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Stories by Dorian Hargrove

Affordable housing expert slighted by KPBS?

Station GM Karlo responds to last-minute cancellation

Tom Karlo, general manager for San Diego's public broadcasting network KPBS, stands by his staff's decision to rescind an invitation for affordable-housing advocate Richard Lawrence to appear on the station's Midday Edition program on August ...

Invasive child exam just part of the lawsuit

Navy parent sues county for taking her two-year-old while she was at sea

A female Navy officer is suing San Diego County Health and Human Services for removing her two-year-old son from her care while she was on duty and placing him in a youth home where he ...

Suit alleges brutish Border Patrol behavior at sea

Did their 38-foot boat intentionally ram panga of immigrants?

The family of a Mexican immigrant killed after the panga she was riding in off the coast of Encinitas collided with a U.S. Customs and Border Protection vessel is suing the officers involved in the ...

San Diego tourism marketing...like advertising birthday cake

Initiative would steer hotelier-controlled revenue to general fund

If San Diego's largest hoteliers didn't like attorney Cory Briggs before, they are bound to have issues with him now. The attorney for San Diegans for Open Government (an open government advocacy group) announced today, ...

Spend it before San Diego schools can!

Civic San Diego has until December to find a use for $28M

One good thing about the dissolution of redevelopment tax in San Diego: tens of millions of dollars seemingly appear out of thin air. The most recent pot of redevelopment gold was discussed at an August ...

AirBnB, the elephant in the room

Burlingame resident fined $25,000 for not having permit

An administrative law judge ruled last week that homeowners wishing to rent out rooms or their home on mobile apps such as AirBnB need to obtain a conditional use permit before doing so or be ...

No to Ridgewood Park eucalyptus cell phone tower

Verizon incursion on Penasquitos park follows AT&T attempt in La Jolla

A group of residents calling themselves Don't Cell Our Parks has filed a lawsuit against the City of San Diego for granting building permits without environmental review to cell phone company Verizon Wireless to place ...

Navy Seal punches another San Diego immigrant

Kyle Blackwell’s second assault in a year and a half

Former Navy SEAL Kyle Blackwell, accused of punching an unsuspecting immigrant taxi driver in December 2013, now faces a two-to-four year prison term on felony assault charges filed by San Diego County District Attorney's Office ...

San Diego Unified accused of ignoring needs of autistic boy

Mother files lawsuit against school district

Parents of an autistic child filed a lawsuit against San Diego Unified School District alleging administrators failed to follow a specialized education plan for their 12-year-old son. According to the lawsuit, filed in federal court ...

Pay for Dallas Buyers Club or get sued

Two San Diego residents included in spate of lawsuits over file sharing

The company that owns the rights to Academy Award-winning movie Dallas Buyers Club is continuing to target online pirates who have downloaded and shared the movie via peer-to-peer filing websites. In recent months, Dallas Buyers ...

Your Power is 100 percent analog

The Reader catches up with local hardcore quartet Crime Desire

Crime Desire has returned from a tour with fellow cave-dwelling hardcore outfit Head Wound City, which features members of the Locust, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and the Blood Brothers. Crime Desire had been on quasi-hiatus since ...

Putting the cart before the homeless

Libraries prohibit people from bringing in their voluminous possessions

Over the course of several months, librarians at Mission Valley, San Ysidro, and downtown libraries have grappled with the problem of some patrons bringing large carts inside. Staff say the carts, often as high as ...

The girl comes and goes as she pleases

Former stripper files class-action lawsuit against Goldfingers

A former dancer at Goldfingers Gentlemen’s Club on Miramar Road has filed a class-action lawsuit faulting her ex-employer of failing to pay a living wage. It is the second class-action lawsuit filed against strip clubs ...

Meanwhile, USD allegedly awakens rape perps

Two lawsuits charge school with discouraging sexual assault reports

A lawsuit alleging that administrators and faculty at the University of San Diego dissuaded a female law student from reporting a rape to police will move forward, said superior court judge Joel Pressman in a ...

Metro transit reluctant to give bus passes to inner-city students

Will the free rides resume?

For five months in 2014, Lincoln High School student Alexis Guzman didn’t have to walk the three miles from his parents’ National City apartment to school. More importantly, he didn’t have to walk the three ...

Judge says "regret" at root of rape case

UCSD student exonerated of sexual assault charges

Administrators at the University of California San Diego failed to properly investigate sexual assault allegations against a male student and increased sanctions against him for appealing their decision, ruled superior court judge Joel Pressman on ...

Chariot of fire

Jeep collected debris, led to destruction of Shriners camp, says lawsuit

Members of a Shriners community located near Mount Laguna, where cabins and buildings were destroyed in the 2013 Chariot Fire, have added the Chrysler Group to the list of entities it is suing for damages. ...

Sloppy cops and robbers

After caught casing a bank, thieves continued with spree

According to documents filed in federal court, two men, Thomas Ferguson of La Mesa and Duane Bowen of Chula Vista, are responsible for a spate of bank robberies in San Diego and Riverside counties. Also, ...

His bark wasn't worse than the gun

Pacific Beach dog owner sues police for killing his animal

Pacific Beach resident Ian Anderson has filed a lawsuit against the City of San Diego and the police department over the March 15, 2015, police shooting that killed Anderson's six-year-old pit bull, Burberry. On that ...

Chained in a police van for hours

Unsettled lawsuits involve Occupy San Diego protesters

Three women arrested during the October 2011 police raids on Occupy San Diego protesters and left in police vans for up to six hours without access to restrooms continue their legal fight with the city. ...

Cheetahs' choice

Former dancer sues strip club for not paying minimum wage

In a class-action lawsuit filed June 22 against Kearny Mesa strip joint Cheetahs, a former dancer says the club should be paying the talent a minimum wage. Jasmine Hayes, who worked at the club for ...

The reefer made him do it

Former doctor Nelson Leone admits to pot-shop shenanigans

On June 24, a former doctor who had been stripped of his license in 1995 admitted to issuing medical marijuana recommendations to patients under a false name. Nelson Leone, owner of Green Cross Evaluations, pled ...

Wild Wild Wets play the waiting game

San Diego pysch-rockers did DIY, this time they want a record label

Seeing Wild Wild Wets live is more of an experience than a musical performance. The psychedelic rock group, which describes their sound as a post-punk, krautrock version of Velvet Underground, has a full-time projectionist in ...

Boltman tackles Fabiani and Spanos

Chargers mascot urges city attorney and mayor to take legal action

Mayor Kevin Faulconer is going forward with plans to release an expedited environmental review of a new stadium for the San Diego Chargers, the first step before sending the item to a public vote in ...

The booted heel of a data state

Border Patrol to purchase license-plate readers

On June 16, the Customs and Border Protection division of Homeland Security announced it was awarding a sole source, no-bid contract to Vigilant Solutions for automated license-plate readers to be used by Border Patrol agents ...

Don’t take this personal, Joe

"Rude, arrogant, pompous, and ill-mannered… Aren’t you precious?"

The beef between attorney Cory Briggs and city attorney Jan Goldsmith has lasted years. It was furthered on the morning of May 29, when San Diego superior court judge Gregory Pollack issued Briggs a stern, ...

Truck you, ethics commission!

Towing company won't give up documents to satisfy investigators

The owner of a towing company seems to be hampering a City of San Diego Ethics Commission investigation into an alleged campaign-fund-laundering scheme. The alleged improprieties occurred during 2012's mayoral election. During that time, according ...

Trust fund gravy for Civic San Diego

City agency gets a 10 percent budget bump

Civic San Diego, the city-owned nonprofit tasked with winding down San Diego’s redevelopment agency and permitting decisions in downtown, needs more money. The nonprofit, which was formed in 2013 from the ashes of the Centre ...

Did city opt to not bounce Briggs from case?

Paperwork and newspapers don't vanish — but conversations conveniently do

On Friday, May 29, superior court judge Gregory Pollack handed environmental attorney Cory Briggs both a victory and a warning. Pollack complimented Briggs for his work in defeating a proposal to impose new taxes on ...

In the line of booty

How much the police department spends on lap dances is none of our business.

On April 24, 2014, a Hispanic female exotic dancer walked across the neon-lit room inside Cheetahs Gentlemen’s Club dressed in black lingerie. According to an undercover officer from the San Diego Police Department’s vice unit ...

Hillcrest loves them some cars

Revised Uptown bike corridor plan up for a vote June 5

The business owners and small group of residents who opposed turning University Avenue into a more pedestrian-friendly street appear to have won over planners of the San Diego Association of Governments. During a June 5 ...

A mugshot is what they seek

San Diegans for Open Government CEO surfaces, speaks out

Over the course of several years, San Diego city attorney Jan Goldsmith has accused environmental lawyer Cory Briggs of filing frivolous lawsuits and of conflicts of interest involving his wife's former employer. Now, attorneys for ...

Church in limbo

City's new zoning squeezes out San Diego Christian Worship Center

On May 28, the San Diego Christian Worship Center in Kearny Mesa filed a lawsuit against the city over zoning changes that will force the church to move from its location east of Interstate 15 ...

Tased into submission and amputations

Sheriff and deputies sued for excessive force, causing brain damage

Attorneys for a man who suffered permanent brain damage after being repeatedly stunned by a sheriff deputy's taser are suing the County of San Diego, two deputies, and sheriff William Gore for failing to properly ...

Four hours to find the shutoff valve?!

Business owner sues city for $48,941 water bill

It took four hours for City of San Diego Public Utilities Department workers to respond to a water-line break at a La Jolla business in September 2014. During that four-hour window, amid numerous calls and ...

What will One Paseo look like?

Despite compromise and progress, new design isn't drawn yet

After six years of fighting, some residents of Carmel Valley got what they wanted on May 21: a scaled-down version of Los Angeles–based Kilroy Realty's mixed-use project, One Paseo. Moments before a city-council hearing to ...

A drummer's dance with Mr. Booze

When Dave Madden sprung back to life, a priest was reading him his last rites...

When Dave Madden, drummer for indie-pop group Kingdom of Lights, sprung back to life after his heart stopped beating from organ failure, a priest was reading him his last rites. It was then that Madden ...

No more playtime for Pepper

Multiple witnesses say cop shot dogs after being urged not to

A Lemon Grove man is suing the City of San Diego and its police department for the shooting death of his dog, Pepper, a 14-year-old shepherd mix, in July 2014. Kenneth Stetler filed the complaint ...

Carmel Valley residents displeased with limbo

City council postpones decision on Kilroy Realty's One Paseo plan

At a May 18 hearing, San Diego's city councilmembers postponed a decision on whether to rescind their approval of Kilroy Realty's 1.45-million-square-foot mixed-use project, One Paseo, or send it to the ballot at taxpayer cost. ...

Who's frivolous?

City attorney gets dinged in court again — so does Briggs

In a May 15 ruling, San Diego Superior Court judge Joel Wohlfeil denied a motion from the City of San Diego to impose sanctions on environmental attorney Cory Briggs for filing a frivolous action accusing ...

Plastic-bag ban a no-brainer

Could be why the city ordered an environmental impact report. Seriously.

The proposal to ban plastic bags in the City of San Diego is moving forward but not before the city conducts an environmental impact report. According to a city notice, San Diego's Planning Department is ...

Plummer, rhymes with...

Drummer Joe Plummer's got an impressive résumé and a new record

A few years have passed since the one-time drummer for Black Heart Procession and Modest Mouse, and current drummer of the Shins and Cold War Kids, Joe Plummer, considered San Diego his part-time home. Despite ...

Plans on community plan updates soon to come

Brace for City of Villages concept…looking at you first, Grantville

On May 13, city planners will update a city-council committee on the long-delayed Community Plan Updates. The gist: the 12 communities’ plans slated for revision in 2008 will have to wait longer than expected. Over ...

SDSU ham-hands itself a lawsuit

Student accused — then cleared — of sexual assault says damage was done

A former San Diego State University student who was accused — charges were later dismissed — of sexual assault on a student in December of last year plans to take legal action against San Diego ...

Floodgates at fire department remain closed

Firefighter sues for not being allowed to review test and grading criteria

A San Diego firefighter who has accused the department of racial discrimination and harassment has filed a new complaint against the city and department for refusing to provide testing materials for a captain's exam that ...

NightmAirbnb

Nosy neighbors call down city’s wrath upon room sharer

Rachel Smith purchased her Burlingame home in 2007 after receiving an inheritance. The 70-year-old retired high school teacher fell in love with the five-bedroom three-bath, 2996-square-foot historical Craftsman home built in 1912. It was more ...

We Complain. She Listens.

My mom walks funny. It’s not a physical problem. It’s a mindset. There’s pride in her steps. She walks strongly. She walks as if she is the first line of defense in case of ambush. ...

Squee! Like a hog at the trough

Lawsuit says SDG&E has been collecting an illegal undergrounding tax

Call it a tax, a surcharge, or "utility user taxes," it doesn't matter: the 3 percent electricity tax and .03 percent gas tax that San Diego Gas and Electric collects from customers and later remits ...

City attorney and council call it a surcharge

Tax fight in Santa Barbara brings out the lawyerly side of San Diego

The City of San Diego is asking the California Supreme Court to overturn an appellate court ruling that found a 1 percent utility surcharge paid for by Santa Barbara residents was in fact a tax. ...

Brains…if only the city had brains

Woman in car trapped in Zombie Walk sues for not requiring parade permit

The City of San Diego failed to protect motorists and the hundreds of wannabe zombies during last year's Zombie Walk. The city also failed to obtain the permits required for any parade or procession with ...