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Joshua Emerson Smith

Over recent months, San Diego Fire Department officials have increasingly become uncomfortable with ambulance service in the city. more

Oct 28, 2015 12:00 AM News

Major challenges ahead for San Diego’s progressive movement After progressive former Mayor Bob Filner’s scandal-driven resignation on Aug. 23, 2013, conservatives seized the day. more

Oct 21, 2015 12:00 AM News

For the first time in 18 years, the city’s 911 emergency ambulance provider Rural/Metro has failed to meet compliance standards. Following the elimination of a long-standing contract loophole that allowed ambulances to arrive late to the... more

Oct 20, 2015 12:00 AM News

Perhaps you've thought about eating at Las Cuatro Milpas (1857 Logan Ave.) in Barrio Logan but saw the line out the door and reconsidered. You wouldn't be alone. I live down the street from this San Diego fixture and only recently decided t... more

Oct 12, 2015 12:00 AM Special Issues

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. more

Oct 7, 2015 12:00 AM News

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 projects approved by the land-use nonprofit... more

Sep 30, 2015 12:00 AM News

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 say who gave the order. However, it sent City... more

Sep 24, 2015 12:00 AM News

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 Quarter? Text and a driver will ... more

Sep 23, 2015 12:00 AM News

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 more

Sep 16, 2015 12:00 AM News

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 more

Sep 9, 2015 12:00 AM News

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 featuring a computer and benches. Half a doz... more

Sep 2, 2015 12:00 AM Culture

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. more

Sep 2, 2015 12:00 AM News

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 plan to improve bicycle... more

Aug 26, 2015 12:00 AM News

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 city has outsourced its permitting and pla... more

Aug 5, 2015 12:00 AM News

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Aug 4, 2015 12:00 AM Food Issue

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Jul 15, 2015 12:00 AM News

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