In August, San Diego County Superior Court Judge Howard Shore ruled that 39- year-old Mikel Marshall could be safely released from Coalinga State Hospital, to which he’d been committed under the law in California that governs sexually violent predators.
The current model—fix people first, then move them into permanent housing—has fallen out of favor, replaced by what’s known as “housing first,” which emphasizes getting people off the street as quickly as possible and into their own place.
Bitters: A bottle of bitters is a perfect stocking stuffer. If you want to support a small local company with a damn-fine product, get a bottle or two of RX Bitters, currently available in two flavors—Aromatic #7 and Sarsaparilla.
It used to be fashionable to carry an Evian bottle. Now, some folks are advocating for a ban on plastic water bottles. Neoprene beverage containers are hip and make for practical gifts, but even cooler are these canvas beverage bags by Tote + Able.
Sarah Boot, who’s 32, didn’t come out of nowhere. In 2010, she was selected as a fellow for the San Diego chapter of the New Leaders Council, which aims to train “progressive political entrepreneurs” for leadership roles, elected office among them.
Recently, a couple of friends came up with an idea for a cocktail party: Pick a spirit—whiskey in this case—and have attendees buy a nice bottle of that spirit (in the $40 range) and use it to come up with a "signature" cocktail.
I make it a point to use this space to recommend places to go for well-made cocktails. I’ve yet to call a place out—until now. I had high hopes for the Gaslamp bar Frauds and Swindlers. It’s owned by L.A. cocktail all-star Aidan Demarest and I’d heard only good things about the place.