Stories by Brad Racino
Commercial fishermen who expected that a proposed redevelopment of the San Diego waterfront would include land set aside solely for their industry found out Thursday that the Port of San Diego may have other ideas.
Data is at the heart of inewsource’s work. Now, the newsroom has made it easier and more fun for readers to explore.
The San Diego County grand jury urged city officials Thursday to move forward “with haste” in enforcing a long-ignored transparency law that requires companies doing business with the city to provide details about the financial interests behind the transactions.
Plans to develop San Diego’s waterfront have birthed an unlikely alliance determined to wake a once-powerful industry from a long sleep.
Despite overwhelming voter approval in 1992, three separate city attorney recommendations and an inewsource investigation, the city of San Diego is still not following a law mandating government transparency.
President Donald Trump’s staff is proposing to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency that has funded art performance, research and accessibility since its formation in 1965, according to a recent report in The Hill.
Over the past three years, San Diegans have filed more than 15,000 complaints with the city alleging code violations. inewsource mapped them all.
See how the county has changed over the past three decades.
The port has laid out plans for changes at Navy Pier, parking and circulation improvements, and more public space along San Diego's waterfront.
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.
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?
A state court has modified its opinion concerning San Diego attorney Cory Briggs’ “criminal” behavior, but denied a rehearing on the issue.
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.”
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…”
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.
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.
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.
Jury rejects claims that a former human resources employee at the North County Transit District was laid off because of her age and gender.
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.
A recent crane accident at the Escondido Transit Center highlights ongoing safety concerns at San Diego's North County Transit District.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
Turns out, those NCTD severance payouts were even higher than KPBS media partner inewsource first calculated.
Over the weekend and into Monday, the billionaire Koch brothers and supporters converged on the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point.
The turnover has cost NCTD nearly $300,000 since January.
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.
San Diego County Supervisor Bill Horn ran a religious charity for decades. Experts say the operation ran counter to state and federal laws.
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.
KPBS media partner inewsource has sued North County Transit District to compel the agency to release documents the investigative news reporting nonprofit considers public.
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.
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.
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