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Thomas K. Arnold

Arnold wrote news and features for the Reader in the 1980s and 1990s.

Some of his early writing:

Nov. 17, 1983 Doors Opened in Past for Mayor (Hedgecock history as concert promoter)

Apr. 26, 1990 A Town Called Bob

Jan. 7, 1993 What They Didn't Tell You About Mr. San Diego

Articles by Thomas K. Arnold

Oceanside – finally hip

I’m sitting at a table in the Q&A Oyster Bar in the restored Brick Hotel complex in downtown Oceanside, a block and a half from the pier. The decor is elegant, but not overdone: polished …

June 12, 2024
Serra Mesa bike lanes are out of control

Two years ago, in late March 2022, the city of San Diego added bike lanes to Gold Coast Drive in Mira Mesa. It was one of hundreds, if not thousands, of similar road reconfigurations taking …

A 70-mile walk on San Diego beaches and other ways we'd spend our summer vacation

A walk on the (whole) beachA San Diego summer, with all the time in the world, brings up one challenge I’ve tried before and failed to complete: walking our entire 70-mile stretch of Pacific Ocean …

May 1, 2024
San Diego's 10% killed by strangers

You are more likely to be murdered by someone you know than by someone you don’t. The latest FBI statistics show that fewer than 10% of the 20,000 people who were murdered in the United …

San Diego's architectural marvels and misfires

There’s a hilltop house in Cardiff, at 959 Cornish Drive, that is not like the others in the tony seaside neighborhood. The house itself resembles a giant box, light yellow in color, with the front …

Truly weird San Diego collectors

I’ve been going to the San Diego County fair for decades, and in that time, I’ve seen so many things. But one of my standout memories remains the time I was walking through the hobby …

November 1, 2023
Fear and Self-Loathing in La Jolla

Frank. Frank the Tank. Frank. The. Tank.Frank is the Tank — well, sometimes… Let me explain.Frank — and we’re not going to use his last name here, in order to, as they say, “protect the …

Re-Animated Records works weird magic

Re-Animated Records, in the heart of La Mesa’s bustling downtown “village,” is a monster of a record store — in more ways than one. It’s named after the Lovecraftian horror comedy Re-Animator, which is about …

October 4, 2023
Flower feels

The famed Flower Fields of Carlsbad are among the few local attractions that have actually gotten better with time. The zoo? Natural-habitat-mania has put many of the animals out of sight. Sea World? Overrun with …

October 4, 2023
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