September 2, 2015 Issue


Photo illustration by John R. Lamb

A couple months ago, Block had a stock line when asked about rumors that termed-out state Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins was considering a challenge to his re-election plans. Read more

Spin Cycle

In a move that would likely invite increased government scrutiny, a nonprofit, known as the Slab City Community Group Inc., has applied to buy the land from the state for a nominal amount. Read more


I'm writing this letter to say thank you for Alex Zaragoza's August 26 article “The Fight to Reunite.” I was overwhelmed to read about the families who can't be together because of our poor border system that's nothing more than a segregati... Read more

Letters to the Editor

After hours at Slab City, I find myself dazed by the sun, watching my selfappointed tour guide, Doc (left), and 18-year-old Zack roll cigarettes at the Internet Café, a sprawling wooden structure featuring a computer and benches. Half a doz... Read more



Photo by Daren Scott

If you travel the theater circuit at all, you've no doubt experienced a few heavy-handed productions that employ screen projections to alert the audience as to the significance or definition of a given scene. If executed with technical savv... Read more


Across 1. Like some lofty expectations 6. Top cards 10. The Scarecrow's creator 14. Does a number two 15. Frank H... Read more



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The call for reform in the way commissioners are placed on the San Diego Ethics Commission board is growing stronger. If supporters of depoliticizing the process succeed, this would be the rare and welcome instance where a problem area is c... Read more

From the Editor

Wet-plate photography is difficult. Anton Orlov has done it enough, though, that most of the time his photographs turn out beautifully. Read more


Back in 2009, CityBeat bid farewell to arts editor Kinsee Morlan in these very pages. I was welcomed as her replacement, although only a paragraph or so of a 700-word piece talked about my resume. Read more

Seen Local

Matthew Mondanile is usually seen playing guitar with his other band, Real Estate. But his solo project, Ducktails, has a dreamy, jangly charm all its own, and new album St. Catherine is loaded with low-key indie gems. Read more

If I Were U

San Diego beatmaker Deep Urth is offering up his latest album in an unusual format: 3D sculpture. Deep Urth, whose real name is Thomas McGilvray, released his new album Reb:Urth on Bandcamp in August, where listeners can buy a digital versi... Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

Escondido Sessions is a lot more concise than Bitches Brew, but it has a similar effect on the listener. It's the sort of record you can just put on repeat while you melt into your seat as the sound drapes over you. Score one for North Coun... Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

There was a point a few years ago where Shelby Gubba's little monsters seemed to be popping up everywhere. They were on the posters of club shows around town. On the walls of local galleries (as well as one in Tokyo). Read more

Seen Local

A young Pakistani woman named Laila (Sameena Jabeen Ahmed) lounges in a caravan with her drifter boyfriend, Aaron (Connor McCarron). A brutish gangster in a tracksuit carries his baby girl throug Read more


This Fall Movie Preview will sway toward the eccentric, shining a light on the films that deserve consideration. A few of them might turn out to be major. Read more


I do a lot of thinking in my car. I find there are few things more relaxing that being cocooned in a vehicle, away from computers or screens, drowning out the outside world with music. It's only Read more

Well, That Was Awkward

Roughly 25 miles north of the city of San Diego, nestled between Solana Beach and Carlsbad, is a fairytale town by the sea. Life is quite idyllic there, with the higher-than-state-median household inc Read more

Backwards & in High Heels

Now in its second year, the one-day shopping event features more than a dozen designers and vendors specializing in vintage and retro-inspired clothing and products. Read more

Short List Event Picks

The craft beer industry is in a state of rapid expansion and consolidation. As the bubble continues to inflate and cover larger slices of the market, Big Money sees an opportunity to invest or take over Read more

The Beerdist

The strongest proof of the blurring of that line was the fact I'd eaten at Little Itay's Davanti Enoteca (1655 India St., there is also a location in the Del Mar Highlands shopping mall) multiple times without knowing it was a chain. Read more

The World Fare