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Ken Leighton

Ken Leighton contributes regularly to the Reader's Blurt music column.

Articles by Ken Leighton

Oceanside councilwoman doesn't live at 815 North Pacific Street

What does it take to become a member of the Oceanside City Council? One might be surprised to know how easy it was for the newest member of the the five-person body that controls a ...

February 1, 2021
Finest City Improv and the unbending landlord

Tara Johansen says improv comedy classes are the best way she knows for the introverted to meet other people. “I had just moved to San Diego a year earlier and I found it very hard ...

December 14, 2020
Has Del Mar's Dwight Worden flipped from green to gray?

Politics can get rough in the county’s smallest city where just 3450 voters decide who runs the five-person Del Mar city council. In last month’s election, two different slates were running to occupy three seats. ...

December 7, 2020
91 of 153 Del Mar fairgrounds employees laid off – some of them are talking

While Covid-triggered cancelations pushed the Del Mar Fairgrounds into a $10 million deficit as of September, two former fairground employees claim that that the fairgrounds governing board and its staff was headed for a fall ...

Aussie surfboard maker J.S. Industries runs into Oceanside buzzsaw

The Aussies are invading North County with foreign-made surfboards. “It’s like freaking locusts descending on us,” says one local surf shop owner who declined to be named. “It’s like they have a scorched earth plan ...

November 18, 2020
Oceanside's Prince Park garners love, but still has pit toilets

About 100 skaters a day show up to Oceanside’s Prince Park. On weekends it’s twice as many. Because it's free to use and because skating is cool. Josh Carson says the cement bowls are doing ...

November 6, 2020
Oceanside's Michelle Gomez sues ex-workers for libel and gets some to back off

According to some named in a defamation lawsuit filed by Oceanside City Council candidate Michelle Gomez, the suit is a way to silence those who claim she ripped them off. The lawsuit arose when Gomez, ...

October 27, 2020
Cavalier Mobile Home owners vs. the rest of the neighborhood

Bree Shook says a kind of class warfare has erupted between her 1,000 neighbors in the Cavalier Mobile Home Estates and the traditional homeowners who live in the South Oceanside neighborhood that overlooks them. “They ...

October 19, 2020
Ups and downs of Oceanside Harbor

One person close to the Helgren’s sportsfishing saga describes the struggle over city property at the Oceanside Harbor as an ongoing “soap opera,” filled with “hate and discontent.” And while the major players won’t speak ...

October 7, 2020
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