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BACKSTORY: A Mini Debate on Public Breastfeeding

January 23, 2013 |

A few weeks ago, a contact called me and said she had a story for me.  A woman she knew had been asked to leave a local restaurant for breastfeeding.  I looked into it, met the woman and her family, … 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

BACKSTORY: King of the Eccentrics

December 26, 2012 | 1

I have long been drawn to artists and eccentrics.  There was, though, a time when they scared me, like in the fifth grade when a girl named Jenni showed up at my school wearing red parachute pants, a purple shirt, … Read More

We Couldn’t Have Built it Without Kickstarter

December 12, 2012 |

(Originally published in the San Diego Reader December 12, 2012.)

In early June 2012, Chris Cruz, guitar and keyboard player for the San Diego band Through the Roots, locked himself in his room for a weekend to study up … Read More

Retro Rumble

October 31, 2012 |

(Originally published in the San Diego Reader October 31, 2012.)

Remember the rumble scene in The Outsiders (the movie based on the novel by S.E. Hinton), when the Greasers and the Socs let loose on each other in that … 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

This Selfish Pursuit

October 3, 2012 |

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

Caleb Crozier hates school. At ten years old, he’s already been deeply afflicted with the surf-bug, a potentially irreversible illness that destroys tolerance for time spent on fifth-grade fractions … 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