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Norm Macdonald Sep 18, 2014 The star of Norm, Dirty Work and pretty much the greatest host of SNL's "Weekend Update" ever gets back to his stand-up roots. 64 other events on Thursday, September 18
 
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News

Civic San Diego faces call for community benefits

Advocates are pushing hard for affordable housing

By Joshua Emerson Smith

On Monday, the City Council unanimously approved longtime local developer Reese Jarrett as the new president of Civic San Diego, the city-owned nonprofit built from the now-dismantled Centre City Development Corporation.

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Advocates push SANDAG for transit-first policy

Officials say they'll give it some study

By Joshua Emerson Smith

In an ongoing struggle over a multibillion-dollar transportation-spending plan for the region, leaders from more than a dozen social-justice organizations gathered Downtown last Friday to demand that government officials prioritize public transit over cars.

News

Review board identifies policy violations, shoddy investigation in San Diego jail death

Detainee who swallowed meth was left to die in solitary confinement

By Kelly Davis, Dave Maass

A law-enforcement oversight board has found that San Diego County Sheriff’s deputies lied and omitted information in the investigation of the death of a 28-year-old African-American man who’d swallowed a baggie of meth before being booked into custody.

News

What can San Jose’s minimum-wage increase tell San Diego?

A tale of two cities

By Kelly Davis

“Modest, at most,” is how Jim Reed, policy director at the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce, described the impact of the wage increase to a USA Today reporter in June.

News

Lost in the criminal justice system

If you’re mentally ill, good luck finding your way

By Kelly Davis

Sarah’s standing in the hallway of the San Diego Central Courthouse, hoping to see her son Kyle as deputies lead groups of inmates, shackled together, to holding cells behind the courtrooms.

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Critics say Kevin Faulconer’s stalling on environmental policies

Climate plan, water conservation and bag ban are on the slow track

By Joshua Emerson Smith

If San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer can wait long enough on certain policy issues, he may have a more favorable makeup on the City Council to push his conservative agenda.

News

Pacific Imperial Railroad’s bad track record

Desert Line leaseholder likely claimed fake asset

By Joshua Emerson Smith

Two men from Nevada traveled to Tijuana around 2006 in an effort to take control of a property in Baja Mexico called Tembabichi. One of the men was embattled Nevada District Court Judge Steven Jones, who, according to prosecutors in an ongoing judicial discipline hearing, made the trip in connection with a scam that left three unsuspecting investors out $20,000 each.

News

How San Diego’s juvenile-hall scandal could change state policy on pepper spray

County supervisors, oversight boards say they welcome a federal investigation

By Kelly Davis, Dave Maass

The feds haven’t said yet whether they will investigate the extreme use of pepper spray at local juvenile halls, but basically everyone in the juvenile-justice community—and beyond—thinks they should.

News

Finding a cure for the ‘Huffman virus’

How one case study could potentially transform City Heights

By Kelly Davis

Huffman-style properties were built fast to meet a perceived economic threat. With new Mission Valley shopping centers luring consumers away from neighborhood businesses, midcentury Mid-City—North Park, City Heights, Normal Heights, Hillcrest, University Heights and Kensington— needed more density to help those businesses compete.

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What’s going on with the Lorne “Hammer” Jones case?

Former customs agent got more than seven years for smuggling drugs and people into the U.S., but mysterious events are raising questions about the government’s prosecution

By Andrew Gumbel

Jones was first accused of immigrant-smuggling in the mid-1990s by a vengeful ex-wife who told Internal Affairs: “I want you to do something about him.” 

Turds & Blossoms

Turds & Blossoms: Saldaña's silence

CityBeat grades the campaign trail

By Dave Maass

CityBeat’s gotten used to the silent treatment from politicians—but not from ones with whom we agree on nine out of every 10 positions.

Turds & Blossoms

Turds & Blossoms: Bryan Pease and the Progressives

CityBeat grades the campaign trail

By Dave Maass

Step into Casa de Luz, a new vegan, macrobiotic, gluten-free restaurant in North Park, and you’ll be confronted with a unique piece of campaign propaganda.

Turds & Blossoms

Turds & Blossoms: Ben Hueso names labor buddy his 'Woman of the Year'

CityBeat grades the campaign trail

By Dave Maass

A big congratulations to labor leader Lorena Gonzalez for being named “Woman of the Year,” by state Assemblymember Ben Hueso for the 79th Assembly District! But did she actually deserve the honor?

Turds & Blossoms

Turds & Blossoms: Remembering the Filner Finger and Fletcher's new Democratic supporter

CityBeat grades the campaign trail

By Dave Maass

With the help of WikiLeaks, we’re taking a trip across space and time.

Turds & Blossoms

Turds & Blossoms: Carl DeMaio gets it wrong again

CityBeat grades the campaign trail

By Kelly Davis

Twice in roughly a week, quotes from San Diego City Councilmember and mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio were removed from stories in the U-T San Diego for inaccuracy.

Turds & Blossoms

California Democratic Convention and Ralph Denney

CityBeat grades the campaign trail

By Dave Maass

The California Democratic Party descended on the San Diego Convention Center and the Hilton San Diego Bayfront for its annual convention last weekend. Here a few quick ’uns:

Turds & Blossoms

Roach's violation and a Rostra hack

CityBeat grades the campaign trail

By Dave Maass

If the San Diego Press Club wants to maintain credibility, then it must be more selective when bestowing its annual media awards.

Turds & Blossoms

Judicial candidates tap coworkers for money, plus a Frenchie fundraises in SD

CityBeat grades the campaign trail

By Dave Maass

Here’s how not to inspire faith in a balanced judicial system: Run for judge and accept a ton of money from your prosecutor buddies.

Turds & Blossoms

DeMaio dotes on Prop. 8 supporters

CityBeat grades the campaign trail

By Dave Maass

San Diego City Councilmember Carl DeMaio’s pretty much running two campaigns: one for mayor of San Diego and one to support a pension-reform ballot measure. So, maybe it shouldn’t be a surprise to see this tweet from The Caster Group last week

Turds & Blossoms

Mayoral candidates at the State of the City and Lincoln Club FTW

CityBeat grades the campaign trail

By Dave Maass

The latest installment of CityBeat's election column, Turds & Blossoms, wherein we rate campaigns and candidates and award them turds or blossoms for their latest foibles and triumphs. This week we cover the Mayor's State of the City Address and the Lincoln Club's debate live stream.

 
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