News in Numbers

News in Numbers

The interesting material that reporters unearth from public data sets can sometimes be explained in stories of modest size. Here are chunks of valuable information that we have analyzed and presented with speedy access in mind.

Patently true: San Diego is a hotbed of invention

Patently true: San Diego is a hotbed of invention

San Diego is well known for its beautiful beaches and near-perfect weather. But federal data suggests that it should also be known as home to some of the country’s most prolific inventors. According to statistics from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, San Diego-area inventors were granted more than 34,000 patents from 2000 to 2013. That ranks San Diego among ... Read More »

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 »

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