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Corporations would be well advised to please, not screw, the public.

Some politicians tell us corporations are people. Yeah — greedy people. Two years ago, one poll showed that 83 percent of people — real people — believe that companies should pursue their business goals while ...

Cross-border terminal may soon become reality

With no thanks for Ralph Nieders

There will be shovels, most likely a ribbon of some sort, and, of course, a group of well-dressed developers and public officials. They will stand at a barren plot of land in Otay Mesa, the ...

Auditor Luna gets snubbed

The downtown corporate-welfare crowd wants an “independent” auditor.

City Auditor Eduardo Luna was promised he would be independent. But after stepping on toes of the downtown crowd, he is catching flak.

San Diego among worst postal dog bite cities

In May, numbers released by the U.S. Postal Service ranked San Diego at number four in the nation for dog bites to letter carriers. Our total of 53 bites in 2013 put us off the ...

La Jolla Music outraises San Diego Opera over 10-1

Money is flowing into classical music coffers.

La Jolla Music Society has raised $50 million while San Diego Opera has raised $4.5 million. But still, the opera is doing well, given this spring's turmoil.

Two shark-protection groups get into a whale’s business

Whales, sharks, and baby birds.

It’s a whale of a tale: a respected though sometimes controversial crew of shark researchers who wanted to use a dead whale to chum great white sharks for tagging discover they won’t be allowed to, ...

How can convention centers be so dumb?

Faulty convention-center projections swallowed whole.

Although their forecasts are usually wrong by 50 percent, cities keep hiring convention center consultants.

Bylaws and sweethearts in Hillcrest

The Hillcrest Business Improvement Association has been forced to rescind what has been an effective method at keeping whistleblowers or other non-desirables from becoming a member or joining its board. That strategy? Rewrite the bylaws. ...

Woes at Bridgepoint, United States University

State and federal regulators, legislators, and accreditors finally seem to be getting wiser to the for-profit universities. San Diego’s publicly held Bridgepoint Education — target of investigators but darling of the local business establishment — ...

From math teacher to political powerhouse

School-district board president Kevin Beiser is not described as humble.

Not long after getting elected trustee for the San Diego Unified School District in 2010, Kevin Beiser returned to the campaign trail. Some say he never left. Since 2010, Beiser has raised nearly $80,000 and ...

Welcome to Hell

Steven said the voice was suddenly closer to him, when he heard “Welcome to hell!” It was after 8 p.m. and dark. “I happened to turn around and look, and this guy was coming up ...

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