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Stories for October 2016

Monday, October 31

SD Neighborhoods: North County Inland

Moon for the Misbegotten Pearce snapped away while Arenas’s city uniform was draped around his ankles. Then it got ugly. Arenas and two other public employees allegedly grabbed Pearce, pushed him around, stole the camera, ...

October 31, 2016
Fat Leonard deputies destined for prosecution

Two former executives of Glenn Defense Marine Asia have been extradited from Singapore and arraigned on charges of participating in a conspiracy to submit fraudulent information, price quotes, claims, and invoices to the U.S. Navy ...

October 31, 2016
Purveyors of mindless memes comment on the Richard Tucker opera gala

I watched the live stream of the Richard Tucker Gala on Medici TV’s Facebook stream. At one point I was kind of a fan of letting people live tweet during opera or symphony performances. After ...

Closed-door meetings with Chargers preceded mayor's stadium backing

With the election little more than a week away, questions continue to bedevil San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer regarding the motives behind his deal with the Chargers to endorse the team's tax-subsidized downtown stadium and ...

October 31, 2016
Watch out for Ibo’s booth

I like saucy Mediterranean food, so when I saw a fairly new booth offering just that at a local farmers’ market, I bit. Ibo’s Mediterranean Cuisine is named for its founder and chef Ibrahim Aladogan, ...

Sunday, October 30

San Diego restaurant reviews from the early '70s

The Reader dines out at the Shanghai in La Jolla The appetizers are good but not unusual, and the egg roll pastry (but not the filling) is the best I’ve ever eaten. The shellfish dishes, ...

It ain't gonna legalize itself

“We got the idea from our good friends in the pornography business, actually,” says Prop 64 organizer Billy Bongwater. “Remember when all those porn sites blocked access to California IP addresses in order to raise ...

Stephanie Richards plays the Loft

Tuesday 1 The Danny Green Trio with Justin Grinnell on bass and Julien Cantelm on drums play 3rd Space (4610 Park Boulevard) at 8 p.m. They play a set and then open it up for ...

October 30, 2016
How tall is too tall in Point Loma?

On October 24, the city council voted 7-1 in favor of amending the Land Development Code to get developers in line with the intent of 1972's Proposition D. The amendment will take the form of ...

Angler count low, yellowfin count high

Inshore: The inshore fishing was very good this last week with lots of elbow room, to boot. A little bumpy weather kept the angler count down and I believe it’s the first week since springtime ...

October 30, 2016
Famous San Diego characters

Deepak’s Six Pack No doubt about it: Deepak Chopra has the New Age set enthralled. This is Wayne Dyerland. Past-Lives Therapyland. Verging on the spiritual turf of Linda Evans and Ramptha, her 5th-century revived adviser ...

Saturday, October 29

Cop stop study data veiled in darkness

"We note that based on interviews and talking with [police] officers, these data cards contribute to low morale and there's a certain frivolity to them." San Diego State University researcher Josh Chanin, on the team ...

October 29, 2016
San Diego mayor takes action in wake of Chicano Park truck tragedy

“When I first heard the news about a truck dropping into Chicano Park,” says Mayor Faulconer, "I naturally assumed it was just another campaign maneuver from the Trump camp. But when I learned that the ...

Bacon King and Cheetos Chicken Fries, reviewed

It’s NFL season again. Which means that, besides watching the Chargers lose over and over, I also get to watch a lot of meretricious commercials. Most of them are about cars that I cannot afford, ...

San Diego Beer Week 2016's Best Bets

Hundreds of brewery and cross-promotional events are planned around San Diego Beer Week 2016, featuring thousands of beers. You cannot drink them all. But you can cover quite a few of them by checking out ...

October 29, 2016
Hot battle re Measure D

The fight between San Diego hoteliers and attorney Cory Briggs continues on. Briggs, whose client San Diegans for Open Government sued the city and San Diego's Tourism Marketing District for what they claimed is an ...

October 29, 2016

Friday, October 28

Rossini the foodie

I had forgotten that Rossini stopped composing opera so early. It could be that I never put it together since he continued to compose sacred music in the 1840s, '50s, and '60s with the Petite ...

Sweetwater school district resolves boundary issue

For years, schools in the Sweetwater Union High School District have either been severely impacted or under-enrolled. To address the issue, the district held five "Long Range Facility Master Plan" meetings in 2015 and invited ...

Modern Times to open Leisuretown in Anaheim

Friday morning, Modern Times announced a significant new expansion to downtown Anaheim. Dubbed Leisuretown, the brewery, food, and entertainment complex will occupy nearly 32,000 square feet at 554 South Anaheim Boulevard, just across the freeway ...

October 28, 2016
A slow week at the movies is not the same as a weak week

This week is a strong one for women here at The Big Screen. The big news is Sonia Braga, who not only plays a strong, intelligent woman in Aquarius, but also plays a strong, intelligent ...

October 28, 2016
Cop who shot unarmed man faces civil lawsuit

The San Diego police officer who shot and killed an unarmed man in January 2013 is not entitled to immunity in a civil lawsuit filed by the deceased man's wife. On October 25, a federal ...

October 28, 2016
A cozy, out-of-the-way spot in the middle of North Park

The name seemed familiar, but when I walked past Bangkok Spices shortly after it opened on 30th Street, I couldn't quite place it. Eventually I realized I'd been to a restaurant of the same name ...

Steph Johnson Band proves Music Is Art

Soul-jazz vocalist Steph Johnson threw a party for her Music Is Art record-release event on October 21 at Bread & Salt, drawing a standing-room-only crowd of dedicated supporters primed to cheer on her long-time trio ...

October 28, 2016
Autumn color, a new moon, and a conjunction

Conjunction between Venus and Saturn — Spot the beautiful sight of Venus and Saturn's close encounter on Saturday, October 29, as they pass within less than three degrees of each other after sunset in an ...

October 28, 2016
Be Here Now — is it really that bad?

The Emperors New Clothes, the musical starring five working-class lads from Manchester, mega millions, and an Escobar of cocaine recording at Abbey Road. What could possibly go wrong? Seemingly everything. Time has not been kind ...

October 28, 2016

Thursday, October 27

Unusual promotions for 2016 San Diego Beer Week

San Diego Beer Week returns for the eighth year in 2016, running ten days from Friday, November 4 through Sunday, November 13. Hundreds of special taplists and cross promotional events will take place at bars, ...

Tronc'ed again: Union-Tribune faces yet more jobless fears

It may be curtains for media giant Gannett's multibillion-dollar deal for tronc, the Chicago-based newspaper chain that owns San Diego's Union-Tribune and the Los Angeles Times, leaving employees of the troubled print-based business in more ...

October 27, 2016
William Tell at the Met

William Tell or Guillaume Tell is an enormous opera. The performance at New York’s Metropolitan Opera began at 6:30 p.m. and ended at 11:45 p.m. While there are times when I thought Rossini could have ...

Physician's assistant brings on physician's demise

Robert Smith, MD, lost his physician's and surgeon's certificate this month for prescribing controlled substances to a physician's assistant who was employed in the same office as Smith. According to the Medical Board of California, ...

October 27, 2016
Encinitas loses longtime restaurants

October 26 was a sad day for customers of two longtime Encinitas restaurants: Kealani’s Hawaiian food and next-door neighbor Manhattan Giant Pizza both announced it would be their last day in business. On September 30 ...

October 27, 2016
Hipster zone planned for North Park

Mid-city residents packed city-council chambers on Tuesday afternoon (October 25) as councilmembers convened to consider long-awaited updates to community plans for North Park and Golden Hill. The most contentious discussion centered around the North Park ...

That time a chef brought me dinner

In July, chef Kathleen Wise moved on after nine years cooking for the popular — and well-documented — late night restaurant Starlite. Last week, she turned up at my front porch with a paper bag ...

Pacific Imperial Railroad opts for bankruptcy

Pacific Imperial Railroad, the leaseholder of the publicly owned 70-mile stretch of railroad from Campo to Plaster City known as the Desert Line, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. As reported by the Reader on ...

October 27, 2016
Juarez Cartel endorses Hillary Clinton for United States President

"The decision to endorse Hillary Clinton for President of the United States was not an easy one,” says Juarez Cartel head Vincente Carillo Fuentes. "Donald Trump has historically been friendly to those who share his ...

300 percent returns? No.

James Catipay pleaded guilty yesterday (October 26) to defrauding investors through a plan to recruit plaintiffs for lawsuits against pharmaceutical firms. He was promising returns of 100 percent to 300 percent per year. His company, ...

October 27, 2016

Wednesday, October 26

San Diego beer 2016: a year in the can

San Diego is on pace to add more than 20 new breweries in 2016, for the second year in a row, and there will likely be 135 by year’s end. Ten years ago there were ...

October 26, 2016
SeaBase — all about that bass

Tom Perry hates it that the bass player gets ignored. “Usually you can’t even remember the bass player’s name. But ladies love the bass. Can you imagine...when we play it’s three times the estrogen.” Perry, ...

October 26, 2016
Get an early start on tomorrow's happiness at Krakatoa

Over at Here’s the Deal we often revel in the local nightlife, but what about you day-drinkers out there? Krakatoa is the kind of place that allows one to feel validated — nay, vindicated! — ...

October 26, 2016
Yes on K?

The Union-Tribune’s Successful Aging Expo last month featured booths for Carefree Vacations and Eyeglass World. But one sponsor raised eyebrows among some: the Hemlock Society, with tips on how to best use the state’s new ...

October 26, 2016
From Paris to the I.B. pier

This is your brain on veggies. I mean, look at it. You’d swear that’s what this was. It’s brain-shaped. It has all the wrinkles and bulges, the bike-helmet shape. Except it’s not a brain, it’s ...

October 26, 2016
No one is responsible

A couple of CVS shopping carts made a mysterious appearance at the pump house at the end of Loring Street in Pacific Beach. They showed up a couple of weeks ago, down at the bottom ...

Tonight, he is a dinosaur

Jimmy the Dinosaur For Leslie, Halloween 2014 His arms and legs flail wildly, And from his profile, laughter Billows up like so much smoke. It comes from a deep place: one that, Two years ago, ...

October 26, 2016
Vague words and catchphrases lure Millennials into buying

Dear Hipster: I enjoy reading your column. I thought of you recently whilst purchasing frozen precooked Baja shrimp at a strip-mall grocery store. The package boasted that the shrimp were “wild-caught by artisanal fishermen.” What ...

October 26, 2016
Freedom from what?

The Lion plays at the Old Globe through October 30. I saw it on Sunday, October 16. In the finest tradition of song cycles such as Schumann’s Dichterliebe and Schubert’s Winterreise, The Lion, by Benjamin ...

October 26, 2016
Noisy life along the Southern Wildlife Preserve

Until the middle of the past century, the San Diego River flowed into a large wetland that encompassed parts of San Diego Bay as well as Mission Bay. However, periodic flooding deposited large amounts of ...

October 26, 2016
Library lets in the noise

“No, this is not the sort of thing that you’d expect to hear in the library.” Laurie Bailey is the arts, music, and recreation librarian at the Central Library in East Village. She’s talking about ...

November record-release roundup

Crooked’s To the Dancing Ground EP premieres October 29 at the Whistle Stop. “This one has nine original songs and one old-time tune,” says bassist/singer Chad Pittman. “We’ll play it from front to back...our music ...

October 26, 2016
Lions and Tigers and Zombies

Friday | 28 A zombie pass gains you entry to 25 Gaslamp Halloween parties, all within crawling distance of each other, along with 15 welcome shots (bartender’s choice). Kickoff party at Fluxx Nightclub from 6 ...

October 26, 2016
Aquarius appears to direct itself

Every year around award season, a cry goes out bemoaning the lack of quality female parts in movies today. For those not allergic to subtitles or a 142-minute running time, there’s Aquarius — a gleaming, ...

October 26, 2016
Bridgepoint over troubled waters

"Bridgepoint Education will likely not exist this time next year," wrote research analyst Duane Bair in an October 23 essay for Seeking Alpha. "The same circumstances that bankrupted peers could result in the demise of ...

October 26, 2016
Sally Ride: From budget line item to Broadway Pier

Named for Sally Ride, the first American woman in space as part of the space shuttle Challenger crew and member of UCSD’s faculty, Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s new research vessel, Sally Ride, will be open ...

Marc Ford's gut-level Americana

By the time Marc Ford hits Ramona, his new album, The Vulture, will have been released. And some of the critics who had written him off before are now saying he’s making the best music ...

October 26, 2016
The unnerving man-bun craze

Dear Hipster: I need help with this man-bun craze, you know, the short hair with a little ponytail. One of my favorite performers has taken up the man-bun, and it’s on all of his album ...

October 26, 2016
Life's a risk, dog

It’s not often that you catch up with the lead singer of a punk band that’s shopping for tortoise food, but that’s just how Zac Carper rolls. He’s a character. His dad, John Carper, is ...

October 26, 2016
Warning: annual tax bill of $86,679

Beds: 6 Baths: 11 Current Owner: Edward J Wald List Price: $8,750,000 “Set behind gates on a long and private drive in Rancho Del Lago, one of Rancho Santa Fe’s most coveted addresses,” boasts listing ...

October 26, 2016
The treacherous Camino Del Sur in Black Mountain Ranch.

Traffic Engineering division plays it street-smart — no emails

Waves worth getting sick for

Name: Colton Koons Age: 22 From: Serra Mesa Occupation: Beach Lifeguard Location: Ocean Beach Jetty Colton Koons is in the parking lot at the end of Santa Monica Avenue peeling off his wetsuit and getting ...

October 26, 2016
SANDAG meets well-financed opposition

A bid by the San Diego Association of Governments, otherwise known as SANDAG, the tax-financed public agency in charge of funding everything from freeway routes to trolleys and buses here, has run into some resistance ...

October 26, 2016
Numbers jump at Santee United Methodist Church

Santee United Methodist Church Membership: 200 Pastor: Christian DeMent Age: 43 Born: La Mesa Formation: San Diego State; Claremont School of Theology, Claremont Years Ordained: 10 San Diego Reader: Why did you become a minister? ...

October 26, 2016
Haunted hotel Halloween at the Lafayette, Casbah style

Sunday 30Eighties new-wavers Psychedelic Furs play Belly Up in Solana Beach on Sunday night. The English act is still anchored by brothers Richard (singer) and Tim Butler (guitar) and still trades in their imminently dance- ...

October 26, 2016
Jacuzzi Boys, Jimmy Whispers

Thursday 27Get your recommended daily allowance of country-fried jams and greazy beats when the Distinguished Delinquents tour graces the Casbah stage Thursday night. The Delinquents be the roots-rocking country-blues trio from Nashville, Indiana, Reverend Peyton’s ...

October 26, 2016
Outcry over Civita

Just What Trump Needed Your October 20 issue really was perfect. You exposed the growing prices of homes in San Diego and how the average American wage earner can’t keep up or even contemplate purchasing ...

October 26, 2016

Tuesday, October 25

Pepsi beats out Coke for Oceanside contract

The Coke vs. Pepsi war may be heating up in Oceanside. The city will most likely be switching to Pepsi as their official soft-drink provider, to the chagrin of some city employees. “I feel like ...

October 25, 2016
San Diego beer, brewing in Idaho

Earlier this month, Mother Earth Brewing Co. opened a tasting room in the town of Nampa, Idaho, about 20 miles west of Boise. That's because in August the brewery fired up a 40,000-square-foot production facility ...

October 25, 2016
San Diego Opera: Similar to the Met

I ended up in New York over the weekend and attended two productions at the Metropolitan Opera in Lincoln Center. The operas I saw were William Tell and Italian Girl in Algiers. Both are by ...

Cal State San Marcos sued for botched sexual assault case

A Cal State San Marcos student accused of assaulting a female student is suing the college over its handling of the investigation. According to a lawsuit filed in Superior Court on October 21, the student, ...

October 25, 2016
Savage outside world

Annette Raleigh: “How many parents standing up for their children become infantile themselves?” The Raleighs and the Novaks meet to solve what seems a minor issue. Not long after these words, their skins thin out. ...

October 25, 2016
Former gas station turned into hot La Mesa lunch spot

When La Mesa held its Oktoberfest in early October, a running topic of conversation was whether the city is the next North Park or the next Little Italy. La Mesa is a great city to ...

Dakota pipeline opponents take stand in La Jolla

A group of climate activists lined La Jolla Shores Drive on Monday morning (October 24), calling on president Barack Obama to take executive action to halt construction on a controversial oil pipeline in North Dakota. ...

October 25, 2016
Lobster traps in channel hazard to navigation

October 15 — HP responded to the 5th Avenue Landing for a jet ski that was abandoned. HP located the ski which was a rental ski from Seaforth Boat Rentals. The ski was found tied ...

Monday, October 24

Cottages to blossom in Balboa Park

Groundbreaking for new cottages in Balboa Park's House of Pacific Relations is slated for November, giving nine nations their own dedicated spaces in four duplexes and one stand-alone building. House of Philippines will stand independently, ...

October 24, 2016
Mobbed-up memories evoked by Trump's SD donor list

The ghosts of two of San Diego's most controversial real estate moguls live on among the ranks of September San Diego donors to the Clinton and Trump presidential campaigns. Son of a San Diego bootlegger ...

October 24, 2016
Rescued at Sunset Cliffs

On October 23rd at approximately 5 p.m., lifeguards, fire-rescue personnel, and paramedics answered a call at the Ladera Street parking lot in Sunset Cliffs Natural Park. Seven emergency vehicles, one boat, and a jet ski ...

Celebrities who spent some time here: public figures and frauds

For more celebrities, click here. For author celebrities, click here. For thinker and artist celebrities, click here. For sports celebrities, click here. Best Wishes Always He had 1000 letters printed: “I have a collection of ...

October 24, 2016
Not all that tasty, plus a hangover

Situated on Third Street in what used to be the Foreign Club building, Mamut Brewing Co.’s main location is top notch. The old hotel is one of Tijuana’s oldest buildings. Legend says that the building ...

Shag and a freaky hoot

In Act Five, scene one, Hamlet tells the Gravedigger, “We must speak by the card, or equivocation will undo us.” “By the card” could refer to Matthew 5:37: “Let your yes be yes and your ...

October 24, 2016

Sunday, October 23

Peter Sprague Trio in La Jolla

Monday 24 Musical brothers Alan and Mark Ferber headline a double-bill concert at The Loft (911 Lyman Lane) leading a group with Jon Gordon, Joshua White, and Matt Pavolka, with the Kyle Motl Trio featuring ...

October 23, 2016
Rare albacore in the mix

Inshore: This past week was a bit slow due to moon phase and wind, dropping the angler count for the fleet by a third. Even so, the local counts reflect good bottom fishing for rockfish, ...

October 23, 2016
Central San Diego history

Kensington Ends at Monroe The town’s demographics are altering. As older lifelong residents die, houses change hands — sometimes to younger kin; other times to younger strangers. Kensington homes, which according to a recent Multiple ...

Saturday, October 22

Novo Brazil busting out the brews

South of the 54 and east of the 125, Novo Brazil Brewing Co.'s Eastlake Chula Vista location has always seemed a little far removed from the rest of San Diego's brewing scene to explain its ...

O.B. parking problem to continue into perpetuity

“Parking in Ocean Beach is always two bitches and a rabid dog,” a Yelp review read about finding parking when visiting the South Beach Bar & Grille at 5059 Newport Avenue. What the Yelper probably ...

October 22, 2016
Stone Brewing releases two candidate-themed beers just in time for Election Day

"When I was President at POM Wonderful,” says newly installed Stone Brewing CEO Dominic Engels, “we got in trouble for claiming that POM Wonderful could help you cheat death by preventing heart disease and prostate ...

Friday, October 21

National City Marine Terminal redevelopment action

On October 13, the Port of San Diego board finally gave staff permission to proceed with the environmental review for the redevelopment of the National City Marine Terminal. Staffers said it will take nearly a ...

October 21, 2016
Ambulance provider fined for being late

Slow response times continue to plague Arizona-based Rural/Metro Ambulance Services, which serves the City of San Diego. In an October 3, 2016, letter from Rural/Metro director of communications Mike Rice to San Diego fire chief ...

October 21, 2016
September unemployment rate recedes

San Diego County unemployment was 4.7 percent in September, down from a revised 5 percent in August and below the year-ago estimate of 4.8 percent. Between August and September, the county gained 4000 jobs. From ...

October 21, 2016
Certain Women, uncertain concept?

Scott decided to dodge this week’s Santa Anas by ducking into the cool confines of his local cineplex and staying there. Our man in the dark took in five features this week, and if it ...

October 21, 2016
Maybe call it a California Cheesesteak?

They say location is everything, and seeing as El Cajon doesn’t get a lot of my business, I guess they may be right. Of all the communities in San Diego, the east county burg is ...

Jethro Tull, written and performed by Ian Anderson

Jethro Tull the band may be on hiatus, or may be kaput, but Ian Anderson is keeping the name going strong. Anderson is back with his Thick as a Brick 2/Homo Eroticus band, but this ...

Blond on Blonde

You can't put Frank Ocean — the artist or the man — inside of a box. Often credited as a soul crooner, Ocean spins traditional associations of the genre on their heads with his latest ...

October 21, 2016
Barrio Logan residents demand safety above Chicano Park

A family member of two victims of a drunk driver whose vehicle flew off the Coronado Bridge and into Chicano Park on Saturday broke the silence from the families of those involved before assembled media ...

October 21, 2016

Thursday, October 20

2016’s sexy Charger costumes have fans divided

Hey ladies, if you’ve been paying attention, you know that nothing’s been scarier this year than the San Diego Chargers (except maybe Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, and there’s just no way to make them ...

Best of Reading interviews 2003-04

Abe Opincar (Fried Butter) Ruth Reichl, editor in chief of Gourmet magazine, invited me to talk with her about Fried Butter. I went to the Conde Nast building at 4 Times Square. I was ushered ...

October 20, 2016
Last chance for neighbors of Francis Parker School

Community members in Linda Vista hope to overturn a San Diego Planning Commission approval of a massive expansion of one of San Diego's most elite private schools, the Francis Parker School in Linda Vista. As ...

October 20, 2016
Revolution continues on Revolución

Avenida Revolución is seeing a lot of changes. The most emblematic street in downtown Tijuana, known as La Revu, has had something different opening up almost each week this year. Mexican curio shops lose ground ...

October 20, 2016
Orionid meteor shower tomorrow

The Orionid meteor shower is active in the month of October and is expected to reach its peak in the early morning tomorrow, Friday, October 21. Unfortunately, a brightly illuminated moon will glare out much ...

October 20, 2016
Trump University case headed to trial

In federal court, judge Gonzalo Curiel this morning (October 20) thumbed down a motion by Donald Trump's lawyers to throw out the Trump University case. Former students at Trump's highly-touted real estate seminars had raised ...

October 20, 2016
Sausage nostalgia in Little Italy

Two things I like as a mid-brow food writer: house-made sausages and wordplay. I found both at Little Italy’s recently opened pub, Bar One. The place is owned by real estate developer Jim Barone, you ...

Coronado bridge lighting project out to bid

Caltrans is planning a $14.6 million project to rewire the 2.12 mile Coronado bridge and swap the span's incandescent lights for LEDs. "The majority of the work is under the bridge where people can't see ...

Wednesday, October 19

San Diego home price soar, salaries lag

The median price for a single-family home in San Diego County at the end of 2016’s first quarter, according to the California Association of Realtors, stood at just over $554,000. Assuming you’ve got access to ...

October 19, 2016
Declaration of prayer and fasting

The Congress…Desirous…to have people of all ranks and degrees duly impressed with a solemn sense of God’s superintending providence, and of their duty, devoutly to rely… on his aid and direction…do earnestly recommend Friday, the ...

Ms. Moz

Ceci Bastida fronted ska-punk band Tijuana No, considered by many to be Tijuana’s most successful band. Between 1989 and 2000 Tijuana No toured the U.S. and Mexico and released three albums, spearheading Tijuana’s thriving ska ...

October 19, 2016
Book booze

The old downtown public library was notorious for hosting legions of homeless inebriates haunting the stacks. Now the city is looking for a vendor who can purvey the hard stuff to higher-dollar crowds. “From a ...

Brian Jenkins answers the camera's call

“I think I’m done with music. I’ve taken it as far as I can.” Riot House Records label owner and bassist/guitarist Brian Jenkins has joined the growing list of hometown musicians-turned-filmmakers with the release of ...

October 19, 2016
This poet loves all beauteous things

The North Wind in October In the golden glade the chestnuts are fallen all; From the sered boughs of the oak the acorns fall: The beech scatters her ruddy fire; The lime hath stripped to ...

October 19, 2016
Meet the sake master

Am I seeing things? Like, I notice a gal at the entrance of a crowded eatery, speaking Japanese, and giving elaborate bowing farewells to two customers. We’re near 13th and Market. A sign says “BeShock ...

October 19, 2016
Election law brawl

San Diego Republicans are facing off against liberal billionaire George Soros in an improbable big-money brawl about whether the city should change its election laws. The way it is now, candidates for city office who ...

October 19, 2016
King Hedley II graces the stage at Cygnet

Theater critic Jeremy Gerard said August Wilson “writes plays not for Broadway, but which Broadway simply must have — even if it means getting them last.” Those expecting prepackaged emotions and a tidy take-home message ...

October 19, 2016
The Bulbs: high-watt rock

Anytime the Bulbs rehearse or play a show, border crossings are involved. Two of the Bulbs live in the U.S. The other two live in Tijuana. “I guess you could say we are a bi-national ...

October 19, 2016
Rare oak dots the hike to Eagle Peak

The Eagle Peak Preserve, located about 4.5 miles north of Eagle Peak, is a conservation area managed by the San Diego River Park Foundation (SDRPF) that has breathtaking views of the San Diego River Gorge. ...

October 19, 2016
Jennifer Connelly discusses Ewan McGregor’s directorial debut

Matthew Lickona: When Dawn is in the depths of her sadness and misery, she tells the Swede that she should have married one of the nice Holy Cross boys she knew when she was young. ...

October 19, 2016
Mark Dresser keeps on steppin'

“So I’m glad there is a buzz and it’s not accidental” says bassist Mark Dresser, on a Skype call from his office at UC San Diego. We’re discussing the pre-album promotion for his disc due ...

October 19, 2016
Children of the corn maze

The largest corn maze in Southern California is in Temecula. The Big Horse Corn Maze (951-389-4621) covers a whopping 11 acres and takes one to two hours to navigate at an easy pace (45 minutes ...

October 19, 2016
Tasmanian devil

My first thought upon seeing the images of the wave at Pedra Branca (“White Rock” in Portuguese) was of a Hollywood tsunami. It had to be a certain death for any human other than Snake ...

John Brizzolara passes away

John Brizzolara, a Reader writer from 1989 to 2013, died in his sleep at Father Joe’s Villages on October 11. He was 65. Brizzolara wrote about his struggles with alcoholism and other ailments to which ...

October 19, 2016
The biggest kit in the world

Drummer Terry Bozzio’s survived playing with Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck, and a slew of prog-rock lineups. He brings a concert-length solo performance on “the world’s largest tuned drum and percussion” set to Dizzy’s on October ...

October 19, 2016
Hipster Halloween costume rundown

Dear Hipster: Any good ideas for Halloween costumes? — Micaela My fave, the pop-culturally appropriate Hipster Halloween Costume Rundown. This year, the easy choice is scary clowns. I’m not sure if the whole “clown attack” ...

October 19, 2016
Kelly Reichardt on the minds of Mary Tyler Moore and Kristen Stewart

Seconds after the email offering an interview with Kelly Reichardt crossed my desk, a reply in the affirmative was sent. Hopefully I made the best of our brief time together. Scott Marks: Can you give ...

October 19, 2016
Mark McGwire admitted using drugs but still has a chance for Hall of Fame

The dictionary defines “sportsmanship” as “fair play; respect for opponents; polite behavior by someone who is competing in a sport.” That definition is woefully out of date. Now the definition of “sportsmanship” is “egregious greed; ...

October 19, 2016
Already lost

Trump Card at The La Jolla Playhouse is a monologue show by Mike Daisey. It is, as one might guess, about Donald Trump. I saw the show on Friday, October 7, two days before it ...

October 19, 2016
Holy Sons is about facing your personal reality

Are we all not musical descendants of the Beatles? Or, have too many spins of Abbey Road left an indelible impression on one’s ability to hear music in any other way? There’s a distinctive Fab ...

October 19, 2016
Kris Michell offers “year-round vibrancy”

As questions continue about why San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer has endorsed a hike in the city’s hotel tax to pay for a new $1.8 billion Chargers downtown stadium and meeting venue, the controversy has ...

October 19, 2016
Mission Valley is no Napa Valley

Trying to Become Tierrasanta Perhaps this article should have had the following title: “When They Provide Freeway Access to Your Giant Development.” Five-thousand new homes being built and the 10-15,000 residents don’t want better access? ...

October 19, 2016

Tuesday, October 18

City report confronts problem of food container recycling

Polystyrene food containers will continue to end up in San Diego's landfills, according to a report to the city council this week. The containers are too likely to contaminate the other recyclables with food waste ...

October 18, 2016
Encinitas gas station stories

On October 17, the USA gas station off I-5 at Birmingham Drive in Cardiff by the Sea was set to shut down and begin a makeover to an Arco branded station. In an Arco-less city ...

October 18, 2016
Fearless, joyous, reptilian

Diversionary Theatre ushers in its 31st season with the San Diego premiere of Justin Huertas’s “comic book musical fantasy.” Mt. St. Helens erupts and drama ensues. A dragon emerged from the lava. Its blood spews ...

October 18, 2016
German Currents Film Festival returns on October 22

The sixth annual German Currents Film Festival returns to Balboa Park this weekend, and with it comes the usual fine array of five films you’re not likely to find anywhere else in town. The call ...

October 18, 2016
Shark Tank survivor helps take bite out of blight

The 55-foot storefront at 1253 Garnet Avenue has had plastic, wood, and graffiti-covered windows for a long time, said everyone I asked. Those who have been doing business on the same block say the building ...

La Mesa council votes for...cooperation?

The La Mesa City Council on October 11 voted 3-1 to rescind the 2002 policy allowing one councilmember to place an item on the agenda. Instead, the signatures of two councilmembers will be needed to ...

October 18, 2016

Monday, October 17

Insurance for the craft

This month, the California Craft Brewers Association became the first craft-beer trade association in the country to establish a benefits trust intended to help small brewing companies reduce the cost of providing benefits packages to ...

October 17, 2016
Next up out of Carlsbad's McClellan-Palomar Airport

Another new airline took flight out of McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad on October 17. It is the fourth such airline to try doing business out of the North County airport since United Express pulled out ...

October 17, 2016
San Diego Symphony opens masterworks season

The Jacobs Masterworks Series started at Symphony Hall this last weekend. The concert was Schumann’s American Festival Overture, Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, and Brahms Symphony No. 3. Starting off was William — not Robert — Schumann’s ...

Mass rescue off Little Rock Jetty

October 12 0827 Medical: Traumatic injuries at west Mission Bay Drive on a 50y/o male. LG Special events and Medic 78 responded. Medic 78 handled the call. — 09:20 Boating: Vessel left at the dock ...

Coronado wary of granny-flat legislation

Granny flats won’t be pushed out. They keep coming back, even though wealthier cities have thwarted them with a slew of door-slamming zoning codes. Starting next January, a new state law will make it easier ...

Holding Company at the Holding Company

"I'm pretty sure this is the biggest band to ever play in Ocean Beach,” says Steve Yeng, new owner of the old Gallagher’s on Newport Avenue in Ocean Beach. The bar/venue is now called the ...

October 17, 2016
Mega composter in Santa Ysabel

Ground was broken in Santa Ysabel on October 13 on an ambitious new project that seeks to prove soil management can be used to fight climate change throughout California and beyond. "This is all about ...

October 17, 2016
Kebabs and the Dark Side

One thing about East Village’s Quartyard: they have a good turnaround of food trucks. Tonight it’s this flashy Ford F-350 towing a trailer into the space off Market Street where people, dogs, and bars and ...

You can't really call The Lion a play

There have been many notable plays about fathers and sons. Strindberg’s Fathers and Sons and O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night come to mind. Yet none are quite as powerful as the one-man autobiographical musical, ...

October 17, 2016
U-T print circulation continues to plummet

Union-Tribune average seven-day print circulation is plunging precipitously. For the year ended October 1, average daily print circulation was only 144,085, down from 164,532 in 2015 and from 189,822 in 2013. This information is critical ...

October 17, 2016

Sunday, October 16

Best of Reading interviews 2001-2002

JD McClatchy "And I think now in the last 10 or 20 years, there’s been a quite remarkable resurgence and readings and performances of high and low quality, from hip-hop or slams and whatnot, to ...

October 16, 2016
Catfish stocking ending for 2016, trout season gearing up

Inshore: There are still schools of bonito inshore along with yellowtail and lots of pacific mackerel for bait. An occasional halibut is coming from between the reefs and still mostly out in deeper water or ...

October 16, 2016
Joel Harrison returns to San Diego

Monday 17 NYC-based guitarist Joel Harrison returns to San Diego with an all-star group featuring former Pat Metheny sideman Cuong Vu on trumpet, Paul Hanson on bassoon, Jeff Denson on bass, and current Wayne Shorter ...

October 16, 2016
Clown sightings in the South Bay

"I live close to CV [Chula Vista] high school and my husband and I have already been confronted by these stupid clowns," said Egla Cordero Ortiz of Chula Vista in a Facebook post on October ...

October 16, 2016
Trump sues local Apprentice contestant, claiming intellectual property theft

Mira Mesa entrepreneur April Dwyer was famously a contestant on the 2004 season of The Apprentice, the reality show hosted by current Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. She made it through four episodes before getting ...

Saturday, October 15

Ocean Beach construction project draws community ire

A small crowd of about 50 OBecians gathered Saturday afternoon (October 15) at the corner of Ebers and Greene to protest the construction of what has alternatively been billed by the developer first as a ...

October 15, 2016
Chargers advertising — lies, lies, lies

Fred Maas, special advisor to Chargers chief Dean Spanos, is now the team's designated prevaricator. Maas claims in ads that the team's stadium proposal (Measure C) won't cost San Diegans a dime unless they stay ...

October 15, 2016
Unemployed and houseless

What Do I Have to Be Thankful For? Reed: "I have no plans for Thanksgiving. Just be with good friends, like my family here and with Sister Winnie and St. Vincent's and the Salvation Army." ...

October 15, 2016
Moores bidding for British soccer team

John Moores, former Padres owner and major San Diego real estate wheeler-dealer, is trying to buy Nottingham Forest, a British soccer team, according to the Nottingham Post. The team is currently owned by Fawaz Al ...

October 15, 2016
Local landmark(?) restaurant repurposed as mausoleum

Somewhere in the afterlife, former local businessman George Pernicano is twirling his famous mustache and chuckling. And while the 25-foot bronze angel that now sits atop his former restaurant in Hillcrest suggests heaven, both his ...

Jehovah’s Witnesses get relief from appellate court

The Watchotwer Tract Society, commonly referred to as the Jehovah's Witnesses, is asking a San Diego Superior Court judge to return the bond money it posted as a result of an August ruling from a ...

October 15, 2016
What's in a stadium name?

The man most responsible for the expansion of Qualcomm stadium for the Chargers in 1997, ultimately handing the team a taxpayer-funded venue and a controversial ticket guarantee — along with an out-of-town exit pass — ...

October 15, 2016

Friday, October 14

Layoffs at Stone Brewing

On Thursday October 13, Escondido-based Stone Brewing laid off approximately 5 percent of its work force. San Diego's largest brewery by sales volume, the company counted roughly 1200 employees on payroll prior to the layoffs, ...

October 14, 2016
No four-story wall on Cresita Drive

A lawsuit brought by the College Area Residents Association to stop the construction of a 91-unit quasidorm in a neighborhood of single family homes settled quietly at the end of September, according to court records ...

What got into Wells Fargo?

A prominent La Jolla resident, who does not want her name used, knows what led Wells Fargo down the crooked path: management hubris. In 2009, her daughter was headed for college. Mother and daughter went ...

October 14, 2016
All abuzz for American Honey

American Honey is the second movie from a Brit director about economic hardship in America that has won me over this year — the first being Hell or High Water. Where Hell is tight, polished, ...

October 14, 2016
County supervisors to consider Julian development

On Wednesday, October 19, San Diego County supervisors will consider whether to approve a proposal to transform 1416 acres of untouched wilderness in Julian into 24 residential properties called Hoskings Ranch II. They will consider ...

October 14, 2016
Alice in Chains...in Symphony Hall?

Alice in Chains is one of the many bands to come out of the Seattle grunge scene of the early ’90s. Often overlooked by fans that flocked to Nirvana, Soundgarden, and Pearl Jam, I found ...

Weyes Blood's spiritual wake-up call

Weyes Blood has created the perfect storm with Front Row Seat to Earth — a tropical storm, as there is a warmth coming from this harsh forecast that tears your guts out. Dancing piano leads ...

October 14, 2016
Gitmo out of life, go to a movie!

Modern Times would have to wait. No sooner did the DVD of Chaplin’s immortal comedy come off the shelf then I found myself drawn to the contents of the supplementary disc. The documentaries, footage of ...

October 14, 2016
Did Ocean Beach coyote do it?

Raccoons are everywhere in Ocean Beach, so much so, that on any given night, you can find at least several scavenging in the neighborhood, turning over garbage cans and hanging from the trees. I’ve even ...

Thursday, October 13

Local navy officer took bribes from Malaysian

Lieutenant Commander Gentry Debord, a San Diegan, pleaded guilty in federal court today (October 13) to accepting cash, stays at luxury hotels, and prostitutes from foreign defense contractor Glenn Defense Marine Asia. A total of ...

October 13, 2016
A baseball-friendly anniversary beer

Oggi's Pizza & Brewing Co. celebrates its 25th anniversary this month. While the restaurant franchise didn't start making its own beer until 1995, its original pizza restaurant opened in 1991 in Del Mar. The place ...

October 13, 2016
A top chef opened a lunch counter

When Brian Malarkey opened Herb & Wood this summer, its wood-fired cuisine and killer ingredients instantly put it on the shortlist of restaurants I want to dine at on special occasions. But I can’t afford ...

Chinese flame trees in bloom under a fully lit moon

Chinese Flame Trees all over the San Diego region are displaying colorful dusters of orange, reddish, or salmon-pink seed pods. Good specimens line the south end of Balboa Drive in Balboa Park, and Lake Murray ...

October 13, 2016
Area man gets rich on “Chargerrors” with paid emoji

“From the first game, I had a bad feeling about this season,” recalls Local computer whiz/DJ D. Spare, creator of the Sad Charger emoji. “When Keenan Allen went down, I knew it was a sign ...

More apartments across Gila Avenue

According to neighbors, the house at 4591 Gila Avenue was an eyesore. Neighbors lodged complaints about hoarding — the back yard looked like a construction site, complete with a forklift, Bobcat, trucks, and trailers. Edward ...

October 13, 2016
Carbs inside of carbs

I couldn’t tell whether this place wanted to be called Devine Pastablities or Torpasta. There are signs on the storefront for both. The URL is torpasta.com, but it’s copyrighted to Devine Pastabilities. The Instagram bio ...

My Acting Bucket List: Wendy Waddell

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

October 13, 2016
Coastkeeper says water board sends wrong message

Despite the state's ongoing exceptional drought, a recent report shows conservation efforts are easing, particularly along the southern coast. In April 2015, governor Jerry Brown signed an executive order targeting a 25-percent reduction in water ...

October 13, 2016
Four county lawyers disciplined by State Bar

Four county lawyers were disciplined by the State Bar in July. Robert Sibilia of Oceanside was suspended from practicing law for 90 days and put on probation for a year. He was charged with misappropriating ...

October 13, 2016

Wednesday, October 12

A bumpy road through Civita in Mission Valley

ON A HOT AUGUST AFTERNOON in Mission Valley, 47 men, women, and children stand on newly laid squares of sod at the temporary park inside San Diego’s largest mixed-use, environmentally sustainable communities, Civita. It sits ...

October 12, 2016
Banjo maestro Danny Barnes

And now for some banjo love: many have tried to make that instrument cool and failed. Danny Barnes, 55, from Temple, Texas, claims to not be affected by the limitations of it. And there are ...

October 12, 2016
The whole half-yard at Hungry’s

"Milwaukee.” “San Diego.” “Milwaukee!” “Saan Diy-egow!” “’Scuse me. Ever hear of Miller? Schlitz? Pabst? Old Milwaukee? And you’re trying to tell me San Diego is the beer capital of America?” Did I mention Saf is ...

October 12, 2016
Wells Fargo says Americans timid with investments

Yesterday (October 11) Wells Fargo released a study concluding that many Americans are investing too conservatively for their retirement. Today (October 12) Wells Fargo announced that its chief executive, John Stumpf, will retire, effective immediately. ...

October 12, 2016
That ain't the Yawpers

When imagining a band composed of two acoustic guitar players and a drummer, most would envision some sort of mellow country or folk group. That ain’t the Yawpers. The Yawpers play acoustic guitars, but they ...

October 12, 2016
Most surfers pee in their wetsuits

The standard wetsuit for fall and winter surfing is a 3-2. That means that most of the wetsuit is 3 millimeters thick and some parts are only 2 millimeters thick. That normally is warm enough ...

October 12, 2016
Reggae boom

The so-called “San Diego sound” has at times been described (usually by non–San Diegans) as pop punk (Blink-182, Pierce the Veil ), Christian rock (P.O.D., Switchfoot, As I Lay Dying), screamo (Far, My American Heart), ...

October 12, 2016
Shopping carts, bottles and cans, fish line, and netting

My friend Joe and I used to have a running bet on the number of bass caught that morphed into who found and hauled the most trash from the water. Down between the riprap rocks ...

October 12, 2016
The Upper Santa Ysabel Truck Trail on foot

Santa Ysabel Creek is a major tributary of the San Dieguito River. As it flows near Ramona, it is separated into upper and lower branches by the Pamo Valley. The Upper Santa Ysabel Truck Trail ...

October 12, 2016
I wept for the lagoon

It’s a mild, breezy afternoon at Agua Hedionda Lagoon. From the vantage of the visitors center, I can see small boats and jet-skis carving whitewater trails off to the west. Right above me are massive ...

October 12, 2016
Radio Moscow, dialed in

“It’s actually kind of strange how the band ended up here,” says Parker Griggs of Radio Moscow. The psychedelic-blues/hard-rock trio was founded in Story City, Iowa, before moving through Eureka and then Humboldt County. “Our ...

October 12, 2016
SDSU’s beachy breakfast

As the cost of running campaigns in San Diego has grown, so has the influx of major corporate and union contributions. An example is the big money rolling into the San Diego Chamber of Commerce’s ...

October 12, 2016
Taxi Driver is on the big screen October 16 and 19

Listen, you screwheads, here’s a film that still can take it...a theatrical revival over 40 years after its initial release...a film that stood up...to the test of time...here is Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver. Nothing before ...

October 12, 2016
A house that biotech built

Beds: 5 Baths: 6 Current Owner: Howard Birndorf List Price: $8,900,000 The estate home situated at 5979 Rancho Digueno in the southern hills of Rancho Santa Fe is described in listing materials as an “Asian ...

October 12, 2016
Keeping up with the Kinmans

Don’t expect the Dils to throw a 40th-anniversary show honoring the birth of punk in San Diego. Along with Chula Vista’s Zeros, Carlsbad’s Dils created local punk from scratch. Because of their leftist tunes like ...

October 12, 2016
Escondido, La Mesa, Coronado, National City demur on police oversight boards

The 2015–2016 San Diego County Grand Jury Report on Citizen Oversight Boards of Police Behavior issued on May 25 recommended that seven cities establish citizen review boards or consider establishing regional boards. Jurors suggested that ...

October 12, 2016
Like the Last English Guy in India

All Fall Down Samaras twist and twirl their way to the ground. The shower of green just will not stop. It’s like A toddler spinning, spinning. All fall down. Spring’s run hot, then cold, this ...

October 12, 2016
Miserly Moores and his minions

Ever since his slate of members for election to the homeowners’ association board that runs Rancho Santa Fe was defeated in a controversy-filled election this past summer, mega-millionaire ex–Padres owner John Moores has gone to ...

October 12, 2016
A chance to say, “God, I messed up”

Joy Lutheran Church Contact: 810 Buena Vista Way, Chula Vista, 619-262-4444 Membership: 100 Pastor: Deacon Don Heien Age: 56 Born: San Diego Formation: Lay Leadership Program for the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod Years Commissioned: 3 San ...

October 12, 2016
Pink Dots, Goblin Cock, Helado Negro, and Tobacco

Thursday 13When Syd Barret took to his garden shed and my Piper at Gates of Dawn and Madcap Laughs cassettes were played out, I deliriously drowned in the Legendary Pink Dots catalog, born again to ...

October 12, 2016
Feedback from our readers

You Don’t Even Know Where It Is Re: “I Thought I Knew Mission Hills,” October 6 cover story On page 15, under a graphic of a map, you are talking, basically, about where things are ...

October 12, 2016
Flock of Dimes, Gang of Four, Screaming Females

Sunday 16Wye Oak’s lady part, the singer/shredder Jenn Wasner, has released a solo set under the name Flock of Dimes, a synth-pop record called If You See Me, Say Yes. I haven’t heard it, but ...

October 12, 2016

Tuesday, October 11

Bernie Sanders dunned by National City

National City has asked former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and his campaign to pay a $28,340 bill for the rally the candidate held there in May. "We sent a demand letter today (Tuesday)," said Armando ...

October 11, 2016
Brewery vs brewpub snafu at beer competition

The Great American Beer Festival stumbled over the distinction between a brewpub and a brewery on Saturday. During its midday awards ceremony, San Diego's oldest brewery, Karl Strauss Brewing, was awarded the title Mid-Size Brewpub ...

October 11, 2016
Second sex assault suit against San Diego Unified

In an October 4 lawsuit a former Lincoln High School student is accusing the school's soccer coach and part-time student-teacher of sexually assaulting her and is blaming the school district for allowing the assault to ...

October 11, 2016
Cenerentola or Cinderella at San Diego Opera

On Saturday, October 22, the San Diego Opera will open its 2016–17 season. This is the first autumn production the company has put on for as long as anyone can remember. The opening opera is ...

Death is almost the eighth character on stage

Praise Cygnet Theatre! Without this company’s ongoing efforts, San Diego might not have seen August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean, The Piano Lesson, Fences and, currently in repertory, Seven Guitars and King Hedley II. That’s ...

October 11, 2016
Best sandwich since New York

There are good places in San Diego for sandwiches — I’m a fan of Hillcrest Sandwich Shop — but it’s rare that I have a truly transcendent sandwich experience like I’ve had in New York. ...

Monday, October 10

Hook removal from seagull not above lifeguards

September 29 — 13:19 Medical: Hemorrhage/Laceration at Bonita Cove. Lifeguard and emergency units respond. Fire handles call. — 16:30 Medical: At OB Pier Café, a fisherman has a stingray wound to hand. OB Lifeguards respond ...

Karl Strauss Wins Mid-Size Brewing Co. of the Year

The competition keeps getting tougher, but San Diego beer keeps coming out a winner at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival. San Diego area breweries tallied 18 medals overall at the annual beer competition held ...

October 10, 2016
Opus Gala at San Diego Symphony

The San Diego Symphony had their annual Opus Gala on Saturday night October 8. The format this year was different from that of recent years. The difference is that there were on "opuses." Also, music ...

Rest in peace, Elizabeth B.

Elizabeth Borg, the lead-singer of local rockers Chica Diabla, has passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer. Borg was initially diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013, which, at the time, she appeared to have ...

October 10, 2016
Taking a leap from real estate and tech to coffee

As the specialty coffee business has gained in popularity, it's become an appealing choice for non-service industry professionals pursuing a second career. A couple such cases have led to new roasting shops in the county. ...

San Diego’s early modern Indians

Women’s Work She said when she told Castaneda and Silva about the basket, they were excited and wanted to know if it was a fancy tamul basket. They were disappointed to find out it was ...

Sunday, October 9

Lobster season off to a good start

Inshore: The first week of lobster season has been good for the hoop-netters along the jetties and inshore reefs with some getting a legal bug for every five released shorts. A few larger units over ...

October 9, 2016
Feet, not commercials or mail, decide the vote

Saturday, October 8, served as the one-month marker before next month's general election. Precinct walkers — wooing for candidates and favored propositions — will begin to pound the pavement in earnest. But for one group ...

North Inland rural flavor

Drilling in on a Little Piece of Oregon “See those gouges, where the ponds are?” He points to what look like two giant tank-tracks through the middle of the valley. “Those are what happened here ...

Vinny Golia and Nathan Hubbard play Bread & Salt

Monday 10 Allison Adams Tucker fronts a trio with Ed Kornhauser on piano and Mackenzie Leighton on bass for a show at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library (1008 Wall Street) from 12 to 1 ...

October 9, 2016
Will Wikileak on Hillary leave puddle?

On Friday (October 7), WikiLeaks said it had obtained almost 50,000 emails from the inbox of John Podesta, aide to Hillary Clinton. Allegedly, the emails dealt with statements Clinton had made to and about Wall ...

October 9, 2016

Saturday, October 8

Will rents rise another 4.7 percent?

San Diego County's median rents will rise 4.7 percent in the next year, down slightly from the 4.9 percent rise over the last year, according to Zillow. The 4.7 percent jump will be eighth largest ...

October 8, 2016
NFL's TV tumble and the stadium vote

The NFL's TV ratings are down around 11 percent through September. TV executives are rattled because they face so-called "make-goods" with advertisers. When advertisers buy time on pro football games, they are promised certain numbers ...

October 8, 2016
How to die with $60 million worth of the Chargers

With this week's death of Chargers minority owner George Pernicano at 98, his heirs may be looking at a $60 million payout from his 3 percent interest in the team, according to a back-of-the-envelope calculation ...

October 8, 2016

Friday, October 7

Best of Reading interviews 1999-2000

Wallace Stevens I remember why I bought The Collected Poems. Stevens’s “Anecdote of a Jar,” from his first collection, Harmonium, published in 1923, was in an anthology I owned. I read and reread “Anecdote of ...

October 7, 2016
The Birth of a Nation has a host of problems

As I was leaving the screening of The Birth of a Nation with my brother, he turned to me and said, “I’d say that was more like a TV movie than anything else, but that ...

October 7, 2016
Ghost follows Grammy with a brief covers collection

After winning this year’s Grammy award for Best Metal Performance, Ghost is back at it again topping the rock album charts with their new EP, Popestar. And this one is peculiar, considering it’s made up ...

October 7, 2016
North County growers sell and tempted to sell land

Two more family-owned plant nurseries on the ocean-view ridges just east of I-5 are headed toward being developed: one in Encinitas and one in Solana Beach. Tayama Greenhouses, on Requeza Street in Encinitas, will be ...

In stunning reversal, mayor withdraws his support for Chargers’ convadium

PRESS CONFERENCE OUTSIDE DEEZ NUTS NATURAL SNACK EMPORIUM, EAST VILLAGE — Just days after coming out in support of Measure C, the upcoming ballot initiative that would authorize the use of public funds — in ...

He’s hungry as a wolf; she does the happy crocodile dance

I have been meaning to write about the kitchen inside Border Psycho’s tap room for a while. Border Psycho is one of the few breweries in Tijuana that exports to the U.S., a well-established craft ...

Canada band Sloan averts disaster in San Diego

In the 1990s, four Canadians known collectively as Sloan took their home country by storm with a collection of albums that fused the alternative nation with the paramount aspects of classic rock. The group never ...

October 7, 2016
El Cajon Blvd. revamp ramps up

A couple of years ago the rundown section of El Cajon Boulevard in University Heights began a slow journey to rejuvenation. Construction crews have recently picked up the pace. The largest residential project in the ...

Thursday, October 6

Back to basics in New York's Adirondacks

The Adirondacks are a large, gorgeous mountain area in Upstate New York. They’ve been a popular place for camping and recreation for all rungs of the society ladder since at least the Victorian area. With ...

Along comes a cider

While he worked at it several years, Neil Kennedy never considered himself a great homebrewer. "I was always really mediocre at making beer," he says, and being an Escondido resident meant he couldn't exactly talk ...

October 6, 2016
Shots fired! But where?

Acoustic sensors tuned to capture and record the sound of gunshots and report them to the police department are coming to Southeastern San Diego. According to a September 26 public notice the city and its ...

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra goes esoteric

It appears as though maestro Riccardo Muti has been reading the esoteric pick of the week. I’m obviously overstating the case there, but the Chicago Tribune has weighed in on Muti’s recent trip “...down nearly ...

Worth hanging upside down in a cave for

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

October 6, 2016
Congressman stands up for vapers' rights

A small crowd of e-cigarette enthusiasts gathered outside a Santee vape shop on Tuesday (October 4), rallying in support of access to the controversial products that some credit for breaking years-long addictions to cigarettes and ...

October 6, 2016
ACTION! film festival highlights environmental activism, not CG mayhem

From the folks who bring you the booming San Diego Surf Film Festival comes another three-day screening gala. The second annual, somewhat misleadingly titled ACTION! International Film Festival comes to La Jolla’s Misfit Pictures HQ ...

October 6, 2016
Of the company, by the company, for the company

Based on the movie of the same title, October Sky, a new musical at The Old Globe runs through October 23. The story follows a group of high school students who become immersed in rocketry ...

October 6, 2016
Alternative air

San Diego does not seem to be able to support two alternative stations. In the latest Nielsen ratings, FM-94/9 was again in a sorry 18th place among all local stations while 91X was even worse ...

October 6, 2016
Power of peso putters along in Tijuana

“The [rise] of the dollar does not affect Mexicans,” said Andrea Legarreta, host of daily morning television show Hoy, in January of this year. The Mexican peso had just plummeted to a historic low against ...

October 6, 2016

Wednesday, October 5

I Thought I Knew Mission Hills

I thought I knew Mission Hills. After all, I’ve eaten at a couple dozen restaurants there and can rattle off recommendations like a pro. I know there’s a library serving the neighborhood, but that a ...

October 5, 2016
Status Ché

Jorge Arriaga, guitarist with hardcore band Frontside, is a volunteer with the Ché Café Collective, which oversees UCSD’s food café and music venue. He attends the Monday-night meetings when the Collective decides which shows get ...

October 5, 2016
The Dick and Margaret show

Before she became a PBS news star, Margaret Garrard Warner was a reporter in the 1970s at the San Diego Union, the newspaper owned by wealthy Republican Helen Copley and run by editor Jerry Warren, ...

October 5, 2016
Jump into a viper pit of ramen noodles

Wow. Downtown. This scuzziest part of Broadway, around Fifth, is suddenly taking off. Guess the facelift started with the opening of the park at Horton Plaza, but now eateries are opening one after the other, ...

October 5, 2016
Movie recommendations from a monster maker

Why not revisit a Hitchcock classic for October? Psycho and The Birds are amazing, but for me Strangers on a Train (USA, 1951, Warner Brothers) is the most haunting Hitchcock film! Poor polite tennis player ...

October 5, 2016
Yum: grape ice cream and liquid meats

Dear Hipster: Why is there no grape ice cream? #lifeslittlemysteries. — Cici A surprising glut of insane theories surrounds the nonexistence of grape ice cream. Believe none of them. Corporate America (responsible for all but ...

October 5, 2016
Jake Loban — from punk to Americana

The first show Jake Loban played as an Americana artist? A dive bar in El Cajon. “There were more prostitutes outside than people inside,” Loban says. A few years later, in February 2016, Loban played ...

October 5, 2016
Is Proposition X a black hole?

The Infrastructure PAC of the Associated General Contractors has been giving heavily to back some controversial school bond measures around San Diego County appearing on November’s ballot — with one glaring exception. On September 15, ...

October 5, 2016
First prayer in Congress

Be Though present O God of Wisdom and direct the counsel of this Honorable Assembly; enable them to settle all things on the best and surest foundations; that the scene of blood may be speedily ...

Add some Phantoms to your day

Victor Penalosa has played multiple instruments in a number of area bands, with a partial list including the Burrito Brothers, the Melanies, Sidewalk Scene, Riot Act, Unruly Bangs, Baja Bugs, Got it Covered, ADD/C, the ...

Dressed down and real movie recommendations

Ambition pushes the character I play in Peerless and the characters in Little Miss Sunshine (USA, 2006, Fox Searchlight) are certainly driven to extremes. The ensemble of characters in Little Miss Sunshine all has their ...

October 5, 2016
Soma gets wet

After 30 years as an alcohol-free establishment, Soma, the all-ages rock venue that played a role in launching local bands Blink-182 and Pierce the Veil, just hosted its first show serving beer. Soma owner Len ...

October 5, 2016
Get in the Peñasquitos Creek riparian zone

The Trans-County Trail is one of several regional trail systems being developed in San Diego County. The Regional Trails Plan includes a total of nine trails that will eventually provide significant north-south and east-west trail ...

The Birth of a Nation is passionate but careless

The Birth of a Nation — director, star, and cowriter Nate Parker’s take on Nat Turner’s failed slave uprising — may be a sadly timely movie. That certainly seems to be the point behind Mrs. ...

October 5, 2016
Old Globe’s October Sky is sermon on stick-to-itiveness

If you decide to see the Old Globe’s October Sky, take your seat early. Kevin Depinet’s set has the composition and texture of a quality painting. A massive half-circle hovers over the stage. It’s what? ...

October 5, 2016
Ways to waterproof your iPhone

The first step toward texting underwater.

October 5, 2016
Overlooked retro concepts

Dear Hipster: I get why hipsters love to recreate awkward family photos from the 1980s and why they love ugly Christmas sweater parties. I dig it when they play records at home. In fact, I ...

October 5, 2016
What would Cousteau think?

The self-contained underwater breathing apparatus became available to the public in the mid-1950s. But not until it was pitched and sold to over 100 syndicated markets was the popular show Sea Hunt picked up by ...

Pumpkins to carve, pumpkins to eat

October in San Diego continues the transition between summer and winter crops, so everybody’s breaking out the winter squash. While gourds aren’t something we automatically think about in terms of organics, winter squash is actually ...

October 5, 2016
Díos Mio, I’m bleeding. Got to move, out of sight.

Rainbow de Amor Someone’s amigo Someone’s son Someone’s novio Out having fun Someone’s hermano Someone’s wife Someone’s primo Enjoying life Dancing and singing Fill the room Until terror strikes With a thunderous boom Díos Mio ...

October 5, 2016
Peter Sprague's guitar knows no genre

Peter Sprague alone on the small stage is enough. But double down by putting the show in an arts venue where there is no bad seat, and add Leonard Patton, Nina Francis, and Gregory Page ...

October 5, 2016
7500 Africans and Haitians without money or housing in Tijuana

Tijuana is no stranger to desperation. Vagrants, junkies, and deportees are ubiquitous in the streets. Stopping at traffic lights often means shooing away a sinewy street-twitch, scheming to wipe down your windshield with a filthy ...

October 5, 2016
Blackwater crash recovery

“As of now, all the songs we were ready to record had to be rewritten musically,” says frontwoman Syren Franco, whose Jamul-based Blackwater Prophecy was recording their second album earlier this year, a symphonic rock ...

Susan Davis, queen of the London freebies

Democratic congresswoman Susan Davis of San Diego’s Kensington neighborhood was once one of the House of Representatives’ most-traveled members, thanks to a bevy of nonprofit, corporation-supported foundations eager to provide her with free trips abroad, ...

October 5, 2016
Theatrical, dark, and detailed

I just finished watching BBC’s Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell (United Kingdom, 2015, BBC). I have a soft spot for fantasy and science fiction. Plus I’m playing a sort of witch with magical powers in ...

October 5, 2016
Kula Shaker, Dirty Pennies, the Palms, and Lita Ford

Sunday 9English “raga-rock” band Kula Shaker had a nice run in the UK in the ’90s, playing a psych-bent Britpop that read mystic and included Indian instruments such as sitar, tamboura, and tabla. Touring in ...

October 5, 2016
Kamasi Washington, Tears for Fears, Mystic Braves

Thursday 6The folk-rocking British band Mumford & Sons has made the most of its knack to update the past by lending their Brit-pop genes to American roots music for something we like to call “fiddle-faddle.” ...

October 5, 2016
A variety of perspectives

Correction In our 2016 burger issue, we incorrectly stated that Rocky’s Crown Pub is supplied by Jensen Meats. In fact, Rocky’s is supplied by Central Meat & Provision. — Editor Average IQ In response to ...

October 5, 2016

Tuesday, October 4

Not for rookies

When David Jackson opened Perfect Soul whiskey in San Marcos in late 2015, he entered what is still a pretty young San Diego spirits market. However, he'd already built a career working with hard liquor. ...

October 4, 2016
County supervisors vote against adult pot use

With San Diego County district attorney Bonnie Dumanis and sheriff Bill Gore in attendance, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted unaminously on Tuesday, October 4, against Proposition 64. In a move that drew ...

October 4, 2016
Local Department of Defense contractor ripped for $825,000

Stuart Teshima, former chief financial officer of "a large San Diego-based Department of Defense contracting firm," according to the United States Attorney's office, today (October 4) pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $825,000 from the ...

October 4, 2016
Mayor’s flip-flop leaves his political guru out of the money

The National Football League, known for its cast of loyal political bedfellows, has just picked up yet another apprentice, said by insiders to be enticed by the enormous pile of cash the league's mega-billionaire owners ...

October 4, 2016
Neville Marriner dies aged 92

The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields has announced that Sir Neville Marriner has died. We almost had the honor of hearing him conduct the San Diego Symphony in January of 2015 but the ...

Swimmers rescued from Garbage surf break; possible OD at Dusty Rhodes park

September 24 — 09:44 Medical: Lifeguard requests medics to 3141 Ocean Front Walk for a 50y/o male possible OD, LG already has PD in route. Medic transports to unknown location. — 12:42 Medical: 52y/o male ...

Grossmont Theatre to serve high-end food and drink

What better way to cloud your vision of San Diego’s two largest theatre screens than by taking advantage of Grossmont Cinema’s new stocked bar? As if movies weren’t intoxicating enough, this weekend Reading Cinemas Grossmont ...

October 4, 2016
Dick Enberg: the Call of Calls

I’m from Northern California. Moved to Orange County in 1969 for graduate school. Didn’t think much of the region: mostly scrub, ragweed, and rabbit hills back then. But — the sportscasters! Vin Scully made Dodger ...

October 4, 2016
Pakistan’s answer to the burger patty

I wandered into Khan Baba Kabab House unprepared. Not because I’d never eaten Pakistani food but because I was alone, looking for a simple lunch. Khan Baba offers both Pakistani and Indian, and my first ...

Three county lawyers disbarred

Three county lawyers have been disbarred, according to the State Bar of California. Angela Elizabeth Mueller engaged in the unauthorized practice of law in New Jersey, Maryland, and New Mexico, where she was not licensed. ...

October 4, 2016
Compost conversations

Composting, the process by which plant matter and food waste is broken down into soil, has long been recognized as a key component in developing a nutrient-rich base for organic farming. But recent research, as ...

October 4, 2016

Monday, October 3

Fallen tree costs city

On Tuesday, October 4, city councilmembers are expected to settle a 2015 lawsuit filed by Randy Edelbrock who in September 2014 was struck by a fallen eucalyptus tree at Barrio Logan's Chicano Park. According to ...

October 3, 2016
School of Creative and Performing Arts jazz band to open for Wynton Marsalis

“I think they were all kind of stunned,” explained Dr. John Reynolds, who is the music department chair at the School of Creative and Performing Arts, a small Title 1 program in Paradise Hills, after ...

October 3, 2016
All the hip foods in one place

If you were to chart the key terms used by San Diego food writers in 2016, top of the list would be ramen, poke, sushi burrito, and Little Italy. Enter Rakiraki. The ramen (and ramen ...

Chargers, mayor, U-T collude on con job

The headline on the Union-Tribune this morning (October 3) was "Chargers beat Saints 78-00!!" Well, not really. The Chargers lost to the Saints yesterday, 35-34. But the managements of the U-T, Chargers, and the mayor's ...

October 3, 2016
Product of the marijuana gold rush

The Securities and Exchange Commission charged on September 30 that San Diegan Ronald Salem and his alleged company, Colorado-based Infinex Ventures, made false and misleading public statements claiming that Infinex had operations and funding to ...

October 3, 2016

Sunday, October 2

SD institutions: large business

Reservations But for all its civilizedness — this thing of history — I guess what was missing was a real sense of tradition, of classic history. You know, like when you see these names — ...

October 2, 2016
San Francisco Jazz Collective plays La Jolla

Monday 3 Vocalist Allison Adams Tucker leads a trio with Danny Green on piano and Julien Cantelm on drums for a midday concert at the Lyceum Theatre (79 Horton Plaza) from noon to 1 p.m. ...

October 2, 2016
Chargers get creative in rehab

Charger trainer Dr. Isaac Moreau has been a busy man this season — busier than he’d like to be. Game after game has produced injury after injury, some of them season-ending. But he’s not just ...

Holds full of tuna

Inshore: For those fishing from the beach, corbina, surfperch and shovelnose are cruising the coastline. If you can find the sand crabs they’re hunting for, you’ll be in the right area. Try alongside the rip ...

October 2, 2016

Saturday, October 1

Look for fog, spider webs, and a crescent moon

Dense Ground Fogs are a trademark of the onset of autumn along San Diego's coastal strip. Fog materializes during the night and early morning hours when moist marine air that has settled in valleys and ...

October 1, 2016
Encanto residents feel snubbed by Civic San Diego

Encanto residents have waited for nearly 30 years for the city-owned vacant lot at Hilltop Drive and Euclid Avenue to be developed. Now that the process is underway and a developer has been selected, they ...

October 1, 2016
Alzheimer's patients to time-travel in Chula Vista

The Glenner Center is breaking ground on a new kind of adult day-care center that could help change the way patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia are treated and also to prepare for what CEO Scott ...

Chargers’ Curator Wanker comments on The Surreal McCoy’s latest work for the Convadium Gallery

Wanker: "The original Guernica, by the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso, is generally regarded as one of the great human outcries against the horrors of war. Created in response to the bombing of a Basque country ...

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