Part One: The Problem
Part Two
: No Barrier To Despair

The Thinning of the Gray Whales: As gray whales adapt to the Arctic’s changing climate, the effects are felt in San Diego and in a remote fishing village on the shores of a lagoon in Baja California Sur.

Part One:The Thinning Giant
Part Two:Balancing Conservation with Opportunity in the ‘Abandoned Zone’

A Trail of Broken Promises The Valencia Business Park in southeastern San Diego went wrong for a number of people. But it appears to be going right for a developer with ties to a public official.

Always Running: Luis Acle With runs for Congress and bi-national business efforts, school board President Luis Acle has long sought power and success. But when he finally reached a position of influence, he has both tried to escape from the role and abdicated much of its authority.

A Towering Figure: The Life and Business of Aaron Feldman In the three decades since he immigrated to the United States, the intensely private president of Sunroad Enterprises has built a wide-ranging business empire that spans two nations. Now, at the height of his success, he faces unprecedented challenges.

Police Chief Has History of Inaccuracies: A two-part special report finds San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne has been misstating key statistics on television and in front of the City Council for several years.

Part One: Getting the Numbers Wrong
Part Two
: Police Chief Has a History of Inaccuracies

Affordable No More: The city’s Southeastern Economic Development Corp. has allowed the limits of its affordable housing regulations to be stretched and, at times, crossed.

The Forbidden City: Oblivious to the immigration debate that spins out of control around them, the migrant workers of Carmel Valley continue to live how they have for decades: In a trash-strewn canyon with candles for light, a stream to bathe in, and each other’s companionship to keep themselves warm.

Ghostwriting the Airport’s Story: If you support replacing Lindbergh Field and your name carries credibility, the airport authority will spend thousands to have professionals clandestinely write an op-ed under your name for the local newspaper. It’s all part of a multi-million dollar public-relations campaign that critics are complaining about, but that appears to be working.

Mission Valley: The Unplanned Neighborhood: It’s gone from being the home of the exotic crops of Spanish missionaries to the enormous chains of American merchandising. Now, as a burgeoning residential community, Mission Valley is becoming just plain home. But its sordid history leaves its residents contemplating the future in a flood plain without a school, park land and a permanent fire station.

No Ex-Councilman Left Behind: Internal e-mails show that City Councilman Jim Madaffer worked diligently behind the scenes to secure a significant pension boost for an ex-official who had long since left city service. At the same time, Madaffer lobbied the ex-official for millions of dollars in land grants.

Another Pension Fund in the Red: In the shadow of the fiscal scandal that has left San Diego’s City Hall in a legal and political quagmire is another billion-dollar pension problem.

The History of V&E: Hired to be a narrator of San Diego’s problems, the Vinson & Elkins law firm instead became a primary character in the tale of a city mired in a financial crisis, myriad investigations and mounting legal and consulting bills. The firm’s failures were initially hidden from the public and carry real consequences.

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