Leading Stories– Oct. 24-Oct. 30

These were the most popular Voice of San Diego stories for the week of Oct. 24-Oct. 30.
1. City Numbers Reveal the Level of SeaWorld San Diego’s Sinking PerformanceSeaWorld San Diego’s lease payments to the city of San Diego and its participation are down as the business faces obstacles nationwide. (Lisa Halverstadt).
2. Let’s Talk About Whale Sex– and SeaWorld’s Fight for Their Right to Have ItSeaWorld’s argument for why a ban on orca breeding is such an injustice might return to haunt them. (Scott Lewis).
3. Fixing Up Neighborhoods Is Easier Said Than Done– Simply Ask This GroupAn Encanto neighborhood group tried to rejuvenate an ignored neighborhood space. Now city administration has tossed the entire thing into risk. (Andrew Keatts).
4. Chula Vista Is a College Town trying to find a CollegeDespite years of obstacles, Chula Vista still has hope it will sooner or later be the home of a four-year university. (Maya Srikrishnan).
5. ‘We ‘d Have to Have Rocks in Our Head to Tell Them the Area School Isn’t really Great’A property representative says she has no concept why Superintendent Cindy Marten told a story about her trashing Franklin Elementary to potential home-buyers. (Mario Koran).
6. The Video game of Principal Musical Chairs: A Guideline BookSuperintendent Cindy Marten has large latitude to move principals around or into brand-new assignments. The procedure is more durable, pricey and lengthy if the district intends to fire a principal. (Mario Koran).
7. High School Seniors Can Add a New Line to Their Résumé: Guinea PigOn top of the brand-new A-G demands, students are working with brand-new Typical Curriculum and tests. A new SAT test is looming, too. (Christie Ritter).
8. Where Every Regional Police Agency Bases on Body Cameras, in One MapFour of the 11 cops departments in the county already have body video cameras and the rest are considering them. (Liam Dillon).
9. Culture Report: Still Filling deep space of Filner’s Plaza de Panama RedoActivating the Plaza de Panama with art, brand-new county-owned public art, a zombie run in Tijuana and more in our weekly culture roundup. (Kinsee Morlan).
10. Lobbying Public Agencies by Day, Guarding Public Dollars by NightAndy Berg, a regional lobbyist for electrical employees, is also assigned to independently police the school building tasks his service providers profit from. (Ashly McGlone).
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Early morning Report: Exactly what’s Actually Haunting a Chargers Stadium Offer

The method numerous Chargers fans see it, long time team unique counsel Mark Fabiani is a menacing, white-haired evil spirit standing in the method of an offer to keep the team in San Diego.
Fabiani, who’s long represented Chargers owner Dean Spanos in stadium talks, has come up with reason after reason it ‘d be difficult to build a stadium here and some local political leaders and individuals who work for them have been requiring a new team mediator.
What they’re not mentioning: Fabiani has a point. Getting taxpayer encourage for a new arena and making it through most likely environmental obstacles will not be easy, Scott Lewis writes. He examines the obsession with Fabiani over what is the genuine story of exactly what’s going on: The NFL is a callous business and it is clashing today with San Diego’s skeptical public and political leaders.
– Eric Grubman, the NFL exec leading league technique on the L.a front, talked with the LA Times after this week’s three-hour conferences with furious fans in San Diego, St. Louis and Oakland. His takeaway on that fan feedback? “For them, I think it was extremely cleansing, and you heard that in their voices in three cities.”.
– Lewis and Andrew Keatts went over the vitriol being targeted at Fabiani– and the (a minimum of relative) do not have thereof towards the Spanos and the Chargers organization– during this week’s VOSD Podcast. The discussion took a spooky turn when the duo talked with CityBeat’s Ryan Bradford about his book “Scary Business” and why people are drawn to things that terrify them.
That Other Individual Haunting Arena Talks.
Popular regional lawyer Cory Briggs, who’s best understood for his efforts to stop things, simply revealed an amended variation of the effort he’s stated could help finance a Convention Center expansion and a downtown Chargers arena. Briggs told the Union-Tribune the updated procedure would secure the Objective Valley site– the city’s present arena site of choice– from drawn out ecological court fights per an exemption Gov. Jerry Brown already accepted however need the city to develop that new Objective Valley stadium without taxpayer aid.
The current Sacramento Skirmishes.
Policy (and yes, political) battles are a continuous truth in Sacramento and we’re all over them in the latest Sacramento Report.
Sara Libby offers a fast play-by-play of both the argument surrounding one year old Prop. 47, which sought making some felony offenses misdemeanors with the goal of lowering the prison populace, and the continuing full-blown brawl between Democratic Assemblywoman Toni Atkins and Sen. Marty Block, who both desire the exact same seat. And Ry Rivard provides an update on 2 increasing water beefs.
News Nibbles.
– Previously this week, Lewis chatted with now two-time District 1 City Council prospect Ray Ellis, who exposed he still supports benefactor Irwin Jacobs’ past strategy to remake Balboa Park which he had not been cool with Faulconer’s decision to drop $2.1 million on that hurried environmental review for a Mission Valley arena.
The city of San Diego has offered more information on the police shooting of a guy in the Midway area, consisting of a few of the officer’s statement.
– So San Diego didn’t win that Olympic bid last year. Alleviation reward: The 2017 World Beach Games. (Associated Press).
– Ex-Mexican national soccer group coach Miguel “El Piojo” Herrera could be the brand-new Tijuana Xolos head coach. (Union-Tribune).
– Little Italy’s brand-new 10-story parking lot, which spans a full city block, opened Friday and a new job in Mission Valley is set to cover more than 5 acres with new houses and retail. (San Diego Publication).
– Finally, San Diego City Councilman David Alvarez’s staff wins the very best City Hall Group Outfit Published on Twitter Award. Pretty strong Star Wars analysis. But Alvarez admitted prior to that he had never ever in fact seen Star Wars.
Our Leading Five.
Stories about SeaWorld’s current troubles topped the list of this week’s leading five most-read stories. Check out the complete Leading 10 here.
1. City Numbers Reveal the Level of SeaWorld San Diego’s Sinking PerformanceSeaWorld San Diego’s lease payments to the city of San Diego and its participation are down as the business faces obstacles nationwide. (Lisa Halverstadt).
2. Let’s Discuss Whale Sex– and SeaWorld’s Fight for Their Right to Have ItSeaWorld’s argument for why a ban on whale breeding is such an injustice may return to haunt them. (Scott Lewis).
3. Sprucing up Communities Is Easier Said Than Done– Simply Ask This GroupAn Encanto neighborhood group tried to rejuvenate a neglected area space. Now city administration has thrown the whole thing into risk. (Andrew Keatts).
4. Chula Vista Is a College Town searching for a CollegeDespite years of setbacks, Chula Vista still has hope it will one day be home to a four-year university. (Maya Srikrishnan).
5. ‘We ‘d Need to Have Rocks in Our Head to Let them know the Neighborhood School Isn’t really Good’A real estate representative states she has no idea why Superintendent Cindy Marten narrated about her trashing Franklin Elementary to prospective home-buyers. (Mario Koran).
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Sacramento Report: Police vs. Prop. 47

It’s been practically precisely a year because California voters passed Prop. 47, a step targeted at lowering the jail population by bumping certain nonviolent criminal offenses down to misdemeanors.
For its very first birthday, Prop. 47 is getting the gift of analysis.
The Washington Post kicked things off a couple weeks ago with a piece about how the procedure is operating in San Diego. It follows a homeless man who has lots of brushes with the law, and utilizes his story making the case that keeping people from prison doesn’t always mean keeping them from triggering more trouble.
That angered many regional folks who questioned why just law enforcement viewpoints– Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman and City Lawyer Jan Goldsmith emerge– were showcased. Indeed, previous San Diego Cops Chief Costs Lansdowne, who played a key function in passing the step, wrote a letter to the editor questioning the article: “Our failing state and federal justice systems call out for reform, but these modifications will work just if police changes effectively and if we properly purchase prevention.”.
Lauren Alexander of the local chapter of the ACLU likewise revealed aggravation about the Post post: “The article aims to blame Prop. 47 for enhancing crime, while failing to keep in mind that in San Diego, the focus of the article, crime rates are largely the same from last year– and some indicators have actually even fallen,” she told me in an email.
Caroline Ridout Stewart, a social employee, suggested in an op-ed for us that local police has been causing more problems than it has actually contributed to discovering solutions: “State and regional leaders have to appreciate the will of the voters and get behind implementation reforms instead of fight against them at the expense of neighborhood health and wellness.”.
The L.A. Times editorial board has actually likewise waded into law enforcement’s response to Prop. 47:.

The gist of the response versus Recommendation 47 is that we as a society just have no option but to make ownership of drugs and petty theft into felonies punishable by more than a year in prison if we wish to manage more significant criminal activity. Similar cautions were released about the repercussions of modifying the three-strikes law, yet recidivism among strikers launched from prison after voters embraced Proposition 36 is astonishingly low. And similar arguments were made versus redirecting some felons from state jail and state parole to county prison and county probation, yet criminal activity rates after adjustment continued to fall.

That captured the attention of City Councilman Todd Gloria, who has asked for that the Council’s public safety committee go over Prop. 47 concerns at an approaching meeting.
And it appears like the SANDAG board will likewise be examining how Prop. 47 has actually affected the San Diego area soon.
Water Battles.
There are at least 2 fights going on in Sacramento today over water guidelines.
One is over the extension of the emergency situation regulations, which require metropolitan water clients to make use of 25 percent less water. These are supposed to expire in February.
Whether it rains much this winter season, those limitations are virtually particular to be expanded into next spring. Even a strong El Niño is unlikely to end the drought. The state has pretty broad powers to do exactly what it desires with those policies, within factor, consisting of further rationing.
The second battle is over what takes place when the drought ends. Gov. Jerry Brown has already stated he wants to make preservation a lifestyle in the state. Others, including water authorities in San Diego, believe water agencies that can get their way out of a dry spell– by developing desalination plants, for example– need to be able to prevent any state-imposed belt-tightening.
So, our officials have actually been an active member of the fray questioning any new long-term water limits, in part due to the fact that the area has more water than it can sell, and local water firms wish to sell that water.
State bureaucrats are starting conversations about what they can do at the executive level over the long-term, however you can expect some regional officials to aim to press the battle into the Legislature, where they might have more sway.
— Ry Rivard.
Gonzalez to NBA: You’re Next.
Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez passed AB 202 earlier this year, which needs pro sports groups in the state to extend work environment protections to cheerleaders. The step influenced a comparable effort in New york city.
Today, Gonzalez and two New York legislators sent a cautioning to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver: We’re coming for you.
Just joking, lawmakers do not truly say things that directly. What they truly stated is that they wish to see what NBA cheerleaders are making and evidence that they’re not being exploited:.

” [W] e write to you asking for explanation of the employment status of dancers for all 30 groups including however not limited to: the terms of their contracts, work arrangements, requirements, and benefits. With more lawmakers remembering of the wage theft suits versus the NFL, it is necessary that current policies be evaluated to avoid the concern of wage theft from ending up being prevalent among the sports industry. We ask that this details be made public.”.

The Recommendation Scorecard.
Recommendations have actually loomed large up until now in the state Senate race in between Assemblywoman Toni Atkins and Sen. Marty Block. Atkins rolled out a long list of endorsements from former ladies lawmakers early on, and recently we told you about her camp’s “slightly dubious gambit” in aiming to lock up the true blessing of other Dem groups across town by loading those groups with fans.
LGBT Weekly describes how the San Diego Democrats for Equality recommendation– which was bestowed on Atkins– went down this weekend:.

The first forum was to showcase Atkins and State Sen. Marty Block, prospects for State Senate in the 39th District. Due to responsibilities in Sacramento, Block was not able to go to, and had an employee read an endorsement letter from honestly gay State Sen. Mark Leno. Atkins used her statements and responses to discuss her deep roots with the club and city and to rattle off a list of achievements. A movement to delay the endorsement vote up until Block might be present failed, and Atkins won well more than the 60 percent of votes essential for recommendation on the first ballot.

The U-T’s Logan Jenkins has more color from another one of these fights for a small-group endorsement (Block won this one):.

For one night, a political club with reasonably few members, low profile and near-zero clout was transformed into an intense straw poll pitting incumbent state Sen. Marty Block against Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins.

Atkins also got a nod from Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday:.

I’m really proud to reveal that I’m supporteding my pal @toniatkins in her race for California’s 39th Senate District.
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) October 29, 2015.

– Attorney General Kamala Harris, who’s running for Senate, scored a big win over Rep. Loretta Sanchez with the endorsement of La Opinion. The editorial calls Sanchez a worthy candidate, however makes no mention of Oceanside Assemblyman Rocky Chavez, a Latino who is also running.
What Happens When Authorities Collect Data.
San Diego Assemblywoman Shirley Weber’s costs requiring police companies throughout the state to collect racial information on who they stopped goes into effect Jan. 1.
Police groups are livid over the expense, and yes, I will take every opportunity to resurrect this quote from one officer who informed the L.A. Times: “There is no racial profiling. There just isn’t.”.
2 sobering pieces of journalism published today tell a different tale. The New york city Times parsed numbers from North Carolina, the state that keeps the most comprehensive information.
In Greensboro, N.C.:.

officers stoppeded African-American drivers for traffic infractions at a rate far out of proportion with their share of the regional driving population. They utilized their discretion to browse black drivers or their cars more than twice as typically as white motorists– even though they discovered drugs and weapons considerably more often when the driver was white.
Officers were more likely to stop black drivers for no noticeable factor. And they were more likely to utilize force if the motorist was black, even when they did not encounter physical resistance.

The Washington Post took a much deeper look at the other handful of states that gather data:.

As you can see, the Connecticut State Cops browsed blacks 2.6 times as typically as whites; the Rhode Island State Authorities browsed blacks 2.5 times as often; the Illinois State Authorities browsed two times as typically; and the North Carolina State Cops browsed 1.5 times as often. In Chicago, blacks were searched more than 5 times as often as whites.
However all that additional examination doesn’t appear to be turning up anymore illegal things. In Connecticut, Illinois and North Carolina, authorities found contraband less typically when they browsed black people than white individuals. In Chicago, for instance, blacks were 30 percent less most likely to be found with any prohibited products. State authorities officers from Rhode Island were the exception; they were more likely to search black drivers, however they also most likely to find contraband.

Meanwhile, the White Home offered an upgrade this week on its effort making more data on cops interactions with their neighborhoods available to the general public. It notes that the California Department of Justice is the very first state agency to participate, and “will deal with law enforcement agencies throughout California to embrace open data policies, and will likewise provide devices and resources to assist them better use their information to inform and enhance policy.” (Disclosure: My husband works for the Cal DOJ.).
Pumping the Brakes on Motor Voter.
For a while, the nationwide media was falling all over itself to high-five California for passing Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez’s New Motor Voter Act, which will automatically register citizens to vote through the DMV.
However California authors are starting to bring individuals pull back to Earth a bit on the bill. “It might not be fully in place up until the 2018 elections at the extremely newest,” notes the Orange County Register.
And Dan Walters says the law won’t be the advantage Democrats believe it will: “Even if the 6 million-plus brand-new signed up voters that Democratic political leaders imagine ultimately do materialize, that does not mean they will actually vote.”.
Golden State News.
– Texas Gov. Greg Abbott didn’t take the news well that California leads Texas in demands to acquire new weapons.
– Assemblywoman Toni Atkins gives a rundown of the costs the Assembly passed this session that supply chances for immigrants. (Huffington Post).
– Bear in mind those weird cardboard cutouts that appeared on the Capitol steps earlier this year– where all the legislators had the very same outfits and the same bodies? The Rancho Santa Fe homeowner behind them is taking things up a notch: He’s collecting signatures for a tally initiative that would force lawmakers to use sticker labels or badges listing their most significant project donors. (Sacramento Bee).
– Assemblyman Brian Jones talked with the Washington Times about his opposition to a new law that requires so-called crisis pregnancy centers to supply information about abortion services.
– A new report discovers that political prospects in California are extremely white guys, though our candidate swimming pool is still more diverse than a lot of states. (Within Bay Location).
– An analysis discovers the huge bullet train task is probably going to blow through budgets and deadlines. (L.A. Times).
– Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is a Democrat who is certainly running for governor; Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearingen is a Republican politician who is maybe running for governor. They wrote an op-ed together for the Union-Tribune about leveraging innovation to produce jobs. The Sacramento Bee has some thoughts about exactly what that might suggest.
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VOSD Podcast: Teasing Arena Videos on the Scariest Podcast Ever

CityBeat’s Ryan Bradford joins the podcast today to obtain us in the Halloween spirit by speaking about his book “Scary Company,” a sweaty pagan pride celebration and the factor people are interesteded in fear.
Likewise on this week’s podcast, Voice of San Diego’s Scott Lewis and Andrew Keatts dissect the current arena video that made the rounds earlier in the week and talk about why fans are so quick to blame Chargers representative Mark Fabiani rather than the Chargers.
Voice of San Diego’s Maya Srikrishnan phones in to discuss Chula Vista’s continuous mission to get its own four-year university. We also touch on an elementary school principal who just recently set the record straight and the contrasting interests in San Diego Unified’s school center enhancements

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Special Podcast: Why Ray Ellis Is Attempting Once more for City Council

This is not Ray Ellis’s first campaign for City board. In reality, of the seven candidates running for city attorney and City board District 1 that I’m interviewing as part of a series of podcast discussions, Ellis is the only one who has actually run for workplace previously.
He lost in 2012 to Sherri Lightner, now the City Council president.
“I learned it was a genuine uphill battle to run against an incumbent,” Ellis said.
I asked if, upon reflection, he would do it once again.
“We have actually definitely benefited from having actually done it in the past,” he stated.
Ellis is also the only one so far to keep enthusiastic encourage for the strategy to remake Balboa Park as soon as championed by benefactor Irwin Jacobs.
Ellis did say, however, that the mayor and City Council’s choice to spend $2.1 million on a hurried effort to keep the Chargers in the area was an error.
Next week, we’ll round out the series with Robert Hickey, the Republican deputy district attorney running for city lawyer. Let me know if you have any questions for him.

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Morning Report: Dual Roles for Bond Watchdog

Andy Berg spends lots of of his nights acting as chair for a bond oversight committee for San Diego Unified School District, where he is expected to guarantee that billions of taxpayer dollars from construction bonds are spent properly. But throughout the day, Berg is the head of an association of electrical contractors, where he lobbies the very same school district on behalf of companies that gather that cash.
Our Ashly McGlone looked into Berg’s dual functions as both lobbyist and watchdog. “Following San Diego Unified’s bond money leads you to the pockets of many of Berg’s electrical contractors and his bosses,” McGlone reports.
Through a public records request, McGlone found e-mails where Berg dealt with a disagreement in between one of his member professionals and the district– eventually, in one message, he threatened to recommend to his member that the company take legal action against the district.
“If he is sending e-mails like that, he should step down” from the oversight committee states Michael Turnipseed, president of the California League of Bond Oversight Committees. “He’s bringing his day task into the arena.”.
Partial Report Wholly Postponed.
Back in 2014, we blogged about how far behind the San Diego Police Department had actually fallen in combating racial profiling within the department. The protection influenced city leaders to reveal an effort to study authorities information for indications of racial profiling throughout traffic stops, a research study that was expected to produce a report due this month. KPBS reports Councilwoman Marti Emerald revealed on Wednesday the report would be delayed by eight months.
Emerald says the report is only partially finished. In spite of the reality the initial strategy was to launch the study in 3 parts, “we don’t feel that it’s accountable to release partial information along the way,” Emerald said.
No Fish Story.
Scripps Institute of Oceanography reports the fish population in California has declined by more than 70 percent since 1970. Researchers took a look at the outcomes of two research studies to collect the data, and found it “noteworthy” that research studies of 2 various populaces of fish have declined at extremely comparable rates. “The research concludes that modifications in the California Current ecosystem are the most likely reason for this decrease in fish abundance,” Scripps writes. Whether the decreases are because of changes in the climate is “a key concern for future investigation,” they write.
State Senate Clash Begins.
It’s early days in the race for state senator between Toni Atkins and Marty Block, however the Union-Tribune reports the anxiety of the contest is already producing conferences laden greatly with drama. “I’m damn tired of individuals being available in and getting associated with our party, our club, our business!” one lady complained at a small conference of the Uptown Democratic Club on Tuesday. Atkins and Block were both in attendance, vying for the club’s assistance. Atkins told the club she was running against Block since “Women have actually been asked to step aside once more and again and again,” the U-T reports.
“Just hunker down, folks,” Block told the crowd. “We’re barely starting.”.
The Sporting Life.
– The San Diego Padres named Arizona D-backs 3rd base coach Andy Eco-friendly as their new manager. (KPBS).
– The San Diego Aztecs called their basketball court after their famous coach, Steve Fisher. (KPBS).
News Nibbles.
– UCSD scientists are spending their days determining the many methods to hack into your automobiles. (KPBS).
– The big Post Workplace facility on Midway Drive has actually been purchased and will be turned into numerous commercial spaces. (San Diego Business Journal).
– U.S.A Today finds a religious group in Turkey might have been unlawfully spending for federal lawmakers to fly to Turkey. Among the legislators who took the journeys: previous congressman Bob Filner.
– The Port of San Diego will get $10 million in federal money to help pay for restorations at the 10th Opportunity Marine Terminal where the big Dole ships offload. (Times of San Diego).
– The Union-Tribune pulled together data showing San Diegans who have contributed to presidential candidates, and how much.
Halloween’s Racist Rejects.
If you don’t have your Halloween costume exercised yet, your potential customers are rapidly becoming spooky. Donald Trump masks are expected to be popular this year (best used over top of a bald cap!), and 2015 is the year film characters found themselves carried to in “Back To The Future Sequel,” so you’ll be seeing lots of those outfits. Three outfits you will not be seeing: Walmart’s “Little Amigo” outfit that folks thought was no bueno; and now contribute to that list the “Israeli Soldier” and a costume allegedly made to resemble an Arab Sheik. “‘Sheik Fagin Nose’ was a huge, prosthetic and misaligned appendage that was explained by Walmart as the ‘best’ device to those who wished to dress up as an Arab patriarch,” the Union-Tribune reports.
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Member Coffee Recap: Exactly what Forming Will San Diego Take?

Each month, VOSD editors, reporters and personnel travel to different areas in San Diego County to talk about the problems. Hosted by CEO Scott Lewis, our Member Coffee occasions provide an environment for our readers to share their thoughts and ideas about San Diego, and give us feedback on our coverage. On Thursday, we hosted October’s Member Coffee at the San Diego Structure in Point Loma. This is a wrap-up of that conversation. For more information about Voice of San Diego member benefits, please click on this link.
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Google has actually been gradually developing infrastructure to support its incredibly quick Google Fiber network. So far, the web giant’s executed the service in just a handful of urban areas across the nation.
The business announced last month that San Diego is on a short list of places it’s thinking about as good prospects for being a future home to Google Fiber. So what are our city leaders doing to assist seal the offer and ensure San Diegans will someday get to surf the web at the fastest speed around?
One member at this month’s meeting actually wanted to know. Scott Lewis stated he’s interested in the subject, too.
“I would like to dig into exactly what the obstacles and challenges are,” Lewis said. “There’s substantial pressure on the mayor to accept the proposition and help it get carried out.”.
Civic San Diego’s Hazy Horizon.
Previously this month, Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill that would’ve given the City board more oversight over Civic San Diego, the nonprofit entrusted with managing advancement downtown.
Going forward, Lewis said it’ll interest see whether Civic San Diego, which rose from the ashes of Brown’s death blow to the state’s redevelopment program, will really expand its reach from downtown to southeastern San Diego — something that’s remained in the works since in 2014.
Civic has also announced strategies to construct its own investment fund that would assist seed projects and construct brand-new public-private partnerships.
Does the Council want to hand over much more development authority to group? That continues to be unclear.
Exactly what is particular, stated one member acquainted with the company, is that Civic San Diego has ended up being a lot more than simply a successor organization formed solely to deal with the jobs still in the pipeline when redevelopment got squashed.
What Cory Briggs Wants for San Diego.
Attorney Cory Briggs attended on our podcast recently. He explained the complicated effort he’s aiming to get on the June 2016 tally, however even then it took Lewis a long time to actually comprehend it.
Simply put, Briggs, among the people who helped lower Mayor Bob Filner and typically a huge thorn in the side of city leaders, stated he has a concept that would address all the San Diego’s significant problems. By raising the hotel room tax, he said the city could keep the Chargers in town by developing a new downtown arena, broaden the convention center and raise cash for promoting tourism.
“What he’s aiming to do is make everybody happy,” Lewis stated.
“However exactly what remains in it for Briggs?” one member asked.
The discussion resulted in broach CEQA, or the California Environmental Quality Act, which VOSD has been covering a lot lately. Briggs makes use of the law to take legal action against jobs he thinks aren’t great for the environment. Obviously, CEQA makes Briggs lots of cash, too, however he’s not the only one using the state’s premier environmental law in odd ways.
Lewis told members to be sure to check out Lisa Halverstadt’s recent coverage of “environmental groups suing environment job with an environment law and not getting any environmental advantage.”.
Moving on Down, Republicans’ War on Media and Lilac Hills.
Here are a few other fascinating details you missed out on at this month’s meeting:.
– Voice of San Diego is moving downtown. Lewis announced that VOSD is moving its head office to a brand-new workplace in January.
– Members were stoked on Andrew Keatts and Maya Srikrishnan’s reporting on Lilac Hills Ranch, the controversial advancement in Vista that would need county managers to shirk the county’s new, pricey general strategy.
– Republican governmental candidates have a peevish relationship with the media. Talk of this week’s argument led us down the future-of-journalism wormhole wherein managing editor Sara Libby advised us that Buzzfeed is more than simply feline videos and Lewis said the greatest obstacle for a regional not-for-profit media outlet like VOSD isn’t the vitriol originating from political leaders, it’s persuading individuals that journalism is a not-for-profit as worthy of supporting as all the other nonprofits out there.
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Fabiani Is Right, a Stadium Would Be Hard to Develop Here

A few days ago, San Diego City Councilman Scott Sherman was on the Mighty 1090 sports radio. The host asked him to give San Diego fans some hope the Chargers will stay.
“I truly believe at the end of the day, the NFL is going to state, ‘You know exactly what? San Diego is an excellent market. They have excellent faithful fans. They have a dedicated leadership in place with a plan that is ready to go,'” Sherman stated.
Sherman was explaining Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s vision. Faulconer believes the offer he’s distributing to NFL team owners will persuade them they ought to spurn their sibling, Dean Spanos, owner of the Chargers, and send him home, hat in hand, to work with the city of San Diego.
Sherman stated there was just one problem: Mark Fabiani, unique counsel to Spanos and the Chargers.
“The only thing that’s getting in the way of this whole thing is Mr. Fabiani. If they were to obtain rid of him, and come back to the table, I believe we could get a deal that would exercise very well for everyone,” he stated.
He restated something comparable, to big applause, at the online forum the NFL held Wednesday night at the Spreckels Theater downtown.
At the online forum, Sherman stated that in 14 years of the Chargers dealing with getting something done, there’s been only one constant in the failure: Fabiani. Hence, maybe Fabiani is to blame for exactly what’s happening.
There has been, naturally, another constant: Spanos.
I’m unsure why Sherman hesitates to criticize Spanos.
Step back and consider exactly what’s going on here. It is not as easy as some wily, white-haired Fabiani tinkering exactly what would otherwise be a remarkable partnership in between the mayor and Spanos.
Fans are getting their “It’s a company” moment.
NFL gamers always speak about the times when the realities of their task security ends up being clear– “It’s a company” has become shorthand for the moment when they should reconcile the sport they have actually enjoyed with the ruthlessness of the business that funds it.
The NFL group relocation procedure is that minute for fans. Unlike with players, nevertheless, it doesn’t occur frequently adequate to become something we are accustomed to.
What occurred Wednesday night was just a huge group-therapy gathering– a possibility for the most passionate fans to grapple with the fact that the team manipulated them and is now going through the process of discarding them.
At the minimum, Fabiani has prevented providing any false hope.
We need to watch out for that. Tony Manolatos agrees. The mayor’s surrogate on Chargers issues cautioned of false hope in a long memo about the issue with Cory Briggs’ effort for a hotel-room tax hike downtown.
“What I dislike most about Mr. Briggs’ strategy is that it will provide some fans false hope, and the fans don’t should have that after everything the group has put them through this year,” he composed.
As far as doubtful hope goes, however, is anyone in town providing more of it than Faulconer?
“We’ve said all along we’ll fulfill any due date. We will conquer any obstacle,” Faulconer said on another show Wednesday.
He’s the one attempting to persuade fans that the NFL owners will put Spanos in his place– force him back to San Diego, chagrined, regretful even. Possibly– just perhaps!– they’ll make him fire Fabiani too!
But how reasonable is the mayor’s vision?
Fabiani’s fundamental argument is two-fold: That there’s an excellent possibility voters will turn down the mayor’s arena plan, which includes $350 million in city and county general tax dollars, which it may be scuttled by California environmental laws.
Thus, they are not going to quit the race to Los Angeles with those threats. If they lose the race, or if they cared about San Diego like the fans care about them, they might be going to put that aside. But they do not.
It’s finest for fans to come to terms with that. Like an offending lineman with a lot of concussions, the league is finished with you. You could not get them the taxpayer checks quickly enough.
Fabiani is right about the trouble in pulling off an arena. Reserve the wonky, intricate conflict about the environmental clearance to construct the arena, it is still far from clear that voters would rubber-stamp such an investment in a brand-new stadium.
The mayor require appearance no further than his friend, Ray Ellis, the Republican running for City board in the most significant local race of 2016. If Ellis wins, he will swing the balance of power at Town hall toward the mayor.
However in an interview with me today, Ellis said it was an error for the mayor and City board to invest $2.1 million on a rushed ecological effect report for the stadium.
The mayor’s strategy hinges on it. Thus, his strategy is an error.
Ellis said as he goes door to door in the district– that includes Carmel Valley and La Jolla– he’s heard a lot of antipathy about cash to subsidize professional football.
“There is not a cravings to support an organization like the Chargers today,” he stated.
If the mayor can’t even get Ellis on board with his plan, it does not bode well for his efforts to encourage the NFL owners. Even the mayor’s own survey showed a new stadium only garnered a bare majority assistance– support that grows as he describes it, however would erode as challengers pan it.
I think we might all admit that a vote on this much taxpayer financial investment in a brand-new stadium would be tough at finest.
The mayor is providing his own healthy share of questionable hope.
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Lobbying Public Agencies by Day, Guarding Public Dollars by Night

Last fall, an argument emerged in between authorities at San Diego Unified and Southland Electric, among the district’s service providers.
The district was being audited and had concerns about the pay rate of a Southland worker who worked on a job at Garfield High School.
Andy Berg, who works for Southland and dozens of other electrical contractors as the head of their association, wrote district staffer George Harris III on July 30, 2014: “George, Any idea why it would be a problem if the professional paid too much a worker? Andy.”.
Berg ultimately looped in Lee Dulgeroff, San Diego Unified’s chief centers preparing and building officer, and Harris’s employer.
“I have a concerned professional to solution to,” Berg composed.
Over the next a number of weeks, more emails followed without resolution.
On Dec. 18, Berg composed Dulgeroff with a threat: “If you can not rectify this, my recommendations to Southland will be to ignore the demand (you can’t pay more than double time) and take legal action against the District instead.”.
2 and a half hours later on, Berg, as chair, assembled a conference of San Diego Unified’s Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee, and gone over school bond tasks with Dulgeroff, the district’s point guy to the committee.
The committee is the state-mandated regional watchdog of taxpayer dollars collected through voter-approved bond steps to pay for school facilities and improvements. The volunteer group is needed to report their conclusions to the school board and public.
Berg lobbies public and private agencies for electrical contractor jobs by day, and by night he chairs the bond oversight committee, a group charged with guaranteeing the district’s $4.9 billion in bond dollars are spent as assured to voters without waste.
Berg has actually held these dual functions– advocating for contractors and taxpayers alike– for several years, and not simply at San Diego Unified. He’s likewise served on school bond oversight committees at Poway Unified, the Sweetwater Union High School District and the San Diego Neighborhood College District over the last decade.
Berg, who resides in Rancho Peñasquitos in the Poway Unified district limits, states his familiarity with building makes him preferable to the school board members who select him. He’s likewise been a friend to elected officials and stumped for the very bond steps that end up being an advantage for his members.
Not only do schools need the money but, “We develop here,” Berg said, sitting in a conference room at the local head office of the National Electrical Contractors Association. “If it’s passed there’s going to be more construction in the basic market which cannot assist however be good.”.
He’s also safeguarded districts when criticisms emerge over innovation purchases, in the case of San Diego Unified, or over high bond payment ratios, in the case of Poway Unified.
Prop. 39, passed in 2000, lowered the limit needed for school bonds to pass– from two-thirds to 55 percent of voters. As part of the procedure, bonds that pass are needed to have a citizens’ oversight committee as an extra protect.
“Follow the cash,” as Berg puts it. “I’m chair of a committee that’s in charge of ensuring money is invested as laid out in the bond.”.
That following San Diego Unified’s bond money leads you to the pockets of a number of Berg’s electricians and his bosses, he states, is inconsequential.
Electrical experts Win Huge Bond Bids.
As chief executive of the San Diego chapter of the National Electrical Professionals Association, Berg earns $160,000 a year. Almost all of the association’s $1.2 million in yearly revenue originates from member dues from over 50 electrical firms, IRS tax return show.
Berg’s 11 employers on NECA’s board of directors are the heads of several local companies that frequently work for the district and have actually gotten school agreements, in some cases without a competitive bidding procedure, district records show.
Tim Dudek, for instance, is both president of NECA San Diego and Saturn Electric Inc., a business that has actually acquired lucrative Prop. S and Prop. Z contracts in recent times as part of the district’s Integrated 21st Century Interactive Class initiative, a major focus of both bonds.
Records reveal Saturn initially won four competitive bond bids worth a combined $6.47 million to provide and install wireless internet, audio-visual equipment, electronic white boards and student devices in hundreds of district classrooms. Those agreements, each with an one-year term, were then restored without competition a minimum of 4 times for another $4 million.
Southland Electric, similarly, won a $1.3 million i21 classroom bid in 2010 and then saw that agreement renewed twice for another $2.6 million without competition. Southland won two more bond quotes worth $2 million in 2013 for i21 class work. The business has actually likewise done a minimum of 18 non-bond district tasks given that 2008 on an emergency no-bid basis– often after power outages– to the tune of $800,000, records show.
The district pays electrical companies for other projects too– like theater lighting, hand dryers and air-conditioning units– through smaller sized purchase orders that do not need bids.
NECA member San Diego Stage & & Lighting has actually been paid at least $220,000 that way for 19 tasks since November 2011. Another firm EMCOR Group, likewise referred to as Dynalectric Company, has been paid at least $73,000 for 7 jobs in the last 4 years through no-bid order, simply among others.
Still, the majority of the district’s electrical work is performed by subcontractors paid by basic service providers, not the district, making the true amounts paid to NECA service providers evasive.
Exactly what is clear in district files is NECA members Berg represents work for the district and its bond program on a regular basis. Those that do not are competing for district work, frequenting bid strolls and sending propositions.
‘2 Hats But Just One at a Time’.
Ask Berg about his work as both professional booster and taxpayer watchdog and he provides 2 views. On one hand, he says he keeps the tasks separate, putting on various hats depending upon the room he remains in.
“When I sit at a Chamber conference, it’s, ‘OK. Exactly what’s best for the business neighborhood?’ When I sit here, it’s, ‘Exactly what’s finest for my professionals?’ When I’m on the oversight committee, it’s ‘Exactly what’s best for the district and the students?'” Berg stated. “I try to just consider where I am and what I am expected to do.”.
Dulgeroff, San Diego Unified’s centers planning and construction officer, said he’s observed the exact same. Dulgeroff also served along with Berg on Poway’s bond oversight committees for numerous years.
“Andy wears two hats but just one at a time. I have not seen him attempt to take advantage of his ICOC subscription to benefit NECA electrical professionals,” Dulgeroff stated. “If he attempted I would not tolerate it.”.
Berg likewise stated there’s no fundamental dispute in between the 2 tasks due to the fact that what benefits the district is good for the contractor, and vice-versa. Serendipity.
“We have to promote what’s best for society,” he stated. “If it’s excellent, it’s good and we’ll make it work. I securely believe that.”.
“I’ve never ever truly seemed like, ‘Oh my God I cannot advocate for the taxpayer because this could hurt my (professional).’ I’ve never ever felt that method,” Berg stated. “If anything, I would be helping my professionals by assisting the district do things as cost-effectively as possible.”.
But Berg does consistently engage the district on behalf of his electrical contractors, particularly when they are at probabilities with the district or aren’t making money, emails from the school district program.
When Phazer Electric authorities complained to Berg last July they weren’t earning money by basic contractor Adams Mallory Construction for work at Cesar Chavez, Rosa Parks and Jefferson elementary schools, Berg forwarded the issues to Dulgeroff and Harris 4 minutes later with a message.
“Is there any genuine reason that Adams Mallory would be holding cash from Phazer Electric for the contract noted below? If not, is it possible for you to step in prior to there is a need to submit a stop notice?” Berg composed July 21.
More just recently, Aug. 24, Berg forwarded concerns from Southland Electric relating to payments withheld by the district for air-conditioning work.
“Lee, On the COOLING AND HEATING IDIQ’s are you launching retention for each school or are you requiring the professional to wait up until the entire region is total?” Berg wrote.
“Like numerous specialists we experience, Andy can be assertive when advocating for the interests of contractors,” Dulgeroff said of Berg’s suit threat in 2014. “District Facilities staff protects the public interest while treating our vendors, contractors and subcontractors relatively. Occasional conflicts, claims and suits with specialists are proof that district staff is watching out for public interests and holding specialists liable.”.
Berg said his warning was more about his bond oversight role than his NECA one.
“The issue being dealt with in the emails were of more importance to my function on the ICOC than they were to my day job. The district had a severe problem with their labor compliance department, so severe that many specialists (mainly non-NECA specialists) were threatening to stop bidding,” Berg stated. “The ICOC definitely has a duty to make sure the district is not preventing specialists from bidding work because this would have the effect of driving up expenses. My function as chair is to be as powerful as I need to be when the district has to understand that actions they are taking are negatively impacting the bond program.”.
Michael Turnipseed, president of the California League of Bond Oversight Committees and executive director of the Kern County Taxpayers Association, stated the exchange where Berg threatens to advise a specialist to take legal action against the district shows “He’s bringing his day task into the arena.”.
“If he is sending out emails like that, he ought to step down, in my simple viewpoint, because you are going way beyond your scope as a bond oversight committee member,” Turnipseed stated. “There’s asking the concern and there’s getting involved.”.
“You have to have individuals that do not have actually a viewed or vested interest in the outcome of their considerations,” stated Nick Marinovich, a League of Bond Oversight Committees board member and chair of the Sweetwater Union High School District bond oversight committee. “They have to be independent of any outdoors influences that could cloud their judgment. … The master is the taxpayers on these committees. That’s who the boss is.”.
Districts Seem Fine With the Arrangement.
California law prohibits staff members as well as “A vendor, specialist, or consultant of the school district” from serving on a bond oversight committee.
Berg said he’s been verbally advised by each government firm he’s served that he does not have a conflict given that neither he nor NECA receive district payment. Just the NECA members he serves do.
But after we asked, only Sweetwater’s Prop. O oversight committee minutes from 2007 reflect such guidance, although Poway Unified officials this month offered the very same viewpoint.
Minutes from Berg’s first conference at the San Diego Community College District in 2007 do not reflect such advice. The college’s Prop. S and N committee ethics policy bars members from making or influencing district choices associated with “any building job which will benefit the committee member’s outside work, company or an individual monetary interest.”.
“We don’t see a problem of interest,” said Jack Beresford, a spokesperson for the district, after examining Berg’s resume this month. College oversight committee “members are advisory in nature and don’t deciding.”.
San Diego Unified’s records from Berg’s first committee meeting Feb. 24, 2011, also make no reference of such a request, and district authorities did not react to questions about whether such a decision had actually been made.
For a couple years, a NECA training center Berg helps oversee was likewise receiving district funds.
San Diego Unified contracted with the San Diego Electrical Training Center for two years– $75,000 a year– to offer a Renewable resource Leadership Institute that 20 students participated in. The center is collectively run by NECA and the local electrical employees union through a trust supervised by an eight-person board of trustees that includes Berg.
The student program was gotten rid of throughout a round of budget cuts prior to the 2011-12 school year to conserve $130,000.
“The $75,000 hardly covered costs,” Berg said. “It was a great program for the students and I want it was still in impact.”.
San Diego district authorities did not react to a concern about whether the agreement must have disqualified Berg from the oversight committee at the time.
San Diego Unified’s bond program has not lacked its debate throughout Berg’s tenure.
One of the oversight committee’s primary tasks is seeing to it bond dollars are spent only on jobs noted in the ballot supplied to voters. San Diego Unified got a disrespectful awakening in March 2013 when a court ruled that field lights were not acceptable Prop. S expenditures. The court also identified, nevertheless, that schools didn’t need to pay back the money that had been incorrectly invested.
District expert Larry Goshorn wondered earlier this year if, provided the ruling, the oversight committee can still report bond funds were properly expended.
Berg replied: “I don’t necessarily disagree, however if the court is not demanding the payment of funds, then was the cash invested inappropriately? If it was, wouldn’t the court have bought the money paid back?”.
Close Ties With Specialists.
While oversight committee members typically do not have district decision-making power, Berg was asked to help score the construction management companies contending for a $12 million contract to oversee the Prop. S bond program in 2011.
The winning partnership in between San Diego-based Gafcon Inc. and Sacramento-based Vanir Construction Management dissolved four months later on. Gafcon CEO Yehudi Gaffen had actually served on an unsuccessful San Diego parcel tax project committee with Berg in 2010.
Berg’s familiarity with regional specialists who work with or hire his electricians is both a “Plus and a minus,” Berg said. He recalls telling district officials, “‘You know, I understand all these individuals extremely well. I indicate the (six finalist) people that exist the entire regimen. Is that an issue?’ And the answer that I got was fairly the opposite. ‘We such as the fact that you have some intimate knowledge about the companies,'” district staff stated.
On other oversight committees, Berg has actually attended specialist choice interviews, including 20 designer interviews at the college in 2007, according to fulfilling minutes.
Not everyone is as comfortable with Berg’s dual roles as Berg and city government officials.
Ron Noble, a San Diego local who’s been at odds with San Diego Unified over Clairemont High’s field lights and noise, compared Berg’s committee function to “the fox enjoying the henhouse.”.
“This thing is so incestuous it’s not amusing,” Noble stated. “It’s coming out of my taxes … How can someone legitimately be in there playing both sides of the fence?”.
I asked Turnipseed, the California League of Bond Oversight Committees president, whether it’s typical for a service provider association agent to serve on a bond oversight committee.
“We have never ever had that … not up here,” he stated. “However the air and water are various in San Diego.”.
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Early morning Report: Inside SeaWorld’s Slump

SeaWorld pays the city rent for its use of land on Mission Bay and that rent is based upon the park’s revenue, which, if you ask, gives citizens a sort of preview into the park’s performance.
It is not working out.
VOSD’s Lisa Halverstadt looked at the SeaWorld’s lease payments to the city. Those payments fell by 16 percent from 2013 to 2014, and participation dropped by about that much. Over the first 9 months of this year, meanwhile, payments were 9 percent under the exact same duration in 2014.
Exactly what’s next? Perhaps SeaWorld might follow the lead of other parks and concentrate on a wide array of excitement rides instead of attractions like killer whale programs. But if they attempt that here, that might violate the city’s guidelines relating to the role of education and conservation at the park.
NFL Show: Great deals of Boos But No News
Charger fans got their possibility to vent at NFL executives and boo Mark Fabiani, the special counsel to the team who has been its primary spokesperson on the arena search. No news was made and the NFL personnel sat mostly quiet. Here’s Dan McSwain’s take at the U-T and NBC 7 San Diego’s.
Mapping Regional Cops Body Cameras
Every city police department in the county plus the Harbor Cops and the Constable’s Department have either put police officer body video cameras into action or are looking into doing so. We’ve put together a convenient map to assist you see what your regional cops agency is doing.
Did Schools Chief Make Up a Story?
Cindy Marten, the superintendent of San Diego Unified schools, just recently informed the story of a real-estate agent who talked smack about the quality of an elementary school in the high end Kensington community. When she offered homes, Marten stated, the agent “would say, ‘Great, purchase your house here. However as soon as your children turn 5, you’ll need to go to another school.’ Like, try to prevent looking at Franklin (Elementary) since she didn’t think it was a fantastic school.”.
Not exactly School Supporter of the Year. Marten says she handled to win over the agent, who then began promoting the school’s principal.
Mario Koran utilized the anecdote in his story about primary turnover in the district.
But here’s the twist: The principal of the school called Koran and said it isn’t what took place. He stated, actually, the representative has constantly been an advocate of the school. Koran reached the agent herself who was horrified at the characterization.
– In essence, Godwin’s Law states that every online spat will ultimately degenerate into a comparison including Hitler or Nazis. It didn’t take long to reach that point in the debate over a recall effort in the Poway school district. Simply inspect this rant on the conservative blog sdrostra.com.
San Diego’s Missing Medics.
Why is the ambulance service that contracts with the city having such a difficult time conference expectations in how quickly it responds to calls? Things got so bad that the city fined Rural/Metro $230,000. CityBeat contact an official with the company who blames workload and staffing:” [W] e, together with other EMS service providers in the county, have actually dealt with a decrease in readily offered paramedics to hire and put through the city’s field training procedure.”.
North County Report: Dump the Dump.
The Oceanside City board has actually come out versus the proposed Gregory Canyon garbage dump in North County, which has actually been a controversial project for years. “You do not put a garbage dump on a riverbed,” says Oceanside’s mayor, who fears the dump will influence the city’s water supply although the landfill would be 20 miles inland. On the other hand, the state Coastal Commission is getting involved too, regardless of the range from the coast, and it’s doubtful of the project.
This news from our county’s northern hinterlands comes by means of VOSD’s weekly North County Report, which likewise features links to stories about Escondido, San Marcos, Carlsbad, Encinitas and Poway. The most uncommon story in this week’s mix: Encinitas may prohibit glyphosate, the primary active ingredient in the Roundup herbicide.
VOSD Reporters on Phase.
Come see VOSD reporters speak about making it as authors. On Nov. 7, handling editor Sara Libby, reporter Andrew Keatts and I will be among the speakers at a free day-long conference about surviving as freelancers, book authors and more. Anybody can attend the “Moving Forward: The best ways to Make it through In & & After Journalism” occasion at Point Loma Nazarene University, sponsored by the San Diego chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Society of Journalists and Authors, which I act as president. Register soon because area is running out.
Price quote: 500 Homeless in River Valley.
“Homeless advocates are rushing to help unsheltered men, women and children ahead of El Niño,” KPBS reports, “specifically those living along the flood-prone San Diego River.” An estimated 500 homeless individuals live along the river, which runs for more than 50 miles and winds through Objective Valley.
The huge question: What are the homeless people expected to do about the risk? Where are they supposed to go? The story states there’s limited space to house them.
– San Diego Food Bank is taking over North County Food Bank. (U-T).
Quick News Hits: Miller Time (in Court).
– Wow. Video exposes the impact of those regional high tides. (NBC 7).
– The Washington Nationals are poised to work with Bud Black, the previous manager of the Padres, as its manager. (Washington Post).
– The California State University system might increase tuition rates, potentially every year. (LA Times).
– The purchase of Rite Help by Walgreens could result in higher drug prices. (LA Times).
– Political infighting continues in Tijuana in the wake of a mess that erupted over expected strategies to highlight the city’s red-light district. Now, the city’s mayor and tourism chief are battling. (U-T).
– L.a is employing a “Innovative Driver Artist in House” who “will be embedded in the city’s Department of Transport, to concentrate on how to save bike riders and pedestrians from being impaired or eliminated by vehicles.” Are you listening San Diego?
– A local male called Evan Parent got a great deal of online mocking earlier this year when he sued MillerCoors since he felt misguided by its Blue Moon beer product. He claimed MillerCoors fooled him into believing Blue Moon was a craft beer.
Now, a federal judge has tentatively ruled against him, stating there’s no law preventing exactly what MillerCoors is doing, Court house News Service reports.
However the judge says Parent might try another technique. Possibly he’ll develop a method that’s more “Artfully Crafted” than Blue Moon beer asserts to be.
Randy Dotinga is a freelance contributor to Voice of San Diego and national president of the 1,200-member American Society of Journalists and Authors (asja.org). Please contact him directly at randydotinga@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter: twitter.com/rdotinga.
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