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Mike Spradley
Mike Spradley has been involved in the San Diego food and community scene for over 20 years. Born in the 1970's , Spradley was raised in north county San Diego by his mother, an English-French gourmet chef, and his father, an American born in Indiana. At the age of 15, he began work at his first job at the French Gourmet in Scripps Ranch, working under Chef Christine Anyard. Shortly afterward, Spradley started working at Edwin’s on Miramar Rd., where he learned a great deal about culinary arts from an experienced French chef. He continued gaining experience and knowledge through guest services and banquet positions at the Harbor House and Café Del Rey Moro, in Balboa Park, during college.

At the age of 19, Spradley had the opportunity to go the California Culinary Institute but decided to go with an alternative career choice in health care. After graduating in 2000 with a B.S. with depth studies in nursing, human biology, and psychology from the University of New York Regents College, he became an EMT in 1993, taught on a fire science program, and later became a POST instructor for the San Diego Police Department at Miramar Community College. After his stint in health care and teaching law enforcement,.

Spradley later reverted his attention back to his first love: food and wine. He wrote for The Espresso Newspaper, San Diego News Room and LGBT Weekly and Rage Monthly Magazine. He was in media relations for the San Francisco Pride Parade for two years and has been a volunteer Public Information Officer for the American Red Cross San Diego and Imperial Counties Chapter since 2007.

At the age of 21 he organized the first march against hate crimes in the city of San Diego. He was noted in the Lambda Archives of San Diego. He has also been advocate for Civil Rights for all people.

He is actively involved in politics and follows public policy.

As a strong advocate for feeding malnourished children and aiding the elderly in San Diego, Spradley’s long-term goal is to end childhood hunger in the county. He was the legislative liaison and community relations manager for Special Delivery San Diego 2007-2010 and continues to support SDSD till this day. He is also an active supporter of Feeding America San Diego and volunteers on a refugee program for the Catholic Diocese in the county of San Diego.

With his passion for food, Spradley’s tagline is, “Food should be taken seriously, life with a sense of humor. Enjoy both.”

Some of Spradley’s most preferred San Diego chefs include Chef Scotty Wagner, Executive Chef Deborah Scott, Executive Chef Robert Camerota, Pastry Chef Agaly Salum, and Frankie the Bull. Tyler Thrasher, Brad Thomas, Keegan Garhard , Brian Malarkey and Chef Rob Conaway.

His favorite restaurants include the Old Ebbitt Grill in Washington, D.C.; the Oak Room at Pala Casino; Charisma Restaurant; the Vagabond Kitchen Ristorante Arrivederci; Lotus Thai; Tobey’s; the 19th Hole; Big Kitchen; and the Fig Tree Cafe.Bankers Hill Restaurant & Cafe 222 .

Entries by Mike Spradley

Free Speech Charlie Hebdo and the Art World

(1) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 4:26 PM

Two weeks after Islamic extremist murdered my colleagues at the Charlie Hebdo office in Paris, I feel now is the time to reflect on what their deaths mean to us. Why were their creative talents targeted ?

One thing I can assure you is that neither...

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Genocide Education: California Senate Bill 1380

(4) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 1:23 PM

In my own family I assumed I'd heard all the tales of heroism or of those who became part of American and global history.

With deep regret I missed the story of my brother-in-law's father, Robert Cleary, who was a first lieutenant serving in the 89th...

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End the Gay-Transgender Panic Defense AB-2501

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 11:23 PM

Many people will recall the murder of Scott Bernard Amedure, March 9, 1995, who was fatally shot after professing he had a crush on Jonathan Schmitz, a heterosexual man during an appearance on the Jenny Jones Show.

Three days after the show aired Schmitz traveled to the...

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Bagby Beer Company Vandalism Leads to Community Understanding and Love

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 1:01 PM

For years Jeff and Dande Bagby have dreamed of opening their own brewery and restaurant; they have worked to make this dream come to fruition. With many hundreds of thousands of dollars invested into construction, and a local economy slowly coming back, you have to be brave to commit to...

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The Grammy's, Queen Latifah and Marriage Equality

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 1:05 PM

Sunday, the music industry and National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences made an unexpected move to marry couples from all walks of life during the Grammy's award ceremony, including many same sex couples.

For me, it is a moment of reflection back to the 1980's...

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Potential Medicare Cuts Impact Patients With Kidney Disease

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 6:28 PM

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are proposing cuts that will have a devastating impact on low income American families. If you or someone in your family has been diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) or End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), you better keep reading.


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California Prisoner Alleges Abuse of Gay and Transgender Inmates at Pleasant Valley State Prison

(66) Comments | Posted October 28, 2013 | 9:48 PM

In August, The Rage Monthly received a letter from a gay prisoner at Pleasant Valley State Prison in California. The letter can be described best as a plea for help following alleged inhumane treatment by corrections officers. The prisoner claimed that corrections officers were using the public address system and...

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The Model Definition Rethinking Beautiful Embracing Differerences

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 11:40 PM

When I was a little boy -- about four or five years old -- people would walk up to me and say, "I saw your picture, you are so cute!" I learned years later that a poster-size photo of me hung in pharmacies all over Southern California. I was, in...

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California Lawmakers Consider Stricter HIPAA Regulations for High-Risk Patient Populations

(2) Comments | Posted September 10, 2013 | 11:04 PM

While medical conditions are just that, medical conditions, they often come with a negative, unwarranted and demoralizing social stigma. Diagnoses and medical conditions such as HIV, AIDS, drug and alcohol addiction, STIs, mental illness and abortion make many people vulnerable to discrimination in employment, insurance, and financial and social services.

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Breaking Down Immigration Rules for Same-Sex Binational Couples

(4) Comments | Posted July 1, 2013 | 10:26 PM

For the last three months I have thought about what I would write when the United States Supreme Court ruled on gay marriage. In a meeting with my editor, Joel Martins, at The Rage Monthly Magazine, we knew that with two cases before the court, there could be four possible...

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Calling on the LGBT Media to Return to Their Core Values

(1) Comments | Posted June 24, 2013 | 6:10 PM

The LGBT media do not have many occasions when we can come together and stand in unison. Over the many years we have worked for equality, we have created a rift within our own communities. We have slowly forgotten what price the LGBT community has paid over the many decades...

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HIV Patients Refused Medical Privacy by the University of California, in Spite of California Lawmaker Requests

(14) Comments | Posted June 4, 2013 | 8:28 PM

Alex (not his real name) is a 27-year-old male living with HIV. Since his diagnosis he has faced bouts of severe depression. Over time he has come to terms with his condition. Recently he called me to express his frustrations with the HIV clinic where he receives medical care. I...

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Remembering a Gay Sailor Murdered in Japan

(9) Comments | Posted September 24, 2012 | 7:29 PM

It was early November 1992. I had just moved into my new apartment in San Diego. As I sorted through boxes, the television was playing the national evening news. There are moments in your life that you never forget. I had no idea a moment that would shape my life...

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Sherri Shepherd of The View Speaks on Child Molestation in America

(20) Comments | Posted September 7, 2012 | 3:13 PM

Naturally the subject of child molestation is disturbing to any rational person; even as a journalist this subject invokes a sense of anger and frustration for me. But what about the survivors? I have witnessed victims of child molestation suffer from psychological seizures and suffer horribly from guilt or shame.

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So Cal Community Leader Opens Up about Child Molestation

(8) Comments | Posted September 5, 2012 | 3:02 PM

Sitting in a small office just above San Diego's skid row is Sean Sheppard (www.TheGoodSheppard.TV) founder and CEO of Embrace, a nonprofit organization that mobilizes thousands of college students to serve less fortunate members of civilian and veteran communities. They perform a variety of public services; from serving the homeless...

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It Must be Armageddon

(0) Comments | Posted July 5, 2012 | 4:02 PM

June 28 must mark the start of Armageddon, because I agreed with three conservatives. First, thank you, Chief Justice Roberts, for taking a leap of faith for the American people. Today, the working ill can realize home ownership because they will no longer fear the not-for-profit hospital placing a lien...

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Ban on LGBT Conversion Therapy Approved by California Assembly Committee

(3) Comments | Posted July 2, 2012 | 12:18 PM

On Tuesday, June 26, the California Assembly's Committee on Business, Professions, and Consumer Protection voted 5-2 in favor of Senate Bill 1172. The bill, introduced by California State Senator Ted Lieu (D-Torrance), would prohibit mental-health professionals from trying to change the sexual orientation of minors who are under their care....

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Congressman Barney Frank on LGBT Youth and Being Openly Gay in Congress

(5) Comments | Posted June 21, 2012 | 7:37 PM

On June 7, 2012, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender civil-rights organization, published the first national corollary study of straight teens and their LGBT counterparts in America. The survey polled more than 10,000 respondents between the ages of 13 and 17....

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San Diego Dedicates Harvey Milk Street

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2012 | 3:26 AM

On May 22, 2012 a large crowd gathered at the corner of Center Street and what was formerly known as Blaine Ave., in San Diego, for the unveiling of the nation's first Harvey Milk Street, named for the first openly gay man ever elected to public office in the United...

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Cesar Chavez: LGBT Rights Activist?

(3) Comments | Posted May 3, 2012 | 10:39 PM

In the spring of 1993, I made my first trip to San Francisco. Like any tourist fresh off the plane, I was eager to explore the city and soak up as much of the culture as possible

As I wandered near city hall on that cold, gray day, I...

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