Cover Stories

San Diegans who entered death row in the last 16 years

Eric Anderson, Manuel Bracamontes, Adrian Camacho, Scott Erskine

When the California Supreme Court overturned the death sentence of convicted double murderer Jeffrey Young last July, the number of San Diegans on death row went down by one, to 37. Young, 44, had been ...

San Diego Reader's holiday guide 2019

Christmas Card Lane in Penasquitos, Santa run in Pacific Beach, helicopter Christmas lights ride in Oceanside, ugly sweaters in Vista, rescued bears in Alpine

There’s a war on Christmas. You can see it right on your TV; in fact, it’s your TV that’s the aggressor in this particular conflict. Lifetime has 20, count ’em, 20 new movies to go ...

San Diego's changing bugs

Trapdoor spider, Quino checkerspot butterfly, Argentine ants

On the northwest corner of Montezuma Mesa, Marshal Hedin and I are easing down a steep stairway, scorched by the noonday sun. A biology professor at San Diego State, Hedin specializes in arachnids. He’s already ...

Eight straight nights of San Diego live music

Psycholizard, Milly, Auz Fontaine, Chica Diabla, the Touchies, Bloodletting Tour, Electric Waste Band, Adams Gone Funky, Liam Gallagher, The Who

I moved to San Diego in 1998 and started going to shows immediately. Live bands were simple to find any night of the week. These days, it’s a hair more difficult. DJs have become a ...

A week in San Diego without a phone

So much accountability

I never take my phone out on the water in Mission Bay, where I go to stand-up paddle board a couple of times a week. Sometimes I wish I had it to capture a picture ...

Weird lives of San Diego influencers

80 percent business, 20 percent personal

Many San Diegans are taking to their devices in hopes of becoming the next big social media influencer. Although it’s unlikely that someone from our neighborhoods will outperform 21-year-old Kylie Jenner’s $1 billion marketing game, ...

San Diego drinking without IPAs

Porters, lagers, pilsners, bocks, ales, bitters, grisettes, sours, ciders, meads, natural wine, kombuchas, beerwhiskey, upcycled vodka, sakes, San Diego gin

Nobody’s knocking IPAs. The hoppy pale ale style that built San Diego’s beer reputation is alive and well. We have hundreds to choose from every single day. We are spoiled with IPA options. But sometimes, ...

Art history, Korean beef at The Prado

“San Diego’s greatest sculptor, yet people like you don’t even know him.”

Little things mean a lot: the first little thing that makes me like this place is the, well, amuse-bouche. Wedges of crisp flatbread stacked vertically like surfboards. They have sesame and other seeds baked on ...

They named Mt. Helix after a snail

There are so many La Mesas

“I hear them screeching” Frank Arredondo has seen them, romping down his La Mesa street as if they owned it: coyotes. “I sit out on the front porch, and I smoke and drink coffee. Usually ...

San Diego book clubs – what's the point?

Are they just for girls?

In the Seinfeld episode “The Couch,” George joined a book club through his girlfriend. “So, she got you to join a book club?” Jerry asked. “I got a feeling I’m gonna be much smarter than ...

Comedy in San Diego has its glass ceiling

Five tips on how to make it

“Hey buddy, you waitin’ for the doors to open, too?” I turn around and see a man in his early 40s wearing cargo pants and a graphic t-shirt showing The Joker from 2008’s The Dark ...

Adams Avenue gone funky

The beginnings of a genuine scene.

I had intended to arrive at Rosie O’ Grady’s well before the music started. Like most of life’s good intentions, that plan was thwarted by a personal inertia more powerful than wishful thinking. As I ...

San Diego Reader 2019 Burgers issue

From Oceanside to Escondido to Sherman Heights to Mount Laguna

Ian Anderson Look out for the burger of the day A hub for carnivores in Escondido’s historic downtown, it might be tough to notice the burgers past all the smoked meats and poutine. You’ll do ...

Poway – why the rodeo still does well

It really changed in the ‘80s

It’s rodeo time: seven seconds of hell on an angry bull. That’s what many San Diegans picture when they think of Poway. But times have changed in the “City in the Country,” as old-time Kiwanistas ...

Lincoln High teacher sued for sex talk

Used connections with Nick Cannon "to get the girls all over him"

Girl v. world, mother, teacher On October 15, 2018, Lincoln High School psychologist Freddy Moreno summoned Sara to his office. A teacher wanted him to find out what was traumatizing her “shy, sweet, and respectful” ...