Throwing darkness on Light

Could Post exposé spoil Soon-Shiong's U-T honeymoon?

It has been a busy week for ex–Union-Tribune publisher Douglas Manchester, what with putting prepublication spin on a Washington Post profile about his relationships with women and jetting back and forth to Austin, Texas, to ...

Doshay family agreed to pay $500,000

Parents of victim continue lawsuit vs. Solana Beach School District

The family of the seven-year-old girl who was grabbed by Jack Doshay nearly three years ago has agreed to a “good faith settlement” of $500,000, to be paid by the Doshay family, according to court ...

Spike three: Tanya and Charles Brandes divorcing

Rancho Santa Fe money man and his wife both claim violence in marriage

The financial publication Fundfire notes in a February 16 article that onetime social darlings of San Diego and Rancho Santa Fe, Charles Brandes and his wife Tanya, are now divorcing; this was the third marriage ...

U-T's Washington Post whitewash

Clumsy timing of Doug Manchester apology for demeaning work environment

The Union-Tribune this weekend tried a trick that is not used so much these days: trying to cleanse a story in another publication before it has run. On Saturday (February 17), the U-T tried to ...

College Area mini-dorm litigants win

San Diego taxpayers lose over $100K

The City of San Diego must pay $129,912 for its failed mini-dorm ordinance. A judge awarded attorneys' fees on February 16th to a group of landlords and students who sued the city over the 2017 ...

Pride's prejudiced, says former director

Hillcrest organization said to have bias against people over 40

San Diego Pride's former executive director is suing the organization for wrongful termination, age discrimination, and defamation of character. Stephen Whitburn, also a former city-council candidate, began working for San Diego Pride in 2013 as ...

Excise tax to whack Scripps and Sharp

Hospitals' highest paid executives to feel the cut most

Effective the first of this year, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act imposes a 21 percent excise tax on nonprofits that pay $1 million or more to their five highest-paid employees. The tax applies to ...

Workforce Partnership embezzler gets 30 months

“Great stealth and great planning” went into the scam, says judge

Jared Palmer, who embezzled more than $450,000 from the San Diego Workforce Partnership — with “great stealth, and great planning,” according to the judge — was sentenced February 12th to 30 months in prison and ...

Del Mar fair board lowers boom on Kaaboo

"We were hit with complaints we had never heard before."

In a surprising show of open animosity, members of the board that run the Del Mar Fairgrounds launched attacks against Kaaboo at its monthly board meeting on February 13th. The fourth annual Kaaboo music fest ...

Clues in lawsuit lead to Clews the pornographer

More sex-related trouble for Carmel Valley rancher just sent to prison?

On February 13th, a federal judge sentenced Christian Clews — a Carmel Valley rancher who pleaded guilty to possessing and distributing child pornography — to 210 months in prison. But Clews, a former member of ...

Chlamydia county

Sexual disease rates skyrocketing

San Diego's Hepatitis A epidemic isn't the only disease breakout confronting beleaguered county officials, belatedly scrambling to counter yet another incipient public health emergency. "Rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea in San Diego County are the ...

Past the 560,000-gallon sewage spill tipping point

Regional Water Quality Control Board to consider lawsuit

On Wednesday, February 14, members from San Diego's Regional Water Quality Control Board will discuss whether to file a lawsuit against the United States International Boundary and Water Commission, the agency responsible for overseeing water ...

Pacific Beach's high crime problem

"Police are doing the best job they can under impossible circumstances."

Pacific Beach continues to be one of San Diego's highest crime neighborhoods, according to new stats released by the San Diego Police Department. Public records indicate the beachside entertainment hotspot ranked in the top five ...

Trip on a crack, break the city's back

"Fixing sidewalks the same way we fix streets shouldn’t be controversial."

Complaints over San Diego's crumbling sidewalks continue to chip away at the city's bottom line: documents obtained through public records requests show the city received more than 50 claims for damages caused by broken sidewalks ...

Deputies not culpable in cellmate murder case

Richard Lee Dawson's suspected murderer wasn't suspect

A county law-enforcement board has found that sheriff's deputies failed to conduct inmate counts on March 28, 2014, the night that inmate Richard Lee Dawson was allegedly murdered by his cellmate. The County Law Enforcement ...

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