Stories for June 2015

Tuesday, June 30

The price of gringas is about to rise

Add a 16% sales tax to Mexican fast food beginning July 1

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 bloody one, after a union meeting, in the parking lot of the Hanalei

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

Future of White Labs yeast includes the past

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

Churches (and elsewhere) amp up cochlear implants to help hard-of-hearing

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!

Suspected shady activity in Clairemont precedes meeting

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

Water “messaging" consultant to serve GOP's Faulconer

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 ...

July is busting out all over!

Theater preview for the month to come

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 ...

That clown crank is something

Home invasion in El Cajon tied to meth bust

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 ...

Little Korea in La Jolla

Tofu stew with an ocean view

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 ...

Monday, June 29

Pro golfer problems

Phil Mickelson linked to confessed money launderer

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 ...

Bugs' deaths tell a story

Insects tracked to gauge water quality

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 ...

His bark wasn't worse than the gun

Pacific Beach dog owner sues police for killing his animal

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 ...

Miss what most of us never had

James Agee and San Diego: Summer of 2015

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 ...

Welcome to the village — now calm down!

Reason for elimination of well-used right-turn lane becomes clear

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 ...

Altadena: a rustic Los Angeles

2.5 hours north, there's lots to discover for history & outdoor lovers alike.

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

Controversial high-dollar stadium consultant also employed by Saint Louis

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 ...

The new Original Sab-E-Lee

Popular Thai food spot makes a move in Linda Vista

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 ...

Sunday, June 28

Banjo Bert does Dizzy's

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego June 30-July 5

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, ...

La Brownie Girl partners with Munchin Donuts

From bike delivery to her own shop

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 ...

Saturday, June 27

France's Haute-Savoie: not the Riviera

Ditching the Mediterranean for a different beauty in the French Alps.

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

San Diego to move to L.A., Mayor O'Connor homeless in Balboa Park, how to avoid hugs, Horton Plaza fashion, Dr. Seuss's Trap a Jap

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 ...

Civico 1845 arrives in Little Italy

Ravioli, lasagna, penne alla vodka, pesto, pizza, eggplant — all vegan

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

Biker goes down, cage driver runs over cycle

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 ...

Friday, June 26

Confidential emails ought to jog the memory

Commissioner Florio attended post-Warsaw huddle with Peevey

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 ...

Chained in a police van for hours

Unsettled lawsuits involve Occupy San Diego protesters

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. ...

Welcome to Mexico. $22.50, please

Indications of reinstatement of tourist visa fee

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 ...

More complicated than you might think

A soprano isn't just a soprano

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. ...

More ducks, more problems

Temecula park ranger outlines why the feedings had to stop

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 ...

The nepotism case that won't die

Cousin of ousted port commissioner checks in regarding son's lifeguard proceeds

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 ...

History out the corner of your eye

Place, people, and change with Asian Story Theatre’s Stories of the Sun Café

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

Timeless tunes bring our reviewer back to childhood

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 ...

Padres' good young blood gone

Team criticized as having gone from "win now" to "what now?"

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 ...

Drones, by Muse

Heady, heavy trio try their hands at concept rock

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 ...

The CheeseSteak Grill does Philly proud

Oceanside’s take on a nationally revered sandwich

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

El Cajon police arrest suspected indecent intruder

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 ...

Thursday, June 25

Raise the deck, remove the heads

The definitive La Mesa water-conservation report

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 ...

Vinyl avalanche!

Hillcrest Thrift Trader breaks records — a lot of them

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 ...

San Diego blonde ale is not so pale

Rip Current's gold medal winner way better than Corona

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

Former dancer sues strip club for not paying minimum wage

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 ...

The Trails Eatery helps in-laws get over Coco’s closure

Food Network star’s eatery does breakfast right

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

As FBI lurks, shadowy human tissue acquisitions undergo review

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 ...

Electronic billboard? No!

Oceanside council votes against 40-foot-tall sign

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

The course of true history never did run smooth

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? ...

The reefer made him do it

Former doctor Nelson Leone admits to pot-shop shenanigans

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 ...

Between rock and an earthquake

San Diego musicians gather at the Merrow on a night for Nepal

“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 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 ...

Wednesday, June 24

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, ...

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 ...

F the Snykes

Surf-punk trio on self-promotion and the vans Battle of the Bands

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 ...

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 ...

Young Lions roam

New generation jazz jam led by Gilbert Castellanos moves from Croce's to Panama 66

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

Taking stretch-dollar business to the Gaslamp

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 death of grunge left Alicia Bognanno wanting more

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 ...

Reverse "rape of the ratepayer"

Consumer group retracts opinion regarding San Onofre shutdown

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 ...

Wild Wild Wets play the waiting game

San Diego pysch-rockers did DIY, this time they want a record label

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 ...

Acid means freedom

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

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 ...

“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 ...

Golfers left, nature right

Golfers provide the surreality on the Santa Fe Valley Trail.

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

The patriarch is dead

Rest in peace, Papa Grimm

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, ...

We all have a little genocidal maniac inside

People are “just joking” about locking all the hipsters up — right?

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 ...

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

Bonus: see the short that inspired the feature

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 ...

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

A family-fun compound

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 ...

Learn Latin or buy bicycle insurance? Hmm...

Call the cops. Get a lawyer.

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, ...

Ethical breakpoints

Start snitchin'

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 ...

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 ...

Swiss secrecy bolsters soccer corruption

Bribes, kickbacks part of the game for two generations

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 ...

Listen to the nudge of the Holy Spirit

Isolation is hell

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

Pondering Dave listens to the voices

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 ...

Fishing for dollars

Birch Aquarium at Scripps still seeks executive director

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

Plus Two Cow Garage, Jacco Gardner, and Tanya Tucker in San Diego this week

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 ...

Paisley underground rising

Casbah's got a killer three-night run, with Head Wound City, the Pandoras, and John freaking Doe

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, ...

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 ...

Tuesday, June 23

Crosswalk happy all over town

Council tweaks formula to provide more pedestrian safety

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

The usual guys clean up, some nanos make themselves known

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 ...

San Diego is no Charleston

Cost of housing makes us look a lot less like other cities

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 ...

Are you free?

Singing for free is the norm, so why make it an issue?

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 ...

Do secret Jacobs subsidies presage Chargers deal?

Sons of La Jolla's Qualcomm billionaire benefit from Sacramento billboard giveaways

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 ...

Padres manager accepts blame for team’s failings

Bud blackout

“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

Mexican released from car trunk, then arrested, in Pine Valley

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. ...

Monday, June 22

Four-alarm blazer

Lamb’s Players continues the streak with West Side Story

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 ...

Beer snobs are kind of ridiculous

Reckless brewer and his Honey Badger Don't Care

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

Chargers mascot urges city attorney and mayor to take legal action

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 ...

Racy conclusion

Beethoven contemplates but Mozart drives fast

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

A treatise on 99-cent fish tacos and mariscos cocktails

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 county residents arrested for selling fake goods

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 ...

Sunday, June 21

Julia Hülsmann Trio plays the Athenaeum

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego, June 23–28

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. ...

Operation Methabunga bungled

Seriously, dude: they found a remote-controlled meth-stuffed surfboard

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 ...

Saturday, June 20

The confounding Brian Wilson

Beach Boy brings a big band and a big bag of hits to Humphreys by the Bay

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

Carlsbad's airline takes its maiden flight to L.A.

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 ...

Beeramar's exhibit A

Alesmith hammers out a new scale of operation

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

Door-to-door thieves and would-bes use the lost-dog ploy

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

“We have to ship the BBQ sauce for the brisket from Texas”

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

Julian mining shoot-out, Marilyn at the Hotel Del, Mission Valley murder, who caught San Diego's first wave, Miranda and Gaslamp, Copley Press

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, ...

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 ...

Friday, June 19

Tranquil Cambria, California

Head up Highway 1 to this uncrowded Central Coast gem.

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

Coronado Brewing gets hot — but not too hot

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?

Wealthy publisher favored moving Comic-Con to Los Angeles

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 ...

But what are we manufacturing?

Unemployment rate and jobs increase

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 ...

The Ting Tings' Super Critical

Not too critical...it is disco

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 ...

Shining, happy people

Mainly Mozart musicians deliver a Biblical experience

“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

Neo-soul singer launches his European tour from Copley Symphony Hall

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

City of La Mesa quickly follows wheelchair-access request

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, ...

Burgers and açaí at Swami’s Café

“Have you tried the açaí bowl?” she asked. “It’s the bomb.”

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 ...

Thursday, June 18

More power, more pollution

Air-quality board allows for sulfur oxide increase from Pio Pico

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 ...

Desert rats got a thing for Rancho Santa Fe

Gas station one of the few in county that sells 100-octane racing fuel

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

Roosevelt portrait and copier placed at risk by negligent accounting

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. ...

This underbelly isn't pork

Restaurants' illegal salary practices in the daylight

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 ...

The booted heel of a data state

Border Patrol to purchase license-plate readers

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 ...

Those damn beehives!

Hattie Ada Dougherty granted a license to burn

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

Shows in North Park and Normal Heights

“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

"Shockingly strong."

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

Recent arrests could help quell recent surge in violence

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 ...

West Nile high

Infected mosquito batches equal number for all of last year

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 ...

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 ...

Wednesday, June 17

Bob Kuczewski – arrested at Torrey Pines glider port again

Keep out!

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

They rectified heretical innovation

From Deliverance from Error, by Al-Ghazzali

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

Council to decide later on more policing of Moonlight Beach

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

Indie rockers return from major-label land, drop 1000 Palms

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, ...

Fleeting utopia

In Come From Away, a group of people withdraw from the world — for a time

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, ...

Flan's the man

Tim Flannery trades his cleats and glove for a nice pair of boots and an acoustic guitar

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 ...

Dad’s Day on the Bay

“What’s not to like?” I asked. “The $215 an hour,” my daughter answered.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Locals going global

San Diego joins the worldwide Make Music Day at Balboa Park

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, ...

It'll take a little bit of time

Mostra Coffee's rapid expansion keeps its founders' hands full

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 ...

Simon's small but special

Hike through grasslands, chaparral, and riparian habitats with views

Gnatcatchers and meadlowlarks you may only hear in Ramona.

Lennon's heavy hand

Local players share the experience of playing the lost-and-now-found John Lennon acoustic

“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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Love's 'hose

North County band the Gift Machine share memories of Kurt and Courtney

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.” ...

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.

Thelonius Monk. Hipster? Sure. Why not?

Genius is the precondition for allowable smugness

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, ...

Modern panga pápi

The San Diego International Boat Show is worth catching

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

Could officials do more to prevent suicides?

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 ...

“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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Popsicle punk

Go old-school with dear old dad and the Misfits, Slaughter & the Dogs, Gang Green, and Guttermouth

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 ...

Death Valley Girls, Dead Feather Moon, Deadbolt, Dead Ricardos, Johnny Deadly

...and among the living: Steve Earle, Brian Wilson, and Rhett Miller in San Diego clubs this weekend

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 ...

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 ...

Tuesday, June 16

Preaching to the choir

The bar is too low for choral vocal work in classical music

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 ...

Kilts, capes, Viking helmets, plus beer

Homebrewers convention drew some nerds last week — what of it?

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 All Shook Up stands firm despite shaky foundation

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 ...

Energy-hog plug by SDG&E

But letter from CEO to commission doesn't mention bonus pay

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 ...

How the churchgoer preyed...

Dennis Long had the confidence of over a dozen people

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 ...

Reel Kids series offers big-screen fun at rock-bottom prices

There’s a good chance your children have never left the house to visit the Emerald City

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 ...

County worker felonies unreported by D.A.

Dumanis “special ops” office vows change after audit exposes disclosure gaps

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 ...

Casino biz is no cash cow

Company based in San Diego, incorporated offshore, in debt

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 ...

Pop-up dinner time with Dinner Lab

Foodies geek out together

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

Undocumented Mexicans caught swimming across border

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 ...

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 ...

Monday, June 15

Miles away from the legend

Ion Theatre searches for the reality behind the drama with Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill

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 ...

No guns — anger management for you

Valley Center man avoided jail time in bomb-threat case

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 ...

Newspapers' bleak picture be damned

Take it from a securities analyst disguised as an ugly duckling...

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 ...

Top-notch Mozart by way of Bach

San Diegos request to classical music might just be "talk to us a little"

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

San Diego promoter pushes New Jersey family’s model for Chargers venue

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, ...

Little less conversation, please

Wrenegades: An Ecological Adventure at Circle Circle dot dot has a lot of show but insists on tell

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) ...

Don't move here for great childcare or education

Stats indicate that San Diego is a so-so place to live

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, ...

Don’t take this personal, Joe

"Rude, arrogant, pompous, and ill-mannered… Aren’t you precious?"

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, ...

Sunday, June 14

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

Paul Revere and his steed bring message of impending World War CO2

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 ...

The Homebrewer is now brewing

New tasting room features Home Brew Co. beers

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

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego June 16–21

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

Sinner or Saint at the Golden Hill Farmers’ Market

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

An esoteric pick of the week for the Richard Strauss, the birthday boy

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 ...

Saturday, June 13

Editor's picks

Waldorf School, Eleanor Widmer, San Diego's light, single mom, Randy Cunningham as Navy hero, downtown's water man, David Ross

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 ...

Low, low, low

Trio used obituaries to obtain burglary targets

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 ...

It was like debtors' prison

Posting bail for minor traffic infractions amounts to "pay to play," says judge

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 ...

American Flavors, truck yeah

“Food you know and flavors you love” all tossed together

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 ...

Friday, June 12

Bring the healing

Michael Francis talks Mainly Mozart in Balboa Park

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

Outlandish tactics by D.A. in pursuing drug conviction

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. ...

Turning out the lights on Chargers Charities

Can U-T's Beutner make up for nonprofit giving if team leaves for L.A.?

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. ...

DeMaio accuser lied to the FBI

Todd Bosnich admits he sent threatening emails to himself

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 ...

How to start with Mozart and end up with nihilism

The arbitrary fame of the Haffners leads Garrett to wonder what really matters

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 ...

Sinatra suits singer — and so does the suit

British performer Richard Shelton celebrates Ol' Blue Eyes at the Grant Grill

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

Great performers work hard to save Sylvia from itself

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 ...

Sufjan Stevens on a neon platter

Indie-folkie spellbinds a crowded Copley Hall

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 ...

The Faulcon can absolutely hear the Faulconer

And the center, Chris Watt, can most certainly hold

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

Paul Weller's latest finds the Modfather on a rock-and-roll rocket ride

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 ...

I-5 is for simps

Chicago-based airline sets up in Carlsbad

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 ...

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 ...

Thursday, June 11

Barber-slash-slasher gets ten years in jail

Death defied by Navy-medic victim of inexplicable deed

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

A last run of tasters at neighborhood growler station

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?

El Cajon pitcher says he was sold outrageous life insurance policy

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 ...

Truck you, ethics commission!

Towing company won't give up documents to satisfy investigators

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 ...

Never enough parking

College Area Community Council rejects plan for residential project

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

North Coast Rep starts at the end with Pinter's Betrayal

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

Authenticity awaits down the coast from all-inclusive resorts.

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

City agency gets a 10 percent budget bump

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 ...

Supernatural Sandwiches

Small and occasionally packed-to-the-gills seafood sandwich shop

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

Adobe Falls, Loma Club, Collier Park, La Mesa secret stairs, snorkel with sharks, Oasis Camel Dairy, tunnel skating in Playas

Urban Adventures Beach Town Suburban Ocean & Bay Backcountry Mexico

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 ...

“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 ...

The shows must go on

An injured Mark Dresser plays through of New York dates

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 ...

Every day is Sunday for Slackers

San Diego ex-pat saxman returns with his rocksteady act

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 ...

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 ...

Out at the Fair

Nick and Mel bring their satirical song stylings to the Del Mar Fair this year

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, ...

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 ...

Cabo or bust

Annual music caravan through Baja turns philanthropic

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 ...

Off the beaten path in Mission Trails

The trek to Pyles Peak via Cowles Mountain

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

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 ...

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 ...

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

Worried? Just be less objectionable than the next guy.

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, ...

Fifa president steps down — sort of

Big, big, boffo blockbuster

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Ten years — Clap Your Hands!

Indie-rock act Clap Your Hands Say Yeah celebrates its decade-old debut at Casbah on Friday

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 ...

The difference between hipsters and hippies

Let the music, not the hair, guide us.

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 ...

The Press War

Women compel men to think — that’s what Clara Foltz said.

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

Ragged condition, ragged balance sheet

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

The silence that comes with the death of a friend

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

Jonathan Richman and a band band band called And And And

Plus Lil' Wayne, DMA's, Amerikan Bear, and UK Subs in the clubs this week

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 ...

Warlocks, Goatwhore, and Gaslamp Killer

...descend on San Diego this weekend, as well as Paul Collins, Clap Your Hands, and a Walkmen

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Tuesday, June 9

La Jolla millionaire goes for Denver green

Marc Paskin aims to cash in on pot ads via Colorado radio station

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

Record free traveler racks up another global excursion

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 ...

Chad and Akis get popped

Two brokers guilty of insider trading in biotech stock

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 ...

Thousands of fair people in one place

The first hour at the San Diego County Fair

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 ...

The Mole Grail

Ortega’s chicken mole is the gold standard

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

Prison time for San Diegan who bilked $5.2 million from investors

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" ...

Residents pooh-pooh Surfrider erosion theory

Court case over Leucadia staircase heads to state supreme court

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 ...

Monday, June 8

Drugs-porn-brothel internet café shut down

Citizens tip off authorities to bust center of perversion

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 ...

You need an epic to describe an epic

A Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra experience only Homer can describe

“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

Talent's not the issue with Everybody’s Talkin: The Music of Harry Nilsson at San Diego Rep

“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

Mountain bikers and horse riders share concern over border trail plans

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

Lincoln Club unloads on Chargers as mayor’s re-election site omits stadium questions

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, ...

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 ...

Sunday, June 7

Qualcomm's "bounteous" executive pay noted

Company's stock buyback may not be benefiting shareholders

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 ...

Duck Foot steps out

Don't call their beer "gluten-free," but it comes close to it

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

Victims of Baja 500 accident likely to be okay

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 ...

Quebec-based Trifolio trio visits La Jolla

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego June 9–14

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

Foodie must-sees, including Popotla's off-the-beaten-path seafood heaven.

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

Pop-up hot dog tent isn’t cheap but may have the best dogs in town

“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

Julien’s Auction House in Beverly Hills calls it “one of biggest finds in music history”

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 ...

Saturday, June 6

Stories from San Diego neighborhoods

Normal Heights, Sabre Springs, Fallbrook, Alpine, and Olive Street in North Park

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

Human smuggler claimed he served three tours in Iraq

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 ...

Tomato dominates fish at Mr. A’s

The “fritos” were fun to eat and inspired another round of drinks

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?

Tuna crabs indicate a forthcoming El Niño event

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 don't buy rationale for raising speed limits

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

Attorneys for alleged killers of Brittany Killgore get slack from judge

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 ...

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 ...

Friday, June 5

The doctor put his hand where?

Fallbrook Ob-Gyn doctor charged with sexual abuse

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 ...

Storytime on Broadway

Plans for towers 21- and 41-stories tall on blighted downtown block

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?

Lawsuit charges that label on Bulleit isn't truthful

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 ...

Gratitude and resurrection in harmony

Diversionary Theatre presents a sharp take on A New Brain

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?

Paperwork and newspapers don't vanish — but conversations conveniently do

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 ...

Plug-in cars threaten SDG&E's power grid

Idaho lab uncovers electrical glitches and hidden costs in SDG&E’s troubled transformers

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 ...

Voice of understanding

Conductor Michael Francis talks Mozart, "the most fascinating of all musical lives"

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

Making sense of old and new in China's imperial capital.

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

Lowe's is out, WinCo and Hobby Lobby are coming in

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

British indie-pop four-piece does Beach Boys under black light

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 ...

A restroom more helpful than harmful

Coronado High likely to soon have transgender and nonbinary lavatory

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

Lucky for Britt, Dryw's going to give him another chance...

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

Suspected serial landscaper truck bandits apprehended

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

Alpine's supercharged IPA aimed at hopheads

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

Jewish center's CFO and accounting clerk stole half a million, combined

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 ...

No golf course...how about a sand mine?

Lakeside locals displeased that equestrian trails may be eliminated

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

Audit finds problematical use of cadavers and parts from outside sources

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 ...

No water problem — it's a no-water problem

Survey says San Diegans are more aware of it than last year

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 ...

My acting bucket list: Eddie Yaroch

The Craig Noel Award-winner shares his top choices for five categories — King to Bard, father to kidnapper

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 ...

Tommie on the comeback

Homelessness behind him, Project 25 participant says he hardly drinks at all

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!

Bow-fishers encouraged to help control the invasive species

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 ...

One could trust international investor guy

Sunil Sharma fleeced investors of $6 million

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 ...

Wednesday, June 3

Natural History Museum hosts exhibit on Spanglish

English resistance in Balboa Park

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

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 ...

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

Skate punk Mike Palm and Agent Orange drop in at Brick by Brick this weekend

“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 ...

Between punk and the park

The Balboa trades aluminum for glass in Bankers Hill

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

Sheriff tells Ramona wineries to shut down the music

“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 ...

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, ...

Octagrape: what a strange band

Local amp-killers make it sound like pop

“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 ...

Ché has a pulse

Campus collective staging shows until the goon squad shows

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

More challenge for the corporate giants and all they symbolize.

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 ...

Experimental Rentals

Mad scientist Matt Sharp's ever-changing band comes to town

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 ...

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

Hike to the “Rattlesnake” Viewing Platform to view Lake Hodges Dam

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 ...

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 ...

Invaluable to all manner of queries

The Hipster is in.

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 ...

Misunderstood pup

Humanity's best friend

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 ...

Rich Girl finds little purchase at the Old Globe’s theater in the round

Contested territory

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

Get cheeky

“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.

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

National Rowing Day is upon ous

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 ...

Soapmaking 101

“Because the lye is a caustic chemical, the class starts with a lecture on safety.”

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, ...

How much San Diego cops spend on lap dances

Cheetah's feels picked on

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Gumbo metal!

Plus Bob Log, Chris Owens, and Barb Wire Dolls in San Diego clubs this weekend

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 ...

Everybody's gotta be in a gang

Death Valley Girls get it right...plus Sam Prekop, Kooks, and my day at the Fair with Cheap freaking Trick

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 ...

What enters with difficulty goes not out easily

From "The Dove's Necklace" by Ibn Hazm

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 ...

Tuesday, June 2

Hillcrest loves them some cars

Revised Uptown bike corridor plan up for a vote June 5

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 ...

Home-brew clubhouse gone wild

Division 23 goes pro and gets colorful in Beeramar

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!

Who was responsible for naming streets in the Valley of the Dead Casinos?

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

Will billionaire Democrat rejoin costly Balboa Park battle?

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 ...

Vaughn Williams's esoteric summer road trip

Slip on your Wayfarers and learn about the wanderers and their soundtrack

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 ...

Don't seek legal help from these guys

California Bar disbars one, suspends two

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 ...

San Diego ranks 30th as baseball city

Padres tickets cheapest in majors, averaging $16.37

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 ...

Can SDG&E be forced to do anything?

Dissent among public utilities commissioners on proposed gas-fired power plant

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

San Diegans for Open Government CEO surfaces, speaks out

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 ...

Monday, June 1

White-collar lash

Hundreds of thousands in bribes equal six months in pokey

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 ...

For whom the tolls rankle

Playas de Tijuana residents say they have paid for the cost of the road

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

The Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra starts this week!

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?

New ordinance “will radically change the way people live in San Diego.”

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

CSAG report outlines benefits of costly new season-ticket feature

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

No-frills food truck drops in remoulade and gremolata

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

City's new zoning squeezes out San Diego Christian Worship Center

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 ...