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Perry Vasquez: Collaborate Jul 31, 2015 The local artist, teacher and curator will discuss the importance of artistic collaboration at this CreativeMornings talk. 112 other events on Friday, July 31
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Home » Articles »   By Joshua Emerson Smith
Wednesday, July 29,2015

San Diego cannabis growers see daylight for shadow industry

Proposed state legislation would create licensing program

By Joshua Emerson Smith
Advocates in San Diego have long complained that local law enforcement has provided no clear guidelines for cultivation, raiding growers seemingly at random.
Wednesday, July 22,2015

Facing community pressure, officials to study alternatives to state Route 94 expansion

Transit advocates claim short-term victory in regional transportation fight

By Joshua Emerson Smith
Environmental advocates for public transportation recently celebrated a significant, if symbolic, victory in a battle over the region’s 35-year, $200 billion Regional Transportation Plan.
Wednesday, July 15,2015

Banking on bud

Federal lawmakers push for financial services for cannabis industry

By Joshua Emerson Smith
When Zachary Lazarus plans his day, it’s largely dictated by moving around sizable sums of money. As a top manager for A Green Alternative, the city of San Diego’s first permitted cannabis dispensary, he’s responsible for coordinating payroll, utility bills and other finances.
Wednesday, July 1,2015

Residents, officials make U-turn on State Route 94 expansion

City Councilmembers pen letters to SANDAG, Caltrans

By Joshua Emerson Smith
Over the last few months that sentiment in the community has abruptly shifted, culminating in a recent flood of letters from elected officials asking the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) and Caltrans to not only explore putting a bus stop in the neighborhood, but to potentially scale back the freeway expansion.
Wednesday, June 24,2015

San Diego's Portland Loo: Flush with contradictions

East Village public toilet frustrates, frightens business community

By Joshua Emerson Smith
It’s around 2 p.m. on Friday, and the class disparities of the fast-evolving East Village are on full display throughout the neighborhood. However, this particular intersection, the site of San Diego’s first Portland Loo public restroom, has become ground zero for social tension.
Tuesday, June 16,2015

Bike plan greased with political power

Revision could represent ethics violation for Supervisor Ron Roberts

By Joshua Emerson Smith
At the Friday, June 5, meeting of the San Diego Association of Governments Transportation Committee, Roberts led the way for significantly limiting a bicycle-lane-improvement plan in Mission Hills and Hillcrest.
Wednesday, June 3,2015

San Diego unions talk green, tests to come

Labor council adopts transit-first policy as pressure mounts to slow freeway expansion

By Joshua Emerson Smith
Four years ago, when activists sued a regional planning agency over a massive $214-billion spending plan to expand freeways and build public transportation, labor leaders voiced support for the cause.
Wednesday, May 27,2015

Lifeguards accuse mayor of nixing labor deal as political payback

San Diego union pushes for expanded workers’ compensation benefits

By Joshua Emerson Smith
Performing between 4,000 and 6,000 rescues a year, San Diego lifeguards respond to a wide variety of calls, even including after heavy rain when beach swimming is supposed to be restricted for 72 hours because storm-water runoff significantly raises levels of bacteria in the ocean.
Wednesday, May 20,2015

State Route 94 becomes battleground in San Diego region's transportation fight

Environmentalists take a hard stand against highway expansion

By Joshua Emerson Smith
Tensions recently swelled over a planned freeway expansion in the heart of the city. A key transportation artery that pumps vehicles in and out of Downtown is slated for major surgery.
Tuesday, May 19,2015
Summer guide

Where to take your friends with kids this summer

Baby on board? Visit Mother Earth Brewing, Balboa Park Sculpture Garden and the New Children’s Museum

By Joshua Emerson Smith
Now that I'm in my (shudder) mid-thirties, many of my friends have children. My partner is due to have our second child any moment. As a result, more and more of my experiences are kid-friendly.