Content for Wednesday, January 2, 2019

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Change coming to Oceanside pier

Tiki culture to make an appearance

“Bamboo Ben” Bassham has been involved in creating more than 20 tiki bars from San Francisco to Georgia. After he remade them in his version of Polynesian paradise, the bars and restaurants saw business pick ...

Two years of Mayor “The Feet”

MATA: Murders and Assassinations in Tijuana Again

“Human rights are for humans who do right” became the catchphrase of Tijuana’s mayor, Juan Manuel “El Patas” (The Feet) Gastélum Buenrostro, referring to the caravan of migrants. The news anchor for Univision, Jorge Ramos, ...

A garden of gardens

Bamboo, Subtropical Fruit, Undersea Succulent...

San Diego Botanic Garden has a collection of over 4,000 unique plants, many found at exotic locations throughout the world. You can explore habitats from places you would like to visit without ever leaving San ...

Three poems for the New Year

Mild is the Parting Year, To Youth, The Appeal

Mild Is the Parting Year Mild is the parting year, and sweet The odour of the falling spray; Life passes on more rudely fleet, And balmless is its closing day. I wait its close, I ...

Kumeyaay, cawfee, and candy canes

Coming down from the mountain and hitting The Trails

Just came off the mountain. Been dreaming of sitting down, taking a load off, slurping the first gulp of cawfee. Got a mountainous appetite. On the other hand, this morning has been totally exhilarating, climbing ...

Bring it, 2019!

"Going to the mountains is going home... wildness is a necessity.”

The year is going to be all about refreshing the mind, body and soul. I’m resolving to take in more free art, listen to more free live music, hike more of our climate areas. Our ...

Most of us deserve better than a celebrity BFF

It's tough to compete with the bitch goddess Fame

In the play Always… Patsy Cline (which ran December 12 through December 30 at North Coast Rep), a country music star befriends one of her biggest fans, forming a close relationship with someone who has ...

Plane Crash in North Park, Gunhild Carling, Cabrillo Intertidal Zone, Bond on Third, Chappaquiddick

Events January 3-9, 2019

Thursday | 3 Plane Crash in North Park, 1978 Lemon Grove Historical Society’s lecture series continues as historian Alexander Bevil delivers a white-knuckle account of the horrific 1978 crash of PSA flight 182 in North ...

Hillcrest: gayborhood or ghetto?

Falling behind Little Italy and North Park

To some, Hillcrest is little more than 40 acres of overpriced, rambling urbanity to be avoided. Such Hillcrest-averse see two problems: scarce parking, and a homeless crisis that seems “worse than Ocean Beach.” “Currently the ...

Christmas with intoxicated Bob

Bob was the opposite of transcendence

I missed the first half of Mass on Christmas Eve because I’m an usher down at Our Lady of the Rosary. That means I wind up dealing with the busyness at the back of the ...

Bridge booms in Balboa Park

An old ladies' game no longer

“I didn’t know people still played bridge.” “I guess you could say it’s extremely vulgar. I like it a lot.” — Exchange from Whit Stillman’s excellent movie Metropolitan, which came out in 1990, 17 years ...

What our dear friends in Corporate America know

I’m risking the Jon Snow treatment from my fellow hipsters.

Dear Hipster, Going into 2019, I’m contemplating a change of perspective. Throughout my life, I have tended to take a “close enough for rock and roll” attitude towards a lot of stuff because life is ...

Del Mar's project, Solana Beach's headache

Developer inspired by watching Baywatch and Beverly Hills 90210

The seaside Del Mar Resort, if built, would be the biggest project ever built in Del Mar. Some are wondering why a project atop Del Mar’s last open coastal bluff is even being considered. Others ...

LimeBike greases San Diego palms

Community planning groups hit snag

DC undocked San Diego, widely known for its hands-off policing of e-scooters, is equally notorious among medics and insurance companies for rising shattered bone and head injury rates among the daring who partake in the ...

The impossible railroad

Alabama reader does not want 2017 story to die

Off the rails I once lived in San Diego as a Navy man. I so enjoyed the city and all it had to offer. Being a native of California then moving to Alabama I do ...

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