Ken Harrison

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jnojr Jan. 10, 2015 @ 1:14 p.m.

There are franchises for name-brand gas stations where the wholesale price they pay is higher than the retail price at corporate-owned stations from the same brand.

But the good news is, there's no such thing as "cheap gas" (read: not inexpensive in price, but cheap in quality). The only difference between the cheapest and most expensive gas, besides location, might be a couple of minor additives. Any gas sold at any real gas station is going to be fine for any car. So drive past the Shells and Chevros and head to the goofy station that looks like it's in Iraq or Venezuela.

Oh, another difference is the stations like AM/PM that doesn't accept credit cards. It costs 1 or 2% to have CC transactions processed. A station that doesn't handle credit cards at all can be a nickle less than the guy across the street.


Ken Leighton Aug. 8, 2018 @ 9:38 p.m.

Ooops. Michael Halloran was never at KGB. And McInnes was not at KGB for 28 years. He was first at KPRI then went over to KGB. Knowing his aversion to doing live shows based on what this article says, Mr. McInnes should be happy at KGB: all the weekend DJs you hear on KGB are pre-recorded or "voice-tracked" as they say. Even the Monday-Friday nighttime DJ on KGB phones it in from another city.


metapunk Aug. 8, 2018 @ 7:10 p.m.

For what it's worth Jim, thanks for being one of the first people to play my music on the radio in San Diego.


Visduh Dec. 29, 2018 @ 7:55 a.m.

When ARCO eliminated credit cards at their stations many years ago, it was to position themselves as a discounter. For a long time you could count on them having a price lower than the other majors. Recently, however, that has changed. The pay-at-the-island cash machines are gone, and that means at least one trip inside--often requiring a wait in line--if you want to use cash. So, do they now take credit cards? Even using a debit card at ARCO carries an added fee. Here in Vista we have a G&M station across the street from ARCO, and it keeps its price lower than the ARCO. I have a credit card that pays back 3% on gasoline purchases. For me going to ARCO is a non-starter.


Ponzi Dec. 29, 2018 @ 11:09 a.m.

Many gas stations let the payment machines go into disrepair so you have to enter their store (and be tempted by crap) to pay for your gas. You have to return again if you overpay to get your refund. They don't replace the paper in the receipt rolls in the outside kiosks either, so if you want (or need... for reimbursement or tax purposes) a receipt you also have to schelp back into the junk food and vice hole to ask for one.


AlexClarke Dec. 28, 2018 @ 5:06 p.m.

Gas stations like Chevron or Shell sell gas to people who have no choice, like people traveling through the area, or stupid people who think that a particular brand is better. Unless I am traveling in an unfamiliar area I plan my gas stops at stations that sell gas at a reasonable (for California) price.


swell Jan. 27, 2019 @ 8:08 p.m.

249 injuries out of how many total riders? 1000? 10000? 100000? LA is a big city; how are we to know whether this is a large number of 'victims' when we don't know the total number during that time period? Can we have comparative numbers for bicyclists, motorized bicycles, privately owned motorized scooters, roller skates, pedestrians, etc?

Our fine city doesn't know what to do about them. Guess what- no city does. Some just enact a ban, others try other things. None have accumulated data to support one approach over another.

Perhaps someone here has the answers even without any data. Please share your great wisdom! In the meantime, notice that many people seem to benefit from them and they may come to play an important part in improving air quality and auto congestion.


Ken Leighton Sept. 19, 2018 @ 6:52 p.m.

My vote is that the Astor estate donates 1450-AM to Palomar College which can put its KKSM student run station on 1450 as well as Oceanside's 1320


dwbat Jan. 28, 2019 @ 9:09 a.m.

Add electric knives, cordless drills, Rollerblades and hoverboards.


dwbat Feb. 8, 2019 @ 10:38 a.m.

Many law enforcement agencies have moved away from the long heavy Maglite flashlights. They instead buy the Brite-Strike Super High-Flux LED flashlights.It's built like a tank, made of aircraft-quality aluminum. I own one of the 5" models.


swell Feb. 27, 2019 @ 4:46 p.m.

My hacker friends agree that there is no secure electronic system that does not include a paper copy of every vote. All known machines have flaws that could allow them to be manipulated. The paper record is essential along with the option for a manual count.


Visduh Feb. 28, 2019 @ 4:22 p.m.

Good comments all. I've never understood the big thrill about mail balloting. It should be available for those who need it, but for those who do not the way to vote should be at the neighborhood polling place. Some states, and I think Oregon is one of those, want to do it and get rid of polling places altogether. But as soon as that is done, there is an authentication problem, with ridiculous signature verifications. (As though voter signatures cannot be forged or otherwise falsified.) Now on election night the counts that come in are woefully incomplete due to all the mail ballots and others that cannot be tallied at the precinct polling place and quickly reported.

I'd advise some caution about adopting monahan's suggestion; just because that seems to "work" for Mexico doesn't mean it is secure or honest. The PRI rigged the vote in that country for decades, and it was only in the election that put Vicente Fox in the president's chair that the vote wasn't massively doctored. We should know better than to emulate anything done south-of-the-border.


Visduh March 2, 2019 @ 8:56 a.m.

Adding more big box retailing is so foolish. Around the nation there is a massive oversupply of retail space and that explains all the vacant space in centers and along the streets. The trend is in the opposite direction. Another story today describes a push to remodel Clairemont Square and put in housing. That at least fits in with reality of present and future retailing. Leave the rink right where it is!


Visduh March 19, 2019 @ 7:58 p.m.

The key comment to this story is "No one should be up there this time of year.” That area is so remote and rugged that at the best time of year (the summer or early fall) it is a real challenge. Not unlike many young Marine officers, or just young Marines of any grade, he was full of piss and vinegar and wanted the challenge. We can only pray that he somehow survived and will soon be back on duty. If he's lost to both family and the Corps, it is a true tragedy.


Dryw Keltz May 22, 2019 @ 3:41 p.m.

The decline after 1979 was probably closer to half a decade. Skateboarding bounced back in a huge way around 85/86 when the Powell Bones Brigade videos took off. A second decline probably started around 1990, and the industry really seemed to bottom out around 1992/93. If I recall correctly, it gained momentum again around 1996 as the era of the X-Games started to take hold, and by 2000 the industry seemed to be booming again. Since then, skateboarding has seemed pretty bulletproof. It feels like something that will always be around. These days, it's more akin to bikes than hula hoops.


SveltGastropod May 21, 2019 @ 1:10 p.m.

I think you mean Westlake Street, off of Encinitas Boulevard. There is no Westlake Drive.


MX311 May 22, 2019 @ 12:50 p.m.

Note even close..... I was riding my urethane wheeled Makaha in 1966 at Dictionary Hill in in Spring Valley 1966.

Now if you want to claim organized runs in 74 go ahead.


oliver81 June 21, 2019 @ 3:07 a.m.

that was the time when USPS was not performing good but now they are back in the business with bang and now they are providing great services. Indeed they are one of the best mailing service provider. Their Liteblue portal is very good for USPS employees.


dannytri June 20, 2019 @ 8:34 a.m.

I'm fascinated! We grew up in Western Hills mid sixties Jim Morrison of the Doors was my neighbor on Arnott Street. We walked Morena Boulevard up from Sambos in Old Town after Gull and Rocket games! Even walked to Fon Jon Kennels in 1967! Remember working at a Chinese Restaurant on Morena Boulevard around 1970! We did triathlons on Mission Bay circa 1970! So many memories! thanks, Danny


Visduh June 26, 2019 @ 4:10 p.m.

One powerhouse of an alternative is Winco; so far it doesn't have all that many outlets in the region, but it is adding them. Locally there is one in San Marcos and another in Oceanside. There is also Grocery Outlet. That previous strike was nasty. Pickets and their supporters, such as family members, were doing stupid things like blocking traffic to other stores, and even trying to block streets. Just what they thought that would accomplish isn't clear to me at all. I always thought both sides lost that confrontation. The stores lost customers who never came back and the strikers lost months of wages. The Ralphs store on Melrose in Vista/Oceanside was a fairly sharp operation prior to the strike; afterward the better staffers were gone, and the place just lost its edge. Any connection with that deterioration and the fact that the store was shuttered 2-3 years ago?