(Yes, that's me on the cover of the San Diego Reader. Explanation below.)
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While this hyperlocal coverage of downtown San Diego's news, issues and events will continue to grow and flourish, The Sun now offers a little something extra: a premium newsletter. The first issue of "SpeakEasy" dropped Monday, March 14.
It's chock full of news, opinion and an extra serving of snark. And deals--including a free sandwich(!) and news about bottomless mimosas served seven days a week.
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Below is a taste from the March 14 "SpeakEasy." Monthly ($4.99) and annual ($49.99) subscriptions are available. Thank you for your readership. And all the invaluable feedback.
[From "Speakeasy," March 14] I made the March 10 cover of our local alt-weekly San Diego Reader. They painted me, the editor of San Diego Sun, as something of a bad boy, with the headline: "Jaywalker? Lawbreaker." The subhead reads: "We're all a little criminal."
The cover story by Thomas K. Arnold is about lesser laws that commonly get broken on a daily basis. Like speed limits, keeping your dog on a leash, biking on hiking paths and other misdemeanor offenses.
Arnold phoned me to specifically ask about people jaywalking in downtown. Here's the verbatim blurb from the Reader:
For the record, I'm not jaywalking in the photo. Keen observers and downtown habitués will recognize the location as Market Street and Fifth Avenue, in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter.
That intersection has the only diagonal crosswalk in the city. I'm diagonally crossing Market Street, with the blessing of the street sign.
I called up Arnold to get his take on the cover photo for the story he wrote. We both chuckled about it.
Then I asked him for a quote.
"On the record, Ron Donoho is not jaywalking on the cover of the San Diego Reader," Arnold says. "He's legally crossing at a crosswalk. I probably jaywalk more than Ron Donoho, because I'm a very impatient person." SDSun