Supervisor Horn gets legal — so do we

An attorney for Supervisor Bill Horn is challenging our investigation of a charity Horn used as a “facilitator” for his real estate deals. We’ve been forced to respond by hiring our own attorney.

It’s the expensive reality of digging deep to bring you the kind of accountability journalism you expect from us.

Because transparency is essential to earning your trust, we have posted the lawyer’s letter to us and our response on our website. You can read them here.

We’ve also posted the original comments Horn’s lawyer sent us before publication of the story. Yesterday, we broke the letter down and inserted video clips from the experts we consulted, who talk about each point the attorney raised.

We’ll keep you posted as the correspondence continues.

On a related note, if you missed reporter Brad Racino on KPBS Roundtable Friday night discussing the story, you can view it here.

Brad was on the air again Tuesday, this time on KOGO radio, with talk show host LaDona Harvey. Listen to the lively discussion here.


What you didn’t know about the opera…

Turns out San Diego opera director Ian Campbell may not stand to gain as much as many assumed if the company had closed.

KPBS and inewsource broke the news last week of an amendment to Campbell’s contract that hadn’t previously come to light. Rather than assuring he would be paid through 2017, as an older contract indicated, the amendment said he could be terminated with 30 days notice. And the Opera would only have to pay him through the calendar year.

The opera and Campbell have parted ways, but their attorneys are still hashing it out.


Election is coming right up …


And our Joe “Follow the Money” Yerardi is dishing out the latest on the campaign trail.

You can check out the latest numbers in the District 5 supervisor’s race and the contest for district attorney here.



Finally, inewsource and KPBS teamed up to tell you about a candidate with some noteworthy affiliations who is running for a seat on the San Diego Community College District board of trustees. The story exploded on Reddit, so if you haven’t had a chance yet, give it a read.

Brad Racino was the assistant editor and senior investigative reporter at inewsource. He's a big fan of transparency, whistleblowers and government agencies forgetting to redact key information from FOIA requests. Brad received his master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri in...