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September 5, 1990 | DALLAS M. JACKSON
It may not have quite the romance or the international reputation of the Orient Express, but in terms of pure fun, Amtrak's San Diegan lines are a big kick. Each train is equipped with a cafe car that serves sandwiches, snacks and beverages, including cocktails, wine and beer; a baggage car; a public credit-card phone; accommodations for the handicapped, and a plush Custom Class car.
February 12, 2014
Join Times San Diego Bureau Chief Tony Perry for a live chat at 12:30 p.m. Thursday on the victory of San Diego Mayor-elect Kevin Faulconer and its impact on the state's second-largest city. Faulconer, a Republican councilman, defeated Democratic Councilman David Alvarez 55% to 45% to become the city's next mayor, according to unofficial results tallied by the county registrar of voters. Faulconer then allowed himself a not-so-veiled reference to the now-passed era of disgraced former Mayor  Bob Filner . PHOTOS: Changing faces in the San Diego mayor's office Filner  resigned Aug. 30 after months of a chaotic management style at City Hall followed by multiple accusations of sexual harassment, setting the stage for Faulconer's victory . "This city has gone through a lot in the last year, but we knew that as San Diegans we were better than that," Faulconer told supporters.
August 9, 2001 | STEVE HARVEY
San Diego, which unabashedly calls itself "America's Finest City," posted the following billboard message on L.A. freeways a while back: Welcome to L.A. Population--Way Too Much That one's gone now. But San Diego's tourism folks have infiltrated L.A. with this message: "There isn't an attitude we can't adjust." Except, obviously, smugness. Fashion risk: At least the unruly guy outside a Seal Beach saloon wore a piece of apparel that tipped off others to steer clear.
February 12, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- On the heels of the election victory making him the city's next mayor, Republican Councilman Kevin Faulconer on Tuesday night allowed himself a not-so-veiled reference to the now-passed era of disgraced ex-Mayor Bob Filner. Filner  resigned Aug. 31 after months of a chaotic management style at City Hall followed by multiple accusations of sexual harassment, setting the stage for Faulconer's victory over  Democratic Councilman David Alvarez, 54.5% to 45.5%,  according to unofficial results tallied by the county registrar of voters.
Responding to what they see as a serious water shortage, most San Diegans have reduced their water usage and they prefer voluntary rather than mandatory conservation efforts, the Los Angeles Times Poll shows. By a nearly 2-to-1 margin, San Diegans say that they are using less water now than a year ago--a savings that comes despite the fact that San Diego is trying a 60-day period of voluntary conservation rather than stringent, mandatory restrictions.
October 16, 1991 | TONY PERRY
All that stuff about San Diegans being laid back and not giving a fig about politics? Forget it. San Diegans were as bug-eyed and obsessed with the Clarence Thomas affair as any group of Americans who love a little smutty talk with their politics. There's even a rumor that Thomas will be invited to throw out the first ball (and leer the first leer) at next year's Over-the-Line Tournament at Fiesta Island.
October 24, 1992 | From a Times Staff Writer
The Agoura and Palos Verdes Peninsula High girls' cross-country teams will renew their rivalry today in the Mt. San Antonio College Invitational, but Mt. Carmel hopes to have something to say about the outcome. The schools were first, second and third in last season's state Division I meet, but Agoura suffered its first defeat in three seasons at the Kenny Staub invitational Oct. 10, finishing behind Peninsula and Belmont.
San Diegans appear to be scaling back on the amount of water they're using in response to official cries for conservation made earlier this week following the Point Loma sewage line break. City water officials on Friday reported a 32-million gallon reduction in the volume of water used over a three-day period, from 152 million gallons Tuesday to 120 million gallons Thursday, San Diego Water Utilities Department officials said.
San Diegans can lay claim to being No. 1 when it comes to ownership of compact disc players, telephone answering machines and having a foreign-made car as a primary vehicle. San Diegans are also near the top in viewing cable television, using automated-teller machines, going to movies and choosing real estate as a prime investment. The findings are based on an annual nationwide marketing survey released Thursday. Michelle Becker, a spokeswoman for Impact Resources Inc.
October 15, 1985
Three San Diegans were killed Sunday in a head-on collision on the toll road between Tijuana and Ensenada about 60 miles from the border, a spokesman for the Mexican Federal Judicial Police said. A northbound car driven by Arthur Sorrells Lee, 52, was traveling at a high speed when it struck the center divider of the toll road and crossed into the southbound lanes, colliding head-on with a car driven by Mary September Miller of San Diego, the spokesman said.
August 13, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - Mayor Bob Filner, in his first response to the recall movement aimed at ousting him from office, said this: "Now is not the time to go backwards. " Through his attorneys, Filner issued a statement late Monday to the recall committee set to begin Sunday gathering signatures to force an election. By city law, the committee must publish his statement in a local newspaper. In the statement, Filner made no mention of the accusations of sexual harassment lodged against him by 14 women, including a former staffer who has filed a lawsuit.
August 2, 2013 | Robin Abcarian
SAN DIEGO - You'd think that somewhere in a corner of this sprawling town, someone, somehow would be willing to stand up for Mayor Bob Filner, San Diego's first Democratic mayor in 20 years. Someone who might say: “Yes, putting women in headlocks, slobbering on their cheeks and patting their bums is awful, but deep down, he's a good man with good politics and San Diego needs him.” It would be easier to find a snowball here. Nine women have come forward to accuse the mayor of unwanted sexual advances.
June 3, 2012 | By Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times
San Diego could be improved. If the county had 75 miles of beaches instead of 70. If the Padres won a World Series or the Chargers won a Super Bowl. Or if the municipal sloganeers dropped "America's finest city" in favor of "You stay classy, San Diego. " But this is nit-picking. Besides its most obvious tourist attractions - the beaches, the zoo and Old Town - San Diego's downtown has interesting edges, several old neighborhoods are showing new vigor, and everybody seems to be brewing artisan beer.
July 22, 2010 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
Rick Carlson boasts an impressive resume: retired San Diego cop, murder-scene artist, pet-coffin builder, theatrical set designer and author of an unfinished screenplay about San Diego during the days of bordellos, gambling joints, Wyatt Earp and other colorful characters. Now he can add one more job title to the list: county grand jury foreman. His face may not be familiar to the public. But true devotees of TV soap operas may recognize his hands. For several years Carlson acted as a "handgun model" for the soaps when they needed a shot of a gun being fired.
September 29, 2009 | Tony Perry
These are unsettling times for San Diego sports fans. The Padres, despite a second-half surge, appear destined to finish fourth, 20-plus games behind the hated Dodgers, who arrive tonight for a two-game series. Local fans have voted with their seats. Season attendance will end about 500,000 below last year, 1 million below the record 3 million of 2004, the first season at downtown's Petco Park. A passel of would-be stars has arrived but none has yet grabbed the public's heart like those of the past: Tony Gwynn, Ken Caminiti, Steve Garvey, Dave Winfield, Trevor Hoffman.
April 8, 2009
The San Diego County Grand Jury recommended Tuesday that the San Diego City Council do something previous councils have found too politically dangerous: ask residents to pay for trash pickup. The grand jury, in its function as watchdog of local government, suggested that the council put a measure on the ballot that would overturn a 1919 ordinance barring the city from charging single-family home dwellers for trash pickup.
April 2, 1988
Six San Diegans were among seven finalists chosen Thursday to design a $100,000 city-sponsored artwork. The large-scale, freeway-related work, titled North Gate, will be placed near Interstate 5 and Ardath Road. It is the first of seven artworks in the city's first major art-in-public-places project. The San Diego finalists are artist Ellen Phillips, architect Tom Grondona, the team of architects Wayne Buss and Robert Hotten, and the team of artist Linda Churchill and designer Nick Weiss.
February 2, 1989 | BARRY M. HORSTMAN, Times Staff Writer
As Sen. Pete Wilson (R-Calif.) weighs whether his political future is in Washington or Sacramento, San Diegans believe that Wilson should remain in the Senate rather than run for governor, a Times poll has found. Among other findings by the poll, which probed San Diegans' opinions on a variety of subjects, countywide residents approved of abortion, with half those questioned describing it as a decision solely between a woman and her doctor.
February 16, 2009 | Tony Perry
It began with a visit by a San Diego businesswoman who volunteered at an Afghan refugee camp in Pakistan after the Taliban was pushed from power in 2001. Fary Moini, the owner of two tuxedo shops, was shocked by the poverty and despair at the overcrowded site just across the border from Afghanistan, and moved by the sorrow and confusion she saw in the eyes of the children. When she returned home, she appealed to her fellow Rotary Club members to help do something -- anything -- for the Afghans.
July 25, 2008
Re "Gay marriage opponents got a surprise boost," July 21 I am a longtime San Diegan who read with interest your article indicating that Mayor Jerry Sanders' position on gay marriage was a huge factor in mobilizing conservatives to qualify Proposition 8 for the November ballot. I was among the many San Diegans who appreciated Sanders' support of marriage for gay and lesbian couples -- and, as a parent, I was touched by his personal story. I strongly disagree with your take on the effect the mayor's change of heart had on opponents of same-sex marriage.
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