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Barrio Art Crawl Feb 28, 2015 A self guided tour consisting of the open studios, galleries, and local businesses of the Barrio Logan Arts District. Spaces include include Bread & SaltThe Glashaus, Aca Gallery, and over a dozen more.  71 other events on Saturday, February 28
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Wednesday, February 25,2015

Potential organ recipients face off with doctors over medical-cannabis use

New bill would push hospitals to put pot-using patients on transplant waiting list

By Joshua Emerson Smith
The only thing that could save Justin Turley is a liver transplant, but, he said, his specialist at the hospital has refused to put him on the waiting list until he stops using cannabis.
Wednesday, February 11,2015

Civic San Diego wraps up public outreach amid outcry

City-controlled nonprofit faces growing frustration from community groups

By Joshua Emerson Smith
With plans to invest tens of millions of dollars in underserved neighborhoods, the city-funded land-use nonprofit Civic San Diego has faced one major question: What are the agency’s priorities? 
Wednesday, February 4,2015

Desert Line remains shrouded in secrecy

Councilmember David Alvarez calls for transparency on railroad restoration

By Joshua Emerson Smith
How much will it cost to get the Desert Line up and running? And is the private company that’s holding the government contract to complete it up to the task?
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.