Author Archives: Brad Racino

Brad Racino is a senior reporter and assistant director at inewsource. To contact him with tips, suggestions or corrections, please email bradracino at inewsource dot org.
Public Utilities Flush with Cash but behind on Projects

Public Utilities Flush with Cash but behind on Projects

by Kelly Thornton and Kevin Crowe | inewsource When San Diego city officials launched a series of utility-rate hikes in 2007, they expected to spend more than a billion dollars on projects to shore up aging water and sewer systems rife with leaks. But things have not gone as planned. Five years later, the Public Utilities Department reports completing 39 ... Read More »

Big money Super PACs eye San Diego County election scene

Big money Super PACs eye San Diego County election scene

by Brooke Williams | inewsource San Diegans may soon witness the war of the super PACs up close, as some of these mega spenders zero in on contests right here at home. A couple of super committees are locally based, including one with cosmic interests. Super PACs, nonprofits that can raise and spend unlimited funds from corporations, unions and individuals ... Read More »

Mayoral Candidates Flush with Campaign Cash

Mayoral Candidates Flush with Campaign Cash

by Kevin Crowe and Ryann Grochowski | inewsource Fundraising levels in this San Diego mayoral race have far surpassed those in the 2008 election. So far, the four major candidates for mayor have raised a total $2.4 million in cash – roughly five times the amount raised by this point in the last mayoral election. Carl DeMaio and Nathan Fletcher ... Read More »

Alvarez to DeMaio: You missed the meeting

Alvarez to DeMaio: You missed the meeting

by Kelly Thornton | inewsource A day after San Diego Councilman Carl DeMaio requested a public hearing on problems with the city’s new water billing system, he was informed that such a meeting has already taken place. DeMaio addressed his memo on Tuesday to Councilman David Alvarez, chairman of the Natural Resources and Culture committee of the council. Alvarez responded ... Read More »

Councilman wants public hearing on water billing problems

Councilman wants public hearing on water billing problems

by Kelly Thornton | inewsource San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio on Tuesday called for a public meeting to discuss the new $24 million water billing system, which has been plagued with problems and has prompted thousands of calls from frustrated customers. “Unfortunately, the level of customer service at the Water Department, which handles billing questions and addresses errors, has ... Read More »

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