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Stories by Dorian Hargrove

Torrey Pines cyclists' pothole nightmare continues

"I hate to state the obvious, but this is completely avoidable."

The City of San Diego is poised to pay out another large sum for failing to maintain safe bike lanes and roads for pedestrians. On Tuesday (December 13) city councilmembers are expected to finalize a ...

Confusion as to what's classified "sustainable" construction

Who's minding the Development Services Department?

A City of San Diego program to incentivize affordable housing developments and sustainable buildings by offering permitting in half the time of standard projects is underperforming, says a December 2 report from San Diego's city ...

Uber as designated driver choice backfires

On the street at bar-closing time sparks presumption of intoxication

In an effort to cut back on public intoxication and loud noise from drunken bar patrons leaving Encinitas' burgeoning bar scene, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department is targeting minorities and chasing out “undesirables" from ...

Not fake news: Trump sued for $2 trillion

Prison inmate files handwritten complaint...you can stop reading this story now

Less than two weeks after president-elect Donald Trump agreed to pay $25 million to settle two lawsuits filed in San Diego over his for-profit university, the New York City mogul has been slapped with another ...

San Diego Guide to Holiday Fun

Even if yuletide music burns your cochlea on contact ... something for you

I read somewhere that the reason you’re sad around Christmastime is because it’s a reminder of what you’ve lost since childhood: the belief that the world is a magical place that is interested in your ...

Ex-councilman dodges domestic violence charges

Tony Young's former position allegedly had no bearing on the case

Former city-council president Tony Young will not face criminal charges for his August 2016 domestic violence arrest, says a spokesperson for San Diego's city attorney. Young, who served as councilmember for San Diego's District 4 ...

Hoteliers and city sued for "ill-gotten gains"

New challenge to Tourism Marketing District hotel-room fee

As attorneys for the city and Tourism Marketing District fight over legal fees in a lawsuit filed in 2012 over a hotel-room fee imposed by hotel owners to pay for promoting San Diego as a ...

No settlements in SDPD harassment cases

Policewomen allege gender-related discrimination

Sexual harassment lawsuits filed by two female San Diego Police Department officers are heading to trial. Recent court documents show attempts to settle the two cases have failed and both sides are now preparing for ...

Parent sues Grossmont school district over denied access

Father of student told officials he was registered sex offender

A father of a Grossmont Union High School District student is suing the district for refusing him access to his child's school because he is a registered sex offender. The lawsuit, filed in Superior Court ...

K-9s unleashed!

Big city bucks for naked midnight canyon walker

The City of San Diego is poised to settle a lawsuit brought by a man who was bitten by a police dog while he walking in a La Jolla canyon in the early hours of ...

More violence in low-income communities no duh

Gang-prevention commission issues favorable report

Gang-related crimes have decreased by 44.5 percent since 2009, says a new report from the City of San Diego's Commission on Gang Prevention and Intervention. Despite the downward trend, there are still 4005 documented gang ...

Cop allegedly didn't seek sex from women only

City pays man who says Officer Hays forced a favor from him

A San Diego man who was allegedly sexually assaulted by former San Diego police officer Christopher Hays will receive $160,000 in exchange for settling his lawsuit against the city. On Tuesday, November 16, city councilmembers ...

Wrongly fired by the city

Another sign of troubled Purchasing and Contracting Department

Last week, on November 4, a San Diego Superior Court judge ordered the City of San Diego to reimburse a city employee nearly two years' worth of wages that had been withheld due to an ...

Issa sues Applegate

Accused of misrepresenting New York Times article in campaign ad

Congressman Darrell Issa, who represents portions of northern San Diego County, has filed a defamation lawsuit against his opponent, democratic challenger Doug Applegate. Issa filed the suit on November 7, one day before he narrowly ...

No day at the park for antennae opponents

Judge says cell-phone tower lease to Verizon is legal

A San Diego Superior court judge says the City of San Diego can continue to lease portions of public parkland to cell-phone companies in order to install wireless antennas. On October 31, judge Judith Hayes ...

Lilac Hills opponents mum on money source

Well-funded Measure B proponents file lawsuit to force transparency

Lilac Hills Ranch is a <a href="http://proposed master-planned community that developer Accretive Investments hopes to build east of Bonsall in northeastern San Diego County. Yesterday (November 2), proponents of the development filed a formal legal ...

Tourism Marketing District navigates lawsuit maelstrom

Measures C and D won't necessarily settle hotel-tax issue

On November 8, residents will cast votes on Measures C and D. If passed, either one would alter the hotel-room tax as it currently stands. Measure C would raise the hotel taxes on guests to ...

Hot battle re Measure D

Counselor Briggs says ads broke the law; no, they didn't, says taxpayers association

The fight between San Diego hoteliers and attorney Cory Briggs continues on. Briggs, whose client San Diegans for Open Government sued the city and San Diego's Tourism Marketing District for what they claimed is an ...

Cop who shot unarmed man faces civil lawsuit

Parole violator was likely giving up when shot with submachine gun

The San Diego police officer who shot and killed an unarmed man in January 2013 is not entitled to immunity in a civil lawsuit filed by the deceased man's wife. On October 25, a federal ...

Pacific Imperial Railroad opts for bankruptcy

Metropolitan Transit System plans to ride along with troubled company

Pacific Imperial Railroad, the leaseholder of the publicly owned 70-mile stretch of railroad from Campo to Plaster City known as the Desert Line, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. As reported by the Reader on ...

Did an unwritten city policy result in death?

“Public servants only care about their pensions.”

Traffic Engineering division plays it street-smart — no emails

Cal State San Marcos sued for botched sexual assault case

Student says school failed to conduct proper and timely hearings

A Cal State San Marcos student accused of assaulting a female student is suing the college over its handling of the investigation. According to a lawsuit filed in Superior Court on October 21, the student, ...

Ambulance provider fined for being late

Majority of calls involved life-threatening situations

Slow response times continue to plague Arizona-based Rural/Metro Ambulance Services, which serves the City of San Diego. In an October 3, 2016, letter from Rural/Metro director of communications Mike Rice to San Diego fire chief ...

Last chance for neighbors of Francis Parker School

Residents hope for successful appeal to halt expansion

Community members in Linda Vista hope to overturn a San Diego Planning Commission approval of a massive expansion of one of San Diego's most elite private schools, the Francis Parker School in Linda Vista. As ...

Jehovah’s Witnesses get relief from appellate court

Judge Lewis could have gotten documents with lighter sanctions in Linda Vista case

The Watchotwer Tract Society, commonly referred to as the Jehovah's Witnesses, is asking a San Diego Superior Court judge to return the bond money it posted as a result of an August ruling from a ...

County supervisors to consider Julian development

Residents say developer and General Atomics owner Linden Blue are asking to develop 1416 acres while keeping tax breaks

On Wednesday, October 19, San Diego County supervisors will consider whether to approve a proposal to transform 1416 acres of untouched wilderness in Julian into 24 residential properties called Hoskings Ranch II. They will consider ...

A road through your urban village

Quaint neighborhood vision disrupted

ON A HOT AUGUST AFTERNOON in Mission Valley, 47 men, women, and children stand on newly laid squares of sod at the temporary park inside San Diego’s largest mixed-use, environmentally sustainable communities, Civita. It sits ...

Second sex assault suit against San Diego Unified

Last time Crawford, this time Lincoln

In an October 4 lawsuit a former Lincoln High School student is accusing the school's soccer coach and part-time student-teacher of sexually assaulting her and is blaming the school district for allowing the assault to ...

Deputy roughs up SDSU religion professor

Officer grabs purse, victim hangs onto it and then is arrested

A San Diego State University professor is suing the San Diego County Sheriff's Department for violating her Fourth Amendment Rights after a pair of alleged scam artists attempted to stage an auto accident. In a ...

Shots fired! But where?

Acoustic sensors will give origin of gunfire to police

Acoustic sensors tuned to capture and record the sound of gunshots and report them to the police department are coming to Southeastern San Diego. According to a September 26 public notice the city and its ...

Fallen tree costs city

Injury by eucalyptus in Chicano Park leads to settlement

On Tuesday, October 4, city councilmembers are expected to settle a 2015 lawsuit filed by Randy Edelbrock who in September 2014 was struck by a fallen eucalyptus tree at Barrio Logan's Chicano Park. According to ...

Encanto residents feel snubbed by Civic San Diego

"We demand a more visionary project that brings together community benefits."

Encanto residents have waited for nearly 30 years for the city-owned vacant lot at Hilltop Drive and Euclid Avenue to be developed. Now that the process is underway and a developer has been selected, they ...

Cheetahs strip club faces closure

Appellate court ruled in favor of city's decision to revoke club's permit

The City of San Diego's decision to revoke a popular strip club's permit stands, ruled an appellate court. On September 28, California's Fourth District Appellate Court found that the Kearny Mesa all-nude club had a ...

Paul Gaspar is not a medical doctor

Encinitas mayoral candidate accused of exaggerating qualifications

Some Encinitas residents are accusing mayoral candidate Paul Gaspar of misleading voters by using the "Dr." title without attaching the appropriate suffix in campaign brochures and on his website. Also on his website are pictures ...

Chula Vista sued over Third and K residential tower

Lawsuit filed by wealthy landlord

A well-heeled Chula Vista landlord known for funneling millions of dollars towards city ballot measures and city councilmembers is now suing the city over a controversial development on Third Avenue and K Street in downtown ...

Trump attorneys told no again

Can't argue for witnesses who aren't suing his defunct real estate university

Donald Trump's attorneys have been denied a request as they go about defending their client from charges related to the Trump University case. According to a ruling posted on the federal court's website today (September ...

Muslim woman sues prison guards for discrimination

Husband an inmate at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility

A Muslim woman is suing guards at San Diego's Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for discriminating against her and her inmate husband over their religious beliefs. The ...

Former SEAL sues for police brutality

Welfare check ends with broken ribs, gashed forehead, and tasing

On Tuesday, September 13, San Diego city councilmembers will consider whether to agree to settle a lawsuit from a former Navy SEAL who sued the city and two San Diego police officers for excessive force ...

City slack on preventing sediment pollution

Robust construction activity lacks assertive governance

The City of San Diego hopes to settle a $4.6 million complaint from the regional water board for allowing construction companies to bypass sediment-control measures at Los Peñasquitos Lagoon, Tijuana River Estuary, and San Diego ...

Donna and Cory go after Jan

Frye gets Briggs to sue city attorney Goldsmith over biased ballot language

Former councilmember Donna Frye is asking that a judge order the San Diego city clerk to correct misleading and biased statements the city attorney's office made in describing a ballot initiative that, if passed, would ...

Polo Fields land battle on simmer

Does Surf Soccer Club get preferential treatment from City of San Diego?

The preservation group known as Friends of the San Dieguito River Valley is suing the City of San Diego and a youth-soccer league over a long-term lease at the city-owned Polo Fields east of Del ...

Binational railroad continues up steep grade

Pacific Imperial shareholder files suit, hopes to recover $1.8 million

Ties between railroad investors and executives with the troubled binational railroad are now splitting apart. On August 26 Pacific Imperial Railroad's one-time largest shareholder, Dwight Jory, filed a civil action against the company in hopes ...

Civic San Diego sued by Little Italy restaurant

Owners of Mexican restaurant claim inept handling of noise complaints

The owner of a Little Italy Mexican restaurant and lounge, Entrada Taqueria, says the city-owned and privately run nonprofit Civic San Diego cost him $2 million in damages by closing his restaurant down over noise ...

Grossmont school-board candidate claims misrepresentation

Says rival's ballot statement implies he has no classroom experience

The war of words between two candidates for Grossmont Union High School District trustee spot has spilled over into court. On August 23, candidate Kevin Conover, who teaches Bible studies and creationism to students through ...

San Diego High land-lease ballot measure discredited

"They say, 'trust us.' That means trouble."

Opponents have filed their opposition letter pertaining to a ballot measure that, if passed, would extend San Diego High School's land lease in Balboa Park. The letter, written by Balboa Park Heritage Association president David ...

Man struck by police cruiser gets day in court

City attorney accused of "frivolous defense"

A July 2014 auto collision involving an on-duty police officer who rear-ended a car on Friars Road will go to trial on Friday, August 26. Attorneys for the plaintiff, William Raines, however, say the city ...

A thief’s aquatic paradise

Larcenous land sharks trawl SeaWorld’s water park

As summer temperatures soar, crowds flock to SeaWorld-owned waterpark Aquatica, which sits in the Otay River Valley in southeast Chula Vista two miles east of Interstate 805. The Australian and Kiwi-themed water park, next door ...

SDSU's Coach Burns refused to remain silent

Fired soon after a 27-win season

On August 26, Beth Burns — San Diego State University's longtime women's basketball head coach who is suing the university for wrongful termination — will get her day in a different type of court than ...

Encinitas No Rail Trail group displeased

Mayoral candidate/councilwoman Blakespear answers accusations

A group of Encinitas residents is accusing a councilmember of rigging the public process in a proposal to construct biking and walking paths along San Elijo Avenue in Cardiff. The residents feel the Cardiff portion ...

Puppy-mill protesters vs. Escondido Fire Department

City holds out on banning stores that sell pets of poor provenance

The Escondido Fire Department is being sued for restricting protesters' efforts against Escondido Pets (formerly known as California Pets), a commercial dog-breeder operating at the Westfield Shopping Mall in Escondido. According to an August 3 ...

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