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Sex traffic survivors to business women

February 26, 2020 |

“Investors told me I was crazy.”

Cynthia Luvlee-Austin is doing what she was told could not be done. Her non-profit organization, Shyne San Diego, seeks to equip survivors of human trafficking with tools and skills to improve their economic security. 

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The visionary behind the Help Neil Catch Fish Foundation

March 4, 2015 |

(Originally published in the San Diego Reader March 4, 2015.)

Keith Berkley wants to share his lobster with me. And by “share his lobster with me” I mean, he wants me to witness the bay-to-table journey of … Read More

The first time I see Eliza Jane Schneider onstage, I want to be her friend.

October 16, 2013 |

Image by Daren Scott.

(Originally published in the San Diego Reader, October 16, 2013.)

 

The first time I see Eliza Jane Schneider onstage, I want to be her friend.

Or maybe her writing partner, or her personal … Read More

We’re doing arms tonight, FYI.

August 14, 2013 |

(Originally published in the San Diego Reader, August 14, 2013.)

 

In a few minutes, Yoni Baker is going to take off all his clothes.

I will see him naked. I know it. He knows it. The camaraderie … Read More

One Steak at a Time

March 20, 2013 |

(Originally published in the San Diego Reader, March 13, 2013.)

 

Angie Elsbury wears a blood-smeared apron and, in her words, “like, five layers of clothes” underneath. She laughs with her mouth wide open, lifting the apron to prove … Read More

Hasno Ali

February 7, 2013 | 2

(Originally posted in the San Diego Reader February 6, 2013.)

On a warm Sunday afternoon in late September, the San Diego Public Market teems with socially responsible shoppers toting reusable bags.

A crowd of eight to ten people … Read More

Meet Kleptomom

July 18, 2012 |

(Originally published in the San Diego Reader February 14, 2015.)

Alyssa Jones (not her real name) and I are five minutes or so into my visit to her Point Loma home one afternoon when she … Read More

Go Ahead, Try Some Tamales

July 18, 2012 |

(Originally published in the San Diego Reader July 18, 2012.)

At the corner of 30th Street and Polk Avenue, 200 yards from a café where graphic designers and graduate students sip coffee and pound away on their laptops, José … Read More

I try to never wear the same thing twice

April 4, 2012 |

(Originally published in the San Diego Reader December 26, 2012)

The first day I meet Kenny King, his nipples show through a short-sleeved white button-up. So does a tattoo across his belly that reads “KING.” Oddly, the see-through shirt isn’t … Read More

Your Child Is My Child

February 15, 2012 |

(Originally published in the San Diego Reader April 4, 2012.)

The first time I try to meet up with Makeda “Dread” Cheatom, she doesn’t show. I leave her a note. An hour later, she calls to apologize, and we … Read More