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Trucks serving delicacies like Korean barbecue and unique sandwiches and other “street food” have been all the rage in places like L.A. and New York.
Now, San Diego has a food truck that’s wandering around the city and serving banh mi, tacos and potato croquetas, among other things that sound mighty yummy.
In this week’s Q&A feature, we talk to the two young guys behind the MIHO Gastrotruck about their menu (cross-cultural), their mayonnaise (handmade) and their salad fixings (wild arugula, organic bibb leaf lettuce, romaine red savoy).
In other news:
• San Diego Police held a press conference yesterday to tout old statistics — released at the beginning of the year — that says crime is down in the District 4, which covers southeastern San Diego.
Why’d they do that? To support Councilman Tony Young, who’s up for reelection.
It’s quite convenient timing considering that the election is Tuesday. As we report, “Young denied the press conference was part of his campaign. City Council candidates are prohibited by election laws from using city resources for campaign activities.”
Why couldn’t Young hold this press conference after the election to avoid influencing voters by using the powers of his office to get media attention? He says he’ll be out of town.
• Councilwoman Donna Frye and the mayor’s office argued yesterday over how much the “strong mayor” system — at stake on next week’s ballot — costs the city. You can check out Frye’s numbers and the mayor’s response.
• Rich Toscano sees home prices surging, thanks to Uncle Sam.
• Keep your pants on (in public), people! That was the message from a federal judge yesterday who ruled against a local college student who’s organizing next week’s World Naked Bike Ride.
In the case of Bush vs. City of San Diego (no, I’m not making that up), the judge said the right to make a political statement by being naked in public doesn’t trump the city’s anti-nudity ordinance.
The attorney for the ride organizer, who planned to go naked himself if the law allowed nudity at the event, said the judge was concerned about the “rubberneck” factor: that drivers would get distracted by the sight of naked people and get into accidents. Other cities, however, have allowed World Naked Ride events without incident.
There’s no word yet on any appeal. Meanwhile, there’s another wrinkle that’s been raised online: the city ordinance allows “opaque” coverings over private parts in public, raising the question of whether the riders can let it all hang out as long as it’s covered by body paint.
• The Photo of the Day captures politics at work.
• The U-T takes a look at the Mysterious Case of UndercoverGover, an anonymous blogger who’s been tweeting furiously for the last few weeks about city matters and very-annoying people, among other things. Some readers suspect he’s (or she’s) a City Hall insider with an ax to grind (or multiple axes, perhaps a whole hardware store full of them). Whatever the case, UndercoverGover is pulling the plug on the blog. But not without a long and bitter goodbye-cruel-world-style post. Or maybe make that goodbye-cruel-readers.
• Art Linkletter, who died last month at the age of 97, got his start in San Diego radio back in the 1930s. As my column for the NCT reveals, he was no angel — he lied like a rug during a nationwide broadcast from our fair city — and was even a bit of a dirty young man.
• A new report says San Diego is one of the top 10 places in the country where it’s better to rent a home than buy one.
That sound you hear is all the local renters snorting at their hapless home-owning neighbors in a Simpsons-esque fashion: “Ha-ha!”
I would never do that, of course. That would be rude. (Self control, don’t fail me now!)
What We Learned This Week
Even Candidates Get the Mortgage Blues: As we reported this week, county supervisor candidate Shelia Jackson lost her home to foreclosure in 2007 after borrowing heavily on it. Our commenters are divided over whether this is a non-story or a very inconvenient and bothersome fact. When news came out that Republican City Council candidate Lorie Zapf had defaulted on a home-equity loan, the head of the local GOP admitted that if were on the other team, he’d have used it against her.
A Brouhaha Grows in Chula Vista: A measure banning union pacts in government-funded construction projects is drawing heavy fire from labor, which is fighting it with Spanish-language TV commercials. The ads compare the measure to the new illegal immigration law in Arizona. We explain the measure and what it would do, show you the ad and explore its claims.
Teachers Get Good News for a Change: 112 new teachers in San Diego schools won’t get laid off after all.
A Latino Voice Is Under Fire: A parent in Vista is getting flak for taking the school district to task (in just about the bluntest way possible) for failing its students.
Fact Check Patrol: Ladies and gentlemen, step right up for the Magical Twist-History Tour! Here’s what we discovered this week: District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis didn’t tell the truth about a hiring freeze in her office. A candidate made a misleading claim about a judge and pensions.
The Coffee Collection (lively stories to savor over a caffeinated beverage)
My Kingdom for No Carts: Shopping carts litter the streets of the Mira Mesa neighborhood, but residents can’t get rid of the eyesores no matter how hard they try. We examine why it’s so hard to solve this problem.
In La Mesa, a Refuge for Victims: We visit an East County home that serves as a shelter for young women who have been caught up in the horrors of sex trafficking.
Picture Books Begone: In San Ysidro, teachers are challenging English learners with hard-to-read books instead just letting them take it easy with simpler materials.
Quote of the Week: “For the first week or couple weeks, it’s sort of like your head is on a swivel.” — former lifeguard B. Chris Brewster on working at Black’s Beach, where nudity was briefly legal in the 1970s and still tolerated today. After a while, though, “nudity itself becomes uninspiring.” Bummer.