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Give me the pills and nobody gets hurt

April 1, 2015 |

(Originally published in the San Diego Reader April 1, 2015.)

At around 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 13, a man in a blue hoodie, brown beanie, jeans, and work boots walked into a La Jolla CVS, and … Read More

Door-to-door fraudsters steal local nonprofit’s identity

December 10, 2014 |

(Originally published in the San Diego Reader December 10, 2014.)

Around 7:00 p.m. on a Thursday evening in October, San Diego resident J. Turco opened his front door to a man selling candy on behalf of a youth … Read More

San Diego Public Market Seeks Permanence

March 6, 2013 |

(Originally published in the San Diego Reader March 6, 2013.)

Every Wednesday and Sunday morning, Saida Soto and three co-workers spend an hour setting up their two booths at the San Diego Public Market on National Avenue in Barrio … Read More

Breast milk’s not on the menu

January 24, 2013 |

(Originally published in the San Diego Reader January 23, 2013)

On Sunday, December 2, Jamie Boyd and Joseph Taylor met at Felix’s Restaurant in Lincoln Park to eat dinner and to swap their children to Mom (Boyd) after a weekend … Read More

The Business of Nonprofit News

December 26, 2012 |

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

Don’t ask Scott Lewis about the layoffs at Voice of San Diego. It’s not something the chief executive cares to discuss. Back in early December, the nonprofit news organization let go reporters … Read More

North Park Could Blend with East San Diego

October 10, 2012 |

(Originally published in the San Diego Reader October 10, 2012.)

On a sweltering Tuesday morning in late August, a three-man crew begins day two of the demolition of Leo’s Auto Shop at the corner of Euclid Avenue and Dwight … Read More

Why Pay More? It’s Our Policy

October 3, 2012 |

(Originally Published in the San Diego Reader October 3, 2012.)

On Wednesday, August 8, Ellen James (not her real name) sat down at the desk in her Scripps Ranch home and paid her $150 water bill online, something she’d … Read More

One Wolf Returns to Julian

July 11, 2012 |

(Originally published in the San Diego Reader July 11, 2012.)

Four miles outside Julian, off KQ Ranch Road, a wooden notice board displays the words “California Wolf Center. Wait here for escort.” Beyond the signboard three quarters of a … Read More

Coaster Train-Car Wraps are a Train Wreck

February 22, 2012 |

(Originally published in the San Diego Reader February 22, 2012.)

Benjamin Tobias has ridden mass transit in major cities all over the world. In most of those places — London, Paris, New York — commuting in an urban area … Read More

Chinese, It’s the New Spanish

January 18, 2012 |

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

Robert Dorsey is not Chinese, but he drives 25 miles from El Cajon to Point Loma every morning so his two daughters can learn to speak, read, and write … Read More