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Stories by Pat Finn

How 'The King And Queen Of Malibu' Kept Everyone Out And Saved The ...

How 'The King And Queen Of Malibu' Kept Everyone Out And Saved The Coast

March 16
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

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.

Gov. Brown Comes Around On Minimum Wage

Gov. Brown Comes Around On Minimum Wage

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.

Roundtable Talks Stadium Details, Zoo Funds, Minimum Wage

Roundtable Talks Stadium Details, Zoo Funds, Minimum Wage

April 1
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

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?

UCSD Computer Science Professor Honored For Work To Deter Hackers

UCSD Computer Science Professor Honored For Work To Deter Hackers

March 31
By Alison St John, Pat Finn

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.

Roundtable: 'Convadium' Conundrum, Cal-OSHA Fines SD Companies, Ber...

Roundtable: 'Convadium' Conundrum, Cal-OSHA Fines SD Companies, Bernie Visits

March 25
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

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.

Why Are Officers Leaving The San Diego Police Department?

Why Are Officers Leaving The San Diego Police Department?

March 21
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

An improved compensation package launched in July 2015 was supposed to help the department retain its officers, but it hasn't helped much.

What Could Purchase Of OC Register, Press-Enterprise By Tribune Mea...

What Could Purchase Of OC Register, Press-Enterprise By Tribune Mean For San Diego?

March 18
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

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?

Roundtable: SCOTUS Pick, City Attorney Scrum, North County Developm...

Roundtable: SCOTUS Pick, City Attorney Scrum, North County Development Uncertainty

March 18
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

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.

San Diego Magazine Names Next Hot Neighborhoods

San Diego Magazine Names Next Hot Neighborhoods

March 8
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

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?"

San Diego Film Critic Manny Farber's Essays Reissued

San Diego Film Critic Manny Farber's Essays Reissued

March 8
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

"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.

Roundtable: Super Tuesday, Trump University, TJ Police Chief, MTS S...

Roundtable: Super Tuesday, Trump University, TJ Police Chief, MTS Safety

March 4
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

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.

San Diego Charity Watchdog Downgrades Wounded Warrior Project

San Diego Charity Watchdog Downgrades Wounded Warrior Project

March 2
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

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.

Roundtable: Downtown Chargers, Measure A Results, MTS Security Cops...

Roundtable: Downtown Chargers, Measure A Results, MTS Security Cops, Joel Anderson Out

Feb. 26
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

The Chargers want to go downtown; Measure A is going down to defeat; MTS officers take a worker down - and injure him; Dianne Jacob defeats Joel Anderson already.

Atkins Bill Addresses Coastal Commission Transparency

Atkins Bill Addresses Coastal Commission Transparency

Feb. 25
By Pat Finn, Tom Fudge

When the California Coastal Commission voted to fire its executive director, Charles Lester, for mysterious reasons, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins introduced a bill to provide some clarity.

San Diego Artist Makes The Homeless Visible

San Diego Artist Makes The Homeless Visible

Feb. 24
By Pat Finn

Artist Neil Shigley's large black-and-white block prints and drawings humanize homelessness and force us to see the invisible people on our streets.

Roundtable: The Pope Makes News, A Cop Sues SDPD, An Iconic Buildin...

Roundtable: The Pope Makes News, A Cop Sues SDPD, An Iconic Building Is In Trouble

Feb. 19
By Kenny Goldberg, Pat Finn

The Pope took a swing at the Zika virus and Donald Trump in unexpected ways. A former San Diego Police officer says the department treats residents north of Interstate 8 differently. The Balboa Park Conservancy has some explaining to do.

San Diego's Housing Crisis Affects Middle-Class And Poor Communities

San Diego's Housing Crisis Affects Middle-Class And Poor Communities

Feb. 17
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

Thinking about buying your first house in San Diego? Think again. Real estate professionals are meeting in San Diego this week to discuss housing trends, and the shortage of units for all income brackets is front and center.

Roundtable: Gas Leak Stopped, Lester Fired, Chavez Quits, Veteran S...

Roundtable: Gas Leak Stopped, Lester Fired, Chavez Quits, Veteran Suicides Raise Alarms

Feb. 12
By Pat Finn, Tom Fudge

The Porter Ranch gas leak appears to be stopped. The Coastal Commission stops Charles Lester. Rocky Chavez stops running for U.S. Senate. Twenty-seven San Diego veterans killed themselves in 18 months.

Report: Hospital-Acquired Infection Rates Improve In San Diego

Report: Hospital-Acquired Infection Rates Improve In San Diego

Feb. 11
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

The California Department of Public Health reports improvements in the rates of hospital-acquired infections in San Diego and across the state, but they remain a significant public-health problem.

California Coastal Commission May Toss Chief Overboard

California Coastal Commission May Toss Chief Overboard

Feb. 9
By Pat Finn, Tom Fudge

The panel charged with protecting 1,100 miles of California's coastline meets Wednesday in Morro Bay to decide if its executive director, Charles Lester, should stay or go.

San Diego's City Charter Under Review

San Diego's City Charter Under Review

Feb. 9
By Pat Finn, Tom Fudge

It's 149 pages long and sets the rules for how the city governs itself in almost every area. But it has no way to remove a sick or misbehaving mayor, and that's something the City Council hopes to change.

Roundtable Spotlights Foster, Spanos, Televangelist and Body-Cam Vi...

Roundtable Spotlights Foster, Spanos, Televangelist and Body-Cam Videos

Feb. 5
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

Marne Foster pleads guilty and resigns as San Diego school trustee. Chargers' Dean Spanos reconsiders San Diego. The district attorney deals with tons of body-cam videos. And a televangelist wants to build a Christian resort in Mission Valley.

Women's Professional Cycling Making Headway

Women's Professional Cycling Making Headway

Feb. 4
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

The most famous event in cycling, the Tour de France, is for men only. Now women are trying to move up from the back of the pack to increase their presence, number of events and prize money.

Blowing In The Wind? Spending Millions On Disappearing San Diego Be...

Blowing In The Wind? Spending Millions On Disappearing San Diego Beach Sand

Feb. 3
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

Much to the dismay of beach lovers, San Diego beaches are not so sandy any more. King tides and El Niño have made them more pebbly than ever. SANDAG has spent millions trying to stem this tide. Is it worth it?

San Diego's Image Problem With Big Tech

San Diego's Image Problem With Big Tech

Feb. 2
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

When big tech companies like Google and Facebook are asked to consider locating offices in San Diego, they decline. Why? San Diego's workforce lacks the scientific, engineering and tech talent they need.

Roundtable: San Diego Mayor's Race, Methane Leak, Fish Farm

Roundtable: San Diego Mayor's Race, Methane Leak, Fish Farm

Jan. 29
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

There's a new face in the San Diego mayor's race, new stats in the mega-methane leak in Los Angeles, and new information on Hubbs-SeaWorld's experiment with farming fish.

28 Years Of Malashock Dance In San Diego

28 Years Of Malashock Dance In San Diego

Jan. 27
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

Sometimes it's been a struggle, but after 28 years of leading San Diego's premiere modern dance company, John Malashock still finds the creative experience exciting and fulfilling.

San Diego Black Film Festival Opens This Week

San Diego Black Film Festival Opens This Week

Jan. 27
By Pat Finn, Tom Fudge

With more than a hundred films — documentaries, shorts, feature films — showing over five days, the San Diego Black Film Festival is a vital venue for filmmakers and actors to tell stories about the black experience.

Roundtable: Many Questions Remain In San Onofre Debacle

Roundtable: Many Questions Remain In San Onofre Debacle

Jan. 22
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

There have been charges, counter-charges, a criminal probe and a lot of silent avoidance since the radiation leak that eventually closed the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station was discovered.

North County Cities Explore Choosing Their Energy Sources

North County Cities Explore Choosing Their Energy Sources

Jan. 21
By Claire Trageser, Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

Several North County cities and the city of San Diego are considering switching to an alternative energy program that would give them the power to choose where their electricity comes from.

Carlsbad Voters Will Soon Decide On Shopping Center Proposed For La...

Carlsbad Voters Will Soon Decide On Shopping Center Proposed For Lagoon

Jan. 19
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

Next week, after months of forums, debates, and big campaign spending, Carlsbad voters will finally weigh in on whether they want an upscale retail center on the Agua Hediondo Lagoon.

Roundtable Tackles Chargers, Flooding, State's Budget, City's State

Roundtable Tackles Chargers, Flooding, State's Budget, City's State

Jan. 15
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

The Chargers are still here, for now; some residents in San Carlos are flooded out; the details of the governor's conservative budget; and the mayor's take on the state of the city.

Churches Pitch In To Help San Diego Homeless

Churches Pitch In To Help San Diego Homeless

Jan. 12
By Pat Finn, Tom Fudge

When a Midday Edition guest lamented last week that he didn't see churches stepping up to help the homeless, that didn't sound quite right. We looked into it and found lots of helping hands in area churches.

Ron Roberts Takes Charge

Ron Roberts Takes Charge

Jan. 12
By Pat Finn, Tom Fudge

From the Chargers to land use, infrastructure to transportation, Ron Roberts — as chair of the Board of Supervisors and the board of SANDAG — will be right in the thick of 2016's biggest issues.

Flood Insurance:  What Good Is It?

Flood Insurance: What Good Is It?

Jan. 11
By Pat Finn, Tom Fudge

If any year was a good year to purchase flood insurance, this is it, says the California Department of Insurance. So what good is it to homeowners and renters?

Roundtable: Deluge in Tijuana, City Pension Woes, SeaWorld's Legal ...

Roundtable: Deluge in Tijuana, City Pension Woes, SeaWorld's Legal Trials

Jan. 8
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

San Diego wasn't the only place hard hit by this week's rains. So was Tijuana. San Diego's pension problems still aren't settled. And SeaWorld spends a lot of time in court.

James Chute Is Bullish On San Diego Arts Scene

James Chute Is Bullish On San Diego Arts Scene

Jan. 7
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

After 25 years of writing about music and art in San Diego, James Chute has left The San Diego Union-Tribune. He looks back and ahead to an arts scene he believes is on the brink — in a good way this time.

Governor Declares State Of Emergency As Disastrous Methane Leak Con...

Governor Declares State Of Emergency As Disastrous Methane Leak Continues

Jan. 6
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

In October, 67,000 pounds of climate-changing methane gas began spewing into the air each hour from a gas storage field near Los Angeles. Work on a relief well is on schedule, and SoCalGas is working on a plan to capture the methane.

Can You Retire Comfortably? Maybe Not

Can You Retire Comfortably? Maybe Not

Jan. 5
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

More than a third of all private sector workers in the U.S. have no retirement benefits. Social Security helps a little, and some say it is in trouble itself. But there are simple initiatives the government could take to remedy the situation and ease minds.

Roundtable: The Big Stories of 2015

Roundtable: The Big Stories of 2015

Jan. 1
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

Much of what made news in 2015 — the Chargers, Mayor Kevin Faulconer, lawyer Cory Briggs, D.A. Bonnie Dumanis, Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman, SeaWorld and the Padres — will be center stage again in 2016.

Roundtable On LA Methane Leak, Police Shooting Video, SDPD Review B...

Roundtable On LA Methane Leak, Police Shooting Video, SDPD Review Board

Dec. 18
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

A methane leak in Los Angeles is a huge, dangerous, environmental disaster. A judge allows a police shooting video to be released to the news media. The civilian watchdog for the SDPD is pretty toothless.

San Diego Doctor On How Sports-Caused Brain Trauma Affects Kids

San Diego Doctor On How Sports-Caused Brain Trauma Affects Kids

Dec. 16
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

Dr. Alan Shahtaji, director of the Sports Concussion Clinic at UC San Diego Health, sees six to eight kids each week who have suffered brain trauma while playing football or other sports.

San Diego's Navy Broadway Complex Still Not A Done Deal

San Diego's Navy Broadway Complex Still Not A Done Deal

Dec. 14
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

The $1.3 billion downtown development project now called Manchester Pacific Gateway received final approval from the city of San Diego last week. Still to come: an appeals court ruling and possibly more lawsuits.

Roundtable Visits Pendleton, Carlsbad, Tijuana Airports And Silicon...

Roundtable Visits Pendleton, Carlsbad, Tijuana Airports And Silicon Valley South

Dec. 11
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

The proposed airport at Camp Pendleton, the expanding airport in Carlsbad, the new, convenient bridge to the international airport in Tijuana -- all could be used when San Diego becomes the new Silicon Valley.

Camp Pendleton International Airport? The Economics

Camp Pendleton International Airport? The Economics

Dec. 9
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

MBA students at Cal State San Marcos studied the economic impact of siting a dual-runway, international airport at Camp Pendleton. Hint: It's big.

Roundtable: Gun Violence, Climate Action, Electricity Choice & Tony...

Roundtable: Gun Violence, Climate Action, Electricity Choice & Tony Perry

Dec. 4
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

The San Bernardino shooting is still shaking up everyone. San Diego's climate plan is heading for a council vote. The prospect of choosing electricity sources excites some people. And a well-known local journalist turns a page.

Chula Vista's Mayor In Paris For Climate Talks

Chula Vista's Mayor In Paris For Climate Talks

Dec. 3
By Neiko Will, Pat Finn, Steve Walsh

Chula Vista Mayor Mary Casillas Salas is one of 11 U.S. mayors attending COP21, the climate conference in Paris. She's there because her city has been a leader in carbon reduction for over a decade.

Scripps Scientist Who Advised Pope Is In Paris For Climate Events

Scripps Scientist Who Advised Pope Is In Paris For Climate Events

Dec. 2
By Pat Finn, Steve Walsh

Veerabhadran Ramanathan discovered the greenhouse effects of CFCs in 1975. Decades later he persuaded Pope Francis to raise awareness of the effects of climate change on society, especially the poor.

California Western Celebrates 10 Years Of Community Law

California Western Celebrates 10 Years Of Community Law

Dec. 1
By Pat Finn, Steve Walsh

From immigration issues to family law and housing disputes, student volunteers from California Western School of Law have provided legal services and advice to those who can't afford them for the last 10 years.

Renowned International Journalist Robin Wright In San Diego

Renowned International Journalist Robin Wright In San Diego

Nov. 30
By Pat Finn, Steve Walsh

It goes without saying that parts of the Middle East are dangerous and deadly. How, then, does Robin Wright get at the truth of who, what and how — let alone the most important question: why?