Brae Canlen

Brae Canlen
Brae Canlen came to the Reader after working as a newspaper reporter for the Rancho Santa Fe Review and the San Dieguito Citizen. At the Reader, she wrote news and feature stories through the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Articles by Brae Canlen

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Sam Spital, Stanley Siegel, UFO fans, Mary Kay, Scientology, Pernicano fight over Cole Porter, sea turtles, Elvis impersonators, flying bullets on India Street, our only member of Mega

Brae Canlen came to the Reader after working as a newspaper reporter for the Rancho Santa Fe Review and the San Dieguito Citizen. At the Reader, she wrote news and feature stories through the late ...

San Diego characters you should have known

Al Ducheny, Steve Kelly, Larry Himmel, Sam Spital, Stanley Siegel, Ed Miller

Bad blood in Barrio Logan Ducheny is most unpopular with those who run the government-funded agencies, people such as Rachel Ortiz, who directs the Barrio Station youth program; Jess Haro, chairman of the Chicano Federation; ...

What really goes on inside San Diego public schools?

Class wars: a note from the teachers

Most public high school instructors in the San Diego Unified School District teach five classes a day, and each class averages about 30 students. Count up all the heads, and the typical teacher deals with ...

San Diego's Elvis impersonators

Robert Lopez, Eddie Powers, Von Dishong, Bob Lentz, Harley Davidson

He liked his peanut butter and banana sandwiches grilled in butter. He wouldn't sunbathe without an electric fan blowing directly on his body. He saw the faces of Stalin and Jesus in cloud formations. These ...

Where did Chula Vista's sea turtles come from?

Escaped from corral at North Island?

At the bottom of San Diego Bay, in the shadow of a huge SDG&E power station in Chula Vista, lives a colony of endangered sea turtles. They have been present, more or less, since the ...

San Diego extraterrestrial sightings heat up

Maybe what you saw was a UFO. On the other hand, maybe you're a liar.

Allan Reta remembers October 14 as a night that was neither warm nor cool. He was standing in the front yard of his San Marcos home, holding his baby daughter in his arms. They had ...

Chula Vista's Tulie Trejo knows baking contests

Fresh from the oven

I AM SITTING AT TULIE TREJO’S kitchen table, watching her make gingerbread men and thinking about a story I read in the newspaper this morning. It was about a woman who allowed her boyfriend to ...

Bullets escape San Diego Indoor Range

Have another round

Perhaps we're overreacting, but the idea of bullets flying through the wall of the San Diego Indoor Range earlier this month disturbed us. After all, someone could have gotten hurt. As it was, only a ...

Local writer rides Gray Line bus with tourist and makes notes

Visitation rites

Rain is not good weather in which to take a bus tour of San Diego. The color of the air changes, and the crisp edges fall off trees, billboards, bodies of water. Windshield wipers sound ...

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