Monday, July 14
The San Diego City Council overturned a previous policy and voted to pay contract workers a prevailing wage on water and sewer projects of $10 million or more. The move, supported by the unions and the main trade organization representing San Diego area contractors, was an attempt to keep big-project money in the local economy and level the playing field for the homies who often are underbid by big bad contractors from somewhere else.
Tuesday, July 15
A guy proved that when it comes to robbing businesses at gunpoint, shoes are not required. A barefoot man held up a City Heights gas station and made off with his loot in a red Acura. A bit later, cops spotted the dude, still sporting no footwear, but he eluded them and bolted into a nearby canyon.
Wednesday, July 16
Former county District Attorney Paul Pfingst probably played favorites when doling out promotions on his way out of office. So said the county Civil Service Commission, which officially determined that there is probably cause to believe that supporting Bonnie Dumanis' campaign over Pfingst's cost nearly two-dozen prosecutors higher-ranking, higher-paying jobs. A full, rip-roaring investigative hearing will be held Aug. 13.
Thursday, July 17
Alvarado Hospital Medical Center is in big, big trouble, and it's a sign of the times for the financially strapped health care world. A federal grand jury indicted the College Area hospital, along with Tenet HealthSystems Hospitals, its parent company, on charges that it paid doctors to refer patients to Alvarado. The grand jury said the hospital's head honcho, Barry Weinbaum, approved roughly $3 million in payments to doctors, and that's a no-no.
Friday, July 18
In a truly awful courtroom scene, Michael Hanson, 18, told a judge that George Waller Jr., 32, and Lawrence Calhoun, 29, deserve death sentences for what they did. What they did was murder by stupidity-they killed Hanson's brother his brother's girlfriend while street racing. The collision left Hanson himself in a wheelchair with brain damage so severe he needed an interpreter to be understood. In the end, Waller got six years in the clink. Calhoun got nine.
Saturday, July 19
San Diego Padres starter Adam Eaton teased fans with a glimpse of the kind of outing he's capable of, as the Padres beat the Arizona Diamondbacks and standout rookie Brandon Webb 2-0. Eaton, who now has five wins to go with his seven losses, limited the D-Backs to six hits over 6 2/3 innings and four Padres relievers finished the job.
Sunday, July 20
A pair of carjackers abducted a San Diego woman, forced her into the back seat of her car and drove to San Ysidro. They motored around there for a couple of hours-for reasons unknown to anyone but them-before crossing the Mexican border, where they drove around for another couple of hours, appearing to be looking for someone. The woman convinced her captors to let her out, and she was picked up by a kindly couple and dropped at the border, where she reported the incident to U.S. Customs officials, who told her to call the police. So she did.