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Stories for April 2015

Thursday, April 30

American flag graffiti incident resolved

Three victims of graffiti and vandalism that struck an Oceanside neighborhood have finally seen justice served, and their property — American flags — returned. Last July 17, neighbors in the Oceana community, Virgil Hardin, Michael ...

April 30, 2015
No marketing, sharing, or promotion, please!

Never, ever, record a symphony or opera concert. Ever. If you do, it will be a blatant and vile transgression against the very foundations of what your friends want you to share with them. (And ...

Take Dos on the Desperados

A second chance is something rarely afforded in this day and age, especially in the San Diego craft-beer industry. It’s not that people don’t want to go back to a brewery that registers as lackluster ...

April 30, 2015
The teenager next door sure didn't help

A man who admitted firing a handgun at his Encinitas neighbor in 2012 was sent away to a mental hospital on April 15. “After much litigation he was found not competent to be sentenced, and ...

April 30, 2015
Cheap fun in artsy L.A.

Zip, chug, or plod your way up the 405 for a long weekend clustered around LACMA, the Los Angeles Museum of Art. Friday Sneak out of work early on a Friday, or take the day ...

Juan and Adrienne's Bavarian spring break

The list of free-traveling spring-breakers among the ranks of San Diego's Congress members and staff has grown yet again with the addition of Democrat Juan Vargas and his wife Adrienne, who recently spent a luxurious ...

April 30, 2015
Peevey the pusher man

The San Onofre–related documents that Southern California Edison turned over to the California Public Utilities Commission yesterday (April 29) are all one needs to know about the company's credibility. The commission is supposed to turn ...

April 30, 2015
Brains…if only the city had brains

The City of San Diego failed to protect motorists and the hundreds of wannabe zombies during last year's Zombie Walk. The city also failed to obtain the permits required for any parade or procession with ...

April 30, 2015
Mediterranean cuisine in a Poway business park

Work has often brought me to Poway over the past couple of years, so I’ve driven past this strip mall at the intersection of Pomerado and Scripps Poway Parkway at least a hundred times. Maybe ...

No plea deal — 12 years in the clink

On April 28, statements from victims of admitted fraudster Dennis Eugene Long so impressed a judge that he broke the plea deal in order to sentence the con artist to 12 years in prison instead ...

April 30, 2015
Secret sauce plus power bait win June Lake contest

The Eastern Sierra trout opener on April 25 turned out like last year — a predicted record opener, then a spring snowstorm dumped six inches, and seemingly ruined all the big fish hopes and expected ...

SD on the QT dares to ask…

Visit SD on the QT's shop in the Apple App Store and pick up AppQuakeSD for just $1.99! AppQuakeSD is loaded with features, including real-time updates for Earthquake Risk along local fault lines, a customizable ...

Taxicabs unlimited for San Diego

On Tuesday, April 28, a judge in San Diego Superior Court was not swayed by lawyers hired by the city's taxicab industry, who sought an injunction to stop Metropolitan Transit System from permitting more taxis ...

April 30, 2015
Kauai: a hiker's paradise

Known for its unique geography and natural wonders, Kauai is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful places I've visited. A hiker’s dream. Truth be told, even if you're not an avid hiker, the island's outdoors ...

April 29 dock totals

H&M Landing hosted 32 anglers aboard 1 boat and reported 4 sand bass, 20 calico bass, 15 bonito, 3 barracuda and 42 yellowtail caught. 16 anglers aboard 1 boat out of Chubasco 2 Sportfishing boated ...

April 30, 2015

Wednesday, April 29

What we hate about San Diego

A childhood friend of mine from Chicago recently admitted that she unfollowed my Facebook feed. “In February Chicago had its coldest month on record since 1875! We froze our asses off. Looking at pictures of ...

April 29, 2015
At the End of Spring

To Yüan Chēn (A.D. 810) The flower of the pear-tree gathers and turns to fruit; The swallows’ eggs have hatched into young birds. When the Seasons’ changes thus confront the mind What comfort can the ...

April 29, 2015
This is a job for the master of disaster

San Diego attorneys Mike Aguirre and Maria Severson tonight (April 29) received word from Southern California Edison on the documents it refuses to turn over in a lawsuit the lawyers filed against the company in ...

April 29, 2015
May record-release roundup

The release party for Steven Ybarra’s What I Really Want to Say happens May 1 at Valley View Casino Center. “We have exclusive access and use of the VIP lounge,” Ybarra says of the event, ...

April 29, 2015
Rainmaking 101

San Diego State University’s business school is seeking to hire a schmoozer-in-chief in the form of a full-time “events coordinator.” According to the job posting, “These events are done for the primary purpose of providing ...

April 29, 2015
Virtually Corelia

“We’re bigger now than we’ve ever been,” Corelia band guitarist Chris Dower says, “even though we haven’t played shows in a while. We’ve been growing our fan base online.” Corelia is an as-yet unsigned progressive ...

April 29, 2015
This is a new burger day!

“The End is Beer,” reads a little sign. “Uh, you do food?” I ask the gal at the bar.

Battery salesmen HATE Kyle

Dear Hipster: If you drop a dead alkaline battery on a hard surface, it will bounce. If you drop a good battery, it won’t. Did you know that? It’s an easy way to test whether ...

April 29, 2015
Go OK Go OK Go!

OK Go is a band less famous for its music than its videos, some of which have gone viral on YouTube to the tune of 10 million hits, including one that netted the band a ...

April 29, 2015
Be very very quiet...I’m hunting rabbits

I sent a text to my wife, “Let’s drop everything this weekend, throw the air mattress in the back of the Jeep, and cruise up the Eastern side of the Sierras for an epic adventure.” ...

Jazz speak with Miles Away star and co-writer Sid Burston

The request to review the Saturday premiere of Miles Away didn’t arrive until late Thursday afternoon. I’m never one to scramble, but there was something about the tone of the email and subsequent voicemail that ...

April 29, 2015
Couldn't afford Coachella? Check out Lupepalooza Chuckfest

Weekend Coachella tickets carried a face value of $375. Some resold on Craigslist for twice that amount. Then you have this weekend’s Lupepalooza Chuckfest on the grounds of a Calexico Swap Meet. It’s named after ...

San Diego Rep explores the Uncanny Valley between you and your replicant

Robots became so human-like that thoughts of playing God plagued their creators.

Jamaican, prove thyself

Dear Hipster: I have recently moved to San Diego and have immediately noticed a general affinity for reggae music. It seems that everywhere I go, hipsters are wearing the T-shirts, the beads, playing the music ...

April 29, 2015
Putting the Ultimate in Frisbee

There is a professional Frisbee league. In fact, there are two. But don’t say “Frisbee,” the proper word is “ultimate.” The American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL) says they are the first and largest professional ultimate ...

April 29, 2015
Find your way to the woodland

One of the highest peaks in Anza-Borrego has fascinating plant life and gorgeous views.

The call to preach is the call to prepare

Pastor: David Cajiuat (pronounced ka-hee-watt) Age: 48 Born: Baguio, Philippines Formation: Ambassador Baptist College, Shelby, NC Years Ordained: 12 San Diego Reader: What is your favorite subject on which to preach? Pastor David Cajiuat: Jesus. ...

April 29, 2015
Mayor’s Jumbotron debt

When Kevin Faulconer announced in January he was setting up a Citizens’ Stadium Advisory Group, the Republican mayor insisted one thing was certain: there would be no tax money or city staff time spent on ...

April 29, 2015
OK GO's artistic turn-ons

OK Go pop-rocks stunning, single-take videos featuring everything from wait-a-minute optical illusions to chorus lines on Honda electric mini-scooters. They play House of Blues on May 1. Drummer Dan Konopka took some email questions. What ...

April 29, 2015
Dude, where’s my yacht?

Current Owner: Varasano Family Trust Bedrooms: 4 Baths: 5 List Price: $10,998,000 “Bring your yacht home,” invites a listing pitch for the waterfront estate at 979 Scott Street in Point Loma’s La Playa neighborhood. In ...

April 29, 2015
What beard? I never had a beard

The decline of the handlebar ’stache began on July 17, 2011

April 29, 2015
Largest shark in La Jolla

The return of the prehistoric-looking sevengill sharks to La Jolla Cove can be safely witnessed by humans. Sevengill sharks migrate to the cove every spring and can be seen by swimmers and divers in water ...

April 29, 2015
Encinitas schools have scrubbed their yoga programs clean

Since 2012, the Encinitas-based Sonima Foundation has given $3.3 million to the Encinitas Union School District so that students can practice yoga. Sonima is spreading money around elsewhere — for example, it is giving $400,000 ...

April 29, 2015
Beginning of the backlash

Short on Water, Long on Houses Neal Obermeyer had a cartoon in your April 9 issue that asked, “Which is the biggest threat to California water conservation?” He should have had another box labeled Excessive ...

April 29, 2015
ICE Air’s costly fares

The Department of Homeland Security’s ICE Air doesn’t fly to the North Pole, but it might just as well have for all the empty seats and wasted taxpayer money it has been responsible for. So ...

April 29, 2015
Austin gets Levitated, San Diego gets Kaboo'd

Sunday 3Johns Flansburgh and Linnell make up East Coast odd-rock act They Might Be Giants, this year celebrating 35 years in the music-making biz and a new record (their 17th!), Glean. Catch up with the ...

April 29, 2015
The Soft Moon at Casbah, the stars of In-Ko-Pah

Thursday 30From Richmond, Virginia, heavy psychedelic experimenters Inter Arma explore The Cavern at Soda Bar Thursday night. The single, 45-minute take drags Floyd and Zeppelin through the sludge, with the occasional acoustic rinse à la ...

April 29, 2015
April 28 dock totals

9 anglers aboard the Dolphin 1/2 day am run caught 36 rockfish and 4 sculpin. Their pm 1/2 day run with 12 anglers at the rail reported 2 sculpin and 49 rockfish for the total ...

April 29, 2015

Tuesday, April 28

Some seniors seek easy access to suds

The rights of a private business came head-to-head with the state agency that regulates liquor sales last Wednesday, April 22, in San Marcos. Socal Gas & Car Wash, LLC, doing business as Arco AM/PM at ...

April 28, 2015
Water deal with Imperial Valley on the line

San Diegans haven't awakened to a major water-supply peril: the possibility that a 2003 deal arranged to bring water from the Imperial Valley could be in deep trouble. A May 4 New Yorker article says ...

May Day: Need more beer!

May 1 & 2 | Beer to the Rescue Fundraiser: The Lupus Foundation of Southern California is kicking off Lupus Awareness Month with two days of beer-release action at Coronado Brewing Company‘s mainland brewery and ...

It's Kilroy, from L.A. We're suing again.

The cost incurred by the City of San Diego over the proposed mixed-use development in Carmel Valley, One Paseo, is increasing. The city has been slapped with a third lawsuit over the now-overturned development. On ...

April 28, 2015
What’s in a name? Pastrami on rye

I’ve been seeing a lot of house-cured pastrami popping up around town — at Counterpoint, in the food truck New York on Rye, and at the Heart & Trotter butcher shop for example. I don’t ...

Picked at and peeved

State and federal investigators are looking into whether critical decisions of the California Public Utilities Commission were made in secret by Michael Peevey, retired president of the regulatory body. Now, a group known as Protect ...

April 28, 2015
Right kind of mindless

Clarice Starling: “Most serial killers keep some sort of trophies from their victims.” Hannibal Lecter: “I didn’t.” Clarice: “No. You ate yours.” Jonathan Demme’s Silence of the Lambs can be funny, in a ghoulish sort ...

Faulconer's big-money re-election bid

San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer, an ex–public relations man, has hit the road again, this time to Sacramento to garner publicity for himself and his water proposals in a high-profile meeting with Democratic governor Jerry ...

April 28, 2015
Celebration of sex and gambling

I thought I was the first guy to have a 10-hours-long sexual encounter with the goddess Venus herself. As it turns out, I’m 800 years late, since someone shared just such an experience in the ...

April 28, 2015
At least Lorena is trying

A bill that seeks to require state oversight on utility executive bonuses is working its way through the Sacramento legislature. Assembly Bill 1266, introduced by local assemblywoman and onetime labor leader Lorena Gonzalez, would require ...

April 28, 2015
Yesterday's rail hefts

April 27 dock totals 11 anglers aboard the Chubasco II 1/2 day am run caught 1 sand bass, 1 yellowtail, 39 calico bass, 1 lingcod and 5 rockfish. The Pronto 3/4 day run with 12 ...

April 28, 2015

Monday, April 27

Dog owners busted in South Park

South Park's Grape Street off-leash dog park became a risky place to have a dog off-leash on Wednesday morning, April 22. When the park opened for the day at 10 a.m., a team of law-enforcement ...

April 27, 2015
Daytrip to the Salton Sea

Crunching fish bones. Foul-smelling water. Skin-scorching sun. It may not sound like an enticing adventure, but in fact one of the most interesting and unexpected getaways to be found in Southern California is a day ...

Thanks, alleged global warming

Occupancy and average daily room rate of hotels in warmer climates have done well this year, and San Diego is one of the leaders, says Jerry Morrison of Encinitas-based Morrison & Co. According to Smith ...

April 27, 2015
At least Granddad Sefton cared

When Tom Sefton, scion of the San Diego banking family, died in 2006, he left nothing to Thomas Sefton Jr., his son by his first marriage. He left most of the estate to his children ...

April 27, 2015
Spring has sprung

Carmina Burana, American composer royalty, fairy tales, and Romeo and Juliet are all part of a jam packed classical music week in San Diego County. Carmina Burana features sweaty gambling followed by naked men leaving ...

April 27, 2015
Park of dreams remains that way

Residents of Ocean View Hills, a residential community east of Otay Mesa in South San Diego, have been waiting for a park to be built for 13 years. A site has been selected on Del ...

April 27, 2015
Escargot at the Smoking Goat

I play the part of the American foodie when I go to Paris, visiting patisseries, boulangeries, fromageries, boucheries, and fine restaurants and eating everything remotely French that comes my way: fois gras, soufflé, macarons, and ...

New U-T San Diego vice-boss same as the old

U-T San Diego, the newspaper and website owned by Republican kingpin and San Diego mega-developer Douglas Manchester, has lately been twisting in a gale of uncertainty over its future, and a recent executive move may ...

April 27, 2015
Bluefin on the scene

Weekly Fish Report ½ Day - ¾ Day: The ½ day boats are picking away at the rockfish, sculpin, sheephead, lingcod and calico bass, with the occasional yellowtail in the mix. ¾ day runs are ...

April 27, 2015

Sunday, April 26

Teachers' strike holds strong in Baja

My eight-year-old godson in Tijuana has been sending me various versions of sad emoticons on Facebook for more than a week now. He is unhappy because, after a lengthy Easter vacation, school did not resume ...

April 26, 2015
Leaked memo from Chargers insider: "Marcus Mariota is the future of the Chargers Choke."

When the San Diego Chargers started paying attention to Heisman Trophy winner and former Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, SD on the QT started paying attention to the Chargers. The result is this excerpt from a ...

Kjell Nordeson: solo percussion in Barrio Logan

Monday 27 Trumpeter Dave Ballou joins bassist Mark Dresser and drummer Kjell Nordeson at UC San Diego’s The Loft (911 Lyman Lane) the music starts at 8:00 p.m. and the concert is free! … drummer ...

April 26, 2015
Yes…no...yes to public-financed sports

Larry Lucchino, former president of the Padres, was a driving force in the massive subsidies that built Petco Park and lined John Moores's pockets. Earlier, Lucchino had also loved subsidies when he pushed for a ...

April 26, 2015

Saturday, April 25

Legalese in long-hand

During the housing crisis, North County attorney Michael T. Pines advised clients who had lost their homes to foreclosure to break in and retake the house, even though new owners had taken title. Pines was ...

April 25, 2015
Art meets nature in Idyllwild

Just two hours north of San Diego, nature and art commingle: Idyllwild is a quick mountain getaway for those of us in low-lying Southern California cities, but also a haven for artisans who want to ...

History, culture, and the Dance of Death

"You might be a king or a little street sweeper, but sooner or later you dance with the reaper." — Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey On February 14, 1942, the Royal Air Force received authorization ...

April 25, 2015
Double-features from hell!

WARNING! The double-features you are about to see are real! No titles were Photoshopped during the making of this post! It began as a hunt to find proof of what has to be the craziest ...

April 25, 2015
Yellowtail bite in full force south of the Coronados

Seems as thought there is not much of a yellowtail bite for the 1/2 day boats off the San Diego coast, though the kayak anglers are getting a few all the way up the line ...

April 25, 2015

Friday, April 24

Whatever you say, Bagby

Helping in the conceptualization of some interesting brews as part of my Beer to the Rescue lupus awareness campaign has been an amazing experience. A saison infused with yuzu and lemongrass, an imperial stout with ...

April 24, 2015
Double decker food truck

If clever naming goes a long way toward the success of a food truck — and I suspect it does — then cheeky British food lorry God Save the Cuisine might be on the right ...

Faulconer: "You say Terrorist, and I say Tourist..."

Statement from Mayor Faulconer's office following the arrest of Abdirahman Yasin Daud and Mohamed Abdihamid Farah on charges of conspiracy to provide material support to a designated terrorist group: I certainly understand why some members ...

City hall crimes veiled by anonymity

Crime, fraud, and miscellaneous malfeasance may be taking a major turn for the worse at San Diego's city hall, judging from the most recent Quarterly Fraud Hotline Report from the city auditor. But because of ...

April 24, 2015
Blue Largo swings into Tio Leo's

There are a number of swing-dance blues bands performing in Southern California, but none more genuine than San Diego’s own Blue Largo. On dance night at Tio Leo’s, guitarist Eric Lieberman and his versatile lineup ...

April 24, 2015
600 more families for Otay Ranch?

On Wednesday, April 22, Chula Vista planning commissioners deadlocked 2-2 on approving Baldwin & Sons' application to create 600 multi-family units in the Otay Ranch area of Eastlake. At the meeting, held in council chambers, ...

Let’s get ready to rumble!

In one corner of the ring, heavyweight atheist and psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud. In the other, professor, author, and Christian apologist C.S. Lewis. These two heavy hitters of 20th century thought go toe-to-toe in a fictionalized ...

April 24, 2015
Neil Diamond's Melody Road

“Would that make it a better song?” Lou Reed asked a caller into an NYC radio show. Caller wanted to know if the dead girl in “Street Hassle” was real. Lester Bangs didn’t print the ...

April 24, 2015
SeaWorld's leased land is their land

The public has no right to stage protests on park land leased to SeaWorld in Mission Bay, an appellate court ruled last week. A lawyer representing a handful of protesters is calling the judgment “one ...

April 24, 2015

Thursday, April 23

Rhodes, Greece: island of the knights

Rhodes is probably best known as the island once home to the Colossus of Rhodes, a 98-foot-high statue of the Greek god Helios and one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Today, the ...

Good, whacko, slamming-doors sense

The North Coast Rep’s current show is a farce! But in the good, whacko, slamming-doors sense. Paul Slade Smith’s two-act script has absolutely no redeeming social value, and he goes for silliness where most comic ...

April 23, 2015
Two lawyers walk into a swamp...

Adding Sarichia Cacciatore's name to the list of members of San Diegans for Open Government available for depositions in the lawsuit over the hotel tax was a costly error by the group's attorney — and ...

April 23, 2015
Context brings out the creep

In spite of my desire to remain mystically ignorant of Korngold’s context regarding Marietta’s Lied, a conversation thread on Facebook has not allowed it. The aria comes in the first act of Die Tote Stadt ...

April 23, 2015
Banana burgers?

A burger with buns made of bananas? Welcome to the Caribbean, East Village-style! It takes the form of a big blue truck with “Caribbean Escape” pasted over its sides. It’s parked in the Quartyard space ...

Pencils make a comeback at San Dieguito

Little did Encinitas resident Norm Keith know that his 1953 act of high school hi-jinx would be discovered in 2015. Keith was a senior at San Dieguito High School in the early '50s when he ...

April 23, 2015
Married for 22 years, stabbed 30 times

A 50-year-old Mexican national admitted stabbing his wife to death and expects to get 20 years in a California state prison at his sentencing next month. The admission on the felony plea deal form reads: ...

April 23, 2015
No Sun God class-dodging, professors told

Rapper Snoop Dogg is set to come to UCSD next month to headline the school's controversial Sun God festival, noted for alcohol poisonings and drug overdoses, and officials there are already plotting ways to keep ...

April 23, 2015
Ion goes all-out

The idea could cause vertigo: on Saturday, April 25, Ion Theatre will stage-read four new plays starting at 11:00 a.m. Each script has already been work-shopped with readings and feedback from preview audiences. And it’s ...

April 23, 2015
Utilities on the trail to tiers

An administrative law judge for the California Public Utilities Commission has issued a proposed decision on a push by utility companies, including San Diego Gas & Electric, for a rate hike for lower-tier customers. If ...

April 23, 2015
Playa y vino: best bets for a Baja weekend

Like many other folks, my wife and I like tasty wines and panoramic ocean views, especially if they’re less than an hour away. So we often head out to La Misión, a tiny Baja village ...

The party house next door

While local cities continue to seek regulations on short-term vacation rentals, a bill making its way to the state legislature may provide the teeth needed for effective enforcement. Unless, that is, web businesses like Airbnb ...

Is the smartphone fad dying?

Qualcomm yesterday (April 22) predicted weaker-than-expected revenue and earnings for its third quarter. The chip-maker said its third quarter net income will be 67 cents to 82 cents a share on sales of $5.4 billion ...

April 23, 2015
Limiting out on rockfish

April 22 dock totals The Chubasco II morning 1/2 day run with 10 anglers aboard reported limits of 100 rockfish caught. 9 anglers aboard the Dolphin 1/2 day am run boated 60 vermilion rockfish, 4 ...

April 23, 2015

Wednesday, April 22

San Diego pit bull owners and their detractors

I have a dog in this fight. Or, rather, I had a cat. Mr. Whiskers was my buddy for 12 years. He sat by my computer while I worked, came with me on walks under ...

April 22, 2015
Baby whale bites dust

Mexican environmental authorities recently buried a juvenile gray whale that died after becoming trapped on the shoreline near the border of Playas de Tijuana and Rosarito Beach. The young whale, about 42 feet long and ...

April 22, 2015
Dirge in Woods

A wind sways the pines, And below Not a breath of wild air; Still as the mosses that glow On the flooring and over the lines Of the roots here and there. The pine-tree drops ...

April 22, 2015
Szikla’s new baby, Cloudside

Scott Szikla did what most singer/songwriter/guitarists do — he started a band. First it was the Shattered Hope, then Silent Lune. But it was because of his entrepreneurial spirit and outgoing personality that he got ...

April 22, 2015
Follow what is of God, but leave alone what is not of God

Abu Bakr al-Kalabadhi I have heard Abu l-Hasan Muhammad ibn Ahmad al-Farisi say: “The elements of Sufism are ten in number. The first is the isolation of unification; the second is the understanding of audition; ...

The history of the world is written in food

So good to be back. I first came here two years ago. Then popped in earlier this winter when I discovered their happy hour. Devoured a totally delicious $3 eggplant roll. Promised more in this ...

We roast to sweetness

Experienced third-wavers the Bonner family have been quietly building their business in Golden Hill and Sherman Heights.

Digital tip jar

Like many music fans, Jeff Storm loves the selection he gets from streaming music services such as Spotify and Pandora. Unlike most of them, he feels guilty that the artists he loves are getting streamed ...

April 22, 2015
They Might Be Giants rocks science

“The frightening afterbirth of grunge lives on with bouncers enforcing photo policies with the death penalty.”

April 22, 2015
Vista’s Belching Beaver to construct second brewery in Oceanside

Few brewing companies have shown such a burning desire to grow — and grow now — as Vista-based Belching Beaver Brewery. Less than a year after their early 2012 debut, they became one of the ...

April 22, 2015
Enter Shikari has no bad reviews

Enter Shikari brings the full menu to the stage: post hardcore, alt metal, metal core, electronica, trance, industrial, and that sound that is death to most subwoofers, dubstep. They’re from Hertfordshire, a city that is ...

April 22, 2015
Ex Machina belongs in the success column of AI movies

Artificial intelligence — the notion of a sentient machine — has had a bit of a run at the movies of late, with some entries (Her) more successful than others (Chappie). I’m putting Ex Machina ...

April 22, 2015
Betty turns 21

In 1992, New York–based alt-metal band Helmet released its major-label debut, Meantime, which featured the single “Unsung.” The song’s video was in heavy rotation on MTV. The following year, Helmet released Betty, an album that ...

April 22, 2015
The 100th anniversary of Anzac Day approaches

On April 25, 1915, Allied assault troops, mostly from Australia and New Zealand, landed on the Gallipoli peninsula in western Turkey. Their fighting force was 16,000 men against an entrenched 12,000 mostly Turkish fighters. Put ...

April 22, 2015
Photogenic fun at the Truckhaven Rocks outside Borrego Springs

These wind-eroded sandstone blocks are fun to explore.

Instead of dying, they just go to Live Wire

Look past the uniform and into the youthful soul of the ones who won't let go.

April 22, 2015
Mayoral aides turned lobbyists

During the eight-year reign of Republican San Diego mayor Jerry Sanders, his chief media gatekeeper Darren Pudgil was famous for tightly controlling access to the higher reaches of city hall. At the mayor’s news conferences, ...

April 22, 2015
Meet the men (and woman) from Man from Reno

With a title like Man from Reno, one would half expect it to end on a dissolve of Glenn Ford riding off into a Columbia Pictures sunset. Instead, we get a departure in form from ...

Shake Before Europe

San Diego’s space-rock–inspired Shake Before Us will play the Cosmic Trip Festival in France next month. “We will be playing ten shows in five different countries,” singer/keyboardist Will Lerner tells the Reader. “We were approached ...

April 22, 2015
Resurrected

“Obviously, as kids we didn’t know the story, and if you don’t know the story, you don’t know how extraordinary, how incredible, how...horrible it is.”

April 22, 2015
But, but — what about the Boomers?

Just Asking: Are hipsters really so endlessly fascinating that they need an entire column devoted to answering questions about them every week? How about a weekly column called Ask a Baby Boomer? That would be ...

April 22, 2015
Apps for kids

“Point your device at the sky and it will tell you what you see.”

April 22, 2015
Nature Boy makes a solid case

For many people, the life of a person who loves the outdoors seems foreign. They ask, “Why subjugate yourself to the harshness of the outdoors when life can be so comfortable?” This question is often ...

April 22, 2015
Las Colinas is something to Yelp about

“For the only jail I’ve been to, I guess it’s okay. I slept well and wasn’t disturbed. The holding cell I was confined to had a phone and I was able to make unlimited phone ...

April 22, 2015
Mission Bay? Eww

Long known as False Bay, the former marshlands were dredged between the 1940s and 1960s to create Mission Bay, the nation’s largest man-made aquatic park, much of it islands and peninsulas. While not scarred by ...

Travel freebies for politicos include water tours and $4600 airfare

County supervisor Ron Roberts spent some quality time on the road last year, thanks to an arm of the Chinese government. According to his annual personal financial disclosure statement, filed March 20, Roberts was part ...

April 22, 2015
What's in the in-box

RIYL Great selection for last week’s Rhyme and Verse, Rudyard Kipling’s “If” (April 16). Because of San Diego’s military presence, I strongly recommend one of his other poems, “The Thousandth Man.” I did not know ...

April 22, 2015
After a year of Undercover at the Office, Zeppelin will bring it on home

Sunday 26The lovefest surrounding Katie Crutchfield’s Waxahatchee would be concerning if she weren’t so rock solid, as far as human artstic types go. This year’s Ivy Tripp, like 2013’s Cerulean Salt, is a killer record, ...

April 22, 2015
Casbah crowd honors Hollywood impresario Kim Fowley

Thursday 23“I grew up on an 80-acre farm, literally a farm girl, feeding cattle every day. That’s always going to be a part of me, but I don’t necessarily want to perpetuate the country music ...

April 22, 2015
Barely enough passengers to pay for the fuel

April 21 dock totals A cloudy and cool day seemed to have kept a lot of anglers at home... We know work days and school days aren't much of a hurdle when the fishing bug ...

April 22, 2015

Tuesday, April 21

Not high but dry in Oceanside

Eighteen members of a medical marijuana collective are suing San Diego County and the sheriff's department for false arrest and for conducting an illegal search and seizure of marijuana plants in September of 2014. The ...

April 21, 2015
RIP PB AleHouse

Original article redacted. PB AleHouse will not be closing its doors as is still in the process of rebuilding after its February kitchen fire. More details will be posted as they become available closer to ...

April 21, 2015
Surprise! San Diegans are good budgeters

Statistics show it: San Diego has a median household income that is moderately higher than the nation's, but the cost of living — particularly housing — is far higher than the national average. Locals call ...

April 21, 2015
Put that in your pipeline and smoke it

The United States Supreme Court decided today (April 21) that companies can sue under state antitrust laws when they believe pipeline companies are committing fraud by manipulating indexes they use to figure the market price ...

April 21, 2015
Clinton Democrats back Issa staffer tour

It used to be that San Diego County's most traveled congressional office belonged to Democrat Susan Davis, who over the years has run up an impressive string of tabs, picked up by special interests, to ...

April 21, 2015
Solemn mission follows soldier's suicide

The published schedule indicated staging was at 12:00 p.m. As usual, they began arriving at 11:15. Older, graying gents — volunteers — coming together for a solemn purpose. For some, it would be the first ...

April 21, 2015
Port District parking cost to rise

The price to park is set to spike across San Diego's bay front, following approval last week by the Port of San Diego of the purchase and installation of 520 solar-powered "smart meters" and a ...

April 21, 2015
April 20 dock totals

17 anglers aboard the Chubasco II 1/2 day am run caught 7 vermilion rockfish, 1 sheephead, 87 rockfish and 28 bocaccio. The Dolphin 1/2 day morning run with 30 anglers at the rail reported 6 ...

April 21, 2015
No sidewalks in northeast Georgia

This Thanksgiving, I took my usual once- (and sometime twice) a-year drive down south. After ten years of back and forth over myriad routes, specifically those avoiding the highways, I've seen and tasted a lot ...

Monday, April 20

Out of time and space

I have one observation from the back row of the chorus regarding the San Diego Opera 50th Anniversary Gala. So long as I live, I will never hear or experience anything more beautiful than Marietta’s ...

April 20, 2015
Meet Prodigy Brewing Company

"Prodigy Brewing is about you, my friend, and you are what really sets us apart." Those were the words handed down to brewer Dean Rouleau from Prodigy Brewing Company founding member Howell Gillogy. With someone ...

April 20, 2015
Going off the rails on a gravy train?

For years, the San Diego County Office of Education, the agency responsible for overseeing and allocating funding for 35 school districts in San Diego County, has turned to legal firm Stutz Artiano Shinoff & Holtz ...

April 20, 2015
Need: males, Republicans, Latinos

The passing of a new Chargers stadium ballot measure next year will be "challenging but winnable," according to a study by the National University System Institute for Policy Research. The Republican-Latino coalition that put the ...

Last call: The White Snake and My Fair Lady

Two beautifully performed shows must end their runs this Sunday. The White Snake, Old Globe Theatre. Mary Zimmerman does theatrical adaptations of literary works, among them The Odyssey, The Arabian Nights, and The Notebooks of ...

Pepper-spray spree costs SDPD

December 3, 2011, turned into a bad day for San Diego taxpayers as a result of a federal jury verdict against cops involved in a violent early-morning incident in downtown's Gaslamp Quarter. According to a ...

April 20, 2015
Fifty years of Poma’s in Ocean Beach

I wrote about a tasty meatball sub I ate a few weeks back, and I got the same response from a number of friends: how does it compare to Poma’s? Poma’s Deli in OB has ...

Be on the lookout for dolphin megapods

Weekly Fish Report ½ Day - ¾ Day: Rockfish and sculpin are the mainstay on the ½ day boats, with the occasional handful of calico bass, sheephead. The ¾ day runs are concentrating on the ...

April 20, 2015
April 19 dock totals

The Chubasco II 1/2 day am run with 34 anglers at the rail reported 193 rockfish, with 21 of them vermilion rockfish. 20 anglers aboard the Invicta 1.5 day trip out to the Cortez Bank ...

April 20, 2015

Sunday, April 19

Joshua Tree for the uninitiated

There are few things as graceless as someone begging for help with pure and unbridled fear in their eyes. Which about sums up my position at Indian Cove Campground during the waning hours of a ...

SF Jazz Collective comes to La Jolla

Monday 20 Athenaeum Jazz presents the SF Jazz Collective with Miguel Zenon, David Sanchez, Warren Wolf, Avishai Cohen, Robin Eubanks, Edward Simon, Matt Penman, and Obed Calvaire at TSRI (10620 John Jay Hopkins Drive) at ...

April 19, 2015

Saturday, April 18

Bicycle trap

On Tuesday, April 21, San Diego city councilmembers are expected to approve a settlement offer in the amount of $225,000 to a cyclist who sued over the city's inadequate and defective bike lanes. The lawsuit, ...

April 18, 2015
High on the chai

Vanilla, coffee, chilies…they’ve all had their time in the sun and their time in the fermenter as en vogue beer additives. Some were pretty obvious go-withs, while others (like, say, scorpion peppers and breakfast cereal) ...

Publications again point finger at Copley water use

As the drought threatens California, journalists are once again pointing to a 1997 law that weakened California open government laws by shielding huge water users — corporations as well as rich folks. On Thursday, April ...

April 18, 2015
OB Kabob brings down the price

My years spent living in OB left me with fond and muddled memories, and in my head nothing ever changes around Newport Avenue. Of course many things have happened since my move inland, so while ...

Worries near Gillespie Field

It’s been 11 years since the drone and snarl of race cars was heard around East County’s Cajon Speedway. Now that noise has been replaced by the drone of small aircraft from adjacent Gillespie Field. ...

April 18, 2015
SeaWorld releases 22 rescued and potty-trained pups into La Jolla Cove

Statement from SeaWorld Director of Wildlife Rehabilitation Lindsey Lyon: "When SeaWorld was called upon to rescue over 650 marine mammals from Southern California beaches this year — including over 400 sea lions, far more than ...

Anglers at the rail

April 17 dock totals The Dolphin morning 1/2 day run with 8 anglers aboard returned to the dock with 31 rockfish and 3 sculpin. 9 anglers aboard their afternoon 1/2 day run caught 6 sculpin, ...

April 18, 2015

Friday, April 17

Retired master sergeant headed to slammer for two years

Christopher Dwan Underwood, a retired Air Force master sergeant, was sentenced to two years in prison today (April 17) for stealing government credit cards and personal identifying information from service members. According to United States ...

April 17, 2015
He stole from elderly, served time

The Securities and Exchange Commission today (April 17) banned Charles Duane Lewis from association with anyone in the securities industry. Lewis, who resides in La Mesa, was a broker with H.D. Vest Investment Securities from ...

April 17, 2015
Not (yet) enough kegs from the Toolbox

Though my initial visit to Toolbox Brewing Company didn’t yield beers that cashed in on the brewery’s ultimate potential, they were promising, and I’ve made it a point to check out their beers whenever an ...

April 17, 2015
One delivery app charges to use another delivery app

Used to be, a restaurant hired a delivery driver or it didn’t. Nowadays, a number of enterprising tech companies have made online restaurant ordering and delivery a business model in its own right. In the ...

County unemployment rate keeps dropping

The San Diego County unemployment rate was 5.1 percent in March, down from a revised 5.3 percent in February, as 8000 nonfarm jobs were added in the month. Government was the big gainer, adding 2000 ...

April 17, 2015
Overweight San Salvador launch sunk

The planned floating of the full-scale replica of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo’s 1542 ship, the San Salvador, was grounded prior to its highly anticipated April 19 launch date. Engineers discovered the 151-ton ship weighed too much. ...

April 17, 2015
Evermotion, by Guster

Continuing to chip away at their college rock roots, Guster's Evermotion further obscures the band's acoustic guitar and bongo-backed beginnings. The opener, “Long Night,” provides an overture of sorts, lulling the listener in with dreamy ...

April 17, 2015
Jamul, the state's street-pizzeria

The rural East County community of Jamul has garnered some statewide attention: the stretch of Highway 94 that runs from Rancho San Diego east toward Dulzura was ranked by researchers at UC Davis as one ...

April 17, 2015
Home is a menacing place

New Village Arts Theatre has once again crafted a brilliant staging of a theatrical production adapted from the page. The Carlsbad company, which in the past has presented interpretations of To Kill a Mockingbird and ...

April 17, 2015
Antemasque provides sonic spark to combustible Belly Up crowd

When guitarist and vocalist Teri Gender Bender of Le Butcherettes gets onstage, things get weird, and Sunday night’s opening performance was no exception. With the casual mannerisms of a human-hearted automaton and a fierce stage ...

April 17, 2015
La Mesa drug dog retires at age 49

The La Mesa City Council unanimously authorized the retirement of police narcotic-detection dog Maximus "Max" on April 14. His partner, officer Derek Cox, was allowed to adopt the seven-year-old chocolate Labrador retriever. During their six-year ...

April 17, 2015
Putting the fish in fish-n-chips

April 16 dock totals The Dolphin 1/2 day am run with 26 anglers aboard reported 28 rockfish and 1 lingcod* caught. 9 anglers aboard their 1/2 day afternoon run caught 3 sculpin, 29 rockfish and ...

April 17, 2015

Thursday, April 16

"Patriots"? Hah.

Two United States Army reservists were arrested yesterday (April 15) for illegally selling military firearms to an undercover agent posing as a member of a Mexican drug cartel. Jaime Casillas and Andrew Reyes were to ...

April 16, 2015
Living on the edge with no living wage

Activists pushing for a higher minimum wage through the labor-backed Fight for 15 campaign staged their biggest protest yet on Wednesday. Starting early on the morning of April 15, the protest — timed to coincide ...

Order in the court, Judge Bencivengo!

Attorney Mike Aguirre will argue this afternoon (April 16) that U.S. District court judge Cathy Ann Bencivengo was wrong when she ruled tentatively earlier this week that Aguirre's "taking" case could not be heard in ...

April 16, 2015
Drought relief suggestion shot down

“So, we are in a drought,” ranted Lisa Hudson Barth as she snapped photos of water flowing down Mount Acadia Boulevard in Clairemont on April 10. “And the mayor requested that we cut our water ...

April 16, 2015
Greatest of the great

The voice was bouncing off the back wall of the house and echoing back onto the stage. The goosebumps were making their rounds through the assembly. It was obvious that this was going to be ...

Could Feds be prowling mayor's Qualcomm food and booze deal?

How much will it cost San Diego taxpayers to lose the Chargers to Los Angeles? That's the question being bandied about privately at city hall, where an avalanche of bad news and insider lobbying allegations ...

April 16, 2015
Girl in Port prepares to ship out

Citra-R-Ama, Whale’s Tails, Gingerbread Chateau, May the Port Be with You, Saisian Persuasion — all are beers birthed from the system at Pizza Port’s Solana Beach brewpub…and I’m going to miss all of them. Devon ...

April 16, 2015
Nuclear plant could produce fresh water, say scientists

A father-son team of scientists writing for the right-leaning news site WorldNetDaily have determined a solution for fighting California's extreme drought. According to Art Robinson, a UC San Diego graduate and former staffer before founding ...

April 16, 2015
Casa de Pico brings Old Town to La Mesa

I don’t eat in Old Town. At least not within the confines of the historic park, where tourists and locals can spend an afternoon learning about the pueblo’s origins and milestones. There are a number ...

Get the TJ street dog that includes bacon

The news of dog meat in a Chinese restaurant spread like wildfire. I overheard people in every corner of Tijuana talking about it — while eating street tacos or just walking around. Social media was ...

April 16, 2015
Mark Christopher Lawrence’s acting 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 ...

April 16, 2015
Get away, stay local: a weekend in Uptown

My best weekend getaway is when I leave my car parked on the street outside my apartment in Hillcrest from 4 p.m. on Friday afternoon til Monday morning at 7: Friday Friday afternoon I go ...

Former Padres GM weighs in on Preller's Performance

STARTING IN ON ROUND FOUR, RARE FORM BAR JUST OUTSIDE PETCO PARK — Former San Diego Padres General Manager Josh Byrnes swears he isn't bitter about being replaced by brash upstart A.J. Preller last year. ...

What kind of racket is Civic San Diego?

The Downtown San Diego Partnership, a nonprofit business-minded organization, is stepping up its defense of Civic San Diego, the private nonprofit in charge of permitting in select neighborhoods and handling redevelopment functions throughout the city. ...

House poor, data rich

In the fourth quarter of last year, the median home price in San Diego hit $430,000 — 59 percent higher than the 2009 bottom but still below the $500,000 peak of 2005. Kelly Cunningham, economist ...

Bonito on the bite

April 15 dock totals 4 anglers aboard the Alexes 1/2 day pm run boated 4 vermilion rockfish and 15 rockfish. The Sea Trek 1/2 day am run with 14 anglers aboard reported 5 sand bass ...

April 16, 2015

Wednesday, April 15

If

If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you; If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too: ...

April 15, 2015
Hubbard plays Lorca

“I was in shock,” composer/percussionist Nathan Hubbard confesses to the Reader over the phone, regarding his surprise win for Best Jazz CD at last year’s SDMA ceremony. “I ran up there to accept it but ...

April 15, 2015
Big-ticket item: Revamping the City of San Diego's website

How much more will San Diego taxpayers be required to come up with for mayor Kevin Faulconer’s new PR-centric city website? The outcome hinges on responses to a recent request for proposals to provide the ...

April 15, 2015
Current Swell rocks folk

Music journos have called Current Swell Vancouver Island’s answer to surf rock. Originally a backyard party band from Canada, they gelled into something (give or take a few personnel changes) and then gained an audience ...

April 15, 2015
Crafted Cocktails brings that taste home

"Why should San Diego’s bartenders have all the fun?” Felicia Vieira found the answer to this question and put it in a bottle. Since opening last year, Vieira’s San Diego–based Crafted Cocktails has been bringing ...

April 15, 2015
The nefarious nut

Are almonds "the center of a nefarious plot to suck California dry?" asks the publication Mother Jones, which has been reporting regularly on the possibility of a Southwest megadrought and the problem with so much ...

April 15, 2015
What it's like to sing the national anthem at a stadium

Singer/songwriter Caroline Corn, who sang the national anthem at last Thursday’s Padres home opener, can be forgiven if she doesn’t recall the Padres’ most famous anthem rendition. She was only four when Roseanne Barr sang ...

April 15, 2015
Happy hour all day at La Mentirosa by Karina's

It’s not every day you get greeted by a president’s grandson. I’m in this oasis I’ve come across at the empty end of B Street, near City College. It’s called, uh, “The Liar.” Or, because ...

Pulling 58 water-skiers at once

Over 80 years ago, Howard Minor and Ralph Miller Sr. took a day off to fish for marlin. The two were partners in Harbor Water Taxi, which shuttled sailors from ships to downtown. A little ...

Councilman Gloria's glorious gifts

Word last week that city councilman Todd Gloria is planning to run for the state Assembly seat being vacated by his termed-out fellow Democrat and speaker Toni Atkins marks the beginning of the end of ...

April 15, 2015
Franco's falsehoods

True Story is a film based on a true story about stories that aren’t entirely true. Namely, the one told by disgraced journalist Mike Finkel (Jonah Hill) — fired by the New York Times after ...

April 15, 2015
Earth, the purgatorial planet

Membership: 80 Pastor: Brian Grandon Age: 53 Born: Tacoma, WA Formation: Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA; Unity Institute and Seminary, Kansas City, MO Years Ordained: 1 San Diego Reader: What is your favorite topic on ...

April 15, 2015
Babs for a day

Alex Moore, struggling actor, not only works at Disneyland, he’s the “Mayor of Toontown.” He hates it so much he calls the “happiest place” on earth “Mousechwitz.” The drive from his Los Feliz studio apartment, ...

April 15, 2015
The highest and most remote point in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Combs Peak is the fifth highest peak in San Diego County and also one of the most remote. Surprisingly, it is in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. From this lofty summit there are views of ...

Your chance to end up on the Drive-By Truckers’ next record

In 2008, the Athens, Georgia–based alt-country act Drive-By Truckers took a different musical trip. They toured with acoustic guitars, sat down for the performances, and road-tested material that would end up on 2008’s Brighter Than ...

April 15, 2015
Scott Marks hears a Hu at Pac-Arts 5th Annual Spring Showcase

The email from Pac-Arts Program director, Brian Hu, began, “You want Tsui Hark? You got Tsui Hark!” For years, I’ve been badgering the poor guy to bring Hark in as a special guest at the ...

April 15, 2015
Tour de Rascal

“How much money do you have in Kickstarter now?” Allison Fenner, 26, says, “We have a little over $12,000. Our goal is $20,000. It’s getting nerve-racking.” “What happens if you only get $12,000? You keep ...

April 15, 2015
Which bay is dirtier? San Diego or Mission?

San Diego’s big bay has been the hub of travel and commerce in the region since Western civilization arrived in California. It’s been fronted by heavy industry for over a century. It hosts four major ...

Better to just be a penguin at prom

Discern the difference between radness and annoyingness.

April 15, 2015
More like a patio in someone’s house than a restaurant

Draft For a restaurant located at an amusement park, Draft is much better than it has to be. As many as 69 beers available. Happy hour (Monday through Friday from 4–6 p.m. and then from ...

April 15, 2015
Live behind 14-foot walnut doors in Carmel Valley

Current Owner: Glenn Abadir Bedrooms: 5 Baths: 8 List Price: $16,900,000 The luxury estate at 5131 Rancho Del Mar Trail in northern San Diego’s Carmel Valley was completed in 2011, following more than four years ...

April 15, 2015
"This is a newspaper, not a low-level grammar class."

New Respect The article about San Diego lobster fisherman by Siobhan Braun (“99% of What We Catch We Throw Back”), was enjoyed by everyone at our house. The author gave a fascinating insight into the ...

April 15, 2015
One of the largest collections of tequila bottles in the world

Bali Hai Restaurant Five-dollar Progressive Mai Tais — add $1 every hour. Best of luck finding a better view of the San Diego skyline. You’ll sit next to yachters, boat builders, and tourists while slowly ...

April 15, 2015
An evening at Villa Montezuma; Coda

(The second in a two-part series. Part one was published March 18.) It’s after midnight, February 15, 1888. The last of the guests are finally leaving Jesse Shepard’s musicale at the Villa Montezuma. One- and ...

Speakeasies, night clubs, and a solid but slightly self-conscious neighborhood joint

The Rabbit Hole What happens when the hipsters go underground. Ha-ha. It’s really more of a solid but slightly self-conscious neighborhood joint. Normal Heights, everybody! Worth a visit for the trippy lapine art alone: murals, ...

April 15, 2015
Hillcrest Business Association awards contracts to its own president

Business leader Johnathan Hale has no comment about the no-bid contracts for his business.

April 15, 2015
With prices like these, you need not decide. Get one of everything.

Village Vino Forget about a couple o’ bucks off drinks, this quaint café and retail wine shop goes all out for happy hour. From 4 to 6pm Tuesday through Saturday and 3 to 8pm on ...

April 15, 2015
That’s too loud!

Rogers is learning that her current hometown is not the easiest place to restart one’s career.

April 15, 2015
Ambiance reminiscent of a reclusive lord’s library

T Lounge Located beneath the billowing rainbow flag of Hillcrest east, the Bamboo Lounge recently rebranded to the T Lounge and, with their renovations, included a happy hour of polychromatic proportions. More than just a ...

April 15, 2015
My husband cannot speak quietly on the phone

Post Title: Notes from inside a cross-cultural marriage, lesson #2: the concept of noise (and being noisy) Post Date: November 2014 My husband simply cannot speak at low volume on the telephone. This might not ...

April 15, 2015
The best happy hour for a beer hound like me

The Bellows This wood-fired-oven-driven, casual-yet-upscale bar and resto has one of North County’s most conscientiously cultivated beverage assortments. From a beer list that features specialties, one-offs, and Bellows Forge, a smoked oatmeal stout developed especially ...

Faulconer’s personal retinue of PR people

Chargers’ special counsel Mark Fabiani, who has been doing plenty of public outreach lately regarding the fate of professional football in San Diego, picked up $40,000 from the team in the first quarter of this ...

April 15, 2015
They treat you like a full-paying customer

Lou & Mickey’s If you can handle conventioneer types, this place has the best terrazza in town. It feels like a cross between a Chicago fish ’n’ steak joint and a Paris brasserie. Best of ...

April 15, 2015
Can't buy a thrill like a Steely Dan!

Sunday 19I know it’s cool to hate on Steely Dan, but I can’t and won’t. Yes, I’m about to share — siddown! It’s summer 1970-something and we’re in my cousin Phil’s converted attic bedroom playing ...

April 15, 2015
Coachella spillith over

Thursday 16Britgaze band Ride rides in from Coachella to play Humphrey's by the Bay Thursday. As far as the fuzztoning and moaning English acts of the era go (Mary Chain, Bloody Valentine), Ride was a ...

April 15, 2015
Don't let the size of the list intimidate you

Solare I can’t think of a better way to spend a lazy afternoon than on the gorgeous patio of this chic Italian eatery. Sip Solare’s Blood Orange Daisy, a sophisticated twist on a traditional margarita ...

April 15, 2015
An excuse to eat on the cheap in gussied surroundings

Akinori Sushi Use of marinades distinguish the Edomae style of sushi this spot is known for, and Tuesday through Sunday from 5:30–7pm you may experience select examples at reduced prices. Start with the $10 yellowtail ...

April 15, 2015

Tuesday, April 14

Catalina's calling

Santa Catalina Island, one of the Channel Islands (but not included in the Channel Islands National Park), lies 22 miles off the southern California coast. Though it is privately owned by the Santa Catalina Island ...

When Dido pulls the trigger — gasp!

Point Loma Opera Theater is cranking out performances like mad these days. I caught their double bill of Trouble in Tahiti and Dido and Aeneas on Sunday evening. These were the fourth and fifth productions ...

Big-idea Todd

Todd Macaluso, a Rancho Santa Fe attorney, pleaded guilty today (April 14) to forging signatures of clients and notaries as part of a scheme to put personal-injury clients' cases up as collateral to investors without ...

April 14, 2015
No "jobs killer" here

Looking for a new job is no picnic, but UCSD is the only employer in the county that offers a class on how to get hired. “We tout that,” said Michael Yates, director of talent ...

April 14, 2015
Yay! Got the cash and pills

Paul Pfingst, defense attorney for accused murderer Julie Harper, successfully got 12 items of evidence released from the district attorney during a court hearing yesterday, April 13. This included $30,000 in cash, some of which ...

April 14, 2015
Nathan Fletcher's $3000 triplet flip-flop fine

Fernando Aguerre, cofounder with his brother Santiago of Reef, the world-famous flip-flop maker, is famed for knowing his way around the worlds of fashion, sports, and high-dollar politics. "Inspired by the beautiful women of the ...

April 14, 2015
Thanks for nothin', Uncle Coltin

A scheme to extract illegal cash from an insurance company has a San Diego couple facing insurance fraud charges and resulted in the arrest of the husband's Lake Elsinore uncle, the California Department of Insurance ...

April 14, 2015
Lounging in Baja's San Felipe

Strung like a hammock along the Eastern Baja coast, San Felipe lounges along the sandy beaches of the Sea of Cortez. The town's vibe is as laid back as the lapping of its Caribbean blue–like ...

Charger Girls finally have something to celebrate

On April 8, the state Assembly's Committee on Labor and Employment moved forward a bill authored by San Diego's former labor leader and current assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez that requires sports teams to pay fair wages ...

April 14, 2015
Got fishing reservations?

Tickets for fishing Lake Barrett (aka Barrett Reservoir) go on sale at Ticketmaster online and by phone today. As reported by SDFish.com, there are many new changes for this year, especially for the float-tubers and ...

April 14, 2015

Monday, April 13

Not bulky but bueno

Since the Cork and Craft debuted late last year, beer fans have awaited the debut of its onsite brewery’s ales. This has a lot to do with the fact that the man at the brewhouse ...

Drug snooping at UCSD's Sun God

As a corps of well-paid cops from around the state converge on UCSD's drug-and-booze-plagued Sun God music festival next month, their minds may turn to this year’s happenings at a famous Texas music blow-out. Years ...

April 13, 2015
Will trade my green for your brown

The Miramar Greenery in the Miramar Landfill offers free mulch and compost to San Diego residents, materials that could provide some relief during drought-tightened water restrictions. "Compost when incorporated into soil before planting helps reduce ...

April 13, 2015
Next generation of excellence

Now in its second year, the Ben Vereen Awards “celebrates excellence in high school musical theater.” On April 26, 20 nominees from the local high schools compete to be in the Top Ten representing San ...

Cartman, where are you?

Residents along Encinitas’ Santa Fe Drive may be wondering what’s going on with all the shopping carts. The 19 carts have been sitting for weeks in front of a San Dieguito Water District’s maintenance yard ...

April 13, 2015
Big trout predicted for Eastern Sierra opener

Hundreds of San Diegans are getting ready for the Eastern Sierra trout season opener on April 25. The annual six-hour trek up Highway 395 turns out thousands of anglers from Southern California in search of ...

Why Mount Laguna?

Forget the hustle and bustle of the town. Grab a tent, pack the cooler, and head out east to Mt. Laguna. Only an hour away from San Diego proper, once you turn onto Sunrise Highway ...

Get me into the ballgame

Walk-through metal detectors, electromagnetic hand wands, and other new airport-style security measures led to confusion and a slower-than-usual entry for thousands of fans at the Padres’ annual home opener April 9. New security and screening ...

Hedge fund wants Qualcomm to break up

Activist investment hedge fund Jana Partners this morning (April 13) said it wants Qualcomm to consider spinning off its chip unit from its patent-licensing business. Qualcomm stock is up more than 5 percent in pre-opening ...

April 13, 2015
Catches of the day

April 12 dock totals 32 anglers aboard the Chubasco II 1/2 day am run caught 9 sculpin, 2 sand bass, 3 sheephead, 2 yellowtail, 84 rockfish and 13 vermilion rockfish. The Dolphin 1/2 day am ...

April 13, 2015

Sunday, April 12

Jim Black comes to the Loft at UCSD

Tuesday 14 Brooklyn-based drummer Jim Black comes to The Loft at UCSD (911 Lyman Lane) leading a band with Oscar Noriega, Anthony Burr, and local bassist Mark Dresser at 8:00 p.m. $10 general admission … ...

April 12, 2015
Quartyard’s other eatery

The Quartyard is going great guns. It’s the empty lot that students from NewSchool of Architecture & Design have turned into a social gathering place for East Villagers. See Tin Fork for review of S&M, ...

Local university brokers historic corporate partnership

Just two weeks after The Onion reported that the majority of the planet's uncontaminated water is contained in Coca-Cola products, SD on the QT has learned that the beverage giant has been working with genetic ...

From yellows in the saltwater to reds in the fresh

Weekly Fish Report ½ Day - ¾ Day: Rockfish, sculpin, and calico bass are the main catch on the ½ day boats, with the occasional yellowtail. The ¾ day runs are concentrating on the good ...

April 12, 2015

Saturday, April 11

St. Paddy's Day's dark star

There’s never a shortage of fun imbibing opportunities come St. Patrick’s Day. Most involve Guinness, green beer, or whisky and car-bombs of Irish attribution. Being a beer locavore, I gravitate to March 17 celebrations involving ...

April 11, 2015
More money for city attorney's attorneys

San Diego city councilmembers voted in closed session on March 24 to appeal a judge's decision ordering city attorney Jan Goldsmith to turn over 25,000 pages of city emails sent from his private account. Recipients ...

April 11, 2015
Hey, Doshay, they got your DNA

Jack Henry Doshay, 22, is accused of kidnapping a child at a Solana Beach elementary school two weeks ago. “The sheriff’s crime lab was able to confirm that the defendant’s DNA was in fact on ...

Mess Royale opens in Hillcrest

New York gets most of the good bagel press, but in my travels the bagel culture that’s made the most lasting impression belongs to Montreal. The denser wood-fired bagels trade a hint of salt for ...

Friday, April 10

Something sinister in Warsaw?

On March 26, 2013, Michael Peevey, then president of the California Public Utilities Commission, and Stephen Pickett, then an executive vice president of Southern California Edison, had a secret huddle at the Bristol Hotel in ...

April 10, 2015
Boom purveyors' pollution in light of day

San Diego has had 111 fireworks events since 2011, when the state water-quality control board began requiring permits — not including SeaWorld's maximum of 150 a year, which are counted under a different permit. Most ...

Dumpling Inn is bigger and better

Dumpling Inn has long been one of my top recommendations for Chinese food, but I have always urged people to get their food to go. “It’s impossible to get a seat unless you don’t mind ...

April 10, 2015
Noel Gallagher's Chasing Yesterday — to kick its arse

Elder statesman of British rock Noel Gallagher has ignored the speculation of an Oasis reunion to concentrate on making new music rather than backtracking. However, “Riverman,” the opening scene of the cinematographic Chasing Yesterday, is ...

April 10, 2015
San Diego’s homegrown FBI hacking hit

Mobile phone and computer snooping by police, long a staple in the war against crime, got a boost here 15 years ago with the opening of the nation's first FBI-run regional computer forensics laboratory. "The ...

April 10, 2015
La Jolla’s Catania restaurant rolls out Italiano beers

“Everybody’s doing the local beer thing, so we’re going another direction.” This was my introduction to the beer menu at Catania, the coastal Italian spinoff of the restaurant group comprising Whisknladle and Prepkitchen. Despite this ...

April 10, 2015
Revenge porn site operator sentenced to 18 years in prison

This week, 28-year-old Pacific Beach resident Kevin Bollaert was sentenced for crimes related to the running of his revenge porn site ugotposted.com and his complementary picture-removal service at changemyreputation.com. While ugotposted.com hosted sexually explicit photos ...

Thanks, Mr. Citizen Traffic Engineer

On April 8, residents of Alabama Street between Polk and Howard avenues got approval for a shot at doubling the parking spaces on their street from 23 to 46, by turning the parallel parking on ...

April 10, 2015
Bouncer-friendly Punch Brothers tuck 'em in at the Observatory

Here’s a phrase that’s probably never been uttered by man: “the banjo player with mystique.” That’s Noam Pikelny in a nutshell. Decked out in a white suit, Pikelny’s deep voice and deadpan banter served as ...

April 10, 2015
April 9 dock totals

24 anglers aboard the Chubasco II 1/2 day am run caught 1 sand bass and 53 calico bass, with 75 calico bass released. The New Seaforth 1/2 day am run with 22 anglers aboard returned ...

April 10, 2015
Car-less in Mission Bay

A former wetland dredged in the 1940s to create a water playground surrounded by public parks, San Diego’s Mission Bay is nirvana for those who like easy, scenic bicycling. Paved trails that line much of ...

Wah. What about last year’s water savings?

The San Diego County Water Authority is crying foul when it comes to implementation of water-use reductions called for statewide last week by governor Jerry Brown. "The Water Authority strongly supports additional conservation and the ...

April 10, 2015

Thursday, April 9

The green people are back

Climate change activists were vocal again Wednesday morning (April 8), this time gathering in front of the County Administration Center to promote their goals for a new county climate plan days after asking mayor Kevin ...

John Doe Number One goes after Jeffrey Barton

A man who claimed he was abused at a military academy when he was 14 said he feared his abuser would kill him if he revealed the abuse, according to grand jury transcripts made available ...

Insider hacking and the Coast Guard

Is the United States Coast Guard, a key San Diego player in the battle against drug smuggling and human trafficking from Mexico, setting itself up for computer attacks mounted by its own most trusted employees? ...

April 9, 2015
Amanda Sitton’s acting 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 ...

April 9, 2015
Hot and bothered at San Diego State

San Diego State University is under scrutiny for its handling of a sexual assault investigation. In a lawsuit filed on April 8 in San Diego Superior Court, a now-expelled student is suing the college for ...

April 9, 2015
Cheese dreams in Baja's Ojos Negros

It’s a holdover from Baja's Gold Fever days. A hideaway from the bustle of Ensenada. Drive an hour inland through curvy roads, past an ashram and a blue Madonna painted on a boulder, and eventually ...

Rough country's rewards

There should be a sign, I say to myself every time I park at the end of Monument Road to go hike the Tijuana River Valley. Like the “welcome to our habitat” signs for rattlesnakes ...

Green Flash opening doors to Cellar 3

Most expansion news concerning Green Flash Brewing Company has revolved around the construction of their upcoming Virginia Beach brewery, but today, the company announced the opening date for another venue — a 12,000-square-foot combination barrel-aging, ...

April 9, 2015
More than a little self-congratulatory

The BBC Music Magazine awards were held recently and a few of them are worthy of comment. The BBC Music Magazine Awards are similar to the Gramophone awards, which are similar to the Grammys. Of ...

April 9, 2015
Brunch at Searsucker in the Gaslamp

When someone invites me to dine downtown, my initial reaction is usually one of dread. I can’t consider meeting up with friends or attending an event in the Gaslamp without first suffering through images of ...

All was not well in Lo Yen City

Four employees and the owner of a Chinese restaurant in Tijuana were arrested on April 7 after food inspectors discovered the eatery was butchering and cooking dog meat. Authorities launched an investigation of the Lo ...

April 9, 2015
April 8 dock totals

18 anglers aboard the Chubasco II 1/2 day am run to the La Jolla kelp beds boated 90 calico bass and 1 yellowtail. The Dolphin 1/2 day pm run with 11 anglers aboard reported 4 ...

April 9, 2015

Wednesday, April 8

Accept the craziness of San Diego lobster fisherman

Never name your boat after your wife.

If It was never veiled, all would be spellbound

Then Hallaj stopped by the gate that leads into the Attab Mosque, and began to speak — words some part of which we understood, but part was obscure. Surely, he said in the clearer part, ...

Hopeless Jack & the Handsome Devil sounds down home

To criticize the progressive whitening of the blues, a trend that may have gotten jump-started during the electrified 1970s, would be pointless. African-American origins notwithstanding, blues audiences have shifted away from those roots, as have ...

April 8, 2015
Extreme and bizarre ideas realized

The food community expects me to site an erudite cuisine film like Babette’s Feast or Python’s Meaning of Life with its delicate and romantic wafer-thin mint scene. Ha! I’m more nuanced than that. Just chowed ...

April 8, 2015
Jazz camp dream team

“It’s a small camp by design,” says Dan Atkinson, founder of the UCSD Jazz Camp, an annual workshop open to students aged 14 and up. “We can take a maximum of about 55 students ­— ...

San Diego storm drains on notice

Water-quality advocates are applauding a statewide policy announced Tuesday (April 7) that aims to entirely eliminate trash from the state's water systems and coast over the next ten years. Municipalities have two routes to select ...

April 8, 2015
Lemon Grove Prescotts

Lemon Grove Punks hustle for venues. Tattoo salons, rec centers, taco shops, ice cream parlors. “We played at a local donut shop. It was an awesome show but it started to get wild,” says PSO ...

Deadly white whale infection

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has concluded that SeaWorld Florida did not violate the federal Animal Welfare Act in the February 20 death of Nanuq, a beluga whale loaned by the Vancouver Aquarium to SeaWorld ...

April 8, 2015
Belle and Sebastian's latest LP may sound like a disco album but it's not

“When we talk about ‘disco’ we have different ideas. I think of Arthur Russell and underground dance music.”

April 8, 2015
But will there be enough water for One Paseo?

Three community groups today (April 8) filed a writ of mandate in Superior Court to overturn the city council's March approval of the massive One Paseo development project and the council's certification of the environmental ...

April 8, 2015
Sausage party at the Quartyard

Shipping containers, Porka-cola, 'roo sausage, and downtown denizens brought to the 'yard.

Shoegazi

Set in Italy, the romance-horror flick Spring was scored by Jimmy LaValle (the Album Leaf), and half a dozen tracks he chose were from San Diego’s melancholic indie-folkies Manuok. Scott Mercado, the creative force behind ...

April 8, 2015
Always another reason to scorn

Dear Hipster: What is the significance to popular music, and pop culture in general, if One Direction breaks up following the departure of Zayn Malik from the band? If Justin Bieber has truly slid into ...

April 8, 2015
Far more than pride goeth

Leading man Tyrone Power plays against type in Nightmare Alley (USA,1947, Twentieth Century Fox), the story of a drifter who becomes an ambitious carnival mind-reader. Success at convincing the “marks” of his psychic powers leads ...

April 8, 2015
How did this support life?

Visiting Indian Hill gives us a renewed appreciation for this desert area. Humans have used the area for perhaps several thousand years. The last Indian cultural group to occupy this area was the Kumeyaay. It ...

Lawman and profiteer

San Diego sheriff Bill Gore mistakenly ferreted away more than $5 million of profits from commissaries at local jails, according to a recent audit by the county’s office of auditor and controller. “The Commissary allows ...

April 8, 2015
Turner set free

JMW Turner: Painting Set Free at the Getty through May 24.

April 8, 2015
Keep moving, IRS (nothing to see here)

Dear Hipster: April 15th is right around the corner. I wonder, do hipsters pay their taxes like good citizens? — Call Me “Your Cousin in Government, Irving Radcliff Stevens” The funny thing is, I actually ...

April 8, 2015
It's not about the rug

I was brushing my teeth and weeping. “Great, now you’re crying,” David said sharply. And that was when it happened. The lava-like angst that had been roiling within me all day finally erupted.

April 8, 2015
PASS the fire extinguisher

“We teach people the PASS method, which stands for pull the pin, aim, squeeze, and sweep.”

April 8, 2015
Vinyl Faults

“I was hoping by now to be able to describe more of the details,” Joshua Zimmerman tells the Reader, “but I have to keep it a little vague.” His band, the Silent Comedy, recently recorded ...

April 8, 2015
What happened to Sweetwater Marsh?

From 1916 through 1920, Hercules Powder Company operated a kelp processing plant built on the Sweetwater Marsh to extract materials used in the production of explosives used in World War I. A cotton seed operation ...

SDG&E’s got a gas problem

Efforts by San Diego Gas & Electric to push through a new gas-fired power plant in Carlsbad fly in the face of instructions from the California Public Utilities Commission, Sierra Club lawyers contend. “Under the ...

April 8, 2015
"This is the second time I've had to call you people."

Dangerous Situation I have a concern about your April 2 cover photo. You might notify your grinning, overfed cover dude, along with the staging photographers, that bicycle-riding on a walkway is unlawful. Two-hundred pounds of ...

April 8, 2015
Cultural hiccups amid marital bliss

It is first important to understand that my husband and I are not only from different cultures; we also had very different childhoods. I’m Australian and grew up in a small middle-class town in Queensland, ...

April 8, 2015
Approaching lunacy

It’s going to take some hefty cash for San Diego State University to finally find its way, judging by a new campus navigation project described at a recent board meeting of the school’s nonprofit Campanile ...

April 8, 2015
Counting fish

April 7 dock totals 16 anglers aboard the Chubasco II 1/2 day am run caught 1 yellowtail, 2 rockfish and 51 calico bass, with 85 calico bass Released. The Dolphin 1/2 day am run with ...

April 8, 2015
Tying the Knot

We tried the single sheet bend, The double sheet bend, The double eye knot, The sliding overhead knot, The round-turn fishhook tie, The figure eight knot, The half-blood knot, The jansik special, The homer rhode ...

April 8, 2015
Psycho-sexual religious psychedelia

It’s tough to pick just a couple movies. Firstly, I am going with The Devils (England, 1971, Warner Brothers). I like most all of Ken Russell’s films but this one from 1971 is my favorite. ...

April 8, 2015

Tuesday, April 7

Samples at the Symphony

The San Diego Symphony is offering a pay-what-you-want sampling of next year's season. The orchestra will be performing sections of the 2015-2016 season. There will be an open bar. I mean, the bar will be ...

Mud and infidels: Djenné, Mali

When the first rays of sunrise strike the great mosque at Djenné, many believers fall to their knees from its beauty. Djenné, Mali, is a fly speck on a map. Overlooked by most travelers, it's ...

Off-beat rainbow

Open stage. Rear wall: five vertical stripes — green, yellow, red, blue, orange — an off-beat rainbow. Six performers walk eight steps forward, turn, and walk eight steps back on invisible aisles for 45 minutes. ...

Tributes to Steve Kowit

Steve Kowit, leader among the San Diego poets and editor of the weekly poetry column in the Reader since 2006, passed away in his sleep April 2. The following are among the tributes to Kowit ...

April 7, 2015
Who wants to be the philosopher king?

I think we're stuck with Shostakovich as the last composer to write a great symphony. Michael Tippett is also a candidate, but he doesn't have Shostakovich's stature. I hate to play the blame game but ...

April 7, 2015
Leave Tiger alone!

The “story” at this week’s Masters is Tiger Woods. Can he make the cut? Can he win? Vegas now says 40-1. In the age of “right this minute” media mania, golf pundits question his “chipping ...

April 7, 2015
Bonkers for bikeways

The Plaza Bonita Bikeway and Sweetwater Bikeway are now connected and open for use. The two protected lanes linking Bonita Road to the Sweetwater Bikeway along the Sweetwater River (and on to the Bayshore Bikeway) ...

April 7, 2015
Faulconer’s "drought messaging" tab: $1.6 million

If anyone ends up happy about California's drought, it may be the recipient of a new $1.6 million PR contract from the City of San Diego, already noted for out-of-town promotional pilgrimages made by ex–public ...

April 7, 2015
This pizza counter keeps on going

I’m often amazed at the pizza microclimates and how some people are prejudiced against one or another. One friend of mine, a Chicago native, has strong opinions against New York style pizza. He also disparages ...

L.A. in a day (by train)

If you like variety, follow me to an L.A. experience that will challenge your senses – not your purse. The walking exercise on this day trip approximates six miles; I took all day, but you ...

The green people are at the door, Mr. Mayor

A host of green-minded organizations gathered in front of city hall on Monday afternoon (April 6) to ask mayor Kevin Faulconer to devote additional funding to begin implementing some of the measures in his draft ...

Another lake record

Lake Poway has announced that they are cancelling the last two trout stocks scheduled for April 15 and April 29 due to warm weather. Another lake record was set by Mario Kimble of Bonita at ...

April 7, 2015

Monday, April 6

Tasering the competition

Sheriff Bill Gore is out shopping for body cameras just as the provider of the costly electronic devices to San Diego police is coming in for a sizable dose of national scrutiny. A March 20 ...

April 6, 2015
In raunchy-funky's absence...

Fifteen years ago, officials in Imperial Beach proposed transforming the raunchy, funky Seacoast Inn — its redeeming feature being the location on the sand — into a resort and luring upscale tourists to the most ...

Mine shafted

A cheating husband lured his married, pregnant girlfriend to a remote desert location by hinting that he was going to propose marriage to her, but instead the woman was strangled and hidden in a mine ...

April 6, 2015
Too late for the baby who died

The intersection of Catalina Boulevard and Cañon Street has been on the City's radar for a number of years, documents obtained through a public records request show. Seven-month-old Juniper Aavang died and her father John ...

April 6, 2015
Marks Brothers plus Open Loose at UCSD

Tuesday 7 Bassist Ben Wanicur hosts the monthly jam session at 3rd Space (4610 Park Boulevard) with Jason Shattil on piano and Charlie Weller on drums at 8:00 p.m. for a $5 cover … big ...

Plainly constitutional

On Friday (April 3), the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld a district court decision that keeps corporations and associations from being official proponents of ballot measures. A group called Chula ...

April 6, 2015
Moving, shaking, brewing

It’s been nearly two years since Urge Gastropub co-owner Grant Tondro announced a grand scheme to convert a former Vista fitness center into a combination brewpub, bottle shop, and bowling alley. That ambitious interest was ...

Easter Sunday fishing report

April 5 dock totals 37 anglers aboard the Dolphin 1/2 day am run caught 1 sheephead, 16 sculpin, 1 barred sand bass, 121 rockfish, 50 mackerel and 2 lingcod. The Prowler overnight run with 15 ...

April 6, 2015

Sunday, April 5

The Paleo TV dinner

I’m no fitness buff, and I honestly think the Paleo diet sounds like something only primitive thinkers would embrace. I mean, sure the Neanderthals were in good shape and all, but give them a comfortable ...

USD students rally to save Torquemada Chapel

TRAPPED INSIDE AN IRON MAIDEN, UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO — Inspired by the UCSD student body's heroic defense of its Ché Café, USD students today staged a massive protest in an effort to stop the ...

Spring bites

Weekly Fish Report ½ Day - ¾ Day: Rockfish, sculpin and calico bass are the main catch on the ½ day boats, with the occasional yellowtail. Kayakers and private boaters are getting good action on ...

April 5, 2015

Saturday, April 4

Obecian Italian American

I didn’t recognize Espresso Cucina after a few years living away from OB, so when we walked in the tactfully decorated dining room I thought maybe a new restaurant had opened. It took a little ...

Easter at the movies: a time for reflection

Easter is not a holiday readily associated with high-volume moviegoing, but you wouldn't know it by these clippings featuring stars and cinema chains keen on having patrons making a pit stop at their local odeons ...

April 4, 2015
Casino boss told to butt out of button rumpus

On Tuesday (March 31), the National Labor Relations Board, which monitors unfair labor practices, told Casino Pauma in Pauma Valley that it has to rescind anti-union practices such as prohibiting employees from wearing union buttons. ...

April 4, 2015
Local reservation to serve as location for new San Diego football stadium

Statement from Viejas spokesman Sam Runningback: "Thanks to certain provisions within the U.S. tax code with regard to Indian gaming, we believe we can operate the San Diego Chargers on Mr. Spanos's behalf and avoid ...

Ocean to table

April 3 dock totals 40 anglers aboard the Chubasco II 1/2 day am run caught 1 sculpin, 1 rockfish, 36 calico bass and 1 bonito, with 150 calico bass released. The Pronto 3/4 day run ...

April 4, 2015

Friday, April 3

Revolving Sushi Bar opens on Convoy

The first thing you’ll need to do after finding a seat at KULA Revolving Sushi Bar is to listen carefully to the instructions you’ll be given. For example, “Do not touch Mr. Fresh.” This anthropomorphized ...

True-blue Bahamas

For most of its history, Grand Bahama Island only had a few hundred people and no development. In 1955, a Virginian named Wallace Grove, eyeing the tourism of nearby Cuba, created the planned city of ...

The milk stout route

I felt like I’d unwrapped a foil-sheathed candy bar to reveal a golden ticket and been ushered to the site where some of my favorite things are made — specifically, the exotic specialty beers of ...

Where there's hope, there's a fire station

For sale or lease: one used fire station. The City of Encinitas is looking for another use for the old Cardiff by the Sea fire station. Built in 1960, the 1600-square-foot, two-truck station was the ...

But would audiences love him?

I'm starting to wonder if a composer's name helps maintain their status? Think about that for a moment. How many composers have names that are difficult? There are a few, mainly Russian, but by and ...

April 3, 2015
What did the bacteria say to the cigarette?

Researchers at UC San Diego and the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System have found a population whose health actually improves when exposed to cigarette smoke: deadly, antibiotic-resistant "superbugs" such as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, commonly ...

April 3, 2015
The Zombies come to life at Bar Pink

On taking a run at the Zombies, Bart Mendoza (who orchestrated the tribute show) relates, “As a kid, I was intrigued by the way they dressed. Paul Atkinson was my inspiration — I wore a ...

April 3, 2015
Faulconer insider bags rich stadium deal

San Diego's growing reputation for secret city deals with those financially linked to GOP mayor Kevin Faulconer is unlikely to be dispelled by the latest news from the Qualcomm Stadium front. The trend first received ...

April 3, 2015
Mule manure monitor?

When Armando Gonzalez was arrested last week for placing a hidden camera in a Chula Vista border patrol station restroom, authorities thought they had nabbed a garden variety pervert. They certainly didn’t believe his story: ...

Hozier by Hozier

With a chorus reminiscent of classic Elton John and viral video amassing more than 100 million YouTube views, “Take Me to Church” quickly placed Irish singer-songwriter Andrew Hozier-Byrne (aka Hozier) on America’s musical pulpit. While ...

April 3, 2015
Nah, don't want to spend it on low-income housing

The city can no longer stash more than $12 million in former redevelopment money intended for building low- and moderate-income housing, says a January 20 letter from California's Department of Finance. On April 6, the ...

April 3, 2015

Thursday, April 2

No rain, but…flash flood at Sunset Cliffs?

Mid-afternoon on March 31, water flowed over the edge of Sunset Cliffs onto an area beach for at least two hours. There has been no rain in the area since March 1, according to the ...

Centennial suds

In January, I reported on a beer commemorating the 100th anniversary of Balboa Park named Centennial IPA. Karl Strauss Brewing Company brewmaster Paul Segura and Automatic Brewing Co. owner and head brewer Lee Chase collaborated ...

April 2, 2015
Aw, man, you got ginkgo biloba'ed?

For at least a century, people have been told that smart pills really don't make you smarter. Now the thesis is being tested in federal court in San Diego. A case originally filed in San ...

April 2, 2015
One nation, under California

The exceptionally low turnout in the 2014 election cycle is shaping up to have an interesting effect on the 2016 election year. The number of signatures required to place a citizen-backed initiative on the next ...

April 2, 2015
Reduce water…and continue building? Huh?

Yesterday (April 1), Governor Jerry Brown imposed statewide mandatory water restrictions for the first time in history. He wants California's water use slashed by 25 percent. He read off some horrifying statistics: the state's snowpack ...

Compost County

It’s not easy to be a composter in San Diego. There are state, county, and in some cases, even city rules about odors, size and more. Now, however, soil tenders have hope. CalRecycle, the state ...

April 2, 2015
Shopping like a foodie: Heart & Trotter

"Those eggs are gorgeous." I was standing in the middle of a very crowded soft-opening day at Heart & Trotter, North Park's new "whole animal butcher shop." The place promises all local, hormone- and antibiotic-free ...

Council Democrat travels free on labor's dime

It's the first week of April, time for San Diego's politicos to fess up about the outside income they received and the gifts and trips they accepted in 2014. As usual, mayor Kevin Faulconer did ...

April 2, 2015
Forget Tijuana if you need an organ transplant

Dozens of Tijuanans in need of organ transplants have died needlessly because public health officials have failed to maintain organ-donor programs at government hospitals and clinics, the president of the Association of Transplants and Renal ...

April 2, 2015
Jacked by the Box

North Park residents are appealing a decision from Superior Court judge Robert Prager to dismiss the lawsuit they filed over the massive overhaul of a Jack in the Box restaurant in North Park. The basis ...

Yesterday's fishing report is no joke

Since my report is about yesterday's fishing, April 1, I have to note that this is the real deal and not an April Fool's gag. About the only thing one could say as a joke ...

April 2, 2015

Wednesday, April 1

Defibrillators spread around San Diego

Dr. Ken Anderson, the affable owner of Pacific Beach’s Anderson Medical Clinic, has his hands folded, fingers interlaced, on his desk. He’s remembering the date, September 26, 2010. That day, the temperature over 100 degrees ...

April 1, 2015
Political labors

State senator Joel Anderson, preparing for a political wrestling match with fellow Republican Dianne Jacob for her county supervisorial seat next year, is on the prowl for a few new student interns. “Leapfrog your peers ...

April 1, 2015
Legit salad

“People around Nazareth only harvest the olives every second year, so the trees have time to recover.”

Ten songs that make you want to fall in love with (at?) the movies

1) “Saturday Night at the Movies” by the Drifters The Drifters was formed in 1953 and in the 62 ensuing years, the band played on in spite of the multitudinous changes in personnel. R&B singer ...

April 1, 2015
Existential Donkey

Unlike Harsh Toke, Soft Lions, and Prayers — San Diego bands that headlined at this year’s South by Southwest music festival — the Donkeys were one of many bands who made the trek to Austin ...

April 1, 2015
Passport for global beer travel

An international craft oasis in El Cajon's American macrobrew desert.

UCSD bombshell

Last July, auditors for the University of California dropped a bombshell on the San Diego campus. Following the May death of undergraduate computer science student Ricardo “Ricky” Ambriz after a Sun God Festival drug overdose, ...

April 1, 2015
Doyle Bramhall II music is a train that runs right on time

The job of any Texas blues-rock guitarist is to rise above all other such Texas guitarists that came before him or her and, good lordy, that deck is stacked. The Lone Star State has given ...

April 1, 2015
Movie theater popcorn in your home!

“What the hell do you think you’re doing?” barked Larry in an accusatory tone second to none. With a dirty Farberware pot in one hand, a soapy sponge in the other, and a sink before ...

April 1, 2015
The White Snake slithers into the Old Globe

"Sir, you are married to a snake!” the holy man Fa Hai tells bewildered Xu Xian at the Golden Monastery. “You are coiled in the snares of a snake demon.” His wife and her sidekick ...

You’ll laugh, you’ll weep

“The production and arrangements on this album feel very Louisiana Delta to us,” says Calman Hart of the upcoming Berkley Hart full-length. “It’s really a double album. Twenty songs.” “It’s named after a song on ...

April 1, 2015
Padres TV takeover

A big new dose of video advertising is in store for baseball fans at Padres games this year. “Five new ribbon displays will be added to the seating fascia at Petco Park along each baseline ...

April 1, 2015
After we die, we’re going to be part of that dream

No longer assume that everyone goes to church, synagogue, mosque, or temple.

April 1, 2015
Vespa Guy, please park however you want

Forty-something shouldn’t be a viable, die-able age.

April 1, 2015
Need a swift sailor to operate a swift boat

They’re officially called Patrol Craft Fast (PCFs), but the men who served on them during Vietnam have always known them as swift boats. The Navy first used the swift boats in the coastal waters to ...

Public health? Over it!

What’s next, government subsidies for mustache care?

April 1, 2015
Bo Diddley’s pick stolen

According to Folk Art Rare Records owner Brendan Boyle, on the morning of February 25, a framed piece of San Diego music history was stolen from the walls of Folk Arts Rare Records. The missing ...

Hoof it in Anza-Borrego’s Sandstone Canyon

Sandstone Canyon is one of several long canyons that stretch down the flanks of the rapidly eroding Vallecito Mountains. Frequent visitors to this part of the Anza-Borrego Desert consider Sandstone Canyon to be the most ...

Golf, golfed, golfing

Never liked golf in high school or college; it was something old people did. Old people dressed up in clown clothes, drove their station wagons to the country club, climbed into golf carts, snaked around ...

April 1, 2015
Give me the pills and nobody gets hurt

The downside of happy-pill nation.

April 1, 2015
That includes you, Reader!

Mellon’s Hand The article (News Ticker: “Blame Reagan, Bush Jr, Obama…and Andrew Mellon”) said that “Laffer lauds tax policies of Andrew T. Mellon,” but did not specify Mellon’s hand in transforming a voluntary excise on ...

April 1, 2015
Ode to My Terrible Poem

I loathe you more than a full blown tantrum. More than eating crow with your tongue shoved down my throat. More than hip hop, more than this red thong shimmied up my ass. I’d rather ...

April 1, 2015
One big sunfish!

Another big fish in the books for 2015. Diamond Valley Marina reported that Jesse Mena caught a 4.72-pound redear sunfish on a nightcrawler at Diamond Valley Lake, breaking the previous lake record of 4.48 pounds. ...

April 1, 2015
Referendum renderings

Chamber of commerce chieftain and ex–San Diego mayor Jerry Sanders — widely credited with pioneering the use of the referendum process to outrun city-council decisions on hiking the minimum wage and planning for Barrio Logan ...

April 1, 2015
Jehu sells out — twice!

Sunday 5L.A. show band Vaud & the Villains will perform their latest jazzy noir at Belly Up Sunday night. It’s like dinner theater without the garlic mash. I’ve never been because I’ve never been that ...

April 1, 2015
From Venice Beach: Shriners, Dustbowlers, and Vinyl Junkies

Thursday 2The gf and her bff are pleased as punch with their pair of sold-out TV on the Radio @ Observatory North Park tickets, thanks to yours true. I handed them over when I saw ...

April 1, 2015
Record-release roundup

Tolan Shaw chose San Dieguito Academy in Encinitas to host the April 3 release of his Chin Up EP. “The Performing Arts Center is a brand new theater at my old high school, which is ...

April 1, 2015
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