This weekend, San Diego is hosting its Hellenic barn-burner, a race that first launched thousands of runners way back in 1998.
The Synchrony Financial Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon & ½ Marathon will draw 30,000 entrants, all of whom can leave the earbuds at home because the city hills will be alive with the sounds of rock music as milestones are passed.
Amid the excitement down south, it’s easy to overlook the roses and the raspberries from the past week. A sampler of North County’s latest crop:
A thorny rose — the Light at the End of the Smoky Tunnel award — to the Del Mar Fairgrounds board for rescinding a contract for the Goodlife Festival, a medical marijuana expo, but leaving open the possibility the event could pass muster if medicinal pot smoking was not not part of the festivities on the state-owned fairgrounds.
Let’s be sober and honest here. This whacked festival was culturally doomed from the start. San Diego County ain’t Sonoma County. Bluenoses were bound to be pushed out of joint, so to speak, by a festival that was more Burning Man than County Fair.
Still, it’s reassuring that the board welcomed the festival organizer to rework the contract and try again.
Californians have legalized recreational cannabis, period.The federal law that equates pot with meth is ridiculous on its face.
In time, a cannabis expo will be no different than a wine or craft beer expo. The board caved to the cultural conservatives, but at least they don’t come off as cavemen enjoying cocktails.
However, on the bright side, the ambivalent vote did prove to be a catalyst for a rose-worthy (because thought-provoking) letter to the editor from Jane Cartmill, an Encinitas animal-rights activist I’ve long admired, even when she was scolding me for