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Stories by Ryann Grochowski

U-T San Diego Political Ads Don't Add Up

U-T San Diego Political Ads Don't Add Up

April 5
By Amita Sharma, Ryann Grochowski / inewsource

An inewsource and KPBS investigation found the U-T San Diego appears to have offered discounts to favored candidates and causes in last November’s election.

Extra Pay To City Employees Is Increasing, New Report Says

Extra Pay To City Employees Is Increasing, New Report Says

March 28
By Claire Trageser, Ryann Grochowski / inewsource

A new report shows “specialty pay” increased by 60 percent between 2000 and 2011 in 16 San Diego County cities.

San Diego Hospice Failed To Report Patient Data To State

San Diego Hospice Failed To Report Patient Data To State

March 11
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Ryann Grochowski / inewsource

The troubled San Diego Hospice did not report patient information to the state back in 2009 and 2010 - information that would have indicated how long hospice patients received care.

San Diego Hospice Needs $2 Million To Care For Dying Patients

San Diego Hospice Needs $2 Million To Care For Dying Patients

Feb. 28
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Ryann Grochowski / inewsource

San Diego Hospice continues to care for 401 dying patients - despite being in bankruptcy court and winding down operations for good. But the care of those patients could be in jeopardy if the organization does not get an immediate two million dollar loan.

Fired Nurse Files Lawsuit Against San Diego Hospice

Fired Nurse Files Lawsuit Against San Diego Hospice

Feb. 22
By Ryann Grochowski / inewsource

In the lawsuit, a former nurse for San Diego Hospice alleges executives encouraged employees to falsify records and admit patients, even if they didn't need care.

San Diego Hospice Moving Operations

Jan. 25
By Ryann Grochowski / inewsource

The county's largest hospice provider is moving to its Hillcrest facility to save money.

New Superior Court Judges To Take Office

New Superior Court Judges To Take Office

Jan. 7
By Ryann Grochowski / inewsource

San Diego's Superior Court swears in three new judges today, including controversial attorney Gary Kreep.

Campaigns Spending Big In Last Days Of Election

Campaigns Spending Big In Last Days Of Election

Nov. 5
By Ryann Grochowski / inewsource

Final campaign filings show candidates and super PACs focusing efforts on advertising.

San Diego Campaign Spending Ramps Up As Election Nears

San Diego Campaign Spending Ramps Up As Election Nears

Oct. 26
By Ryann Grochowski / inewsource

With less than two weeks to go until the election, the latest campaign finance reports show accelerated fundraising and spending in city and congressional elections.

Democratic Chair Says Ellis Broke Campaign Rules

Democratic Chair Says Ellis Broke Campaign Rules

Oct. 25
By Ryann Grochowski / inewsource and City News Service

The chairman of the San Diego County Democratic Party alleged today that City Council candidate Ray Ellis violated campaign rules in his high-stakes race to unseat incumbent Sherri Lightner.

Legal Community Rallies Around 'Well-Qualified' Judicial Candidate

Legal Community Rallies Around 'Well-Qualified' Judicial Candidate

Oct. 19
By Ryann Grochowski / inewsource

About a dozen lawyers and retired judges asked voters to consider the county bar's ratings in November's judicial election. Robert Amador is the only candidate with a "well-qualified" rating.

Super PACs Spending Big, Spending Negative In Congressional Race

Super PACs Spending Big, Spending Negative In Congressional Race

Oct. 16
By Ryann Grochowski / inewsource

National Super PACs have thrown more than $4 million into the 52nd Congressional District race. Most of the cash has been spent on negative ads.

Lincoln Club Reverses Miller Endorsement, Switches Support To Amador

Lincoln Club Reverses Miller Endorsement, Switches Support To Amador

Oct. 11
By Ryann Grochowski / inewsource

A prominent pro-business political club reversed its endorsement of attorney, Jim Miller Jr., for a seat on the Superior Court bench after it discovered Miller had not been forthright about his credentials.

Local ‘Super PACs’ Making Major Statement In San  Diego Mayor’s Race

Local ‘Super PACs’ Making Major Statement In San Diego Mayor’s Race

Oct. 8
By Ryann Grochowski / inewsource

San Diego mayoral candidate Bob Filner might be leading in the polls, but he is still behind his opponent Carl DeMaio when it comes to campaign fundraising.

Filner Sits Out Votes In Congress While He Runs For Mayor

Filner Sits Out Votes In Congress While He Runs For Mayor

Oct. 4
By Brad Racino / inewsource, Ryann Grochowski / inewsource

While he’s been running for mayor this year, Congressman Bob Filner has missed voting on well more than half the votes in the House, more than any other California congressional member.

Judging San Diego's Judicial Candidates (Video)

Judging San Diego's Judicial Candidates (Video)

Sept. 17
By Ryann Grochowski / inewsource

Superior Court Judge races usually don’t get a lot of attention, and candidates, not a lot of scrutiny. The KPBS/I-Newsource Investigations Desk takes a closer look at judicial seat number 25 and what’s at stake.

Campaign Mailers: A Tricky Business

Campaign Mailers: A Tricky Business

Aug. 6
By Ryann Grochowski / inewsource

Why would a Republican candidate appear on a campaign flier that endorses a Democratic President? The Investigations Desk takes a closer look at why Gary Kreep appears on campaign mailers with Barack Obama. Kreep, who won his race for Superior Court Judge, has serious doubts about whether Obama is a U.S. citizen.

DeMaio Has Fundraising Lead In Mayor's Race

DeMaio Has Fundraising Lead In Mayor's Race

Aug. 1
By Kevin Crowe / inewsource, Ryann Grochowski / inewsource

Councilman Carl DeMaio outspent and outraised Congressman Bob Filner in the primary election for San Diego mayor, but pro-Filner forces are lining up to make the runoff in November competitive and expensive.

Filner's Second-Spot Primary Win Comes At Bargain Price

Filner's Second-Spot Primary Win Comes At Bargain Price

June 8
By Kevin Crowe / inewsource, Ryann Grochowski / inewsource

Bob Filner definitely got the most bang for his buck in Tuesday’s primary. The Democrat congressman spent just $8.75 per vote to make it into the general election for mayor of San Diego against Republican councilman Carl DeMaio.

Fundraising Amps Up For Proposition A, B Committees

June 1
By Kevin Crowe / inewsource, Ryann Grochowski / inewsource

On Tuesday's ballot, voters will choose whether to approve two propositions involving city labor agreements and workers' pensions.

Scott Peters Lent His Campaign $1.25 Million in May

Scott Peters Lent His Campaign $1.25 Million in May

May 30
By Ryann Grochowski / inewsource

Democrat Scott Peters, an attorney and port commissioner, lent his campaign $1.25 million dollars in May. He’s now the top fundraiser in the race, approaching $2 million. Nearly 70 percent of that cash comes from his own bank account.

Business Groups, Builders And Labor Battle Over Propositions

Business Groups, Builders And Labor Battle Over Propositions

May 25
By Kevin Crowe / inewsource, Ryann Grochowski / inewsource

Supporters of the proposition to reform the City of San Diego’s pension system have outspent the opposition committees more than six to one according to the most recent financial statements filed with the City Clerk.

DeMaio Spends Big On Own Campaign, Super PACs Start Raising Cash Fo...

DeMaio Spends Big On Own Campaign, Super PACs Start Raising Cash For Mayoral Candidates

May 25
By Kevin Crowe / inewsource, Ryann Grochowski / inewsource

Two candidates for San Diego mayor have each raised more than $1 million so far, underscoring that this is a high stakes, high money contest. And it’s only the primary.

Bilbray’s Legislative Machine: Money, Support Surrounds Algae Bills

Bilbray’s Legislative Machine: Money, Support Surrounds Algae Bills

May 21
By Ryann Grochowski / inewsource

Big money has been pouring into the Congressional race for San Diego’s 52nd district since its boundaries were redrawn and it suddenly became wide open territory.

Follow The Money: Non-Monetary Campaign Donations

Follow The Money: Non-Monetary Campaign Donations

May 7
By Ryann Grochowski / inewsource

In the latest installment of the “Follow the Money” series, we examined the details behind what candidates can accept in contributions other than cash.

Hoteliers, Hospitality Industry Back DeMaio Over Other Candidates

Hoteliers, Hospitality Industry Back DeMaio Over Other Candidates

April 26
By Ryann Grochowski / inewsource

Councilman Carl DeMaio strongly supports the convention center expansion and the hotel tax that will fund it. In turn, he’s attracting the financial support of local hoteliers, caterers and event planners in his bid for mayor.

Follow The Money: Campaign Disclosures

Follow The Money: Campaign Disclosures

April 20
By Ryann Grochowski / inewsource

This is the time of year that voters start finding their mailboxes stuffed with campaign mailers, and their phones start ringing with campaign polls and robocalls. Campaign committees do have to abide with specific regulations when it comes to telling voters exactly who’s behind those fliers and phone calls.

Follow The Money: Donation Limits

Follow The Money: Donation Limits

April 18
By Ryann Grochowski / inewsource

It’s not a free-for-all when candidates raise campaign cash in San Diego. Limits on donations are carefully governed by the San Diego Ethics Commission. Candidates and committees must abide by the rules, or they could face fines.

Follow The Money: Self-Financing A Campaign

Follow The Money: Self-Financing A Campaign

April 17
By Ryann Grochowski / inewsource

Candidates in some of San Diego’s most contested elections have already loaned and donated to their campaign large sums of money. Self-loans and donations are good ways to increase a campaign’s bottom line, but there’s key differences between the two practices.