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From the Editor
The taxpaying citizens of San Diego should not pay for a new stadium
Music feature
Providence duo are busting eardrums for the long haul
Seen Local
The media artist/designer wants women to challenge the idea of what’s expected of them
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Beer & Chees
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Backwards & in High Heels

Bail setting is racially imbalanced

Baltimore kid goes to jail as an example to would-be rioters

By Aaryn Belfer

Allen Bullock had been sleeping in jail for more than a week, and not too many people seemed appropriately pissed off about it. In fact, most people I talk to about him just stand silently, blinking, blinking. 

Backwards & in High Heels

Resistance to mandated school tests grows

More than triple the number of kids opted out of federal exams

By Aaryn Belfer

I prepped my fourth-grader this past Sunday for her return to school following a month of unencumbered childhood, more widely known as spring break. 

Backwards & in High Heels

The fairy tale of officer friendly

Just walking while black is still perceived as a crime in San Diego

By Aaryn Belfer

Two days after the captured-on-video murder of unarmed black man Walter Scott by white South Carolina police officer Michael Slager, my friend's black teenaged son dared to walk through his Scripps Ranch neighborhood. The nerve.

Backwards & in High Heels

A smorgasbord of news topics

Punk pilots, Chargers chumps and slut-shaming Monica Lewinsky

By Aaryn Belfer

Being trapped in the land of So Many Topics to Choose From, I'm compelled to weigh in on as many as will fit on this page. Prepare for the smorgasbord I'm going to lay before you. 

Backwards & in High Heels

Smarter Balanced Assessments are around the corner

In favor of opting out of the test

By Aaryn Belfer

The only thing obstructing my view of the end of my daughter's fourth-grade year is the ugly last third of it. I say "ugly" because what comes with the final excruciating months is the amplified prep for, and implementation of—wait for it—standardized testing.

Backwards & in High Heels

Times are a-changin’

A big thank-you tucked between stories

By Aaryn Belfer

From the beginning, both D&K have been staunch and unapologetic supporters of my ideas and my writing, giving me full reign of the page. 

Backwards & in High Heels

Principals of civility

Taking a page from the U.S. Tennis Association handbook

By Aaryn Belfer

In a burst of local activism at my daughter's school last week, I asked a district hoity-toity some questions about an ongoing leadership vortex on campus. 

Backwards & in High Heels

The pitfalls of Tupperware

And the dangers of knock-off versions

By Aaryn Belfer

My husband’s long-articulated worst nightmare became real last week when he bit down on a piece of smothered chicken he’d made the night before and thought he’d been stuck through the tongue with a bone. But it was no bone. It was a 2-inch-long vertical shard of glass that pierced the roof of his mouth and his tongue.

Backwards & in High Heels

Parenting the tween-ish kid

Where old and new territory collide

By Aaryn Belfer

This summer, my daughter will turn 10 and will officially be a double-digit midget, as my mother used to call me once I'd aged into the tween years. Offensive, I know, but it was 1980. And it was my

Backwards & in High Heels

Sandwiched: the glory of being a grown-up

Life in the middle between a dependent child and an aging parent

By Aaryn Belfer

The Sunday before Christmas, while on my way to a holiday gathering with my husband and another couple, I received an email from my mother with an explosive subject line. "Emergency Room," it read.

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: 'I need a drink'

CityBeat's weekly puzzle

By Brendan Emmett Quigley

 Across 1. Peach ___ 6. Actor Stanley in the “Hunger Games” franchise 11. Little pest 14. Larger than large, in poems 15. “Because ___ so!” 16. “The Masque of the Red Death” a

Crossword

Crossword: 'Alternate endings'

CityBeat's weekly puzzle

By Brendan Emmett Quigley

 Across 1. Collegiate Iowa city 5. Princess in a Baum book 9. Prepare veggies 14. Jack Black’s alma mater 15. ___ court 16. Roger follower 17. Concluding words about David Ortiz’s tea

Divided State of America

Right to vote is under attack

You shouldn’t have to join a political party to participate in primaries

By Chad Peace

We do not get our right to vote because we are white, black, gay, straight, male, female, conservative, liberal, a member of a private organization or any other criteria other than what makes us American: citizenship.

Editor's Note

Wish you all were here

It’s a farewell column, not an acceptance speech

By David Rolland

It's Monday night, and I'm 503 miles north of the CityBeat office. I'm in my new home in a neighborhood known as Mansion Flats in downtown Sacramento.

Editor's Note

My tribute to Kelly Davis

She’s been my journalism partner for more than a dozen years

By David Rolland

As I announced two weeks ago, Kelly and I are both leaving CityBeat; Kelly’s last day was Tuesday. This is my tribute to her—my longtime partner in journalism, my closest friend and the little sister I never had.

Editor's Note

Long live CityBeat!

Kelly Davis and I are moving on

By David Rolland

If you’re not on Twitter, you might not have heard the news that my longtime associate editor, Kelly Davis, and I are both leaving CityBeat.

Editor's Note

Je ne suis pas Charlie

An existentialist stream of consciousness on the Paris massacre

By David Rolland

I am not Charlie. By that, I don’t mean to say that I don’t stand in solidarity, symbolically at least, with the folks at the French publication Charlie Hebdo who were murdered last week by Islamic radicals. I do stand with them, symbolically.

Editor's Note

Carl DeMaio and difficult decisions

Absolute certainty amid scandal allegations is elusive, so voters will have to go with their gut

By David Rolland

I knew enough about Filner that the accusations against him didn’t surprise me. I know enough about DeMaio that Bosnich’s claims don’t surprise me, either.

Editor's Note

Emma Watson, feminism and the fight

Being a feminist never seemed all that complicated to me

By David Rolland

Of all the important words spoken by actor Emma Watson in her speech on feminism to the United Nations on Sept. 20, the line that jumped out at me was this: “I decided that I was a feminist, and this seemed uncomplicated to me.”

Editor's Note

Dreaming of a new Cabrillo Bridge

Wouldn’t it be great to find a non-catastrophic way to close that span to cars?

By David Rolland

The bridge closure provided a great opportunity to test those theories and to study the full impact of the shutdown on the park, its institutions and the surrounding areas, and I’m eager to see what the city learned.

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!

Editorial

Bonnie Dumanis’ attack on freedom

District attorney wants to jail people for rapping and posting on Facebook

By CityBeat Staff

San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis is out of control. Her office filed charges against 15 San Diego men for conspiracy to commit various violent crimes even though there’s no evidence that they had anything to do with the offenses.

Editorial

On the Chargers, politicians need to remain calm

Stop right after saying the team should stay in San Diego

By CityBeat Staff

Two teams might be allowed to move to L.A.; three teams won’t. At least one of these contestants will have to go home a loser. No offense, but we’re hoping it’s the Chargers.

Editorial

Slow the wheel’s roll

Why does everyone suddenly want to turn San Diego into an amusement park?

By CityBeat Staff

What is it all of a sudden with all these proposals for amusement-park rides in downtown San Diego?

Editorial

Faulconer’s stadium push is already SAGging

Advisory group apparently can pay consultants to help strategize a Chargers fix

By CityBeat Staff

 It wasn’t long after San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced that he’d assembled a nine-person Citizens Stadium Advisory Group (SAG) to come up with a development and financing proposal fo

Editorial

Inequality widens in California since the recession

This land is their land

By CityBeat Staff

California has the fifth-largest gap in the country between the average incomes of the 1 percent and the 99 percent—here, the wealthiest folks make, on average, 35 times what the rest of us make.

Editorial

Todd Gloria and David Alvarez are the opposition party

And that’s good for all of us

By CityBeat Staff

It surely sounds like Todd Gloria’s running for mayor. And it looks like he’s got a running mate of sorts in David Alvarez. This is good to see, whether or not you’re likely to support Mayor Kevin Faulconer for a second term in 2016.

Editorial

San Diego politics-watch, 2015

Our eyes are on these guys

By CityBeat Staff

You’ll see when you read further that it must be gender-non-specific. The following list of people to watch in San Diego politics in 2015 is loaded with women—more than half of the powerful people here carry two X chromosomes.

Editorial

Turds & Blossoms for 2014

Who gets the poops and who gets the petals

By CityBeat Staff

San Diego County Democratic Party: The local Dems get 22,644 tiny, ballot-bubble-size poopies. That’s the combined number of votes that the Republicans got over and above what the Dems got in three crucial elections this year.

Editorial

When will the Chargers finally propose?

Still waiting for a concrete idea from the Spanos clan

By CityBeat Staff

Mark Fabiani, longtime special counsel and front man for San Diego Chargers owner Dean Spanos, last week announced that the Chargers will once again not take advantage of the football company’s annual contractual opportunity to flee town for a place inhabited by more appreciative people.

Editorial

The ballad of Sherri and Todd

Assessing the Republicans’ ouster of the San Diego City Council president

By CityBeat Staff

Two weeks ago, we published an editorial urging San Diego City Councilmember Sherri Lightner to "stand down" amid a Republican scheme to install her as council president and end the reign of Todd Gloria.

From the Editor

Up the ante with Chargers

Task force should ask team to pay more than $300 million

By Ron Donoho

The mayor's stadium task force should have upped the ante in the proposal it released on Monday. The Citizens' Stadium Advisory Group recommended the San Diego Chargers organization contribute $300 million to the bottom line of a $1.1 billion new stadium construction plan.

From the Editor

Something to really cheer about

Doug Manchester to drop pompoms, sell U-T San Diego

By Ron Donoho

The city's self-appointed head cheerleader is ready to hang up his pompoms. Developer-cum-newspaper-publisher Doug Manchester is ready to sell off U-T San Diego.

From the Editor

Lights, police, cameras, action

The race-relations revolution may be televised, recorded

By Ron Donoho

We’re not on the same page when it comes to race relations in America. Not in the tiny town of Ferguson, Missouri, or the megalopolis of New York City. Any urban environment in this country, including San Diego, is a tinderbox one spark from ignition.

From the Editor

Call the Chargers’ bluff

The taxpaying citizens of San Diego should not pay for a new stadium

By Ron Donoho

Construction costs should be footed by and large by team ownership and the deep-pocketed NFL, and through other creative means (naming rights, personal seat licenses, etc.) that don’t tap the city’s general fund.

From the Editor

Death to promposals

Elaborate efforts by high school kids is the latest sign that the apocalypse is upon us

By Ron Donoho

Prom season is in full swing. And the alarming rise in the popularity of promposals is the latest sign that the apocalypse is upon us.

From the Editor

Everybody out of the water

Conserve, or we all pay for the dearth of agua

By Ron Donoho

Lift your glasses. Let’s pay some respect to water. There are more than 100 craft breweries in San Diego County that use water to make beer, which in turn creates jobs

From the Editor

Taxpayer, calling

For better or worse, at tax time, the IRS is not answering phone calls

By Ron Donoho

Contrary to gut instinct, there are times when you need to talk to a human being at the Internal Revenue Service. This seems counter to common sense, though.

From the Editor

Coffee talk on race relations

More reasons to rip into Starbucks

By Ron Donoho

There are plenty of reasons to keep ripping into Starbucks’ ill-conceived #RaceTogether campaign. Let’s not, however, throw the baby out with the iced caramel macchiato.

From the Editor

Flush with excitement

A new CityBeat editor aims to carry the torch

By Ron Donoho

Hi, I’m Ron, the new editor of San Diego CityBeat. In issues to come, this space won’t be focused on me. But there’s a new guy at the helm of this irreverent institution. So I’m going to introduce myself with some… potty humor.

Letters

Letters to the editor

Our readers tell us what they think

I really enjoyed your piece called “Everybody out of the water” [“From the Editor,” April 15]. Fun and funny writing about a painfully serious topic.

Letters

Letters to the editor

Our readers tell us what they think

Editor’s note: I reached out to the highly regarded, former U-T sportswriter for comment on the impending sale of the newspaper (see our editorial). His reply was so eloquent and insightful it needed to be run in full.

Letters

Letters to the editor

Our readers tell us what they think

Thank you, Ron Donoho, for the “Call the Chargers’ bluff” editorial [April 29]. The combination of this editorial, along with publishing Mr. Baldwin’s April 29 (critical) letter has restored my faith in you as an editor.

Letters

Letters to the editor

Our readers tell us what they think

The kind of content mill-generated clickbait garbage one sees on those annoying pay-for-placement ads scattered around the web. What that doesn't answer is what in the world it is doing littering the pages of this newspaper. 

Letters

Letters to the editor

Our readers tell us what they think

Thanks for your excellent write up ("Everybody out of the water," April 15). One quick solution: In Australia during their long drought of more than 10 years, they have installed 100 desalinization plants, which are probably mothballed now.

Letters

Letters to the editor

Our readers tell us what they think

 

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Letters to the editor

Our readers tell us what they think

First of all, I think it's great that CityBeat now has an amusing editor with a teen-age daughter. As a parent, your tone and perspective seem less assured, less doctrinal and more humanly relatable.

Letters

Letters to the editor

Our readers tell us what they think

Bonnie Dumanis regularly abuses her position of authority to abuse the Constitutional rights of all segments of the population equally—with the exception of campaign contributors and others who can further her political career.

Letters

Letters to the editor

Our readers tell us what they think

I will never vote to fund a stadium for the Chargers [“Editorial,” Feb. 4]. I do not want to waste my tax money even more.

Letters

Letters to the editor

Our readers tell us what they think

I couldn't agree more with your Feb. 4 editorial on the push for a new stadium for the Chargers. The city's attitude should be that when the last pothole is filled, the last sidewalk is fixed and the last homeless person is adequately housed, we'll talk about taxpayer support for a new stadium.

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 asterisk or not to asterisk?

Devising a system to identify disparities in the sports record books

By Edwin Decker

Thanks to recent controversies surrounding Tom Brady and Alex Rodriguez, the age-old argument involving the asterisk has re-emerged.

Sordid Tales

Condoning and/or participating

A solution to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act problem

By Edwin Decker

It truly hurts my gonads to agree with the religious right about anything, but I take their side regarding the Indianapolis gay wedding cake denial debacle, and a spreading piece of legislation known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).

Sordid Tales

How to survive a music festival

The real-world advice on dress, drugs, Vaseline and more

By Edwin Decker

Now that music-festival season is upon us, it’s time once again to be inundated with countless magazine and blog stories with advice on how best to survive and enjoy your festival experience. 

Sordid Tales

Treason! School pledge read in Arabic

I pledge allegiance to jihad on the United States of America

By Edwin Decker

I'm sure you've heard the one about the New York high school that committed "treason" by permitting a student to recite the Pledge of Allegiance over the school's PA—in Arabic.

Sordid Tales

Putting women on money is so money

Why Harriet Tubman’s more deserving of the 20-spot than Andrew Jackson

By Edwin Decker

Perhaps you've heard of the group Women on 20s, which is seeking to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with a notable American female.

Sordid Tales

The House that Influenza Built

Why I will no longer say, ‘God bless you’

By Edwin Decker

In other words, I will never again utter the words "God bless you" after somebody sneezes. And I don't care who it is: my mother, my boss, my parole officer.

Sordid Tales

The changing definition of the word ‘literally’

Amnesty for ignorance is what it is

By Edwin Decker

Apologies for addressing this issue belatedly, but it only recently became known to me. Apparently, a little more than a year ago—quite silently and with minimal brouhaha—Webster's Dictionary (an

Sordid Tales

How to tell her you only want a one-night stand

It won’t be easy, but it’s doable

By Edwin Decker

Dear Sordid Tales: I am a male in my late 20s who was recently jilted after a six-year engagement. Now that I’m single again, I’m not interested in anything serious. However, I’m not interested in being cruel or deceptive, either.

Sordid Tales

Spending an evening at a five-douche dive

All I wanted was to just chill out with a few drinks, but no

By Edwin Decker

Some of you may have read my last column, about how, on a flight to upstate New York for the holidays, I found myself on board a three-baby plane. That was a horror-show, to be sure, but what happened the following night, on the nearly freezing evening before Christmas, was worse. 

Sordid Tales

New rules for flying on airplanes with babies

Or, a visit from Odin, the Viking god of all gods

By Edwin Decker

Now, it should be known, for the record, that I don't dislike children. Not only are they cute and cuddly; they also make great fishing bobbers.

Spin Cycle

Set your politicians on 'Stun!'

Convention Center expansion woes prompt privatization talk

By John R. Lamb

Public officials who claim to be “shocked” at anything these days should come equipped with a large grain of salt. The most recent example? Last week’s City Council review of next year’s proposed budget for the San Diego Convention Center Corp. had everything.

Spin Cycle

Political May daze

A nightmare scenario breweth for Faulconer

By John R. Lamb

Establishing shot: A picture-postcard day in the cultural heart of the city, Balboa Park. (Take that, Rob Quigley!) The new “living room,” to be precise, in the ever-evolving Plaza de Panama.

Spin Cycle

No guts, no Gloria

You can almost hear the helium hissing out of the local Democratic Party’s 2016 balloon

By John R. Lamb

When termed-out San Diego Councilmember Todd Gloria announced his decision last week to seek the seat of outgoing state Assemblymember Toni Atkins, rather than wage battle to be San Diego’s mayor, you could almost hear the helium hissing out of the local Democratic Party’s 2016 balloon.

Spin Cycle

Teeth are bared in Chargers fight

Stadium foes are smiling, snarling

By John R. Lamb

In every political drama, there comes the shark-jumping moment. In the escalating Charger’s stadium war of words, the media battleship U-T San Diego may have produced it last weekend with an article that posed the question: “Did Mark Fabiani jinx the Chargers-Raiders stadium plan for Carson?” 

Spin Cycle

Kevin Faulconer is winging it

Mayor’s PR machine is no match for the Chargers

By John R. Lamb

On the keep-the-Chargers-from-bolting front, it’s gotten so bad for Mayor Kevin Faulconer that even Republican-friendly KUSI is stirring it up.

Spin Cycle

Amid the Chargers rah-rah, a financial reality sandwich

It’s numbers crunch time

By John R. Lamb

On Monday, Mayor Kevin Faulconer sat before a fidgety cluster of third-graders at the San Diego History Center and read to them the Dr. Seuss classic Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

Spin Cycle

Chargers-stadium quest is already a circus

Mayor’s nascent advisory group launches amid much brouhaha

By John R. Lamb

You have to kind of feel sorry for Adam Day. As chairman of San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer's handpicked Citizens Stadium Advisory Group, Day—the son of former SDSU president Thomas Day, himself no stranger to controversy—seems perfectly suited for the heavily spotlighted volunteer role he's been handed.

Spin Cycle

The political hazard of Lazard

Chargers had big problems with aborted Sanders stadium plan

By John R. Lamb

San Diego Chargers general counsel Mark Fabiani had to fire up an old computer to find the details, but it was hard to forget what a New York financial consulting firm was proposing in 2012 to get the NFL team a shiny new Downtown football stadium.

Spin Cycle

Will Chargers task force get to see Lazard report?

2012 report is said to have indicated big taxpayer subsidy was necessary

By John R. Lamb

Faulconer has put together something he calls the Citizens’ Stadium Advisory Group (sporting the unfortunate acronym CSAG), a nine-member panel of seemingly whip-smart business types given a fall deadline to put an actual plan to actual paper to get the Chargers a new home.

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Kevin Faulconer is Mayor Glinda

That was a big lollipop of a State of the City address

By John R. Lamb

Yes, San Diego has emerged from a week of enough pithy political turns of phrase and political posturing that even the stiffest beverages can’t remove them from our psyches any time soon.

 
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