City Lights

If there’s a vote on the convention center...

Convention-center numbers crunch — taste bad, more filling

There is a new breeze blowing through the San Diego Convention Center Corporation. Unfortunately, it smells much like the last one. Since 2009, I have been interviewing Heywood Sanders, the Texas-based university professor who is ...

E-lynched in Barrio Logan

“Knock some sense into this bitch.”

On October 26, Jenny Niezgoda launched a Kickstarter campaign for La Gracia Modern Fruiteria, a café and coffee bar she planned to open in Barrio Logan. Hours later, with 14 backers and $812 of her ...

Consumers tired of utilities’ carelessness and greed

Community Choice Energy programs gaining popularity

For a decade and a half, California’s investor-owned utilities — Sempra Energy, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), and Edison International — have controlled their purported regulator, the California Public Utilities Commission. Legally, it should be ...

Organ grinders show up in Tijuana

“I never had a chance to use a real monkey.”

Downtown Tijuana is a constant cacophony. Taxis, calafias (tricked-out short buses), and other vehicles never stop honking. Sirens from police cars, fire trucks, car alarms, and ambulances seem to always distract one’s attention. And with ...

Kratomystic enhancers sold from Mission Gorge mailbox

Makes you smart if you take a little but dumb if you take too much

Feeling feebleminded? Take a smart pill. For more than 60 years, I thought smart pills were a joke, as in, “Darn! I forgot to take my smart pills today.” Only lately did I realize there ...

A few steps from being mobsters

Bullied tenants, former employees rise up against Willmark

In May 2015, Bernard Vinluan’s job at Willmark Communities became more secret agent than apartment leasing agent. Vinluan waited for the employees to clock out of the office before he made his move. He snuck ...

Don’t expect Florida and Caribbean tourists to flock west

We have earthquakes and fires

Can San Diego and other West Coast metro areas make money because of the hurricane-prone eastern U.S. and the Caribbean? Florida and Caribbean islands are tourist havens. Now some of those areas lie in ruins ...

Breeders’ Cup comes to Del Mar

Track regulars shut out

I’m at my usual spot in the corner next to the winner’s circle, where the yellow fire hydrant sits against the rail, right across from the finish line. If I reach out, I can pet ...

Radio’s Ray Lucia taking his case to Supreme Court

Buckets of Money strategist leaves home near Rancho Santa Fe

A San Diegan is very likely to go to the Supreme Court next year. He is Ray Lucia Sr., who has a syndicated investment-advice show on radio and a smaller presence on TV. In his ...

Coronado water-polo coach banned from campus

Randy Burgess answers with lawsuit against the district

Randy Burgess won 715 games during his 33 years of coaching water polo at Coronado High School. He led the boys’ team to 16 section championships and the girls team to three titles before he ...

Rip down Qualcomm and build new stadium?

Stupidity squared

San Diegans vote next year on the plans of FS Investors to tear down Qualcomm Stadium, erect a soccer stadium, and build residential and commercial structures on the site. Before the vote, propaganda will fill ...

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