Cover Stories

The unsolved case of La Mesa's Jamie Peters

Maybe those bones are my son

Nearly 31 years ago, Jamie Peters walked into his mother’s home in La Mesa and dropped off his house keys. It was a brief nighttime visit. He paused long enough to look around the familiar ...

Reader writer concludes he is his father's son

A man he calls Pop

All my friends have settled down/ Become their mothers and their fathers without a sound… — Cowboy Junkies, “A Horse in the Country” I saved the audiobook of Michael Brendan Daugherty’s memoir My Father Left ...

San Diego Reader Fun things to do issue

Pump tracks, waterfalls, footgolf, Stonewall Peak, geocaching, ukelele jams, Cameron Crowe, circus center, Otay Lake kayaking

Drew Keltz Discs, balls, and hidden gems Pacific Highlands Ranch Pump Track 5992 Village Center Loop Road Carmel Valley 1970s-era concrete skateparks often included snake-runs. These were, basically, winding trenches with smooth walls that riders ...

San Diego cool coworking spots – do they work?

I got so little done, but I like the way I feel

A mile east of all the beer Stacy Keck tells me she can’t function at 6 am. So we decide to meet instead at 8:30, and she gives me an access code so I can ...

On a VW Bus south of the border

Woodstock 2019

On March 18, Tom Summers posted a Facebook photo of himself and his 1962 Volkswagen Bus at a crossroad more than 1161 kilometers south of his Imperial Beach homebase. Summers is a 72-year-old retired marine ...

San Diego Reader taco issue

San Ysidro, Logan Heights, Old Town, Pacific Beach, El Cajon, Gaslamp, Linda Vista, East Village, Kensington, Del Mar, La Mesa, Tecate, Tijuana

Mary Beth Abate No one knows the true origins of the taco One noted taco historian dates it back to the 19th century based on references to “taco de minero,” or miner’s tacos, alluding to ...

Donovan prisoners taught manners

What if they don't wash their hands?

Coming from Mission Hills, it’s a 25-mile drive south and then east on Highway 905 out to Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in Otay Mesa. After the highway ends, it’s still several miles along dusty, ...

Monica’s black bangs and bell sleeves ensemble from Forever 21, Aldo, Topshop and Target

Casual enough for downtown errands, but also very sophisticated

One sunny Friday morning on the way to work, I decided to stop and get an iced latte from one of my favorite coffee shops, Copa Vida in East Village, just north of Petco Park. ...

San Diego purveyors of hip-hop gear

Dr Dre, Ice Cube, Tribal Clothing, Snoop Dog, Writerz Block, Wild Style

Local sports team gear — an SD hip-hop first Word on the South Bay streets is much of the 619-based hip-hop movement started at the Vista Terrace Hills apartments in San Ysidro. “We’ve been repping ...

Surfing owes a lot to Baja

Ensenada a mecca for board builders

The Baja Peninsula is a Rorschach test. Visitors see heaven or hell in an arid landscape. Three million-plus citizens see a homeland free of the congestion of their northern neighbors. Surfers see a crooked finger ...

Homo riot hardcore punk outfit plays La Escalera Fest

Gay Agenda, Hey, Chels, Squarecrow, Micah Schnabel, Scott Worthington

This year’s La Escalera Fest takes place over four days (April 11–14), at six locales in San Diego and Tijuana, with over fifty band performances, many of them local acts. Host venues include Tower Bar, ...

San Diego's least affordable housing

Unreal estate

"Luxury living” is a term that eludes simple definition. For some, it may be a beachfront home occupying a slice of Southern California’s most coveted coastline. Others might prefer a penthouse condo equipped with the ...

San Diego Reader 2019 Music Issue

Guitar-based bands, children of hip-hop, jazz stories, funk scene, record label turmoil, art of music

Guitar bands spotted in the wild Here’s a fun-fact: contrary to popular opinion, guitar-based bands aren’t on the endangered species list. They may not generate the national coverage they once did, but if you venture ...

Better than okay at Okan Diner

Adventurous dishes, strange ingredients, and comfort food

The name of the restaurant may include the word diner, but don’t go expecting to order a Denver omelet, or anything with a side of hash browns. Okan Diner serves Japanese food, and a fair ...

San Diego biodynamic farms – are they better?

Jimbo's may be a bellwether

“My favorite thing about farming is putting my hands in the soil and feeling its life,” says Audrey James, proprietor of Odd Trees Biodynamic Farm. The phrase “Odd Trees” is a play on her first ...

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