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Web Site Falls in Love With Dating

San Diego News Network, a local news Web site, goes live with a soft launch March 17. I wrote here some weeks ago that the site is the brainchild of financial backers Neal Senturia and Barbara Bry. But the true mastermind behind this outlet is Ron James, most recently with SignOnSanDiego, the Union-Trib’s Web site. James serves as founder, publisher and executive editor of his new baby. Meanwhile, sign up at sdnn.com Speaking of the news media, Tom Karlo, newly installed general manager at KPBS on campus at San Diego State University, moves quickly to make changes in his stations’ programming. He and his staff are working on a Friday evening “interactive” television public affairs program that will encourage audience participation via the Internet. Gloria Penner is set to host. Stay tuned for details, as they say in the trade … My must-attend event of the week? Check out the San Diego Repertory Theatre’s production of “The Threepenny Opera,” now playing at the Lyceum in Horton Plaza. The company does a masterful job with an 80-year-old work from composer Kurt Weill and playwright Bertolt Brecht. The dialogue and libretto amazingly speak to today’s economic nuttiness. Actually, the production’s akin to the so-called agitprop of the ’60s, but with better lyrics and music, and much better acting! Tixs and times at sdrep.org Catch news about San Diego’s largest home foreclosure? The 17-bedroom, 3,000-square-foot Vivienda Estate in Encinitas, built for $11 million in 2006 as a detox center despite the widespread opposition of neighbors, remains bank owned after going to auction in late February. The property thus becomes San Diego’s “biggest loser” in the ongoing debacle surrounding home foreclosures, according to Brian Yui, the driving force behind San Diego-based HouseRebate.com and our resident foreclosure expert. One reason might be the competition. He notes 16 homes valued at $2 million or more are now for sale in Olivenhain, the upscale neighborhood where Vivienda is located … Ay, caramba! The mayor of Tijuana recently invited local tourism officials to a meeting, where he pointed out the murder rate of 843 in 2008 was a bit overstated in local media outlets. He intimated that Tijuana is as safe as Las Vegas or New Orleans. To set the record straight, Fat City had 179 homicides in 2008, while Las Vegas had a paltry 54 killings in 2007. San Diego suffered just 23 homicides two years ago Matched pairs? Despite the shock value of the name, the six-year-old San Diego-based OnlineBootyCall.com, which bills itself as the No. 1 Web site for casual dating, says it has reached the 3 million member mark, and remains a very fast-growing enterprise. In fact, a spokeswoman says the site experienced 38 percent year-over-year growth. Apparently, the younger generation doesn’t want to get too involved too quickly, which is the driving force behind the success of this thriving virtual matchmaking business.


Editor Tom York pens the Insider column weekly. Send items to sdbjinsider@sdbj.com.

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