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Stories by Dorian Hargrove

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 ...

Expensive race card

Transcripts don't indicate Bob Filner racially denigrated Andrew Jones

Former executive assistant city attorney Andrew Jones likened his run-in with former mayor Bob Filner during a city-council closed-session hearing last year to that of Rosa Parks being ordered to the back of the bus ...

A boy and a bureaucracy

Agencies fight over who should pay costs for child who killed Ryan Carter

The question over which government agency should pay for the now 13-year-old boy who stabbed and killed 12-year-old El Cajon resident Ryan Carter in 2010 remains unanswered. Ever since a judge found the boy incompetent ...

Runaway train prompts need for brakeman

Congressman Hunter asks U.S. Attorney look into railroad company

The federal government has officially weighed in on the controversial binational railroad, also known as the Desert Line. On October 30, congressman Duncan Hunter sent a letter to U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy requesting that her ...

Do you plead the 5th, Sheriff Gore?

Lawsuit seeks to restore Facebook comment pertaining to Ruby Ridge

The shooting of an unarmed woman holding her baby in Ruby Ridge, Idaho, in 1992 continues to follow San Diego County sheriff Bill Gore around and that goes for social media sites. Gore, according to ...

Gladiator outfit over the line in Hillcrest

Thongs worn at Fiesta Island Over the Line games acceptable

Is the San Diego Police Department's policy of cracking down on scantily clad partygoers at San Diego's annual gay pride parade while refusing to do the same at beaches and during the Over the Line ...

The Twitter exemption

District Attorney Dumanis violates cell-phone policy in courthouse

In February of this year, district attorney Bonnie Dumanis logged on to Twitter to post pictures she took from her phone from inside the jury lounge. "Jury duty today! In the jury lounge with my ...

Final offer for Goldsmith and Gloria?

Cory Briggs said the city attorney has "a conflict of interest a mile wide"

There's a new settlement offer in the lawsuit seeking copies of council president Todd Gloria's emails and texts from private accounts discussing city business. Cory Briggs, attorney for San Diegans for Open Government, sent the ...

Seals and people to be together at last?

Time for another lawsuit in the La Jolla Cove Children's Pool saga

For those seal lovers who thought the end of the debate over a rope barrier to protect seals during pupping season at Children's Pool in La Jolla was over, think again. On October 14, Friends ...

Shy of the bull's eye

Does a Target Express store threaten to damage South Park?

Keep big-box stores and their little-box brethren out of South Park, says a petition signed by over 750 of South Park residents. The residents have banded together in opposition to a proposal from Minneapolis-based Target ...

Let the citizens speak

City attorney questions policy of limiting public comment at council hearings

The City of San Diego's policy of allowing only one day for the public to address city council on matters not on the agenda may be in violation of state open government laws. Currently, according ...

But Dear John postcards are okay

San Diego sheriff sued for denying delivery of legal journals to inmates

As if allegations of possible mistreatment of prison inmates and a high death rate in San Diego County's five prison facilities wasn't enough, now the sheriff's department must answer accusations of censorship and of violating ...

Judge to Goldsmith: Turn 'em over

Court orders city attorney to release documents from Filner imbroglio

The city attorney's office has been ordered to open up last year's closed-session transcripts to reveal what took place during the feud between ex-mayor Bob Filner and city attorney Jan Goldsmith's right-hand man, Andrew Jones. ...

Rage against the University

On October 10, attorneys for the Ché Café, UCSD’s student-run music venue and organic-food co-op, will fight an order to vacate the space after 34 years. The directive was delivered in July of this year ...

Doh! Sam Simon sued following chinchilla deal

Vista 90-year-old says she never ran a "fur farm"

Lurlie Adams, the 90-year old former owner of the Valley View Chinchilla Ranch who had her 422 chinchillas taken from her amid accusations of mistreatment is fighting back. Adams had bred chinchillas at the ranch ...

Mira Mesa software company in jeopardy?

Accused of violating telemarketing laws, making false claims on product

San Diego-based educational software company WordSmart Corporation is being targeted by the Federal Trade Commission for fraud and for making false claims in regards to the effectiveness of its product. Since 2010, says a new ...

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