What’s the Port of San Diego Worth, Anyway?

In September, we released a months-long investigation into political and financial connections between public officials and local media moguls Doug Manchester and John Lynch. A major focus was the Port of San Diego’s Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal, the deep water port downtown that Manchester and Lynch would like to see transformed into an entertainment complex that would include a Chargers stadium.

The project has ignited the San Diego mayoral election and raised critical questions about government transparency. There have been new revelations unearthed almost every day.

We’ve re-arranged the stories below in the order we feel is best for understanding what is happening.

First, read what started this whole thing — the investigation by reporter Brooke Williams that examines the connections among, Carl DeMaio, Lynch and Manchester.

Then, read the three main blog posts in order — “Port Commissioner: ‘UT is Coming after Us’,” “Port Commissioner claims U-T CEO threatened him; CEO says, Not True” and “Carl DeMaio’s office says no record of communication between DeMaio, Lynch and Manchester.”

Lastly, spend some time with the interactive timelines that put it all into perspective and with reporter Brad Racino’s explanatory page that attempts to answer the question, “What’s a Port Worth Anyway?”

1. Media powerhouse flexes political muscles

The Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal, a sprawling industrial dock downtown, has been the target of developers for more than a decade. Now two businessmen determined to build a football stadium on the terminal have taken over the county’s largest newspapers and tried to position themselves politically to push it forward. READ MORE…

2. Port Commissioner: “UT is Coming after Us”

The head of the county’s largest newspaper threatened a port commissioner running for Congress with a newspaper campaign to dismantle the Unified Port of San Diego. READ MORE…

3. Port Commissioner claims U-T CEO threatened him; CEO says, Not True

The CEO of U-T San Diego Thursday denied sending a threatening email to a port commissioner running for Congress, suggesting the email had been doctored and “somebody could go to jail” for sending it. READ MORE…

4. Carl DeMaio’s office says no record of communication between DeMaio, Lynch and Manchester

City councilman and mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio has not communicated with U-T San Diego’s publisher Doug Manchester or CEO John Lynch about anything on his city email, phone or any other city government device, his office said today. READ MORE…

5. New city hall on Manchester’s waterfront could gain traction

KPBS and Investigative Newsource have learned one of the city’s most powerful developers — local media mogul Doug Manchester — suggested city hall move to the Navy Broadway complex, a mega waterfront development he’s building downtown. And at least one mayoral candidate suggests it’s an option. READ MORE…

6. Port says personal emails are not the public’s business

The Unified Port of San Diego has declined to release any communication about the public’s business that might exist in Peters’ personal accounts, saying state law doesn’t require it. But the issue isn’t that clear cut. Courts across the country are divided over public access to private accounts. READ MORE…


Developers have drooled for years over the Port of San Diego’s Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal. But each new idea — most with a football stadium attached — has been beaten back by those who believe a rare, deep water port should remain — just that.”Port Authority”, the latest I-Newsource/KPBS investigation, tackles the question: Are we getting the biggest bang for our considerable bucks at that terminal?To get to the bottom of this we spent months wading through paper, analyzing the economics, talking with port supporters and opponents, and maritime experts. We interviewed dozens of employees and small business owners affected by what happens on those 96 acres that jut out into the bay. The result? You be the judge.


Timeline: Terminal Battle at the Port

U-T SanDiego owner Doug Manchester and his CEO John Lynch have spent years cultivating political connections, while eying the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal for development. VIEW TIMELINE…

Timeline of emails between U-T CEO and port commissioner

Interact with a timeline to follow the various versions of an email U-T San Diego CEO John Lynch sent to Port Commissioner Scott Peters August 9. VIEW TIMELINE…


I-Newsource reporter Brooke Williams and KPBS Investigative Producer Joanne Faryon catalogue the long relationship between the new owners of U-T San Diego and San Diego mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio on Evening Edition Sept. 26, 2012.

I-Newsource reporter Brad Racino and KPBS Investigative Producer Joanne Faryon examine the economics of the 10th Avenue Terminal and the impact the port has on the San Diego region and what kinds of jobs the port provides. So, what’s a port worth? From Evening Edition Sept. 27, 2012.



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