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Stories by Brad Racino

Teacher Of The Year Urges Gompers’ Community To Be Accountable

Teacher Of The Year Urges Gompers’ Community To Be Accountable

May 26
By Brad Racino / inewsource

More than 25 teachers and students have come forward to talk about allegations of grade inflation and unrealistic academic expectations detailed by inewsource last week in an investigation of Gompers Preparatory Academy.

Familiar Faces Vie For Seat On Powerful Port Of San Diego Board

Familiar Faces Vie For Seat On Powerful Port Of San Diego Board

May 25
By Brad Racino / inewsource

The departure of public relations executive Bob Nelson from the Port of San Diego’s board has sparked a rush to fill the spot at the powerful government agency.

Gompers In The Spotlight: Teachers And Students Speak Out

Gompers In The Spotlight: Teachers And Students Speak Out

May 17
By Brad Racino / inewsource

The association tasked with accrediting charter schools confirmed Tuesday it is looking into allegations of grade inflation documented in inewsource’s investigation of San Diego’s Gompers Preparatory Academy.

Data, Teachers' Allegations Undermine Gompers' College-Ready Promise

Data, Teachers' Allegations Undermine Gompers' College-Ready Promise

May 15
By Brad Racino / inewsource and Brandon Quester / inewsource

When Vincent Riveroll swings an outsized bell to signal the start of the school day at Gompers Preparatory Academy, the director is sending a powerful message to the students and the community. Our kids are valued. Our kids can do it. Our kids are college bound.

Port’s Tuna Harbor Proposal Disappoints San Diego Fishermen

Port’s Tuna Harbor Proposal Disappoints San Diego Fishermen

April 28
By Brad Racino / inewsource

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.

inewsource Launches New Data Center To Help Public Track San Diego ...

inewsource Launches New Data Center To Help Public Track San Diego Stories

April 24
By Brad Racino / inewsource and Brandon Quester

Data is at the heart of inewsource’s work. Now, the newsroom has made it easier and more fun for readers to explore.

Stop Ignoring Transparency Law, Grand Jury Warns San Diego

Stop Ignoring Transparency Law, Grand Jury Warns San Diego

April 13
By Brad Racino / inewsource

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.

Crafting A Future For San Diego’s Tuna Harbor

Crafting A Future For San Diego’s Tuna Harbor

April 12
By Brad Racino / inewsource

Plans to develop San Diego’s waterfront have birthed an unlikely alliance determined to wake a once-powerful industry from a long sleep.

Financial Interests Behind San Diego Deals Worth Billions Still Und...

Financial Interests Behind San Diego Deals Worth Billions Still Undisclosed

March 13
By Brad Racino / inewsource

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.

News In Numbers: What Happens To San Diego Institutions If Trump Gu...

News In Numbers: What Happens To San Diego Institutions If Trump Guts Federal Arts Funding?

Jan. 30
By Brad Racino / inewsource

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.

Mapping San Diego’s Complaints: Bedbugs, Barking Dogs And Substanda...

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

Dec. 19
By Brad Racino / inewsource

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

Google Earth Engine Shows San Diego's Changing Landscape

Dec. 7
By Brad Racino / inewsource

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

More Change In Store For San Diego’s North Embarcadero

More Change In Store For San Diego’s North Embarcadero

Dec. 1
By Brad Racino / inewsource

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

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

Nov. 14
By Brad Racino / inewsource

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 M...

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

Oct. 27
By Brad Racino / inewsource

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 A...

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

Oct. 19
By Brad Racino / inewsource

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...

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

Oct. 11
By Brad Racino / inewsource

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 C...

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

Sept. 22
By Brad Racino / inewsource

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

San Diego Ignores Government Transparency Law For 24 Years

Aug. 2
By Brad Racino / inewsource

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

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

April 25
By Brad Racino / inewsource

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

NCTD Releases Part Of Leadership Assessment After Court Ruling

Dec. 14
By Brad Racino / inewsource, Leo Castaneda / inewsource

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

NCTD Prevails In Harassment Lawsuit

Aug. 25
By Brad Racino / inewsource

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, Discrimi...

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

Aug. 4
By Brad Racino / inewsource

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

Crane Crash At NCTD Station Highlights Continuing Safety Concerns

July 8
By Brad Racino / inewsource

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 Prose...

San Diego Judge Warns Attorney Briggs About Possible Criminal Prosecution

June 3
By Brad Racino / inewsource

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, Fe...

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

May 28
By Brad Racino / inewsource and Brooke Williams / inewsource

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

Briggs Withdraws Subpoena Against inewsource

May 8
By Brad Racino / inewsource

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...

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

April 20
By Brad Racino / inewsource

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

Briggs-Related Nonprofit Sues inewsource, SDSU

April 10
By Brad Racino / inewsource

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 ...

Second Lawsuit Involving San Diego Attorney Briggs Raises Conflict Issues

April 9
By Brad Racino / inewsource and Brooke Williams / inewsource

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

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

April 7
By Brad Racino / inewsource

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

Briggs Lawsuit, Land Deal End Badly For Family

March 26
By Brad Racino / inewsource and Brooke Williams / inewsource

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

More Contradictions Found In Briggs-Cacciatore Land Records

March 25
By Brad Racino / inewsource and Brooke Williams / inewsource

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 Rol...

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

March 3
By Brad Racino / inewsource and Brooke Williams / inewsource

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 Releas...

Contested Transcript Of San Diego Attorney Cory Briggs’ Wife Released

March 3
By Brad Racino / inewsource and Brooke Williams / inewsource

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

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

Feb. 26
By Brad Racino / inewsource and Brooke Williams / inewsource

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

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

Feb. 26
By Brad Racino / inewsource

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 Con...

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

Feb. 24
By Brad Racino / inewsource and Brooke Williams / inewsource

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 Que...

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

Feb. 23
By Brad Racino / inewsource and Brooke Williams / inewsource

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

California Gets New Government Accountability Laws

Feb. 4
By Brad Racino / inewsource

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...

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

Jan. 27
By Brad Racino / inewsource, Leo Castaneda / inewsource

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

San Diego Agencies Cash In On Drug Money, Assets

Jan. 26
By Brad Racino / inewsource and Leo Castaneda / inewsource

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

San Diego Police Sued For Withholding Spy Technology Records

Dec. 18
By Brad Racino / inewsource

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

Judge To Decide If NCTD Documents Will Be Made Public

Aug. 15
By Brad Racino / inewsource

“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

Staff Turnover Costs At North County Transit Higher Than Reported

June 18
By Brad Racino / inewsource

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

Secret Summit: 24 Hours With The Koch Brothers

Secret Summit: 24 Hours With The Koch Brothers

June 16
By Brad Racino / inewsource, Joanne Faryon / inewsource

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...

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

June 9
By Brad Racino / inewsource

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

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

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

May 29
By Brad Racino / inewsource

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

Bill Horn's Basic Faith

May 22
By Brad Racino / inewsource

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

Emails Show NCTD Changed Paperwork After Info Request

March 27
By Brad Racino / inewsource

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.

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