Victor Clark-Alfaro, a lecturer at San Diego State and director of Tijuana’s Binational Center for Human Rights, began doing field work with human smugglers along the U.S-Mexico border in the late 1980s. In a Q-and-A, he discusses the business of smuggling people across the border, including the role of referrals and pricing and how it’s all changed in recent years.

In our latest episode of “I Made it in San Diego,” VOSD’s podcast about the region’s businesses and the people behind them, Emil’s grandson David Bronner, CEO of Dr. Bronner’s, talks about how the family’s company has grown from a quirky sideshow soap with a cult following to a multimillion-dollar brand.

As pot entrepreneurs rush to scoop up real estate in cities with clear regulations allowing dispensaries, they’re running up against rules about how far away they must be from places like day cares and schools. Some are approaching day cares with offers of cash and other deals if they agree to move or shut down.

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, a powerful regional agency that provides water to 19 million people, paid nearly $88 million to exit interest-rate swap deals, and still has a $71.5 million liability on the books. Such payouts and the liability that remains show Metropolitan got the raw end of the deals and lost.