting” Jerry Lewis in person. Chicago ...

November 20, 2014
Later, gangster

Rene Sanchez, now 23 years old, was found guilty of shooting a man to death at a Halloween party in Escondido seven years ago; the verdict was announced late yesterday, November 19. Sanchez was 16 ...

November 20, 2014
Political power reputations haunt TV trio

The federal broadcast licenses of San Diego's three most politically controversial television stations are up for renewal soon, but despite the complaints of angry partisans, it's unlikely that the wealthy owners and patrons will be ...

November 20, 2014
Balderdash and poppycock

The California Public Utilities Commission this morning (November 20) approved a deal in which ratepayers of Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) will get socked with $3.3 billion in costs resulting ...

November 20, 2014
Thrift pros and scores

San Diego is known for its great weather, beaches, and craft beer. I think we need to add another item to that list — thrift stores. From the row of resale shops in Hillcrest on ...

November 20, 2014
Oceanside gets H.O.T.

On November 18, Oceanside’s police department rolled out their new H.O.T. unit — their Homeless Outreach Team. The mission of the officers assigned to the H.O.T detail is to interact with the city's homeless and ...

November 20, 2014
Love Revisited revisits Forever Changes

Love guitarist Johnny Echols returns to San Diego to perform the classic Love album Forever Changes. Echols took time out to answer a few questions for the San Diego Reader. SDR: What do you think ...

November 20, 2014
Meanwhile, in San Ysidro's pedestrian line...

The opening of more car lanes at the end of September greatly improved the San Ysidro border-crossing experience…for those who drive. My coworker who used to cross on foot now drives to work with a ...

Fish Taco TKO Competition 2014 Part 1

It sounded like a great idea — attend the annual fish taco contest put on by the San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival. Not only do a dozen or so local restaurants hand out ...

How y'like them apples?

In July, I introduced readers to Brian Kenner, an orchard owner working to open a cider and perry company called Julian CiderWorks in the community of the same name. When reporting on this, I wondered ...

November 20, 2014
Social media has wrecked Cowles Mountain

A majority of Navajo Community Planners, Inc., on November 17 voted to recommend that the City of San Diego add 17 parallel-parking spaces near Cowles Mountain by removing the red curb on a portion of ...

November 20, 2014
Midweek fishing report

November 19 dock totals Dana Landing 6 Anglers, 1 Boat, 5 Yellowtail, 60 Yellowfin Tuna, 13 Skipjack Tuna, 19 Bluefin Tuna H&M Landing 14 Anglers, 2 Boats, 20 Sheephead, 35 Rockfish, 39 Vermilion Rockfish, 1 ...

November 20, 2014

Wednesday, November 19

San Diego’s most polluted areas

Urban drool seems to be the least of our problems.

I shall not sink into the well of poison

No more shall I wander and live amid error. I have rested all upon the Feet that banish fear, and with fear I shall not shake again. Weighted no more with the worldly passions that ...

Protect your largest organ

Dark chocolate, walnuts, and oatmeal mellow you out.

November 19, 2014
I played a skank

“I don’t listen to reggae,” says Jakob McWhinney, guitarist and singer for Space Heat, an ambient pop group based in La Mesa. “Maybe I did as a kid because it was on in the house.” ...

November 19, 2014
Ed's gone, but this Sweetwater shenanigan isn't

“I’m not leaving the Sweetwater folks $34 million in the hole,” said Marc Litchman, a controversial figure who holds the title to Sweetwater Union High School District land. While Litchman’s statement might appear friendly to ...

November 19, 2014
Pounds of beans at home

Each month a small group of coffee roasters meets up at Café Virtuoso, the organic roasting shop in Barrio Logan, to share beans and trade notes. Most are not coffee professionals, though some have been ...

November 19, 2014
Acústico sidecar

The 13 years Ken Horne played guitar in the Dragons made that dirty glam-rock band a vital part of San Diego’s home team. They released seven albums and played alongside Mastodon, X, and went on ...

November 19, 2014
Dive Bomber is seasoned and solid. And painted.

I’m always curious to view how the national press responds to San Diego bands. For example, this July, when Kris Keyes dressed as his alter-ego Nomad the Painted Man and roamed the streets around Comic-Con, ...

November 19, 2014
Danged sweet fish

No power and a dirt road mean fish doesn't get any fresher.

The most American drink on the menu

"A disaster in a glass.” So says Kanai Williams, the Salty Dog’s front man behind the bar, about this Imperial Beach joint’s premiere chockablock chug-a-lug — the Rum Runner. “And that’s probably the only reason ...

November 19, 2014
Young Keno: Manhunt

He stayed up to give them the news. When they hadn’t come by 11:00 he went to bed. They woke him around midnight. “Murray surrendered,” Griffin told maybe two dozen men. “Gone to San Diego three hours ago.”

Back to the Yukon, part 3

The boat that Waterhorse Charters owns is named the Humboldt. It is 45 feet long and designed for scuba diving. This dive to the wrecked HMCS Yukon will be the second time on the boat ...

November 19, 2014
Foxcatcher does fruitful work in the land of sport

For much of its running time, Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher was among my favorite films this year. Like Miller’s last movie, Moneyball, it does fruitful work in the field of sport, where lofty notions of excellence ...

November 19, 2014
Innovative spending

UCSD, otherwise known as a university, is looking to become a high-dollar wheeler-dealer in the world of high technology. The tax-funded school is seeking an associate vice chancellor for “innovative alliances.” The new hire will ...

November 19, 2014
World-class throwback

It doesn’t look like much, the windowless portico brooding in the glow of a Hotel Circle Travelodge. However, behind a red door next to the lobby lies a world-class throwback that shows little indication of ...

November 19, 2014
The Drink

Nobody asked me during the lengthy questioning around the whole blown-up thing. If they had, would I have been the one who cracked and spilled everything I knew? The truth as I remember it: that ...

November 19, 2014
Need a good face-melting?

Purling Hiss was spawned in an incestuous Philadelphia music scene. It was just another band in the stew. Whereas other scenes would fall apart with too many cooks, the City of Brotherly Love apparently embraces ...

November 19, 2014
Stick it to the man

Dear Hipster: I want to quit my job, but my asshole boss intimidates me. He’s mentally manipulative — his trick is making me feel like I’ve failed him — and I don’t want to end ...

November 19, 2014
MoPA welcomes Arab Film Festival for third year

It’s our town’s other SDAFF. This year’s Third Annual San Diego Arab Film Festival promises three nights featuring seven films from seven countries. The festival runs November 20–22 at the Museum of Photographic Arts in ...

November 19, 2014
Where to get your cracked iPhone screen repaired

I have joined the clumsy throng: I have cracked my iPhone screen. “I got into this by learning to fix my own phone,” said Dakota Claussen of Quick Fix Tech Repair downtown (619-702-8071; quickfixtechrepair.com). “Then ...

November 19, 2014
March of time

“I have always liked hot music. There’s something wrong with an American who doesn’t.”

November 19, 2014
Trick or teeth

Mom’s place is where I’d want to be during the zombie apocalypse. We could survive for years on all those boxes with pictures of balanced meals on the front, along with the words, “Just add water and heat.”

November 19, 2014
Combat stress

Back in March 2010, Rebecca Moores cut a deal with husband John Moores to end their marriage without revealing too much about the ex–San Diego Padres owner’s high-dollar finances and extra-curricular affairs. Before their agreement ...

November 19, 2014
It’s a six-string thing

“It’s called the San Diego Guitar Society, and it’s an idea I’ve had for a while.” Mark Langford sits in his office at Rock and Roll San Diego and tells the Reader about his latest ...

November 19, 2014
Not called "toilet-to-tap"!

The San Diego City Council on Tuesday, November 18, unanimously voted to move forward with the implementation of Pure Water San Diego, a 20-year plan that could result in a significant portion of the region's ...

November 19, 2014
Letters

An Amazing Tool Called Google Regarding your cover story about the bus driver Gamal Mohamed Hamouda running over the cyclists and committing vehicular manslaughter against rider Udo Heinz that left his wife a widow and ...

November 19, 2014
California electricity rates top nation’s — by far

California residential electricity rates are the highest in the nation — by far. A major reason is that the California Public Utilities Commission, the so-called regulator, schmoozes Wall Street, promising to keep the profits of ...

November 19, 2014
Eel grass the refuge of spotted bay bass

Launching the kayak in San Diego Bay on a Saturday afternoon doesn’t feel natural to me. By noon, the wind is up and sailboats, power-boaters, and jet skis are out. But, given the full moon ...

Escape to Palomar Mountain

Hike the Boucher Loop in Palomar Mountain State Park to a historical fire lookout and enjoy incredible views on the return.

November 19, 2014
Blow out

Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra, whose reelection fate has been hanging in the balance, celebrated a bit prematurely with fellow Democrats at a crowded bash hosted September 16 by the Barona Indian gambling tribe. With the $112.17 ...

November 19, 2014
Largest fish ever caught on Lake Cuyamaca

November 18 dock totals Seaforth Sportfishing 90 Anglers, 4 Boats, 258 Yellowfin Tuna, 18 Bluefin Tuna, 152 Yellowtail, 40 Skipjack Tuna, 288 Rockfish, 4 Lingcod, 6 Bonito, 12 Sand Bass, 10 Sheephead, 9 Calico Bass ...

November 19, 2014

Tuesday, November 18

Norway on the cheap (it's possible)

I’ll be honest. We visited 131 countries before finally summoning the courage to travel to Norway. No, we weren’t worried about crime, political instability, or unhealthy conditions. In fact, there's almost a complete absence of ...

November 18, 2014
Encinitas seeks to control invasive plants

It began with a focus on accurate seed-container labels. But in July, as Assembly Bill 2470 neared signing, it took a spin for the worse, its critics now say. The dangerous twist was the insertion ...

November 18, 2014
Unfair bidding over Carmel Valley's polo fields?

On November 14, the city was slapped with another lawsuit for violating the California Public Records Act. In the latest lawsuit, Presidio Soccer League, San Diego County's largest competitive youth soccer league (with over 15,000 ...

November 18, 2014
Ticketed air travel is broken

San Diego’s newest airline made its maiden flight into town on November 17. Arriving at Carlsbad’s Palomar-McClellan airport exactly at sundown, with Frank Sinatra’s “Come Fly with Me” playing in the background, Surfair officially began ...

November 18, 2014
Cinderella education

There are how many versions of the Cinderella story? There’s Disney (of course), Rossini, Prokofiev, the 1984-85 Villanova Wildcats, and Massenet. I’m sure I missed a few, but Massenet is the one I want to ...

Newt Gingrich honoree snared in Dumanis probe

Of all the cities in the county of San Diego, one can boast the spottiest history for tow-truck operators. That informal honor has long gone to Escondido, and a recent action by the City of ...

November 18, 2014
The Tailgate goes down in Nashville

Tailgate Beer, which moved from San Diego to Tennessee in July, opened a taproom in West Nashville three weeks ago, according to their website. In May of 2013, Tailgate owner Wesley Keegan and his partners ...

Iron Pig Alehouse open in PB

Are those….Edison bulbs I see hanging from the exposed rafters at Iron Pig Alehouse? The beer and barbecue spot opened in Pacific Beach last month, with decidedly hipster trappings throughout. The wood appears suspiciously “reclaimed,” ...

Words as weapons

“Sup now?” Peter wrote an ad for a basketball sneaker, the Sky Max. Told to target “urban” youth from 14 to 24, he assumed that meant young black men and invented the expression “sup now?” ...

Guaranteed to fool the IRS

Lloyd Irvine Taylor, a former tax attorney and certified public accountant, was sentenced yesterday (November 17) to 57 months in prison for stealing the identities of dead children, using them as aliases to get passports ...

November 18, 2014
Day 7 of a 15-day trip aboard the Red Rooster 3

H&M Landing 30 Anglers, 2 Boats, 3 Red Rock Crab, 19 California Spiny Lobster, 107 California Spiny Lobster Released Point Loma Sportfishing 20 Anglers, 1 Boat, 4 Whitefish, 115 Rockfish, 1 Bonito, 1 Sand Bass ...

November 18, 2014

Monday, November 17

Sibelius ice, empty seats

Someone tell please tell me that they don't like Ice, Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice. You might say you don't like it, but you'd be lying through your teeth. Everyone loves that song even if ...

November 17, 2014
Gods don't take sides

Sophocles’ Antigone begins with the unthinkable: two brothers kill each other in battle before the gates of Thebes. Their father, Oedipus, prayed they would die this way. Etiocles fought to continue ruling the city; older ...

November 17, 2014
This is not another weed ad in the Reader

Since La Mesa voters on November 4 rejected a proposition to authorize and regulate medical marijuana dispensaries, the City of La Mesa will notify three dispensaries that they have ten days to "stop their business ...

November 17, 2014
Baja fishing report

Cabo San Lucas has been reporting decent dorado, wahoo, sailfish, yellowfin tuna, and striped marlin action within 15-20 miles. The La Paz area produced wahoo at Roca Montana, South of Cerralvo Island — even a ...

November 17, 2014
Too much salt of the earth in O.B.

Like a bowl of bad soup, there’s too much salt in the soil at the North Ocean Beach Gateway Project — and the flaw could push into next year the long-awaited completion of the quarter-acre ...

November 17, 2014
Veggiejuana: healthy trumps hip

On the far end of the spectrum from modern grub-hubs such as Food Garden and Colective 9 lies Flor de la Vida — a classic Tijuana veggie kitchen, bakery, and health food store that stocks ...

The parking problem again

There's a shortage of parking in some San Diego communities and the city's community parking district program isn't much help addressing that shortage. In a recent audit, the city auditor's office found holes in the ...

Everyday meth snorter at age 13

Vista resident Gregory Dwight Smith, 47, was given credit for time already served and ordered into three years of formal probation in San Diego Superior Court on November 13. Smith began his criminal history when ...

November 17, 2014
Coronado Brewing's Pier-Side I.B. resto

While the craft brewing movement has saturated most segments of San Diego County, especially communities in the northern and central regions, its southernmost municipalities are mostly beer barren. The only city south of downtown San ...

November 17, 2014
Working the water

November 16 dock totals Chubasco 2 Sportfishing 25 Anglers, 1 Boat, *3 Ocean Whitefish, 12 Vermilion Rockfish, 14 California Sheephead, 5 Barred Sand Bass, 75 Rockfish, 7 Kelp Bass, 4 Pacific Bonito* H&M Landing 110 ...

November 17, 2014

Sunday, November 16

Kelp and kimura

Newbie stated that he gets seasick sometimes and took a Dramamine for the first time. On the first kelp paddy 30 miles offshore, Newbie got into the water with me. Winds and swell were light. ...

November 16, 2014
Anglers aboard

H&M Landing 69 Anglers, 4 Boats, 6 California Spiny Lobster, 297 Rockfish, 54 Lingcod, 28 Bonito, 17 Yellowtail, 17 Vermilion Rockfish, 55 Bocaccio, 7 Sheephead, 71 California Spiny Lobster Released Helgren's Oceanside Sportfishing 53 Anglers, ...

November 16, 2014

Saturday, November 15

Pay up, gringo!

Beginning on November 1, U.S. citizens planning to stay for more than seven days in Mexico must pay a $23.50 entry fee if crossing at the Otay Mesa port of entry, according to multiple accounts ...

November 15, 2014
Composer Joe Garrison opens Book of Gratitude

Monday 17 Nothing like a free noon-time concert to start the jazz week on a roll, especially when it’s the Joshua White Trio with Rob Thorsen on bass and Duncan Moore on drums, playing at ...

November 15, 2014
How CityBeaten thinks

It's been a good long time since we've told you folks about what CityBeaten's been up to. CityBeaten, you might recall, is the Reader's competition in San Diego's alternative-newsweekly market. Since it's a slow news ...

More like Sushi Factory

Sushi Deli operates three casual sushi restaurants with locations in Gaslamp, Hillcrest, and Kearny Mesa. I ventured to the last on the list, known as Sushi Deli 3, and found myself in an odd industrial ...

I.B. mayorship still in limbo

It’s officially an undecided election for mayor of Imperial Beach, but the San Diego Registrar of Voters is starting to hint that challenger Serge Dedina’s slim lead of 42 votes over current mayor Jim Janney ...

November 15, 2014
Nothin' but net

November 14 dock totals Chubasco 2 Sportfishing 18 Anglers, 1 Boat, 1 California Yellowtail, 3 California Sheephead, 21 Barred Sand Bass, 11 Rockfish, 1 Lingcod, 7 Kelp Bass, 46 Pacific Bonito H&M Landing 40 Anglers, ...

November 15, 2014

Friday, November 14

No jail time, but a $114,000 fine

The Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday suspended San Diego attorney Robert C. Weaver, Jr. for his role in a scheme to sell phony shell companies. Weaver wrote "opinion of legality" letters and filled out ...

November 14, 2014
Congressman Peters and the dark arts

Before it began, San Diego power players predicted that victory in the battle between Democratic House freshman Scott Peters and GOP ex-city councilman Carl DeMaio would ultimately come down to big money and the dark ...

November 14, 2014
Johnny Marr's Playland

Since the demise of the Smiths, Johnny Marr has worked on collaborations with feverish intensity, so it was no surprise that it took so long for his debut solo record to happen, but it is ...

November 14, 2014
Quite the grand larceny, if proven true

Last evening (November 13), attorneys Mike Aguirre and Maria Severson filed a suit in federal court saying that the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and Southern California Edison took 17.4 million ratepayers' property (money) by ...

November 14, 2014
JW-Jones has got your blues right here!

If you haven’t heard about Canadian bluesman JW-Jones, you’ve got to get out more. The Ottawa guitarist picked San Diego as the last stop on a ten-day West Coast romp and he made it perfectly ...

November 14, 2014
I'm with Bill Clinton

San Diegan Daniel Christian Stanley Powell this week was convicted in Orange County federal court of fleecing investors of $5.2 million with his "reverse life insurance" scam. The federal judge who heard the case sent ...

November 14, 2014
Horror House

Statement from San Diego State President Elliot "Moneyman" Hirsh: "We understand that some members of the University community — particularly those associated with the Kappa Delta sorority — are unhappy with our decision to go ...

Manchester golf-course deal collapses

According to the publication Golf Digest, the plan by U-T publisher Douglas Manchester and pro golfer Phil Mickelson to buy Fairbanks Ranch Country Club has collapsed. The facility, which includes tennis courts and a clubhouse, ...

November 14, 2014
Rediscovering the endangered five-dollar sandwich

I've driven by Grab & Go Subs I don't know how many times over the years, driving down Hawthorne into Little Italy, or on my way to the airport. I never once stopped prior to ...

2014 San Diego Beer Week: Day 10

Barrel-Aged Victory at Sea Day: If ever there was a high-alcohol beer that’s palatable all day long, it’s Victory at Sea, a coffee-vanilla imperial porter from Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits. So, no matter when ...

Yesterday's catch

November 13 dock totals H&M Landing 36 Anglers,3 Boats, 2 Red Rock Crab, 9 California Spiny Lobster, 4 Yellowtail, 3 Sand Bass, 21 Rockfish, 2 Bonito, 2 Barracuda, 5 Sheephead, 11 Vermilion Rockfish, 2 Lingcod, ...

November 14, 2014

Thursday, November 13

Day trip to Santa Ysabel

It’s the time of year when fellow motorcyclists back east and up north are storing their bikes for the winter. The fall rains and coming winter snows, accompanied by frigid temperatures, will leave them reading ...

Now Try This: Vegan donuts at Donut Panic

Six months after taking over the old Sunshine Donuts, Donut Panic still doesn’t have a proper sign. One was delivered, but it didn’t fit, so it had to go back to the manufacturer. Nevertheless, the ...

It's a scam!

On November 11, the Oceanside Police Department received 18 calls throughout the day seeking clarification about failing to appear and pay the fines for red-light camera infractions; 15 callers were residents of Oceanside and 3 ...

November 13, 2014
All surface

The Phantom meets Les Miz on the belfry of Notre Dame. Victor Hugo titled his 1831 novel Notre Dame de Paris. When the English translator changed it to The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hugo blew ...

November 13, 2014
The brass of the Noldor

Sometimes my tradition of not reading the program until after a concert backfires on me. I don’t read the program because I want to experience the music for itself and oftentimes the program notes get ...

November 13, 2014
A special-interest blowout reformers love to hate

It's mid-November, Halloween is over and the state legislature is on hiatus. It’s time once again for Steve Peace's traditional legislative bash in Hawaii. Every year, newspapers from across California run exposés of the extravagant ...

November 13, 2014
Creative burgering in Ramona

When you're hungry and in Ramona, you're either going to be hungry a while or eat in Ramona. The place is a long drive going every direction. I passed through last week and knew my ...

November 13, 2014
Who is Greg Saska?

In the six months since the May 14 Poinsettia Fire destroyed his two-bedroom adobe house, Greg Saska went from sleeping in his 1976 Mercedes 450 SE to living in a tent and then a 576-square-foot ...

November 13, 2014
Gun up

Thanks to a lack of action from San Diego sheriff Bill Gore, gun-control advocacy group Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence will not be allowed to push for tighter restrictions on concealed weapons permits statewide, ...

November 13, 2014
Tearing down the ivory tower

Guest Editorial by San Diego State University President Elliot Hirshman A recent article in these pages cast aspersions on the likely event that I would receive a pay raise, even as SDSU was imposing new ...

Red balloon sent up in Bay Park

Driving down the streets of Bay Park from Clairemont Drive, all the way down to Linda Vista, one might wonder about particular signage posted on properties throughout the neighborhood. In three months' time, the aesthetics ...

November 13, 2014
2014 San Diego Beer Week: Day 9

Saturday, November 15 Beer Week events Sculpin & Victory At sea Showcase: Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits’ Sculpin IPA and Victory at Sea coffee- and vanlla-infused imperial porter have such massive cult followings, that the ...

Biker-friendly holiday

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, with its two, 247-foot-long stone walls with the names of more than 50,000 Americans who died or went missing in that war, was dedicated in Washington DC this month in 1982. ...

November 13, 2014
Young Keno

Asked if the shot was fatal, Stroud replied, “It could not have been more fatal.”

Fishing is like a box of chocolates

H&M Landing 91 Anglers, 5 Boats, 95 Rockfish, 4 Lingcod, 22 Bonito, 45 Yellowtail, 33 Skipjack Tuna, 34 Bluefin Tuna, 54 Yellowfin Tuna, 13 Sheephead, 5 Sculpin, 16 Sand Bass, 3 Calico Bass, 13 Vermilion ...

November 13, 2014

Wednesday, November 12

Chinese Rocks Johnny Thunders–style

“I’m a girl impersonating a guy who dressed kind of like a girl.” And so it begins with Diana Death, a local guitarist and club deejay who also fronts what is possibly the only Johnny ...

November 12, 2014
Talking movies with Pepe Serna and Dave Boyle

For too long I’ve been giving Lee Ann Kim and the gang at the San Diego Asian Film Festival grief for not bringing enough name talent to their annual event. Every year finds me on ...

November 12, 2014
More punch to the gut

Ben Johnson holds the unique position of watching rock shows for a living and occasionally gracing the same stage. He has walked through the door at the Casbah hundreds of times to clock in for ...

November 12, 2014
Thanks to the hookah

The Red Eye Saloon in Fallbrook followed the trend of many local nightspots when it stopped hiring live bands two months ago. But right next door, a new kind of music venue has sprung up, ...

November 12, 2014
Veterans for Peace makes its (grave) mark

A group of military veterans gathered in front of the Midway museum downtown before the city's annual Veterans Day parade with a display intended to both memorialize and call attention to Southern California soldiers who've ...

November 12, 2014
Record-release roundup

Brothers Gow is releasing their fourth studio album, Reflections, on November 14 at 710 Beach Club in Pacific Beach. “We’ll be performing tunes from the record, as well as new covers and other originals,” says ...

November 12, 2014
Loreto: Adventures in Dude Town, Part 2

Post Title: Loreto: Adventures in Dude Town, Part 2 Post Date: March 1, 2006 After several days absorbing Loreto, we became attuned to its slower place, casual atmosphere, and especially its friendly people. Everyone on ...

November 12, 2014
Shame cycle

Dear Hipster: The weather cooled over the weekend, and I saw an otherwise fashionable person wearing socks and sandals the other day. Since when did that become cool? — Daryl, La Jolla Fashionable people are ...

November 12, 2014
The family Falic

Another easy winner in last week’s elections, Democratic congressman Juan Vargas, got some last-minute money from three Florida “homemakers.” Debbie, Gila, and Jana Falic each chipped in $2600 on October 30, as did Jerome Falic, ...

November 12, 2014
SeaWorld stock takes another plunge

Stock value of SeaWorld Entertainment closed today (November 12) at $16.85, down 9.41 percent. The company reported lower attendance for the second straight quarter. It had 8.4 million visitors in the third quarter of this ...

November 12, 2014
Press the button

Bassist Peter “Hooky” Hook, best known for his work with Joy Division and New Order, split from his former bandmates in a rip heard ’round the world back in 2007. He’s currently touring with his ...

November 12, 2014
Back to the Yukon, part 2

Greg Hatem, owner of Waterhorse Charters, was firm with me when I tried to sign up for one of his charter dives to the HMCS Yukon aboard his dive boat. He said before he would ...

November 12, 2014
You are my density

Based on what little I know of Stephen Hawking’s private and personal life, the man has never given the impression of one prone to wresting pity from gawkers. Then why rely on The Theory of ...

November 12, 2014
Excess sincerity

Dear Hipster: Do hipsters like football? Not soccer. Football. — Andy There are some hipsters who enjoy a bit of armchair quarterbacking, but they tend to refer to it as “American football” in order to ...

November 12, 2014
Kitchen Creek clamber

Even in a dry year, Kitchen Creek can look like a green oasis.

In defense of brunch

Dear Hipster: So, I’m starting to hear of the so-called “anti-brunch movement,” a backlash against brunch, and I have to wonder, what the heck am I supposed to do on Sunday morning if brunch becomes ...

November 12, 2014
Your move, sexy Grandmaster

The World Series is over, the NFL season is only now coming to speed, the NBA and NHL seasons have just begun. We are becalmed in a brief sports sweet spot where one has time ...

November 12, 2014
Yakety kayak

It’s time again for the city to hand out contracts for kayak tour operations at tony La Jolla Shores, and lobbyists aren’t far behind. First on the water is Bartell & Associates, where staffer Adrian ...

November 12, 2014
LGBT group gives San Diego 100% score

The Human Rights Campaign, the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights organization, today (November 12), released its third annual report assessing equality in various metro areas. The ratings are based on non-discrimination laws, ...

November 12, 2014
Six sprawling acres in Rancho Santa Fe

Current Owners: Richard & Christine Nicholas Bedrooms: 8 Baths: 14 Price: $17,900,000 Casa de las Palmas, a sprawling, six-acre estate at 16270 Via de la Valle is located “within the most exclusive Covenant area of ...

November 12, 2014
Chad “Guitar Dork” Meatbody

After honing his chops as a touring guitarist and bassist for the likes of Mikal Cronin and FUZZ, Chad Ubovich decided to throw together some songs of his own. The first unit out of the ...

November 12, 2014
A Page from the Apocrypha

So God throws Adam and Eve out of paradise but they don’t slink away wailing and ashamed like the characters in Italian frescoes. Instead, Adam turns and says, “Ah, You big lug. I’ve been eighty-sixed ...

November 12, 2014
Some will lose Sunroad’s parking game in Kearny Mesa

Residents of Kearny Mesa refer to it as “musical cars,” the nightly race against hundreds of neighbors for a parking spot. If unsuccessful, the loser must decide between parking as far as five blocks away ...

November 12, 2014
Letters

Irked to No End Recently, there has been commentary regarding the decreased wait time at the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry (Neighborhood News: “Shorter Waits at the Border”). I applaud the renovation, but the ...

November 12, 2014
Sempra’s Brown-in

San Diego–based Sempra Energy, on whose board sits Kathleen Brown, sister of newly reelected governor Jerry Brown and Brown ex-aide Lynn Schenk, has been taking good care of another high-ranking Brown official, according to a ...

November 12, 2014
Many people don’t understand the truth about God

Membership: 1100 Pastor: Luis Mendez Age: 55 Born: Tijuana, Mexico Formation: San Diego State University; San Diego Church of Christ Missionary Years Ordained: 15 San Diego Reader: What is your favorite subject on which to ...

November 12, 2014
Fine local kelp fishing

Chubasco 2 Sportfishing 36 Anglers, 1 Boat, 2 California Yellowtail, 11 Vermilion Rockfish, 14 California Sheephead, 7 California Scorpionfish, 21 Barred Sand Bass, 45 Rockfish, 6 Kelp Bass, 10 Pacific Bonito H&M Landing 111 Anglers, ...

November 12, 2014

Tuesday, November 11

Hunter's helper on jungle junket

A top aide to Republican congressman Duncan D. Hunter, already a veteran of one far-off jungle excursion, thanks to the largesse of a SeaWorld-backed, Washington DC-based nonprofit, has done it again. Victoria Middleton, longtime chief ...

November 11, 2014
No medical miracle in Valley Center

On November 5, Robert Oldham Young of Valley Center was ordered to face six felony charges, including practicing medicine without a license and grand theft by fraud at the end of a three-week preliminary hearing. ...

November 11, 2014
Still no light at the end of the tunnel

The plan for reconstructing the now-defunct binational railroad has been submitted and approved, revealed San Diego County transit authority officials during their September 18 board meeting. What officials didn't say, at least not until their ...

Across the U.S.A. in 80 days, on foot

My college roommate from Minnesota recently paid me a visit in San Diego/Tijuana. It was his first time in California, so it was my responsibility to show off the amazing beer we have. My friend ...

November 11, 2014
Eternally peaceful

Normally the deck hands of the Sea Star charter fishing boat are hard at work off the kelp beds of coastal North County, helping their passengers get hooked up on yellowfin, sea bass, bonito, and ...

November 11, 2014
Finding the roots of American music in North Louisiana

As a former musician myself, I shake my head sadly at musicians who think they’re getting the folk zeitgeist of a given genre just by listening to records. You learn folk music by listening to ...

While the Cat's away, where will the Brits play?

Hollywood’s British pub the Cat and Fiddle will be ringing orders for the last time at its present location on Sunset Boulevard on December 15. The building’s owners have negotiated a new tenancy agreement with ...

November 11, 2014
Pulling off that Monday Morning look

SDSU on a Monday morning is a sea of fashion mediocrity. The campus is sprinkled with students wearing sneakers, joggers, yoga pants, tees and top knots. I get it; I do. No one likes Mondays, ...

November 11, 2014
2014 San Diego Beer Week: Day 8

Friday, November 14 Beer Week Events Ballast Point Tap Takeover: Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits has been on a growth tear over the past few years, but even when they were smaller and mostly known ...

Dollars and nonsense in Chula Vista

Chula Vista is changing the general plan (again) to increase housing density (again) in eastern Chula Vista. On November 4, the city council passed a resolution amending the general plan to increase the density for ...

November 11, 2014
Red rover, red rover, send Timmy back over

After eight years hosting FM 94/9’s Sunday night show The Local Pyle, which featured San Diego bands, Tim Pyles dropped a bomb on his bosses yesterday when he told them that he was leaving 94/9 ...

November 11, 2014
You can fry it, grill it, bake it or eat it raw!

November 10 dock totals H&M Landing 66 Anglers, 3 Boats, 6 Red Rock Crab, 10 California Spiny Lobster, 15 Yellowtail, 23 Rockfish, 2 Calico Bass, 7 Bonito, 3 Sheephead, 3 Sand Bass, 57 California Spiny ...

November 11, 2014

Monday, November 10

This land is my land

Commercial real estate developer and mortgage broker Bradley Holcom today (November 10) was sentenced to ten years and one month in prison for orchestrating a $50 million securities fraud scheme that preyed on 150 persons, ...

November 10, 2014
Attention: pederasts, terrorists, and murderers

Since January 1, 159 fugitives have been caught in Baja by a specially trained unit of the Policía Estatal Preventiva, breaking the previous record of 112 set in 2012, the Tijuana daily El Mexicano reported ...

November 10, 2014
O baby, what art thou?

Californians duped by a company promising to predict the gender of a fetus based upon a urine sample from the mother are out of luck when it comes to receiving restitution, a federal appeals court ...

November 10, 2014
Partial Monty

Somehow D.J. Sullivan wrangled Tim Firth’s script for Calendar Girls from Samuel French — dispensers (and often hoarders) of the rights — and has staged the local premiere. For a “small” theater to land the ...

Get down on the trolley

Renovation work began at the Palm Avenue and Iris Avenue trolley stations last month as part of the Metropolitan Transit System’s Trolley Renewal Project. According to the MTS website, the $660 million project — a ...

Green Flash acquires Alpine Beer Co.

Two of San Diego’s hoppiest brewing operations are, essentially, becoming one. Today, Green Flash Brewing Company (6550 Mira Mesa Boulevard, Mira Mesa) announced that it has acquired Alpine Beer Co. (2351 Alpine Boulevard, Alpine). Described ...

November 10, 2014
El Cajon immigrant shelter draws Iowan's ire

How is life for so-called unaccompanied alien children at a federally sponsored youth shelter in El Cajon? Perhaps too sweet, in the opinion of Iowa Republican senator Charles Grassley, as expressed by him in an ...

November 10, 2014
Tenacious G

San Diego's top attorney continues his mission to discredit the authenticity of advocacy group San Diegans for Open Government. Last week, the city attorney's office issued a handful of subpoenas to several group members, ostensibly ...

November 10, 2014
2014 San Diego Beer Week: Day 7

Events for Thursday, November 13 Dark Side vs. Wild Side: The folks at Hamilton’s Tavern are pitting the deep, dark, heavy, highly-alcoholic brews of Avery Brewing Company against that same interest’s light, tart, funky, highly-alcoholic ...

Sorry, soldier

Old-timers (including yours truly) can remember when San Diego was chock-full of retired military persons who learned how glorious the weather was when serving at one of the local bases. It's not so true now. ...

November 10, 2014
Tuna still on the banks

November 9 dock totals Chubasco 2 Sportfishing 28 Anglers, 1 Boat, 1 Ocean Whitefish, 16 Vermilion Rockfish, 5 California Sheephead, 7 California Scorpionfish, 27 Rockfish, 2 Kelp Bass, 2 Pacific Bonito, 11 Bocaccio Fisherman's Landing ...

November 10, 2014

Sunday, November 9

Marine says ranger roughed him up

According to the Fresno Bee, Dominic Esquibel, a disabled San Diego Marine who received the Navy Cross for heroism in Iraq, is suing the federal government, alleging he was roughed up by a ranger at ...

November 9, 2014
Water-quality control taught young

More than 100 elementary school students from Oceanside and Tijuana gathered Friday morning, November 7, at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps for the 12th annual World Water Monitoring Day. "It's a global initiative to teach ...

November 9, 2014
First Look: S&M Sausage and Meat

Carnivores don't exactly have a tough time finding good places to eat in this town. Still, you name a place Sausage & Meat, and you'd better be prepared to nourish those craving the flesh of ...

And they're off (again)

From a weather standpoint, the November 7 opener of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Cub’s “Bing Crosby Season" was better than its regular late-July opener. But even with temperatures in the 80s, missing were the throngs ...

November 9, 2014
Now Try This: Aguas frescas at Tortas and Beer

Yes, Tortas and Beer has killer sandwiches ($5-$7). Pitching superlatives isn’t my style (though fellow local critic Michael Gardiner thinks the house special Cubana sandwich is a contender for best sandwich on the planet, loaded ...

Life plus 25 years for 20-year-old

A 20-year-old Fallbrook gangster was sentenced to life in prison, plus 25 years, in San Diego Superior Court on November 7. Judge Blaine Bowman spoke to Sergio Huerta Ramirez, telling him to notice that none ...

November 9, 2014
Airto Moreira returns!

Monday 10 Start the week off right with a free noon-time concert by the Joshua White Trio featuring Rob Thorsen on bass and Duncan Moore on drums at the Lyceum Theatre downtown, (79 Horton Plaza) ...

November 9, 2014
2014 San Diego Beer Week: Day 6

Tuesday, November 12 Beer Week events Battle of the Double IPAs: Urge Gastropub will pair two flights of five uber-hoppy India pale ales each and serve them together so guests can cast their votes for ...

November 9, 2014
Pala Band gambling goes to Joisey

New Jersey's Gaming Enforcement Division this week authorized North County's Pala Interactive to offer online gambling in that state, according to gamblingtoday.com and pokernewsdaily.com. The Pala Band of Mission Indians will be the first Indian ...

November 9, 2014
Like a rock(fish)

November 8 dock totals Chubasco 2 Sportfishing 12 Anglers, 1 Boat, 3 California Yellowtail, 19 Vermilion Rockfish, 1 California Scorpionfish, 33 Rockfish, 1 Lingcod, 1 California Halibut, 36 Bocaccio Fisherman's Landing 45 Anglers, 2 Boats, ...

November 9, 2014

Saturday, November 8

Sunny seating, drab dinners at La Jolla bistro

The people who built the Shorehouse Kitchen did a fine job consolidating a handful of separate spaces into one, unified whole. Sitting probably a quarter of a mile from La Jolla shores, the dining room ...

Congressman Issa gets his leg pulled

North County congressman Darrell Issa, who swept back into office Tuesday. November 4, is embarrassed about his planned celebration for a week later, Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11. According to Americablog and thedailybanter.com, somebody on ...

November 8, 2014
Disease-ter update

"San Diego has been hit with a rash of disease news of late, and disease news is a terrible vector for panic," says UCSD Professor of Masses Management Elaine Panacea. "It spreads rapidly, often mutating ...

2014 San Diego Beer Week: Day 5

Tuesday, November 11 The Full Table: Company’s like taking their most popular beers and using flavorful ingredients to create myriad tasty versions. Usually, these are stouts or porters, but Benchmark Brewing Company is leading with ...

Rubberlips caught in San Diego

November 7 dock totals Fisherman's Landing 50 Anglers, 2 Boats, 2 Yellowtail, 64 Rockfish, 12 Calico Bass, 67 Bonito, 1 Sand Bass, 3 Sheephead, 20 Calico Bass Released H&M Landing 25 Anglers, 3 Boats, 15 ...

November 8, 2014

Friday, November 7

Back to the Yukon

The diving wreck HMCS Yukon is located about two miles off the coast of Mission Beach and about 107 feet down (depending on the tide). The Yukon sank 1.8 miles off Mission Beach on July ...

November 7, 2014
Oceanside anglers use a lot of line

Members of the Oceanside Senior Anglers fishing club, as part of their conservation platform, have joined a nationwide monofilament fishing-line-recycling program. Since last April the local club has recycled over 20 miles of used fishing ...

November 7, 2014
I voted, then left town to drink beer

Finding myself in Alpine at 5pm on election day turned out to be the right move — it was Taco Tuesday at the Alpine Beer Company pub. I nabbed the last open bar stool — ...

Fat pay boost for SDSU's Elliot Hirshman

To hear California university administrators tell it, times are tough all over. Pleading incipient poverty, the University of California is seeking to raise tuition 5 percent a year for five years, and some California state ...

November 7, 2014
Skies clear as Switchfoot lights up Open Air

With a only a few stops left on their tour in support of this year’s Fading West record, alternative-rock band Switchfoot was embraced by their hometown crowd at SDSU’s Cal Coast Open Air Theatre. Not ...

November 7, 2014
If they build it, you can retire early

Construction is under way at the former site of Barnard Elementary School in Point Loma, which was demolished to make way for a 9.5-acre, gated apartment complex. The San Diego Unified School District voted to ...

November 7, 2014
Ariana Grande's My Everything

Pop singer Ariana Grande used her theater-kid talent to prove herself competent in her debut Yours Truly. Though her vocal chops were well represented, the singer played it too safe to impress. A year later, ...

November 7, 2014
Great spot for another bare-beamed brewhouse?

A longtime popular discount fashion, toiletries, toys, and gifts store at 3002 University Avenue is now in liquidation. Discount International Fashions is selling all its merchandise and must vacate the premises by the end of ...

November 7, 2014
Mom breaks up knife attack on son

The Starbucks at 845 College Boulevard was the site of an attempted stabbing on November 5. Oceanside police reported that around 8:20 p.m., Sandy Rivas looked outside the store’s window to see her 16-year-old son ...

November 7, 2014
2014 San Diego Beer Week: Day 4

Beer events on Monday, November 10: Bagby Beer & Stone Brewmasters Lunch: If there are all-stars in the brewing community, Jeff Bagby and Steve Wagner qualify. The latter is inviting the former to his digs ...

November 7, 2014
Any Pebble Pups in the house?

About 60 alumni from San Dieguito High School gathered on November 6 to celebrate the fourth annual “founders” reception — graduates from the Encinitas school’s first classes of 1937 to 1942. The class of 1944 ...

November 7, 2014
From poor man's food to rich man's delicacy

November 6 dock totals Fisherman's Landing 54 Anglers, 2 Boats, 4 Sheephead, 108 Rockfish, 28 Calico Bass, 81 Bonito, 2 Sculpin, 4 Sand Bass, 200 Calico Bass Released H&M Landing 46 Anglers, 4 Boats, 1 ...

November 7, 2014

Thursday, November 6

Groucho goes La Jolla

While continuing my never-ending search for all things Marx, I stumbled across this photo of Grouch and Greg Peck that appeared in the October 1950 edition of Screen. According to the La Jolla Playhouse website’s ...

November 6, 2014
El Pescador crosses the street, goes big

Thirty years after opening as a small fish counter, La Jolla mainstay El Pescador Fish Market finally moved into a bigger space back in September. It didn't go very far — directly across the street ...

Halloween 2014: San Diego places second in nationwide city costume contest

In a surprise upset, the City of San Diego took second place in this year's City Costume Contest, an annual nationwide affair judged by the editors of Forbes Magazine. San Diego's costume, "Major City," narrowly ...

Jefferson like Dracula

Thomas Jefferson School of Law, whose students have dismal bar-exam and job-placement records, recently restructured the debt on its fancy, eight-story building downtown that it occupied in 2011. Yesterday (November 5), the New York Times's ...

November 6, 2014
Wrenchers’ delight

For those times when your spouse complains about your project car just sitting there taking up space or a much-needed auto repair is too costly, an ideal spot in North County has emerged to serve ...

November 6, 2014
Maybe crazy, but not insane

After Bryan Chang admitted killing his mother, four years later, the question became: was he crazy when he killed her? This morning, November 6, after a three-week trial, a jury declared that Chang was sane ...

November 6, 2014
Massive brain crowbar

No-wave garage-rock quartet Octagrape are embarking on an eight-stop West Coast tour with Portland-via-SD experimental band Trumans Water and Florida like-mindeds Permanent Makeup. The trio of acts will be travelling on a 17-track compilation cassette, ...

November 6, 2014
National hotel lobby funded wage referendum

National minimum-wage opponents furnished much of the money for this summer's San Diego referendum campaign, effectively killing the local wage-boost law adopted by the Democratic majority of the city council, at least until the measure ...

November 6, 2014
Lost GoPro underwater for a year

John LaGrange was diving off of Solana Beach on October 30, looking for a fish to spear for dinner. Out past the surf, in about twelve feet of clear water, he noticed something lodged on ...

November 6, 2014
Expensive race card

Former executive assistant city attorney Andrew Jones likened his run-in with former mayor Bob Filner during a city-council closed-session hearing last year to that of Rosa Parks being ordered to the back of the bus ...

November 6, 2014
Antonio TJ Johnson’s Acting Bucket List

Craig Noel Award-winner shares the roles he longs to play. “After 35 years of stage acting, I thought a ‘bucket list’ might be difficult to come up with. It has been a long journey and ...

November 6, 2014
Serge needs a surge, Jim needs to keep jamming

The undecided congressional race between Carl DeMaio and Rep. Scott Peters, isn't the only contested race in the San Diego area: who the future mayor of Imperial Beach will be is still unknown. As of ...

2014 San Diego Beer Week: Day 3

Sunday, November 9 Beer Week Events Barrel-Aged Beer Release: Though the name of Coronado Brewing Company’s pumpkin beer, Punk’n Drublic, is pretty silly, the brewers were serious enough about it to stash some away in ...

Election results minute

With county Registrars of Voters around the state reporting the lowest voter turnout in decades, San Diego County's ballots were jam-packed with five congressional districts, three state senate, and seven state Assembly seats up for ...

November 6, 2014
Ebola is a less contagious than Mahler

We’ve heard the phrase, “Go big or go home.” If we look at the La Jolla Symphony’s upcoming season, those folks are never going home. The season contains Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, and ...

November 6, 2014
Election rewards for-profit schools (except Bridgepoint)

Prior to Tuesday's election, some Wall Street analysts named industries that would gain from a Republican victory. For-profit universities were among them. Yesterday (November 5), stocks of some for-profits rose stoutly: Strayer, up 3.33 percent; ...

November 6, 2014
Huế down yonder in Vietnam

Stretching before me is an archaeological site straight out of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. But this is no studio set; Y Khiêm Viện and Trì Khiêm Viện are the real McCoy. The ...

November 6, 2014
Scratching the bottom for table fare

November 5 dock totals Fisherman's Landing 28 Anglers, 2 Boats, 2 Yellowtail, 2 Sheephead, 1 Sculpin, 30 Rockfish, 16 Calico Bass, 55 Bonito, 2 Sand Bass, 30 Calico Bass Released H&M Landing 8 Anglers, 1 ...

November 6, 2014

Wednesday, November 5

Obituary address for Daniel Webster

And beyond all this [Daniel Webster] died in the faith of the Christian — humble, but hopeful — adding another to the long list of eminent men who have searched the Gospel of Jesus Christ, ...

Qualcomm in the House

Qualcomm, the cell-phone-chip-making giant founded by Barack Obama-backing La Jolla billionaire Irwin Jacobs, continued to send its campaign dollars to Republican candidates during this year’s mid-term elections. Recent recipients include Texas senator John Cornyn with ...

November 5, 2014
Solar-powered pilgrims dancing in the sunlight

“I’m a fan of subtle home decorating for the holidays,” offered pal Nancy. “Just not into plastic pilgrims and strobe-lit pumpkins. Thanksgiving in our home is pumpkins hollowed out and filled with succulents, tall clear ...

November 5, 2014
On Faith

How do people stay true to each other? When I think of my parents all those years in the unmade bed of their marriage, not ever longing for anything else — or: no, they must ...

November 5, 2014
Something for the kids

“I like Christian rap. I love hip-hop,” says Quincy Brown, 14. “Tupac is my idol. I love Tupac. The way he sings about the women in his songs? Like, he’s not a gangbanger, he’s a ...

November 5, 2014
I did my very best for this city

La Mesa voters picked change Tuesday — at least the 10,200 who voted did — electing a new mayor to replace six-term incumbent Art Madrid. By a vote of 6017 to 4200, on November 4, ...

November 5, 2014
White-knuckle descent

Yahoo.com lists seven of the nation's "most terrifying" airports. San Diego International (aka Lindbergh Field) is on the list. "Prepare to kiss the ground upon landing," says Yahoo, noting it's "considered one of the scariest" ...

November 5, 2014
36 Crazyfists brings metal you can almost sing along to

When you read about the history of this Alaskan metal band, you have to wonder whether they borrowed their name from Jackie Chan and the 36 Crazy Fists due to the underdog-comes-from-behind plot of the ...

November 5, 2014
Interview with Awake: The Life of Yogananda co-directors Paola DiFlorio and Lisa Leeman

Awake: The Life of Yogananda tells the story of the Indian Swami who introduced mainstream America to yoga and meditation in the 1920s. Paramahansa Yogananda is probably best known as the author of The Autobiography ...

November 5, 2014
Wouldn't it be funny?

Dear Hipster: Why are hipsters such frauds that they can’t do anything they want without first saying, “Wouldn’t it be funny if. . .” (Everything you do isn’t funny. But YOU are.) — John Doe, ...

November 5, 2014
Shakedown shutdown

Singer/guitarist Travis Wheeler recalls the first time his punk/metal band Stealth Jackson tried to play the Shakedown. “The show was canceled because there was no electricity. It was, ‘Sorry, no show tonight.’ But it was ...

November 5, 2014
Steamed-milk throwdown

On October 23, 48 baristas gathered at the newly opened Bird Rock Little Italy to compete for bragging rights and an $840 cash prize in the latest installment of a monthly latte-art competition organized by ...

November 5, 2014
Loreto: Adventures in Dude Town, Part 1

Post Title: Loreto: Adventures in Dude Town, Part 1 Post Date: March 1, 2006 Loreto lies on the Sea of Cortez side of Baja, approximately 750 miles south of the border, and is one of ...

November 5, 2014
Channel your inner Jackson Pollock

“Paula and I love what we do, so it’s been very easy for us to spend much of our time at the studio without feeling overwhelmed or consumed by the business,” says guitarist Marc Intravaia, ...

November 5, 2014
You asked

Dear Hipster, There IS a word for being into something before it was cool. It’s precoolcious. I know because I am. — Cherry, La Mesa The word Stephen in Hillcrest is looking for to describe ...

November 5, 2014
SDAFF 2014: A few pics

The Pacific Arts Movements’ 15th Annual San Diego Film Festival kicks into full gear this week with ten days (November 6–15) of seemingly nonstop movies. Artistic director Brian Hu and his team have once again ...

Henry in transition

“Word scenery” rules the day in New Fortune’s Henry V.

November 5, 2014
Toilet to lobbyists

Formerly known as toilet-to-tap, the ongoing initiative by GOP mayor Kevin Faulconer to turn the city’s sewage water into a drinkable liquid has become a major moneymaker for local lobbyists. “An initial 15-million gallon per ...

November 5, 2014
Borrego Palm Canyon

Hike to the palm grove that was the inspiration to create California’s first desert park.

iPads are great for porn and video games

Some Sweetwater librarians, teachers, and parents continue to question whether the district’s iPad initiative is a boon or a costly boondoggle. Similar to Los Angeles Unified School District, which recently canceled a contract to buy ...

November 5, 2014
Radio free Roatán

If life hands you lemons...go buy a radio station in paradise. Keith Miller discovered a few months ago that the shrinking local radio industry that had employed him for 25 years had shrunk him out ...

Letters to the editor

Great Times at Bali Hai I loved your story on the history of Bali Hai (“Tiki Said to Hell with It. Let’s Party,” October 23 cover story). I remember seeing Arthur Lyman there around 1960. ...

November 5, 2014
PUC commissioners get freebies

Courts have generally let the California Public Utilities Commission do what it wants. With the regulators in scandal, courts may wake up.

November 5, 2014
Inevitable: death and board fees

Local charities hoping for a fat payout from the newly enriched David C. Copley Foundation may be a bit disappointed by the non-profit’s recent report for 2013. After the November 2012 death of the onetime ...

November 5, 2014
I ain't 'fraid of no ghost

Just because Halloween’s over certainly doesn’t mean horror films are just put away and never to be seen again. That’s why my first pick is Nightbreed (USA, 1990).Scream Factory has just released a Blu-ray of ...

November 5, 2014
Two-inch penalty for each fish kept

On Saturday, November 8, a “green-fishing” No Motor Tournament will draw Southern California’s surf-fishing enthusiasts, float-tubers, paddleboarders, and kayak anglers into the waters off Carpinteria State Beach. The goal is the most total inches of ...

Alternate universes

Life on our planet is beautiful, and Planet Earth captures it in all its glory. Stunning cinematography keeps me daydreaming about the lengths these videographers had to go to for shots. A forest blooms and ...

November 5, 2014
The cartoon! NOT the James Cameron film

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the movie! It’s a really great movie adaptation of the famous Douglas Adams book. It does a great job of keeping true to the type of humor you find in ...

November 5, 2014
Nov. 4 fishing report

November 4 dock totals Fisherman's Landing 28 Anglers, 2 Boats, 76 Rockfish, 15 Bonito, 1 Calico Bass, 3 Sheephead, 2 Sculpin, 25 Calico Bass Released Point Loma Sportfishing 11 Anglers, 1 Boat, 1 Yellowtail, 11 ...

November 5, 2014

Tuesday, November 4

SDSU students and parolees with intentions

The San Diego State University Police Department's efforts to keep trespassers out of Adobe Falls has resulted in "many fewer calls for service," corporal Mark Peterson told the Del Cerro Council on October 23. However, ...

November 4, 2014
Juices get running at Al Azayem

Sunday night. East Main. El Cajon. Warm, balmy, a relief from another El Cajon day. Families, older men (Chaldean, mostly) sit around in clumps on the boulevard’s benches and in Prescott Promenade Park, talking, playing ...

U-T publisher and wife slip late cash to DeMaio

Whenever there is late campaign-money intrigue to be had, it seems that U-T publisher and mega-millionaire real estate developer Douglas Manchester and his young Russian second wife Geniya will show up for the party. Such ...

November 4, 2014
Apartment owners pushed to butt out

San Diego County officials have stepped behind a push by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to encourage apartment-building owners to ban smoking anywhere on their properties. Last month, HUD released ”Change ...

November 4, 2014
A boy and a bureaucracy

The question over which government agency should pay for the now 13-year-old boy who stabbed and killed 12-year-old El Cajon resident Ryan Carter in 2010 remains unanswered. Ever since a judge found the boy incompetent ...

November 4, 2014
Out-of-season tomato pasta lethargy

The restaurant staff sat around the bar area, bored, like they hadn't seen a customer in quite awhile. They looked up at me with blinking eyes when I walked in, as though I weren't a ...

Can't you smell that smell?

This morning, November 4, a little after 7:00, firefighters, San Diego police, and SDG&E crews responded to a gas leak on the southwest corner of Abbott Street and Satatoga Avenue. Between 30 and 50 workers ...

November 4, 2014
Sister Angela

Suor Angelica is not among Puccini’s most popular operas. On Sunday night, about 400 or so of us were wondering why, because it was fantastic. The performance was at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in ...

November 4, 2014
2014 San Diego Beer Week: Day 2

Saturday, November 8 Beer Week Events Bikes, Brews & Brats: Meet up with the crew from Green Flash Brewing Company at Cal Coast Cycles, don a commemorative bike jersey then embark on a scenic off-road ...

The friend at the gate is gone

For two years, Border Patrol agent Kris Stricklin has spent his weekends opening the gate at Friendship Park — located at the southwestern corner of the United States — so people could go up to ...

The Battle of Agincourt

The New Fortune Theatre Company has opened its doors with an outstanding production of Shakespeare’s Henry V. The play describes one of England’s most illustrious victories: the Battle of Agincourt against the French army, October ...

November 4, 2014
257-pound yellowfin caught on 14-day trip

November 3 dock totals *Fisherman's Landing 38 Anglers, 2 Boats, 51 Bonito, 15 Calico Bass, 5 Sculpin, 58 Rockfish, 1 Sheephead, 40 Pacific Mackerel, 60 Calico Bass Released H&M Landing 52 Anglers, 3 Boats, 2 ...

November 4, 2014

Monday, November 3

Such a lovely place (such potential for waste)

In April of this year, newly elected San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer, councilman Todd Gloria, county supervisor Greg Cox, and a host of other California and Tijuana politicos and representatives of special interests — including ...

November 3, 2014
Thumb Drive

“It’s a good thing it happened to that thumb. I mean, if you’d cut your right thumb? Buttoning your pants, holding things, writing? That would be the worst — you use your right thumb for a million things.”

November 3, 2014
No friend to Diablo Canyon

Environmentalist collective Friends of the Earth, one of several groups that played a significant role in pushing for the permanent shutdown of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, is asking a federal judge to order ...

November 3, 2014
2014 San Diego Beer Week: Day 1

While most publications point to the San Diego Brewers Guild site for a “complete” list of San Diego Beer Week events, doing so means missing out on quite a bit of action around town. Rather ...

(Love)Crafting a moist tomorrow

On November 1, Kevin Faulconer, mayor of the city formerly known as San Diego, approved the City Council's proposed mandatory water restrictions. Among these are such expected requirements as limiting lawn irrigation and watering fruit ...

Where sushi comes from

Chubasco 2 Sportfishing 26 Anglers, 1 Boat, 9 Ocean Whitefish, 48 Vermilion Rockfish, 2 California Sheephead, 2 California Scorpionfish, 46 Rockfish, 6 Bocaccio Fisherman's Landing 84 Anglers, 3 Boats, 38 Bonito, 96 Rockfish, 7 Sheephead, ...

November 3, 2014

Sunday, November 2

Poor boy

The state's Fourth District Court of Appeal on Friday (October 31) reversed a Superior Court decision letting La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club off the hook for serious head and brain injuries suffered by a ...

November 2, 2014
The magic of Salem, MA

My first recollection with mystical powers was when I was 10 and my sister was attempting to cast a spell on our unsuspecting cat. The candles, chanting, and “brew” she was mixing had me intrigued. ...

November 2, 2014
Dia de los pescados muertos

Fisherman's Landing 9 Anglers,1 Boat 1 Sheephead, 1 Sculpin, 6 Sand Bass, 12 Rockfish, 21 Calico Bass, 16 Calico Bass Released H&M Landing 18 Anglers, 2 Boats, 5 Red Rock Crab, 22 California Spiny Lobster, ...

November 2, 2014

Saturday, November 1

Sweepstakes loser to be on "vacation" for months

San Diegan Glen Adkins Jr. (aka Benjamin Walker and Robert Hayward) was sentenced October 30 to 300 months in prison for his role in a boiler-room sweepstakes scam. The case was tried in federal court ...

November 1, 2014
Experience Mingus with Robin Adler

Monday 3 Get the week started with some Latin jazz by the Zinchiladas featuring Alex Lopez, Barry Jaquess, Melanie Jaquess, John Cunningham, and Patrick Armenta at the Turquoise (873 Turquoise Street) from 7:00 to 9:30 ...

November 1, 2014
Shorter waits at San Ysidro Port of Entry

With the reopening of seven northbound inspection lanes in September, commuters entering the U.S through the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry have experienced dramatically shorter wait times. According to a U.S. General Services Administration ...

Not-half-bad dinner is also not half good

North County stalwart, Swami’s Cafe, must have been dreaming big when they moved into the cavernous space left behind by Casa de Luz following the macrobiotic restaurant’s swift shove-off from North Park. Swami’s Encinitas location ...

Runaway train prompts need for brakeman

The federal government has officially weighed in on the controversial binational railroad, also known as the Desert Line. On October 30, congressman Duncan Hunter sent a letter to U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy requesting that her ...

November 1, 2014
Something fishy on Halloween

October 31 dock totals Fisherman's Landing 47 Anglers, 3 Boats, 88 Bonito, 2 Sheephead, 61 Rockfish, 24 Calico Bass, 7 Sand Bass, 12 Yellowfin Tuna, 46 Dorado, 100 Calico Bass Released H&M Landing 19 Anglers, ...

November 1, 2014
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