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Justin time

Struggling with an explanation to investors as to why tronc, Inc., the oddly named newspaper chain from Chicago, has slipped in both revenue and web traffic from last year, chief executive Justin Dearborn managed to ...

Faulconer’s next Scaramouch

One Deputy Press Secretary needed, stat

While Donald Trump has made headlines with turmoil in his presidential briefing room, San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer — seeking to recover face following a rough six months of political setbacks — is taking to ...

Bonnie Dumanis’s self-service ATM

The ex-DA still has some bills to pay

Bonnie Dumanis may be out as the county’s district attorney, having stepped down last month — thereby giving her establishment-backed successor Summer Stephan the advantage of the incumbency to run for election next year, but ...

Charge it to the Chargers

John DeBello has finally gotten paid for his efforts

The co-creator of those oddball movies in the Killer Tomatoes series didn’t do as well with the media he pumped out for the ill-fated ballot bid of the then–San Diego Chargers to build a new ...

U-T’s Hoy is so yesterday

Paper's Chicago version that began as a daily is now once a week

In Chicago, the downsizing of the once-mighty daily Spanish-language newspaper Hoy to a weekly by parent tronc, Inc. has caused only a muted outcry. Launched in 2003, the paper “that began as a daily and ...

A cornhole by any other name

Rebranded as “Councilman Chris Cate’s D6 Charity Toss Tournament”

The name may have been changed to shield a city councilman from off-color jokes, but big money is still being provided by a lineup of city hall’s favored corporate special interests. Such is news about ...

Seize control of that stadium land

The “Friends of SDSU opposing SoccerCity” make their presence known

Wealthy ex–city manager Jack McGrory, who has emerged as a key foe of the SoccerCity plan to privatize the city-owned land now occupied by Qualcomm Stadium, has put some money into the battle, kicking in ...

Trump’s local lady

Rancho Santa Fe is home to the county’s top donor

President Donald Trump may not be the most popular politico on the Left Coast, but San Diego County’s super-rich enclave known as Rancho Santa Fe is continuing to produce much of his California campaign cash, ...

Un-retiring freebies

Learn to make communities more livable, all expenses paid

An unidentified principal administrative analyst in San Diego County’s Aging & Independent Services unit took off on an all-expense-paid junket to the Hilton Pasadena this April 25 and 26 courtesy of Washington DC’s AARP, formerly ...

Juan’s new wheels

$40K of campaign cash went to San Diego Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

As the Union-Tribune continues to scour the campaign fund of Republican congressman Duncan Hunter for more of the kind of spending that has gotten him into hot water with House ethics police and the Justice ...

Faster than a speeding bureaucrat

“Nine vehicles reached speeds in excess of 90 miles per hour a total of 13 times.”

Excessive speeds by public workers driving government-owned vehicles has long been a complaint of local auditors, who have employed Global Positioning Systems to track fast-running offenders. “Nine vehicles reached speeds in excess of 90 miles ...

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