News Under the Radar

Red light revenue

There’s a “material decrease” in money coming in, notes county auditor

Cash from San Diego traffic-ticket fines is seriously down, says the county auditor’s office. Over the past five years, according to a March 4 report, “collections from penalty assessments fell from $13,749,562 to $7,910,885 (42 ...

Copley doles it out

Former executives who gave away the money were paid big

While he lived, one-time Union-Tribune owner David Copley wasn’t shy about dipping into the funds of the nonprofit foundation created by his adopted father Jim Copley, distributing big money to an array of his favorite ...

Minimum wage, maximum campaign

San Diego decides in June

A political committee belonging to ex–Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, running for the state senate seat now occupied by fellow Democrat Marty Block (who recently left the race), has come up with $25,000 for the minimum-wage ...

Cowboy John

Gobbling up real estate

Ex–Padres owner John Moores, who is helping the initiative drive of lawyer Cory Briggs to raise hotel taxes that could aid siting of a new Chargers stadium near Moores’s property downtown, is also busy building ...

Gambling conventions

Mini horse-betting parlor springs up

There was bad news for the San Diego Police Department vice squad when it asked the office of city attorney Jan Goldsmith whether there was a chance of passing city laws to regulate so-called mini-satellite ...

Roe’s show boat

Ethics and conflicts of interest

Due to his position as chief political advisor to Republican mayor Kevin Faulconer, GOP campaign guru Jason Roe is used to having plenty of clout around city hall. But last year Roe was singled out ...

Jail diplomas in demand

Please apply, if you can teach for free

San Diego County jail is looking for some new education providers for its incarcerated citizens. “The current program services allow inmates to increase their level of education, teach practical life skills, and teach a trade ...

Smell the campaign lilacs

Controversial North County development gets new push

Fallbrook real estate broker Paul Schumann has taken the helm of a new political committee established to run an initiative campaign on behalf of Lilac Hills Ranch. The controversial North County housing and commercial development ...

Gotta watch those Navy “internal control weaknesses”

Swamped

There’s big trouble brewing with the Navy’s bill-paying setup in San Diego, and taxpayers face the unpleasant prospect of being robbed blind. So says a February 25 audit of the military’s Invoice, Receipt, Acceptance, and ...

Financial debacle is a résumé highlight

Lawyers, again

There was a lot of nasty fallout from San Diego’s infamous pension mess of the early 21st Century, starting with the political demise of Republican mayor Dick Murphy, who abruptly quit office in April 2005 ...

Wage hike campaign begins

Tiki poison

Politically ambitious San Diego Unified school-board member Kevin Beiser is throwing a bash to raise cash on behalf of the campaign for the minimum-wage measure on June’s ballot, saying, “The best way to help kids ...

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