David Dodd 1:48 a.m., May 18
Times Highlights Malecot Indictment
Today's (Sept. 8) New York Times has a front page article featuring Michel Malecot, the owner of Pacific Beach's French Gourmet restaurant, who was indicted in April for hiring 12 undocumented immigrants and continuing to employ them even after he learned they were in the country illegally. He has pleaded not guilty and faces up to 30 years in prison and almost $4 million in fines. The story is about U.S. restaurants' hiring of illegals and the dangers thereof. An restaurant industry trade association executive says that if the government's "strategy is to get the attention of the industry, mission accomplished."
The same issue has a story that should scare San Diegans. Headline: "As Stadiums Vanish, Their Debt Lives On." It talks about subsidized stadiums, no longer in use or demolished, that still carry debt. Example: The old New York Giants football stadium, demolished and now a parking lot, still carries about $110 million in debt, or $13 per New Jersey resident. Seattle residents owe $80 million on the Kingdome, which was razed in 2000.