Julie Stalmer

Julie Stalmer is a Reader contributor. See staff page for published articles.

Young, black, and...hassled?

Beaten and jailed 20-year-old woman sues city, cops

Christina Dorsey, a 20-year-old African-American woman, filed suit July 1 in federal court against the City of San Diego, the police department, and several police officers. In the early morning of July 20, 2014, she ...

Visduh Aug. 11, 2015 @ 1:16 p.m.

That photo has ol' Juan looking dejected. Was one of those felony charges "felony dumb?" What a great way to get stung, especially when "she" admits to being an underage teen. Sheesh.


One-man McDonald's protest

“Yes, I’m homeless, but I’m respectful, and I clean up after myself.”

Pacific Beach resident Nate Nicholson is ticked at McDonald’s. On December 10, he was protesting out in front of the restaurant at 1121 Garnet Avenue, to the honking approval of several passersby. After returning to ...

All about that shawarma

Lunch (and leftovers) at Aladdin's

I’m not sure why I never made it into Aladdin before now. I walk by it at least once a week on my way to Trader Joe’s in Hillcrest, so it’s not like I didn’t ...

The Brain Trust book club

I like raccoons

I felt my face flush with heat when across the table I heard these names pronounced correctly, with perfect French accents: “Al-bare Kam-oo” and “Mare-so.”

Ex-mayor Bob Filner comes out in support of city attorney candidate Cabrera following anti-slut-shaming op-ed


On April 7, Democratic candidate for city attorney, Gil Cabrera, penned an op-ed for VoiceofSanDiego.com entitled “Slut Shaming Isn’t a Viable Legal Strategy.” He decried the tendency of lawyers to defend clients accused of sexual ...

Concert artist brings energy and hair

Artist Jimmy Ovadia creates a new gig

Most jobs associated with concerts have been around for years — musician, roadie, sound tech, merch guy. Jimmy Ovadia created a new job description, and he says it’s been his primary means of support for ...

Life is Good in Ferret-Friendly La Mesa

So said the T-shirts worn by group at a recent council meeting

Although the La Mesa City Council on September 26 rejected the appellation “Ferret-Friendly City” for their town, councilmembers agreed to write letters to support changing state law to allow ownership of domestic ferrets as pets. ...

Visduh Nov. 17, 2017 @ 10:53 a.m.

Are you aware that Kresge decided, in the 60's, to make a try at the so-called discount department store field, which had many many regional players coming and going? It came to that party late with Kmart, and soon was the biggest such chain of all. Eventually Kmart (Kresge changed its corporate name to Kmart by that time) overtook the biggest retailer of all, Sears. The rest, as they say, is history.


danfogel Nov. 17, 2017 @ 10:08 a.m.

There was also a JC Penney that opened in the Chula Vista Center, not too long after the center opened. It has been probably at least 15 years since I was there, but unless they have moved since then, I think the Penney store is still in the same original building on the Broadway side. I seem to vaguely remember from a trip to San Diego in the early 60's that there was another oldie but goody there, an SS Kresge store.. I seem to remember getting a sub sandwich there. There was one in Tucson close to where my dad worked, and when he had to work on a Saturday, my mom and I would go have lunch with him and get subs from there.


Visduh Nov. 17, 2017 @ 9:13 a.m.

The history of that building and others in North Park was national chain retailing. Two such companies were mentioned in the piece, Penney and Woolworths. There were others in that shopping district in its hey-day. Shopping districts like that one were vibrant with both local merchants and chain stores. The balance in numbers favored the locally owned stores, but the corporate chains were usually the higher volume ones. Penney probably did very well there until the advent of the mall; the way those shaped up was that if you didn't go into one when it became available, you would lose out. So Penney decamped when Fashion Valley opened in 1969, and it became an anchor there with its makeover approach that tried to compete with Sears in just about all categories, including automotive and tools. I think College Grove also had a J C Penney store in the 60's and 70's.

I'm inclined to agree that having a tenant like Target in that spot is highly preferable to having it vacant, covered with graffiti, and producing no jobs, no sales tax revenue, just an eyesore. Hoping for a retail renaissance of small shops and specialty stores, locally owned, is fine; keeping the business district active will help until that day arrives.


MURPHYJUNK Jan. 27, 2018 @ 9:32 a.m.

years ago ( when Northwest Airlines had their office across from the plaza) I went there to collect a free mileage ticket.

their compter was down and they told me to come back in about an hour,

I went across the street and bought a yohoo from a street vendor ( it came in a paper bag)

while drinking it sitting on the bench, the police came along and told me to move along.

( telling them I was waiting for a free airline ticket did not fly)


priscilla2018 Feb. 9, 2018 @ 4:11 a.m.

In this very article Mr. Patterson cites that there has been a slight downturn in how many Alpine high school students are going to Granite (400) and Steele (300). The size of the high school in the Bond was downsized from a more comprehensive school to 800 capacity. Some of those 100 missjng students may be home schooled or going to a Charter, but Patterson neglects to account for those going to El Cap. As per current demographic studies Alpine is the area tagged for future growth and is in an upswing now. The problem is that it will never grow to meet the imposed trigger of 23,245. which was by design. So, are you saying that because people chose to settle and expand easterly over the past 97 years having been apart of Grossmont, they should never have a high school? Alpine folks are paying on three bonds for modernization down the hill and certainly should get their fair share. Many of those property owners pay 3 times more in taxes then many down the hill.


r_e_uhhh April 5, 2018 @ 10:49 a.m.

The readership of the San Diego Reader exposes its ugly head once again... the bewildered suburbanites who have self-segragated into their homogenous neighborhoods for so long they no longer are able to exhibit compassion for anyone who doesn't look like them. The irony is that the commentors leaving these heinous messages probably consider themselves good people.


johnburgess April 6, 2018 @ 6:51 p.m.

Looks like Jason is a strapping young man in his 20's that should have a job. Instead he lives like a rodent enjoing our fine weather while making my neighborhood look like shit. I'm a 51 year old Gulf War vet that gets up every morning at 4:15 AM to go to my job. When I come home and go to enjoy the wonderful park in Old Town it is full of drug crazed transients having a "yard sale" or sleeping or eating out of trash cans. Where are my rights to have a nice neighbhood to live in since I pay rent and taxes? The solution is simple. DON'T GIVE THESE RATS ANY MONEY! SD is so nervous about a potential lawsuit by infringing on their civil liberties that they are worthless. Something has to give. I have transients in my neighborhood that have been sleeping in the same spot for over a year right in our most popular tourist areas. The police tell them to move on and they are back in 5 minutes. It looks like crap. What happened to the law against urban camping and encroachment? Round these losers up and make a central camp at Brown Field as was previously proposed where they can get their act together! How about a mental health hospital for the deranged which I see constantly thanks to the County Mental Health office next to I-5 and their revolving door policy? We got rid almost all State Hospitals thanks to Proposition 13. Way to go! Make a beer tax to fund this camp or do something different. Are we waiting for the bubonic plague or typhoid to arrive?

I dare The Reader to post this!

John Burgess Old Town Resident


AlexClarke June 13, 2018 @ 6:59 a.m.

The bus system in San Diego has been a joke as mass transit. It could not support itself if not for massive public subsidizes. A person on a bike can get where they are going faster than the bus. There are few, if any, bus shelters for passengers. They squander money on overbuilt buses and upscale equipment. Most of the buses run empty most of the time. For mass transit to work buses, etc, have to run 24/7 and go to places where people work. To get anywhere on a bus it takes hours and if you work nights or weekends you can't get anywhere.


CaptainObvious June 15, 2018 @ 10:41 a.m.

The school district I work for is about to receive three 40 foot electric school buses, for $400,000 each. You are paying a million each?


JustWondering June 26, 2018 @ 1:44 p.m.

The premise of the story’s title is not true, or certainly misleading. Trash collection in the City of San Diego is not “free”. Fees covering some of the costs are included in the assessments contained with property taxes. And while the 1919 Ordinance does covers single family homes on public right-of-ways, many properties, commercial, multi-family and many others pay for collection services.

Why do you think no one on the City Council touched this issue?

Finally, it’s unrealistic to assume these collection can have an infinite lifespan. I’m old enough to remember having metal cans and they too had to be replaced from time to time. One of my two black 96gallon cans is the original one dropped off by the City years ago. It has a crack but still functions. It will probably need replacing within a year or so. So I’ll just go up to Environmental Services and buy a new one when the time come.


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