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All New Cheap Moves Aug 19, 2014 Dozens of local artists pay tribute to everyone's favorite actor: Bill Murray. Artists include Annie Hardy, David Goff, Robert Piper and more. 66 other events on Tuesday, August 19
 
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Re-casting the original trilogy with local politicos
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Digging into the DNA of a company deal
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New dramedy from Aaron Katz and Martha Stephens tops our coverage of movies screening around town
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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
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How one case study could potentially transform City Heights

 

 
 
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Wednesday, August 13,2014
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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.

Tuesday, July 29,2014
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Meet the developer tapped by the mayor to run Civic San Diego

Vetting process limited to select hiring committee

By Joshua Emerson Smith
The city’s top officials continue to push a complex and yet-to-be fully disclosed plan to use tax-break incentives and a stripped-down environmental-review process to convince banks and developers
Wednesday, July 9,2014
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A day at John school

Guys who buy sex from prostitutes face their behavior head on in court-ordered program

By Joshua Emerson Smith
Established to educate men arrested for buying sex on the realities of the sex-trade industry, its message is straightforward: The sex trade in San Diego is dangerous and demeaning.
Wednesday, July 2,2014
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Bill Fulton wants to get smart about growth

San Diego planning director’s uphill battle to create walkable communities

By Joshua Emerson Smith

 With little room left to sprawl, San Diego must increase density in at least some of its more suburban neighborhoods if it wants to accommodate population growth.

Wednesday, June 18,2014
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Judge Gary Kreep overcharged former client thousands of dollars

Ramona plumber refuses to give up legal fight to make him pay

By Joshua Emerson Smith
When plumber Robert Thompson took a job testing for hazardous backflow at the law offices of then-private attorney Gary Kreep, he could never have guessed the amount of crap it would eventually lead to.
Tuesday, June 17,2014
Drink Issue

Boozin' with Mark Sauer

Local news vet recalls his biggest scoop

By Joshua Emerson Smith
"Yeah, bourbon will kick your ass if you stay with it too long," Mark Sauer told me, sitting at a table at K'nB Wine Cellars in Del Cerro.
Wednesday, June 4,2014
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Environmentalists say bill undermines San Diego climate plan

Utility companies want changes to the way community-choice aggregation starts

By Joshua Emerson Smith

Under AB 2145, ratepayers would have to opt into the CCA, confirming by mail that they want to join the program. 

Wednesday, May 21,2014
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Industry digs deep to defeat Barrio Logan plan

War rages over Propositions B and C

By Joshua Emerson Smith
“Proposition B and C, it’s just a bad plan,” says former San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders in a recent television commercial attacking a city-approved zoning-plan update for Barrio Logan, which goes before voters on June 3.
Tuesday, May 20,2014
Summer guide

San Diego’s hidden urban canyons

There are way more of them than you think

By Joshua Emerson Smith
"I'm doing a story on San Diego's 13 canyons," I said over the phone to Eric Bowlby, executive director of nonprofit San Diego Canyonlands, hoping to cull some basic information. I had recently fo
Wednesday, May 14,2014
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Fairness of San Diego infrastructure spending questioned

Band-Aid bonds won't stop long-term bleeding

By Joshua Emerson Smith

 In a meeting in late March, David Graham, San Diego City Councilmember Mark Kersey’s chief of staff, sat down with activist attorney Cory Briggs to discuss a controversial lawsuit holding up roughly $120 million in bond funding for badly needed road repairs, fire stations, libraries and other projects.

 
 
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