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Gangsters and Geniuses Mar 28, 2015 A group show centered around the theme of gangsters and geniuses (and those that overlap), featuring work from Jaclyn Rose Embroidery, Coulter Jacobs, and more. 69 other events on Saturday, March 28
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Wednesday, March 25,2015

Civic San Diego expansion under scrutiny

Nonprofit could be operating without proper city oversight

By Joshua Emerson Smith
Amid calls to investigate the legality of the city-controlled nonprofit Civic San Diego, a memo has surfaced, raising questions about how officials delegate power to the land-use agency.
Wednesday, March 18,2015

Rural/Metro quietly adds new ambulances to San Diego fleet

City considers tightening contract with 911-services provider

By Joshua Emerson Smith
When it comes to life-threatening emergencies, such as a stroke or cardiac arrest, a patient’s chance of survival can be measured by how fast she or he gets to a hospital, often down to the second.
Wednesday, March 11,2015

Civic San Diego showdown

Pressure builds as land-use agency readies to face officials over community benefits

By Joshua Emerson Smith
Flanked by regional labor leaders, Gonzalez told a small crowd that her bill, AB 504, would require the San Diego City Council to approve land-use decisions made by Civic San Diego—the city-funded nonprofit created after Gov. Jerry Brown ended the practice of redevelopment.
Friday, March 6,2015

Despite mayor’s hands-off approach, Civic San Diego may face increased oversight

Bill would require City Council approval of city-funded nonprofit's decisions

By Joshua Emerson Smith
The city-funded nonprofit Civic San Diego plans, permits and approves land development Downtown. While the mayor and City Council appoint the agency’s board members, elected officials have virtually no oversight when it comes to day-to-day operations.
Thursday, March 5,2015

Broken city street sweepers leave residents frustrated over neighborhood grime

After deep cuts, city’s vehicle-repair shop struggles to keep sweepers on the road

By Joshua Emerson Smith
“I’m tired of living in a trashcan,” uptown resident Laura Levine told members of the San Diego City Council's Environment Committee at their meeting on Wednesday. “I go out on Sunday’s with my broom and my sweeper and pick up the trash, and it’s a shame that in this magnificent city, we have to live with trash.”
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.