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San Diego County city managers receive generous salary, perks

One city manager is guaranteed to earn 15 percent more than his second-highest paid employee. Another was granted up to $2,500 in public funds to pay for lawyers or other experts to advise him on his employment contract.

The $260,000 base salary awarded to incoming Carlsbad City Manager Steven Sarkozy prompted U-T Watchdog to revisit the compensation paid to city administrators in San Diego County.

MECA ticket perk has a bonus: free use of private suite

MECA board members used more than 270 free tickets to concerts and sporting events over the past 15 months, sometimes taking four or more guests to the organization's private suite.

Officials with the Metropolitan Entertainment and Convention Authority say the access is crucial for board members, who need to know the ins and outs of business at the CenturyLink Center and TD Ameritrade Park.

San Diego Opera officials sought government grants amid financial troubles

San Diego Opera officials seeking millions in government grants painted a picture of financial health over the past few years — a time during which financial troubles were well known inside the organization.

In a 2012 application to the city of San Diego the opera noted — as it did in each year the company sought funding — that the organization had a balanced budget for 25 years and that the opera was in “remarkably excellent fiscal health.”

Now preparing for shutdown with funds near complete depletion, the group's leaders say they knew of financial troubles internally for years.

Loving county tickets and criminal cases changed to lesser charges in turn for bigger fines

A CBS 7 investigation into how speeding tickets for CDL drivers are handled in Loving County has uncovered even bigger problems.

CBS 7 was first to report Thursday that the county judge and county legal advisor have been writing off speeding tickets as parking violations.

However, we found more than just speeding tickets are being changed.

Kentucky company making money off Georgia motorists

A private company that sells vehicle accident reports for $11 each to Georgians is making roughly $1 million a year off information that can by law be made available to drivers for less than a dollar.

Each day, police officers statewide direct hundreds of drivers involved in wrecks to a website, Buycrash.com, that belongs to a Kentucky company, Appriss Inc. The officers don’t tell motorists they can get the accident reports, needed for insurance and legal purposes, from local police agencies at little or no cost. Nor is the public likely aware that the addresses and driver’s ...

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Concerns over Google’s scans of student emails

Every day, thousands of Orange County students log in to their school-assigned Google accounts to work on lessons and send emails to teachers and classmates.

What many parents and teachers don’t know is that Google is scanning and indexing every email that those students send and receive.

The company recently disclosed how it processes the students’ emails on its computer servers in documents its lawyers filed to fight a privacy lawsuit pending in federal court in Northern California.