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Stories for August 2015

Monday, August 31

Hammerhead clears the surf at La Jolla Shores

This past weekend, 296,700 people visited San Diego City beaches. Lifeguards performed 17,605 preventative acts, 176 medical assists and 329 rescues. Heat and strong rip currents were contributing factors to the high numbers. 8/30 Person ...

Coronado councilman aims to “de-sign” town

In response to the Coronado City Council’s approval of a $475,000 “wayfinding” program, councilman Richard Bailey has launched his own counter-initiative: a sign-reduction program to reduce unnecessary signage throughout the community. On June 16, the ...

August 31, 2015
Striking gold with Digging for Fire director Joe Swanberg

With almost 20 films to his credit, you’ll be surprised to learn that Digging for Fire, currently playing at the Gaslamp, is only the second one of Joe Swanberg’s films to land a commercial release ...

August 31, 2015
Good/bad news in Manchester world

Manchester Texas Financial Group of Austin, Texas, headed by Douglas W. Manchester, son of Douglas F. ("Papa Doug") Manchester, has enjoyed some good news. Manchester Texas is building a $350 million convention center hotel in ...

August 31, 2015
Skateboard consumerism is not a crime

Saturday, August 29, was like Black Friday to the San Diego skateboarding world, as hundreds of teenagers lined up for hours for the annual Kayo sale. Kayo is the distributor of some of the industry’s ...

August 31, 2015
Hey, not everyone is good with numbers

It’s open season for a seat on the San Ysidro School District board for the post recently vacated by Jose Barajas, a trustee who decided to resign instead of face a recall election. The governing ...

August 31, 2015
Humpbacks making a splash

Inshore: Bonito have moved into the inshore waters with the barracuda just off the kelp edges and are providing anglers with a little more variety. Halibut and sheephead are biting well when targeted. Whitefish are ...

August 31, 2015
Amazon wouldn't be able to deliver by drone. Wah.

A newly passed bill awaiting signature by governor Jerry Brown seeks to impose a restriction on pilots of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones), which would prevent them from being flown at an altitude lower than 350 ...

August 31, 2015
Yellowfin again top the list

Sunday's fishing out of San Diego-based landings was again excellent and provided lots of table fare for lovers of the "fairer flesh." Yellowfin tuna continues to dominate the counts and anglers are taking advantage of ...

August 31, 2015

Sunday, August 30

Bill Virchis knows what the theater community needs right now

If there were a San Diego Theater Hall of Fame, William Virchis would be a first ballot honoree. He has acted, directed, and produced theater almost since his birth, in 1944. He’s also taught thousands ...

August 30, 2015
Wave of the baton creates political intrigue

Politics in classical music is not new. Mozart, Beethoven, Wagner, Shostakovich, and countless other composers were politically active and, at times, censored. Almost every mid-20th-century conductor, singer, and instrumental soloist was politicized by World War ...

Sharp rebuked

A wrongful-termination suit that had been thrown out by a Superior Court judge was reinstated in August by the Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District. Karen Nosal-Tabor, a registered nurse who formerly worked in the ...

August 30, 2015
Charlie Arbelaez Quartet at Croce's Park West

Tuesday 1Bassist Ben Wanicur's monthly jam session returns to 3rd Space (4610 Park Boulevard) with Robert Dove and Matthew Smith for $5 cover. Wednesday 2 Catch Tin/Bag and the Nathan Hubbard Quartet with Kris Tiner, ...

August 30, 2015
Last Call: West Side Story, Parlour Song

West Side Story. “Here come the Jets like a bat out of hell, someone gets in our way, someone don’t feel so well!” Lamb’s Players excellent show has enjoyed an extended run with good reason: ...

Venice Pizza House does it old-school delicious

The nature of journalism, even food writing, is to report “news,” not “olds.” The result is that foodies and food writers will often focus on the next food trend or new eating spot at the ...

The fight for freedom of street sleep

After dark, parking a home is a problem. That was clear in 2010, when advocates for the houseless opened the first overnight safe parking lot. And the need goes on. “The program was a direct ...

Saturday, August 29

World history pawns

For Whom the Bell Tolled A Spanish Civil War story Dave Chriss balances a Scotch and water on the arm of a crushed-velvet chair in his Mira Mesa living room. He awaits the arrival of ...

August 29, 2015
Craft beer scene yields to burgeoning local heroin industry

Recent data released by SANDAG shows that heroin use among arrested San Diegans has tripled since 2002. Today, over 15 percent of all women and 13 percent of all men who get taken into custody ...

Smokin' bonito and skipjack

There are still some schools of large bluefin tuna around, though the yellowfin are taking center stage in the dock counts. Dorado are still being caught in numbers I have never seen within two-day range ...

August 29, 2015

Friday, August 28

Beer with that fresh-mowed lawn flavor

As if it weren't already hard enough on a beer reporter's narrative flow to discuss the multi-label San Marcos brewhouse known as Port Brewing and the Lost Abbey, earlier this year it launched yet another ...

August 28, 2015
Micro-robots released at UC-San Diego

Researchers at the University of California San Diego have announced the development of 3-D printed "microrobots" that can be programmed to swim through a liquid, removing specific toxins found within. "We have developed an entirely ...

August 28, 2015
Chargers, Airbnb, and Mark Fabiani’s vicious knife fighter

Two colleagues from the White House of Democratic president Bill Clinton and his vice president, Al Gore, have followed twisted but prosperous paths since those halcyon years of Whitewater and Monica Lewinsky. Arguably the most ...

August 28, 2015
FastPass border crossing initiative falls flat

On August 1, Mexico's San Ysidro pedestrian border crossing — long a favorite for American daytrippers heading into Tijuana — got a little less unregulated, as the country began running walkers through its newly built ...

Former UCAN founder wins lawsuit

Michael Shames yesterday (August 27) won a lawsuit filed against him by the Utility Consumers Action Network (UCAN), which he had cofounded. UCAN had filed suit claiming that Shames owed it $450,000. By 11 to ...

August 28, 2015
All are welcome in the Yours Truly family

Phora connected with fans, his “family” to use his words, with intimacy in the House of Blues’ Voodoo Room. At a time in hip-hop when artists are preoccupied with describing often fictitious material possessions and ...

Another shortbill spearfish in San Diego waters

The bonito are coming on strong locally and a few more exotics hit the dock yesterday. A striped marlin, 1 shortbill spearfish, and an opah were caught within 50 miles of San Diego. Here are ...

August 28, 2015
Who says you can't do Paris in two days?

Arriving in Paris without your luggage might seem like a huge damper for the start of a mini–Euro trip. But with the sights and sounds of the City of Lights, all thoughts of my lost ...

August 28, 2015
Jockey Victor Espinoza to dance with other stars

It was announced August 25 that Del Mar’s own winning jockey, Victor Espinoza, will appear on ABC’s 21st season of Dancing with the Stars. It was Espinoza who rode American Pharaoh in the three races ...

August 28, 2015
Miguel's provocative Wildheart might make you blush

Warning: listening to Miguel’s Wildheart in mixed company might make you blush. On his third album, the R&B raconteur advances from 2012’s sultry, Grammy-winning “Adorn” to “the valley,” a triple-X homage to SoCal’s porn capital. ...

August 28, 2015
Iranian national sentenced in San Diego

Arash Ghahreman, a naturalized United States citizen and former Iranian national, yesterday (August 27) was sentenced to six and a half years in prison for his role in a scheme to purchase marine navigation and ...

August 28, 2015

Thursday, August 27

Conceptual art as a reference for conceptual music

The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living. This is the title of a piece of art from 1991 by Damien Hirst. The work of art is a tiger shark in a ...

August 27, 2015
Free airport politico parking? Priceless.

When it comes to favors done for members of the California legislature, those free and walkable parking spaces quietly maintained by the San Diego Regional Airport Authority for politicos are regarded as among the best ...

August 27, 2015
Affordable housing expert slighted by KPBS?

Tom Karlo, general manager for San Diego's public broadcasting network KPBS, stands by his staff's decision to rescind an invitation for affordable-housing advocate Richard Lawrence to appear on the station's Midday Edition program on August ...

August 27, 2015
The sweat test

I recently heard a kid at the park complaining about being sweaty. He went over to his parent and got some water and was told to “take it easy, buddy.” I realize this is a ...

August 27, 2015
Gunman opens fire outside Tijuana funeral home

An AK-47-wielding gunman opened fire outside a Tijuana funeral home minutes before midnight on Tuesday, August 25, killing two and injuring seven others. Mourners had gathered at La Esperanza funeral home on Avenida Negrete at ...

August 27, 2015
What a Dragmaster it is getting old

A historic building, once the hub of drag racing in the U.S., is getting a facelift in the downtown village of Carlsbad. The old auto-mechanic shop and quonset hut in the 2700 block of State ...

San Diego: Tech City, U.S.A., babies

Technology accounted for 11.1 percent of San Diego County jobs last year but 22 percent of total wages, according to a new study by Kelly Cunningham, economist for the National University System Institute for Policy ...

August 27, 2015
This place just took over as my number-one Thai option

Google describes Supannee House of Thai as a “No-frills Thai restaurant,” and having driven past the ho-hum storefront several times without going in, I assumed this was accurate. Sharing a drab shopping center lot with ...

Shotgun ambassador

San Diego’s most recognized radio deejay has learned that his gig is over. After 18 years at L.A.’s classic hits station KRTH-101, Shotgun Tom Kelly was told his contract as the afternoon drive-time host would ...

August 27, 2015
The pay is decent, but is Greenpeace?

Under the support and guidance of a budding political movement calling itself Socialist Alternative, the bulk of the local fundraising staff for Greenpeace have walked off the job amid demands for a change in employment ...

August 27, 2015
Gigantic proportions

Shrek: The Musical is part romance, part twisted fairy and all irreverent fun, and the large cast is currently strutting their stuff at the Moonlight Amphitheater. Based on the Oscar-winning film from Dreamworks, the show ...

August 27, 2015
Gregory Page and friends to perform free Balboa Park concert

While a Balboa Park centennial committee blew through $2 million before it was disbanded after coming up with nothing, a group of accomplished acoustic artists are banding together for an old-timey, low-tech, free-admission concert Saturday ...

August 27, 2015
The big guy wins another in Carlsbad

Over 350 people turned out for the Carlsbad City Council meeting on August 25. The hot-button issue was the proposed shopping center on 203 acres of the Ukagawa family's strawberry fields, above the Agua Hedionda ...

August 27, 2015

Wednesday, August 26

Professional criminal re-starts life at San Diego community college

“I’ve always been hard-headed,” confesses Lucas Taylor, “and I have lots of trouble listening to other people’s views. I like math, though. There’s always one right answer.” The first semester has ended, and Taylor and ...

August 26, 2015
God, why has thou forsaken me?

Think, O my soul, who it is that cryeth my God, my God, why has thou forsaken me? He to whom the eternal father said, this is my well beloved son in whom I am ...

Damned North Park

“I know what the weather’s like back home. My wife keeps bloody complaining about it.” This, followed by a case of the giggles. It’s Pinch, the Damned’s drummer of the past 16 years, on the ...

August 26, 2015
A mournful National Dog Day in Ocean Beach

Regina Lovato liked to take her Maltipoo (Maltese-poodle mix), Aria, and her blue pit bull, Yates, to Ocean Beach’s Dog Beach nearly every afternoon. Since Aria was attacked and killed by a black Labrador-retriever mix ...

August 26, 2015
Spy set for streaming

My first pick is The Thing, by John Carpenter (USA, 1982, Universal). I love the horror and suspense that permeates this movie. It generates the feeling of paranoia and a Lovecraftian feeling of hopelessness. The ...

August 26, 2015
Puppy supply line threatened

Even though pet-store operator David Salinas's legal bills are mounting, cities are outlawing his puppy-supply pipeline, and animal-welfare activists continue to bite into him, he plans to continue selling puppies. "If you run a small ...

Foreign exchange with Quel Bordel

Follows is some “how to” advice from San Diego band Quel Bordel. How to get a tour in the south of France and come home with money: Quel Bordel singer/guitarist Jakovich Skolnick met the band ...

August 26, 2015
Weak at the knees — That's What Cheese Said!

Fact is, I’m in a bit of a hurry. Bus to catch in 20 minutes. Just time to down a couple of those $2 quickie beer tasters they have here at Mission Brewery on 13th. ...

Caribbean drink, Hawaiian twist

Over at the Lazy Dog, it’s “Hasta la vista!” to the lime and “Aloha” to the pineapple, now that accidents of circumstance have brought two popular spheres of influence – the lime and the pineapple ...

August 26, 2015
Drummer comes to town and gets Slightly Stoopid

Reggae-rockers Slightly Stoopid had already been around a few years before hiring drummer Ryan Moran, aka RyMo, who moved to town from Northern California in 1994. “I came to San Diego to study music at ...

August 26, 2015
Perfect movie, perfect soundtrack

I have two go-to movies. First, there’s Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner (USA/England, 1982, Warner Brothers), the director’s cut version, which removes the voice-over narration by Harrison Ford. Blade Runner’s dark, brooding style is like moving ...

August 26, 2015
The Aristocrats — hippies on jazz

Stranger than fiction by a country mile: the Kentucky meat shower, as reported by the New York Times in March of 1876 was a filthy (and thankfully short-lived) rain of little pieces of raw meat ...

August 26, 2015
Best to wake up early for this La Jolla Cove walk

Stroll along one of the most picturesque parts of the San Diego coastline.

August 26, 2015
Gaga for Gerwig

Greta Gerwig is the winning costar (with Lola Kirke) and cowriter (with director Noah Baumbach) of Mistress America, the story of two women at opposite ends of the NYC gauntlet. Young Tracy (Kirke) has just ...

August 26, 2015
From couch potato to Potato Chip Rock

Julian Duval is about to rock my world. The 68-year-old president of the San Diego Botanic Garden drives me around the garden in a golf cart talking my ear off and making me laugh with ...

August 26, 2015
Bra help

“No matter what gravity does to your boobs, I don’t think you’ll ever go to Walmart with them tucked into your pants.”

August 26, 2015
Better Buzz mini empire expands their off-center third-wave style

The Coast Highway in Encinitas is home to another coffee shop. Vista-based roaster Better Buzz opened a 1900-square-foot storefront on August 8. It’s the sixth shop for the retail chain, which also has locations in ...

August 26, 2015
The state of the U-T and Tribune Publishing

Taking a cue from the late New York mayor Ed Koch, a loyal newspaper reader might ask, “How is the San Diego Union-Tribune doing?” More to the point, how is the financial condition of the ...

August 26, 2015
Record-release roundup

Authentic Sellout, fronted by Iacon Sound Studios honcho Sulo King, will play a record-release party at the Casbah on Friday, August 28, for a bill headlined by Sprung Monkey and supported by Processor. Chickenbone Slim’s ...

August 26, 2015
In love with the child-free life

Even the receptionist at work, who was probably around 40 at the time, took to singing at me each time I passed her desk, “First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the baby in the baby carriage.”

August 26, 2015
Yesterday's dock totals

The fishing has been wide open for the boats out of San Diego Landings this past week with many anglers getting limits of yellowfin tuna and dorado. 1/2 day boats are mostly fishing the kelp ...

August 26, 2015
Hipsters don't like hipsters

Dear Hipster: Are there any movies about hipsters? Google comes up with a list of movies hipsters watch, or hipster characters, but I envision a pretty cool, funny movie about hipsters and hipster culture — ...

August 26, 2015
Surfboard fishing in Pacific Beach

The off-limits fishing area in P.B. isn’t as big as it seems.

Recommended by Netflix

Netflix recommended Blue Ruin by Jeremy Saulnier to me (USA/France, 2013, Radius). I’d been on a roll of finding gems in the Net-flix catalog and decided to approach this viewing by avoiding any reviews, summaries, ...

August 26, 2015
The woman singing in the kitchen

“[Anza] is a tiny town at the top of the mountain in between Temecula and Palm Springs,” says Christy Barrett. “There’s a Dairy Queen when you pass through, there’s a Mobil, there’s a Circle K, ...

August 26, 2015
How will Qualcomm layoffs affect SD area?

The head-chopping at Qualcomm may not be a total disaster.

August 26, 2015
Incoming!

Good Advice in Australia or India, but not Clairemont Neighborhood News contained a cautionary tale about rattlesnakes in Clairemont that reminded me of when Chicken Little thought the sky was falling. Four rattlesnakes were seen ...

August 26, 2015
Chargers stadium “satisfaction survey” will cost taxpayers

There have been a few changes in San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer’s plan to run a public opinion survey before his proposed January vote on a new Chargers stadium in Mission Valley. A revised request ...

August 26, 2015
Tomato wars: Indigo Rose takes on the heirloom

Post Title: Veggie Highlight: Indigo Rose Tomato Post Date: June 12, 2015 Heirloom tomatoes often steal the show in summer gardens, but every now and then a newer variety comes out that we just have ...

Like two violins doing it

Thursday 27So, the Melvins/Big Business gig sold out Casbah Thursday night. Go ahead, take a minute.... Okay? Okay. The power-pop singer/songwriter Thomas Walsh, aka Pugwash, is a hit in his native Ireland, where he’s flourished ...

August 26, 2015
Three Poems by John Dryden

Happy the Man Happy the man, and happy he alone, He who can call today his own: He who, secure within, can say, Tomorrow do thy worst, for I have lived today. Be fair or ...

August 26, 2015
Calliope Musicals brings a confetti cannon to a fun fight

Sunday 30From Austin, Texas, the “psychedelic party folk and disco honky-tonk” sextet Calliope Musicals head west and hit Soda Bar on Sunday. NPR’s “All Songs Considered” says of the traveling circus, “Who brings a confetti ...

August 26, 2015

Tuesday, August 25

Coronado plans for a more crowded future

The Coronado City Council unanimously voted last week to reconsider its allocation of $100,000 to study the possibility of a multi-use bike path along Coronado’s Ocean Boulevard. More than 100 people packed City Hall for ...

August 25, 2015
The Bolt that won't bolt on you

August 21st marked the opening of Little Italy's latest beer-tasting room, as La Mesa–based Bolt Brewery began serving beer at the corner of India and Grape streets, in what used to be the North End ...

August 25, 2015
Invasive child exam just part of the lawsuit

A female Navy officer is suing San Diego County Health and Human Services for removing her two-year-old son from her care while she was on duty and placing him in a youth home where he ...

August 25, 2015
One San Diego bad boy sentenced, one released

Alfred Louis "Bobby" Vassallo, perpetrator of telecom scams, was sentenced to a year and a day in prison in federal court in the Central District of California on August 24. The onetime La Jollan had ...

No buffer zones

Toward the end of Jez Butterworth’s eerie, Pinteresque Parlour Song, Dale ruminates. What if you find a door in your house you never knew was there before. “Would you open it?” Ned blows up buildings ...

August 25, 2015
Who can afford a house in California?

A study released last week by the California Association of Realtors trade group lays bare the facts about how far housing affordability has fallen in the county and throughout the state since prices began to ...

August 25, 2015

Monday, August 24

Less than two years for swiping $1 million

Almost a year after pleading guilty, Holli Dawn Coulman, who was an executive assistant to a senior vice president at the Rancho Bernardo operations of Hewlett-Packard, today (August 24) was sentenced to 21 months in ...

August 24, 2015
Esoteric, hollow, enjoyable Victorian propaganda

Songs of the Sea is the Esoteric Pick of the Week. If you haven’t been spending much time at the beach, you’re missing out. El Niño is here and the water feels so good, you ...

August 24, 2015
Most popular

Apple Knows Who Stole Your iPod Anti-Big Brother attitude runs through technological community "Apple could go so far as to mess up an iPod internally, making it useless." By Cruz Medina, Aug. 31, 2006 | ...

August 24, 2015
San Diego biotechs bathe in stock market blood

United States stocks plunged between 3.5 percent and 4 percent today (August 24), continuing a selloff that began in early June. Stocks are dropping all around the world; the slaughter has knocked off $10 trillion ...

August 24, 2015
San Diego's Section 8 drug and crime wave

Fraud, drug use, and other criminal activity has been going unpunished in the county's so-called Section 8 subsidized housing program, with lax enforcement by officials causing multimillion-dollar havoc. So says an August 3 report by ...

August 24, 2015
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August 24, 2015
End of the line for Carl's Jewelers

Health issues led the late Carl Goldberg to move his family from New York to San Carlos, where he opened Carl's Jewelers in 1978. His daughter Adele (Goldberg) Garland's health issues prompted a "Going Out ...

August 24, 2015
Give Me Delivery and give me ramen

While ordering food at Carnitas Snack Shack recently, I noticed a sign pointing out that I could choose to have my favorite poutine delivered. They’ve signed on with Give Me Delivery, yet another web- and ...

Retire in San Diego! Juuust kidding.

One of the myths about San Diego County is that it is a great place to retire — wonderful climate, lots of golf courses, etc. To be sure, the county was once a retirement haven ...

August 24, 2015
Statewide records for solar generation shattered

California's solar industry has been setting records, and then breaking them, for total energy generated from utility-scale solar installations all summer. According to PV Magazine the California Independent System Operator, which controls the state's power ...

August 24, 2015

Sunday, August 23

No pool party at Bud Kearns this summer, kids

Kathy Taylor watched her eight-year-old son blossom after joining the swim team at Bud Kearns Municipal Pool last summer. Her son was excited about being on the swim team again this summer…but the "Closed Until ...

August 23, 2015
Warm water, flying fish and marlin

Inshore: Whitefish are active on the bottom in 80-100 feet of water along with a solid sand bass bite. Calico bass are in the kelp and eating the plastics well in anywhere from 20 to ...

August 23, 2015
Music in the streets at the Imperial Avenue Festival

Wednesday 26 Gilbert Castellanos begins his evening by hosting the Young Lions Series, featuring Hugo Suarez, at Panama 66 (1450 El Prado) at 6 p.m. From there he’s off to the jazz jam session at ...

August 23, 2015
Mayor Faulconer accuses Chargers of failing to give city's stadium proposal due consideration

"The City of San Diego has acted in good faith with the San Diego Chargers," cried Mayor Faulconer at today's press conference, his plastic bib flopping about as he flailed his arms. "We sped up ...

Saturday, August 22

San Diego slumlords on notice

About two dozen activists from the San Diego Socialist Campaign, including their 2016 city-council candidate, gathered Saturday afternoon, August 22, in City Heights to protest what they say are intolerable living conditions created by landlords. ...

August 22, 2015
These are not my beautiful hops

Just as locally grown hops are starting to find a place in San Diego beer, exotic foreign hops have also begun to capture beer drinkers' imaginations. The fruity, winy Nelson Sauvin variety out of New ...

August 22, 2015
I eat better than you, so I am better than you

Since I haven’t taken a yoga class in a while, I’ve needed something to fill me with that sense of self-righteousness that comes from doing something more healthy than those around me. Being in Encinitas ...

A glimpse of old Burma on Yangon's Circle Train

Nyein Sanda works in an office not much larger than a closet in the central train station in Yangon, Myanmar. His ticket booth on platform 7 hosts a constant stream of tourists looking to ride ...

Rockstar announces GTA 5 mod in honor of El Centro drug-smuggling teens

On August 12, El Centro teens Jonathan Elias and Brayan Valle pleaded guilty in San Diego federal court to smuggling 28 pounds of heroin over the border from Mexico via personal drone. Just one week ...

Helena Bonham Carter on being young, prodigious, and T.S. Spivet

We caught up with “corset queen” Helena Bonham Carter in London via phone while she was out promoting The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet, currently playing at Reading Cinemas Gaslamp 15. Known for such period ...

August 22, 2015

Friday, August 21

If tears were good luck, Morrissey would be rich

Given his penchant for last-minute show cancellations, the last thing that San Diegans with Morrissey tickets wanted to see four hours before show time was an e-mail with “Event Update” in the subject line. Thankfully, ...

August 21, 2015
Ex-CPA Anton Ewing visits familiar grounds: court

On August 31, 2013, Anton Ewing lost his CPA license. According to Patti Bowers, executive officer for the California Board of Accountancy, Ewing was disciplined because he had pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy ...

August 21, 2015
Cider house dreams

By this time next year, Miramar should have not one, but two cideries. Not long after craft brewer St. Archer announced plans to acquire a wine license and pursue cider production, a new enterprise has ...

August 21, 2015
Bounty-hunters from L.A. bug UCSD music pirates

Illegal file-sharing, long a problem at UCSD, is still going on, subjecting students and faculty to big-dollar jeopardy. So says an August 18 campus warning posted online by the school's director of academic computing and ...

August 21, 2015
Stellar young cast delivers the Don

Point Loma Opera Theater continues to crank out quality concerts. The most recent success was Mozart’s Don Giovanni on Tuesday August, 18 at Pacific Beach Presbyterian and Thursday August 20th at St. Paul’s Cathedral. I ...

Suit alleges brutish Border Patrol behavior at sea

The family of a Mexican immigrant killed after the panga she was riding in off the coast of Encinitas collided with a U.S. Customs and Border Protection vessel is suing the officers involved in the ...

August 21, 2015
San Diego unemployment rate rises

The San Diego County unemployment rate rose to 5.4 percent in July, up from a revised 5.0 percent in June. The county lost 1900 jobs in the month, according to the California Employment Development Department. ...

August 21, 2015
Metz concerts not for the weak-stomached

A live performance by the Canadian noise-rock trio Metz is a force to be reckoned with; in fact, it’s not something that can be handled by the weak stomached. Metz is a band that plays ...

August 21, 2015
Grand Deli Mike won't slam greedy landlords

Mike Downs and his family have owned the Grand Deli, on the corner of Grand Avenue and Roosevelt Street in Carlsbad Village, for 28 years. On August 27, he will close the doors to the ...

August 21, 2015
Dr. Dre is still in the game

You may wonder, What does a 50-year-old millionaire have to write and rap about? On his first album in 16 years, Compton, Dr. Dre realizes youth is behind him and doesn’t try to portray himself ...

August 21, 2015

Thursday, August 20

Five angry men

Classical music has been one of the main culprits of “trolling” for centuries. The 19th century was full of factions which went to war in publications regarding the merits of different composers and schools of ...

August 20, 2015
Betsy Manchester’s divorce lawyer-lobbyists fined $1000

As controversy continues to swirl around its future, San Diego's ethics commission has handed one of the city's longtime law and lobbying shops a $1000 fine for failing to fully disclose its political giving. The ...

August 20, 2015
Mexican authorities burn tons of marijuana

On Tuesday, August 18, authorities in Tijuana reportedly burned over 70 tons of drugs. The incineration was covered by most Mexican media. The event was called “Magno Evento de Incineración de Narcóticos.” However, no single ...

August 20, 2015
Overturned vessels, stingray victims, and an "environmental incident"

8/16 Vessel near surf at OB. 35 ft cabin cruiser. R-3 and R-5 respond. R-3 guides to safety in the channel. Overdue swimmer at LJ cove. R-west and Jet 5, 3 Sam respond. Jet 5 ...

La Mesa broker suspended for forgery

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), which regulates brokerage firms and brokers selling securities in the United States, has fined Robert Earl Holaday of La Mesa $10,000 and suspended him from association with FINRA members ...

August 20, 2015
E-tagger vandalizes e-proposal for City Heights neighborhood sign

City authorities thought they had seen the last of the KRE8 tag, at least for the next few months. After all, 19-year-old Francisco Canseco, the man behind the ubiquitous spraypainted moniker, was sentenced to 180 ...

My Acting Bucket List: Francis Gercke

I’m asking veteran 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 that ...

August 20, 2015
Hodad's Bossman lives on, 6 months later

On August 5, I eye two men from outside Hodad’s in Ocean Beach (they also have a downtown location). They polish off their bacon doubles beneath a painted mural of a burger surfing the curl ...

August 20, 2015
Chez Loma creates super quackos

This is the kind of place where only Beautiful People need apply. Looking in, you expect silk scarves, stilettos with red soles, and people taking phone calls on their Apple watches. But turns out this ...

Notable catches from the last three days

Here are the dock totals for August 17, 18 and 19. Notable catches were a striped marlin, a shortbill spearfish and an opah. The bluefin tuna moved out west a ways and only two have ...

August 20, 2015
Female Beholder chosen fave for Pacific Classic

Even though there’s a one-in-ten chance of winning $1,000,000 on August 22, the ten owners of horses entered into the Pacific Classic at Del Mar had to wait on August 19 for the drawing for ...

August 20, 2015
Banned boy of business talk radio

Jacob Cooper, head of Total Wealth Management and former host of a KOGO radio show, Uncommon Wealth, on Monday (August 17) was banned from the securities industry by the chief administrative law judge of the ...

August 20, 2015

Wednesday, August 19

The Innocence Project wants to help wrongly accused

The California Institution for Women in Chino is dusty and dilapidated. It looks like an abandoned high school outfitted with razor-wire-topped fencing and look-out towers with armed guards. At 8:00 a.m. on an overcast Saturday ...

August 19, 2015
Where's my robot?

There are plenty of freaks and geeks at Comic-Con, but to Matt Sernaker, who has been to every Comic-Con since he was three, the fantasy convention always comes up short in one area. “I never ...

Alpinist Conrad Anker talks Meru

Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi’s solid sports documentary Meru takes its name from India’s Mount Meru, which features a fin-shaped granite peak that has thwarted many of the world’s best climbers. It also thwarted ...

August 19, 2015
Beer hall and study hall overlap in the Gaslamp

What’s this? Craft beer on Fifth? That’s right. Our downtown strip is straying further from its time-honored formula of tourist traps and EDM cesspools to bring West Coast suds to the Gaslamp. Nearby establishments such ...

A trolley view and Brazil's latest export — the tapioca crêpe

"Tapioca is just healthier. And it’s our native food. Tapioca is a Brazilian plant.”

Teagan Taylor's family band

I met Teagan Taylor, the singing pop-jazz trumpeter, a few years ago at a party. Not just any party — it was Larry Zeiger’s pre–New Year’s Eve annual goody. Taylor was in her early teens ...

August 19, 2015
San Diego tourism marketing...like advertising birthday cake

If San Diego's largest hoteliers didn't like attorney Cory Briggs before, they are bound to have issues with him now. The attorney for San Diegans for Open Government (an open government advocacy group) announced today, ...

August 19, 2015
The Brethren share the unconditional love of God

Membership: 53 Pastor: Sara Haldeman-Scarr Age: 59 Born: Bird-in-Hand, PA Formation: Millersville University, Millersville, PA; Bethany Theological Seminary, Oak Brook (now Richmond), Ill. Years Ordained: 28 San Diego Reader: What’s your favorite subject on which ...

August 19, 2015
Baja Bugs rock the Beatles right

What local band is led by one of San Diego’s first punk rockers, has been inhabited by a who’s who of local rock/pop/punk players, and has a drummer — Nick “Nico” Peters — who says ...

August 19, 2015
Three poems by Jonathan Potter

Cocoon The zodiac, the dozen eggs, the twelve Apostles, roses, donuts, tribes, the hours That make a clock, the months that make a year, The years that make a marriage warp and weave, Your eyes, ...

August 19, 2015
Farm to table? How about farm to barrel?

The scene at Nopalito Farm & Hopyard’s mid-June grand-opening party in Valley Center was something straight out of a Geico ad-exec’s wildest dreams. Cute-couple band the Dawsons played on a stage hosted by Grampadrew’s Flim ...

August 19, 2015
Cirque du Chaotic

Long before the dancing cacti showed up or Audrey III flapped mastic jaws in a pile of laundry, I began to wonder if Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez’s romantic-comedy musical, Up Here, was actually a ...

August 19, 2015
Views of San Pasqual Valley and its agricultural preserve

San Dieguito River Park’s (SDRP) planned Coast to Crest Trail when completed will extend some 70 miles from the coast at Del Mar to Volcan Mountain near Julian. Part of the Coast to Crest Trail ...

Now you know: Ditches

“There’s a dude named Emilio, who’s an older barber guy, and he’s kind of the star of the video,” says Tim Donnelly of Encinitas trio Ditches. The music video for “Break-In” depicts a figure going ...

August 19, 2015
Were 1960s English mods more Vogue than Vice?

DJ: I think you should reconsider your commentary on 1960s English mods. I lived through that scene when my parents moved to London for my father’s job. Granted, I was a fairly young teenager at ...

August 19, 2015
Man overboard on Catalina’s backside

We usually ran open-party for the summer, but one day we took a charter of factory workers from Santa Monica on an overnight trip. Hard-working guys enjoying a cold one and catching rockfish at the ...

Dr. Paul Aisen and USC contersue UCSD over claims of denied access

UCSD’s war with the University of Southern California over the future of a national Alzheimer’s research program is costing taxpayers plenty in legal fees. Besides lots of lawyers, the state-funded school has also deployed its ...

August 19, 2015
Heading to Carson? Check out these hot spots

Here is your invitation to join the San Diego Chargers in their new home city, 19 square miles of paradise, Carson, California! Clap your hands and give a big shout-out to 91,000 sports-loving Carsonites who ...

August 19, 2015
Front-row seats to nature’s show for just under 19 mil

Beds: 7 Baths: 11 Current Owner: Lawrence Cushman Asking Price: $18,995,000 Prospective buyers of the Point Loma estate at 3403 Kellogg Way are invited by its listing to “come let the warm feeling of summer ...

August 19, 2015
Small, local businesses on notice

Vote with your dollars.

August 19, 2015
What Evel lurks...

In the span of seven years, daredevil stunt cyclist Evel Knievel — the subject of the History Channel doc Being Evel, opening Friday at the Digital Gym — became one of the most recognizable figures, ...

August 19, 2015
Jumping Turtle's fire sale

An auction house ad last week announced, “Complete restaurant/bar/live music venue sale!” That August 13 fire sale was at the Jumping Turtle and a surprise to the bands scheduled to perform at the venue near ...

August 19, 2015
City bites doggie daycare for $100K

Wishful doggy daycare doyennes bedeviled by details.

August 19, 2015
Juan Vargas’s July pay drop

Democratic congressman Juan Vargas, who has a safe seat, continues to pay off old debts from his days in the California state senate. An August 6 filing covering the period of last month shows his ...

August 19, 2015
San Diego couple plunges into water savings

Post Title: One San Diego couple’s journey to water savings Post Date: June 12, 2015 Revolution Landscape was founded with a goal of promoting sustainable landscaping and sustainable lifestyles. Our longtime clients, Bruce and Elaine, ...

August 19, 2015
Why bodysurfers use fins and planes

Modern-day bodysurfing — specifically, the ability of one to carve a wave and change direction — owes its popularity to two items. Enabling bodysurfers to maneuver and kick into a wave better, Voit Duck Feet ...

Mr. Smiths comes to town

Thursday 20Former Smiths frontman Morrissey checks into the Observatory for two nights of pouty — and often hilarious — pop crooning Thursday and Friday nights. Morrissey is touring in support of his latest comeback, World ...

August 19, 2015
Savages, Villains, and Bandits

Sunday 23The new ladies of London punk, Savages, are touring through town this weekend. The impact of Siouxsie Sioux and Joy Division on Savages’ sound on their breakout debut Silence Yourself is a minor speedbump ...

August 19, 2015
A couple of thoughts

Aptly Named Concerning the interview in the Sheep and Goats column about La Jolla Fellowship. I am sure that most readers of this publication who are intelligent enough to understand that to have made a ...

August 19, 2015

Tuesday, August 18

Lost to history but preserved in legend

Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture is not an esoteric piece of music. The overture is quite popular, in and of itself. The overture is not a freestanding piece, though. It was written as incidental music for a ...

August 18, 2015
Blunderbuss (hopefully) heard 'round the county

Keeping track of all the breweries in San Diego County is tough, whether you're a beer reporter or attentive enthusiast. When I think about it the other way around, I marvel at how many have ...

August 18, 2015
Stephen P./Steven J. Corso's name game interrupted

"Steven John Corso and Stephen P. Corso are the Same Person." Thus states a headline in a memorandum of law sent out by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday (August 17). In 2009, Stephen ...

August 18, 2015
Without Papa Doug, need Peters fear GOP?

Back in February, the national Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee issued a 14-member "Frontline" list of its most threatened House incumbents. La Jolla congressman Scott Peters was featured prominently. "Each one of these members knows what ...

August 18, 2015
Petco goes public for third time

This old dog is not learning new tricks. Petco, the San Diego–based pet supplies retailer, yesterday (August 17) announced plans to go public for the third time, but the company itself will get no proceeds ...

August 18, 2015
Clairemont and Eastlake softball teams burgled

On Friday, August 14, a softball-team manager discovered that the storage shed for the Clairemont Girl's Fastpitch Softball League had been broken into. League president Marie Wiggins said on August 17 that the theft happened ...

It won’t solve America’s tobacco epidemic

A heavily advertised smoking-cessation drug that's been on the market since 2006 has no discernible effect on decreasing cigarette use among adults, researchers at the UC San Diego School of Medicine are reporting. The main ...

August 18, 2015

Monday, August 17

Eschatalogical SummerFest

Imagine Beethoven standing on top of all his musical accomplishments. He’s at the summit of Mt. Genius. He is a wizard surrounded by a swirling tornado of musical notes with storm clouds racing by in ...

August 17, 2015
Israeli state of mind for Issa staffer

Amid the battle raging over whether to approve president Barack Obama's nuclear agreement with the government of Iran, a staffer for North County Republican congressman Darrell Issa headed off on a tour of Israel, courtesy ...

August 17, 2015
Absurdist inquisition

When a young actor, Harold Pinter needed a place to stay at a rainy, seaside town. A man in a pub suggested a nearby boarding house, but couldn’t vouch for its cleanliness. Pinter lodged in ...

August 17, 2015
San Diego citizenry could be smarter

WalletHub, the statistics aggregator that reports on cities, metro areas, and states, says San Diego is 38th among 150 metro areas in education of its citizenry. The study looked at percent of adults aged 25 ...

August 17, 2015
The all-natural burger at Carl’s Jr.

The end of August marks 20 years since I’ve bought or eaten anything from McDonald’s, a boycott stemming partly from politics, partly revulsion, and mostly by the lack of nutrition of the chain’s cheap foodstuffs ...

August 17, 2015
Fletcher Hills gets fetchin' entryway

It took 40 years to lay out the welcome mat, but the west side of Fletcher Hills finally has a spruced-up median at the intersection of Valley Lake and Fanita drives. The Valley Lake Median ...

Why didn't SDG&E come up with this idea?

Escondido is set to ink a deal today (August 17) with the Carlsbad-based private firm Anaergia in which the company will capture waste from a city water-treatment facility, convert it into energy, and then sell ...

August 17, 2015

Sunday, August 16

A rare albacore

This week's fish report Inshore: The barracuda and bonito bite is going strong just off the kelp beds in La Jolla and Point Loma. Whitefish are active on the bottom in 80-100 feet of water ...

August 16, 2015
Not enough time for classical music

What if this problem of declining audiences in classical music wasn’t really about the appeal of classical music? What if there were larger forces at work here? It struck me that declining audiences are more ...

August 16, 2015
Rocking with the Society in Liberty Station

If strolling around NTC/Liberty Station on Friday, August 7, you might have heard some '50s and '60s rock and roll music. Following the sound, you would have arrived at the San Diego Watercolor Society. This ...

SD belches out the beer jobs and revenue

Often lost in the discussion about how many beer producers call San Diego County home these days is the impact on the economy — and particularly on local employment. According to the City of San ...

August 16, 2015
iPad your iDessert

When I hear the words Little Italy and dessert, I think of gelato or tiramisu. After my first visit to iDessert, I don’t know what to think. The high-concept dessert spot is the brainchild of ...

Esperanza Spalding's symphonic debut

Wednesday 19Gilbert Castellanos begins his busy night by hosting the Young Lions Series, featuring Arien Jamanila at Panama 66 (1450 El Prado) at 6:00 p.m. before heading to Seven Grand (3054 University Avenue) for the ...

August 16, 2015
Editor's picks

Stay Away From Pinto Canyon Surreal signs of life in the desert. The drawings were stick figures of men, rectangular grids, and most notably, a tall sailing ship, complete with a mast and furled sail. ...

August 16, 2015

Saturday, August 15

Prices paid for San Diego public loos

A lot has, and hasn’t, happened in the decades since downtown’s public restroom shortage came to light. Two grand jury reports and vast sums of money have been aimed at the problem, the homeless population ...

The real Hollywood

Written on an open Word document on my computer in a $30 Budget Inn motel room in Glendale, CA. The walls are lavender, and the money saved from not spending the night in Hollywood is ...

Old Town's old pepper trees targeted

LuAnn Porter attempted to rally the troops on Facebook to attend the Old Town San Diego Community Planning Group meeting on Wednesday, August 12. It ended up being a small affair with six or seven ...

August 15, 2015
Sneak preview: MishMash

While checking out a preview event for the new Iron Fist Brewing Co. tasting room in Barrio Logan, got a sneak peek of a new restaurant that will soon be the craft-beer spot’s neighbor. MishMash ...

Friday, August 14

Fishy paint job for La Mesa catwalk

When school started on August 13 at Maryland Avenue Elementary in La Mesa, students were pleased to find that a nearby formerly unkempt walkway had been changed into a work of art. After City of ...

August 14, 2015
Sell, sell, sell that Tribune Publishing stock

Douglas Manchester on Wednesday (August 12) filed a shelf registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission for the possible sale of the stock he received when Tribune Publishing bought the Union-Tribune from him in May. ...

August 14, 2015
Bingo Ringo, by Half Japanese

When noise-punk band Half Japanese formed in a Maryland bedroom in 1975, Kurt Cobain was just a kid. But by Nirvana’s In Utero tour in 1993, Cobain had sought Half Japanese as openers. Since its ...

August 14, 2015
New La Mesa library? Eh.

Although the La Mesa branch library wasn't included in the study unanimously authorized by the La Mesa City Council on August 11, La Mesa Friends of the Library president John Schmitz implored the council to ...

August 14, 2015
Brunch at Café 21

It was a happy coincidence that within a week of enjoying a dinnertime meal at the Georgian restaurant Pomegranate I happened by the similarly exotic menu at Café 21, just to learn that the owners ...

The best pelagic fishing season on record

Considering proximity and numbers of yellowfin, bluefin, and dorado to Point Loma (generally used for distance from or to San Diego by mariners), this has been the best pelagic fishing season on record. Kayakers getting ...

August 14, 2015
Thievery Corporation sets the pace at Del Mar

In an elite atmosphere, bohemia gathered. On a recent Friday at the Del Mar Racetrack the unlikely mélange of horseracing and the anti-fascist world music of Thievery Corporation created a temporal space in which one ...

August 14, 2015
Fines upheld on local tuna boats

A federal judge this week upheld over $1.5 million in fines levied against several San Diego-based tuna fishing vessels for violations of rules implemented in order to prevent over-fishing. Captains of the Sea Quest, Ocean ...

Thursday, August 13

Will tax-funded poll back Faulconer’s stadium?

With polls from the GOP Lincoln Club and the Chargers already vying over whether Kevin Faulconer's hurry-up stadium play has gained traction among San Diego's citizenry, the city is about to launch yet another public ...

August 13, 2015
Spend it before San Diego schools can!

One good thing about the dissolution of redevelopment tax in San Diego: tens of millions of dollars seemingly appear out of thin air. The most recent pot of redevelopment gold was discussed at an August ...

El Cajon dentist's Chicago misfortune

On July 27, El Cajon dentist Husam Aldairi filed a suit in federal court against Gus Dahleh. According to the suit, Dahleh "has contacted [Aldairi's] wife and falsely informed her that [Aldairi] had engaged in ...

August 13, 2015
Sabuku Sushi pushes boundaries

Usually when a sushi place tries to add American elements, it is more confusion than fusion. But when it’s done well, it can take Japanese flavors into an interesting new place. One restaurant that does ...

Bookstore muscle prevails in Carlsbad

Opened earlier this year in a small, old garage just off Carlsbad Village Drive, Lhooq Books, a rare-books bookstore, was shuttered by the city for the past three weeks. But now, after much research, owner ...

August 13, 2015
And the drug war droned on and on

El Centro residents Jonathan Elias and Bryan Valle pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday (August 11) to bringing in 28.55 pounds of heroin illegally to the United States. They used drones to bring in the ...

August 13, 2015
Contractor earns customized prison sentence

The jail term for an asphalt contractor who's pled guilty to numerous felony counts continues to grow, according to an August 11 statement from the California Contractors State License Board. In April 2013, the San ...

August 13, 2015
Polls by Lincoln Club, Chargers diverge widely

Polling results by local pollster John Nienstedt of Competitive Edge, financed by the arch-conservative Lincoln Club, purportedly show that 51 percent of San Diegans support a government subsidy for a Chargers stadium if the gift ...

August 13, 2015

Wednesday, August 12

Roni met predator on Hot or Not

He called the defendant “a master manipulator,” a “sexual predator,” and “every parent’s worst nightmare.”

August 12, 2015
"California Hills in August" and "Progress Report"

California Hills in August I can imagine someone who found these fields unbearable, who climbed the hillside in the heat, cursing the dust, cracking the brittle weeds underfoot, wishing a few more trees for shade. ...

August 12, 2015
Toni’s Native American retreat

Democratic Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and entourage stopped by the Barona Casino for free food and drink at the Italian Cucina there this spring, the tribe’s disclosure shows. Atkins got a meal worth $29.20 on ...

August 12, 2015
Good gets Metz

That a fan base committed themselves to Metz post haste is further proof, I think, of the theory that every person has at least one big primitive scream locked up somewhere deep inside them that, ...

August 12, 2015
Kentucky chicken Somali-style

“We do have what’s called ‘breakfast,’ for eating in the evening after prayers, breaking the fast.”

Any port for A Ship in the Woods

A Ship in the Woods, a nonprofit arts collective, set sail from the north end of Del Mar in July following the expiration of their lease after about five years at the location. The wooded ...

August 12, 2015
Coffee’s learning curve is steep. Get it?

When Blue Bridge Hospitality announced the list of all-local concessions participating in its Liberty Public Market last month, The West Bean was revealed to be the company chosen to represent San Diego coffee in the ...

August 12, 2015
One local is especially pumped for this weekend’s surf contest in O.B.

The Revolt Summer Surf Series heads into Ocean Beach this Saturday. It combines surf competition with music and beach activities in a festival setting. Ocean Beach Pier will be the second stop in the four-stop ...

Cardiac Kid Jim Ryan remembers when...

When it comes to pioneers of the local punk scene, only a few still manage to engage, some 30-plus years later. For my money, the city’s most evergreen purveyors have been the Injections, the Zeros, ...

August 12, 2015
The King has his being always and eternally

When, at a propitious moment, the door suddenly opened, there stepped out a noble Chamberlain, one of the courtiers of the Supreme Majesty. He looked them over and saw that out of thousands, only these ...

Not the highest peak but maybe the best view

Enjoy a 360-degree view of the San Diego River canyon and its surrounding peaks.

Mrs. Mess's nightmare

Punk-rock veteran Cliff Cunningham takes some credit for talking Some Kind of Nightmare into a life on the road. “It was sometime in 2010 and I had just played with them at the Pier View ...

August 12, 2015
Fresh takes on ice cream sandwiches

Summer has the Kellys exploring the boom in gourmet ice cream sandwiches. “We are baking cookies all day long, so that we can serve you the absolutely freshest, warmest cookie for your custom ice cream ...

August 12, 2015
The Gift keeps on giving

No need to ask the delivery man from whence the square turquoise package hailed. The wrapping paper was identical to that of a similar-sized box of goodies found resting on every reclining seat at the ...

August 12, 2015
Liquid Blue covers the Earth

While most bands these days have trouble getting out an album every few years, Ocean Beach–based Liquid Blue is in the midst of a series of albums that will see a different-themed release each month ...

August 12, 2015
Are dedicated followers of fashion the best or the worst?

Dear Hipster: Would you please explain the difference between a hipster and a “Dedicated Follower of Fashion?” — Puzzled, David Fifty years and a tattoo sleeve. Hey-oooo! Next! See what I did there? That was ...

August 12, 2015
Bob White strikes it rich

California Strategies and Advocacy, founded by Bob White, the nattily attired top aide to Pete Wilson during the latter’s rise from San Diego Assemblyman to mayor of the city and then on to the United ...

August 12, 2015
Freak flag

“I think there’s this fear about it,” David said. “I mean, when I decided to shave my head — that took years of building up courage. Which is ridiculous, because it would have grown back in a matter of weeks.”

August 12, 2015
Talking Krampus with David Koechner

Actor and stand-up funnyman David Koechner was in town last weekend and took a moment to chat with me about his upcoming film work and some other stuff. Always a pleasure. Matthew Lickona: Last time ...

August 12, 2015
Echo Park Social Club breaks through with an Aloha song

Radio doesn’t have the make-or-break power it held from the 1950s until MP3s arrived in the late ’90s. Still, nothing jumpstarts a career like a Top 40 hit. But in order to get on the ...

August 12, 2015
Black’s Beach during flash flood

July 19 started out warm and pleasant at Black’s Beach. Around 1 p.m., an intense squall poured rain on the area and destabilized the trails, especially the Box Canyon and Goat Trails as several beach-goers ...

August 12, 2015
Local woman aids women warriors battling ISIS

San Diego attorney Jacqueline Isaac, 29, is a woman on a mission — several missions — not least among them hauling fresh, non-weaponry supplies through war zones to Kurdish female fighting units in Iraq. “We’ve ...

August 12, 2015
Disabled? You’re hired. Not disabled? Pretend you are.

“Do you have a disability?” That’s what would-be stevedores applying for a job at Pride Industries are asked. The private company maintains a contract with the federal government’s Ability One to load Navy ships with ...

August 12, 2015
Bipolar blogger shares the positive side

Post Title: Appreciation for Mental Health Systems Post Date: July 22, 2015 This summer, I enrolled in a computer class, which lasted six weeks and was held every Thursday. I attended every session, and in ...

August 12, 2015
Kevin and Tony’s business model

Republican mayor Kevin Faulconer has picked up yet another contribution to his One San Diego non-profit corporation from a well-heeled donor with business at city hall. In a July 28 filing with the city clerk’s ...

August 12, 2015
The dialogue continues

Causing a Commotion I have some concerns about the cover article that was published this week (August 6), “Doula Dilemma at Mary Birch.” It’s about Sharp Mary Birch’s doula program, which I am a part ...

August 12, 2015
Tiki Oasis and Berserktown

Thursday 13Sounds like the Flintstones meet the Jetsons at this year’s Tiki Oasis, as the annual cocktail-nation confab promises to premodernize “Tomorrowland” style. “We here at Tiki Oasis will take you on warp speed from ...

August 12, 2015
Screaming Females, Parliament Funkadelic, Metz

Sunday 16Straight outta Berserktown: art-punk Canada band Fucked Up will be missing the Royal Trux set at the Observatory Sunday night because they’ll be playing Casbah. The post-core six-piece is touring in support of Glass ...

August 12, 2015

Tuesday, August 11

Tough love at Summerfest

“Besides the Faure, that concert was tough. I’m glad you couldn’t make it. It would have put stress on our friendship.” “Hahaha. Best critique ever. Put that in your review. After the Mainly Mozart introduction ...

August 11, 2015
Bloody pleased with Stone in Australia

Back in 2010, Stone Brewing CEO Greg Koch described the problem of gray-market beer being sold to foreign markets during a video interview with Australia's Brews News website: "Unethical retailers or wholesalers here in the ...

August 11, 2015
Spanos cash goes to Issa, not mayor

As they ramp up to take the Chargers to Los Angeles, the days of the Spanos family’s big-money backing of San Diego politicos appear to be over. With one exception…and it’s not Republican mayor Kevin ...

August 11, 2015
My acting bucket list: Allison Spratt Pearce

I’m asking veteran 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 that ...

August 11, 2015
EcoNauts rejoice

The Sierra Club is getting into the college rankings game, on Tuesday morning (August 11) releasing a list of top universities nationwide based on their eco-friendliness. UC San Diego finds itself among four schools in ...

August 11, 2015
Morning mugging with an audience

Shortly after 10 a.m. on Thursday, August 6, a man was attacked as he approached the main entrance to the Home Depot store located on Town Center Parkway in the Santee Plaza Shopping Center. According ...

August 11, 2015
Under age and fictitious

Juan Gerardo Castaneda, a 31-year-old man, never made physical contact with a 14-year-old girl, so all the charges should be dropped, Castaneda’s attorney said at a hearing yesterday, August 10. But judge Harry Elias disagreed, ...

August 11, 2015
Better than expected at Adam’s Steak ’N Eggs

I was only going for a friend. It was her birthday, and this is where she wanted to brunch. So I was fine with it, even if the place was adjacent to the notoriously kitchy ...

O.B. entryway sign tagged

"Our beloved OB Entryway Sign was tagged either last night or this morning," Gretchen Newsom informed Ocean Beach residents on Facebook Monday, August 10. Newsom, president of the Ocean Beach Town Council, said the council ...

August 11, 2015

Monday, August 10

Fabiani has a laugh

The high school boy who calls a girl for a date and she says "no!" five times has to learn a lesson: she isn't interested. San Diego city and county leaders have yet to find ...

August 10, 2015
AirBnB, the elephant in the room

An administrative law judge ruled last week that homeowners wishing to rent out rooms or their home on mobile apps such as AirBnB need to obtain a conditional use permit before doing so or be ...

August 10, 2015
The malling of UCSD’s La Jolla

The revolving door of real estate development officialdom continues to rotate with the latest move at UCSD, troubled of late on another front by the defection of a top Alzheimer’s researcher. Jeff Graham, onetime chief ...

August 10, 2015
Filipino cuisine gets contemporary

Filipino cuisine has been tabbed by food experts and national magazines as “the next big thing” for several years now. While San Diego does offer a number of restaurants serving traditional dishes such as lumpia, ...

Sunday, August 9

Get on it!

If you’re thinking about doing a half marathon event this month, you better get on it. The Stairway to Heaven trail half-marathon is already sold out but it looks as though the America’s Finest City ...

Art meets nature in the Canaries

The island of Lanzarote, part of Spain’s Canary Islands off the west coast of Africa, is for many budget tourists synonymous with cookie-cutter resort towns and all-inclusive holiday packages. The truth is that the island’s ...

Wet Hot Viennese Summerfest

I smelled perfume as I walked down Draper Street toward Sherwood Auditorium. It worried me at first. When you're going to a concert, one of the last things you want is to be next to ...

August 9, 2015
U-T finally concedes what everybody knows

The Union-Tribune this morning (August 9) conceded on its editorial page something all but the most rabid Chargers fans already know: the team wants to get to Los Angeles, and its highly publicized attempts to ...

August 9, 2015
Angelica Pruitt leads young lions

Wednesday 12The KSDS Blues Jam goes down at Proud Mary’s (5500 Kearny Mesa Road) hosted by Mark Augustin with special guest Fuzzy Rankins from 6:30 p.m. No cover charge… Trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos hosts the Young ...

August 9, 2015
Eff your diet, life is short

These days, there are few things more counterculture than a blatant disregard for “healthy” food. If hipsters were still a thing (which they’re not, but if), then Streetcar Merchants would be their headquarters. While everyone ...

Night fishing options at local lakes

Weekly Fishing Report Inshore: The barracuda bite that came on strong by the end of last week faded a bit and the yellowtail numbers dropped off locally. A few white seabass are making the private ...

August 9, 2015
Investigative reports

What You Do To Get Ahead Juan Vargas’s lobbyist love-fest Vargas has continually hit up industry lobbyists for campaign cash, although he runs virtually unopposed in a safe Democratic district. State disclosure records show Vargas ...

August 9, 2015

Saturday, August 8

San Diego chosen as sixth best city in which to prepare for the inevitable

YouWillDie.com recently rated San Diego as the sixth nicest large urban center in America in which to fritter away the brief span of your life before descending into endless oblivion. Considering factors such as weather, ...

Last Call: Kiss Me, Kate, and the Fringe winners are...

Kiss Me Kate. The Old Globe’s mega hit must close Sunday. No if’s, and’s, or could we start again please’s. In 2013, Darko Trasnjak, former artistic director at the Globe, brought us a gem of ...

A Georgian-cuisine gem called Pomegranate

Tucked into a row of nondescript storefronts along the industrial main drag of El Cajon Boulevard is a Georgian-cuisine gem called Pomegranate, but you wouldn’t know that from standing outside. The sign outside simply reads, ...

San Ysidro border entry to get final touches

On Thursday, August 6, the General Services Administration (GSA) gave an update to about 20 community members at The Front art gallery about the ongoing reconfiguration of the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry. Anthony ...

August 8, 2015
Rattlesnakes percolating from dry Clairemont canyons

A few hours ago, Shannon M. of West Clairemont alerted neighbors via NextDoor.com that one of his Mt. Acadia neighbors had found two different rattlesnakes in his back yard within the past 24 hours. A ...

Area fishing is off the hook

Over the last two years it seems the tuna have never left. All through the winter-spring, bluefin were on the Tanner Bank and offshore. Local boats were getting yellowfin right off the coast late-summer through ...

August 8, 2015

Friday, August 7

CPUC chief decries lawmaker's deadline for release of emails regarding San Onofre deal

California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Picker has issued a strong statement in reply to Utilities and Commerce Committee Chair Anthony Rendon, who recently issued a July 31 deadline for CPUC's presentation of emails relating ...

Growing a brewery is hard work

Speaking to Mike Hess recently, he revealed that while he "brewed almost every drop of the beer" his first year in business, by the time Mike Hess Brewing turned five this July, he'd gotten too ...

August 7, 2015
60 Society for Professional Journalists members felled by norovirus after awards at Bali Hai

If the Tiki god doesn't exactly admire the state of San Diego journalism, what does he think about a gaggle of mid-20th century nostalgia worshippers soon to emerge from over the horizon? Such is a ...

August 7, 2015
Fraud suit filed against Edison

A securities fraud lawsuit has been filed in federal court in San Diego against Edison International, parent of Southern California Edison. The suit alleges that Southern California Edison made false and misleading statements about the ...

August 7, 2015
Avocado fudge

While a military brat living on Camp Pendleton, I kicked off my high school career going to Fallbrook HS (go Warriors!). I took that 45-minute bus ride every day for a couple of years and ...

Will Monument Road finally get improved?

The State Legislature has earmarked $5.9 million for a road to the southwest corner of the United States, where the Pacific Ocean meets the border between Mexico and the U.S., Border Field State Park and ...

Two-act magic show

How to characterize Ken Ludwig’s take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous mystery? It’s not an all-out spoof, since it wades through pages and pages of exposition about the monster hound haunting the moors of ...

August 7, 2015
No to Ridgewood Park eucalyptus cell phone tower

A group of residents calling themselves Don't Cell Our Parks has filed a lawsuit against the City of San Diego for granting building permits without environmental review to cell phone company Verizon Wireless to place ...

Kate Pierson's Guitars and Microphones

“Mister Sister,” hymn to a cross-dressing or possibly transgendered “you” who escapes to “everyone’s party wish list,” makes even more sense in the wake of the Surpreme Court decision in June, which applied specifically to ...

August 7, 2015
Headtripping with Tame Impala

The Observatory in North Park continued its winning streak of knockout concerts by playing host to Australia’s Tame Impala on a sweltering August night. It was yet another sellout show for the venue, and the ...

August 7, 2015

Thursday, August 6

Latest Panca mural in Tijuana defaced

"There's a generational gap," explains David Peña, who moved south of the border about a year ago with his brother after graduating with a B.A. in art from CalState Long Beach. David teamed up with ...

Brewery Igniter offers brewhouses for lease

Given the number of craft beer companies launched in San Diego over the past couple of years, starting a brewery almost seems easy. Of course, it's not, and given the capital investment required to purchase ...

Clairemont speeding irks residents

Shortly after hearing about a 77-year old woman who suffered a hit-and-run in La Jolla while crossing the street last Saturday, I saw two Western tow trucks pull up in my neighborhood. I watched one ...

Columbia, South Carolina: study in contrasts

South Carolina is a state of contradictions, and nowhere is this more apparent than in its capital. Last June, Kristin Morris, the Nickelodeon’s marketing manager, summed up contemporary South Carolina’s dichotomy, noting: “We’re a progressive ...

Radio star Lucia has lost home; lives with son

San Diego-based, nationally syndicated radio and TV financial personality Ray Lucia Sr. has lost his home, is living with his son, and has suffered a "serious medical setback," according to his attorney, Mark Fagel of ...

August 6, 2015
Like SDSU, like Faulconer?

How sticky can a legal battle over an environmental impact report get? Plenty, based on an August 3 ruling by the state supreme court against San Diego State University that may be regarded as a ...

August 6, 2015
NIH invites Junior Seau's daughter to speak at ceremony

After considerable controversy, the National Football League allowed Sydney Seau to speak at last weekend's NFL Hall of Fame ceremony, following the posthumous induction of her father, Tiaina Baul "Junior" Seau, Jr. Seau, a fearsome ...

Greasy indie burgers and fries inside Colectivo 9

The Gastrocourt Colectivo 9 opened on September of last year and has grown in popularity and volume. What was once an empty hallway leading to the semi-hidden food court is now a bustling row of ...

Lemon Grove man crashes truck eight times before drunk-driving arrest

A drunk driver was involved in a series of crashes spanning from Lemon Grove to San Diego before finally being apprehended early Wednesday morning (August 5), authorities are reporting. Shortly before 7 a.m., sheriff's deputies ...

August 6, 2015
Classical is sexy

The BBC recently released an article about music and “skin orgasms.” The article claims great music carries with it a sensual element that can become addictive. Science tends to do this with classical music — ...

August 6, 2015
Zapf's Clairemont swampland

Clairemont Mesa residents have had enough. Joel P. shared on NextDoor.com, "Ever since they redid the entire median on Balboa from Morena to 805 with landscaping years ago, we have been blessed with the only ...

August 6, 2015
UCSD loses Alzheimer's research contract

The financial repercussions of a controversial move by one of UC San Diego's top researchers to the University of Southern California appear to be surfacing. Eli Lilly and Company, a global pharmaceutical giant, announced Tuesday ...

August 6, 2015
Music Box winding up, Avalon on the horizon

After being dark for two-and-a-half years, the Little Italy space formerly known as Anthology has been renamed the Music Box and crews are racing to have the remodeled restaurant/bar/music venue opened in time for the ...

Judge spanks Edison for unreported meetings

Melanie Darling, the California Public Utilities Commission administrative law judge handling the San Onofre decommissioning matter, stated yesterday (August 5) that in the period leading to the decision to stick ratepayers with 70 percent of ...

August 6, 2015

Wednesday, August 5

Doula dilemma at Mary Birch

“I tried to figure out if I should suck it up and push through, because I really wanted to try and help these women.”

August 5, 2015
Bands out of storage

Seedheads frontman Kevin Pulido says the lack of affordable practice space countywide may impact the ability of his five-man reggae band to stay together. They were just kicked out of Storage West, a San Marcos ...

August 5, 2015
When pensions fly

That well-traveled investment officer at the San Diego city pension fund has been at it again. This time Jamie Hamrick flew off to Boston from May 20 to 21 courtesy of Long Wharf Real Estate ...

August 5, 2015
Online community helps police in bike theft bust

Police arrested a suspected bicycle thief in South Park on August 5, after neighborhood residents used a location-based social media website to raise alerts about the crimes and disseminate a description of the suspect. NextDoor.com ...

August 5, 2015
Mr. Patrone's napkin diaries

“Basically, it’s a collection of my poems from barstools and other musings that I’m going to do in a small run on actual cocktail napkins,” says supper-club crooner David Patrone of his Napkin Diaries project, ...

August 5, 2015
Cowboy Mouth's primal scream

Everybody’s got a primal scream locked up inside they just can’t let out, right? Reason enough to go to Cowboy Mouth — they’ll do it for you. I think the fomenting of public catharsis is ...

August 5, 2015
Country breakfast? Ribs and cornbread

Skull Creek: I’m bouncing past in a 955 when I spot it. Want to yell “Stop the bus!” Instead I just pull the cord and wait while we cruise another country mile up this long ...

Talking to Jason Segel about The End of the Tour

Longer intro: In which a curly-haired journalist (me) interviews a famous person (writer/director/actor Jason Segel) about, among other things, the experience of being famous during the famous person’s publicity tour for his movie (The End ...

August 5, 2015
The world seems terminally ill

Membership: 100 (Attendance: 190) Denomination: American Baptist Pastor: Adam Stadtmiller Age: 45 Born: San Diego Formation: Point Loma Nazarene College, Point Loma; Azusa Pacific University, Azusa Years Ordained: 20 San Diego Reader: What’s your favorite ...

August 5, 2015
Slamming with Tigers

The future of the long-threatened Ché Café now looks promising. But Soda Bar booker Cory Steirs, who booked many shows at the Ché over the years, says the on-campus club would not have made it ...

August 5, 2015
Eve of destruction

Did Eddie spend four years in Vietnam? Or did it just seem that way?

Hot day? Hop in the Harper Creek pools

Harper Creek Trail puts on a colorful show!

Little man with a big gun

Wallace Leach barged into the Occidental Hotel bar with a broken nose and a powerful thirst. He was in San Francisco on business, he said, but was out for revenge. He came to hire a ...

Stop hating and ask the cool cat where he got his café racer

Dear Hipster: What is the typical life cycle of a Hipster fad? You guys don’t usually annoy me. Hey, every group has its own uniforms, totems, and mores. But, lately I’ve seen (heard) a troubling ...

August 5, 2015
Cell phone bandit hits stores from Solana Beach to Chula Vista

Law enforcement officials are looking for help in identifying a man associated with at least five robberies at mobile phone stores in recent weeks. Cuts the cables on display models The suspect, described as a ...

August 5, 2015
Homeless library patrons must park their gear at the door

City librarian Misty Jones had a thorny problem for city attorney Jan Goldsmith: how much gear can homeless readers take in from the cold? “Some library patrons have asked to bring all of their belongings, ...

August 5, 2015
Joel Edgerton talks about The Gift

The best thing about this movie-lover’s job is one morning I’m in a theatre watching a picture, the next I’m speaking with its director and star. In this case, Joel Edgerton. The Gift, opening wide ...

August 5, 2015
Overlooking the bow on the Barber Tract

Beds: 5 Baths: 7 Current Owner: Meyer Gottlieb Asking Price: $14,000,000 This week we visit an oceanfront La Jolla home in the exclusive Barber Tract, where the listing promises that “sitting in the living room ...

August 5, 2015
Destroyed cell phone reinflates deflate-gate

Tom Brady and DeflateGate. It’s an eye-rolling, buzz-killing story that has been sucked dry by the national media. I don’t want to be associated with it, but would like to slip in one point, so ...

August 5, 2015
Three minutes to Nashville

“All my friends and family are here,” country singer/songwriter Suzanne Harper tells the Reader, “but it’s time to go.” Go where? She and her husband Ross, their two children, and a fellow band member named ...

August 5, 2015
To ride the nose

In order to noseride, the surfer moves to the front of the board and performs one or more maneuvers or positions. Hawaii’s Rabbit Kekai is often identified as the first surfer to ride the nose ...

Water wars: View from the delta

Beef is the beef in the current water war.

August 5, 2015
A closer look at the Reader

Correction Subsequent to the publication of July 30’s City Lights article, “Two Views of a Housing Project,” a demographer for the San Diego Unified School District has stated that although Casa Mira View residents had ...

August 5, 2015
Suit claims police raids at Cheetahs caused loss of business

A federal court battle over whether San Diego police illegally disrupted the lives and finances of local strippers during vice squad raids on the Cheetahs nightclub is destined to continue, a judge has held. “Plaintiff ...

August 5, 2015
Three Powers poems

Small Business Man He says it’s for money – they all do. Hypocrites, you know, in their small way, pretending to be more worldly than they are. He works morning, noon, afternoon, far into the ...

August 5, 2015
Meet my nudie friend...

This beautiful little creature is the glaucus atlanticus, also known as the blue dragon or blue ocean slug. They float upside down on the surface of the water where they are subject to winds and ...

August 5, 2015

Tuesday, August 4

Navy Seal punches another San Diego immigrant

Former Navy SEAL Kyle Blackwell, accused of punching an unsuspecting immigrant taxi driver in December 2013, now faces a two-to-four year prison term on felony assault charges filed by San Diego County District Attorney's Office ...

August 4, 2015
Big cash for Myrtle Cole from Mission Valley

How important is cash on the barrelhead to members of the San Diego City Council? Plenty, judging by the latest batch of financial disclosure reports delivered over the weekend to the city clerk's office. One ...

August 4, 2015
UPS driver ambushed in Bay Ho

They waited outside so they wouldn't miss the UPS truck. As the truck parked, they were ready and waiting to sign for the package. The only thing is, it wasn't their package. It wasn't even ...

August 4, 2015
Border Patrol agent who shot rock-thrower faces lawsuit

The family of a Mexican man shot by a Border Patrol officer last year is seeking at least $10 million in a newly filed lawsuit, Courthouse News Service is reporting. Rocks the size of basketballs ...

August 4, 2015

Monday, August 3

Edison didn't provide blackout emails to regulator

The San Diego law firm of Aguirre and Severson on Friday (July 31) filed a lawsuit against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, charging that it has suppressed evidence about the failure of the San Onofre ...

August 3, 2015
Work for the Oreos

The number one thing you need in order to maintain or improve your fitness is movement. You’ve got to move to get healthy. That’s obvious. Right? What if you’re having trouble moving? It might sound ...

August 3, 2015
Murder charged at American Addiction Centers

Today (August 3) the stock of AAC Holdings, a Tennessee-based chain of drug and alcohol addiction treatment centers, plunged by almost 14 percent. But it landed at $32.79, which is more than double the price ...

August 3, 2015
Barrio Logan's craft beer scene is growing

North County craft brewer Iron Fist has established a presence in the downtown area. Its new Barrio Logan tasting room officially opened July 24, setting up shop in the Mercado Del Barrio development that seeks ...

August 3, 2015
San Diego Unified accused of ignoring needs of autistic boy

Parents of an autistic child filed a lawsuit against San Diego Unified School District alleging administrators failed to follow a specialized education plan for their 12-year-old son. According to the lawsuit, filed in federal court ...

August 3, 2015
Historic protest boat arrives in San Diego for pro-peace veterans' convention

Golden Rule is here commemorate the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the 50th anniversary of Vietnam, and the 30th anniversary of Veterans for Peace.

August 3, 2015
Comprehensive Mozart

Who would like to listen to an hour of of Mozart? How about 127 hours of Mozart? There is a now a playlist which will give you that. Open Culture mentioned this little gem which ...

August 3, 2015
Beutner’s U-T opinion role minimal, editorial chief says

Each new publisher who takes over the chronically dissipating San Diego Union-Tribune seems to have Charles Foster Kane at the back of their minds. “I will provide the people of this city with a daily ...

August 3, 2015
Out of the celluloid closet

"All That Heaven Allows was a brilliant dissection of an intolerant society's reaction to an unconventional marriage," says Mark Marquez, a graduate student at San Diego State's film studies program. "And it was no accident ...

San Diego rated 6th best city to live in

WalletHub, which keeps statistics on cities and states, ranks San Diego as 7th best city in which to live among the 62 largest urban centers. Among the factors considered are school systems, percentage of people ...

August 3, 2015

Sunday, August 2

"Jamaican" beer not brewed in Jamaica

The San Diego law firm of Robbins Arroyo, representing two local plaintiffs, filed a suit in federal court in San Diego against Diageo, the big London alcoholic beverage firm. It is a putative class action ...

August 2, 2015
Save us, San Salvador

SAN DIEGO HARBOR LAUNCHPAD — After numerous delays due to both weather problems and concerns over the structural integrity of wooden vessels under the intense strain of space travel, the San Diego Maritime Museum's replica ...

The foodie’s sandwich shop

Passing through Rancho Bernardo, I stopped by a shop known to have a great bottled beer selection and wound up with an incredible lunch spot. I knew Brothers Provisions shares ownership with Urge Gastropub, so ...

Lucchino to leave Red Sox in shakeup

Larry Lucchino, the sharp-elbowed executive who helped John Moores line his pockets with a subsidized ballpark, now named Petco Park, will be leaving his job as president of the Boston Red Sox, according to Dan ...

August 2, 2015
Endangered species holds up road construction

The nonprofit organization Casa Familiar held its 17th Safety Walk along the unpaved Otay Mesa Road on Friday, July 31, with about 20 protestors holding signs saying “Sidewalk Promised,” and “Safety For Our Children.” During ...

Dorado invasion

Weekly Fish Report ½ Day - ¾ Day: Yellowtail are the main focus inshore and rightfully so as the numbers are way up just off the kelp edge. The barracuda bite came on strong by ...

August 2, 2015

Saturday, August 1

Environmentalists to Governor Brown: stop fracking California

Environmental activists assembled by San Diego 350 gathered in Ocean Beach on Saturday morning to distribute petitions and create a mural the group hopes to send to Governor Jerry Brown in an attempt to lobby ...

August 1, 2015
Bill Cunliffe comes to 98 Bottles

Monday 3Bassist Ben Wanicur hosts the 3rd Space Underground Jam Session (4610 Park Boulevard) with special guest Lenny Roberts on saxophone, Jason Shattil on piano, and Charles Weller on drums. 8 p.m., $5 cover. Tuesday ...

August 1, 2015
Lunch at Windmill Farms

Grocery stores have been transforming before our eyes the past few years. Henry’s became Sprouts, Albertsons became Haggen, both try to play the role of a Whole Foods alternative, and even Target has decided to ...

Sin City send-off

Elvis impersonator George Thomas was belting out "Viva Las Vegas" and other Elvis tunes as a crowd gathered in the terminal at Carlsbad’s Palomar-McClellan airport. On July 30, city and county leaders, media, and paying ...

Theodore Geisel statue weeps tears of purest gold as posthumous book is published

On July 28, Random House published What Pet Should I Get?, a parable about the paralyzing effects of endless choice in a wealthy consumer society written by beloved children's author Theodore Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss. ...

Tuna in skiff range

The great fishing continues off the SoCal coast and boats are out on the water in numbers rarely seen before. Many private boaters are able to get into the fray normally reserved for the larger ...

August 1, 2015
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