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Giving back

Posted: January 5th, 2018 | News, Top Story | No Comments

By Jeff Clemetson | Contributing Editor

When Hector Baca retired from his job as a postal officer six years ago, he started looking for ways to fill his time — and to make a difference. He found both in the Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (RSVP), a special program of the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) where seniors over the age of 50 patrol neighborhoods and help with police duties.

Making everyone count

Posted: January 5th, 2018 | News, Top Story | No Comments

By Morgan M. Hurley | Editor

Homelessness has been one of the greatest challenges many big cities face, especially those on the West Coast, where people migrate to because of the warmer climate. San Diego is no exception and while various accommodations have recently been made to house the homeless during the winter months, the politics surrounding homelessness sometimes gets in the way of progress.

Springboard West returns

Posted: January 5th, 2018 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, Music, Top Story | No Comments

By Jen Lothspeich

As its name suggests, the Springboard West Music Festival aims to catapult emerging talents to the next level of music-making when it comes to town Jan. 11-13, but it is not for the casual player.

Emerging artists are selected from all over the world to perform at the festival — not just for San Diegans — but for industry professionals who have worked with top talents. Plus, with a two-day “Band Bootcamp,” participants also receive guidance from those qualified mentors and get the chance to perform for them.

Exactly where she needs to be

Posted: December 1st, 2017 | Features, Food & Drink, Top Story | No Comments

By Morgan M. Hurley | Editor

In the last decade, San Diego has become increasingly known for its male-dominated craft beer culture, currently residing at No. 2 on Thrillist’s Best Beer Cities in America.

Several local brewers have since expanded their ventures into the craft distillery world — offering their take on various spirit varietals — and at least one has migrated to spirits altogether.

A look to the past to shape the future

Posted: December 1st, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, News, Top Story | No Comments

By Dave Schwab

A new work of art by a native El Salvadoran muralist, with the help of local artists, will soon join the other iconic murals of Chicano Park; but this one will epitomize the cultural and historical spirit of indigenous people.

The new mural will emerge in the spring of 2018, next to the Chicano Park Herb Garden, located at 2060 Logan Ave. in Barrio Logan.

Taking a loop in a Tesla

Posted: December 1st, 2017 | Features, Sustainability, Top Story | 1 Comment

By Morgan M. Hurley | Editor

[Editor’s note: This is the first in a series as we follow the progress of this start-up.]

I’m a daily user of public transportation, I make great use of the Lyft app on my phone and I take Amtrak north to Los Angeles on a regular basis.

Food and Drink Blotter: December 2017

Posted: December 1st, 2017 | Food & Drink, Food & Drink Blotter, Top Story | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr.

For those who actually observe little-known food holidays, National Cotton Candy Day on Dec. 7 will be recognized at Café 21 in the Gaslamp Quarter with an offer called “vino on a cloud.” When purchasing bottles of moscato, champagne, prosecco, cava or rosè, guests will receive wine glasses topped with cotton candy made in-house. The bottles range from $25 to $38.

Kris Kringle’s moment

Posted: December 1st, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Theater Review, Top Story | No Comments

By Jean Lowerison

What could be better for spreading Christmas cheer than that great story about Kris Kringle winning a court case and validating his claim to be the “real” Santa Claus?

We’re in luck. San Diego Musical Theatre revives last year’s popular musical version of the old 1947 Lux Radio Hour broadcast of “Miracle on 34th Street” through Dec. 24 in its new home, the Horton Grand Theatre.