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Chris Young
Chris Young was a reporter at inewsource. To contact inewsource with questions, tips or corrections, email contact@inewsource.org.
Nine local employers hit with Cal-OSHA’s highest fines in 2015

Nine local employers hit with Cal-OSHA’s highest fines in 2015

On March 3, 2015, a San Diego Gas & Electric employee stepped on to three plywood boards covering an underground vault while he inspected gas valves in Mission Valley. Then the boards gave way. The inspector fell 7 feet before crashing into valves and piping at the bottom of the concrete vault. He broke eight ribs. The accident could have ... Read More »

San Diego hotel fee challenge can continue, judge rules

San Diego hotel fee challenge can continue, judge rules

The city and its Tourism Marketing District failed to persuade a judge to throw out a three-year-old lawsuit challenging a hotel fee used to promote San Diego’s tourism industry. Superior Court Judge Joel Wohlfeil ruled that the nonprofit group San Diegans for Open Government has the right to sue over City Council’s 2012 renewal of a 2 percent assessment levied ... Read More »

Judge weighs challenge to San Diego tourism payments

Judge weighs challenge to San Diego tourism payments

A Superior Court judge will soon decide if a nonprofit group has the right to challenge whether certain payments from hotel owners can be used to promote San Diego’s tourism industry. Judge Joel Wohlfeil will hear arguments Wednesday in a case that pits San Diegans for Open Government against the city and the San Diego Tourism Marketing District. The arguments ... Read More »

Podcast Pilot: Airport curfew violations

Podcast Pilot: Airport curfew violations

We are piloting the inewsource podcast with a story we first reported in November 2015. Reporter Chris Young found that airlines were routinely violating a curfew intended to keep departing planes grounded from 11:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. However, out of the more than 200 violations since 2010 only about half had resulted in a fine. For more on this story go to inewsource.org Follow us on Twiter @inewsource Tell us what you think about the show. Tweet at us or email us at contact@inewsource.org. Read More »

California agency in charge of workplace safety lacks Spanish-speaking inspectors

California agency in charge of workplace safety lacks Spanish-speaking inspectors

The state agency responsible for protecting California workers employs fewer than 25 inspectors who are fluent in Spanish — despite overseeing a large Spanish-speaking workforce at high risk for injury on the job. Bilingual staffing levels at the Division of Occupational Safety and Health, or Cal-OSHA, have been low for at least the past few years, according to agency records. ... Read More »

Airline curfew violations at Lindbergh often go unpunished

Airline curfew violations at Lindbergh often go unpunished

During the day, the sky above Nancy Palmtag’s Loma Portal home is pierced every few minutes by the loud roar of airplanes taking off from San Diego International Airport. The sound of jet engines is supposed to fade away around bedtime. But as Palmtag and many of her neighbors know, airlines don’t always abide by an airport curfew that restricts ... Read More »