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Joe Deegan

Joe Deegan
Joe Deegan started writing for the Reader in 1998 and enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics. Feel free to contact him directly.

Articles by Joe Deegan

San Diego crime boss gunned down on Lamont St.

How Frank Bompensiero met his fate "Bomp kicked the door shut, Mirabile wrapped his arms around Borgia just as Jimmy dropped the garrote over his head, handing the other end of the rope to Bompensiero. ...

July 17, 2022
Van Dam murder divides Sabre Springs, Westerfield's jail inmates

Good Life in Sabre Springs “I think Brenda is amazing. She’s so strong. I asked her, ‘How do you get out of bed?’ She told me, ‘I do it for my boys because they don’t ...

January 31, 2022
I-15 mimics L.A traffic, when there were quail in Bonita

Traffic spares no one “People say, ‘You got a real transportation problem on the 15.’ Well, it’s less a transportation problem than it is a land-use problem. A lot of the people, because they can’t ...

January 24, 2022
El Cajon Olaf Weighorst forgeries, Reader author's parents killed

Bushwhacked We look at a Wieghorst painting called Spring Rain, a dark, impressionistic work, one of about a dozen Wieghorsts on the walls. Thackeray can remember when Wieghorst painted it. “It was raining cats and ...

January 22, 2022
Santa Ysabel dairy land ebbs away, Jamul casino dreams

Moo Twilight Feed he buys directly from farmers in the Imperial Valley. Because he trucks it himself, it costs around $80 per ton for sudan grass, $100 for alfalfa. But with a herd of 200 ...

January 16, 2022
San Diego actors' worst stories, he guards Volcan Mountain, community college adjunct

Break a Leg In 1993, Hal Holbrook was performing King Lear in the title role. Tom Hall, a San Diego actor, likes to tell the story. Hal came on too soon and started a completely ...

October 24, 2021
Carlsbad flower fields, Mission Bay, Coronado bridge

God’s Dirt “It’s not for the faint-hearted. It’s pretty high-risk because they’re very, very, very, very perishable. When the flowers are bloomed, you have to pick ’em. And you have to sell ’em. Otherwise you ...

August 1, 2021
Sherley Anne Williams' coolness toward outsiders, James Hubbell sees San Diego as forgotten city

Raised Not to Hope Too Hard Sherley Anne Williams built her career celebrating the ways black folks talked and acted. School-wise, street-smart, and quick-tongued, she reserved her deepest antipathy for those outside the African-American experience ...

July 10, 2021
Beautiful Saint Malo, Hillel vs. La Jolla, University City astir, the Children's Pool rift

Halfway between Disneyland and the San Diego Zoo I waded through the ankle-deep water toward Saint Malo. Waves tumbled against the shore, the wind was merciless, but I held my Lancome bag high and waded ...

February 20, 2021
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