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Stories by Thom Senzee

What happened in ransomware attack on Port of San Diego

New disclosures reveal higher stakes than previously known when the Port of San Diego fell victim in late 2018 to a major cyberattack now believed to have originated in Iran. “This cyberattack was called 21st-century ...

April 10, 2019
Sacramento pushes granny flats, Coronado demurs

The San Jose Mercury News recently called the practice of renting to tenants living quarters built without permits in backyards and over garages “a municipal game of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’” “Of course, we’d like ...

April 3, 2019
Hillcrest DMV plan makes friends of enemies

Watchers of land-use politics in San Diego were surprised when late last year two names usually on opposite sides of controversial building projects suddenly showed up in TV interviews espousing the same passionately held position ...

February 20, 2019
Sew Loka – on the alley between Evans and Sampson

If you’re looking for parking along Logan Avenue in Barrio Logan’s hip arts-and-eats district south of Chicano Park, there’s a good chance you’ll give up and park a block east or west. I wound up ...

September 5, 2018
Haitian immigrant discovers a Mexican dream

Rogeste Mercy, 36, and his wife Magalita Bordes, 37, lost their apparel business and their livelihood in Port au Prince, Haiti, to an earthquake that jarred the island nation in 2010. “We lost everything,” Bordes ...

October 4, 2017
State senate bill may dismantle San Diego's bail bond industry

When Cali Jones (an alias she suggested) found herself in jail for a second time for methamphetamine possession, “The cops took my son away from me,” a sobbing Jones tells the bail bondsman by phone ...

September 6, 2017
Missiongathering Church in San Diego’s North Park

“Ranked in order, I honestly believe the most common causes of homelessness for this age group [18–24] are family, followed by mental health issues, and, third, drug or alcohol abuse,” explains Alexandra Cochran, 28, a ...

May 24, 2017
Pot shop or landlord the bigger problem for San Diego Alano Club

“You know when somebody just wants you gone.”

Empty-nose syndrome sufferers feel invisible

If you’ve ever had a bad toothache in your upper jaw, you know the general area where the human animal experiences life in its greatest intensity. You can’t get away from the pain because it’s ...

July 6, 2016
Skate park in City Heights still not open

City Heights was supposed to have a skate park by now. While construction of one free-to-use municipal skate park is now nearing completion and another is slated to open in 2017, District 9 councilwoman Marti ...

June 1, 2016
Credit card surcharges still banned by Song-Beverly

The credit-card-as-free-speech loophole will cost you.

February 24, 2016
Nobody Cares, Zogo

“‘Nobody cares about your shitty arts organization.’ Those were her exact words,” recalls United Artists of San Diego chief executive Tatjana Zogovic, who goes by the name Tasha Zogo. She’s referring to a phone call ...

Disabled workers say Navy contractor Job Options, Inc.did wrong

“They made all of these weird withdrawals...”

November 4, 2015
Local woman aids women warriors battling ISIS

San Diego attorney Jacqueline Isaac, 29, is a woman on a mission — several missions — not least among them hauling fresh, non-weaponry supplies through war zones to Kurdish female fighting units in Iraq. “We’ve ...

August 12, 2015
Bob Kuczewski – arrested at Torrey Pines glider port again

“This is really a war between the traditional hang-gliding community, which tends to be older, and paragliders.”

June 17, 2015
Navy SEAL punches cabdriver at Bayfront Hilton

He looked at the shattered driver's side window of his cab and worried about how his boss would react. He never saw the punch coming.

December 24, 2014

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