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It costs a lot to drink sewer water

Pure Water project — aka toilet to tap — may top $3 billion

“Toilet to tap” minimal in its impact, maximum in its cost.

Tijuana’s transportation system in turmoil

Taxi drivers throw rocks, slash tires of new buses

“Bajan!” Anyone who has ridden public transportation in Tijuana has shouted those two syllables. There are no real bus stops in the city, the few that exist are symbolic. You can yell “bajan” at any ...

SDG&E takes another shot at picking your pocket

Wants ratepayers to chip in $379 million for 2007 fires

In recent years, the words “California Public Utilities Commission” have come to mean one thing: corruption. The commission has concentrated on boosting profits of the investor-owned utilities — Sempra Energy, Edison International, and Pacific Gas ...

Will digital newspapers edge out print?

How much money has been wasted on digital newspapers?

"Get a horse!” From 1900 to the 1920s, those were the words that made a comedian out of every American who shouted them. Those bellowed beratings were, of course, aimed at people who had purchased ...

The tale of Fastball John

Former Saint Augustine and Padres hurler remembers when...

In the spring of 1970, former baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Carl Hubbell came to Patrick Henry High School for a baseball game between the home team and Saint Augustine’s High. As a representative from ...

Joan Kroc gave away Ray’s fortune

Ray Kroc’s hamburger money was well spent

For years, I believed that the late Joan Kroc was an angel. When San Diegans called her “St. Joan of the Arches” (as in the golden arches of the McDonald’s burger chain), I didn’t feel ...

Did an unwritten city policy result in death?

“Public servants only care about their pensions.”

Traffic Engineering division plays it street-smart — no emails

Redefining sportsmanship in the age of egregious greed and persistent lying

Professional sports are corrupt

The dictionary defines “sportsmanship” as “fair play; respect for opponents; polite behavior by someone who is competing in a sport.” That definition is woefully out of date. Now the definition of “sportsmanship” is “egregious greed; ...

Police oversight boards? No, thank you

Local cities reject Grand Jury recommendation

The 2015–2016 San Diego County Grand Jury Report on Citizen Oversight Boards of Police Behavior issued on May 25 recommended that seven cities establish citizen review boards or consider establishing regional boards. Jurors suggested that ...

Refugee crisis in Tijuana

7500 Africans and Haitians without money or housing.

Tijuana is no stranger to desperation. Vagrants, junkies, and deportees are ubiquitous in the streets. Stopping at traffic lights often means shooing away a sinewy street-twitch, scheming to wipe down your windshield with a filthy ...

NightmAirbnb in Burlingame

Rachel Smith takes us on a tour of her historic home in the Burlingame neighborhood of San Diego and discusses her neighbors' and the city's complaints about her legal use of the property as an Airbnb host.

Alison DaRosa and the San Diego Essential Guide

The app's creator discusses its fate.

Rocket's genesis

Developers of the Rocket app discuss its beginnings and plans for the future.

Musical cars

John Forouzandeh speaks about his experience when parking in his Kearny Mesa neighborhood..

The Free Ride, San Diego

Take a jaunt with the Free Ride, an "experiential marketing" service that will drive you wherever you want to go.

Fred Luddy at ServiceNow Knowledge13

Fred Luddy sticks his foot in his mouth from 5:35 to 5:44 when he boasts that great artists steal, and that he has been a thief all his life.

UCAN Destroys Documents

This video shows Bob Ames, UCAN chief operating officer, destroying documents. He was brought aboard in April, the month after UCAN CEO Michael Shames told staffers that unless complaints stopped, he would dissolve the organization. The complaints did not stop, and two whistleblowers are now in court. Ames wants to be named receiver.

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