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Stories by Dorian Hargrove

Bicycle trap

Despite improvements, lawsuits still being paid out

On Tuesday, April 21, San Diego city councilmembers are expected to approve a settlement offer in the amount of $225,000 to a cyclist who sued over the city's inadequate and defective bike lanes. The lawsuit, ...

What kind of racket is Civic San Diego?

Agency’s backers seek less oversight while one of their boardmembers sues

The Downtown San Diego Partnership, a nonprofit business-minded organization, is stepping up its defense of Civic San Diego, the private nonprofit in charge of permitting in select neighborhoods and handling redevelopment functions throughout the city. ...

Hillcrest Business Association awards contracts to its own president

Business leader Johnathan Hale has no comment about the no-bid contracts for his business.

Charger Girls finally have something to celebrate

Assembly Bill 202 affords cheerleaders a little more dignity and respect

On April 8, the state Assembly's Committee on Labor and Employment moved forward a bill authored by San Diego's former labor leader and current assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez that requires sports teams to pay fair wages ...

More money for city attorney's attorneys

Closed-session vote to fund fight to keep Goldsmith's emails private

San Diego city councilmembers voted in closed session on March 24 to appeal a judge's decision ordering city attorney Jan Goldsmith to turn over 25,000 pages of city emails sent from his private account. Recipients ...

Hot and bothered at San Diego State

Student claims he was booted without a hearing of sexual assault allegations

San Diego State University is under scrutiny for its handling of a sexual assault investigation. In a lawsuit filed on April 8 in San Diego Superior Court, a now-expelled student is suing the college for ...

Shoegazi

Set in Italy, the romance-horror flick Spring was scored by Jimmy LaValle (the Album Leaf), and half a dozen tracks he chose were from San Diego’s melancholic indie-folkies Manuok. Scott Mercado, the creative force behind ...

Too late for the baby who died

City's response to intersection hazard came too slow

The intersection of Catalina Boulevard and Cañon Street has been on the City's radar for a number of years, documents obtained through a public records request show. Seven-month-old Juniper Aavang died and her father John ...

Nah, don't want to spend it on low-income housing

City ordered to distribute $12M in unspent funds

The city can no longer stash more than $12 million in former redevelopment money intended for building low- and moderate-income housing, says a January 20 letter from California's Department of Finance. On April 6, the ...

Jacked by the Box

Residents appeal decision to allow overhaul of North Park fast-food joint

North Park residents are appealing a decision from Superior Court judge Robert Prager to dismiss the lawsuit they filed over the massive overhaul of a Jack in the Box restaurant in North Park. The basis ...

Pup killer

Lawsuit claims deputies entered illegally and shot dog without cause

A San Marcos family whose pit bull puppy was shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy during an unannounced and non-warranted visit to the home is suing the county and the deputies for unlawful search ...

Um, your agenda is showing

Was Cheetahs punished for airing their grievances to the media?

Suzanne Coe, president of the Kearny Mesa strip joint known as Cheetahs, claims the San Diego Police Department's vice unit revoked the club's entertainment permit in retaliation against her and her club after her manager ...

Sanders, Gonzalez, in a back room, together

Construction group accuses ex-mayor and labor leader of unlawful deal-making

Settlement negotiations in a lawsuit over project labor agreements in San Diego appear to be dead, according to a newly filed court document filed by workers advocacy group Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction. On ...

Nine-piece puzzle

Trent Hancock’s 13 years as a musician have been filled with moving parts — bandmates, bands, cities, and scenes. After a two-year stint pursuing a solo career in Brooklyn and Los Angeles, Hancock has returned ...

Pedestrian-unfriendly in Hillcrest?

Alleged sabotage of signage announcing University Ave. planning meeting

A plan to install dedicated bicycle lanes to Uptown communities of Mission Hills, Hillcrest, and Bankers Hill and close University Avenue to traffic in an attempt to make Uptown more pedestrian-friendly has divided the community ...

Damn, Jan, you're in a jam

Litigants from Filner era seek city attorney's testimony about former mayor

By one attorney's account, the city attorney’s office has spent eight times the amount that the city could have settled a sexual harassment complaint for. The statement is found in a February 27 court document ...

The car must know something

City seeks data from SUV involved in accidental death of infant

On March 16, attorneys for the City of San Diego filed a petition with the court to obtain data from 47-year-old David Hoban's vehicle computer system. Hoban’s SUV struck seven-month old Juniper Aavang and her ...

Monsanto: Pay for damaging San Diego

City and port district sue chemical king for contributing to bay pollution

The City of San Diego and San Diego Unified Port District want chemical agricultural giant Monsanto to pay for its role in polluting San Diego's bay and tidelands with polychlorinated biphenyls, commonly known as PCBs. ...

Still, fewer pages than Hillary

Judge orders Goldsmith to turn over thousands of emails

Making the distinction between personal and public emails has been difficult for San Diego city attorney Jan Goldsmith. In recent years Goldsmith has admitted to his use of private email accounts to conduct city business. ...

City attorney slickness no match for First Amendment

Contents of Trowbridge's computer still protected by privacy

A last ditch effort by the Tourism Marketing District to get a lawsuit dismissed for a lack of standing looks as if it will be shot down in court, further jeopardizing hundreds of millions of ...

Chug, chug, chug, shhhh...

Desert Line executive faces trouble with Securities and Exchange Commission

Donald Stoecklein, president and former lead counsel for the troubled binational railroad known as the Desert Line, has run into trouble in the form of the Securities and Exchange Commission. On March 11, the Securities ...

Not in my backyard canyon

Residents of Talmadge and Kensington say transient camps on the increase

Residents of Kensington and Talmadge are asking the City of San Diego to clear out illegal encampments along Aldine Drive. In recent years the canyons along Aldine Drive near Fairmount Avenue have provided temporary dwelling ...

Of leather kilts and opposing bulwarks

Human rights groups enter fray over public nudity at Hillcrest Pride parade

Human rights activists and gay and lesbian advocacy groups are urging appellate court judges to overturn a previous court's decision to dismiss a discrimination lawsuit brought by Will Walters, a gay man who was arrested ...

Western networkings

Onstage is the favored setting for local melodic-punk band Western Settings. Since playing their first show in October 2013, the band has played more than 60 gigs, toured twice, and recorded two albums. Their new ...

To get the Trowbridge Computer

City attorney Goldsmith helps expedite action against Cory Briggs

Judging by documents filed by San Diego Tourism Marketing District attorneys, the argument as to whether the hotel tax is legal rests on a legal technicality that could be found on a deceased man's computer. ...

Are our cops really this bad?

Lawsuit alleges drug-bust action resulted in unprovoked shootings

A man and woman are suing the City of San Diego and its police force for damages after police officers allegedly shot both victims without cause through a front window of the home they were ...

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 ...

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