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Ken Leighton

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

Articles by Ken Leighton

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
Cyclops Farms pulls up stakes in Oceanside

Anyone with a TV may get the impression Oceanside is more Green Acres than Baywatch. Developer Integral Communities has so far dumped $1.4 million on TV ads and other promotions to convince locals that a ...

September 30, 2020
Who stole your iPod, FM94's Mike Esparza, Hell's Angels, our Russian yacht, Seaworld sharks, why they leave San Diego

Roman Abramovich Yacht on San Diego’s Embarcadero Two helicopter pads, pool, spa, hot tub... It was borrowed by Madonna back in 2010 (according to Luxist.com), when she was filming her movie about the Duke of ...

September 19, 2020
Fire rings out in Oceanside – for good?

Beach fire rings are a beloved beach tradition for families and youth groups to roast marshmallows and tell stories. Or are they an attractive nuisance drawing in transient drunks who fight and make late night ...

Oceanside's El Corazon center will get olympic pool, concert venue – and the San Diego Sockers

The pandemic has not slowed the big dig at El Corazon, the 465-acre clump of mostly undeveloped mid-city parkland owned by the city of Oceanside. The heavy equipment work continues on the 2.2-acre Oceanside Aquatic ...

September 11, 2020
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