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Stories by Dorian Hargrove

El Cajon's homeless feeding ban reconsidered

Councilman suggests discussion as hep A epidemic wanes

A city councilmember in El Cajon has proposed rescinding the controversial ordinance that prohibits people from giving food to the homeless in city parks. In a January 18 memo, councilmember Ben Kalasho said that as ...

University of Saint Katherine coming to Chula Vista

Small San Marcos school wasn't on the city's short list

Chula Vista will soon have the four-year university that it hoped to lure to the city, though, it wasn't likely the first choice. On Tuesday, the city council is expected to approve an agreement with ...

Councilman plans for Sacramento

Mark Kersey funded state senate campaign with $99,000

San Diego city councilmember Mark Kersey's state senate campaign now has the money needed to get up and running. On December 31, Kersey contributed $99,000 to the Mark Kersey for Senate 2018 committee. Kersey formed ...

Jehovah's Witnesses to settle sex-abuse case

Victim filed lawsuit six (6) years ago

A lawsuit is now settled between a former victim of sexual abuse and Jehovah's Witnesses. According to the court's website, the case is under a "conditional settlement." The terms and conditions of the settlement are ...

Rent-control guy for city council

Rafael Bautista's good-works momentum could unseat Myrtle Cole

On January 8th, rent-control advocate Rafael Bautista filed paperwork with the city to run for the District 4 council seat now occupied by Myrtle Cole. As covered by the Reader, Bautista is a real estate ...

Pura Vida bracelets from El Salvador, not Costa Rica

Ex-employee joined by class action suit

A popular bracelet company based in San Diego which makes bracelets worn by celebrities is a fraud, says a new class action lawsuit filed in San Diego Superior Court. Pura Vida Bracelets was started by ...

Sprayed and tased in Hillcrest's commercial zone

Deaf man claims police didn't believe he was disabled

A deaf man says he was doused with pepper spray and tased for parking in a commercial loading zone in Hillcrest for two minutes. The man, Jeffrey Robinson, has since filed a claim to San ...

Salk Institute vs. Women?

Hints of cover-up following 2003 gender-bias study

Top administrators at San Diego's Salk Institute have been aware that female scientists were underpaid compared to their male colleagues as well as unfairly treated. According to documents obtained by the Reader, scientist Katherine Jones, ...

San Ysidro School District sued (again)

Former superintendant's $400,000 severance pay issue unresolved

Legal problems continue to mount for the San Ysidro School District over the $400,000 severance package it gave to former superintendent Julio Fonseca earlier this year. On December 15, public watchdog group San Diegans for ...

City okays USD plans to build on three sides of widow’s home

USD to neighbor: Sell us your house or we’ll build a six-story parking garage next door

The Spanish villa that Virginia LaGuardia and her husband built in the 1970s may soon be nestled against a massive parking garage, student housing, and an administrative building that the University of San Diego intends ...

Chula Vista firefighters get that overtime money

City says audits will make sure short paychecks don't happen again

The City of Chula Vista will pay more than $1 million to settle a lawsuit filed by more then 120 city firefighters over unpaid overtime pay. The Reader obtained a proposed settlement in a case ...

"Landmark" pine tree the culprit

Parents of Nicki Lyn Carano sue for wrongful death of their daughter

The City of San Diego says a Pacific Beach condominium complex has some liability in the death of a local musician who was killed when a large pine tree fell on her car in January ...

Deported U.S. Army vet wants in

Hector Barajas takes first step toward suing federal government

A U.S. Army veteran who was deported to Mexico has filed a complaint against the federal government in hopes of returning to the U.S. Hector Barajas, 40, filed the complaint on December 12, and while ...

Claim says deputies used excessive force

Overabundance of caution and/or taser zaps fried Mark Adkins

The widow of a man who was tasered to death by sheriff's deputies in May 2017 has filed a wrongful death claim against the County of San Diego. The claim is the first step before ...

Whistle-blowing firefighter's case settled

Former deputy chief reported safety issues, was passed up for promotion

The City of Chula Vista will pay a former deputy fire chief $350,000 over allegations that he was purposely passed up for promotions for blowing the whistle. Firefighter John Hess sued the city in 2014 ...

Tennis pro's dad in hospital? Or jail?

Troubles mount for accused child molester Nick Philippoussis

A hearing date has been set in the criminal prosecution of the father of a former tennis professional who was arrested for the rape of two nine-year-old girls. Nick Philippoussis will appear on January 4 ...

El Cajon pro-pot interests sue city

"Proposition 64 did not contain an opt-out provision."

A group of El Cajon residents and business owners is accusing city officials of criminalizing commercial marijuana activity. El Cajon Residents for Responsible Governance filed a lawsuit in Superior Court over a newly adopted land-use ...

Mini-dorms in College Area A-OK — for now

Injunction stops enforcement, judge notes iffy constitutionality

A Superior Court judge today (December 1) put a permanent stop to enforcement of the City of San Diego's mini-dorm ordinance. Judge Ronald Styn ruled that the city's Residential High Occupancy Permit, which forces landlords ...

U.S. Marine arrested on child-porn charges

Billy Joe Morton allegedly failed to cover his Facebook tracks

Additional evidence has come out in the case of a Camp Pendleton Marine who used a government computer on base to download and exchange images of child pornography. Special agent for the Naval Criminal Investigative ...

Save Civita Because Sudberry Won't

Disappointed homeowners sue city

A group of Mission Valley residents living in the Civita community are suing the City of San Diego for approving a plan to build a freeway connector directly through their development. The group, calling itself ...

Grizzly dog's death not entirely for naught

Settlement in case over police shooting of family dog

The City of San Diego and a City Heights family whose dog was shot and killed by a San Diego police officer has agreed to settle a lawsuit over the shooting. According to court documents, ...

Alleged sex, lies, and genital moles

Union boss Mickey Kasparian responds to deposition specifics

A former union employee who says her boss Mickey Kasparian forced her into a sexual relationship has given testimony that raises doubts as to Kasparian's denial of the relationship. In December of last year, Isabel ...

Error alleged in Rancho Bernardo High baseball

Player says former coach hit him in the back of the head

A Rancho Bernardo High School student is suing the school district and the school's legendary baseball coach for retaliating against him after he complained that a freshman coach sucker-punched him in the back of the ...

Jehovah's Witnesses' withheld info will cost them

Appellate court lets stand prior ruling that penalizes at rate of $4000 daily

The clock is ticking for Jehovah's Witnesses headquarters to turn over documents detailing sexual abuse of children by kingdom elders. For each day they do not, the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, Jehovah’s Witnesses’ organizational ...

Killed in jail while mentally ill

Claim filed against county for not considering violent cellmate

A mother and father whose mentally ill son was killed in the San Diego County Central Jail by an aspiring rapper and bank robber from New Zealand has filed a claim against the county. Lyle ...

Fled from cops, crashed, died, girlfriend survived

Claims police wrongfully pursued light-running motorcyclist

A woman who was injured during a police pursuit by San Diego police officers that resulted in her boyfriend's death has filed a claim against the city, a precursor to a lawsuit. Angelica Sanchez was ...

El Cajon councilman allegedly framed by dirty tricks

Fake nudes, phony best-Mexican-food poll tied to Ben Kalasho

New evidence links El Cajon city councilmember Ben Kalasho to false Facebook profiles used to slander his political opponents. The evidence was included in court filings in a case against Kalasho, reported by the Reader. ...

Woman accuses sheriff's deputy of sexual assault

Allegedly told her he needed to use her bathroom

A woman is accusing a San Diego Sheriff's Deputy of sexually assaulting her in August of this year. The woman, referred to as Jane Doe, filed a claim to the County of San Diego on ...

Ex-councilmember Frye sniffs conflict, sues city

Resolution agreement with city attorney Mara Elliott fell flat, that's why

In a newly filed lawsuit, former San Diego city councilmember Donna Frye says the city has paved the way for large law firms to represent the city and its opponents in court without the public's ...

Coronado water-polo coach seeks appeal

Lawyer tries to get Randy Burgess back to school during investigation

An attorney for former Coronado High School water polo coach Randy Burgess filed an appeal in state court on October 30th in an attempt to overturn a judge's decision to not allow him to return ...

Bicyclists vs. Civita residents re road

About 35,000 vehicle trips could roll through Mission Valley development

Circulate San Diego, a local nonprofit whose mission is to remove people from cars and increase pedestrian and transit-oriented travel, is lobbying city officials to build a controversial freeway connector through the master-planned community of ...

Case of teens swabbed for DNA at impasse

Gun found in one boy's backpack a moot point

The city and attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union have walked away from a settlement in the case over San Diego police officers collecting DNA from minors without parental notification. In July of this ...

Coronado High water-polo coach to stay dry

Reinstatement to be decided after sex-abuse investigation

San Diego Superior Court judge Eddie Sturgeon on October 20 denied a legal request from former Coronado High School water-polo coach Randy Burgess to return to his job as a teacher. Sturgeon ruled that the ...

A few steps from being mobsters

Bullied tenants, former employees rise up against Willmark

In May 2015, Bernard Vinluan’s job at Willmark Communities became more secret agent than apartment leasing agent. Vinluan waited for the employees to clock out of the office before he made his move. He snuck ...

Army and Navy Academy sex-abuse case cavalcade

Two new lawsuits against departed and incarcerated former staff

Two former cadets at the Army and Navy Academy have filed lawsuits against the Carlsbad military academy over sexual assaults they suffered by former administrators. According to its website, the academy has operated for 100 ...

Jehovah's Witnesses look in other direction

Lawyers for religious group argue against daily fines in sex-abuse case

Attorneys for the Jehovah's Witness church appeared before a state appellate court yesterday (October 11) in hopes of overturning the $4000 daily sanctions that a trial court ordered them to pay for refusing to turn ...

Nationals coach suspended for "revenge porn"

San Diego woman sues, investigation underway

A San Diego woman is suing the former professional baseball player and current hitting coach for the Washington Nationals baseball team, Jacque Jones, for posting nude photos of her on social media; she had sent ...

Lemon Grove councilman sued for free-speech stifling

Jerry Jones accused of "thinly-veiled racist tendencies"

A government subcontractor says Lemon Grove city councilmember Jerry Jones retaliated against him for posting negative comments about Jones's politics on his Facebook page. Marcus Bush, a former consultant for Rick Engineering, has filed a ...

Ladies Get Drinks — not you, man

Marine's lawsuit says exclusion from women's-only event "repugnant"

A retired United States Marine captain is suing a restaurant in Mission Hills for hosting a ladies and non-binary-only party and for refusing to allow him access or give him drink specials that the attendees ...

San Diego police to deliver ShotSpotter report

Gunfire detection system works 16 percent of the time

The audio sensors that the San Diego Police Department installed to alert them to gunfire in four southeastern San Diego neighborhoods works 16 percent of the time, according to data collected since the ShotSpotter system ...

Run over while sunbathing in Ocean Beach

City reaches settlement with victim who suffered traumatic brain injury

A woman who was run over by a police department all-terrain vehicle while sunbathing in Ocean Beach has agreed to settle her lawsuit against the City of San Diego. Court documents show that Christine Frear ...

North Park Jack in the Box court case surprise

"I am not going to subject my clients to abusive depositions by Mr. Briggs."

San Diego Superior Court judge Gregory Pollack ruled today that a complete overhaul of the North Park Jack in the Box was within the scope of the permit. The ruling should put to rest what ...

Hotter water for San Diego's fire department

State commission launched gender-discrimination investigation

An emergency medical technician for the City of San Diego says the fire department denied her a job because of her gender. Nicole Pappas filed a lawsuit against the department on September 13 for discrimination, ...

Black man walking with cane arrested

Accused of casing cars for theft, he seeks body-cam evidence

A 66-year-old man who was out on a morning walk in July of this year says a San Diego Police Department officer arrested him because he is black. Raymond Wiley, 66, filed a claim, typically ...

Coronado water-polo coach banned from campus

Randy Burgess answers with lawsuit against the district

Randy Burgess won 715 games during his 33 years of coaching water polo at Coronado High School. He led the boys’ team to 16 section championships and the girls team to three titles before he ...

People living in cars and RVs stand up to city

"These individuals barely have enough money to eat and pay for medicine."

Two months ago, a group of homeless people in San Diego filed a class-action lawsuit against the city's practice of ticketing people for pitching tents on public sidewalks. Now comes word of another potential class-action ...

Severance pay for Julio Fonseca called "illegal"

Attorney Briggs says San Ysidro School District needs to recover $400,000

San Diegans for Open Government attorney Cory Briggs has threatened to sue San Ysidro School District if district officials do not recover the $400,000 in severance pay it awarded to former superintendent Julio Fonseca after ...

San Diego pornographers accused of hustling models

Jane Does 15 and 16 were assured they wouldn't end up on the internet

Two more women have filed lawsuits against San Diego-based amateur pornography website, GirlsDoPorn.com. The new complaints make 16 women who allege that the website's owners lied to them about distribution and later posted their names ...

College Area excluded from granny-flat permitting?

Ordinance would make parking situation worse, says councilmember

San Diego city councilmember Georgette Gomez, a longtime champion of affordable housing, believes the College Area surrounding San Diego State University should be off limits for construction of granny flats. In an August 27 memo ...

Petco's rat problems mount

Bacterial infection risk to keep corporation in court for a bit

Attorneys for the family of a ten-year-old boy who died after getting bitten by a rat his grandmother bought at Petco have accused company executives of hiding documents in order to defeat a 2014 lawsuit ...

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