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Study: county pension benefits soar

Four times higher then personal income

Transparent California, a research group that is critical of excessive government pensions and salaries, says in a new study that benefits promised by the San Diego County Employees’ Retirement Association (SDCERA) jumped 1,237 percent from ...

A strong stirred direct cocktail

“But the lavender softens it around the edges.”

If your tongue is quiet enough, it can taste the whisper of Japanese whisky folded gently into the other spirits that Herb & Wood’s cocktail curator Meghan Balser puts into her Vodka & Lavender. “I ...

Three baseball poems

The official machine streaming Safe! or Out!

Readying the Field His tractor tugs dirt in a circle, combs through clods as solid as baseballs, then hoes the whole again, signaling the mound a bull’s eye. Only then does he tip his stare ...

Sam the taco guy

“I’m not a purist. I’m a food agnostic.”

When is a taco not not a taco? I’ve come to this brand-new Little Italy Food Hall’s opening day to find out. From The Princess Pub, you can see it happening at the other end ...

July 19 Brainstorm Contenders

Joseph Ciprian, San Diego, 25. John Strauch, San Diego, 8. Randy Paddock, San Diego, 7. K.J. Rayner, San Diego, 7. Johanna Barry, Pine Valley, 6. Thomas McVeagh, Lakeside, 6. Robert Ott, Mira Mesa, 6. Craig ...

July 19 Sudoku Contenders

Elliot Rosenberg, La Jolla, 26. Randy Paddock, San Diego, 23. (winner!) Sheila Brown, Golden Hill, 22. Joe Steinbach, San Diego, 22. Isabella Bosch-Sorensen, San Diego, 21. Greg Chauncey, La Jolla, 21. Joseph Ciprian, San Diego, ...

July 19 Crossword Contenders

Joseph Ciprian, San Diego, 24. Ron Meyer, Santee, 22. Martin Soblick, Del Mar, 22. Dennis Butterworth, San Diego, 21. Jon Christianson, El Cajon, 20. (winner!) Maria Coda, Oceanside, 20. Thomas McVeagh, Lakeside, 20. Evelyn Bowser, ...

Mission: Impossible’s Modest pleasures

There’s a moment near the beginning of Mission: Impossible: Fallout — when can-do American agent Ethan Hunt is receiving the recorded details of his impossible mission via reel-to-reel video embedded in a copy of Homer’s ...

To be nomadic

John told me I was playing them way better than him

Local jazz fans remember saxophonist Nathan Collins from his high school days as a member of Gilbert Castellanos’ Young Lions movement, before he left for USC. Collins had every intention of furthering his jazz studies, ...

Giggling and gurgling as they frolic

Shonen Knife, Escape the Fate, Dia de los Deftones, Goblin

The very first description I ever heard of Shonen Knife, back in the mid-80s when they were still a cult-ish underground sensation, is the one that remains for me the most accurate. I was working ...

When you’re Hawk spawn

“We called it the San Diego takeover.”

Riley Hawk’s earliest rock memory was attending Boom Boom HuckJam, the extreme sports/music tour launched by his dad Tony Hawk in 2002. “I was 9 or 10,” recalls the younger Hawk. “At the time I ...

"A complete other zone from the rest of music"

Neil Young wrote these words

“It sounded like they were in a complete other zone from the rest of music.” Neil Young wrote these words in his autobiography Waging Heavy Peace: A Hippie Dream. He wrote them about Givers, a ...

Guitar geek

His first instrumental album features him playing guitar on all tracks

Mando making metal

East County native

“How do I continue to generate income in a streaming world?”

Gayle Skidmore may call Amsterdam her home now, but she recently returned to San Diego before embarking on an eight date US tour — a “quick three-week jaunt out to Cleveland and back.” She has ...

San Diego student futures more hopeful than you might think

Among American metro areas

WalletHub, the statistical aggregator, has come out with a study of educational attainment among American 150 metro areas. San Diego County is 20th in “most educated.” The ones at the top tend to be areas ...

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