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Stories for July 2015

Friday, July 31

The music is the music

I’m feeling a tad sheepish here about my classical music knowledge. I did not realized that Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 2 was written for orchestra, chorus and soloists. I was listening along on Spotify to Mendelssohn ...

July 31, 2015
Opponentless mayor backed by $1.2 million

On the heels of a report from the University of Southern California chiding San Diego's wealthy establishment for running the town as an "exclusionary enterprise" for big money special interests, campaign reporting season has arrived, ...

July 31, 2015
Two Oktoberfest weekends possible for La Mesa

People who enjoy October celebrations featuring a beer garden and entertainment could have two weekends for celebrating in La Mesa. The La Mesa City Council on July 28 voted 4-1 to approve the La Mesa ...

Going beyond BBQ at Blue Korea

It’s easy for me to get into a rut when eating ethnic food. Once I’ve tried a couple of dishes that capture my imagination, I tend to go back to them. Especially since I usually ...

Notorious drug house goes up in flames

Emergency personnel responded to reports of a fire at 3:45 a.m. yesterday at a home located at 1507 Rancho Encinitas Drive. The home was known to law enforcement as the target of search warrants and ...

July 31, 2015
Another One by Mac DeMarco

Short and sweet is Mac Demarco’s Another One. Recorded in his New York apartment, you feel at home with melodic songwriting and romantic forget-me-nots. The eight-song “mini-LP” owns the typical joyful quirkiness of its predecessors, ...

July 31, 2015
San Salvador finally touches water

Finally, after almost six years and over 500 volunteers, the full-scale replica of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo’s ship, the San Salvador, touched water for the first time on July 29. It’s the same water that touched ...

July 31, 2015
Last Call: The Quality of Life & Fringe Fest best

The Fringe Festival ends this Sunday. As does one of San Diego’s best dramatic productions in years. The Quality of Life. Intrepid Theatre Company mounted Jane Anderson’s heart-wrenching, gut-busting play at the Carlsbad Village Theatre, ...

Burglars rifle cars for remotes

A few weeks ago, eight houses on Black Mountain Road in Mira Mesa were all hit on the same day. A garage door opener previously stolen from one Black Mountain resident's car was used to ...

Adolescents full of fire

Orange County skate-punk band the Adolescents always puts on an energetic show, even after 35 years of running the gamut of punk hits. The band was full of fire as they played tune after tune ...

Edison hikes San Onofre payoff demand

Southern California Edison, operator of the now-defunct San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, is doubling down on warranty claims against Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, the Japanese manufacturer of four steam turbine generators that failed prematurely and ultimately ...

July 31, 2015
Vinyl ruins

As previously reported by the Reader, the mezzanine in the Hillcrest location of Thrift Trader collapsed early in the morning (around 4 a.m.) on June 22. The collapse was due to the weight of vinyl ...

July 31, 2015
Dock ticker

July 30 dock report The Chubasco II 1/2 day am run with 39 anglers aboard returned to the dock with 5 yellowtail and 31 calico bass in the gunnysacks. The Dolphin 1/2 day morning run ...

July 31, 2015

Thursday, July 30

California State Fair shows SD (just) a little love

San Diego breweries took 13 awards and two Honorable Mentions in this month's California State Fair Commercial Craft Brew Competition. 1086 Beers were judged in 34 Categories overall, with locals recognized in 10 of them. ...

July 30, 2015
Bombs away from USC against San Diego insiders

Call it the University of Southern California's revenge. The wealthy and politically powerful school to the north has lately been hitting some setbacks to its advance on San Diego. The most prominent of which, the ...

July 30, 2015
Showbiz splash in Solana

The musical revue has long been a staple of the American musical theater scene. From “Lend an Ear,” which gave Carol Channing her big break, to “New Faces of 1952,” which introduced Eartha Kitt and ...

Coronado toll booths give way to fantasizing

Coronado Mayor Casey Tanaka said that since the removal of the tolls that paid off the Coronado bridge’s construction in 2002, “there have been many complaints about how the entryway into the city was becoming ...

July 30, 2015
Beijing & the Great Wall explored

Check out Derek's e-book How to Travel On the Cheap (...and Even for Free!): Turn Your Travel Dreams Into Reality, available in the Amazon Kindle store. “We Chinese people eat everything. Everything in the sky ...

July 30, 2015

Wednesday, July 29

I depend on an angel on the San Diego Transit info line

“My family were dairy people from the Azores. We adore things like cheeses and anchovies.”

He who puts his lips to it would wish them never to be removed

The blessed Black Stone is encased in the corner [of the Kabah] facing east. The depth to which it penetrates it is not known, but it is said to extend two cubits into the wall. ...

Product coming in August from San Diego bands

The band formerly known as Ed Ghost Tucker will release a final EP under that name while debuting their new incarnation, the Lulls, at the Soda Bar on August 1. Now a trio since the ...

July 29, 2015
Putting faces to the Unknown Mortal Orchestra

In 2010 a singer/songwriter and guitarist named Ruban Nielson posted an original track to his Bandcamp site. Pop music bloggers got their hands on it, reposted it all over the internet, and due to the ...

July 29, 2015
Four poems

On a Pair of Dice We are little brethren twain, Arbiters of loss and gain, Many to our counters run, Some are made, and some undone: But men find it to their cost, Few are ...

July 29, 2015
Readers' thoughts on the Reader

Babies Having Babies Your cover story of a child who, at age 16, delivered a baby (“Child No More,” July 23) portrays her as a heroine. Your heroine is a fortunate exception. This piece is ...

July 29, 2015
Summertime’s cold coffee culture

Hot coffee may be a year-round drink, but with summer temperatures rising, cold brew becomes a greater focus for local shops. At Coffee & Tea Collective, they’re experimenting with longer steep times, taking a standard ...

A drink that is not a pick-me-up so much as a wind-me-down

Like New Yorker Tony Bennett singing his heart out for San Francisco, Counterpoint bartender Ryan Andrews has made the East Coast cocktail known as the Quick Fix his own — and in the process a ...

July 29, 2015
Lucy's drenched in sweat

The promise of San Diego as “the next Seattle” was never fulfilled. But that creatively fertile time was saluted with the release of the feature film It’s Gonna Blow: San Diego’s Music Underground 1986–’96. Many ...

Will CivicSD approve Trump-like sign for old Sempra HQ?

Manchester Financial Group now owns 49 percent of the downtown building that formerly housed Sempra Energy, at 101 Ash Street. It bought the minority share in the property for $20 million, reported the San Diego ...

The Producers

“The producer is an ego booster, a cheer leader, and a critic. It’s all about getting them to do their best work.”

Political DIY money

As next year’s election season looms ever closer, a couple of local politicos are lining up to place substantial cash bets on themselves. San Diego Republican city councilman Mark Kersey, who didn’t have an opponent ...

July 29, 2015
Hydrate your hair for the summer

Summer of Love. That’s what my hubby Patrick is calling it. We’ve been invited to eight weddings of friends and family. Eight. Love is in the air. But my poor hair, it’s not feeling the ...

July 29, 2015
The Strange Case of Mr. Wallace Leach

The sun over Coronado said 3 p.m. Wallace Leach bumbled out the side door of the Horton House bar and shielded his eyes from the glare. Though a snappy dresser — he was one of ...

Onward, to flyover country!

Dear Hipster: I know you were mostly joking about moving to Austin because moving to Portland is too mainstream, but it got me thinking. The Y2K years saw widespread gentrification of major urban centers, but ...

July 29, 2015
Procrastination nation

Dear Hipster: I’m an independent contractor with a handful of small design clients. It’s not a huge amount of work, but it pays the bills. Sometimes, especially when I work at home, I procrastinate for ...

July 29, 2015
Kensington Video prepares to enter the digital age

The sign on the front window now reads, “Kensington Video and Vidajuice Smoothie Bar,” as our town’s august video store inches one step closer to its projected October 1 grand reopening. If things go as ...

July 29, 2015
Sacri Monti skate, but they’re no skate band

“The only fans that come up to you after the show are music nerds or prog-rock dads.”

July 29, 2015
Lifeguard-Harbor Patrol Blotter

07-26-15 Possible 1145 (suicide) threat. 19 yo male in the PB area threatening 1145. LGs search along with SDPD. Unable to locate. N. channel Jetty. Boat showing smoke and near jetty. Resc, LG respond. Vessel ...

L.A.'s Aggrolites take the stage at Belly Up Friday night

A couple of years after forming in 2002, the Aggrolites put the pedal to the metal. They commenced a grueling concert schedule that would take up nearly a decade of their lives. “We were constantly ...

Is that a skunk in your pocket?

“Holding a baby skunk is on my bucket list,” I said. Bob shot David an Is she for real? look, and David assured him of my sincerity.

Original San Diego punk band regroups and re-energizes

The first time I saw the Executives play was when I hired them to open for a Penetrators show I was promoting at the La Paloma Theatre in Encinitas. Lead singer Mike Jenks explains 35 ...

Casa Mira View — city of villages or mecca for crime?

Will Mira Mesa mega-development become a slum?

July 29, 2015
The Look of Silence makes it personal

There’s a quote from Jean­-Luc Godard — the source of which has escaped me — in which the greatest living filmmaker suggests that the future of well-­balanced cinema is subject to a need for documentary ...

July 29, 2015
It’s raining PR

With San Diego’s water rates set to rise and supply cuts ever growing, that $1.6 million, off-again, on-again public relations contract being issued by Kevin Faulconer to hype his status as the anti-drought mayor is ...

July 29, 2015
Welcome to rock and roll heaven...

Sunday 2Welcome to Rock and Roll Heaven, Steve Rodriguez. The Dragons/Saint Shameless bassist passed away last week leaving a gaping hole in the San Diego music scene, and he will be memorialized as he should, ...

July 29, 2015
Stiff Little Fingers, Lucy's Fur Coat, Yeah Buddy!

Thursday 30From Northern Ireland, ca. 1977, Stiff Little Fingers were a Clash-grabbing lot that played punk through their homeland’s “troubles.” Over the years, the Fingers held onto the Irish but tossed the punk for power-pop ...

July 29, 2015
A small marlin, juvenile mako and a big bluefin

A smallish striped marlin was caught near San Diego last Saturday on a trolled tuna feather. It took the angler 11/2 hours to land the 95 lb fish. (on trolling gear??) No story on why ...

July 29, 2015

Tuesday, July 28

Full disclosure

Brace yourself for a gratuitous personal plug. With all due respect to my esteemed colleague, Jeff Smith, I thought my “review” of Kiss Me, Kate would mark a first and last move away from cinema. ...

More on the fake Uber drivers in Carlsbad

A story was published here on July 24, where a vacationing Uber driver from Augusta, Georgia, Rob Noel, outted a fake Uber driver in Carlsbad. Over the weekend of July 25, I attempted to find ...

July 28, 2015
San Diego Fringe: Big Kitchen: A Counter Culture Musical

Big Kitchen: A Counter Culture Musical. San Diego should confer the equivalent of knighthood on its special ones — those who have devoted decades to making some part of “America’s Finest City” approach that inflated ...

New regulations for bluefin tuna

Beginning July 30, there are new Pacific bluefin tuna regulations for San Diego anglers, and rules on how fish can be filleted onboard boats. The regulations call for a reduction in bag limits, from ten ...

San Diego Fringe: The Other Don Quixote and 120 Years

The Other Don Quixote. Three clowns – replete with red noses – represent three after-hours workers at a film studio. The set, like most at the Fringe, is rudimentary, made up of bare bone essentials: ...

SeaWorld cash, the U-T, and Gloria's endorsement

Running for the California Assembly from a San Diego city council seat has its advantages, including being up close and personal with the wealthy tenants of a raft of city-owned real estate. In the case ...

July 28, 2015
San Diego Fringe: Yellow Heaven and A Date with Death: Hollywood Confidential

Yellow Heaven. “One performer’s journey” — that’s the way, according to the old joke, you refer to a show about which you’re uncertain of the specifics. Yellow Heaven, performed by author Debi Ham, has sympathy ...

San Diego Fringe: Scenes From Mars One: Now With 68% Less Gravity! and Los Dorados (The Golden Ones)

Scenes From Mars One: Now With 68% Less Gravity!. Mars One Productions’ Scenes From Mars One is an irreverent spoof of disastrous theatrical experiences. A depressed director puts on a never-before-produced show, written by his ...

Papa Doug buys Rhode Island estate

Manchester Financial Group, a limited partnership belonging to former Union-Tribune owner Papa Doug Manchester, has purchased an historic home on the ocean in Newport, Rhode Island, for $15 million, according to the Providence Journal. The ...

Monday, July 27

Neighborhoods

Block Party In 8 years, home prices went from $320,000 to $750,000 and back. How to build an old-fashioned neighborhood. By Matthew Lickona, Nov. 10, 2010 | Read full article North Park vs South Park ...

July 27, 2015
San Diego Fringe: Falling Man and Hikari

Falling Man. In his one-man, completely improvised dance/theater piece, Leonard Cruz tackles topics that range from 9/11 to his own days as a troubled frat guy searching for acceptance at UCLA. Wildly different themes? Sure. ...

San Diego Fringe: Blamed: An Established Fiction and Work Schmerk

Blamed: An Established Fiction. In Rose & Rue Theatre Company and the La Habra Theatre Guild’s new play, a troupe of ladies, dressed as if fresh off the boat at the turn of the 20th ...

San Diego Fringe: ¿Y Tú Qué?

¿Y Tú Qué? When the prima ballerina couldn’t use her legs, she created a “dance on wheels.” Rossana Penaloza performed in Peru (her home country), Havana, Cuba, and Mexico City, always to robust applause. For ...

Pacific Beach revolt against Deco Bikes

Late Thursday afternoon (July 23) Deco Bike Racks were installed in two prime locations on the boardwalk in Pacific Beach. Recommendations by the Pacific Beach Town Council and the Pacific Beach Planning Group were apparently ...

Fat arena subsidy good news for Qualcomm chief

If Kevin Faulconer's Mission Valley stadium environmental impact report case ever gets to court, the mayor may want to consider having it heard in Sacramento. Those still following the Republican's tortured struggle with the Chargers ...

July 27, 2015
How kayaks have changed

From the early 1970s through the mid 1990s, few souls hopped aboard kayaks with fishing gear and ventured out to ocean fishing grounds. After the advent of roto-molded plastic sit-on-top kayaks in 1973 this began ...

San Diego Fringe: So Small a Thing and Breaking Waves Festival

So Small a Thing. Even tragedy can be played for comedy. Dominique Salerno’s scripts opens years following the gruesome events in Euripides’ Medea. Stuck together on an elevator for the deceased, the angry Medea (Jennie ...

Yellowfin top the counts

Weekly Fish Report ½ Day - ¾ Day: The calico bass bite is in full force off the kelp in 20 to 80 feet of water and the sand bass are on the chew in ...

July 27, 2015
Dr. Seuss gets posthumous front page

At last, the pseudo-controversy over Harper Lee's "Go Set a Watchman" — was it a draft of "To Kill a Mockingbird?" — may move over for a genuine undiscovered book that reveals the author's greatness. ...

July 27, 2015
July 26 dock totals

47 sportfishing boats from 1/2 day runs to 3-day trips turned in a report for either fishing or returning Sunday. The 1/2 days are getting a mix of bass, rockfish, barracuda and a handful or ...

July 27, 2015

Sunday, July 26

San Diego Fringe: Bodies Are Not Borders and Men and Juliette

Bodies Are Not Borders. A woman and two men sit with their backs against a stark orange fence patched by sheets of corrugated steel. A second woman, on her back, slides out from a doggy-door-like ...

San Diego Fringe: The Hustle, A True Historie of Prince Prospero, and The Golden Age of Burlesque

The Hustle. Lion Fludd, from Las Vegas, Nevada, may start out nervous in his one-man magic act. But he eases into his most impressive skill, his humor. His concept is street-style hustling magic, from card ...

Fastest beer in the west

At 11 a.m. on July 20, 450 bottles of Velvet Speedway Stout became available for purchase on the website BrownPaperTickets.com at $35 apiece, with a two-bottle limit. According to multiple sources involved with the beer, ...

A weekend to remember at Casbah

The long awaited return of Lucy’s Fur Coat planned for this Friday and Saturday at the Casbah has been postponed. The first Lucy's show in seven years featuring all original members has been canceled due ...

July 26, 2015
San Diego Fringe: Put Your Face On and Train of Thought

Put Your Face On. Touted as a parade into the complex human psyche, Put Your Face On is The Great Borealis & Pisces Dance Project’s two-part modern dance expose of the dark emotions that bubble ...

A pro-handicapper’s guide to betting at Del Mar

At the Del Mar track, there is a way to lose your money scientifically, rather than the way most of us do. So says Frank Scatoni, every day. Scatoni is a handicapper for the Thoroughbred ...

July 26, 2015
Rewriting Southeast San Diego

Google search "Southeast San Diego" and the first three links will be Wikipedia, SanDiego.gov, and UrbanDictionary.com. But then the tone changes — "Just HOW Dangerous is Southeast San Diego?"…"It's A War Zone Down Here"…"Detectives Probe ...

San Diego Public Utilities Officials seek to impose financial penalty on gross water-savers

FILE UNDER: ALMOST COMPLETELY FACTUAL NEWS — "If they save water, we don't sell water," said SDPU Associate Bastard Craig Greedhead. "And if we don't sell water, we don't make money. And that shit just ...

Lake Lindo Grill brings kabobs to Lakeside

“99.99% of our customers love our food,” says the blurb. “It is known that Lakeside and Santee have many kinds of restaurants…but there was a shortage of Mediterranean (Greek) food.” This is from Lake Lindo ...

Saturday, July 25

Barn Brewing nearly in full swing on the Boulevard

The team behind Poor House brewing have opened a second nanobrewery in North Park. Barn Brewery sits just around the corner from the 30th Street brewhouse, adding its name to the growing number of young ...

July 25, 2015
More '60s homes in Del Cerro

Traffic was the primary concern of residents attending a July 23 presentation about a proposal to build 26 single-family homes on a 5.6-acre vacant site located south of the Del Cerro Boulevard/College Avenue intersection and ...

San Diego Fringe: 84 Gradini and Jay & Charlie Get Drunk

84 Gradini. Kinetic Giuseppi Mortelliti tells his story as much with his body as his words. His character, Fabrizio, learns that “life is made of stairs, of obstacles, of ups and downs.” But he has ...

Small businesses lead roster of Liberty Public Market vendors

The under-construction Liberty Public Market announced its vendors on July 23rd, with an event showcasing an assortment of food purveyors specializing in foods ranging from lobster rolls to a natural meats butcher shop. The 22,000-square-foot ...

295 homicides in first six months this year in Tijuana

Compared to the same period last year, homicides in Tijuana have increased by 19 percent, according to a citizen's group. From January 1, 2015 through June 30, 2015, there were 295 homicides in the city, ...

July 25, 2015
Marines warn bikers to stay off Miramar

The confusion over who's allowed in the area where the northwest part of Mission Trails meets the east end of U.S Marine Corps Air Station Miramar will now be cleared up by armed Marines taking ...

July 25, 2015
Humo’s hot dogs

Humo Avenida Ocampo between Boulevard Agua Caliente and Calle 11, Tijuana In his vegetarian days, Reader reviewer Chad Deal visited the Telefónica Gastro Park, didn’t try any meat, and still called the location an undeniable ...

Well-known market manipulator Anthony Elgindy is dead

Anthony Elgindy, 48, who was famous as a short-seller who claimed to be reforming the penny stock market, is dead. He died Thursday, July 23, although the county medical examiner and the sheriff's office have ...

July 25, 2015
Supreme Court Justice speaks at local judicial conference

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, who penned the majority decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, the landmark decision which cleared the way for legalized same-sex marriage in the United States, recently participated in a moderated ...

Park Station plans on hold

The decisions of South Baltimore, LLC, to put on hold its plan for Park Station at the Crossroads of La Mesa means there will be no hearing at the July 28 La Mesa City Council ...

July 25, 2015

Friday, July 24

Pay for Dallas Buyers Club or get sued

The company that owns the rights to Academy Award-winning movie Dallas Buyers Club is continuing to target online pirates who have downloaded and shared the movie via peer-to-peer filing websites. In recent months, Dallas Buyers ...

July 24, 2015
Animal rights activists arrested for terrorizing fur farms

Animal rights activists Joseph Buddenberg and Nicole Kissane were arrested today (July 24) and charged with conspiracy to violate the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act. The government seeks their removal to face charges in federal court ...

July 24, 2015
San Diego Fringe: Tears of the Knife and My Mother’s in the Audience

Tears of the Knife. Ah, the Fringe Festival! Where else in San Diego can you walk into a theater and see a hanged man, his head in a gunny sack, looming above the stage? And ...

Blackalicious bounce into Belly Up

DJ Artistic and Sleeping Giant Music are known for high-quality hip-hop artists they hand select. Tonight was no different, as veteran hip-hop duo Blackalicious rocked an enthusiastic crowd in Solana Beach’s Belly Up Tavern. Emcee ...

Faulconer's political guru out as stadium lobbyist

Kevin Faulconer's political brain has left the torrid kitchen of city hall influence peddling, but he may not have gone far, based on a July 23 filing with the city clerk's office. As first reported ...

July 24, 2015
Fake Uber driver outed

A fake Uber driver has been outted in Carlsbad, thanks to the same social media that makes the driving service so popular. Rob Noel was recently visiting his Oceanside family for nine days. The 27-year-old ...

July 24, 2015
Pageant Material by Kacey Musgraves

Despite her sweet melodies, Kacey Musgraves wrote about one bleak way of life on her 2013 record Same Trailer, Different Park. The record brought her Grammy awards and with them the pressure to be the ...

July 24, 2015
Businessmen, public defender, and college professor humiliate a homeless man

The image of a businessman holding a cord tied around a homeless man's neck outside a bar in Ensenada's tourist district while his friends laugh was published on Wednesday, July 22. A clear abuse of ...

July 24, 2015
Your Power is 100 percent analog

Crime Desire has returned from a tour with fellow cave-dwelling hardcore outfit Head Wound City, which features members of the Locust, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and the Blood Brothers. Crime Desire had been on quasi-hiatus since ...

July 24, 2015
Beach Plum looks nice

I found Beach Plum in a shopping center off El Camino Real and picked it over a few other unfamiliar restaurants in the same center because it looked nice. Or because I like plums and ...

SANDAG to consider design modifications to Alvarado Creek

Today the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) board will consider whether to approve the City of San Diego's application for a $400,000 Smart-Growth grant to be used for design modifications to Alvarado Creek north ...

July 24, 2015

Thursday, July 23

Exercise creates a better brain

Here's an interesting theory about exercise: if you exercise regularly then you have less anger. It might not make you a better person, but it releases the mental and emotional energy that can accumulate in ...

July 23, 2015
The Baja bucket list

If someone handed you a travel itinerary that included crossing a dangerous Mexican border town to jump in the ocean with 30-foot-long beasts and wander a graveyard at night, what would you do? I mean, ...

Brewing Class of 2010

The craft beer landscape looked a lot different in 2009. Yes, by all accounts this was still an objectively great beer city, but we had about a quarter of the number of breweries we do ...

July 23, 2015
San Diego Planned Parenthood addresses fetal organ controversy through updated board game

Kate Bradshaw, President of Planned Parenthood San Diego, is angry. "Everybody knows that if a woman wants to donate her kidney to someone who needs a kidney, she is free to do that. It's a ...

Hillary Clinton: Irwin Jacobs's home companion

It's official. Hillary Clinton is coming to town again — more specifically to the La Jolla manse of billionaire Qualcomm founder Irwin Jacobs and his wife Joan, whose son Paul, Qualcomm's executive chairman, is fresh ...

July 23, 2015
His radio show was on wealth; now he will pay $1 million

Up until 2011, La Jolla's George Charles Cody Price had a radio show on KFMB called "The Wealth Weekend Hour." In 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charged that on the radio and in ...

July 23, 2015
Kraken's still makin' noise

Today’s U-T full-page-headline: LIVE MUSIC SILENCED AT KRAKEN NIGHTCLUB. Bands booked to play the seaside nightspot were told on Tuesday that their shows were cancelled indefinitely because the owner was “worried that a series a ...

Sending a message from 60 feet up

Though the activists in Bay Park have fended off a plan to build 60' high buildings in their neighborhood — using a 10'-diameter red helium balloon suspended 60' up so people could see just how ...

July 23, 2015
Computer bandit strikes La Mesa Starbucks

La Mesa residents need to guard their computers more carefully. On July 21, between the hours of 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., activity at the La Mesa Starbucks (located on the corner of Kiowa Drive ...

July 23, 2015
Rare Form’s pastrami sandwich

Whenever I mouth off about what makes a good pastrami sandwich, somebody’s around to chime in about one restaurant’s in particular: Rare Form, Consortium Holdings’ take on a Jewish deli. Now, I’m almost as big ...

Wednesday, July 22

Before 16, Sherry Sotelo became adult in San Diego's juvenile court

Emancipation is designed to support kids, not to relieve parents.

July 22, 2015
Poems of Catullus: Four Classic Translations

Catullus: LVIII by R. C. Trevelyan My Lesbia, that Lesbia, who alone Catullus loved More than himself and all who are most dear to him, Now in cross-roads and alleys trading her charms Fleeces the ...

July 22, 2015
Qualcomm traveling Wall Street's road

Qualcomm, San Diego's largest for-profit, private sector employer, said today it will have a 15-percent company-wide reduction in employment, but it hasn't said how many of those cuts will be in San Diego. The rumor ...

July 22, 2015
Battle of the bulges

You can’t judge a book by its cover, but does the same hold true for movies and their posters? One look at the accompanying image gives pause for reflection (and gales of unexpected chuckles). Was ...

July 22, 2015
Junior G-Persons

Being an FBI agent can involve dangerous work, but can the same be said about attending the bureau’s annual one-day Teen Academy? “Due to the vast diversity in our workforce, any student with an interest ...

July 22, 2015
Sidecar doesn't ride shotgun

Blame the humidity, but my first instinct upon entering Sidecar was to draw a cynical correlation between the place’s name and the thought that they were more or less riding shotgun to the passing fancies ...

San Pedro psicodélico

“I played All My Friends three times,” says guitarist Aris Chagoya of Tijuana-based San Pedro El Cortez about the annual music fest, which was held in June near Rosarito. “Usually, it was half electronic and ...

July 22, 2015
Pokey LaFarge beats the street

Ragtime bluesman Pokey LaFarge is the creation of Andrew Heissler. Pokey, he maintains, is what his mother called him as a child; LaFarge is his own invention. He grew up in Normal, Illinois, and the ...

July 22, 2015
South Park stomach vibe

‘Listen,” says Wayne. He holds two tuning forks up to my ears. Silence. He brings them closer. Suddenly, OmmmmmmMMMMMMMmmmmm. They’re the most crazy-beautiful bell tones, in two different keys, like musical humming birds hovering right ...

Depot dreams come true

Tommy DeCarlo is not a believer in transferable skills. At least, he doesn’t think the skills he learned working at a Home Depot in Charlotte, North Carolina, have carried over to his current gig — ...

Walk the river

Although located in the midst of metropolitan San Diego, this trail segment meanders along a lush wooded watercourse that winds its way to the Pacific Ocean. It is part of the San Diego River Park ...

July 22, 2015
Now you know: Little Dove

Bassist Trips Jurado and drummer Ryan Badabing mesh like a rocking monster truck, cut through by Vanja James’s power chords and piercing vocals. James’s second San Diego show as Little Dove wouldn’t be laughed out ...

A pimp stands between a prostitute and Jesus

Membership: 250 Pastor: Stephen Phelan Age: 40 Born: Montgomery, AL Formation: University of Virginia & University of Virginia Law School, Charlottesville, VA; Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando, FL. Years Ordained: 10 SDR: Why did you become ...

After 130 years, Daily Transcript going dark

The San Diego Daily Transcript/San Diego Source newspaper is going out of business after almost 130 years. The last paper will be printed September 1 and the company will cease operations three weeks later, according ...

July 22, 2015
Jules Verne was here

UCSD is out to change the world, the tax-funded university says on a recent job posting, but it will take more than a few more dollars to get there. “Professionals working within University Development at ...

July 22, 2015
The 12-foot board

In 1980, Seagull surf shop was across the street from the beach in O.B. I’d hit the dawn patrol with all the locs and go change in back of the shop to get ready for ...

Hotel del Coronado expels prince

It was 10:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 7, 1920. Britain's prince of Wales stood at the entrance to the Crown Room in the Hotel del Coronado. He had come for a dinner-dance in his honor. He ...

July 22, 2015
Carlsbad or bust

The simple math works like this: another $8000 needs to be pledged this week or the Carlsbad Music Festival gets a big fat zero. At the time of writing, 32 potential donors have thus far ...

July 22, 2015
To all the like-bombers out there

Dear Hipster: One of my friends follows me on Instagram. He periodically goes through and likes everything I post, no matter what it is. I don’t know why, but it freaks me out a little ...

July 22, 2015
Take a ride on the Reading hard hat tour

The newly affixed Angelika Film Center sign is visible from the 15. It’s the tour guides who are nowhere in sight. A padlock and cyclone fence bar an entryway sealed tighter than Xanadu during Charlie ...

July 22, 2015
Books are my movies

Do you read much? “I read all the time. Books are my movies.” Who are your favorite authors? “I love Catherine Coulter’s Legacy series, especially the first one, The Wyndham Legacy. She does romance mixed ...

July 22, 2015
The onetime estate of Pete Rozelle

Beds: 5 Baths: 9 Current Owner: Duyane and Michelle Weinger Asking Price: $14,995,000 This week we visit the onetime estate of Pete Rozelle, credited by the property’s listing agent as being “the Commissioner known for ...

Golf is a full-time job

I’m sitting on a large, rust-flaked rock next to the VIP parking lot behind the Stonebrae Country Club in Hayward. One rock over is Xander Schauffele, 21, born and raised in San Diego. He starred ...

July 22, 2015
She beat the local chiefs

There are modern surfing legends such as Sarah Gerhardt, Mary Ann Hawkins, and Lisa Andersen, and there are ancient legends of female surfers from Hawaii. Kelea, who is believed to have lived during the 14th ...

Ales Spanos – beneficiary of public largesse

The billionaires who get governments to subsidize sports stadiums induce billiousness.

July 22, 2015
Carlsbad, another parking place to shop

Post Title: Duped! The signature campaign for a Strawberry Fields Mall Post Date: Tuesday, June 30, 2015 My afternoon nap was disturbed last Thursday by the sound of a man’s cheery voice from behind the ...

July 22, 2015
Congressional spill

The deepening drought and increasing talk of using recycled sewage for drinking water has been very good of late for city hall lobbyists. Latest to profit is Southwest Strategies, founded by ex-Tribune reporter Alan Ziegaus, ...

July 22, 2015
Boston Melt Banana, Cymbals Eat Guitars

Sunday 26On Sunday, South Sudanese soul-rapper (and former child soldier) Emmanuel Jal’s at Soda Bar. Jal raps in Arabic, English, Swahili, Dinka, and Nuer, and he is touring in support of his new joint, The ...

July 22, 2015
The way of the shred

Thursday 23Double double trouble. No, I don’t have that In-N-Out urge, there’re a couple double bills in town Thursday night, and as of this typing I haven’t decided which one to rock. Sticking with the ...

July 22, 2015
Disappointed with the Reader as a whole

Overtly Belittling Walter Mencken’s July 17, 2015 article regarding Del Mar’s opening day is sexist and degrading to women, with no purpose but to objectify and criticize those featured in the photograph. While the objectification ...

July 22, 2015
July 21 dock report

The Red Rooster III, with 30 anglers aboard, returned from their 4 day trip to Cedros Island with 262 yellowfin tuna, 70 yellowtail and 11 lingcod in the hold. 10 anglers aboard the Pronto 1/2 ...

July 22, 2015

Tuesday, July 21

Duet for organ and canine

I try to make it down to the Spreckels Organ Pavilion at least once during summer. There is a concert at the Organ Pavilion every Monday night at 7:30 p.m. through August 31. On Monday ...

One sum-sum-summery beer

I can think of a lot of flavors to look for in a summer beer and, frankly, chocolate's not one of them. Still, that's one of the flavors associated with the Orange Roughy, a South ...

July 21, 2015
Federal audit blasts DEA for informant mishandling

The raft of San Diego drug-trade snitches used by the Drug Enforcement Agency may not be up to snuff, and that could be bad news for the public's safety and the policing of the region’s ...

July 21, 2015
No fun to be Qualcomm right now

Possible subhead: Company must announce something tomorrow (Wednesday) Stock of Qualcomm rose 2.12 percent to $65.14 today (July 21) as national media and securities analysts discussed what the company will announce in its conference call ...

July 21, 2015
Nuke storage by the sea

Concerns over nuclear waste generated by the now-defunct San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station expressed by environmental activists for years took another turn in the spotlight on Monday (July 20), as local activist attorney Mike Aguirre ...

July 21, 2015
Annual Shame parade attracts record number of participants, but no spectators

SOMETIME AFTER PRIDE, HILLCREST — There are no banners at the Shame parade. No floats. No music. No smiling politicians, eager to latch on to the general good feeling. And no spectators, save for the ...

What part of "Do Not Call" is confusing?

At 7:15 p.m. last Monday (July 13) we were finishing dinner and watching baseball’s Home Run Derby when the telephone rang. Upon answering, I was greeted by, “This is Maggie Clemens of Keller Williams.” Before ...

July 21, 2015
July 20 dock totals

18 anglers aboard 1 boat out of Chubasco 2 Sportfishing caught 9 sand bass, and 48 calico bass. Fisherman's Landing sent 167 anglers out to the briny aboard 4 boats and reported a total catch ...

July 21, 2015

Monday, July 20

Hurlers and the behind in Lockling Square

Bay City’s taking on The Resolutes today at Lockling Square. As the players warm up, some shout encouragement, but most stand stiff. They toss and catch the ball with affected grace, as if posing for ...

Is SDSU chief really hurting for a fatter raise?

San Diego State president Eliot Hirshman, formerly known as the $400,000 man, is likely about to get yet another bump in his annual base pay, making him the newly minted $420,000 man. According to an ...

July 20, 2015
Heavy ship, matey

For the past couple of days there has been a flurry of activity at the Spanish Landing build site of the San Salvador replica. It’s ready to be floated, but getting it into the water ...

Elegant and unimportant

Let’s get a little crazy and combine a summer piece of music with the esoteric pick of the week. The power of this concept is overwhelming me. It’s the perfect summer storm. Faure composed his ...

July 20, 2015
Liquid loophole?

Heavy water users opposed to statewide conservation efforts are using California's Proposition 218 as a tool to undermine water agencies' pricing tiers, which charge more to higher-consumption customers. The measure, passed in 1996, requires voter ...

July 20, 2015
UCSD Professor petitions APA to Remove Narcissism from DSM

Prominent UCSD Professor of Psychology Rafe Lection announced today that he is formally petitioning the American Psychological Association to remove Narcisssitc Personality Disorder from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder, or DSM. "Times ...

Putting the cart before the homeless

Over the course of several months, librarians at Mission Valley, San Ysidro, and downtown libraries have grappled with the problem of some patrons bringing large carts inside. Staff say the carts, often as high as ...

July 20, 2015
Laid-back struggle

Although Moxie Theatre has produced shows ranging from intense dramas to thoughtful comedies, the company has not staged many musicals. Writer/director Javier Velasco is giving audience members a song-filled production with the world premiere of ...

July 20, 2015
Massive layoffs rumored for Qualcomm

San Diego communications giant Qualcomm could announce coming layoffs of 4000 people on Wednesday, according to rumors racing around the internet. July 22 is the date of the company's release of its third-quarter earnings. It ...

July 20, 2015
Voice of reason at the Union-Tribune

In an editorial this morning (July 20), the Union-Tribune says that the California Public Utilities Commission's (CPUC's) San Onofre decision, socking ratepayers with 70 percent of the costs of the nuclear plant's closure, should be ...

July 20, 2015
In pursuit of calm in La Mesa

Three months after the La Mesa City Council voted to remove two traffic circles on Harbinson Avenue, lawmakers on July 14 unanimously approved a plan to slow traffic through an estimated $41,000 worth of traffic-calming ...

July 20, 2015
Churning out the catfish

Weekly Fish Report ½ Day - ¾ Day: The inshore fishing has been as good as ever, if not better. Schools of large bluefin tuna and yellowfin tuna just off the beach are adding to ...

July 20, 2015

Sunday, July 19

Purer but not better

The importance of human voices coming together has become less and less valued. There was a time when voices coming together was much more important to society. There is a coming together in a choir ...

July 19, 2015
Moonlight's delight

There is something magical about the open-air setting of Moonlight Stage Productions’ The Music Man: a perfect spot for the classic American musical. Taking place in River City, Iowa, the story centers around the interactions ...

July 19, 2015
Water-leak warfare

On February 14, 2015, the City of San Diego installed a new digital water meter at a University Avenue property belonging to Edwin Widjojo. The installation took place in the middle of a bill period, ...

Leonard Patton, Lizzi Trumbore do Jazz Live

Tuesday 21 The Steph Johnson/ Rob Thorsen Duo play Croce’s Park West (2760 Fifth Avenue) from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Free… Jazz Live presents Lizzi Trumbore, Leonard Patton, Justin Grinnell, and Peter Sprague at the ...

Punjabi Tandoor neither surprises nor disappoints

Business park restaurants don’t play by the same rules as other food businesses. They serve a calculated need — to provide a quick, convenient lunch to nearby professionals. They don’t worry about decorating because something ...

Saturday, July 18

Seoul bump

The second week of July, members of the Facebook group Seoul Brew Club started posting photos of Stone IPA and Ruination 2.0 to their community page. In this way, the group of homebrewers and beer ...

July 18, 2015
Chun kun!

“Chun kun!... Chun kun!” A Chinese woman yells as she pushes a stroller that holds a greasy cardboard box through the streets of downtown Tijuana. She stops as soon as someone shows interest and says ...

July 18, 2015
Absorbed in history-rich Berlin

Berlin was always on our list of places to go someday, but the timing just never seemed right for one reason or another. As it turned out, May 2015 was the 70th anniversary of the ...

July 18, 2015
America's Finest Sh***y?

On a recent episode of his popular comedic commentary program Last Week Tonight, John Oliver took time to tackle the issue of publicly financed stadiums for privately owned sports teams. Not surprisingly, San Diego was ...

Hillary's $335,000 Qualcomm speech

Freebeacon.com has reported that just one of Hillary Clinton's speeches last year provided her with more money than the total net worth of her Democratic opponent, Bernie Sanders, in 2013. The numbers: Hillary got $335,000 ...

July 18, 2015
Nature

The World Is a Cactus The dramatic evolution of evolution. “A cactus will take a bullet just like a person, because of the thickness of their skins and all the water in them.” By Geoff ...

Friday, July 17

Bring back the court composer, part two

Concerning the court composer or orchestral organization composer and compensation. Almost every orchestra has a donor or 20 with guest houses somewhere in the city. The composer would receive housing. The donor gets to possibly ...

July 17, 2015
Where time, nature, and rush hour collide

As dangerous as Highway 67 is for drivers, it is even trickier for the wildlife that live in the rich habitat on either side, so when Caltrans looked at placing barriers down the middle for ...

The girl comes and goes as she pleases

A former dancer at Goldfingers Gentlemen’s Club on Miramar Road has filed a class-action lawsuit faulting her ex-employer of failing to pay a living wage. It is the second class-action lawsuit filed against strip clubs ...

July 17, 2015
Bust those eyeballs!

There’s that eyeball-buster logo again! The third annual San Diego International Fringe Festival begins Thursday, July 23 and runs through August 2. That’s eleven days. As fans of the first two found out, they go ...

Iran treaty trashers spending big on San Diego TV

A newly minted dark-money group opposed to the nuclear treaty with Iran worked out by president Barack Obama has opened its campaign with a national barrage of television commercials, including a hefty buy in San ...

July 17, 2015
Scene Not Heard

“All these people said they would use our music on their comps. The problem is, those comps never came out.” That’s why longtime punker Ugly Lenny of Inciting Riots became Ugly Lenny record producer when ...

Tick-borne illness spreads to TJ

A second case of rickettsiosis, a potentially fatal tick-borne bacterial illness, has been reported in Tijuana, state health officials announced on Wednesday, July 15. Earlier reports of the disease had been confined mostly to Mexicali, ...

Thanks anyway on the clean energy option

Imperial Irrigation District yesterday (July 16) sued the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) on antitrust grounds. The suit was filed in federal court in San Diego. The suit says that CAISO "is a monopolist. It ...

Tame Impala's new Currents

Back with John Lennon-esque vocals and dreamy, psychedelic overtones, Tame Impala returns with their third LP, Currents. The Australian natives have a knack for creating music that is both retro and remarkably modern and relevant. ...

July 17, 2015
One hat picture, none of Caitlyn

Highlighted by a new dirt track and Caitlyn Jenner’s appearance, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club started its 76th meet on July 16 with a reported 45,000+ fans in attendance, many wearing big hats, tight dresses, ...

July 17, 2015
Rocket men

Anthony Ferraro deserves a mighty high-five for coming up with a band name so perfectly representative of the music he creates. His five-piece band, Astronauts, etc, specializes in the mellow, spaced-out pop that AIR has ...

July 17, 2015
Hawaiian plate lunch at Homestyle Hawaiian

Macaroni salad is a guilty pleasure of mine. Here I write about all kinds of food, and I demand some semblance of quality. But apparently I’m easily won over by a little cold pasta and ...

The skipjack are here

The fishing is so good in the local waters that a lot of operators in Baja are not seeing as many anglers as they usually do. Places like San Quintin, not so far from the ...

July 17, 2015
Del Mar Opening Day 2015: Deep Cleavage Leads an Outstanding and Crowded Field

Opening Day 2015 at the Del Mar Racetrack had it all: high-stepping pageantry, fierce competition, desperate gambles, brutal jockeying for position, and the mysterious combination of effortless grace and hard-won physical excellence that is the ...

Thursday, July 16

Folks, your Ponzi scheme will always surface

Paul Moore IV pleaded guilty in federal court today (July 16) to running a Ponzi scheme and spending most of the money he took in. Moore was a complete fraud, according to his admission. He ...

July 16, 2015
Hops and spouse in the house

A little outside Ensenada, Valle de Guadalupe has a reputation as Baja's wine country. For a couple of years it was also home to a small brewery with a loyal following and key restaurant placements. ...

July 16, 2015
Bring back the court composer

Why not bring back the court composer? Way back when, aristocrats used to have their own orchestras and composers who wrote music for those orchestras. Why not bring that model back? What if the San ...

July 16, 2015
Meanwhile, USD allegedly awakens rape perps

A lawsuit alleging that administrators and faculty at the University of San Diego dissuaded a female law student from reporting a rape to police will move forward, said superior court judge Joel Pressman in a ...

July 16, 2015
UCSD flunks sex crime disclosure 101

The University of California at San Diego, already beset by myriad high-profile troubles, has another black mark to deal with, although this time the taxpayer-funded school isn't alone. "Our review of six California institutions found ...

July 16, 2015
Green people infiltrate San Diego Unified schools

Environmental activists are cheering the decision Tuesday (July 14) by the San Diego Unified School District to adopt a climate action plan modeled after the one commissioned by the City of San Diego. "We applaud ...

July 16, 2015
Showered with nothing

On Wednesday, July 15, the outdoor showers at San Diego’s four state-park beaches were scheduled to be shut off, in compliance with the governor’s mandated 25 percent reduction in water usage. The cold-water shower towers ...

Supermarket slump?

The staffing cutbacks announced July 14 for Haggen supermarkets throughout Southern California have included San Diego. A conversation July 15 with two North Park Haggen employees (who had to remain anonymous) revealed that the store ...

January 15 dock totals

24 anglers aboard the Chubasco II 3/4 day run boated 3 bluefin tuna, 48 yellowfin tuna and 3 yellowtail. The Dolphin 1/2 day am run with 31 anglers aboard reported 33 bonito, 3 sheephead, 1 ...

July 16, 2015

Wednesday, July 15

San Diego Reader 2015 guide to craft cocktails

If San Diego had an official drink, it would almost certainly be a beer. Something hoppy. (How is there not an America’s Finest Brewery in town yet?) Which leaves San Diego cocktails free to represent ...

When I used to enter the Aqsa Mosque

Whenever I visited Jerusalem I always entered the Aqsa Mosque, beside which stood a small mosque which the Franks had converted into a church. When I used to enter the Asqa Mosque…the Templars would evacuate ...

"Horace: Ode I.25" and "Atalanta and Hippomenes"

Horace: Ode I.25 How infrequent now the insistent tap Of bold young fingers at your well-latched sash. No sleepless nights for you: the door that once Rocked loose and lively on an easy hinge Clings ...

July 15, 2015
Epicentre cuts the cord

“You’re killin’ me,” says Brian Witkin, founder of Pacific Records, about the news that the venue that gave him his break in the music business was ending live shows. “I met my wife when we ...

July 15, 2015
No to Starbucks, yes to Calabria

Later this summer, longtime North Park coffee roaster Caffé Calabria will launch its first offsite expansion in 15 years, opening a satellite coffee bar in a ground-floor storefront at the 1 Columbia Place high-rise in ...

Fabiani’s Cabrera money love

Chargers special counsel Mark Fabiani, who has been deftly fielding the brickbats of mayor Kevin Faulconer’s stadium task force while launching more than a few of his own in the battle over keeping the team ...

July 15, 2015
Young Goodman Gano

If you don’t know of the Violent Femmes, you surely know “Blister in the Sun,” so popular I once heard a frat-boy chug-a-lug singalong with it at my college — which doesn’t have frat boys. ...

July 15, 2015
Sparky, hectic, unmediated inventiveness on display

The Self-Taught Genius exhibit at the Mingei, artifacts from their conversation with the world

July 15, 2015
Kiss Me, Kate's brassy, unfettered swagger

When Patricia Morrison and Alfred Drake began rehearsing Cole Porter’s latest effort, they weren’t impressed. “We were using just a piano,” she recalled. “It was so disjointed we didn’t think we had a hit.” Then ...

Chappo's call to action

There’s this band called Chappo, and the opening 16 bars of their song “5-0” are a call to action for the generation of us who grew up in the midst of the first wave of ...

July 15, 2015
Girl in the Middle of Italy

Since Carol Rider is the lead singer and guitarist of local Americana rock quartet Girl in the Middle, you might assume the name is referring to her. You’d be wrong. “The name is a concept ...

July 15, 2015
David Thorpe finds his voice with Do I Sound Gay?

Title tells all in David Thorpe’s highly personal and frequently hilarious digital confessional, Do I Sound Gay?, opening July 24 at Landmark’s Ken Cinema. To flame-down one’s voice or proudly reclaim the sibilant “s”? — ...

July 15, 2015
Agewise

I learned that Frank was the first reporter at the scene of that horrific PSA plane crash in 1978, the one I grew up hearing about. He won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting. How had I not known that?

July 15, 2015
Peckish, bookish

As much as I love the new Central Library and kinda go “Wow!” every time the bus or trolley I’m in rolls under its beautiful dome, I’ve never gone inside. And the reason is just ...

At the Loveland Dam, on the Sweetwater River

Loveland Dam, also known as Sweetwater Falls Dam, is a thin arch design of concrete built in 1945. Loveland Reservoir is one of the two manmade lakes made by dams along the Sweetwater River. It ...

July 15, 2015
You’ll never get a drink made from this recipe in any bar, anywhere

Just six years ago, Reader legend Ollie laid out an Old Fashioned recipe that, stripped of its existential and romantic trappings, involved dissolving a sugar cube in a splash of water, adding two dashes of ...

Goes great with Mexican food

I first met Mark Broadfoot back when we were Scouts in middle school, and ever since then I’ve known him to be fond of sharing. The first time it caught my attention was on a ...

July 15, 2015
Rock-and-roll food CHON

Progressive rock, the complex, jazzy instrumental music that flourished with King Crimson and Return to Forever didn’t weather as well as other genres from the ’70s and ’80s. “I think those bands got hit with ...

July 15, 2015
The original family band

“We were around when there was lots of acid rock and we filled a niche that was being ignored,” says singer Paul Cowsill of his 1960s pop group the Cowsills. “Bob Dylan told Rolling Stone ...

July 15, 2015
Coronado’s crowned king of cocktails

“Every cocktail has a story,” says Jose Palma. And the man ought to know. He’s been creating, serving, and keeping up with cocktails for 26 years. And always here at the Hotel Del, where patrons ...

The Diva’s rye humor

In my 20s, whiskey sounded like an old-person’s drink — a sophisticated liquid imbibed mostly by men in suits who took it in the form of a two-finger pour in a short and wide glass ...

July 15, 2015
Doctors are the enemy

Mr. Hipster: My sister complains to me constantly of nebulous ailments, but she never actually gets a satisfying diagnosis for anything. I grow weary of her hypochondria, since she doesn’t trust most doctors, and so ...

July 15, 2015
The alcoholic version of the Slurpee

Of all the cocktails featured in this issue, the Margarita is the one with the closest ties to San Diego. Specifically, the frozen kind; the alcoholic version of the Slurpee. In 1947, Albert Hernandez, a ...

July 15, 2015
Ten reasons to be grateful after my hernia operation

Post Title: The Joy of Aging Post Date: June 4, 2014 Yesterday I got an email message from my newly retired brother Jim. He attached a photo of my niece setting a school record in ...

July 15, 2015
Mother’s Ruin gets a makeover

Gin has always been a drink of dubious repute.

How Airbnb is ruining Pacific Beach

Ten years ago, most of the housing on the boardwalk in Mission Beach was old apartment complexes filled with college students. When the locals took a bike ride on the boardwalk we would stop along ...

Breakfast cocktails and brunch shots

It’s five o’clock somewhere. Or so day-drinkers like to say, usually while ordering a stiff pour of bourbon. Prohibition may have failed, but the lasting legacy of the temperance movement is this notion that hitting ...

July 15, 2015
San Diego Metro transit reluctant to give bus passes to inner-city students

For five months in 2014, Lincoln High School student Alexis Guzman didn’t have to walk the three miles from his parents’ National City apartment to school. More importantly, he didn’t have to walk the three ...

July 15, 2015
Editor's letters

Reducing Contagion On behalf of the San Diego County Suicide Prevention Council, we are writing in response to your June 18 article, “Coronado Bridge to Eternity” (City Lights). We encourage you to review and use ...

July 15, 2015
Your inner child needs a cocktail

Lately, mixologists have been advancing a trend that favors the unadulterated flavor of a liquor over its peripheral ingredients. It’s called “spirit-forward,” and it’s redefining the way we experience cocktails. But what if our taste ...

I want you to understand the spirit

“The way I approach cocktails is like sailing the most difficult route, because I know how to navigate the waters, and I take pleasure in turbulent seas,” says Cervantes Magaña, beverage consultant with Medicine Show ...

$500,000 terminal art backstory

It’s a big month for art at San Diego’s Lindbergh Field, which over the years has spent millions on a controversial collection of creative adornments to distract travelers from long lines, prying TSA agents, and ...

July 15, 2015
Built to be awesome

Thursday 16We haven’t been out to the beach in a few weeks, so how about a night at O.B. rock spot Winstons and a trip to the “Fro Zone,” where local five-piece AJ Froman rock ...

July 15, 2015
Gab goes ham

Sunday 19Sunday-night splits, I hate ’em. Anyway, easy pickins as Cheap Trick sold out the Belly Up, so if you didn’t get tix to that, the Violent Femmes is the call. They play the Open ...

July 15, 2015
Big bluefin!

The yellowtail bite has pretty much shut down at the Coronados though the boats are finding them in numbers offshore on kelps along with some decent dorado. The yellowfin tuna are charging into San Diego ...

July 15, 2015

Tuesday, July 14

Madman truck driver on the loose

Sheriff's deputies are looking for an unknown Santee man in connection with a recent sexual harassment, robbery, and assault case. Last Friday afternoon (July 11), the male suspect, believed to be 40 to 50 years ...

July 14, 2015
Chula Vista University, anyone?

Chula Vista wants a four-year university and they're looking to Mexico to find one. "It took years, but we've assembled the land," Chula Vista city manager Gary Halbert said in an interview on July 14. ...

He's got horsinality

Even though he arrived at 4:00 a.m. today (July 14), so calm was the move down from the Santa Anita track that Triple Crown winner American Pharaoh got out on the track at Del Mar ...

July 14, 2015
UCSD's costly ad switch: Chargers to Trolley

With the Chargers appearing on the brink of leaving town, the University of California at San Diego is casting about for a new way to spend its prodigious pile of promotional cash. As first reported ...

July 14, 2015
Drat. Indicted again.

Harold Bailey (B.J.) Gallison II and several of his cohorts from Costa Rica, Las Vegas, Miami, and New York have been charged with running an international stock scam, according to the FBI in a news ...

July 14, 2015
RentMomsBasement.com rakes in record profits over Comic-Con 2015

Comic-Con has come and gone, and the good news is, San Diego will host the popular pop-culture convention at least through 2018. But after that, the Con’s future here is unclear, thanks in part to ...

Paddle with the mayor

First developed in the 1880s and incorporated on July 18, 1956, Imperial Beach became the tenth city in San Diego County. The I.B. Pier was originally built around 1909; one purpose was to attract crowds, ...

Monday, July 13

Do great singers ever really die?

Jon Vickers died on July 10, 2015. He had been retired since 1988 and had a prolonged struggle with Alzheimer’s. It’s a strange phenomenon when an artist of his stature dies. The first reaction, if ...

July 13, 2015
Judge says "regret" at root of rape case

Administrators at the University of California San Diego failed to properly investigate sexual assault allegations against a male student and increased sanctions against him for appealing their decision, ruled superior court judge Joel Pressman on ...

July 13, 2015
Can Ché stay?

In what could be a major development in keeping the Ché Café alive, UCSD Chancellor Pradeep Khosla has for the first time agreed to meet with key members of the Ché Collective 2 p.m. Wednesday. ...

Sloppy money handling plagues San Diego Unified

No names are named, but there appears to be plenty of blame to go around in the mishandling of Associated Student Body money at two dozen campuses in the San Diego Unified School District, according ...

July 13, 2015
Steal big, young thug

Here’s a tip to Oceanside criminals: Don’t try to rob numerous houses, in the same neighborhood, on the same day, in broad daylight. On the afternoon of July 7, Oceanside police started receiving 911 calls ...

Sunday, July 12

Fate of Chargers predicted

Sam Farmer, who has followed the NFL drama in Los Angeles for the LA Times, has some predictions in today's (July 12) edition. Writes Farmer, "Think of L.A. as a game of musical chairs, with ...

July 12, 2015
Ben Wanicur jams at 3rd Space

Monday 13 Saxophonist Charlie Arbelaez presents the Music of Blue Note at Croce’s Park West (2760 Fifth Avenue) at 7:00 p.m. for a $5 cover. Tuesday 14 Bassist Ben Wanicur hosts his monthly jam session ...

SDG&E explains new billing system

San Diego Gas & Electric recently voted to implement a new billing system, one that raised the per-kilowatt rate for the lightest consumers while lowering the rate for the highest consumers. "I know it looks ...

Argentinean empanadas, straight from Tucumán

Since my brother married a Tijuana local, most of the recommendations I receive on where to eat in Tijuana have come from the two of them. When I was short on cash and tired of ...

Time to tuna up your gear

Weekly Fish Report ½ Day - ¾ Day: The ½ and ¾ day boats are mostly working the schools of tuna following the warm water into San Diego’s near-shore waters with mixed results. There are ...

July 12, 2015

Saturday, July 11

Pernicano's out

If all goes according to plan, a new hotel will eventually rise on the Hillcrest property where once stood Pernicano's and Casa di Baffi restaurants. The property fronts on both Fifth and Sixth avenues in ...

That rattling sound is the food chain

A ban on U.S. Pacific sardine fishing that took effect July 1 will mean more food for starving sea lions, pelicans, and other creatures. But there’s no shutting down the other forces rattling the food ...

July 11, 2015
Thousands of thirsty customers in Santee

Following a year of buildup and private tasting events, Pacific Islander Brewing Company (PIB) became the latest craft entity to open in Santee, opening the doors of its Polynesian-style tasting room and patio to the ...

July 11, 2015
Ashford University to close its doors

After spending recent years facing enrollment declines and fighting to retain accredited status , Ashford University, a tiny Iowa-based college owned and operated by San Diego's Bridgepoint Education, announced it will be closing its doors ...

July 11, 2015
(Over)cast your vote

“San Diego’s beaches were expecting over a million visitors for the July 4 holiday,” says San Diego Dept. of Weather chief Sunny Fair. “Thanks to the unseasonal cloud cover, we managed less than half of ...

Religion

There Is One God We’re not Arabs or Hindus or Muslims, we’re Sikhs. "The equality of all people and all religions is central to our faith. We didn't want to seem as though we were ...

July 11, 2015
The worst kind of American

A married Georgia couple, Judith Paixao and Kevin Lombard, were convicted by a San Diego federal jury yesterday afternoon (July 10) of embezzling federal funds that were intended to provide job training, benefits, and equipment ...

July 11, 2015
Centifonti’s Bar & Restaurant serves it all

Centifonti’s Bar & Restaurant in La Mesa offers not only breakfast, lunch, and dinner but a full bar, handmade chocolates and pastries, and homemade gelato. I don’t know exactly what category this family-owned restaurant falls ...

Fisherman's dream of a year

Talk about spoiled... Tuna on the 1/2 day. Tuna on the kayak. What will happen when the crazy-good fishing returns to the normal good San Diego fishing? I have never seen a year like last ...

July 11, 2015

Friday, July 10

Classical... karaoke?

There is a series of "summer sings" at Mission Valley Methodist Church over the next several weeks. I went to the first one on Wednesday, July 8. The piece for the concert was Gabriel Faure's ...

Table Beer gets canned

Benchmark Brewing Company started canning last month, releasing four-packs of 16-ounce tallboys to all the usual craft bottle shops and liquor stores. The shiny silver cans feature simple bold lettering and the company brand, with ...

July 10, 2015
Pet-, anarchist-, and women-friendly

As the 33rd annual book fair in Tijuana was coming to an end, a completely different book fair was starting up. The first fair of independent publications hosted by Raices Infoshop, Food Not Bombs, Publicaciones ...

July 10, 2015
My acting bucket list: Randall Dodge

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 ...

July 10, 2015
Expect a gas-price hike of at least 30¢

After weeks of lowering gas prices, on July 9 at 2:00 p.m., the gas-price website gasbuddy.com sent its San Diego subscribers a text alert: “Gas prices expected to rise 15–30 cents. Fill up now.” By ...

Wild Nights by Pins

The British band Pins works the smooth and jagged angles that intersect dream-pop, shoegaze, and garage punk to create a stylized sophomore record. Wild Nights thematically glorifies universal moments of lust and danger; later, when ...

July 10, 2015
Hot pot!

On February 12, 2012, police executed a search warrant at a commercial building at 2953 Imperial Avenue in Grant Hill. "Numerous items" were seized related to a marijuana-growing operation said to belong to Howard Maurice ...

July 10, 2015
Borderland Noise

The second installment of Borderland Noisefest landed at La Caja Fuerte, a newer venue in the art and culture passageway of Pasaje Rodriguez, Tijuana. Featuring bands and projects from Los Angeles, San Diego, and Tijuana, ...

July 10, 2015
Summer in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom

Vermont’s storied "Northeast Kingdom" was given its name by former Governor and U.S. Senator George D. Aiken in 1949 for its special beauty. While lots of people think of Vermont in terms of a snow-covered ...

Production ceases at lab by the lake

An early-morning raid on a house in the 9000 block of Creekford Drive in Lakeside resulted in ten arrests connected to the production and distribution of narcotics, sheriffs' deputies are reporting. According to a report ...

July 10, 2015
Late night sandwiches at Burnside

Last weekend I found myself drinking canned craft beer at an underground synth-pop show in an apartment upstairs from a fabric store on Adams. People at the party seemed pretty energized and were just starting ...

Thursday, July 9

Because one opera company isn't enough

Last year, San Diego almost had no opera company. Now it has two. This is a feat New York City couldn't pull off. New York City Opera closed down in 2013, leaving that city with ...

Saint Archer getting into cider business

Since its debut in spring 2013, Miramar brewer Saint Archer has expanded square footage, distribution range, production volume, and its roster of beers. Pending approval of a winemaking license, the craft beer company aims to ...

July 9, 2015
Viviano abruptly departs UCSD in turmoil’s midst

The announced departure of Paul Viviano, who currently enjoys the lengthy title of chief executive officer for the University of California, San Diego Health System and associate vice chancellor for UC San Diego Health Sciences, ...

July 9, 2015
New judge for accused murderer

Tuesday (July 7), news broke that a three-judge panel has unanimously decided to allow Christopher Brandon Lee to change judges before the start of his murder trial. Lee, 25, is accused of lying-in-wait and murder ...

July 9, 2015
Mexicali's Hotel of the Deported Migrant closes

Since January of 2010, El Hotel del Migrante Deportado (Hotel of the Deported Migrant) in downtown Mexicali gave free shelter, food, access to showers, clean clothes, and general support to over 300,000 deported people and ...

They think differently in L.A.

Regents at the University of California, acting on behalf of UC San Diego's Alzheimer's Disease Cooperative Study unit (ADCS), have filed a lawsuit accusing the University of Southern California and a former UCSD researcher of ...

July 9, 2015
On a [tuna] roll

Looks as though the tuna are going to stick around a bit. I have heard two unconfirmed reports of bluefin caught from a kayak launching out of La Jolla. Sure would like to get the ...

July 9, 2015

Wednesday, July 8

SDSU , UCSD students, others tell worst roommate stories

No fun with mushroom girls and those on China time.

July 8, 2015
From “Echo and Narcissus,” Metamorphoses 3.351-399

When Narcissus had just turned sixteen he looked as much a young man as a boy. Many girls, many boys wanted him badly, but (in his lean body was such cold pride) that no girls, ...

July 8, 2015
Jazz 'toons

When local jazz pianist Forrest Westbrook passed away last year, his daughters Leslie and Yvonne had to clean out his City Heights apartment. “We had the daunting task of clearing out 10,000 LPs, 4000 CDs, ...

These are trotters!

Stop me if I’ve blurted this before, but I’ve always had a good feeling about the Philippines since I came across the Mangyan people. They live on the island of Occidental Mindoro, south of Manila. ...

Dick-rated

Television station KFMB, run by wealthy La Jolla Republican Elisabeth Kimmel, has been having X-rated issues with federal regulators of late. According to a June 1 letter from the station’s Washington lawyers to the Federal ...

July 8, 2015
Bleu Bohème's Basil Martini: So fresh, so green

Spring sprang a few months ago, but over at Kensington’s Bleu Bohème, things are still looking — and tasting — pretty fresh and green. “It’s a really fresh, delicious, and easy-drinking martini,” bartender Sarah Proctor ...

July 8, 2015
A new look for jazz: Natalie Cressman

The new face of jazz (or at least one of them) has tattoos and wears yoga pants. Raised on Brazilian and Afro-Cuban rhythms, with straight-ahead instrumental chops worthy of a Wycliffe Gordon and yet equally ...

July 8, 2015
To pro golf’s horror, Zombie Tiger stays on the tour

He’s interesting again. Which is a giant step up from embarrassment to humankind. Tiger Woods was the World Number 1 rated golfer for an unbelievable 683 weeks during his career. On July 5, 2015, Woods ...

July 8, 2015
Girls will be boys in the Old Globe's Twelfth Night

Production takes Shakespeare’s night of revels out of doors.

No bully pulpit

“I’ve been stabbed. I’ve been shot. I’ve stabbed people. People have stabbed me.” Rafa Reyes says he proudly claims the Sherman Grant Hills Park gang he joined at age 13. His street-savvy tattooed choloness mixed ...

July 8, 2015
God is out to save everyone he can

Membership: 600 Pastor: Eddie Dopp Age: 63 Born: Seattle, WA Formation: Loma Linda University, Loma Linda; Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena Years Ordained: 25 SDR: What’s your main concern as a member of the clergy? PD: ...

July 8, 2015
Hysteria won't build a stadium

The hysteria level is growing, and it will only blind San Diegans to reality. Nick Canepa, sports columnist for the Union-Tribune, hallucinated in this morning's (July 8) column that "If the Chargers leave, we lose ...

July 8, 2015
Views of wildfire recovery

A hike in the Cuyamacas with views in a wilderness setting.

Lost art of urban direction-finding

Dear Hipster: How do I find true north? It’s not like I think I actually need survival skills for my occasional camping trips in East County, but it would be cool to know. Obviously, I ...

July 8, 2015
Comic-Con rocks!

Comic-Con-themed music events around town on Thursday include Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions at Embarcadero Marina Park South, with orchestral arrangements performed to visuals drawn from video games. The House of Blues will host its annual musical ...

Interview with Cartel Land director Matthew Heineman

The excellent documentary Cartel Land gives an embedded view of two vigilante group leaders, one on each side of the US-Mexico border: Tim “Nailer” Foley of Arizona Border Recon, and Dr. Jose “El Doctor” Mireles ...

July 8, 2015
Swanky 22nd-floor loft in the heart of downtown

Beds: 3 Baths: 5 Current Owner: Eleanor Jaffe Asking Price: $4,900,000 On the block this week is an “alluring, stylish, and swank” 22nd-floor loft in the heart of downtown, featuring three bedrooms, five baths, and ...

Reggae on the Coast canceled

Does reggae not matter in San Diego or should the folks who run modern-rock station FM 94/9 stay out of the reggae concert business? Those were the questions being raised on June 29 when Lincoln ...

Kiss Me, Kates

The Con is on, the one week of the summer where Hollywood backs away from a major release to play wet nurse to a bunch of duded-up fanboys in celebration of everything that’s wrong with ...

Stunning but remote physicality in Essaydi’s women

Essaydi’s women don’t “present” to the viewer: each has an inner life made visible but unavailable to us.

July 8, 2015
Triple Crown dreams from $2000 to $230,000

Triple Crown dreams begin with two-year-olds, and some of those dreams were for sale in Del Mar on May 28. If you want to buy a horse, specifically a thoroughbred, the action’s at the auction, ...

July 8, 2015
The fishing license gap

Many San Diego area anglers seem to get ticked off this time of year. Often we wait until summertime to buy our annual fishing licenses, knowing that our $47.01 will only last until December 31. ...

Florida biotech subsidies not working

Jeb Bush, who wants to be president, claims he rejuvenated Florida's economy. But his subsidization of San Diego biotech research operations proves otherwise.

July 8, 2015
The age of quasi-ironic movie remakes

Dear Hipster: Look at your local movie theater and coming attractions. Terminator!? Jurassic Park!? Mad Max!? Star Wars!? What year is it? What does this all mean, and why am I so excited? — Danny ...

July 8, 2015
Doug and Kevin’s Balboa bash

Veteran political observers call it Douglas Manchester’s last laugh. Just before the voluble real estate developer from La Jolla sold what he called U-T San Diego to Tribune Publishing of Chicago in May, he gave ...

July 8, 2015
Carefully crafted comments

Luthier Laud I am happy to see my old friend Sam Radding on the cover (“Guitars, Banjos, and the American Dream”). He’s a one-of-kind guy, an important figure in San Diego’s musical history, and he ...

July 8, 2015
Oh my, whatta bigeye you have!

July 7 dock totals 41 anglers aboard the Chubasco II 1/2 day am run caught 1 bonito, 120 calico bass, 5 yellowtail and 12 rockfish. 100 calico bass were released. 30 yellowfin tuna were caught ...

July 8, 2015
One negative remark kills the aloha spirit

It has been said that any day you go into the ocean is a good day. Getting down to the beach, putting on a wetsuit, and watching all of the surfers in the parking lot ...

Trans Am and Chrome, Rosalyns and Chinese Rocks

Sunday 12Post-rock pioneers Trans Am pull into Casbah Sunday night after likeminded locals Sleeping People. Life Coach (Phil Manley of Trans Am) and CBOT and the Paperwork are also on the bill. Trans Am is ...

July 8, 2015
Talk nerdy to me...

Thursday 9Aquabats frontman Christian Jacobs is also co-creator of The Aquabats! Super Show!, an Emmy-winning cable TV show that “follows a musical group of amateur superheroes as they haphazardly defend the world from villains and ...

July 8, 2015

Tuesday, July 7

Pump 'n dump? Nope. Forge 'n dump

San Diego has its variation on the stock-market swindle of pump 'n' dump; it's forge 'n' dump. Between 2012 and 2014, a ring of schemers would forge false deeds indicating that they owned certain homes. ...

July 7, 2015
Child beggars of Point Loma

Leaving the Sprouts Market in Clairemont last week, I saw a young blonde woman standing at the parking-lot exit with a cardboard sign and a stroller. As I approached the exit, she leaned into the ...

North Island repair shop busts Navy's budget

A big backlog of unrepaired fighter jets has been growing at the Navy's Fleet Readiness Center Southwest on North Island, and the cost of fixing the issue is likely to be steep. So shows a ...

Star-spangled drunk

Let us talk "Star-Spangled Banner." First, the tune is a British drinking song — people would sing this while they got drunk and nobody had a problem with making this the national anthem of the ...

Destruction continues before the groundbreaking

A July 5 fire at the long-vacant former AT&T building at 4220 Arizona Street (off the intersection of Texas Street and Howard Avenue) caused minor damage to the structure, which was already scheduled for demolition. ...

Theft a testament to soccer's popularity?

Between the evening of June 23 and the morning of June 24, a Crusaders banner and 70 signs for the youth-soccer organization were stolen, primarily from locations on Navajo Road in San Carlos and Waring ...

Awesome and awful times at the fair

The 2015 San Diego County Fair ended its almost four-week run at 11:00 p.m. of July 5. Just after the entry gates closed at 10:00 p.m., attendance for the 26 days was pegged at 1,503,538 ...

July 7, 2015
Two terrifying notes cue this Friday's Flix by the Bay feature

The Port of San Diego is hosting Friday Flix by the Bay this summer, a free film series held every other Friday evening at different waterfront parks. As the steward of San Diego Bay, the ...

Pornographer's Comic-Con press release

As entertainment promoters around the world gear up for San Diego's Comic-Con and begin firing off press releases, one from a Little Italy-based pornography purveyor stands out by promising 'Con attendees a sneak peek at ...

Nicolosi’s torpedos the competition

It was almost 40 years ago that my boyfriend Ralph introduced me to a Nicolosi’s Torpedo Special Sandwich. I ate it while standing in the parking lot at San Diego Stadium before an Aztec football ...

Monday, July 6

You wish we'd shut up, Peevey

On June 5, the attorney general's office demanded documents from the California Public Utilities Commission related to the so-called settlement when it was decided that ratepayers would pick up the tab for more than $3 ...

July 6, 2015
Hold nothing back

Intrepid Theatre’s casting is so spot on, it’s as if Jane Anderson wrote her four-hander, The Quality of Life, for Jeffrey Jones (Neil), Deanna Driscoll (Jeanette), Tom Stephenson (Bill), and Maggie Carney (Dinah). Even their ...

July 6, 2015
Chance encounter with a Wallaby Hunter

Sometimes, being in the neighborhood is all it takes to discover a tasty new beer. That's how I wound up dropping by Pacific Brewing Company (PBC) in Miramar. A constant flood of beer news out ...

July 6, 2015
Chariot of fire

Members of a Shriners community located near Mount Laguna, where cabins and buildings were destroyed in the 2013 Chariot Fire, have added the Chrysler Group to the list of entities it is suing for damages. ...

July 6, 2015
Mayor wins big in spin and dollar wars

Skeptics who predicted that the takeover of the Union-Tribune by Chicago's Tribune Publishing wouldn't really change San Diego's big-money media and political culture may turn out to be right, judging from the latest proclamation by ...

July 6, 2015
Mexicans honor America — Trump be damned!

On Saturday night, July 4th, a fireworks show erupted at approximately ten o'clock in the Zona Norte area of Tijuana. Fireworks displays in Mexico are usually reserved for occasions such as Mexican Independence Day on ...

July 6, 2015
White nights, summer romance

When considering classical music with a summer theme, sometimes the title gives a clue — as in Frank Bridge's Summer. There is also Summer by Glazunov and Vivaldi. See there? Now, what do all three ...

July 6, 2015
Young, black, and...hassled?

Christina Dorsey, a 20-year-old African-American woman, filed suit July 1 in federal court against the City of San Diego, the police department, and several police officers. In the early morning of July 20, 2014, she ...

July 6, 2015
Whatfer over wet fur leads to fisticuffs

An argument over a wet cat turned into a brawl that ended with the arrest of four people in Tijuana last week. Neighbors called police to Colonia Villas de Alcázar at around 11 a.m. on ...

July 6, 2015
Old Globe defends use of Victoria's Secret models in summer production of Twelfth Night

"It's common knowledge that in Shakespeare's time, even the women's roles were played by men," says Old Globe artistic director Bart Delistein. "It's 2015. Frankly, we feel it's high time the ladies got a little ...

Iron Chef Vietnam comes to San Diego

I’ve tasted my way around gỏi cuốn (salad rolls), phở (rice noodle soup), and lemongrass chicken; I’ve sampled “classic dishes” such as ca kho to (fish in a clay pot), and several versions of bánh ...

Sunday, July 5

Jazz Live featuring Nathan Hubbard

Tuesday 7 Nathan Hubbard is the featured artist at KSDS Jazz Live (City College, 14th & C Street) with Molly Whitaker, Nina Deering, Shannon Perkins, Ed Kornhauser, Branson NeJame, Harley Magsino, and Jerome Salazar at ...

Our bodies, our clothes

More Than Support Breasts and bras. “I first started to notice breasts when I was ten years old. Not my own, because I didn’t have any yet, but my mother’s. I had seen my mother ...

July 5, 2015
Vinyl record market collapses

A local thrift store is under investigation by the Dept. of HUD (Hipster Underground Dwellings) after suffering a second-story collapse brought on by the weight of thousands of vinyl records being stored there. No one ...

Red, white, and bluefin

Weekly Fish Report ½ Day - ¾ Day: The fishing has been red-hot, even if the weather hasn’t. There are still bluefin tuna within ½ day range, the bass bite has been steady and yellowtail ...

July 5, 2015

Saturday, July 4

San Diego Flag Girl, 1921

My paternal grandmother Elizabeth Long was San Diego's Flag Girl in 1921 for a Daughters of the American Revolution event. San Diego had recently decided to preserve Balboa Park after the Panama–California Exposition of 1915. ...

Neighborhood hood gets a new look

Due to an escalation of criminal and suspicious activity in Clairemont, there has been renewed interest in Neighborhood Watch, a nationwide program introduced by the National Sheriff’s Association in 1972. A press conference was held ...

"Legal Baller" suspended two years

The California State Bar has suspended Raymundo Pacello Jr., who practiced law in San Diego but is now in Baja California, for two years. The flamboyant Pacello was written up in abovethelaw.com in 2012 for ...

July 4, 2015
Delivery.com needs more restaurants

I’m amazed how many restaurant delivery apps and web sites have sprung up in San Diego the past few years. Read about some of them here, here, and here. As I dig deeper into available ...

Friday, July 3

Beer-geek pilgrims rejoice

June 26th marked the official opening of the new Alpine Beer Company Pub (1347 Tavern Road), a long-overdue expansion of the restaurant and taphouse affiliated with increasingly popular Alpine Beer Company. The new location sits ...

July 3, 2015
Who's giving injections at Planned Parenthood?

There’s a showdown downtown scheduled for Friday, August 14, when the case of Murray v. Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest goes to trial in superior court. Carla M. Murray, a nurse practitioner, had worked ...

Dave Roberts hand-slapped for hidden $5000

As reported here June 10, Democratic county supervisor Dave Roberts was more than a little tardy in reporting a contribution made last year on his behalf by the United Domestic Workers of America. According to ...

July 3, 2015
My Acting Bucket List: Jessica John Gercke

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 ...

July 3, 2015
Welcome aboard, citizen

Boniface Anoje was a proud dad when his son, Navy serviceman Nick Anoje, received his American citizenship on July 1. In the special citizenship ceremony, planned to coincide with Independence Day celebrations, the former Nigerian ...

Must...get...uranium...now

Following a precipitous drop in worldwide uranium prices as countries across the globe reconsider the promise of nuclear energy, San Diego's General Atomics is seeking to gain full ownership of an Australian mine in which ...

July 3, 2015
Ladies and gentlemen, Leon Bridges

Soul to soothe the soul. That’s what Coming Home, the debut album of 25-year-old Leon Bridges, is and does. When you listen to this album you can appreciate the sound of actual instruments being keenly ...

July 3, 2015
Money Pit builds a burger cheap

Drive-thru burger joints hold a distinct place in Southern California lore, but this being the 21st Century, the only burger I’m willing to eat in my car anymore starts and ends with the word “double.” ...

La guerra de la cerveza empezó

The Mexicali craft-beer industry is in hot water after a Tuesday, June 30, meeting of the Consejo de Alcoholes de Mexicali: the regional alcohol council's members expressed opposition to issuing new permits to artisanal brewers. ...

Fresh fish for the Fourth

July 2 dock totals The Dolphin 1/2 day am run with 76 anglers aboard reported 1 lingcod and 170 rockfish caught. 62 anglers aboard their 1/2 day pm run put 1 sheephead, 206 rockfish and ...

July 3, 2015

Thursday, July 2

In fact, there's not a doctor in the house

Laura Wakil, M.D., a psychiatrist, has sued Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and related Kaiser organizations for violation of the state health and safety code, retaliation, negligent supervision, and wrongful constructive termination. (Constructive termination is a ...

July 2, 2015
Vet-clinic signage considered rude to some, funny to others

For the past several weeks, Coast Highway 101’s Coastal Animal Hospital, has created a brouhaha over its comedic signage. Currently, Dr. Brian Evans’s 4´ x 8´ highway frontage sign reads, “In Leucadia, stinky hippies are ...

California's farm economy "ruined"

June unemployment rates for the nation came out today (July 2), showing there are only two metropolitan areas out of 387 with unemployment rates of more than 20 percent. Both are agricultural areas within San ...

July 2, 2015
Sloppy cops and robbers

According to documents filed in federal court, two men, Thomas Ferguson of La Mesa and Duane Bowen of Chula Vista, are responsible for a spate of bank robberies in San Diego and Riverside counties. Also, ...

Summer of nothing

Our recent little thunderstorm reminded me of what is probably the best piece of summer music: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6. There are fives sections of the symphony, one of which is a thunderstorm which passes ...

July 2, 2015
Faulconer’s planning director is a nobody

It's been almost a year since the departure of city planning director Bill Fulton was announced by San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer Fulton's two-sentence August 1, 2014, resignation letter to Faulconer, obtained from the city ...

July 2, 2015
SDG&E about to go Robin Hood

A proposed decision issued Wednesday (July 1) from the California Public Utilities Commission won't do much to quiet critics who argue that changes to San Diego Gas & Electric rate schedules will hurt low-income consumers ...

July 2, 2015
Tattletale rattles I.B. RV owners

Imperial Beach city officials are trying to deal with residents’ anger and frustration after they received letters that warned them about unauthorized driveway parking of recreational vehicles. Unlike the City of San Diego, which doesn’t ...

Distant connections

Lamplighters Community Theatre’s 78th season opens with a drama, based on Helene Hanff’s autobiography, which has been adapted several times for the screen, television, and radio. What makes the material challenging to produce is that ...

July 2, 2015
Torrey pine down

On Tuesday, June 30, the last of a 100-foot-tall Torrey pine was cut down at the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas. It took six workers 35 hours to remove the tree, one of four ...

Maybe they come for the low hotel taxes?

The San Diego hotel business had a booming May compared with a year ago, according to Smith Travel Research. The occupancy rate in May rose 1.9 percent to 76.3 percent — topping growth of San ...

July 2, 2015
Here come the dodos!

The mahi-mahi, also known as the dolphin fish on the East Coast, and the dorado in Latin America, is a highly-prized gamefish. Its brilliant display of color and frantic leaping fight will raise the excitement ...

July 2, 2015

Wednesday, July 1

This agent could not be perceived by any of the senses

If the world would be produced anew, it must needs have a producer or creator; and if so, why did this creator create the world now and not before? Was it because some motive supervened ...

The strangest chicken sex scene you’ll ever see

What’s there not to love about Pink Flamingos? It’s pure John Water’s B-movie gold with bad acting, horrible (but oh-so-good) dialogue, the late and fabulous Divine, the egg lady, and the strangest chicken sex scene ...

July 1, 2015
South Bay serenade

What is Imperial Beach famous for? “I don’t know, [HBO’s] John from Cincinnati...Lords of Dogtown was shot at the pier,” says Bassics lead singer Sam Martinez about his hometown. “Sand Castles, I guess. But there’s ...

Dog days of bummer

Tijuana police have arrested two men who allegedly videotaped their torture of a dog and posted it on Facebook. The video, which appeared on Facebook over the weekend, led to widespread expressions of outrage among ...

July 1, 2015
Delicious bad stuff

‘We could see the blizzard coming,” says John. “I was ten. Our school was small. Five students. Winnie, my pony, was waiting outside. This was winter, Wyoming. Had to get home ahead of it. It ...

Wasn't me...it was my brother

In 2012, Asgard Associates, a company owned by Michael J. Conrad and his wife, pleaded guilty to storing hazardous waste at its facility on Roselle Street in Sorrento Valley. On June 30, Conrad pleaded guilty ...

G Burns: the screaming red Ferrari of jug bands

“Jug band — the term refers to a specific style of music and a specific historical period,” Clinton Davis tells the Reader. “And most of those bands were in the 1930s and ’40s, and they ...

July 1, 2015
Bye bye Broke Girls, hello Backyard Café

Normal Heights lost a coffee shop in June, then promptly gained a replacement, as the owners of Broke Girls Coffee Bar (3562 Adams Ave) sold their business, brewing equipment and all, and moved on to ...

July 1, 2015
Mako my day

A couple of mako sharks have hit the deck this week on 1.5 day trips. Like the thresher shark, makos are good fare for the dinner table. It is one of the fastest fish in ...

July 1, 2015
Lake Jennings is a hidden gem for wildlife sightings close to urban areas

Lake Jennings is a manmade 9800-acre-foot capacity reservoir owned by the Helix Water District. In 1962 the Helix Irrigation District built Chet Harritt Dam, which forms the reservoir, storing water that is treated and used ...

July 1, 2015
Down to Cow

A couple of years ago, Birdy Bardot went on a cross-country road trip but eventually found her way back to Ocean Beach. Upon her return, she began trekking down to Cow Records on Newport Avenue, ...

Put on your vintage Freedom Trousers

Dear Hipster: With Independence Day just around the corner, I have to know why you hipsters hate America so much. You’re all so quick to blame the government when you can’t find a job, but ...

July 1, 2015
Cetacean collisions

As the human population and oceangoing traffic expand, interactions with whales increase. Southern California’s waters have a cetacean community with potential for problems. On March 11 off Cabo San Lucas, a tour boat out for ...

Party like its 2016

With next year’s June primaries less than a year away and campaigns growing ever costlier, local politicos have been throwing a record number of parties to attract well-heeled donors. Democratic congressman Scott Peters, whose campaign ...

July 1, 2015
Willie, Johnny, and Patsy Were Here

“Jerry Lee Lewis just beat the hell out of the piano. He used his feet on it. He broke three keys.”

July 1, 2015
Yellow bricks and rain-slicked asphalt

Tired of fireworks and the ever-looming promise of spending a lifetime using three fingers to order five beers they bring? Do you moan at the thought of having your Doodle yanked by another look at ...

July 1, 2015
Blowing up the Baja stigma

As Mousiky, guitarist for Tijuana’s Glasmus, sees it, there are a couple reasons gringos should consider spending the Fourth of July in Mexico. “I hear [fireworks] all the time down here. In September, when we ...

Vamos a Baja Sur's Todos Santos

“Be careful,” said the sixtyish snowy-haired gentleman with a matching white beard, weather-beaten face, gray twinkling eyes, and a wry smile hinting at some private little secret. “Before you know it, you’ll be looking to ...

San Diego guitar and banjo makers

At Sam Radding’s shop, the twang was destined to meet.

July 1, 2015
Unstoppable spoiler force

Dear Hipster: I have one friend who is an unstoppable force of TV and movie spoiling. He even spoiled the Game of Thrones finale for me! Unacceptable! He claims that he is powerless in the ...

July 1, 2015
Mr. Monster Truck

“It’s just — who does that? What kind of person smashes up someone’s parked car and then leaves without making any attempt to find out who owns it?”

July 1, 2015
Learn how to cook

“Our ‘Endless Main Course Salads’ class contains a solid hour of knifing skills.”

July 1, 2015
Mommy, look, a pirate!

Kansas, the wayward sons of Topeka, carry on at the San Diego County Fair on Friday, July 3. And we’re told to watch for a new album in 2016. Founding guitarist Rich Williams took some ...

July 1, 2015
It’s a co-op, not a cult, in Ocean Beach

My favorite cousin lives in nearby Ocean Beach in a large home with ten other people (kids and adults). It’s something I might call a co-op, but it’s also referred to as shared living. Each ...

July 1, 2015
Big bust at the Grape 'Street dog park

A failed plea to city officials to install a new fence to enclose the Grape Street off-leash dog park in South Park led to a crackdown that resulted in more than two dozen dog-owners receiving ...

July 1, 2015
Thanks and admonishments

Three Comments Re: “Nico Tried to Get Out,” June 25 cover story. First comment: It should be one vertebra. Vertbrae is the plural. It should be: “Doctors informed Nico that one bullet bounced off his ...

July 1, 2015
Portland unlikely...maybe Austin

Yo DJ: I don’t believe you that there is a world hipster conference. — Max D., Hillcrest It’s in a pretty obscure location, so I’m not surprised you’ve never heard about it before.

July 1, 2015
Juan’s foreign affairs, cont’d

Fresh from an April junket with his wife in the Bavarian Alps paid for by nonprofit foundations backed by German industrialists, House Democrat Juan Vargas embarked alone on another free foreign journey in May, thanks ...

Whibley, Woods, Wauters

Sunday 5The ex–Mr. Avril Levigne, Sum 41’s Deryck Whibley is back with the living, apparently, after an alcohol-related near-death experience last year, and the “underclass hero” is now plugged into the Happiness Machines, a new ...

July 1, 2015
Sannhet gets me

Thursday 2Brooklyn-based post-metal band Sannhet gets me. Not lyrically, there are none. I mean rhythmically. The instrumental trio just happens to play in my circadian rhythmn. The tones on this year’s very recommendable Revisionist (for ...

July 1, 2015
A Memory of Manaus

— For Loren and Janie Slye We’ve come by boat upriver some nine hundred miles along the Amazon, and reached its origins, the meeting of the Solimões and Negro waters, confluent but not commingled, flowing ...

July 1, 2015
Monsters and swingers

The Monster Squad is Goonies meets every Universal Monster movie, and it doesn’t apologize for how it deals with it. It’s a combination of the macabre and the genre of kids getting shit done, with ...

July 1, 2015
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