In an ideal world, the San Diego-Coronado Bridge would be blown up and ferries returned to active duty. But the return to a halcyon world is hopeless thanks to “Gov. Pat Brown’s Damned Bridge,” as my Coronado parents called it. Their curse, however, was focused on the onslaught of traffic, not self-slaughter. Completed in 1969, the bridge quickly turned into a staging ground for jumpers.
Seven months out from the June primary, the most consequential race you won’t hear much about is the subject of this week’s civic sermon. Seven years ago, county voters in their finite wisdom decided that the Jurassic Park of Supervisors needed to be blown up. This time next year, two T Rexes -- Bill Horn and Ron Roberts -- will be writing letters of recommendation for their staffs. Between them, 48 years of county policy experience will be flushed away.
Over lunch recently, a well-known San Diegan volunteered to the table that a close relative with a troubled past was doing very well these days, thanks in large part to daily doses of methadone at a Mission Valley clinic. I did my best to conceal my surprise. Not because a nice young man from a proverbial “good” family had turned into a heroin addict. It happens. Often.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".