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Lisa Hilton Apr 15, 2014 The jazz pianist/composer Lisa Hilton blends modern and traditional jazz and is on tour promoting her 16th release to date, Kaleidoscope. 48 other events on Tuesday, April 15
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One woman’s struggle to overcome a life of prostitution

Meet ‘Jackie,’ one of the many faces of sex-trafficking

The underground commercial sex trade in San Diego, according to a study released in March by the Urban Institute, is a $96.6-million-a-year industry, surpassing illegal drugs as the top moneymaker for criminals in the region

By Joshua Emerson Smith
Editorial For Barrio Logan: Yes on Props. B and C APR 09 | By CityBeat Staff Judge allows community-plan referendum to go to the voters, but also says ship-repair lobby fibbed
Backwards & in High Heels M-I-C-K-E-Y-M-O-U-S-E APR 07 | By Aaryn Belfer Disneyland: a human cesspool and the Happiest Place On Earth
Letters Letters: Heartbreaking entertainment APR 09 | Our readers tell us what they think
Spin Cycle What gives? APR 02 | By John R. Lamb City’s donor woes resurface amid Balboa Park Centennial, San Diego Opera dramas
Editorial How to fix the Balboa Park Centennial APR 01 | By CityBeat Staff Here’s our basic, simple, linear idea for a three-part structure
Letters Letters: Keep it open APR 02 | Our readers tell us what they think
Sordid Tales There’s no such thing as zero tolerance APR 01 | By Edwin Decker And that’s especially true for San Diego Unified’s drug policy
News San Diego and its nonprofits are in a pie fight MAR 26 | By Kelly Davis City and community groups battle over a shrinking pot of federal anti-poverty money
News San Diego’s playing with fire MAR 26 | By Joshua Emerson Smith Why the city can’t maintain enough emergency trucks
Editorial San Diego’s minimum wage is on the fast track MAR 26 | By CityBeat Staff Ten bucks an hour just ain’t enough

Last Blog on Earth

Faulconer's budget plan includes $1.9 million for homelessness

Money will go to enhanced outreach services, storage facility and

In early February, interim Mayor Todd Gloria announced a plan to reallocate the $1.9 million former Mayor Bob Filner set aside to keep the city's two homeless shelters open year-round. The money would...
Read more 2014-04-14

Susan Riggs heads to Sacramento

A Q&A with the former San Diego Housing Federation executive director

In late January, Gov. Jerry Brown announced that he'd appointed Susan Riggs to the position of deputy secretary of housing policy at the state's Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency. It was good and bad news for left-leaning San Diegans—good news to have a San Diegan working on housing policy at the state level, bad news because Riggs, who'd been the executive director of the San Diego Housing Federation since 2010, had been a charismatic champion not just for affordable housing but also a larger progressive vision for the city. I sat down with her a couple weeks ago for an informal chat before she left for Sacramento (her last day with the Housing Federation was March 7). At that point, the City Council hadn't yet voted to rescind an increase in the workforce-housing offset (also known as the linkage fee), an impact fee that commercial-building developers pay into the city's affordable-housing fund. The council, with its Democratic majority, passed the fee increase in December. Soon after, a coalition of developers and business groups, led by the Chamber of Commerce, launched a petition to overturn it. Riggs was hopeful the fee increase would go to the ballot—specifically the November ballot, which would give affordable-housing advocates time to develop a campaign strategy. She acknowledged that countering the housing-offset opponents' "jobs tax" soundbite would be tricky, and she talked about misconceptions about the fee, an idea for boosting housing production and one of her proudest accomplishments at the Housing Federation. ...
Read more 2014-03-11

The silent treatment

City stalls on open-government ballot initiative

A recent issue concerning government transparency in the city of San Diego has been defined largely not by open communication but reticence and obfuscation.Citing concerns from the City Attorney’s o...
Read more 2014-03-04

Public record no more

City of San Diego invites CalAware legal challenge over policy to purge emails after one year

The city of San Diego has decided to delete all emails older than a year, according to an internal memo issued Thursday by interim Mayor Todd Gloria. The change in policy includes electronic communications, defined as “email, memoranda, calendars, tasks and attached documents.” The authorization was signed off by Gloria and several of the city’s top officials, including the City Attorney Jan Goldsmith and the Chief Operating Officer Scott Chadwick. City Council approval is not required for the administrative policy change.On March 28, the city will start automatically deleting emails that are older than a year, said Gloria's spokesperson Katie Keach. ...
Read more 2014-02-28
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