Rancho Santa Fe

Unlikely RSF resident, WorldstarHipHop founder Lee ‘Q’ O’Denat dies at age 43

“Q was a brilliant businessman who championed urban culture, ultimately creating the largest hip-hop website in the world. But more than that, he was a devoted father and one of the nicest, most generous persons to ever grace this planet.” — WorldstarHipHop statement While legendary hip-hop and street fight website entrepreneurs might not be one’s first guess for ultra-sedate Rancho Santa Fe residency, WorldstarHipHop founder Lee…


Pickens continues fighting ‘black people food’ federal discrimination lawsuit

Lawyers for a former chef at Madeleine Pickens’ $1,650 per night, minimum 4-night stay, dude ranch south of Wells, Nevada have filed an amended complaint in U.S. District Court in Reno. They allege Pickens made racially discriminating remarks like asking him to cook “black people food.” The complaint filed this week meets the deadline imposed by U.S. District Judge Miranda Du, who dismissed Armand Appling’s original…


Heaven’s Gate and other ‘cult’ architecture

Religions have inspired some of the great architecture of human history. Reims Cathedral. The Blue Mosque. Angkor Wat. But what about those faiths that aren’t exactly major? Or are controversial? Or aren’t religions at all? Since many fringe religious groups tend not to mesh well with society, they often take to the country. In the process, they sometimes employ innovative planning strategies, as is the…


President Obama coming to town (again)

RANCHO SANTA FE, CA. — No hacked and stolen emails needed, the truth is out there: President Obama is coming to town. Who says you can’t return to Crosby Estate again? The president last came to Rancho Santa Fe in October, 2015 where he played golf at The Crosby Estate and La Jolla’s Torrey Pines and, attended “a private event.” Besides the probable round of…


JetSuite: Getting there from here

Next up out of Carlsbad’s McClellan-Palomar Airport… “If you’re looking to link up with other airlines, JetSuite is not for you.” Another new airline took flight out of McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad on Oct. 17. It is the fourth such airline to try doing business out of the North County airport since United Express pulled out in April of 2015. The other three have failed,…


Too close to Rancho Santa Fe

Depending on who is telling the story, Darryl L. Hronek is either building storage for the business on his property or being harassed by a vindictive neighbor who is using the county’s code enforcement unit to get at him while he builds a tennis court. “The neighbor gets the other neighbors whipped up and tells them who to call and what to say,” Hronek said….


Who is Eduardo Castro and why is the FTB publicly shaming him?

In all, 20 people throughout San Diego County—some married couples—made the list of shame for not paying the money they owe the state. Altogether, local delinquent taxpayers owe more than $9.1 million. Good news always first. Somebody from Escondido made a top 500 money list. Bad news, it’s the list of the top 500 delinquent taxpayers in the state of California courtesy of the state…


President Obama comes to town for little golf, little luxury, little fundraising (Video)

 President Obama comes to town for a little golf, little luxury, little fundraising. All systems were go, go, go for President Obama to walk among the wealthy, and play some golf,  in North County San Diego, just a few miles down Del Dios Highway from Escondido this weekend. The president, and family,  landed at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar late Saturday. He was expected to…


A Gaggle Of Goats

I live next door to a gaggle of goats, 4 to be exact. Now, I know they come in herds but I like alliteration so gaggle it is. Anyway, my next door neighbor, LizzyGal, has these 4 goats that live in a penned area out back, just before the land slopes down to the creek below. In the ample pen, there are 3 little outbuildings,…