News Under the Radar

UCSD and USC battle in court

Pricey legal fees, unforgettable

The costly legal battle between taxpayer-supported UCSD and private Los Angeles–based University of Southern California continues to slowly wind its way through federal court here, as lawyers for both sides run up more billable hours. ...

Let’s lay some pipe already

...just don’t breathe in

The California Pipe Trades Council, based in San Francisco, has spent $8368 lobbying San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer and city attorney Jan Goldsmith regarding its “opposition to proposed building standards ordinance to approve ABS and ...

The GOP’s generational black hole

Millennials do not get it

The death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has brought renewed attention to the conservative legacy of Republican president Ronald Reagan, who appointed Scalia to the high court in 1986. In those days, Reagan was ...

Make Mexico want it

SANDAG pushes freight border crossing

San Diego government officials, set on building a new freight-oriented border crossing with Mexico in east Otay Mesa, want higher-ups in Mexico to pressure the United States to proceed with the project, and they’re prepared ...

SDG&E seeks social journalist

Bilingual in Spanish a plus

Beset by attacks and controversies over everything from soaring electric bills to the high costs of closing the San Onofre nuclear power plant and a chronically leaking gas plant up in Los Angeles, San Diego–based ...

City attorney’s sex talk

Casey Gwinn’s reputation was rooted in sports, sex, and hell

Endorsements are streaming in for candidates locked in the hotly contested race for San Diego city attorney. Last week Democrat Gil Cabrera announced the backing of Republican ex–city attorney Casey Gwinn. A Cabrera release says ...

Where the streets have no name

One San Diego City Council member has her priorities straight

Neighborhood pavement may be pocked with gaping holes, but before the city gets around to fixing the streets, one San Diego City Council member thinks there ought to be more “honorary street names.” According to ...

Deputy sheriff not trying to be an a**hole

But he can’t say that

Should a certain deputy sheriff have his mouth washed out with soap? So thought an irate motorist who took his case to the county’s Citizens’ Law Enforcement Review Board this month. “The complainant alleged that ...

Pacific Beach Middle School has vulnerable cash

They’d better lock down those uniforms while they’re at it

The San Diego Unified School District has had plenty of troubles lately, climaxed by the resignation last week of boardmember Marne Foster following her guilty plea to a state political reform act charge after a ...

Roosevelt called Lindbergh a Nazi

Air and Space Museum needs a new display

The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, operator of Lindbergh Field, is looking to replace its Lindbergh history display in the lobby of Balboa Park’s Air and Space Museum with a trendier and possibly more ...

Austin Beutner is back, kind of

From Inglewood, with glasses

Last May, when Chicago-based Tribune Publishing bought the San Diego Union-Tribune from developer Douglas Manchester, Austin Beutner seemed poised to take the city by storm. Appointed publisher of both the U-T and the Los Angeles ...

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