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Stories by Tarryn Mento

Supervisor Dave Roberts Responds To Claims He Misused His Office

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The former staff member alleges San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts misused taxpayer funds, inappropriately delegated campaign responsibilities to government employees and maintained an inappropriate relationship with an employee, according to a claim filed with the county.

San Diegans Favor Parks, Libraries In Upcoming Budget

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For nearly 2½ hours Monday night, community members shared their thoughts on San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer's proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

San Diegans To Weigh In On Proposed City Budget

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You can share your thoughts on San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer's proposed fiscal 2016 budget at a City Council meeting Monday evening.

San Diego Council President Sherri Lightner Gets Analytical About Politics

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District 1 Councilwoman Sherri Lightner is the City Council’s first female president. But it's Lightner’s background in engineering that sets her apart on the council.

San Diego City Council To Begin Budget Hearings This Week

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The City Council on Monday will begin five days of public hearings to scrutinize Mayor Kevin Faulconer's proposed budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

San Diego Opera Settlement With Former Executives Tops $1 Million

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Newly released tax documents show the former head of the San Diego Opera and its chief fundraiser walked away with more than $1 million in a privately negotiated employment settlement.

Budget Analyst: Faulconer's Proposed Budget Is 'Good News' For San Diegans

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A new report out this week shows Mayor Kevin Faulconer's proposed fiscal 2016 city budget has plenty to offer San Diegans, but points to some future areas of concern.

Traveling Vietnam War Memorial Replica Helps Veterans, Families Heal

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In Washington D.C., the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall is an emotional but healing sight for many who experienced one of the nation’s most unpopular wars. A traveling version of the wall that visits hometowns across the country is on the USS Midway in San Diego until Thursday at 5 p.m.

San Diego City Council Responds Positively To Faulconer's Proposed Budget

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The $3.2 billion spending plan, which would take effect July 1, includes funding for the repair of 300 miles of streets.

Mayor Faulconer Proposes $3.2 Billion Budget For San Diego

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Mayor Kevin Faulconer is also proposing to expand operating hours at the city's 16 busiest recreation centers from 45 to 60 hours a week.

San Diego Councilman Todd Gloria Announces Bid For State Assembly

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Democrat Todd Gloria said he hopes to help more families and push forward with transportation options if he's elected to the California Legislature.

Amended Belmont Park Lease Approved Despite Lawsuit Threat

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The San Diego City Council approved an amended lease for Belmont Park, the Mission Beach amusement facility that includes a wooden roller coaster, the Plunge pool, shops and eateries.

Lease For Mission Beach's Belmont Park Back Before City Council

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The San Diego City Council on Monday will consider an amended lease for Belmont Park, the Mission Beach amusement facility that includes a wooden roller coaster, the Plunge pool, shops and eateries.

Ex-SeaWorld Trainer Responds To Video Of Him Using Racial Slurs

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John Hargrove, an ex-SeaWorld trainer who released the book "Beneath the Surface," said the company is attempting to hurt his reputation by releasing a video of him using a racial slur.

New Trails In Rancho Peñasquitos Help Preserve San Diego's Landscape

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The new trails increase San Diegans' access to nature in Rancho Peñasquitos but also help preserve the region's sensitive habitats.

San Diego Zoo Says New Baby Jaguar Is Boy

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The jaguar, born on March 12 at the Harry and Grace Steele Elephant Odyssey exhibit, is the third cub for mother, Nindiri.

San Diego's First Legal Pot Co-Op Holds Grand Opening

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A Green Alternative in Otay Mesa started accepting customers Wednesday but celebrated its grand opening Friday.

Gloria, Alvarez Unite As San Diego's Opposing Voice

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During the city of San Diego’s financial struggles and mayoral sexual harassment scandal, partisanship tended to take a back seat. Now, political debate is back, and two city councilmen are leading the charge.

Report: Lapses In Supervision, Accountability Led to SDPD Misconduct Cases

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The federal probe found gaps in San Diego police policies regarding officer misconduct cases as well as a lack of consistent supervision.

Fabiani Says Chargers Not Optimistic About Mission Valley

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A San Diego Chargers spokesman said the team doesn't think a task force’s site selection for a new stadium will be successful and is prepared to pursue a Los Angeles-area stadium plan on its own.

Faulconer's Other Task Force Aims To Boost Job Skills In San Diego

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Members of San Diego's business and education sectors brought their minds together in a small conference room Friday for the first meeting of the mayor's economic development task force.

Task Force Selects Mission Valley As Site For New Chargers Stadium

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The Chargers stadium task force has selected Mission Valley as the site for a new facility, a spokesman for the group confirmed Wednesday.

Political Consultant Says Chargers Donation Inquiries Were Just A Test

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A volunteer political consultant for the San Diego Citizens' Stadium Advisory Group says the inquiries were just to gauge interest.

San Diego Mayor Wants To Fix How City Fixes Its Infrastructure

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Mayor Kevin Faulconer unveiled plans Thursday to update how the city repairs assets such as roads, water pipes and sewer lines.

First Legal San Diego Medical Pot Co-Op Wants To Set A High Bar

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San Diego medical marijuana patients could buy their pot from the city’s first legal store by next week. The cooperative’s owners are taking great care to exceed the minimum requirements.

Things To Know For San Diego Chargers Stadium Task Force Meeting

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San Diegans will get their chance at a public meeting Monday night to weigh in on the Bolts' effort to get a new facility to replace Qualcomm Stadium.

Report Released On San Diego County Officer-Involved Shootings

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The study from the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office found 367 suspects were shot by law enforcement officers in the county from 1993 to 2012.

Faulconer Responds After Chargers Spokesman Questions Task Force

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The team's Mark Fabiani raised concerns in a letter about the task force's independence. Mayor Kevin Faulconer said Fabiani's remarks are a distraction.

Chargers To Mayor's Stadium Group: Team Won't 'Provide Political Cover'

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San Diego Chargers team counsel Mark Fabiani issued a statement on the Bolts' website about what he shared Monday with Mayor Kevin Faulconer's Citizens' Stadium Advisory Group.

San Diego Dockworkers Again Locked Out As West Coast Labor Dispute Continues

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San Diego is a smaller port and ships weren't scheduled to come in during the lockout, but larger places like Long Beach and Los Angeles are seeing a build up of ships.

Supervisor Horn Gives San Diego Stadium Task Force Something To Consider

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San Diego County Supervisors Chairman Bill Horn says the county could help issue bonds to pay for a new stadium as long as taxpayers aren't on the hook to pay them back.

What Mayor Faulconer's Telling National News Media About San Diego

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San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer appeared on CNBC, Wall Street Journal Live and Bloomberg during a trip to New York City.

San Diego Supervisors Chairman Horn Declares 2015 ‘Year Of The Veteran'

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After touting the county's financial standing and wildfire readiness in his State of the County, the North County supervisor said he'll focus on the region's service members this year.

San Diego Officers Prepare To Vote On New Contract

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The tentative agreement increases benefits, such as uniform and equipment allowance, over the next three years and raises pay by 6.6 percent over the last two.

San Diego Cops Reach Tentative Deal For 6.6 Percent Raise

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The total cost of the contract is about $92 million over five years, with $62 million being new costs, according to the mayor's office. Police union members and the City Council still have to approve the deal.

San Diego Cops, City Reach Tentative Deal to Raise Officers' Pay

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Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Brian Marvel, president of the San Diego Police Officers Association, will announce Friday morning a tentative agreement between the City of San Diego and the union.

San Diego Officials Oppose SDG&E Rate Changes

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San Diego City Councilmen David Alvarez and Todd Gloria said the proposed changes are unfair, while the utility said the changes would bring relief to ratepayers who have unfairly shouldered rising energy costs.

Council Updates Rules For San Diego Medical Marijuana Shops

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Last week, the city of San Diego granted its first land-use permit for a medical marijuana cooperative. This week, it gave final approval to amend the city code on cooperatives, but some San Diegans still have concerns.

Longtime NFL Executive, County Chief Appointed to Chargers Stadium Task Force

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A nine-member task force tasked with finding a location to build a new stadium for the Chargers, and coming up with a plan to pay for its construction, was publicly introduced Friday.

The Road To San Diego's First Legal Medical Marijuana Cooperative

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The San Diego Planning Commission upheld a land use permit for the city's first legal medical marijuana cooperative. But there's still one more step before it opens.

San Diego Mayor Faulconer On MSNBC: Infrastructure Repair Is 'Vital'

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A week after mayor Kevin Faulconer delivered his big annual speech, the mayor appeared on national TV commenting on the President Obama’s State of the Union address.

San Diego Chargers Not On Board With Mayor's Stadium Plan

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The Chargers' effort to replace the 47-year-old Qualcomm Stadium began in April 2002, nearly 13 years ago.

Mayor Wants Plan For New Chargers Stadium By This Fall

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Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced at his first State of the City speech he is creating a task force to develop a plan to build a new stadium for the Chargers. It could be at the current stadium site in Mission Valley or in downtown San Diego.

San Diego Mayors And Their First Big Speeches To the City

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Mayor Kevin Faulconer will lay out his agenda for the year Wednesday night in his inaugural State of the City speech. But how much weight do these annual speeches carry?

Faulconer's San Diego Convention Center Decision Expected Next Week

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For years, the city of San Diego has worked to expand its Convention Center, but a court decision in August brought the project to a halt and little has been mentioned about it since.

Horn, Roberts Begin Final Terms As San Diego County Supervisors

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In office since the mid-1990s, Bill Horn and Ron Roberts will become subject to a new term-limits law in four years.

Chula Vista Moves Toward A Fully Staffed City Council

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The open seat on the Chula Vista City Council will be filled by appointment. The mayor and three sitting council members will select their top candidates Monday.

Lawsuit Filed Challenging McCann's Victory Over Padilla In Tight Chula Vista Race

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A civil lawsuit filed in San Diego County Superior Court Friday challenges John McCann's win over Steve Padilla in November's Chula Vista City Council election.

San Diego County Sheriff Offering Extended Open Application Period

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If you're looking for a new job in the new year, the Sheriff's Department plans to hire 150 deputies in 2015. An open application period runs Friday through Jan. 12.

Yet Another Bad Season Won't Dash Chargers' Stadium Dreams

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The Chargers' elimination from the playoffs marks more than 50 years since the team won a major title, but the Bolts are pushing forward with their dream of a new stadium.

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