Stories by Pat Finn
At 32, Dan McSwain found himself living on the streets, addicted to drugs and alcohol. He told his story of degradation and redemption in The San Diego Union-Tribune this week.
The museum's La Jolla location gets ready to shut down for a major remodel — with a new gallery space, terraces and an expanded sculpture garden in its future.
The San Diego County Taxpayers Association concluded the Chargers' ballot measure won't raise enough money. The city's Independent Budget Analyst says it will — if estimates are accurate.
In 2012, some cities in the region struggled to find enough candidates to make local races competitive. That's not the case now. Plus, an upscale hotel is coming to Escondido.
The presidential race continues to make headlines. Turns out, there were quite a number of straw donors to the Dumanis mayoral campaign. And American wives are being denied SENTRI passes when their husbands are deported to Mexico.
There's nothing unusual about dead fish washing up on the shore of the Salton Sea. What is unusual is that all of them are fully grown. The lack of young fish and the absence of foraging birds could mean the sea's salinity has reached a critical level.
San Diego's District 1 City Council race is surprisingly settled when the Republican withdraws. New homes in the county are built for those with above-average incomes. A San Diegan sues Hillary Clinton in federal court.
Peter Navarro ran for mayor, Congress and the City Council as a San Diego Democrat in the 1990s. Now he's an advisor on Donald Trump's economic team.
Stephen Metcalfe writes for film and stage. In his first novel for adults, the protagonist navigates his way through life with an autistic son, an absent wife and an ailing mother.
Some surprising names surface in federal trial of José Susumo Azano Matsura. For 24 years, San Diego leaders have ignored a law requiring the names of everyone doing business with the city. And a San Diego planning official operates an RV park without permits, electricity or sewer hookups.
The death of Officer Jonathan De Guzman raises questions about relations between San Diego police and the neighborhoods they serve.
Matt Strabone, a San Diego-based attorney specializing in campaign finance, discusses how Vladimir Putin could fund a U.S. presidential candidate and why federal election rules are easier to get around than California's.
Hillary Clinton's Democratic National Convention was not like Donald Trump's Republican National Convention, for the most part. Class-action suits against Trump and his university will go to trial. A local restaurateur has had enough of tipping.
Donald Trump's Republican National Convention was, in a word, unusual. The Port of San Diego wants to redevelop the waterfront without an outdated master plan. And its North Embarcadero Visionary Plan was rendered moot by developers.
Rep. Scott Peters and others have found a legal way around campaign contribution limits. San Diego police still enforce curfews. And the district's list of reasons for firing Poway Unified Superintendent John Collins is pretty long.
A sniper attack in Dallas left five police officers dead. San Diego's homelessness problem took a turn for the worse. Balboa Park and Seaport Village may be about to get makeovers.
Every large metropolitan area has large problems. Three of San Diego's: methamphetamine, transportation, and the proposed new Chargers stadium.
Turns out, the residents of Sherman Heights didn't request those jagged rocks after all. Poway Unified has placed its superintendent on leave and is looking for a new one. And One Paseo gets a second chance.
“The Rise of a Prairie: The Life and Times of George McGovern” is the first volume of a major biography by author Thomas J. Knock on the 1972 Democratic presidential candidate and America's leading anti-war critic during the Vietnam War.
Thousands of San Diegans were drawn to vigils in Hillcrest on Sunday and Monday to honor and mourn those killed in Orlando, Florida.
We've dug ourselves out from the blizzard of mailers, yard signs and TV commercials so we can focus on what the California primary means for the presidential race and — in San Diego — for the mayoral, city attorney and City Council contests.
The June 7 primary looms, so the Roundtable casts an eye on Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the five San Diego city attorney candidates, the multiple San Diego council contests, and the proposition that's supposed to fix San Diego roads.
The Veterans Choice program for alleviating a doctor visit backlog doesn't turn out well. Chargers fan groups launches a boycott of some area hotels. UC San Diego is having a harder time than similar universities raising major funds.
Rep. Duncan Hunter's campaign paid thousands for questionable expenses. Candidates were in attack mode in the U.S. Senate debate on KPBS this week. After 18 months of criticism, state regulators reopened the San Onofre settlement.
Frederick and May Rindge moved to the California coast in 1892, amassed a fortune, built the Malibu ranch and kept everyone else out. Their obsession angered settlers and eventually cost May Rindge her entire fortune.
It's Election Central on the Roundtable as we delve into the SANDAG transit tax measure, update the San Diego Mayor and City Council District 1 races, and look closely at the contest for Dave Roberts' county supervisor seat.
- May 6
- By Pat Finn
Our intrepid Sacramento correspondents catch us up on where and what we can smoke and look at how the California primary became irrelevant (again).
The California Medical Board has charged David Chao, a former physician to the Chargers who treated linebacker Junior Seau, with negligence in the athlete's death.
The media company that owns USA Today offered $815 million for Tribune Publishing, whose newspapers include The San Diego Union-Tribune.
The election season in California has proved both unusual and predictable. The deadline passes for a probe on a secret San Onofre deal. Rocks installed to deter homeless people from camping out outrage advocates.
The stories of teenagers feeling trapped inside bodies that are not theirs often have unhappy endings. But the case of San Diego's Sam Moehlig is different.
Is Kamala Harris' heart into investigating the California Public Utilities Commission? Your San Diego speeding ticket may be unenforceable. And Richard Barrera sees no conflict with being a labor leader and school board member.
Faulconer releases a budget heavy on infrastructure. City Attorney Jan Goldsmith and San Diegans for Open Government Attorney Cory Briggs each say the other is full of hot air. SANDAG spent a lot of money trying to influence the media.
Jerry Brown was on the cover of Newsweek in 1979, the first year of his first second term as governor of California. He's on the magazine's cover again, the star of a story about how he saved the state from ruin.
They've been at odds for years, but the discord between the San Diego County Water Authority and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California seems about to boil over.
There is no love lost between the San Diego County Water Authority and its biggest supplier, the Metropolitan Water District. Their latest hostilities are over a rate hike.
Now a resident of quiet Fallbrook, Rita Coolidge's memoir of her days as a folk/rock singer includes tales of her Tennessee upbringing, marriage to Kris Kristofferson and her many friendships with rock icons of the '70s and '80s.
San Diego VA Medical Center scolded over wait times. JMI Realty pushes a plan to redevelop the Qualcomm Stadium site. San Diego's BioMed company ordered to testify at a House subcommittee on fetal tissue research.
Whatever unique adventure Jorge Meraz discovers in Baja California, it's a safe bet he will tackle it with gusto. Of course, he'll follow it up with regional food and drink — consumed with even more gusto.
- April 1
- By Pat Finn
Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown is renowned for his caution and prudence. But when he saw which way the minimum-wage wind was blowing, he got on board and backed raising it.
Now we know the details of the Chargers' stadium plan. The San Diego Zoo is flush with funds (and not into sharing). Looks like the state will get a minimum wage hike. Will San Diego get its own?
Stefan Savage is an expert in network security, privacy and reliability. His research showed how vulnerable modern cars are to hacking. His systematic approach to attacks and attackers garnered him a prestigious award this week.
What is a "convadium" and will it be on the November ballot? Cal-OSHA fined nine San Diego employers in 2015. Thousands of San Diegans trooped into the Convention Center to see Bernie Sanders.
An improved compensation package launched in July 2015 was supposed to help the department retain its officers, but it hasn't helped much.
It's confusing. Print newspapers are supposed to be dying. Yet Tribune Publishing, owner of the Los Angeles Times and the Union-Tribune, wants to buy papers in Orange County and Riverside. Why?
President Obama proposes a Supreme Court nominee it may be hard to refuse. Two Democrats take the lead in San Diego city attorney's race — in fundraising. Developers take different paths to approval for big North County projects.
For the last few years, San Diego Magazine has devoted an issue to what it deems the best neighborhoods in the county. This year, some neighborhoods aren't surprising, while others might have you asking, "Where is that?"
"Farber On Film: The Complete Film Writings of Manny Farber" has been reissued. Farber, called the "Mount Rushmore of film criticism," died in San Diego in 2008.
Tuesday was super for some. Donald Trump may have to testify in a San Diego lawsuit. Tijuana's police chief was ousted. And using your credit card at an MTS pay station is risky.
The Wounded Warrior Project, perhaps the best-known U.S. military charity, has raised millions. But it has limped along with fair-to-poor grades from charity watch organizations for years. A local group says they don't make the grade at all.