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Stories for June 2015

Tuesday, June 30

The price of gringas is about to rise

Beginning tomorrow, July 1, consumers across Mexico will begin paying a 16 percent sales tax on ready-to-eat food, the kind typically purchased in convenience stores. Critics say the new tax will be a financial burden ...

Liquored up Border Patrolmen have disagreement

A Border Patrol union meeting on June 9 ended in a parking-lot brawl, a police report, and a series of requests for temporary restraining orders among current and former officials in the union. On Tuesday ...

The mayor approves...maybe a czar would, too

June marked the 20th anniversary of local yeast purveyor White Labs. Mayor Kevin Faulconer saluted the milestone during an appearance at the National Homebrewers Convention, declaring June 11, 2015, to be "White Labs Day" in ...

Telecoiled around the Lord

A new message greeted parishioners entering St. Dunstan Episcopal Church for the 8 a.m. service on June 28. A sign advised people to "Get in the Hearing Loop" by turning hearing aids and cochlear implants ...

Neighborhood Watch, mobilize!

They look like they are checking out sticker prices at a car lot. The thing is, none of the cars they are checking out are for sale. I have witnessed what appears to be cars ...

Mayor's $1.6 million drought PR plan is back

After being abruptly pulled from the city's procurement website two months ago, San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer's $1.6 million anti-drought public relations campaign is back out for proposals, as costly as ever. As first reported ...

June 30, 2015
July is busting out all over!

T’is the season. Count some of the ways: NOW PLAYING: La Jolla Playhouse: Come From Away. The world premiere musical, by Irene Sankoff and David Hein, creates a comedy within a tragedy. On the morning ...

First-ever oarfish caught on rod and reel

The oarfish is thought to inhabit the epipelagic to mesopelagic layers, ranging as deeply as 1,000 meters (3,300 ft) and is rarely seen on the surface. A few have been found still barely alive, but ...

June 30, 2015
That clown crank is something

An attempted home-invasion robbery on Monday (June 29) resulted in the shooting of a man in El Cajon. Sheriff's deputies said that a preliminary investigation suggests the robbery was the culmination of a dispute over ...

June 30, 2015
Little Korea in La Jolla

You do not find a lot of Korean restaurants west of the 5. Maybe the cuisine’s not as popular as I imagine it to be. Maybe sundubu jjigae will never be the next ramen, doomed ...

An actress's movie recommendations

For TV shows, I really fell in love with Orphan Black. Not only is the show suspenseful and compelling but also, as an actress, I’m blown away by the performance that Tatiana Maslany gives. It’s ...

June 30, 2015

Monday, June 29

Pro golfer problems

ESPN's Outside the Lines named pro golfer Phil Mickelson as a bettor whose money led a handicapper to plead guilty to three federal counts of money laundering, according to national media. Mickelson, a longtime San ...

June 29, 2015
Bugs' deaths tell a story

Volunteers and staff with San Diego Coastkeeper gathered along Rose Creek on Saturday morning (June 28) to gather insect specimens from the creek's water. "Basically, we're collecting a sample of bugs that live in the ...

June 29, 2015
His bark wasn't worse than the gun

Pacific Beach resident Ian Anderson has filed a lawsuit against the City of San Diego and the police department over the March 15, 2015, police shooting that killed Anderson's six-year-old pit bull, Burberry. On that ...

June 29, 2015
Miss what most of us never had

Knoxville: Summer of 1915. Is there a more nostalgic title? It evokes a yearning for simpler times, a time when fathers watered their lawns by hose in the evening, after supper, while children played and ...

June 29, 2015
Welcome to the village — now calm down!

For many La Mesa residents (and visitors) accustomed to driving east along La Mesa Boulevard from University Avenue into the “village” area, it is unclear why ongoing construction eliminated the well-used right-turn lane at the ...

June 29, 2015
Altadena: a rustic Los Angeles

Author Zane Grey said, "In Altadena I have found those qualities that make life worth living." Walking down Mariposa Street, “Millionaire’s Row,” where Grey’s home still stands – past the oversized craftsman-style bungalows and through ...

Conflict of interest charges haunt city's Chargers bid

San Diego's long-running stadium wars have been very, very good for Dan Barrett. It was way back in 2002 that the city's first Chargers task force hired Barrett and his firm, Barrett Sports Group of ...

June 29, 2015
The new Original Sab-E-Lee

The Linda Vista Original Sab-E-Lee changed location this year. Thai food fans know the small and authentic northeastern Thai spot as one of the best such restaurants in town and would anticipate a big move ...

Gone fishin' — in record numbers

A season-high 35 sportfishing vessels hit the briny Sunday in spite of the small squall that rolled through town, churning it up a bit at the local beaches and lowering the water temp by nearly ...

June 29, 2015

Sunday, June 28

Banjo Bert does Dizzy's

Tuesday 30 Steph Johnson and Rob Thorsen play in duo at Croce’s Park West (2760 Fifth Avenue) from 6 until 9:30 p.m. No cover charge… The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble, featuring Phylicia Barron on vocals, ...

June 28, 2015
La Brownie Girl partners with Munchin Donuts

Maria Fernanda (MaFer) Treviño, also known as La Brownie Girl, biked around Tijuana delivering brownies to customers and coffee shops that sponsored her products. Her popularity grew as she made appearances at music festivals and ...

The usual baits are working well

Weekly Fish Report ½ Day - ¾ Day: The halibut count keeps edging up as the water warms along the coast. The yellowtail are going off for the boats in the right place. The San ...

June 28, 2015

Saturday, June 27

France's Haute-Savoie: not the Riviera

On a steep narrow country road 3,700 feet above sea level, my travel partner accelerated the engine, heading toward the sound of alpine bells. As herdsmen rallied the cows to graze on the undulating pastures ...

The Reader's funniest stories

The Smell of the Crowd Who goes to theater and classical music concerts, broken into types. "Her pierced earlobes hold up elaborate, finely wrought mobile sculptures with the most cunning miniature Japanese temple bells in ...

June 27, 2015
Civico 1845 arrives in Little Italy

Is Little Italy on the move or what? Latest opening is at the Piazza Basilone (named for San Diego’s Italian-American war hero). It’s in the spot that was Zia’s, on the corner of India and ...

Luckily, he was thrown from the motorcycle

A car driver pulled out of a gas station and collided with a motorcyclist in the 2200 block of Palm Avenue on Friday, June 26th. The accident took place at around 5:00 p.m., a time ...

Dock totals from the last two days

40 anglers aboard 2 boats out of Chubasco 2 Sportfishing caught 74 yellowtail, 12 yellowfin tuna 13 calico bass, 6 bluefin tuna. 120 calico bass were also caught and released. Fisherman's Landing hosted 146 anglers ...

June 27, 2015

Friday, June 26

Confidential emails ought to jog the memory

Previously undisclosed emails between Southern California Edison and the California Public Utilities Commission, received this week by San Diego attorney Mike Aguirre, reveal that there was a post-Warsaw huddle not long after former commission president ...

June 26, 2015
Chained in a police van for hours

Three women arrested during the October 2011 police raids on Occupy San Diego protesters and left in police vans for up to six hours without access to restrooms continue their legal fight with the city. ...

June 26, 2015
Welcome to Mexico. $22.50, please

Entering Tijuana through the San Ysidro pedestrian border crossing is nothing like going to the United States. Instead of waiting in line for hours on a crooked sidewalk while beggars and salesmen of all types ...

June 26, 2015
More complicated than you might think

Let’s talk about soloists and concert music. I’ve yet to be impressed with any soloists at any of the orchestras in town. I’ve found them all to be serviceable at best and miscast at worst. ...

June 26, 2015
More ducks, more problems

Feeding the ducks at Temecula Duck Pond Park and Harveston Lake is no longer allowed, as the city aims to reduce the waterfowl population with new signs prohibiting the practice. The duck pond was dedicated ...

June 26, 2015
The nepotism case that won't die

There are many family ties in San Diego government, some legal, some not so much. For instance, the ghost of Wayne Darbeau, ousted as chief executive officer of the port of San Diego after a ...

June 26, 2015
History out the corner of your eye

Asian Story Theatre’s Stories of the Sun Café runs three performances through the weekend of June 27-29. Written by Kent Brisby, who researched the subject with Joyce Teague for two years, the piece is the ...

Gregg Allman rambles to the County Fair

Thanks to my older brothers, I developed an early appreciation for the Allman Brothers Band’s Southern rock as a child in the 1970s. Some 40-odd years later, hearing “Statesboro Blues” or “Ramblin’ Man” brings me ...

June 26, 2015
Padres' good young blood gone

Buster Olney, a columnist for ESPN and former New York Times and Union-Tribune sports scribe, says the Padres probably erred by trading off young talent to get former all-stars. Instead of trying to "win-now for ...

June 26, 2015
Drones, by Muse

This is the album Muse was built to make. Bombastic, hard-hitting, and pretentious (in a good way), Drones takes the trio’s brand of paranoid space rock and brings it to an all-new level of science-fiction ...

June 26, 2015
The CheeseSteak Grill does Philly proud

I’d like to find out how many cheesesteak restaurants there are in the U.S. There have been quite a few in San Diego, and while a number of them have come and gone, you can ...

Gloved perv popped

Police in El Cajon reported the arrest of a 31-year-old transient for residential burglary and indecent exposure on Thursday afternoon (June 25). Last Sunday (June 21), officers responded to a call originating on the 500 ...

June 26, 2015

Thursday, June 25

Raise the deck, remove the heads

During the past year, the City of La Mesa's water-conservation efforts included removing 351 irrigation heads on Lake Murray Boulevard and Baltimore Drive medians and redirecting spray heads to trees on the medians, according to ...

June 25, 2015
Vinyl avalanche!

Around 4 a.m. on Monday, June 22, a mezzanine in the Hillcrest location of Thrift Trader (1644 University Avenue) collapsed — apparently due to excessive weight from old, boxed vinyl records. Merchandise and debris from ...

June 25, 2015
San Diego blonde ale is not so pale

Among the 13 gold-medal-winning local beers at this year's San Diego International Beer Competition were several I haven't tasted yet. It probably goes without saying, but I've suddenly taken an interest in trying them all. ...

Cheetahs' choice

In a class-action lawsuit filed June 22 against Kearny Mesa strip joint Cheetahs, a former dancer says the club should be paying the talent a minimum wage. Jasmine Hayes, who worked at the club for ...

June 25, 2015
The Trails Eatery helps in-laws get over Coco’s closure

When Coco’s closed most of its San Diego–area restaurants in April, it put a kink in my family’s dining schedule. It is my in-laws favorite place to eat, and I willingly joined them in their ...

UCSD finally gets body parts oversight board

Under fire from a year-old audit for mishandling human body parts in its research and teaching operations, UCSD has finally announced creation of a new high-level committee to help clean up its act. "As many ...

June 25, 2015
Electronic billboard? No!

Going against its own staff recommendation, on June 24 the Oceanside City Council said no to the installation of a giant digital billboard on Highway 78. With all five councilmembers expressing some concern, the three-two ...

In search of Romeo and Juliet

Lamb’s Players fine production of West Side Story raises a question. The musical based Tony and Maria on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. But where did the Bard’s star-crossed lovers come from? And were they real? ...

June 25, 2015
The reefer made him do it

On June 24, a former doctor who had been stripped of his license in 1995 admitted to issuing medical marijuana recommendations to patients under a false name. Nelson Leone, owner of Green Cross Evaluations, pled ...

June 25, 2015
Between rock and an earthquake

“I wanted to get involved in putting together a benefit for Nepal when I learned that a second large earthquake had hit the area, only two weeks after the first,” Steph Johnson informs the Reader, ...

June 25, 2015
June 24 dock totals

33 anglers aboard the Chubasco II 1/2 day morning run boated 7 sand bass, 20 rockfish, 2 halibut, 72 calico bass and 1 bonito. The Dolphin 1/2 day am run with 16 anglers aboard reported ...

June 25, 2015

Wednesday, June 24

Dishonor among Varrio Fallbrook Locos

Definitely done with Sergio.

June 24, 2015
A month of local record releases

Author & Punisher’s newest mechanical mashup, Melk en Honning, drops June 30 via Housecore Records, a label headed by the album’s producer, Phil Anselmo (Pantera). Expect a slick permutation of Tristan Shone’s usual drone machinery, ...

June 24, 2015
Party on Wall Street

An investment officer at San Diego’s city employment retirement system has been traveling for free of late, thanks to some big-money pension outfits. On April 16, Jaime Hamrick headed off to New York City for ...

June 24, 2015
F the Snykes

The winner of Friday night’s Battle of the Bands at Soma wins a slot in this year’s San Diego Warped Tour show, August 5, in the Qualcomm Stadium parking lot. The pop-punk Snykes are one ...

June 24, 2015
Director Alan Rickman talks up the virtues of A Little Chaos

A Little Chaos tells the story of Sabine De Barra (Kate Winslet), who convinces Andre Le Notre (Matthias Schoenaerts) to let her design one element of King Louis XIV’s garden at Versailles, despite her devotion ...

June 24, 2015
Young Lions roam

Trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos sent out a press release on June 4 announcing that his mentoring program, the Young Lions Series, would be entering its final month in residency at Croce’s Park West, after a 16-month-long ...

Certified fat cat at Sevilla

It’s sunset on Fifth, Friday night. Gaslamp’s rocking. Pedicabs strain by with tourists squeezed three across in the back and reggae music blasting out. The cyclo guy’s calf muscles bulge as he hauls his load ...

Bully for Bully

The voice does not sound like it should be coming out of that singer’s body. I’m talking about Bully’s front person Alicia Bognanno, and I love it when that happens. The unexpected vocal skirmish that ...

June 24, 2015
Reverse "rape of the ratepayer"

In a strongly worded statement, San Francisco–based consumer group TURN (The Utility Reform Network) asked the California Public Utilities Commission to set aside its decision to stick ratepayers with an almost $3.3 billion bill for ...

June 24, 2015
Wild Wild Wets play the waiting game

Seeing Wild Wild Wets live is more of an experience than a musical performance. The psychedelic rock group, which describes their sound as a post-punk, krautrock version of Velvet Underground, has a full-time projectionist in ...

June 24, 2015
Acid means freedom

“Anytime a genre of music is basically outlawed and pushed out like that, it makes my blood boil.”

June 24, 2015
Jason Schwartzman uncut

We caught up with Jason Schwartzman en route to a doctor’s visit. Our talk was frequently (and amusingly) interrupted by a confused driver unable to locate the office. Here’s our conversation, minus the directions. Jason ...

June 24, 2015
“Off the Pond” and “Stardust”

Off the Pond Sunset off the pond, uncountable sparks; Faces. Blood-fall color of oak shimmering On the path — rough, cheeks of grandfather arch Along the trail to the pier’s end. Standing Out over the ...

June 24, 2015
Golfers left, nature right

A hike along a river and golf course for an overview of the San Dieguito River.

The patriarch is dead

When he passed away on June 15, 2015, my dad William “Bill” Grimm was grandfather to 136 souls, the last my own little William. He was great grandfather to 69. When you have 17 kids, ...

June 24, 2015
We all have a little genocidal maniac inside

Dear Hipster: I read the Reader regularly enough to notice the absolute flood of letters coming in from people on all sides of the issue regarding pit bulls. Is “inundated” too strong a word? I ...

June 24, 2015
Yellowtail bite strong this year

The most popular saltwater game fish caught in the San Diego area is yellowtail. Each week, anglers step aboard one of San Diego’s sport-fishing vessels in hopes of landing one. Usually abundant in migrating schools ...

David Gordon Green on the greening of Manglehorn

By the time I’m fortunate enough to get a shot at interviewing a director whose work I admire, their finest output is generally two, three, sometimes eight films behind them. It’s unheard of for me ...

June 24, 2015
Stuck in the rough

They won their election battle with Michael Schlesinger, but residents around the former Escondido Country Club golf course where the controversial Beverly Hills developer wants to build condos now have to reckon with the state’s ...

Outdoor living in Santa Ysabel

Beds: 4 Baths: 3 Current Owner: David Batchelder Asking Price: $17,500,000 Los Robles Ranch is a private 720-acre estate built in 2006 near Santa Ysabel, a small rural community situated between Ramona and Julian. The ...

June 24, 2015
Learn Latin or buy bicycle insurance? Hmm...

It’s late in the afternoon, not quite dusk. I’m driving a Dodge pickup truck along a residential street I’ve driven over for 15 years. Up ahead is a stop light. I’ll make a left there, ...

June 24, 2015
Ethical breakpoints

Dear Hipster: I have a friend who held down a 4.0 GPA this past term, but I have it on good authority that he wildly plagiarized some, if not all, of his final papers. I ...

June 24, 2015
Letters on Polacks, Italians, politicians, and, of course, pit bulls

Ask Any Polack I just have a comment on your cover story, “Keep Out” (June 18). I think Mr. Bob Kuczewski’s a little bit of a nut, but he does have a point. It’s a ...

June 24, 2015
Swiss secrecy bolsters soccer corruption

Sports and secrecy go together. Hut-hut and hush-hush are almost one and the same. Look at all those disguised traps in the stadium task force’s plan for a Chargers subsidy that could purloin a billion ...

June 24, 2015
Listen to the nudge of the Holy Spirit

Membership: 1800 Attendance: 1200–1300 Pastor: Bruce Humphrey Age: 63 Born: Moscow, ID Formation: University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ; Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (Boston Campus) Roxbury, MA; San Francisco Seminary, San Anselmo, CA; Trinity Theological School, Newburgh, ...

I must write my play

In October of 2012, a good three years into thinking about writing my play, I found sandiegowriters.org. I went to a few workshops and decided to join. I became a member just in time for ...

June 24, 2015
Fishing for dollars

Already well into the term of its second temporary chief, Birch Aquarium at UCSD’s Scripps Institute of Oceanography is still trying to find a permanent executive director to run the multimillion-dollar operation. It is said ...

Ramones Under Cover

Sunday 28Speaking of the rurals, Micah Schnabel of Bucyrus, Ohio, and his Two Cow Garage pull into the Tower Bar Sunday night for a night of rust-belt rock that “takes the twangy melodies of vintage ...

June 24, 2015
Paisley underground rising

Thursday 25From the hinterlands of the shape-shifting freak-folk scene, singer/songwriter Andy Cabic and this year’s version of his SanFran band Vetiver take Complete Strangers to the Irenic. Unlike genre heavyweights Joanna Newsom and Devendra Banhart, ...

June 24, 2015
Finescale triggerfish wanders north; another sign of El Niño

Looks like the barracuda are starting to bite in numbers, the tuna are still in town, and a finescale triggerfish decided to move north of its normal haunts. A few are caught each year from ...

June 24, 2015

Tuesday, June 23

Crosswalk happy all over town

A long-sought pedestrian crossing outside Mary Lanyon Fay Elementary School was completed last week, two weeks after the city council voted to update the crosswalk policy set in 1990. The new crosswalk at the school ...

San Diego brewers win big at international beer competition

Home-field advantage served craft brewers well this week, as local brewing companies claimed a full third of the medals at the June 20th awards ceremony for the San Diego International Beer Competition. San Diego county ...

June 23, 2015
San Diego is no Charleston

Some United States metropolitan areas take pride in being an economic and demographic model of the nation — that is, having qualities that make it most like the nation as a whole. San Diego County ...

June 23, 2015
Are you free?

Why don’t orchestras pay choruses for the concerts that require a chorus? Why would an institution with a $20 million budget not pay choristers? Here’s the deal. They do pay choruses, but they pay the ...

June 23, 2015
Do secret Jacobs subsidies presage Chargers deal?

As San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer and county supervisor Ron Roberts run up the public's tab in their frantic bid to keep the Chargers in San Diego, a trial in Sacramento is revealing the kind ...

June 23, 2015
Padres manager accepts blame for team’s failings

“Looking back,” said former Padres manager Bud Black at a press conference held behind an Allied Gardens liquor-store dumpster, “I can see that I made some mistakes. [New team owner AJ] Preller isn’t always super ...

Too hot for human smuggling

Two U.S. citizens were arrested Sunday after Border Patrol agents found an undocumented 18-year-old Mexican national locked in the trunk of their Toyota Camry parked along the shoulder of Interstate 8 east of Pine Valley. ...

June 23, 2015

Monday, June 22

Four-alarm blazer

Musicals have iconic images: a Huey helicopter? Miss Saigon; white semi-mask? Phantom; Julie Andrews’ 360 on a green hill, dressed like a risqué Puritan? Sound of Music, the movie. How about a chain-link fence and ...

June 22, 2015
Beer snobs are kind of ridiculous

Last October, Ballast Point opened a massive brewery, packaging, and distribution center on Miramar's Carroll Way, with a 600-seat restaurant, 100 employees, and reported tax subsidy from the City of San Diego. At the end ...

Boltman tackles Fabiani and Spanos

Mayor Kevin Faulconer is going forward with plans to release an expedited environmental review of a new stadium for the San Diego Chargers, the first step before sending the item to a public vote in ...

June 22, 2015
Racy conclusion

As of June 20, the Mainly Mozart Festival is done for 2015. The final concert was a study in contrasting styles of music. Or perhaps I should say contrasting moods instead of style. The entire ...

The fresh, the fried, and the funky at La Palapa Nayarit

With the first hills of Baja California rising on the horizon, South Bay is home to a number of mariscos joints that follow in the seaside tradition of Baja and beyond. La Palapa Nayarit is ...

Counterfeit 5-Hour Energy for sale

Five San Diego County residents were among eleven people charged this week with illegally packaging, counterfeiting, and distributing 5-Hour Energy drinks in the United States. Joseph and Adriana Shayota and Kevin and Fadi Attiq of ...

June 22, 2015

Sunday, June 21

Julia Hülsmann Trio plays the Athenaeum

Tuesday 23 LA vocalist Julie Kelly stars at Jazz Live (Saville Theatre, 14th & City) the Jazz88 concert series, with Tom Ranier on piano, Rob Thorsen on bass, and Duncan Moore on drums at 8:00 ...

Low takes for low lakes

Weekly Fish Report ½ Day - ¾ Day: The numbers are back up at the landings in spite of the new requirement for passports within 12 miles of the Mexican coast south of the border. ...

June 21, 2015
Operation Methabunga bungled

Residents of the Costa Azul neighborhood of Playas de Tijuana last week led police to a surfboard that had washed up on the beach; it had been hollowed out and stuffed with packets of crystal ...

June 21, 2015

Saturday, June 20

The confounding Brian Wilson

So what if Brian Wilson took the stage 15 minutes earlier than scheduled? Or if he performed 50-year-old songs in their original key, even though some of the notes are by now a little out ...

Babylon by airbus

With 20 people onboard, Carlsbad’s only airline took off on its maiden flight on June 18 for the 25-minute ride to LAX. Biz Air’s owner, Dan Cretsinger, along with head flight attendant Robin Rossi, welcomed ...

June 20, 2015
Beeramar's exhibit A

Monday June 8th, AleSmith social media announced the opening of the Observation Room, a modest tasting room located at the front entrance of its new, even-bigger-than-it-sounds 105,000-square-foot headquarters. The low-key announcement belies the vastness of ...

That's one nasty rash, Clairemont

Wednesday afternoon (June 17), several homes were broken into or targeted in the Clairemont area. Emma Erlich of West Clairemont warned her neighbors on NextDoor.com that two teenagers hid in their bedroom on Mt. Carol ...

Tijuana’s Bresca

The corner of 6th and Constitución is near the epicenter of Tijuana’s active nightlife. Eight years ago this corner hosted La Chupiteria, an after-hours bar frequented by foreigners and extreme partiers. The bar got shut ...

San Diego history

American Primitive A Julian shoot-out Memorial Day is the anniversary of a gold fields shootout [in 1989] known in the Julian back country as "The Chariot Canyon Massacre." Five men opened fire with assault rifle, ...

June 20, 2015
A lot of searching and a little catching

There was a dorado in the counts caught from a 3/4 day 6-pac and the tuna and 'tails are out there, but are not treating all boats equally. As the schools can move far in ...

June 20, 2015

Friday, June 19

Tranquil Cambria, California

With a backdrop of Monterey pines drooped in a misty veil, interrupted now and again by the sun, you can see why the sleepy artist village of Cambria has drawn Californians for decades to its ...

Sí, Señor Saison, sí

When I ran into a couple of Tijuana brewers at the National Homebrewers Conference conference last week, they mentioned that Coronado Brewing Company has been generous and supportive of the rising ranks of brewers living ...

In San Diego versus Chargers, is next move up to Beutner?

The battle between San Diego's Republican mayor Kevin Faulconer and the Chargers, growing fiercer by the day, has turned the San Diego GOP's historic relationship with the team-owning Spanos family on its political head. Patriarch ...

June 19, 2015
But what are we manufacturing?

The county unemployment rate rose to 4.9 percent in May, up from 4.8 in April, but nonfarm jobs rose by 9500. Such seeming aberrations often occur when the school year ends, says Ann Marshall, labor ...

June 19, 2015
The Ting Tings' Super Critical

Disco! Disco! Disco! Okay, provisional disco. With Andy (of all people) Taylor of Duran Duran at the board and onboard with song scribbling, the world’s two most creatively obnoxious long-in-the-tooth juvenile miscreants spend a half-hour ...

June 19, 2015
Shining, happy people

“As he [Jesus] was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus...As the ...

John Legend makes the ladies squeal

There’s nothing as entertaining as seeing an artist at the top of his game in an intimate venue. Such was the case when nine-time Grammy-winner John Legend made a stop in San Diego prior to ...

A roll down the catwalk

On Thursday (June 18th), a La Mesa walkway running east to west from Tufts Street to Maryland Avenue was made ADA compliant following a family's request to make that walkway wheelchair accessible. After the request, ...

June 19, 2015
Burgers and açaí at Swami’s Café

Loud. That was the first thing that came to mind when I walked into Swami’s Café in Oceanside, so I grabbed a menu to peruse on the patio where I snagged a table with a ...

June 18 dock totals

Chubasco 2 Sportfishing hosted 28 anglers aboard 1 boat and reported 2 calico bass, 1 sand bass, 48 rockfish and 1 halibut caught. 2 anglers aboard 1 boat out of Dana Landing caught 5 bluefin ...

June 19, 2015

Thursday, June 18

More power, more pollution

The San Diego County Air Pollution Control Board moved on Wednesday (June 17) to allow the controversial new Pio Pico gas-fired power plant in Otay Mesa to increase periodic sulfur oxide emissions by as much ...

June 18, 2015
Desert rats got a thing for Rancho Santa Fe

The highest priced regular gas in San Diego County on June17 was found at the 76 station in Coronado, at $4.59 a gallon — wait, one station in Rancho Santa Fe posts a much higher ...

Pastuszka plagued by untracked artwork

San Diego county supervisors, accustomed to lurking in the shadows of local government as their fellow public servants at city hall endure chronic controversy, have lately been getting their own share of negative public attention. ...

June 18, 2015
This underbelly isn't pork

Wage theft is a pervasive problem in the local restaurant industry, according to "Shorted,” a report released Tuesday (June 16) by San Diego State University Department of Sociology and the Center on Policy Initiatives. More ...

June 18, 2015
The booted heel of a data state

On June 16, the Customs and Border Protection division of Homeland Security announced it was awarding a sole source, no-bid contract to Vigilant Solutions for automated license-plate readers to be used by Border Patrol agents ...

June 18, 2015
Those damn beehives!

Back in 1888, Hattie “Ada” Dougherty had a ranch between Japatul and Sacatera, southeast of Alpine. She wanted to clear some land for ploughing but couldn’t. Her neighbor, an old, unnamed man had some of ...

Surprise! Three Rugburns reunions next week

“Yes, we decided we wanted to play a show because [bassist] John Castro was gonna be in town from NYC,” Rugburns ringleader Steve Poltz revealed to the Reader about the band’s surprise reunion next Tuesday, ...

Temecula doc opens up about Deputy's wound following Fallbrook taser incident

Sheriff Gill Bore has pointed to a nasty bite wound sustained by deputy Jeremy Banks as sufficient grounds for Banks' decision to deploy his taser while seeking to handcuff a resistant runaway Fallbrook teenager. Both ...

Tijuana doesn’t want another 2008

On May 1, at around 1 a.m., a friend of mine, Danger Dave, got stabbed four times in the torso on Calle Sexta. He was rushed in an ambulance to Tijuana’s Hospital General almost an ...

June 18, 2015
West Nile high

County vector control inspectors have now collected as many mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus as were collected all of last year, according to the Department of Environmental Health. This year could be a tough ...

June 18, 2015
Trade your mackerel for a yellow

Looks like they are finding the yellows offshore with the tuna on the overnight runs. A few have been caught daily on the local 1/2-day boats. Here's a tip: I talked to a kayak angler ...

June 18, 2015

Wednesday, June 17

Bob Kuczewski – arrested at Torrey Pines glider port again

“This is really a war between the traditional hang-gliding community, which tends to be older, and paragliders.”

June 17, 2015
They rectified heretical innovation

Now God sent to His servants by the mouth of His messenger, in the Koran and traditions, a creed which is the truth and whose contents are the basis of man’s welfare in both religious ...

Encinitas groaned

Does Moonlight Beach need more sheriff’s deputies for daytime summer policing? Encinitas City Council members weren’t sure at the June 10 meeting and voted to take more time to consider a $200,000 budget item for ...

The ebb and flow of Surfer Blood

After playing together for a year, indie-rock act Surfer Blood released their debut, Astro Coast, in early 2010. More touring and festival appearances followed before the band signed to Warner Bros. and released the follow-up, ...

June 17, 2015
Fleeting utopia

When’s the last time a musical began not with a Carillion-style fanfare of intent, but with the crisp, insistent pounding of a hand drum? Then a fiddle slashes in and things go Celtic — tight, ...

June 17, 2015
Flan's the man

The hometown singer/songwriter contingent is possibly the fittest and most obvious of the various music scenes in San Diego. Witness the number of open-mic nights (sometimes two or three a day) at area venues. In ...

June 17, 2015
Dad’s Day on the Bay

Father’s Day. Didn’t we just celebrate 2014’s? That’s how I felt as my daughter and I discussed some options over cappucini and a quattro stagioni (four seasons) wood-fired pizza last week at Caffé Calabria in ...

June 17, 2015
This public house is popping

Wow. Last time I met so many submariners at the same time was at the late, great underwater sailors’ hangout named the Horse and Cow, across from Liberty Station. Tonight, there’s a bunch of them ...

Have hit pieces, will travel

Republican political consultant Tom Mitchell, who worked for Carl DeMaio and had the distinction of being fired in 2011 by voluble GOP district attorney Bonnie Dumanis — as well as being San Diego city attorney ...

June 17, 2015
Bluefin on the half-day

27 anglers aboard the Chubasco II 1/2 day am run boated 1 halibut, 10 calico bass,1 sheephead and limits of 270 rockfish. The Dolphin morning 1/2 day run with 9 anglers at the rail reported ...

June 17, 2015
Locals going global

On Sunday, June 21, as part of the Balboa Park Centennial, San Diego will join some 700 cities around the globe in a one-day event called Make Music Day. First launched in France in 1982, ...

June 17, 2015
It'll take a little bit of time

Carmel Mountain Ranch roaster Mostra Coffee has continued its unique brand growth with a couple of distribution deals that will widen availability of its coffee throughout Southern California. The first deal will place freshly roasted ...

June 17, 2015
Simon's small but special

Gnatcatchers and meadlowlarks you may only hear in Ramona.

June 17, 2015
Lennon's heavy hand

“John McCaw has been bringing his old Gibson to my Tuesday night Potluck Players guitar group since 2009,” says Sanctuary Music and Art Studio honcho Marc Intravaia of the guitar that has since been confirmed ...

June 17, 2015
Interview with Me and Earl and the Dying Girl director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl tells the story of high school film geek Greg and his friend Earl, who spend their free time crafting homemade spoof/homages of classic films. But the two run ...

June 17, 2015
The Tourmaline wave is for sharing

At Tourmaline in Pacific Beach there is a trench about 100 yards offshore that runs parallel to the beach. This trench has a major effect on how a wave approaches the shore. Based on a ...

Campaign captive

The campaign of Kirk Jorgensen, who took on fellow Republican Carl DeMaio in last year’s primary race for the 52nd congressional seat held by Democrat Scott Peters, got into some leftover hot water with the ...

June 17, 2015
Love's 'hose

Dave Matthies, the singer/guitarist for the psych-tinged indie band the Gift Machine decided he needed a cyclops monster and colorful swirls coming out of the mountains for the music video for their song “Telemetric Mayhem.” ...

June 17, 2015
Love and falconry

Gary held out his arm and called, “Habibi!” Gasps traveled like a stadium wave as the falcon, rings affixed to its ankle, swooped low down the aisle and then landed on Gary’s glove.

June 17, 2015
Thelonius Monk. Hipster? Sure. Why not?

Dearest DJ: Isn’t it about time you lauded the original Amerikkkan hipster, Thelonious Sphere Monk? This was a man considered so odd that people only noticed his weirdness, rather than the fact that he penned, ...

June 17, 2015
Modern panga pápi

The San Diego International Boat Show steams into town Thursday and will be at Spanish Landing Park and the Sheraton Hotel & Marina on Harbor Island through Sunday. Among the exhibitions, activities, displays, and demonstrations, ...

Coronado Bridge to eternity

If you want to die, the odds are in your favor if you’ve chosen the Coronado Bridge as your suicide site. And since the steel-and-concrete span opened in 1969, over 250 people have made the ...

June 17, 2015
“Insomnia & So On” and “Against the Glass”

Insomnia & So On Fat bed, lick the black cat in my mouth each morning. Unfasten all the bones that make a head, and let me rest: unknown among the oboe-throated geese gone south to ...

June 17, 2015
You were the longest relationship of my life

Post Title: Quote Post Date: August 25, 2012 I read a review of The Boxer and the Goal Keeper, an upcoming book on the friendship between Sartre and Camus. Apparently they were both “smitten” by ...

June 17, 2015
Small circle of nepotism

After the newspaper then known as U-T San Diego last year ran a series of stories about port honcho Wayne Darbeau tapping port tenants to provide summer jobs for his son, Darbeau was allowed to ...

June 17, 2015
Popsicle punk

Sunday 21Happy Father’s Day, Popsicle! Why don’t you and dear old dad go check out his favorite horror-punk band, Misfits, when they take the stage at Observatory North Park on Sunday after She Demons and ...

June 17, 2015
Death Valley Girls, Dead Feather Moon, Deadbolt, Dead Ricardos, Johnny Deadly

Thursday 18“Everybody’s got to be in a gang,” posts “doom-boogie” girl-boy band Death Valley Girls. The Hollywood-rock gang hits the Hideout Thursday night behind their “dystopian future-punk” EP Electric High. Spinning the title track as ...

June 17, 2015
Part of the problem

Dangerous and Illegal Please do a bit more editorial review of your stringers. Siobhan Braun’s article re Adobe Falls as a destination begs danger and illegality. Just last week, there was a helicopter evacuation in ...

June 17, 2015

Tuesday, June 16

Preaching to the choir

Warning: This article is critical of some current choral practices. If you’re a singer in a choir, you’ve been warned. Let’s talk about this explosive “k” at the top of every mass. The opening text ...

June 16, 2015
Kilts, capes, Viking helmets, plus beer

The population of beer enthusiasts in San Diego rose by 2700 for a week in June. The 37th annual National Homebrewers Conference took place in Mission Valley's Town & Country convention center. The actual event ...

Broadway style will bring a smile

Moonlight’s latest effort, a new musical comedy about a guitar-playing, hip-swiveling roustabout, makes the stage come alive with songs that Elvis Presley made famous. Conceived by Joe DiPietro, the man partially responsible for the musical ...

June 16, 2015
Energy-hog plug by SDG&E

On June 1, Jeff Martin, chief executive officer of San Diego Gas & Electric, wrote to Michael Picker, the new president of the California Public Utilities Commission. Martin was plugging the plan of SDG&E to ...

June 16, 2015
How the churchgoer preyed...

A superior court judge sentenced admitted fraudster Dennis Eugene Long to 12 years in state prison during a hearing on Friday, June 12. Sixty-five-year-old Long read a “statement of apology” before he heard the judge ...

June 16, 2015
Reel Kids series offers big-screen fun at rock-bottom prices

Looking for a low cost way to engage the kids and beat the summer heat? Reading Cinema’s Reel Kids Summer Movie Festival may be the ticket. Starting June 17 and continuing for nine weeks, Reading’s ...

June 16, 2015
County worker felonies unreported by D.A.

San Diego, known for its mayoral miscreants, also has a goodly number of felonious bad apples further down in the barrel of public servants. And until a recent audit exposed the problem, repeated failures by ...

June 16, 2015
Casino biz is no cash cow

Casino operator Thunderbird Resorts is a bit of an odd duck: it is based in San Diego but incorporated in the offshore tax and secrecy haven of the British Virgin Islands. The company gets more ...

June 16, 2015
Pop-up dinner time with Dinner Lab

I haven’t watched it in a while, but I used to love the show Top Chef for the occasional insight it offered into the minds of creative chefs. The drawback was having to sit on ...

No boat, no problems...or so they thought

Customs and Border Patrol officials apprehended three men early Monday morning (June 15) after they attempted an ocean swim across the border. According to a release, the trio was observed shortly after midnight paddling north ...

June 16, 2015
Wahoo on the chew

Chubasco 2 Sportfishing hosted 51 anglers aboard 3 boats and reported 61 yellowtail, 248 rockfish, 1 sand bass and 1 barracuda caught. 3 anglers aboard 1 boat out of Dana Landing put 5 yellowfin tuna ...

June 16, 2015

Monday, June 15

Miles away from the legend

Were she still alive, Billie Holiday would have turned 100 last April. That would have surprised the hell out of “Lady Day,” since she lived an epic life and died July 17, 1959, of complications ...

June 15, 2015
No guns — anger management for you

A 76-year-old Valley Center man pleaded guilty to making a false bomb report and was sentenced earlier this month, on June 2. Frits Versteegh received probation, according to prosecutor Cal Logan, who said it was ...

June 15, 2015
Newspapers' bleak picture be damned

A securities analyst who goes by the name Ugly Duckling wrote for Seeking Alpha June 11 that stock of Tribune Publishing, which in May bought the Union-Tribune, could go up while stock of New York ...

June 15, 2015
Top-notch Mozart by way of Bach

Saturday night’s Mainly Mozart concert was a wonderful experience of musicology. Conductor Michael Francis spoke before each piece instead of having a printed “Maestro’s Notes” in the program. This is the type of approach which ...

Gambling backs $882 million Vikings stadium debt

Ex–Cox cable honcho Bill Geppert says he's come up with a killer model for the new Mission Valley Chargers stadium being touted by Republican mayor Kevin Faulconer and his county supervisorial cohort Ron Roberts. "Interestingly, ...

June 15, 2015
Little less conversation, please

The latest offering from Circle Circle dot dot peeks into the world of San Diego's coastal habitat and the Sisyphean struggles conservationists face when industry moves in. We meet doctoral student Ed Leopold (Michael Nieto) ...

June 15, 2015
Don't move here for great childcare or education

WalletHub, which compiles statistical data on cities, metro areas, and states, has come out with an inclusive study ranking cities on livability. Cities are ranked on family activities, health and safety, education and child care, ...

June 15, 2015
Don’t take this personal, Joe

The beef between attorney Cory Briggs and city attorney Jan Goldsmith has lasted years. It was furthered on the morning of May 29, when San Diego superior court judge Gregory Pollack issued Briggs a stern, ...

June 15, 2015

Sunday, June 14

Horses**t in the air at climate-change rally

A national day of action calling for "the urgent WWII-scale national mobilization we need to prevent catastrophic climate disruption" kicked off early, with a midnight rally in Balboa Park early Sunday morning, June 14. The ...

June 14, 2015
The Homebrewer is now brewing

A different sort of brewery has opened in North Park. Brewing supply store the Homebrewer soft-opened a tasting room in February. The 21-tap room has a few design revisions in store before its official summer ...

Open a Juice Box at the Merrow

Tuesday 16 Juice Box with Matt Smith on drums, Ed Kornhauser on keys, Kevin Jones on bass, and Louis Valenzuela on guitar hit it at the Merrow (1271 University Avenue) at 9 p.m. Free…. The ...

Kinda tacoish

I spend more time than most worrying about the authenticity of tacos. There are thousands of versions in San Diego County, and most would pass any test you might come up with, even those using ...

Sexy mountain climb

Richard Strauss had a birthday this week so let’s make him our esoteric pick of the week as a birthday present. It’s the thought that counts. Strauss wrote six “great tone poems.” In all, there ...

June 14, 2015

Saturday, June 13

Editor's picks

Follow Me What’s going on in City Heights’ Waldorf School? On a hilltop playground in City Heights, a woman in a pink wraparound apron and straw hat is walking. She looks like an American mother ...

June 13, 2015
Low, low, low

Three suspects have been arrested following a five-month string of burglaries across the county where thieves targeted individuals who were attending a family member's funeral. According to a report from El Cajon police lieutenant Frank ...

June 13, 2015
It was like debtors' prison

San Diego County traffic violators who choose to fight their tickets were given a legal financial break this week. On June 8, the state’s Judicial Council ordered traffic courts statewide to stop collecting bail from ...

June 13, 2015
American Flavors, truck yeah

Star-spangled red, white, and blue flames decorate the sides of the American Flavors food truck, along with a bald eagle, Mt. Rushmore, the statue of liberty, and Joe DiMaggio. It’s the mobile-kitchen version of the ...

Tuna crabs to sanddabs

Weekly fishing report ½ Day - ¾ Day: The local yellowtail bite slowed a bit this past week for the inshore anglers though the barracuda are showing just off the kelp. Schools of bonito are ...

June 13, 2015

Friday, June 12

Bring the healing

There is a unique event coming up on Sunday, June 14th, at 3 p.m. — a free concert at Balboa Park's Plaza de Panama. What is the event? I’ll let Maestro Michael Francis tell us ...

Plead guilty or else we drop all charges

On Tuesday (June 9), Devin Whitaker, a 23-year-old African-American with dreadlocks, filed suit against the county, sheriff William Gore, three sheriff's deputies, and others for unlawful arrest, excessive force, battery, negligence, and other alleged offenses. ...

June 12, 2015
Turning out the lights on Chargers Charities

If the Chargers leave town, San Diego won't be losing just a football team, it also will likely be bidding adieu to a charity that in its time has spread some major money around town. ...

June 12, 2015
DeMaio accuser lied to the FBI

Todd Bosnich, who made charges against House of Representatives candidate Carl DeMaio last fall, today (June 12) in federal court pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice. In May of 2014, Bosnich had been terminated from ...

June 12, 2015
How to start with Mozart and end up with nihilism

Mozart’s Haffner Symphony is a fairly famous piece of music, but who the hell was Haffner? Haffer got not just the symphony but also a 55-minute-long serenade. That’s about 90 minutes of music by Mozart ...

June 12, 2015
Sinatra suits singer — and so does the suit

Richard Shelton has a very good reason to keep in shape: he owns a tuxedo once worn by Frank Sinatra — and it fits him perfectly without any alterations. “We’re the same height and weight,” ...

Good in the service of bad

Director Kristianne Kurner has created an energetic evening of theater with A.R. Gurney Jr.’s play about a man and his dog — oh, and his wife. I’m being facetious by suggesting that the wife is ...

June 12, 2015
Sufjan Stevens on a neon platter

Sufjan Stevens made a rare appearance in San Diego in support of his seventh studio album, Carrie & Lowell. Playing the Copley Symphony Hall, a gothic-revival-style theater downtown, Stevens captivated the audience during his generous ...

June 12, 2015
The Faulcon can absolutely hear the Faulconer

What was expected to be a standard meeting of the San Diego City Council on Monday, June 8, took a turn for the dramatic when Mayor Faulconer made an unscheduled appearance and statement regarding his ...

A Space Modyssey

Most artists 38 years into their career have long slipped into something more comfortable — classic album tours. Not Paul Weller, since 2008’s 22 Dreams he’s shown he doesn’t know what laurels are, never mind ...

June 12, 2015
I-5 is for simps

Beginning Thursday, June 18, North County air travelers will again be able to fly directly to Los Angeles from Carlsbad’s McClellan-Palomar Airport. The airport was left without a public airline when United Express pulled out ...

June 12, 2015
Midweek landing report

Dock totals for June 9-11 Chubasco 2 Sportfishing hosted 56 anglers aboard 3 boats and reported 105 Rockfish, 1 sand bass, 1 lingcod, 3 bluefin tuna, 1 barracuda and 63 calico bass caught. 132 anglers ...

June 12, 2015

Thursday, June 11

Barber-slash-slasher gets ten years in jail

Tim Vaughn had a lot on his mind last October when he sat down in the barber's chair at Vic's Barber Shop in Imperial Beach. Vaughn, 33, is a U.S. Navy petty officer who worked ...

Stone Company Store South Park finale

The first weekend of June was the last weekend in operation for Stone Brewing's original Company Store location in South Park. From Friday to Sunday the tasting room and growler fill station hosted what they ...

So, you want to be a baseball star?

A former Padres pitcher and San Diego native has filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles, claiming that Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance fraudulently duped him into signing up for a life-insurance policy that had a $600,000 ...

June 11, 2015
Truck you, ethics commission!

The owner of a towing company seems to be hampering a City of San Diego Ethics Commission investigation into an alleged campaign-fund-laundering scheme. The alleged improprieties occurred during 2012's mayoral election. During that time, according ...

June 11, 2015
Never enough parking

College Area residents voted Wednesday (June 10) to call the city out on a nuanced interpretation of the municipal code where a project that looks like a dormitory is poised to get permits to build ...

Memory also betrays

Harold Pinter denies he based his 1978 drama on a seven-year affair he had with a married woman. And that her husband, a friend of his, had affairs all the while — and knew about ...

Off-track in Boca de Yuma, Dominican Republic

The easternmost point of the Dominican Republic is locked in a struggle between the lapping transparent waters of the Caribbean and the darker rough waters of the Atlantic. Throw in the mouth of a freshwater ...

Trust fund gravy for Civic San Diego

Civic San Diego, the city-owned nonprofit tasked with winding down San Diego’s redevelopment agency and permitting decisions in downtown, needs more money. The nonprofit, which was formed in 2013 from the ashes of the Centre ...

June 11, 2015
Supernatural Sandwiches

I recall trying Supernatural Sandwiches two or three years ago, when it was a stall at the since-closed San Diego Public Market. I liked it. (I liked the market, too.) From there Supernatural moved to ...

Wednesday, June 10

San Diego Reader 2015 Fun issue

Urban Adventures Beach Town Suburban Ocean & Bay Backcountry Mexico

June 10, 2015
Great TV shows from across the pond

Idris Elba is fantastic as the title character in Luther, a homicide detective. Ruth Wilson (who many people know from The Affair) is wickedly brilliant! Luther is a well-written show with great pace and sublime ...

June 10, 2015
“The Fault Along the Floor” and “White Pocahontas”

The Fault Along the Floor The fault along the floor between these molten beds which we have made, to unmake, and in which we must lie still until the quake has passed us, and a ...

June 10, 2015
The shows must go on

Local bassist Mark Dresser has just returned from New York, where he performed two concerts per night, six nights in a row at the Stone (an East Village performance venue dedicated to experimental music). It ...

June 10, 2015
Every day is Sunday for Slackers

The Slackers from New York City have a San Diego connection: meet David Hillyard, the band’s sax player. Now 45, he was born here and raised in a neighborhood in the northern part of La ...

June 10, 2015
Ticket to Write taps into rock journalism’s main vein

“The big struggle to emerge in the film is print journalism versus the Video Age.”

Gen Xer movie picks

If you’re a Gen Xer as I am, chances are your life has been greatly influenced by Ian Curtis. Control is a film directed by photographer-turned-filmmaker Anton Corbijn. He brilliantly depicts troubled life, rise to ...

June 10, 2015
Out at the Fair

While the Bruce Jenner story leaves many confused, Nick & Mel, a music and comedy duo, try to demystify transgenderism by breaking it down into song. “Our music is unapologetic acerbic androgyny,” says Nick Walker, ...

June 10, 2015
Kensington Video will reopen in September

You can’t keep a good Winnie down. “Mom was bored to death,” laughs Guy Hanford, soon-to-be sole owner and operator of Kensington Video. “Retirement didn’t meet well with her.” That’s just one of the reasons ...

June 10, 2015
Cabo or bust

This is how Jonathan Savage’s email begins: “It isn’t often I ask for help with my extra-curricular activities, but I’m in need of a little extra financial push to kick off a fundraising campaign for ...

June 10, 2015
Off the beaten path in Mission Trails

Start with familiar and popular Cowles, then take a detour for views west to the ocean and east to the Cuyamacas.

June 10, 2015
A church needs to be at least as friendly as a bar

Membership: 300 Pastor: John Ettore Age: 52 Born: Columbus, Ohio Formation: Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio; Assembly of God Faith Bible Institute, Chula Vista Years Ordained: 24 San Diego Reader: What is your favorite subject ...

Of cops and marijuana

San Diego police are on the lookout to buy some heavy duty high-tech laser guns made by Applied Concepts of Plano, Texas, maker of the Stalker line of speed detectors. “The Stalker X-Series [light detection ...

June 10, 2015
My LaserDisc collection numbered exactly one

Thinking back on visiting Burbank over the 2000 Thanksgiving break, a time when no trek up the 5 would be complete without a holiday visit to Dave’s Video, the Laser Place in Studio City. Oddly ...

June 10, 2015
Teach your dad to fish this weekend

Established in January 1990, the San Diego Anglers is a saltwater fishing club dedicated to the preservation of marine sport-fishing. They take children in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County program out ...

Tastelessness is relative

Dear Hipster: I like to keep my sunglasses on the back of my head when it’s too dark to wear them. My girlfriend freaks out about it. She says it makes me look “trashy.” But, ...

June 10, 2015
Fifa president steps down — sort of

Critics are raving about United Passions, the sports movie of the year! This meticulously researched film is an unsentimental yet heartwarming biography of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (Fifa) and its cruelly slandered president, Joseph ...

June 10, 2015
Rental car monopoly

A national car-rental giant has been caught underpaying fees at San Diego’s Lindbergh Field, according to an April 24 report by airport authority chief auditor Mark Burhyett. “Enterprise Holdings, Inc. d/b/a Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Alamo Rent-A-Car ...

June 10, 2015
Urban adventure

Old Town to Downtown Based on the TV show Amazing Race, this scavenger hunt is designed to put a little excitement and adventure into what might otherwise be your average tour of the town. Create ...

June 10, 2015
La Jolla perfection for between $9,990,000 and $11,449,000

Beds: 5 Baths: 7 Current Owners: Perin and Sam Parabia List Price: $11,449,000 “Perched high atop a hill, overlooking the beautiful blue Pacific Ocean and the highly coveted La Jolla Country Club neighborhood, sits the ...

June 10, 2015
Ten years — Clap Your Hands!

Dude, you are old. One of the first underground hits born of the internet is celebrating its tenth anniversary. Slap those palms together in honor of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s debut album tour! So, ...

Swimming parallel to the shore is wrong

When the Willis brothers, Michael and Milton, show up on San Diego’s beaches, other surfers know who they are. The 59-year old twins have embodied the surfing lifestyle. By age 12, they were shaping boards ...

June 10, 2015
The difference between hipsters and hippies

Dear Hipster: What is the difference between hipster and hippie? My roommate and I were having a discussion, and, well, I figured, let’s ask a hipster. You can find hipsters in overpriced homes in North ...

June 10, 2015
The Press War

Clara Foltz must have lived at least nine lives. A descendant of Daniel Boone, she was a wife, until her husband abandoned her and their four children. She was the first woman to practice law ...

San Diego's convention center sails in choppy financial waters

There is no way to justify a convention center expansion when the insides are coming apart, and so are the finances. Grand jury, independent budget analyst raise questions.

Heart attack, in the morning

Post Title: My friend Bob Post Date: March 25, 2013 I lost one of my best friends on February 26th. Heart attack, in the morning. Right outside his home. They didn’t find him for a ...

June 10, 2015
Backcountry

Fish Lake Cuyamaca About an hour’s drive from San Diego, Cuyamaca is a 110-acre, manmade lake situated in the Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. Lake Cuyamaca is stocked with over 38,000 pounds of trout annually. Due ...

June 10, 2015
Down to the letter

What the Hell is IPA? You have a story by Dominic Carrillo in your June 4 issue, “Craft Beer’s Eastern Front,” where he talks about visiting some bars in Warsaw and Sofia. The thing is, ...

June 10, 2015
Ocean and bay

Seal Tours When you’re on a boat with wheels, you can tour both the streets of San Diego and splash through the bay without ever having to change seats. Similar to Duck Tours in other ...

Rain of politics

Former U.S. Attorney and San Diego school district superintendent Alan Bersin, the Homeland Security functionary whose wealthy wife Lisa Foster works for the Justice Department, was reportedly on the short list of Barack Obama’s candidates ...

June 10, 2015
Jonathan Richman and a band band band called And And And

Sunday 14Charlie Harper is the punk-rock Robert Pollard. He’ll just keep writing songs and then dropping LPs when he has enough of ’em. Harper’s English street-punk quartet UK Subs drifts into Soda Bar behind this ...

June 10, 2015
Warlocks, Goatwhore, and Gaslamp Killer

Thursday 11Bomp! Records is one of those fringe-rock labels that inspires cult-like trust, fanatacism even (I’ll leave it to you to look up their roster), so when they dropped the Warlocks’ first full-length, Rise and ...

June 10, 2015
Suburban

Cactus Park BMX Cactus Park BMX is a 900-foot-long dirt race track with banked turns and jumps located in San Diego’s East County. First-time visitors can purchase a temporary membership for $25, good for 30 ...

June 10, 2015
Hemlock Society movie picks

The right to a peaceful, humane death has been the subject of several dozen excellent films that the Hemlock Society of San Diego has been showing for free (usually at the La Jolla Library) every ...

June 10, 2015
Beach town

Ride a Segway through Coronado Lookyloo at the lush landscaping and gorgeous homes of Coronado from your perch atop a Segway. Because such experiences are best enjoyed with a friend, opt for the deals for ...

June 10, 2015
Mexico

Tour with Let’s Go Clandestino San Diego, Tijuana, Valle de Guadalupe, Ensenada Whether it’s Baja’s food, breweries, or wineries you’re looking to cozy up to, Chula Vista native Angel Mirón has had you covered since ...

June 10, 2015

Tuesday, June 9

La Jolla millionaire goes for Denver green

La Jolla publicity maven Marc Paskin has remade himself into the pied piper of pot on the public airwaves and he says he will eventually do the same in San Diego. Published reports have said ...

Road tripping with a Congressional Democrat

San Diego's most freely traveling member of Congress has hit the road again, this time to Montreal, Canada, for a four-day seminar entitled “Diplomacy and Extremism: Iran, ISIS, and U.S. Interests in an Unraveling Middle ...

June 9, 2015
Chad and Akis get popped

Two local stockbrokers, Chad Wiegand and Akis Eracleous, pleaded guilty in federal court today (June 9) to insider trading in the stock of San Diego–based biotech Ardea Biosciences, now a wholly owned subsidiary of London-based ...

June 9, 2015
Thousands of fair people in one place

The hour before the opening of the San Diego County Fair, on the I-5 exiting southbound at Via de la Valle, traffic was light. But by the time the gates opened at 4:00 p.m. on ...

June 9, 2015
The Mole Grail

Each time I am seated right away upon arriving at Ortega’s (which is every time), I’m amazed I didn’t have to make my way through a crush of people waiting to get in. I can ...

Life insurance in reverse

Last Friday (June 5) in Santa Ana federal court, San Diegan Daniel Christian Stanley Powell was sentenced to more than ten years (121 months) in prison for running what he called a "reverse life insurance" ...

June 9, 2015
Residents pooh-pooh Surfrider erosion theory

An Encinitas bluff tour organized by Surfrider San Diego drew a host of media and disgruntled oceanfront homeowners to Grandview Beach on Monday afternoon (June 8). Surfrider representatives had organized the tour to tout their ...

Hundreds caught; hundreds released

25 anglers aboard the Chubasco II 1/2 day morning run boated 1 sheephead, 1 rockfish and 101 calico bass. 80 of the calicos were released. The Dolphin hosted 43 anglers aboard their am 1/2 day ...

June 9, 2015

Monday, June 8

Drugs-porn-brothel internet café shut down

Acting on an anonymous tip, Tijuana police busted a downtown internet café over the weekend (June 6) that allegedly was being used as a brothel, a shooting gallery for drug addicts, and a place where ...

June 8, 2015
You need an epic to describe an epic

“No more words — he dashed toward the city, heart racing for some great exploit, rushing on like a champion stallion drawing a chariot full tilt, sweeping across the plain in easy, tearing strides — ...

Wide open to interpretation

“Goin’ where the sun keeps shining/Thru the pouring rain/Goin’ where the weather suits my clothes…” To those who recall when Midnight Cowboy came out, the lyrics conjure up Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight scuffling down ...

These trails are our trails

It was standing-room-only at the Thursday, June 4 Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve advisory council meeting, held to discuss the Tijuana River Valley trails located along the U.S.-Mexico border. The advisory council — a ...

Kevin Faulconer’s stealthy web war

San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer may fall short of the goal in his costly effort keep the Chargers in town, but one thing is certain: his new 2016 re-election website isn’t talking about it. Instead, ...

June 8, 2015
Get a passport to increase your fishing chances

It's been a bit slow on the bite for the local fleet while adjusting to their clientele with no passports. Not to say they aren't trying — it's their bread and butter to put folks ...

June 8, 2015

Sunday, June 7

Qualcomm's "bounteous" executive pay noted

Columnist Gretchen Morgenson of the New York Times highlights Qualcomm in her column today (June 7), showing that stock buybacks don't always benefit shareholders. Over the last five years, Qualcomm has repurchased 238 million of ...

June 7, 2015
Duck Foot steps out

Another new Miramar brewing entity, Duck Foot Brewing, held a grand opening this month, officially launching on June 6th following a soft open. While the brewery founders insist it's just like any other craft operation, ...

Hundreds spared, four kids hit

Four children were among eight spectators injured on Saturday morning, June 6, at the outset of the 47th running of the Baja 500 off-road race in Ensenada, according to multiple press accounts. The onlookers were ...

June 7, 2015
Quebec-based Trifolio trio visits La Jolla

Tuesday 9Cuban firebrand pianist Chuchito Valdez kicks off the summer season of the KSDS Jazz Live concert series with a solo performance at the Saville Theatre on the campus of San Diego City College (14th ...

30 miles south in Baja: Popotla & Rosarito

Up for a short drive to a different country? Rosarito Beach is just 20 scenic minutes from the U.S.-Mexico border – but it’s more Mexico than it is Tijuana, and adventures are waiting. The greatly ...

Jumbo Doggz, not your average wiener

“Honestly,” says Carla. “This is the best damned dog I have ever had. Ever.” Is somebody paying her to say this? Not possible, because I’ve just brought this baby back to her from a pop-up ...

John Lennon's guitar found in San Diego

John Lennon’s 1962 Gibson J160e guitar, once thought lost, has been discovered in San Diego at Marc Intravaia’s Sanctuary Art and Music Studio in Sorrento Valley and is about to go up for one of ...

Few damp ramps in county

Weekly Fish Report ½ Day - ¾ Day: Large bluefin tuna up to and over 60 pounds have been caught within 10 to 20 miles of Point Loma, giving local sportfishing boats a chance to ...

June 7, 2015

Saturday, June 6

Stories from San Diego neighborhoods

Nowhere Zone The rise, fall, and rise of Normal Heights “I’d been renting an apartment over on Georgia Street, the sort of border area between North Park and Hillcrest. From one month to the next, ...

Military records prove the lie

Scotty Kamakahohie White was sentenced Tuesday (June 2) to 30 months in federal prison. He had earlier been convicted in federal court for smuggling an undocumented foreign national into the United States. At his initial ...

June 6, 2015
Tomato dominates fish at Mr. A’s

I’ve long heard that Mr. A’s has the best view in town, but I’ve avoided finding out for myself. For a while, the jacket-and-tie dress code kept me away (I couldn’t even tell you the ...

A sign of rain ahead?

Walking with my dogs at Fiesta Island yesterday, I found what at first glance looked like a toy rubber lobster. Until he or she moved! As I continued walking down the shore, I discovered more ...

Caltrans, what planet are you on?

Coronado residents expressed shock and outrage at a city-council meeting on June 2 — Caltrans proposes raising the speed limits on two highways running through the island community. Marcelo Peinado, Caltrans’ District 11 division chief ...

And don't compare them to the Manson Family

A superior court judge made decisions yesterday (June 5) regarding the admissibility of evidence that defense attorneys hoped to suppress in the upcoming trial for three persons accused of killing Brittany Killgore. The naked body ...

June 6, 2015
Bluefin on the boats

Friday dock totals: H&M Landing hosted 66 anglers aboard 2 boats and reported a total catch of 3 bonito, 3 yellowtail, 1 whitefish, 5 sculpin and 100 rockfish. 37 anglers aboard 2 boats out of ...

June 6, 2015

Friday, June 5

The doctor put his hand where?

The Medical Board of California has filed a second complaint against Falbrook's Anthony Steven Bianchi, M.D., who practices obstetrics and gynecology. According to an accusation filed May 5, Bianchi had been seeing a patient since ...

June 5, 2015
Storytime on Broadway

Under review before Civic San Diego is a proposal to build two mixed-use towers downtown — one 21 stories and one 41 — on a blighted block along Broadway. The project, temporarily called “Broadway Block,” ...

Gulp! Where'd that bourbon come from?

Law firms Hyde & Swigart of San Diego and Kazerouni Law Group of Costa Mesa on June 1 filed a suit in federal court claiming that Diageo, the big London distributor of alcohol brands, is ...

June 5, 2015
Gratitude and resurrection in harmony

What do we mean when we say A New Brain at Diversionary Theatre? We mean a show that’s mostly sung, a show about gay men and the woes connected to one man’s brain surgery, and ...

Did city opt to not bounce Briggs from case?

On Friday, May 29, superior court judge Gregory Pollack handed environmental attorney Cory Briggs both a victory and a warning. Pollack complimented Briggs for his work in defeating a proposal to impose new taxes on ...

June 5, 2015
Plug-in cars threaten SDG&E's power grid

Local economic and political powers, including UCSD and Sempra, have been spending big bucks touting San Diego as a haven for electric cars, with Republican mayor Kevin Faulconer leading the PR parade. "Smart Cities San ...

June 5, 2015
Voice of understanding

The new music director of Mainly Mozart, Michael Francis, hits us with a firehose-stream of knowledge and understanding prior to the opening of the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra concerts. The interview is so extensive that ...

Beijing: first impressions

I stood in Tiananmen Square (above) on a windswept, sunny morning, and gazed at the locals and tourists milling about under the watchful visage of Chairman Mao’s portrait. Having just arrived in China the previous ...

Big box breakdown in San Marcos

When Lowe’s Home Improvement Center pulled out of San Marcos’ Creekside Marketplace shopping center last year, it left a huge building vacant. Now, major renovations are underway for two long-established chains with no stores in ...

Born Under Saturn by Django Django

Django Django’s Born Under Saturn revels in the beauty of tranquil harmonies as it envelops new art-pop territory for the British quartet. The collection lands mostly in the realm of synthy dance music, but the ...

June 5, 2015
A restroom more helpful than harmful

In response to the School Success and Opportunity Act, made effective on January 1 of 2014 by governor Jerry Brown, Coronado High School is working in conjunction with the student-run Gay-Straight Alliance to give transgender ...

Spoon: a spectacle in lights

On the first date of a two-night stand at the Observatory North Park, Spoon delivered their trademark indie art-rock, complemented by a spellbinding light show that was one of the coolest this reporter’s seen at ...

Thirty lashes with a weed whacker

Three suspects were arrested Thursday morning (June 4) in connection with a rash of vehicle burglaries targeting landscape workers, sheriff's deputies are reporting. According to detective Mark Haynesworth, deputies were dispatched to the site of ...

Thursday, June 4

Skinny Daddy gives the tongue a workout

I spent several hours last week making excruciating decisions as I tried to work my way through a pretty special tap list Toronado assembled for its seventh anniversary. There were few wrong answers among the ...

There's gold in that burgh

Nancy Johnson, the former chief financial officer of La Jolla's Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, pleaded guilty Tuesday (June 2) to embezzling $412,289.64 from the organization between 2008 and 2014. During the period, she was ...

June 4, 2015
No golf course...how about a sand mine?

The El Monte Sand Mine and Nature Preserve plan met resistance from more than 100 residents at a Lakeside Community Planning Group meeting Wednesday, June 3. The plan for mining, according to county project manager ...

UCSD's questioned body business

The question of who has the body parts at UCSD and where they came from has drawn the attention of university auditors, who say that the increased use of anatomical materials from commercial sources has ...

June 4, 2015
No water problem — it's a no-water problem

The implications of California's mega-drought seem to finally be setting in. A study released Wednesday (June 3) by the Public Policy Institute of California indicates more than twice as many residents (36 percent in San ...

June 4, 2015
My acting bucket list: Eddie Yaroch

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 ...

June 4, 2015
Tommie on the comeback

The United Way–funded Project 25, in which 36 homeless people who cost San Diego the most in public resources were placed in apartments and closely “managed,” saved public agencies more than $110,000 per person — ...

Keep those Cuyamaca carp!

From up on the hill, the folks at Lake Cuyamaca would like all anglers that catch any carp to not return them to the water. The carp are not natural to the lake and can ...

June 4, 2015
One could trust international investor guy

Sunil Sharma of Carlsbad pleaded guilty yesterday (June 2) of scamming local investors of more than $6 million through a fraudulent day-trading strategy. Through one of his companies, Gold Coast Holding, Sharma told investors they ...

June 4, 2015

Wednesday, June 3

Natural History Museum hosts exhibit on Spanglish

“The Desert at Night” is the Natural History Museum’s attempt to engage Spanish and English speakers at the same time.

June 3, 2015
Two poems by the bright light of the Augustan Age of English poetry

The Quiet Life Happy the man whose wish and care A few paternal acres bound Content to breathe his native air In his own ground. Whose herd with milk, whose fields with bread, Whose flocks ...

June 3, 2015
Contemporary art pay

The substantial income level for La Jolla’s Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego has been generally treading water of late. During the 12 months ending last June 30, the institution raked in total revenue of ...

La Jolla Cove tower — why so long?

Anyone who has visited La Jolla Cove this year most likely has noticed the construction project on the grassy knoll above the cove. APR Construction, Inc. was chosen to replace the old lifeguard tower, which ...

Agent Dad

“I think he just scammed me.” Agent Orange founder Mike Palm was talking about the New Mexico highway patrolman who pulled him over on Interstate 10 in the middle of our phone interview. “He said ...

June 3, 2015
Between punk and the park

The Tin Can Ale House, a Bankers Hill live music go-to and canned-beer wonderland, has traded in their aluminum for glass. The Balboa debuted in March with a cocktail menu designed by Jackson Milgaten (who ...

Reds, whites, and the blues

“It was a really great gig. I made, on average, between $300 and $600 a month performing at the wineries in Ramona,” singer-songwriter Michael Jay Dwyer tells the Reader. Dwyer says he played “regularly at ...

June 3, 2015
Made-up news on steroids

Channel 10, the television station owned by E.W. Scripps Company, is seeking new blood to get creative with local news, long known for plugging SeaWorld and other local commerce promoters. “KGTV, San Diego’s ABC affiliate, ...

June 3, 2015
Octagrape: what a strange band

“Hazy rabbits-foot jams” — what a strange band Octagrape is, and I mean that in a good way. Over the three years of this quartet’s life, fans and pop-music critics alike have put every possible ...

June 3, 2015
Ché has a pulse

When UCSD administration had an eviction notice posted on Ché Café in March, images of supporters getting hauled off by sheriff’s deputies drove four TV crews to the 35-year-old food co-op and music venue to ...

Craft beer's eastern front

Poland is the forerunner in the Eastern European craft brewing world. Serbia and Bulgaria are right behind.

Selma + gospel at the Central Library

It’s being heralded as the biggest movie event the San Diego Public Library has put together since moving to its expanded 350-seat digs at 330 Park Boulevard. Ralph DeLauro has for years been heading up ...

June 3, 2015
Experimental Rentals

Back when Matt Sharp was playing bass in Weezer, he got bit by the creative bug and decided to do an album of his own songs. Soon enough, the new venture needed a name. After ...

June 3, 2015
Del Dios Gorge Trail, a small piece of the Coast to Crest Trail

This trail is part of the Coast to Crest Trail of the San Dieguito River Park. The 70-mile planned Coast to Crest Trail will extend one day from Volcan Mountain near Julian to the shore ...

June 3, 2015
Death on the links

It’s time to take golf seriously. I don’t mean as a sport. I don’t mean the tournaments or the country clubs or the ugly clothes. None of that. I’m talking about murder on the manicured ...

June 3, 2015
Invaluable to all manner of queries

Dear Hipster: In the May 7 Reader, in the final paragraph of the first answer, you say, “...hipsters can be flexible with their morals.” Then, “...by paradoxically holding on to choice antiquated values that provide ...

June 3, 2015
Misunderstood pup

How much is that doggie, Belle and Sébastien, at the Digital Gym? Once upon a time, way back in 1943, in a small village located just the other side of the Swiss Alps, there lived ...

June 3, 2015
Rich Girl finds little purchase at the Old Globe’s theater in the round

The only time it happened was at the old Old Town Theatre. I was watching a production of The Heiress, where a complete and total jerk courts rich, innocent, young Catherine. He was so obviously ...

OB Sushi Sushi hooks Ed Ed Bed Bed

“Alas, people usually throw away the whole head of the fish, where all the flavor is.”

Natural flavors

“Did you know that some vanilla flavoring is made from beaver anal secretions?” The word “secretion” is inherently gross to me. Add in excrement, and you have a recipe for scrunch-face.

June 3, 2015
Dig a hole: Landmark La Jolla Village

Another temple of cinema bites the dust. It’s with a great deal of both frustration and consternation that I bring news of the pending demolition of the Landmark La Jolla Village to make way for ...

Not an upper-body sport

On Saturday, June 6, some 75 rowing clubs around the country will open their doors to the public for National Learn to Row Day. This is the third year San Diego Rowing Club has participated ...

What's in a name, especially if it's Cheryl?

Dear Hipster: I about died over “Blake,” despite the fact that I think you woefully miscategorized at least some of the world’s Blakes. Surely there must be a hipster Blake or two to break the ...

June 3, 2015
Soapmaking 101

My oldest daughter has been thinking artisan ever since buying handmade coconut-milk soap at a farmers’ market. “Every time I use it,” she says, “I think, I could do this.” Besides soapmaking tools and ingredients, ...

June 3, 2015
How much San Diego cops spend on lap dances

On April 24, 2014, a Hispanic female exotic dancer walked across the neon-lit room inside Cheetahs Gentlemen’s Club dressed in black lingerie. According to an undercover officer from the San Diego Police Department’s vice unit ...

June 3, 2015
Small print, trash talk, and a letter from the president of the Humane Society

Can’t Read It I’ve been reading you guys since 1975, and the print keeps getting smaller, and smaller, and smaller. My eyes haven’t gotten any younger. Now, I not only have to use my reading ...

June 3, 2015
Lofty’s blend

Encinitas roaster Lofty Coffee has extended its beach-town coffee boutique reach to Solana Beach, setting up a new shop two blocks from the coast on South Cedros Avenue, taking over the property formerly held by ...

Under Beutner’s influence

“Our own city has seen a chorus of ethics violations and influence peddling from city officials,” wrote Austin Beutner, the new publisher of the San Diego Union-Tribune, now owned by Chicago-based Tribune Publishing. “Advisors to ...

June 3, 2015
Gumbo metal!

Thursday 4Gumbo metal! “Driven by doom and hard Southern living,” Crowbar’s latest, Symmetry in Black, starts with a slow, sludgy roux and then snaps your neck with hardcore heat. And only a metal band from ...

June 3, 2015
Everybody's gotta be in a gang

Sunday 7The Sea and Cake’s master baker Sam Prekop sets up at Casbah on Sunday behind his latest Thrill Jockey disc The Republic, which, according to the label’s one-sheet, “showcases Prekop’s talent for creating expressive ...

June 3, 2015
What enters with difficulty goes not out easily

Some men there are whose love becomes true only after long converse, much contemplation, and extended familiarity. Such a one is likely to persist and to be steadfast in his affection, untouched by the passage ...

Lip service

June 2 dock totals 23 anglers aboard the Chubasco II 1/2 day morning run boated 200 calico bass and 1 barracuda, 135 of the bass were released. The Dolphin 1/2 day am run with 14 ...

June 3, 2015

Tuesday, June 2

Hillcrest loves them some cars

The business owners and small group of residents who opposed turning University Avenue into a more pedestrian-friendly street appear to have won over planners of the San Diego Association of Governments. During a June 5 ...

June 2, 2015
Home-brew clubhouse gone wild

Of the ten breweries currently operating in Miramar, most chose the location for affordable rents and compatible zoning. Division 23 co-founders Allen Hampton and Kellen Smith started brewing at their Trade Street address out of ...

Viva Oceanside!

Although there is no obvious connection between Oceanside and Las Vegas, a housing tract that was built in the early ’60s was laid out on nine streets named after Las Vegas casinos. Last month, Riviera ...

Israeli drone pioneers get Jacobs backing

What is Democratic billionaire Irwin Jacobs up to next? That is the question making the rounds at San Diego’s city hall in the wake of a state appellate court ruling against superior court judge Tim ...

June 2, 2015
Vaughn Williams's esoteric summer road trip

Songs of Travel by Vaughan Williams is the esoteric pick of the week. Now, if at any time in your life you’ve been a baritone undergraduate student, this is not an "esoteric" selection — this ...

June 2, 2015
Don't seek legal help from these guys

One San Diego lawyer has been disbarred and two have been suspended by the California State Bar. Joseph James Rego of San Diego (now living in Joshua Tree) has been disbarred for collecting advanced fees ...

June 2, 2015
San Diego ranks 30th as baseball city

WalletHub, which crunches numbers about cities, metro areas, and states, is out with its ranking of the best baseball cities. To no one's surprise, St, Louis comes in first, and the others in the top ...

June 2, 2015
Can SDG&E be forced to do anything?

An official decision approving a controversial new gas-fired power plant in Carlsbad has been issued by the California Public Utilities Commission. As promised, commissioner Catherine J.K. Sandoval, who cast the lone vote against approval, appended ...

Another San Quintin biggie from the kayak

On Saturday I caught a personal best 48" halibut. Nobody around had seen one that big from the area and I was pretty jazzed. That's a big halibut, especially from a kayak. I ran into ...

A mugshot is what they seek

Over the course of several years, San Diego city attorney Jan Goldsmith has accused environmental lawyer Cory Briggs of filing frivolous lawsuits and of conflicts of interest involving his wife's former employer. Now, attorneys for ...

June 2, 2015

Monday, June 1

White-collar lash

Lynda Sanabria, a banker for J.P. Morgan Chase, was sentenced today (June 1) to six months in prison followed by six months of home confinement. She had taken hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of ...

June 1, 2015
For whom the tolls rankle

About 30 residents of Playas de Tijuana, holding placards and passing out pamphlets to motorists, gathered at around 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 30, at the entrance of the toll road to Ensenada. They assembled ...

Mainly better than sliced bread

I’ve been waiting for this moment for 49 weeks. I’m not even joking. The first of five Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra concerts is this Saturday, June 6, at 7:30 p.m. The venue is the Balboa ...

How small can a small house be?

It’s the kind of change that gives tiny-house supporters hope. On June 4, new zoning rules will go into effect that make it easier to build small, detached homes on city lots outside the coastal ...

Personal seat licenses explained

From CSAG Stadium Report Appendix C: Personal Seat Licenses Look, it's not complicated. You want to buy a season ticket. But so does some other schnook. You buy a PSL, you get the option to ...

San Diego’s simplest food truck is Tastlicious

There’s something refreshing about a food truck that bucks the trend of a cartoonish theme and puts the focus on making a few things well. During a visit to Golden Hill’s Saturday farmers’ market, I ...

Church in limbo

On May 28, the San Diego Christian Worship Center in Kearny Mesa filed a lawsuit against the city over zoning changes that will force the church to move from its location east of Interstate 15 ...

June 1, 2015
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