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Stories by Dorian Hargrove

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 ...

DiscriminAsian

UCSD writing instructor sues school for not addressing harassment charges

A UCSD writing instructor is suing the university for failing to stop sexual and racial harassment that she reported against her boss. Grace Aspiras, hired in 2007 to work in the basic writing program to ...

Plays well with others

When J Mascis, Dinosaur Jr. frontman, was preparing to record his new solo album, Tied to a Star, released on August 26, he searched for musicians capable of not only singing backup vocals but people ...

Kilroy's cronies

Decision on One Paseo plan may yet be in L.A. realty company's favor

The community has spoken. Now it's time for San Diego's planning commission to decide the fate of One Paseo, Kilroy Realty’s proposed mixed-use development planned for Carmel Valley. Earlier this month, on September 12, the ...

A matter of Pride…and .org and .com

Website featuring updates on Carl DeMaio's congressional run under the gun

Log on to SanDiegoPride.com for "the ultimate guide to San Diego pride parties and events." Log on to SDPride.org for all official news and announcements from the nonprofit in charge of organizing the annual gay ...

"Military style" pot raid backfires

Duffy, Dumanis, Gore, Zimmerman "treat our citizens as enemy combatants"

A couple arrested for unlawful cultivation of marijuana and who subsequently was cleared of the charges has filed a federal complaint against law-enforcement agencies over what they say was an illegal raid of their Ramona ...

Pot shops pop up in 2014

City's crackdown may home in on beach towns and North Park

A new report from the City of San Diego’s Code Enforcement Division shows that officers are closing down medical marijuana dispensaries by the bushel. From 2013 to 2014, the enforcement unit and city attorney's office ...

I want my baby back

City to pay $250,000 for taking infant from teen mother

On September 23, the city council is expected to approve paying $250,000 to settle a case that involved the taking into custody of a seven-day-old child from the baby's then-16-year-old mother in May of 2008 ...

Only poison will do

Lawsuit claims city interfered in gopher eradication operation

An insurance company is suing the City of San Diego in an effort to get out from having to pay a claim filed by a man who was injured at Ocean Beach's Robb Field after ...

City attorney Goldsmith: "I apologize"

"Miscommunication" allegedly led to lawsuit over unreleased emails

How important is California's Public Records Act to city attorney Jan Goldsmith? Not very. Goldsmith said as much during a September 12 court hearing in the case over his refusal to turn over emails that ...

Closed for legislation

City sued for violating the Brown Act

It's been a difficult year for open government in San Diego. City-council president Todd Gloria and city attorney Jan Goldsmith are currently embroiled in lawsuits for refusing to turn over correspondence sent from their private ...

Crazy Train

Loco-motion: A modern-day rail heist.

Portions read as if they were plucked from a screenplay of an old western train-robbery movie: Land speculators, scams, drug smuggling, hostile takeovers, all surrounding a 100-year-old railroad track twisting and turning its way from ...

Goldsmith loses same argument twice

Challenger Briggs not lulled by city attorney assistant’s “talking points”

The $150,000 that city-council members set aside to hire attorneys to defend city attorney Jan Goldsmith in a taxpayer-waste lawsuit is getting put to use. Whether it was put to good use is another matter. ...

Hidden agenda in Hillcrest?

Business association seeks to exclude certain boardmembers

The Hillcrest Business Association's job as administrator of the local business improvement district is clear: improve the business district. In order to continue to do so, staff is proposing to change the bylaws. The proposed ...

Rock in peace? Fat chance

Point Loma man says city's noise ordinance is unconstitutional

Point Loma resident Jeffrey Krinsk has filed a lawsuit against mayor Kevin Faulconer, Development Services director Robert Vacchi, and code-enforcement officer Melody Negrete for violating his constitutional right to due process. "The Defendants knew, or ...

Lawyers snag 25% of SD Unified's supplies budget

Layoffs and program cuts don't stop attorneys from raking in big money

Budget cuts are not a new subject for administrators at San Diego Unified School District. Over the course of several years, cuts have been made across the board except in one category: attorneys. According to ...

Goldsmith to argue against his own legal opinion

Last year’s Filner fracas has city attorney on slippery slope

City attorney Jan Goldsmith and his lawyers must turn over closed-session transcripts from last year's [public feud][1] with then-mayor Bob Filner to Superior Court judge Richard Strauss to determine what, if anything, will be released ...

Pretty slick, City

Lawsuit challenges "euphemistically labeled 'assessments'" — taxes!

It's official, expanding the convention center through the use of a special tax on hotel guests is not going to happen. Yesterday, August 27, city councilmembers decided against appealing a court ruling that deemed the ...

Shriners as burn victims

Group files lawsuit for damages to 25-acre camp destroyed in 2013

Members of the Al Bahr Mount Laguna Shrine Camp are asking the federal government to take responsibility for the loss of their 90-year-old lodge and 116 cabins destroyed in the Chariot Fire in 2013. Shriners ...

“Free” city land just got pricey

Sunroad to pay for controversial Kearny Mesa easement deal

The 18 feet in easements that city councilmembers gave to Sunroad for their Kearny Mesa development isn't free after all. Today, August 22, the developer, the City of San Diego, and attorney Cory Briggs agreed ...

Who's bitch-slapping who?

Unpermitted work on Grand Del Mar still under toothless scrutiny

Doug Manchester, owner of the Grand Del Mar and publisher of the U-T, is coming closer to having permits for the illegal work done on his property over the course of the past decade. Next ...

Time’s up, Development Services Dept.

New lawsuit filed for unfulfilled public-records request

The city will defend yet another lawsuit for not complying with California's Public Records Act. The latest complaint was filed by the Coastal Environmental Rights Foundation on August 14. The attorneys for the foundation, Marco ...

Watch it, bud

Medical marijuana patients say city's ordinance violates disability laws.

Medical marijuana patients aren't sitting idly by watching city attorney and city council wage a legal battle against illegal dispensaries and the landlords that lease space to them. On August 13, eight medical marijuana patients ...

Pride flag funding problem?

City auditor to send complaint to state attorney general

The Hillcrest Community Foundation, the group in charge of collecting donations for Hillcrest's Pride Flag monument, may soon be the subject of an investigation by California's attorney general's office. According to an email obtained by ...

Sunroad to salvage soured sweetheart deal?

Former deputy city attorney Andrea Contreras is on the job

The 18 feet of city-owned parkland that the San Diego City Council gave to developer Sunroad Centrum isn't free after all. On August 1, San Diego Superior Court judge Timothy Taylor issued a temporary restraining ...

Would-be railroad baron backstory

More questions raised about the Desert Line

Rancho Tembabichi: the 21,326 acre beachfront property in Mexico touted by the principals of Pacific Imperial Railroad, operators of the controversial Desert Line, as collateral for a loan to pay for repairs on the line ...

Cross-border terminal may soon become reality

With no thanks for Ralph Nieders

There will be shovels, most likely a ribbon of some sort, and, of course, a group of well-dressed developers and public officials. They will stand at a barren plot of land in Otay Mesa, the ...

Thanks for the "offer," Briggs

City attorney's office refutes basis of email lawsuit against Goldsmith

City attorney Jan Goldsmith isn't backing off in the lawsuit that accuses him of withholding emails to lobbyists and reporters from multiple private accounts . On August 3, three days after the city council approved ...

If we were transparent...

CalAware sends a letter to Civic San Diego after Faulconer pulls a fast one

Civic San Diego: Agree to abide by the state's open-meeting laws or prepare to defend those practices in court. That was the gist of a July 31 cease-and-desist letter from open-government advocacy group Californians Aware ...

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