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Since Mayor Kevin Faulconer took office in 2014, the city of San Diego has chewed through three planning directors. The search now begins for number four. more

Feb 14, 2018 9:00 AM Spin Cycle


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The city of San Diego appears closer itself to hopping on the dockless-bike phenomenon, thanks to a memo issued last week by City Attorney Mara Elliott’s office. more

Jan 31, 2018 12:03 PM Spin Cycle 4 Comments


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The first visible new approach Thursday was the mayor’s decision to stand alone on stage. Traditionally, San Diego City Council members and other city officials have been seated behind the mayor’s lectern. more

Jan 17, 2018 8:51 AM Spin Cycle 1 Comments


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Congrats, fellow survivors! We’ve shed the weathered epidermis of 2017 and emerged baby fresh in a New Year of uncharted recreational-weed usage. more

Jan 3, 2018 11:37 AM Spin Cycle 2 Comments


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Yes, it’s that time of year, so get in good cheer, down a craft beer and belt out these twisted tunes to cast 2017 into the dustbin of history… more

Dec 19, 2017 4:39 PM Spin Cycle


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He possesses all the advantages of incumbency: a slew of high-powered establishment endorsements, piles of campaign dough and all the media-spotlight time he desires. more

Dec 6, 2017 9:00 AM Spin Cycle 1 Comments


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In recent months, city officials have been gathering public input at various community meetings about plans to shift some DecoBike stations into denser urban communities from beach communities that complained about the contraptions. more

Nov 21, 2017 4:00 PM Spin Cycle 1 Comments


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However, if we’re to judge by past election results, one thing we can all agree on is the desire to be fully informed when elected officials make critical decisions. Seems logical, right? more

Nov 8, 2017 11:04 AM Spin Cycle


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Last week, San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan issued a reasonless statement that she had passed the criminal investigation into Councilmember Chris Cate’s leak of a confidential city memo to the state Attorney General. more

Oct 25, 2017 10:59 AM Spin Cycle 1 Comments


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That fading light we see in the distance is San Diego Councilmember Chris Cate’s dimming prospects of being a contender in the 2020 mayoral sweepstakes. more

Oct 11, 2017 11:10 AM Spin Cycle 1 Comments


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Last week, Mayor Kevin Faulconer let it be known how he feels about people checking rear-view mirrors to critique San Diego’s slow-to-develop approach to tackling the worst Hepatitis A outbreak in modern history. more

Sep 27, 2017 11:53 AM Spin Cycle 3 Comments


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Now a Monday through Friday oasis of assistance and empathy for San Diego’s downtrodden, the office faces an uncertain future. Grant funding for the office—a converted study room on the Central Library’s third floor—runs out at the end of the month. more

Sep 12, 2017 6:02 PM Spin Cycle


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Last week, San Diego political leaders were high-fiving over the pulling of an old-time plaque from downtown’s Horton Plaza Park honoring the president of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis. more

Aug 23, 2017 9:00 AM Spin Cycle 1 Comments


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In this tensed-up world, it’s somewhat comforting to know that even white supremacists sometimes disagree on tactics. more

Aug 16, 2017 9:00 AM Spin Cycle


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Behold, the public records request. Without it, San Diegans might still be in the dark about the San Diego Association of Government’s shenanigans, secret SoccerCity shindigs and city pension pooch-screwing. more

Aug 9, 2017 9:00 AM Spin Cycle


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I’m in the race,” Kersey said emphatically. “Sacramento impacts our daily lives, and we need people up in Sacramento who have proven records of bipartisan problem-solving. And that’s what I’ve done on the City Council for the last five years.” more

Aug 2, 2017 10:20 AM Spin Cycle


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The race to replace termed-out county Supervisor Ron Roberts could be the political boxing match of 2018. more

Jul 25, 2017 5:03 PM Spin Cycle


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As San Diego preps once again to become the center of the pop-culture universe and whisks its homeless off downtown sidewalks, Spin Cycle would like to turn readers’ attention to the “comic” portion of Comic-Con. more

Jul 18, 2017 4:57 PM Spin Cycle


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Fletcher—the former Republican State Assemblyman who dabbled in independence before becoming a Democrat—sent out an email Tuesday morning announcing his intentions. more

Jul 12, 2017 9:00 AM Spin Cycle


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Not since the Ross Perot presidential-run days of the ‘90s has the word “interesting” peppered our local political lexicon. more

Jun 28, 2017 9:33 AM Spin Cycle

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