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Will Oceanside use groins like Newport Beach to save sand?

“We are not going back down”

The decimation of Oceanside beaches was the whole point of forming a group called Save Our Sand [SOS] Oceanside. At its first meeting June 17, some 25 people shared their stories about what it means ...

The far from generic Mission Avenue Bar & Grill

Saturday night in Oceanside means drinks, music, and… duck confit?

A musician plays acoustic guitar ballads on the patio, while servers shuttle drinks to a mixed crowd, ranging in age from their 20s to 50s. There are no seats left at the bar, where busy ...

Kayak goes missing in Bahia Asuncion, then returned

There’s not a lot of crime here

My kayak, which I foolishly leave at the center-town ramp in Bahia Asuncion, went missing. I have a hard time loading and unloading the bulky thing, and it made it easier to leave the stripped ...

San Diego's Seaport Village slows down

Selfies replace souvenirs

Pat and her two children noted the closure of Seaport Cookie Company at Seaport Village. “I cannot believe it’s closed,” she said, “and what happened with all of these other shops?” Pat’s been visiting Seaport ...

Mara Elliott sets four blasts for campaign cash

2020 fundraising by San Diego incumbents could surpass all records

The approach of the 2020 presidential election season heralds the beginning of a frantic fundraising time for San Diego city officeholders aiming to stave off reelection challenges next year with campaign war chests bankrolled by ...

Kidnapping halted in El Cajon

Kids, bystander, finally police interveve

Friday, June 14, 4:40 pm. I got off the bus in El Cajon at Washington and Magnolia. From a distance I see what I think is a grandmother, mother and children crossing the street. We ...

The highs and lows of San Diego County Fair food

Some edibles are meant to be huge, colorful, fried, or wrapped in bacon

Last week, I found myself at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, feeling dizzy. Funny thing is, I hadn’t even made it on any of the rides yet. What addled me were the sights and smells of ...

Morena Blvd. on 1970 film footage

283 San Diego streets posted on line

Recent Facebook postings of old films shot on major San Diego streets take viewers on a trip into the 1970s. The films travel the entire length of a roadway; showing road alignments, classic cars, businesses, ...

Scripps Ranch – starter homes

Scripps Trail, bus service, nay-sayers, fight against WalMart, secret missile testing, view from Mira Mesa, USIU, a mooning incident

Good intentions behind paving of Scripps Trail Claudia Walker's family bought a home on the 10400 block of the street, a quiet, neatly manicured tract in Scripps Ranch near where the northeastern edge of the ...

Justin Wolff and the Reader

Yukon, San Diego goths, Ridout Plastics, Russian brides, Hunter Thompson, beautiful urinals, Lescaux, pisser clams, Padres, duct tape, bad fads, ghost towns, Charles Manson, killer surf sites

Son of Geoffrey Wolff, Justin wrote feature stories plus a weekly column on unusual websites (Sightseer) for the Reader from 1997 to 2006. Editor's picks of stories Wolff wrote for the Reader: Feature stories Does ...

Allan Peterson and the Reader

The story of I-15, what DNA tells us, San Diego freeway landscaping, Old Town man tells of WWII massacre, San Marcos schools, men and their frisbees

Allan Peterson wrote feature stories for the Reader from 1994 through 1999, and again in 2013. Editor's picks of stories Peterson wrote for the Reader: Scavengers find their niches on I-15 I-15 is the highway ...

Trade ham radio for violin, French music fete, Blues against hunger, 1938 Buick for sale

San Diego Reader classified ads, June 13, 2019

Roommates SEEKING 1 OR 2 BD I’m a retired military senior, male. Needs separate granny type area with parking. No smoke/drug/alcohol. Arts and music lover. Guaranteed regular money. Call 858-722-2964. BEDROOM Bdrm 4 rent w/ ...

Coronado millionaire residents put homes to the torch rather than endure “more subtle forms of community destruction.”

Coronado Delenda Est

“SANDAG says we may have to make room for 1800 more housing units,” says longtime resident Reginald Cashflow. “On Coronado, an island with about two square miles of buildable real estate that already holds 9500. ...

Authors J.T. Leroy, Truman Capote, The Dying Gaul, and their muses

Spot-on impersonations of otherwise resistible characters

Authors and their muses are the subjects of this week’s binge-watch. J.T. Leroy (2018) Jeremiah “Terminator” LeRoy was a manufactured commodity, the wispy offspring of a prostitute mother that writer Laura Albert (Laura Dern) bamboozled ...

Raging Cider & Mead... and perry

Local pears fuel a trio of distinct pear ciders and a strawberry cocktail

While tasting ciders at Raging Cider & Mead in San Marcos last year, I got talked by the bartender into trying one of the tasting room’s house cocktails, dubbed a StrawPerry. That the concoction involved ...

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