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  • Flood of Distrust: A Story on San Diego’s Mismanaged Water Department

    “Flood of Distrust” is the culmination of our year-long investigation into the San Diego water department. We found the department was unable to perform basic functions for citizens of the country’s eighth largest city. Our work prompted the city to refund tens of thousands of dollars to customers and caused significant changes in the department’s management, including the abrupt exit of the department’s director. “Flood of Distrust” exposes a mismanaged and unsupervised public utility department, a department that cost San Diegans thousands of dollars and is in desperate need of repair.
  • San Diego's waterfront

    inewsource's investigation uncovered the back-room deals and power politics that shaped some of the most valuable — and public — waterfront land in southern California. With two long-form stories told through every medium possible — text, photo, video, audio, graphics, maps and social media — inewsource helped prevent the same deviant process from occurring again in a neighboring (and equally valuable) plot of land currently under development. The series also helped kickstart mitigation efforts to make part of the original land more publicly accessible. The first story was told using inewsource’s unique transparency technique of providing an interactive text version of the story, allowing readers to view the documentation behind nearly every sentence for themselves using DocumentCloud.
  • Lobbying Public Agencies by Day, Guarding Public Dollars by Night

    Andy Berg lobbies public and private agencies for electrician jobs by day, and by night he chairs the San Diego Unified school bond oversight committee, a group tasked with ensuring the district's $4.9 billion in bond dollars are spent as promised to voters without waste. The fact that following the bond money leads you to the pockets of many of Berg’s electricians and his bosses, he says, is inconsequential.
  • Facebook Posts Lead to Gang Conspiracy Charges

    Voice of San Diego managing editor Sara Libby revealed how San Diego's district attorney tried to send a local resident named Aaron Harvey to prison for the rest of his life for a shooting that prosecutors and everyone else admitted he didn't commit. Instead, the district attorney said his Facebook posts showed he should be held responsible for the crime through a novel interpretation of the state's gang conspiracy laws. After Libby's reporting, the case against Harvey was thrown out and the DA vowed never to use similar charges again.
  • Sprawl Developer Won't Take No For an Answer

    This was a two-person investigation into political corruption, environmental damage, public danger and regulatory capture presented by a developer’s attempt to build a suburban sprawl project in rural San Diego County. We spent two months diving into lawsuits, environmental reports, wildfire warnings and campaign finance disclosures to understand how billion-dollar real estate developments take shape outside of public eye, even if they contradict adopted regulatory guidelines. It resulted in an elected official, poised to enrich himself by voting in favor of the project, being forced to recuse himself from voting, which led to the project’s indefinite suspension.
  • Midway Police Shooting Investigation

    Team 10 Investigators fought against the San Diego Police Department's refusal to release documents and surveillance video of an incident in which a San Diego Police Officer shot an unarmed mentally disabled man. Team 10 took the battle for transparency all the way to Federal Court resulting in an order compelling the San Diego District Attorney to release the information and video. As a result of our investigation several policies within the department were changed and the City of San Diego purchased additional body cameras for police officers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPjCjn3yVeg
  • Cory Briggs

    This series dug deep into the legal and ethical practices of San Diego attorney Cory Briggs who built a business and a reputation suing developers, municipalities and state and federal agencies in the name of the little guy. The results found major undisclosed conflicts of interest (which immediately resulted in a $143,000 reimbursement for taxpayers), a web of more than 40 nonprofits used as shell companies, highly questionable business practices, discrepancies in personal land deals and close business ties to the people he sues.
  • Police Misconduct

    In a year filled with stories about police misconduct, San Diego freelance journalist H.G. Reza found a big one. Reza, reporting for Voice of San Diego, uncovered a case of police charging into an immigrant family’s home and business under the guise of suspecting that family members were intending to rob the store. Reza had exclusive access to surveillance video, which sharply contradicted the police department’s official version of events. His piece revealed that officers ultimately arrested two family members simply for walking into their own home.
  • A Cross-Border Clash of the Titans

    Voice of San Diego senior reporter and assistant editor Liam Dillon spent eight months investigating one of the largest political corruption scandals in San Diego history. Dillon, assisted by Mexican journalist Vicente Calderón, produced stories that took readers to corporate boardrooms in the United States and Mexico, gas stations and warehouses in suburban San Diego and surveillance deals in Israel. The resulting series, A Cross-Border Clash of the Titans, answered many questions about the wealthy Mexican businessman at the center of the scandal and his feud with one of San Diego’s largest corporations.
  • Stolen Wishes

    NBC 7 Investigates looks into the non-profit WishWarriors, a San Diego cancer charity that promised families with children battling cancer financial support for allowing the charity to highlight them in advertisements. Months after these promises were made and after the families participated in time-consuming fundraisers, none of the families had received a penny. As we looked into WishWarriors and the people behind the group, the story began to unfold with unexpected twists and turns including officials making an arrest and community members rallying behind the children this organization advertised as supporting.