Cover Stories

Little Italy’s big — massive redevelopment

In my heart I hate it — arguments with Little Italy's density flacks

The Little Italy I love has always been its sumptuous food and sensual people, both of which, despite the nouveau riche takeover of late, remain as present and prosperous as ever. That Little Italy is ...

What the babysitter saw in the garage

Tony had no idea why he killed his friend.

Scott Schafer was out in front of his house on Oceanside’s Santa Anita Street at about 5 p.m. His four-year–old son was playing with two neighbor kids. Scott was friends with their dad Robbie, who ...

Don't call it an open mic. It's a jam

How the heavy cats do it

Jams at the Kraken, Mr. Peabody's, Cafe La Maze, Pal Joey's, Prohibition, Bourre, Panama 66, Proud Mary's, Border X, Navajo Live, and Downtown Cafe.

San Diego's debt to Bob Filner

An almost factual review of 2017

[Walter Mencken stands at a podium in the basement conference room of Cheetahs Gentlemen’s Club in Kearny Mesa and addresses his audience, a group of men reclining at table.] Good evening, gentlemen! Well, men, anyway. ...

The great Santa swindle came crashing down

Reader writers dig deep into their psyches

Every Power Rangers toy known to man The exact moment the sleigh bells stopped jingling — by Chad Deal Sister Santa’s once-a-year smile I adored American Christmas — by Tam Hoang We were ruthless Christmas-letter ...

Roberto ran over a cop

Slow-witted vermin guarantees itself a swift trial.

Oceanside police attacker: "They’re trying to use their power." Talks to cellmates about L.A. cop killer Christopher Dorner.

Guide to holiday fun

No driveway to shovel ... what to do?

A holiday tourist in my own city Tree farms, Nativity scene, gondola and trolley rides, Christmas movies by the pool. By Siobhan Braun Why not a holiday bar crawl? Bike ride, Messiah sing-along, Santacon bar ...

Bridge almost crossed

Will the boy kill dad's demon?

It’s early, the marine layer still a veneer over the city, when we park the car just shy of the suspension bridge. The day promises to be hot but, at this hour, the sun hasn’t ...

The top ten trees of Balboa Park

History, roots, reverence.

Canary Island pines, Australian tea, Moreton Bay fig, Kauri pine, Calif. juniper, Ilelo palm, dragon tree, elderberry, bunya nunya.

The (often moronic) emotions of NFL fans

Are local Chargers fans back on bandwagon?

For a number of years now, I have pedaled eastward from my house near Morley Field with the goal of eventually depositing myself on a stool at True North Tavern, on 30th Street just south ...

Scripps Ranch — cows gone, rattlers remain

Safe, dull, quiet, and expensive

Nowadays, while the rattlers remain, steers have been replaced by SUVs, Bambi and his kin are in a witness protection program, and the ranchers have been plowed over by glad-handers who lasso real estate. If ...

Global worming

No eyes, two lungs, five hearts, $25 a bucket.

The road to Sharon’s Worm World is in turn blacktop, gravel, then finally Ramona dirt. Sharon McLaughlan, the worm farm’s founder and namesake, is waiting at the crest of the dusty lane that ends at ...

The new crowd of San Diego breweries

Number has doubled since 2014

It’s gotten tough to keep up with San Diego beer. This is the year the number of breweries in our crowded beer landscape topped 150. But here’s the crazy part — that number has doubled ...

Behind the fire at Mission Hills' ultimate Halloween house

Letters from Persephone

Over the course of 25 years of handwritten correspondence with my pen pal Persephone, none had ever been returned. Imagine my confusion when my last letter reappeared a couple of weeks later, unopened and defaced ...

Antonia's last words

The fateful drive from Vegas to San Diego

Nosey and Antonia were boyfriend and girlfriend not so long ago — they met on Valentine’s Day in 2016. It was a good time in his life then, when they were together, Nosey had a ...

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