San Diego Union-Tribune publisher David Copley, 50, who is also president and chief executive officer of the paper's holding company, his mother's Copley Press, has been arrested for driving under the influence and is set for arraignment this morning at the downtown courthouse, according to court records. This is at least the third DUI arrest for Copley, who was appointed U-T publisher and chairman of the Copley board a year ago. He was busted in La Jolla in 1986 and in South Mission Beach in December 1989, and did time at a county work camp after the latter conviction. The latest arrest, which reportedly happened in La Jolla in late January, came as the U-T was promoting Proposition G, a ban on alcoholic beverages at Pacific and Mission Beaches. "The violent crime rate in Mission Beach is about three times the city average," said a February 13 editorial. "In a two-year period, the two beach areas reported over 17,000 alcohol-related arrests, about one-third of the entire city's total." Added the paper: "Imperial Beach is an infinitely nicer place since the city banned alcohol on the beach. People in Carlsbad say that when their beach went alcohol-free, it was like night and day. Problems simply ceased." In a July 23 editorial, the paper said, "Ask juvenile court judges about underage drinking, and they'll tell you the beach is a favored spot for kids to abuse alcohol." It concluded, "Once the bans are in place, the drunken rowdies are gone; the beaches and parks suddenly become places where families and others who like peaceful surroundings want to go." In December, the paper ran an editorial entitled "Teens help spread the message of sobriety," saying, "After years of decline, drunken driving is on the rise. And the holidays are always the worst time for this offense." And before that, the paper called for a moratorium on liquor licenses in Pacific Beach. "In fact, Pacific Beach leads the county in the number of arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol and is second only to Mission Beach in arrests for public drunkenness."
Charging out The Orange County Register is out with a story that says that the Chargers "have emerged as the favorites to move" to Los Angeles. "Of all the recent NFL stadium deals, that one is the worst. It's a terrible deal from a PR standpoint," the paper quotes Marc Ganis, president of Sportscorp LTD, a Chicago-based sports-consulting firm, as saying. Ganis, the paper says, "described the people of San Diego as 'pure obstructionists' " for failing to support tax-supported pro-sports projects. "I doubt very seriously that Alex and Dean Spanos want to go through the litigation process that [Padres owner] John Moores went through. I'm not trying to cause trouble for Alex and Dean Spanos, but if you just look at the relocation with the fewest [stumbling blocks], the Chargers, by sheer logic, are the most likely candidates to move." ... Christine Tsung, onetime finance director for the City of Poway, has stepped down as the economics minister of Taiwan after less than two months on the job, according to London's Financial Times. "[I] have been like a rabbit that strayed into a jungle, completely unaware of the political traps lying all around. Now I want to say: let me rest," Tsung, the country's first woman to hold the post, declared in a statement of resignation. Opposing members of Taiwan's parliament had attacked Tsung for wearing expensive jewelry, lack of experience, and having insider ties that got her the job.
Dead cat alley Democratic San Diego state assemblywoman Christine Kehoe, a former San Diego city councilwoman who bragged in her campaign spots about how she was the one who could get dead cats out of alleys, is causing a stir with a bill to allow handicapped people to park their cars in street-cleaning zones. "We are very concerned," Mohammed Nuru, San Francisco's clean-streets guru, told the San Francisco Chronicle. "For every car the mechanical street sweeper has to get around, that's at least 60 feet of curb space that doesn't get cleaned, and this program is the backbone of our street-cleaning program." Replied Kehoe, "In urban areas, especially, it's unrealistic to think that someone can just move their car and park across the street on street-cleaning day. Some people have to park a long way away, and that's a hardship."
Contributor: Matt Potter