Dorian Hargrove

Dorian Hargrove

Dorian Hargrove writes feature stories, City Lights, and Neighborhood News columns for the Reader. He covers the neighborhood beat on a grassroots level. Share your neighborhood news with him!

Articles by Dorian Hargrove

County worker’s racial slur didn’t infer he was a “lover”

“I have that vibe that I…empathize or have an affinity towards, um, black folks.”

Tyler Fowler, an appraiser for the County Assessor's Office who is African-American, says her supervisor Mark Sitzer made racially disparaging remarks on numerous occasions and county administrators failed to address it. She is suing Sitzer ...

City to pay for public-records case fumble

Inability to produce documents for defendant deemed irrelevant

A state appellate court on August 15 ruled the City of San Diego failed to turn over documents requested in a Public Records Act request and is liable to pay attorney fees. On August 7, ...

Contraceptive device nightmare

Bleeding, cramping, and then another surgery to remove Essure coils, suit claims

An El Cajon woman is one of 73 plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed in San Diego Superior Court against the Bayer Corporation. The major pharmaceutical company is being sued over their permanent contraceptive device, Essure. ...

Chula Vista Fire Department heads back to court

Firefighter says he was passed over because of his work with the union

Two months after settling a discrimination lawsuit filed by a former deputy fire chief for $2.1 million, attorneys for the city of Chula Vista are preparing for another trial in an unrelated discrimination case filed ...

Youth pastor sues Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church over sexual harassment

Dawn Neldon says she was forced to resign after complaining about new pastor's inappropriate acts

A former associate pastor at the Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church is suing the church and it's new pastor Bryan Stamper for sexual harassment and for terminating her after she complained to church administrators. Dawn ...

Black teenagers stopped in Memorial Park, patted down, handcuffed

But it was the DNA samples that ended up in ACLU suit

The city of San Diego has "substantially settled," according to the federal court's website, a lawsuit filed on behalf of a black teenager who was coerced into giving his DNA sample to police without parental ...

El Cajon councilman sued over Miss Middle East pageant

Former contestant alleges Ben Kalasho propositioned her

In El Cajon city councilmember Ben Kalasho’s words, he created the Miss Middle East Beauty Pageant to “empower” Middle Eastern women and award them the freedom to “wear what you want, marry who you want, ...

Lockheed Martin to pay $5.8 million to clean up bay

Settlement finalized in June

Aerospace and defense contractor Lockheed Martin has agreed to pay the Port of San Diego $5.8 million to clean up the contamination in San Diego Bay. In 1970 Lockheed Martin leased a 61,000 square-foot property ...

Owner of fact-checking website,, considers lawsuit allegations to be fake news

Divorce filings and court depositions paint Mikkelson as greedy and uncouth, the fact checking-website with ties to San Diego once commissioned by social media giant Facebook to determine fake from] factual news, is in financial peril. The website's founder, David MIkkelson, is now soliciting donations ...

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