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Stories by Paul Krueger

San Diegans Who Were Famous for a Very Short Time

Fame is like a river....

Heald’s surrender to Los Angeles police was delayed until he recovered from self-inflicted wrist slashes. Jim Holtzman told staffers if Heald was given probation instead of jail time, he would have the job of executive producer of the Channel 8 news.

Staying Power

Newspapers - five of them each day — have consumed my reading hours for the past decade. That leaves little time for books, which often sit in stacks on my bedroom dresser, unopened, until they're ...

For a Few Good Lanes

Camp Pendleton is Southern California's biggest and most valuable piece of undeveloped land - a 19,000-square-mile island of open space where bison and bobcats coexist with bazooka-carrying Marine Infantrymen. If the peace juggernaut ever pushes ...

Mullet Over in Chula Vista?

Its 39 acres of parks, 900 boat slips, excursion dock, and restaurants have made Chula Vista’s new J Street marina a bayfront paradise. But Mike Irey and Luigi Sanfilippo say the multimillion-dollar tidelands project has ...

The story I wanted to write... but didn't

Sandy and a girlfriend had gone into a liquor store, robbed the clerk, They locked the clerk in a walk-in cooler. Sandy started feeling bad about the guy. She went back and let him out.

The divorce trial before the murder

Broderick vs. Broderick

The stakes in last week’s divorce trial were much higher. Betty Broderick is seeking more than $250,000 in annual alimony/child support payments from her husband, whom she has said earns upward of $1 million a year.

The Boat Person

A decade of hustle and a $10 million investment may soon pay off for the local promoters of a seasick-proof ship. News stories about the “Small Waterplane, Twin Hilled” boats—Swath for short—are appearing more frequently, ...

Access in Moderation

On the bayside shore of Point Loma, directly across from Shelter Island, is a secluded and very pretty beach named La Playa/Kellogg. The beach has four private piers owned by residents whose backyards extend almost ...

Transvestite political figure Nicole Murray

When a February 4 Reader story revealed Nicole Murray's past arrests for male prostitution and told how he was advertising his services as a "transvestite counselor," Murray's 15-year reign as one of San Diego's most ...

Artist Sees Red Wallpaper

Monette Kuplec and the Hotel del Coronado bring you, “The Case of the Covered-up Coverup.” In 1973 Keplec, a La Jolla artist, donated her services to a local charity auction. The successful bidder was the ...

Artist Needs Drawing Room

Last month Robert Miles Parker learned that his pen-and-ink drawing of Belmont Park’s rickty roller coaster was the centerpiece of a slick publicity sheet promoting the controversial Belmont Park in Mission Beach. Parker, artist, writer, ...

Porno Profts: Hinge on the Doors

Rick Ford has seen the future of adult peepshows, and it's a box-office disaster. While Ford's competitors in the adult bookstore business were fighting a city ordinance that requires the removal of doors from peepshow ...

Tribune reporter Robert Blair Kaiser helps Joan Kroc make news

Newspaper reporter strive for intimacy with their sources; knowing people who make the news means you might be there to cover the story when it happens. Tribune reporter Robert Blair Kaiser has managed that, and ...

On the L.A. Times San Diego County Edition

Some San Diegans still resent buying an "out-of-town" newspaper, no matter how many local stories it has.

The Los Angeles Times has paid dearly to crack the San Diego newspaper market. Millions have been lavished on radio and billboard promotions of the paper's six-year-old "San Diego County Edition" and millions more spent ...

O’Connor to Be Removed from Port Commission

Proponents of downtown’s budget breaking new convention center get a big boast January 1 when Maureen O’Connor is removed from the port commission at the expiration of her four-year term. O’Connor was unfailingly skeptical of ...

Shelf Realization

Boney's vs. Windmill Farms

Two years ago Frazier Farms and Windmill Farms had a tight grip on produce and natural food retailing in San Diego County. The two companies sold fresh fruits, vegetables, bulk grains, breads, vitamins and supplements, ...

Ferry Tale

Dunham Reilly has little chance of saving one of Coronado’s last stretches of unobstructed bay shoreline and its view of downtown San Diego, A four-story, 198-unit condominium project is already under construction on this eleven-acre ...

All the Fine New Prefixes

Only Rancho Santa Fe gets to keep theirs - 756.

La Jollans sulked twenty years ago when Pacific Telephone altered their GLencourt 4 prefixes. To satisfy the Pac Tel computer’s appetite for numbers, GLencourt 4 — the symbol of residential affluence — became the sterile ...

Chacon and Peace Supoort SD-LA "Bullet Train"

Their decision last week to endorse the controversial San Diego-to-Los Angeles “bullet train” should have been a difficult one for state Assemblymen Pete Chacon and Steve Peace. All their local legislative colleagues — Republicans and ...

I.B. Mayor Brian Billbray Distances Himself from Log Cabin Club

When Imperial Beach Mayor Brian Bilbray ran for state assembly two years ago, he received an endorsement from the twenty-five member San Diego Log Cabin Club. This group of gay Republicans found Bilbray to be ...

Bond. Bridge Bond.

The $44 million bond debt on the 14-year-old Coronado Bridge should be paid in full by late 1986. With the construction bonds retired, the 14 million drivers who annually cross the span should, in theory, ...

Porn Under a Bad Sign

The city council, city attorney, state courts, and a group of dedicated residents keep trying to make it impossible for Vince Miranda to show X-rated films at his strand theater in Ocean Beach, but Miranda ...

You'll Feel Fined in the Morning

Vacationers and the homeless have long been spending their nights inside campers or recreational vehicles parked along Mission Bay’s shores. In doing so these civic freeloaders have been ignoring the well-placed signs that warn of ...

Mayor Refuses to Pay Hotel Bill

They drive some very hard bargains in Coronado. Last year Coronado city officials and the management of the landmark Hotel de Coronado hit on a way to make money together. The hotel has wanted to ...

Boat People Vanish But Leave Cats

Jane Walton admits that the problem of abandoned catamarans doesn’t rank high on San Diego’s list of major concerns. It’s really not a problem, as much as it is a bother and a mystery: why ...

Paper Underwritten

Another neighborhood newspaper has been launched, but this one won't live or die by the vagaries of the free market. The Adams Avenue Post, as the new publishing entry is called, has no competition in ...

Bridge Work by Choppers Flying In Teeth Of Danger?

It’s not illegal to fly a helicopter under the Coronado Bay Bridge, but the people at Caltrans, the state transportation department, may make it so. Bob Petree and JoeReynolds fly news helicopters for channel 39 ...

The Coffeeshop Wars

Looking west from the corner of Newport Avenue and Cable Street in Ocean Beach, the hard angular marquee of the Strand Theater is the dominant landmark. The Strand has also been pilloried of late – ...

Stand by Your Sand

William C. Kellogg doesn’t tolerate uninvited guests at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club. As managing trustee of the Kellogg family estate, Kellogg oversees the 20-acre, oceanfront resort with ninety-seven rooms, a par-three golf ...

On the Beachcomber

The Fox and the Weasel sipped beer on the patio of the Pennant bar last week and talked about the old days at the Beachcomber next door. They were reaching way back – to 1961, ...

The Battle of Queens' Corners

Transvestites vie for downtown locations

On the night of February 25, two San Diego policemen stumbled across what looked like a gang war being fought on downtown's lower Sixth Avenue, between Market and Island streets. Bottles were thrown, knives and ...

Zub for Something

It was the countdown to Tuesday’s Coronado city council election and candidate Don Zub wasn’t blasting his opponents — he was bitching about his supporters. “They’ll wear my buttons, come to my parties, drink my ...

But Who in OB Would Eat the Stuff?

Representatives of the Kentucky Fried Chicken Corporation recently talked with Ocean Beach activist Jackie Sanders about how that community would greet proposals for a KFC drive-thru. “I hope people like their chicken well done,” Sanders ...

Ford Finds Parking Space in San Diego

Jack Ford, son of the former president, will soon make his home in San Diego. The 26-year-old Ford, who first visited San Diego during vacation breaks from Utah State University, where majored in forestry, says ...

Notice Anything Different

County assessor E.C. Williams faces two challenges on June 6: the Jarvis-Gann ballot measure (Proposition 13) and his own re-election. The odds that Williams will lose his own primary race are slim; at worst one ...

Lone Drivers Cross Bridge When They Come to It

Last January the state transportation department (CAL-TRANS) added the Coronado Bridge to its list of eight toll roads that give carpools a discount on crossing fees. Since then, drivers carrying two or more passengers during ...

Only a Chantee in Old Chantee Town

Golden Arches would seem to fit in better than Hindu arches next to the driving shops on lower Grand Avenue, and Hare Krishna devotees in white and saffron robes somehow look misplaced strolling along the ...

Somebody Bet on the Bay

Crescent Beach, the stretch of sand along the northwest shore of Mission Bay, doesn’t look much like a beach. Indeed, events there have instead called to mind one of those trick birthday candles, those which ...

All the Mayor's Men

Pete Wilson's aides - Otto Bos, Bob White, Larry Thomas, and others

"If Jimmy Carter had set out in 1973 not to run for president but to wage a proxy fight for control of the Anaconda Corporation, he'd have had the same people with him. Hamilton Jordan, ...

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