King Stahlman, the king of local bail bonds, lives on through his familiar image and ubiquitous ads. But it’s his son, George Stahlman III, who now runs the show — from shiny digs in North Park instead of a storefront downtown. He says other aspects of the business have evolved over the last couple decades, too.
The ultimate goal of any probation department is to successfully rehabilitate offenders. That might make Adolfo Gonzales, San Diego County’s new chief probation officer and a career law enforcement officer, seem an unusual choice. In a Q-and-A, Gonzales says his focus has always been on “intervention and prevention before suppression and enforcement.”
The former assemblywoman talks about her disgust with the local Democratic establishment and how her longshot, independent bid for mayor is meant to drive a conversation about San Diego’s future.
In a wide-ranging Q-and-A, ex-Mayor Bob Filner reflects on what he might have accomplished on veteran homelessness, a Chargers stadium and other causes and argues he could have won all of his court cases if the city had given him the resources to defend himself.
Don Bartletti, who retired last month after 31 years at the Los Angeles Times, knows immigration and refugees like the back of his Canons. In a Q-and-A, the most decorated photojournalist in county history reflects on his Pulitzer-winning career and the current political debate.
In a Q-and-A, Stephen Russell talks about his vision not just for the Housing Federation but for increasing San Diego’s supply of affordable housing.
San Diego State lecturer Alan Hoffman has created a plan for public transit in San Diego that could put more stations where people need them and get them to their destinations faster. It’d cost less than current plans too. The only downside: It has zero chance of happening.
So far, water officials have chosen to spread the costs of desalinated water to everyone, which means current customers will help subsidize the rates of new customers. Richard Carson, an economist at UC San Diego, thinks there’s another way.
Bills written by Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, who represents southeastern San Diego, would force police departments to collect racial data on people they pull over, document use of force incidents and regulate policy body cameras. In a Q-and-A, she talks about her motivations for policing the police.
In San Diego and throughout Southern California, blacks are much more likely than people of other races to be the victims of violent crime. In a Q-and-A, L.A. Times reporter Jill Leovy, author of a new book on urban crime, says solving old murders deters people from taking the law into their own hands.