John R. Lamb


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In this tensed-up world, it’s somewhat comforting to know that even white supremacists sometimes disagree on tactics. more

Aug 16, 2017 9:00 AM Spin Cycle


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Behold, the public records request. Without it, San Diegans might still be in the dark about the San Diego Association of Government’s shenanigans, secret SoccerCity shindigs and city pension pooch-screwing. more

Aug 9, 2017 9:00 AM Spin Cycle


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I’m in the race,” Kersey said emphatically. “Sacramento impacts our daily lives, and we need people up in Sacramento who have proven records of bipartisan problem-solving. And that’s what I’ve done on the City Council for the last five years.” more

Aug 2, 2017 10:20 AM Spin Cycle


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The race to replace termed-out county Supervisor Ron Roberts could be the political boxing match of 2018. more

Jul 25, 2017 5:03 PM Spin Cycle


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As San Diego preps once again to become the center of the pop-culture universe and whisks its homeless off downtown sidewalks, Spin Cycle would like to turn readers’ attention to the “comic” portion of Comic-Con. more

Jul 18, 2017 4:57 PM Spin Cycle


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Fletcher—the former Republican State Assemblyman who dabbled in independence before becoming a Democrat—sent out an email Tuesday morning announcing his intentions. more

Jul 12, 2017 9:00 AM Spin Cycle


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Not since the Ross Perot presidential-run days of the ‘90s has the word “interesting” peppered our local political lexicon. more

Jun 28, 2017 9:33 AM Spin Cycle


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His dream of a special election this year on life support, Mayor Kevin Faulconer probably didn’t need to hear what someone shouted during last week’s commencement ceremony from the Dalai Lama at UC San Diego. more

Jun 21, 2017 10:27 AM Spin Cycle


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Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s foray into force fizzled because: a.) he seems ill-suited for strong-arm tactics, or; b.) labor rules the minds of the San Diego City Council Democratic majority? more

Jun 13, 2017 5:35 PM Spin Cycle 1 Comments


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Immediately after the meeting, Mayor Faulconer dropped the pleasantries and unsheathed his veto sword. more

Jun 7, 2017 8:48 AM Spin Cycle


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So while you’re missing out on the self-congratulatory coziness of the Goldens—with its feel-good blend of alcohol, rubber chicken and cut-glass trophies—keep in mind attending the Spinnies costs you nothing. more

May 31, 2017 11:13 AM Spin Cycle


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Just a few days after dropping his bombshell resignation from the San Diego Port Commission, Bob Nelson had his personal trainer in mind while pondering breakfast options at Hob Nob Hill in Bankers Hill. more

May 24, 2017 11:18 AM Spin Cycle 1 Comments

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The headline in the San Diego Union-Tribune last week seemed more fitting for a salacious tabloid or TMZ than the normally staid local mainstream daily. more

May 16, 2017 6:26 PM Spin Cycle


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For a group of veteran elected leaders tapped to pick San Diego County’s next top prosecutor, the Board of Supervisors opted for defense mode. more

May 10, 2017 10:35 AM Spin Cycle


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Two years of combined house arrest here and self-imposed probationary exile in L.A. kept former San Diego mayor Bob Filner pretty much muzzled. more

May 3, 2017 10:56 AM Spin Cycle 1 Comments


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If 32 years in the San Diego Sheriff’s Department has taught Commander Dave Myers anything, it’s that change has come to the region and resistance to it is not an option. more

Apr 26, 2017 12:10 PM Spin Cycle


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Three years and change into the job, Mayor Kevin Faulconer finds himself in that familiar position for most longtime politicians of dubious distinction: How the heck will I be remembered? more

Apr 12, 2017 8:19 AM Spin Cycle


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In a city where the word “bold” rarely materializes except for during spectacular sunsets, the folks at Father Joe’s Villages went for the gusto last week when they announced an initiative to boost its permanent housing for the homeless. more

Apr 4, 2017 6:30 PM Spin Cycle 2 Comments


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The more likely seismic activity in San Diego will arrive some time in mid-April, when Mayor Kevin Faulconer releases the city’s proposed budget for the coming fiscal year, the first in the era of President Donald “Slash and Burn” Trump. more

Mar 28, 2017 4:33 PM Spin Cycle


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News last week that the San Diego Hall of Champions will be closing down after a 56-year run in Balboa Park to make way for a pop-culture museum envisioned by Comic-Con International caught some by surprise. more

Mar 22, 2017 11:23 AM Spin Cycle 6 Comments