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San Diego cannabis growers see daylight for shadow industry

Proposed state legislation would create licensing program

By Joshua Emerson Smith

Advocates in San Diego have long complained that local law enforcement has provided no clear guidelines for cultivation, raiding growers seemingly at random.

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Facing community pressure, officials to study alternatives to state Route 94 expansion

Transit advocates claim short-term victory in regional transportation fight

By Joshua Emerson Smith

Environmental advocates for public transportation recently celebrated a significant, if symbolic, victory in a battle over the region’s 35-year, $200 billion Regional Transportation Plan.

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Banking on bud

Federal lawmakers push for financial services for cannabis industry

By Joshua Emerson Smith

When Zachary Lazarus plans his day, it’s largely dictated by moving around sizable sums of money. As a top manager for A Green Alternative, the city of San Diego’s first permitted cannabis dispensary, he’s responsible for coordinating payroll, utility bills and other finances.

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Dispensary daze

A budtender rehashes his job selling medical marijuana

I’m a budtender in San Diego. Which is basically like a bartender except I’m selling medical marijuana. I got into this line of work five years ago when I responded to an ad on Craigslist. 

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Residents, officials make U-turn on State Route 94 expansion

City Councilmembers pen letters to SANDAG, Caltrans

By Joshua Emerson Smith

Over the last few months that sentiment in the community has abruptly shifted, culminating in a recent flood of letters from elected officials asking the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) and Caltrans to not only explore putting a bus stop in the neighborhood, but to potentially scale back the freeway expansion.

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San Diego's Portland Loo: Flush with contradictions

East Village public toilet frustrates, frightens business community

By Joshua Emerson Smith

It’s around 2 p.m. on Friday, and the class disparities of the fast-evolving East Village are on full display throughout the neighborhood. However, this particular intersection, the site of San Diego’s first Portland Loo public restroom, has become ground zero for social tension.

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Bike plan greased with political power

Revision could represent ethics violation for Supervisor Ron Roberts

By Joshua Emerson Smith

At the Friday, June 5, meeting of the San Diego Association of Governments Transportation Committee, Roberts led the way for significantly limiting a bicycle-lane-improvement plan in Mission Hills and Hillcrest.

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Somebody’s watching you

Local experts say tech privacy is a thing of the past

By Tom Siebert

That’s the Panopticon in a nutshell. They may not be watching you, but maybe they are, so you’d better reconsider what you say and do on social media and everywhere else.

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San Diego unions talk green, tests to come

Labor council adopts transit-first policy as pressure mounts to slow freeway expansion

By Joshua Emerson Smith

Four years ago, when activists sued a regional planning agency over a massive $214-billion spending plan to expand freeways and build public transportation, labor leaders voiced support for the cause.

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Lifeguards accuse mayor of nixing labor deal as political payback

San Diego union pushes for expanded workers’ compensation benefits

By Joshua Emerson Smith

Performing between 4,000 and 6,000 rescues a year, San Diego lifeguards respond to a wide variety of calls, even including after heavy rain when beach swimming is supposed to be restricted for 72 hours because storm-water runoff significantly raises levels of bacteria in the ocean.

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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