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Photo by John R. Lamb

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has his town rolling in new revenue. San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, not so much. Photo by John R. Lamb Envy is as persistent as memory, as intractable as a head more

Nov 29, 2016 12:00 AM Spin Cycle

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Photo illustration John R. Lamb

At City Hall, December is inauguration month, when all the bright newly elected faces converge with the grizzled re-electeds to make bold, inspiring oratory with a stocking full of promises that very few believe will be fulfilled. (Side not... more

Nov 23, 2016 12:00 AM Spin Cycle

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Photo illustration by John R. Lamb

OK, OK, so the orange-tinted name salesman with straw mane bagged the most-challenging, bigliest job on the planet last week. Big deal. What about Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s “dimming star,” according to the typically cordial San Diego Union-Tr... more

Nov 16, 2016 12:00 AM Spin Cycle

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Photo illustration by John R. Lamb

Certainly in Spin Cycle’s lifetime, you would be hard pressed to find an election season as angstridden, sound-bit and crap-filled as the current model. If our elected leaders of tomorrow are truly a reflection of society, then society is h... more

Nov 2, 2016 12:00 AM Spin Cycle

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Photo illustration by John R. Lamb

Late afternoon Monday, as the skies darkened and threatened rain, every revved engine from above, every tire squeal, every clank from rush-hour traffic drew the same reaction from parkgoers: craned necks leading skyward and wincing expressi... more

Oct 26, 2016 12:00 AM Spin Cycle

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Photo illustration by John R. Lamb

Nothing plays worse in San Diegans’ minds, Spin has found, than reminders of their city’s reputation for small-mindedness. more

Oct 19, 2016 12:00 AM Spin Cycle

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Photo illustration by John R. Lamb

At Monday’s jam-packed No on Measure C press conference, barely a harsh word was uttered about the elephant not in the room. more

Oct 5, 2016 12:00 AM Spin Cycle

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Photo illustration by John R. Lamb

The county Democratic Party has endorsed Measure D, which would raise the so-called transient occupancy tax to 15.5 percent from 10.5 percent and create pathways for future decisions about expanded convention-center space downtown as well a... more

Sep 28, 2016 12:00 AM Spin Cycle

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Photo illustration by John R. Lamb

It seems like only yesterday that termed-out San Diego City Councilman Todd Gloria, close to punching his ticket for new adventures in Sacramento, was basking in the glow after voters in June overwhelmingly approved Proposition I. more

Sep 21, 2016 12:00 AM Spin Cycle

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Photo illustration by John R. Lamb

Last Thursday, commissioners convened again to choose between two visions proposed for the 57 acres that comprise the eastern portion of Harbor Island and the emptying car-rental property across from Lindbergh Field. more

Sep 13, 2016 12:00 AM Spin Cycle

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Photo illustration by John R. Lamb

Everybody thinks it’s way past time for this mayor to get off the crapper and finally weigh in on The Monumental Measures of the Millienium. more

Sep 7, 2016 12:00 AM Spin Cycle

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Photo illustration by John R. Lamb

When it comes to big-ticket-item decision-making, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer rewrote the book on indecisiveness, decorating the practice with glittery baubles of alleged earnestness, attention to detail and midnight-oil-burning analys... more

Aug 30, 2016 12:00 AM Spin Cycle

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Photo illustration by John R. Lamb

When news broke last week that the four-year nuclear war between activist attorney Cory Briggs and the Tourism Marketing District over the agency’s funding method was headed for a fizzling conclusion, the reaction from Briggs haters was swi... more

Aug 24, 2016 12:00 AM Spin Cycle

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Photo by Pat Edwards

The national press in recent weeks has heaped praise on a program in Albuquerque, New Mexico, started by its Republican mayor a year ago, that gives homeless panhandlers day jobs to help beautify the city. more

Aug 17, 2016 12:00 AM Spin Cycle

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Photo illustration by John R. Lamb

Gauging by coverage from local mainstream media, it appeared that local law enforcement last week ripped back the curtain of uncertainty by vowing to make public the footage from body cameras captured during officer-involved shootings. more

Aug 9, 2016 12:00 AM Spin Cycle

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Photo illustration by John R. Lamb

At the press conference, Sanders alluded to concerns that remain about the initiative. “No ballot is ever perfect,” he said, adding that “considerations” the team should address include the “long-term security of the Tourism Marketing Distr... more

Aug 3, 2016 12:00 AM Spin Cycle

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Photo illustration by John R. Lamb

In California, vote swapping is a serious crime, punishable under the state Penal Code by a prison term of two to four years and fines of $2,000 to $10,000. more

Jul 27, 2016 12:00 AM Spin Cycle

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Photo by John R. Lamb

The San Diego Chargers brain trust took its pitch for an East Village stadium into the heart of Barrio Logan last week, and Brent Beltrán did something unusual for him—he stayed silent. more

Jul 20, 2016 12:00 AM Spin Cycle

While Major League Baseball’s power elite belted soft pitches out of Petco Park Monday night during the pre-All-Star-Game’s Home Run Derby, the San Diego City Council was ensconced in its own marathon bash-fest. more

Jul 13, 2016 12:00 AM Spin Cycle

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Photo illustration by John R. Lamb

Ladies and germs, we’ve jumped forward to the past, to a land once thought abandoned after the previous mayor, otherwise odoriferous, did one thing right and rid the Plaza de Panama of parking. more

Jul 6, 2016 12:00 AM Spin Cycle

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