You can grill your own steak at the Turf Supper Club in Golden Hill, but there’s not much sizzle outside its doors.

One of San Diego’s most low-profile neighborhoods is still under the radar despite the addition of businesses geared to the young and hip.

An architect tells the story when asked whether he’s taking a risk by building in Golden Hill: “You can say that times 10,000.”

But he’s still moving forward with plans for a wine bar, a sign of hope that’s getting some company.

In journalism news, the U-T is funding a non-profit investigative reporting institute that aims to work not only with the newspaper but other media too.

The U-T senior editor who’s heading up the institute says it will be independent from the newspaper, although it will have very close ties to it.

In the latest wrinkle in the ongoing saga over the city’s refusal to cough up 692 emails, the city attorney effectively dismisses a state court case as irrelevant. But his own staff seems to have a different perspective on the very same ruling.

In letters, a writer contends that Caltrans should send accurate lists of road closures to public safety agencies. That may sound obvious, but the agency has had some difficulties on this front, as we reported last week.

Elsewhere, the U-T finishes off its three-part series about the city’s expanding payroll with a look at how one in every eight workers took home at least $100,000 in 2008.

This detail isn’t quite as mind-blowing as a tidbit from Monday’s story: Firefighters get extra a 15 percent pay boost for serving on desk duty. “It’s pretty comfortable working in the firehouses. It’s difficult to drag them into a Monday-through-Friday schedule, shoving papers and handling phone calls,” an assistant fire chief told the paper.

In other words, it seems that desk jockeys get more pay than those who risk their lives fighting fires.

The mayor’s office is none too pleased with the U-T series, and its spokesman issued a point-by-point rebuttal to the first story in a memo sent to councilmembers and distributed to the public via Twitter.

Also via Twitter, the mayor’s office acknowledged that it has never issued such a detailed rebuttal before, “but this time we were absolutely certain they knowingly distorted facts.”

The NCT also looks at municipal payrolls in a story that says the region’s city managers want to follow the lead of San Diego and the county toward “a standard second tier benefit for newly hired government workers.”


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