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Chalk One Up to Extremism at the City Attorney’s Office

Posted on 13 July 2013

Jeff Olson is a 40-year old local man  facing prosecution for scrawling uncomplimentary messages about the Bank of America on sidewalks with classroom chalk between February and August of last year. Olson has grievances against the Bank of America stemming from Occupy efforts that  urged the public to shift money from the Bank of America [...] Continue Reading

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Rebecca’s Coffeehouse First in New Plan for Charity

Posted on 13 July 2013

Rebecca’s Coffeehouse in Golden Hill  became the first coffeehouse to sign up for a new plan to target resources to those who need them throughout the world. The brainchild of Karen Cebreros, formerly of Elan Organic Coffees, Track the Impact is a cloud-based software tool that links businesses to the community of non-profits of their [...] Continue Reading

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Cafe Seen

Café Hapa: Bikini Bar Now Open

Posted on 16 May 2012

Cierra at right, and Kat are two baristi on duty regularly at the new Café Hapa, located at the corner of Sports Arena Blvd. and West Point Loma Blvd. The Vietnamese-themed lounge is staffed by a crowd of well dressed women and they’re gaining business daily. www.cafehapa.com Continue Reading

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Time will tell whether Arizona can get away with rewriting history

Posted on 16 May 2012

BY J. A. RIPPO Arizona governor Jan Brewer has signed into law a bill that effectively ends Mexican-American studies classes in Arizona’s public schools (HB 2281). She did this after Tom Horne, a school superintendent and candidate for Attorney General, made noise about his dislike of a Mex-Am culture program in Tucson. Horne and Brewer [...] Continue Reading

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Observer

A Fish Story

Posted on 16 May 2012

Fish answer their own logic. Fishermen sometimes say repitition of mundane tasks interferes with catching fish — as though fish need a break in the monotony of the lives of the men after them in order to be caught. The Southern Queen had several successful ways to interrupt the tedium of life at sea in [...] Continue Reading

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Cinco De Mayo: The Greatest US Civil War Victory in Mexican History

Posted on 16 May 2012

BY J. A. RIPPO Too many Americans believe Cinco de Mayo marks the anniversary of Mexican Independence from Spain, but nothing could be further from the truth, although marketing executives on both sides of the border are happy to let the misconception soar in the popular imagination so long as alcohol and party sales remain [...] Continue Reading

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Cafe Seen

Saint Jacques Chocolat Meets Caffé Calabria in Old Town

Posted on 16 May 2012

BY J. A. RIPPO The beauty of Saint Jacques Chocolat is that it’s smooth. It’s not too rich, sweet, overpowering or the usual run-of-the-mill, over-the-top stuff you might find elsewhere. Enjoyed alone, the chocolates are enticing, with a fine finish and long aftertaste. Paired with Caffe Calabria’s Boulangerie Blend or with a good pinot noir, [...] Continue Reading

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News

Artist, Activist, Savior of San Diego’s Architectural Treasures Dies in NYC

Posted on 16 May 2012

BY J. A. RIPPO Artist Robert Miles Parker died on April 17, in New York, at the age of 72 from AIDS-related causes. Years ago, when he lived in San Diego, he found a crumbling Victorian house slated for demolition and decided to save it from the wrecking ball. He made a sketch of the [...] Continue Reading

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News

A Delicious Peace Comes From War Torn Uganda

Posted on 16 May 2012

BY J. A. RIPPO The remarkable story of a coffee known as “Delicious Peace” begins in the aftermath of the long civil war in Uganda: a war that saw the rise of Joseph Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army and also the work of J.J. Keki, the Ugandan musician and 9-11 survivor. Keki visited the [...] Continue Reading

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Come Visit the Real South Park

Posted on 16 May 2012

BY J. A. RIPPO If you’re looking to combine the hip with the historic in your San Diego shopping experience, you should head for South Park. The picturesque neighborhood, just east of Balboa Park, has no big-box stores, malls nor strip centers. The neighborhood shops, cafes and businesses occupy restored historic buildings on tree-lined streets [...] Continue Reading

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Culture

The Custom Mary: An Irregular Jesus For Modern Times

Posted on 28 January 2012

One of the intriguing entries to the San Diego Black Film Festival is Matt Dunnerstick’s The Custom Mary, a story about (re) birth, redemption, life in L.A. and the Second Coming…or more accurately, the First Cloning of Jesus. The story centers around Mary, a young and naive Latina who frequents a church run by some [...] Continue Reading

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Observer

OCCUPY: It’s Time to Take This Country Back…

Posted on 29 November 2011

from the politicians, fearmongers, warmongers, hustlers, thieves, swindlers and the rest of the monsters who pillaged this nation, stole its wealth, impoverished, threatened and disrespected its people and blighted their futures. It is time to open our eyes and regard the fraud we’ve put up with for so long with the deep revulsion it deserves. [...] Continue Reading

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