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Stories by Brad Racino

Mapping San Diego’s Complaints: Bedbugs, Barking Dogs And Substandard Housing

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Over the past three years, San Diegans have filed more than 15,000 complaints with the city alleging code violations. inewsource mapped them all.

Google Earth Engine Shows San Diego's Changing Landscape

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See how the county has changed over the past three decades.

More Change In Store For San Diego’s North Embarcadero

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The port has laid out plans for changes at Navy Pier, parking and circulation improvements, and more public space along San Diego's waterfront.

4 Things To Watch With San Diego’s New Seaport Development

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In light of the history of waterfront development in San Diego, here are four things to keep an eye on with the new Seaport project.

San Diego’s Commercial Fishing Industry Skeptical Of Massive Port Makeover

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The industry has been an economic, cultural and tourist boon since its beginnings in the early 20th century. But today it's a shadow of its former self. Can a $1.2 billion development proposal save it?

Court Tones Down Language, But Won’t Give San Diego's Cory Briggs Attorney Fees

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A state court has modified its opinion concerning San Diego attorney Cory Briggs’ “criminal” behavior, but denied a rehearing on the issue.

San Diego Attorney Cory Briggs Challenges Court Ruling That Slammed His Conduct

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Paul Pfingst, who is representing Briggs, is confident language in the opinion concerning criminal behavior will be changed after the court recognizes it “made a mistake.”

Cory Briggs’ Conduct ‘Unethical And Possibly Criminal,’ Appellate Court Says

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The state court of appeal has denied local attorney Cory Briggs more than $258,000 in fees he sought against the city of San Diego, citing “unethical, unprofessional, or even illegal conduct…”

San Diego Ignores Government Transparency Law For 24 Years

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Voters passed the 1992 law after the city almost signed a deal with an alleged mobster. It was designed to show who the people are behind the companies doing billions of dollars in business annually with the city.

How San Diego’s Vision For A World-Class Waterfront Vanished

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Massive projects are moving ahead along San Diego’s waterfront but not as part of a cohesive plan. With so much at stake, inewsource zeroed in on the North Embarcadero to find out how it developed and what lessons might be learned.

NCTD Releases Part Of Leadership Assessment After Court Ruling

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The North County Transit District spent more than $100,000 to fight a public records act request, eventually producing a partial summary of a leadership competency assessment.

NCTD Prevails In Harassment Lawsuit

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Jury rejects claims that a former human resources employee at the North County Transit District was laid off because of her age and gender.

North County Transit District's CEO Accused Of Harassment, Discrimination

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Former NCTD managers went on the record alleging Matthew Tucker harassed, intimidated and bullied older female employees for years at the San Diego transportation agency.

Crane Crash At NCTD Station Highlights Continuing Safety Concerns

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A recent crane accident at the Escondido Transit Center highlights ongoing safety concerns at San Diego's North County Transit District.

San Diego Judge Warns Attorney Briggs About Possible Criminal Prosecution

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Judge Gregory Pollack said attorney Cory Briggs knew the nonprofit he represented in litigation over the San Diego Convention Center expansion had been suspended by the state. “Mr. Briggs may be in a whole heap of trouble,” Pollack said.

Nonprofits Linked To San Diego Attorney Cory Briggs Flout State, Federal Laws

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For years, the well-known environmental attorney has collected attorney fees and settlements on behalf of a network of charitable, nonprofit organizations he helped form. In many cases, the nonprofits repeatedly and persistently violated state and federal laws.

Briggs Withdraws Subpoena Against inewsource

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Cory Briggs, a San Diego attorney at the center of an inewsource investigation, has withdrawn a subpoena he served on inewsource’s executive director in April.

Cory Briggs Gets Paid In Sunroad Debacle; No Money Yet To San Diego For Land

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The settlement between Sunroad and Briggs called for a $10,000 donation to the city of San Diego in addition to a second payment based on the value of an appraisal. So far, no appraisal has been done.

Briggs-Related Nonprofit Sues inewsource, SDSU

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San Diego attorney Cory Briggs has been the subject of a recent series of investigative stories by inewsource. A nonprofit Briggs is associated with has now sued inewsource and its executive director, as well as San Diego State University.

Second Lawsuit Involving San Diego Attorney Briggs Raises Conflict Issues

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An inewsource report shows that attorney Cory Briggs’ personal and professional partner played a key role in an environmental review of a project near the Mexican border. Briggs eventually sued the city of San Diego and a private developer over the project on environmental grounds.

San Diego Gets $143K Settlement In Briggs-Cacciatore Conflict

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The City Council unanimously approved the settlement with La Mesa-based Helix Environmental Planning, which employed attorney Cory Briggs’ significant other. She also was a vice president in Briggs’ firm when he sued the city over a project Helix had worked on.

Briggs Lawsuit, Land Deal End Badly For Family

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Legal and real estate experts question San Diego attorney Cory Briggs' actions in a lawsuit and real estate transaction involving a family in San Bernardino County.

More Contradictions Found In Briggs-Cacciatore Land Records

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San Diego attorney Cory Briggs and his personal and professional partner, Sarichia Cacciatore, have signed contradictory documents about where they live and their relationship — potential felonies according to a prosecutor and mortgage fraud experts.

Helix Environmental: San Diego Attorney's Wife Did Not Disclose Role In His Firm

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The environmental consulting firm that employed attorney Cory Briggs’ wife added another layer to the conflict-of-interest inquiry surrounding the couple, saying it did not know she had a position in Briggs’ law firm.

Contested Transcript Of San Diego Attorney Cory Briggs’ Wife Released

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The lawyer for Cory Briggs’ wife released the document Monday, saying she had no objection. It shows she was associated with her husband’s law firm for the past 20 years while also working for a consulting firm that did business with local governments he sued.

Briggs Opposes San Diego City Attorney’s Move To Unseal Transcript

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A Superior Court judge said he will rule next week on whether to lift a protective order so City Attorney Jan Goldsmith can fulfill an inewsource public records request for documents involving attorney Cory Briggs and his wife.

Document Links Cory Briggs' Wife To His San Diego Law Business

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New documents provided Wednesday to inewsource say the wife of a well-known environmental lawyer was vice president of his law firm at the same time she worked on projects for government agencies he was suing.

San Diego Attorney’s Environmental Lawsuits Could Be Tainted By Conflict Of Interest

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The wife of lawyer Cory Briggs, who sues local, state and federal government agencies over environmental violations, held a key position in a La Mesa company on the other side of his litigation. The potential conflict of interest and its effect on the taxpayers has not been publicly known.

San Diego Attorney Cory Briggs’ Land Deals Raise Ethical, Legal Questions

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A San Diego lawyer who has built a reputation on fighting for the environment and against government abuse runs a business that runs contrary to his public interest persona.

California Gets New Government Accountability Laws

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A crusade by Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia got the ethics laws passed to make it easier for the public to hold politicians and government officials accountable, but the measures did get watered down to win approval.

USA Vs. $9,000 In Currency — A Lawsuit Over Drug Money In San Diego County

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The lawsuit stems from a formal complaint U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy filed related to the federal asset forfeiture program. The complaint isn't against someone — it's against the money itself.

San Diego Agencies Cash In On Drug Money, Assets

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A federal program allowing police to seize money and assets related to drug trafficking has been good to San Diego County’s cops and prosecutors, providing nearly $30 million to their agencies between 2007 and 2014.

San Diego Police Sued For Withholding Spy Technology Records

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The San Diego Police Department purchased high-tech surveillance devices called Stingrays that indiscriminately gather large amounts of cellphone data in order to locate a target.

Judge To Decide If NCTD Documents Will Be Made Public

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“The Rady documents” detail the strengths and weaknesses of more than a dozen senior managers at the North County public transit agency. KPBS media partner inewsource has sued for their release.

Staff Turnover Costs At North County Transit Higher Than Reported

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Turns out, those NCTD severance payouts were even higher than KPBS media partner inewsource first calculated.

Secret Summit: 24 Hours With The Koch Brothers

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Over the weekend and into Monday, the billionaire Koch brothers and supporters converged on the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point.

Managers Continue To Leave North County Transit District, Severance Adds Up

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The turnover has cost NCTD nearly $300,000 since January.

County Supervisor Horn's Response To Basic Faith story; inewsource's Response Back

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The San Diego County supervisor's lawyer sent a letter to inewsource after its story "Bill Horn's Basic Faith" ran, and the online news website has responded.

Bill Horn's Basic Faith

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San Diego County Supervisor Bill Horn ran a religious charity for decades. Experts say the operation ran counter to state and federal laws.

Emails Show NCTD Changed Paperwork After Info Request

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The North County Transit District paid $31,200 for a study on its leadership without seeking competitive bids, then changed paperwork and attempted to backdate a new contract after inewsource asked for the documentation.

North County Transit District Sued To Release Records

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KPBS media partner inewsource has sued North County Transit District to compel the agency to release documents the investigative news reporting nonprofit considers public.

What You Can Find Out About A Person At Assessor/Recorder’s Office

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To get to know a person — really know a person — just take a trip to the San Diego County Assessor and Recorder’s office in downtown San Diego.

Why Is It So Hard To Catch Illegal Campaign Contributions?

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At the root of San Diego’s recent campaign finance scandal lies the topic of outside donations, and the illegality of foreign money used to influence stateside elections.

Unraveling A Scandal, Part Two

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We’ve updated the story to show the second half of the investigation — how we figured out the second candidate, the extent of the foreign national’s network, and more.

How To Uncover A Scandal From Your Couch

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A how-to guide for unraveling San Diego campaign finance scandal involving a straw donor, a "foreign national" and local politicians.

San Diego Campaign Finance Scandal: Tracing The Donations

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inewsource has been digging deep to find new donations related to a federal investigation into illegal campaign contributions.

MTS Buses, Trolleys And Stations Tapped By An $18 Million Surveillance Network

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inewsource examined the extent of surveillance throughout San Diego’s public transportation network, along with the implications for privacy.

Following Up: Can Twitter Predict Elections?

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Given the rapid growth in social networking both in the U.S. and worldwide, it’s no surprise researchers and academics are crunching data by the ton, looking for the next big breakthrough in cheap, up-to-the-minute public polling.

Social Media Analysis And The San Diego Mayor's Race

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To better predict San Diego’s upcoming mayoral election, a professor at San Diego State University has tapped into the seediest and most vile underbelly of American politics.

The Third Retraction Demand From North County Transit District, And Our Response

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For the third time, the North County Transit District has sent inewsource and KPBS a retraction demand in response to a story. For the third time, we have responded.

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