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Nite Owls: The Darkroom Apr 24, 2014 A fun music and art mixer for 21to 40-somethings. This one includes a discussion with photographer Omar Lopez, a DJ playing old jazz records, collaborative art projects and darkroom photography activities. 60 other events on Thursday, April 24
 
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News
Why the city can’t maintain enough emergency trucks
News
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Film
Documentary about ill-fated project leads our rundown of movies screening around town
Editorial
Ten bucks an hour just ain’t enough

 

 
 
Backwards & in High Heels

No curtains for San Diego Opera

Says the little person with no knowledge of it

By Aaryn Belfer

ince last July, we've seen the implosion of a mayor, the centennial celebration, the Ken Cinema and San Diego Opera. And yet, SeaWorld still beckons the masses despite the wailing mother whales we all cried with in Blackfish. Can you stand it? I ask you: Can you stand it? 

Backwards & in High Heels

M-I-C-K-E-Y-M-O-U-S-E

Disneyland: a human cesspool and the Happiest Place On Earth

By Aaryn Belfer

I should admit right now that I go to Disneyland steeped in existential conflict. The non-conformist in me knows that place is a cesspool of the human condition (an overwhelmingly white human condition, mind you) worthy of the most serious people-watching.

Backwards & in High Heels

The bastardization of language has me peeved

Oh, yes, I’m about to throw some shade

By Aaryn Belfer

The abbrevs are not only maj annoy, but they're totes ubiq, too.

Backwards & in High Heels

Survey says: More screen time, please

Parents worry about their kids’ readiness but also love abundant interaction with devices—weird

By Aaryn Belfer

Rotenberg said that half of the parents surveyed worry about their child's social and emotional readiness for school. At the same time, 89 percent said they value media exposure for their kids, with television being the most common choice.

Backwards & in High Heels

Knowledge of black history is in ‘Jeopardy!’

Game-show contestants save the hardest category for last

By Aaryn Belfer

Since nobody in their depraved CityBeat-reading mind watches Jeopardy!, I'm going to guess that you missed this year's College Championship tournament and all the excitement that ensued.

Backwards & in High Heels

Middle-aged sex

Who doesn’t want to read about that?

By Aaryn Belfer

According to The Kinsey Institute, roughly 46 percent of married women age 40 to 49 report having sex a few times each month (almost exactly the same amount of poking being done by married 20-somethings).

Backwards & in High Heels

Small talks, huge moments

This parenting thing is treacherous and awesome

By Aaryn Belfer

"Mama, can I ask you a question?" My 8-year-old was in the back seat of the car, and I was spun around in the passenger seat, looking into her eyes. Her face and body language were totally open. 

Backwards & in High Heels

Ladies, protect your orchids

The future of cosmetic surgery is here

By Aaryn Belfer

The vagina is awesome, literally; it's gorgeous, mysterious, multipurpose-functional and unique as all get out. I examined more Internet V the other day than Michelle Duggar's gynecologist, and I'll say right now that no two are alike.

Backwards & in High Heels

2013 was out of this world

A look back at news that haunts

By Aaryn Belfer

The realities presented on Earth 1.0 haven't made me particularly hopeful; 2013 had its share of disappointments.

Backwards & in High Heels

Life is dangerous

Drive fast and take chances (but be discriminating)

By Aaryn Belfer

Immediately after the deaths in a car crash of Fast and Furious star Paul Walker and his friend last month, the media wasted no time in turning the dialogue toward deeper introspection.

Because I Said So

Pride and publicity

Of profits, promotions, parades and pandering

By Tony Phillips

San Diego's 32nd Annual Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Pride Celebration got underway last Saturday with a parade that passed in front of my house. Location, location, location.

Crossword

Crossword: 'Converse Shoes'

Weekly crossword by Ink Well Xwords

By Ben Tausig

A pair of tickets for a 4.5 or 8 hour Pacific Nature Tour will be awarded weekly. Email a picture of your answers to crossword@sdcitybeat.com or fax it to 619-325-1393. Limit one win per person per 30 days. 

Crossword

Crossword: 'Odds and Evens'

Weekly crossword by Ink Well Xwords

By Ben Tausig

A pair of tickets for a 4.5 or 8 hour Pacific Nature Tour will be awarded weekly. Email a picture of your answers to crossword@sdcitybeat.com or fax it to 619-325-1393. Limit one win per person per 30 days.

Crossword

Crossword: 'Square Meal'

Weekly crossword by Ink Well Xwords

By Ben Tausig

A pair of tickets for a 4.5 or 8 hour Pacific Nature Tour will be awarded weekly. Email a picture of your answers to crossword@sdcitybeat.com or fax it to 619-325-1393. Limit one win per person per 30 days.

Crossword

Crossword: 'Growing Up'

Weekly crossword by Ink Well Xwords

By Ben Tausig

A pair of tickets for a 4.5 or 8 hour Pacific Nature Tour will be awarded weekly. Email a picture of your answers to crossword@sdcitybeat.com or fax it to 619-325-1393. Limit one win per person per 30 days. 

Crossword

Crossword: 'Scratch That'

Weekly crossword by Ink Well Xwords

By Ben Tausig

A pair of tickets for a 4.5 or 8 hour Pacific Nature Tour will be awarded weekly. Email a picture of your answers to crossword@sdcitybeat.com or fax it to 619-325-1393. Limit one win per person per 30 days. 

Crossword

Crossword: 'Upbeat Mixes'

Weekly crossword by Ink Well Xwords

By Ben Tausig

A pair of tickets for a 4.5 or 8 hour Pacific Nature Tour will be awarded weekly. Email a picture of your answers to crossword@sdcitybeat.com or fax it to 619-325-1393. Limit one win per person per 30 days.

Crossword

Crossword: 'Lending Jokes'

Weekly crossword by Ink Well Xwords

By Ben Tausig

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Crossword

Crossword: 'House Additions'

Weekly crossword by Ink Well Xwords

By Ben Tausig

A pair of tickets for a 4.5 or 8 hour Pacific Nature Tour will be awarded weekly. Email a picture of your answers to crossword@sdcitybeat.com or fax it to 619-325-1393. Limit one win per person per 30 days. 

Crossword

Crossword: 'Pairing Down'

Weekly crossword by Ink Well Xwords

By Ben Tausig

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Crossword

Crossword: 'Logical Connections'

Weekly crossword by Ink Well Xwords

By Ben Tausig

A pair of tickets for a 4.5 or 8 hour Pacific Nature Tour will be awarded weekly. Email a picture of your answers to crossword@sdcitybeat.com or fax it to 619-325-1393. Limit one win per person per 30 days. 

Editor's Note

SeaWorld: one guy’s take

I don’t really go for the caged-wildlife thing to begin with

By David Rolland

Richard Bloom, a Democrat who represents the Santa Monica area, wants to ban public entertainment involving killer whales, end the captive breeding of whales, bar companies from importing or exporting whales and move SeaWorld’s 10 whales into ocean pens. 

Editor's Note

An open letter to Bob Filner

How can you bear going on like this?

By David Rolland

You might learn to be more respectful of women, but the damage is done. You might survive a recall process, but only on technicalities. If a vote were held today on whether you should be mayor, you’d get killed.

Editor's Note

Anders Wright and Peter Holslin leaving CityBeat

Longtimers on the way out; three new guys coming in

By David Rolland

This issue marks the final one with Peter Holslin as music editor and Anders Wright as film editor. I know!

Editor's Note

The Dave Maass Era ends

Goodbye to perhaps San Diego’s best investigative reporter

By David Rolland

Lots of San Diegans have wanted Dave Maass to Shut! Up!—mostly those who find themselves in his argumentative crosshairs on Twitter. He certainly has a way about him.

Editor's Note

Reunions and elections

My necessary weekend getaway to the past

By David Rolland

I’m sitting on a bench at my alma mater Calabasas High School. I’m looking over toward a walkway leading down from the softball field where I lost consciousness after Matt Behrens and I collided with each other on a pop fly.

Editor's Note

Goodbye, Gloria Penner

KPBS icon’s impact on CityBeat

By David Rolland

San Diego lost one of its most well-known and important figures on Saturday, when journalist Gloria Penner succumbed to the cancer she’d been battling for more than a year.

Editor's Note

Adios, Aaryn Belfer

One of our longtime columnists calls it quits

By David Rolland

Aaryn Belfer’s biweekly “Backwards & in High Heels” column first appeared in CityBeat’s Jan. 24, 2007. Her last column for us appears in this issue. 

Editor's Note

Romney’s assault on government assistance

Add our voice to the chorus of commentary

By David Rolland

Romney said that 47 percent of Americans pay no income tax, and those are the people, he said, who are safely deposited in Barack Obama’s electorate bank.

Editor's Note

Mike Aguirre, Jerry Sanders and CityBeat

Former city attorney rips us while the mayor honors us with a day of our own

By David Rolland

When Mike Aguirre was the city attorney in San Diego, he’d sometimes call me to talk excitedly about how CityBeat could help define a vision for future San Diego. I would enjoy those calls.

Editorial

Why does San Diego have more money now?

Beware of politicians saying it’s only because of ‘conservative fiscal policies’

By CityBeat Staff

It’s election season, and that means we need to be on ready alert for fibs, half-truths, misdirection, misinformation, disinformation, lies, damn lies and statistics.

Editorial

Faulconer OK with planning, but not innovating

Civic-idea lab should be given a chance to produce

By CityBeat Staff

The Mayor's office says that without the money from the Civic Innovation Lab, the city would be able to update only one or two community plans this coming year.

Editorial

For Barrio Logan: Yes on Props. B and C

Judge allows community-plan referendum to go to the voters, but also says ship-repair lobby fibbed

By CityBeat Staff

Commit this to memory: Vote yes on Props. B and C.

Editorial

How to fix the Balboa Park Centennial

Here’s our basic, simple, linear idea for a three-part structure

By CityBeat Staff

The 2015 Balboa Park Centennial celebration is an embarrassing mess and an outrageous scandal, and certain people walked away with a lot of money without producing a thing, but no one's going to jail.

Editorial

San Diego’s minimum wage is on the fast track

Ten bucks an hour just ain’t enough

By CityBeat Staff

This week, the National Low Income Housing Coalition released a report that said a person needs to make $26.04 per hour to comfortably afford a two-bedroom apartment in San Diego, which, according to the study, is exactly representative of California overall.

Editorial

Take us home, Kevin Faulconer

He won the housing-fee battle; now he has to deliver an alternative

By CityBeat Staff

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and his allies in the business community last week defeated an attempt by the majority of the City Council and affordable-housing advocates to raise a fee that developers pay to help finance construction of low-rent housing.

Editorial

San Diego’s open-government test

Faulconer delays Gloria’s email-deletion order, but he needs to go all the way and kill it dead

By CityBeat Staff

On Feb. 27, outgoing interim Mayor Todd Gloria infuriated open-government advocates and journalists by issuing a policy memo that said, starting on March 28, all city-employee emails older than one year would be deleted.

Editorial

U-T San Diego on drugs

Having some fun with two of the daily paper’s recent editorials

By CityBeat Staff

Editorials in U-T San Diego can be really funny, and few have been funnier than one published on Feb. 19 about marijuana.

Editorial

All eyes on Kevin Faulconer and Todd Gloria

New mayor has to play ball with popular progressive council president

By CityBeat Staff

Faulconer’s most likely challenger is Democrat Todd Gloria, who’s riding a huge wave of popularity after stabilizing city government as interim mayor in the wake of Filner’s tumultuous downfall.

Editorial

Chargers should draft Michael Sam

This LGBT-friendly city would be a great fit for the first openly gay player

By CityBeat Staff

We think it would be fantastic if the Chargers’ were to pick Sam in the May draft. There’s no doubt they could have him in the second round, and he’ll likely still be available in the third round.

Letters

Letters to the editor

Our readers tell us what they think

I intently read Joshua Emerson Smith’s story about the minimum wage in the March 19 issue. Why is it that single moms are always the emotional tug on this issue?

Letters

Letters to the editor

Our readers tell us what they think

In your March 19 “Editor’s Note,” you said: “I believe you can have the research, rescue, conservation and education without the exploitation and the gaudy entertainment.” My sentiments exactly.

Letters

Letters: Heartbreaking entertainment

Our readers tell us what they think

I’ve been a resident of San Diego for 34 years and visited SeaWorld once, years ago. The “Shamu Show” broke my heart, and the memory of the orcas performing tricks is forever etched in my mind.

Letters

Letters: Keep it open

Our readers tell us what they think

The way unions build the middle class is by making sure there are jobs that provide a middle-class living. Just because someone is pro-union doesn’t make them anti-business. Frankly, I am sick of this push to be “pro-business”; why don’t we try to be “pro-citizens”?.

Letters

Letters: Morlan and Peña

Our readers tell us what they think

I just wanted you to know that I loved Kinsee Morlan’s story about Daniel Peña [“Art & Culture,” Feb. 26]. His work is great, and Morlan is, too, for writing about him.

Letters

Letters: Trucks benefit all

Our readers tell us what they think

No, Councilmember Lorie Zapf, the San Diego City Council cannot enact laws to protect restaurants from the competition of food trucks [“News,” Feb. 19].

Letters

Letters: It's about location

Our readers tell us what they think

Regarding the affordable-housing offset that was mentioned in the Jan. 15 editorial and previous articles: Location, location, location!

Letters

Letters: Getting better all the time

Our readers tell us what they think

I was one of your letters to the editor a while ago [May 14, 2012] and just wanted to tell you that things with food stamps have gotten a lot better.

Letters

Letters: Another D6 candidate

Our readers tell us what they think

Mitz Lee has lived in Mira Mesa and raised her two sons to adulthood in our public schools. She sits on the board of Rancho YMCA and serves on the San Diego Human Relations Commission.

Letters

Letters: Fee or tax—no diff

Our readers tell us what they think

Regarding your Jan. 15 editorial: Did you call Obamacare supporters “liars” when they said their Affordable Care Act penalties were fees instead of a tax when the Supreme Court affirmed it was a tax?

Political Lunacy

Haven't we been here before?

In San Diego politics, the frame of the game stays the same

By Carl Luna

In San Diego politics, the frame of the game stays the same

Political Lunacy

San Diego song

City may have passed a pain-free budget, but it has a bigger hole in it than Henry’s bucket

By Carl Luna

City may have passed a pain-free budget, but it has a bigger hole in it than Henry’s bucket

Political Lunacy

In lieu of flowers

A eulogy for departed City Attorney Mike Aguirre

By Carl Luna

A eulogy for departed City Attorney Mike Aguirre

Political Lunacy

Black hole in the sun

Why would anyone want to be a member of the San Diego City Council?

By Carl Luna

Why would anyone want to be a member of the San Diego City Council?

Political Lunacy

On to the 19th century!

You can’t fight City Hall—but you can fight retro plans to build a new one

By Carl Luna

You can’t fight City Hall—but you can fight retro plans to build a new one

Political Lunacy

An odd year

Elections in odd-numbered council districts and an odd trio challenging an odd city attorney make for odd times

By Carl Luna

Elections in odd-numbered council districts and an odd trio challenging an odd city attorney make for odd times

Political Lunacy

Light the candles

Even small wars cost a lot to raise these days

By Carl Luna

Even small wars cost a lot to raise these days

Political Lunacy

Tijuana burns

Our neighbor's house is on fire--and no one seems to give a damn

By Carl Luna

Our neighbor's house is on fire--and no one seems to give a damn

Political Lunacy

It's really not so bad

From financial woes to flaming fires, plagues of problems bedeviled San Diego in 2007, but we go on

By Carl Luna

From financial woes to flaming fires, plagues of problems bedeviled San Diego in 2007, but we muddled on

Political Lunacy

The fall of Mike Aguirre

Can the city attorney survive the autumn of his discontent?

By Carl Luna

Can the city attorney survive the autumn of his discontent?

Presently Tense

I'm tense no more

Out with this old column, in with a new one

By D.A. Kolodenko

Having grown up in San Diego seeing so many creative, smart people move to Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Europe and other, less-deserty pastures, I always admired those who stayed, or relocated, here for their resolve to make it work in a town where picking up a newspaper is less popular than applying zinc oxide to the nasal region.

Presently Tense

How may I help you?

Providing a different kind of tech support

By D.A. Kolodenko

Punya and Abhijeet, both in their late 20s, told me they were the only two guys from hundreds in the company’s Bangalore office who’d been sent to San Diego for training. So, these were the voices on the phone! I had come face to face with the living, breathing targets of every joke ever told in the U.S. about trying to get a modem fixed.

Presently Tense

Cuckoo world

My admiration for a local antiques collector

By D.A. Kolodenko

Long before the Gaslamp Quarter became the gentrified playground of San Diego’s young 9-to-5ers, there was this giant antique mall down there, south of Market.

Presently Tense

Sleepless in San Diego

Where can a night owl go for a hoot

By D.A. Kolodenko

If New York is the city that never sleeps, San Diego is the city that has a glass of warm soymilk before tucking itself into bed at 8:30.Sure, you’ve got your weekend Pacific Beach bro-fest, your

Presently Tense

The politics of dancing

Shaking up the meaning of an American memorial

By D.A. Kolodenko

Five people were arrested on Saturday for dancing at the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Presently Tense

A view of the bridge

Balboa Park’s future in the grand scheme of things

By D.A. Kolodenko

I’m sure you’ve heard about Irwin Jacobs’ plan to invest in a park renovation that would remove cars from the Plaza De Panama in the heart of the park and divert traffic coming off of the Cabrillo Bridge toward other parking areas.

Presently Tense

Bird of sacrifice

Pelicans are large and in charge, but their future is murky

By D.A. Kolodenko

Living smack in front of the tide pools in O.B. for 11 years will make an amateur pelican expert out of you, and it occurs to me that this year, something looks different.

Presently Tense

Roe v. Wade on hold

Facing the erosion of abortion rights in America

By D.A. Kolodenko

It’s already happening across the country. The New York Times reported that since Republicans made gains in the mid-term elections, 29 states now have anti-choice governors and 15 have both anti-choice governors and legislatures.

Presently Tense

Nukikazes wanted

Japan’s crisis offers a glowing opportunity

By D.A. Kolodenko

One of the more interesting yet under-reported stories from the ongoing disaster in Japan is about how the Tokyo Electric Power Company has ramped up its effort to find workers willing to brave the dangerous conditions at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

Presently Tense

Meltdown versus shutdown

Let’s stop sucking the nuclear boobs

By D.A. Kolodenko

Shut down San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant! If enough of us demand it, it will happen. Raise your voices! Send letters! Organize a demonstration! Walk like an Egyptian!

Shenanigans

Shenanigans: The search is over

Staff writer Dave Maass is leaving; can you find 22 of his favorite subjects?

By Dave Maass

Bill Horn, marijuana, Occupy SD, Zany-Zane and Gary Kreep were among our beloved staff writer's favorite topics. 

Shenanigans

Shenanigans: Black History mini-crossword

Fill in the blanks with prominent African-American figures

By Dave Maass

Who is the current Assembly member for District 79? Plus more questions involving prominent African-American San Diegans. 

Shenanigans

Shenanigans: Flu hunt

Can you find nine flu symptoms and the six FDA-approved vaccines?

By Dave Maass

A list of the six FDA-approved vaccines. Now, get vaccinated. 

Shenanigans

Shenanigans: The procurement is right

Guess the winning bids on these county of San Diego contracts

By Dave Maass

How much for metal and wood barricades, lapel-mics, and commercial truck driver's license training? 

Shenanigans

Shenanigans: Secretary of defense mini-crossword

Which secretaries fit in the blanks?

By Dave Maass

Which secretary was the subject of the 2003 Oscar-winning documentary Fog of War

Shenanigans

Shenanigans: Gun game

Can you identify these firearms, which were all explicitly named in the 1994 assault-weapons ban?

By Dave Maass

Can you tell the difference between an Uzi and a Striker 12?

Shenanigans

Shenanigans: Ebenezer teasers

Bah humbug! Here's some trivia to bum you out on Christmas

By Dave Maass

How much sugar is in a standard-sized candy cane? Which toys are potentially dangerous? Happy holidays! 

Shenanigans

Shenanigans: Dwarf hunt

Can you find the 15 members of 'Thorin & Company' from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey?

By Dave Maass

Hint: there are 13 dwarves, one hobbit and one wizard.

Shenanigans

Shenanigans: Filner's furrow

Can you find your way through the new San Diego mayor's thoughts?

By Dave Maass

The new mayor's brain is a labyrinth! (But with less David Bowie and more focus on neighborhoods).  

Shenanigans

Shenanigans: The procurement is right

Guess the winning bids on these county of San Diego contracts

By Dave Maass

Flashlights, double-cotton-crotch underwear and pavement markings all won bids from San Diego County.

Sordid Tales

To be or not to be psychoanalyzed

Filling the existential hole where the factory of awesome Mexican meat logs should be

By Edwin Decker

Forty pounds. That's the amount of weight I've shaved off my torso, ass, thighs and chins. Forty bona-fide, USDA grade-A pounds since late January—just before W. said she was leaving.

Sordid Tales

There’s no such thing as zero tolerance

And that’s especially true for San Diego Unified’s drug policy

By Edwin Decker

Yup, we have yet another "Asinine School Administration Negligently Enforces Zero Tolerance Policy Because the Administration is Asinine" debacle. 

Sordid Tales

Revisiting floodageddon

The true story of Noah’s Ark as told in the Bible —> eyes rolling

By Edwin Decker

While we're at it, how did eight people with no zoological experience care for several million animals? Whose job was it to shovel the dinosaur dung? Who organized the bingo and shuffleboard tournaments?

Sordid Tales

Shit I was wrong about

How could I have been so off the mark on the PMRC, smoking in bars, John Lennon and Jim Morrison?

By Edwin Decker

The whole trip down memory lane got me thinking: What other issues have arisen over the years about which I have been embarrassingly wrong?

Sordid Tales

Oh Frankenstein the beautiful

A response to the people who went berserk over Coca-Cola’s Super Bowl commercial

By Edwin Decker

What's that you say? "America the Beautiful" sung in Foreignnish? It's an outrage! Or so thought people like Todd Starnes of Fox News Radio.

Sordid Tales

Wow, I guess I’m a bigot after all

It turns out everybody is an intolerant bastard

By Edwin Decker

Now, I've been called a bigot plenty before, but it never bothered me, because, well, I know that I'm not one. Indeed, I have been squawking against prejudice for as long as I've known how to squawk, have always been on the side of civil rights and have gleefully used this column to attack those who aren't.

Sordid Tales

Someone told fat people these lies...

… so I will tell them the truth

By Edwin Decker

I'm sorry, but, no—our pudgy bodies are not "stunning." Not unless I was meeting a gal from Match.com after I told her I had "an athletic build" would she be "stunned" by my looks.

Sordid Tales

The purpose of marriage

It’s not about procreation

By Edwin Decker

So, the question about who should and shouldn't be permitted to marry comes down to one thing: What are those reasons?

Sordid Tales

Oh, Satanism, how you disappoint me

What a controversy in Oklahoma has taught me about Satan worshippers

By Edwin Decker

Imagine my delight when I came across a Dec. 9 AP story headlined, "Satanists seek spot next to Ten Commandments monument on steps of Oklahoma's Statehouse."

Sordid Tales

The most-right definition of manhood

Calling out sports culture for its machismo-fueled homophobia

By Edwin Decker

As a football enthusiast, I have long abhorred how professional sports culture remains mired in the dark ages of homophobia.

Spin Cycle

Team David Alvarez finds a silver lining

Defeated mayoral candidate gives a post-election pep talk

By John R. Lamb

a gathering of political dreamers clustered in the iconic El Centro Cultural de la Raza for a forum appropriately titled, “What the Heck Just Happened? And What Now?” 

Spin Cycle

What gives?

City’s donor woes resurface amid Balboa Park Centennial, San Diego Opera dramas

By John R. Lamb

Who the hell is advising the relics over at San Diego Opera? Perhaps the same people behind the Balboa Park Centennial debacle? If ineptitude were a valued skill, these folks would be earning their hefty paychecks in spades!

Spin Cycle

They wanted Kevin Faulconer ‘to be distracted’

Mayor’s D.C. ad man says trickery was needed during the campaign to get past ‘rote sound bites’

By John R. Lamb

Talk to local media types privately about covering Faulconer, and the overwhelming reaction is something akin to an eye-roll, followed by a pantomime of a nap. Boring, in other words.

Spin Cycle

Mayor Faulconer kicks off Sanders 3.0

New era same as the old era

By John R. Lamb

Spin reached out to the Faulconer folks to get an idea how the new mayor plans to govern in the short term, particularly in the 30-day window afforded the City Council to pick his District 2 replacement.

Spin Cycle

The Faulconer-replacement derby

Folks are lining up for temporary City Council gig

By John R. Lamb

One bright spot for Democrats—unless they mess this up, too—is the coming San Diego City Council decision on who’ll fill the remainder of Mayor-Elect Kevin Faulconer’s District 2 council term, which runs through early December.

Spin Cycle

The Lincoln Club’s hocus-pocus mailer

Conservative pro-Faulconer group apparently had to go to National City to find a Latino opposed to Alvarez

By John R. Lamb

If you’re a registered voter, perhaps you’ve received the placemat-sized, full-color campaign mailer with the blaring headline “David Alvarez, A Mayor for SOME.” It went out early in the campaign and has appeared again in recent weeks.

Spin Cycle

‘Miami West’ or busted

Pondering Susumo Azano’s twisted dream

By John R. Lamb

As San Diego’s latest political scandal continues to unfurl like a deep-fried onion blossom, it seems clear that the city’s insecurities about itself were viewed as the means to an end. 

Spin Cycle

Political vortex of polar opposites

Is the Faulconer camp lifting from the Alvarez playbook?

By John R. Lamb

Kevin Faulconer will focus “particularly on neighborhoods that have been underserved by this city for far too long,” he told KUSI. “I’m going to change that.”

Spin Cycle

Spinnin’ carols

A political year, out of tune

By John R. Lamb

(Sung to “Carol of the Bells”): Filner is done, far from a nun, more like a creep, hubris so deep. Now that we’re here, it’s only fair, to figure out, how Bob got clout.

Spin Cycle

Todd Gloria’s three-job plight

For whatever reason, San Diego's interim supreme leader isn't ready to endorse in the mayor's race

By John R. Lamb

Spin Cycle joined Gloria on the inaugural—and somewhat jerky—tram ride into the park, along with a few dozen other city officials, park enthusiasts and Ace Parking employees who will operate the tram system under a contract with the city.

 
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