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Stories for October 2015

Saturday, October 31

Cardiff train track safety barriers replaced

Cardiff by the Sea’s “unwelcomed wall of ugly” has almost come down. Earlier in February, the North County Transit District suddenly placed 54 orange construction barricades along San Elijo Avenue, overlooking Coast Highway 101 and ...

The return of Ryn Weaver

Want to see Ryn Weaver’s November 4 show at the House of Blues? You could buy a ticket or you could just ask her mother, Cynthia. “My mom is the worst when it comes to ...

No-Sperm Whale

In 1999, Gudmundur Sigurdur Johannsson obtained U.S. Design Patent D448471 for the ornamental design of a novelty condom shaped like a killer whale. But somewhere along the way, he came to the conclusion that "certain ...

SDSU does poorly with the poor

In a new study, the Institute for Higher Education Policy says some large universities, including San Diego State, get low grades for the enrollment and graduation rates of low-income students. The measurement was based on ...

October 31, 2015
Spilling the beans on the city’s best salsa

My friends have gotten used to the kinds of questions I ask and the photos I take when we go out for a meal together. They might be embarrassed by it — even in this ...

Crime in the new millenium

Crazy About You A former UCSD psychiatric resident with questionable habits. The date was September 27, 1991, and Dr. Stephen Gould, a La Jolla psychiatrist in private practice, wrote a memo regarding an unpaid assignment ...

October 31, 2015
7 men lie about sexual abuse?

After hearing evidence for five weeks, on October 29 the jury began to hear closing arguments in the child-abuse case against Jeffrey Barton, the former master of schools at Army and Navy Academy in Carlsbad. ...

October 31, 2015

Friday, October 30

Can L.A. billionaire’s cash halt U-T layoffs?

Crain's Chicago Business is reporting that "hundreds" of employees of Chicago-based Tribune Publishing, proprietor of the San Diego Union-Tribune, could be departing at year’s end as a result of accepting the troubled company's buyout offer. ...

October 30, 2015
Shame on tuna fishermen and executives

A group of environmental activists led by a mermaid descended on Chicken of the Sea's headquarters in downtown San Diego on Wednesday afternoon (October 28) to protest what they call a "greenwashing" of the company's ...

October 30, 2015
An ear-bleeding anthology of vintage horror film radio spots

Shhh! Do you hear that? It's an exculpatory aggregation of fear-drenched hoopla meant to shock and alarm. "You'll shiver as you ride the river of the dead!" "The ghoulish story of a wild motorcycle gang ...

October 30, 2015
Time to forget about Streetscape debacle

The La Mesa City Council on October 27 voted 3-0 to accept the donation of a two-faced, 220-pound, 12-foot-tall street clock. The timepiece, valued at about $8400, is a gift from the nonprofit La Mesa ...

October 30, 2015
These are "Salad Days" for Mac DeMarco

Dipping down from the forgotten land of Canada, Mac DeMarco and his corky bandmates made an appearance at the Observatory North Park in support of DeMarco’s delightful “mini LP” Another One. Crowd-surfing, child-like banter, and ...

October 30, 2015
She hailed a cab, they hailed the rocks

Drivers of yellow taxis situated near the international border in Tijuana attacked the driver of a competing taxi libre on Tuesday, October 27, then set his cab ablaze, according to an account published by El ...

October 30, 2015
Russian Roulette with spicy wings

I enjoy watching football, and I have been known drink beer and eat wings while doing so. When there’s an out-of-market game I want to see, I head over to Hamilton’s Tavern. It doesn’t show ...

Opening day of Bing Crosby season includes costume contest

Opening its second annual five-week-long Bing Crosby season, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club on October 29 welcomed over 6000 fans — nowhere near the summer crowds of the regular meet, but lower attendance was reputedly ...

October 30, 2015
San Diego Zoo and Safari Park takes advantage of Orca breeding ban at SeaWorld

Following the California Coastal Commission's demand that it cease breeding its killer whales (even as it began construction of new, expanded killer whale storage facilities), the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park released the following ...

Vericare admits submitting false claims

Vericare Management, San Diego–based provider of psychiatric and psychological services to geriatric patients, agreed yesterday (October 29) to pay more than $1 million to resolve allegations that it violated the federal False Claims Act by ...

October 30, 2015
The allure of Joanna Newsom

Harpist, singer and composer Joanna Newsom is not everyone’s cup of tea. You may have to pause and look up a word just to glimpse her plane of thought. But that’s just part of Newsom's ...

October 30, 2015
The bail man is richer than the thief

Career criminal Julius Anthony Keeler made a plea deal to settle five criminal cases in San Diego County and was sentenced to four years in prison on October 19. He is being held at the ...

Thursday, October 29

Hardcore death talk

Saint-Saëns Danse Macabre is a somewhat sterile version of the “Dance of Death”. In this version death shows up at midnight on Halloween and calls all the other dead folk together for a party. There ...

October 29, 2015
No rubber burnt getting to candy bar beer

San Diego County's over 4500 square miles. I'm not sure how it measures north to south or east to west, but I know it's too far to Uber. I also know there are a lot ...

October 29, 2015
Development-crazy on Chula Vista's west side

A five-story building with 80 condominium units has been proposed for the northeast corner of Third Avenue and K Street in downtown Chula Vista. When the proposal was brought before the public in mid-October, it ...

October 29, 2015
Polite as F**k

A battle over the fate of a new restaurant and night spot for Little Italy has taken a controversial new turn as two top friends and associates of Kevin Faulconer have been drawn into a ...

October 29, 2015
Pretty quiet for a railroad

The wild ride continues for owner and operator of Metropolitan Transit System's Desert Line, Pacific Imperial Railroad. On October 19, the California Labor Commission ordered the fledgling binational railroad company to pay $90,152 in unpaid ...

October 29, 2015
No fat villains?

In the mid-to-late 19th century, touring theater companies had specific types. Along with the Leading Man and Woman — i.e. the headline performers — there were: First Old Man and Old Woman Juveniles: needed large ...

October 29, 2015
The anti-Trump: open the border, wide

A longtime University City resident (he moved there when he was seven) and UC High graduate, Stuart Schuffman, is running for mayor of San Francisco. In the November 3 election, he'll have to defeat Democrat ...

DoorDash is knocking

For our latest foray into restaurant home delivery services, I checked out a new app that hit town with a strong marketing push the past couple of months. DoorDash enters what’s become a crowded market ...

Muertos season kicks off in Sherman Heights

It's officially Muertos Season. So proclaimed the Sherman Heights Community Center on October 22 concerning the Mexican celebration called Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos). "It's our kickoff of the celebration" which is ...

October 29, 2015
Big-box war in Lakeside

A group of Lakeside residents (unaffiliated with any common nonprofit organization) sued a big-box store developer and the county of San Diego on October 23, claiming the county should have required an environmental impact report ...

October 29, 2015

Wednesday, October 28

Two poems by Tim Eddy

Little Square Bales A high sky is here with that breeze from the west. Talkin’ rain Monday. Sabbath won’t be no day of rest. My brother’s out there now, baking up to the rake. Roll ...

October 28, 2015
The Gloomies' synthy surf trip

Andy Craig likes to surf. He grew up soaking in Encinitas beach bliss. But he also needs to rock. The mellow overload caused Craig to escape to New York. “San Diego is a good surf-culture ...

October 28, 2015
Local coffee beers, blondes, creams, wheats, Germans, and Belgians

Hot coffee beers New English Brewing Company, Zumbar Chocolate Coffee Imperial Stout — 9.3% ABV Made in collaboration with Sorrento Valley neighbor and coffee roaster Zumbar, this reigning gold-medal coffee beer parlays a blend of ...

October 28, 2015
Flamenco virtuoso Fred Benedetti breaks down his hits list

"Most people would know me as a classical guitarist who also plays flamenco and ethnic-flavored music,” says Fred Benedetti, who cites among his most inspirational predecessors “Andrés Segovia, Pepe Romero, John Williams, and then move ...

October 28, 2015
Eat it with your gums

Areekah? Eureka! Yemeni cuisine ancient and, in Southern California, rarified.

Blues bad boy Jonny Lang grows up

Years ago, blues guitarist Walter Trout (who recently came back from the near-dead) saw the handwriting on the wall. “Every town I go to has got its own teenaged guitar slinger these days,” he complained ...

October 28, 2015
Chango voodoo

Josh Becker (aka Chango Chango) from the group Botanica Chango sums up his band’s sound as being “voodoo pop.” What is voodoo pop? Well, let’s examine “BB and the Beat,” currently available on the band’s ...

October 28, 2015
San Diego's best bottle shops

What kind of beer do you crack open for refreshment when you get home at night? These are the best places in the county to stock your fridge or beer cellar. Bottlecraft The many positive ...

October 28, 2015
Truth is, Oscar season is upon us

Cate Blanchett is seated before a panel of aggressive, mostly male Republican types, being grilled about her involvement in a scandalous, headline-grabbing story. A quick-to-YouTube camcorder doc titled Hillary Goes Benghazi? Not yet. Truth is, ...

October 28, 2015
Yes, there will be Harleys in heaven

Interview with Pastor Al Hester of Evangelical Free Church of America

October 28, 2015
Beers that impressed the experts in 2015

Some guys try new beers for a living. I asked these local craft bar and bottle shop beer buyers to discuss a few local beers that have stood out to them in 2015. Scot Blair ...

October 28, 2015
Uphill both ways to El Cap

Take a strenuous hike to enjoy views from the Cuyamacas to the Coronado Islands.

October 28, 2015
Theme park celebrity

Natalie Emmons’s road to becoming a Japanese pop star began with a meeting of foreign-exchange students six years ago. “I always had a fascination with Japan,” says Emmons, who was raised and still lives in ...

October 28, 2015
The NFL will lie to you. Anytime. Anywhere.

Chargers public hearing on relocation.

October 28, 2015
What warrants Halloween immortalization?

Go as Kim Kardashian’s glistening buttocks.

October 28, 2015
Surfers will roar at PB Point

Paddle around the peak or get out of the lineup!

Servants of cinema

A little over a year after pouring wads of dough into building a new screening facility for the San Diego Central Library to ostensibly house their popular Film Forum program, Ralph DeLauro, series curator for ...

October 28, 2015
HOA tricks, lies, and deceives ... and residents still don't care

“Why are all these foreclosed homes submitting ballots?”

October 28, 2015
SD County tap houses

Tap houses are where beer enthusiasts comingle to talk about the great ones and the weird ones, to compare notes and to show off their respective palates. In the best tasting rooms you may find ...

October 28, 2015
Your demons are a bore

Not all amazing clowns don a costume.

October 28, 2015
San Diego's best IPAs, sours, browns, reds, session ales, and pales

Incredible IPAs The style that put San Diego on the world beer map tastes great at nearly every brewery in town, and naming just a handful as the best would short-change everybody. I tried to ...

October 28, 2015
Good for the gander?

Even a staffer for Republican mayor Kevin Faulconer, uber-champion of the big-money real estate industry, can turn out to be a NIMBY, the acronym for “not in my backyard” used derisively by the mayor’s wealthy ...

New breweries to watch

There are 18 new breweries in the county this year? That’s as of October. It’ll take days for you to try them all. So I advise you to prioritize these promising upstarts. Second Chance Beer ...

October 28, 2015
San Diego’s income and poverty numbers better than most

If you want a cushy life, be a bureaucrat, lobbyist, or politician.

October 28, 2015
Westerly views over Presidio Park

Mission Hills history for sale as well.

October 28, 2015
San Diego’s tastiest tasting rooms

Breweries like to set aside some comfortable space for guests to enjoy a few beers. Many, maybe even most, could best be described as utilitarian. But these breweries went the distance to make sure their ...

October 28, 2015
Stone Temple Weiland, Murder City Moody

Sunday 1Sunday night at-a-glance: from Edmonton in Alberta in Canada, indie singer/songer Sean Nicholas Savage sets up at Soda Bar behind his new record, the new-wave-y Other Death...Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio rides Paper Wheels, his ...

October 28, 2015
Failure, King Khan & BBQ, No Knife

Thursday 29With their attention to production and texture, Failure were/are the Pink Floyd of alternative rock, the missing link to Muse, if you’re into them. Overshadowed by grunge radio, Failure had a brief but loud ...

October 28, 2015
Thoughts on the late Bill Kolender

That’s Pretty Sorry I read your obituary on Bill Kolender. All you could do was dig up dirt on the poor guy, huh? Matt Potter, that’s pretty sorry. I’ve lived here for 51 years, and ...

October 28, 2015
Best brewpubs, greatest gastropubs, and beautiful beer gardens

San Diego’s best brewpubs If tasting rooms exist to serve fresh beer to beer enthusiasts, brewpubs place a premium on serving fresh beer alongside good food. These spots foment a greater felling of community, attract ...

Record-release roundup

Victoria Wasserman’s release party for Victoria Naomi STFU happens October 29 at House of Blues. “I’ll be giving out CDs and performing some of my favorite Amy Winehouse songs, as well as my own material,” ...

October 28, 2015

Tuesday, October 27

Russian horror story

We’re going to revisit the Halloween classic: Modest Mussorgsky’s Night on the Bald Mountain. For years, Mussorgsky had been considering several large scale projects based on spooky Russian folklore. He looked at creating an opera ...

October 27, 2015
MillerCoors, Blue Moon, what's the difference?

A local beer drinker's case against domestic brewing giant MillerCoors for mislabeling its Blue Moon offerings as "craft beer" has, as MillerCoors lawyers predicted shortly after its May filing, apparently fizzled out. Evan Parent, who ...

October 27, 2015
Trial of tourism marketing district to proceed

A lawsuit challenging San Diego's Tourism Marketing District and the levy hoteliers charge tourists to pay to promote San Diego will move forward on November 6 in San Diego Superior Court. Today (October 27), Superior ...

October 27, 2015
From thrift to spiff in Hillcrest

The building in Hillcrest that previously housed Legends Furniture store, then a Revivals thrift shop, and currently a Thrift Trader, will be razed. No demolition date has been set. Property owner FoundationForForm, a San Diego ...

October 27, 2015
Chainsaw-carrying maniac par for the course

If you pay money to go through a haunting experience and are warned it may scare you, you can't sue when it does. On October 23, the Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, upheld a ...

October 27, 2015
Close down Crawford High immediately

Two San Diego high schools are doing such a poor job at educating students and preparing them for college-level courses, it would be better if they shut their doors, says a new study released by ...

October 27, 2015
Tijuana sex-promotion project goes limp

Anaheim has Disneyland. Las Vegas has casinos. And Tijuana has, well, prostitutes. Red-faced city officials are back-pedaling ferociously after a high-ranking functionary suggested in a recent television interview that Tijuana should promote sex-for-sale as a ...

October 27, 2015
Octopus is the star fish

I try to differentiate between places that are worth driving to and places that are good if I’m in the neighborhood. Taco shops are part of what makes San Diego great, but most of them ...

Monday, October 26

Alesmith tenfold

Friday, October 23, AleSmith's original tasting room on Cabot Drive closed its doors, symbolically bringing the brewery's first 20 years in business to a close. At 11 a.m. the following morning, not even a mile ...

October 26, 2015
Not just any Uptown political club

The Uptown Democratic Club will decide Tuesday night, October 27, whether to endorse Assembly speaker Toni Atkins or state Sen. Marty Block, both Democrats, for the senate seat Block currently holds. The endorsement was delayed ...

October 26, 2015
Crush the boulder into a pile of rubble

“There is no longer a single idea explaining everything, but an infinite number of essences giving a meaning to an infinite number of objects. The world comes to a stop, but also lights up.” — ...

Tijuana facelift

Last year, Calle Segunda in downtown Tijuana was destroyed in order to be redesigned. For a couple of months, it looked like the end of the world. Businesses and residents suffered difficult access and water ...

October 26, 2015
Big bucks in the black and blue

Inshore: The 1/2 boats have started concentrating more on the up and down fishing for rockfish, whitefish, sheephead and an occasional lingcod or halibut. Calico bass counts doubled in the past week from the previous ...

October 26, 2015

Sunday, October 25

Fresh Sound: Vicky Chow at Dizzy's

Monday 26 The Ian Tordella Trio with Ben Wanicur on bass and Charles Weller on drums play the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library (1008 Wall Street) at noon for free! Wednesday 28 Guitarist Louis Valenzuela ...

October 25, 2015
Stehly Farms Market opens in Kensington

Stehly Farms Market opened its doors to the public on Friday. Kensington-area residents have been eagerly awaiting this day, as it took nearly a year longer than expected for interior construction to be completed in ...

Saturday, October 24

San Diego sports: a look back

Foul Ball: The local mood of our national pastime It’s six o’clock in the evening on July 21, and the brilliant blue of the late-afternoon sky over San Diego is bleaching at the edges as ...

October 24, 2015
How Comic-Con spectators combat hotel wars

Comic-Con 2016 dates are set for July 21–24 and enthusiasts are bursting with anticipation as they await pre-registration news due out any day now, when 2015 attendees have first draw at badges for 2016. Following ...

High as a kite

On October 4, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that legalized "beer bikes" on city streets. He did it while riding in a beer bike — you know, the kind where lots of people ...

The Cashman taketh, the Cashman goeth away

Timothy Francis Cashman, a building manager for the General Services Administration, was sentenced to 16 months in custody today (October 23) for taking bribes and stealing government property. As an overseer of property at the ...

The first 100 to Rakitori get free ramen

David and I have been meaning to stop by the new Rakitori Japanese Pub & Grill on University Avenue since we first saw the sign go up nearly three months ago. When we made it ...

Friday, October 23

Heywood does more convention center math

Heywood Sanders, professor at the University of Texas San Antonio, and the nation's ranking expert on convention centers, just visited San Diego. He is the author of the book Convention Center Follies, telling how convention ...

October 23, 2015
SDSU offers a craft beer education

In fall 2013, San Diego State University began offering a Business of Craft Beer certification. Rather than train people to brew, the program teaches different aspects of working in the craft beer industry, whether starting ...

October 23, 2015
Gate(s)way to excitement!

Comment by Dick Danepa, special to SD on the QT Forget about the wins. They're going to come in a Chargers season. When you've got a quarterback like Philip Rivers, that's a simple fact: there ...

Talk of claws, casseroles, confinement, and alcohol

Won’t say the guy’s name, but he was a drug dealer with a name fitting that occupation. He held down an all-nighter DJ slot at the campus station, and I sat up with him once ...

October 23, 2015
Newfoundland: North America's eastern edge

As the easternmost part of North America, the Canadian Maritime province of Newfoundland seems so far away, but it’s the nearest to Europe. Its hardy, thrifty residents – who were isolated in winter – were ...

October 23, 2015
Salsa fea saves the day

When you’re hungry and in an unfamiliar part of San Diego, finding a local taco shop is usually an easy bet. Which isn’t to say you always win that bet. For all the great, jewel-in-the-rough ...

Videospin: New additions to the Local Music Database

Browsing the 4100-plus band pages in the Reader’s Local Music Database, you’ll find many performers are uploading their newest video clips to their band pages, all viewable on the website’s Video Jukebox. Here’s our spin ...

October 23, 2015
Space-age gunslinger rocks SDSU

My Morning Jacket’s Jim James looked like a space-age gunslinger on this evening at SDSU’s Open Air Theatre. He sported a black leather trench coat throughout the show. It was outlaw badass and the perfect ...

October 23, 2015
Study this would-be kidnapper's face

Authorities in North County are looking for two men accused of attempting to kidnap a 17-year-old girl on her way to school in Encinitas. According to a report from Capt. John Maryon with the San ...

October 23, 2015

Thursday, October 22

Super-tunnel of weed

Federal officials last night (October 21) seized control of a cross-border super tunnel running from a Tijuana warehouse to the Otay Center Warehouse at 2587 Otay Center Drive. Twenty-two people were arrested in San Diego ...

October 22, 2015
Who was Günter Wand and why should anyone care?

Günter Wand isn’t a household name in the United States, but in Britain and Germany he is one of the most admired conductors on the 20th Century. Wand came into this admiration late in life. ...

October 22, 2015
Fatality at La Jolla Indian Reservation

Details surrounding a recent death at the La Jolla Indian Reservation are limited. An estimated 3000 people camped at the reservation over the October 15-18 weekend for YOUtopia, “San Diego's Regional Burning Man Event.” A ...

As U-T faces sale, hurricane Eli takes NOLA

With many of San Diego's few remaining journalism jobs hanging in the balance, there's fresh word on the street that the Union-Tribune could be in new hands within mere months. "The odds are better than ...

October 22, 2015
Spirits and true-life ghosts abide in The Weir

Jack just picked a winner at the track. He and Jim meet up at Brendan’s pub on a desolate, Irish country road. Life’s a mite bleary for these lonely blokes. But as a westerly howls ...

October 22, 2015
Volkswagen charged with death by smog

Caroline Hoag and Paul Byrne on Monday (October 19) filed a putative class-action suit in U.S. district court against Volkswagen AG, its American branch, and individuals. They aren't the first San Diegans to go after ...

October 22, 2015
Castle Park schools besieged by age

On Tuesday, October 20, the Sweetwater Union High School District held a community meeting at Castle Park Middle School to receive feedback about the condition of existing schools. Paul Woods, director of planning and construction, ...

October 22, 2015
Another winning season!

"This is perhaps my favorite time of year," says Petco Park general manager Dick Andersen. "Baseball season is over, and it's time to sit back, take stock, and once again savor the sweet smell of ...

Construction outfit ordered to pay $850k

The development company behind the 78-home Valencia Hills project is facing nearly $850,000 in fines for letting water pollution end up in Chollas Creek, according to a complaint filed by the Regional Water Quality Control ...

October 22, 2015
Trolley Dances brings site-specific dance from Waterfront to Balboa

After many years of ogling cool images of dancers performing in unexpected locations, and even spreading the word both in this magazine and on the radio, I finally got the chance to experience the San ...

San Diego leaves money (and food) on the table

San Diego County is still failing to enroll needy resident in major federal and state safety-net programs, and this is costing the local economy almost $1 billion a year, according to a joint study by ...

October 22, 2015

Wednesday, October 21

Bill Kolender – the Union-Tribune's favorite cop

It was a last hurrah of sorts for two San Diego institutions, the late Bill Kolender and his onetime employer, the San Diego Union-Tribune. “Almost nobody didn’t love Bill Kolender,” said the U-T’s October 6 ...

October 21, 2015
Consideration of dust is an excellent remedy to cure vice

This consideration of dust is an excellent remedy to cure vice and an assured rampart against temptation. St. Paulinus saith excellently well, that holy Job was free from all temptations when he was placed upon ...

Charlotte, Sean, and the Sinclairs

“We had become a little spent on some of the superficiality and oversaturation of the New York music scene,” says David Hyman of the Sinclairs, which originally formed in Brooklyn around 2008. “We were having ...

October 21, 2015
Big-money donors win if Darrell Issa prevails

As Republican congressman Darrell Issa closes in on a possible run for the Speaker of the House to replace resigned John Boehner, some of his big-money donors stand to win big if he prevails. Through ...

October 21, 2015
Off the Market is no one-and-done

Draft in Belmont Park combines the best of beery cheer with a mix of high spirits (think: boilermaker in a cocktail dress) — such as the Off the Market. “We don’t incorporate beer into all ...

October 21, 2015
The Slim Shady of punk

Kelly English’s big-bang moment happened at age 12. “My dad was the high school marching band director. I had the sax, trumpet, and French horn shoved down my throat. In sixth grade I heard ‘Bodies,’ ...

October 21, 2015
Peeper and palate appeal

Sharing walls with the Stone Company Store in the historic McClintock building by Santa Fe Depot, the Flight Path juxtaposes the 1928 warehouse’s original exposed columns and polished concrete flooring against all-white minimal modern Italian ...

Nonprofit bingo hall proposed for Chula Vista

Many media outlets recently bid a sentimental farewell to Chula Vista’s Fun-4-All, a micro-sized amusement park that had offered kids batting cages and boat rides since the 1970s. But some unexpected entrepreneurs may fill the ...

October 21, 2015
Seattle sludge slingers

Possibly no one that saw this band live in 1988 expected them to be around for more than a few weeks, let alone 30 years, and not because they were awful, but because Mudhoney was ...

October 21, 2015
Dead Man's Party can't call themselves an Oingo Boingo tribute?

Oingo Boingo, the musically complex octet that was the centerpiece of California ’80s new wave has been dead for 20 years. But Dead Man’s Party, an Oingo Boingo tribute band, has been a SoCal Halloween ...

October 21, 2015
A hot bowl of comfort

My friend Lorraine has a golden soul. She’s the type of person who surprises you with coffee deliveries at that exact hour of need, who sends supportive texts throughout the day, who drops off mountains ...

October 21, 2015
Get thrown a bone and ball at Po Pazzo

“This rib of yours is the bone they cut the ribeye steak out of.”

Explore a serene, pocket-sized mountain valley

The trailhead for Love Valley Meadow can be easily missed when driving up the East Grade Road/S-7 into Palomar Mountain as it begins from the back of a deep turnout alongside the road. While not ...

October 21, 2015
The largest beach run

It began as a sketch in 2005 and was further conceptualized at a mosaic school in Ravenna, Italy, in 2010. The ten-by-ten-foot mosaic of the Virgin of Guadalupe was completed nine months later. The piece, ...

The mobster's nephew

One conjecture about why people are so fascinated by organized crime figures attributes it to a timid envy of those who flout the law so boldly. But after selling his book at a four-hour signing ...

October 21, 2015
Paul Espinosa Film Festival makes a homecoming

Perhaps it was the decade-long absence, but Paul Espinosa is one of those local treasures we don’t hear enough about. The award­-winning writer, producer, director, social activist, and Kensington resident is currently being honored with ...

October 21, 2015
In the Downhill of Life

In the downhill of life, when I find I’m declining, May my lot no less fortunate be Than a snug elbow-chair can afford for reclining, And a cot that o’erlooks the wide sea; With an ...

October 21, 2015
Nathan Fletcher makes a comeback

Republican-turned-Democrat Nathan Fletcher, a favorite of SDSU’s KPBS public broadcasting outfit — whose gadget-filled “newsroom of the future” was paid for with $2.9 million from La Jolla billionaire and Fletcher backer Irwin Jacobs — is ...

October 21, 2015
Detecting hypocrisy in Madonna-bashers

“I think Madonna’s trying too hard to appear young,” said the oldest among us. “Why can’t she just age gracefully? It’s embarrassing, really.”

October 21, 2015
German Currents Film Festival descends on Balboa Park

The 5th Annual German Currents Film Festival adds a new, somewhat surprising name to this year’s roster of theaters. Jack kicks things off on Saturday night at Balboa Park’s Natural History Museum, while across the ...

Oceanside’s coffee revolution

This retail coffee shop representing the Leucadia roaster pairs vintage objects and beach community vibe with fresh roasted coffee, cold brew and coffee based drinks, plus a small menu of baked goods and sundry food ...

October 21, 2015
As I drove home, I passed another cemetery

In a short sermon, Father Larry Dolan spoke of our human bodies as tents. As we walk further into the forest, the tent gets tattered.

October 21, 2015
Daybreaking with morning party people

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October 21, 2015
Encinitas’s Lawrence (Larry) Freeman ordered to desist and refrain

The 36 percent annual return should have been a scam tip-off.

October 21, 2015
Letters on sidewalks, Trader Joe's, solar power and Yelp

Discover Girls I just read Dryw Keltz’s story in the October 15 issue about something called belegarth. I grew up during World War II, and I was of draft age during the Korean War, and ...

October 21, 2015
SDSU has been under-reporting campus crime

San Diego State University, rattled by a wave of sexual assaults and other violent incidents, has been under-reporting campus crime, says a September 28 audit by the California State University system. “The process to tabulate ...

October 21, 2015
Nobunny, No Joy, no tickets to Shakey Graves?

Sunday 25Sunday-nite lite: indie-folkies William Fitzsimmons and Jake Phillips split a bill at Casbah...New York darkwave duo MS MR bring their How Does It Feel tour to House of Blues...while Swedish pop-rock four-piece Royal Concept ...

October 21, 2015
David Yow fronts Flipper

Thursday 22I used to art-up my old skate decks and hang them on the walls. My favorite, and most coveted by my friends, was a blacked-out Vision deck with a white stencil of the Flipper ...

October 21, 2015

Tuesday, October 20

Edison's "recent discovery" of revealing documents

Southern California Edison today (October 20) filed a document with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) revealing close communications between an Edison executive and the administrative law judge, Melanie Darling, who is overseeing the process ...

October 20, 2015
Alpine beer a new favorite in New York City

Visiting taprooms and bottle shops in New York City this week, the brands representing San Diego beer in the nation's largest metropolis became consistently clear. Stone Brewing, Green Flash, Ballast Point, and AleSmith have been ...

October 20, 2015
Bill Horn and the life east of the 15

An environmental nonprofit has put San Diego County supervisor Bill Horn and his colleagues on the board on notice: follow the advice of the Fair Political Practices Commission and don't permit Horn's vote to weigh ...

October 20, 2015
The parting out of Haggen

With large “Store Closing” banners draped across the front of the La Costa Haggen Food and Drug, advertising 10 to 30 percent off, the much storied four-month expansion to bankruptcy of the Washington based-chain may ...

One big fat political payday?

More big money from powerful city hall special interests has found its way into One San Diego, the charity started last year by San Diego Republican mayor Kevin Faulconer, ostensibly to advance his anti-poverty agenda. ...

October 20, 2015
Vista goes easy on the tat shops

Vista is about to get its third tattoo establishment — after a careful vetting process by a panel of city-council members, economic development folks, and the chamber of commerce. With downtown redevelopment underway, the city ...

October 20, 2015
Which part of the pig do you prefer?

The carnivore paradise that is the Telefónica food-truck park had one stall that served vegan food when I last visited in July. That place is gone and has been replaced with a food truck named ...

Guns slated for destruction

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department is planning to use up to $28,500 in confiscated funds to offer Walmart gift cards to North County residents willing to turn over unwanted firearms. The latest installment of ...

October 20, 2015
Goodbye Qualcomm, hello Microsoft

If Margaret L. (Peggy) Johnson is an example, executives leaving Qualcomm should have few problems landing a juicy job in the tech industry. Yesterday (October 19), Microsoft released its annual proxy statement that, among many ...

October 20, 2015
Mission Beach reef add-on

On October 18, dozens of breast-cancer survivors signed a pink sailboat that will become part of the artificial reef off Mission Beach later this year. The event, held at the 32nd Street Marina in National ...

Monday, October 19

Big woof for Ward Canyon

On Monday, October 19, the ground for the interim off-leash dog park at Ward Canyon Neighborhood Park in Normal Heights was cleared and leveled and orange temporary fencing set up. There was no official groundbreaking"ceremony, ...

Profundity through repetition in Harmonielehre

We haven't had an esoteric pick of the week for a while and it just so happens that the San Diego Symphony has selected one for us. They are performing Harmonielehre by John Adams this ...

Campaign cash pays for Atkins Cuba jaunt

The Democrat-on-Democrat clash of departing Assembly speaker Toni Atkins versus state senator Marty Block for Block's 39th District seat is shaping up as one of the costliest special-interest-funded races in San Diego County history, with ...

October 19, 2015
Rough and inventive, world-premiere Oz comes to Coronado

The Wizard of Oz may be one of the few things Americans have in common. Much more than the Super Bowl, the Academy Awards, or even “I cannot tell a lie.” “Auntie Em!!! Auntie Em!” ...

October 19, 2015
Traveling all the way to PB for sushi

My friend Leslee knows that David and I love Japanese food, so she was shocked to learn that we hadn’t heard of Mister Sushi in Pacific Beach. I explained to her that I just never ...

Blown into the cove

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 ...

Leading with the carotid, not the stick

Twenty-five-year-old Robert Branch has filed a lawsuit against sheriff's detective Paul Ward for putting him in a "carotid-restraint" and illegally detaining him in May 2015, after their cars nearly collided while merging onto Interstate 8 ...

October 19, 2015

Sunday, October 18

Bilked out of bike lanes in Coronado?

A group of about 30 cycling enthusiasts descended on Coronado Saturday morning (October 17) for a group ride to highlight and protest what they believe is an unwise decision to suspend bicycle-related improvements in the ...

October 18, 2015
Charles Lloyd returns to La Jolla

Monday 19 The Steph Johnson/ Rob Thorsen Duo play Croce’s Park West (2760 Fifth Avenue) from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. No cover charge. Tuesday 20 Jazz legend Charles Lloyd returns to La Jolla with ...

October 18, 2015
Green eggs, no ham

Every once in a while, when I have time to kill and crave a change from my standard breakfast of yogurt with almonds, bananas, and blueberries, I seek out a bagel and eggs. Now that ...

Tropical invasion

Weekly fish report Inshore: The 1/2-day boats have started concentrating more on the up and down fishing for rockfish, whitefish, sheephead and an occasional lingcod or halibut. Sand bass and calico bass are picking back ...

October 18, 2015

Saturday, October 17

Relationships

What is Beauty to the Blind? They were being murdered by the light. I watched and said nothing. When we began our lunch, the sun was just burnishing the windowsill. It was a hot day ...

October 17, 2015
Let’s try Soda & Swine sober

I’d tasted the fare at Soda & Swine several times before, but I’d never actually been in the space. I was always next door, enjoying a libation at Polite Provisions while David, ever the giver, ...

Ready for some beachfront property, Mission Hills?

A group of scientists studying climate change this week released a series of maps illustrating projections of the effects of sea levels rising for coastal communities around the globe, including San Diego. The maps offer ...

Friday, October 16

Got the library — stiff the architects!

Finding the $185 million to pay for construction of San Diego's Central Library was a constant struggle. The city, which at the time was trapped under a structural deficit, relied heavily on private donors to ...

October 16, 2015
Fired San Diego publisher gets journo school platform

Austin Beutner, the wealthy ex–Wall Street hedge fund veteran who spent 110 days as publisher of the San Diego Union-Tribune earlier this year before being canned by Chicago-based U-T owner Tribune Publishing, is heading back ...

October 16, 2015
SD emerges from Great Recession

The San Diego County unemployment rate was 4.6 percent in September, the lowest it has been since June of 2007, before the Great Recession, according to the California Employment Development Department. It was also 4.6 ...

October 16, 2015
Paul Weller — Modernist with a capital M

Don’t you just love places that charge $18 for two cans of PBR? Me neither. North Park’s Observatory played host to a visit from the modstar, Paul Weller. It’s been a long time since he ...

October 16, 2015
Absolutely malled in Carlsbad

What’s going on with Carlsbad’s Plaza Camino Real…er…Westfield Carlsbad shopping center? Last year’s name change hasn’t seemed to help. Recently, rumors have been flying around the mall’s remaining merchants and their customers. In 2013, Westfield ...

October 16, 2015
Kyle's Smyle shines

There’s a new school in hip-hop — one heavy with live instrumentation and musical experimentation, containing the energy of gospel choirs and a glimmer of positivity unheard since the days of the Native Tongues posse. ...

October 16, 2015
Meat hooks, chandeliers, and prosciutto bruschetta

“It makes no sense,” David said as he scowled at the room. “There’s just no point to having those books haphazardly placed around on shelves. And those meat hooks randomly on that one chandelier when ...

Bluff-top homeowners breathe easier

The Encinitas City Council voted unanimously Wednesday night (October 14) to approve a plan to try and control coastline damage from storms. The Army Corps of Engineers project would reduce bluff collapses by adding sand ...

See (and surf) SoCal's sand dunes

I typically love the sea, sun and sand. Interestingly though, not all the sands I’m drawn to lie in coastal regions. In fact, most of the sand on Earth is stacked in massive piles in ...

Handicap placard abusers on notice

On Tuesday, October 20th, San Diego city councilmembers are expected to amend the municipal code to increase the fines for people without valid disabled parking placards and license plates. The amendment is twofold. The city ...

October 16, 2015

Thursday, October 15

Backcountry buffoonery or super solar future?

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to re-affirm their environmental approval for two huge solar-power generating installations in East County, even though there seem to be questions about the company that won ...

October 15, 2015
Banker helped clients dodge money-laundering rules

Local banker Raymondo Navarrette pleaded guilty in federal court today (October 15) to taking bribes to help his clients avoid detection by Citibank's anti-money laundering compliance program. In his plea agreement, Navarrette admitted that he ...

October 15, 2015
Piercing Papa Doug’s veil of cash and influence

Douglas Manchester has shed a wife, unloaded a mini-newspaper empire, and sold off its Mission Valley headquarters. But San Diego's rich Republican kingpin still can't manage to dodge one persistent creditor, who has chased the ...

October 15, 2015
Serve up the suffering

In Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters (1900), Lieutenant Vershinin wonders what the world will be like in 200 years. I wonder if Chekhov could imagine that, 115 years after it opened, a company would mount his ...

October 15, 2015
Boy hitman in Tijuana

A Tijuana youth who allegedly responded to a solicitation on Facebook seeking a gunman for hire has been arrested on murder charges. Local news media are referring to the 14-year-old suspect as “the boy hitman” ...

October 15, 2015
Spielberg, Hanks, America!

Yahoos and schemers are just the price we pay for living in the Land of the Free.

October 15, 2015
San Diego is 12th greenest city

Of the nation's 100 largest cities, San Diego is the 12th greenest, according to WalletHub, an organization that keeps statistics on states, cities, and metro areas. The cities were ranked on variables such as: air ...

October 15, 2015
The grill is very hot! The pots are very hot! Fully cook your food!

I like a menu that comes with warnings. The menu at Gyu-Kaku has six of them. The grill is very hot! The pots are very hot! Fully cook your food! Use those tongs to prevent ...

O.B.'s best rent deal slated for demo

The days are numbered for a cave used as an illegal shelter that the city says in danger of collapse at the foot of Orchard Avenue in Ocean Beach. By next week, police will dislodge ...

October 15, 2015
What happened to you, Joshua Drinnon?

After more than a month on the run, authorities have recaptured an inmate from San Diego's R.J. Donovan Correctional Facility who escaped while in transit back to prison from a trial for additional charges in ...

October 15, 2015
Yield vs. Stop sign debate in Vista

After years of watching cars speed through the intersection by her Vista home, Betty Haver got her traffic sign on Tuesday, October 13. After much discussion, the Vista City Council voted unanimously to place “Yield” ...

October 15, 2015

Wednesday, October 14

Belegarth medieval combat society fights on Morley Field

Going Medieval in North Park.

October 14, 2015
Movies to watch on repeat

I can watch Paris Is Burning and Frances Ha on repeat but for entirely different reasons. Paris Is Burning (USA, 1990, Academy Entertainment) is a documentary centered on the intricate, underground Ball culture. While the ...

October 14, 2015
Gram Rabbit's desert space rocktronica

Gram Rabbit, from Joshua Tree, California, has been around for at least a decade and has released several albums, beginning with 2004’s Music to Start a Cult To. An underwear manufacturer broke them out in ...

October 14, 2015
What in the world is white coffee?

White coffee? Pacific Beach got a new coffee shop in July. Actually, it’s more of a shack. California Bean sits in the parking lot of bar/restaurant The Local Pacific Beach, with a partial ocean view ...

October 14, 2015
Chris Cantore's real man tears

Right after his last morning show on modern-rock KPRI September 28, Chris Cantore and 20 co-workers were told their jobs were over. Cantore, an SDSU grad who has been on the local airwaves for two ...

October 14, 2015
Eli Broad continues to give

Los Angeles billionaire Eli Broad, said to be interested in buying the L.A. Times and San Diego Union-Tribune from embattled Tribune Publishing of Chicago, continues to give big to members of the Democratic Party. Latest ...

October 14, 2015
'Wiches and brew at La Mesa Oktoberfest

The two old crones stir the vats surrounded by circling bats. Okay, no bats. No quoting from Macbeth. No crones. But these gals really are stirring up brews in vats, with billows of fog coming ...

October 14, 2015
A psychological thriller and an easy watch

Donnie Darko (USA, 2001, New Market Films) is a psychological thriller. Jake Gyllenhaal is Donnie, a very attractive yet very troubled young man. Donnie has visions of Frank, a large demonic bunny rabbit who guides ...

October 14, 2015
Roni Lee plays like a girl

"I love the live-rock sound, with real guitars, real vocals, and no backing tracks,” says Roni Lee, whose career as a rock guitarist started in Hollywood with Venus and the Razorblades, a cheeky Kim Fowley ...

October 14, 2015
Mudhoney likes it small

Steve Turner met Mark Arm in the fall of 1982. They were introduced by a mutual friend (Alex Shumway) at a concert. According to Turner, Shumway said, “Stevie, this is Mark. He’s straight-edge too,” which ...

October 14, 2015
There’s a unique emphasis which Lutherans have on grace

Pastor Richard Schmidt of Concordia Church in Chula Vista takes our questions.

October 14, 2015
Back to school surfing

Though the new school year is well underway for Southern California high- and middle-school-aged students, some will wax up their boards for the 2015–2016 Scholastic Surf Series. The series hosts competitions on the Southern California ...

Two by Noël Coward in repertory at Cygnet Theatre in Old Town

Cygnet Theatre offers a “double bill” of Noël Coward’s The Vortex (1924) and Hay Fever (1925). Staging his early plays in repertory has advantages. The dark, brittle Vortex is almost a photographic negative of the ...

October 14, 2015
U-T dispute with parent gets ink

The New York Times has a highly unusual story today (October 14) suggesting that Tribune Publishing, parent of the Union-Tribune, lowered the U-T's revenue forecast for the rest of the year without any good reason. ...

October 14, 2015
Hiking the Hollenbeck Canyon loop

Explore a wildlife area with open grasslands and riparian oak woodlands that once belonged to the last Mexican governor of California.

October 14, 2015
Who is the hipster bandit?

Dear Hipster: I have deduced your secret identity. I’ll bet you thought you could hide behind your column inches, but you can fool us no longer. You’re the hipster bandit! It was a good ruse ...

October 14, 2015
Angelika Film Center debuts in Carmel Mountain

For those who don’t relish the thought of paying upwards of $22 for the privilege of having theater mates pierce the darkness by phoning in mid-movie drink orders, there’s the Angelika Film Center. The carpet ...

October 14, 2015
Saving Ray

it’s Saturday night on North Park’s Ray Street and the pavement is humming with life. A dude in zebra tights and a tank top twirls around with a hula hoop while a crowd gathers to ...

October 14, 2015
Port Commissioner rents yacht berth from Marriot while voting on hotel’s lease

Does a San Diego port commissioner’s rental of a luxury yacht berth at the downtown Marriott marina pose a conflict of interest for him when voting on extending the giant hotel’s lease with the port? ...

October 14, 2015
Australian visitors spotted in San Diego Bay

About 100 yards into an early-morning kayak-fishing excursion on September 28, Steve Piper noticed a plentiful presence on his fish finder. As he paddled out into San Diego Bay from the boat ramp at Pepper ...

October 14, 2015
Alleged abuse victim faces Carlsbad headmaster

A man from Tennessee said in his pleasant Southern accent that he recognizes Jeffrey Barton as the man who molested him more than 20 years ago. The witness spoke in court yesterday, October 13, 2015. ...

October 14, 2015
The Stage Room's ready

A Solana Beach singer-songwriter who just wrapped up a monthlong tour with Switchfoot’s Jon Foreman will be the first local headliner at the Stage Room, the UCSD venue formerly known as Porter’s Pub. Tyson Motsenbocker, ...

October 14, 2015
The imaginary offseason

Punching the clock with pro athletes.

October 14, 2015
How to bail from that moving-day promise

If you gotta help someone move, at least set a limit.

October 14, 2015
The priciest property in Carmel Valley

Property includes a dream of a playhouse and handsome fireplaces.

October 14, 2015
Drop your unrealistic expectations and stay married

As a marriage counselor, I have spent ten years observing couples try to stay together. The majority of couples work hard to preserve their marriage and family stability. Most relational conflict is everyday run-of-the-mill stuff ...

October 14, 2015
Year-long La Mesa Village renovation takes its toll

Sometime during the final weekend of August, Ari Bejar made a decision that would reverberate throughout the downtown La Mesa Village. He carefully hand-lettered his final message in chalk on a menu board, and come ...

October 14, 2015
A Phil Woods thing

“The last gig I played with Phil Woods was in April, in Newark, New Jersey,” hometown bebop saxophonist Charles McPherson tells the Reader. “It was one of his last shows. It was kind of a ...

October 14, 2015
All fired up at UCSD

There haven’t been any deaths yet, but multiple fires in the dorms and residence facilities of UCSD have been dangerous and costly. So says the school’s annual fire-safety report released last week, which includes among ...

October 14, 2015
The Draconids

For Norah And especially were we led to cultivate that discipline developed in respect to divine and heavenly things as being the only one concerned with the study of things which are always what they ...

October 14, 2015
Black and Pink meet at the Observatory

Sunday 18Black meets Pink, East meets West, and flower-punk meets art-damaged pop as Atlanta band Black Lips team up with L.A.’s Ariel Pink to co-headline sets at the Observatory North Park on Sunday. Last year ...

October 14, 2015
Deafheaven, a Heartbreaker, Hinds

Thursday 15SanFran metalgaze band Deafheaven deliver New Bermuda to Casbah on Thursday. Yes, metalgaze. You take black metal tones, a singer who — though apparently wordwise and, um, deep — makes every kind of sound ...

October 14, 2015
Playing with the stars

Perfection Expected Re: "Yelp Giveth, and Yelp Taketh Away," October 8 cover story I’ll keep this short because I’m sure there will be a lot of people who feel the same way. I’ve been a ...

October 14, 2015
Dance movie recommendations

As with many great artists, Paul Taylor has a lovely eccentricity. Dancemaker (USA, 1998, Artistic License) follows his company through one season from creation of a new dance to performance. Behind-the-scenes clips show Taylor as ...

October 14, 2015

Tuesday, October 13

South Bay suds in the news

This may be remembered as the year the craft-beer boom finally hit the South Bay. The brewery count south of the 54 is up to three, and rumors swirl about existing breweries planning to open ...

October 13, 2015
Fate of Tijuana dive bar hits rumor circuit

“Si güey, el Zacas va a cerrar” (“Yeah man, Zacas is closing”), a musician named Osvaldo “el Teme” said, confirming the rumor. “Someone told me it will happen before the end of the year. We ...

October 13, 2015
315-pound blue marlin off 9-Mile Bank

As this super-season in the local fishery continues, San Diego angler Kevin Mattson didn’t expect to be battling a blue marlin when he launched his 17-foot Ranger bass boat out of Mission Bay Thursday (October ...

Technique versus technology

In this day and age of computer-generated sounds and images, as the precious bud of virtual reality starts to blossom upon our consciousness, it’s nice to be reminded that technique often trumps technology. On Saturday ...

University of California's skewed take on Title IX

Administrators at University of California campuses throughout the state continue to struggle with following protocol while investigating and adjudicating Title IX sexual misconduct cases. On September 22, 2015, a Yolo County Superior Court judge found ...

October 13, 2015
Obama hounded in Miramar over trade deal

Most media attention surrounding President Obama's weekend jaunt to San Diego focused on his two golf outings and local admirers out to catch a glimpse of the presidential foursome on the links. But a handful ...

October 13, 2015

Monday, October 12

A Sharp eraser: U-T omits key transplant facts

Another day, another silent ode to those behind the history of the San Diego Union-Tribune, the once powerful newspaper formerly owned by Helen Copley, and later her son, David. Last week, the U-T — currently ...

October 12, 2015
Rip Current is not so very small anymore

In September, Rip Current founders Paul Sangster and Guy Shobe brought five beers to the Great American Beer Festival, the nation's biggest beer contest. The former homebrewers returned victorious, with two medals and the distinction ...

California imposes no-chew law for big leagues

California yesterday (October 11) banned use of chewing tobacco by Major League Baseball players — the first state to do so, according to marketwatch.com. A bill to ban snuff was initially introduced in February. The ...

October 12, 2015
Mission Valley development machine cranks up

Regional planners in San Diego have placed a bullseye on Mission Valley as the preferred location to absorb San Diego's forecasted population boom. According to the San Diego Association of Governments' (SANDAG) 2050 Regional Growth ...

October 12, 2015
50th anniversary of Sealab II

Fifty years ago off the coast of La Jolla, the U.S. Navy performed experiments to find out how long humans could live underwater. The Sealab project had three vessels, the first of which was sunk ...

October 12, 2015
Go-slow dough: Secret weapon?

One thing I like about Napizza is that they were serious about going green from the get-go. They claim to be the first pizzeria in San Diego certified by the Green Restaurant Association. They try ...

Sunday, October 11

Blue marlin making a splash

Inshore: The 1/2 boats have started concentrating more on the up and down fishing for rockfish, whitefish, sheephead and an occasional lingcod or halibut. Sand bass and calico bass are slowing down a bit while ...

October 11, 2015
Pride and precarity

If the new manager of a posh, Madison Avenue restaurant could watch his busboys work in the “back of the house” he’d never cut their “shift pay.” Or would only do it to save his ...

March toward transcendence

The overture to Die Fledermaus is usually reserved for New Year's Day but the San Diego Symphony decided to use it on a new season's day. This Viennese war horse, or Lipizzan stallion, as the ...

Mikan Zlatkovich goes to the movies

Monday 12 The Loft at UC San Diego (911 Lyman Lane) presents a Tribute to Billie Holiday and Billy Strayhorn, featuring Leonard Patton, David Borgo, Tobin Chodos, Antar Martin, and Duncan Moore at 8 p.m. ...

October 11, 2015
Debate: short-term rentals, good or bad?

What impact do short-term rentals and home sharing websites have on the city and the communities where they are located? According to a recent study by the National University System Institute for Policy Research, from ...

October 11, 2015
Walnut-shaped pastries are a thing

I hit the food court at Zion Market recently. The large Korean supermarket in Kearny Mesa has a great number of distinct little businesses under its roof, and I cruised the pan-Asian area for a ...

A culinary history

Tacos Are a Tiny Taste of Temptation Eat up, little burros. Fancy wimmen are okay, but there's nuttin' like the real thing: a nice warm adobada taco on a nice cold night beside a nice ...

October 11, 2015
Sex on the beach results in warning

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 ...

L.A. overcharges S.D. for water

The Los Angeles–based Metropolitan Water District of Southern California owes the San Diego County Water Authority nearly $232 million, a San Francisco federal judge ruled Friday afternoon (October 9). The San Diego agency had already ...

October 11, 2015

Saturday, October 10

Dollar Rent A Car demands reporters' names

On February 11 of this year, the Reader published a column about lawsuits charging that Dollar Rent A Car incentivized its employees to use fraudulent methods to push superfluous insurance on car renters. San Diego ...

October 10, 2015
Drinking a 5pm Session at midnight

The best thing about my house is its location — just a few short blocks from Hamilton's Tavern. This is by design. The slightly divey taphouse has been one of our city's champions of craft ...

October 10, 2015
Gergiev and Vienna do Scheherezade in Salzburg

It’s time for another video installment. This is video number three. Since Beethoven’s Fifth is the starting point for the playlist, how do a Russian composer and a Russian conductor fit in? Via the orchestra, ...

October 10, 2015
Cartels respond to troubling shift in consumer demographics

A SANDAG report released today indicated that 53 percent of women booked into San Diego County jails tested positive for methamphetamine, while only 40 percent of their male counterparts tested positive for the drug. That's ...

Friday, October 9

Lobster season log, day 1

The first Wednesday in October (October 7 this year) marks the opening day of the commercial lobster season in California. In the weeks and months prior, permit holders are busy building traps, mending lines, and ...

Gov. Brown vetoes bills to reform utilities commission

Governor Jerry Brown today (October 9th) vetoed a package of bills that were meant to reform the California Public Utilities Commission. Assemblyman Anthony Rendon, sponsor of three bills that were vetoed, said, "I am disappointed ...

October 9, 2015
Interpretation of death and healing

In her multimodal piece, choreographer Liz Lerman explores the resilience of humanity amidst the fog of war. Part modern dance, part dramatic performance, and part installation art, the interactive piece tells the stories of soldiers ...

October 9, 2015
Van Halen and Crazy Dave

“Halloween is around the corner. How many of you are going as me?” David Lee Roth asked the crowd at Van Halen’s Sleep Train Amphitheatre show. While the singer’s quip yielded the biggest chuckle of ...

October 9, 2015
"For a remember of Sarajevo"

It was 38 degrees Celsius (100F) when we arrived in Sarajevo. The soaring minarets that mark the Islamic world were ubiquitous. It also happened to be a national religious holiday in Bosnia – Ramadan Bajram ...

Eagles of Death Metal and the seven-year itch

The Eagles of Death Metal has never been a band that cares much about being labeled irreverent. With tongues firmly wedged into their cheeks, Jesse Hughes (on vocals and guitar) and Queens of the Stone ...

October 9, 2015
County sued for ignoring jumper's history

The father of a mentally ill inmate who was seriously injured after jumping from a second floor at San Diego's Central Jail has filed a lawsuit against the County of San Diego. Jonathan Thomas jumped ...

Tostadas are the new tacos

Casting my vote at the Reader Feast food and drink festival this year was easy. Yes, eventual winner Half Door Brewing Co. rightfully earned its victory with a combo of tasty beers and ahi poke ...

San Diego Zoo welcomes Dr. Moreau as new director of children's outreach

RECALLING THE FACT THAT THE SAN DIEGO ZOO IS ALSO A SOPHISTICATED SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH FACILITY, BALBOA PARK — "I love children," says Dr. Moreau, newly arrived Director of Children's Outreach at the San Diego Zoo, ...

Code Compliance on speed-dial in Imperial Beach

The long fight between Imperial Beach's Code Compliance Division and the owners of a residence on Hickory Court seems to be over. The house has been the subject of energetic code enforcement since 2010, and ...

Thursday, October 8

My Acting Bucket List: Colleen Kollar Smith

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 ...

October 8, 2015
J. Douglass Jennings Jr. faces disbarment

The California State Bar Court has declared that J. Douglass Jennings Jr. is ineligible to practice law because he is facing disbarment. The court found him culpable of of nine counts of failing to avoid ...

October 8, 2015
They ate the schoolmaster's brownies

The grandmother of John Doe Number One gave testimony yesterday, October 7, in the trial of Jeffrey Barton, who pleads not guilty to 20 felony counts of child abuse. No Reason to Distrust Him The ...

October 8, 2015
No Snapdragon, no problem for Samsung

Possible subhead: If so, stock market not buying it -- today, anyway Tech giant Samsung this week announced third-quarter earnings that interrupted an almost two-year decline in profits. It also increased its guidance for future ...

October 8, 2015
Hwy 76: Pave it, stripe it, and let's drive it already!

Motorists driving the curvy, two-lane Highway 76 from Bonsall to I-15, with 20,000 fellow travelers per day, will soon see a light at the end of a traffic-nightmare tunnel. The old road, built in the ...

October 8, 2015
Southern California wasters, listen up

At an event on Tuesday, October 6, organized by the San Diego Food System Alliance, a crowd of food and waste professionals shared their roles in solving the problems in our local supply chain and ...

October 8, 2015
One fish, two fish, red fish, new fish

These days many restaurants opening in Liberty Station are an offshoot of a successful business from another part of town. Soda & Swine, Fig Tree Café, and the incoming Buona Forchetta have all taken advantage ...

Bill Kolender’s long goodbye

It was a last hurrah of sorts for two San Diego institutions, the late Bill Kolender and his onetime employer, the San Diego Union-Tribune. "Almost nobody didn’t love Bill Kolender," said the U-T’s October 6 ...

October 8, 2015
Store at your own risk, bud

In March 2014, San Diego's city councilmembers approved the sale and distribution of medical marijuana in designated areas throughout the city. What they didn't do, however, is address where, or how, dispensary owners should store ...

October 8, 2015
The house that Sanford built headed for El Cajon

Jerome Navarra, co-founder and owner of Jerome's Furniture, kept his 2014 promise to move — rather than demolish — the formerly historic Sanford B. Myers Spec House on 16th and J Street on Wednesday, October ...

Weekend opera happenings

There’s some opera happening this weekend. San Diego City Opera is performing Queen of Carthage as part of the La Jolla Playhouse Without Walls Festival. San Diego City Opera was founded by Cory Hibbs and ...

That Democrat-Republican split may help

National radio personality Ray Lucia Sr. is taking his banishment from the securities industry to the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals, according to the publication Investment News. On September 3, the board of ...

October 8, 2015

Wednesday, October 7

San Diego businesses chafe under Yelp's increasing power

“How sad to know that your job is in jeopardy because you didn’t pour water quickly enough for one angry customer.”

October 7, 2015
Three poems by Brian Jobe

In Vento et Rapida Aqua Even if her words could be written on wind and rapid water, they were seductive and sussurant — and electric. I sought her again and again, wanting to be bitten ...

October 7, 2015
Justin DeCesare collects

Republican-turned-Democrat Nathan Fletcher, whose failed mayoral bid was backed by billionaire Qualcomm co-founder Irwin Jacobs, has endorsed Justin DeCesare’s bid for the seventh district city-council seat held by GOP incumbent Scott Sherman. A former real ...

October 7, 2015
Before Neverland

If the names Mary Martin and Walt Disney top the Peter Pan pantheon, and if Hook — Spielberg’s nadir — remains forever anchored at the bottom of Mermaid Lagoon, then Joe Wright’s Pan ranks somewhere ...

October 7, 2015
Go for the fruit and score a bulging torta also

Was Frederico's Mexico-style frutería the first across the border?

SDSU rock-and-roll anthropologists dig deep into campus music history

“Jaime and I have become rather obsessed with the history of live music at SDSU,” says Seth Mallios, professor of anthropology at San Diego State and co-author of Let It Rock!, a five-volume book series ...

October 7, 2015
Director Ariel Kleiman on Partisan

Partisan tells the story of an urban commune, led by the charismatic Gregori (Vincent Cassel), and supported by its children, who are trained to carry out assassinations in the outside world. (Kleiman, who co-wrote the ...

October 7, 2015
Cannonball's Rum Manhattan breaks the surface with a balance of taste and texture

While the usual vodka- and gin-based poolside-fixtures are welcomed mixtures on the menu, Cannonball’s general manager Ray Means says Cannonball also serves up the brown liquors and offers seasonal variations on classic cocktails. “We could ...

October 7, 2015
The game has changed for San Diego jazz scene

“I found out my jam session at Seven Grand was being canceled with just one week’s notice,” trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos related to the Reader over breakfast at Swami’s in North Park. “I mean, the manager, ...

Beth Hart: The blues in tattoos

She is the embodiment of every one of the best of the blues stylists I grew up listening to during the ’60s and the ’70s. Beth Hart has got Janis Joplin and Etta James and ...

October 7, 2015
The Lot brings luxury cinema to La Jolla Village

“Today, you can watch a movie in a ton of different places,” acknowledges Adolfo Fastlicht, owner of the LOT, a new premium entertainment and dining venue on La Jolla’s Fay Avenue. “Many people don’t mind ...

October 7, 2015
Shifty sandbars

This World Junior Surfing Championship, back in California for the first time since 2005, will host competition October 11–18 south of the Oceanside Pier in four divisions: under-18 boys, under-16 boys, under-18 girls, and under-16 ...

Exercise both your body and spirit in Monserate Mountain Preserve

Monserate Mountain Preserve, located in San Diego’s North County, is the second largest of 11 preserves within the 2700-acre Fallbrook Land Conservancy. The preserve began with an acquisition of 225 acres in 2000; more acreage ...

October 7, 2015
Kitty Plague was getting back to rocking, then Miss Kitty got preggers

“When we first started recording this album over 18 months ago with Jeff Forrest at Doubletime Studio, Stephen Case was on drums and John Falk was on bass,” says sole Kitty Plague survivor Mark Haemmerle ...

October 7, 2015
Style and substance run Full Gallop at the Globe

“...It’s a way of life. Without it you’re nobody. And I’m not talking about a lot of clothes.”

October 7, 2015
Monthlong series showcases local filmmaker

The Paul Espinosa Film Series kicks off Saturday, October 10, from 5 to 7 p.m., with an opening night reception at the Seuss Room of UC San Diego’s Geisel Library. The award-winning independent filmmaker’s personal ...

October 7, 2015
City hall child slavery act?

Should San Diego lower the city’s voting age from 18 to 16? Not such a great idea, opines deputy city attorney Sharon Spivak, a onetime Union-Tribune city hall reporter, in a response to a request ...

October 7, 2015
Royal pain in the wedding

“Every single conflict can be boiled down into one underlying problem, and that’s one person in the family not being happy with another person’s choices.”

October 7, 2015
If "gentrification is driving poverty," are hipster consumers pushing the gas pedal?

Attack on Cereal Killer Cafe nothing to fret.

October 7, 2015
My morning walk with Jim James

In late 2013, My Morning Jacket set up camp north of San Francisco in Marin County to begin recording the collection of songs that became The Waterfall. The band selected a new studio called Panoramic ...

October 7, 2015
Where to get a great pumpkin

“The largest pumpkin ever grown weighed over 2000 pounds.”

October 7, 2015
Border crossing rules have changed at San Ysidro

In fact, you will need some steenking papers to enter Mexico.

Out-of-towners influence the Strawberry Field vote

The homework is done on Carlsbad mayor Matt Hall.

October 7, 2015
On languages, bike paths, and horse feathers

For a Good Time, Read Re: News Ticker, October 1, “San Diego Sheriff’s Costly Overtime Overpay” Of course that’s what we do! We swap shifts all the time. Better yet, instead of swapping days, you ...

October 7, 2015
Will Faulconer’s political chums clash over Airbnb?

Sometimes labels can be tricky things to find, especially inside political underwear. When home-stay booking firm Airbnb retained the services of the Sacramento super-lobbying outfit California Strategies, run by ex–Pete Wilson aide Bob White, it ...

October 7, 2015
Boogie rock from Saskatoon

Thursday 8Canada band Sheepdogs bring their brand of boogie rock to town Thursday night. The ten-year-old Saskatoon troupe is touring in support of their brand new record, Future Nostalgia, a set that gets classic guitar ...

October 7, 2015
Help, lord, my hope increase

O let thy wretch find that relief Thou didst afford the faithful thief. Please for me, love! Allege and show That faith has farther, here, to go And less to lean on. Because then Though ...

Wolf Alice and the grunge daddy

Sunday 11Soda Bar stages Off with Their Heads on Sunday. The Minneapolis four-piece trades in melodic hardcore seasoned with straight-ahead punk rock, and it looks as if they are picking up a tour that was ...

October 7, 2015

Tuesday, October 6

Little Birds' Elgin James’s personal appearance benefits Digital Gym

Join Reader film-critic Scott Marks at the Digital Gym, Friday, October 9, at 9 p.m. for a screening of Little Birds, followed by a Q&A with writer-director Elgin James. The autobiographical tale, James’s debut, stars ...

Bitcoin ATM machine for Ocean Beach

On Thursday, October 8, what's billed as the first Bitcoin ATM in the region comes to Ocean Beach. The first transactions will begin taking place at a launch party late that afternoon at 4796 Niagara ...

October 6, 2015
Second Chance for beer in Carmel Mountain Ranch

Early September saw one of San Diego's most accomplished craft-beer talents open a new brewery in Carmel Mountain Ranch. Second Chance Beer Co. launched with a trio of beers made by Marty Mendiola, a credentialed ...

About 145 more cars can jam into Hillcrest

Parking has been the number-one problem expressed by Hillcrest residents for years. On October 2, Luke Terpstra, chair of the Hillcrest Town Council, talked to me about the problem. "We have a thriving business district ...

October 6, 2015
Riley Elementary special-needs student victimized

The San Diego Unified School District has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by a parent who claims her child, a special-needs student at Riley Elementary in Clairemont Mesa, was sexually assaulted by a district ...

October 6, 2015
Former sheriff, police chief Kolender dies

Former county sheriff Bill Kolender died today (October 6) after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease, according to a San Diego County Sheriff's Department press release. He was 80 years old. He joined the police ...

October 6, 2015
Robber gets money, deodorant, condoms

A thief who held up a Tijuana convenience store in the wee hours of Sunday, October 4th, got ahold of cash and merchandise, including four packs of condoms. Tijuana’s daily El Mexicano reported on October ...

October 6, 2015
San Diego's got diversity

San Diego ranks among the top U.S. cities in racial and ethnic, language, and region of birth diversity, according to WalletHub, a firm that studies cities, metro areas, and states for various characteristics. Out of ...

October 6, 2015
Last Call: La Cage Aux Folles and Without Walls Festival

La Cage Aux Folles at San Diego Musical Theatre. You have until Sunday, says our guest reviewer Jon Reimer, to “throw on a wig, put on your best pair of heels, and head on down ...

...and El Niño could cost billions

A severe El Niño this winter could put a dent in San Diego's economy, according to Vince Vasquez of the National University System Institute for Policy Research. The 1982–1983 storms caused more than $2 billion ...

October 6, 2015
Who to teach the tots?

Dozens of kindergartners at Ocean Beach Elementary may have to separate from the only teacher they’ve ever known and undergo the uncomfortable task of transferring to another class — just weeks after beginning their public ...

October 6, 2015

Monday, October 5

That's the Marti Emerald we like to see

It seems relief is on the way for Maria Villanueva. The single mother from City Heights has been at the center of recent protests by residents who've heard their pleas for home repairs fall on ...

October 5, 2015
State coastal commission bonkers?

The California Coastal Commission meets tomorrow in Long Beach to consider a matter critical to North County San Diegans: will 3.6 million pounds of nuclear waste repose within 100 feet of the ocean and only ...

October 5, 2015
Tribune Publishing sharpens the ax

Chicago-based Tribune Publishing, parent company of the L.A. Times and Union-Tribune, announced today (October 5) that it will have a company-wide "Employee Voluntary Separation Program," an employee-buyout proposal. If enough people don't sign up, there ...

October 5, 2015
More criticism of county transportation plan

New criticism of the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) plan to manage transportation in the coming decades has arisen as the group prepares to consider a revised transit plan this week. The Cleveland National ...

October 5, 2015
A fairy tale land of beer

Follow the stairs with the gnomes painted on the side to the second floor of one of the many locales that is the maze of Plaza Fiesta and you will find a kitchen with a ...

$250k raised, lifeguard project stopped

A group of Mission Beach residents fighting against unpermitted construction of a new lifeguard tower near the Mission Beach Jetty has raised the $250,000 bond needed to stop the project until a court trial can ...

October 5, 2015
Five percent of U-T’s parent acquired by buyer with Chinese ties

Could the San Diego Union-Tribune, the once proud, Republican daily newspaper of America's heretofore impregnable Navy bastion, fall under the sway of unidentified investors led by a China-linked money manager? The question is raised by ...

October 5, 2015

Sunday, October 4

Wahoo, the 65 mph meal

Inshore: No change here, except a couple wahoo being picked up on ¾ day trips. ½ day boats are fishing in tight for calico and sand bass, rockfish, sheephead and a few yellowtail while a ...

October 4, 2015
Youth and experience mingle at Panama 66

Tuesday 6 Bassist Ben Wanicur hosts his monthly jam session at 3rd Space (4610 Park Boulevard) with Duncan Moore on drums and Jason Shattil on piano at 8:00 p.m. $5 at the door. Wednesday 7 ...

October 4, 2015
Talking walls

The La Jolla Playhouse’s popular Without Walls Festival begins Friday, October 9 and runs through October 11. That’s 22 events in three days, and all are “site-specific.” “The Playhouse has four theaters,” says artistic director ...

October 4, 2015
An awkward ménage à trois

When I first met Oliver Castañeda a couple years ago, he was running a small coffee shop named El Gnomo (The Gnome) in downtown Tijuana in the alley known as Pasaje Gomez. When Pasaje Gomez ...

Mexico over the years

Greetings from Tijuana A mile east of the Tijuana International Airport is an area police call El Fin del Mundo, the End of the World, where drug-cartel assassins dump their victims. Both Mexican and American ...

October 4, 2015
Trader Joe's gets it, Clairemont

Earlier this year, Clairemont Town Council boardmember Steve Innis was told by Trader Joe's real estate manager Doug Yokomizo that calls can help get certain parts of town on their radar. Subsequently, in May, Clairemont ...

October 4, 2015

Saturday, October 3

Rocky for president in 2016?

"America is already great, but we can make it greater." That appears to be the campaign slogan for San Diego businessman Roque "Rocky" De La Fuente II, who recently set up a website touting his ...

October 3, 2015
What we need is a musical cold war

What if, instead of a military industrial complex, we had an arts industrial complex? What if we had about a dozen for-profit, hard-core, unethical, manipulative corporations that ran music programs? I mean the dirty, money-hungry, ...

October 3, 2015
My dog needs a rubdown — what's the problem?

Wellness care for pets is thriving in San Diego. There are fitness trainers, massage therapists, and more. For many animal owners, it’s a tool to prevent illness. To the California Veterinary Medical Board, it’s risky ...

October 3, 2015
Wine, nuts, and ghosts in Little Italy

Wine. Because no great story starts with a salad. This is what stops me. It’s a sign scrawled on a chalkboard outside a beautiful old Victorian cottage, huddling between three concrete buildings. It makes you ...

Friday, October 2

Tijuana doctors speak up for pedestrian victims

As many as 30 pedestrians are struck by motor vehicles in Tijuana each week — and few of them survive, a recent report issued by health authorities revealed. The report, in the form of a ...

October 2, 2015
Ex-Wilson aide and USC honcho says no ulterior motives in anti-Tribune campaign

With the epic battle for control of the Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union-Tribune raging on, a well-known L.A. political player and University of Southern California honcho with ties to Pete Wilson — who ...

October 2, 2015
May the Force be with Titus Andronicus

The Titus Andronicus van rolled into town on the same night as the Foo Fighters traveling circus. Whereas Dave Grohl and Co. most likely played to a sold-out Sleepy Train Amphitheatre, Patrick Stickles and his ...

October 2, 2015
Accounting and accountability awry in I.B.

For over 20 years, real estate managers Richard and Cheryl Schaumburg have been a well-respected couple in Imperial Beach, with their photos on placards posted in front of properties that they managed listing them as ...

Little change in the Dead Weather

The Dead Weather open up their third LP with "I Feel Love (Every Million Miles).” It’s a robotic but robust mixture of screeching vocals from Alison Mosshart (The Kills), and the repetitive rhythm from Jack ...

October 2, 2015
Provocative and challenging Cell has a socially-conscious pulse

As we enter the Tenth Avenue Theatre space, tall, barbed-wire fences flank both sides. Ushers don black vests with bold white letters across the back: THURSTON. A soundscape rumbles in the background. We are in ...

Two local lawyers disbarred

According to the October edition of the California Bar Journal, two local lawyers, Charles Colin Cossio of Alpine and Louis Gordon Bruno of Escondido, have been disbarred. Cossio's disbarment involved moral turpitude. The state bar ...

October 2, 2015
A deli counter good enough for a wedding party

While in a grocery store recently, I came across a couple of guys who were ordering vast quantities of salads and meats from the deli counter. They said they were hosting a casual wedding reception ...

Thursday, October 1

Encinitas styrofoam ban unwelcomed

Steve Amster is fighting Encinitas city hall again. In his 30 years as owner of Garden State Bagels, he has won, and lost, several battles over sign ordinances and sheriff’s department traffic enforcement. This time ...

October 1, 2015
Poetical approach to life, death, identity, and government lies

“None of us is who we are when we’re at home,” observes orange-haired Nut, recalling a childhood where she distrusted her father, a war hero, and didn’t fit into a young woman’s traditional identity. As ...

October 1, 2015
Not winning a gold for pumpkin beer, but...

Pumpkin season comes earlier every year. Ballast Point released its seasonal Pumpkin Down in the middle of August, and I was not ready. I've never been enthusiastic about the pumpkin-spiced beverage trend, and its appearance ...

October 1, 2015
Another echo from the dot-com bubble burst

The dot-com bubble, considered one of history's most malodorous stock market runups/rundowns, began around 1997 and lasted until March of 2000, when wildly absurd valuations peaked and the bubble burst. During the bubble period, a ...

October 1, 2015
Loving and loathing the peso in Tijuana

“The dollar keeps getting more expensive! Isn't it awesome?” Jimmy told me excitedly one payday a couple months ago. At age 20, Jimmy was my youngest coworker while I was working in retail. He had ...

October 1, 2015
This county is lousy for the disabled

San Diego is a disappointing middle-of-the-pack as a residence for those with disabilities, according to a new study by WalletHub, a firm that does statistical studies on states, metro areas, and cities. Out of 150 ...

Beer + salad = should have had a burger

KNB Wine Cellars recently celebrated its seventh anniversary, and while I’ve perused the bottle shop a few times and even checked the taplist, it occurred to me I’d never eaten from the restaurant portion of ...

Solar power vs. SDG&E

A statewide panel convened by the Sierra Club on Wednesday (September 30) took aim at efforts by San Diego Gas & Electric and other utilities statewide that could limit the spread of private solar installations ...

October 1, 2015
Mexico on $4.27 a day

Beginning today, October 1st, workers across Mexico will see a three-peso hike in the minimum wage — the equivalent of about 18 cents in U.S. dollars. The increase will bring the minimum wage to 70.10 ...

October 1, 2015
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