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1492: Conquest of Paradise Jul 28, 2014 Gérard Depardieu plays Christopher Columbus in Ridley Scott’s big-budget telling of the “discovery” of the Americas. This film is presented as part of Film in the Garden, the Museum's Monday night sundown film series in the May S. Marcy Sculpture Garden. 65 other events on Monday, July 28
 
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Documentary about the famous film critic leads our rundown of movies screening around town
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Kevin Faulconer should follow Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins’ lead
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Painter spends plenty of time curating and exhibiting interesting work online
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A look at the late architect's lasting impacts as his murderer faces 15 years to life

 

 
 
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Tuesday, July 22,2014
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"
Wednesday, July 9,2014
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.

Wednesday, June 25,2014
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.
Wednesday, June 18,2014
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.
Wednesday, May 28,2014
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.
Wednesday, May 14,2014
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.
Wednesday, April 30,2014
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.
Wednesday, April 16,2014
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?” 
Wednesday, April 2,2014
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!
Wednesday, March 19,2014
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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