News Under the Radar

Is Proposition X a black hole?

Grossmont Community College and debt

The Infrastructure PAC of the Associated General Contractors has been giving heavily to back some controversial school bond measures around San Diego County appearing on November’s ballot — with one glaring exception. On September 15, ...

Susan Davis, queen of the London freebies

Congresswoman racked up $200,652 on 28 jaunts to exotic destinations

Democratic congresswoman Susan Davis of San Diego’s Kensington neighborhood was once one of the House of Representatives’ most-traveled members, thanks to a bevy of nonprofit, corporation-supported foundations eager to provide her with free trips abroad, ...

SDSU’s digital humans

The country’s first research-oriented digital humanities program focused on human and global diversity

San Diego State University may be more noted for sports than the humanities, but school higher-ups are currently looking to hire what they call a Digital Humanist. Not a robot, but “a humanities scholar who ...

Chick bait and the big-money merry-go-round

Clients seeking favor at City Hall include Airbnb, BOOS Development West, EBI Consulting, and Topgolf International

Yet another turn of the San Diego City Council staff’s rapidly revolving high-dollar door has landed former Chris Cate aide Julianna Chick in the offices of California Strategies, the influential lobbying and government affairs outfit ...

Will the U-T go to Gannett?

Remote controller

As closed-door talks continue over a possible takeover of Chicago-based tronc, owner of the Union-Tribune, by giant newspaper chain Gannett Co., some are hoping for yet another fresh start for the San Diego daily, hobbled ...

Politicians backed by Brady campaign

Gun fight

Some county gun owners are said to be irate about a recent local political endorsement by the Washington DC–based Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, but whether they will be loosening their campaign purse strings ...

Details scarce in death of Nobel Prize–winner

Death and an un-taxing salary

UCSD’s big-budget public relations department, charged with playing up good news at the taxpayer-financed school, doesn’t always do as well relaying the solemn aspects of university life and death. Such was the case last month ...

Wandering weapons

A couple here, a couple there...

San Diego cops are having trouble keeping track of their weapons stash, based on an inventory of lost or missing firearms recently released by the city after a request under the California public records act. ...

Empowering young Muslims

And endorsing Democratic candidates

A group of Muslim students from high schools around the county have set up a campaign committee to gather cash for political causes, according to an August 12 filing with the county registrar of voters. ...

Sizable chest

Alvarez serves the leftovers

San Diego City Council Democrat David Alvarez, who collected a sizable war chest to back his June bid and those of his allies to obtain spots on the party’s central committee, is deploying the leftovers ...

No homeless, please, we’re catering

Lucrative after-hours at the library

In an effort to brand the new downtown library as a high-dollar private event venue, the city is searching for a bevy of exclusive gourmet caterers. “Since its opening in September 2013, the Library has ...

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