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Pandora's box of Issa staffer's freebies

Embattled streaming music service from Oakland stages Manhattan junket

One of the earliest players in the streaming music business is facing an uncertain future and locked in a money war with recording artists. What to do? Hire a Wall Street banker to shop the ...

$300 million allegedly bilked from investors

Rancho Santa Fe resident linked to Aequitas six years ago

A week ago (March 10), the Securities and Exchange Commission filed suit against a Portland, Oregon, financial firm named Aequitas and three of its high-living, socially prominent executives. They are charged with running a Ponzi ...

SeaWorld's last orca generation

Theme-park CEO takes some credit for "attitudinal change"

After years of protests, negative advertising campaigns, and lawsuits that have led to plunging revenues and stock prices, SeaWorld executives announced on Thursday (March 17) that they would begin taking steps to end the practice ...

Ginastera and Yolanda Kondonassis

The harpist speaks of her relationship to the composer

Harp music is an interesting phenomenon, at least it is to me. I’m always happy when I go to a symphonic concert and see a harp or two on the stage. That’s usually a good ...

City bucks for “twinkle lights”

Council also approves funding for I-805 holiday bridge-lights project

North Park residents will soon get a lot of twinkle in their eyes, thanks to $5200 in “community programs and services” funding from the city. The San Diego City Council on March 15 passed (as ...

Best burger within a short drive

Charley’s Famous Hamburgers

When San Diegans discuss the area’s best burger, the two top contenders are usually Hodad’s in Ocean Beach and Downtown and Rocky’s Crown Pub near Pacific Beach. I understand. Both places make high-quality burgers. I ...

Ocean Beach surveillance cameras going up

"We don’t want [the signs] to look so Big-Brotherish.”

After months of contention over the use of surveillance cameras along the Ocean Beach coastline, it’s all over except for the signage. The first three cameras — in all, ten are planned — appeared recently ...

Viejas doubles down on live music

New Viejas in the Park venue looks to draw major-name acts

Viejas Casino, the once thriving host of touring music headliners, is about to unveil a new venue that may re-establish the resort as a host for major artists. The new Viejas in the Park venue ...

Supes put kibosh on pot shops

Moratorium on approvals and openings of new storefronts before April 27

The County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously yesterday (March 16) to place a temporary moratorium on the approval of new medical marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated areas. The issue packed the board's chambers with residents, most ...

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