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We Are Here Jul 27, 2014 An exhibition of queer and ally art, including visual art, dance, theater, spoken word and music. Line up includes Nina Jeannine Yogi, Myth of Solitude by Chrissy Croft-West, Cara H. Cadwallader, Nile and the Delta and more. 73 other events on Sunday, July 27
 
News
San Diego planning director’s uphill battle to create walkable communities
Film
Documentary about the famous film critic leads our rundown of movies screening around town
Seen Local
Painter spends plenty of time curating and exhibiting interesting work online
Editorial
Kevin Faulconer should follow Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins’ lead
Arts & Culture feature
A look at the late architect's lasting impacts as his murderer faces 15 years to life

 

 
 
Backwards & in High Heels

Fighting the fight of body-conscious girls

It might be unwinnable

By Aaryn Belfer

Research out of the NYU Child Study Center has shown that girls' self esteem peaks at age 9. It peaks, people! 

Backwards & in High Heels

The relative depravity of soccer and Ann Coulter

In the end, it’s only a game

By Aaryn Belfer

The 2014 World Cup hasn't received so much of Glenn Beck's ire that I'm aware of, but Ann Coulter filled the void last week with a screed of her own

Backwards & in High Heels

This is not a test of the Emergency Broadcast System

This is an actual emergency—is this thing on?

By Aaryn Belfer

As of this moment, most schools in the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) have let out for the summer, and kids all around the city are settling into routines—camps for the haves, video games for the have-nots.

Backwards & in High Heels

Yes, All Women: Be aware and be pissed

But be a little afraid, too

By Aaryn Belfer

It's nothing short of infuriating that women and girls should have to fear abuse and violence for no reason other than being women.

Backwards & in High Heels

How to keep little campers busy this summer

8 excellent San Diego programs aimed at kids

By Aaryn Belfer

Many of you are still designing the Spirograph Venn diagrams of summer, trying to maximize your dollars while splicing together travel and dentist appointments. For all you lollygaggers, here are a few camp ideas.

Backwards & in High Heels

Nobody puts Baby in a corner

On feminism and who gets to define my brand of it

By Aaryn Belfer

My friend Heather and I were talking about a non-vagina-having, self-important troll named Randy Dotinga who told me via Twitter that I'm no feminist.

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.

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: 'Bugs in the Program'

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: 'Notes in Closing'

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: 'Mole People'

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: 'Game Changers'

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: 'Space Elevator'

Weekly crossword by Ink Well Xwords

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Crossword

Crossword: 'Going Out on Top'

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: 'Click Language'

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: 'Dirty Laundry'

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

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!

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

Bad affordable-housing deal for San Diego

Fast sunset provision, no annual adjustment should send it back to the negotiating table

By CityBeat Staff

When San Diego Councilmember Lorie Zapf is this excited about a policy proposal, we all should be very concerned.

Editorial

San Diego City Council leads the way on minimum wage

Bold move means low-wage workers will have a little extra coin

By CityBeat Staff

The Monday vote was a victory for low-wage workers who’ve rarely had champions in elected office, but it was also a victory for democracy.

Editorial

Murrieta spectacle was far worse than ‘ugly’

Kevin Faulconer should follow Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins’ lead

By CityBeat Staff

In a Sunday editorial, U-T San Diego called the immigration protests this past week in Murrieta “understandable but ugly.” Understandable? Seriously?

Editorial

Time for Bonnie Dumanis to come clean

News of the district attorney’s relationship with José Susumo Azano is mounting

By CityBeat Staff

District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis has claimed that she didn’t know that Azano had made illegal contributions on her behalf.

Editorial

Kevin Faulconer’s populism has a long way to go

Mayor’s actions so far betray his pitch, but there’s still hope

By CityBeat Staff

We’d like to join the Kumbaya chorus—all it’ll take is some bold action by Faulconer to turn his populist spiel into something more than an empty PR pitch.

Editorial

The Iraq-war psychos are back

Wolfowitz, Feith and Co. want money wasted and more Americans dead

By CityBeat Staff

Our old friends Wolfowitz, Kristol, Feith and Bremer, among others, are blaming President Obama because he followed through with a plan hatched during the Bush administration to end the U.S. war in Iraq in 2011. That’s so rich.

Editorial

Scott Peters and Carl DeMaio on guns

Find out exactly where they stand before you vote in November

By CityBeat Staff

There was another incident this week involving a gunman entering a public place and opening fire. This time, besides the shooter, there was one fatality, a boy, an Oregon high-school student attending classes on the second to last day of the term.

Editorial

Our June 3 election endorsements

A guide to a better world, in handy, clip-out form

By CityBeat Staff

For those traditionalists who like to vote in-person on Election Day, below is our clip-out guide that you can take to the polls. Since we published our detailed endorsements on May 7, some new information has come to light.

Editorial

Deep problems at Veterans Affairs

Books-cooking is just a symptom

By CityBeat Staff

That’s at least five distinct VA healthcare systems around the country where there have been accusations of secret waiting lists, destroyed documents and threatened retaliation against potential whistleblowers.

Editorial

Say, that new Waterfront Park reminds us...

Once again, let’s get control of the Navy Broadway Complex property

By CityBeat Staff

San Diego finally has something to be proud of along its Downtown waterfront, which is otherwise an embarrassing expanse of missed opportunities.

Letters

Letters to the editor

Our readers tell us what they think

Regarding “The psychos are back” [“Editorial, June 18]: The title says it in a nutshell: Those behind the Iraq invasion are psychos.

Letters

Letters to the editor

Our readers tell us what they think

Regarding your June 18 editorial, "The psychos are back": The more things change the more they stay the same. Obama is caught between Iraq and a hard place. (Pun intended.) 

Letters

Letters to the editor

Our readers tell us what they think

Regarding your May 21 editorial about Veterans Affairs hospitals: Obama’s demand that all patients be seen within 14 days initiated the current situation, the result of a decree rather than a solution.


Letters

Letters to the editor

Our readers tell us what they think

Why reopen the Cabrillo Bridge? Since closing, San Diego adjusted very well and had no problems accessing thousands of parking spaces in and adjacent to the park from the Park Boulevard side of Balboa Park. 

Letters

Letters to the editor

Our readers tell us what they think

I love it! Edwin Decker’s column on the Mt. Soledad cross [“Sordid Tales,” May 28] demolishes with simple fact the argument to keep the cross on the mountain top. 

Letters

Letters to the editor

Our readers tell us what they think

Regarding your May 21 editorial, “Deep problems at Veterans Affairs”: Perhaps the most important point alluded to is that Congress shouldn’t be let off the hook.

Letters

Letters to the editor

Our readers tell us what they think

Just finished “Sordid Tales” in the May 14 issue. Can’t remember when I last laughed that heartily.

Letters

Letters to the editor

Our readers tell us what they think

I just read several letters to the editor about Balboa Park’s 2015 anniversary [April 23 and 30]. I have a grand idea of sequestering part of the park to house homeless individuals that already live there.

Letters

Letters to the editor

Our readers tell us what they think

I’m frustrated by the politics and the money and greed at SeaWorld and among the San Diego City Council whose members can’t see beyond who pads their political pockets.

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

Ocean Beach would prefer not to be cornholed

Funky community’s residents don’t live in Pacific Beach for a reason

By Edwin Decker

The issue at hand is complicated and tedious, so let me summarize in a way that everyone, including me, can understand. Basically, Satan and his conglomerate minions want to cornhole the little people of Ocean Beach.

Sordid Tales

Please do not explode fireworks over the animals

Challenging SeaWorld’s ‘commitment’ to wildlife protection

By Edwin Decker

To salvage SeaWorld's public image, which was recently mauled by the documentary Blackfish, the theme park's spokespeople have been vigorously reminding us that, foremost, they are zoologists.

Sordid Tales

There’s no such thing as a bad synonym for ‘vagina’

A response to Nina Bahadur’s column in the Huffington Post

By Edwin Decker

The first three on the list of "terrible' synonyms for vagina are, unsurprisingly, cooter, snatch and pussy, which—in the right context—are perfectly reasonable terms but, OK, I understand why most women dislike them.

Sordid Tales

The context and history of the Mt. Soledad holy-torture device

Do the cross supporters think they’re going to fool the Supreme Court?

By Edwin Decker

For those who don't know, the Mount Soledad Memorial Association (MSMA) petitioned SCOTUS in March, hoping to overturn the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that the gigantic, sacred torture device is in violation of the First Amendment.

Sordid Tales

The YMCA is trying to kill me

Have you heard the one about the fat man who enters a gym?

By Edwin Decker

When a fat man walks into spin class for the first time, all commotion abruptly stops—like an American backpacker entering the local pub of a rural, English village with a persistent werewolf problem.


Sordid Tales

A religious righty says and thinks stupid shit about atheists

Ladies and gentlemen, I present the Rev. Michael Faulkner

By Edwin Decker

For the latest edition of "Religious Right Winger Says and Thinks Stupid Shit about Atheists and Other Secularists," I present the Rev. Michael Faulkner. 

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?

Spin Cycle

Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s Illumina-ting pitch

Digging into the DNA of a company deal

By John R. Lamb

There Kevin Faulconer was, clasping meat hooks with the CEO of Illumina—the San Diego-based genome-cracking-device-manufacturing firm that MIT recently dubbed the "smartest company in the world"

Spin Cycle

Sierra Fight Club

San Diego court case focused on local-chapter powers of grassroots organizations

By John R. Lamb

John Stump is a regular fixture at City Hall, but last week he found himself a few blocks away, seated before Superior Court Judge Katherine A. Bacal with his attorney, Bob Ottilie.

Spin Cycle

Johnathan Hale is Hillcrest’s drama king

Did Carl DeMaio’s partner overstep his authority by ousting business-association chief?

By John R. Lamb

Sonya Stauffer alleges that she was summarily fired on June 5 by the association’s president, San Diego Gay & Lesbian News publisher Johnathan Hale, for reasons that remain uncertain.

Spin Cycle

Gauging San Diego’s wage battle

Checking with Blanca Lopez Brown’s (and T.J. Zane’s?) alternative minimum-pay proposal

By John R. Lamb

The pitches being tossed around in San Diego’s debate over a higher minimum wage for this sprawling city would have had the late, great Tony Gwynn seeing double.

Spin Cycle

San Diego’s Barrio imbroglio

Would a community-plan defeat chill public participation?

By John R. Lamb

A new mayor, an old mayor and several ex-“Navy mayors” have all ganged up on the Barrio Logan’s community-plan update that was five years in the making.

Spin Cycle

Ex-mayor Dick Murphy on the book stump

His wife wants those things gone

By John R. Lamb

Within these pages and beyond a decade ago, Dick Murphy was described as many things as he lumbered toward eventual resignation—out of touch, insular, a bust at crisis management, excuse-oriented and blind to red-flag warnings, financial and otherwise.

Spin Cycle

Kevin Faulconer: message in a bottled mayor

The GOP’s model candidate is stuck in campaign-speak

By John R. Lamb

Let’s face facts, San Diego: We’re on our third mayor in the last eight months, so continuity has not been our strong suit of late. Two years from now, we’ll be facing yet another mayoral election.

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.

 
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