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San Diego Fermentation Festival Feb 01, 2015 This fest features artisanal foodmakers and brewers, keynote speaker Sandor Ellix Katz, workshops and presentations from fermentation experts, do-it-yourself stations, and a fermented beverages garden. 68 other events on Sunday, February 1
Spin Cycle
A crucial vote on the party’s future happens this month
Check 1, Check 2 | Music & nightlife
Observatory to take over historic location
The World Fare
Dumplings, borscht and Stroganoff highlight the La Mesa eatery’s menu
Environmentalist Nicole Capretz takes on SDG&E with new watchdog group
MLK biopic starring David Oyelowo tops our coverage of movies screening around town


Home » Articles »   By Joshua Emerson Smith
Wednesday, January 28,2015

San Diego officials propose tweaks to rule residents say Jack in the Box broke

Critics claim change belies smart-growth planning

By Joshua Emerson Smith
If the San Diego City Attorney’s office gets its way, a judge will never rule on whether Jack in the Box and the city duped the public.
Tuesday, January 20,2015
The Family Issue

A brood in the woods

Parenting in the screen age

By Joshua Emerson Smith
A couple years ago, when my partner told me she was pregnant, I let loose a joyful laugh. She looked so nervous, but all I could think was, Our little family’s going to be so hip.
Wednesday, January 14,2015

Fighting to green San Diego’s energy grid

Environmentalist Nicole Capretz takes on SDG&E with new watchdog group

By Joshua Emerson Smith
San Diego’s not the only city thinking about kicking its fossil-fuel habit. While the city’s draft Climate Action Plan calls for using all renewable energy by 2035, San Jose aims to hit that target by 2022. San Francisco may completely ditch carbon-based electricity by 2020. 
Wednesday, January 14,2015

San Diego County settles pays beating victim $250,000

Internal investigation had cleared the deputies involved

By Joshua Emerson Smith
If Sheriff’s Deputy Randall Ribada had allowed Lee Lacy to walk 10 more feet out the front door of the Chula Vista Courthouse, the entire incident could’ve been avoided. Instead, the county last week coughed up $250,000 to settle a civil-rights case.
Wednesday, January 7,2015

Mental-health emergencies continue to mount

Struggling to meet demand, psychiatric field-clinician program may get boost

By Joshua Emerson Smith
It was the third time in three days that a middle-aged man living in Lakeside called the Sheriff’s Department out to his home. The neighbors, he explained, had let poisonous spiders loose in his apartment.
Wednesday, December 17,2014

Innocent Alpine resident detained for a week

San Diego County faces federal lawsuit in a case of mistaken identity

By Joshua Emerson Smith
On Jan. 13, 2014, two sheriff’s deputies approached a man at his home in Alpine, placed him in handcuffs and said they were taking him into custody for escaping from prison nearly 30 years ago. Standing in his driveway, James Soler and his wife protested, arguing that there must have been some mistake.
Wednesday, December 3,2014

The philosophy and tactics of Bryan Pease

A look at San Diego’s most prominent and effective vegan activist

By Joshua Emerson Smith

When attorney and animal-rights activist Bryan Pease found out in early November that a local organic vegetable farm was scheduled to host an event called Death for Food, he wasn’t happy about it. 

Wednesday, November 19,2014

How San Diego cab drivers overhauled the local industry

United Taxi Workers won a huge grassroots victory

By Joshua Emerson Smith
Issues surrounding the taxi industry caught the public’s eye in May 2013, when the Center on Policy Initiatives think tank and San Diego State University released a report called “Driven to Despair.”
Wednesday, November 5,2014

Policing the San Diego Police

Officer-misconduct complaints are on the rise, but it’s not clear why

By Joshua Emerson Smith
The number of such misconduct complaints against the San Diego Police Department has skyrocketed to 177 in 2013, up from 73 in 2009, according to police documents.
Wednesday, October 22,2014

Meet the men poised to open San Diego's first legal medi-pot shop

For these entrepreneurs, helping sick people will likely be profitable

By Joshua Emerson Smith

Nearly six months after the city began taking applications, David Blair, last week, became the first person in the city’s history approved to run a dispensary.