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Kensington Video, chalk vandalism at Bank of America, Pala tribe cuts members, SDSU hates undergrads, Yellow Deli people

“I’ve only had positive experiences with them and do not feel like they are doing anything but good for one another."
  • “I’ve only had positive experiences with them and do not feel like they are doing anything but good for one another."
  • Image by Howie Rosen
  • Movie lover's paradise

  • Meanwhile, Blockbuster and Hollywood Video have shuttered their local outlets. Owner and buyer Guy Hanford understands why. “When you went into a Blockbuster or Hollywood to rent a film, you never engaged in personal conversation with the employees. The owners were never there. Here, there’s always an owner, and a staff with a wide-ranging knowledge of movies. We have people who come in here and share their lives with us.”
  • By Scott Marks, Aug. 28, 2013

Brother/sister team Guy and Pam continue to keep Kensington Video all in the family.

Brother/sister team Guy and Pam continue to keep Kensington Video all in the family.

  • Graffiti or free speech?

  • He faces 13 counts of vandalism for writing anti-bank slogans with water-soluble chalk on a public sidewalk outside of three Bank of America branches, two in North Park, another in Hillcrest. The act could put him in jail for 13 years and be on the hook for more than $6000 in restitution if San Diego’s City Attorney’s Office gets its way.
  • By Dorian Hargrove, July 3, 2013
  • Pala tribe cuts dissident members off rolls

  • The cited cause of tribal disenrollment is a blood-purity dispute. All 164 disenrolled members are relatives of the late Margarita Brittain, a woman whose lineage has long been questioned by tribal members. The Pala Band of Mission Indians’ tribal constitution states that in order to be a member, 1/16 Pala blood is necessary.
  • By Siobhan Braun, June 5, 2013

The Pala tribal constitution states that no one with a felony record may serve on the executive committee. But one of them has a felony stemming from an arrest in 2009 for soliciting a male prostitute at Happy Time Adult Book Store in Moreno Valley.

The Pala tribal constitution states that no one with a felony record may serve on the executive committee. But one of them has a felony stemming from an arrest in 2009 for soliciting a male prostitute at Happy Time Adult Book Store in Moreno Valley.

Jim Gerber: “We have pulled resources out of undergraduate education in order to build expensive, elite PhD programs."

Jim Gerber: “We have pulled resources out of undergraduate education in order to build expensive, elite PhD programs."

  • San Diego State's growing contempt for undergrads

  • From the perspective of many university administrators, teaching and research are merely instrumental endeavors. They are undertaken in order to draw customers (aka students) and research funds to the university.” All the while, Ginsberg writes, the ranks of administrators grow disproportionately to faculty, administrative pay goes up and up, and, to pay for the vast bureaucracy, university presidents engage in extensive “image polishing” and fundraising.
  • By Joe Deegan, March 27, 2013
  • Yellow Deli People

  • In San Diego County, members are concentrated in the hills of Vista at a sprawling compound two miles from downtown. The “Community in Vista,” as it is called, has a two-story house on a large plot of land. The house is covered in vines and blocked by trees. Blinds cover the windows, preventing any glimpse into the house. Single men and single women stay in yurts on the property. Families live together.
  • By Dorian Hargrove, Jan. 2, 2013

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