April 27 2016
It had been a while—four score and seven years ago, perhaps— since Spin Cycle had paid a visit to “The Rock,” the not-so-flattering nickname given the World War II-era box of a...
April 20 2016
Last month, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s re-election campaign guru took to the digital airwaves to proclaim the importance of incumbents defending their record against challengers in public...
April 13 2016
As Spin Cycle types away Tuesday morning, activist attorney and Citizens Plan author Cory Briggs is holding court with reporters to detail the latest municipal slam into an immovable object, which he has...
April 6 2016
It took squeaky new Padres skipper Andy Green one game to figure out his honeymoon was over. By contrast, Mayor Kevin Faulconer—764 days into occupying the city’s top political catbird seat—still...
March 30 2016
The scheduling requests to meet with state Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez have grown considerably since her recent appointment as head of the Assembly’s mega-powerful Appropriations Committee
March 23 2016
Bruce Lightner, the 67-yearold husband of 43 years to the termed-out San Diego City Council President Sherri Lightner, pulls out a tiny, folded-up sticky note and takes a quick glance at it. No talking...
March 16 2016
Interesting six-degrees-of-separation factoid about late-entry San Diego mayoral candidate Ed Harris and his Oscar-nominated namesake: Harris, the actor, portrayed Virgil “Bud” Brigman in the...
March 9 2016
Only two short months ago, Mayor Kevin Faulconer proudly hopped aboard the Marco Rubio train to the White House, becoming one of seven co-chairs for the Florida senator’s presidential campaign in...
March 2 2016
In the 1982 movie My Favorite Year, the late Peter O’Toole— portraying the frequently soused, swashbuckling matinee idol Allan Swann—confides to an admirer, “Dying is easy, comedy...
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Feb. 24 2016
Spin Cycle recently sought refuge from the political chicanery of our time by soaking in the regular humanity that converges daily in Balboa Park’s Plaza de Panama
Feb. 17 2016
A local congressman blows e-cigarette smoke into a colleague’s face during a hearing. Mayor Kevin Faulconer waves the white flag when his administration is called out for banning the term “Founding...
Feb. 10 2016
As folks filed out of the first “friend-raiser” on Saturday in support of her uphill battle to unseat incumbent San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, former state Assemblywoman Lori Saldaña...
Feb. 3 2016
Yep, it would seem pathetic if not true, but the Boltin’ Bolts of L.A. Dream$ have landed back in their old haunts, at least for the 2016 season
Jan. 27 2016
Is the solution to San Diego’s many problems a new logo? Not likely. But that hasn’t stopped city leaders from embarking on a new visual path, one that will relegate the city seal back to its...
Jan. 20 2016
San Diego City Councilmember David Alvarez quietly chuckled when asked about The Tempest in a Tweetstorm. Was the District 8 rep prepping for a rematch with the Blonde Lozenge, aka incumbent Mayor Kevin...
Jan. 13 2016
Some members of the media received complimentary bottles of local craft beer from Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s office last week. On the bottle, as displayed on social media, the mayor’s PR minions...
Jan. 6 2016
I’ve been told, ‘Don’t talk to anyone at CityBeat.’” Derrick Roach smiles when he says this, giving his glass of Diet Coke a quick jiggle. “But if you talk,” he...
Dec. 29 2015
If you didn't hear champagne corks popping last week when the San Diego City Council adopted a nationally recognized, aggressive Climate Action Plan, you weren't alone
Dec. 22 2015
The premise is simple. As you read the following contorted Christmas carols, hum the originals. Do it internally, or belt it out loud. Sing these to your fellow transit travelers or regale your lunch
Dec. 16 2015
Retired Daily Show host Jon Stewart’s recent return to the limelight in hopes of shaming Congress into extending healthcare benefits for 9/11 first responders hit home with former San Diego City...


  • Presented by Pacific Arts Movement, the sixth annual mini film fest features 14 film programs from 10 countries that includes everything from docs to romantic tearjerkers. See website for full lineup and...
  • Debunk some of the stereotypes surrounding cannibalism at this new exhibition that takes a hands-on approach to the subject. Includes video games and interactive activities where patrons will have to decide...
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