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Oct. 7 2015
San Diego City Councilmember Todd Gloria has long fashioned himself a strong champion of the environment. However, the rising Democratic star now faces a vote that threatens to undermine that narrative
Sept. 30 2015
The nearly two-year battle over the fate of Civic San Diego has landed on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk in the form of AB 504. Authored by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez, the bill would allow nearly all...
Sept. 24 2015
While the Downtown San Diego Partnership has since admitted to improperly removing the boxes—including ones owned by the San Diego Union-Tribune, The Reader and DiscoverSD—the Partnership won’t...
Sept. 23 2015
They look like long golf carts plastered with ads. Open to the city air, these electric vehicles carry as many as five passengers and go anywhere within downtown. Need to get from Little Italy to the Gaslamp...
Sept. 16 2015
After the third electrical shock, Marcial Torres stopped moving. He was lying face down on the ground, and the 28-year-old Latino man would not regain the ability to get up for another three months
Sept. 9 2015
While owning a dispensary can be lucrative, opening one can be costly, especially in San Diego where laws have created a dog-eat-dog competition for a limited number of viable locations
Sept. 2 2015
In a move that would likely invite increased government scrutiny, a nonprofit, known as the Slab City Community Group Inc., has applied to buy the land from the state for a nominal amount
Sept. 2 2015
After hours at Slab City, I find myself dazed by the sun, watching my selfappointed tour guide, Doc (left), and 18-year-old Zack roll cigarettes at the Internet Café, a sprawling wooden structure...
Aug. 26 2015
Are bike lanes good for business, even at the expense of parking spots? The question has created tension between cycling advocates and businesses in Hillcrest, the neighborhood at the center of a multi-million-dollar...
Aug. 12 2015
Last month, Walder filed a lawsuit in state court against his former business partners alleging mismanagement, negligence and fraud
Aug. 5 2015
The group had flown up for the committee hearing with one goal: to kill Gonzalez’s Assembly Bill 504, 0 , which, if approved, would increase oversight of Civic San Diego, the nonprofit to which the...
Aug. 4 2015
Millions of Americans have some sort of sensitivity to gluten, a protein found in wheat and other grains. However, many more have cut down on eating gluten-filled foods for more ambiguous reasons.
July 29 2015
Advocates in San Diego have long complained that local law enforcement has provided no clear guidelines for cultivation, raiding growers seemingly at random
July 22 2015
Environmental advocates for public transportation recently celebrated a significant, if symbolic, victory in a battle over the regions 35-year, $200 billion Regional Transportation Plan
July 15 2015
When Zachary Lazarus plans his day, its largely dictated by moving around sizable sums of money. As a top manager for A Green Alternative, the city of San Diegos first permitted cannabis dispensary, hes...
July 1 2015
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...
June 24 2015
Its 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 Diegos first...
June 16 2015
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...
June 3 2015
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
May 27 2015
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...


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