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Birth rates fall most where home prices rise fastest

San Diego, Los. Angeles make the case

“Birth rates are dropping most in counties with the fastest-appreciating home values,” says Reason: “Quickly rising home prices are likely contributing to couples deciding to hold off having kids — most want to be ...

What happens behind closed doors?

I'll take portamenti for the win.

The Mainly Mozart Festival sprinted out of the gate with four concerts on June 1, 2, and 3. Three of the opening concerts were Spotlight Chamber Music events in Rancho Santa Fe Garden, La Jolla, ...

Three sonnets

"When June is Here," "Pan," and "Silence"

When June Is Here When June is here—what art have we to sing The whiteness of the lilies midst the green Of noon-tranced lawns? Or flash of roses seen Like redbirds’ wings? Or earliest ripening ...

The tangled -isms of Native Gardens

Each year sees several plays about two couples who begin amicably and end up as flying body parts

Robert Frost's poem "Mending Wall" contains a character who repeats the line “good fences make good neighbors” like it's a kind of mantra. Karen Zacharias’ Native Gardens begs to differ. Most of the 90-minute comedy ...

Fight the empathy shortage

A Thousand Splendid Suns and the plight of The Afghan Girl

Afghanistan’s most famous face belongs to a name few have ever heard: Sharbat Gula. Mainly, she’s famous for enduring a very, very difficult life. As a child, she trekked fifty mountainous miles to escape the ...

Michael Franti, Once, San Diego Greek Festival, Julian Backcountry Dance, The Original Siamese Twins

Events June 7-13, 2018

Thursday | 7 MICHAEL FRANTI AND SPEARHEAD At some point, lyrics can become poetry, and that’s a goal that Michael Franti has achieved, writing songs with numerous ensembles, the most successful being his group Spearhead. ...

An orchestra at full gallop

de Waart delivers with Brahms' Symphony No. 2

The San Diego Symphony’s 2017-18 Jacobs Masterworks Series came to a satisfying conclusion with concerts on May 25, 26, and 27. The concerts were conducted by maestro Edo de Waart, who, you might recall, was ...

Fun things to do in San Diego, summer 2018

River tubing, pickleball, chocolate making, swim with sharks, Tijuana train to Tecate, butterflies, bouldering, La Jolla map museum, paintball in Baja, hot tub cruising in Mission Bay

My cousin, who lives in Minnesota, said to me the other day, “It must be such a burden to live in a place where the weather is always beautiful. I can’t imagine you get as ...

Adventures above De Anza

There is no official trail up to the peak of Jacumba Mountain

If you are someone who enjoys a little adventure through a bouldery desert landscape with few other people and you’re up for a bit of a navigational challenge, then this hike just may fit the ...

It was a dark and stormy night at Jane's house

It ain't easy getting rid of squatters

In sheriff's records Jane McKay is described as 5 feet 2 inches tall and 140 pounds. She probably told deputies that her eyes are green and her hair is blonde, that information is there too. ...

Martinis and kidney shaped pools

and; Can one be both retro and creative?

Dear Hipster: Consider the following a sort of follow-up to your recent missive about weather and seasons. Which is the more hipster destination, the desert or the beach? — Dale J. Hmmm, both certainly have ...

Spanos family could be worth almost $5 billion

Fallout from Supreme Court decision

Will we see more Brandon Johnsons on college campuses, now that the Supreme Court in mid-May knocked down the 1992 federal ban on legal sports betting that had given Nevada a near monopoly on that ...

County supes sidle up to Trump

Cox lobbyists visit San Diego pols, Del Mar envisions flooding

Trump lobby San Diego County’s Board of Supervisors, which voted in April to back president Donald Trump’s legal war against California sanctuary laws, is seeking to acquire more muscle for its battle to boost federal ...

Definitely a Finback whale

Striations on the jaw, on the mouth, on the lower jaw

Whale closely watched You have a picture of a dead whale, beached in Mexico (Dead Baja whale headed for pit, Neighborhood News, May 22). It’s definitely what they call a Finback whale. You can tell ...

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