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Stories for November 2015

Monday, November 30

Smuggling on a jet ski

San Diego Lifeguards are a 24 hour rescue agency whose responsibilities include water rescue, boat rescue, marine fire suppression, coastal cliff rescue, underwater search and recovery, swift water and flood search, rescue and emergency medical ...

Whoever replaces Fabiani...

A column by Chris Jenkins today (November 30) in the Union-Tribune should be a case study at Harvard Business School. It's a story quoting Jeff Marston, a former public relations man for the San Diego ...

November 30, 2015
Polling political footballs

San Diego officials have denied a link between a "public satisfaction" survey now on the streets and online here and the embattled efforts of Republican mayor Kevin Faulconer to keep the Chargers in town with ...

November 30, 2015
Mexican-Americanized is close enough

“Hey man, I’m in L.A.!” I got a text from my friend Jaime couple months ago. “Hahaha, funny joke,” was my reply and then I ignored him. A couple of weeks later I got another ...

November 30, 2015
Shot on a motorcycle in Tijuana

A young motorcyclist suffered a bullet wound to his leg on Saturday, November 28, when a Tijuana police officer mistakenly opened fire, according to a report in El Sol de Tijuana. According to the newspaper, ...

November 30, 2015
The Queen Mary's Sir Winston's smoking deck

There is no smoking on the Queen Mary. Signs are posted everywhere stating just that. So, when we arrived at the topmost deck to dine at the luxurious Sir Winston's Restaurant and Lounge, I noted ...

Thanksgiving hunger strike

Over a hundred immigrants being held at three detention centers, including one in Otay Mesa and others in Orange County and Alabama, started a hunger strike last week to protest bed quotas requiring the U.S. ...

November 30, 2015
It’s like being in France

When I think of France, I think of food: real food, fresh food, quality food. Freshly baked baguettes, perfectly ripened cheeses, savory charcuterie, and of course the Mother sauces: béchamel, espagnole, hollandaise, and allemande. Even ...

Sunday, November 29

Consider the mystery of the feminine and masculine in balance

For Christmas we’re going to move our curated playlist over to The depressed Disneyland dad at Christmas when his ex has the kids playlist. This list is also known as a brief contemplation on the ...

November 29, 2015
My Acting Bucket List: Jorge Rodriguez

I’m asking veteran actors to name five dream roles and say why. The answers not only reveal aspirations, they may put an idea in the minds of artistic directors and producers — even choices that ...

November 29, 2015
Mosaic hops coax tropical finish from tart saison

About this time of year, I usually start transitioning from warm-weather beers to stouts, heavies, and double IPAs — styles that offer their most belly-warming satisfaction during winter. But since I keep hearing El Niño ...

November 29, 2015
Charlie Hunter Trio returns

Tuesday 1 The Ben Wanicur Trio with special guest Jonathan Karrant hold court at 3rd Space (4610 Park Boulevard) with Ed Kornhauser and Matthew Smith from 8 p.m. for a $5 entry. Wednesday 2 Rob ...

November 29, 2015
Pizza pies before your eyes at Urban Pi

I’m not a purist when it comes to pizza toppings. I do love a simple pepperoni thin crust, but I’ve got no problem throwing down some broccoli, corn, buffalo sauce, and, yeah, even pineapple. So ...

Paying taxes at Guadalupe

Weekly fishing report Inshore: The ½ boats concentrated on rockfish, sand bass, calico bass, and sheephead on the near-shore bumps and kelp edges. Most of the local ¾-day boats went back on the prowl for ...

November 29, 2015
Surf Cleaners sign saved

Encinitas firefighter Bob Voorhees, a downtown Encinitas resident for many decades, recently took it upon himself to track down and save a piece of old Highway 101 architecture. Last month, Voorhees and several other residents ...

November 29, 2015
The look of the city

Who's in Charge Here? SDSU’s Paseo project is in a tangle. It was touted as an urban village, akin to a combination of Horton Plaza and Point Loma's Liberty Station, at the doorstep of San ...

November 29, 2015

Saturday, November 28

El Tigre leaves the punks behind

One year ago, El Tigre had punk shows on a regular basis. They served cheap beer on tap, caguama (bottled beer), and mixed drinks intended to get you drunk for the least amount of money. ...

November 28, 2015

Friday, November 27

Philadelphia in the rain

You can plan as much as you like for a trip, but you can’t plan the weather. That doesn’t mean you won’t still have lots of fun! It was raining buckets on my head for ...

Murdoch says L.A. Times to be sold

Publishing magnate Rupert Murdoch today (November 27) sent out a tweet saying that Tribune Publishing, now parent of the Los Angeles Times and Union-Tribune, will be sold to a Wall Street group. Then the Los ...

November 27, 2015
Faulconer's trickle-down turkey freebies

Kevin Faulconer's One San Diego, the nonprofit that boosts the Republican mayor's anti-poverty agenda — in the process yielding glowing media accounts benefiting his political profile — has picked up some cash from two San ...

November 27, 2015
Homelessness problems for those with homes

Homelessness was the subject of the November 24 Allied Gardens–Grantville Community Council town hall hosted by the council and the San Diego Police Department. Residents' questions were answered by three members of the SDPD’s Eastern ...

November 27, 2015
The Aliens is just part-time work

“This is important,” playwright Annie Baker writes in a note for The Aliens, “at least a third – if not half – of this play is silence. Pauses should be at least three full seconds ...

November 27, 2015
Midwest meets Middle East

If I were visiting from out of town for a week and staying in the Gaslamp, I might pass by Cafe 21 a few times before I gave it a chance because it doesn’t look ...

Legal battle on La Jolla Shores

Earlier this month, La Jolla Shores resident and attorney Bernie Segal filed a lawsuit alleging that the City of San Diego violated the California Environmental Quality Act and ignored building codes when it approved a ...

November 27, 2015
Puccini's ode to Paris

In the opera La Rondine by Puccini, the young Ruggero arrives in Paris for the first time and Puccini lets him sing an ode to the City of Light. The aria is difficult to find. ...

November 27, 2015
Not just Beirut, but Gibraltar and Holland

A disclaimer: heightened anticipation gave this album, upon first listen, the sonic equivalent of rose-colored glasses. So what’s with the eagerness for Beirut’s first record in four years? Perhaps it’s tied to the first single, ...

November 27, 2015
La Mesa Oktoberfest report

The La Mesa Village Merchants Association threw their first Oktoberfest 42 years ago. Their website states “over 100,000 attendees” now flock to the annual gathering. With the disruption from the La Mesa Streetscape Project and ...

November 27, 2015
Three-guitar Heart attack

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2013 inductees Heart performed about a dozen of their own songs over an hour-long show, including hits such as "Kick It Out," "Heartless," "Straight on," "These Dreams," "Crazy on ...

November 27, 2015

Thursday, November 26

Translaptation at the Ranch

David Ives’ clever, silly, fun-filled farce is hitting audiences over the head with its comic shtick at Scripps Ranch Theatre. The work is a “translaptation” — translation/adaptation — from the French original by Jean-Francois Regnard. ...

November 26, 2015
San Diego beer facing local competition in Bay Area

As popular as San Diego breweries are, few distribute nationally. Green Flash says it’s in 50 states, which means Alpine now is, too. Stone's at 41, while AleSmith's at 19 and rising. Of course, Ballast ...

November 26, 2015

Wednesday, November 25

NFL Owners: A dysfunctional gang at best

Evidence collected near Wundrum’s body in the $139,500 townhouse Irsay had given her the year before included an “orange plate w/white powder, straw, razor.”

November 25, 2015
December's discs due to drop

Following up their debut full-length, slack-pop rockers the Drabs have a holiday-themed EP out this week, Here Comes the Joy, available on CD and featuring original tracks “Santa’s Got Toys,” “This Year,” “Mary Christmas,” and ...

November 25, 2015
Tess knew she was the victim and still equal to other women

What are you reading? “I just finished Tess of the d’Ubervilles, by Thomas Hardy. It’s about a woman in Britain in the 1800s who is raped and winds up expecting a child. Instead of blaming ...

November 25, 2015
The County of San Diego leaps into print

The County of San Diego, which already operates a high-dollar video news operation to extoll its merits, now wants to leap into print. According to an October 16 request for quotation posted online, the county’s ...

November 25, 2015
Honky-tonker Nikki Lane

Yep, it’s country music through and through, with plenty of South Carolina drawl, reverb, guitar twang, and liberal amounts of pedal-steel guitar to close the deal. But don’t be fooled by Nikki Lane’s alt-rock roots ...

November 25, 2015
Senator wanted pressure on Mitsubishi for failed reactor

New documents have surfaced that show Sen. Dianne Feinstein — as a favor to Southern California Edison — wrote the United States ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy, asking her to intervene with the government of ...

November 25, 2015
Au revoir to noir

I went here before the Paris massacre. Now I’m glad I did. Because it makes you remember what it is you love about the French. Like, Paris, and the café life they gave the world. ...

All Jehu's Parties

The long-dormant Drive Like Jehu entered the 21st Century with a much-publicized concert at Balboa Park’s Spreckels Organ Pavilion alongside civic organist Carol Williams, and now the San Diego post-rock quartet has been asked to ...

November 25, 2015
Secret in Their Eyes dumbs down another foreign film

It’s no secret that Secret in Their Eyes is an English-language remake of Juan José Campanella’s far superior Argentinian thriller (and winner of 2010’s Best Foreign Film Oscar) of the same name. Frankly, we wouldn’t ...

November 25, 2015
Fabiani splits with Lehane

Chargers special counsel Mark Fabiani has finally split the business with his longtime Bill Clinton–era sidekick Chris Lehane, the similarly combative political and PR consultant whose 2013 movie Knife Fight about the rough-and-tumble business of ...

November 25, 2015
Zoom Zoom

X guitarist Billy Zoom was diagnosed with bladder cancer this past July. The band performed summer shows with Texan Jesse Dayton (who’s played guitar for Willie Nelson, among others) sitting in while Zoom commenced treatment ...

November 25, 2015
The only alternative for having eternal life

To say that Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven is not a politically correct thing to say, but it’s certainly what the Bible says.

November 25, 2015
Tour the Cuyamacas from creek to peak in just one hike

This hike offers an opportunity to experience the beauty and diversity of the Cuyamaca Mountains. The loop travels along Cold Stream Creek under shady, ancient oaks with the sound of water gently flowing over rocks, ...

After the Blow

In the early 1990s, British radio disc jockey John Peel created UK stars out of San Diego’s post-punk band Trumans Water. He thought Trumans was a seasoned band that had spent years playing together. He ...

November 25, 2015
Who will sail the ship home?

The first modern industrial activity in the Americas was shipbuilding in the early 17th century, some 60 years after Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo set foot on Point Loma. Among the ships used by explorers in the ...

La Jolla Playhouse gets Indecent

The biggest problem with Indecent may be that there's too little of it.

November 25, 2015
RezRadio reaches the world

“On the reservation they have a saying,” Fox chuckled, “‘B.C.—before casino.’’’

November 25, 2015
Rumble Fest II coming at you!

“I guess it was just a matter of being in the wrong place at the wrong time,” says Tijuana Rumble Fest organizer David Villegas. “This random crook popped out of nowhere and tried to pick ...

November 25, 2015
A home with a place to park your seaplane

Beds: 6 Baths: 7 Current Owner: Roger Anderson Asking Price: $10,990,000 This week: a newly remodeled mansion in the exclusive Coronado Cays, a private community below Silver Strand State Beach on the southwestern edge of ...

November 25, 2015
Retired cop sues Border Patrol

Retired Chula Vista police officer Donald Lumb is accusing Customs and Border Protection agents stationed at a checkpoint on Interstate 8 east of Pine Valley of attacking him, then arresting him on false charges of ...

November 25, 2015
A vibrant visit from one of Pixar’s pencil-pushing pros

To build interest in their latest feature, The Good Dinosaur (opening today), Pixar sent some of the artists involved in its production out into the world to talk about their work. Last month, story artist ...

November 25, 2015
What do you name your kid when hyphenation doesn't cut it anymore?

Dear Hipster: My wife and I have been talking about having a kid, really just kicking the idea around more than anything else, and I was surprised to find out that she is absolutely, 100% ...

November 25, 2015
When should a game be canceled?

There were seven separate terror attacks in Paris. The first two killed four people (three suicide bombers and one civilian), outside Stade de France, the national sports stadium. France was playing Germany in an international ...

November 25, 2015
Underwater scream

It was different today. I couldn’t get anywhere near where I usually enter the ocean, so I had to walk through business districts, hike a trail, and climb down a different cliff to get to ...

November 25, 2015
National Football League warms to gamblers

The National Football League might be returning to its roots: wide-open gambling — legal or illegal. The league has embraced the concept of people playing fantasy football for money — choosing real players in a ...

November 25, 2015
Three Poems by Thomas Gray

On the Death of Richard West In vain to me the smiling Mornings shine, And reddening Phœbus lifts his golden fire; The birds in vain their amorous descant join; Or cheerful fields resume their green ...

November 25, 2015
Spanos looks to maximize the Chargers

Word that soon-to-retire Walt Disney Company chief executive Bob Iger is in line for similar duties with the Chargers if the organization is green-lighted by the NFL to head for Los Angeles marks yet another ...

November 25, 2015
Editor's inbox

We Can Learn a Lot from War Please invite Mr. Tam Hoang back to write about his adventures in education. “I Teach War” (November 19 cover story) is the best piece I’ve read all year! ...

November 25, 2015
Clash undercover, Dead Cross revealed

Sunday 29Ghost town saloon band Dani Bell & the Tarantist rolls into Whistle Stop Sunday night. Their debut Dark West is cinematic, chilling, and tons of fun to listen to. I am addicted to its ...

November 25, 2015
Gobble-n-rock

Thursday 26Have a tryptophantastic holiday, Crawler followers, for tomorrow we rock! Friday 27The band that has more hooks than a hillbilly’s tackle box, Nashville Pussy, is on tour this winter celebrating the release of their ...

November 25, 2015

Tuesday, November 24

Cops killed man threatening suicide

On March 27, Gary Kendrick, suffering from depression, put a shotgun to his head and pulled the trigger. The gun didn't go off. According to a suit filed November 20 in federal court, his wife ...

November 24, 2015
Sharkbitten photographer files suit

On June 13, Elke Specker was photographing sharks in navigable waters off San Diego. A suit she filed in federal court this month states that she hired Michael Kazma and Mako Shark Diving LLC to ...

November 24, 2015
What the heck is “linner”?

“Linner” (a relaxed, late-afternoon feast that covers both lunch and dinner) is one of my favorite meals. Since David and I both work from home, our days have little structure. Sometimes we’ll wake early and ...

San Diego's toxic air "hot spots" revealed

The County of San Diego has released its annual Air Toxics "Hot Spots" report, highlighting pollution problems around the county. "Motor vehicles, area sources, and natural sources are key contributors to the toxic air contaminants ...

Another mental competency hearing for David Lucero

A young man arrested on suspicion of killing his mother more than five years ago and who has not yet heard any evidence presented against him is due in court on November 30. David Leroy ...

November 24, 2015

Monday, November 23

L.A. Times and U-T stars take bow

One of San Diego's most trustworthy and knowledgeable reporters and a man considered by many to be the voice of reason on the Union-Tribune’s editorial board are taking buyouts offered by Tribune Publishing, owner of ...

November 23, 2015
San Diego’s billion-dollar BioWatch terrorism bust

While the latest bout of terrorist attacks has set off a frenzied search for government responses by panicked politicos, one costly federal program left over from post-9/11 days has turned into a big bust. So ...

November 23, 2015
New restaurant for Imperial Beach Pier?

On November 19, about two dozen people came to the port of San Diego's meeting for businesses interested in bidding on the Imperial Beach Pier restaurant space now held by Tin Fish. "Imperial Beach's motto ...

November 23, 2015
Timpani and Prieto go gigante

Never in my life did I expect to hear a timpani concerto, let alone two, and those two in back-to-back seasons. Opening weekend of 2014 included a timpani concerto by William Kraft, and this last ...

Anastasia Kirkeby sentenced to therapy

On the day set for her misdemeanor trial, Anastasia Kirkeby, 50, a woman plagued by multiple drug-related arrests at her home in Encinitas, made a plea deal and was ordered to get counseling. That hearing ...

November 23, 2015
Bare on the wrong beach

11/16 — Vessel in Mariners Basin Dragging anchor 36 ft Vessel KILI was relocated in Mariners Basin by lifeguard rescue boat. — Three simmers not making any headway off La Jolla Cove. Lifeguard Jet 3 ...

Drunk-driving case spills onto city

The family of a man killed by an alleged drunken driver filed a wrongful death claim with the City of San Diego on October 23, the first step before seeking legal action. Rodolpho De La ...

November 23, 2015

Sunday, November 22

Surreal suds at Mexico's epicenter

A couple of years ago, Mexicali’s craft beer culture consisted of loosely associated biannual affairs drawing on the region’s growing collective of home brewers. Today, you can’t toss a handful of hops without hitting a ...

November 22, 2015
San Diego Unified School District considers solution to problem of gender expression and bathrooms

According to the San Diego Unified School District's policy regarding Nondiscrimination of Transgender Students, "all persons, including students, have a right to privacy; this includes keeping a student's actual or perceived gender identity and gender ...

Monk tribute at 98 Bottles

Tuesday 24Pianist Robert Parker plays solo at the Real Bar & Bistro (124 Solana Hills Drive) at 6:30 p.m. No cover charge, but there is an expectation that food and drinks are moved… Steph Johnson ...

November 22, 2015
Fill your croissant at Cardamom

Living in North Park a few years back, I got into the habit of picking up a turkey croissant from a local restaurant on my way to go surfing. At the time, the newly opened ...

Yellowfin tuna count back on the rise

Weekly fishing report Inshore: Big winds early in the week kept the fleet off the water for a bit and had anglers hoping it didn’t signify a big change in the seasonal fishing as the ...

November 22, 2015

Saturday, November 21

From the music archives

A Pit Stop on the FM Band The San Diego radio blues. 6:00: Our listening session kicks off about a third of the way into "Take Me Out" by Franz Ferdinand. You know, past the ...

November 21, 2015
Ballast Point reassures customers following $1 billion sale to Constellation

Statement from Ballast Point brewmeister Hanz Grabbencoin: Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits started in the back of a home-brew supply store, and we promise not to forget that, now that we've been bought by the ...

Maine lobster in North Park

My Boston-bred man loves a good New England style lobster roll. So much so that during our biannual visit to Martha’s Vineyard for the past few years we’ve combed the island to find what David ...

Cardiff flower farm is history

One of Cardiff-by-the-Sea’s last farms has been sold. The four-acre former Fugimoto flower farm at the corner of Lake Drive and Birmingham Drive has sat vacant for years, since Morizo Fugimoto retired. The Fugimoto family ...

Friday, November 20

What would Hitler do?

Classical music is counterculture. I threw that out there in passing regarding the Alice Cooper narrated Peter and the Wolf. Let’s look at it for a little while more. It is always important to define ...

November 20, 2015
La Jolla moneyman Indiana-bound

Brian Kandefer, whose loan modification scam was based in La Jolla, has been sentenced to 121 months in prison in Northern Indiana. He pleaded guilty to wire fraud and money laundering. Kandefer was a co-owner ...

November 20, 2015
Is U-T’s new downtown HQ jinxed?

A downtown office building built as the headquarters of fallen San Diego Republican kingpin Gordon Luce is soon to become a venue for what some media watchers anticipate will be the last stand of the ...

November 20, 2015
Lame jobs, though

The San Diego County unemployment rate rose to 5 percent in October, up from 4.6 percent in September, according to the California Employment Development Department. The number of jobs rose 10,800 in the month, with ...

November 20, 2015
File under: La Mesa Lunkheads

A couple suspected in a purse-snatching incident were arrested Wednesday night (November 18), police are reporting. On November 5, a suspect later identified as 18-year-old Dante Bahena approached a woman in her 50s who had ...

November 20, 2015
La Jolla welcomes Republican hopeful Ben Carson at fundraiser

"Honestly, it's been the most refreshing experience," said Millicent Guzzlethwaite of La Jolla's Muirlands West neighborhood following a fundraising presentation by Republican Presidential candidate Ben Carson in the La Jolla Country Club's Throckmorton Ballroom. "First, ...

Michoacán carnitas in La Mesa

On a corner lot in La Mesa, a block from busy I-94 and sharing a tight parking lot with a dry cleaner, stands a brightly colored brick house called Carnitas Uruapan Mexican food. Emphasis on ...

The Oldest Boy demands a parent reconcile East versus West in herself

In chapter one of his majestic In Exile from the Land of Snows, John F. Avedon must prove that a two-and-a-half-year-old boy, a thousand miles east of Lhasa, Tibet, is the reincarnation of the 13th ...

Cop on cop ruination

San Diego's Police Department has been slapped with another sexual discrimination lawsuit, bringing the tally to five such lawsuits filed by female officers against the department in as many years. Denise Mills, a 15-year-veteran of ...

November 20, 2015
Montage of Heck: The unnecessary recordings

The documentary Montage of Heck does a great job of making Cobain look crazier than he seems to be in every interview on YouTube. So, only once one gets over the fact that this “album” ...

November 20, 2015
X Ambassadors, in the wake of the Paris attacks

I only knew X Ambassadors' song "Renegades," so I wasn't sure what to expect from the show and was slightly afraid that all the songs would sound the same. But lead singer Sam Harris is ...

November 20, 2015
Mesa College observatory dedicated to Trailmaster Schad

Colleagues and friends of Jerry Schad, astronomer, teacher, and author of San Diego's best hiking guide, assembled at Mesa College Thursday (November 18) to dedicate the Jerry Schad Observatory atop the Mathematics and Natural Sciences ...

Thursday, November 19

Monstrous monsters sent to jail forever

A judge in North County sentenced two people to life in prison without possibility of parole on November 19. Louis Ray Perez, 49, and Dorothy Grace Marie Maraglino, 40, were both declared guilty of the ...

November 19, 2015
Another problem for DraftKings

Julian McMillan filed a suit in federal court November 17 claiming he did not get the promised bonus for playing in the DraftKings fantasy football game. The suit is a putative class action suit, hoping ...

November 19, 2015
From Russia, with love

When traveling abroad, it's often our first distinct taste of the foreign that uniquely heightens our senses. For me, it was entering the hustle and bustle of a Moscow subway station and hearing the alien ...

Mr. or Dr. Young?

“The defendant has gotten away with his phony persona for years,” a prosecutor told the jury yesterday, November 18, in her opening statements in the trial of Robert Oldham Young, who is accused of taking ...

November 19, 2015
Toolbox in my fridge

With 30-plus breweries hard at work north of highway 56, there's no shortage of tasty beer to drink in North County. However, for those of us who live south of the 8, getting up there ...

November 19, 2015
San Diegan’s Maui blowout takes on the Bee

The word Maui has been a longtime stain on the reputation of the California legislature, according to critics of a San Diego–based nonprofit that gets little attention in the local paper but lots of ink ...

November 19, 2015
Encinitas rail trail to fail or sail?

A “frankenstein monster of a concrete path” threatens the coastal community of Cardiff-by-the-Sea in Encinitas, according to No Rail Trail organizer Joe Alkhas. Plans for a Coastal Rail Trail in Encinitas have inspired more civic ...

Just make sure it's a nice beach in 37 years

Piling on to issues already faced by the failed San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station and the state agencies that regulate it, including the California Public Utilities Commission and the California Coastal Commission, nuclear watchdog group ...

November 19, 2015
Baby delivered at border

Of the many ways to find out what is happening on the San Ysidro or Otay border lines, the best source of current information (and misinformation) is the Facebook group “Como esta la Línea.” The ...

November 19, 2015
Four sisters + four husbands

Because I have two sisters who live in North County (one in Poway, the other in San Marcos), David and I occasionally trek north for dinner. The Barrel Room in Rancho Bernardo has proven itself ...

Mayor Faulconer explains opposition to city council's declaration of environmental state of emergency

On November 16, the city council of San Diego declared a state of emergency for San Diego in an attempt to expedite preparations for the coming El Niño this winter. The council cited the threat ...

Rocky frustrated by fairy shrimp

Businessman Roque De La Fuente II, whose longshot candidacy for president was reported October 3 by the Reader, is still being frustrated in court by the wee Riverside fairy shrimp. De La Fuente owns property ...

November 19, 2015
Body found on a Gaslamp balcony

San Diego police, firemen, and paramedics responded to the report of a dead body on a balcony outside of a room on the ninth floor of the Marriott Gaslamp Hotel on K Street shortly after ...

November 19, 2015

Wednesday, November 18

The bars of El Cajon Boulevard

The wild west end: Park Boulevard to 805 — Chad Deal They sure do cuss American: 805 to 15 — Ian Anderson Shots are a dollar when an ambulance drives by : 15 through 56th ...

I am come hither to die

I am come hither to die, and would willingly speak something…I am a Lancashire man and am brought hither to die not for any crime I have committed against the laws, but for being a ...

Everclear's Art Alexakis talks addiction from a Starbucks

Art Alexakis, leader of Everclear, brings the band to the Music Box on Saturday, November 21. Alexakis took time out from hunting down a Starbucks in Greensboro, North Carolina, to take a few phoner questions. ...

November 18, 2015
Lake Murray rebel has a short run

On November 16, at about 2 p.m., a 20-year-old Caucasian male started screaming and verbally threatening Lake Murray walkers near the 1¾-mile marker along the road that runs around the lake. According to a few ...

November 18, 2015
Café Virtuoso nabs internationally known roasting artist

It’s been a busy year for Café Virtuoso (1616 National Avenue, Barrio Logan). Back in March, cofounder and head roaster Stephan Vonkolkow took third place in the roasting competition at the US Coffee Championships. The ...

November 18, 2015
Smokin’ big

You feel a little awestruck just walking around here. This is Scripps, maybe the biggest concentration of brainpower west of Harvard Square. Everyone has to have a PhD to even get in the door, seems ...

November 18, 2015
Holly Golightly Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda

When finally we connect by telephone, Holly Golightly is in transit somewhere in Minneapolis, recovering from two weeks of road flu. The conversation is abbreviated by random bouts of coughing. The Brokeoffs — two people, ...

November 18, 2015
Now you know: Girlboy

“I was raised on bluegrass and gospel in the Bible Belt of Asheville, North Carolina, and I always fancied myself a folk songwriter,” says Matthew Blake, who — with rapper Haley Hill — is one ...

November 18, 2015
Three poems by Stephen Milne

Bouzincourt The woods are full of the sound of birds and the doors of every village shuttered to the sun. In lingering fields of wheat, white crosses burn: the names of all our dead are ...

November 18, 2015
Katniss’s concentric circles of concern

Matthew Lickona: If you had to say, “If The Mockingjay Part 1 was x, then Part 2 is y,” how would you describe that difference? Nina Jacobson: I would say that Part 1 is a ...

November 18, 2015
On the lookout for buffleheads in Del Mar

Bird watching and scenic views of seasonal ponds are highlights.

November 18, 2015
Campy Kings

Halloween may be gone for a year, but dressing up and performing like famous singers is a nonstop pursuit for one of San Diego’s longest-running shows. “We are the oldest, continuously running drag-king show in ...

November 18, 2015
What’s wrong with kelp?

With a growth rate equal to bamboo at up to two feet per day, kelp forests along California’s coast have been harvested since World War I. The first large industrial uses of kelp were for ...

The bars of El Cajon Boulevard: 70th to Baltimore

“No matter where you are on the Boulevard, no matter what part of town, you’re always on the Boulevard,” says Chino. The Boulevard, of course, is El Cajon, and Chino, whose long dark beard sways ...

John Crowley reimagines Brooklyn

An Irish immigrant is set adrift in an impeccably reimagined 1950s New York.

November 18, 2015
The ideal hipster Thanksgiving

Here comes the “what yams actually are” lecture.

November 18, 2015
Flying first class? Better have a note from your doctor.

UCSD’s ailing ethics When a purportedly sick UCSD professor and his researcher assistant fly first class with taxpayer money, auditors may later ask to see the prescription. So says a recently released University of California ...

November 18, 2015
Color me ecstatic

All my new materials may have been “professional quality” and “intended for adults,” but when the tip of the pencil touched the page, it was childlike joy that coursed through my veins.

November 18, 2015
Rockstar teacher Martin Coughlin

Although he was championed as “Westview’s rockstar teacher” on a campus newscast, Martin Coughlin was a high school dropout. “I got picked up by the Scottish Premier [soccer] League to play for Glasgow Celtic. I ...

November 18, 2015
A gift for a grieving friend

This has been a rough year for funerals. We are attending more than I wish to acknowledge. This past week it was a dear friend’s mama. Besides the usual flowers and meal, which feel sort ...

November 18, 2015
Arab Film Festival 2016

The Arab Film Festival returns to the Museum of Photographic Arts this week and with it a promise to “provide realistic perspectives on Arab people, culture, art, history, and politics.” The jury’s still out on ...

November 18, 2015
The bars of El Cajon Boulevard: 15 through 56th

Maybe it’s the walk toward the little yellow bar near the corner of 50th Street and El Cajon Boulevard that skeeves a person out. Eyes are fixed to the ground to avoid stepping on an ...

Chula Vista fetes Seven Mile Casino as FBI investigates it

Travel Interstate 5 through the South Bay and you will notice the flashy billboards beckoning you to Seven Mile Casino. Located on Bay Boulevard in Chula Vista, the casino is an extravagant piece of work ...

November 18, 2015
The internet is a big time suck

Technology is stealing “pause time”

November 18, 2015
Christina Chadwick has more than a friend at city hall

Christina Chadwick, vice president of communications at the Downtown San Diego Partnership, an outfit that lobbies for center city business and development interests, has more than a friend at city hall. Husband Scott Chadwick is ...

November 18, 2015
The Bars of El Cajon Boulevard: 805 to 15

Most of my experience drinking on this section of the Boulevard has taken place in rock clubs. I suppose Soda Bar (3615 ECB) qualifies as a dive because it’s dark and loud, with old arcade ...

Yob Woggles

Thursday 19Tinnitus unite us! From Eugene, Oregon, the mighty Yob takes the stage at Brick by Brick behind their latest record, the crushing Clearing the Path to Ascend. Four tracks clocking in at just over ...

November 18, 2015
It's Wand Wednesday at Soda Bar

Sunday 22Beery band Lucero will belly up to Belly Up Sunday night. The Memphis septet morphs country into punky roots-n-roll and writes some real fist pumpers. Except on this year’s pensive All a Man Should ...

November 18, 2015
Speaking up

A Beef with the Facts There is an article about Albie’s Beef Inn. My husband is the owner. All of the information is not true. I need some clarification about the details in the article. ...

November 18, 2015
The bars of El Cajon Boulevard: 56th through 70th

Zzzzooooommm! It’s 11 p.m. A roar like a fighter jet in trouble heads right for us. Actually it’s a squadron of bikers, taking off at the light here at ECB and 70th. First one, then ...

Tuesday, November 17

Big Brother — no Holding Company — for O.B.

Over 35 people crowded into the small office of the Ocean Beach Mainstreet Association's monthly crime prevention meeting on November 17. Attending locals were introduced to the latest effort to curb crime in O.B.: security ...

November 17, 2015
Ballast Point sells for $1 billion

The San Diego beer scene is seeing dollar signs this week with the announcement that Ballast Point sold for a whopping $1 billion. The buyer is Constellation Brands, a multinational beverage conglomerate that deems itself ...

November 17, 2015
Weekend Carlsbad

I love vacations so much that I’ve made the effort to take one every month the past year. But why spend tons of money traveling to far-off destinations when we San Diegans have so much ...

Villa Surf recedes to the earth

Work has begun at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park to rehabilitate the former site of "the Dixon estate," a reputed party palace for decades, even after Dan Dixon stopped residing there in the '60s (according to ...

Lohengrin and the feminine redemption

The time has come to baptize this little playlist. We’ve worked around the Germanic pantheon of composers with Beethoven, Mahler, and Bruckner but it’s time to bring the lumber and add Wagner. This scene, Lohengrin’s ...

November 17, 2015
But it's okay when the city's permit expires

Former development services directors for the City of San Diego say it is standard operating procedure to allow building permits for city projects to lapse while funding is procured and outside permits are obtained. In ...

November 17, 2015
World's worst Border Patrol agent

Imagine if Seth MacFarlane's Family Guy TV show got stirred around by cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz and writer Gustavo Arellano, who writes the Ask a Mexican column published in the OC Weekly… You'd end up with ...

November 17, 2015
Blind man led off cliff by dog

11/08 Harbor Police responded to the Laurel Street Anchorage for a person that was in the water. Upon Harbor Police arriving, the subject was out of the water with no injuries. HPD assisted the boater ...

Monday, November 16

Middle-Easterners from the south

Two groups of mostly Pakistani — and several Afghan — men were detained by U.S. Border Patrol agents in western San Diego County in October, Border Patrol officials have confirmed. The first group — 11 ...

November 16, 2015
The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence puts non-linearity first

You can almost hear Eliza Merrick sing, “why can’t a man, be more like my robot?” She worked on IBM’s famous WATSON, the supercomputer that beat two past champions on Jeopardy (before the first match, ...

November 16, 2015
Tourist money spigot wide open

Since January 2013, San Diego's hoteliers have paid outside attorneys $2.1 million in hotel-tax revenues, according to numbers released by San Diego's Tourism Marketing District pursuant to a public records request. That number will increase, ...

November 16, 2015
Brisk is always better than lugubrious

Saturday night’s San Diego Symphony concert was an okay attempt at combining music and art. It was a pretty idea but the execution of the concert was pretty stale. I assume the pre-concert lecture got ...

City slickness for East County

Last week, the City of El Cajon closed on the sale of land at the northeast corner of Magnolia and Rea avenues that will one day be occupied by a hotel. The Marriott will be ...

November 16, 2015
Friday the 13th: good luck for Eli Broad?

Tribune Publishing, the spun-off print stepchild of the once-mighty Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times media empire, is facing yet another fork in the road. Last week was filled with news about the company's 7 ...

November 16, 2015
The $11 cup of coffee

I’ve had good reason to visit Little Italy lately, with Beer Week events at Bottlecraft and the opening of Juniper and Ivy’s casual spinoff The Crack Shack. But most surprising turned out to be a ...

Pea-NUTS

The Peanuts movie took in $45 million dollars in its opening weekend, a strong showing which naturally had producers talking sequel by Monday morning. But in a surprise turn, Blue Sky Studios has tapped David ...

Dead dolphins aren’t much fun

Three dolphins washed up dead on the shores of Imperial Beach in the past month — a fourth on Silver Strand State Beach — and officials are investigating at least two of them to determine ...

Fallbrook Brewing begets barbecue

Fallbrook Brewing Company has plans to open a new bar and restaurant in the friendly village it's named for. Dubbed Firehouse Que and Brew, the new business will serve beer, wine and barbecue at 1019 ...

November 16, 2015

Sunday, November 15

My Acting Bucket List: Jo Anne Glover

I’m asking veteran actors to name five dream roles and say why. The answers not only reveal aspirations, they may put an idea in the minds of artistic directors and producers — even choices that ...

November 15, 2015
Big opener for Santee Lakes trout season

Weekly fishing report Inshore: Sheephead, lingcod, rockfish, and sand bass continue to dominate the local counts as the ½- and ¾-day fleet switches to fishing the bottom for the winter season. Ghost shrimp and cocktail ...

November 15, 2015
Jazz at the Jacobs opens

Monday 16 Abrash presents: Flandrew Fleisenbreg & Loren Groendaal, Nathan Hubbard, Michiko Ogawa, Nick Lesley, and Nicolee Kuester at Space 4 Art (325 15th Street) at 7 p.m. $8 at the door. Tuesday 17 The ...

November 15, 2015
A grape mission

He won’t say how he got it, but Steve “Kim” Moreno says he has a cutting from one of the original Mission vines that Father Junípero Serra brought up with him from Mexico in 1769. ...

November 15, 2015
SeaWorld announces plans for resort, restaurant in wake of closed orca exhibit

On November 9, Sea World San Diego announced its plan to phase out its famous killer whale shows, following years of protests, legal setbacks, and trainer swallowings. Instead, the park will feature an orca-themed exhibit, ...

Food history

Cornucopia: Stephen Facciola's Edible World “You’re eating bug excrement.” Stephen Facciola and I are standing in the parking lot of a Middle Eastern grocery in disheartening Anaheim. The streets are eight lanes wide. The blocks, ...

November 15, 2015

Saturday, November 14

Exploring Virgin Gorda's Baths

Framing the aquamarine Caribbean along a pristine, white sandy beach, the British Virgin Islands' Baths invariably evoke a jaw-dropping reaction from those visiting this feat of Mother Nature. Located on the island of Virgin Gorda, ...

License to Spill

James Bond not only rules the box office, but the super spy has also shaken and stirred trends at cocktail bars since the 1960s. With the release of the latest Daniel Craig flick Spectre, some ...

Friday, November 13

"An honest mistake."

Yesterday, California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced that, following an in-depth investigation, no charges would be filed against California State Trooper Trigger Finger. Finger shot and killed San Diego resident Ronaldo Innocent as he exited ...

Scott Weiland of old winds up the Music Box

Scott Weiland was on fire tonight! His performance at the Music Box was energetic and loud. Yes, Scott Weiland has issues. Yes, Scott Weiland has bad shows, and yes, he has had bad luck in ...

November 13, 2015
Chula Vista goes all 21st Century

Chula Vista has tiptoed closer to transparency. On November 3, the city council approved an ordinance that compels elected officers and candidates to electronically file economic interest statements, also known as Form 700, and campaign ...

November 13, 2015
Vegan for lunch, whoops

I never had anything against going to Plumeria. I always knew I’d get around to going. I knew it was a vegetarian and vegan restaurant, and as an omnivore of convenience I suppose I was ...

Sweat equity added to Veterans Day

A group of volunteers spent their Veterans Day putting the finishing touches on a new solar power system donated to four disabled veterans and their families at a small Lakeside townhome complex. According to Tom ...

November 13, 2015
Silversun Pickups' electronic album

It’s been nine years since Silversun Pickups gained popularity with their guitar-layered single “Lazy Eye,” off of their debut record Carnavas. The band has drawn comparison to the Smashing Pumpkins, which is noticeable in their ...

November 13, 2015
Cheatin' seamen

Former U.S. Navy sailor Leonard Demon Washington pleaded guilty yesterday (November 12) to helping 140 fellow seamen cheat on their taxes. He was an active-duty sailor aboard the USS Higgins in San Diego in 2010 ...

November 13, 2015

Thursday, November 12

You cannot help but root for these actors and characters

Tanya Barfield’s Bright Half Life revolves around the lives of Erica and Vicky, two women who meet at work and eventually begin dating. Over the course of the play they fall in love, get married, ...

Alice Cooper and the wolf, on the tablet

Any worthwhile lover of classical music knows that it has always been somewhat counter-culture in one way or another. Alice Cooper has been considered counter-culture from time to time, but he has passed through into ...

November 12, 2015
Muscle bound and bound for court

LaRon Landry, a defensive back, has been in the National Football League since 2007. But he has known trouble. Last year, he was suspended four games for violating league rules against performance enhancing drugs. In ...

November 12, 2015
Allegedly, bad food has led to this bad press

About 60 of the 150 people who attended a July 29 San Diego Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists banquet at the Bali Hai ended up sick with norovirus. Now, the organization is ending ...

November 12, 2015
The strings attached to SDSU's Confucius cash

Buried in next week's agenda of the California State University’s board of trustees meeting is a $4 million item that could fuel an ongoing national controversy about the role Chinese big money is playing at ...

November 12, 2015
Another one to remember from Vietnam

It may have been 12 years in the making, but U.S. Army corporal Armando Diaz Ramos, killed in service during the Vietnam era, received a hero’s recognition on Veteran’s Day, November 11. “Mando” was not ...

November 12, 2015
Not what Thomas Jefferson had in mind

Former law students at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law continue their quest to prove that the downtown San Diego school tricked them into enrolling with false employment rates. Instead of lucrative jobs at law ...

November 12, 2015
Early end to Apple Days

At the heart of Julian’s charm, many would say, lies the little historic district’s beloved apples. However, for many orchards, this season proved to be another difficult one, with early budding, low apple counts, and ...

November 12, 2015
Lamb on the cheap

Bracero Cocina debuted as one of the hottest restaurant tickets in town this year, thanks to a healthy amount of buzz in culinary circles surrounding chef Javier Plascencia’s Baja Med cuisine. Infusing Mexican dishes with ...

Goliath will shrug

San Diego attorney Maria Severson wrote a letter today (November 12) noting that both the California administrative branch (governor's office) and judiciary (Judicial Council's Governmental Affairs Office) have stepped in to stop reforms of the ...

November 12, 2015
Man vs. Plan

On November 9, the San Diego City Council approved the Ocean Beach community plan, which was designed to, in the words of Ocean Beach Head Hippie Marijuana Jones, "serve as the city of San Diego's ...

Awake and registered to vote

Protesters from the "Fight for 15" movement to boost minimum wages staged a series of events across San Diego on Tuesday (November 10) as part of a larger nationwide action taking place exactly a year ...

November 12, 2015

Wednesday, November 11

Vietnamese refugee teaches war to Coronado High School English students

We are the generation of freedom fries.

November 11, 2015
The highest grossing indie film of the year

Jane Eyre was brought to screen by three masters of their crafts: incomparable director Orson Welles; legendary cinematographer George S. Barnes; and co-screenwriter Aldous Huxley. Bronte’s gothic novel has never had a cinematic incarnation like ...

November 11, 2015
The Office ain't all bad

Supporters of long-standing punk haven Scolari’s Office had a knee-jerk reaction of disdain when, in 2008, the place traded hands, remodeled, and reclaimed its title from the ’50s, “The Office.” It felt off. Its manicured ...

November 11, 2015
Herstorical L7

L7, the loud and raunchy female quartet featuring guitarists Donita Sparks and Suzi Gardner, bassist Jennifer Finch, and drummer Dee Plakas, formed in 1985, broke big in 1992, broke up in 2001, and reunited last ...

November 11, 2015
Lowering the water-to-beer ratio

Last spring, California governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order mandating 25 percent reduced water consumption by the state's roughly 400 water agencies. Thus far, the mandate has impacted landscaping but not hampered beer production. ...

These big chunks are swoon-worthy

I knew it the moment I hauled open the door. This. Is. A. Mistake. Could see the businessmen inside cracking their chopsticks apart, flattening down their silk ties. I mean, this is Nobu, right? The ...

At times brilliant; other times just campy good fun

I love Doctor Who and have since I was a kid. NuWho and classic Doctor Who. At times it is brilliant science fiction that examines social issues; sometimes it’s just campy good fun. But it’s ...

November 11, 2015
The Cult's Ian Astbury checks in from Texas

The Cult, fronted by Ian Astbury, invades House of Blues on November 19, stumping for their new album Hidden City, the final installment in a three-album trilogy. Astbury took questions over the phone — and ...

Houndmouth rings the Band's bell

Houndmouth is one of those bands for which the songs seem to play themselves, minus fanfare or any particular direction. That’s an illusion, of course. The melodies and the storylines rise above the sloppy musicianship ...

November 11, 2015
Kabbs at a dollar an inch

Brian Clinebell, singer with the garage band Kabbs, went to SDSU to study graphic design. His art schooling got him into making ads and T-shirts for Fallen Footwear, Lurkville Skateboards, and DC Shoes. And that ...

November 11, 2015
Roots Covenant is me

“The scene here’s really healthy,” says Mike Benge. The Helix High School band director is talking about the popularity of reggae music in San Diego. “It’s one of the more healthy music scenes here, next ...

November 11, 2015
We’ll all be judged for our actions in this life

Q&A with Pastor-elder Craig Marshall of Grace Bible Church in Kearny Mesa.

November 11, 2015
Panoramic views without the crowds

Put on your sturdiest boots and enjoy this short workout climb near Jamul.

November 11, 2015
German art right before Hitler

In many of these photos, things have an existential aura of their own and seem to be observing us.

November 11, 2015
It's all play until someone gets murdered

Perez admitted that he had communicated to many persons his fantasy of abducting a female.

November 11, 2015
San Diego rockers invade Spain and Italy

Last month, a San Diego traveling circus invaded Spain and Italy to perform a run of shows. The three-act tour, which featured the Little Richards, Schizophonics, and Diana Death y Sus Novios, benefitted from the ...

November 11, 2015
Conference call with cinematic deity Hou Hsiao-Hsien

“He’s really just a regular dude,” said Eugene, the interpreter trying to calm my nerves while waiting for cinematic deity Hou Hsiao-Hsien (Millennium Mambo, Flight of the Red Balloon) to finish his cigarette and join ...

November 11, 2015
Juan Vargas, international hipster

Congressman Juan Vargas and his staff are getting ever more familiar with Germany, thanks to repeated free trips there provided by the German Marshall Fund of the United States and Robert Bosch Stiftung, two big ...

November 11, 2015
The NHL could go to Vegas

Vegas on ice.

November 11, 2015
Solid candidate for proto-hipsterdom found!

Dunlop’s manly beard alone makes him a candidate.

November 11, 2015
King of Costco looks to offload Bird Rock mansion

Beds: 6 Baths: 8 Current Owners: Sinegal Family Asking Price: $16,900,000 This week, what sellers’ agents describe as “La Jolla’s premier ocean front residence” and its “spectacular views of Windansea Beach and ‘Big Rock’ surf ...

November 11, 2015
Eileen Bowman's superb Judy Garland stands out amid excellent performances

"You gotta see the whole picture,” Judy Garland tells fiancé Mickey Deans in Peter Quilter’s End of the Rainbow. “Everything just comes to me at once and crashes from one thing to another. I can’t ...

November 11, 2015
Shining Spotlight

Spotlight, which takes its name from a team of investigative journalists at The Boston Globe, is a touching ode to the old-fashioned notion that some things simply need reporting; never mind the effort, the expense, ...

November 11, 2015
San Diego has had its Volkswagen-type scandals

Corporate crises can kill. In the immediate aftermath of a major scandal, so-called experts warn that the guilty company could go under. Now, German automaker Volkswagen could succumb, warn some. The company, which touted itself ...

November 11, 2015
Two poems by Annabelle Moseley

Planting at Your Grave It is warm for November and the earth is dry and brittle, starved for flowers. I have to claw at the grass, pull it back by the hair trek back and ...

November 11, 2015
Sempra’s generosity

The Constitution posits a barrier between church and state, but in California nothing can keep politicians and Sempra lobbyists apart, judging by the giant utility’s recent disclosure of its third quarter lobbying activities. On July ...

November 11, 2015
Talmadge responds

Neighbor Against Neighbor As a 20-plus year resident of Talmadge, I read “Two Talmadges” (November 5 cover story) thoroughly, and with great interest. The ultimate resolution of traffic issues in the community lies within the ...

November 11, 2015
Acoustic Squeeze, Psychedelic Furs

Sunday 15Acoustic Squeeze! Come get some “Black Coffee in Bed,” “Pulling Mussels,” “Don’t Dream It’s Over,” and “Tempted” when English pop-rock duo Difford & Tilbrook put on a singer/songwriter clinic at House of Blues.... From ...

November 11, 2015
Put on your Thinging caps

Thursday 12Okay, San Diego Music Thingers, put on your “Thinging” caps because you’ve got to figure out how to see all the bands you want to see of the hundred-plus that are playing on 12 ...

November 11, 2015
Dumbest quotes ever made

My favorite TV show is RuPaul’s Drag Race. Why? Because it’s RuPaul! And who doesn’t love RuPaul? I love this TV show because it’s the greatest TV show ever made. I mean, who wouldn’t want ...

November 11, 2015

Tuesday, November 10

International art and music converge on Cabrillo National Monument

The Cabrillo National Monument at the southern-most tip of the Point Loma peninsula depicts a towering Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo gazing east over San Diego Bay, where, in 1542, he was the first European explorer to ...

Precious Little inaugurates fitting space

Diversionary Theatre has converted its old rehearsal space into an intimate blackbox theater. There are still some bugs to work out, sightlines in particular. But hey: any new performing space in San Diego’s a cause ...

Abnormally rapid expansion

Barely six months in business, Rancho Bernardo's Abnormal Beer Company has announced plans for a million-dollar expansion to its brewhouse. Abnormal's ten-barrel system will continue to operate inside restaurant Cork and Craft, which also houses ...

November 10, 2015
The looting of workers' comp

A federal grand jury unsealed indictments today (November 11) charging medical professionals and service companies with a kickback scheme that fleeced California Workers' Compensation insurance companies. Basically, the medical professionals were bribed to refer patients ...

November 10, 2015
Justice rally for Anastasio Hernández Rojas

On Monday (November 9), several hundred people demonstrated their anger and disappointment with the U.S. Department of Justice's decision to clear the federal agents involved in the death of Anastasio Hernández Rojas — a decision ...

November 10, 2015
Who cares about beer week?

I understand that everyone is amped up for beer week but there’s some great music lined up this week as well. Point Loma Opera Theater is giving the San Diego premiere of Nino Rota’s The ...

F.O., Sierra Club

Plans to build a controversial new gas power plant in Carlsbad are moving forward, after the California Public Utilities Commission on Friday (November 6) refused to consider a petition from the Sierra Club to reconsider ...

November 10, 2015
Justice sought for newspaper woman dead since 1965

On November 8, 1965, TV star Dorothy Kilgallen was found dead in her five-story Manhattan brownstone. Conspiracy theorists have claimed over the years she was killed because she knew too much about President Kennedy’s assassination. ...

November 10, 2015

Monday, November 9

More body cameras for SDPD

The City of San Diego wants body cameras for all uniformed police officers. On Thursday, November 12, city councilmembers sitting on the Public Safety Committee are expected to authorize spending another $1.85 million to purchase ...

November 9, 2015
Cruise ship hijinks, another whale rescued

San Diego Lifeguards are a 24 hour rescue agency whose responsibilities include water rescue, boat rescue, marine fire suppression, coastal cliff rescue, underwater search and recovery, swift water and flood search, rescue and emergency medical ...

Another newspaper bites it

It has been almost two months since the last issue of the muckraking bimonthly newspaper, which started publishing in April of 2014, was seen on the streets of Imperial Beach. In early October, publisher Ed ...

More Myrtle Cole cash from big time developers

It's been a lucrative year for the long-lingering legal defense fund of Myrtle Cole, paying down attorney fees and related costs run up during the San Diego councilwoman's battle against fellow Democrat Dwayne Crenshaw over ...

November 9, 2015
San Diego Museum of Art scores hit with exhibit of portraits from Albie's Beef Inn

When the word came down that Albie's Beef Inn in Mission Valley was scheduled to shut its doors for good, few people wondered where they would go for Steak Diane or a chance to croon ...

Veterans' haven no more

San Diego was known for decades as a haven for military veterans, but in the past several decades, the cost of living has eroded the city's position. WalletHub, which keeps statistics on states, metro areas, ...

November 9, 2015
The best fast food we’ve got

One of the many things to like about growing fast-casual chain Tender Greens is that each location features its own executive chef. So while you’ll find a lot of similarities between menus — chicken, steak ...

Everything expired except the rider

A motorcyclist ended up hospitalized November 6 after a failed attempt to evade sheriff's deputies. According to Sgt. Daniel Morsch, deputies attempted to stop the rider of a Kawasaki Ninja for expired registration shortly before ...

November 9, 2015
Sarah Chang + Bruch = Barry White

Sarah Chang playing Bruch and Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6: Pathetique was the moon and stars on Saturday night at Symphony Hall. There was a sunny piece of new music by Judd Greenstein, but as soon ...

November 9, 2015
Fee for a dead man

Rancho Santa Fe's Gerald Parsky heads a Los Angeles private equity fund, Aurora Capital Group, which got more than $400 million in investment commitments from the giant California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS). Aurora had ...

November 9, 2015

Sunday, November 8

Bluefin tuna ban lifted in Mexican waters

Weekly fishing report Inshore: The spotty weather early in the week put bit of a damper on the local inshore fishing out of San Diego landings. Even so, the rockfish and sheephead counts were very ...

November 8, 2015
Don Menza at Jazz Live

Monday 9 Rebecca Jade and the Cold Fact with Alfred Howard, Jason Littlefield, Jake Najor, Dillon Casey, and Tim Felten play the Soda Bar (3615 El Cajon Boulevard). Doors open at 8 p.m. $10. Tuesday ...

November 8, 2015
Food is an afterthought at Draft

Draft’s lunch menu is extensive, and in the past I have tried the Kobe burger and chopped salad. I wasn’t impressed. But I wanted to give the fun boardwalk place another chance. This time my ...

Saturday, November 7

Papa Doug selling Rhode Island mansion

Papa Doug Manchester, multimillionaire San Diego real estate developer and former owner of the Union-Tribune, is awaiting delivery of his sixth child, and for that reason intends to sell the Newport, Rhode Island, mansion he ...

November 7, 2015
Free cell phones here

There’s no excuse in California for low-income families not having a phone, as visitors to San Diego County’s Health and Human Services Agency offices on Union Plaza Court in Oceanside can attest. Monday through Friday, ...

November 7, 2015
Litigious local expands lawsuit against MillerCoors

When San Diegan Enoch Petrov started buying Blue Moon Belgian wheat beer in 2011, he thought he was buying a local craft beer. After all, the trucks that delivered it to his local bar bore ...

It's a job

Candy Man Stephen Traino’s life is sweet. "I was crossing the street in my old hometown of Fairport, New York, to get some candy," Stephen Traino admits, "and the next thing I knew, this car ...

November 7, 2015
An easy gathering spot in downtown Tijuana

“Why don’t you try Praga? They have really good chai.” My friend Claudia suggested this after I told her that I did not feel like eating vegan at her Happy Vegan locale. I was looking ...

November 7, 2015
Local push to deal with dirty diesel

The county has $12 million in state funds to help truckers get into cleaner-burning rigs — and the turnout for the outreach program has been pretty light. With four events in the past two weeks ...

November 7, 2015

Friday, November 6

Scorsese to take on Bernstein

A Martin Scorsese film about Leonard Bernstein has been confirmed as an upcoming project. Bernstein was the high priest of classical music in the United States and one of a handful of conductors who thrived ...

November 6, 2015
Another Filner case settled...sort of

Carla DiMare represented former Marine Katherine Ragazzino and her nurse Michelle Tyler in a sexual harassment lawsuit she filed against former San Diego mayor Bob Filner. A week after winning a settlement in the case ...

November 6, 2015
San Diego Beer Week's best bottle and tap lists

San Diego Beer Week 2015 means over 500 events promising special occasion taplists. These events in particular promise the sort of beer lineups that will be hard to match the rest of the year. Guild ...

November 6, 2015
Hidden Lisbon

The slightly dirty tile sidewalks welcomed us as we left our hostel to begin our first day in Lisbon. The magic in this city was palpable from the get-go. As we followed the trail of ...

Trillion-dollar philanthropist* gets 27 months

In investment seminars throughout the country, William Ison liked to talk big. Real big. He said his company, Blue Diamond Excavation, was worth $86 billion. Actually, the company had never produced anything. Ison said he ...

November 6, 2015
Encinitas' facelift continues

For the third time this year, another Coast Highway 101 building in Encinitas’ downtown is scheduled for demolition. Encinitas Smog, at 682 South Coast Highway, has lost its long-term lease, says owner Alex Stanton. He ...

November 6, 2015
San Diego ethics commission rejects call to recuse itself

How close is too close? was the question raised this week by a San Diego city attorney–hopeful pitted against a former member of and sometimes counsel to the city's ethics commission. "You are well aware ...

November 6, 2015
Padres new manager: "I am willing to take this job."

On November 3, the San Diego Padres named Arizona Diamondbacks third-base coach Andy Green as the team's new manager, following the dismissal of interim manager Pat Murphy, who was filling in for the fired Bud ...

Bank of Internet sued

A putative class action suit was filed Tuesday (November 3) in federal court against San Diego-based BofI Holding, parent of Bank of the Internet, which specializes in mortgage loans to high-wealth individuals, often foreign. The ...

November 6, 2015
Cold beer, hot chicks at the Hideout

If a biker and new to the San Diego region, it is recommended you plan a ride to the Hideout Steakhouse and Saloon. Getting there from San Diego means riding one of two practical routes: ...

Here's the plan to ban SDG&E

A ballot initiative being pushed by a longtime anti-nuclear power activist would spell the end of the reign of San Diego Gas & Electric and other private-investor-owned utilities in the state of California if enacted ...

November 6, 2015
Cold Beat strikes hot

After a strong showing with their debut LP Over Me last year, punk/electro-pop band Cold Beat is back with Into the Air. Already, the band seems in sync, a feat that could take more than ...

November 6, 2015
Garth Brooks: Entertainment Icon

What’s the best way to get over not being named CMA Entertainer of the Year? Being christened an “icon” by someone who knows a thing or two about the subject. A day after losing out ...

November 6, 2015
¡Rape Trump!

A mile west of the Tijuana airport, where the road ends and dirt road begins, a mural that reads “¡Rape Trump!” has been painted on the old border wall. The presidential candidate's face is depicted ...

November 6, 2015

Thursday, November 5

Jesus, don't fail me now!

For the esoteric pick of the week we’re going with Gavin Bryars and his epic 1993 remastering of his 1975 composition Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet. When I first heard Jesus' Blood it was ...

November 5, 2015
Governor's future not as big as Texas

Gov. Jerry Brown last year directed state oil and gas regulators to research the oil and gas potential of his family's Northern California ranch, the Associated Press has learned through records it obtained through state ...

November 5, 2015
$2612 Hertz tab marks mayor's DC stay

Political spin and Hertz appear to be big winners in the latest out-of-town travels of San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer and his retinue of local business boosters late last month. A well-timed October 31 puff ...

November 5, 2015
Beach brawl, La Jolla style

Over the course of the past five years, La Jolla Shores property owner Bob Whitney has fought against neighbors and the La Jolla Community Planning Association to demolish two single-story units located on Avenida La ...

November 5, 2015
Pain meds and another jail mattress denied

During a hearing today (November 5) the defense attorney for Julie Harper, convicted of second-degree murder in the shooting death of her husband, requested that her sentencing be delayed for two months. A prosecutor has ...

November 5, 2015
They only want safe places to ride

A national conference dedicated to expanding bicycle tourism throughout the country kicked off in San Diego on Wednesday (November 4). It’s the second year in a row the Bicycle Tour Network brought its flagship event ...

November 5, 2015
Qualcomm's bad news traveling fast

Stock of Qualcomm has been down this morning (November 5), as the earnings and future guidance announced yesterday evening disappointed Wall Street. At 9:22 a.m. Pacific Time, the stock was down 13.84 percent to $51.88; ...

November 5, 2015
That's no useless salt flat in Imperial Beach

In a process that has taken 19 years, the former salt flat in the southern part of San Diego Bay near Imperial Beach is finally going to be developed in a plan that combines economic ...

Try a different kind of breakfast

In the United States, the word “breakfast” conjures images of pancakes, bacon, and eggs. Because we’re right on the border, San Diegans might also think chilaquiles or huevos rancheros, which are just variations of an ...

Special issue beers planned for Beer Week

Each year, local breweries schedule new, aged, or seasonal beers to debut during beer week. Here's a list of special beer releases, and when to look for them in brewery tasting rooms or restaurants for ...

November 5, 2015
I.B. conditions just right for mosquitoes

Imperial Beach mayor Serge Dedina and mayor pro tem Brian Bilbray must be hearing that ultra-high-pitched buzz and feeling the sting of an unusually large swarm of mosquitoes this fall. Both went on the record ...

Wednesday, November 4

Talmadge wants to close access to Monroe Avenue

“The bike path will be about 8 1/2 feet wide. The traffic lanes in the road will be shrunk from 15 feet wide to 10 and 10 1/2 feet.”

November 4, 2015
Atkins throws bash for cash

Ex-Assembly speaker Toni Atkins, now running against fellow Democrat Marty Block for state senate, has set her first big-money fundraiser. Already flush with cash, the termed-out assemblywoman is throwing a November 18 bash at the ...

November 4, 2015
The Sloths are back from the grave

When the Sloths play the Casbah November 9, the 1960s-era garage band will have a famous guest: Jason from the Friday the 13th films. “There’s a guy I know down there who does a great ...

November 4, 2015
Chula Vista considers all-mail voting

Chula Vista opted for democracy-on-the-cheap last January when they filled a council vacancy through appointment rather than special election. Then, shortly after Steve Miesen was appointed to mayor Mary Casillas Salas's open seat, Chris Shilling, ...

November 4, 2015
Whisknladle arranges a meeting between margarita and negroni

For Adam Lockridge, bar director at Whisknladle, it’s turtles all the way down — at least, that’s how his guests will feel when they get their first sip of the Tortuga… Original to Whisknladle, this ...

November 4, 2015
Call them FAT. They don't care.

For the second time in as many weeks in Cardiff by the Sea, well-armed U.S. Marshals in unmarked vehicles pulled over and arrested a male driver. Both times the arrests occurred in front of San ...

Death to Bushwalla! Long live Bushwalla!

These are the last days to catch Bushwalla performing as Bushwalla. According to his own crowd source funding campaign, the singer/songwriter plans to retire the stage name and alter ego he has performed as for ...

November 4, 2015
We didn't want the sandwiches to stop

‘Ya-hooo! Drink Mountain Dew!” I’m in a museum here. On a side street in Lemon Grove, looking at this ancient wall ad. I like the last line, too: “It’ll tickle yore innards!” Next to it, ...

Tragicomic Chapatti at North Coast Rep overly simple but executed with skill

By their pets, ye shall know them. If so, then Dan and Betty, in Christian O’Reilly’s Chapatti, are worlds apart. She’s a cat lover with “19 and counting.” Although her marriage was brutal, she somehow ...

November 4, 2015
Just in on Justin (Pearson)

Twenty years ago bassist Justin Pearson cofounded the Locust, the San Diego band known for its short, spazzy grindcore songs played by guys in insect suits. About the same time he launched Three One G, ...

November 4, 2015
Hike in rolling grasslands in this scenic mountain preserve

Santa Ysabel Open Space Preserve is within the San Dieguito River watershed that is the drainage area from the rivers’ headwaters in Volcan Mountain to the Pacific Ocean via the San Dieguito Lagoon in Del ...

November 4, 2015
Over 130 shorts and features from over 15 countries

The San Diego Asian Film Festival, now entering its 16th year, is nothing if not loyal. UltraStar Mission Valley has been their home base for as long as I can recall. In a city known ...

November 4, 2015
Love and Hurricanes

“Dolan Brotherhood has a strong capacity for harmonies that wasn’t possible in New Day Mile with just one singer,” says singer/guitarist James Brady, whose new band features latter-day NDM members Dave Garcia and Raul Guzman. ...

November 4, 2015
Nobody Cares, Zogo

“‘Nobody cares about your shitty arts organization.’ Those were her exact words,” recalls United Artists of San Diego chief executive Tatjana Zogovic, who goes by the name Tasha Zogo. She’s referring to a phone call ...

Two poems by Charles Hughes

Arthur and Guenevere in the Dark It’s possible she loves him less today Than yesterday. Could be he’s changed. Could be He’s failed to. Maybe — hypothetically — She’s been transported by another love. He ...

November 4, 2015
James and the giant bass

In 1990, Hoboken natives Yo La Tengo released Fakebook — an album composed of cover songs, reworked tunes, and a handful of original compositions. 25 years later, the band is revisiting that template with Stuff ...

November 4, 2015
From Caltrans employee to Caltrans contractor

Escondido’s James M. McManus ­ was employed as deputy district director of construction in the San Diego–based District 11 office of Caltrans before leaving the payroll this summer. ­­Is he permanently banned from lobbying for ...

November 4, 2015
I should be happy

I couldn’t get the idea of death out of my mind. It occurred to me that the only way to control the most unsettling aspect of the inevitability of death was to plan the when and where.

November 4, 2015
What to do with Qualcomm Stadium post-Chargers?

First off, Qualcomm needs a 250m, Olympic-caliber velodrome.

How you feel about us

Rather’s Standards Scott Marks makes three mistakes in the same sentence while reviewing the film Truth. He says that Rather was forced to step down from the anchor chair “over allegations that a story he ...

November 4, 2015
Better sipping through technology

In mid-October, a year after announcing expansion to San Diego, Pasadena coffee roaster Copa Vida opened the doors of its East Village (905 J Street) storefront, and will open a smaller location in Carlsbad in ...

November 4, 2015
Sightings connected to the Blob

First detected in late 2013, what’s being called “the Blob” is a mass of warm water in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of North America. This phenomenon was expected to continue throughout 2015, and ...

November 4, 2015
Disabled workers say Navy contractor Job Options, Inc.did wrong

“They made all of these weird withdrawals...”

November 4, 2015
Point Loma Nazarene stalker report

The threat of crime has increasingly become a way of life at San Diego universities, as evidenced by their annual campus security reports required to be filed each fall under federal law. Latest to check ...

El Niño is coming. How’s your chimney?

Pay these people to banish the raccoons from your chimney.

November 4, 2015
Shout-out to King Kong’s breath

High School Musical (2006): Vanessa Hudgens as Gabriella is an undeniable phenomenon. As are her eyes and smile. Blonde Ashley Tisdale likes to wag her tail. Her brother is a great dancer. The supporting cast ...

November 4, 2015
Sloths, Health, and Andra Day

Sunday 8According to Sub Pop on its one-sheet for Olympia power trio Strange Wilds, the band’s latest has “a freight train, several buzzsaws, a banshee, and some heavy, heavy Pacific doom-and-gloom up in the mix.” ...

November 4, 2015
Timmy's Organism, L.A. Witch, Flying Objects

Thursday 5You can’t keep a good punk down. Detroit son Timmy Vulgar (Epilieptix, Clone Defects, Human Eye, Reptile Forcefield) continues to crush hard rock with a sonic onslaught he calls Timmy’s Organism, which is Vulgar ...

November 4, 2015
So his steps might be steady and bold ones

...upon consideration of the difficulty, or rather impossibility, for mankind to arrive to the assured knowledge of those paths which are necessary for him to walk in to bring him to beatitude, that so his ...

Tuesday, November 3

The Umbrage Files: "Diva" edition

I haven’t taken umbrage with anything in a while. What good is a column without some umbrage? Today’s umbrage is brought to you by the term diva. Nowadays, we have three-year-olds wearing "diva in training" ...

November 3, 2015
Here comes San Diego Beer Week

San Diego Beer Week begins November 6, kicking off what is actually a ten-day celebration of craft beer. While the county-wide festival is organized by the San Diego Brewer's Guild, most of the events associated ...

November 3, 2015
Disbarment for fund juggler

The State Bar of California has disbarred Carlsbad attorney Chris M. Rusch, who specialized in offshore tax havens. On March 18 of last year, he was sentenced to ten months in prison for helping two ...

November 3, 2015
Halloween in Tijuana

Thousands of locals and tourists flocked to Avenida Revolución to party and celebrate Halloween, also known in Mexico as “Día de las Brujas.” I arrived at the scene around 9 p.m. and police had already ...

November 3, 2015
Nuclear waste on beach draws lawsuit

At a press conference this afternoon (November 3), the firm of Aguirre & Severson will reveal its lawsuit against the California Coastal Commission. The suit, to be filed in superior court, seeks to compel the ...

November 3, 2015
Court blesses city attorney's email practice

San Diego city attorney Jan Goldsmith's emails sent to and from his personal accounts discussing city business are a matter of public record, ruled an appellate court on October 28. "...[D]uring Goldsmith's tenure as city ...

November 3, 2015
Sushi at SeaWorld?

No one goes to a theme park for food. I get that. But I don’t understand why SeaWorld doesn’t sell sushi. When I see those those beautiful sea creatures at the park, I get hungry. ...

Monday, November 2

Creative lawyering punished

San Diego attorney Todd Macaluso, who specialized in personal-injury lawsuits, was sentenced today (November 2) to five months in prison. A judge ordered him to pay $250,000 in fines and restitution. Macaluso has admitted that ...

November 2, 2015
Chula Vista schools' east side–west side divide

“I think there’s a perception out there that literally the majority of students from the west are going east,” Manuel Rubio, director of grants & communications for the Sweetwater Union High School District, explained in ...

November 2, 2015
Lights, cameras, money

Mayor Kevin Faulconer and fellow San Diego politicos who seem on the verge of losing the Chargers to Los Angeles are busy plotting at least one form of revenge: a new movie-making push to draw ...

November 2, 2015
Another Aguirre, another case

In September of 2012, Kevin James O'Rourke of Del Mar's Pacific Capital Management was sanctioned by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for putting investors in a San Diego software firm without informing those investors ...

November 2, 2015
Tattoo parlor opens on site of former tattoo parlor in Gaslamp Quarter

"We really wanted to bring back the feeling of those bad old days before the Gaslamp was a gentrified tourist destination," says Brad Handlebar, proprietor of The Nasty Needle Tattoo Parlor. "Back before they built ...

Whale freed from lobster pot

San Diego Lifeguards are a 24 hour rescue agency whose responsibilities include water rescue, boat rescue, marine fire suppression, coastal cliff rescue, underwater search and recovery, swift water and flood search, rescue and emergency medical ...

Giant, ugly storage facility okayed

The La Mesa City Council on October 27 voted 3-1 to reject resident Christina Martin's appeal of the planning commission's September 16 approval of a conditional-use permit for StorQuest La Mesa, a three-story self-storage facility. ...

November 2, 2015
The Rep goes national with Honky

At 10 p.m., November 6, a filmed version of the San Diego Repertory Theatre’s Honky will air on PBS’s “OnStage in America.” This is a huge deal. In the new series, PBS will use inventive ...

November 2, 2015
This just in: Episcopal churches to be sold

Two North County Episcopal churches, both over 60 years old, were told last week that due to declining attendance and compounding red ink, the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego has decided to fold them. The ...

Who cared? Hitler didn't surf

Last week’s homecoming was a big one at San Dieguito High School Academy. At the end of the accelerated first semester, the student body enjoyed homecoming activities and dress-up spirit days. Elsewhere on the 79-year-old ...

November 2, 2015

Sunday, November 1

O.C. Register parent files for bankruptcy — again

If court OKs it, current CEO will take over paper.

November 1, 2015
Video: Burning Man is home

Many attendees refer to Burning Man, the annual week-long festival that takes place in Nevada's Black Rock Desert, as "home." This short video examines why. I randomly selected people at this year's Burning Man, as ...

November 1, 2015
Pelagic trick or treat

Inshore: It’s back to basics for the near-shore fishing off San Diego. Calico bass, sand bass, sheephead, rockfish, bonito, and barracuda are biting well off the kelp edges. Expect an occasional white seabass or halibut ...

November 1, 2015
Outraged parent applauds Coastal Commission ban following revelations of inbreeding

"I've been coming to SeaWorld with my children for 10 years," says Del Mar mother Sandee Momstein. "But after learning about the perverted antics of their main attraction, I don't think I'll ever come again. ...

How to hang out in the Gaslamp

For Bad Coffee! That’s what it says at Simon Says, the coffee kiosk at on F and Fifth, the coolest area of the Gaslamp. It’s five o’clock on a Friday night. Everybody’s your friend. They ...

Cold war politics are back in music

Valery Gergiev, our conductor in video number three, has been accused, in the media, of being pro-Putin and for anti-gay laws in Russia. An article of defiance showed up in The Guardian at the start ...

November 1, 2015
Brad Mehldau Trio: Sold out in La Jolla

Tuesday 3 The Ben Wanicur Trio, with Ian Tordella on saxophone and Duncan Moore on drums, hosts the jam session at 3rd Space (4610 Park Boulevard) from 8 to 11 p.m. $5 cover charge. Wednesday ...

November 1, 2015
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