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Ken Leighton

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

Articles by Ken Leighton

Oceanside's Victor Roy stories go on

Victor Roy, whose signature is used to certify the validity of checks issued by the City of Oceanside, says the reason he was viewing “inappropriate material” at a city library was because he was on ...

September 19, 2022
Chris Rodriguez bows out of Oceanside politics

Christopher Rodriguez appeared four years ago as one of North County’s most promising Republican up-and-comers. An Iraq war veteran who was awarded a Purple Heart, he still sports a high-and-tight Marine haircut. During Oceanside City ...

Oceanside pier bandshell set for changes – but which ones?

Oceanside’s most recognized yet most neglected building is about to get its first major upgrade since it was built in 1950. The beachfront “bandshell” immediately south of the Oceanside pier has hosted high school graduation ...

Marijuana growing in Vista great idea – or is it?

Cannabis is booming in Vista. Its 11 retail dispensaries have a corner on North County’s legal weed market, serving consumers from Oceanside, Carlsbad, San Marcos, Escondido, and Fallbrook. Since August of 2021, they haven't needed ...

July 11, 2022
Oceanside city treasurer charged on many fronts

Oceanside Treasurer Victor Roy faces serious charges from a city official he is supposed to work with, according to correspondence leaked to the public last week. Those charges include allegations that Roy tried to get ...

Oceanside firefighters consultant gets comeuppance

The October 2019 FBI arrest of Democratic fundraiser/consultant Melahat Rafiei for “theft or bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds” was not widely known until two weeks ago. FBI special agent Brian Adkins said Rafiei “lied” ...

Will Oceanside get a stealth Amazon warehouse?

As Amazon’s business skyrocketed during Covid, the company became America’s largest private occupier of industrial real estate. There are some 23 Amazon distribution/warehouse hubs in Southern California including Otay Mesa (six-million square feet) and Vista ...

Race warms up for Mike Levin's congressional seat

Ethnicity, guns, and accusations of being a business failure are all being used as weapons in the race for Mike Levin’s congressional seat. And that’s just between the Republicans. “He still claims to be a ...

How will Oceanside clean up downtown crime?

Some say Oceanside’s explosive beachfront build-out of the last five years is a long-needed improvement. Others say it's created a sterile, high-rise urban monster. But no one is celebrating the recent uptick in downtown crime. ...

February 15, 2022
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