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Stories by Dorian Hargrove

Sabotage on the railway?

Derailment of abandoned train cars "is a major public safety issue"

According to internal emails and photos, several abandoned bilevel rail cars have been derailed east of Jacumba at a place named Dubbers Spur. The derailed cars, stripped of brakes, shocks, and other items, could possibly ...

The curious ears of Midnight Pine

It was Midnight Pine’s cover of Radiohead’s “Exit Music (For a Film)” that caught the attention of a person working on cable network Bravo’s first scripted series, Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce. Not long after, the ...

Oh, those troublesome bike lanes

Change of traffic plan near SDSU doesn't sit well with some residents

Councilmember Marti Emerald is asking mayor Kevin Faulconer and San Diego State president Elliot Hirshman to reject a proposal to widen sidewalks and install bike lanes instead of adding two new traffic lanes in front ...

Adult sporting leagues out of Clairemont!

Residents rankled by San Diego Unified School District’s stadium rental deals

Residents living near Clairemont High had no reason to believe that the school and district had any intention of turning their newly renovated football stadium into a nightly playing field for adult soccer leagues. Why ...

Desert Line grit

New management of railroad includes old faces in San Diego County

During a February board meeting, Metropolitan Transit System chief executive officer Paul Jablonski delivered the January news: Pacific Imperial Railroad, the lessee of the troubled binational railroad, had new management and this gave new hope ...

After the rampage

Suspect sues for untreated injuries from gunshot wounds

Joseph Anthony Hill, accused of murdering a man and running over a police officer, is suing San Diego County sheriff William Gore and the University of California at San Diego Medical Center for not adequately ...

I grazed her breast, so what?

Attorneys claim former mayor's actions amount to gender violence

Technically, former mayor Bob Filner may have touched city employee Stacy McKenzie's breasts, but it was an "inadvertent, unintentional grazing of [her] breasts," with his elbow. That's the crux of the city's argument as to ...

Now you know Major Minus

The Major Minus started off as a fluke in May 2014, but since that time has recorded a debut album, plans to shoot a music video, and is mapping out its first tour this summer. ...

This park is your park

City to repo 80´x 120´ plot of parkland

A parcel of land on Olive Street in Bankers HIll will be made into a city park just as a local family intended it to be when they granted the parcel of land to the ...

Sucker puncher

City and one of their parking-enforcement officers hit with lawsuit

Two emergency medical technicians are suing the City of San Diego for negligently hiring parking-enforcement officer Anibal Solis, who on April 13, 2014, entered a Golden Hill convenience store and punched the paramedics with no ...

Not interested in your newspaper…a lawsuit, sure

In its attempt to boost circulation, U-T San Diego has violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, claims a class-action lawsuit filed in federal court on February 5. According to the complaint, California resident Amanda Stone ...

Tough break, kid

Injured boy's guardians sue city for mishap that led to fracture

An eight-year old boy and his guardians are suing the City of San Diego for neglect of a city park after the boy, during a visit to the Mission Bay RV Resort in De Anza ...

Saxy Sammy

Rain or shine, summer or winter, Sam Schildkraut, or “Saxy Sammy,” as he likes to call himself, goes to work each night, busking on the sidewalk outside of the Skechers Shoe Store on Mission Boulevard ...

Cell-phone companies are stealing San Diego parkland

“City Charter says our parks are solely for recreation, not for rent.”

“In our city parks, the law says you’re not allowed to solicit funds,” says La Jolla resident Marc Kuritz. “You can’t sell merchandise. You can’t pass out advertising flyers. You’re not even allowed to pick flowers. But our mayor and city council hand over chunks of our park land to private corporations for cell phone towers. It’s not legal, it’s not right, and it makes no sense, unless you are the politician getting the revenue or the telecommunications giant making the profit.”

This ain't no shell game, Kilroy

Residents against Carmel Valley development claim bona fide grassroots

While looking for city approval to build their One Paseo mixed-use development in Carmel Valley, Kilroy Realty has spent money on public relations campaigns, hired expensive lobbying outfits to grease the wheels in City Hall, ...

No trolley in my backyard

Friends of Rose Canyon has environmental concerns about mass transit plan

A group of neighborhood conservationists in University City are hoping to put the brakes on a plan to extend trolley service from downtown San Diego's Santa Fe Depot to a new transit center in University ...

Trouble ahead? Trouble behind!

Metropolitan Transit System announces new investors in Desert Line railroad

Metropolitan Transit System officials say trouble may be behind the controversial railroad line linking Mexico and the U.S. During a transit agency board meeting on January 28, Metropolitan Transit System CEO Paul Jablonski announced that ...

Goldsmith loses to Briggs

San Diegans for Open Government wins case against city attorney

Emails from city attorney Jan Goldsmith's personal email address discussing city business are public record, ruled Judge Joel Wohlfeil in a January 23 ruling. In his ruling, judge Wohlfeil sided with Cory Briggs/San Diegans for ...

What happens when you bring sand to the beach

I.B. homeowners claim SANDAG created a flood hazard

A group of Imperial Beach homeowners has filed suit against the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) and the City of Imperial Beach over a 2012 sand-replenishment project gone wrong. The Imperial Beach Shores Homeowners ...

Dog towns

Ward Canyon park would serve several neighborhoods

The Normal Heights Community Association is leading a new effort to bring a bona fide dog park to mid-city. The group is set to launch a public relations campaign in hopes of convincing elected officials ...

Burger chain gang heads to court

Jack in the Box and city head to court over ambitious North Park remodel

On Friday, January 23, a superior-court judge will decide whether a lawsuit filed by a group of North Park residents over the renovation of a Jack in the Box restaurant should go to trial. Last ...

Say "uncle," Goldsmith

Council will consider lawsuit by Briggs tomorrow

Tomorrow, San Diego city councilmembers could put an end to the long and expensive legal fight over emails and text messages that councilmember Todd Gloria sent from the council dais between January 1, 2013, and ...

Less Briggs, more potholes, says Goldsmith

"[His] latest desperate attempt…is frivolous and not grounded in the law."

City attorney Jan Goldsmith is on the offensive, publicly calling out attorney Cory Briggs for his opposition to a public financing plan used to pay for infrastructure repairs and public services. On January 15, the ...

Not just a bump in the road

Wheelchair person sues city for water-line obstacles at crosswalks

El Cajon Boulevard is far from being considered a pedestrian-friendly street. The mid-city thoroughfare from Park Boulevard to 33rd Street is busy with popular hotels, bars, and restaurants. But for people who have to rely ...

Craigslist-core

The core of post-hardcore screamo/metal band Weight of the Sun was powered and created by Craigslist. The group, formerly known as Chanauk, not only found their lead singer, David Martin, by posting an ad on ...

Screwed choo-choo

State tax board chocks the wheels of Pacific Imperial Railroad

Ties between Metropolitan Transit System and the operator of the binational railroad continue to come undone. The latest derailment for Pacific Imperial Railroad, the company that leases the 70-mile stretch of track from Campo to ...

Friday night lights (out!)

San Diego Unified to build stadiums for revenue source, say residents

San Diego Unified School District is changing their game plan when it comes to renting newly built high-school sports fields out to third-party groups. By doing so, the district hopes to avoid another costly legal ...

The people must be heard every day

Former councilman Ralph Inzunza didn't like public comment on Mondays

San Diego residents will soon be given an opportunity to speak on non-agenda issues at every city-council hearing, as California's open-meeting law intended. During a January 13 hearing, city councilmembers are expected to approve adding ...

Disabled pawns

...and the lawyers who love them

Even chair people say frivolous lawsuits don’t help their cause.

Desert Line deal derails

Metropolitan Transit System fails to foster trans-border railroad agreement

The binational Desert Line may soon be deserted by Pacific Imperial Railroad, the company that leases the 70-mile track stretching from the border near Campo to Plaster City. Pacific Imperial, according to a statement from ...

Can't fix this with a colorful plastic block

Legoland sues county tax collector following a clerical error

The county tax collector is toying with Legoland California, according to a lawsuit filed by the amusement park. Attorneys say the county's tax collector is bilking the park out of over $92,000 in tax penalties ...

One Paseo pissing match

Residents' group addresses developer's claims as council vote nears

In the weeks leading up to city council's final vote, Los Angeles–based heavyweight developer Kilroy Realty will continue to lobby hard for their proposed mixed-used development One Paseo. To help push through the 1.5-million-square-foot development ...

Plan for a Grantville population boom

Count on more noise, traffic, and greenhouse gas emissions

The City of San Diego has taken the first step in opening the population floodgates in Grantville: the community plan update calls for an increase of 8725 dwelling units in coming years. However, before an ...

Destroyed orchid

Trashed mural prompts federal lawsuit

A husband and wife art team has filed a federal complaint against the United Food and Commercial Workers union for destroying a mural the duo had painted at the union's headquarters in 1998. The following ...

Angel shot dead

Officer must answer to civil lawsuit over shooting of unarmed man

A member of San Diego Police Department's Special Weapons and Tactics team who shot and killed an unarmed man in 2013 is not eligible for immunity in a civil trial filed by the victim’s family. ...

Taxi driver

If this is how America works, man, there’s no hope for humanity.

He looked at the shattered driver's side window of his cab and worried about how his boss would react. He never saw the punch coming.

Park peddlers permitted to proceed

Judge allows religious organization to resume selling t-shirts in public spaces.

Spirit of the Environment, an eastern-philosophical-based organization that promotes Bhakti-Yoga teachings and environmental sustainability, may once again sell t-shirts and pass out literature at San Diego's most popular tourist destinations and public parks, ruled a ...

Moldy showers and organized crime

We-Z-People sues city

Advocates for San Diego's homeless population praised Mayor Kevin Faulconer after he announced his proposal to build a permanent homeless shelter in San Diego. The building would not only provide shelter but also showers and ...

City to retake De Anza Cove real estate

Mobile-home owners to get $32 million in relocation benefits

After an 11-year-long legal battle, the fight over De Anza Cove in Mission Bay is over. On Tuesday, December 16, city-council members will sign off on a $32-million payout in relocation fees for mobile-home owners. ...

Everybody wants a seat in La Jolla

Lawsuit claims planning association president rigged election

La Jolla residents Robert Whitney and Michael Morton feel they should have had a chance to serve on the La Jolla Community Planning Association, so much so that the men are suing the city, community ...

Tribal sovereignty (and revenue source) threatened?

Iipay Nation challenges state's efforts to "stymie and stifle" progress

The federal government wants the Iipay Nation Native American tribe of Santa Ysabel to shut down an online gambling site where California residents over 18 years of age can log on and purchase bingo cards. ...

The detective can’t detect

Man sues county and sheriff’s department for case of mistaken identity

Aaron Calcagno fit the description: he is white, has sideburns, and is in his 30s. Aside from those similarities, claims Calcagno in a federal lawsuit that he filed against the County of San Diego and ...

Graveyard shift

Mount Hope Cemetery employee alleges false claims led to firing

In a new lawsuit, Manuel David Lugo, the former manager at the Mount Hope Cemetery, says his supervisors in the Parks and Recreation Department fired him because of his sexual orientation. But in order to ...

No, the war on drugs didn't end

DEA on the lookout for a San Diego HQ

The Drug Enforcement Administration is looking for a home in San Diego. On November 24 the General Services Administration released a pre-solicitation notice to building owners, making them aware of the plans. According to the ...

Puppies guaranteed for 10 years

Pet-store protesters suggest owner sells animals bred inhumanely

An animal-rights group is suing a retail property owner for First Amendment violations, claiming the owner's management company is prohibiting the group from conducting peaceful demonstrations against a tenant, National City Puppy. The Animal Protection ...

Unfair bidding over Carmel Valley's polo fields?

Soccer club sues city for tight grip on public documents

On November 14, the city was slapped with another lawsuit for violating the California Public Records Act. In the latest lawsuit, Presidio Soccer League, San Diego County's largest competitive youth soccer league (with over 15,000 ...

The parking problem again

Audit Committee to look into better management of program

There's a shortage of parking in some San Diego communities and the city's community parking district program isn't much help addressing that shortage. In a recent audit, the city auditor's office found holes in the ...

Musical cars

Some will lose Sunroad’s parking game in Kearny Mesa.

Residents of Kearny Mesa refer to it as “musical cars,” the nightly race against hundreds of neighbors for a parking spot. If unsuccessful, the loser must decide between parking as far as five blocks away ...

Still no light at the end of the tunnel

Pacific Imperial's binational railroad may involve some trucks

The plan for reconstructing the now-defunct binational railroad has been submitted and approved, revealed San Diego County transit authority officials during their September 18 board meeting. What officials didn't say, at least not until their ...

Tenacious G

City Attorney Goldsmith's battles don't seem to change

San Diego's top attorney continues his mission to discredit the authenticity of advocacy group San Diegans for Open Government. Last week, the city attorney's office issued a handful of subpoenas to several group members, ostensibly ...

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