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Pi-hsien Chen Apr 26, 2015 The world-renowned pianist will perform works by Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin and new compositions by Taiwanese composers Tzyy-Sheng Lee, Tsung-Hsien Yang and Ying-Ting Lin. 78 other events on Sunday, April 26
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Home » Articles »   By Joshua Emerson Smith
Wednesday, April 22,2015

Driven to organize

Lawsuit threatens to put worker-run taxi service on hold

By Joshua Emerson Smith
After years of paying weekly fees to taxicab dispatching services, such as Yellow Cab, city taxi drivers—who are hoping to start their own worker-run cab company— see a light at the end of the tunnel.
Wednesday, April 15,2015

As city warms to pot shops, growers face uncertainty

Police mum on how dispensaries should get their weed

By Joshua Emerson Smith
As the city continues to permit new medical-cannabis dispensaries, the question of how such facilities should get their product remains largely unanswered.
Tuesday, April 7,2015

CannaBiz: All things weed

Amid Justice Department warning, locals race for pot shop permits

By Joshua Emerson Smith
While folks scramble to open the city's first permitted medical-cannabis dispensaries, federal prosecutors said they'll continue to target such activity, despite congressional direction to lay off states.
Wednesday, April 1,2015

Grid unlocked

Activist Bill Powers lives on homespun energy

By Joshua Emerson Smith

It’s easy to miss the rooftop solar panels on Bill Powers’ house in University Heights. On the cul-de-sac where he lives, other neighbors have panels, too, and the technology looks commonplace in the urban Southern California landscape.

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.