Who benefits from granny flat give-away? “S.D. aims for more granny flats” (May 8): The facts about “The Granny Flat Pilot Program,” in case you missed the U-T’s article, suggested by the Housing Commission for additional housing. The problem is, the first 40 permits and reduced fees will only go to those affiliated with the Housing Commission, not to the public.Now the city will provide an additional $1 million toward the program, which will be paid by you, the taxpayer. That is $25,000 per unit in the form of a loan going to the same Housing Commission people who suggested the program in the first place and the loan does not have to be paid back. This is nothing more than the city and the Housing Commission’s way of saying “you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours.” Gene HendersonUniversity City I am quite disturbed by the trend of local communities allowing the construction of rentable “Granny Flats” in single … [Read more...] about Your Opinions: Will San Diego embrace the granny flat movement?
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There is little dispute that hate has largely moved from community clubhouses into virtual spaces, making it easy for like-minded people to fellowship from afar, no membership required.But organized hate groups have not entirely lost their appeal.The Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit that tracks hate and extremist groups across the U.S., found 1,020 such organizations in 2018, up 7 percent from the previous year.Its latest “hate map” places seven such groups as being active in San Diego County last year, with many tied to larger national movements. The groups don’t have to be violent or have committed hate crimes to be included in the annual list. Rather, the center explains its criteria as follows: “All hate groups have beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics.”Still, its criteria has been controversial at times, with many of the groups, including some in San Diego, … [Read more...] about Which ‘hate’ groups are operating in San Diego?
Attorney Cory Briggs dropped out of the 2020 San Diego mayoral race on Tuesday, telling opponents he’s a better lawyer than politician and wishing them luck in the campaign.A frequent critic of City Hall who has won high-profile lawsuits against the city, Briggs was considered a longshot candidate to succeed Mayor Kevin Faulconer, who can’t run for re-election next year because of term limits. Briggs entered the race in January after Faulconer unveiled during his annual “State of the City” speech proposals to boost construction of affordable housing with softer regulations on parking and building heights. Briggs said the proposals would ruin the city’s neighborhoods, fail to solve the housing crisis and make developers richer.On Tuesday, Briggs texted opponents Assemblyman Todd Gloria, Councilwoman Barbara Bry and activist Tasha Williamson that he is dropping out of the race. “I am discontinuing my campaign for mayor,” he texted them. … [Read more...] about Attorney Cory Briggs drops out of San Diego mayor’s race
More than 2,500 of San Diego’s 11,000 employees are suing the city for underpaid overtime hours as part of consolidated litigation that attorneys say is similar to a class action.The lawsuits are based on a 2017 federal ruling against the city of San Gabriel that created a new interpretation of how employers should calculate overtime pay for workers.The ruling, which affects nearly every city in California, says that cash payments to employees for medical coverage should be calculated into an employee’s regular rate of pay when determining their overtime rate of pay.Multiplying an employee’s hourly rate of pay by one and a half, which is the normal practice, is no longer sufficient. Employers must adjust the hourly rate to reflect cash payments for medical care, and then multiply by one and a half. “It’s up and down the whole state,” said Jim Cunningham, a lawyer who filed suit last month on behalf of some San Diego firefighters. “I think just … [Read more...] about More than 2,500 employees sue San Diego for underpaid overtime
A San Diego based company is accused of making millions of dollars by coercing young women into having sex on camera. For many of the women, including some who spoke to NBC 7 Investigates, their experience ended with thoughts of suicide, humiliation, and isolation from family and friends. Nearly two dozen women say what started with a response to a modeling ad on Craigslist ended with videos of them having sex posted to some of the most popular porn websites in the world, according to a lawsuit filed against the company. They say the three owners of the website Girls Do Porn set up an elaborate scheme using fake names, reference girls paid to lie and promises that the videos would be sold to private collectors in Australia and New Zealand, according to the lawsuit. In January, a State Court Judge issued a tentative ruling, stating the women’s allegations had shown that the men had likely “engaged in malice, fraud or oppression.” An … [Read more...] about Uncovering A San Diego Porn Scheme: Deception, Humiliation Follow Online Ads