Month: June 2011

Movie Ratings: Helpful or Lame?

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Coronado's Village Theater is back and it's better than ever. With three, count them, three screening rooms, the art deco theater is expected to be the summer hang-out for kids and families alike. But will the expected blockbusters scheduled to play in the state-of-the-art cineplex (Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Cowboys and Aliens) be appropriate for kids of all ages? Ratings always have been a hot-button issue and parents take notice of them because media dominates our entertainment options. Yet a study by Douglas Gentile, an associate professor of psychology at Iowa State University, claims parents don't follow the Motion Picture Association of America's (MPAA) ratings because they don't offer enough information about a film's content. Age-appropriate ratings are based...

Did Al Capone Ever Visit the South Bay?

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It is well known that Al Capone built a fortress just south of Rosarito in the late 1920's as a party house for his friends from Hollywood. The Castle is now known as El Castillo Restaurant. It is also known that Capone was involved in a yacht club and casino built on the Los Coronados Islands offshore of Imperial Beach. Capone owned a fleet of Ford Model A delivery trucks each painted with the name “Jake's Moving Company.” Model A Fords had a fuel capacity of 11 gallons of gasoline. It is approximately 136 miles from Los Angeles to Rosarito. Ford Model A trucks had a rating of 24 miles to the gallon. So a trip from Los Angeles would necessitate refueling before completing a round trip to Rosarito and back. It would seem likely that the greatest number of gas stations

Stop of Salton Sea Floods May Cause Giant Quake

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Three scientists at Scripps Institute of Oceanography co-authored a study published on Sunday that said floods that used to flow into what is now the Salton Sea might be linked to earthquakes on the southern portion of the San Andreas fault. Interference with Colorado River floods that regularly flowed into what used to be the Salton Sink may have “stopped the clock” on a regular series of big earthquakes, setting the stage for a 7.5 or higher megaquake that could devastate Southern California, the scientists found. The findings were published in the journal Nature Geoscience, and were first reported by The San Diego Union-Tribune’s signonsandiego.com web site. The seismically active southern end of the San Andreas Fault Zone lies under the Salton Sea, a wide depres

Eight Great Sites to Help You Get More Out of the Net

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When I talk to people about the Internet I'm often surprised to find that while they're savvy about some parts of it they know little of others. For that reason I think it's worthwhile to suggest a handful of sites you might want to consider using. I do this knowing that some of you will look at my suggestions and say they're incomplete, or ignore some better sites, or my reasoning for including them is all wrong. Fine, I say, include your own list in the comments, and maybe together we can expand our knowledge of the Net. I'll start by saying I'm not including the search engines or social media sites, as they are too obvious. I am going to include other obvious sites, but only if I have a less-obvious reason for using them. All are free, or free but offer premium upgr...

Time Spent in Traffic Reduced for San Diego Drivers

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The total number of annual hours as a result of traffic jams during commuting hours has been reduced by well over half since 2006, the San Diego Association of Governments said in a report released Friday.    In its State of the Commute report, the organization attributes the improvement in the flow of traffic to the weak economy, improved freeway infrastructure and greater use of public transit.    SANDAG staff and board members, however, expressed concern over Interstate 5, where the southbound drive is worsening in the afternoon—opposite of the typical commute pattern—and has become very difficult on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.  Five years ago, drivers wasted more than 7 million hours cumulatively while stuck on jammed freeways in San Diego County, accord

This Weekend’s Open Houses

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All open houses are Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Willis Allen Real Estate: 1770 Avenida Del Mundo, PH-10, Coronado Shores, 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, $1,695,000, agent Olga Stevens, 619-522-9494. 1720 Avenida Del Mundo, unit 1104, Coronado Shores, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, $3,500,000, agent Olga Stevens, 619-522-9494. 743 A. Ave., the Village, 4.5 bedrooms, 3 baths, $2,150,000, agent Gwen Hovland, 619-522-9494. 444 Pomona, the Village, 5 bedrooms, 3 baths, $1,675,000, agent Gwen Hovland, 619-522-9494. 1015 Alameda,  the Village, 5 bedrooms, 5.5 baths, $2,995,000, agent Gwen Hovland, 619-522-9494. Ascent Real Estate: 831 H. Ave, sellers will entertain offers between $1,889,000 and $2,089,000, agent Ken Pecus, 619-977-8419. 856 B. Ave,

1220 Churchill Pl, Coronado CA – MLS# 110033168

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1220 Churchill Pl, Coronado CA - MLS# 110033168 - Coronado CA Real Estate Ultimate private gated beach compound. Escape from it all. Amazing home located next to Famous Hotel Del Coronado and Top Ranked Coronado Beach.This is the Classic Beach home you've been searching for. 6 amazing bedrooms plus a downstairs lounge...home theater, beautiful office. Elevator and amazing architectural details. Rich dark plank floors contrasting against custom white cabinetry and beadboard ceilings with exposed beams. Many architectural elements give the home personality and charm. www.CoronadoDreamHomes.com Jan Clements, GRI Luxury Homes Specialist The Clements Group Prudential California Realty 1341 Orange Avenue Coronado, CA 92118 Tel. (619) 806-7052 CA DRE# 01120956 www.JanClements.com 1220 Churc...

1520 10TH St, Coronado CA – MLS# 100060929

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1520 10TH St, Coronado CA - MLS# 100060929 - Coronado Luxury Home! Newly constructed 4br 4.5ba So. California masterpiece is truly a place to call home. Enjoy over 5000sqft of spacious living and 270 degree views of Coronado Island, bay, & downtown skyline. Old world charm incorporates white stucco, cloistered patios, tile roofs, handmade custom doors & windows & exposed-beam ceilings throughout. Raised main floor features a long corridor hallway enhanced by beautiful arches leading to dining, great room, & spectacular kitchen with nook & separate butlers pantry. www.CoronadoDreamHomes.com Jan Clements, GRI Luxury Homes Specialist The Clements Group Prudential California Realty 1341 Orange Avenue Coronado, CA 92118 Tel. (619) 806-7052 CA DRE# 01120956Duration : 0:2...